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Mary Beth Evans and James Reynolds Interview – Day of DAYS 2013

Days of our Lives Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and James Reynolds (Abe) chat with Michael Fairman at Day of DAYS 2013! Mary Beth shares how she felt playing the pivotal scenes where JJ learns that his father Jack raped Kayla, and she confessed it to him. James and Mary Beth discuss how DAYS seems to be teasing a potential romance between Abe and Kayla. Will it happen? Plus, the duo weigh-in on still being part of the canvas of the NBC soap after all of these years.

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Mary Beth is such a sweetheart!!! Like both of them ans would like to see their characters have a relationship… go KABE!!!

They’re fantastic on screen together. But I just want to see more of their characters, romance or no. I get that they’re not leading characters at the moment, but throw them a bone!

I love Mary Beth! Thank you SO much for this interview. I don’t know about a romantic relationship between Abe and Kayla, because when I watch them, I only think “friends”, but I DO want her to have a life, and I DO want her to have a new relationship. I was just thinking along the lines of a new character for her. Maybe an actor who recurs, because she’s a recurring character. That way, the relationship would develop slowly, and kind of take Kayla by surprise.

I adore Mary Beth, she is a terrific actor and would love to see her on screen more. If the only way we will get her is with Abe, then I guess I take a positive attitude and be content. But honestly, I’d rather see her with someone in her age range and more exciting.

Kayla and Abe have a great FRIENDSHIP. There is no other vibe there and to do so would be silly. Kayla needs a partner who tests her, engages her, puzzles her and brings out the tiger within. Abe is a comfy pair of slippers. A pairing would be silly and not true to who Kayla is.

ITA Jane! I love Mary Beth and Kayla, but do not see any romantic spark with her and Abe. I do love their friendship though. It’s organic and goes back to years ago.

I do want to see more of Mary Beth/Kayla though. I’d like to see her with Joey and hear about her life instead of her always being there to support everyone else. Those Salemites are acting very self centered in not even asking her how she’s doing once in awhile! LOL

Lastly, Mary Beth is awesome at comedy! Give her some more fun scripts! Those book club scenes were hilarious and she was definitely a standout!

Gotta say no to ‘Kabe’. I’m definitely not feeling any vibes between them other than that of a long term friendship. I would love to see Kayla get involved with someone ‘iffy’ and Abe take on the role of the ‘protective brother’ type. Would love to have more Mary Beth on my screen!

I would love to see more of Mary Beth as Kayla, and I would like to see her in a relationship. But please, no Kabe! If they go down that road with her, I hope it’s someone new and exciting. Or someone completely unexpected. Not just them tying up two loose ends.

It’s an interesting debate. I do think Kayla should move forward in her life. I think she deserves happiness. I’d like to see her begin to put herself out there and try a date. That’s a struggle a lot of newly single women face, and it would be identifiable for many. Show Kayla’s quandary. Should she or shouldn’t she? What does SHE think? I’ve always been a little surprised no one has set her up yet. She’s been on her own for a couple of years now. Why do none of her friends consider it a mission to set her up with the perfect guy? And even if he’s very far from perfect, I’d love to see her react to that. Mary Beth has the ability to do comedy. She showed that in her book club scenes. Let her react to a date that’s so far from perfect.

It would be fun!

Kabe forever ! Do it Days !
Both need a story and both actors want it therefore do it !
As for Abe not being ‘exiting’ enough..maybe Kayla can bring some fire in him..who knows..writing can improve things like that a lot.
As for the bookclub scenes, Kayla was certainly the stand out in it..imho Mary-Beth was the only one believable as someone who is stoned..and i know what i am talking about but stone bookclub can’t happen everyday guys ! It would not be believable and it would get boring after a while. Kayla just need some exiting story and Abe too by the way !

Great interview Michael! The #KABE story would be interesting. I personally would love to see Stephen Nichols comeback and work things out with Kayla. Love those two together.

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Days of our Lives Longtime Lovebirds, Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian, Set Wedding Date

In the words of Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) himself, “Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships,” it appears that he and his longtime love. Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), have finally picked their wedding date, and the destination for their nuptials.

Back in August of 2023, the couple shared that they plan to tie the knot in 2024, and with their latest IG post it looks like the wedding day is becoming closer and closer.

As Days of our Lives fans know, Zucker is suing the soap opera’s producers and production entity, and her last episode should air on July 29th, since the show tapes so far in advance. One can assume, her character, Nicole Walker may get a happy ending and get her baby back before exiting Salem? However, that’s yet to be seen.

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In the meantime, the couple who live in Nevada, continue to make plans for their big day. In their newest update, Zucker shared, “We discovered a wedding DESTINATION and DATE DATE! So grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exploration an eye-opening awe-inspiring adventure!”

While Christian chimed in, “I already hear many of you saying ‘finally Shawn!’ Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships.” #justsaying #loveispatient #loveiscrazy”

Shawn’s journey as Daniel Jonas on DAYS lasted from 2008 to 2017, while Zucker has portrayed Nicole Walker since 1998. The couple have been engaged since 2021.

The duo made no clear mention of the exact wedding date or location in their post, only that they have got things locked in and all systems are a-go!

So, happy to hear that Ari and Shawn are finally about to become husband and wife? Comment below.


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NATAS Reveals 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees Recognizing Admired Individuals and Their Enduring Contributions to Daytime Television

Ahead of the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday, the recipients of the 2024 Gold and Silver Circle honors.

Those chosen as honorees were chosen for this recognition, as NATAS explained, “As admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television. Inductees are exceptional professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years, respectively. They represent the best and brightest in the industry.”

Some daytime favorites in front of the camera and behind the scenes made this year’s honor roll.

The 2024 Gold Circle Inductees are:

Jerome Dobson, Writer: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Santa Barbara 

A Martinez, Actor: Santa Barbara, General Hospital, Days of our Lives and The Bay.

Suzanne Rogers, Actress: Days of Our Lives

The 2024 Silver Circle Inductees are:

Patricia Denney, Former Hair and Makeup Department Head: The Young and The Restless

Kathleen Finch, Chairman and CEO, US Networks, Warner Brothers Discovery

Linda Grand, Set Master Props: The Bold & The Beautiful

Janet Spellman-Drucker, Co-Executive Producer: Days of Our Lives

Mark Teschner, Casting Director: General Hospital

Rolonda Watts, Talk Show Host, Actress & Voiceover Talent: Sherri, Curious George, Divorce Court

What do you think of the selections for this year’s Gold and Silver Circle Honorees? Comment below.

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TODAY: Days of our Lives Icon Deidre Hall Guest Stars on ‘Hacks’

As we previously reported, Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall (Marlena) is playing a version of herself on the hit Max comedy series, Hacks. The episode dropped today on May 23rd and is already available for streaming.

In it, Deidre plays Jimmy’s mother (Paul W. Downs). For those in the know, Downs is not only one of co-creators and stars of Hacks, but as it turns out is a fan of Days of our Lives.

Speaking on her guest star appearance, Hall told TV Insider, “I was told by Paul and Lucia Aniello (co-creator) that Paul’s mom was a longtime fan of DAYS and of Marlena, and then she introduced him to the show when he was a toddler.“

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Deidre added, “So when they were looking for a person to play Paul’s mother, they said, ‘Wait a minute, are we crazy? Why don’t we see if we can get Deidre.’”

As to her guest star turn, Hall previewed,“The script was written that the part is ‘legendary Deidre Hall,’ so I didn’t have to reach too far for what she looks like, what she sounds like, how she moved.”

In story, Deidre got the opportunity to work with Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, whom she shared, “Working with Christopher Lloyd was probably the most daunting thing that’s happened to me for a while.” Hall added, “He was just the loveliest.”


According to Hall, her Days of our Lives co-stars will be tuning-in at some point today or this evening to catch her appearance, which she is very excited about.

Hacks stars Jean Smart as everyone’s favorite comedian Deborah Vance. In season 3, the critically acclaimed and Emmy-wining comedy series explores the dark mentorship between a legendary stand-up comedian and young, entitled comedy writer.

Will you be checking out Deidre Hall, playing soap legend “Deidre Hall” on Hacks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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