"We'd always talk so slowly on 'As the World Turns' originally. I can't tell you how many people say, 'I learned to speak English watching your show. Because you spoke slowly.'"
About This Interview
Don Hastings was interviewed for nearly three-hour interview in Millerton, NY. Hastings talked about his early years in theater and radio. He then talked about his television debut on the Du Mont network. He described in great detail his regular role as the "the Ranger" on the popular Du Mont children's television series Captain Video and his Video Rangers. He discussed his work in soap operas starting with The Edge of Night, where he played "Jack Lane" from 1956-60. He then detailed his experiences on the series for which he is most associated, As the World Turns, where he has played the role of "Dr. Bob Hughes" continually since 1960. For ATWT, Hastings talked about the creative team behind the series and working with his long-time co-stars (and their character's relationships), as well as his current shooting schedule and how he goes about learning his lines. He also compared the eras that the show has seen and talked about some of his favorite storylines. The interview was conducted by Michael Rosen on November 21, 2002.