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DAYS Greg Vaughan Interview: Fan Favorite Weighs-In On Holy Eric!

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Daytime fans have finally gotten to see the long-awaited debut of Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady on Days of our Lives.  However, this time as Eric re-emerged in Salem (the character has not been seen for 12 years and was last played by Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles) he came back as a priest … a man of the cloth!  Vaughan, who has been one of the most popular actors in the genre, is most notable for his work in daytime as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, and also had appeared on The Young and the Restless, plus countless primetime roles.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Greg for a “quickie” chat to get his thoughts on: playing the priestly Brady, what will develop between former on-screen love Nicole (Arianne Zuker) and Eric, how he landed the part of the long MIA Eric, and who on earth thought it would be a good idea to put Vaughan, one of the hottest guys on soaps, into a stiff collar?  Check out our fun interview with the talented Vaughan below!

Soaps fans are not used to seeing you all “buttoned up” in a collar instead of taking your shirt off gratuitously in scenes.  So the big question is, are you going to be “buttoned up” much longer? (Laughs)

GREG:  As long as I have an opinion about it, I will keep the collar all the way up to my chin if I have to, not that anybody wants to see somebody do that for long periods of time.   But I did run around the Horton Square and I turned my back to the camera with my shirt off … that was good enough.   I actually think that is some of the best work I have done in a long time.  (Laughs)

That was tremendous work!  (Laughs)  Now because they have made Eric Brady a man of the cloth, I figure either: one, He is really not a man of the cloth, but has gone undercover, or two, Marlena is going to become possessed by the devil again and her son will exorcize her.  Your thoughts?

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GREG:  Now that could be interesting and I will go with the latter.  I think that would be quite cool! (Laughs)  Especially since Ms. DiMera is in town, she can cause quite the havoc!  You know, I am such a fan of that idea, because I was watching Eileen Davidson (Kristen) do her magic, and I am such a huge fan of what is happening between Marlena and Kristen.  So anywhere I can get into the mix is good.  I will referee, I will mediate, maybe, they both need my services.   I think I need to get paid for this, because I have everybody coming in and repenting for everything in my little closet. (Laughs)

Now, what about Arianne …?

GREG: … Other than she is just fabulous?  Other than that?  There is nothing really that I haven’t said, or anyone else, but she is a delight and delicious, and so much fun.

Seems on the air, that Eric and Nicole are reconnecting!

GREG:  Oh, it’s not going anywhere! She is just too much trouble!

But, Eric loves troubled gals!

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GREG:  You know what?  She is a drama queen, and in Eric’s older and wiser years, I think he has definitely wised up to Nicole’s game.  Honestly though, I think it really nice to see them come together, but so platonically in a sense, and baby steps, if you will.  It’s not something that is being pushed or forced down your throats.  I am enjoying the growth between these two, and I think both Arianne and I like that.  It’s not just, “OK, the man in the cloth, a little rumble and frolic in the sheets and its over.”  I like instead that it’s growing nicely and organically. There have been a lot of years in between that have kind of shaped the characters, who they have become and where they are going, and each in their own right. As long as it’s not rushed and it’s really played, you are going to start seeing the tug of war and the emotional strings of their relationship.

Will we eventually learn why Eric chose to be a man of the cloth?

GREG:  You are going to start hearing about and understanding the choices that have been made for him, and why he chose this path in life. There is a bigger, higher reason for that and not just God, per se.  I think that Eric had a father figure that he meets a long the way that kind of made him see things differently, and it also kind of enlightened him to the way he looked at life.

You had to audition for the role of Eric Brady, correct?

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GREG:  Yeah, it was not offered to me. As much as I wished those things were true and people come knock at my door all the time, and my phone is blowing up off the hook, unfortunately it wasn’t, but everything worked out the way it was meant to be.  I have said in the past that I feel very confident in the choices that I make and what I am doing and in my craft as an actor. I have been fortunate enough to have a long career and be a working actor. So to come in and perform, and to earn the job, always is much more rewarding at the end of the day than somebody saying, “Hey just give it to him!”

Did you know when you went through the audition process that Eric was going to be a man of the cloth?

GREG:  Yes. I did understand that before I came in for the screen test. You know, after I had time to sit with it and it was explained to me,  and DAYS telling me where it was going to go – I kind of thought about it and I saw the big challenge behind this opportunity and so I said, “ You know what? I want to do it,” and if it’s meant to be it will all work out, and so far it has.

A tricky thing about being on DAYS is that they shoot so far ahead.  So my concern for any actor joining the series is that they are so advanced in taping story that they can’t go back and get out of it if something isn’t working for the audience.  And that could ultimately doom a new character, or in this case, a new actor in a familiar role.

GREG:  I would think if something was not working already they would go, “Abort! Abort! And push the button, and let’s get it off the screen.”  The way the machine at DAYS is nowadays is much more advanced and at a faster pace, and a lot more shows are consolidated in a shorter amount of weeks, which allows us to be on-point every day.  I like it.  I like where we are going, either way, it would not affect me.

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Who at DAYS surprised you that you never worked with before?  So much so that you thought, “Oh my God. They are so fun!?”

GREG:  Well, I have to say, I do enjoy Arianne Zuker and Eric Martsolf (Brady).  So I say, “Did you guys ever connect? And if not … why not? What’s the deal? ”  I mean it could be fun for a hot minute?  (Laughs)   But they are both so funny.   It’s like when we do our block rehearsal, they go into this performance mode of live theatre shouting in their best actor voices, “We are thespians and we are performing this work!” It’s like they have their own show going on!  But, everybody is just a pure delight and so much fun to watch. I love the Nick and Gabi storyline and I like how all the younger leading actors are coming into their own and where they are going.  I think they have been doing a fantastic job in this whole baby storyline.

So being a religious figure on DAYS now, what do you think Eric thinks of Will’s homosexuality?

GREG:  I don’t think that has come to the forefront yet.  I don’t think that is burning issue for Eric, by any means.  I don’t think Eric has any negative responses.  I am sure in regards to Will, Eric thinks, “You are family, and I love you for who you are.”  Eric is not a judgmental individual, as he has clearly stated.

Did you ever think, being a proud Texan, that you were surprised by how far your career has come from your early modeling days?

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GREG:  Yes, I am a proud Texan, but anything north of San Antonio, nothing south! (Laughs)  You know, I was modeling out of high school, and it took on a life and career of its own.   It was very enjoyable and it was very educational.  My grandparents think to this day that I would just walk into a room and just smile, and people gave me a job! (Laughs)  It’s not easy, and it’s a large hill to climb. You know, I have friends who have children who are very interested and passionate about modeling or acting, and they ask me my opinion on it.  I say, I want them to be a kid and grow, and not say they want to be in show biz just because I am in it.  I also don’t want my own kids to feel obligated to do what I do. I want them to make their own choices.  If this is the path that they choose, this is their choice, not mine.

How many mini-Vaughan’s are there now?  I think I may have lost count! (Laughs)

GREG:  Three and they are growing, one is five, the other almost three in January, and the other little one is eight months.  I got a daddy day care with mommy in the kitchen working her magic.   I love being a dad of three boys; it starts and finishes my day, every day.

So soapers, are you enjoying Greg as the new Eric Brady thus far? What do you think is behind why Eric chose to serve God? Would you like to see Eric and Nicole reunite?  Weigh-in!

 

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tasneem
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tasneem

I hated that they let him go as Lucky Spencer but seeing him back on daytime is a dream come true . I can imagine women going crazy how is it a wonderful sexy god looking man can be in a cloth. Wow women will be in confession daily. Welcome Back Greg missed u xoxo

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I’m liking Greg in the role of Eric so far! It will be interesting to see how his relationship with Nicole evolves, and how he deals with all the crazy drama that is going on in Salem. I’m glad to see Greg back on our screens again!

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Not so thrilled yet… hoping I will embrace him soon.. Just have been a fan of previous Eric and this Eric is just tooo different from the previous Eric. I still think they should have at least given him some Blond Highlights… although I did enjoy his first scene in Horton Square… Time will tell….. only if I keep watching.. Most of the storylines for me have been “YAWN”…..

I do like the idea of a Marlena getting repossessed again…..

SZima
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SZima

Are you exactly the same as you were 12 years ago?

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Nope, but it is a soap and I wanted an actor that was a better fit giving more of a feeling of the old character/actor, but I do understand that Days has lost sooo many viewers that many never knew the original actor….

mike
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mike

Perfect casting. GH’s loss is Day’s gain.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Lucky female parishioners at St. Luke’s in Salem. I only wish a priest that good looking would be assigned to my parish, in real life most of them look like Fr. Tobias. O darn, now I have to go to confession for having lustful thoughts. I guess I will need to have my priest on speed dial because I have a feeling watching GV as Fr. Eric on Days that is going to happen a lot. LOL

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I like Eric. He seems like a genuinely good guy and a great friend to Nicole. Glad he isn’t going to be mean to Will about his homosexuality. Also, I hope his probable romance with Nicole is a slow build.

k/kay
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k/kay

I adore this guy but I do not watch DOOL so anyway I am sorry Y&R did not bring him back or GH. I know I am going to make some people mad but he should have never been replaced with Johnathan Jackson I know JJ was the original but the character had grown up and he GV had such amazing chemistry with RH & KM it made you say Jason who. I am glad he is back on Daytime just sorry I won’t get to see him!

Judy
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Judy

You were so right Gh is loss and Days has gain one great actor…

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Greg is an awesome .actor so, glad to see him again. cant wait to see what he brings to the show . I know he will do a great job no matter what the writers give him to do.

gloria
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gloria

I love him & think this is great. I am glad to see Eric back-shocked that he is a priest, but find it very interesting. I enjoy the family aspect of soaps & Eric is a Brady connected to many on the show. His scenes with Caroline were sweet Friday. I think Days is really good right now & I can’t wait til tomorrow. That goes for all the rest of the shows too! The best thing about Monday is a fresh new week of our shows!

Judy
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Judy

GV is doing a great job as that “very handsome “man of the collar, Greg AWESOME job can’t wait to see where this story line goes.

RJ
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RJ

He is adorable! Love watching him. Eric and Nicole could be so passionate a la Thorn Birds! I know it has been done before, a woman in love with a priest,and the priest struggling with his emotions versus his religious commitments, but that kind of conflict makes for good drama (albeit soapy melodrama). I say bring it on!

Phil
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Phil

Agreed! Would prefer this to a possession storyline again

Patrick
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Patrick

He is a disarming presence… he fits right in with the cast…. kudos to DAYS and the writers for slowly melding… GV’s Eric… like Eileen Davidsons’ Kristen… two “at the top of their game” actors. I can wait… for their characters to deliver story…. I have to give props to Nick/Gabby/Will story…. what is up with Nick? is he accepting of Gabi’s baby? theirs something in his eyes – his demeanor that speaks of something else entirely…. and this is good because of Nick… is his past/prison going to rear it’s ugly head… his jelousy/love of Gabi’s “betrayal”… and his… Read more »

mo
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mo

I’m not loving him, but that may have to do with the character. I don’t think they should have made him a priest. How much fun can a priest have? Plus, I think there is too much religion on Days lately. I can deal with a little, but it’s just too much.

I think Eric should have blonde hair.

Ces
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Ces

I like Greg as Eric, although I love Jensen Ackles in the role. I just don’t like Nicole at all as a character and I wish if anyone could leave Salem it would be Ari Zucker. Never liked this character since the beginning so I hope Eric doesn’t get stuck with her day in and day out.
The character is fine but the writing on this show sucks though.

Maggie
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Maggie

I’m loving GV as Eric. Perfect casting. Great interview, Michael. Your interviews help us get to know the actor and the character more. I really liked what I read about Greg. He seems to have a handle on his role. That’s a thumbs up for Days that they’ve hired him and made sure he’s well acquainted with his role. I really liked him as Lucky on GH and hated to see him go. Glad he’s now on my favorite soap. Also, liked what he had to say about Eric’s relationship with Nicole. Doesn’t sound as if Days is rushing into… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

I think he is okay…I am not hating it by any means. I think that DAYS is starting to get good, but Eric isn’t the reason. Kristen’s return and the Nick and Gabby storyline has me hooked. I think the priest thing really hasn’t helped much. I do hope that they are not going the way of a possession storyline again….please anything but that!

Karrie
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Karrie

Making Eric a priest and even considering any connection with Nicole is horrible especially considering the time of year, Christmas REALLY Day’s as usual pathetic. As for all of a sudden pushing the religious aspect all around town is also a bit over done but then that seems to be Day’s style, the writing sucks. Having Gabi get pregnant right behind murdering Nicole’s baby at the end of her pregnancy and having Gabi consider abortion, another horrible choice. Day’s writers are horrible in the execution of storylines as well as thinking them through. Best Characters on the show are getting… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Your last statement doesn’t make sense considering Eric is Sami’s twin brother. I never known any soap willing to tackle incest which would have to happened for GV to end up in her bed. Perhaps you meant Nicole? I hope so.

Chaz
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Chaz

First, I am not a religious person but, I think allowing the character to remain true to his priestly vows for as long as possible would make for better story than hopping into bed with Nicole or anyone else in a matter of a month or two. Hopefully, DOOL will allow the story to take its time just as they did with Will & Sonny. I think it would also be good for story if Nicole and Eric remained friends and their relationship stayed platonic. Nicole needs to be refreshed and not just move from relationship to relationship. I am… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree it would be refreshing for a soap opera priest who isn’t over the age of 60 to actually honor his vows, but if they go this route I hope like you said they go slowly and show the real pain it is for a priest to choose between his vocation and someone he loves. It does happen and when you read websites from priests it has happened to, it is not as simple or easy as soaps make it to be.

RJ4
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RJ4

In light of what others said about Eric/Nicole having a relationship or not, I hear what everyone is saying. When I posted that I wanted to see passion between Eric and Nicole, I did not mean it had to be rushed, or that they actually had to be together – maybe they will or maybe they won’t. To me what makes good drama is showing human conflict and struggle, so it could be that Eric and Nicole care for each other deeply, have passionate and romantic feelings, but Eric struggles between ‘temptation’ and his spiritual commitment, so the drama is… Read more »

PCK
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PCK

I do like him a Eric. Initially I thought the casting should have been blond w/ blue eyes to match Samantha Gene.
I only hope they will leave him as a good, honorable priest. Someone the Salemites can be counseled, led and become stronger. Everyone on a show does not have to be a stripper skank.

LilCat
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LilCat

No! I would not like to see Fr. Eric reunite with anyone. You know, there are clergy who take VOWS seriously. I would like to think Fr. Eric is that person. The way the reveal episode was presented was a slap in the face to all good men of the cloth. Surely, there is room in the SOAPS for at least one person with redeeming qualities and good character. Enjoy Greg Vaughan in the part.

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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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