By Michele Dargan

Buckle your seatbelts Salem, Kinsey’s back in town!

Or at least she will be in the not too distant future.

I sat down with Shelby Young, the actress who plays the scheming Kinsey on Days of Our Lives, earlier this week, when she was in South Florida visiting her family.

Now 18, Shelby started modeling at age 5, then moved on to commercials and acting. She has done extensive voice work, which include commercials and films.

Shelby Young (Kinsey)

Shelby, who’s on recurring status, said she will begin shooting with DOOL again in January. When we spoke, she hadn’t yet seen the script, since she was still in Florida when the script arrived at her L. A. apartment.

But whatever happens, Shelby hopes that Kinsey will be sticking around for awhile.

Shelby originally read for the role of Mia. Although casting director Marnie Saitta didn’t think Shelby was the right fit for that role, she called her back in for the role of Kinsey.

“I got the call later that day that I booked the role,” Shelby said. “It was one episode, possibly recurring. And I’ve been doing it for 1 1/2 years…I love the soap and it would be great to be a contract role. But for the time being, I’m alright with being recurring, because I can do other projects as well.”

One of those “other projects” included a part in this year’s box office hit The Social Network.
“I was so nervous the night before [filming],” she said.

It was her second major feature film. Her first was the 2008 film Wild Child.

“With the soap, you film an episode a day, so you get one take,” she said. “And then I go on set for The Social Network and [director] David Fincher’s known for taking numerous takes. So for my one little scene, it took 60 takes.”

Shelby knew Aaron Sorkin was the screenwriter, but she didn’t know what he looked like.

“So we’re doing the scene and this man comes over to me and said, ‘We’re going to change this line,'” she recalled. “And I said, ‘Won’t Aaron Sorkin mind?’ And [reaching out his hand] he said, ‘Hi. I’m Aaron Sorkin.’ I was a little embarassed, but at least he knew I was looking out for him.”

Even if the movie receives Academy Award nominations (and judging from various other awards and nominations it’s already received, it most likely will), Shelby doesn’t think she’ll be able to go to the ceremony. But she’s hoping to attend some Oscar parties and the gifting suite. She’s been to gifting suites for the Emmy and Grammy Awards.

As far as her role on Days, Shelby’s hoping the new script contains a good storyline for Kinsey.

“One of the things that I dislike about being recurring is that it’s not steady and I never know if I’m filming this month or next month,” she said.

Hanging out behind the scenes: Dylan Patton (formerly Will), Taylor Spreitler (Mia), Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Shelby.

Overall, it’s been a good year for Shelby.

“I’ve had a lot of fun this year,” she said. “I have a new boyfriend and he’s fantastic and I have all my friends and I got my own apartment.”

Shelby said she is also thankful to have an extremely nice roommate in actress Kay Panabaker, who is on the sitcom No Ordinary Family.

In the romance department: after a breakup with actor Charlie McDermott, Shelby is now dating P J Boudousque.

“Pilot season is coming up and I would love to land a pilot and end up getting that picked up and have a great TV series,” she said.

As far as Kinsey goes….

“Kinsey has no filter, first of all, which is why everyone says she’s so mean, but I think she just says it like it is,” Shelby said. “Sometimes she is mean, but she has her reasons. When Kinsey first came on the show, I think a lot of the meanness came from jealousy towards Mia. But now Mia’s gone. And Kinsey’s become funnier lately and I’m happy about that…She’s a misunderstood girl. She has a nice heart somewhere, but she just says what she thinks and that gets her into trouble. She still needs to soften up a bit.”

Kinsey (Shelby Young) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) in Days.

Shelby started out having all of her scenes with the other teens on the show. This year she has moved on to interactions with some of the adults, including Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole). And Shelby is happy that her character is broadening her interactions.

One thing Shelby is hoping for on the show is that Kinsey gets a boyfriend and a family.

“I’m interested to see where they take Kinsey, because I feel like it could go either way,” Shelby said. “She could end up being a huge schemer and creating havoc in the town or it could go the other way where she does realize she has a heart of gold. Who knows? I love working and I love working on this show. I’m enjoying the time I have here and if they write more for me, I would be thrilled. It’s been a blessing.”

[Screencap provided by Sheryl’s Days of Our Lives board.]

3 Responses to “Interview with Shelby Young: DOOL’s Kinsey”

  1. Hi Michele!

    Excellent interview! I really do think that DOOL should expand her role. Every soap needs a teenager who knows how to keep things stirred up.

    Paula

  2. Hi Paula!

    Shelby is very gracious and a really nice person. When you meet her, Shelby is not at all like the character she plays. And, quite frankly, that’s what makes her such a good actress!

    You are definitely right that every soap needs a scheming teenager. Let’s hope Shelby stays on our screen for awhile!

    Thanks for posting!

    Michele

  3. You are right, if she is nothing like her character it just proves how talented she is. They need to give her character some family roots. That would be a storyline right there.