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Kristen Has Daniel All Tied-Up! Watch The Return Of Eileen Davidson On Days of our Lives!

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Photo Credit: Hutchins Photo.com

Next week on the Monday July 28th episode of Days of our Lives, Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson returns for her next stint as Kristen DiMera on the NBC soap opera!

It’s been a huge couple of months for Davidson!  First signing back on with a new contract to The Young and the Restless to reprise the role of Ashley Abbott.  Next, winning her first Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, then having her next arc as Kristen on DAYS about to air, and then big news this week. that although unconfirmed from Bravo, it looks like Eileen has signed on to be in the new season of the hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

However, to get you ready for Eileen’s return to Salem, the series offered up TV Guide this clip you can watch here after the jump, where Kristen has none other than Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) all tied-up, literally! With a little help from a henchmen, looks like Kristen is about to unleash her latest plot!  But what is it going to be?  Watch the clip, then weigh-in on what you think will happen next?

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I don’t know what’s going to happen, but Kristen looks like she means business and that henchman looks like he can bench-press both of them!

Looking forward to seeing what Kristen is up to.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im sick of Daniel with one woman after another either want him or trying to break up Danial and Jen…give the underused Lucas more story…Eve and Kristen look more like sisters than Eve and Theressa(i know theyre half)…let Jen have a nervous breakdown and pair Daniel with Nicole just as Eric realizes he wuvs her and return to the priesthood…Erik and Danial im getting bored with…either pair Erik with Nicole and Danial with Jen or move them on with others…maybe Nicole and Lucas and leave Danial single…have Clyde rape Abigal who becomes pregnant and decides to keep the baby and… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

also more Abe and Maxine…have Paiges friend Marybeth be Maxines granddaughter…pair Aiden and Kayla with Aiden hiding his feelings for Hope and Hope trying to do the same about Aiden…have John awaken from his coma thinking he is Roman and still married to Marlena…if Wally Kurth plans at staying at GH have his character of Justin and Bo Brady missing and presumed drowned in the Atlantic in a plane crash as they are returnning to Salem!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

on staying…

Johnny
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My thought……that Mary Beth looks like a mini version of Anne. Have her be Anne’s daughter. It would certainly explain why Mary Beth is so needlessly bitter and antagonistic towards JJ. Having a child also could give Anne a human side rather than being such a one note shrieking harridan all the time. And it would be nice if the writers would flesh out why she hates Jennifer so much. Blonde and nice and pretty and Horton is not enough to justify such vitriolic hatred.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Johnny, I wanted to believe Anne was the daughter of 70s Days residents Susan Martin and Eric Peters who had a daughter named Annie…sometime ago Jens father operated on Eric who died during surgery but Bill was acquitted of any wrong doing…Annie now calling herself Anne blamed Bill for her fathers death and wants revenge…she meets Bills daughter Jen and decides to make Jens life a living Hell as part of her revenge against Bill…wont happen that way but if it did it could be the real reason she hates Jen…anyway, Anne has now become a pointless character with Eve… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Amen, jimh…..you said it !!!!

Virginia
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I don’t know what Kristen has in her head except that she’s mad w/Dr Dan because he helped Eric. She may also use him to get at Victor. I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out what she’s up to.

CeeCee
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That is good reasoning, Virginia. But, I think she needs Daniel to somehow (and I don’t know how) make it appear that she is innocent of all charges…or drug Brady, so she could whisk him away with Daniel’s help. Far fetched? Of course it is. It is a soap, afterall.
She may also need him to fudge blood work or something of that nature….
Regardless, I am overjoyed having Ms. Davidson back for any reason.

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Someone said Stephano stole Abigails embryo when E.J. took her to a Dimero doctor and had Kristen implanted with it ect., so she could have a baby and pass it off as Bradys…she may need Daniel to fix blood work for that…however, wouldnt she just need a Dimera doctor to do the blood work…i thought perhaps Kristen had a baby from Erik and passes it off as Bradys but still she wouldnt need Danial to do that with all the dirty doctors on the Dimera payroll who could help her with any fake blood work or anything else!!!

CeeCee
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Actually, jimh, it was I who said that Kristen was implanted with Abigail’s baby, by my cousin’s suggestion. My cousin, Ro, still believes that. Your theory sounds plausible also. I always love and trust your thoughts. You make a lot of sense. Who knows…we shall soon find out. I am really liking the suspense.

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jimh(leave to beaver)

Now that i think about it…wasnt it you who said your cousin had the theory about Abigails stolen embryo???

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I enjoy reading your comments as well…Days is usually the best of all 4 soaps when it comes to suspense!!!

Tsuds
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Jimh…. days suspense.??? If you have time and hang in there.. I find Days is very boring… until the story finally gets going…. There is no reason that the audience has to wait this long to find out the storyline with Jordan….. boorrrrrinnnngggggggg….

Days has done a great job with some episodes…though…. and is hot right now with the Sami revenge storyline which is great….

Tsuds
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So glad I have a DVR that gets me thru those scenes….

Tsuds
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She is a great actress.. but not really excited to see her spend 3 months of keeping Daniel held hostage in a room…. if she is going to come back… let her be an actress and mingle and act with the days cast… ..

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Replying here…you’re right about Jordan…her story is boring and im hoping for improvement…i did say Days is ‘usually’ the one who is the most suspenseful…Nicks storyline was kind of off and on with suspense as was Samis confrontation scenes with E.J. and Abigail…nothing suspensful about the CBS storylines except waiting to see who will play nuAdam at Y&R and GH has just ok storylines…so, imo, Days still has the most cliffhanger and suspenseful moments of all 4 soaps except for Jordans draggy storyline…which is in dire needs to pick up steam…thought Clyde would help move it along then you have… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Kristen will go crazy on several characters! She has a burning desire!!!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

Can she do us all a favor & kill him already? Please??? Theresa too!!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Y-E-S…A-G-R-E-E-D!!!!! They’re both SO ANNOYING…ESPECIALLY Daniel!!!!! Thank you.

janet
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And herself. Been there watched this all before. Just when I thought I could return to watching Days .She returns no thanks.EJAMIe one we get another screen chewer,and on every day.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol…

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cinicic

I am hoping they do not waste too much of Eileen Davidson’s time with Kristen/Daniel scenes. Ugh! I love all the suggestions above. I was so happy to see Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) the other day. It would be wonderful to see her more. Sorry for sounding like a broken record–it would also be wonderful to see Daniel way LESS. 🙂

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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Kayla is a better character & doctor than Daniel ANY day of the week. I seriously do not understand the fascination with putting him in every storyline they have. I mean, All My Children did that with Ryan and it drove viewers away IN DROVES. Days is 4th out of 4 and staying there unless they realize that viewers want veteran characters with storylines written for them, not storylines written for new characters that we never get to know & get emotionally invested in. And, sorry not sorry – but making Daniel the egg-baby of Maggie was the most contrived… Read more »

Mary SF
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I think their plan is to make Daniel and Jennifer then new Alice and Tom Horton of the show– but to do that they had to anchor Daniel to the history of the show and they did it by rewriting history to give him a link to Maggie, who I believe is the longest running character on show now. Of course it was contrived because it was so obvious an attempt to crown Daniel the new “Tom Horton”

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I’m with you no1__ I am puzzled by the fascination with Daniel too. For one thing, his speech is very choppy…he utters. Secondly, he must be one of the most boring characters on Days. Perhaps now that he is not “entangled” with his counterpart, boring, frumpy Jenny, his character will gain some spunk. He needs someone such as Nicole to add some spice to his otherwise stale life. I suppose his life mimics his conception…lol…”egg-baby”…that’s a hoot…haha. I love it. Speaking of which. Could Victor be the sperm donor? Where did that story go? Did I miss it? I-can-do-no-wrong-Eric is… Read more »

Father Time
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Father Time

Kristen will cut the throat of anyone that gets in her way…I love her!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am thinking that Paige and JJ are siblings.

Johnny
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Unless they want to pull a Carlivati style rewrite…there is no way. Eve and Jack had nothing to do with each other at that time. And Jack was “murdered ” shortly after JJ conceived.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Wow! Wonder of all wonders….Jenny has stepped into the 21st Century. She looked pretty today, and I loved her dress. Thank goodness; no more psychedelic pants…lol.
Is there a chance that Paige and JJ are half brother and sister? I do not know Eve’s complete background. Am I so off the mark? It would be a great plot twist. Also, does anyone else feel badly for Theresa? She seems to have genuine affection for Brady.

Mary SF
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It depends if they follow the actual history of the show or if they remake it. In the actual history Eve was with Jack long before he married Jennifer and before they had Abigail, so if Paige was conceived then, she would be way older than JJ and not the same age. If they rewrite history and had Eve hook up with Jack during one of his many disappearances on the show, I suppose it might be possible, but I think it unlikely. I mean wouldn’t Eve put a stop to any romance between those two if she knew Paige… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Mary SF. I understand. As far as Eve accepting a relationship between Paige and JJ, I get the feeling that she has an ulterior motive. It is probably the reason Eve is so accommodating. Is this typically Eve?

dmr
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Daniel needs a hot leading lady like Kristen. Not saying that Kristen is the right one for Daniel, because she is a little nuts; but, someone like her-beautiful and strong-willed. Eve would be exciting for Daniel. At least with Eve, we have seen a soft spot. She’s talked about her past hurts with men. I think she genuinely wants the best for Paige. Unlike Theresa, I think we have seen some softness in Eve. I don’t know why Theresa is so evil. I can’t stand the character. Back to Eileen Davidson-so excited to see her back in Salem! I absolutely… Read more »

DryedMangoez
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Hope Kristen kills Daniel for good so we can finally be rid of him.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Ouch!!!!!!

Tom Polar
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Tom Polar

Doesn’t Eve pick up on the fact that Daniel is not interested in her? It’s almost embarressing to watch – I realize it’s a soap and she’s a persistent and tenacious character, but c’mon – it lacks believabilty that she wouldn’t catch a clue by now that
he’s not hot to trot for her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

True, Tom….but some people do not care about making fools of themselves…not if there is something to be selfishly gained. Perhaps Eve is after something and Daniel is the means to an end. Thus, she is keeping her eye on the prize, which is more important to her than how Daniel perceives her behavior. Wow! This guy is really popular, isn’t he? He’s a regular Barber of Seville…everyone wants him. Besides, I understand that Eve has loose morals and basically no scruples….so, she cannot lose something she has never had before…..self-respect.

Kathleen
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Glad to see Kristen is back, She always makes a good story line. Don’t kill off Daniel I like him. Instead get rid of Jennifer she is so pathetic . Daniel is too good for her. Also Jennifer can take her son JJ with her too. The story line between him and his girlfriend is so boring.

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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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