Martsolf is happy to be back on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives filming new episodes. “Thank God we are back to filming again. Production has really knocked it out of the park as far as handling this pandemic. We are so happy to be able to do it,” he said.
“I have stayed on the NBC network for 18 years now. I am loyal to them,” he added.
He thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Zoom fan events for Star Image Entertainment, which raises funds for the charitable organization Cedars CanSupport, which provides assistance to cancer patients and their families.
“That has been such an extraordinary group of Zooms that I have been doing for many months now. Penny MacGregor realized that it was something that could be done, and it has been a saving grace for lots of fans. It was a wonderful idea. Ultimately, it has actually created more connectivity with the fans amongst themselves, they have relationships and they are friends now,” he said.
On July 17, 2021, he will be celebrating his landmark 50th birthday in Montreal, Canada, with Star Image Entertainment. He will be joined with Bryan Dattilo, as well as other Days of Our Lives actors (current cast members and former ones). “That’s all Penny, once again. She came up with a great idea to fly us to Montreal to celebrate,” he said.
The same holds true for the virtual fan events that Martsolf did for Spectrum Celebrity Events, which raise proceeds for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “They are nice, terrific guys that run it and they didn’t let the virus keep them from hosting events, so they did them virtually. These events are for such good causes,” he said.
He opened up about being a part of Digital Sky’s animated podcast series Ride Share. “This is a hybrid podcast that contains a visual element as well. It’s a podcast that you can download on Apple or you can also go to Digital Sky’s YouTube channel, where you can listen to it and watch it as well,” he said.
On May 15 and 16, 2021, he is looking forward to “Samantha’s Friends Presents: Phantom of the Opera” charity fundraising event, which benefits the Southeastern Guide Dogs.
For Martsolf, it was a great deal of fun to be a part of the short digital comedies series Acting Dead, which was written by Brian Beacock, and directed by Alan David Morgan; moreover, it was produced by Beacock, Paul Nygro, and Susan Bernhardt, among other producers. “I’ve known Susan Bernhardt and Jillian for as long as I can remember. They are fun people, they are a mother and daughter team. I love their chemistry together,” he said. “I had a fun time throwing Jillian’s character in the dumpster. That’s what inspired me to say ‘yes’ to it.”
Martsolf shared that the Hallmark Channel, which he has in his car, helps get him in the holiday spirit. “I love ‘O Holy Night’ and my parents always played the Johnny Mathis and the Barry Manilow Christmas albums constantly in our homes, even The Carpenters. These albums all take me back to my childhood in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,” he recalled.
During the quarantine, he revealed that he took on cooking. “I never really cooked before in my life. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, so I was in the kitchen. I may have burned a few things but I also made some good things,” he said with a sweet laugh.
He had the nicest remarks about Brad Everett Young’s Dream Loud campaign, which works on preserving arts and music programs in schools. “Brad’s a good guy. That was a good campaign, and it’s for a worthy cause again,” he admitted. “I am all about keeping the arts alive.”
A neat family tradition is his wife making “Whiskey Sour Slush” for Christmastime. “It’s a recipe from her grandmother and it’s amazing,” he said.
When asked what holiday wish he would like to share with his fans this season, he said, “That everyone remains healthy. Just be careful.”
On his definition of the word success, he said, “My definition of success changes throughout the years. 20 years ago, I would have said ‘money.’ 10 years ago, I probably would have said ‘roles and the length of my resume.’ Those two things are definitely not my definition of success now. It’s about pure contentment and happiness. Success is being able on a Sunday night to look forward to going to work on Monday morning. My father instilled that in me as well. That means that you are doing something right, where you are making a living and you are happy doing it.”
“You need to find a job that fulfills you, it’s not easy but you can take pride in doing it,” he added.