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DAYS Stars Dish At Kate Mansi's Birthday Bash For Charitable Cause! Photo Gallery And More!

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This past Saturday night at Bootsy Bellows Nightclub in West Hollywood, California, the stars of daytime came to celebrate with Days of our Lives Kate Mansi (Abigail) not only her birthday, but her amazing charitable efforts on behalf of the organization, Charity Water which helps bring clean water to people and countries around the world who desperately need it!

The stars of Salem certainly were on hand including:  Camila Banus, Blake Berris, Casey Deidrick, Shawn Christian, Arianne  Zucker, Eileen Davidson, Kristian Alfonso, Freddie Smith, Nathan Owens, and two Daytime Emmy winners Tamara Braun and Sarah Brown, both whom were on DAYS, and both whom played Carly on GH!   In addition, The Young and the Restless was represented by Melissa Ordway and Redaric Williams, and General Hospital with Emily Wilson.   On-Air On-Soaps was there and chatted with many of your favorites to get some DAYS dish, and to hear what they had to say about their friend and colleague Ms. Mansi.

However, first we caught up with the gal of the hour to discuss her birthday bash and charitable efforts. Kate revealed how Charity Water came into her life: “I asked my manager to help me find some charities that I would like to be involved with, and I gave her the list of ten but I said, ‘My first choice would be to work with Charity Water.‘  And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘I felt Charity Water has done a great job of having 100% of their donations go where they say they are going to go. Then they follow it up with media to the donors. So they are sending you photos and links to show you where your money has gone.’  I donated myself, and then I wanted to get in contact with someone who can help me get involved in Charity Water and I met Kaitlyn Jankowski and she flew out for the event tonight from New York City.  I thought, ‘What can I do?’ And so I decided to throw a birthday party, and it all just came together. I t has been so great. I have had amazing support from my cast and Missy Reeves (Jennifer) and Kristian Alfonso have been huge supporters of this. “

So what did Kate hope party-goers would have as their takeaway from her event? “My hope for this get-together tonight is that people are aware that there are 180 million people in this world that are living without clean water, and whether they are donating through my event, or promoting to their fans, I just want people to know that is a problem that needs to be solved.  It’s such a simple solution. I raised $8,090 dollars and that will help over two entire villages with clean water.  I am very proud.  I took Kaitlyn to dinner and she said we can continue to raise money on this till December 31st.   I am really hoping we can hit $20,000 by then.

Photo Credit: Courtney Berman

Now, we could not help but notice the oh-so-cute and chic outfit Kate had on at her party.  Kate gave us the lowdown: “I feel like Alice in Wonderland.  I am wearing a skirt and top from Alice and Olivia.  The earrings are from Kate Spade, and my purse is by Alexander McQueen.  I got this outfit two days ago.  I finally thought, ‘Oh, I don’t have anything to wear!’ So in a mad rush I found something!”

As to Salem’s Abigail losing her virginity to Chad, and the impending on-screen departure of Casey Deidrick, Kate stated: “Yes, she lost her virginity, and I don’t know what to say, she has been deflowered. She gave Chad her heart and something that she waited a long time to do with another person.  The final scenes with Chad were so emotional and I cried so hard when I rehearsed my lines that I was like, ‘I can’t.  I just have to go straight to tape.’  Casey and I met even earlier than four years ago when I tested for the role of Melanie. Casey is my best friend. He is such a fantastic guy. He is amazing and I loved working with him.  He is a fantastic scene partner.  I am sure we will work again somewhere in the future.”

As for the men in Abigail’s life, Casey Deidrick had this first to say about his dear friend Kate: “She’s my home girl!  Kate has the ability to walk into a room and light the entire room up. That is her personality, and that is how she has always been since I met her.  I grew up with her the last four years of my life on DAYS and I am really glad that I got such a good friend out of this. I could not have asked for a better co-star and I fully support what she is doing here tonight.  I am really proud of her.”

Photo Credit: Courtney Berman

Now as to Chad’s deception, and the reveal that he is lying about his brain tumor, and Casey’s impending on-screen exit: “Chad is lying! And in my defense, Chad never lied to Abigail about it.  He always said it to Cameron and that’s it. The writers really did this ending storyline justice, and fans will really appreciate how they write my character out.  My last airdate is October 30th.  It was such a heartbreaking day, the last day on set, as I have told you before.   I would really like to go back and relive the moment again, and I will watch it when it airs.  I hope the fans will response to it as well.”

The other man in Abigail’s life Cameron, played by Nathan Owens, echoed Casey’s sentiments about Kate:  “I am good friends with Kate, and she is a beautiful human being inside and out.  She impresses me day to day with the amount of humility, generosity, empathy and sympathy she has for other people in this world.”

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Nathan weighed-in on Cameron’s fight for Abigail and Chad lying to the good doc about his brain tumor!  “He is in love with Abigail, but he is at a stage in his life where he understands you might not get what you want, and you might end up being somebody’s sacrifice for their happiness. And there is a whole other side to this, where I am a doctor getting duped. That’s messed up that the brain tumor is used by Chad to get with the girl of Nathan’s dreams!  It hurts and it’s going to be a big mess!  I will just say that. You will see it all play out in front of the cameras.”  Well, we wanted to know Nathan’s thoughts on Cameron being a stripper/doctor!  “You want to know how the stripper thing came out?  I found out a week prior to it when we were shooting promo photos for NBC, and the photographer says, ‘So, you are a doctor/stripper?’  And I go, ‘Excuse me?’  He goes, ‘Oh, my God. I am not supposed to tell you.  Yeah, you are going to be a stripper!’    So I started asking around after that and found that a few of the other guys like Galen Gering (Rafe) and Shawn Christian (Daniel) were going to be involved in it.   I thought, ‘OK, if they are going to be involved too …”  But, I had my own strip portion which was just me and it was a bit terrifying, because it was my first storyline like that in front of people with not much on.   It is one for the books, for sure.” (Laughs)

Photo Credit: Courtney Berman

Daytime Emmy winner, Tamara Braun (Ex-Ava) chimed in on what Kate Mansi is doing for the cause of clean water to those who urgently need it:  “I think she is an amazing young woman, and on top of that a great actress, and a dear friend.  Anything she asks me to do I will help. The cause she is working for is incredible.  We take for granted that we can go to the faucet and get clean water, (yes, we need a filter), but so many people don’t have the simple things in life, which is water.  And it’s so easy to do and it doesn’t cost us much to help. There are so many horrible things that go on in the world, and we can’t fix it all, but we want to try to make life a little easier for people. That is what Kate is doing with this organization Charity Water.”  Beloved by soap fans , we had to ask Tamara,  which character do people come up to her the most about when they see her out and about? “I get a lot of things when I am out in public, and a guy when I was walking into the party said something very nice to me about my Carly on General Hospital, and so that was lovely.  Fans know me as Ava, Taylor, and Reese!  I am shocked at that, because I would think they would only know me as Carly, but it’s nice that I touched people in other roles, too.”

Photo Credit: Courtney Berman

Kate’s cast mate, Arianne Zucker saluted Kate Mansi’s birthday and efforts: “I am very proud of Kate for being the age she is ….  she is of legal drinking age, we can say that (Laughs).  But I think it’s great that she took her name, and used it for something and has been very proactive and positive, and did something her peers can look at her, and up to her, for something pretty incredible.  You know this is something we talked about when Kate came on to Days of our Lives, and that is make sure you do right by your name. God love you Miley Cyrus for doing what you want to do, but not a good influence, especially when I have a 3 1/2 year old little girl!”

Shawn Christian who attended the event with his young son, honored Kate in this way:  “I think Kate is a very compassionate, loving, sensitive woman.  It is no surprise that she would be involved in this at all.  She has supported many of the projects that I have been. To see her putting forth her name and reputation that she has worked very hard to build, I think is the beginning of many charitable things she does.  She has a big heart, and it’s very authentic.  She is very aware of problems outside of her own, and for a young girl to have that, it’s very special.”  As to Shawn’s current storyline, where Daniel is dumped by Jennifer: “Juggling the widowed woman with two children, one troubled child of course, is not an easy task in life, or on daytime in Salem.  I think Jennifer’s priorities are her children and her family. Now in comes Theresa of course.  Jen Lilley (Theresa) is a very talented girl and I love the choices she makes. When we run lines together, and then put something up on its feet I see her wheels turning.  She does a great job with this character, and at establishing her as a sort of new kind of femme fatale, if you will.  But Theresa goes to extreme lengths to get Dr. Daniel! And interestingly enough, Dr. Daniel is not so easily had.  He is not so dumb this time … can you believe it? Two damsels in his path and he resists them!”

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Camila Banus revealed how Kate and her made some very cute viral videos to help the Charity Water fundraising cause: “We were running lines in her room and we said, ‘We should tape a video for Charity Water,’ and then we started doing it.  Actually, then we had bloopers that were really funny, but I told Kate not to post them because of some of the inappropriate language that came out of some of us! (Laughs). ”   Camila  then told us why Gabi is dumping Nick this week on DAYS:  “She is not in love with him.  Gabi cares abut him, but she knows he may be taking things in excess which is why she thinks he might not be good for her.   That is why she tells him, she does not want to be with him indefinitely.  There are crazy scenes coming up that you would not even imagine   There is something that will change her life, and there will not be time in the near future for a new man in her life, I can say that!”  Blake Berris chimed in as to Nick’s reaction to Gabi’s change of heart:  “At this point he is handling it just fine, because to him there is nothing to handle.  But if at some point that does set in, he probably won’t handle it very well.  (Laughs)  I think the most important thing to Nick is getting a modeling job for Gabi.  As far as what is coming up,  Gabi tells him that their relationship is not happening, but I think he believes he can make it happen anyway.”

A great time was had by all as the stars danced, mingled, and participated in a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of Kate’s birthday.  Check out our photo gallery below with our captions with some of the night’s attendees!  Then, let us know what you thought about Kate’s charitable efforts?  The DAYS stars on their current storylines?  And if you might just check out CharityWater.org to make a donation, or to see how you can become involved?

 

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Now, I’m hungry for cake. That looked like fun. It is a shame that everybody
does not have clean drinking water. Keep up the good work on and off DAYS.
The upcoming stories sound great!!!

I love sand and water!!!

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It is encouraging to see young people taking up the mantle of social justice and using their fame to help others instead of exploiting themselves for money. Just goes to show you maturity is more than the number of birthday candles on your cake.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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