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Tamara Braun Returns To DAYS and Shares, “Well, Well, Well! Looks Like The Cat Is Out of the Bag”

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Look who’s coming back to Days of our Lives! Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Tamara Braun is returning to Salem to cause trouble in her role of Ava Vitali.

Ava had been presumed dead and her return to the canvas will usher in her on-screen son’s return when Tripp (Lucas Adams) is back starting next week.

Braun shared on the news via her Instagram: “Well, well, well!! Looks like the cat is out of the bag! Ava and I are excited to return to Salem @nbcdays . Hope you come along for the ride to see where the adventure take us!”

DAYS EP Ken Corday told Soap Opera Digest on the news:”Tamara Braun is coming back and that’s important, not only for Steve and Kayla, but for her son, Tripp, and others to be determined.”

Back in June, Braun won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Dr. Kim Nero on General Hospital.  She previously won in this category for DAYS’ Ava back in 2009.

At this time, no first airdate back has been revealed.

So, excited to learn Tamara is back on DAYS? Share your thoughts below.

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Phil
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Phil

Awesome, she is one of my favorite actresses! So glad she is back. Might that mean Joey is on the way as well? If he didn’t kill her.

Momo
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Momo

That’s right! He’s in prison for killing her.

Satan
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Satan

Goddamn it… another escape from Hell? Is somebody drugging Cerberus again? It’s not easy to knock out a dog with three heads, you know?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Fantastic news! Love Tamara Braun and this gives Steve and Kayla story alongside Tripp. Time to release Joey from prison, too and bring him into the Johnson fold. And, also bring back Theo finally, too. (Abe needs his son home). So so so so pleased that Tamara is back at DAYS. Looking forward to Ava causing lots of trouble. Pair her up with Jake for a whirl, that would be interesting..

ANGEL
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ANGEL

JAKE AND AVA,I LOVE THIS. STEVE AND KAYLA WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE JOEY BACK WITH THEM. OH YES BRING THEO BACK.HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN FOR HELPING TO SAVE JULIE AND HIS SISTER SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA.IF THAT IS TRIPP BABY, SAMI WILL NOT BE GETTING THE BABY, EVEN IF THE JUDGE RULES IN HER FAVOR. I WOULD LIKE AND LOVE IT IF BELLE GAVE THE JUDGE A CALL. AND RULE IN FAVOR OF NICOLE UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP SHOWS UP.

Jimh
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Jimh

Someone dies on a soap is no longer shocking-that wore off years ago!

ANGEL
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ANGEL

WHY NOT BRING BO BRADY,HALEY AND STEFANO BACK.HALEY CAN ALSO BE A TWIN. J.J. NEEDS TO COME BACK AND BE HAPPY AGAIN.EVE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HOW SHE HURT HEY VERY ON DAUGHTER BY SLEEPING WITH J.J. IT IS TIME FOR GABI TO GET WHAT SHE SO RICHLY DESERVES.HOW CAN SHE BE IN LOVE WITH HER HUSBAND? POINT BEING IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED,SHE WOULD BE MARRIED TO ELI RIGHT NOW. SHE PRETENDS TO LOVE HER DAUGHTER, AND DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE HER, BUT SHE NEVER SPEND ANY TIME WITH HER. TRUTHFULLY SPEAKING,ALL GABI WANT, SEX, POWER.AND MONEY.SHE ESCAPED… Read more »

Louie Y
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Louie Y

Nothing against Tamra, fabulous, but why oh why is there no originality in Days of Our Lives anymore? Yet another return from the dead…please …should have made her a different character.

Satan
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Satan

They already tried that. She played Nicole’s sister for a while.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

And even that was a mis(re)cast when Natalia Livingston fit much better in the role; the reasons for replacing Livingston with Braun were B.S. and I have always said that the role of Jordan easily could have just been the re-introduction of Taylor Walker.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I love Tamara in anything she does. She’s one of those actresses you can count on to deliver every time!!!

ANGEL
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ANGEL

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWING AND TELLING SAMI WHAT FOR ABOUT HER SON TRIPP BABY. SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA. UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP ARRIVE, I HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELL WILL HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH THE JUDGE ABOUT SAMI AND JAN.SHE TALKING ABOUT THE LOOK ON NICOLE FACE,I WANT TO SEE THE LOOK ON HER FACE WHEN THE JUDGE RULE IN NICOLE FAVOR. I ALSO HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELLE TELL THE JUDGE ABOUT WHAT SAMI DONE TO HER DAD. WHAT SHE SAID TO JOHN BROKE HIS HEART, AND MARLENA KNOW THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.

TS
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TS

Does Joey get out of prison then????

Rodd
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Rodd

Seriously! If there was ever a character/actor I would like to see come back, it’s him. I’m yawning at the prospect of seeing another back-from-the-dead character. Didn’t like her the first time around. (No shade at Tamara.)

Johnny
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Johnny

Does Ron C. just ask for old tapes of PSYCHOPATHS …. and with glee, just start writing for them? It is just exhuasting and unpleasant to watch a show filled with such dark, angry, villainous people, and I include Gabi in that! As far as Im concerned, she oughta be locked up for life! Her crocodile tears about loving her daughter and what a good mother she is are sickening to watch. When exactly is she a good mother? Between drugging and brainwashing pregnant woman, and trying to murder senior citizens (all of whom are related to her daughter)…she hardly… Read more »

VioletLemm87
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Johnny
Agree with everything you say. Gabi is supposed to come back soon and am pretty sure she’ll pick up right where she left off, going after Jake and making everyone else miserable! This Jan Spears IAM sure will be another troublemaker. What gets me is these people that have been released with a clean bill of health, sanity wise, still act crazy. They should rename Salem while they’re at it and call it Crazy Town.

Patrick
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PLEASE! PLE A S E ! !! PLEAsE! DO NOT – NUT UP – her so quickly… one note D i m e n s i o n (s) Ava as a Mother… Tripp is just so FANTASTIC ! Ava as a grandmother … doting and then there’s SOME doting … GOOD STUFF w/Kayla Ava as an EX LOVER… COME ON ( no man FORGETS GOOD SEX ) NO MAN Ava as an adversarial… With Mary Beth Evans !!!! ???? tough job but these two “equals” it’s a plush move plush job plush IMAGINATION PULL ! I present to “YOU”… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

Soooo excited!
Days keeps rolling hot returns!!…
JJ, Tripp, Marci millers Abby and now Tamaras Ava!!!
Y n r take note! Viewers fall asleep with nothing happening in genoa city!
Salems on fire!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ava Vitali is the best role Tamara Braun has had in daytime, and I genuinely hope this time around that Braun and her character are treated properly. Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character, and lost the true dimension of Ava, so I hope that comes back and is re-developed. Now, that being said, I hope this is not a guest return. I hope it is a full-time one and they actually give Ava something to do outside of Kayla and Steve, and maybe develop her as an actual character. Will we be recasting Joey, or… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Scott : ^^^^ “…Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character,” ABSOLUTELY ! It was incredulous, the desecration this is one of those times… when you are just gnawing at the screen well, LOL… for the LOVE of Tamara Braun, right? any way…. this truly explains ALL those posts ^^^ back from the dead, and for that evil mindset PSYCHOPATH’ i IMPLORE – AND beg…. Ron/Ryan/all his coworker. let’s stop and smell the coffee with Tamara… she is so loved in this genre. the potential for GOOD work… with GREAT CAST… and immediate touch, with very… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I very much believe if Ron Carlivati and the team at Days of Our Lives write Ava Vitali as a flawed human being with a compassionate, relatable side, much like how Eileen Davidson portrayed Kristen DiMera when she returned in 2012. The character can be deceitful and devious, but there needs to be some kind of humanity to them that allows us to forgive them and relate to them, and why they are doing the things that they are doing. That was missing from Tamara Braun’s 2015 return to the role. Given how Lucas Adams (Tripp) and Braun interacted at… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

She’s a good actress, though I would rather it not be another return from the dead (all this writer likes to do is that and triangles)…if we have to have her can we at least not make another triangle w/Kayla/Steve & her..just let her cause trouble and find someone else..maybe Rafe. She could make him interesting..lol. In the end, Marlena has Stefano & Orpheous, so I guess Kayla will have nut job Ava as an adversary.

Satan
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Satan

Maybe the triangle is NOT with Steve?

You may remember that the first time Ava was in Salem, she hooked up with RoboJohn, who at the time thought he was Stefano’s brother and was embracing his supposed DiMera darkside a great deal.

Just by coincidence, John is rumored to be “not himself” when he finally wakes up from his recent aneurysm. What if he reverts to the RoboJohn mentality, right around the same time Ava shows up??

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

When Tamara Braun was Taylor Walker and she was [briefly] in scenes with Galen Gering (Rafe), I did enjoy that potential; same thing with Christie Clark (ex-Carrie), and while I would enjoy seeing both Ava and Rafe single for more than a few seconds, I would welcome an eventual pairing, especially if it meant upsetting Sami (Alison Sweeney). Or maybe they could go for a Carly/Johnny re-pairing, with Braun paired up with Brandon Barash (Jake, ex-Stefan).

Satan
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Satan

Tamara Braun wasn’t playing Carly when Johnny Zucchini was in Port Charles. That was all during the Laura Wright era. Though ironically the first Carly, Sarah Brown, came back to play Johnny’s sister (who actually turned out to be his mommy). On the other horn, this un-named “Philly mob” that Jake was mixed up with before he arrived in Salem, it’s not much of a stretch to think that could have been the Vitali family. So it’s possibly they DO know each other… though presumably Ava hasn’t been doing a lot of family business, as she was supposed to be… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Should be interesting. If Tripp is Allie’s baby daddy, scenes between Ava and Sami should be fun!!!!! Days is the best soap on TV!

Samskara
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Samskara

I was hoping she’d retake her crown as Carly Corinthos, but this is welcome news. Please Days, don’t screw it up this time. The last time you tagged her with the “R” word. Not nice.

Louise
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Louise

Why oh why bring back such an irrelevant character from the dead?? This show is beyond losing any type of realm of normalcy. I saw Corday’s interview in SOD & I do not see how you can redeem that crazy nut they created in 2015..to bring in a character to create angst for a third time for a 30+ year super couple more than shows these writers have no creativity about them whatsoever. The two actors that play Steve and Kayla are two of the best in the business and should have angst via a medical issue, children, etc They… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, gee—Joey’s comin’ home?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG ,this is ludicrous! I love Tamara Braun BUT the woman was killed. They look like idiots as it is with bringing all these dead people back. Hopefully her appearance will only be in flashbacks and dreams, etc.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I stand by my comment above and agree 100% with Pudge!

Pudge
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Pudge

How do you redeem a character as vile as Ava?? Please stop…the using sexual manipulation on underage Joey was sickening. She tried to kill Kayla & forced Steve (form of rape) to sleep w her to save Kayla’s life..that was last run alone. She should be burned at the stake in Horton Square no redeemed.

Satan
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Satan

The sexual manipulation of Joey was bad enough.. but now he’s been in prison for several years (Hell only knows how long it’s supposedly been, given all the time jumps & SORAsing) for killing her.

I’d say after that, Joey deserves to kill her for real. Why not, he’s already done the time for it.

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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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