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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews Sami's Reaction To Finding Out Will Is Gay!

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It’s Will Horton’s “official” coming out week on Days of our Lives! And to get celebrate, Outfest sponsored a terrific event late last week in Los Angeles called Days of our Lives: A Coming Out Celebration featuring red carpet arrivals, a screening for those in attendance of Will’s story thus far, and a panel discussion featuring members of the cast involved in the storyline including: Chandler Massey (Will), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Wally Kurth (Justin) Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Deidre Hall (Marlena) and co-executive producer Greg Meng.

Throughout the week, On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you our one-on-one interviews, and some sneak peeks and highlights, and emotional moments, from the panel discussion, as we celebrate the importance of another core character coming out on a daytime soap.

On today’s episode, Will finally comes out to Marlena, but what will happen when he tells his  mom? Alison Sweeney’s Sami has yet to find out on-screen that Will is gay, but when she does, as Alison previewed, it is your “typical”  Sami reaction.  With the permission of NBC executive, Bruce Evans, during the Outfest panel discussion, she elaborated on what viewers can expect when Sami is forced to deal with this game-changer in her son’s life!  SPOILER ALERT: If you do not want to know what happens, we advise you not to read on.  If you do want to read on,  check it out after the jump!

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ALISON:  Sami does not say anything, and she runs away.  What I love about Sami is that she loves her son so much, but she always seems to say the wrong thing.  She always puts her foot in her mouth, and if it’s possible to mess up a situation, Sami knows how to make that happen.  I think this is one of those times.  She knows how important it is, and it is so fun for me, because I love working with Chandler so much and we have such a fun dynamic.   It was such an open and vulnerable moment when Will tells Sami, and Sami goes, “I got to go,” and fled the scene.  I think she goes through those Sami things, that are probably very common, in other ways too.  But for Sami it’s very normal.  She thinks it all because of her, and what did she do?  Chandler described all of Sami’s flaws when he described how his character is affected by her past,  and she is not wrong to wonder how she played a role in this.   She has to work through all those feelings and talk to all the people in Salem about it.  She ultimately makes it about her.  I think in her heart and because she has Lucas, (who is her hero)  she will come crawling back to him about how can she make this right with Will.  And of course, that is a whole other beat of the story. There is a fun Sami and Kate scene, too where they are at odds about work, once again, but it’s so great.  There is this awesome moment where Kate looks at Sami and says, “Now, seriously.  Forget about that.  We are going to talk about making things OK for Will.”  And the two of them set aside their cat claws and take care of Will and have that conversation in a very similar Kate and Sami way.  They connected on that, and then at the very end, it’s like, “I am still going to torment you.” So, it was like, “Game on!” Lauren Koslow (Kate) and I love that opportunity to play that.

So what do you think about how Sami will react?  Are you excited to see the scenes play out?  Let us know!

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Patty
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Patty

It’s kind of hard to be excited about anything on Days, after today’s news. Strange, isn’t it, how the news of the writers responsible for the tremendous Will story firing is outed on the same day Will outs himself. It’s a sad day for Days, and not because of any story line.

Robert
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Robert

I only started to watch Days again after ABC cancelled All My Children. Gotta say, the stories have been 1000% better than what they were 15 years ago. I still miss AMC however, Will’s coming out story and the performances from Chandler Massey and Diedre Hall have been outstanding. I wish my parent’s would have been that supportative and I must tip my hat to the writers and the actors on Days for doing such a great job with this issue. Reminds me of when Bianca came out on All My Children, sorry, still missing my ABC soaps!

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RJ4

I think at this time the only story line well written on Days is the Will/Gay story line, so I am looking forward to it continuing. If the quality of writing of other story lines will be as good and as important as the gay story line, the show may have a chance of improving and continuing no matter who the writers are.

Blake
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Blake

I can’t wait for the Sami and Will scenes, and the Kate and Sami scenes!

Lucy
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Lucy

Well what i have to say : Alison Sweeney is a very brave woman and actress, i admire her. She always supports this show even when they made Sami the very unsympathetic one..i am sad about that but i admire Sweeney.. Sami being self-centered i get it but to have her so much in denial and all about her in this rare moment is NOT IN CHARACTER, Sami i repeat suffered of self-loathing for a long long time (and still does imo) therefore her self-destructive personality, her eat disorder, her obsession with a ‘perfect family’ with a ‘perfect guy’ like… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

It’s LUMILYTIME and I am loving it,,,

Lucy
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Lucy

weakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Rick
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Rick

The writers are handling this Will storyline superb. Its a parents reaction to either scream,rant and rave or say its their fault or take the easy way out and walk away til it hits them.Then they will discuss it all over town before confronting their child.

david
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david

I am new to Days and looking forward to compelling performances surrounding a difficult topic for many parents.

Avelina
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Avelina

This storyline with Will is great. EJAMI is coming and I am loving it. James Scott and Alsion Sweeney are electric and combust on screen. They are my favourite soap couple of ALL time after Jack/Jenn of course lol. I cant wait to see EJAMI finally get their chance and this is what we have been asking for. EJOLE are soooooooo boring I have not tuned into DAYS for ov er 8 months now and if EJAMI are not together I dont plan on it. Korday and Co should take pointers from Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati at GH who… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

R u kidding me? EJole has more chemistry than EJami ever will, not to mention how Sami was raped by EJ (u r sick if u think that it was not rape), and still he was responsible for her rape by Rafe2. Lumi and Safe pawn EJami anyday. This storyline is great I love Sonny and Will, and WilSon/Silly.

Dorothyg
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Dorothyg

I love Ejami…there is no other couple that has the natural chemistry that they have. They sizzle together, are fun to watch , flirtatious with each other and are so good together. When they are in a room together, their eyes can speak in volumes and no one else is in the room except them. Ejami will always have the chemistry…

Kelly
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Kelly

OH, I am so looking forward to the EJami scenes today! This will be one of those days where I’m running home from work and grabbing the DVR remote!! Alison Sweeney and James Scott do such an AMAZING job as EJami and their chemistry is off the charts! I’ve been an EJami fan ever since they first “looked” at each other and we all know that “look”! Their eyes say it all…….they have always loved each other, no matter how much they try to deny it and they need to admit it and give the fans what we’ve been waiting… Read more »

Sophie
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Sophie

I look forward to the scenes between Kate and Sami. Lauren Koslow and Alison Sweeney have tons of chemistry, whether they are hating or helping each other! As for E.J. and Sami…vroooom. Can´t wait. JS and AS are simply AMAZING together and will rock their scenes as always! EJami all the way…the best chemistry on Daytime!

Sheree
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Sheree

Since Friday night Michael I have been literally waiting for this week’s scenes on Days of Our Lives! I don’t think I can even remember when I felt like this, ok yes that’s when the DOD promo was released! I am really sad to hear the writers have been let go, and especially after knowing how much work they have put in to bring back the EJ and Sami we know and love. This promo, just highlights Classic Ejami, full of humour, chemistry chemistry and the banter is simply effortless I don’t know how they do it really I don’t… Read more »

joan
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joan

I have really enjoyed the Will coming out story but for me Ejami is the reason I have stayed with this show thru thick and thin. I hope they will finally have then in a serious romance . I am not a fan of Ejole or Lumi again. Holding my breath with the return fo CW and GT but Dool cannot afford to screw up yet again. Ejami or nothing for me as a fan..I’ve suffered thru everything else that obviously hasn’t brought in the ratings. Give Ejami a chance to shine the way no one else comes close to… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

Yes! Ejami scenes! Anytime EJ and Sami share screen time I’m watching. They are so amazing together. Alison Sweeney and James Scott have the best chemistry! It’s time for Days to put these two together and watch the ratings climb. Team Ejami!

Celeste
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Celeste

Love the Wil storyline. I think it is being written very responsibly. And I must comment on the video of the day. God! I hope Sami and EJ do get together. I can’t take anymore teasing!

memetoo
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memetoo

I’ve been really impressed by how the Will story has been handled on Days. It’s well-written and playing out in such an interesting way. Chandler is doing great work. I’m look forward to seeing Sami react to the news. As far as EJami goes, well, this could be merely a tease or closure — I’d prefer them actually getting a chance to be a couple before the show leaves the airwaves, not saying that will happen but in this age of soaps going bye bye, you never know. I’m enjoying Ali and James in scenes together again (it’s been such… Read more »

Deborah Kallus
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Deborah Kallus

The Ejami chemistry will never wain. When is TBTB going to realize that Ejami is their golden ticket to higher ratings. For the life of me, I can’t understand tptb not having EJ and Sami together permanently. The storylines would be endless. Safe and Ejoke is both boring as heck and have sent the ratings down the toilet. Any moron should be able to see that. Just look at the spike in ratings during the Nov 18th and 21st shows compared to the much lower ratings when EJ and Sami are not sharing scenes. Hopefully, we will finally get some… Read more »

Krista
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Krista

I’ve been enjoying Will’s storyline. I’m glad that Days went there and explored the issue of Will’s sexuality. Chandler Massey has been doing an outstanding job portraying the complexities of a young man coming to grips with the discovery that he is gay. On another note, Ejami, for me, is a diamond in the rough on Days. When EJ and Sami are in scenes together they shine and make their other potential pairings look like poor, lacklustre imitations. It has been lovely and positively spine-tingling to see EJ and Sami in scenes together again, showing us that they’ve still got… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Loved the EJami promo. EJami are so coming! They are both in denail. I can’t wait to see their storyline continue. They are rebulding EJami. It feels just like old times. And it’s classic EJami. Love it. And can’t wait for Sami/Will scenes. I love Will’s s/l.

Feisty
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Feisty

Oh, Days— BRING the world what they CRAVE—EJAMI!!! Save your show and consistantly write for this incomparable couple!!!!

AngelOB
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AngelOB

I’m looking forward to seeing those hot EJami scenes on the big screen! I’m also enjoying the Will & Sonny storyline, I think the two actors are wonderful together. I must admit I’m fearful how it’s going to be written now that Marlene and Darrell are out the door.

pinky.ring
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pinky.ring

I’ve got my popcorn popped and I am waiting to watch these coveted EJAMI scenes! I hope I am watching the beginnings of a true EJAMI love story!

Nicole
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Nicole

I have been waiting all week since I saw the promo for the EJami scenes! They are for me the epitome of everything I have waited and looked for in a Soap Couple. I love their natural chemistry and “their larger then life” on-screen presence; they are truly a force to be reckoned with. The promo alone had me feeling like a child at Christmas waiting to open my presents; that is how exciting EJami is to me! I love them, I hope DAYS know how many people and fans want this amazing couple together. I cannot wait for MORE… Read more »

marilyn
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marilyn

Just absolutely love EJAMI! Have been waiting for their story to be told since 2006. They sizzle on screen together. Let’s put EJOLE,LUMI and SAFE away for good. Boring couples who do not have the hot chemsitry of EJAMI.

cheryl
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cheryl

I loved the promo and to tell you the truth I’m on the fence about this being a real reunion or if they are teasing us again. On one hand I absolutely love love that they are flirting and fun with each other again. It’s like old times when you just saw the chemistry in every little thing they did. The IT factor is still there between them. I’m also afraid of the other shoe to drop, so to speak. I just don’t think I can take them falling apart again and these writers IMO like to play fan bases.… Read more »

Ree
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Ree

I am really hoping that EJami get their shot at a true love story, the chemistry is amazing, they have depth & history and are unique. They are in a league of their own with their natural charisma and magnetism. They draw you and don’t let you go, no matter what I have never given up on this couple and never stopped wanting to see them given a chance to be together. This EJami fan is tired of being led on to be let down & am really hoping this is finally their time to shine.

Nerie
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Nerie

I’m so happy to see that Days has finally decided to cash in on the goldmine that is James Scott and Alison Sweeney. It’s about time they started to display their off the charts chemistry. The promo showed just that. I can’t wait to see more of them together.

Angi
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Angi

Finally! Ejami sexy fun flirting. Love it!!

Purple Crayon
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Purple Crayon

Between EJ and Sami, EJ vs. Lucas, EJ and Will and Will and his possible romance with Sonny, has been keeping me coming back for more.

I think that they’re teasing us, but eventually EJ and Sami will reunite but this time for real without any secrets hanging over their heads.

At least I hope so. If I feel like I’m gonna get burned AGAIN, well, I just don’t think my little old EJami loving heart can take another stab.

Cath
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Cath

The Will coming out storyline and the possibility that EJ & Sami could get truly written for as a romance this time is what keeps me watching Days.

Mitchell
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Mitchell

GOLDMINE, NBC should have paved the way for EJ & Sami eons ago, I’ve waited a long time for them to be the couple they were meant to be from the beginning.

Liza
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Liza

I am enjoying the Will storyline. I really enjoy him working for EJ too. I am sooooo excited to finally see EJ and Sami getting along again. MarDar were bringing the characters of EJ and Sami back to us…slowly but surely. Watching their friendship rekindle is all kinds of amazing. I have been waiting for a true love story to be told between these two for years! Watching the amazing chemistry between Ali and James has been missed. I can only hope this is just the beginning and there is much more to come. Hopefully the new writers embrace EJami… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Put EJ and Sami together and I will watch this show forever. They are interesting, unique, fun, entertaining, cute, and HOT! I will never understand why it has taken so long to write a love story for these two. I could see them having a lot of fun adventures together, and it would never be dull! They are my all-time favorite soap opera couple!!!

Marmizio
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Marmizio

I’m loving DAYS right now – can’t get enough of Ejami!! So hope TPTB get it right this time and showcase the powerhouse couple they are capable of being with their off the charts chemistry and their hot yet sweet flirty bantering. LOVE it 🙂

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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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