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DAYS Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans Talk Patch & Kayla's Wedding Day, And The Return of Shelley Hennig!

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You can’t get any more super, than soap opera super couple Patch and Kayla. For decades on Days of our Lives, ardent and passionate fans have followed the perils, the ups and the downs, and the love story of these two characters.  In affairs of the heart you often hear the term, “opposites attract”, and for these two Salemites that certainly holds true.

But behind the on-screen magic that makes Stayla one of the most beloved TV couples of all-time, are the performances of their iconic performers; Stephen Nichols (Patch) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).  Their collaboration is one for the ages, and one that has stood the test of time. It is often said that the respect and love these two have for each other always shines through in their performances.

This Valentine’s week, DAYS is giving their fans the wedding they have been waiting for when Patch and Kayla say their vows in front of their family and friends in episodes airing February 15th and 16th.   And just who returns for the big day?  None other than Patch and Kayla’s daughter, played by the beautiful and talented Shelley Hennig who last appeared on the long-running daytime drama series in 2011.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Stephen and Mary Beth for a preview of the big day, and how they make their on-screen love story one of the best in the biz.  Here’s what they shared.

When the two of you finally got to this long-awaited moment for Patch and Kayla, and they were really going to tie-the-knot for real this time, what were your feelings as you were going through once you hit the soundstage and began the vows?

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MARY BETH:  They gave us some freedom on our vows, and Stephen and I said things we really wanted to say to each other.  We know these characters so well, and are big fans of Patch and Kayla, and their love story, and we try to stay true to it.   It was so wonderful to have it all come together, and to have our family there including: our sweet Stephanie with Shelley Hennig coming back.  It was really lovely.

Shelley Hennig returned for the wedding as Patch and Kayla’s daughter, Stephanie.  What did it mean for the both of you to have her there as part of the on-screen nuptials?

STEPHEN:  Oh, just a joy!  During the vows she was on the side that Mary Beth was on, so I could actually see her a lot of the time – not that I would be looking at her, because I was so focused on Mary Beth.  But I have to say, Shelley was so in it the entire time.  In fact, the director, Scott McKinsey said to me how wonderful Shelley was to work with.  Shelley was there for us the minute she came on to the set.

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MARY BETH:   Shelly said, “I’m just so nervous, because I didn’t want to let you guys down.”   I went, “Oh, my God!”   She is so amazing. Shelley is the love bug of the century.  We love her.

STEPHEN:  We didn’t know what to expect! Neither of us had seen Shelley in several years. She came back as if she had never left.  Shelley has matured so much.  I loved seeing how she has grown up.

The wedding of Patch and Kayla is a big moment for the show, and for the couple’s enduring fans.  Did you feel enormous pressure when performing the scenes that it has to be damn good, and that you did not want to disappoint the audience?

STEPHEN:  If I am thinking about those things, it throws me off.  I don’t ever allow those kinds of pressures to get to me.  The way I fight it is to get so focused on what I am doing and what my intentions are, and what I am saying to Mary Beth.  That is how we approached it this time … it was very simple.  It was about what we said to each other.   It wasn’t about anything else.  We worked on it for several days just trying to get those scenes and the words right.

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Mary Beth, when you watch Stephen portraying Patch (as you are playing Kayla), what is it like being on the other side of what Stephen is giving?  As fans know, he can turn on those emotional tears like no one else, and he allows himself to be vulnerable, all for the love of this woman.

MARY BETH:   You know, it’s all such a swirl.  We get here to the studio, and we are trying to learn our lines, and in the meantime you are trying to find your subtext in the scenes.   In the wedding, in particular, everything has to stop.  We have to let all that go and pay attention to each other.  That is what works so well for us.   When we connect it’s just right on.  That is when things go great.  As I said before, Stephen and I really love each other, the characters, and our story, and so to just let go and fall into it, and to be part of the now of the moment, that is what happened to us during those scenes.  To have our family all around us and to feel the love, you believe it, and you play it.  As to your question about if there is pressure, I didn’t feel pressure.  I was just excited that we had that day.

STEPHEN:  What happened on stage that day was that we could feel that everybody was with us including the actors, the crew, and you could hear a pin drop.  And if nothing else brings your energy up that will.  It was just so sweet.

MARY BETH:  Nobody was bored. Nobody was irritated.  Everybody was excited!

What do you think fans will take away from the nuptials?  Will they get the wedding they want to see for Stayla?

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MARY BETH:   I think so.  It’s not flashy. It’s not on a boat.  We have done that already. This is a very intimate, heartfelt, mature moment of a couple who have weathered the storm.  There is something so beautiful about coming out on the other side of the storm.

Mary Beth, why was Kayla so hard on this guy?  Patch truly showed how much he loved her, yet she would put up a wall, and previously, would not let it get to the point their relationship is at on-screen today.

MARY BETH:  Part of it was she was so afraid.  Kayla loved this guy, hook, line and sinker.  When they got divorced it was very difficult for her, and then fast forward ten years, she forged a life that she controlled, and in which she could control her environment. Kayla raised a son, and supported herself and him.  Steve brought chaos into that control.  I’m not that kind of person in real life, but I think for people who are like that, it’s a very scary thing to be vulnerable again, and to let your guard down.  I think every time she did over the last couple of years shenanigans would happen and then she would be say to herself, “Yes, I was right to keep him at bay.”  Finally, Kayla and Dena Higley (former DAYS co-head writer) decided to stop that, and so that’s what happened and got us here to Patch and Kayla’s wedding day.

I heard that DAYS costume designer, Richard Bloore, found the perfect wedding dress for Kayla!

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MARY BETH:   It was perfect.  Richard Bloore does all the shopping for the show and he knows our bodies, and our flaws, and plusses. The wedding dress I wore is the only one I tried on, and I loved it.  I would love to dye it another color, and actually wear it another time for something.

STEPHEN:  Richard got me the most beautiful tuxedo and it fit me like a glove!

James Lastovic plays your on-screen son Joey, and Joey wanted so badly, for so long, his parents to remarry and be a family again. That must have also been special to play.

MARY BETH:  The scenes that James had, and all of us had with Shelley, as the Johnson family were so great.  It was a great couple of days to shoot.  It really, really was.

What is in the future for Patch and Kayla post-wedding?  Will things simmer down now … or, will Kayla, Patch, or Joey be kidnapped again, etc? (Laughs)

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MARY BETH:  We are taping new episodes a few months from the wedding, and we are still happy … so that’s good.

STEPHEN:  However, there are a few things going on.  There has got to be a story.  We can’t just be coming in to each scene kissing and a hugging.

MARY BETH:  Sure we can!  What do you mean? (Laughs)

So, are you excited for the wedding of Patch and Kayla? What do you think about Shelley Hennig coming back to DAYS to be at her on-screen parents nuptials? What do you think will happen to the happy couple once they make it official? Do you hope they have months of marital bliss, or do you want to see Patch and Kayla in the middle of heavy drama and adventure? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I just wish they would update Patch’s Fonzie meets The Pirate’s of The Caribbean look…it makes Stayla more like Staleya…wearing that all the time is like wearing the same underwear more than once a week-ew…ok, i had worn mine all week once but i was very ill at the time-lol but that is not the point..anyway, i find combining names almost childish and outdated…i like Patch&Kayla…sounds more romantic like Scarlett and Rhett…does ScarRhett sound romantic-NO!…sounds like a fever one gets from traveling abroad!!!-lol.

I do not see anybody today wear a patch unless its medical related but they dont wear it forever.-he did go without it before..we can still call him patch…just put a patch on his jeans if someone doesn’t get the nick name!!!

I would like to see “Patch” without the patch mysrlf, Jimmy. But, I don’t know how the ‘transformation’
Would be received, after all is ssid that done.
Anyway, I truly enjoyed today’s episode. ….almost perfect!!

Steve is one hottie! Don’t change the best of the best!

Agree and I love both actors and “Patch” and “Kayla.” Always have. And I have read/heard a lot of interviews they have given. I’ve come away each time feeling their genuine care for each other, for the characters, for the fans. Just beautiful to know that. Patch and Kayla forever. PS I also read Mary Beth’s blog PLANK.

I am so jealous that Days allows their Classic SuperCouples to be featured in front and center stories and cares enough to marry them. I am jealous right now of Y&R and the new opening as well which is incredibly well shot and includes their classic theme song. I guess that all goes with being a Classic GH fan and I’ve developed good coping skills. Paltry scraps for us on current day GH; things haven’t been good for decades.

What would be good to you? Not being sarcastic just wondering how you would paint the canvas on a daytime drama especially the one you’re passionate about.

The problem with GH is that they are serving too many divided audiences and haven’t found a solution that will appease most of the fans. The top 4-5 characters with airtime are still the actors that were heavily featured during 2000-2011 which is when many 80s and 90s fans dropped out of the show due to the narrow focus and dark vision for the show. They also have brought in many new characters and haven’t developed them the past few years plus the weight of trying to redeem the Franco character who was never meant to be redeemed. It’s pretty much impossible. In fact GH is improving in baby steps, I’d say except for the fact that they feel they need to redeem Franco, who was meant to be an evil character and the Julian Jerome character. I’d also backburner the Sonny character or at least put him back in a supporting role because the audience is a bit tired of him. Just give him a break for now like the Jason character had. They seem to like giving their villains a front and center role on the show to the extent that they become leads with romantic interests. For example the new character of Valentin Cassadine. We see him forming a family, getting married, having romantic bedroom scenes with flowers. It’s way too out there for most longtime fans. Let Ava, Julian and Olivia of the Jerome family do stints occasionally on the show but otherwise, we don’t need permanent villains on GH given the airtime of a core family.

I don’t think they should necessarily backburner Jason and Sam but let some other couples develop and challenge them for the Top Couple spot on GH. Somer newer popular couples that rarely get airtime are Dillon&Kiki, Hayden&Finn, Laura&Kevin, and there is potential for more with all of the new younger characters.

Take the emphasis off the Corinthoses and feature:

At least one Classic SuperCouple on the show. Right now they mention Duke every two seconds and it’s obvious he’d do well with enemies on canvas, a new son, and since it’s now OK to leave the mob, bring back one of the original guys who did that.

Let Robert return more frequently and give him story. Holly could return with him sometimes when she’s available.

Give Laura and Kevin more airtime to develop their romance.

The younger Gen of the Qs needs to be developed for when Jane Eliot leaves. So Michael, Dillon and bring Ned on full time along with Monica as COS with a continued focus on the hospital that Jelly have brought to the show.

The 1st string of actors with airtime would look more like this and of course this should be fluid according to audience preference and actor availability:

Billy Miller (Jason Morgan
Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan)
Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber)
Finola Hughes (Anna Devane)
Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri)
Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford)
Matt Cohen (Dr. Griffin Munro)
Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos)
Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones)
Michael Easton (Dr. Hamilton Finn)
Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine)
Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome)
Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon Quartermaine)
Genie Francis (Laura Spencer)
Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery)

2nd string:
Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis)
Rebecca Budig (Hayden Cassadine)
Emme Rylan (Lulu Falconeri)
Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford)
Anthony Montgomery (Dr. Andre Maddox)
Chloe Lanier (Nelle Hayes)
Leslie Charleson (Dr. Monica Quartermaine)
Jon Lindstrom (Dr. Kevin Collins)
Ryan Carnes (Dr. Lucas Jones)
Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix DuBois)
Parry Shen (Brad Cooper)
Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie Spencer)
Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson)
Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio)
Wallace Kurth (Ned Ashton)

3rd string:
Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos)
Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina Davis)
Brytni Sarpy (Valerie Spencer)
Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht)
Haley Alexis Pullos (Molly Lansing)
Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri)
Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin)
Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller)
Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe)
Risa Dorken (Amy Driscoll)
Robin Mattson (Heather Webber)
Tequan Richmond (T.J. Ashford)
Kristina Wagner (Felicia Scorpio)
John J. York (Mac Scorpio)

GH is in trouble, horrible mob storylines. Time to cancel Gh, and bring back OLTL on ABC.

GH has overdone the Mob for years! Have not liked it since they decided a mob Hit man could moralize to the entire GH community and only those who dislike the mobsters are ever truly punished!!!

Yes, GH lost its soul a long time ago

This site really has become a waste land of total hate…more people again saying cancel GH in a non GH topic…how disrespectful to the real fans to have to read that garbage.

Please….GH has been telling more hospital stories than mob stories during Jelly’s first 16 months…but carry on with the repetitive misinformed rants…even though the mob has been toned down a ton under FV…it’s still a part of the show but it’s not eating the show like during the JFP days….ten years ago there were ten mobsters on contract….now there a only two with Sonny and Julian…both Jason and Ava left the business.

GH is not in trouble…look at the recent ratings…worry about DAYS.

Sam I agree with you, pull the plug ABC. Cancel GH. Bring Back One Life To Live. General hospital is very painful too watch, right now. Pull the plug and end GH.

I loved OLTL and would love to see it back…but not at the expense of GH. It’s been holding my attention and I have no desire for them to “pull the plug.”

I’m so happy Patch and Kayla are still together and just as much as in love as they were when they first met. I love to watch old videos on YT and realize their love story has endured. I LOVE that.
All the credit to their beautiful love story…the best I’ve ever seen on tv to Mary Beth and Stephen. The writing in the 80’s was the best and I agree with both actors that their reunion this time with the ups and downs was handled very well.
Look forward to many more years of Steve and Kayla

btw, the writers removed Steve’s patch in 1989 and it did not go down well with the audience. That’s why the brought it back.

Yes, and Stephen Nichols has said as much–he thinks Patch is just not Patch without the patch–lol!

Hey!
that’s Y&R Tucker!
I want Tucker back!

You can thank JFP for that one. She had to bring on her pets and eliminated talent. In so doing I think she did a huge disservice to the Chancellor family and what could have been

Love love LOVE this couple! Now if we can just get John and Marlena married beautifully and Jack back for Jennifer? All of us long-time fans will be happy to wander through whatever they do with the youngsters. Just so we can see our favorites. Oh, and Justin and Adrienne need to be together, as well. As you can see, I am a HEA girl. 🙂

Geez, ENOUGH already – aren’t they getting a little tired of having the same couple march down the aisle well into their 50’s or however old they are supposed to be? Not that I have anything against older couples, I don’t of course but how many more Brides in the 50+ category on this show are going to be blushing in White gowns? After a while, it’s a little tiresome – plus, although this is off-topic, I thought the way they explained “Stefano” being in the Jail cell even though it was another character wearing a rubber glued-on mask and a fat suit was idiotic.

You are so funny, John. Don’t you know that you can get in deep caca when you talk about older characters doing the ‘young’ thing in what is considered a negative subject?!
Hey, I agree with you. I was ‘attacked’ on more than one occasion when I stated that same fact, in a different way and/or situation.
I think that the symbolism of wearing white, on one’s wedding day, has lost its meaning through the decades. I doubt there are any virgins around anymore! LOL.
But, be that as it may, a white, lacy, frilly, a definite look of what is a wedding dress, is ridiculous on a 50+ woman.

Don’t think I mentioned the word “frilly” or “lacy”–nor did I say ANYONE was not entitled to her opinion. Gee, you seem really thin skinned–and really angry at me for some reason I can’t fathom.
I was not in any way directing my comments to you–and I haven’t responded to any of your posts: my 95–year-old mother is in rehab and I am going each day at 8:00 to see/help her. This is one of my first times to comment on this blog in a very long time–and it was a nice respite to the tension and uncertainty of the last 2 and 1/2 months. Thanks for raining on my parade.

Read my lips: the word I used was “white”: do you have ANYTHING against the color white??

As many as get married and who feel like wearing it. To be literal… anyone can wear anything, anytime. And, in this day and age…are there really any virgins getting married at ANY age??? (The old symbolism for the white wedding dress has long passed its day.) As for WHY they portray couples in mid age getting married…maybe because there is a huge amount of people who don’t marry until later in their lives or perhaps are divorced or widowed.

If, however, you’re referring to just one couple…this “same couple” as you say…then it’s just the formula of the soap genre. People “make up to break up” and do it all over again…. And, as Mary Beth said..the wedding this time around isn’t flashy but mature…”the wedding dress I wore is the only one I tried on, and I loved it. I would love to dye it another color, and actually wear it another time for something.” So, it’s something that conveys her style…

And, if two people can still make each other blush.. (literally and figuratively) that’s the icing on the (wedding) cake!

Bravo and thanks. “Anyone can wear anything, anytime”: you say it so very well–simply and eloquently.
And, yes, I agree with your other statement as to why portray couples in mid-age getting married: “Maybe because there. . .are. . .people who don’t marry until later in their lives or perhaps are divorced or widowed.” I
Again, you say it so very well.

And I love your romantic last statement: “If two people can still make each other blush . . . that the icing on the (wedding) cake.” A lovely sentiment.
PS And doesn’t an elegant creamy white simple suit (or dress) just ooze elegance? Sounds like something I might choose–or even an elegant pants ensemble? I’ve never taken the leap–never been married, but a girl can still dream (and fantasize) can’t she? LOL!
PS 2 You made my day–thanks for the uplift. After coming out of the “ice” of dealing with my 95-year-old Mother’s extended 2-week hospital stay after contacting “institutional pneumonia” and now going each day at 8 A.M. to see/help her in rehab, your warm comments are just the thing to cheer me up.

rebecca1, your reply to my post was so very sweet. I do find the soaps a welcome “escape,” and it’s so very nice to read your sentiments re my time with Mother–brought tears to my eyes. Thanks again–means a lot.

Some people/characters never get tiresome–because they are so genuine. And one can wear what she wants for her wedding; the color white can be worn by someone 70+ (my age!) if she so desires. (Hey, what a good idea I had–lol)

That’ s your opinion, Nancy. More power to you….but, it would not sit well with me. Different women, different personalities. What’s the adage? ” different strokes for different folks”. Perhaps it’s becsuse there is a 40-year difference between us. I have a different mindframe. I find it obnixious for an elderly bride to wear a frilly, lacy wedding dress, regardless of color. It does not make me right, but it is how I feel, by the same token, I respect how you feel, but it does not make you right, either. That is why our thoughts are called opinions.
It gets kind of vexing when everything I write is naysayed , by just a couple of posters. Give it a rest, please.
What you feel is not what I feel. So, let’s accept and respect others’ opinions, with all due respect. It is a personal issue/view, yes?

And, I am not talking about Kayla….she is neither elderly, nor was she wearing ridiculous frills.

Nancy…you’re very welcome and if you’ve read many of my posts for a few years I’m a big women’s advocate and am beyond sick and tired of the juvenile, judgemental posts on how a woman should dress at “her” age.

Please take care of yourself during this stressful time with your mom. It’s not easy…and quite emotional…frightening. If you can use the soaps to “escape”…try. Reality is too often very difficult.

Is the actress who plays Grandma Brady no longer on the show?

Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) asked for time off a while back to work on her autobiography, jkenney, but has recently been battling health problems.

Peggy McKay works as her health permits. Unfortunately, lately, that has been less and less.

Thanks for the info. I had wondered about her. Maybe they should recast.

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this guy ”Patch ”
Why doesn’t he get his eye fixed?
He could get an artificial eye…
I know someone with one and really, if he hadn’t told me I’d of never thought he had an artificial eye..

So–
I have to label his eye patch as Super Lame !!

Steve did have a glass eye, su0000.

When the character was first introduced in the mid 80’s he was known as Patch because he was a thug who wore an eye patch, but as other characters got to know him, especially Kayla (Sweetness), he was referred to as Steve and/or Steven…The same could be said of most viewers. DAYS fans knew there was more to him than met the eye.

Around 1990 (DAYS’ 25th anniversary) Patch, Steve to most characters and viewers by then, had surgery to remove his scar and received a glass eye to go undercover in an investigation.

The patchless Steven “Patch” Earl Johnson was not taken kind to by very angry fans, which resulted in a badly beaten Steve who sustained substantial injuries to his eye socket.

I can’t speak for other fans’ reasons as to why they were upset when Steve retired his patch, but my guess is “Patch” was accepted as a good guy who overcame the stigma of the eye patch, but was so identifiable with the patch, but more importantly seeing the patch and knowing the outward appearance was something completely different from the inner person. Everyone should be accepted no matter what they look like and no one should be expected to conform to the norm.

There is also a deep rooted history with other legacy characters involved in causing Steve to suffer his original and subsequent eye damage. Plus, Kayla would have never gotten to know the real man had it not been for the patch and her having to use her nursing skills to help him realize not everyone saw him as an ugly person.

The patch doesn’t define him negatively, especially if you know him, but it’s symbolic nonetheless.

Thank you, 4ever. There’s nothing more unnerving than someone posting on a soap of which he/she does not watch, nor knowing the characters’ history.
I can always depend on you for the right info, my friend.

BTW, 4ever, and out of context….I had mentioned a while back that I suspected Andre was really Tony.
I am beginning to hold fast to that and believe my own suspicions. Is there a minute chance Andre is Tony?

You say it so very well!

They had storylines where he didn’t wear a patch and it didn’t go over so well. The patch is part of his appeal apparently.

Not every character has to be a total soap stereotype. too many soap men are exactly alike minus the name! A guy with sex appeal, personality and a little bit that is all his own is a gem!

Su, you must understand that Patch/Steve would not be the character he represents without his patch. It is what makes him. Can you think of Victor Newman without his mustache? LOL.
I take it you’re not too familiar with this character? LOL.

Now, su0000, you just HAVE to keep up. Been there; done that–tried Patch without the patch. Stephen Nichols said it just wasn’t Patch without the patch (see my earlier post.) Come on, girl, get with the program–and I mean that literally–lol!

Have not watched in over a decade but these two are magical the live and respect they have on and off camera is awesome. Congratulations to them both super human beings!!!

Love

So happy to see Steve and Kayla finally remarry… it’s been 27 years and they’ve been through so much since their last wedding (presumed death, divorce, baby, baby murdering Steve’s ex, lol). Can’t wait to see Shelley, too.

I thought they were supposed to get married on Valentine’s Day, which was yesterday. Is Salem using a different calendar than the rest of us?

They were preempted–now for 2 days (yesterday by that unhinged person’s “news conference”–maybe we’ll get lucky and see the wedding Fri.? Nonnamed person has “flown” to Fla!

Days was pre-empted again today???!!! You have got to be kidding me.

Oh, how did I miss the wedding–something else on today (Fri.)–was it that short???? Oh, my dears, must I go to youtube to see what I have been waiting for for oh-so-long? Horrors upon horrors! CAN’T believe I missed it.

Unhinged, someone??

The actual wedding took place during thursDAYS episode. You can watch the entire episode at nbc.com

It’s nice for Shelley/Stephanie to be back. She has grown up. I saw a picture of her and didn’t recognize her.

Its just a shame that the writers made Steve & Kayla extras on their wedding so they could once again hand the program over to propping Rafe and Hope! Not a smart move on either the part of the writers Higley AND QUAN nor the producers yes you Mr Meng.

Why has a DAYS thread turned into a GH thread, including a huuuuuge comment regarding GH?

PEOPLE ARE RAINING ON DAYS’ PARADE!

My original comment was a positive one about Days and their marrying Steve & Kayla but I was asked a question about GH, something that required a long explanation so that’s why I added that huuuge comment. No other reason. I thought it would be impolite to not answer at all and I don’t do questions like that halfway. No rain for Days, just positivity.

I should have said people are stealing DAYS’ thunder.

no need to apologize JMER. no one runs this site other than Michael Fairman. if he approves your comment dont’ worry about another poster’s criticism.

YEAH!!!!! Say it again, 4ever!!

I have wished for the day that Anna would come back and discover Andre is really Tony, Celia. I think it’s possible, but maybe that won’t happen until Ron’s writing materializes.

Thanks for that 4ever. Now, I don’t feel so alone in my thinking. I mean, why would they bring Anna back? It makes sense. To be honest with you, I’d love it if Andre turned out to be Tony.

They are GH stalkers, 4ever. LOL…..some of which I have not seen on the DOOL sites. How strange!!
I will echo what most have said. It’s about time Kayla and Steve were married again…..this poor woman has been through so much. I hope this time, the PTB leave this couple alone by not giving Patch flight for the umpteenth time.

Celia. Contrary to your belief…soap viewers are actually “allowed” to post on ALL soaps whether they meet with your “required” viewing habits or not.

Thanks so much for the info on watching wedding of Patch and Kayla.

I’m sorry…but I DO NOT want to watch Patch and Kayla walk down the ole soap opera aisle all over again. N-o. And…this makes me wonder what’s next after that…Rafe and Hope (also) getting hitched?!?!? BEYOND Y-U-C-K!!!!!!!!!! ULTIMATE NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

Say it again, Jay. But, some make it quite difficult to express an opinion. Soap or not, I find it absolutely out of kilter for an older bride to go overboard on a wedding gown fit for a young bride. My opinion!!!!
I equate it to an eighty-year old wearing a mini skirt, especially without pantyhose and six-inch heels. I have seen it.
Oh, yeah…Hope acting the teen, blushing ingenue with Rafe. I have always balkd at this coupling, albeit, I am starting to accept its pairing. But, as you say; no walking down the aisle with bells and whistles.

Give it up CeeCee. jabybird didn’t mention age…you did. Again. You’re way too haughty. Come down from that undeserved ledge.

Days Of Our Lives

Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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