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OLTL's Hillary B. Smith talks Chappell, Gering & Alderson as W-C Auction continues!

It’s the start of a new week, and time again for the next item up for bid from One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith’s special online auction to benefit The Willee-Coppee Fund, and also the next installment of On-Air On-Soaps exclusive interview with Hillary!    Why should you bid?  Not only because you can win a piece of  Hillary’s acting career, but also The Willee-Coppee Fund serves to discreetly assist pet owners who may be struggling with overwhelming veterinary bills.  In this economy, it’s important to be able to help man’s best friend with routine or medically necessary services. Read below the official description of this week’s (pictured here) item from Hillary’s days as Margo on As the World Turns!

Never let it be said that Hillary doesn’t know a great wardrobe item when she sees it.  Back in her previous life as Margo on “As The World Turns” she was smart enough to buy this beautiful coat from the wardrobe department when her character was finished with it, and it’s still as useful and stylish today as it was twenty-ish years ago.  It’s a double-breasted below-the-knee military style coat from Mondi, made in Germany.  (And you’ll notice the name “Margo” in felt-tip pen on the label.)  It’s a black medium-weight blend of 55% polyester and 45% new wool, fully lined in a black/tiny white dots 100% acetate.  The collar is shawl-style and 2″ wide.  There are six gold-tone crested buttons in front and three on each sleeve, with two slash pockets at the hip and one breast pocket, still partially sewn shut.  It’s unbelted and hangs straight in the back with a 17.5″ slit at the hem.  It’s marked a German size 38, which roughly corresponds to a size 10 U.S.  But please read the measurements carefully so that you won’t be disappointed by the fit when it arrives.  All measurements are taken with the coat lying flat and fully buttoned.

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Now in this week’s fourth installment of our interview with Hillary B. Smith, she tells us about working with three of her favorite performers in the soap biz- DAYS and Venice stars, Crystal Chappell and Galen Gering, and Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL)!

Hillary on working with Crystal Chappell:  “When Crystal came on One Life to Live they made her a nun! And Crystal is the sexiest woman on television, and then they turned her into a juggler! We just sat down and had a good cry over that one. (Laughs) We could not believe that. I had no idea the depths of her ability until Venice. And working with Crystal, she is not just smart, but bright. She gets it, and she thinks outside the box and she thinks in holistic terms. Crystal is very passionate about the fans as I am, and very passionate about the soap medium as I am.  There are not many people left, except probably some of the actors, who understand the medium and the importance of that connection with the fans. What she did with creating Venice was truly a love letter to the fans, and brilliant because she understood through all the letters that she received that there was a market out there that hadn’t been touched.  And, there were a group of people out there who needed to be addressed, and we are not done with that.  I told Crystal, we have a whole other thing that we are going to do.  Nobody I know could conceive this, and then bring in Kim Turrisi, who is a beautiful writer, and then put this all together so that it is an homage, and  so that it brought these actors together in a forum in which we all felt so comfortable that we could do anything. It was outstanding.  I think season two is going to be exciting.”

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Hillary on working with Galen Gering:  “I don’t know what he is doing on DAYS, but I have such a crush on him because of Venice. When you are in a room with him and you start working with him, you get his subtlety and his humor. Galen is funny, and he is sexy, and good-looking and relaxed, and there is vulnerability about him that most men do not show.”

Hillary on working with her One Life on-screen son, Eddie Alderson:  “First of all, Eddie Alderson was a tiny little boy who ran around the studio because his sister, Kristen (Starr) was there working, and when we were having trouble with our Matthew, we went, “What about him?”  Our executive producer at the time Gary Tomlin went, “What?” And we went, “Yeah. We all know him and we all love him.”  And Gary went, “OK.” Eddie suddenly grew up in this role and is getting more comfortable, and more and more inventive. I have to tell you, his ability goes deep when he can get out of is own way.  But,  it’s hard to get out of your own way when you are growing so fast.  I really take my hat off to him, because he has changed his whole life for this job.  He is my son, and Bob Woods (Bo) feels the same way. I am so proud of him and the work he did this past year was just beautiful.  The scene on Christmas Eve when he walked again…when I watched it back I sobbed and sobbed.  We don’t have a lot of happy moments on One Life to Live. Was that not breathtaking?”

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Wally Kurth & Chandler Massey Deliver Poignant Scenes As Justin Tells Will ‘Don’t Give Up On Life’

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the scenes capturing the minds of DAYS viewers featured touching work from Wally Kurth (Justin) and Chandler Massey (Will).

In it, after seeing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in prison, Justin comes upon Will, the man responsible for his beloved wife, Adrienne’s death (although the circumstances of just how Will was responsible have yet to come to light within the time jump).

Justin informs Will he is taking over Ben’s case, and Will thinks that with Justin on his side, Ben will have a better chance of getting out of the slammer.  Then, a guilt-ridden Will tells Justin that he thinks about Adrienne every single day and he will never stop hating and loathing on himself for being responsible for taking the love of Justin’s life away from him, and for what it has done to Will’s husband, Sonny, who has lost his mother in the process, and caused a huge rift in their marriage.

As things get more emotional between the two men, Will tells Justin that in his heart Adrienne was like a mom to him. Then, an emotional Justin tells Will he knows he did not mean to harm Adrienne.  Will thanks Justin, but thinks Justin hates him.  It is then that Justin reveals he could never hate Will.

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Justin admits he hates what Will did, but let’s him know in no uncertain terms that he thinks of Will as a son, and will not and can’t stop loving him.  As Justin begins to tear up, he becomes emotionally overwhelmed by the sadness of the entire situation, and tells Will, “You’re a part of our family for better or worse.”

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Next, Justin reminds Will that no matter what happens life goes on.   He himself is a perfect example as he has fallen in love with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and is happy for the first time in many months.  Then in the punctuation point of the scene, Justin tells Will to never give up on life and the two embrace.

Did Wally Kurth just lock up an Emmy nomination with this scene that aired on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives? Did you reach for the hankies?  Share your thoughts on the heart-tugging scenes via the comment section below.  But first watch some key moments from it.

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stacy Haiduk chat with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019; during their conversation the on-screen dup talk about the latest developments of Brady and Kristen within the series time-jump and more. Leave A Comment

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