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Eileen Davidson On If She Would Ever Go Back To DAYS: "I'm Open To Anything"

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Television viewers right now are getting a double dose of Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson both on The Young and the Restless where she plays Ashley Abbott and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she plays … herself!

Now that recently named Y&Rhead writer Sally Sussman has plans for many of the characters in Genoa City, many are wondering what is the plan for Ashley, after several potential romances have gone south – the last one with Simon Neville (Michael E. Knight) and the one before with Stitch (Sean Carrigan).

In a new interview with TV Insider, Davidson weighs-in on the what she hopes for Ashley moving forward, and if she would ever consider a return to her Daytime Emmy-winning role of Kristen DiMera on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  A role that has given her great story and where she has turned in tour de force performances.  Here are just a few excerpts from the feature below!

Eileen on Ashley’s romantic life and story: “I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis.  And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove. And there’s some really interesting business and family stuff going on. The writing has so many more levels now. Sally likes to go deeper. She likes to push the envelope and I appreciate that. I would love it if she did something completely different with Ashley, which really hasn’t been done in decades—not since she had an abortion and lost her mind over her baby with Victor.”

Eileen on if she would consider returning to DAYS if the opportunity arose:  “I’m open to anything. I have extreme amounts of love for Salem and for my character, Kristen, and feel very loyal to that show. But Y&R is my job right now and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything that pissed anyone off.”

So, would you like to see Eileen back in action on DAYS? Would you prefer that Y&R gives her a storyline worth her talents as Ashley? Comment below!

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Phil
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Phil

Please bring Kristen back to Days!

Liza
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Liza

ED is so much better on Days. Unless Ashley is going crazy, been stricken with amnesia , or having an affair with Victor she is a boring. Extremely boring. She’s beautiful but a waste on Y&R.

I’ll never understand why Sally named her as one of the top characters. It should have been Jill instead. Jill is the only character left from day one. She represents the early days, and over three decades of Chancellor family with Katherine.

Susan
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Susan

Only if the writers create a viable story line for Kristen. No bringing Eileen back only to waste her exceptional talent.

Joel
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Joel

Days always has and always will be the place that truly let Eileen shine and gave her the meatiest material of her career.

Kevin
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Kevin

Unfortunately, I agree with you. YandR has never really provided Davidson with great material (though I vaguely remember her Emmy nominated turn several years back with illness storyline). Would hate to see her go back to Days, but writing for Kristen is superior to that for Ashley.

Patrick
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Patrick

taken, from WIKI “…On June 17, 2014, it was announced that Davidson had signed a contract to return to The Young and the Restless.[20] Subsequently, Davidson revealed that her Y&R contract was for two years and that it included a stipulation that she could continue doing Days of Our Lives in the future, as well as having the option of taking a break if work became too hectic. ” I remember being disappointed, when this happened WOW … how time flies ??? is she on recurring ? I do not recall a contract extension it’s troublesome, @DAYS… is it being… Read more »

Claudio
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Claudio

I want to see Eileen back to days as Kristen Dimera and Susan Banks. Susan always says Kristen is mean mean mean lol.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I would give anything just to hear Susan say that again about Kristen!!! The ratings were better when Eileen was carrying the show.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes I agree James, Susan was funny as hell lol. Kristen is mean mean mean lol. You are so right James, the ratings were way better with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
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Celia

Those words are etched on the brain, aren’t they, Claudio?……mean, mean, mean….LOL.
Oh, how I loved Susan!!
Maybe Kristen/Susan will both be back….I wish…

Claudio
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Claudio

I hope so Celia, Kristen is mean mean mean lol. Eileen Davidson was terrific as Susan Banks and Kristen Dimera. Susan was hilarious, with her fake teeth lol. Kristen was wonderful too watch. Days had better ratings with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah…I get so nostalgic, Claudio. “Them were the good ole days.”

Nicholas
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Nicholas

outstanding as kristen on days . always great as ashley . she was the worst recast ever for the part of kelly capwell on the now defunct daytime soap ” Santa Barbara ” . i was a fan of that soap and she was totally miscast as kelly and pairing her romantically with cruz castillo made my blood boil ! it ‘s always nice seeing her as ashley and kristen , two characters much better suited for her !

Richard
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Richard

The writing on DAYS is currently garbage. Things are improving at Y&R. Stay put. Eileen. Days needs to get the DiMera Empire back in order before Eileen even thinks of returningm in other words, bring back Peter Blake and EJ DiMera! They can recast EJ with the guy who played Simon on ATWT! With Jennifer on the canvas and Jack dead, how has DAYS not brought back Peter! Recast him too!!!

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Richard. It saddens me to say it, but Days is drowning. As it just moi who does not give a fig about the shenanigans with Hope and the search for Stefano? Why? I think TPTB realized that the easiest way to clear Hope was to resuscitate Stefano. Really? And, if Stefano is found, will he have had plastic surgery? Then, there’s Andre’s mysterious gold, Chartreuse pocket watch. How is this backstory interesting? Well, maybe if Andre turns out to be Tony….that would be interesting. Anna is in on it? How did she just pop-up like that? From whence… Read more »

Richard
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Richard

Ummmm i coild care less about this search for Stefano. They basically realized they shouldnt have killed him bc it put Hope in a corner. They shouldve sent him off like the did Sally Spectra on BOLD. Her portayer died, but Sally is still out there somewhere being fabulous. And if they were going to finally kill Stefano off, MARLENA shouldve been the one to do it. Or even John! Tony/Andre should not be running the Dimera Show, Peter and EJ should!

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Richard. Hmmm…yeah, I would have loooved to have seen Marlena do the deed. That would have been a spectacular show, for sure!!

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Eileen really MUST be ‘open to anything’ if she’d consider coming back to this turkey of a show – I only watch out of obligation and it is tedious to sit through, and if there were a way to ff through the NBC app trust me I would.
Sincerely, I am sorry to be so negative but this show has gone down the toilet and soaps are known to have some silly plotlines but this show exceeds them but a mile – how THIS show has lasted but One Life to Live and All My Children are gone is a mystery.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I was never an Ashley fan back in the day, but the past few years find me feeling differently. I really enjoy Eileen’s performances as the BUSINESS and sister Ashley. But, like with many other actors, the romantic stories are not my favorite side of her, not her strongest suit. But so what, I want her to stay at Y&R. She also gives me a wonderful sense of history, as the Abbott family has always been my favorite.

su0000
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su0000

ahaa
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”“I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis. And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove.”

It’s in the grove– to yelling at Jack & Phyllis..
ahaa ok- it’s groovy to yell at people and give a stink eye… yeah groovey!

((how low can ‘groovy’ standards go)) ahaa!

k/kay
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k/kay

Sally is positioning the chess players on the board if in six months we are all going yawn then yes then complaining is a given but you just can’t throw a man at Ashley I don’t think she has had any chemistry with anyone on this show in years we shall see maybe they will find the character Ishtar actor. I would like it if she brought some of the softness back to the character

Irene
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Irene

I would be surprised if she said no. Actors are careful on comments.

mark
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mark

Ashley is such a part of y&r and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role but really Eileen was better on days it was so much fun to watch her.

Mike
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Mike

I would love to see Kristen back on Days, but I think the show would need to find a way to reset the character, as I feel she had gone full on wacko and had been written into a corner. I think it would be cool to have Marlena and John stumble across her while on their honeymoon in Europe – only Kristen doesn’t remember who she is. Of course, no one believes her, she returns to the Salem to face charges, and after a it is proven that she truly doesn’t have any recollection of her past, she is… Read more »

Helen
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Helen

Where have I been? Thought Kristen was dead.

Celia
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Celia

LOL….no one ever dies on soaps, Helen.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Oh she fell out of a stupid fake window but was never found below on the rocks – idiotic though it was, that’s what happened to her.

Nicholas
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Nicholas

days of our lives is absolutely not garbage at the moment ! the soap has improved a lot and fan favourites like Anna diMera ( leann hunley ) but also carrie and Austin have returned . and you have patch and kayla or the show as well ! tune into Days again if you haven’t done so . I have given up on young and restless ( very disappointed with sally sussman ) and given up on bold and beautiful ( same stupid triangles and silly ridge and brooke and it’s just the same story over and over again !!… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Goodbye Eileen. Y&R is wasting you, go back to DAYS where they utilized your talents!

blake
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blake

Days allows Eileen better stories and acting, but I’m sure Y&R pays so much more. I hope she can come back to Days at least in it’s final months.

Patrick
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Patrick

minimally, this is what i’m hoping for… argh! the frustration… cache’. she deserves a hefty contract.

it’s just the not knowing… OK… i’m wondering… if DAYS rumour mill. there could be some truth.

we need to clear that up, first

argh! again… waiting for Ken Corday to do his annual interview.. assuring the audience that DAYS is back on the mend and another reprieve is on the horizon.

JUST DO YOUR JOB ! this is one of those cases… where the children who inherited a legacy… just didn’t know, what to do

Tony
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Tony

Blake Days is not getting cancelled, it is not cancelled just a big fat rumor. NBC will not cancel Days. Ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

Celia
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Celia

From your mouth to the soap gods’ ears, Tony. I will embrace this show until its last breath. But, the melodrama needs to ease-up. Been there done that over and over. Break the circle.
The idea of fresh, young faces was supposed to have cast some new light to the mix…the ebullience typically synonymous to youth….but, no spirit, no glee, not that carefree feeling of just being young. Ahhhh, I miss that ‘teen’ feeling, LOL.
What was the first thing to happen? Ciera was raped by her step-brother, and peer. Holy gosh!!

dmr
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dmr

I absolutely adore Eileen Davidson as Kristen Dimera. I only tuned into DAYS four years ago (or so) when she returned. I tuned out right after she left. I’ll tune into Y&R when she is on-I just love her. I hate that she has demeaned herself to the extreme by being part of RHOBH-although, I understand the paycheck was hard to pass up.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I recall when Ashley had that abortion and had that romance with Victor in the mid-1980s. I cannot recall if she ever had opportunity to resolve/confront Dina regarding Ashley’s true paternity. I have always felt there are unresolved mother-daughter issues there, and I would like to see that story played out to some conclusion. I enjoyed the society of Genoa City, i.e. Katherine Chancellor, and would like to see Dina return and bring some of that class back to the daily proceedings. It would be fun to see Gloria try to find her way in that circle as she surely… Read more »

damien
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damien

ashley s so integral to the abbotts ..but as a supporting character unfortunatley to jack either they write her as a hard edged tycoon who pulls the wool over jack and vics eyes or give her a real meaty love story y n r shot themselves in the foot when they killed off brad carlton, ash s true love other than vic have ash team up with lauren to save fenmore , this would alienate phyllis and jack or put her back in victors orbit…maybe bring cole back or have ashley involoved in victors long lost brother! eileen s too… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

We need to get togather and pray that days stay on you can pray for anyting god can do anything I had a brain tumer it was bad and they me two years to live but faith in god saw me throw all the thermints so he can save the show I am fine now through the grace of god

Mo
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Mo

Days might give her a better story.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

It’s always been hard to find the right romantic partner for Ashley. I remember Bill Bell saying in an interview, way way way way back, that it was difficult to find a man that Ashley “couldn’t wipe the floor with” and that they succeeded—finally—when they paired her with Victor. There’s a lot of truth in that (at least when Ashley is written properly). But that shouldn’t stop them from trying. Count me among the folks who think ED shouldn’t go back to Days unless they have a real idea of what to do with her character(s) and how to “reboot”… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

shucks… I think Y&R should consider… Robert Newman… ex-Josh, Guiding Light

I read in a SOD issue… that he’d consider coming back to daytime. I swear.

perhaps Robert Newman could be a long lost uncle of Lauren Fenmore… back to help helm the Fenmore department stores… and wallah… LOVES Ashley.

here we go

Robert Newman is so loaded with appeal; sex, charming, daring, manly, drive

doesn’t he have the best eyes and dimples…. sorry Sonny

jaybird369
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jaybird369

OK…you know what: I W-I-S-H that Eileen would leave Y&R and go back to DOOL…FOR GOOD!!! At this point, Ashley BORES ME TO TEARS…UNLIKE Kristen…who is ALWAYS ENTERTAINING!!! Most of all, I think that Eileen/Kristen’s return to DOOL would give DOOL A MUCH-NEEDED SHOT IN THE ARM!!!

Just saying……….

William
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William

Stefano’s lurking around, bring back Kristen to join him. DAYS will never be the same without her.Darn entertaining….her and Andre could have one heck of a time!!!

xmxascarol
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xmxascarol

Bring her back to Days I think she could raise the ratings even more.I miss her.

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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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