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By Melba Brugueras
The actor feels fulfilled both professionally and in life alongside Roselyn Sanchez and their daughter Sebella.
Throughout his career, the American actor Eric Winter has had the opportunity to play different characters in television and film. But never a witch.
The husband of Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez feels like a child with a new toy for Lifetime Series Witches of East End, where he plays a sorcerer.
Eric Winter, remembered for his role on Days of Our Lives, Brothers & Sisters, The Mentalist and GCB, among other projects, is one of the protagonists of this series in which he plays “Dash Gardiner.”
The actor spoke to us for the first time on this new challenge in his career and, juggling it with his personal life with Roselyn Sanchez and their daughter, Sebella Rose.
How did the opportunity arises in Witches of East End?
I was offered the role. At first it was unclear whether my character would start to come into his own in the first season. When I studied (the character) what I found interesting was to expose the many layers of “Dash”. I mean, who does not like to do magic and time travel?
How do you prepare to play “Dash”?
I’ve been exploring. It is a character that represents a great challenge for different moods and feelings you experience. The character evolves. He now can do magic and becomes a dark character. By the way, I want to clarify that “Dash” is not at all like the way I am in real life
How do you feel about the fans of the series?
This year the response has been overwhelming my character. When they approach me, they say “Dash” is great and I think: ‘My God, but as recently as last week I killed someone in the series’. But fans love it.
What do you attribute the success of Witches of East End?
I think it’s the curiosity that people have about witches and warlocks. This whole issue of the supernatural, magic, are things that attract attention.
Do you agree that it is the era of supernatural creatures on American television?
Indeed, all that is unusual, what is mysterious has had great success. People have fun watching that kind of show.
Do you believe in witches?
(Laughs). I don’t believe in witches, but I can enjoy a magic act or a good illusionist.
On the personal side, what makes Roselyn special for you?
She has an extraordinary personality and a wonderful quality which is to help others with her charities. She is also a great mother, a wonderful wife, and a successful business woman. Always looking for ways to meet all of her commitments.
And how is Sebella Rose?
We are in the terrible twos! It’s so fun to have a conversation with her. She has this unique personality that kills me. She’s a 2 year old going on 20!… the things she says in conversation are hilarious. She is now taking swimming lessons, running around like crazy and loves playing with the dogs.
Would you like to have more children?
We would like to have at least one more. Having Sebella has been a blessing, but having one more would be awesome too.
You’ve come to Puerto Rico several times, what is your favorite place to visit?
There are so many … I like Vieques, where we got engaged. But there is something in Old San Juan that I find magical, i love El Morro. I have been all over the Island… Ponce, El Yunque. Every time we go to the island we try to relax for a few days and visit different places. I would like to go to Culebra next time.
Do you plan to participate in the next Roselyn triathlon ?
Yeah I’ll try, but it always kicks my butt every year (laughs). I am eager to start training
La Golda Premiere- Eric Winter Interview talk about Witches Of East End Season 2 Lifetime tv-show
By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / Contributing Writer
Eric Winter was brought to the attention of the WITCHES OF EAST END producers, according to Lifetime executive vice-president and general manager Rob Sharenow, because the actor attended a Christmas party with his wife Rosalyn Sanchez, who is a regular on Lifetime’s DEVIOUS MAIDS. Sharenow tells the press, “All the Lifetime women thought he was so hot that we had to have him on a show. So there you go.”
Has Winter heard this explanation for how he wound up on WITCHES? “I pitched that introduction,” Winters jokes. “I found out about it actually a little bit earlier today. Very flattering. It was an amazing way to be brought into this group, and I think I had fans there [at Lifetime] from previous work I’ve done as well, and it was a really cool way to be brought in.”
On WITCHES, now in its first season on Lifetime Sundays at 10 PM and already picked up for a second season, Winter plays the wealthy and charming Dash Gardiner, who is engaged to Freya Beauchamp, played by Jenna Dewan-Tatum. What Dash doesn’t know is that Freya, like her sister Ingrid (Rachel Boston), their mother Joanna (Julia Ormond) and Aunt Wendy (Madchen Amick), is a witch. Dash, however, becomes aware that he faces a rival for Freya’s affections – none other than his brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso).
Winter played Rex on DAYS OF OUR LIVES from 2002 through 2006. He’s had previous brushes with TV witchcraft in a guest shot on CHARMED, as well as encountering vampires in a recurring role on MOONLIGHT. Other recent recurring gigs include THE MENTALIST and GCB. The IMDB says he’s also in the upcoming feature COMET.
At a party thrown by Lifetime after the WITCHES Q&A session at the Television Critics Association press tour, Winter is happy to elaborate on what he’s done on EAST END.
ASSIGNMENT X: Does Dash have any special abilities, or is he just an innocent in this?
ERIC WINTER: I’d say he’s very innocent – right now [laughs]. I obviously don’t know everything and it’s a very hush-hush plot throughout, but what I do know is that my character is very, very complex and there are a lot of sides to him and the relationship with his brother is a lot more than it seems. The love triangle isn’t just this typical, “Hey, I’m pining for her, he’s after her, by the third reel, is he the third wheel?” No, it’s a genuine journey that she’s on and we each supply her with certain needs that are valuable to her. At the same token, we have these women with powers, and we have these guys right now who appear one way and I think we’re in for something interesting.
AX: Is one of you lighter and one of you darker in terms of, is one of you sort of the nice guy and the other one is sort of the bad boy?
WINTER: What I can say is, in the pilot, early on you see a certain side of each of us. And one of us is painted maybe a little bit more of a polite, regal way and the other one is a little more the bad boy who seems to come in and cause a problem. I think that journey’s going to be an interesting ride. I don’t think it’s going to be what you see.
AX: Which are you?
WINTER: Right now, I am the JFK Junior-esque – as I’ve been told – type. I’m a doctor that helps people across borders.
AX: And Dash is from an upper-class background …
WINTER: Moneyed family. My brother and I both came from money. He refuses to be a part of it. I’m a big part of it, but not so conforming to that lifestyle. I’m all about appreciating everybody.
AX: If you’re playing a doctor, is there anything you’ve had to learn how to do in order to play the role, like give stitches or injections?
WINTER: I haven’t had a scene yet as the doctor in action, but I’ve played doctors in the past and actually was an aspiring doctor growing up, I was a pre-med student, so I’ve been through a lot of studies and a lot of the sciences behind it, so it’s something I gravitate towards.
AX: Did you call your folks when you got this role and say, “Good news, I’m finally a doctor”?
WINTER: Yeah. I’ve done that too many times, now they don’t take me seriously. When I did the movie THE UGLY TRUTH, I was also a doctor in that movie with Katherine Heigl and Gerry Butler. I’ve had a couple of nice moments where I was a doctor.
AX: As a viewer, do you like supernatural stories?
WINTER: Yeah. I am definitely a type that loves them. Growing up, I was fascinated by it. So to watch a show, especially done in a very smart way, is something that grabs my attention, because I always like to imagine, “What if?”
AX: WITCHES OF EAST END is set in the U.S. but shoots in Vancouver. Is that local for you?
WINTER: No, I’m an L.A. native, actually, born and raised here. So I’ve worked inVancouver before, but this is the first time I’ve been there that long.
AX: Because it’s a heavily female cast, are you feeling at all isolated?
WINTER: No, because I’m very well-integrated with the story, which is good. I’m not just a boyfriend, I’m engaged to join into this family. The way it’s set up is, I’m a very big part of Freya’s life with her family. And then it’s nice, because I have my own family on the side that comes into the picture.
AX: Lifetime has done relatively few scripted series, and WITCHES OF EAST END is its first genre show. Do you feel that gives you any particular kind of advantage or disadvantage?
WINTER: On this network? I think we’re coming onto this network at such a hot, cool time for Lifetime. They’re really trying to go out there and grab great talent, great creators and they’ve put together an amazing cast. So I think this is such an exciting time to be a part of this network. So I’m very excited.
Before his acting roles, Eric was a male model and had some high profile campaigns, such as one print one for Tommy Hilfiger.
Eric began high school at a meek 160 pounds, but proceeded to bulk up with extensive weight training and nutrition. Senior year came and Eric was 225 pounds. He started to play football his first year at Mt. Saint Antonio College in the city of Walnut. However Eric says, “I lost the drive for the game that year.” Eric looked to succeed elsewhere. Eric realized that there was more to life than football, so he decided to transfer to UCLA. During the year, Eric shed 30 pounds of the bulky football build.
As soon as Eric thought he had figured out his path in life, he came across another fork in the road. “A girlfriend of mine that was involved in acting suggested I should model. I took pictures and she sent them to her manager which in turn sent the pictures to a print agency.” As quickly as that happened, he got his first job, a print ad for Magic Mountain Water Park. Eight months later he received the opportunity of a lifetime: the Tommy Hilfiger Campaign with Rebecca Romijn Stamos. The print ads featured every Hilfiger line. From this point on, modeling consumed Eric’s life. He took time off school to further his career. Modeling took him all over Europe, where he would strut the elite runways of Milan, Paris, London, and Spain. Eric did print ads for Iceberg, Sky Vodka, Men’s Italian Vogue, and Diesel Clothing. Despite his success in modeling, Eric finished school and obtained a degree in psychology from UCLA.
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