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John-Paul Lavoisier Joins The Cast Of Days of our Lives As Phillip Kiriakis!

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Photo Credit:: Peter Randolph Photography

Fantastic news and brilliant casting! One Life to Live favorite John-Paul Lavoisier (Ex-Rex Balsom) has been cast as Salem’s new Phillip Kiriakis on NBC’s Days of our Lives!

The actor has already begun taping scenes and will be first seen on the canvas in early December, according to Soap Opera Digest who broke the news.

JP is also set to co-star in the upcoming web series Winterthorne which debuts on August 27th. along with Martha Madison who is also back at DAYS reprising her role of Belle!

Lavoisier follows in the footsteps of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Kyle Brandt who played the role.

What do you think about the casting of JP as the new Phillip Kiriakis? Excited to hear he will be back on the daytime soaps?  Share your thoughts below!

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Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Philip Kiriakis is a serious character and J.P.L. comes off very comedic at times. I wish him good luck with the role.

Kevin
Kevin

Not everybody that watched “One Life to Live” was a fan. His schtick got really old after about four or five years.

Carolina
Carolina

I agree.

And teaming him up with Gigi was atrocious. Every time that couple faced a threat from outside sources, I was always rooting for the villain in the equation.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Although I usually prefer to see the person who originated the role to play the character when they come back, yet if they have to and or are going to recast Philip then he is an excellent choice and I am willing to give him a shot.

Jeremy
Jeremy

This is awesome news, JPL will be an awesome Philip. JPL is greatly missed from daytime, so this is fantastic that DAYS secured John-Paul. I’m assuming he’s got a contract.

Mo
Mo

My first thought is he’s too old, but I guess I’m still thinking of Philip when he was younger. I’m glad to see the character back on the show. I enjoyed both Jay and Kyle as Philip.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

When the news of Jason Cook’s return was announced by Michael Fairman I stated that Martha Madison should return as Belle and the return of Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip would be gold.

The return of Martha as Belle has since been announced and now Philip is returning, but with someone else other than Jay. I think the recast Philip is at least silver and could turn to gold! I just hope Jay Kenneth Johnson was asked back.

DAYS means business!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you Days’ gods. Finally! I wish it did not have to be as Philip K, but I will take him any way I can.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

CeeCee, we both posted at the same time!

I’m in the dark about this actor. From what show do you know him?

I’m just happy Philip is returning!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

If they had to recast, they found the perfect actor!…im getting back more into the show now!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

John-Paul Lavoisier is from OLTL. He played Rex Balsom, and his mother was played by Ilene Kristen (Roxy; Delia, GH).
4ever, you will not be disappointed by this actor. You won’t be able to help falling for his allure and charisma. Trust me…great actor, too…LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, 4ever,
I mis wrote earlier, John-Paul and Farah are no longer together.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe he will make a fine Philip…now had Melissa Archer had been cast as Sarah, Maggie’s daughter, they wouldve been working together again!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You’re right, Jimh! It’s a missed opportunity, but I have a feeling that we will see a lot of good outweighing the bad!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I also thought he’d made a good Dillion on GH…

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Thanks CeeCee!

I’m thrilled to know you think of him as a credible actor. I would hate to think you only care about his looks. lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, 4ever. Looks count, of course. Who doesn’t appreciate beauty? …….but, great acting trumps one’s looks each and every time.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Wonderful news. JP did a terrific job creating Rex Balsom. I hope TPTB don’t give him a snail’s pace, convoluted story line like they gave his former on screen sister, Melissa Archer.

Patrick
Patrick

??? of all the returns -recasts : this is the most questionable

ie: Jay Kenneth Johnson was perfect with mom Kate and dad Victor

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

As a OLTL fan for many many years, I am always happy to see the actors from my show back on TV. I would have preferred that JP resurface on GH, but I am happy for him and for Days. JP was always a fan favorite on OLTL and sure he will be on Days as well! I just might have to start watching to see him and Kassie DePaiva!

Margie
Margie

JPL is awesome! Days is lucky to have him. Great news.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Happy news! I really enjoyed both Jay and Kyle as Philip, but I think JPL will be great in the role.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

John-Paul Lavoisier is a fantastic choice of recast for Phillip Kiriakis. Jay Kenneth Johnson was someone whose acting I hated watching, and Kyle Brandt was fantastic in the role, but I just don’t see him coming back. JP is perfect for the role, and this is leading me to believe a re-visit of the Belle and Phillip storyline is coming. More returns and excellent recasts like this are truly going to make Days of Our Lives a soap opera that is not to be missed right now!

Jeremy
Jeremy

My thoughts, too. a return of the Shawn-D/Belle/Phillip love triangle.
I’m excited for John-Paul’s ride on DAYS as Phillip, excellent choice, and with Lucas around, the two half brothers will have scenes together, no doubt. DAYS is certainly shaping up!!! It’s my #1 favorite soap, and it seems it will stay that way for a long while. DAYS is the little soap that COULD. Big changes, big stories, bigger and better cast members, DAYS is alive and well!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Dont know why they thought the show needed Philip back.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I wondered that also. I would love it if Philip and Theresa get together….anything to for Brady to have egg on his face….his superiority attitude really turns me off. John-Paul’s jocular personality will serve as a perfect weapon for Philip to bring Brady down a peg or two.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes…Philip and Theresa as a couple could bring on some juicy drama in the K mansion…i used to like Brady but i can barely tolerate him lately….i can see them at the dinner table…Philip and Theresa in love eyeing each other, giggling and playing footsies underneath the dining table…a jealous Brady storming off…an annoyed but barely tolerant Maggie asking if anybody is ready for dessert…a disgusted Victor says ‘Ive lost my appetite for obvious(glancing Theresa’s way) reasons!’ then hurriedly exits the room only to go upstairs to find his nephew Justin in bed with Victors ex Kate-Couger-Roberts!!!…i would love this!!! Kind of like the fun stuff they used to write for GH’s Q family!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
Oh, my gosh and WOW. I just love that very vivid picture you paint of the family’s dinner. Quite a succulent treat…LOL.
Justin and Kate, hey? I like that too. Then again, I love Kate. I know most people don’t, but she is a character, isn’t she? Her style is fantastic…her clothes, FAROUT. I just think she is unbelievably talented. I enjoy her quirkiness. Later.

Michael
Michael

excellent casting, John-P is perfect! this a five gold star rating for Days Casting…

Iakovos
Iakovos

SCORE!

Sharon
Sharon

I m excited so see him back on daytime again. I think he will be a great phillip and can’t wait to see the chemistry between the other charachters.

richard
richard

This is an absolute home run!!!!!!! He was fantastic on OLTL and I know he will bring spice to DAYS!!! I forsee a Shawn/Belle/Phillip triangle being revisited!!!!! Days is pulling out ALL the stops!!!! I hope they don’t repair him with Chloe!!! I would rather them bring MiMi back or even Cassie!!!! Although Cassie couldn’t date Shawn or Phillip, as she is a Brady/Roberts, so there goes that!!! Cassie was a feisty mess and I miss her!!!!! Looking forward to JPL on Days!!!!!!!

Melador
Melador

If only they would bring Vivienne back they wasted her they last go around but with the new writing regime a take over of Titian to get back at Kate and be the powerful business woman she is would be great.

Aden
Aden

This is awesome casting news!! I have been waiting for some soap to pick him up! What would be really cool is if him and Farrah Fath could reunite, this time as Phillip and Mimi. One thing to nitpick about….Parker should have stayed Phillip’s! The hasty rewrite to make Daniel the father never made sense, and was just one of many moves made to further cement his place on the canvas. JPL could have played either of Kate’s MIA sons, Rex or Phillip. I liked Jay Kenneth on his first go round as an easy going kid, bUT his return fell completely flat for me, mostly due to the writing, and him not knowing what they wanted from the character on a day to day basis. All in all, this is good news. I just hope they dont make Phillip charmless and bitter. I hope they play to JPL ‘s natural comedic skills!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I only tune into this show occasionally…but may just have to start watching…I love John-Paul. But as much as I loved him and Farah as Rex and Gigi….loved them…I’ve seen several of her Twitter posts since. Let’s just say I’m no longer a fan of hers…and…the two broke up in real life. I had I not read her “real” self, I would have agreed with you, Aden. They were soap magic together…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Correction…should read, “Had”I not read her real self…

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can’t see John-Paul as a resentful, bitter character. This type of representation would not do him justice…and it would be folly if the writers attempted to write him thus. As yourself, I have faith in JP and I will rely on his effervescent personality.
By the by, Aden? I agree, Parker should have remained as Philip’s son. The only positive aspect is that Parker looks so much like Daniel, it’s almost eerie.

Alan
Alan

Would’ve rather seen him as the new Dillon Quartermiane on GH…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree he would have made an excellent choice as Dillon Quartermaine, though I think the current actor is very good in the part.

SW
SW

Oh my gosh, they need to bring back Mimi now!!! Aww, I LOVE jpl!! Good job days!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I wish, SW. I would love to have Farah back. But, I doubt that would work. From what I had heard, she and JP did not part in good terms. Then again, one never knows…or, Mimi may be recast.

CindyHaskins
CindyHaskins

I am so glad that days of our lives is bring back philip kiriakis because he is so need in salem.

damien
damien

cant wait for some shawn d / belle/ phillip sorridness!!!!
now clean up the canvas and get rid of fake chad, useless ben and get abigail into the mix with phillip!
too bad the gorgeous jay kenneth is not returning as phillip but i guess im being greedy! lol, im good enough with jason cook! favorite couple .. shawn d and belle!!!
days is going to kill it this fall!!!! thank you powers that be!!!

VL
VL

I have never seen him before so really don’t know. But I liked the previous Philip, especially with Chloie

Belle
Belle

I’m glad that John Paul is back, too.

MJ100
MJ100

This can go either way. He often went over-the-top while playing Rex. I hope he doesn’t do the same schtick playing Phillip. The last thing we need is another Roger Howarth playing Roger Howarth in every role he plays.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I would prefer Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip.

Natalie
Natalie

He would fit better as a recast of Rex Brady. I always thought he would’ve made a good Rex recast.

liz
liz

With Belle, Shawn and Claire back I guess it was only a matter of time Phillip came back. All we need is Chloe, Mimi and Jan returning and the entire Scooby gang would be in place. Bringing back all of these characters would allow for a great wrong to be righted though. Phillip’s son Pocket was given inexplicably up for adoption. No way would Victor or Kate i written correctly ever have allowed that in a million years. I know Victor got that kid back some kind of way. Pocket is related to both Ciara and Claire so unless its an unwittingly falling in love with your cousin but can’t marry due to DNA issues, they will have to bring someone out of the core families to date him. Which isn’t a bad idea either in this small closely related town.

madluv4u
madluv4u

Thank God someone snapped this talented guy up, although he would’ve made a kick-ass Billy Abbott.
but at least now Phillip will have some personality.

Kylie
Kylie

This sucks I want Jay K Johnson back
as Philip.I’d rather see a familiar face
plus have been wanting to see Jay & Jason
& Martha,and even Nadia who played
Chloe reunite.
I’m not excited about this guy

Olivia
Olivia

I’m with you on that!

Bambi
Bambi

Fa b ulous. His mom and dad are thrilled for him and Bambi is the mom!!!!! I miss not seeing him every day. His grammy would be so proud. She is no longer with us but always called OLTL “John -Paul’s show”!!!

Tanya
Tanya

I really liked Jay Johnson playing Phlip. Sometimes I wish they would bring back original people who portrayed the characters we loved. Then sometimes we need to see what the new people bring to the show. Like the new now deceased Will Horton, didn’t like the new one but loved the old.

Vicky
Vicky

He looks so much like another character who used to be on the show years ago, Scott Reeves.

Chris
Chris

He’s way to old to be Phillip. Bad casting 🙁

Donna carlisle
Donna carlisle

They age people in soaps all the time.

Kat
Kat

Speaking of aging characters…as much as they aged Chase and Ciera, Parker did not age much at all. Crazy….

Donna carlisle
Donna carlisle

I think he will do great. Loved him on one life.

Olivia
Olivia

This new Phillip is not Phillip. I’ve watched Days for 23 years. This guy is less than thrilling in the role of Phillip.

kat
kat

So far, not impressed. Plz, do something with his hair.

Sandry
Sandry

Ha ha! Yes u are right – he could have pulled off Billy Abbott!

Ashley
Ashley

Very disappointed with the recast. Bring back Jay please!!! At least do something with his hair. It’s terrible

Sarah
Sarah

This picture is not what he looks like on the show~ not happy with him as philip

Sandry
Sandry

Right! Fix his hair! Awful!

Diane
Diane

Too old bring back the last philip and remember no leg

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

Photo: JPI

This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

Photo: JPI

I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

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It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

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