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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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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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