When we last saw Peter, the once amnesiac son of Bay City matriarch Sara Garrett, he was wandering around the pier in search of the muffled scream that, unbeknownst to him, belonged to his mother. Counting down the days until THE BAY returns with the much anticipated chapter 11, we sat down with Peter Garrett’s portrayer, Kristos Andrews, to find out what’s happened since we last tuned in.
“Thank God I can finally say Pete’s got most of his memory together, which allows more clarity for his thoughts,” Andrews shares. The XGames champion skateboarder turned actor explained the difficulty in playing a character suffering from amnesia. “Playing hopelessly confused doesn't always work out. If there are too many feelings to convey at once, they can get lost in translation.”
Peter may have made some progress in this new chapter, but it won’t exactly be smooth sailing, hints Andrews. “Pete isn't fully grounded, but he is more mature and independent. Still, he manages to get himself into some scandalous situations.”
Unlike the character he plays, Andrews has avoided scandal and instead focuses on his budding career as an actor and producer. In addition to his lead role in the upcoming feature "A Place Called Hollywood," Andrews is also attached to other projects in development. “We’re in pre-production on a major project with Associated Television International (ATI),” reveals Andrews about his work as a producer with LANY Entertainment.
With multiple acting roles now under his belt, Andrews says the role of Peter Garrett, which he originated nearly four years ago, still holds a special place in his heart. “Pete’s upbringing has been without proper jurisdiction or guidance and he now leads a life with essentially no rules. He’s his own master and best friend, but when it’s all said and done, he still has a good heart,” states Andrews.
In addition to playing a more grown-up “Pete“ in this new chapter, Andrews had the opportunity to take a jab at some directing. “I wasn’t the director of course, that’s Gregori’s job. I did have the chance to be his right-hand man as second unit director, which is something I really enjoyed.”
Andrews detailed how the multi-camera setup, rather than the single camera format used previously, increased not only the time efficiency of the production, but also the performance of the actors. “That type of shoot keeps all the actors on their toes and makes the performances more concise,” explained Andrews.
Asked about his future with THE BAY, Andrews shared his pride for the show’s accomplishments. “We’ve all poured our blood, sweat and sometimes tears into this project, and I couldn’t be more proud of how much, under Gregori’s leadership, we‘ve achieved,” he said in referencing the publicity and awards the show has garnered, namely the 2012 Daytime Emmy nomination.
Andrews thanks the fans for the show’s popularity, as well as honoring it with the coveted Fans Choice Award for two years running. “I’m extremely grateful for the show’s awesome, loyal fans,” he said. “It’s a big deal for one created on the web with a shoestring budget to have the sort of impact we’ve had.”
Andrews went on to share his dedication to the show’s continued success. “THE BAY is a living, breathing organism for me. I’ve been here since day one. I’ve personally grown with the show and will be in full support for as long as it exists.”
To see what scandalous situations Peter Garrett finds himself in, tune in to THE BAY on Dec. 5. Previous episodes of THE BAY can be viewed on BLIPTV or by visiting THE BAY's official website.