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The Kassie DePaiva Interview – Days of our Lives

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After years of playing sassy Blair Cramer on One Life to Live, daytime favorite Kassie DePaiva is turning the page on her soap career with her new role as Eve Donovan on Days of our Lives!  Now while former hooker, songstress, and bad girl Eve was last played in Salem decades ago by Charlotte Ross, when the dust had settled, it was Kassie who now gets to bring the troubled gal to life, and let’s face it …”bad girl” and “songstress” were right up DePaiva’s soap arsenal and resume!

On-Air On-Soaps visited the set of the NBC soap this week to sit down with Kassie to get her thoughts on her new soap digs, and how it all came about after Prospect Park’s online reboot of One Life to Live ended after only one season, and Kassie’s guest star turns on General Hospital suddenly came to a halt.  With a beloved fan base with her every step of the way, and who are excited to see Kassie again on their daytime television screens, DePaiva is making the transition to working on the west coast while her husband James DePaiva (Ex-Max, OLTL) and their son are still back east.

Now in Salem, as Eve begins to spin her web at her arch-nemesis Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves), it’s only a matter of time before her plans go bust … or will they?  And what about her relationship with pseudo-sis Theresa (Jen Lilley), and daughter Paige (True O’Brien)? Does Eve love these girls as family, or will she ultimately use them in her plans for revenge on those who wronged her in Salem?  And then there are the men of the town:  Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian), JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss), and a potential host of others that have already crossed paths with tornado Eve!  Here’s what Kassie shared with us in this funny, touching, and informative chat.  Yes, it is true … this talented beauty has more than one soap life to live!


Before we move on to the here and now with DAYS, I just want to take a step back and ask you, do you feel now you have closure on your time as Blair on One Life to Live?   Where are you at with it … as the entire situation was very disappointing to the cast and the fans of the series?



I think the One Life to Live fans are still holding out hope, and I know that you have always been OLTL fan, and I have been too.  I read a tweet the other day where someone said, “They didn’t cancel OLTL they just postponed it.”  So they are still hanging on and thinking, “Maybe?”  I don’t try to think about it anymore.  I am just very happy that One Life was represented at this year’s Daytime Emmys and won two awards.  I think it gave closure to at least this rendition of the show.  And for me, it was great to not only represent this show that I am on now, but to celebrate the years of hard work and the people that tried to make One Life to Live happen again with the reboot of the show.  I love soaps, and I am so grateful that I am still getting to play in it.


So One Life comes to an imperfect conclusion for many, and now you find yourself as an actress looking for work. 


Being that I am living back east, there are no soaps there anymore.  Granted there are online soaps and there is nothing wrong with that, and it’s great to keep the genre alive the best way we can.  But the four big ones are now out here in Los Angeles.  I was given the opportunity to perform on General Hospital.  I was just not given the opportunity to stay, and that was sad.



It was sad!  Many of the Blair and Kassie DePaiva fans felt you should have continued to be in the mix at GH and it didn’t happen.  Were you disappointed?


Yes.  It didn’t happen and there is nothing I can do about it.  I can say, “boo-hoo” and have a little pity party, but that’s not going to do anything, and the decision on that was completely out of my hands.  Of course, I would have loved to have been on GH bitch-slapping Carly (Laura Wright) and taking Todd (Roger Howarth) down! (Laughs)  It would have been fun, and my former on-screen daughter was there in Kristen Alderson (Kiki), but then the whole situation with Prospect Park and ABC happened.  That shifted everybody’s take on what should happen, and what will happen. At that point I thought, I am not going to think of myself as a soap actress anymore.  I am going to move on and do some primetime television work, and then … I got a phone call out of the blue!


So now we come to Days of our Lives!  Were you pitched for the role of Eve Donovan?


Not as far as I knew!  But then I got a call from my agent saying that I had been pitched for this part of Eve.  And it was December 18th and it was on the day that Blair had debuted on OLTL, so it was crazy.   I remember talking about that with my husband.  He said, “Yeah, you have had a good run, Kassie!”  Then I got the call from DAYS asking me if I would be interested in doing this, and everything was really hush-hush.  I am crazy about this show!  They tape so far in advance, and so for me to make this move from New York to come to L.A, I had to make some phone calls! (Laughs)   It all happened very fast.  I had to talk in code, and I was dying to tell the world!  At that point, I was writing a blog every single week.  I couldn’t say anything, because anything I said in articles was written about.  I kind of had to talk about the weather for four months until the announcement was made! (Laughs)  Then, I could shout it on the mountain tops.



When were you told about Eve’s rather tawdry history and back-story?  (Laughs)


Two days later I had a phone conversation with DAYS Co-EP Greg Meng.  They didn’t give me a last name and I said, “O.K.”   Greg told me the character was established 20 years ago by another actress and the character is a bad girl.  Then Chris Whitesell (DAYS co-head writer) wrote a breakdown of some of the high points and low points of the character!  (Laughs)


You mean, when she was a hooker?  (Laughs)


Excuse me … a prostitute … and a former singer? (Laughs)  I think I can play that!  I started taping at the end of January and started airing in June!  The craziest part is to be connected to the character and not have anyone to ground her.  On One Life to Live, I always had Todd to ground Blair.  I did not really have a love interest on DAYS, but having an old marriage to Jack or Frankie, and then when you get to town you look at the canvas here and I had characters coming up to me going, “You know you ran over my daughter!” and, “You made me lose a baby!”   I go, “I did? Well, maybe she is evolving?”  Ah, no.  She is not evolved!  Don’t expect her to make any healthy choice or decision.  She is really broken, but she does love her daughter to the nth degree.



And by the way, who is the father of Eve’s daughter, Paige (True O’Brien)?  Do you know?


I don’t know!  It could be you!  I don’t know if that will be addressed, and even I truly don’t know.  I think the writing for Eve is fantastic. Granted I am four months ahead of what you guys are watching, but I can tell you it’s a bumpy ride.   But hold on!


Now you come to DAYS and your new on-screen nemesis is Melissa Reeves (Jennifer)!  Had you known Melissa previously?


I had met her.  I know her husband Scott, but am I the luckiest girl in the world?  I love Missy Reeves so much.  What is really refreshing and wonderful is it’s similar to the relationship I had with Florencia Lozano (Tea) on OLTL.  It takes a good friendship to be enemies.  It’s been easy breezy since the moment I walked in here.


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The chip on Eve’s shoulder that she is carrying around with her; is it mainly that she is still pissed that Frankie fell in love with Jennifer?


Eve’s gripe with Jennifer is that she got everything handed to her.  To Eve: Jen was born with a silver spoon, and Eve has had to dig her way out with a shovel with everything in her life.  She has a chip on her shoulder about everything.  Eve feels she has been slighted, and she feels she is entitled to everything everybody else has.


Now on to hottie Dr. Daniel (Shawn Christian)!  Is Eve still going to try to get her claws into him to stick into Jennifer?


As far as hottie Dr. Daniel, she thought she would be able to manipulate him a little easier.  But he blew her off because of the situation with Theresa (Jen Lilley) and everything with Jennifer.  So for her it’s like, “What-ever!”  But, I don’t know if that is completely over.


So here is what I think: I think Eve and JJ (Casey Moss) are going to end up in bed together, because that would really hurt Jennifer!  I saw the spark in one scene between the two of them recently!



I think that would be something that would completely catch Kassie off-guard!  If I have to play it, I would say to Casey: “Now, I am not your mother or your grandmother!”  (Laughs)  I think the next storyline then would be “Who Killed Eve?”  (Laughs)  It’s an interesting twist you got there, Michael Fairman.  I hope you don’t go tell the writers so I can keep my integrity… a little bit longer! (Laughs)


Now wait!  Didn’t Blair ever sleep with a younger man ever on One Life?


Dorian (Robin Strasser) did!  She slept with Joey (Nathan Fillion)!


Yup, that is what I am seeing here at DAYS!  Call Robin Strasser and ask her some tips on how she dealt with the sex scenes with Nathan Fillion! (Laughs)


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Well…. maybe I can just ask Nathan Fillion!  (Laughs)


Speaking of Casey Moss … how is he to work with?


Casey is fabulous.  I think he and True O’Brien are the next super couple on the show.  I think there is something pure, sweet and innocent about their romance.  JJ is a bad boy really trying to make good, and there is going to be that struggle.  I am once again equating it to One Life to Live and Starr and Cole’s romance.  Blair of course, hated Cole because he was Marty’s son, but she never slept with Cole … so shut up! (Laughs)


And what do you think about True O’Brien being cast as your on-screen daughter in Salem?


She is delightful and honest in her choices.  And because the character is so sweet, she is very easy to manipulate!  (Laughs)



Who of the men in Salem, would you love a chance to work with, or for Eve to be with?


They are all beautiful, and all of them great actors too. Greg Vaughan (Eric), I have had a subliminal crush on him forever. Eric Martsolf (Brady) is such a talented actor, and Galen Gering (Rafe) is so funny, and Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) is another funny guy.  But they are all taken, so Eve is going to have to steal one of the guys away!


So where does Eve’s singing come in to play?


Well, she has got nodules. (Laughs)  It is earth shattering to her, because it’s part of her identity.  So for Eve, if she could just make enough money to get those nodules taken care of, she can get back to singing and make enough money to send her daughter back to Stanford, and then everything will be fine.  And right now, Eve wants to get back to her glory days of singing, and so she has that connection with JJ, who is also musical.


Hopefully, Eve’s prostitution past will come back to haunt her!


I am thinking her next move is to be a madam like Llanview’s Renee Divine (Patricia Elliot)! (Laughs)  Maybe she would be madam until she makes enough money to send her daughter to school.  I have no idea.


I am thinking they could make her the hooker with the heart of gold like Karen Wolek was as played by Judith Light back in the day on One Life only … a much older version? (Laughs)



But you know, that only works when your 30!  When you’re 50 … that’s pathetic and that’s just sad. (Laughs)  I would like to think I am 30, and Eve probably thinks she is 30, but she needs to look in the mirror.  She is a little long in the tooth.  Now Theresa could get away with it.


How would you describe the relationship between Eve and Theresa?


Don’t you just love Jen Lilley?  She is fearless and her comedic timing is perfect.  I think Eve and Theresa are similar.  It’s just not as attractive on Eve, as it is on Theresa.


Does Eve love and care about Theresa?


She is her pseudo-sister.  I think Eve loves Theresa as much as she can love anybody.  But she would still manipulate and use her.  I think what it really comes down to it, she doesn’t want to see her sister suffer, because also when it comes down to it, who else does Eve have?  Nobody!  I have been here for four months and I have been bitch-slapped three times! And last week I was literally thrown out of two places.   I remember doing the slap scenes recently with Kate Mansi (Abigail).  We had to do it in seven takes, because she is much shorter than me!  It was funny! (Laughs)  Last week, Theresa through me out, and Jennifer through me out too!


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Many fans made remarks that there is an age difference between the original Eve, Charlotte Ross and you.  What do you think about what they said … and does that bother you at all?


They are right!  She is younger than I am!  If they could have gotten Charlotte Ross, that would have been perfect, because Charlotte Ross was Eve.  But that didn’t happen because she got a job on ABC’s Nashville, which was great for her, but it was even better for me! (Laughs)  Did I not think, “Well gosh; I am a little bit older than her?”   I told my husband, “I don’t know.  Charlotte is beautiful and young.”  Jimmy said, “Honey, the writers know your work. They hired you because they know what you can do.”  So, I just had to assure them that they have me to do whatever they want me to do, and they have the story they want to tell.  They hope I can pull it off, and I hope that I am doing that, and giving the character of Eve the justice she deserves.  You know Eve is a bit over the top.  I feel like I am playing a character role, so it’s not like I am playing a leading lady.   It’s the best of both worlds.  They brought me on to be this aging singer/prostitute that’s kind of sad, but fun to watch.  But she is also funny, powerful and broken.  It’s great.


Do you think it was DAYS co-head writer Chris Whitesell, who wrote at one point wrote and knew of your work from OLTL, was integral in having your name brought up for the part of Eve?


I think Lorraine Broderick (DAYS writer) was important to the choice of having me, and suggesting me for the role of Eve.  I don’t know her that well, but I think it was her.  And then after my name was mentioned, people went, “Oh, yeah!  She can do that!”  And with Eve, she is not as one-dimensional as she might come off.   You have to be able to play the bitchiness, the brokenness, the slutiness, and the wackadoodleness!  (Laughs)



Have you stayed in touch with Roger Howarth?  Have you ever watched him as Franco on GH?


I haven’t seen him.  You know that all happened when they made Roger’s character Franco, and when they decided not to invite me back. so it was sad for me.  And One Life to Live … I missed it terribly.   I felt if I couldn’t be a part of GH and I couldn’t contribute, then I needed to turn the page on that, and OLTL.  And as for One Life to Live, I will never, ever forget all the things that happened there, but now it is time to start a new chapter.


How are things working out with you being in LA, and your husband James DePaiva and your son being back east?


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I see Jimmy every 12 to 14 days which is not terrible.  We FaceTime three times a day.   It’s completely doable.  Our biggest concern was our son, who is starting his senior year at Fordham grad.  He is old enough now where I don’t worry about him.  He has become a great young adult.   Now he doesn’t have separation anxiety … but I do!   I miss him!  I miss my guys!  When I first got to DAYS, I walked in and things were happening so fast.   I got this apartment, and all of a sudden I burst into tears.  I called Jimmy and I was FaceTiming him with him.  I was sobbing and I said, “Come get me.  I don’t want to be here!”  Jimmy said “Kassie, I don’t think I have ever seen you like this!”  I said, “I feel like I am going backwards to L.A in a little one bedroom apartment! And I miss my family!”  Now at this point, I don’t even know what I am doing.  I haven’t even met anyone over at DAYS yet that I am going to work with!  And my husband says, “Tomorrow, you are going to go to the studio and everything is going to be fine.”   So then when I got to DAYS everyone was fabulous!  They are kind of reminiscent of the early days of OLTL.  It felt like it did when I was hanging out with Tuc Watkins, Nathan Fillion, Chris Douglas, Bob Krimmer, and Bob Woods and the gals there all over again!


What can we expect in the coming weeks from Eve?  Will her nodules be fixed? (Laughs)


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Eve is going to have to get a new doctor, because of this whole situation with Daniel.  So she finds a doctor, and things are looking really good with the nodules, but this lawsuit with Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) is going to get ugly, which is over the royalties of Jack’s book where in the annulment with Eve, she is entitled to the long form royalties.   And Jennifer, being the bitch that she is from Eve’s POV; let’s say it’s not going to be pretty!  But it’s fun, and I seriously have laughed out loud.  With what has happened with Abigail (Kate Mansi) now, and her affair with EJ (James Scott) being exposed, that just gives Eve more fuel for the fire.


Lastly and most importantly, can we tell your long time fans you are happy?


Yes, as the Pharrell Williams song says, “I’m happy”.  Honestly, I am extremely happy and more than anything extremely grateful.  I hope the One Life to Live fans will follow me over here to Salem, because it’s a nice place to live.

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Class act.


Followed her over to Salem as soon as I heard she would be on, and I love the show. It feels much more like OLTL than GH does. I think it’s all working out for Kassie.

And, I’m still holding out for a OLTL resurrection on ABC.

Thank you for coming over to Days! I hope One Life comes back for you and the fans!

I miss Blair and the gang. Happy Kassie has a new role. I think I am one that always holds a little hope for OLTL

I’m a new Days of Our Lives fan and it’s all due to Kassie! Love her so much. I do love the show, and I’ve never watched any network soap other than ABC until now. I love the smaller cast, the stories, the rapid pace. It’s a good show even when Eve has a day off. Now if they would just hire Erika Slezak…or Robin Strasser.

I love the show too, it’s the only soap I currently watch and it’s great. Lots of fun, actual conversations that are longer than 30 seconds, nice small excellent cast. REALLY enjoying it.

Couldn’t agree more. Really would love to see Erika and Robin working, miss them terribly!

Erika would be perfect as Laura Horton, Jens mom,…Erika does resemble Susan Flannery who played Laura in the 60s to mid 70s…Robin Strasser could play Lee Dumonde(spelling) who was once married to Julies husband Doug and was involved with Stephano Dimera in the early 80s…she’d be perfect for that role originally played by the late Brenda Benete(again spelling?) or Robin could play Linda Anderson who was once Maggie’s nemisis and the biological mother of Maggie’s stepdaughter Melissa(currently not seen)…Linda, a villian, was originally played by the late Margaret Mason and was in love with Maggie’s first husband Mickey Horton…Linda was played briefly by Elaine Princi in the 1980s but years early Elaine played Dr. Kate Winograd who had an affair with the married Bill Horton whose wife was Laura… and Bill and Laura are the parents of Jen and her unseen brother Micheal. Bill is the father of Lucas from his affair with Kate Roberts (off screen) years ago…Kate R. and Kate W., arent the same Kate or at least its never been explained if they were the same Kate or two different Kates Bill has had an affair with but Kate Roberts who is currently on the show has never revealed any medical knowledge as far as i recall so my guess is that Kate W. and Kate R. are two different Kates!!! Hope i didnt go on too much…lol

jimh, you could never go on too much! BTW, I thought the same thing about RS as Linda Anderson. Shortly after I started watching DAYS, EP joined as Madame X, whom was revealed to be Linda Anderson. I do know the history of Lee Dumonde and the tragic loss of her performer….Brenda Bennit (my spelling too?). Brenda was married to Bill Bixby ( The Incredible Hulk TV series) and they divorced and their only child lost his life… She could not cope and committed suicide. I miss her, yet, I’ve never seen but a couple minutes of her on YouTube.

It is a really good show! And hiring Erika Slezak or Robin Strasser would be a dream come true!

Love the idea, Jim. Erika Slezak is a perfect choice and Salem needs a new strong powerhouse of matriarch. I’d love to see her go toe to toe with Kate.

Kassie, age is irrelevant when it comes to you–you’re seemingly not affected by the ravages of time. I don’t know if it’s because Charlotte Ross might look a tad old for her age or because you look young for yours, but to me you look to be in the same age range.
I have tuned into Days just to watch Kassie and I am glad I did. Because of Kassie I may have developed a new soap addiction which will replace the last two soap addictions I overcame. Darn it, Kassie!
Watching her interact with the other female characters is like watching Godzilla vs Bambi. And the good thing is that the normally somnolent actors like Melissa Reeves end up upping their game while in scenes with her. Days was smart to snag her and GH was incredibly stupid to let her go.

really nice post

#1. that you’ve started watching DAYS… It’s the best of the 4
#2. that DAYS was smart to hire Kassie Depaiva. she’s magnificent a delight
#3. A new soap addiction… and it’s ta-da !!!! Days of OUR Lives ! YES

I love the fait accompli with aplomb ( I celebrate this)… that Eve is godzilla to Jenns Bambi… I so hope this… why not… this is a soap… the erstwhile… innocent penchant for do good is wearying… like the DiMera’s perhaps less than.. but… devious… the Donovan sisters prevail in my book

DAYS is so deserving of recognition

I am so happy that Kassie is back on my Tv screen.

Sweet, funny, gorgeous, honest, TALENTED and so down to earth…that is Kassie, and why her fans just love her to death.
Great interview, MF, thank you! I had been soapless since OLTL ceased production, started watching DAYS when Kassie’s Eve debuted. Enjoying her role so much.

I really do celebrate the dynamics and mayhem… intrigue allure she captivates with the DAYS cast

every one… from : JJ… to Paige… to Theresa… to, of course… the dimwit… Jenn… to Daniel… to Abs… and Maggie

it’s an ongoing treat to celebrate her addition to Salem’ites

thank you DAYS and Kassie DePaiva… for stretching your wings and acting chops to endear the audience to feast

I watched Days but, now that Kassie is on it I love and I love her. She is doing an excellent job with her new character . I knew she would because she is a super star.Can’t wait to see more and the new story lines.

you have me gushing at “superstar”

I recently come to know her… and kudos to celebrating her

per your : “…Can’t wait to see more and the new story lines.”

couldn’t you see her with Justin… Humm? yes … for drama stellar… Adrienne will bring it

as JimH has said… what if her real life husband joined the show as Peter Blake… woah… hush my lips … i’m entranced by this coupling… the DiMeras are alive… with James DePaiva

Stefano wouldnt know what to do with himself if she traipsed throughout the manse

she belongs

I’ve been so excited to see what Kassie would bring to DAYS. I’m very familiar with Kassie’s work, and I love DAYS, so the combination of the two was definitely intriguing. 5 months felt like an eternity! So far I haven’t been disappointed. It’s nice to read comments from ABCers who have made the switch and are liking what they’re seeing, not just with Kassie but are complimentary of the show in general. That right there makes the move to hire her so smart. And unlike GH, DAYS doesn’t hire with a) no purpose or b) a purpose that only lasts 3 months. DAYS has long term plans for Eve which should make those new fans stick around that much longer and develop loyalties beyond the one actress. GH may hire veterans and big names galore, but DAYS is the show that give more attention to a continuation of growth and story to make the best use out of people.

“…I love DAYS, so the combination of the two was definitely”

the coup of the year… a combustible… match… a delighted feast

I beam LOL rector boom shake

give it all

shes so ON

you’re simply one of the best posters :

.”… DAYS has long term plans for Eve which should make those new fans stick around that much longer and develop loyalties beyond the one actress. ”

DAYS of OUR Lives continuity gells pulls throws you in a mist of quagmire

the cast deliver applomb and cohesive direct forwards our span … decades plus show of all shows… kudos to the delight of daytime

fan salute for how delish Salem invites

Kassie is doing an excellent job as Eve on DAYS!!!

Nice interview! Kassie’s a great addition to Days. And now granted I started watching days after Eve was there and gone, I think she’s doing a wonderful job. And if anything I’m glad Charlotte couldn’t return. Let’s be honest, she would have come and left while Kassie really loves this medium you can tell.

I only saw her briefly as Blair in the online version but I really liked her there as well.

I’m undecided about the JJ/Eve possibilities lol. It’s so twisted.

Great interview Cassie. But her character has to prop awful, self-righteous and boring characters like Jennifer, Daniel and their horrible children (i refuse to think these gals are Jack’s way). Moreover the writing on this show is so black and white..thankfully Cassie tries to give layers to the character but when the writing is weak it is weak..
I understand her sadness over GH but she is not bitter, just honest..i like that..class act.
And Cassie you are as much beautiful as Charlotte Ross..and maybe older but not by much..and the ‘young’ obsession..stop it Hollyweird..everybody is is the way of life.
I am 25 years old right now and i know i will become older..doesn’t make me ‘less’ than younger folks..who by the way will become older too.

What a great interview! KDP has fit in seamlessly on DOOL and that is not easy to do, especially when you’re playing a character with alot of history on the show and whom we haven’t seen in more than 20 years. I appreciate her honesty about her fears about taking on the role, but she’s been stellar so far. I’m very happy for her. I also admire her for how she’s handled GH. She could be more bitter about how the story was written for Roger Howarth and Kristen Aldersen which didn’t include her more than for an episode here and there, but she’s moved on and good for her. Same with the online version of OLTL. She has to look to the future, though she knows that some fans haven’t given up hope. Personally I’m not sure if AMC or OLTL can ever come back at this point but there’s nothing wrong with hope as long as you don’t drown in it, and Kassie has turned the page for now. I’m loving the best soap recast of 2014, and maybe for the past few years, too.


“…KDP has fit in seamlessly on DOOL”

she is such a welcome respite… inasmuch as I soapbox… DAYS… Eve has showcased unrelenting must watch… her at ease dynamic is powerhouse

she weaves her presence force

LOL… I’m so happy with her

I wish Andrew Trischitta would have gotten the role of JJ he would have been a better fit. I think Casey is a good actor but he has no chemistry with True and he looks too old for the role. He should be playing Ben Kate Mansi’s boyfriend.

Happy with current JJ….not sure about AT.

Casey is supposed to be 18 years old he looks way too old to play that.

He’s 20, but I agree, he looks older.

Kassie is doing a fantastic job as Eve Donovan, and I enjoy her portrayal of Eve much more than I ever did as her with Blair.

thats saying something…. I never watched OLTL

wow.. fans of …. : are rabid… and deservedly so… I give that

it’s a pleasure to share KDP…

thank you Kass… am loving Eve so much

Laura Horton had mental problems so we KNOW Erika S could ace that role and she certainly looks like Flannery which neither of the latter day Laura’s did. I wish Y&R would bring back Jamie Lyn Bauer as Lorie Brooks, maybe now rich and ravishing and she could be someone for Jill to play off and battle like she used to with Mrs. C.

Erika Slezak from the history of… this magnanimous genre… is tour de force

I’d welcome and lay out the red carpet… for

whatever it takes to enrich and further the audience treat and bring NBC : DAYS : forefront, IS :

bring it on… she’s reckoned

Kassie’s Blair was my favorite on OLTL. And that is saying a lot because OLTL was my favorite soap FOREVER. There were so many great characters and their portrayers and I still miss “my” show.

I was a fan of Charlotte Ross’ Eve, but I am thoroughly enjoying Kassie’s version of Eve and so glad to have her on my screen again. DOOL is the best of the four daytime soaps right now IMO. Part of the reason is their very talented cast, and Kassie fit right in!

Thanks for another great interview.

I admire Kassie but her Eve has nothing in common with the Eve I loved. I miss Charlotte and hope she returns to the iconic role she created.

This is the new Eve…..23 years later, things do change. I’m glad to be able to see Kassie in this role.

Kassie looks beautiful in the photo above. Going to read the article now.

I absolutely love the character of Eve. I agree with Kassie, I think that JJ and Paige are adorable together. Their romance is innocent and sweet. But, I also think that at some point Eve will end up in bed with JJ. Why else would the writers create the scene as to when JJ first met Eve-in her bra! I can’t stand the character of Theresa; but, I don’t mind her as much when she is in scenes with Eve. I’ve never been a fan of Kristen Alderson’s. She is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Can’t stand Kiki on General Hospital. I like Eve’s relationship with Paige much better than Blair’s and Starr’s. As evil as Eve is, I think she truly does care and love her daughter (even though she will use her for her own agenda). I also loved Eve’s scenes with Maggie. Kassie knocked those scenes out of the park.

I happily report :

I cannot believe how instantly smitten I am with Kassie DePaiva

sure, the first thing that comes to mind is fan base for DAYS

that being said… I got my first take with her on GH… and delighted

now on DAYS : I LOVE her presence

just read today : in the SOD issue… how it was stated how fans and writers alike are through the roof ecstatic over the sister(s) Eve and Theresa… are declaring this twosome… a driving force to be reckoned

I love Eve and Theresa… inasmuch as Shane and Kimberly are the rock of gibraltar, from a legacy family… and I love that

the Donovans should be a featured family

to further delve in to the machinations of these two sisters… along with their beloved… and I LOVE THEM… parents… are a feature to marcquee

a promise of how far DAYS should entreat

I am absolutely delighted and await their scenes

even with Paige… I’m torn about Paige and JJ

as it always turns… : how the Hortons (Jennifer, Abs, JJ ) come out on top

but not this time… Shane, Kimberly, Eve, and Theresa … along with the brother… are sublime… acting chops through the roof… beyond measure

I love that DAYS features Eve and Theresa

bring on Shane and Kimberly

Yes, bring Andrew back!!!

I truly do think, that JJ and Paige have the potential to be the next supercouple.

therein lies the quagmire… and disgust…. with the effervescent Horton

LOL… I dont’ care how I play this out… I love Eve and Theresa

why shouldn’t the Donovan women prevail top and surpass the dire near dull almost boring Horton led by dead Jenn


at ease

JJ and almost Abs take

there had better be a way for the writing team… and DAYS to forefront how delish and take no prisoners how enchanted delish belong… Eve and Theresa.. with Paige

Jenn is so dull…

why she and Daniel… are upfront canvassed is beyond

how Daniel was able to render Kristen captive with his superman powers made me puke

I can only hope… as usual… that Kristen Eve Theresa Kayla… supplant

absolute power their character drive

would render ME hapless


I’d love it if Roger Howarth was able to quit GH… and move on to DAYS… as the nuPeter Blake

this would give us Eve and Peter

what a powerhouse tour de force knock out drag out sublime force two pair draw

Yes, or bring back Mike Horton whom moves into the Horton house with…EVE! Where is Michael T. Weiss?

I am absolutely loving Kassie on DAYS. I adored Blair on OLTL, and she will probably always be my fave soap character, but Kassie’s Eve is a close second. I started watching DAYS when Kassie started, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I think Eve’s portrayal of Eve is fantastic – like she said, Eve is broken, but she’s also a force to be reckoned with; and I love that she owns her bitchiness.

Really great interview. Kassie most definitely is a class act. I appreciated her answers and willingness to address the harder questions. I was not thrilled that Charlotte was not returning to the role, but I get why she chose Nashville. In giving Kassie a chance, I didn’t dislike her immediately, and by her third ep or so I was convinced. She’s done a very good job embodying her. Other than the accent, which has us all a bit boggled, but I can look past it for a good fit in the role, which she is. I’m liking her alot, and even when she’s being a bitch, I really love how grey Kassie is playing her. Good stuff, Kassie, glad you’re here.

I really like her in this role. I liked Blair some, hated her some, on OLTL. But I am loving how Kassie’s playing Eve. Whimsical sounds too flighty of a word, but she’s kind of unpredictable and fun. The thing that drives me nuts about The Hortons, especially Jennifer, is that they take themselves so seriously. Ugh…and Eve just doesn’t give them that power. She may be a bitch, but not exactly downright evil. She’s a bit more light-hearted and her scenes with Teresa are great. I’m team Eve all the way.

I am so glad and happy for Kassie. I hope Days execs will keep bringing on more actors/actresses from AMC/OLTL as they have been.

I love Kassie. she is doing such a wonderful job as Eve I do hope that she sticks around Salem for a very long time, thank you Days ….

I just listened to some of Kassies songs what a beautiful voice she has some of her songs brought tears to my eyes ,way to go kassie to bad Days wont let her sing.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.


Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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