Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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December 7, 1988

"The Power, The Passion"

Julian McMahon

"I got to spend time with people who were not only very good at what they did but also very passionate about what they did, and they taught me a lot of lessons on how to approach things."

Julian McMahon, best known as Dr. Christian Troy in FX's "Nip/Tuck" (and as Victor von Doom to fans of the original "Fantastic Four" movie) plays an alien agent who attacks U.S. citizens in Syfy's "Hunters." But his first acting role was less sanguine, on soap opera "The Power, the Passion" in his native Australia. An advertising gig, McMahon tells Variety, helped prove he was a good fit for the part. JACOB BRYANT

How did you land the soap role?

It was a mixture of things. At the time, my father had just passed away and I was working in Europe and had come back for his funeral. At the same time, I had done a few Levi's commercials in Australia that had become a bit of a phenomenon. Because of the situation of why I returned, I decided to stay for a while, and because of this commercial, I was asked to come in and take a look at a TV script. I auditioned for the part, got the role and stayed in Australia for a few more years. …

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