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DAYS Lauren Koslow Interview: Kate's New Rival, Rinna/Muldoon & The Blue Streak!

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Daytime fans can’t wait to see what and how Days of our Lives Kate Roberts Dimera is going to take on her sworn enemies and rivals, and balancing that with being married into one of the most powerful families in Salem, and helping her children, all at the same time!  Last week it looked like Kate may ally herself with Quinn (Bren Foster) while trying to find ways to tear down her latest rival in Salem, Madison James (Sarah Brown).

On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to catch up with Lauren Koslow (Kate) to find out what is going on in her on-screen alter-ego’s head, how is working with Patrick Muldoon as her new Austin, if a return by Lisa Rinna as Billie is imminent and most important of all, details on the fabulous blue streak in Lauren and Kate’s hair!

Here to fill us in is one of daytime’s most entertaining, talented, and glamorous performers … Lauren Koslow!

What is going on with Kate and what is her problem? (Laughs) Why was she so mad and outraged at Madison James from the get-go?

LAUREN:  I don’t have the whole story.  The only thing I can go on is that Kate was initially betrayed by Victor and Brady. So that is what initially pisses her off.  She goes to them with a plan and she thinks they have a deal, and all of a sudden they go with what seems to Kate as her rival in this business. So I think it’s that first betrayal, and then some attitude and snarkiness along with it, and so I had to kind of just go with that because I don’t know the back-story.  So they seem like oil and water between them, and I of course am meaning Kate and Madison. So for that, I just have to go from script to script.  From there you have to think that something pretty big must have happened in their past.  I guess it’s working towards finding out what that is, which has to be really big!

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Stefano had a scene with Kate where they hatched a plan. The viewers never knew what that plan was. They clinked glasses a few months ago and had a deliciously devilish moment.  What was the plan? And, will the audience know soon? 

LAUREN: I don’t know, but I hope so. (Laughs) There is nothing I like better than a big plan, and I don’t want it to backfire on her this time!  And you know, it’s really funny because when this first started to air, on Twitter there were a lot of people on my Twitter feed who were going, “Oh Kate is finally getting her comeuppance.” And I tweet back, “Really? That’s all that Kate gets is comeuppance!” (Laughs) She has a lot of blowback in her life, always, always. She has suffered a lot! And I don’t know why people say she has not suffered. And so that is why I always say, “C’mon! When has something ever really gone right for her?” She never gets away with it all and she has had a hard time. Personally, I think that is why people love/hate her.  She had a lot of pain in her life and she keeps going!

 … And a lot of babies and a lot of children!  Speaking of that, how is it having Austin back in the form of the original Austin, Patrick Muldoon?

LAUREN: Well, this was my first time working with Patrick, because I just had worked with Austin Peck.  Meeting Patrick Muldoon I thought, “What a great guy … what a hot guy … and what a really good actor.”  And it was different for both us, because I am a different mom and he is a different son.  It is always fun for an actor to find out new things about their character just by interacting with someone new.  This Austin/Kate relationship is a little different because it’s a different chemistry between us.

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Right! Austin Peck’s Austin was very different than Patrick Muldoon’s interpretation.

LAUREN: Totally different! And I have to say, in our first scenes together, I was coming from a place of where I was with this when I worked with Austin Peck, and what was going on then in my head. Patrick was so sweet. He said, “Well, what was going on between the two of you?” And I go, “Well I had heavy story…” And Patrick goes, “Really? Last time I played the role it was really light, and I had just found out that Kate was my mom.”

When was the actual switcheroo of Kate’s and Austin’s?

LAUREN: According to Patrick, the last time he had really worked with Kate was with Deborah Adair, and he just found out in story that she was his mom.  He thought it was really cool.

Then, when did you start?

LAUREN: I started a year later, because that was when Deborah Adair was off the show and Patrick was off the show.  Kate was not seen for awhile. When she came back it was played by me, and she came back from being on that fishing trip where Vivian Alamain had tried to kill her. (Laughs) And when I came back, Austin Peck had just joined the show as Austin.  I believe he started maybe six to eight months before I did. So I was the only on-screen mother he had ever known.  It was interesting because Kate and Austin were just really close at that time, because Lucas had all this animosity towards Kate. So it was really interesting, and a very complicated relationship with real strong ups and downs and a lot of emotional stuff in it. Well, Patrick comes in and he had never experienced any of that. So we had to really go to a different place with it. So it’s a challenge and kind of cool to have happened after all these years of playing a character, and to get to do that.

Word is that Lisa Rinna is also on her way back soon as the original Billie Reed, your on-screen daughter.  And you had a chance to work with her previously, yes?

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LAUREN: I don’t know if Lisa coming back is completely confirmed. But, my first Billie was Krista Allen, and then Lisa Rinna came back for awhile, and then Julie Pinson played her. So I have had three different daughters.  So I worked with Lisa for a brief moment between the other two Billie’s. (Laughs)

I would like to see Kate really involved in her children’s lives in a good way, not just manipulating them, especially if she could have Austin, Billie and Lucas around. Now there is “word” that Bryan Dattilo might be back soon as well!

LAUREN: I would be very excited with that as a possibility because this is a different Kate.  What I love about the character now is that she has evolved and that she is in a different place. She is not the same Kate who was uber-controlling of Lucas and Billie and wanting to rule their lives. She is different. But it is all about family for her. So for her to be with her very adult children and have this very adult family, I see it more like “The Ruling Class!” She would like to rule Salem with her husband and her children like “The Tudors”! (Laughs)  That is what I see, and it would be really exciting stuff and it does not have to be the way she was before.  I think it has changed, and it makes it very exciting. We will see what happens and I am really looking forward to it.

What did you think when they told you that Sarah Brown was coming on and playing Madison? Did you know what “A Sarah Brown” was? Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, and all of that?

LAUREN:  I did not know what “A Sarah Brown” was. (Laughs)  I was excited about getting back into the workplace for this character. That is where Kate came from and that is what we have always seen her doing. So I thought that was great. It is interesting to have a new rival in business and the complications that will arise from it, and because of that. I am curious to find out what the animosity between the two characters stems from though!

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How is Sarah to work with?

LAUREN: I have not worked with her a lot. We have not had that many scenes together which is funny, because everybody keeps asking me about that. So far, so good. I am looking forward to seeing what happens and getting the viewers feedback.

We always look to you for fashion advice and tips. In fact, you have been On-Air On-Soaps fashion correspondent at the Daytime Emmys previously. There is something we have always wanted to ask you about, and that is the very cool blue streak in your hair.  How did that come about? Did you want that for your own fashion statement and appearance in your own life and it rolled over into Kate’s, or vice-versa?

LAUREN: It is a complicated story and kind of happened when Kate went kind of rogue during her crazy period when she was going after Chloe, which really was such craziness. I was trying to rationalize it. I went and got a blue streak in my hair in real life. And Gary Tomlin (Ex-Co EP, DAYS) was pretty cool about it, and for me blue is symbolic for freedom and strength and new beginnings. And that is what it kind of was for me for Kate. Kate was now taking ownership of her life, especially after the marriage with Stefano, and all the things that could have extinguished her. She could have just become a victim. So for me it was, she is not becoming a victim, she is turning all of this around and taking ownership and taking control.  So to a degree, the blue streak is symbolic of that, and she is flying her freak flag! (Laughs)

Did the powers-that-be at DAYS try to make you get rid of?

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LAUREN: No! They have really been quite lovely about it and they haven’t asked me to get rid of it. We kind of kept it hidden in the beginning, because I had it for awhile and we used to hide it. And one day, I had my hair up, and I remember this day. Kate was visiting Stefano in the hospital and Joe Mascolo (Stefano) was so funny.  He was like, “Oh. I cannot believe you have that blue in your hair!”  And Gary Tomlin saw it and says, “What’s that?” And I thought, “Oh no. Here it comes.” And I said, “Oh, I have had it for awhile.” And he said, “Oh then we better add a line.” (Laughs) So they added a line from Stefano which was something along the lines of, “I married such a unique woman.” But I thought that was so cool, because they were acknowledging that Kate was very unique, and she is. She is her own person, and I thought it was symbolic of that.  It is interesting that especially women in my demographic go, “I LOVE it”! (Laughs) So, Lauren had it and Kate had it too. And it works for what Kate does! It’s edgy and it’s a fashion statement and God knows she likes to make edgy –fashion statements, and it does truly work for her being in the fashion business. At the end of the day, I truly love playing Kate no matter what, she is a fascinating character.

 

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I am really enjoying the Madison character. I am a huge SJB fan. I am also very happy that Austin and Carrie are back. Love love love John and Marlena!! I hear some other cast members will be back for a bit and I can’t wait.

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I have really enjoyed DAYS lately myself. I like the inter-generational family oriented story telling. Madison and Brady are hot, hot, hot. Kate and Stefano are “unique”, and yes, I’d love to know why Kate has such a big hate-on for Madison. Meanwhile, the return of Marlena and John have brought the heart and soul back to Salem that was so sorely missing for far too long. Note to the remaining soap show-runners: you NEVER fire the main characters/star(s) of your show. Letting Deidre Hall go was like AMC getting rid of Susan Lucci or OLTL getting rid of Erika… Read more »

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And this whole time we were being told “The Blue Streak” represents Colon Cancer..???

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I hope that Billie steals Jack away from shrew Jennifer they bond and get closer too. I really want Jennifer to feel she really lost Jack this time to another women because of her rude behavior and that she is also in fault of their marriage and she might be pregnant with Jack child during one night while trying to help him with his pstd but he already moved on with his life with Billie.

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The blue streak is NOT “cool” MF….its ridiculous…time to get rid of it LK!

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Lauren is a very classy lady!

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I wonder if Billie is there just for Madison and Kate or will she get involve with Daniel or Jack . I hope it is Jack because Jennifer needs some competition in her hands right now I do not want Jack to make Jennifer jealous I want it be obvious. Jack and billie will be fun and anything to drive Jennifer crazy that would be Jennifer and Daniel at odds as well.

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so Kates daughter is on her way back,and so is her son BRD/Lucas Horton! 🙂

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Maybe lucas will convince billie that jack might need her as friend but maybe it might turn into more than friends and Jennifer is with daniel and lucas tells Jennifer if she continues to be with daniel you might lose Jack for good this time because he already moved on with billie reed and he tells her that daniel is not stable guy and you made big mistake of trusting the wrong guy again. Jennifer tells Lucas that she is pregnant with Jack’s child but she knows that jack is with billie she does not want ruin his happiness with… Read more »

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LAME as hell, Lucas should mind his own business

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Lauren Is Really Amazing! 🙂

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I think that Kate should advise Billie not to go after Daniel or Bo they are both taken but maybe she will tell her that Jack might need her after he gets dumped by Horton shrew.

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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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