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DAYS Nadia Bjorlin Interview: Does Chloe Stand A Chance At Getting Dr. Daniel Back?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Nadia Bjorlin is back!  The beautiful and talented actress was previously ushered out of Salem, and off Days of our Lives, after Chloe had turned to life of prostitution and her once loveable and feisty character became a victim of her own bad choices.  Now Chloe has returned to Salem with a purpose; to snare Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) for herself, but more importantly to give their son, Parker, a father figure he has never had, and to right the wrongs from the whole paternity pickle, thanks in part to the meddling hands of some of Salem’s most notable past and present citizens!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Nadia for this “quickie” interview, so we could get her take on Chloe’s latest actions, and the obstacle that she sees in the way of her future happiness, Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Melissa Reeves)! Here’s what Nadia had to say about Chloe’s sudden return that had Daniel, shall we say, speechless!

When you came back to DAYS, did you know ahead of time that Chloe was going to be an interfering “Buttinski” in the Daniel and Jennifer romance?

NADIA: (Laughs) I like that word, “Buttinski”.  Actually, I was told none of the storyline.  I just went on blind faith.  But basically, I was really happy to come back to DAYS because previously it was just an abrupt ending for Chloe with the prostitution thing.  It was such a low point for her that I really felt like there was part of the story that was not being told, that even I wanted answered.  I was happy to come back to maybe redeem her, and to see what has been happening in her life now after her tragic past.

When you saw how the story was being set-up, Chloe is now the interloper of the relationship that had just been established between Dr. Daniel and Jennifer.  Do you still think Chloe can be a character that the audience can root for, given her recent actions?

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NADIA:  Oh yes!  Absolutely! (Laughs) Yes, Chloe’s intentions are great. That is the sad part about any of the bad things she says or does.  It is really rooted in such a deep place, and out of love, that it really doesn’t have anything to do with Jennifer.   It is what Daniel represents to her.  I think so many bad things happened that I think she feels like, “Wow! This was meant to be! Daniel is Parker’s father and this is what we always wanted, and I always wanted.  Now, I can give my son the life I never had.   I can give him this stability and a happy childhood.”  At the end of it all, Parker is the great love of Chloe’s life.  I think that is really what she is thinking of.   She wants what’s best for him, and she may end up doing desperate and stupid things in a sense, to give him the best possible life and in a way using him.  I don’t think she even realizes she is using Parker right away.  She makes impulsive and irrational decisions, because it is not panning out the way she hoped it was going to.  I think she hoped it would be a lot easier, and that Daniel was just going to jump at the chance to be with her and Parker, after the whole paternity switch debacle, and after everything that happened.  Now everything seems so simple, when it really isn’t.

Is Chloe still in love with Dr. Daniel?

NADIA:  I think now it’s more that she wants a father for her child.  I think she thinks she is in love with Daniel, and she probably is.  I mean, she was very in love with him before.   I think now it’s more about the idea that he represents at this point.  I think she is a bit of a romantic and welcomed the idea of this fairy tale.  I think she is in love with him, but it’s more the whole picture she is in love with.

Will Kate (Lauren Koslow) continue to be Chloe’s Salem nemesis?

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NADIA:  Yes and no. When Chloe was in Salem last, she was so weak.  Now, she has come back stronger and I like that. She has found more of her self and sense of self.  Chloe is not going to let anyone mess with her.  However, I think she may swing that pendulum a bit too far in the other direction.  She was so victimized before, that now she is not going to take crap from anyone.  And because of that, she may not necessarily listen to people who are giving her good advice.  I don’t think she is going to listen to anyone! (laughs)

I think they should just saddle Chloe with a mini-me teenage “Ghoul Girl” that she has to mentor!  So she would be the parent to Parker and “Ghoul Girl” 2.0! (Laughs)

NADIA:  That is hilarious! Totally! (Laughs)

What would you also think if Days of our Lives did a time out-of-time standalone episode featuring your singing talents and some of the others in the cast, sort of like One Life to Live did with Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical?

NADIA:  I would love that!  Didn’t they do that on Passions too?  They had a whole Bollywood episode! (Laughs)

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So what was like when you returned to the DAYS set for the first time after being written off previously? What is like “old home” week?  Same old, same old?

NADIA:  I heard it was different before I came back, and I was like, “Oh my Gosh!” Then when I got there, it felt different for one day! (Laughs)  I got right back in the swing of it.  Everyone works so hard and there is so little room for error.  Literally, there is one take for every scene now.  There is a lot of work in a small amount of time.  I just give credit to everybody that is involved in that process.  It was interesting; because Patrika Darbo (Nancy Wesley) came back and she hadn’t been at DAYS for several years.  I did not realize how much has changed.  Patrika was like, “There is no rehearsal.”   It is different for anyone coming in.  It’s so intimidating now.   It feels like we are doing a brand new one hour play every day, because you don’t have the luxury of working things out and having rehearsal.  But on the other hand, it can be kind of fun.  I kind of enjoy some of that, because it does not allow you to sit around and think too much. You kind of go play on instincts and adrenaline, which can be fun.  It’s tough as well, don’t get me wrong!

How is working with Melissa Reeves?

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NADIA:  Oh it’s so great, because she is so unbelievably sweet, and because I have to be so mean to her.  It’s always people I have to be horrible to on set, that are the nicest people in real life!  People don’t realize it makes it extra hard, because as an actress, you can’t draw from anything. There is no reason to be nasty to this girl.  Melissa is so nice and sweet, and so I just apologize ahead of time.  I go, “I am so sorry.” (Laughs)  That is because of some of the mean things I have to say.   Sometimes, I ask if I can change my lines.   I will say, “Oh. this is so mean. I don’t know if I can do this.”  Melissa is amazing to work with.  We volley off of each other very well.  She really cares.  Melissa cares about the story, the integrity of her own character, and the characters on DAYS, in general.  It is always nice to work with somebody who comes in prepared, and is about the work, and that is always fun.

So soapers, are you happy with seeing Nadia back on Days of our Lives?  Are you hoping that Danloe will get together again … even though this time Chloe is manipulating the situation between her, Parker and Daniel for her own gain? Do you believe Chloe’s motives are true?  Who is the man for “hottie” Dr. Daniel?  Jennifer or Chloe?  Weigh-in!

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Patrick
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Patrick

NO…. and that’s just from reading the headline…..

FAN Majority….. if it’s Sammi and EJ… SO BE IT….
FAN Majority…. Jenn and Daniel are a bust… so CHLOE MOVE ON.

it’s time for DAYS to be PRO ACTIVE…. listening to FAN’s can’t be a bad move…

Chloe should mix in with Eric, Brady, Lucas, Rafe…. that’s alot of action…. let’s see her and Nicole having FUN…
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TA-DA !!!!!

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LOL.

MsLiz
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MsLiz

Please tell the powers that be that Shawn Christian had great chemistry with Martha Byrne on ATWT, but they never got together. There are legions of ATWT fans who would love to see them together, albeit in other roles.

And don’t forget Beth Ehlers. I miss her.

Blake
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Blake

I miss Beth Ehlers too!

madluv4ya
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madluv4ya

Um Chloe is wasted on Daniel. He literally has like 2 expressions. He’s the most boring character on Days imo. They write him to be just dumb and easily manipulated and oh yeah just dumb.

Patrick
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Patrick

I hate dissing my DAYS… but… the only way i can tolerate Mr. DAYS… so it seems… Daniel… is when he’s in skivvies in the hospital….

he can’t interact with all these women… including momma…

I mean c’mon…. Nicole, Jenn, Chloe…. Maggie… Mother Horton… leave him alone now. party in the manse…. party with victor…. get in to more Justin and Adrienne.

ces
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ces

He’s totally boring!! Wish Chloe would have some scenes with Brian Dattilo who is a lot more interesting to watch and speaks up when he talks.

Dr. Dan needs an enema, me thinks he’s constipated!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

Dr. Dan needs his walking papers. Same with Frumpy Jennifer. The pairing is a cure for insomnia.

Ces
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Ces

I totally agree!! Put two soft spoken people together and I can get up and do the dishes 🙂 At least Nicole was lively.

lilou
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lilou

please Chloe and Lucas had NO chemistry at all when they paired them : actually it was a torture to watch them together so no !
Daniel is too much propped and not really exiting as a character but he is not the worst imo.

Patrick
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Patrick

Nancy Wesley are you their?

Take the “Bull” by the horns…. right the wrongs for Chloe…

and this is for the sake of good soap…. it’s not working this way….

this is another coupe that shouldn’t be wasted….. HELLO writers/days/sony… etc….

cr
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cr

I think she will, but he will learn of her decepetion and dump her to go back to jen. Daniel needs a woman who was not his patient. Chloe and daniel go to together better than jen and daniel, jen which I love did not have not time to grieve for jack.

lilou
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lilou

Chloe was also his patient lol..but doctors and patients having romance is totally soap standards so i don’t see what’s the big deal about it..

A
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A

Yup. Dan’s an utter bore. So sad that DAYS ruined Jennifer for him. And Melissa Reeves cares about “the integrity of her own character”—what the what? Because she sure hasn’t been playing the Jennifer Rose Horton I have loved all these years.

lilou
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lilou

She is Jen she is just not Jen with Jack (i love Jack but stop the Jen trashing because she is not with him) blame the writers for that !

A
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A

Sure, I admit that I find Jennifer much more fun and interesting with Jack, but it’s not just that she is not with him. First, she treated him like crap when he was suffering (even though he was kidnapped and tortured and handn’t meant to leave her), and then she acted like his death was a convenience, as it gave her another chance with Dan. Sure, I blame the writers, but I wouldn’t call Jennfier’s behavior maintaining the character’s integrity. I love who Jennifer was, but this character Melissa Reeves is playing right now, she isn’t Jennifer to me.

Chloe
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Chloe

I’m very happy that Nadia is back but I’m not sure I want her with Daniel. I really like her with Brady. I liked Daniel & Jenn the first time around but not so much this time. I feel that she doesn’t deserve him after she dumped him to go back to bumbling fool Jack, who had left her countless times [and unfortunately come back each time, even after his organs were donated]. I’d love to see Chloe get a job singing in a club again, so that we could hear her beautiful voice, like we used to hear Bill… Read more »

A
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A

Jack rules. He’s not just another soap guy. There is much more to Jack than that, and I’m sorry they ever took him that direction. Funny, yes. Fool, no. Unlike “uncomplicated” Dan, Jack is complex. Anyway, Jack and Jennifer were way more entertaining. And Jack was doing his job and got kidnapped. Jennifer was a heartless jerk about it. I wouldn’t wish Dan on Chloe either, except that since she’s back short term, it would be great if he left with her. They’ve got to get Dan off of the show, rather than all of these over the top attempts… Read more »

janet
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janet

Jack was fantastic! I agree that his second run, where they tried to make him the village idiot, was lame but even then he had his great moments, like when he promised Jen he would stand by her if she was pregnant with Colin’s baby. Compare that to Dan who dumped Chloe as soon as he found out Parker was Philip’s! I know the writers thinks Dan’s God’s gift to women but I beg to disagree. Jennifer is completely destroyed for me and Chloe should run as fast as she can in the opposite direction from the dirty doctor.

Keely
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Keely

I hate Dan and Jen – they are like watching paint dry and not an ounce of chemistry. At least Dan had lots of chemistry with Chloe but he’s still icky. I still hope Jack will come back and the real Jen will fight for him.

Danloe
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Danloe

Danloe should reunite and forever be together. They are true love <3

jim
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jim

This story with Jen, Daniel and Chloe kinda reminds me of Another Worlds popular 1970s triangle with Alice, Steve, and Rachel. Rachel(Chloe) used Jamie(Parker) to come between Alice(Jen) and Steve.(Daniel). Only in this version i feel Jen and Daniel have very little chemistry, and their story not too interesting. To me Daniel always looks confused about something like he’s wondering why hes even here, and Momma Maggie is a little too much fussing over him like he’s a child. Maggie also seems to forget she has two daughters, Melissa and Sara, which she never really metions or seems worried about… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The big difference between that story line and AW’s is the actors- on AW all three of them had mad chemistry- one day you would be rooting for Alice, another day you would be rooting for Rachel. On Days we are rooting for Daniel to fall into a manhole never to be seen again. Personally it would have made far more sense if Brady and Jennifer had bonded over their mutual grief and later on have a Chloe/Brady/Jen triangle. Daniel would have been okay in a Billie/Nicole triangle. But right now Daniel and Jen have no chemistry- Jen has lost… Read more »

jim
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jim

You are so right. I was thinking the same about a Brady and Jen pairing. Iv noticed they have great chemistry when in scenes together. Billie and Daniel were also a better match. Would have loved seeing Billie and Chloe pull a Dynasty and have a fight over Daniel in a large pool of mud. That wouldve been hot.

heidi
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heidi

Glad to see Nadia back! Would like her with someone other than Daniel. Would also like Jennifer with anyone but Daniel.

jim
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jim

I hope when Nancy comes back the writers have plans for her and not have her walk around Salem like shes in a days(daze) kinda like they did Billie. Id write something like this: Nancy tries to convince Chloe she is wrong coming between Jen and Daniel. Meanwhile Nancy becomes depressed after estranged husband Craig refuses to consider a reconciliation. Nancy sees Dr. Marlena at the hospital for her depression and passes out at the hospital. Dr Daniel runs some test and reveals Nancy has cancer. This heartbreaking news brings a concern Chloe and Nancy together, and realizing life is… Read more »

shannon
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shannon

ANYTHING that involves Dan/Jen is FF material. Give Chloe a good story that I don’t have to FF through!

ces
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ces

This story is a snoozefest and why these two women are fighting over the most boring character on the show is beyond me!!
BTW: did Days just recycle the Nicole/Dan/Jennifer scripts?
Hate this storyline.

lilou
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lilou

Rafe is more boring than Daniel imho.

Ces
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Ces

haha, I think Daniel takes the cake before Rafe.

Engrady Pind
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Engrady Pind

I am glad that Chloe is back in Salem, I just don’t want her to be this scheming, inept woman who has to have a man in her life because she cannot go it alone. It’s as though with all she has endured she hasn’t learned a thing. I definitely do not want her with Daniel who she did cheat on. Put her with Brady or even EJ or Rafe.

jb44
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jb44

I couldn’t agree with you more. I would like to see Chloe with Brady, EJ or Rafe. Any of these three would be great.

imane Assi
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imane Assi

Daniel cheated on her first.He’s the one who put his ex feelings and needs above his fiance’s.Chloe was set up and drunk.What’s his excuse?Just because he didn’t physically cheat doesn’t mean he didn’t put Chloe through hell with his emotional cheating.She’s too good for him/

Dmitri
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Dmitri

He never cheated on her.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Dmitri Yes he did.Just because he didn’t kiss Cary or have sex with her doesn’t mean that he didn’t cheat.The emotional cheating definitly hsppened..What do you call putting your ex’s feelings and needs above your fiance’s? What dou you call turning your back on your fiance, failing her when she most needed you because you were too busy with your ex? Daniell put Chloe through hell with his behavvior and when it backfired, he [layed victim and put all the blame on her. Beside, Daniel could forgive himself for cheating on Chelsea with Kate , on Kate with Chloe, on… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Editing my previous post Daniel hot? Eeeewwww..he always looks dirty,sweaty and smelly.Chloe is too good,iorgeous and hot for him.It’s unbarable to watch her being watsed on him.She should be with Brady,Rafe or Eric but NEVER AGAIN Daniel.Are we supposed to believe that Chloe who went through forced prostitution for her son would just use him to get that heartless scumbag back? Are we supposed to believe that Chloe who went through so much abuse in her life would still love someone who treated her the way Daniel did? I know that the writers want us to forget Daniel’s behavior that… Read more »

jim
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jim

I agree on your description of Daniel. I keep expecting one of his leading ladies to suddenly blurt out,“Keep your filthy paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”

madluv4ya
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madluv4ya

Its like Days is hit or miss on some sl. Peter R. Has left the show and the role of Bo. I know this is hard for some truly loyal fans to believe, but that’s the nature of the business. So they should set Hope free. Personally I think she would have mad chem with Rafe. Brady is just as dumb as his dad, but they need to bring this to an end and have him acknowledge his pain over the loss of Madison. If they write it right he could show some acting chops. But on the other hand… Read more »

jim
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jim

I too feel they should pair Hope and Rafe,but for now the writers are going to bed him with Kate which totally ruins Rafe for me even if he is drunk when it happens.

madluv4ya
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madluv4ya

I really hope that doesn’t happen.

lilou
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lilou

euh Rafe is definitely not the ‘perfect guy’ he seems to think, he is a boring and totally self-righteous with bully tendencies corrupted cop.

Marisol
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Marisol

Chloe belongs with Brady. He was the great love of her life and it was bullcrap they ended that story. Give them another chance, instead of pairing her with that sleazy Dr. Tan.

Chris
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Chris

Daniel is gross! But that baby looks just like him and is the cutiest baby ever! Is this child actor related to the actor who plays daniel? Yes daniel and jen are ff’d throuhh at my house! Gross!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Hate this storyline, because Daniel and Jennifer belong together, even if they’re boring. That said, it’s nice to have Chloe back, and anything is better than the utter shit that is EJami.

Leigh
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Leigh

Boring is precisely the reason they don’t belong together unless the writers plan to ship them off far, far away. What’s the point in watching a show where the rooting couples are boring? Jack was/is the best match for Jen and Dan’s better as a player who infuriates the audience by continually having affairs with his patients. That’s soap.

Monica
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Monica

I hope so. Daniel is only likeable with Chloe.

I loved Jack and once upon a time I loved Jennifer, but now I can’t stand her.

Cindy
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Cindy

We LOVE you Nadia!!! But you are too good for this garbage writing, days seems to get you….you deserve better and SO MUCH more!

KIKI
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KIKI

I love Chloe & I am happy she is back causing
trouble for Dannibore. I used to love Jennifer
but now she comes across as a big hypocrite .
If Jen was such a wonderful human being like we are supposed to believe she would back off &
let Dan have time to band with Parker.
Since Chloe is only on for a limited time she is just Angst for
Dan & Jen too bad

JT
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JT

Sorry but I have not liked any of the Daniel stories and wish it would just end.

There are superb characters that need to return. Daniel is not one of them. Daniel was created as a total stereotype and it falls so flat and remains so basically uninteresting and dull.

debbie
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debbie

lets leave daniel and jenn alone and make a life. lets have chloe make a play for brady and win and let kristen see how it feels to have a man taken from her. plus shes too old lokking for brady. get him and chloe together !!!

She
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She

Come on I agree, lets get Daniel and Jenifer together with some action. You writers Chloe storyline soooooo boring. She needs someone as mean as she is, so lets gets this on the road enough is enough to keep Daniel and Jenifer apart.

Ti
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Ti

Come on, move on with Chloe whole story line is BORING! Jenifer and Daniel have been through so much why can’t you writers get them together. Chloe deserves someone as mean and she is…I’m routing for Danifer let’s gets some action between those two and let the good ones finally win…

LADY MJ
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LADY MJ

YES DANIEL AND JENNIFER NEED TO BE TOGEATHER AND PLOT AGAINST CHLOE AND STOP MAKING JENNIFER SUCH A OUCH OVER NAD DANIEL A PUNK

LADY MJ
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LADY MJ

i meant a push over and daniel such a punk

Jan Adams
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Jan Adams

I’ve been watching Days over 40 years and I still love it. I really like most all of the actors and actresses. I know they are all genuine and even though you might not like them or their character on the show, I would like them off the set. I’ve been waiting so long for Daniel and Jennifer together in a real “lasting” relationship. They have so much chemistry. Yes, Daniel and Chloe did in the past, but it’s time for him to move on. I don’t what it will take, maybe bringing a new male interest in Salem for… Read more »

Danna
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Danna

I wish Chloe had never come back to Days, there are so many others that could of come back and that should! I just can’t wait til Chloe is gone!!

Donna Conklin
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Donna Conklin

no i ca n’t stand Clioe she shoud just vanish and leave every one alone

Max
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Max

Chloe Belongs with Brady he is the love of her life same goes for him they are soulmates their love is real.
They should have made Parker Bradys son inseed of that boring Dr tan.
Hope that the writers see that Chloe & Brady belong together and give us Broe again & let them stay together cuz they are a true supercouple.

Mele
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Mele

I want to see Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) back on Days. To me she adds to the drama and I would love to see her and Daniel together since they share a child. I like Jennifer, but I just think she looks a little too old for Daniel. She would match better with an older man. I don’t doubt she is a sweet person but we’re not referring to her personally but the matching up of characters on the set. I hope Nadia doesn’t leave. I would love to see her use her singing talent on the show – she has… Read more »

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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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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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