Almost 30 years ago, The Women Next Door (and millions of young French women) fell under the spell of Bradley Cole, who took on Daniel, an attractive photographer on the AB sitcom. From December 1993 to January 1995, the sentimental records of the handsome American and Marc, his freeloader roommate (camped by the late Thierry Redler) and his neighbors entertained millions of fans, very disappointed to see the photographer regain his homeland, after leaving his interpreter.
“For ten years, I played in a soap opera in the United States“Bradley Cole told us
If he could come back with ease Holidays in love in 1998 and 2001, especially in response to Béné (Laure Guibert), he left the French set. The one that has now become a “husband at home” in his own words, satisfied with the care of her children, nevertheless agreed to return to her first love and rejoin the comedy for some episodes of mysteries of love, including TMC airing two new adventures this Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April. Confidence in the more kind 63-year-old actor, who has not lost any of his charm…
Télé-Loisirs: In 1995, you left The women in the neighborhoodThe What has happened since?
Bradley Cole: Lots of stuff! In 1998, I had the honor of sharing the stage with Jean-Paul Belmondo at the play. Frédérick or the boulevard of crime. I was so sad when I found out he had died! After the game, I went to England, then I went back to the United States, where I’ve lived ever since. For ten years I played soap opera Guide Lights (hatred and love, note), representing a thousand episodes! I was filming in New York, where I met my wife and I had two children: my daughter 13 and my son 16. It represents a big and beautiful part of my life. Then I went back to California, where I was born. Today, I live in Nevada, close to the desert to be closer to my mother.
“Now I write songs” revealed by Bradley Cole
So you decided to take a break from your career…
In fact, to stay with my kids. The life of an artist is more than a mountebank. We go here and there, from game to game, from one country to another. I don’t want to do that anymore. Today: I write songs, I take care of my family, I coach baseball for my son. My life is very ordinary and I love it.
And yet you agreed to come back The mysteries of loveThe
Jean-Luc (Azoulay, editor’s note) and I were in constant contact. We met in New York and when I arrived in Paris, we had dinner together. One day, he called me to ask if I would like to take him with my family on vacation to Saint-Martin. And at the same time make an appearance of Mysteries. I replied that I still had a break. But he convinced me: he assured me it was just a small look, a flashback to fans of AB sitcoms. Another argument is that I will give Elsa Esnoult’s line ! But I’m a huge fan of him… I met him in Paris a few years ago and I was very impressed with his talent. So I thought to myself: why not!
What is your role?
Fanny Greyson’s father, whom she has never met and who she is looking for! I didn’t tell you much, but there was a reason he walked away from her. I can reveal to you that he is also a musician and that he sings with his daughter! I picked up my guitar and was so happy to share that with Elsa!
“I miss France so much” Bradley Cole assures
How were your first steps on set?
So I was shooting for a week in Saint-Martin, more than I expected! There is a lot to do. As such, I was on a boat, and it was a pleasure. The hardest thing for me was acting in French. Because I haven’t done it in twenty years.
Will we meet again in the series?
With Jean-Luc, we didn’t talk about it any more than that. I never said no. But I was in Nevada, and the show was filming in Paris. I can’t see how this happens but you don’t know. Right now, as far as I know, I’m writing a new album …
This passage in The mysteries of love Did it bring back good memories for you?
You never know! I miss France so much. I have so many wonderful memories of your country. Clearly starting with The women in the neighborhoodThe
“I still can’t accept the death of Thierry Redler” said Bradley Cole
Do you keep in touch with your former colleagues?
Unfortunately not. This often happens to actors. We became a family, we were very close then after the shooting, we moved away. But I love my teammates from Neighbor girls. When I learned of Thierry Redler’s death, I was shocked for a long time. I still can’t accept it. Very difficult! He and I tried to make a duo like Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy … Sometimes it worked, sometimes not so well (He laughed!). But we had fun, we laughed. When I look back, I can only see the good times.
Jean-Luc Azoulay announced his intention to create a new version of Girls next door. Will you go
I know Jean-Luc wants to do this new version. But Covid is a bit late things. If it goes to the end, I think it will be a huge success. As far as I am concerned, no details of my participation were discussed. But again, I live in the United States now. Even if I don’t say … not really!