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Could DAYS Rafe be getting a new love interest?

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps was on the red carpet last week at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Days of our Lives 45th anniversary event speaking with Galen Gering (Rafe) and DAYS exec, Ken Corday to get their thoughts on the ongoing current plight of Rafe/Sami/EJ that continually evolves and never quite resolves!

Corday offered up his sentiments on how he sees the viewers take on it.  “First of all, the fans are split down the middle and I love it.  We stretch the rubber band until it snaps.  And, Sami snapped a couple weeks ago and when you get a good thing in story, you run with it.”

Then when asked if Rafe is going to snap too, Corday revealed, “Rafe is not going to snap.  He is solid and he is the G-man.  There are other women besides Sami, too.  Let’s not forget that! And I am talking about someone currently on the canvas.”   Gering was genuinely surprised by his boss’s remarks, “That is revealing news there.  Not sure if he really mean me or not, but either way it bodes well.”

So what do you think? Do you want Rafe paired with another gal in Salem? And if so, who would be the right romantic interest for Agent Hernandez? Make sure to read all the interview from the red carpet with the cast of DAYS in the latest Michael’s Blog entry!

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Waverly
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Waverly

Rafe’s dreamy appeal is how devoted he is to his girl. We don’t need a bunch of bed hoppers. Romance in the afternoon is not about how many different partners can be switched around. Bo and Hope have such enduring appeal because no matter what forces come between them they are soul mates destined to find their way back. Rafe and Sami are special on the show because they have a similar love affair. They have had horrible obstacles to overcome, but yet they still have found their way back together. I’d rather see some action adventure & witty sparks… Read more »

DorisC
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DorisC

GMAFB Rafe and Samie barley know each other! The chemistry is EJ and Samie! They have two children together, they have the history of Santos and Collen. Safe share nothing but sex, and it’s gross! They had the audicity to have sex on Samie’s wedding night to EJ! How low class! Then again Rafe has no class! That is not romance, it nomance in my book! You want to talk about obstacles; well EJamie has had them all, no one wants to see them together, everytime they get close someone or something always gets in the way! Well this viewer… Read more »

Patty
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Patty

I agree that Rafe needs to be with one girl; it’s just not Sami. There aren’t sparks flying the way that they do when EJ and Sami are on screen. Plus, I don’t think Rafe’s background has been developed enough to make him intricate enough to be paired with Sami long term. She’s a wild child, and he isn’t. Place him with someone who would benefit from his staidness. Nicole would be a perfect match since she needs someone like Rafe.

Jamie
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Jamie

Yes! Nicole would be a great pairing for Rafe!

lucie
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lucie

My god comparing Rafe and Sami to Bo and Hope : blasphemy !
Anyway i just want the guy to go away, he doesn’t work with anybody.
Bring back Eric Brady and Nicholas Alamain instead.

ejamily
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ejamily

The main obstacle Safe had to overcome was Rafe walking out on Sami for no reason like when she wanted to know what happened to his fiance. And that locker room scene was trashy and disgusting. It made Sami look like a tramp for making out with Rafe right after accepting Ej’s proposal and Rafe could have just said I love and want you and don’t marry Ej and this whole shooting SL coulda been avoided. I don’t know how Rafe constantly pushing Sami away and walking out on her equates to some sort of great love. They need to… Read more »

cinnamon
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cinnamon

I totally agree with you about SAFE. They have the hottest chemistry.
I have never seen any kind of chemistry with ejami besides lies,rape,manipulation. just because Ejami have kids together don’t mean they belong together.
No one belongs with a abuser even if they are the father of the children.
This I know from first hand experience.
Bo and Hope so belong together. Just like Sami and Rafe belong together.

anonymous
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anonymous

I love how Ken Corday is changing his tune now….First he knew that fans wanted Safe, now he says they are split down the middle. What’s next? The ratings go down even further until he says that the fans want Ejami. This is why I’m scared that Days will be the next Soap to be cancelled. It seems like the guy in charge has no idea what the fans want.

cinnamon
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cinnamon

the ratings went way down when Ejami was on screen. Now they are trying to fix that mess. The storyline of the shooting wasn’t the right way to do it. I agree there. Ej going to prison would of been the right way to fix it. Ej needs to pay for his crimes once and for all.

anonymous
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anonymous

OMG…..so it’s still EJ’s fault? Everything is EJ/EJami’s fault. I could care less about Ejami vs. Safe or whoever their trying to curse with Sami Brady this week, but I’m not blind. Did you not see which week tanked in the ratings? The blessed Safe reunion that all us fans supposedly wanted. So if what your saying is true then why didn’t the ratings soar that week, and then climb ever since then? Where were all the viewers that wanted to see EJ get what’s coming to him? Where is this “majority” of fans that “wanted Safe”. I’ll tell you… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

I’m starting to get the feeling that Corday WANTS Days to get cancelled. Nobody could be as dumb as he has been in handling this show. It’s not possible. There must be something in it for him if the show goes away.

Lena
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Lena

If I hadn’t seen the white hot chemistry between EJ and Sami, then maybe I could see the appeal of Sami and Rafe, but honestly, they’re just a wanna be couple to me now. There’s not another couple in daytime that has the sizzle of EJami. Hopefully, one day Ken Corday will realize the deep appeal of this couple and write them a genuinely romantic story. In the meantime, give Rafe a chance with another actress with whom he can be more natural and maybe have some sparks. I just get a brother/sister vibe from GG and Ali. It’s kind… Read more »

Kiren
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Kiren

So Rafe is going to be placed w/someone else whose currently on-screen. Could it be Nicole? Because I wouldn’t be opposed to that at the moment, I am enjoying Bricole thought. EJami comes first and foremost for me though. I don’t get any kind of vibe w Ali and Galen…it’s like Sami is a shell of her former self whenever shes around him. It sickens me.

marilyn
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marilyn

Safe just doesn’t have IT. They are boring and Ali just has no spark with him. EJAMI is unique. THey have the chemsitry that lights up a room. When they are in a room together, across the room from each other, its only them. EJAMI has a unique combination that DAYS needs to capitalize on. Make them a gray couple that have their way with the people of Salem. Sami needs to live in the Dimera mansion not in some brick walled apartment.

Skyla
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Skyla

I will always be a LUMI fan first and foremost but if I can’t have them, I’d rather her be with EJ. Rafe is so boring and he doesn’t accept Sami for who she is, he’s always trying to change her and make her do what HE wants. I thought they were cute in the safehouse but since then whatever they had has fizzled out… I keep hoping they’ll bring back Rafe’s “dead” girlfriend who will turn out not to be dead.

Jamie
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Jamie

That’s a good idea!

annie
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annie

just want Rafe gone period. he is a slug with no chemistry unless its with Prescious the Oranguatan.

Kiren
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Kiren

EJ and Sami are the pairing w/the appeal that says “I’m only for this one person, she’s it for me.” When Galen talks about Rami relationship, he definitely acts as if he could do better than Sami. That Sami should be happy that he chooses to be with her and that it doesn’t matter to Rafe is he leaves her as long as she isn’t with EJ. And he portrays Rafe that way. For James his opinion is that Sami is it for him, he tried to move on and it just doesn’t work for him because Sami is his… Read more »

darnell
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darnell

I’m glad Rafe may have a new love interest. He has no chemistry or spark with Sami. Besides, Sami has enough on her plate with Ej and their children. Days use to be about family and romance. I wish they’d get some of that back. Put Sami and Ej together with their children. Give them some romance and put that unbelievable and undeniable chemistry to good use. And I don’t mean sex…I mean just sweet endearing moments between them and with their children.

Jamie
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Jamie

Yeah, they are pushing lots of cheap sex right now. Wish they would focus more on ROMANCE and the slow burn.

Michelle
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Michelle

EJ and Sami should be together.The writers have wasted years not putting one of the hottest couples on Daytime TV,Soaps together as a real couple.The chemistry that James Scott and Ali Sweeney have is just magical.I think that Rafe should have another love interest because Galen G. has no chemistry with Ali and he does not shine like he could, if paired with the right person.

C rael
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C rael

No more Safe!!!! Ejami always and forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME
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ME

I don’t buy what KC said for one minute! I would rather have Rafe gone but if he stays I’d like to see him with Nicole since she is the only person I’ve seen him with that had any chemistry at all. Plus Nicole always needs saving, Sami Brady does NOT! Or I’d really like to see if he has chemistry with Chloe they look stunning together. I say get Bope and Ejami back together at least for a while and everyone else can do the bed hopping. They need families on this show besides the Carvers whom we rarely… Read more »

semaj
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semaj

i want a bricole and rafe triangle

cinnamon
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cinnamon

No I don’t want Rafe with anyone else. I couldn’t see anyone else on canvas for him. Now a new love interest for Ej would be so much better so he would could obsessing over Sami.
Rafe and Sami belong together. They have a real love connection.
I love how Rafe and Sami love each other so much and it shows in there eyes. They just show it by looking at each other and how they are amazing together.The chemistry they have just sizzles. SAFE all the way!!!

cinnamon
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cinnamon

I love how Galen and Ali bring SAFE to live. They are awesome actor and actress. They have so much chemistry together on screen it is amazing how they pro tray it.
They don’t even have to say anything and you can see how much love is between Sami and Rafe without words even being said. Love SAFE only couple I love besides BOPE

sarah
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sarah

as long he is away from Sami l don’t mind he gonna be paired with

Liza
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Liza

I guess if we HAVE to keep Rafe around because the powers that be don’t want to let “bedroom eyes” go….pair him with either Carly, Stephanie or Nicole. I’d rather him and Gabi just leave Salem…BORING.

cinnamon
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cinnamon

I would Rather Ej leave Salem. He should of never came to Salem.If it wasn’t for the Rape Sami would not even have kids with Ej. I hope they turn around and make Johnny Lucas’s and Sydney Nicole and Ej’s get Ej completely away from Sami. Sami don’t deserve no abuser in her life.She deserves someone that loves her truely and fully.That is not Ej. All he cares about is lying and manipulating her ever chance he gets. SAFE has more chermistry then Ejami ever has. There is no chemistry when it comes to lies,rape and manipulation.

Alicia
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Alicia

I’d love to see him with Nicole. She could really use a knight in shining armor! (What’s Sami supposed to do with one of those? lol) I still remember the Snarky wit between Rafe and Nicole when he was hounding her during the baby-switch. Nicely matched!
When E.J. and Samantha are together, all is right with the world!

NANCY
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NANCY

for eric brady’s return why don’t you get jake pavelka for that part eric brady all grown up and smoking hot

NANCY
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NANCY

i do love ej and rafe but i know sami she loves and craves danger over safe she will always keep running to ej she says she loves rafe but i think she still loves ej why would she stll bother continuing being in his face and always running into him

SafenSound
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SafenSound

Thanks Michael! I see there’s a lot of SAFE bashing, but SAFE truly is the rooting couple here! As far as a new love interest for Rafe, I don’t think the character of Rafe is fickled or does flip flops on the people he loves. Like KC stated, Rafe is solid and is the good guy here and he loves Sami! As far as somebody already on canvas…that could very be Nicole but I would think she’d be reconciled to EJ, not Rafe because they were never a couple. Enough of Ejami already, we’ve seen nothing but hurt, manipulation, control… Read more »

KenseysMom
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KenseysMom

Ahhh once again. Safe/Rafe/Galen bashing. Theres a surprise! I agree with my fellow safe buds and Im not trying to be cranky to Ejami fans…but enough already. Ejami has had their chance for YEARS..it hasnt worked. So lets give SAFE a chance. Chemistry is obviously in the eye of the beholder..and I see LOADS of it with Sami + Rafe! Love the romance. He would do anything for her. And continuously shows that. EJ does nothing but lie and manipulate and plot. If thats ur type of guy? I can see why you love him! He’s king of that stuff.… Read more »

shanda
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shanda

Girl I am so with you! I love Rafe and I totally agree with Sami when she says he’s the best thing that ever happened to her! And those who bash Galen are just getting fantasy and reality mixed up a little! I totally agree with you the face that Ali and Galen obviously love working together adds a lil somethin to their scenes. Love it and love them! The Ej and Sami story disgusts me as it is always manipulation and lies between them!!!!! At least Sami and Rafe are against the rest of the world NOT each other.… Read more »

KenseysMom
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KenseysMom

Funny…looking back at a few of the posts previous to mine (I usually dont). Amazing how easy it is to bash when you’re “anonymous” isnt it? JS may be a great actor to YOU but to me he is very very difficult to watch (and thats an understatement). I wont go into why..I think thats unkind and I cant stand it when you guys do it to Galen. That said. Your opinion Ms. Anonynous is just that, AN OPINION. Just because you state it..doesnt make it true. Trust me when I say therre are plenty of fans that are NOT… Read more »

Sugar
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Sugar

SAFE is the only couple that makes sense. EJami is wrong in too many ways to mention. Let’s start with RAPE. Their fans are delusional and as obsessed with JS as EJ is with Sami. EJ is no fun to watch, everytime they are on screen i’m bored to tears. It has been way too long and the s/l stinks like an old pair of sneakers. Onward and upward with SAFE will help bring back dedicated viewers. Thank you.

SafenSound
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SafenSound

In reading this interview again, I think KC is talking about Sami is not the only woman in Salem for EJ…not Rafe….even GG wasn’t sure what to make of it whether KC said that for Rafe or not….so I say GO SAFE!

cinnamon
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cinnamon

I agree with you on that. I think that KC wasn’t talking about Rafe I think he was talking about Ej. Sami isn’t the only woman in Salem for Ej. Nicole is perfect for Ej both are villians. Sami isn’t a villain she has done bad things.As for shooting Ej that was long over due.To bad Ej didn’t die. I wish he would just leave Salem already. SAFE is the best thing that has happen to days in a long time. SAFE and BOPE are the rooting couples of Days. SAFE deserve to be happy without that lying manipulating person… Read more »

SafenSound
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SafenSound

I wholeheartedly agree with you cinnamon about Johnny and Sydney…although I don’t like how Nicole was so desperate to hang onto EJ in the babyswitch, I would like to see her have her miracle baby if that’s Sydney and make room for a SAFE baby…if we love the way Rafe treats Sami now, wait til she’s pregnant with his baby….oh so sweet, we ain’t seen nothing yet…that is if tptb will do that for them and for us, lol!

lovingit
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lovingit

I prefer Rafe just move to another town I dislike the character more each day. As for those defending his acting I just have to say that for me KC’s statement about GG, and that he doesn’t have to say anything he can say so much with his eyes, was very telling that even they are aware of his limitations. And MF even made reference to GG acting skills in an interview previous to him starting on DOOL. When you don’t know that he said something with sadness until Sami points it out that says a lot (only one example).… Read more »

SupercoupleSAFE
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SupercoupleSAFE

That’s your opinion. Mine is that GG is a wonderful actor. Look at the fanbase he has created in such a short time. A bad actor wouldn’t have a following like this without maximum skills. His body language, timing and sex appeal does just fine. But thank you for adding such positivity.

SafenSound
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SafenSound

Not only that SupercoupleSAFE, Galen worked for what 10 years on Passion? That’s not easily done in today’s soap business, so for Days to scoop him up has been nothing but A+++++…

SupercoupleSAFE
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SupercoupleSAFE

Thank you thank you thank you KC for getting this right. SAFE is truely fantastic and makes me smile everytime they’re together.

ejami is like old news already forgotten

debbie
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debbie

Leave Rafe and Sami together. They have projected real love and the chemistry is beyond sizzling!

Jamie
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Jamie

YAY! Love Galen. I like Rafe – but NOT WITH SAMI. They are totally boring together. Rafe would be great paired with someone else. I think SAFE fans are confusing loving the character with loving the couple. Rafe IS great. He’s a great hero figure for us. But there’s no real chemistry with Galen and Ali, unfortunately. Go to youtube and watch Lucas and Sami – there was actual heat there. You could tell that those two were very comfortable with each other, and they enjoyed putting on a show for us. Same with James Scott – he enjoys playing… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

Lucas Horton is the man for Sami,EJ is the man for Nicole and Bo is all the man Hope will ever need.

LUMI
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LUMI

I would love to have Sydney be Ej and Nicole child,Johnny to be Lucas’s son.
I know Lucas is out of town now but Im hopeing he will be back soon,if not with Sami for his family and fans.

Paul
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Paul

Put this boring guy with someone else Sami belongs with EJ Ejami have 1000 times more chemistry than dull Safe i believe Rafe will moved on with another woman i hear Ejami will be happening very soon we all know he is going to get his kids back so there will be plenty of Ejami magic moments in the next few months sooner or later Sami is going wake and realise EJ is the man she truly loves and not Rafe. Safe are the worst couple i have ever seen no offence its like watching paint dry watching them i… Read more »

sara
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sara

safe is BORING!!!!

NANCY
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NANCY

please cancel james scott’s real life wedding he cannot marry in real life please stop him from england at the big sur in the next year please for me

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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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