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Kassie DePaiva Discloses Her Battle With Leukemia

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On Thursday on her website, Kassie DePaiva revealed some personal news that we are sure was heartbreaking to her Days of our Lives and One Life to Live fans.

Kassie, who had returned to work at DAYS as Eve Donovan for a second go-round, disclosed that she has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital.  The Daytime Emmy-nominated actress though relates that she will continue treatment for the next 3 months, but that her prognosis is a good one.

In her blog post Kassie shared the following: “I know that I have been quiet lately and I want to let you know what’s been going on in my life. I was asked back to play Eve on Days and had begun my exciting return. During the 3 week July hiatus I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital. I will continue treatment over the next 3 months. My prognosis is good, I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure.  I consider this just a bump in the road. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.

I have a strong faith that strengthens me every step of the way. This has been a private matter but with Eve’s return coming soon I felt it was time to let my loving fans know what’s been going on. The Days and OLTL family  love runs deep. Although I’m unable to be “camera ready” now… my goal is get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon. Keep me in you thoughts and prayers.”

Send you well-wishes to Kassie here as she continues treatment and her fight over Leukemia in the comment section below!

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Monica
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Monica

Oh no! Best of luck to her in her treatment. 🙁

Iakovos
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Iakovos

We fans of Ms. DePaiva appreciate all she has shared with us in storytelling and song these many years. We return the favor with prayers and best wishes. How wonderful to hear the prognosis is good.

Bonnie crozier
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Bonnie crozier

Sending you love and healing wishes from Canada…….

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Get well Kassie, we all love you very much. I live in Vancouver BC, Canada.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Same here ! Sending love and prayers from Montreal

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

I am a cancer survivor. So I have an idea of what this must have been like for you. You have a very positive attitude which makes a big difference. I have been cancer free since 1987. If I can beat it, so can you! And you will!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Get well soon, Kassie, and hurry back to DAYS! This is sad and happy news on a couple levels. It’s sad because she’s battling cancer, but happy news because it seems very treatable and she has a good outlook! Also, through Kassie’s statement, it seems that her Eve visit is more than a short stint or it could be a short visit followed by a longer stay and she is looking forward to an even longer time at DAYS. Eve is needed, and Kassie needs to be the one playing her. Hopefully, DAYS can write around Kassie’s absence and wait… Read more »

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

Prayers and thoughts with her…

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Kassie, loads of love and prayers coming your way. Always enjoyed your portrayal of Blair Cramer on OLTL and happy you have a new home at Days.
I know you’ll be back doing what you love in a short time. Take care.

Ellen Edvardsen
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Ellen Edvardsen

Sending thoughts and prayers for your recovery. I’m a longtime fan and look forward to your return to daytime.

Aria
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Aria

Nothing but positive thoughts and prayers and you will get better God bless.!

Mo
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Mo

I wish her well. I’m sad to hear this.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I was so sorry to read that you are sick Kassie. I have been a fan of yours since you started on OLTL many years ago. I just watched you on Michelle Stafford’s online show yesterday and enjoyed it so much. You have always been so down to earth and real. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you battle this disease. Love you Kassie and can’t wait to see you up and well again real soon!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my Lord. That is such devastating news. I love you, Kassie. Have faith, dear lady; for yourself and your family.
My heart and prayers are with you. All the best!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Weep openly time

the one thing about tuning in to this blog… takes me by surprise and turn

Kassie DePaiva: my leading lady

praise the lord that the world of medicine continues to make inroads and “treat”

take care

dmr
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dmr

Always a class act. Wishing her a full recovery!

Michelle
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Michelle

I’m praying for a complete healing for you Kassie. I think you will be just fine.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

I enjoyed her on Days of our Lives as Eve and the scenes between her and her daughter Paige were interesting. Certainly better than what is currently going on, which has been a bit on the dull side of DOOL.
I wish her a speedy recovery and I am hopeful for her that her treatment time is
not too difficult a process.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is shocking news. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kassie and I know you will beat this. You are loved, not only by your beautiful husband and family; but, also by millions of devoted fans from your wonderful career. God bless you always.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Kassie is on toDAYS episode!

John
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John

Kassie I am praying for you, you are a class act. I loved you on OLTL as Blair Kramer and as Eve Donovan on Days Of Our Lives. You are a terrific lady Kassie.

Vicki
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Vicki

Sending healing thoughts and prayers, Kassie!

sheryl
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sheryl

So sorry to hear about your illness ,we are sending prayers ,love and hugs. to a speedy recovery.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Kassie DePaiva, we will indeed keep you in our thoughts and prayers…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I know that I will. Yes.

As always, Peace, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Brother, you have made my day!! Thank you for that. You know how much I appreciate you and admire you as well…

With regard to Kassie DePaiva, the situation she faces is what is truly important. Similar to the shocking death of Nathaniel Marston, we all must realize that everyday is a gift and we shouldn’t take anyone for granted. Soap opera storylines, our favorite characters, our despised storylines, none of that matters. What truly matters is real life struggles and triumphs, how we treat and love one another.

Take care, Friend!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Today the role of Captain Obvious is being played by Jamesj75…

The support here is overwhelmingly heartwarming. It’s nice to see a thread where everyone is in agreement, one that brings out the best in everyone… All these positive thoughts, energies, and prayers are embracing you, Kassie DePaiva…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey James…’Captain Obvious’…GOOD ONE…LOL!!!!! But, in all seriousness, though, James…I should have told you this A LOT SOONER: Brother…you are A TRUE AND REAL GENTLEMAN!!!!! I just wanted you to know that.

Later, Brother.

Claudio
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Claudio

Wow this is shocking news,. Very upset and I will pray for you Kassie Depaiva. Get well and hopefuIly you come back to Daytime.

mark
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mark

I just love you Kassie ever since Guiding Light!!!! Will pray pray pray many rosaries for you!!!

JK
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JK

YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS….I LOVE YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS YOU WILL BEAT THIS THING…

rose
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rose

Wishing Kassie a complete recovery. I’m sure her positive attitude and the support of her family and friends will really help.

Belle
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Belle

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Michelle
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Michelle

Wishing Kassie a full recovery. Stay strong and we look forward to seeing Eve very soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rj
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Rj

Wishing Kassie a complete recovery and healing! We are all pulling for you! We need you on Days to spice all up and keep us wanting more! You are one dynamic lady!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Glad to hear the prognosis is good though it still must be scary…but with prayer warriors all things are possible..here’s to continued good health Mz.Depaiva.

Diana
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Diana

Thoughts & prayers to the beautiful talent that is Kassie Depaiva. I enjoyed so many years watching OLTL and Blair was always my favorite! So many people we love had or have cancer and love, prayers & support are truly the best medicines. My father recovered from colon cancer (very severe) so I know it’s difficult. Fight your cancer and get back to enjoying life, God Bless***

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Glad for your dad Diana this is a post that’s very reassuring to people…down but by no means out..thank you

Boes
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Boes

Love this woman, just love her. She brings a light to everything she does.

I so hope she’ll be okay.

Kyle
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Kyle

Get well soon! Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. It’s true your fans adore you for your talent, but we adore you more so because you are such a bright spirit and a class act. Salem needs some butt kicking like only Eve can do!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Kassie, You are in my prayers and God bless. A true class act.

Tivette
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Tivette

Praying for your great and speedy remission and recovery, and waiting with baited breath for Eve’ s return, too!

Phil
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Phil

Prayers, side note question… is the return as Eve a permanent return?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Kassie…may your heart and spirit be strengthened by all the warm wishes and may you find an escapism during this difficult time as wonderful as the one you provide through your fantastic portrayals on soaps. Wishing you the best…

K. Ross
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K. Ross

As a cancer survivor all my thoughts and prayers are with you for a quick recovery.
Glad to hear your prognosis is good.

Linda
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Linda

I hope you recover soon and am back to work in Salem. I really miss Blair/OLTL. You’re a terrific actress and singer. Stay strong and hope to see you back soon.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Kassie…there are A LOT of people who love you and care about you…and that also includes A LOT of people here on this site (myself included)!!!!! KEEP FIGHTING, KASSIE!!!!! I firmly believe that you will beat this. STAY STRONG, KASSIE!!!!!

Peace.

Barbara
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Barbara

Your Union County friends are praying for you!Hoping our home town girl is feeling better soon.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I hope that you feel better soon.I will pray for you.A fan from CT May God Bless You.Just know we are all thinking about you.Love,Carol Oh here is a hug for you.Hug.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Goodness, this is a shocker, and not in a good way at all. As devastating as it is to me that this is happening to someone I consider one of soaps’ great treasures, I’m glad to hear the prognosis is good and glad that she sounds so optimistic. Sending out all the positive energy I can.

Brian
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Brian

Get well will you , your too precious a person ,actress to think otherwise

Love
Brian, gail, reba

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I have really missed Eve (shockingly, as I loathed her at first), and look forward to her return. I hope it’s permanent.

Kassie DePaiva is a beautiful and talented actress. I wish her a speedy recovery and all the best.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Holy Cow,Cassie is back on Days today wow.I got my wish.It is about time Days did the right thing.They should have never let her go in the first place.Good maybe now the show will liven up again.She looks good.My thoughts and prayers are with Cassie oh by the way so good to have you back.You were missed.

Patty Smith
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Patty Smith

Wow, God Bless you Kassie!! You have been one of my favorite actresses since you first walked on as Blayre Kramer… You are such a Beautiful soul and your faith will see ya thru!! You and your family will be in my prayers, you all are already in my heart

Katzie
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Katzie

Your amazing attitude and acceptance of your family/friends/fans’ prayers and well wishes for your, Kassie,will help get you through this. God Bless You.’

Diane Dalrymple
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Diane Dalrymple

Dear Kassie, I have been aOLTL fan forever and loved you on that soap. I actually met you and your husband when you were singing at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in N.J. years ago. You have a beautiful voice and I know that the Lord that gave you that voice will be at your side during this time. I wish you all of God’s blessings and hope you get better soon. Your loving fan, Diane

Cathy
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Cathy

Fight like a girl Kassie! Remember, you have cancer but it doesn’t have you.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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