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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

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This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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Vivien
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I am so tired of these Actors and Actresses coming and going all the time on this show..what is wrong the Producers in letting this happen? These Actors and Actresses are always saying they are leaving to do other projects…I guess those “projects” don’t really pan out as they are back within in a year! These storylines are pretty ridiculous anyways. The stories are finished horribly as well! They do not give the Fans of DOOL a nice ending to anything,,blowing up Ciara? Really?? They put Ben and Ciara in constant turmoil and made their storyline so morbid,drugging Ben, etc… Read more »

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You’re looking at events that occur in life. Are you tired of reality ? Plus, the Shows can’t be held responsible for the decisions that people make once they want to leave a show. However , I don’t like it when stars leave since I’ve grown to like them ; yet , I do know that it’s life.

Celia
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I know what you mean, Vivien—yet, I am always grateful to have favorites return—–mostly, I thank the stars the remaining soaps are still alive. As far as Victoria ( Ciera) leaving, I am in mourning—beauty and acting skills to boot—I wonder if Ciera’s face will be burned beyond recognition—-facial reconstruction, I presume? Voila’, a brand new Ciera!! O she escaped? One way or the other, I doubt Ciera is gone —-she’s somewhere out there battling amnesia. Aside—–I mute Sarah every time she opens her mouth. No personality—-just stupid, inane childish behavior when she tries to act the coquette. Terrible acting!!… Read more »

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Clearly the car bomb was a plot point to justify a “new face” for Ciara, via the inevitable reconstructive surgery. (even though ironically nobody apparently noticed when Claire got a new face and aged several years literally overnight)

I’m guessing there may be a gap before the recast steps in, but you’ll probably see some sort of “Xmas miracle” with NuCiara showing up just in time to hang her ornament on the Horton tree.

And should Victoria ever want to come back to the show… there’s always the “mystery twins separated at birth” angle. ReRon would love to write that mess.

Celia
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Celia

Succintly said, Satan—-and I agree with every word!! Soap-fare to the hilt!! And, we love it..

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Celia
Gosh you are so right about Sarah. Her silly sappiness drives me crazy!
As far as Ciara. If she s replaced as rumored, I hope it isn’t with the previous “stick girl” Vivian ?????, I called her. I could not stand watching her again.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Miss V—-not a fan of the “other” Ciera, either…..Most importantly, Victoria and Rob have so much chemistry, which is, at times, so rare between actors.

Jimh
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Jimh

i miss Shay, Harry and a few others..glad you are still here but im eventually leaving social media!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Don’t do that, Jimmy—just pop in now and again—-I like holding on to you, LOL—
Yeah–I miss sweet Shay—miss her wit and sarcasm—and, of course, the old gang. Stay put–that’s an order!!❤️

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That’s mean Linsey Godfrey does an amazing job playing Sarah Horton, and even if she didn’t she’s trying her best. Maybe you can keep the mean comments to yourself.

Phil
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Phil

I’m a huge Marci Miller fan and I prefer her in the role! Abby seems more mature and grounded when she plays Abby.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Phil
My sentiments exactly!

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Jillian counseling services

Yes Agree Marci Miller is excellent at role!! We used to love Kate Manzi Also good now Marci earned all respect. Both talented. Mansi left role fans say a lot. Leave one girl that earned fans respect!!! After all they all are ones Watching.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Returning to the role was the right thing to do. Kate Mansi and Marci Miller are two very different actors, and both have different takes on the role, however, I do feel Miller better suits the character and gave her depth, and cannot wait to see what comes next for Abigail. I am hoping this return is long-term, because I have missed her! Especially since it sounds like TPTB are intent on keeping Abigail around, especially if they intended to recast had Miller not agreed to return to the role.

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I agree with you , Scott.

Cecelia Caroline Field
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Cecelia Caroline Field

So happy to welcome Marci Millerback to DAYS. To me with her blond hair/blue eyes, she looks like she could actually belong to the Devereaux clan.

Satan
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Satan

Yeah, Matthew Ashford is definitely THE definitive Jack, but long time Days viewers might remember that the first Jack was just as blonde as his siblings Steve & Adrienne. Not to mention Jennifer is blonde, and her mother Laura is a redhead (though actually she was originally blonde herself, back in the 70s) so Abigail having reddish-blonde hair is actually perfect for the character.

And a Devil will admit, I did like Marci a little bit better than Kate (NOT counting that ReRon DID foolishness, which better NOT come back, of course)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

She has a very ethereal vibe to her, and I love it. And I like that her hair isn’t specifically blonde, but, more so, a strawberry-like blonde.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

She also looks like she could be Alley’s older sister.

Jimh
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Jimh

I just wish days had a more stable cast and go back to its soapish, character driven stories…i feel all four soaps will become a thing of the past in less than two years!!!

Jillian counseling services
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Jillian counseling services

Yes we need fans state stable Actors.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I like Marci better for the role of Abigail. It’s nothing against Kate but i always felt Marci plays her with a sharper edge and I like that. Welcome back, Marci!!!

Damien
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Damien

Marci Miller has a timeless beauty. She has brought a gentleness and elegance to the show in her scenes.
She is a true throwback soap heroine.
I cant wait to watch her return as my new fave Days actress
Cant wait for her and JJs scenes especially!

Yoshika palmer
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Yoshika palmer

I’m glad you came back Marci!!!

Boop
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Boop

I like Marci ; I’m elated that she’s back!

Rodd
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Rodd

I always liked her Abigail, so I’m glad she’s back.

Joel
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Joel

Kate is good but I LOVE Marci in the role.

Boop
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Boop

Even though I’m glad Marci’s back ; I want it understood that I like Kate , also since she was the original Abigail. Plus, I thank Marci because she realized that if she hadn’t returned , the Show would have found a new person. Thank you Marci for thinking about the fans!

Momo
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Momo

Kate was not the original Abigail. Lots of actresses have played Abigail, including Ashley Benson.

Shari
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Shari

Wish she had decided to pass on coming back. I’m team Kate and feel Kate is a much better actress with more chemistry with Chad than Marcie. Marcie is dull and boring with no passion or fire. As far as looks go, there is no comparison either. Kate wins there also.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

So happy to see a woman (I am assuming) judging another woman’s looks. How appropriate… NOT! Also, it is Marci, not Marcie. Always baffles me when people botch name-spellings, especially when it is in the article and its title.

Shari
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Shari

Maybe I don’t care enough to spell MARCI correctly to start with and if you can talk about her strawberry-like blond hair (GAG!) then I can say which Abigail I think is better looking.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sharie
I beg to differ on all counts. Marci is a class act and shows it in every way!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Miss Violet—-I think we must all agree that each actress has her own “thing” to offer.
I tend to agree with Scott—-I resented Marci at first, but she has proven me wrong. I absolutely love both actresses in the role. Marci does bring a certain amount of class, and she does look like a member of the family—-Kate Is a skilled, authentic actress in her own right—at this juncture, I prefer Marci—-we are different viewers with different opinions. Peace-out, Miss V❤️

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Hi Celia,
Always happy to get a response from you but this last one left me mystified. You sound like you are calling me out on my agreements with everyone, including you and Scott about M.M In fact I was defending her to Shari about her attitude towards M.M and Scott,s reply to her.
Of course we are different viewers with different opinions, I certainly agree with this too, so what did your little lesson mean? Please know I am not being sarcastic, I just did not understand your reply.Peace out to you too

Celia
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Hello, Miss V—-just noticed this—–it’s been a rough week with school opening — It’s -a brand new world, my friend— -Please believe me when I say that I would never target you for anything—–as I said, we are different individuals ( not just you and I, but everyone else), and express ourselves in our own unique way. We all have our favorites–. I think there was a bit of a misunderstanding?—-better yet, perhaps, I was not clear with my comment. I was speaking in general terms—-i was actually agreeing with you about Marci—-I apologize if I came off as a… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Celia Thanks so much for your explanation. I certainly didn’t need an apology for the misunderstanding we both had. I have been enjoying the show, looks like you have been as well. No school gives you more time with your own kids? Hope you are enjoying them. My Gr.Gr kids are studying from home. I think they had a choice but their parents think they are safer at home.Such a terrible time we’re living in. Hope I live to see the end of it. I hate the masks so much. I have been only going out once a week to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

So happy we’ve straightened this out, Miss V—-the children attend school two days a week ( Thursday and Friday-alphabetically) with Wednesday as the alternate. Monday and Tuesday are done virtually via “Chrome Book” which is provided by the Board. I, also, went back to teaching three days per week– a little hectic, but I love it!! Yes, I am enjoying Days—-a few loose strings need to be tightened a bit ( the Gwen idiocy), but, I can live with it for a while, LOL. I am disappointed where Y&R is concerned. I can’t seem to get into any of the… Read more »

Jillian counseling services
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Jillian counseling services

Agree more chemistry with Chad Kate… Twitter re look. It’s like ElJ DeMaria n wife. . Actor left not wanting to come back. Aweful he and wife chemistry unbelievable!! Surprised they didn’t Offer them Prime time OMG They were Fans stayingIncretable …. together.

Celia
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Celia

I was not very happy when Marci replaced Kate—-never thought anyone was good enough to fill Kete’s shoes—-WOW!! Was I wrong!! Welcome back, Marci !!❤️

Carol
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Carol

I love Marci better then Kate so does my friend.Welcome back Marci.I hope you are here to stay.Get rid of that English woman .She is so annoying.No need to drug Abby.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Carol—agreed. What is the mystery with Gwen? Not really interested. She made a better Jana at Y&R. Now, Gwen is a complete bust for me—TPTB witll concoct some past Horton-history —obviously revenge is Gwen’s focus!! The storyline is still in its “virginal” stage —LOL—-albeit, it seems as flat as she, at this point. –only a drop-dead, staggering plot will grab me. Why the sudden turn of events? What’s the link? I honestly thought she had a temporary stint. Soon, the writing will be such that Gwen planned this all along—-remarkably, Gwen knows more about Salem and its citizens than… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

It is wonder Jake wants to dump her.I really dont get why she would want to hurt Abby.What has she ever done to her?Unless of course she wants Chad.THe only thing I like about the actress who plays Qwen is her accent other then that her character is a waste of time and space.CHad and Qwen not a good match.JUst get rid of her already.She actually bores me to death.Hey Days drop her please.That story plot is a flop.

Jillian counseling services
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Jillian counseling services

We also love Miler!! Glad she coming Back. Fans hoping she cachês people driving her!! N is more indedendant and take on atole that is superior to all those coming in her path!! As a licensed Counselor more interesting after all she Ben in and out of mental place for help. Writers need her to move on. I also free lance n write for t.v. Reviews on soaps celebrities. Not active right now due to helping others with worries with Covid .

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Kate Mansi and Marci Miller both did an outstanding job as Abigail on Days of our Lives. I wish I could meet them

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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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