‘Army Wives’ Star Joseph Julian Soria Recalls Dramatic Audition: ‘Everything That Could Go Wrong, Went Wrong’
Joseph Julian Soria may be a fan-favorite as the young private Hector Cruz on Army Wives, but the 25-year-old actor admits to Celebuzz that he nearly missed out on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he auditioned for the show.
“Everything that could go wrong, went wrong,” he tells us of his audition for the hit Lifetime series.
Fortunately, his costar Alyssa Diaz, who plays his onscreen wife Gloria, was there to help land him his part.
How did she save the day?
Read on as Soria retells his dramatic audition process.
You joined the Army Wives cast during Season 6. Tell us a little bit about how you landed the part.
That was interesting. I was in the gym working out and I happen to check my phone and I had an email from my agent that I had an audition in a couple hours for the show. I think I had two hours maybe and it became one of those times that everything goes wrong so to speak. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I went to print out the material for the audition and — of course — my printer had no ink. I had no time to take a shower actually so I was all sweaty and everything for the audition. I had 30 minutes to look over the material. I got in there, did the audition and at midnight they wanted me to have a chemistry read with Alyssa. I was familiar with Alyssa because we had chemistry work on another project a couple years before, so I know we work really well together. I went in there and we hit it off. I could kind of tell by the time I walked out of there that I was their choice, and before I knew it, I was on a plane to South Carolina.
What was your first day on set like?
On any project I work on, you always get the first day jitters because as a person you want to perform well. You don’t want to be that weak link, especially to a show like Army Wives that already has its groove. You want to be able to jump right into it and keep the cycle going. That’s exactly what I did: I had the jitters for the first couple of days and what not but then I made the character my own.
Speaking of Alyssa, what can fans expect from the Cruz couple in the season finale?
Our storyline really expresses a lot expect a lot of drama these last two episodes. It’s going to leave everybody wanting more. That’s the best way I can put it.
Where do want to see your character to go?
I want to see him evolve. Right now on the show, he’s in a bit of a rut. He cheated on his wife and there’s this woman who potentially has his child. I just want to see him rebound. I want to see him take a step back gather himself, fix the relationship with Gloria if he can, get his head on straight and be the person that he can be. You know, be the soldier and the husband that he can be.
We’ve yet to hear back about Season 7. How would you feel if the show ended?
It would be unfortunate. If they don’t [renew it], I would be somewhat disappointed because I like the show and they already told me the story of what they have in mind for the characters next season. It’s something I’m looking into exploring and I’m proud about getting into. It would be disappointing but I’m somewhat prepared for it. That’s the nature of the business: You’ve got to just go with the flow and adjust. I’m pretty adjustable.
What do you want your fans to take from the show?
The reason why I was so excited about the role because it shows me in a different light. You get to see a different side of me as an actor, in a sense of dealing with a relationship. In the beginning actually Hector’s very loving and try to make this thing work out. Gloria seemed to be the hot head — she still is — but now I’ve kind of turned to the dark side and I‘ve made some bad choices. In the beginning I was very loving and caring. I was doing everything I could to make her happy. The show just shows me in a different light. In the 100th episode you’re going to see my performance do things I haven’t done and haven’t been able to show in other characters that I’ve played.
Army Wives’ season finale airs at 10 PM ET/PT on Lifetime.