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Patrick Muldoon Interview on his return to DAYS, Christie Clark & on-screen mom, Lauren Koslow!

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Wow time has flown by. It has been 16 years since Patrick Muldoon has been on Days of our Lives! The actor who made such an impact as the original Austin Reed joined DAYS in 1992, stayed for three years, then left the soap to go on to other phases of his career including a role on the hit nighttime soap, Melrose Place… and from there went onto work on a music and film projects.

Now as part of the Salem reboot, DAYS is bringing home Muldoon and his co-star, Christie Clark (Carrie) to re-ignite and re-establish Austin and Carrie onto the Salem canvas.  Watch for the key September 26th episode for your first glimpse of the uber-popular duo.  We caught up with Patrick on the set of DAYS to get his thoughts on his return, and what we, the viewers, can look forward, too.

Was it a difficult decision to come back? Were you at all concerned reviving the role of Austin Reed so many years later? I read in your TV Guide interview that you had many projects going on in different facets of your career.

PATRICK: The TV Guide interview was live and Christie and I were kind of riffing off of each other.  But no, it was not a difficult decision to come back. Let me clarify: I have always done four things at once; I am a multi-tasker. Now DAYS is the foundation for me, first and foremost.  But I am part of a production company, and so you really only need a cell phone to do that kind of work anyway.  I never knew why I was going into the office. You have the internet these days, so you can take care of stuff. And, the music side of things is on hold right now as far as my band, The Sleeping Masses. But I am going to go in and cut a solo record pretty soon. However, right now for this first couple of months, and to get my feet underneath me and reacclimate, DAYS is all I am doing and it’s got to be that way.

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Other than the fact that Austin Peck last played Austin, are you coming back as the same Austin as far as his character traits? Or, does he have some very new and specific problems?

PATRICK: He is coming to Salem and he is not as good looking! (Laughs) Obviously, I can’t reveal to much of anything, but people will be tuning back into DAYS to see the relationships that they know and those relationships collide, and that is what good soap opera is and what life is often about.  These characters run into those characters, you know what I mean. But Sami is Sami, Austin is Austin, and there is that history, and so I had to get filled in on what happened since I left.  And, so much has happened since I left (laughs) so you can’t really play that, you kind of have to play what is new.  The good thing is DAYS fans are getting familiar faces, and the fans are getting faces they have not seen in awhile. But they are definitely not doing the same story.   It’s the same characters and their same relationships, but I am saying the circumstances are much different.  We come into Salem and we deal with a lot immediately!

With Christie Clark (Carrie), the two of you were considered by many a true supercouple of Salem.  Were you completely aware of your huge popularity during your first go-round at DAYS?

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PATRICK: I don’t think we were really aware of it as much while we are on the show.  I think I became aware of how popular we were five years after I left the show, and then ten years after I left the show. And no matter what I was doing, whether I was in a musical meeting, or a production meeting as a producer, or if I was doing a movie, I would introduce myself and go, “Hi, I’m Pat.” And they would say, “No. You’re not. You’re Austin!” That has never left. So I guess Austin and Carrie were a supercouple, unless that goes for all the couples on DAYS, I don’t know.  We were definitely popular enough to be asked back, and so we were both really grateful for that.

What would you say about Christie? And, the differences between her… and ever-sweet Carrie Brady?

PATRICK: She is fun and Christie is a very specific “thing”…there is only one Christie Clark. (Laughs)  I would say there is a lot of Christie in Carrie, but also that Carrie has a good moral fiber to her and Austin has a good moral fiber to him. That is why those characters relate well to one another. But as far as Christie and Patrick, we have good moral fiber to us too, but we have other sides to us.  Christie is a little wilder than Carrie.  Patrick is a little wilder than Austin.  How’s that? (Laughs)

And let’s not forget you have a hot mama in Salem in Lauren Koslow, who plays Kate! Last time you were in Salem, Deborah Adair was playing her!  How is it playing in scenes with the delicious Ms. Koslow?

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PATRICK: My God.  She is amazing. Deborah Adair was beautiful back when I was here last. Recently, I just had scenes with Lauren for the first time. I had to stop for a moment and towel off, because I was sweating so much. The studio was hot because the air conditioning was broken, but I also think it had to do with Lauren.  I said, “That’s my mom? C’mon!”  I would have to be in therapy for years if that was my mother!  (Laughs)

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I was never a fan of Austin and Carrie didn’t see them as a supercouple just a thorne in SAmi’s side! I would rather they kept Chloe, Dario then go this route! I’m not a fan of reruns!!!!!!! I want the show to move forward with new characters instead of re-hashing the past! They will not keep me watching the show if my favorite characters slowing disappear! Nor will John and Marlena!

Carrie and Austin are most definitely a supercouple! I am very much looking forward to seeing them return. They and John and Marlena are my favourite Days couples of all time. So glad the new writers brought them back! I haven’t watched Days in years but am coming back full time because of the returning veterans. Days hasn’t been Days in years, you know what I mean? I am glad the show is going back to its roots with familiar characters and couples we love!

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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Days of our Lives Sloan Recast: Natasha Hall Temporarily Fills-In For Jessica Serfaty

Sloan will have a new look for several upcoming episodes on Days of our Lives. Natasha Hall will step in for Jessica Serfaty the week of March 4-8

A spokesperson for DAYS confirmed to Soap Opera Digest, that Hall will take on the role of Sloan Petersen for three episodes.

If Natasha looks familiar she was seen on Netflicx’s The Kominsky Method and has appeared on The Rookie, S.W.A.T., Mom, HBO’s Entourage and the movie Game Night.

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Serfaty began in her run as Sloan back in August of 2022, and has been heavily featured in the Nicole baby switch storyline where along with Melinda Trask (Tina Huang), Sloan is passing of Nicole and Eric’s baby, as her adopted chid, while Nicole continues to mourn the loss of the little bundle of joy.

Since Days had been taking 6 to 7 months ahead of streaming its episodes on Peacock, Hall taped her scenes filling in for Serfaty months ago.

So, interested to see what Natasha Hall brings to the role of Sloan, while Jessica is temporarily off the show? Comment below.

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