Archey plays the role of D’Angelo Carter on the TV series All American on The CW. “It has been really good,” he admitted. “I’m having a good time. Everyone has been really welcoming.”
He is drawn to the character of D’Angelo Carter due to his villainous nature. “I love playing villains, so the simple fact that he is there to create havoc is right up my alley,” he said. “That’s the No. 1 thing I love playing most: the bad guy.”
Each day, he is motivated “to be a better father and to be a better man.” “To be better all around in everything that I come across on a day-to-day basis. We can always learn, we are never at a point where we know it all. There is so much more to accomplish and learn. That’s a big motivation for me,” he said.
Known for playing Eli Grant in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, he is also known for Eli for a variety of reasons. “I’ve been through so much with that character, close to four years,” he said. “It has been a roller coaster playing Eli, he has been through so much in all those episodes. Eli is a really great and devoted husband.”
When asked how he handles being dialogue-heavy, he noted, “It took me some time to get used to. I can shoot 17 scenes in one day, and those scenes can consist of 40 pages. It’s like a muscle, the more you work out, the stronger it gets. Being able to memorize lines at first, they didn’t stick, but as time went on, I could read the script twice and have it memorized. Also, it helps that I know my character so well and how he would react to certain things.”
For young and aspiring actors, he encouraged them to “have patience.” “Being an actor is not easy, it’s a long road,” he said. “You need to have patience and know that everything will happen in time, you just have to keep working and things will work out. Without patience, you will have a long, hard road.”
He acknowledged that during the quarantine, he took on gardening as a hobby. “I’ve done some gardening in the back yard and some planting in the front yard. That has been a calming and fruitful thing to witness. I have more fruits of the labor than I did before,” he said.
Archey noted that he enjoyed being a part of a virtual fan event along with Eric Martsolf, hosted by Star Image Entertainment, where the proceeds went towards the charitable organization Cedars CanSupport. “That was great,” he said. “It’s always great to be a part of something bigger than a soap opera or TV, just to help others. I am always down any time I can get a chance to do something like that.”
He was honored to be a part of Brad Everett Young’s Dream Loud campaign that works on preserving arts and music programs in schools. “I did that many years ago,” he recalled. “Brad is a cool guy, I had fun shooting with him. It’s very freeing to shoot with him. Brad definitely knows what he is doing. The pictures turned out great.”
On the title of the current chapter of his life, he said, “The Unknown.” “I might not be the only person with that title,” he said.
Archey defined the word success as “being in a position to help other people and pets.” “That’s something that I strive to be able to do,” he said. “I love pets, I am a big dog lover.”
For his fans and supporters, he remarked, “First and foremost, thank you. A huge thank you to all the fans that have been with me for a long time.”