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    • Matt: (on the Salem forensics department in Days Of Our Lives) Remember the Salem police department - they have never solved a single crime. If you want to get a crime solved in Salem, you've got to leave it to the teenagers.

    • Matt: (on his visit to Australia in 2006) I ate a kangaroo pizza and did the Harbour Bridge climb. Sydney is the most beautiful harbour in the world.

    • Matt: (his favourite tv shows) I enjoy House because the character reminds me of Jack Deveraux and I think Hugh Laurie's great. He's settled on a fun character who's just right for our times. And I love The Sopranos because it's a great soap opera - it's about a bunch of unlovely people doing unlovely things whom you can't help but love.

    • Matt: (on teen popularity) I knew I was never going to be 'with it.' Certain things were required, for instance a car and the ability to go out to functions. We were kept close to home. I had friends, but I was involved with activities more than anything. I saw people who were popular but I was protected from it. I had to study and work and as I did, I began to realize being popular wasn't going to make me happy. I always thought that the more my friends and I tried to be cool, the less we were. We definitely weren't maintstream -- big men on campus. The only times I was popular were the three days when the school play was going on. Stardom and then anonymity. It was a good experience. I began to separate stage and real life. The people who have adulation in high school have a hard time adjusting to real life. I have no regrets.

    • Matt: (how a child changes one's life) It's the range of emotions, realizing that your life will never be the same and trying to make it be the same. It can be sort of cataclysmic. [With a baby] you can't just say, 'Okay, I'm going out to the gym now,' or 'I'm going to read a book.'

    • Matt: (remembering his wife while in labour with their daughter Grace) While in labor, Christina was making the doctors and nurses laugh. Christina never called me names, which was very sweet. She said I was the only person there to support her, so she didn't want to alienate me.

    • Matt: (on the birth of his daughter, Grace) It was really kind of an amazing thing at the end, that this baby comes out--blinking, talking, squaking. Obviously, you check that she's safe, she's clean, got all the fingers and toes, like that's going to help them through life. It'll help them walk, but you can't pull them out and check their IQ or anything.

    • Matt: (on cartooning) Cartoons have always been an enjoyment to me, a relaxation. I get my ideas from everyday events. I draw whatever hits me. When I draw a character, very often as I'm doing a face, my face mirrors the expression.

    • Matt: (on fame) I'm a bigger joke than before. It's very easy for me to laugh at myself and laugh at life. It's still cliques and groups. A lot of aspects of life haven't changed; you just have bigger toys. I tried to laugh early on about ego and pride… I do something great and then I do something really dumb and then I laugh. You'll always be that kid.

    • Matt: The actual taping of a soap is not glamourous. You have to be awake at 6 a.m., when everyone else is asleep. When you arrive at the set, you go from one rehearsal to the next and you struggle to get your lines out correctly and hit your marks. It's really hard work, but it's worth it when everything comes together at tape time. When the actors, director, and the rest of the crew work together and everything, hopefully, comes out right, that's the best part of my day.