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Video Interview: John-Paul Lavoisier Previews His Role In WINTERTHORNE & His Upcoming Debut As DAYS New Phillip Kiriakis!


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As the highly-anticipated online series Winterthorne is set to have its online debut this Thursday, August 27th, over the next few days leading up to it,  On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you some red carpet video interviews with the cast taped at the Winterthorne premiere and screening held just over a week ago.

John-Paul Lavoisier is having quite the resurgence in his soap opera career! Beloved for his portrayal of Rex Balsom for almost a decade on One Life to Live, his fans have been clamoring to see him on their daytime screens again, and now they will have the opportunity to do so – in two different shows and formats!  Up first, John-Paul makes his debut in Winterthorne in the role of Hugh Cambridge, and that is followed by his contract role on Days of our Lives as the new Phillip Kiriakis!

When discussing with Lavoisier the exciting casting news that he is the new Phillip Kiriakis of Salem, and what it feels like to be part of that iconic clan, JP Responded:  “You know, it’s funny.  On One Life I started out as sort of a kid and grew up.  Now being a Kiriakis and being at DAYS, I feel like an official grown-up.  I wear suits every single day and I am corporate.  Working with John Aniston (Victor), I’m like this business man.  I’m doing man stuff, posing in my suit! (Laughs)  I’ve got like computers and paperwork and talking about Taiwan negotiations and all kinds of stuff.   So, it’s different.  One of my favorite movies of all-time is Glengarry Glen Ross, and it’s finally come to use.  I get to use that knowledge and demeanor and bring that to this project, and so it’s good.”


As to what to look forward to in those outdoorsy scenes that feature Lavoisier’s character of Hugh and Martha Madison’s Miranda Winterthorne in the Winterthorne promos,  JP teased: “I probably shouldn’t say why because it will ruin it, but these are my Winterthorne scars! (shows hand).  I just legitimately got this on set and you will see why.  I absolutely had fun being in Winterthorne, because for me I got the chance to be in the woods in real life.  It feels really real.  It felt like I was on vacation, instead of being in a studio.”

Watch the video interview with John-Paul after the jump.  Then let us know if are you excited to see him as Hugh in Winterthorne and as the new Phillip on DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 13 Comments


  1. Margie

    August 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t wait! JPL is just the shot Days needs. I wish Melissa Archer wasn’t leaving.

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      August 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Had she been Sarah Horton, Melissa and John couldve been working together again as StepSiblings in the K mansion after playing bro and stepsis on OLTL!!!(or was he Clints son which would made them halfsibs…iz 4get…lol) but whatever…it wouldve been nice seeing them working together again!!!

      • Llanviewer717

        August 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

        (Rex was Clint’s son via that no good Echo DiSavoy.) You are so right. JP and Melissa worked so well together on OLTL. It would have been great to reunite them. Too bad TPTB didn’t think of that.

    • MBmomof3

      August 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      JPL & MA had great chemistry on OLTL. Loved them with Roxy.

  2. Reagan

    August 25, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I like JP & glad he’s on Days… but personally will miss JKJ as Phillip. I’m now waiting to see if they recast Stephanie w/ Patch back.

  3. Dylan

    August 26, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I hope they write the character in such a way that does not detract from JPL ‘s natural charisma and comic abilities. We have already seen Chad go from being a laid back fun loving kid, to a buttoned up, intense, suit wearing mogul. The thing about JKJ’s first stint as teenage Phillip, and why it worked so well, was that he was NOTHING like his parents, and had a very easy going vibe. His return several years ago fell majorly flat because the writers had no idea who Phillip was, or who they wanted him to be, and the confusion was evident in his performance. I hate when soaps bring back the good guys as semi-shady, changed, corrupted, conflicted shadows of their former selves. I think it would be a riot, and refreshing, and unexpected…if Phillip came back to town a TOTAL slacker, surfer dude….strolling into the Kiriakis mansion (or the room that passes for it) in flip flops, having NO interest in business or corporate maneuvers whatsoever. The disgusted looks on Victor’s face would be priceless!! Lol. I cant recall when a Soap has ever done a fun, true to life story like that…about a privileged child who has just no use for high finance and corporate intrigue. If you go by the timeline of the show, he graduated high school in 2002 so he would be early 30’s. He worked with the family for years, he is long past old enough to have received some sort of trust fund by now..he wouldnt need money or Victor’s approval….he could just be a fun loving character who hates big business. Never mind clones and transgenders…this would be aomething daytime has truly never done.

  4. Gmbenet

    August 27, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I would prefer to see Jay Kenneth Johnson in the role of Phillip. Not excited about this casting of Phillip. But wish JPL well.

    • Gmbenet

      August 27, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Word to the wise: If you really don’t want to know the truth about how viewers feel about actors being cast in a particular role, then don’t ask the question. The truth may not be what the actor wants to hear. Not every viewer is excited about every actor.

      I saw JPL in the soap reality show that was on a few years ago. (It also featured Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, et. al.) JPL shared his love of New York City and disdain for LA. So wondering how long this participation on Days will last. He may leave the role if he can get substantial work on the East coast. Also did not like what I saw on that reality show. So I am not excited about JPL as an actor. But I wish him NO evil.

      • davlestev1

        August 29, 2015 at 10:27 pm

        Thank goodness we don’t have to rely on you for casting the show..Lord knows who’d end up playing who. But at least you’d be excited about it…LOL

      • Gmbenet

        August 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        The question I answered was, “Are you excited about JPL being cast as Philip on Days?” My answer was and is, NO!

        I was not asked to cast the role. If I had been asked, my first choice would have been Jay Kenneth Johnson, the actor who originated the character of Philip. With Days bringing back actors who originated characters on the show, I find it odd that the “original Philip” was not asked to reprise the role. I could understand if Jay was not available that the show would look for another actor. Usually in that case they make it known that the original actor was contacted but was not available. That is what happened when the character of Eve was brought back to Days. The original actress was contacted, but she was not available. So they cast Kassie DePavia, who I thoroughly enjoy as Eve. That didn’t happen in this case. I find that odd.

        Nevertheless, what I do know about the actor, JPL, makes me not excited at all about seeing him as Philip.

        Like I said before, if you don’t want to know the truth, why ask the question?

  5. sheryl

    August 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Can’t wait to se both shows ,he is so talented and we wish him good luck .

  6. MBmomof3

    August 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for the interview. Welcome to DOOL JPL! I know you’ll fit right in.

  7. Noell Reed Jr.

    August 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Great interview Michael. Haven’t seen the character in a while. Will be interesting to see how he figures into the upcoming 50th celebration!!

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