Soap Opera Weekly, August 29, 2000
by Mark Ionadi
With the upcoming Ryan's Hope marathon airing on SoapNet, Malcolm Groome (middle, with the rest of his on-screen family) looks back on his days as Pat Ryan. "The favorite memories I have are of the closeness with the cast," Groome says. "It was a very tight-knit group, and it's a closeness that continues even now." Though Groome admits that he hasn't been very good about keeping in touch with the group, he says there is a network to keep them all up to date on what's going on with everyone.
Groome is so sentimental about the soap that he doesn't mind not receiving residuals for the airing. In a way, the actor, who recently returned from a trip to Brazil, may be paying to watch: He plans on subscribing to SoapNet so that he can see RH again, from the beginning. "It was a great show. It was ahead of its time," Groome recalls. "It had values of hearth and home, and it really touched a lot of people."
Groome agrees that the show had a sort of cult following, and is pleased that it is still so popular. "The writing was superior, and the acting was deeply felt. It wasn't superficial. We were all really proud of Ryan's Hope."
Currently, Groome is doing looping - post-production voice-over work - for shows such as Ally McBeal, The Practice and ER. He's continued his 32-year love for yoga and meditation with healing-massage work, and spends his spare time traveling the globe and learning about world religions.
SoapNet's RH marathon begins on Labor Day, Sept 4, with the series' first episode, and shows airing consecutively from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 8. Check local listings.
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