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Things are a little hectic this morning on the Brooklyn set of the daytime drama As the World Turns.
A shirtless cowboy wanders by as a frazzled stage manager separates a group of extras playing fans from a busload of actual fans who've won a radio contest. They've all gathered to watch Scott Reeves and Aaron Benward, the duo known as Blue County, perform their rollicking hit "Nothin' but Cowboy Boots."
The lines between fact and fiction are blurring here-Scott spent a decade playing Ryan on The Young and the Restless before embarking on his country career, and is here today to play himself on a different CBS soap. "That's the weirdest part," he says with a chuckle. "I don't want to think about it too much. I'm going, 'Wait a minute, who am I?' "
Scott downplayed his soap past when he and Aaron were attempting to establish themselves in Blue County. Even some employees at the duo's record label didn't realize until six months into Blue County's contract that Scott had once been a soap actor. Now, with their single "Good Little Girls" under their collective belt, a hit that nearly cracked the Top 10, he can relax a little.
"As time has gone by and people have started recognizing me, it's been great," he says. "A lot of the fans from daytime are the same people who listen to country music."
Still, he points out, there are fans who get confused as to which member of Blue County was the soap star. "People will come up and say to Aaron, 'I love you, I miss Ryan on the show so much!' " he smiles. "And I'll be like, 'Yeah, wasn't he awesome?' "
Between the March 9 As the World Turns appearance and a recent guest shot on Days of Our Lives (which stars Scott's wife, Melissa), Aaron really is becoming a soap star-at least, he seems to think he is. "Aaron's already started talking about taking separate cars to the next show," laughs Scott. "I just don't want to get a call from him next week that he's decided to move to New York."
For the moment, Scott and Aaron are firmly planted in Nashville. "I love acting, and I never say never about anything," says Scott, "but right now music is who we are, and we have to put 100 percent of our efforts into that."
Still, he admits it was fun to come home for a day. "It's very cool to visit where I came from again," he says. "It's been like a family reunion."
- JENNIFER LENHART