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The Blake Berris Interview – Days of our Lives

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There have been memorable performances throughout the decades in daytime soaps that have taken us by surprise, and made us feel, made us empathize, and made us hate.  And over the last year and half, Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) took the viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives on a journey, and gave them a look at a complex young man with a tormented soul.  Berris had the ability and the acting chops to infuse Nick with so many nuances, and he delivered in scenes again, and again, and again.  We pitied Nick, despised Nick, and felt sorry for Nick all rolled into one, and to make an audience feel that is no easy task, my friends.

On this past Friday’s episode of DAYS, Nick was murdered with countless suspects in Salem all who had reason to want the guy dead!  But before Nick bid farewell, Berris got one final heart-wrenching scene … and next Nick stumbled into Horton Town Square a bloody mess about to finger his murderer before passing out.  Many had been speculating for months that Nick would meet his maker, and that Blake Berris actually wrapped-up his time at the NBC soap several months back, and that is indeed true.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Blake to talk about his decision to leave the show, what he thought of his final scenes, how he viewed where Nick’s relationships were left with the key people in his life who wanted him dead, and more!  In addition, when this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees were announced, Blake’s name was not among them.  Something that seems inconceivable given the depth of his submission and his work, and Blake candidly explains his reaction to that.  One thing is for certain, we all know the sky is the limit for Blake, but before he takes off, here is what he shared in our final DAYS interview together.

MICHAEL:

Let’s start with some of the chronology of your return to DAYS.   When the writers put Nick in the river, were you already leaving the show?  Or, was Nick’s “death” in the river written and then you renegotiated your deal to stay on longer than originally planned to finish the story which culminated in Nick’s actual murder?

BLAKE:

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That was all part of the plan.  I signed on to DAYS for a year and that would have been two Mays ago.  I came on and basically my story ended with the rape coming to light and the stuff on Smith Island.  I think that is why they originally brought me back on the show.  At that point, I got a call from Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, DAYS) and they seemed to be super happy with me.  They wanted to try to have me stay for as long as possible.  Coming back to the show in the first place was a surprise that I never quite expected.  I loved the storyline and the offer came at a good time, because I had a couple of films in the can and I was waiting for those to reach their audience.  Signing a four year contract did not make sense to me, but I felt like the story wasn’t quite over and there was a little bit more of a story to investigate, so I stayed on for six months after that.  And then they came up with all of the stuff at the river, and Nick’s “fake” death.  As it drew closer to the end of my contract, Lisa de Cazotte (co-executive producer, DAYS) came up to me and said, “Are you sure you want to go?  Because it may be for good!”  It was a hard decision.  I was having an incredible time with the character and the cast, and I love the way they were writing it, but I do have a lot of aspirations outside of daytime, and I was like, “I got to go.”

MICHAEL:

So the big murder we just saw was part of your final six month deal, and the show cleverly knew they had gold in you as Nick, and so they crafted a May Sweeps story around his demise?  How does that sound?  (Laughs)

BLAKE:

(Laughs)  We were at point where they were knew they had to write me out in a few months and May sweeps was coming up.  So, the idea of killing me came up and that is when they came to me and said, “Are you triple sure you want to do this?”  And I said, “Do, what you gotta do!”

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MICHAEL:

Many DAYS fans are hoping that Nick’s twin, “Tick Fallon”, shows up out of nowhere!

BLAKE:

That would not be the craziest thing that has been done on DAYS. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

The performance you gave on this past Friday’s episode was simply incredible.  Your work was so layered, and multi-faceted that you could not help in that moment feel for Nick, and it broke your heart.  I needed hankies.  How was playing those pivotal scenes with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)?  Were these scenes shot on your last tape day, or were they shot out of sequence?

BLAKE:

That started taping the morning, and the rest of the day was Nick bleeding, and then going to the morgue.  I think it was an all day, day for me.  I was last up. It was a day of dying.  I did not know Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) that well.  We really have never had an opportunity to act with each other.  She is really an interesting person and we shared a lot with each other, along the acting coach on set, Maria O’Brien.  We had such interesting conversations and really connected.  I was really excited that we had that time before shooting all of that meaningful material together.  I value doing the scenes with her; it felt cool to go out with Susan, because she is an incredible icon and has such a legacy on the show.

MICHAEL:

So in his final minutes on earth, when Nick called Marlena (Deidre Hall) and left that voice message for her, was he actually reaching out for help?  Or, was it in some way a manipulation on his part?

BLAKE:

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The way I crafted it, was that dramatically what works best, is you realize what you have done before it’s too late.  Who knows how good Nick would have been at implementing those changes in his life?  A lot of people have an epiphany, but he had them before.   If there is a systemic problem and he does get treatment, maybe there is redemption for him.  But, I guess we will never know.

MICHAEL:

I also have to give you props for the way Nick died.   I believed every second of the guy getting hit by bullets! 

BLAKE:

I have not watched it.  I was talking with Maria, because the first shot happens from behind.  I wanted to play with him having no idea of what the f **k just happened.   If you did get shot, it would properly hurt a lot, because your body only knows how to process it because your brain tells you the information.  But if your brain doesn’t have that information, it would probably feel like something hit you.  It would be like a sharp pain, but you wouldn’t know what was happening. So that is what I was trying to play with – having this thing hit me and then trying to piece it together as it’s happening.   It’s really not till Nick sees the blood on his hand that I think the idea of he is about to die, or this existential threat of it, is processed for him.

MICHAEL:

The writers gave you a magnificent scene to go out with.  What was you reaction when you read the script and the scene between Nick and Julie?

BLAKE:

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I was glad they gave me a great scene at the end.  I remember thinking this is great writing.   I was excited to play it.  This was a character I loved, and I loved the idea of him going out with a bang, no pun intended, and having like a turn in his character before the eleventh hour. 

MICHAEL:

At the Horton Town Square, Nick tries to point to someone before he dies as his murderer! Did you know, or were you as the actor armed with the knowledge, of who he was pointing at? 

BLAKE:

Nick tries to point at the person, but the audience doesn’t know who it is, but Blake knows!  I demanded to know because I was like, “Who the hell am I looking at? (Laughs) I had to do a bit of detective work, but I figured it out.

MICHAEL:

When you found out who killed Nick, what was your reaction?

BLAKE:

My reaction is … that it is interesting.

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MICHAEL:

On Monday’s episode you had to lie there as a dead Nick, as these powerful moments were being played out from Nick’s love ones: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Camila Banus (Gabi), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and Suzanne Rogers (Maggie)! All of these women came to say goodbye to Nick!   What was that like having to lie there and be still with your eyes shut while all of these gut-wrenching moments were happening during the scenes?

BLAKE:

When Camila Banus, Kristian Alfonso, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Suzanne Rogers come and have this incredible eulogy almost over me, they were the hardest scenes I ever had to film in my life!  I could not blink, or move for like three and a half minutes!  Plus, I had Kristian Alfonso over me giving this heart-wrenching and beautiful performance!  My eyes are closed.  I have no idea if the camera is on me, or not on me.  I am thinking I could twitch and ruin this entire beautiful take of Kristian Alfonso’s right now!  It was so hard.  I was holding my breath.  I wanted to swallow and I would have to sit there until they yelled, “All clear!”  It was torture and it was really tough.

MICHAEL:

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Was it an emotional day for you when you filmed your final scenes and left the building for the last time?  Who was with you that day … and when did you actually wrap-up your run?

BLAKE:

It was right before the DAYS Christmas luncheon with the cast and crew.  I finished that Thursday and we had a big luncheon that Friday.  It was more emotional this time than it was for me the first time I left DAYS.  I think it’s because I was older and I was more aware of how life works now, and what an incredible family I had there.  I had a going-away party with friends, and my sister came down to L.A too.  Galen Gering (Rafe), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) were there.  We had a proper night of a debauchery send-off. (Laughs)  I was ready to go, and it was an excited turning of the page for me.  This is what I want to do and that felt good, even though I am going to miss all of these people so much.

MICHAEL:

There has been such an outpouring of support and admiration from the soap community, the pundits, and the fans, that you really made a mark on soaps and on Days of our Lives.   Do you feel that you made impact portraying this character?

BLAKE:

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I hope so!  All I know is that I loved playing him a lot, especially this time around.  I felt really lucky to have a character as complex as he was.  One of the problems that I see sometimes in daytime is an overly simple moral universe that everyone lives in – where certain things are wrong and certain things are bad, and certain people aren’t good, and that is not interesting to me which is why I loved Nick Fallon.  A lot of people saw the character as bad, but I tend to view him as somebody who is in pain.  I tried to show as much vulnerability and goodness as there was in him, even though he was manipulative.  I thought it was a fascinating cool character, and was excited to make that contribution to the landscape of this show that has been going on for close to 50 years.  I guess the mark that I left is for other people to decide, but hopefully it was a little one.

MICHAEL:

Let’s kind of go around the horn and look at the people Nick threatened, or some of the main suspects in his murder.   I am interested to know your take on his relationships with some of these Salemites … starting with EJ DiMera (James Scott)!

BLAKE:

I think there was an alpha competitive side of Nick that just wanted to win when he was face to face with EJ. He just wanted to outsmart him and win.  That is why it is fun as an actor when you are trying to win the scene, and both actors are trying to do that.  It was so much fun to do those scenes with James, because I think he likes to do games of chess that way too within a scene.

MICHAEL:

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What was Nick’s end game … to be with Gabi and baby Ari?

BLAKE:

What I had crafted was that in Nick’s end game, he wanted something that was impossible, and to live with Gabi on an island with the baby with a white picket fence, and that wasn’t possible.  I am not even certain if Gabi understood him, either. I think he thought she did.  I think she was vulnerable enough that they related to each other in a number of ways, but ultimately I don’t think she was the soul mate he thought she was!

MICHAEL:

Gabi was setting him up!

BLAKE:

He definitely was unaware of if Gabi was double-crossing him.  I think Gabi was the one person who could fool Nick, because he wanted to believe she really loved him.  Nick definitely believed Gabi loved him.

MICHAEL:

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Now on to Will (Guy Wilson) and Sonny (Freddie Smith)!  These squeaky clean guys have “guilt” written all over their faces.   It would be nice if daytime did show an amoral gay person, or an aspect of a gay character that does bad things, like other characters on soaps.  

BLAKE:

And that is the real equity there if they are going to treat the characters with kit gloves in a way, because gay characters on daytime are so few and far between, there is such  pressure to make sure they are represented the “right way”.  I think that is catering to the people that think all gay people are amoral, so then it’s like “Oh, look!  Will and Sonny are very nice!”  I don’t know, but I would like to see the halos knocked off of those two!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Me, too! (Laughs)  Did Nick really despise Will and Sonny?

BLAKE:

I don’t think he despised Will and Sonny.  I just think he saw them as in the way to what he wanted.  And everyone in town does love them and they have such halos on their heads, that it kind of added insult to injury for Nick!   He just couldn’t deal with it.

MICHAEL:

What did Nick feel about his relationship with Kate (Lauren Koslow)?

BLAKE:

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I think Nick really liked Kate!  I think that was just the chess game that they played with each other.  I almost feel they enjoyed hating each other, and they were worthy adversaries and it gave them something to do.  I think sometimes when people hate on each other you become kind of dependent on that kind of a relationship, and you are almost sad when it’s gone.  It’s the theory of: Now that you don’t stand against anything, who are you?

MICHAEL:

Nick did not like Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) that is for sure!  She practically drowned him in the river!

BLAKE:

Nick felt Sami was the puppeteer on the other side of things along with EJ on the other side of the river, sort of speak.  When Alison and I did the scenes with each other in the river, we almost found this perverse attraction that Nick and Sami had to each other, or something.  Sami was making Nick’s life a living hell by puppeteering the whole thing.

MICHAEL:

And in the end, what did Nick think about Abigail (Kate Mansi)?  He called her a “whore” for having her liaisons with EJ!

BLAKE:

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Those were really hard scenes, because I really love working with Kate Mansi.  She is fantastic.  Nick was so heartless and merciless with the way he was torturing her.  There was stuff that came out where he felt Abigail and Will were treated in a certain way, and Nick never was going to measure up to their sense of goodness, that each of them had.  I think that he was sick of the idea that everyone in town is chock full of transgressions and yet, he is the one seen as the bad guy.  This person over there is cheating and lying and so this sounds very hypocritical, and I would have to agree with him! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are not going to be coming back in pre-taped scenes as “Ghost Nick” now, are you?   What about in scenes re-creating Nick’s death?

BLAKE:

No.  I have no ghost work and/or re-creating of death scenes, and I have no idea what happens next in the story.

MICHAEL:

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Fans and experts were shocked when you were not nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for your performance.  Everyone has been talking that you were the most glaring omission from all the lists.  You must have been disappointed.  What episode did you submit?

BLAKE:

It was disappointing.  I chose the episode where Nick admits to being raped to Gabi.  I have been around the block a few times with these things, and I felt like I knew what people responded to.  I knew I had to submit that episode, because it was the climax of that storyline. 

MICHAEL:

Would you submit again next year after your sensational performance from Friday’s episode?  I think you should consider it.

BLAKE:

I guess so.   I haven’t watch the one from this past Friday, but like right now, I am like “Who cares?”  But maybe by next year I will throw my hat in the ring.

MICHAEL:

Do you think Nick’s mother’s mental illness (Jessica had Dissociative Identity Disorder) weighed-on him?  Do you think he did have some true imbalance in his brain? 

BLAKE:

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I really do!   I think he did have a chemical imbalance that went unexplored.  I would not be surprised if he was bipolar.

MICHAEL:

Now that you are pursuing your career opportunities elsewhere, is it motion pictures where you hope to be seen the most?  Is an Oscar in your future?

BLAKE:

I want to do television, as well.  I watch a lot of cable TV and not so much network TV. Right now, I am watching House of Cards, and I love most things on HBO.   I think the coolest set I was ever on was the set of Breaking Bad!   I loved how much they indulged in every decision that they made, and how thought out every thing was.  It was great to be on that set for the small part I played on that show.  I would love to do something like that in a more major role.  Writing and producing has also become a big part of my life.   I just got hired to write a Lifetime movie!  And a different film that I wrote is supposed to go into production next year.  So we have a bunch of investors now, and are hiring a casting director, and looking at all sorts of actors and assembling a cast.  I have been writing as a kid and studied playwriting in college.  So, this is fun. 

MICHAEL:

In closing, and I can’t believe this is our final Nick Fallon/DAYS interview together, what you like to say to the fans that have supported you throughout your run and enjoyed your performances, as one of the most complex characters ever seen in the world of daytime drama?

BLAKE:

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I have never had an experience like that, and it’s my only experience playing a character for this long a time like I did Nick Fallon.  It’s been amazing, especially with the world of Twitter and how now it’s such an interactive environment, and to hear from people who are affected by the work that you do and support you.  There is this one woman named Diana Rogers.  She wrote one of the most beautiful and eloquent letters on a blog post as to why she related to my character and why it was important within the spectrum of the show.  It was really moving.  It’s all you could hope for the work you do, which is to affect people and make them think.  And with a character like Nick, I hope it does challenge people to look at people who are troubled in a different way.   I was looking at some tweets and some are supportive, but then you get a few that are like, “Can’t wait to see Nick die!” You know, it’s not like a celebratory thing in any facet of the world when a life is taken.   I do encourage people to question that impulse in themselves, if that is your reaction to a character.  But I get it is different on a television show, because it’s not a real person.  But by in large, people are really cool.  I thank each and every fan for watching the show, and especially ones who may have identified with Nick, or got enjoyment watching the small part of the story I got to tell.

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juju
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juju

Good interview and can’t wait to see Blake next projects. He was able to make Nick Fallon an interesting character. However Sami was not the pupetter at all, Kate was the one who had the idea to throw him in the river and they did not know he was still alive for pete’s sake ! And yeah the Abigail character is a total hypocritical HO, really can’t stand how she is praised on a daily basis whereas she chased the Big bad ENGAGED, TAKEN Dimera all over town for sex..ugh. He had to reject her in a very direct way… Read more »

deb naumnik
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deb naumnik

that was very interesting. thanks. deb

OdessaCee
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OdessaCee

What in THE world? THUS article is about Blake and Nick. How did it become an opportunity to bash Abigail? Gee! You might want to look at yourself to see how quickly you jump to judge Abigail. Mayne something you need to work out in your own life…um…hmmmmm…

I LOVED how Blake played Nick, but it’s abundantly clear that it was his time to go. He has more to offer. I appreciate the time he was on the show.

Kar
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Kar

Can’t wait to see him in new roles. Sad to see Nick go

deb naumnik
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deb naumnik

thank you. like him , as a real man.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I already miss Blake and Nick.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Me too! One of my all-time DOOL faves, and that’s saying a lot. Salem won’t be the same without him.

Thanks for a great interview!

Karen
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Karen

Love Blake Berris! He is such a talented young actor! And so happy that he’s left the show and the daytime soap world and is moving on to bigger and better things! He did a great job playing Nick and Blake has a very bright and talented future ahead of him in Hollywood and can’t wait to see it and support him in his new projects! Good for him for stepping away from and out of daytime soaps. He’s way too talented for it and time for him to move on and forward to other projects that are going to… Read more »

Beauni
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Beauni

Nick Fallon was a great character. Blake Berris is a tremendous actor. I wish him well with all he does.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Yep. Talented guy, that’s for sure.

dorothyg
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dorothyg

I couldn’t help but cry at some of the last moments of his scenes as when he called Marlena and Gabi was remembering their good times together. BB is a fantastic actor and I hope he has much success in his future.

Nance
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Nance

You absolutely did your job, if everyone hated/loved Nick. You were great and you will be missed. Best of luck to you in the future.

ethel
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ethel

blake is such an extraordinary talented actor – i know he will do well in whatever he does…..

miscrambler
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miscrambler

Blake is such a sensational talent. And his characterization was so complex. You desperately wanted to hate Nick because he was such a master manipulator — especially of characters that you are already predestined to love — but you could always sense this raw nerve, this raw pain that he couldn’t get past. The writing really was sensational, but Blake’s fearlessness as a performer is what really drove the character home. That subtle nuance is rare on daytime. He will definitely be missed.

LUMIly
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LUMIly

Nick should have stayed,EJ is the one that needs to be shot and gone 🙁

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He might return…as his twin?

Kayleen Schmitz
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Kayleen Schmitz

After watcing Blake Berris’s death scene on Days i wish it had been the charcter of EJ to get shot. Wile i wish Blake the best and can not wait to see the movie he wrote for lifetime i hope to see him in a new incarnation on DOOL’S . I Love Blake Berris . Rest in peace nick. Blake i love you Signed Kayleen Schmitz

Joan Beach
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Joan Beach

As much as I hated the character of Nick, I realized what a wonderful talented actor you really were to have so many people caught up in Nick.. I wish you all the luck in the world for whatever it is you want to do. I have watched Days of our Lives from the first day and I have to say this episode with Nick had me riveted to my chair. again, good luck and love to you for making this so interesting.

jenesais
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jenesais

I think Blake is the best actor I ever saw on Dool. It was a real pleasure to watch him act, and a triple pleasure to see him totally own the blinking, over-but-non acting J Scott in every single scene they did together. Although I can’t stand the non-acting stomping Sweeney, Blake’s scenes with her made her less obnoxious. His scenes with Koslow were a treat. I’ll really miss the ONLY bright spot on the show I’m rather stuck with watching until its bitter end. Blake made it worth my time. Thank you a thousand times for the nuanced portrayal… Read more »

lovescalebmorley
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lovescalebmorley

Nick, Blake Berris, left a mark on me! He has intrigued me since I started re-watching DAYS in 2012. I loved all the facets of Nick. He affected me in so many ways but in the end he was a character I cherished. Gonna miss him on DAYS but I hope I see Blake very soon onscreen again!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe he’ll show up in Salem again…as his twin brother?

kay
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kay

I never watched the show when Nick was first introduced as a geeky brainy kid. I only knew him when he got out of prison and got obsessed with Gabi and treated Will and Sonny so badly. Blake did a great job in his portrayal of a tortured Nick. Sad to see the character die but not sure if he could ever be redeemed. Great interview. Good luck to Blake in his future career (films and writing/producing). Look forward to his next project.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

A few years ago I watched Stefano get shot and die with the whole town as suspects. I watched his body in a coffin, as all the suspects said their goodbyes. I watched the police haul in every suspect and everyone looked guilty– Then sometime later lo and behold it turned out Ian had shot a fake Stefano and the real Stefano was alive — so sorry Days, I’ve seen this story before– and even if Nick is dead, which on Days is highly unlikely, because sooner or later some writer will bring him back– another who done it on… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Nick had a twin named Rick and either the real Nick was killed or his twin Rick and sooner or later the twin will arrive in Salem?

Rose
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Rose

Great interview. Blake (if not Nick) will be missed. He did an incredible job. Total Emmy oversight.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

Really, honestly, he SHOULD have received an Emmy nomination. His work was impressive, and I’m sorry to see him go, though his character was a bad guy it was
fun to dislike him – I wonder now who the shooter was – could it really have been
Gaby?

Felicia
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Felicia

I’m thinking Lucas did it to protect Will and Ari ,,He took the blame for shooting EJ and went to prison for Will because Will actually did the shooting.This happened years ago.I know this is not real but when you follow a show for as long I have you just get caught up in it and and can’t wait until the next day to see what has happened.I’ve been watching this show for 48 years now Characters come and go sorta like friends do at times.Oh how I used to hate Stephano but he’s calmed down a lot.I could go… Read more »

LH
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LH

Nick has been one of the best characters on DAYS!! Brought a lot of life to the show!
I am really gonna miss him!!! Blake is a great actor! I really enjoyed this interview
!! Thank you for the closure and knowing that Blake is moving on to bigger and better things makes me happy!!! Thank you!!

Patsy Candebat
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Patsy Candebat

I was absolutely blown away by his amazing performance. Blake, you deserve an Emmy, so please submit another one. I know someone has to play the bad guy, and let me tell you that you are the best I have ever seen. I know Joe(Stefano) has had a bad rap as always playing this part, but by far…..you are #1 in my book. I felt sorry for Nick at times and at other times wanted to punch my TV. That’s what a Great Actor does to the audience. So many emotions at different times. I know we will see you… Read more »

extracat
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extracat

Blake is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen on Days. He should have been nominated for an Emmy. He’s made Nick into a complex and nuanced character that always made viewers feel something. I liked that he wasn’t pure evil or pure good. I enjoyed the real struggle that Nick went through. In a lesser actor’s hands, Nick would have been a one-note bad guy. Blake made him sympathetic despite the terrible things he did. I’m one of those hoping for Nick to have a twin. I wish Blake all the best in his future endeavors. I’m sure… Read more »

Shirley
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Shirley

Great interview with a very talented man wish Blake great success .

stephanie
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stephanie

Great interview and Blake is a great actor. I never felt this way about a actor on days till I seen Blake (nick). Usually when a actor leaves Days or even dies, it normally doesn’t bother me. I think ”whatever, it’s a show” but I sure do like Nick and am gonna miss him. I hope to see Blake in other films. I seen him in films besides Days and he was great in all his roles!!!!!

Jim B-B
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Jim B-B

GOD SPEED, Blake I know you will be successful in your other pursuits……

Cathy Floyd
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Cathy Floyd

I really enjoyed reading the Blake Berris interview. Blake is such an amazing actor! He mad you hate his character Nick. It was not a hard thing to get a rise out of you! This is a true talent. When someone is so good at becoming their character, like Blake, you really start to believe that Nick Fallon really exists. When Nick first came on Days, I did not think much of his character. It was not until he came back again, that I really saw a young man that had so much mental anguish. He was very mentally ill,… Read more »

Lia
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Lia

I am going to miss him so much, I can’t stand. I truly love Nick and Blake Berris. I hope he does toss his hat in the ring next year for an Emmy, because he sure does deserve one. Nick Fallon is truly the best character on DOOL imo. I’ll never forget him.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

As much as I respect Blake as an actor, the character of Nick struck a negative cord with me, and I couldn’t be happier that the character is gone. I only wish he could’ve taken Gabi with him, since I hate her, too. I only hope the “murder mystery” storyline doesn’t take months to get through, though!

helen strickland
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helen strickland

I am not happy that allison swenny is leaving the show,but im glad nick is gone i hope they dont bring him back.an the affair that ej had with abigail i wish they never had the affair.but they need to leave nicol along an let her b happy for once.

Felicia
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Felicia

nicole is a good actress and yes she and Eric deserve to be happy.

Tom
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Tom

Blake is way too professional to admit it, but I am convinced he would have stayed longer if the writers hadn’t turned Nick into a totally one-dimensional creep. Basically, they had him do the same thing over and over again for more than a year (just as they did with Camila Banus/Gabi). Whoever wants to stay in this business can’t walk around criticizing the writers/producers, but it’s totally obvious there was NO interesting character development for Nick whatsoever (And look how they turned Gabi into the dumbest character ever.) It was just an endlessly repetitive series of deja-vus. I don’t… Read more »

Ali M.
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Ali M.

Totally agree with you, Tom. If you have such a talented actor why not use him to full capacity and instead write him in such a one dimensional manner? Don’t get it!

To my mind, they could have done so much. DID or bi-polar disorder were what I expected… considering the Nick Fallon character came from a history of people who suffered from mental and emotional disorders.

Ali M.
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Ali M.

He definitely should have been nominated and won that Emmy. He’s really a great actor. I didn’t really get the hammy way he played Nick after his drowning, but when I saw the scene between Nick/Julie… I was reminded that Blake Berris is REALLY good and can really make you feel for Nick. All the crazy twists and turns in that character… and Blake Berris played it all! I would like it if he came back to Days of Our Lives in the future, but I think he has a lot of talent and good things will come his way… Read more »

robin
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robin

Loved your character! Brilliant work! Can’t wait to see your next project! Good luck!

linda
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linda

I have watched Days of our Lives off and on since the beginning when I was in high school. I have seen many actors come and go, but there is something so special and unique about Blake. I echo what many have said. The nuances he brings to the part are nothing less than the best. He is a gifted actor, and I look forward to seeing him in his future work. This is the first comment I have made in nearly 50 years of Days, and it took Blake Berris to get me to do it. I felt every… Read more »

mackel
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mackel

R.I.P Nick Fallon have now stop watch the show bacause nick is out:/

Kelly
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Kelly

I actually took the afternoon off from work to watch Blake Berris’ last episode of Days. I sobbed through the whole thing. I felt as if I was losing a beloved family member. No other actor on the show has ever affected me in this way. I will miss the character of Nick, but I’m so happy for you, Blake, that you’re moving on to new endeavors. Best wishes, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Blake, thank you so much for the GREAT entertainment you provided as Nick. You are very talented and I wish nothing but the best for you in your future endeavors. I’ll keep my eye out for you and your upcoming projects!

Philip Chase
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Philip Chase

OK, it’s disheartening Blake received an Emmy snub. The episode he submitted was brilliant. He’s one of the best actors ever, period, and I certainly think next year he should receive “Best Actor” from the Emmy committee. His final weeks on DOOL were superb. I wish Mr. Berris the best and eagerly await seeing him in new roles.

Jen
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Jen

Blake will definitely be missed! Just a phenomenal actor… I’d be shocked if he didn’t an Emmy next year for this character. So well done!

Robin Buckley
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Robin Buckley

Late to the party here but also wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and miss Nick/Blake alot!

Days Of Our Lives

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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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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