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DAYS Galen Gering Talks THAT KISS between Rafe and Hope! Was It As Good For You As It Was For Them?

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In a long-awaited moment on Wednesday’s Days of our Lives, Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) finally planted a major kiss on the lips of the woman he loves, Hope (Kristian Alfonso).  After all, Rafe has been the stand up guy as Hope has watched her last two husbands die:  Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove), who was about to choke the life out of her, an her beloved and longtime love, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell).

Stepping up to the plate to be the new man in Hope’s life is no easy task, but DAYS star Galen Gering is more than up for the job.  In a new interview with Glamour, he discusses the big liplock and more!

On preparing for the big kiss, Galen related: “More importantly, you ultimately want it to go well. “What’s the saying? ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ right? You don’t want to go in and clank teeth and noses. That would be super awkward. But at the same time you it to be natural and in the moment. ”

As to Alfonso’s reaction to the kiss, Gering mocked:  “Um, I think she fainted. We had to pick her up off the ground. I don’t remember. I think it was, ‘Oh, OK! That went well!‘” [Laughs]

Galen recalls the key scene with Peter Reckell, in which Bo knew Rafe was in love with Hope, and asked him to take care of her before he died:  “I did love those scenes with Peter.  Honestly, I wish that there would have been more of those.I really thought…especially with what Bo says to Rafe about moving on, it would have been really neat if they were forced to spend the day together and figure it out more. But I really did enjoy those scenes. They were really moving.”

After the jump, watch the moment of truth when Hope and Rafe kiss for the first time!  Are you glad it finally happened and are  you rooting for the duo through thick and thin? Or, are you hoping things take a left turn and things don’t go so well? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i used to like to see them together but not too sure if i do now…im trying to stay positive about Days…POP drops it, every week someone is killed or being harmed…will there ever be some light at the end of the tunnel…too much darkness!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I have never liked them together. I don’t think Hope gives all of herself to any other man as she did to Bo. Her heart will never let him go, albeit her mind strays, many times. C’est la vie?
But, be that as it may, I always thought Sami and Rafe made the perfect couple. Hope is too melancholy all the time; I see no chemistry; not a scintilla of a spark lighting their fire……my opinion only.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

PS.
This mays sound a little cold…..but, am I the only one who doesn’t really care about Eduardo and Mrs. Hernandez? Not interested in their past, present or future; not in the least !!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I always liked A Martinez and it is nice to see a Latino family together on a soap,,,unfortuantely Rafe’s parents and brother Dario were poorly conceived and already seem stale…John used to be exciting but his adventure to find his ‘true’ identity for the 100th time was more boring than a Pauly Shore movie…Abby having a breakdown-i buy that as the actress’s exit story but her ‘burning’ desire to get rid of Ben was a bit too much too soon after Hope’s vengeance storyline shooting Stephano and the teen vengeance storyline against Chase….hopefully the new writing team are making changes… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

CeeCee…oh, I agree!!!!! Where Rafe and Hope are concerned, I just don’t get it. At all. NO NO AND MORE NO!!!!! N-e-x-t……….

Later, my friend.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jaybird.
There you go, JayJay. When do we ever disagree? Lol.

Darren
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Darren

Hope needs Bo Brady back, recast the role please. Bo Brady is not dead, no one stays dead in Daytime. I love Rafe, but not with Hope.

Scott
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Scott

Amen too you Darren, we need Bo Brady back and Anna Dimera. Also bring back Calliope Jones.

mary
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mary

The powers behind the throne at DOOL made it clear that no character who is dead will brought back to life. They cannot bring Bo back to life without bringing Will back. As much as I may also want Bo back it is not going to happen. And if the powers behind the throne did bring back Bo who would they cast in the role? Peter Reckell will not come back. As far as Peter is concerned Bo Brady is dead.

Tony
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Tony

I want Vivian Alamain, to come back To Days. Louise Sorel needs to come back with her side kick Ivan. I miss my madam LOL.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yeah, I’d love that myself, Tony. Imagine those two either ‘side-kicking’ Deimos or joining him.
Either way, that’s a show I would pay to see.

Tony
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Tony

Hi CeeCee, I am so happy that you agree with me.

mary
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mary

@ Cee Cee

I would love nothing better than to see Andre, Victor, John, Brady and others get together to side kick Demos for what he did to Maggie.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@mary.
Oh, yeah, mary. Deimos is surely a baddie. Vincent is the best at playing Svengali. As yourself, I hope all he has to look forward to is a dark, cavernous life.

Kathy
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Kathy

I am all for “ROPE” I have wanted them together for a long time. They have good chemistry ! We need a new main couple and they would be good at it!

cassie
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cassie

Me too. BO is dead. He gave his approval to Rafe. I loved that kiss. WONDERFUL

Shell
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Shell

The scene where Bo gave Rafe his blessing was so touching and bitter sweet. I’m ok seeing this play out. Rafe has taken wonderful care of Hope just as he promised Bo he would. Come on Hope, go with Rafe.

Hyun
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Hyun

Idk why they keep pairing Rafe with female leads. I wish they would stop trying to make him a lead when he isn’t. As for Rope, they give off more of an sibling vibe than becoming a “couple”

Tammy
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Tammy

well said 100% agree! not a rafe fan at all

Terri
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Terri

I really love these two together but I am a fairly new viewer.

Brian
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Brian

So does this mean that Aiden will be back alive and be able to defend himself and that it was a fake Aiden that tried to kill Hope and the real Aiden was locked up somewhere by Andre.

Patrick
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Patrick

” I ” think you may be on to something after all…. there was so much potential… “for” Kristian Alfonso… after all she is a majorly chore character…. so .. they have to go with… Aiden, back as the real deal perhaps the Aiden prior… was a dopplehanger… set up by the DiMera argh! at least I hope we’re right it was said on another “blog” that Daniel Cosgrove is returning as Andre the MASK argh! OR… Daniel Cosgrove is in fact returning… as a new character but this time… is Peter Blake ANY WAY… sigh! in order to keep… Read more »

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Rj

I did not see the show, but just watched the jump. I liked the kiss, and would be willing to see how a Rafe and Hope romance goes. Frankly, the show has been so dark, ugly, and mean that at this point I will take any romance! 🙂 A kiss is sure better than a murder!

Patrick
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Patrick

with all due respect ; I had to “Laugh OUT Loud”

there was an article with Galen Gering…. in the latest issue of SOD

referring to – the KISS –

“there was a lot of sexual tension between us two”

ROARING LOL ( I never saw any)

OK … I prefer Lauren Koslow… WITH Rafe’alicious !

HE does have a sense of humor…. PLUS

“…As to Alfonso’s reaction to the kiss, Gering mocked: “Um, I think she fainted. We had to pick her up off the ground. I don’t remember. I think it was, ‘Oh, OK! That went well!‘” [Laughs] “

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Unfortunately I was flipping back and forth between Days and B&B that I missed the kiss because I was more caught up with B&B– No I am not rooting for this couple– never understood why Rafe was so in love with her that he literally changed his moral compass for her, but he never did for Sami who we got to see how he fell in love with her. All these overnight night romances are big yawns and I never invest myself in them. Killing off Bo was one of the many mistakes this show has made lately, should have… Read more »

Tammy
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Tammy

me too I was watching B and B as well the whole rafe thing is disgusting to me!! so I’m tuning out the ratings are so bad bc they have lost their great actors and we are stuck with well they’re not good that’s being kind

Carol
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Carol

Rooting for Rafe and Hope to get together. Both needs happiness and Rafe is a good fit for Hope.

damien
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damien

rafe and hope kiss?????
wat about that eric and jennifer kiss?!….. the longing, the passion, the lust…
a kiss between two who not only wanted it but needed it… jenn and eric should ve been the couple who ve been given more spotlight not rafe and hope… oh well , too late

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You said it, damien. The urgency in Eric’s and Jen’s kiss was ….how shall I put it? Partners in crime….like thieves in the night hot !!!!!!!

Sharon
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Sharon

Rafe, is a really good hearted man; who better than Rafe to be Hope’s new man?!
Very much so, I am absolutely rooting for Hope and Rafe to become the next “Power Couple”!

Minnie
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Minnie

Absolutely no chemistry. He was practically stalking her right after Aiden and Bo died. He talked her into covering up a murder and used that to manipulate his way further into her life. Hope acts like she can’t put two thoughts together without consulting Rafe first. His pairing with Sami had some fans but he has yet to have a successful pairing since. Putting him with Hope will not change that. He should stay on the back burner. Hope doesn’t need to be saddled with him.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Minnie. Yeah, I guess….but the saddle is on the wrong horse. It’s a two-way ride. Rafe is a bachelor with no baggage of which to speak. Hope is a grandmother with so much baggage in her feedbag, she could kill a horse…LOL. She’s a beautiful woman and laden with talent, but, unless her ‘woe-be-me’ syndrome is written out of her personality, she and Rafe will go through life sulking. And, what memories will they take away? ….something like, …..”oh, remember the time when I killed Stefano and you helped me?…”. If memory serves me right, Rafe always told Sami… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hi CeeCee…

1. “Hope is a grandmother with so much baggage in her feedbag, she could kill a horse”…oh, stop, girl…you’re HAPPILY killing me here…LOL!!!!! And, so very, very true.
2. Oh, yes…I (also) love Vincent Irizarry…WHAT A RUGGEDLY HANDSOME CUTIE-PIE!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I think that (on-screen-wise) Vincent deserves WAY BETTER material. Just saying……….

Later.

Tammy
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Tammy

I will never like hope with Rafe it looks awkward ewww ! I have watched Days for 32 years and grew up with Bo and hope ! Truly one of the best couples in daytime! I am not watching days anymore it’s not the same I truly don’t enjoy any of it especially this pairing bei g pushed on fans! As a teacher I would dvr or catch it on pop now I do neither. Longtime fan finally saying goodbye to Days !On another note they have destroyed the Bradys and Hortons could care less about the Hernsndez family there… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I won’t stop watching, Tammy. But, I agree with everything you said. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Hope has nothing to offer Rafe except desperation….what a way to start a new life together! Hope, thy name is misery!!
Only my opinion. Asked and given.

mary
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mary

@Tammy,

Bo is dead and buried. Do you really expect Hope to live the rest of her life alone continually mourning Bo? That isn’t fair to Hope nor is it fair to Kristin.

Tammy
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Tammy

not a rafe fan never have been he’s a little creepy to me and he’s supposed to be a cop?! so is hope and they’ve have changed her character so much! Can’t stand it everyone has an opinion but as a fan who grew up with Bo and hope sorry it doesn’t work so I’m watching something else or nothing days is not the same and they will never be the super couple that Bo and hope were! they don’t have the history or chemistry !! the ratings are so bad with bad writing and losing your foundation of the… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

I like this pairing.

kevin
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kevin

I think Hope and Rafe make a beautiful couple and I believe it would work. If DOOL would get back to it’s roots of good love stories and drama and brighten up this dark show (Story wise and Lighting and Sets) I would start watching again…I am waiting for September to see Jaime Lyn Bauer’s return. I loved JLB since Y&R in the 70’s.

Geena
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Geena

Rafe is a cutie LOL. Hope and Rafe belong together.

Kelsey
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Kelsey

I am rooting for Rafe and Hope. Two cops together again like Bo and Hope. Rafe has not truly loved anyone since Sami. It is time for his character to have a love interest again. He is so handsome too and we’ll put together in the way of a good balanced man for Hope. Nobody else on that show is right for him. Especially not wicked Kate. That was a very silly pairing. ROPE.

Beth
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Beth

I love Rafe and want him to have someone in his life on the show. So gorgeous!

mary
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mary

I disagree! I can’t wait to see how ROPE as a couple turns out.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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