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Molly Burnett Confirms She is Leaving Days of our Lives!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

We know soap fans have heard rumblings of this, but today via Soap Opera Digest, Molly Burnett (Melanie)  of Days of our Lives has confirmed she is leaving the series, as it time for the talented Daytime Emmy nomination actress to spread her wings.   Burnett will be exiting the series at the end of June.

Burnett talked to SOD about what working at DAYS has meant to her and leaving her TV family.   “Going in, I knew it was a four-year contract and look, it’s been the most amazing experience.  Everyone is so loving and so wonderful and so supportive. It’s going to be so hard … I mean, this is my family. I came out here and I knew nothing, I knew no one and DAYS just kind of opened its arms and took me in. I look at it as four years of the best training any actor could have ever been given.”

In regards to what’s next for Molly she revealed  “I just want to go explore; see what’s up with this whole world.”  With already some primetime guest spots under her belt, we think we will be seeing a lot of Burnett on television and film projects.  

On-Air On-Soaps wishes Molly all the best in her new endeavors!  Soapers, will you miss Molly as Melanie Layton?  How do you think she will be sent off the canvas come June?   We have some a few thoughts that crossed our minds,  and one of which had us pondering if her exit could have anything to do with Blake Berris (Nick)  coming back to the show? Let us know!

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Jessi
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Jessi

I love Molly and Melanie but I have to admit i haven’t seen Days since CC left. I loved her with Crystal and i know she will go far cause she is a great person. Way to Go Moll! U’ll do great!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Sorry to see Molly, and Melanie go, but I am glad it was her choice. Maybe she shot Stefano! ha ha. I thought the same thing about Nick’s return, makes sense. I really hope that they don’t kill her off.

carol
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carol

I will be sad to see her go.I always like Melanie very good actress.Good luck Molly

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Good luck Molly in whatever you do ,we will miss you on Days.

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

i will miss her

Dmitri
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Dmitri

great actress, nice and pretty person, and i am sad to see her leave. I loved Melanie she was one of my favourites. I wish Nathan came back for her. Maybe she will go to him???

Patrick
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Patrick

Now who will Sammi pass the torch too? IMO. i thought it was Mel. ala: Marlena to Sammi to Melanie. I agree with Jessi ^ Molly hasn’t really done anything.. since Crystal Chappelle…. Her Mother… Dr. Carly Manning… left… and her scenes with Maggie dissapeared. She’s just so likeable… Cute. Dare I say… That hot about town lil’ Vixen Abby. Jennifer better bump back in to town. with Peter in tow.

Steve Ungrey
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Steve Ungrey

Well, not surprised at this news. I think this closes the door for me on Days of our Lives for good. In between the actors choosing to get out while the getting’s good… and those who weren’t so lucky… I wish Days nothing but the best. I just do not think it will be around past next year.

lew
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lew

Good for her! She will be missed.

Ann
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Ann

I agree Steve, I do not think Days will last beyond its current contract and that it is a smart move by Molly to leave now while she is so young. Hollywood seems to have a bias against soap actors anyway, but especially the ones who spend many years on soaps. Good luck to her.

Chris
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Chris

Sad to see Molly leave, but she is so talented and beautiful I am positive she has a very bright future ahead of her. We are lucky here in Oz we will still have her for at least another 14 months or so .. I have watched Days for 33 plus years, we need good story lines for the awesome characters and actors this show has. Days gives me the best hour of my day every day.
Good luck Molly, you are a sweetheart, wishing you all the good things life has to offer .

Patrick
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Patrick

Nice read. Well said… She really is a sweetheart. i’ve watched DAYs as well… for almost as long. there were so many, actors who’ve come and gone.. that had that it factor… animal magnetism… Just downright likeable…. i wish they’d bring back Leann Hunley. she just oozed… charisma. for the millionth time… write story for justin and adrienne… now.. here’s another two who have TALENT. what are they doing in the kiriakis manse? hiding with Maggie? another two who had the it going on was madison (sarah brown) and Brady… they really screwed madison by having her in the office… Read more »

ricardo
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ricardo

molly burnett i am going to miss you as melanie. you really grew on me. you are a great actress. i wish you the best of luck in the future molly. hopefully you get a prime time series. you will be great in whatever role you play. movies would be good too. you are leaving at the right time. the way it’s looking days of our lives won’t be around after next year. hopefully i am wrong and days gets renewed. i love days of our lives but everyone is getting frustrated on the stupid stirylines. the only storyline that… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Sorry to see her go. I like Melanie and Molly. The last few months she really hasn’t had any story. I think they should recast the role, but it will be hard to find someone who has the kind of connection Molly and Suzanne have.

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

the new kristina on general hospital i guess i have to give her a change not the same miss the other girl

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

A talented, adorable young lady. She has a bright future ahead of her. Good luck Molly.

bert
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bert

sorry she is leaving but noticed less of a role for her lately. wish her the best. she is a sweet girl and good actor

Jules
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Jules

Best of luck to her. I hope she goes for comedy because that really is her strength.

I do wish she hadn’t referred to DOOL as “training”. I hate when actors do that and what it alludes to. DAYS provided her with 4 years of employment, salary, consistent story, lifelong friendships, her current boyfriend, opportunities to moonlight on other shows, and 2 Daytime Emmy noms. Bit parts and odd jobs “train”. This was THE job.

Steve Ungrey
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Steve Ungrey

Jules, I respectfully disagree. 🙂 Not jumping to Molly’s defense, but in a sense when you’re an up-and-coming actor everything is a training ground. If you’re working your butt off in summer stock productions, it’s kind of a training ground for the lights of Broadway. If you take bit parts in movies, it’s training for if you can become a bigger, more marketable star. I think she’ll always have a soft spot for Days, simply because of the things you mentioned above. I do wish she would take a dramatic role just to see how she’d do with the part,… Read more »

Randi
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Randi

I’m totally going to miss Melanie Jonas! She is a natural!!! I sure hope she lands major roles soon! Anyone looking for great casting should snatch her up expeditiously! !!!

ruby
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ruby

Very Very Sad, I think that Melanie is my favorite Character. I love How well molly can play her, I hope they don’t try the quick switch with another girl. like they have done a few time. Like with (Abigail) But I wish her good luck with other projects that she has in her future 😀

sandra
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sandra

Molly, We’ll be watching you “Spread Your Wings”… Got to watch that Gorgeous, Sweet Smile !!!
I’m gonna tell you what I told my girls as they were leaving “Mommie’s Nest” for college…
“Stand, Hold out your arms, Close your eyes, Feel the Wind against your Face, KNOW that You are Riding on GOD’S Wings”…

Dawn
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Dawn

I am so sorry to see you go. You are one of the ones a adore the most one the show. Best wishes to you in finding your dreams.

cassandra williams
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cassandra williams

Ill be sad to see molly go i really loved her character,but there’s a lot out there in the world for her to do.good luck and take care.

Marianne
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Marianne

I think it is ashame that you are takeing her off she is really a good actor, as well as Will I think you should find away to keep her on so what is her 4 yr contract is up. You need to get rid of the guy Kate had an affaire with I can’t even think of his name that show how important he is to the show. I tape the show and It is pretty bad when certain actors come on and you catch yourself fast fordwing looking for a part that looks like it might be interesting.… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I am sad to hear that Molly is leaving the show.I will miss her.Good luck in whatever she decides to do.

Marge
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Marge

So sorry to see Molly leave the show. What a talented, beautiful, young lady.
Her smile and electrifying personality will be sadly missed. Wishing her nothing but the best in her life.

gail bruno
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gail bruno

LOVE Melanie. She is a great character. Don’t kill her off so she can return. Have to see her go.

Mike
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Mike

Hate to see Melaine leave the show. She belongs there. Days is ruining itself by eliminating all the old & good actors. Stop changing writters so the stories play out and not being changed in mid story. Good luck Molly, we’ll miss you.

Carol
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Carol

I agree with you,I really like Melanie.

Bryan
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Bryan

Melanie (molly) has brought so much to the role.. so sad to see her go.. wishing her the best of luck!!

pghgrl54
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pghgrl54

I have been watching DOOL for years and years and I’m so sad to see so many of the great Actors/Actresses leaving. I will not be watching the show anymore. 🙁

Susan
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Susan

I am sad to see Molly Burnett go as I loved Melanie, especially her scenes with “Dan” and “Maggie.” I sure hope she comes back someday and best wishes to her for the future. 🙂

Chris
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Chris

I started watching DOOL about a year ago. I’m not in agreement with everyone’s high opinion of Melanie. I find her acting to be quite painful to watch: the childish wrinkling of her nose (someone must have told her it’s cute), her attempts to show emotion with exaggerated facial expressions, the way she bites her lower lip in order to look pensive – so many bad acting habits that are usually seen in community theatre. She’s 30 years old but somehow feels the need to act the part of a 14 year old. Too bad it’s now September and she’s… Read more »

Bec
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Bec

love the character of melanie..hate to see her go. but wish her the best. I have to agree >If Days doesn’t get their *stuff* together, I think we will be losing the best daytime soap ever on tv as far as I’m concerned.

Patty
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Patty

I hate seeing Molly Burnett leave days. I just love her role, she is just the cutest little thing and does such a great job. Gonna miss her.

mary
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mary

I have been a fan of Days for 40 years, but the last few weeks especially THIS Week having Will KISS his boyfriend is DISGUSTING!!!!!! You have turned many of the fans away from your show. You are sending the wrong message out to the young ones, future fans, watching the show. Speaking for myself I can not watch DAYS while they are on.

Nora Roberts
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Nora Roberts

Melanie is a breathe of fresh air on the show…very sad that she is leaving…other favorite Rafe Hernandez, sure hope he doesn’t leave.
With Bo leaving also, man thesis not good.

If you can figure out a way to keep Melanie or bring her back,that would be awesome.

Dawn
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Dawn

Not so worried about Bo leaving….he didn’t do much for the show. However, Melanie, was truly a breath of fresh air. She has much to offer elsewhere though, she needs to be on the big screen. She is an awsome actress!

Jen
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Jen

Bo was a kind of shady exited that insults the intelligence. I cannot imagine that soap opera jobs are growing on trees. At least come up with a good reason.

Frank Felly
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Frank Felly

My wife and I hate to see Melanie leave Days, she is one of the brightest additions to
Days in some time. Apparently she is leaving because Nick has returned to Salem.
Best of luck to you Molly!

Chris
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Chris

You gotta love EJ! I’m probably supposed to loath this character but, for me, it”s quite the opposite. Maybe because he’s not afraid to tell the truth. Hang in the EJ!

cindy
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cindy

I so agree!

KATHY
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KATHY

DAYS KEEP GETTING RID OF THE BEST PEOPLE PRETTY SOON IT AINT EVEN GOING TO BE WORTH WATCHING!!! BRING OUR PEOPLE BACK CARLY CARRIE ….ALL OF THEM……..

Dawn
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Dawn

Double LIKE on that!

Jen
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Jen

So sad, Molly is the best female actress oin the show, and I loved her personality. It will not be the same without her.

Dawn
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Dawn

I hope to see Molly Burnett in Movies! She is an outstanding actress! Sure is way above daytime soap acting! Good Luck Molly, I can’t wait to see you on the Big Screen. Keep up the excellence in your profession! Dawn Staats

floretta
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floretta

I love her on the show, she was the reason why I started to watch the Days again. I would hope Molly comes back it would have been awesome to see her and Chad get married and have it out with Gabbi so mad she got away with that aweful deed.

Jenn
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Jenn

With Carly, Carrie and Phillip and Melanie and Nathan gone and bringing back a diff character as Eric and the changing of Taylor, I have been losing interest. However, EJ, Sami, and Brady(who was swapped for the better) are some great constants in the show.

penny toca
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penny toca

That is so sad but I wish her well no matter what she does in her adventures. God bless

penny toca
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penny toca

Best wishes and God bless. Enjoyed every scene and will miss you. Come back and visit. Hugs

Audrey Snyder
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Audrey Snyder

I can’t believe Molly is leaving again!!! She just came back!!! So many of the original characters left. I have been watching Days since I was 17( I am 57 this month) and I’m so dissapointed on the good ones leaving. Francis Reid played on there until her passing. Well good luck Molly and I hope you think about coming back to days and staying awhile

Jen
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Jen

Days was stupid to get rid of Molly. They have made more stupid moves, but this is up there. The story line having her leave is implausible IRL as well.

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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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