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The Galen Gering and Lauren Koslow Interview – Days of our Lives

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Talk about your daytime twists!  Many Days of our Lives fans were in for a shockwave when recent romantically jilted characters, Rafe Hernandez and Kate Roberts DiMera, hit the sheets!  And the best part, they just can’t seem to keep their paws off of each other and seem to be enjoying their sexcapades!  So while this pairing may have appeared to come out of left field, the story that can spin out of it could be pretty compelling and soapalicious!

Now think about it … Sami (Alison Sweeney) despises Kate, and chose EJ (James Scott) over Rafe.  Kate’s grandson Will (Chandler Massey) is the father of Rafe’s sister’s baby!  Rafe is investigating what happened to Gabi’s (Camila Banus) man, Nick (Blake Berris), the resident Salem homophobe while he was in prison.  Rafe hates the DiMera’s in which Kate was married to the DiMera kinpin, Stefano (Joe Mascolo) … should we go on?

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with two of daytime’s sexiest stars, Galen Gering (Rafe) and Lauren Koslow (Kate) to find out what they thought of the decision to bring their two seemingly unlikely characters together in a very adult and contemporary relationship.  We also dig to see if this duo could just be just a stitch in time, which ultimately sends Rafe back in the arms of Sami, and Kate back to Stefano!  Whatever the case, one thing is for certain, for an off-the-cuff, engaging, lively, and thought-provoking chat, there is none better in the soap game than Galen and Lauren.  Here is what they had to say about rating, (as they are now lovingly called by DAYS fans) “RATE”!

MICHAEL:

How did the two of you first find out that Kate and Rafe were going to have sex?  When you found out this big tidbit, what was your initial reaction to it?

GALEN:

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I was told first, and then I went and read it in the script.

LAUREN:

But, were you told by another actor?

GALEN:

Yes.

LAUREN:

So was I!  I forgot about that until you brought it up!  Michael seriously, whenever people say things like, “You’re not going to believe who you are going to sleep with …” you always think they are totally kidding.  I think James Scott told me. (Laughs)

GALEN:

Well, that makes sense.  It was actually Alison Sweeney who told me! (Laughs)

LAUREN:

That is so funny.  I did not believe it, and then I got the script.  I went, “Oh, my God!”

GALEN:

For the record, they don’t tell you anything, Michael.

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MICHAEL:

I remember, the producers use to call the actors up to their offices to tell them a major story point like, “This is what was going to happen …”

LAUREN:

No! (Laughs)  It’s been a very long time since that has happened.  In some ways, I think it’s better for us as actors to be surprised anyway. 

MICHAEL:

How far in advance, before you filmed the first scenes of Kate and Rafe hitting the sheets, did you know about it?

LAUREN:

I think it was a week.

GALEN:

I think it was like … an hour! (Laughs)

LAUREN:

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They did the scenes out of order.  Galen and I have never really worked together.  So it was going to be brand new for us, and so production switched the order for the day.  Our first scene, of course, is shot in this private area.   In the scene, we are both supposed to be drunk and kissing.  That is our first scene together!

GALEN:

And … it was first up in the morning!  I was like, “Are you kidding?”

LAUREN:

I think it went straight to tape!   They were really rushing.  We were backstage, like the good actors we are, discussing it and trying to figure it all out.  All of a sudden we hear, “OK, Lauren and Galen.  We are going to go straight to tape on this!”  I am like, “What?”

GALEN:

And then we were all freaked out, and then Lauren said she watched the scenes back and said they were pretty good.  Remember that?

LAUREN:

That was true because we had all these great ideas.  I was excited to work with Galen because he has ideas similar to mine and he works like I do.  After I saw the scenes, I think the fact that it was so rushed when we taped it really suited that scene because Kate and Rafe were kind of … off their game! (Laughs)  I think it really worked for the characters.  I kind of liked the scene when I saw it, because there was not anything predictable about it.  It was raw, which was right for it.

GALEN:

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I have not seen the scenes back.

LAUREN:

Really?  Whatever!  (Laughs)

GALEN:

I lived it.  Do I have to see it after?  (Laughs) 

LAUREN:

Joe Mascolo never watches his scenes back either.  Maybe it’s a “guy thing.”

GALEN:

I don’t know.   I go through stages where I watch it and then I will see something and go “Oh, my God!”  When I see something I don’t like, I will stop watching for six years!

MICHAEL:

Galen, how do you feel about the break-up of Rafe and Sami?  Clearly, the show is now embarking on telling the love story of EJ and Sami.  Now to get to that point, some viewers felt that the arguments and strain in Rafe and Sami’s relationship were very contrived.

GALEN:

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Obviously, they had a reason to break up when they originally did.  Sami slept with EJ and that is when they really broke up.  Then they started to revisit the idea of that maybe they would be together again.  I don’t know at what pointed they decided not to do that, because obviously they were going back and forth with the story a little bit.  It did feel a little strange at that point.  I think that is a sentiment that had been echoed pretty widely.  You are not alone in that.  Obviously as an actor, you become very invested in a story line that you lived for several years.  So yeah it’s hard, but it’s good.  I have really been enjoying the Rafe and Kate scenes.  It’s unique because of what they want out of this relationship for daytime.  They don’t really want anything!  They are not playing this crazy love story.  They are two characters who are mature enough to make a decision about what they want, which is to have a good time, and that is basically it.  It’s honest and simple.  For me, that was the refreshing thing, and something that Lauren and I consciously wanted to impart on this story with our characters.

MICHAEL:

Lauren, I noticed in a scene when Rafe had to leave Kate in bed, she looked at him quite fondly.  Is she really beginning to really like this guy?

KATE:

I think she definitely likes him, but that is a different thing than being in love with somebody.  I think she likes Rafe and has fun with him.  She likes the fact that he is steady and is a good guy.   It’s a time in their lives when they both have been through a lot, and all of this emotional investment just blew up in their faces.  It’s to not have all of that, but to have something simpler and cleaner than that.  I think for Kate, it was unexpected for her.  You can read a lot of things into that look, but everything about him to a degree I think is unexpected for Kate.  Even that she did this is unexpected for her.  But definitely, she is struggling with it and the thought of, is this is a good idea?

MICHAEL:

Is there a part of Rafe and Kate that would love Sami to know they are having sex together?

KATE:

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No.  Kate does not want anyone to know about it!  That is what I think is the beauty of it. There are not all these machinations going on with this thing.  It’s something that simply happened and there is nothing behind it to get back at someone.  There is none of that going on.

GALEN:

But I do feel whether they want to accept it or not; the fact that a) they don’t want anyone to know, and b) they are not supposed to be together as it is taboo is exciting to them, whether they admit to themselves or not.

KATE:

You are right about that!  It is kind of interesting that it is forbidden for both of them.  For Kate, Rafe is such a good guy.   This is exactly what happened with Roman (Josh Taylor) that one time.  No one would expect that.  So for Kate, the good guy is unexpected for her, not the bad guy! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Galen, over the years it seems that Rafe can get thrown around in story, where it feels like the show is trying to figure out what to do with him.  Do you view the Rafe and Kate alliance as an intermediary storyline to something else?

GALEN:

I am slowly discovering where things are headed.  Hopefully, the show wants me around and to be an integral part to the stories that are on the canvas there.  Obviously, I think this has been an interesting choice and fun choice for them.   It has been a really interesting for me.  When I was first introduced to this, obviously it was a departure for him going with a character who was married basically to his arch-enemy.   When Rafe met Sami, he did not know who EJ was, or what the DiMera family stood for.  Now Rafe knows first hand.  So, I have taken this weird leap of faith and the fan reaction has been …. GREAT! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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What are they saying to you? (Laughs)

GALEN:

You know, what is really weird?  There is a very strong vocal group of young girls who love it! (Laughs)  They are coming out of the woodwork.  I think part of it is these are fans of Lauren’s.  She is this stylish and radical woman, and these girls are like, “When I grow up, I want to be her!”  They see this relationship, and they see it as really hot.  They are super into it.  I never would have predicated that coming.

LAUREN:

Little girls would tell me they were fans of Rafe!  I am getting a lot of those who follow me telling me they love him, and they are excited about what we are doing right now.  We are known as RATE.  We decided on that, and it’s very interesting.  (Laughs)  The thing is, what I have liked about it is there is a lot of humor in Kate and Rafe’s relationship and that is what you don’t get on daytime.  A lot of time you get the sweet cuddly type of humor, and they aren’t really doing that with us.   It’s very humorous.  I actually had one scene where I talked about comparing Rafe to coffee!  It was very funny.  (Laughs)

GALEN:

What exactly was that all about? (Laughs)

LAUREN:

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It was one of those flashbacks of us.   Sonny comes up to Kate and goes, “What are you thinking about?”  And she says, “Well, I just tried some decaf coffee.”  It was so hysterical!  I did it and I thought, “Are you kidding me?”  People were so responsive and they loved it.  Now there are all these coffee cups!

GALEN:

I get 150 tweets a day on that alone!  It’s insane!

LAUREN:

It’s really cool when fans do embrace it like that and have fun with it, because that is the whole point … to have fun!   I don’t know where any of this goes, but at this point we should have fun and enjoy it, even if it’s provoking people.  Now some people may hate it.  It is something different.  As Galen said before, it is a different kind of relationship.  I think it is a more contemporary relationship for DAYS.  You see it all the time on nighttime cable show dramatic series.  I think this is real and believable.

MICHAEL:

I understand now that Alison Sweeney and James Scott were the ones to tell both of you that your characters would be sleeping together in Salem.  What though was their reaction to the twist?

GALEN:

They were all shocked.  I don’t think anyone saw it coming much like the viewers.  I think that is part of the fun.  The surprise to me is the immense positive reaction. Obviously, some people are up in arms and just want Sami and Rafe to be together forever.  I have to deal with the EJami and SAFE fans. (Laughs)  It is great, because they are all insane in a good way!  (Laughs)  They believe in these characters so much that they want to see their favorite couple, no matter what side it is, together.  And ultimately, I think that is good for our show.  When people stop caring, they stop watching.

MICHAEL:

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What also makes this pairing even more intriguing is that you have Kate’s grandson, Will, and Rafe’s sister, Gabi, in major baby drama.  It will be interesting to see just how far they will go to work together for the good of everyone involved. However, there could come a point where they will be pulled on different sides of the custody issue.

LAUREN:

We have great story coming up with this!  It is really cool Michael, the way they have integrated the story.  I think there is a lot there for everybody.

GALEN:

In fact, that was one of my favorite facets to it.  This is complex and there is a lot here.   It’s not only Kate and Rafe who don’t want people to know now that they are sort of together, but they are sort of this unified front trying to protect Rafe’s sister, Gabi.

MICHAEL:

Rafe is always defending Gabi, even though she has done some rotten or questionable things along the way, while he seemed to be harsh on Will.  This was in particular when Rafe first found out that Will was the father of his sister’s baby.  Do you think we will see Rafe soften his stance with Will?

GALEN:

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Rafe loves Will and genuinely cares about him.  If he is ever hard on him, it’s much in the same way a parent is hard on their kid. He wants him to make the right choices, especially when it comes to his sister.  I don’t think he is super hard on him.  Rafe wants what is best for him and you will see that as a viewer.

MICHAEL:

So for now, Kate and Rafe are working together to deduce what exactly happened with Nick in prison, and how that will impact Gabi, the baby, and Sonny and Will.  What do the both of you think of Blake Berris’ performance as Nick?

LAUREN:

First, both Kate and Rafe have a vested interest in working out the situation to benefit their families. The love and loyalty for their families is important, and Gabi, Will, and the new baby will always come first.  Blake’s performance as Nick is fantastic. It’s very difficult to play a hated character, and Blake does it well. An understanding of why Nick is the way he is, is coming up.  Characters like Nick have a lot of layers and Blake does an excellent job portraying those layers.

GALEN:

I love working with Blake he’s phenomenal.  When I first came on he had just left the show and I hadn’t had a chance to work with him and I was bummed out.  He’s an amazing actor–very smart and always present.  He takes chances and picks his moments.

MICHAEL:

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Lauren, the blue streak in your hair is gone, and now we see blonde streaks.  When you made the change, did it have anything to do with the fact that soon Kate would jump into bed with Rafe?

LAUREN:

The blue has been gone for awhile now.  You know, I am always playing with my hair!  I can’t help it.  For all the people that complained about the blue streak they should be happy! (Laughs)  I did not change it because Kate was hopping in bed with Rafe.  I did not know Kate was hopping in bed with Rafe when I changed it.  I like to tie-in the hair color changes with Kate’s life.  People who watch the show for a long time can track that it’s darker hair during darker times, etc. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

So, do you think this relationship between Kate and Rafe has some legs to it?  Or, do you think it will end up being a blip on the DAYS radar?

GALEN:

We will see.  It definitely has some legs, as to how far it will go, we shall see.  I think these two, no matter what ends up happening their relationship and how they react to one another on the DAYS canvas, will be forever changed.  So even if they are not together, there will always be something between them.  I think it makes it unique and cool. 

MICHAEL:

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When you look on the DAYS canvas, so many men and women have been tossed around and paired with everyone else!  Do you think the decision to put Kate and Rafe together originally stemmed from the notion, “Now what are we going to do with these two?” (Laughs)

LAUREN:

I think it was creative of the writers to do this and that was supported by the audience’s reaction to it.  No one expected it.  When there was a little spoiler that came out before it actually aired, people were speculating on all sorts of things and not too many people came up with it.  Looking back, I could see something like this happening.  I think it was very clever and they weren’t looking at the usual pairing.

GALEN:

It is kind of fun.

LAUREN:

I think it is! Victor Newman (played by Eric Braeden) has been married 14 times on The Young and the Restless!  So tell me?  There are people married many times over in all of these soap opera towns! (Laughs)  Obviously, pairings are limited on the soaps.  People break up, they get back together, they break-up, there is a new person introduced to the mix, and it’s all part of keeping the show going.

MICHAEL:

What is it like for both of you, now veterans of Days of our Lives, in the trenches every day?  How is the show holding up?  You have the task as actors of not much time to rehearse anything, having to hit the set, and perform a scene in one take, brilliantly!

LAUREN:

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From my perspective, it is really fast.  I think we have all adjusted to it now.  One of the good parts of it is; there is an enormous energy that surrounds that show.  From the time we get to the studio, there is so much that we have to get done. Everyone is super prepared, because as you know a lot of times you have to go directly to tape.  I think the scripts and the writing are really good.  They are shorter and the dialog is funny, and there is humor in it.  I think it’s positive.

GALEN:

I like working fast, usually, that is if I have a chance to work the scenes beforehand.   Primarily, if you are first up in the day for me it’s slightly problematic, because you don’t usually get that time to rehearse with someone.  You don’t have the advantage of running the scene with someone, unless you were able to do that the day before.  By the time you get to work, get to wardrobe, hair and make up, and dry block, you are out on set shooting so you don’t have that chance.  If you are starting at item 10, it’s a little bit better.   I prefer that and I think every actor does.   But sometimes you have to take one for the team.  It’s better to have some scenes rushed then to have no show at all, and the show won’t be there.  So you have to take the good with the bad.  I love the fact that we get to shoot this way.  I like that we get more time off now.  It was very difficult for me when I worked on Passions, because I worked so much.  You kind of had no life as we worked 52 weeks a years, and on Passions I worked most of those.  So it’s been nice.

MICHAEL:

Galen, do you think Rafe and Sami are truly over?  That is one of the million dollar questions for DAYS fans.

GALEN:

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I have no idea, I truly mean that.  I know those two certainly have a connection.  I know it will be interesting to see what they do with the story and Sami and EJ.  Clearly, that is the direction of the story they are going in right now, much in the same way that they went in the Rafe/Sami direction a few years ago.  I would say this Michael, that despite that fact that Sami and Rafe were together, EJ was always around, and the bane of their existence and being the foil in the storyline.  I know it remains to be seen, but obviously Sami and Rafe still care about each other, whether they are together or not right now.  So potentially now, it’s Rafe’s turn to be the thorn in EJ’s side, if you will.  I think Sami and Rafe have a special connection that doesn’t just away.

MICHAEL:

Lauren, do you think Kate has really gotten Stefano out of her system?  Is there still a future for them?

LAUREN:

It’s definitely never over, till it’s over. That is a relationship for her that has always been there, and is still there.  It’s just there for her right now in another way.  It remains to be seen what will happen between her and Stefano.  I can certainly tell you it will play a part in what you are currently seeing right now.  There is more to come with that.  A lot of people love the dynamic of Stefano and Kate together!  That is where I am excited about the writing with this show right now, because they don’t lose track and none of that is lost.  It may not be on screen for awhile, but it may be worked back in.  If you like the show, you just have to trust that the writers have a game plan with it.  When you are a fan of any show, you sort of go with that.   That does not mean you can’t love things and hate things about them.  I think it’s always best to hang in there.

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MICHAEL:

What do both of you think when you hear, or read tweets that say, “RATE is a sexy, hot couple?”

LAUREN:

I think that’s great!

GALEN:

Hell, yeah!  I had no idea that was coming either!

MICHAEL:

I think they are hot and I am old man! (Laughs)  But all and all, you have been happy with the bedroom romp scenes?

LAUREN:

I was very happy.  You can’t tape those bedroom scenes while at the studio, because those get blacked out, so we don’t ever really see it until it airs, and you have to sort of trust it.

GALEN:

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We did have a lot of the same sort of scene to play.  My bedroom set is the size of a stamp. (Laughs)  Lauren and I would say to each other, “Oh my God!  How are we going to make this scene different than the other ones?”  We tried to spice it up and make it unique for them.

MICHAEL:

So here we go … the toughest part of the interview! Galen, describe working with Lauren in three words.

GALEN:

She is warm, phenomenal, and she is super stylish to the point I am always waiting to see what outfit she is going to come out to set in!  I am serious.  She is so creative in that regards.

MICHAEL:

Lauren, your turn!  Three words to describe working with Galen as we wrap-up.

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LAUREN:

I have to start with the first one for all of the women and men in the audience, Galen is very hot.  He is very funny, but also very serious.  I did not know how serious he is about the work, and that is great.  One of the coolest things about Galen is that he really listens.  He is a real listener, which women find extraordinarily sexy, too.

GALEN:

She has better adjectives!  I need to start over! (Laughs)  It’s been a lot of fun, I will say that.

 

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Cherish
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Cherish

Only time I like the character of Rafe has been in scenes with Kate. He is so bearable nowadays.

dorothyg
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dorothyg

Go Rake…

dorothyg
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dorothyg

Go Rate…….

Jules
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Jules

HATE Rafe so much, but I am really excited by his pairing with Kate. It’s fresh and different, and as they said, it plays right into the hands of the big umbrella storyline of Gabi/Will and the baby. It has not only given Lauren a juicy storyline (one she hasn’t had in eons), but it’s also made Rafe more interesting. I think it’s fabulous! Score another point to the writers on this choice- it can open up so much story and deepen others. Well done!

jeanne
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jeanne

fun interview love me some Galen 😉

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

I love them together, they are both great actors and the chemistry is really hot.

Margot
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Margot

Interesting reading. Like their chemistry.

Tricia
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Tricia

Love Kare & think Lauren is terrific! Sorry don’t like Rafe the only time I will is when he leaves Salem for good!

Chloe
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Chloe

Agreed. I love Lauren. And I really hope that they put Kate & Stefano back together. They have great chemistry. I hope they keep Ejami together and never, ever put Sami back with Rafe. He is so boring & brings down everyone else in the scene.

Bobbi
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Bobbi

Rate forever

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I hate this pairing. I’ll say that I really like both characters, but I feel like this and the EJami relationship are only fillers until Safe reunite. I just wish Rafe had gotten with Nicole instead of Kate. I like him and Kate as friends, but she’s too old for him and she belongs with Stefano! These writers can’t ever get anything right!

olivia
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olivia

Oh please Ej and Sami are the real deal and finally Kate has a storyline. Be happy.lol.

Kay
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Kay

How real… god forbid Sami lie to EJ… he might kidnap her kid and fake their death again.. or maybe he can create a duplicate for whomever she dumps him for LOL

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Real deal? EJ has ALWAYS been Sami’s last choice. When Rafe dumped her this year, she ran to EJ because she didn’t want to be alone. EJami are an awful pairing.

olivia
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olivia

YES REAL DEAL. Enough said.

olivia
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olivia

And Dmitri you make me laugh with your double standards : Ej always went with Nicole when he had nothing better..talk about second choice.. THAT is really SECOND CHOICE to say the least.

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I am really enjoying Rate! Fun, lighthearted, and sexy!

Always loved the characters of Sami and Rafe…but not together. So happy Sami’s with EJ now.

Should be VERY interesting once Stefano discovers Rate!

Thank you, Lauren and Galen (and Michael!) for this interview!

olivia
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olivia

Ugh ok first Rafe did not dump her, i saw the scene and to me it was mutual. Secondly Sami did explain why she decided to be with Ej you chose to ignore it, your choice..And finally i never said that Sami and Ej have had the healthier story seen on a soap, they did a lot to each others nobody can deny it doesn’t change the fact that they are the real deal and the perfect match. That is all.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Um, Rafe did dump her, he told her to leave and she disgusted him that day in the church. Plus, Sami suddenly having a complete 180 is poor writing, which is why the ratings aren’t better now.

olivia
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olivia

Yep ratings got better when Rafe and Sami split up, you can say otherwise it doesn’t make it true Dmitri.
And finally i know what i saw on-scree : Rafe DID NOT dump her, it was mutual. Thank you very much.

jele
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jele

Love Rafe and Kate – separately but not together! Rafe and Sami have the best chemistry IMO. Please bring back SAFE and ejole! Sami and Ej are best when they are scheming against one another….

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree.

olivia
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olivia

Ej and Sami are the best when they are TOGETHER AS A COUPLE. End of story.
Ej and Nicole : disgusting and boring
Sami and Rafe : just boring but really boring.

JorgeAnn
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JorgeAnn

I am glad that Rafe and Kate are together. It is time the writer had him to ingratiate himself with another woman. I like Sami with EJ. It might be interesting to watch Rafe in a triangle with Kate and Stefano……Go Rate!!

Tricia
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Tricia

Loving the current writing right now.

Patrick
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Patrick

Lauren Koslow…. Kate, is one hot kitten…. it’s been eons since we’ve seen Kate…. all that! and she didn’t miss a beat…. i mean really… yes…. Kate and Stefano “belong”. and she’s right… it hasn’t been since Roman… and i’ve often longed for her to go back to Roman for more intrigue. i may even dare say…. she’s taught Rafe how to “ride” that bicycle all over again. they’re just as steamy, if not moreso… than EJ/Sammi, and Kristen/Brady, and Will/Sonny. as it’s been understood from the start…. they’re two consenting adults… who’re enjoying that release. ——————– it’s been refreshing…… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

I like Rafe with Kate but NOT with Sami. I DON’T WANT TO SEE SAFE AGAIN !!!!! For some reason Rafe makes Sami BORING. I HOPE THE KEEP #RATE

olivia
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olivia

Rafe acts like a father who has to lecture his ‘naughty’ little school girl all the freaking time..it is boring and inegal, for some reason he accept much more flaws from gals like Kate or Nicole..

Greta
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Greta

They’re fun together. Rafe’s my favorite character on the show, he’s been in so much turmoil lately with Sami that it is nice to see him in a fun, relaxed relationship.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree

Lee
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Lee

Thanks so much for the interview , I am a Galen fan and i love the character of Rafe but i don’t like this pairing and i don’t like the pairing of another couple on the show . These are a couple of the reasons why i haven’t watched the show in weeks .

heidi
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heidi

I actually would have rather seen a secret fling with Nicole… but am beginning to like Rate better the more I see it. I do not see it lasting very long though.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, I want Rafe with Nicole

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I originally wanted to see Rafe with Nicole, and wasn’t looking forward to this coupling…but I’m glad to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

LOVING Rate! They are fun, simple, and sexy!

Sophie
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Sophie

Thanks for the interview! Lauren Koslow is just amazing! I am still very much hoping for Kate to reunite with Stefano, she is wasted on Rafe. But at this point, I am just glad he is FINALLY away from Sami. Now Sami fans can actually recognize our Samantha Gene Brady, who was missed for 4 years! The arguments in the SAFE relationship weren’t contrived in my opinion. Contrived is DAYS trying to recapture the days of Sami/Rafe, by pretending that grief sex or Rafe falling for Carrie never happened. Or that they could get passed it! The last 6 months… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

well said !

jim
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jim

Kate shouldve slept with E.J. instead. Wonder how Sami and Stephano wouldve reacted to that pairing? I know a lot of Ejami fans wouldve been in an uproar over that but i still wouldve loved reading those responses.

Michelle
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Michelle

EJ and Kate already slept together so…been there done that.

jim
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jim

I know…but now that Sami and E.J are back together( been there, done that too) somethings got to come between them again. This is a soap opera where couples rarely stay together for long. Stephano dislikes Sami and isnt too fond of Kate at the moment. Sami and Kate never were really close. I still like to see Kate and E.J., maybe drunk like she was with Rafe, found in bed 2gether inside the DiMera Mansion with Stephano and Sami finding them at the exact same time. But in reality i know that most likely will never happen.

Leslie
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Leslie

I have had the extreme good fortune to meet Lauren Koslow, and she is a true class act. Love me some Kate!!

Kathy
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Kathy

I will always love the old SAFE from 2008 to the fall of 2011! I don’t think Galen Gering saw this coming… When you put your heart and soul into a character and then have the rug pulled from under you has to be a big letdown. Galen doesn’t sound happy but doing the best he can with the circumstances! It doesn’t sound like there is a new woman in his life in the near future which is sad to waste his talent! It sound like to me that they are putting Galen’s character on the backburner until they decide… Read more »

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I read the AS/JS interview in SOD, and I don’t remember Allison “trashing” any of her co-workers. She did comment about Sami being more herself with EJ. Now, whether or not you agree with that, it was about characters not actors.

This interview was great fun, and I enjoy both Lauren and Galen. Nicely done, Michael Fairman!

olivia
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olivia

Yeah right Rafe so loved Sami inconditionally when he pined for Carrie for months and months and was just about to bang her when unfortunately Austin interrupted..right..lol

Angela C
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Angela C

I was shockd by the idea of “Rate”. I think Lauren and Galen are selling it well. And it feels qite organic. Kudos to actors and writers. Lots of angnst ahead for this pairing. New twists ar needed in Salem. and we finally are seing them! Beware – i will never believe Kate and Stefano are finished in the end. Great fun for now.

Kay
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Kay

I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Personally it does nothing for me. I think they need to give Rafe someone way better than Sami…which Im sure isn’t hard to do. I don’t understand why the writers went with Sami and EJ, I mean what woman in her right mind falls in love with her rapist/abuser??

And defending Gabi all the time?? Yeah right didn’t Rafe defend Sami and even hide evidence when Sami and Will caused his other sister Arianna’s death?

Im just as confused as other fans.

olivia
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olivia

Euh no lot’s of fans are not confused at all. Thanks.

Michelle
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Michelle

Well, I hate Safe with the fire of a thousand suns, but Rafe and Kate together isn’t half bad. This is probably mostly because of Kate. I would love it if Stefano kills Rafe when he finds out, but damn it that won’t happen. I’m just glad to have Ejami right now.

Great interview!

Sara
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Sara

Agreed!

Nicky
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Nicky

Also Agree! If Stefano killed Rafe I would be happy also.. So appreciative and Happy that we finally get EJAMI.

Sophie
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Sophie

How awesome would that be, huh? No more Rafe on DAYS. He brings down everybody he shares scenes with!

Now we have to watch Kate freaking DiMera, grovel to him and that twit Gabi. Spare me. So glad Sami is away from that mess that is Rafe.

Kazzy Zekes
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Kazzy Zekes

I have had enough of Ej and Sami so Kate and Rafe are actually a refreshing change. I truly watch fro Bryan Dattilo and wasn’t to see more of him. I mean, why can’t there be a love interest for Bryan/Lucas other then Sami?

She made her disgusting bed with Ej, now let her lie in it. Seriously back burn this gross pair and I will watch for Rate and more Lucas. Yes folks, Lucas ha fans and lots of them and so does Rafe.

Terri
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Terri

I agree. We want more Lucas. Seems he Meant to be back burner because of the writers, and that makes me mad. So I won’t watch Days unless Bryan is on. Tptb treat non favorites very badly.

olivia
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olivia

Why always attacking Sami’s character in term of Lucas’s character ? You know Lucas can have story and love interests AND Sami can have her own..blame writers if Lucas has not much to do..not Sami, it is silly. By the way i love Lucas and Sami’s dynamic right now, bickering, snarky frenemies, friends, co-parents suit them well.

Patrick
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Patrick

Lauren Koslow stated: she will on occasion… watch the dailys…. the days scenes…. you’d think the writers would watch this and would help to nip in the bud any stories that aren’t working… would this help them nix faster storylines that aren’t working? ——————– i would think that watching dailys would reinforce your acting chops… as we all know… soaps are so fast and operate on a one take shoot and it’s straight to film…. ——————- how i wish DAYS was on a 6 week ahead schedule like the other soaps…. —————- for Rafe fans… i too agree that he’d… Read more »

Polly
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Polly

I love this pair-up! It’s fresh, and of the moment. Lauren looks FABULOUS, HD and everything—you go girl!!!—and gives faith to the rest of us girls “over 29”! I’ve always thought her just beautiful anyway, and why can’t a gorgeous, successful, and smart gal of any age hook up with a hot guy under 40 (or thereabouts?) Thanks Days writers! Well done! (and well acted, you two!)

Kim
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Kim

Yes, I love this pair-up also. It is a welcome breath of fresh air. I love seeing this side of Kate, a very fun and playful Kate. The same goes for Rafe. It’s nice seeing his playful side. I haven’t seen his smile in a while either. She is drop-dead gorgeous and he is so sexy hot. Their chemistry is hot! They make Demi and Ashton look like amateurs! I love them together and hope they have a great story together. They are my favorite couple. GO RATE!!!!!

JaneDigby
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JaneDigby

Lovely Lauren, classy as always. Fun interview, Michael. Thank you!

Paul
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Paul

Good interview don’t mind Galen not a big Rafe fan sorry but Ejami is the best couple those hot love scenes last week were smoking and ratings for that day was very good it shows you what the fans want i think Rafe should be with Nicole but i i do like him with Kate hoping they won’t go back to Safe well not anytime soon.

Nicky
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Nicky

Michael loved your interview. Lauren K is just all class. If you ever get round to another interview with Galen could you please ask him the following question. What the Actual Connection Sami and Rafe had? Oh wait I can answer that it was EJ, the missing link who lost everything His love, His children, and what was with Rafe’s obsession with everything associated with EJ? Why hasn’t anyone asked him these questions? I guarantee he couldn’t answer them. So please please ask GALEN this question because I know there a lot of fans who would like to know. Saving… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

I love it that Kate and Rafe are having fun,it is obvious that Kate needs and desires a younger man than Stefano,so I hope she doesn’t get back with Stefano,I would love to see her back with Roman,and I would like to see someone new come into Rafe’s life,someone he can have a family with,but for now I am enjoying their fun!

Ann
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Ann

Tina, I agree that Rafe needs a woman who loves only him and to eventually have a family. He has been a great father to the children who were not biologically his, just think how great he would be with a child of his own. I am enjoying the Kate and Rafe playfulness but this can’t last forever and I am sure it is not meant to. Michael, thanks for a wonderful interview with Galen and Lauren. Loved all of the answers…..both classy and fair with their answers and with their fans. I love these two actors so will enjoy… Read more »

olivia
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olivia

Yeah right such a great ‘father’ to children he tried to steal from their real dad..lmao

Ann
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Ann

Actually, Rafe didn’t have to steal any children. He loved them because he loved their mother and the children all loved him. He was a great step dad to all of Sami’s children and loved them all equally. Someone was so jealous of that fact that he had Rafe kidnapped and his memory erased.

bc
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bc

He was hilarious on dirty soap. He should try for sitcoms.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I am still trying to figure out what is so taboo about Kate and Rafe being together. Neither one has a spouse. Stefano threw Kate away, stupidly. Sami is Sami. Just because she hates Kate’s guts, so what? As a pair, Rate is a refreshing and interesting concept. They are a cougar pair, but 1000 times better than Bristen! Ugh! Rate as a pair does not seem just plain wrong the way the Daniel-Nicole pairing did. I was glad when the Daniel-Nicole pairing was over. (I liked Daniel and Nicole as platonic friends, just as I like the platonic friendship… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

BTW What will Marlena think when she finds out why Kate is glowing. I can hear Marlena’s chuckle now! “Are you serious?” Marlena might say with a chuckle. But Marlena would also feel a little sad for Sami, but she also knows Sami brought it on herself!

olivia
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olivia

Please Marlena gave her blessing to Carrie when she did proclaim Rafe as the love of her life therefore she could not be bother about Kate and Rafe (you know Kate who put Sami on death row but Marlena is buddy buddy with her..lol) and by the way Sami is happy with Ej so go Rafe and Kate but don’t be hypocritical about it isn’t it Marlena ?! ha !

Ann
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Ann

Exactly! Marleana will be sad for Sami.

Days Of Our Lives

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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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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