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DAYS Christie Clark Interview: Carrie's return, Patrick Muldoon & if sparks will fly with Rafe!

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As Days of our Lives is now a few weeks into their reboot bringing many longtime favorites back to the fold, viewers are starting to see the beginning seeds of many stories being planted for some time to come.  One of the biggest returns was bringing the popular original supercouple pairing of Austin and Carrie back to the screen.  One half of the duo, Christie Clark (Carrie) has taken a few trips to Salem over her career.  She is back again in the fall of 2012, this time making Carrie Brady Reed more of a force to be reckoned with a distinct new career direction and fighting for justice.

On-Air On-Soaps had the chance to catch-up with Christie today. When we spoke to the earthy and honest actress, we got into the latest developments affecting the lives of Carrie and Austin, Sami and Rafe, and John Black.  Plus, what it was like for Christie coming back to DAYS and working with her first leading man, Patrick Muldoon (Austin).  Here’s what Christie had to say about it all!

Have you seen the show since the reboot?  You had to wait a long time to see your work on-screen!

CHRISTIE: I did. I saw last week’s airshows,  but I did not have a chance to check out my DVR this week.  So, I don’t even remember what we have done! (Laughs) It seems like so long ago. It is kind of exciting for us in the cast to watch now.

Why the decision to come back to DAYS now?  Was it just good timing for you? Or, did the stars just align?

CHRISTIE: A little of both.  It seems to always happen that way for me with DAYS.  I left in 1998. I went traveling, and studied some Shakespeare, and then I met my husband. Next, I kind of came back into Los Angeles while he was working up in San Francisco. I was twiddling my thumbs a little bit and then DAYS popped up again.  Then, that ended and we decided to have a baby, and now we have two children. I love being a mommy, but it is nice being fulfilled artistically as well. Now I go back and forth from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  I dip in and I dip out and it’s fantastic.  I like both spots.  I like L.A. for the obvious reasons of the nice weather and where my industry is, but San Francisco is about clean air and has a lot of Granola and hippie-types, and is more flavorful for me.

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What was it like working with Patrick Muldoon again? It had to be trippy after 16 years!

CHRISTIE: It was really, really trippy! First of all, we think we are still the age we were, and then we look at each other and go, “Oh crap. We are not twenty anymore!” So that is a trip. Then, all of the memories we have. We are in the same building where everything happened 16 years ago. So we have all those fun times to reflect on, and it’s weird. It feels like 16 years have truly flown by!

I think though having Patrick back is very special too.  Austin Peck did a good job at making the role his own, but I think Patrick held a special place in people’s hearts.

CHRISTIE: Yes. I heard that and think that, too. But I felt bad for Austin Peck, because when someone originates a role like Peter Reckell did with Bo Brady, for most people if they are really good, that is thee “Austin” or thee “Bo”.  It can be hard for another actor coming in and making these signature roles their own.

And it had nothing to do with the actor that replaced them; it had more to do with who the fans identified with the roles.  You were replaced at one time too!

CHRISTIE: Yes, I was.  But first I replaced Andrea Barber, and then Tracy Middendorf came in for a year…

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… That’s right and we all went, “Who’s this?” (Laughs)  So now Carrie is a defense attorney! When you found out that you were going to be a “defense attorney” were you like, “bring it on I can do all this legalese?” Or, “Oh crap. Now I am going to have to learn this type of dialog?”

CHRISTIE: My first reaction was that I called Patrick and he called me.  We found out what are jobs were going to be … and he is a Forensic Accountant!

…Which, if you listen to my last podcast with Patrick as special guest, just cracked me up!

CHRISTIE: We did, too! We just were cracking up thinking that these two professions were the two furthest things from either of us. But when it scares you, it’s a good thing.  So it really scared the both of us, and I of course, was scared to learn all the lawyer jargon. However, I went and visited my wonderful girlfriend in San Francisco who was a defense attorney. From day one, I said, “OK, I can do this.  I see these people and all is well. They are not that much different than me.” After that, I wasn’t scared at all.

So you have done some courtroom scenes now, and when you got to the point of saying, “Well, your honor…” … were you thinking, “This is so surreal?”

CHRISTIE: Yes! I was thinking that this was so surreal and even more than that. But it was such fun to get into those powerful business suits. (Laughs)

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Yeah, she is a “smarty pants” which is great!  Now you can kind of see coming up that Rafe and Sami’s relationship could be headed for trouble, and Carrie and Austin’s, since these two came back onto the canvas.  It  seems like Rafe and Carrie are being thrown together in all sorts of circumstances.  Next week, Rafe gets fired and he contacts Carrie with vital information about John!  Carrie follows up on Rafe’s lead. So don’t you think this clearly points to something?

CHRISTIE: It seems like that is a direction that could take place between Carrie and Rafe, but what is great about our new head writers is that we don’t really know. I mean, I am working with Galen Gering (Rafe) a lot and our characters are on the same page fighting for John, because Rafe fights for his family, and so we are connecting for sure.

And Austin is reconnecting with Sami, because we know she does not like John, and Austin has evidence to prove John’s guilt in the embezzlement and fraud charges!

CHRISTIE: Yes. Austin and Sami are finding a connection again, but they have not had too many scenes yet. So, I do not if that is the direction they are going to take.  Carrie and Rafe are definitely working together, bonding, and having fun.

Now you know, if you got to have a sex-scene with Galen, you would be happy with that!

CHRISTIE: (Laughs) I think that would be swell sure! I like to make sure I have sexual tension with anyone I have scenes with.

Of course! Because in soaps the actors need to play that into their scenes if they want to indicate to the writers a pairing they think would work, or to show the writers how the pairing they have chosen will register on the screen to the viewers at home. And, most importantly if the fans will buy into it.

CHRISTIE: Exactly! And if the fans want it, great!

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Have Alison Sweeney (Sami) and you had any bitch-fights yet as Sami and Carrie?

CHRISTIE: No, not yet. But you know people love that, so I am sure it will happen at some point. I am so enjoying that we are trying to get along, and trying to be the sisters we secretly always wanted to be, but we both find each other difficult to get along with!

I think that is true to life in families.  Now on soaps and with you two, there may be a heightened sense of disgust with one another. I think there is that in family dynamics where siblings try to tolerate each other, but in the end it wears off and they go back to the old feelings they have for one another. Try as they might!

CHRISTIE: Yeah, and you just know how to push each others buttons.

I just never knew how Carrie could ever forgive Sami for all the heinous things she did to her!

CHRISTIE: No, and Carrie is trying and has always wanted to, but she was young back then and Sami seems so different now.  I am playing it that Carrie does not trust her. I am so pleased that the writers have written that way.  If I would just go back and trust Sami right away, that would be lame.  They have written it very well.

What I want to see for you now is that Carrie would have a backbone, and not become that wimpy wipe-the- floor-with-her kind of girl again?

CHRISTIE:  I agree. I want to know who the mastermind behind all of this is. I feel like it’s our co-executive producer, Greg Meng.  I want to know who our Wizard of Oz is, and I am not sure. But honestly, I do think it’s Greg.  He really loves Days of our Lives. Somebody is doing what the fans have always wanted.  For one thing, they have always wanted Carrie to have a backbone, and they have always wanted the connection with Drake and Deidre as John and Marlena.  Everyone wants to see Carrie, John, and Marlena, and that is who I grew up with, or Bo and Hope.  I worked with them for years. We are now acknowledging each other and working with each other in terms of family, and it’s great!

Had you seen Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Alison since you had been away from daytime?

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CHRISTIE: I had seen Ali, but unfortunately during my time away, Dee and I did not get a chance to see each other. It’s wonderful to see her again.

While you have been gone, Alison’s career has taken off more … and more … and more!

CHRISTIE: She has turned into quite the business lady and entrepreneur and I am loving watching that, and so impressed by her.

As we wrap up, if you were to describe Patrick Muldoon what would you say? And, most especially for all those Carrie and Austin fans who are very excited that the two of you are back in Salem?

CHRISTIE: I would say, Patrick is a romantic, animalistic Marlon Brando from “Streetcar!”

 

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Kaysi
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Kaysi

Great interview! I’m all for a Rafe/Carrie/Austin triangle. Carrie is definitely more Rafe’s speed than Sami is, and maybe an illicit affair will spice Rafe up a bit (it worked for Carrie when Mike was brought into the picture). Plus watching two of the show’s “good guys” battling it out would be fun to watch. And the bonus, of course, is that it would most certainly shock Sami back into anti-Brady-mode, which would be a very welcome change of pace.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

Exactly! I LOVE my Sami always, but anti-Brady mode is the best! And think of all the poetic justice of Sami getting her man stolen from her by her sister. LOL I so hope that’s how it plays out. But, we shall have to watch and see. (I’m going to stock up on popcorn). =)

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Oh boy–Great interview with Miss Christie, Michael! 🙂

Cassie
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Cassie

Well I totally lost any respect for Christie in that interview. And if Carrie sleeps with Rafe-she is dead to me. ha! I really don’t think the writers will go with that,,no matter how bad Christy wants to play that out with Galen! Rafe is too good of man to fall for her or to cheat on Sami!

Elle
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Elle

That Christie Clark cheated me! Hahaha! A few weeks ago she said on Twitter that she feels bad for her co-stars because of all the garlic or onions she ate the night before. Then Galen replied with a tweet that said “Awwww great! :(“. My mind went into suspicious mode. For him to be so annoyed by her breath would mean that she would be kissing him, because they were going to get super close. So I tweeted them both asking if they were making out. She denied it! Now I find out that her and Ali were interviewed and… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

Bring it on. Maybe EJAMI can get a chance as EJOLE are as boring as watching paint dry and for the first time Im actually bored to tears

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Why would you want Sami with EJ, the man who raped her? Anyhow, Sami belongs with Lucas.

Elle
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Elle

Conjuring the r-word just to insult others opinion makes you look uncivilized. You have no respect for real victims, because you wouldn’t mention that word in such a nonchalant manner to prop up your own agenda. I hope one day you learn to be more empathetic to other people’s feelings and opinions.

Diggy
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Diggy

Alistair, to save time you should just copy and paste your comment under every Days-related interview now while you have a little spare time, that way you won’t have to trail all the EJ and Sami fans across the internet leaving the same tired old comment. Elle, I’m with you. It’s uncivilized, disrespectful, insensitive to victims (like myself and thousands of others), and just plain lazy. But by all means – keep it up. You’ve been doing it since 2006. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, after all.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

Carrie and Rafe? Um, Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it’s true. haha

cr
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cr

Sami and rafe belong together , but if they go that direction with carrie and rafean let sami take austin once and for all.

Binky
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Binky

heck yeah! bring on Carrie and Rafe! he is so dead in the water with Sami. they just don’t have that “wow” factor. but maybe going with a Carrie and Rafe pairing, things could get very spicy! soaps need spice! let’s do this thing! GO CRAFE!

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Carrie and Rafe would be DISGUSTING. Carrie belongs with Austin and only Austin! I will be so disappointed with these new headwriters if they brought Carrie and Austin back only to break them up. Ugh!

cr
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cr

I agree with you 100 percent

Waverly
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Waverly

I don’t mind Carrie sparking some jealousy in Sami and keeping her on her toes where her husband is concerned, but I would hate for Rafe and Carrie to have a fling. One of Rafe’s outstanding qualities has always been his devotion to Sami. I’d hate to see that just tossed away. I think the writers are clever enough to keep us entertained with this quad than just relying on bed-hopping them. I’m glad to hear Christie say that the writers are respecting Sami and Carrie’s history and writing them true to form. I can’t wait for more scenes with… Read more »

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Carrie belongs with Austin and Sami belongs with Lucas. Rafe and EJ can have each other for all I care.

Diggy
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Diggy

I’m all for a Carrie/Rafe pairing for a while, but then I was always a bigger fan of Carrie and Mike than I was of Carrie and Austin. This time around, though, I wouldn’t mind if Rafe ended up heading off to Israel by himself.

LUMILY
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LUMILY

I hate love triangle,
put Sami and Lucas back together.
I dont give a rats ass about Carrie or Austin or Rafe,let them have each other.
the best act on Days is Nicole and EJ JMO 🙂

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

i think on days of our lives dan the doctor is going to be maggies son and melanie will be her grand daughter my thought

Kay
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Kay

Rafe and Carrie and Austin triangle might be a nice change since the latest spoilers about Sami’s raunchy behavior. I do hope that it doesn’t derail EJOLE too much though EJ’s so much more respected when he’s not obsessing over Sami and being her whipping boy.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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