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Billy Flynn Makes His DAYS Debut As Chad DiMera! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Monday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Billy Flynn shared his first dialog-driven scenes as the new Chad DiMera with his on-screen brother EJ, played by James Scott.

In the scenes, a very upset and revenge-seeking Chad pulls a gun on his elder brother, after first throwing a punch, and let’s him know how betrayed he is that EJ took up with his girl Abigail  (Kate Mansi) after Chad was sent away to recover after taking a bullet meant for EJ! Chad clearly wants payback and is showing his new “DiMera” side!

Flynn takes on the role of Chad after Casey Deidrick had inhabited the role and became a fan favorite.  However, as fans clearly know by now, Flynn’s take on the character will not only be different, but so too, is how the character is being written by the DAYS writing team – this looks to be a more vindictive and cunning Chad, but with a deep sadness underneath it all.   How will it all play out?  That remains to be seen!

So what were your first impressions of Billy Flynn as the new Chad DiMera of Salem?  Weigh-in below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Oddly, ive accepted him already as Chad…it usually takes me time to adjust to recast…it took me months to accept nuWill…this Chad actually seems more like a Dimera…so IMO this is the perfect recast choice in a long time! He could be to Days what J.R.s son is to Dallas…he kind of reminded me of him during those confrontation scenes with E.J.,…maybe no one else felt that but i did!!!

Amanda
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Amanda

I am not impressed with this new Chad, especially if he is suppose to be the new leader of the Dimera family and another EJ. He does not have the looks or charisma to fit that kind of character. He cold NEVER be remotely close the EJ character portrayed to perfection by James Scott. I have no intentions of watching Days after EJAMI are gone. Nothing at all to look forward to in my opinion. EJAMI are the best thing on Days and the only capturing duo. The rest are SO boring and pathetic!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Amanda….I agree. Flynn put on a mediocre show, sadly, not even close to my idea of what a DiMera should look like or act like. Nonetheless, it would not be fair and very remiss of me not to, at least, give him a shot. I did notice an edge to him…he has that I-dare-you-to-defy-me look. But, he looks very Irish….nothing Italian about him.
Frankly, I think Ben would have been a better choice for the Chad role. Who knows, Flynn may surpass what we expected, in a positive way.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I must amend (somewhat) my previous comments. Today, Flynn WAS a DiMera. He executed the role with aplomb. His icy stare burned a few holes in me.(sorry about the oxymoron…lol…just came out that way), I admit he was great….still too young for being pushed into this dramatic change of character, though….IMO

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Same here, Amanda. A recast is always difficult, but this one doesn’t seem to fit the bill. And I actually preferred the first Ben!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

Yes…AGREED!!!!! To me, Billy Flynn just ain’t cutting it here in the role of Chad DiMera. No. To me, Casey Deidrick was W-A-Y better in the role!!!!! As for that Billy Flynn dude…No Thank You. Next…….

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I agree, he is more DiMera-ish?..lol I loved Casey as Chad but Billy is bringing the DiMera out in him. By the way..I loved the right hook to EJ. Looking forward to what happens next! I can’t wait to see how Sonny and Will react to the nuChad…that will be very interesting!

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I was not overly impressed but whatever – it seems to me that it will be a somewhat predictable triangle between Abby, her current love interest Ben and the “new” Chad. I guess with current cast members departing, they obviously have to aim storylines around existing and new faces – however I still maintain that instead of constantly adding new actors, they should get some new sets. Everyone is always in that stupid park set, please – the labor day picinic, the big College together, someone’s wedding, the Vatican, an afternoon stroll, outspoken confessions to murder – PLEASE get some… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My recent favorite was the front of St. Luke’s School/ Church was simply the staircase that used to be a part of the Horton Square with a sign that said St. Luke’s and a green carpet to look like grass where the Square’s flooring was. But the oddest thing is the past the school and the church had no steps– which begs the question, where did those sets go??? But to be fair for the college party they at least put out different park benches—perhaps COSCO had a sale on them– LOL

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lol…i noticed that too about the steps when Hope was sitting on them…now i wonder what happened to that missing couch that used to be in the square and never got dirty…lol…speaking of missing whatever happened to Bev…she, not dayplayer Jill, shouldv’e been the one helping Eve split up J.J. and Paige…Bev was attracted to J.J., and it wouldv’e made more sense but then Paige might’ve quickly realized it was a setup if Bev was involved…or if she didnt, Bev couldv’e been desperate and blackmailed Eve for more money and this is how Paige learned it was her mother who… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

@jimh– perhaps because their budget for sets is so low that couch belonged to a former cast member who when they left the show, took their couch with them– LOL As for Bev– Eve needed to use someone JJ could not track down after the fact– if she used Bev, I think Paige might have been inclined to believe JJ since Bev already tried to deceived Paige into thinking JJ had an STD. But that Jill lady could show up again at some point and start blackmailing Eve for more money— I think at some point Eve will tell Paige… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I have never seen Catholic Church steps look like that. All the Catholic Churches I have ever attended/and schools, have basilica-style steps…weird!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Tony, funny stuff! It used to be that everything happened in the town square (aka shopping area), and that has been overused. Now, as you say, everything takes place in the woods. If you turn on your TV in the afternoon and you see trees, you’re probably in Salem!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James,

More and more, you are TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!!

To me, whenever I continue to leave my TV on in the morning after TPIR and I see trees in The Katherine Chancellor Park, I know that I’m watching something going on in Genoa City…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, my friend. Peace.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…dude…quick correction:

I meant to put the word ‘watching’ in-between the words ‘after and TPIR’. It should have read ‘after watching TPIR’. Anyway…MY BAD!!!!!

From J to J…Peace.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tony…y-e-s. To me, even a walk along a beach would be a refreshing change of pace. Yep. And…’stupid park set’ is right. I mean…spread out, move around…something. Oh, those soaps…LOL!!!!!

Take care, Tony. Peace.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I really didn’t feel it….to me he seems even younger than the last Chad… if he were in a t shirt and jeans he would have looked as though he could be in HS! Even younger than JJ. I was hoping with EJ leaving that he would be the new sexy mysterious Demeara, but that’s out the door. maybe in a decade or two…LOL.. Where’s the sexy romance DOOL? ( Don’t say Jennifer and Daniel…please!) I heard Melanie was coming back… perhaps a recast, but she was a fun character! 🙂 Can’t imagine a DOOL without EJ, Kristen, and Sami….… Read more »

PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco
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PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco

Days without SAMI EJ(who was only on 7 or 8 yrs)will be just as they always are
FINE.
I LOVE nu chad scenes,a real tall guy like other chad was, played by cute casey.
casey imo took some getting liking too as well. so i m giving this one a fair chance

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My first thought was he looks a bit like Nick — too bad that character’s dead, he might have been a good recast for the part. As Chad —still thinking about. I am pleased they are making Chad darker, turning him into a proper DiMera but without the crazy side. Not sure if having him confront EJ and then Abigail for his first scenes was the way to go. They were great scenes just wished I had seen them with Casey in the role or they have given me some time to get to know this new Chad before having… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I was thinking the same thing, this guy has “Nick vibes” and would have been a good recast for the role of Nick. Predictably, there has already been a brief confrontation between Abby and Ben and Chad in the Fake Leaf park where everything happens. In Salem, you have two places to meet someone – either at the Pub or in the Fake Leaf Park. That’s it. If you want to have dinner somewhere, sorry, it’s a sandwich at the Fake Leaf Park or a fruit plate at the Pub.

Steeeeeven
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Steeeeeven

I liked Caey, but he didn’t want to stick around so I think Billy will do a fine job in the role. At least the writers have realized the need for more Dimeras on the show. Only if a they could find a few more to keep Chad company come November.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Maybe, he will be ok, Steeeeeven. But, already I see traces of an out-of-character Chad. This nuChad is certainly acting as Lord of the Manor, robe and all…lol. The REAL Chad would never roam around the house in a velour robe, no less. Flynn needs to find the REAL Chad somewhere inside and emote that character.

amyrose
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amyrose

chad will show salem the new bad boy hope he is not whipped like ej from sami they made ej into a little lap dog he should have told sami kiss off but he didn’t but I will stay with days chad is what I am watching days for now

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I have a sneaking suspicion that EJ is setting up Sami — I don’t think she can humiliate a man like EJ without consequences. I think he is doing to her, what she did to him, making her believe he is on her side, wants her back, will protect her– but at the right moment I think he will yank the rug from under her, take her kids and disappear. Then Sami will go off looking for them, which is my theory how they will write these two characters off the show.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sounds plausible…and i love it…you should be a story consultant…but what would be a great twist is that Sami secretly knows what E.J. is up to and she takes off with the kids…and E.J. goes looking for her!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

@jimh– yeah that would be a good twist on a twist, but since we already know that James Scott left the show before Allison, we have to assume EJ is first to leave Salem. My theory is based on the fact that I can’t see Sami wanting to leave Salem, uproot her children, be separated from her grandchild, unless the reason was really compelling. So that is why I thought EJ will take off with the kids forcing Sami to go after them– but who knows what will shake down, Days is the only soap I have a hard time… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Jimh, you’re just too funny. Always one up on all of us.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Does anyone else see a resemblance between Billy Flynn and Casey Moss?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ye, I do, Jimmy…it’s around the eyes, for me…not the color…just his glance. The nose is similar also.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Don’t like the new Chad at all. They should have gotten someone at least as tall as Casey. Billy Flynn looks more like the actor who played Nick. My Mom even thought it was Nick!

Don’t like Flynn’s interpretation of Chad. He plays Chad too creepy. Casey’s Chad was never creepy. Also, I liked the scenes between Casey and Joe Mascolo as Chad and Stefano respectively. Don’t expect to see that same dynamic. I think casting messed this one up.

dawncollins
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dawncollins

I don’t care for him much. I understand the writing of his character being different though. He’s been living with Stefano of course he’s changed and not for the better. I wish Days would move on from someyhing/someone always breaking up Daniel & Jennifer and JJ & Paige. Move on already!! They rehash the same scenarios over and over.

Paul
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Paul

I still miss the original Chad but I’ll give the new actor a chance. I’ll root for any character that will try to make Abigail’s life messy and unhappy.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I liked him.. good choice.. a good Dimera!

Mo
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Mo

My first impressions were YIKES. Wish nuChad and nuWill would exit.

Mo
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Mo

And bring Stefano back FOR REAL.

BTripp
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BTripp

He does look like a combo of Nick and JJ. I will give him a chance but I was pretty fond of Casey as Chad. If Melanie is coming back also and going to be in a quad with Abigail, Chad, and Ben that might be hot.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It today’s show is any indication it looks like there might be a Chad/ Jordan pairing in the making. If so, then l hope that will make her more interesting, because she is so dull with Rafe.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The same thing crossed my mind, Mary……he looks kind of young, though. I think an older Chad would have been a better choice.

Wendy
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Wendy

Chad needs to be replaced. He just does not fit.

Wendy
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Wendy

I really hate the new Chad. The old Chad was so cute and lovable/likable. I thought the new Chad was Nick at first. I couldn’t stand the Nick character either. I hope they do an immediate recast of the new Chad. I’ll never get used to him in this role… Very disappointed!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The character of Chad is a new man. He has recovered from his gunshot and feels betrayed by Abby and EJ. Also, Stefano has influenced Chad.

He is a good recast at the perfect time!

Wendy
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Wendy

I think Stephano will do something to Sami and EJ will protect her by taking her and their kids somewhere. They’ll go into hiding. Of course, you can’t hide from Stephano (and it’ll eventually show that it somehow was Stephano’s plan all along). This will go on until Days figures out a way to bring them back!!!

Belle
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Belle

Give the new Chad a chance . He does appear to have an edge; plus, I think he’s setting up Kate for a huge fall. Chad is on his father’s team.

J.Schmidt
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J.Schmidt

Don’t care for the new Chad, I too thought it was Nick at first.. Redo please…

amyrose
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amyrose

ej will get shot but not killed he will be the new phoenix just like Stefano and he will come back looking for abby and do to abby what Stefano did to marlena just wait and see. Abigail = marlena Ej = Stefano Ben = john see what I see same story and I hope days does it

Jujhu
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Jujhu

he is just perfect, love him love him…. NOT the new will yak

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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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