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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Elizabeth Simek
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Elizabeth Simek

I think Rob’s performance was just as outstanding as Victoria’s.

Loretta
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Loretta

I watched it 1st hand …been watching daily as long as I can recall..I’m 53 now..so only soap I watched then an now..yes he done a awesome job

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Loved his performance, he deserves an award..so does Ciara..my favorite 2 on Days. Been watching for years and now my husband watches..

Mary
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Mary

Fantastic ,,, from both actors. Rob and Victoria (to bad she is leaving the show).

SHEILA BENSON
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SHEILA BENSON

I loved Rob’s performance but I wish Victoria would change her mind about leaving. I love together

Jeni vidal
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Jeni vidal

TERRIFIC, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY BOTH ACTORS!!

Barb
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Barb

Loved every second of Both rob and Victoria’s performances.. they both are shining stars with a wonderful future ahead of them❤️❤️❤️

Doris V Hillyard
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Doris V Hillyard

His performance was great.

Pat Johnson
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Pat Johnson

I thought Rob’s performance as well as Victoria’s was well played out I too have been watching days everyday the were just so goog

Amy
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Amy

I think the powerful performance goes to both Victoria Konefal and Rob Wilson. One couldn’t have done it without the other

Jimh
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Jimh

He was great but on Days and GH the villains are the heroes…no true supercouples anymore…lets stop making killers the heroes!!!!!

Mary Anne Wilt
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Mary Anne Wilt

Rob was beyond excellent. His acting was so realistic and even down to the details of his facial expressions from seeing the pain on his face and the sorrow as he is talking to Ciera about being sorry, to the blank expression ( when brainwashing takes over) when he says he has to kill her, and goes after her. You can see him fighting the programming as hard as he could. If anything this storyline proves that Ben was NEVER the serial killer in the first place, but due to his mental illness, (and maybe programming then too)just believes he… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Don’t worry about it. ReRon being ReRon, it’s only a matter of time before Ben is found to have a brain tumor and after it’s removed he will be immediately absolved of every murder he committed. This is what he did on GH in order to rebrand his OLTL pet (who could no longer call himself “Todd Manning” due to legal red tape) as a previously dead serial killer named “Franco”. He also changed “Franco’s” (in reality, Frodd’s) paternity in order to pretend he was a “legacy” character from one of Port Charles’ OG families. So don’t be surprised if… Read more »

ann
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ann

This would be a good idea to let Ben lead a normal life then. Him and Ciara did a great job. This had to be hard on Ben with what they made him go thru – great performance Ben you deserve an award for sure.

Kellie Fogg
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Kellie Fogg

Rob was fantastic. So much raw emotion. It had to be exhausting do this. Rob deserves all the praise. Victoria also deserves a mention. They are true partners in Cin

Diane Pacheco
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Diane Pacheco

I think Rob Was great. He can portrait and kind of person that is how great he is.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

This is my vote for ALL-TIME BEST “Power Performance of the Week!”

Rob Scott Wilson is phenomenal!

Lisa Sproles
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Lisa Sproles

It was awesome for Ben and Victoria.. she needs to stay on days . They need to be the new hope and bo

Lillian Franke
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Lillian Franke

Awesome performance

Hardai Alphonso
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Hardai Alphonso

Great actor. Mental illines is real. Every emotional episode.

Donna Chelini
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Donna Chelini

I loved days last week. So sad to see Victoria leaving as Ciara. She and Ben were sizzling together. They remind me of a young Bo and Hope. Already missing Hope

Sue R Cole
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Sue R Cole

Ben did a great job of performing, but I want Victoria (Ciara) back and their relationship to work out

Marianna
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Marianna

1 of the best performance on daytime tv..nomination for a Daytime Emmys should be next for Rob

Linda
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Linda

I have never seen performances like Robert and Victoria did. Kept me on my toes and begging to myself. Lol. I felt I was in the room with them. It was So intense and acting was outstanding. Great actors working together and They both have chemistry. They definitely need the award for best actress and actor. Please make sure they get it.

Peg
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Peg

His performance was absolutely mesmerizing, worthy several statuettes

Nancy
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Nancy

I can’t think of a a word to describe it. But both Ben & Ciara’s performances were outstanding. But where is she ugh.lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Nancy
Vincent kidnapped Ciara and hopefully, we’ll see them soon. Vincent has a big secret.

Makesha Harris
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Makesha Harris

Outstanding Actor,should get that Male Leading Role as well as Victoria( Ciara)Female Leading Role!☺️Love Me Some CIN#

Linda
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Linda

Rob was amazing! I see an Emmy in his future.

Valerie
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Valerie

I hope Marlena can help Ben again and I k ow Ciara is leaving but hopefully come back. I can’t 8magine she is dead. Ben deserves another chance to be exonerated. I don’t understand why all these cast members are leaving. Their story lines were all so good and it kept me watching. I hope will and sonny come back and I understand Rafe is no leaving but what will he be withou Hope now that they kind of got back together. If all these peop,e are leaving on their own decision it’s not the writers fault becaus2 people like… Read more »

Lori Milliman
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Lori Milliman

I thought both him ab Ciria were out standing.

Suzy Petraniuk
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Suzy Petraniuk

Rob’s performance was OUTSTANDING and shows how great an actor he truly is. KUDOS to you Rob!

Eileen
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Eileen

Ben was absolutely terrific. An Oscar performance

Debbie Lou Brewer
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Debbie Lou Brewer

Great, great performance by Rob

Eileen
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Eileen

His performance was an Oscar for sure. I’ve watched the show since the beginning & his was one if the best. Sorry to see so many great actors & actresses leaving the show. Good luck to all of them & thanks for all your great times

Joanne Verre
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Joanne Verre

Rob was fantastic he is an Amazing actor. His emotions going back and forth from being brainwashed to the real Ben was awesome. I also loved Ciera’s part she was Amazing too. Wish she wasn’t leaving i was hoping they would be the new Hope and Bo. They work so well together we are going to miss Ben and Ciera

Angella Sampson
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Angella Sampson

Omg he was freaking amazing. I know he want to be begind yhe camera. But with talet like that he need to be infront if it. Cant wait to see who replace ciara. Keep it up scott

Gloria
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Gloria

YES YES YES BEN WAS ABSOLUTELY 100% ON POINT – DO NOT LET HIM GO!!! And so did Ciera survive???? SHE TOOK NEEDS TO S-T-A-Y!!! Why do u get rid of the exciting actors (Camila my SPITFIRE) who brings passion and excitement to the tube while keeping the boring actors (Gwen – really?) just sayin

Sarah C.
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Sarah C.

He deserves an Emmy for that performance!

Sydney Selman
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Sydney Selman

Awesome!!!!

John
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John

I’ve been watching Days a total of 10 year with my mom and wife and I think Rob knocked it out of the park beyond awesome daytime Emmy for sure

Momo
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Momo

As I watched, I thought, he deserves an Emmy for this.

Marie
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Marie

I think his performance with the most powerful performance on days of our lives that I have ever seen hate definitely deserves an award

Jackie Schwartz
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Jackie Schwartz

He was incredible and outstanding!!! What a performance by both!!

Mary B
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Mary B

They were both great. I just wish she wasn’t leaving the show.

Becky Kurley
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Becky Kurley

He was out standing

Claudette
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Claudette

Amazing last three days Ben Weston and he deserves a Grammy for that one

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Rob Scott Wilson … BRAVO…

Barbara Paris
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Barbara Paris

Best performance I’ve seen in a long time. Outstanding ,believable. GTEAT

Nicomedes E Hernandezi
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Nicomedes E Hernandezi

HI GOOD MORNING MICHAEL I READ THROUGH SOAP DISH ON AUGUST 30, 2020 THAT WHEN BEN FINDS CIARA I READ THROUGH SOAP DISH THAT HE WILL DUMP HER TO END THE STORY LINE AND THE AFTER ROBERTSCOTTWILSON SAID HE WANTED TO CONTINUE TBE STORY WITH HER SO WHAT IS THE DEAL CAN PAST IT ALONG TO HIM BECASUE HE NOT TO LONG GO HE WANTED CONTINUE STORY WITH HER AFTER ALL THE HARD WORK THEY PUT INTO THIS GREAT STORY EVER IN NBCDAYS HISTORY. PLEASE LET ME MICHAEL WHAT YOUR OPINON IS TO THIS BECAUSE ROBERTSCOTTWILSON SAYING THAT SHE WILL… Read more »

Beatrice Methot
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Beatrice Methot

I am a huge days fan this actor is awesome ond gave a powerful peeformance as ben he needs to be reunited with his one true love just goes to show how strong the power of love is

Claudette
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Claudette

I love Ben and Ciara I knew that Ben’s love is too strong.So please hurry and end this. My whole body is shaking .

Sandra
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Sandra

Ben Westons character is very complex and takes a sometime campy soap into a realistic scary evolution. There’s also the sweet love story between he and Ciara, that love conquers all. He is fabulous in the role and so believable. He should win a daytime Emmy for this role.

By the way how can they break up this relationship between he and Ciara??? Just “crazy” they have such chemistry. They need their storyline. Keep them both.

Joan EBEL4361 PERTH LINE 36 EAST
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Joan EBEL4361 PERTH LINE 36 EAST

He is such a fabulous actor and so is she!! I have always loved Ben.

stephanie gray
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stephanie gray

Amazing, he can bring it! I was crying like a baby…poor Ben

Marla
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Marla

I’m 71; been watching from almost first episode. My favorite daytime soap. Have loved it then, love it now. I think this entire storyline is awesome and heart wrenching. I’m sad actors of favorite chapters are leaving. I record the show every day just incase I’m not home at 1:00 EST. We took two tripes recently with one week at home between. I had a good old fashion “Days of Our Live” marathon. I think he did a fantastic job.
Faithful Fan…MG

Patty
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Patty

Rob was excellent as he delivered a gripping performance

Regina Brooks
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Regina Brooks

Rob and Victoria are BAD ASS! Rob did an amazing job fighting his demons and trying to protect the love of his life from himself. BRAVO!

Evelyn Rios
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Evelyn Rios

I loved his performance and Ciara’s also. Hate that the couple ended with such violence. No one can take her place.

Patricia Standifer
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Patricia Standifer

It was an ‘Oscar’ moment! Simply Amazing!!!!

Susan Billow
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Susan Billow

Outstanding!

Celia
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Celia

Rob was amazing—–he touched the stars and became one—–I lack words singing his praises. Thank the fates TPTB decided to bring him back —-I remember many of us fans practically begged to have him back.
……certainly did not disappoint. He is “ripe” for an award!!

Lorel Toscani
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Lorel Toscani

He did such a wonderful job. He scared me. It was so strong and real I worried that he personal would be effected. So sorry to see Victoria go. She will be missed.

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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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