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The Katherine Kelly Lang and Adam Gregory Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful once again proved that the BOLD in their official title is just that! And who else would get mixed up in all this trouble, but Brooke Forrester. And this time it’s a doozy.  Here we go: Brooke and her stepson, Thomas, who have had this very “taboo” chemistry playing out on air, head to Australia together for work when suddenly their plane crashed.  Now the duo washed up at sea is dehydrated and starving in a life or death situation, while their loved ones race to find them.

Next, Brooke comes across some polka-dotted berries and eats one, and then encourages Thomas to eat one, too.  Well, after downing a bunch of these delicious and seductive berries the two go on soap’s first fantastical acid trip, or ecstasy trip… take your pick.  Whatever the case, B&B created via special CGI effects an incredible hallucinogenic journey for the duo to play in.  And in the end the question remains, did Thomas and Brooke have sex, or not?

On-Air On-Soaps tries to get to the bottom of this, in this very special and revealing interview with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Adam Gregory (Thomas).  After reading this, let us know what you think happened during their berry-induced island adventure.   Here’s our chat with the gorgeous Katherine, and the handsome Adam.

MICHAEL:

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Wow Katherine!  Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer) is certainly finding ways to get Brooke in steamy situations with the younger men of B&B!  Now there is this drug-induced possible sex romp with her stepson, Thomas.  But before that there was the infamous “Party Boink” with Oliver, when Brooke mistook him for Ridge.  During our interview about that storyline, you had mentioned you thought it would have been better if Brooke were perhaps in an altered state in that situation.  Now with this new story, she was!  Do you think that had any bearing on how this new story angle played out?

KATHERINE:

I don’t know at all, but I do remember talking to Brad Bell going, “Wouldn’t it be better if Brooke was a little drunk or tipsy?” And then he said, “No. That wouldn’t be good, because then Brooke would be doing two things wrong.” (Laughs)  She would be with Oliver and also drunk.  So he did not want to do that.  But when this story came about, maybe he liked where it was going, or that original suggestion.

ADAM:

When Brooke ate these berries, it was not like she intentionally took drugs or drank. When I came on the show I was doing some research, because I did not know what role I had yet.  So I am watching the show frantically trying to figure where I would even fit into this place.  And that was happening when I first got here, between Oliver and Brooke.  So I do know the back-story of that.  She was with a younger man, accidently.

MICHAEL:

How did the two of you find out that Brooke and Thomas were going to ingest some fictional hallucinogenic berries that will end up causing long-term controversy?

ADAM:

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I got a text from Ed Scott, our producer, going, “Heads up!  This might be happening.” And I remember having the talk with Brad, and he explained everything.  Then Cindy Popp, who directed us in the episodes, pulled me in her office and said, “Ok.  So here is what is happening.” And it got toned down actually.  I think that worked out better with everything being more of a mystery, and we really don’t even know what happened.

MICHAEL:

Watching the sequences play out on-air, I had to watch it back a couple of times. I’m trying to figure out the symbolism: does the finger touching and the flowers adorning your bodies, represent sex between the two?

KATHERINE:

Well, we are still trying to figure it out, and there were a lot of changes being made through the process.  Brad kept changing different things and in different ways – to the point where we still don’t know what is happening.  It is a very secretive thing!

ADAM:

We are playing that we don’t even know if we had sex, because the characters did blackout.  And Katherine, you are always playing Brooke at this point as, “I don’t know if I did something wrong!”

KATHERINE:

Yes, but we tried to do it childlike and playful during the hallucination scenes. We knew there was some connection going on, but it was the “Berry Connection.”  (All that psychedelic energy coming at us, and what have you.)  It is more about what happened when we blacked out.  Again, Thomas and Brooke are thinking something more happened, but it could have just been a drugged-out black out!

ADAM:

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And Brooke just wants to tell Ridge, because they have this pact in their marriage to be completely honest with one another.  So she feels she has no choice but to tell him, but Thomas is not letting her!

MICHAEL:

Adam, I just wanted to give you some kudos.  I thought you did a really nice job in the scenes where Thomas and Brooke address and see their entire extended families for the first time, and attempt to recount what happened to them from the plane crash to landing on the deserted island.  Of course, omitting their ecstasy-trip via the berries! (Laughs)

KATHERINE:

Adam had been wonderful to work with and has been really good lately.  Aren’t you a bit of a method actor, like with your leg being injured from the plane crash and the island?

ADAM:

I noticed it looked fake when I walked in the scenes, so I wanted someone to punch me!

KATHERINE:

He really gets into the moment, and as a sort of newcomer, we all can be like, “Is he going to be able to pull this off?”  (Laughs)  And he did.  You did a great job!  And there was a point where I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh. He is doing so great.  I have got to up my game now!” (Laughs)  I did not want him to show me up. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Adam, is it still hard being the newbie in a cast with such long-standing cast members?  Or, do you feel you have settled in more at this point?

ADAM:

As far as the cast, not at all. Everyone here is so nice, and it has been a very nice fit for me.  As far as being in the soap world, that is very different.  When you work as a cast you are working to build your show.  But when you are building your show in the soap world, there is also that built-in competition with Y&R, DAYS, and GH.  So, I look at other guys my age from other shows and see how they are doing it.

MICHAEL:

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And, are you checking in to see if you have had more shirtless scenes than those dudes?

ADAM:

(Laughs) I guess I might have to, to stay one step ahead of my competition.

KATHERINE:

It comes down to being a good person. We all really respect each other here.  We work really hard and we have each other’s backs.  I think our show is a little more special than the other shows because of that, from the stories I have heard.  But that helps, and then you can sort of branch out and build however you want to portray yourself out there to the world.

MICHAEL:

Tell us about the CGI special effects, which were outstanding.  How did you act with them or around them?  I am assuming you were in front of a Green Screen on the set at B&B?

KATHERINE:

They explained exactly what we had to see, such as: when we walked into this huge room and saw the cave and how it opened up into a huge waterfall.  They said, “Look. It goes way up into the sky.”  So we had to kind of look and go, “Oh,” and they explained what the energy between us would look like, and how we would need to play that.  They said here is where the poppies will grow out of the wall and so we would go, “Ooh-wee,” and giggle and carry on.

ADAM:

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I remember getting into the whole CGI thing, and the first thing we had to do was look at the rainbow.  They go, “You see the rainbow?”  And I go, “Alright.  Let me get into this.  I have got to wrap my head around this.” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Did the two of you laugh a lot, though?  I can only imagine!  I know you had to play giddy and drugged, anyway.   But, there had to be a moment where the two of you were like, “What are we doing?”

KATHERINE:

We were so tired and punch-drunk by the end of the day from smiling so much.  My smile muscles in my face and my stomach muscles were so worn out.  When I went home I thought, “Oh my God, I hurt all over.”  And this was just from laughing.  Viewers saw just bit of it on-air, but we had to laugh and giggle, and do that whole thing all day long.

ADAM:

It was exhausting!  And after a certain point, Kelly is Miss Giggles.  You don’t even have to get her going, she just laughs. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

OK.  Let’s get to this.  Do you admit there is a ton of sexual chemistry going on between Thomas and Brooke?

KATHERINE:

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I think everyone is out of their minds! (Laughs)  But Brooke loves him as her stepson, who she raised.  Of course, there is a natural bond there.  What are you looking at, Adam? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Katherine, let’s take this one step further.  Could you ever see the ultimate soap opera portrayal, that Brooke would leave Ridge for his son, Thomas?

KATHERINE:

No.  Are you serious?  I think the age difference is huge.

MICHAEL:

You never know on B&B, these days! They do a great job at pushing the envelope.

ADAM:

Well there is an older woman/younger man coupling on this show with Jackie and Owen, and there is even a bigger age difference between Owen and Thomas.  I am much younger, and I think sometimes my age is confusing on the show.  I don’t even know sometimes what age Thomas is supposed to be.  But I do know that he is at least over 21. I am only 23 in real life, so I try to keep him around my own age.  I feel that leaves a lot of room for Brad to play with, like bringing Thomas’s friends from college on to the show for instance, because right now, Thomas has no friends! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Adam, what does Thomas feel towards Brooke?

ADAM:

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I have always played it that Thomas has this deep appreciation for Brooke and everything she had done for Thomas with the Taboo line, and getting him started at Forrester Creations.  He was kind of a nobody and a schmuck in the company for a while, and no one took him seriously until he started this whole campaign.  And if it wasn’t for Brooke jumping on the bandwagon with him, nothing would have happened.  Thomas would not have been this overnight sensation with Forrester Creations, and on his way to the CEO chair without Brooke.

MICHAEL:

Thomas has been manipulating Brooke, too!

ADAM:

That is true… I am that good.

KATHERINE:

What?  I did not know this.

ADAM:

Yes! In my character’s eye, I am being very ambitious and taking advantage of your sweetness. And she is my step-mom, and so that is my business ambition coming out, and it is bad!

MICHAEL:

Can you see Thomas showing a softer or more vulnerable side to him after this whole plane crash incident?  Perhaps he has taken a harder look at his life and the direction he had taken it.

ADAM:

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Absolutely not!  Thomas is going to go through a dash of depression, but other than that, I am making him really stone cold.

MICHAEL:

I thought it was very clever that Brooke and Thomas were heading to Australia when the plane went down, and that there could be some really fun berries on some neighboring island down under.

KATHERINE:

Isn’t that hysterical?  They were going to Australia to launch a new line for women, and then the plane went down!

MICHAEL:

In my speculating, I am worried that Brooke will become pregnant…again!   And that will finally be the plot point that will reveal that during their drug-induced berry party, Brooke and Adam did indeed have sex.

ADAM:

Every time I speak over the boom, (I try not to anymore) I end up speculating on storyline, that is how Dayzee and I happened.  During the Christmas episode, Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee) and I were sitting on set, and we were talking to Texas Battle (Marcus).  He was telling us that he was sure that Dayzee was for him in his new storyline, and I said, “I am telling you, she is for Thomas.”  And look what happened!

KATHERINE:

I know!  It is true that in between scenes we all talk while the booms are open.  And you are talking about possible story, and going, “Ooh, wouldn’t this be fun,” and then you see it in the script!

ADAM:

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Or, maybe that is what they think the actors are expecting!  So they say, “Let’s go the opposite way.”  And then they throw you for a loop.

MICHAEL:

Coming up, what can we look forward to coming up with Thomas and Brooke in the next month… dealing with the aftermath from the crash with their loved ones, families, and each other?

KATHERINE:

It’s more of them questioning for a while, and they are just going crazy thinking about if something happened between the two characters.  And, we are addressing and playing out all the emotions that come with that.

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BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

I didn’t like the berry mess at all. All it will do is cause Taylor and Whip to break up and Stephanie family hating her and Brooke was the one who had Thomas eating the berries but it will be Taylor who eat one that will lose everything as usual. Brooke is a career slut who if she screw Thomas in front of Ridge, he will forgive, even thought when he found out that Taylor screwed James when she thought they were dying, he dump her for the Forrester slut. Him and Brooke deserve each other!

ELIZABETH
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ELIZABETH

BROOKE HAS A ADDICTED SEX DECEASE. ITS A PHYSICAL FEELINGS SICKNESS. BROOKE ATE BERRIES IN HUNGER AND BY THE TIME THOMAS CAME TO ASK FOOD, SHES ALREADY DRUGED. BETWEEN THOMAS AND HER RELATIONSHIP IA AN INNOCENT, COMPARE TO OTHERS CRICIS.

gwenblake
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gwenblake

Come on guys, Brooke is horrified even thinking she slept with her step-son. She loves Ridge and she thinks of Thomas as her son nothing else. I like this interview because I least it answers my questions…Brooke does not have any romantic feelings for her step son. She is a devoted wife and I just hope they have James Warwick come on to help Brooke to hyponitze her and she will see that nothing happen….when they woke up from the deep sleep they had on their clothes and that’s all I needed to see…to me and other’s that watch the… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

A devoted wife? Come on! Brooke has done nothing but time & time again making her little “mistakes” and keeping “secrets” from Ridge every chance she gets! And now, she is keeping “BerryGate” a secret from Ridge, a/k/a “Gelding” again. I have always said that Bridge is a toxic mess & they need to implode – once & for all.

Joyce
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Joyce

I agree with what you said. Your right all the women on that show has done the same.

Charlotte R
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Charlotte R

First I would like to say Great job to all of the cast I love you all!!
As for Katherine LOL I LOVE to LOVE YOU and LOVE to hate you, you are so amazing you cant ever stay out of trouble but then when you cry about it I cant help but to cry with you. To Adam Great Job!! But I hae been watching since Im in kindergarden and Im now 28 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show and I LOVE YOU ALL Keep up the Great work!!! Best of Wishes ans Love to you ALL

Newport
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Newport

Wherever this storyline is going, AG and KKL both shine as actors, especially when they’re together. I watch this show primarily for the two of them. They portrayed Thomas and Brooke’s desperation, fear, and hunger, brilliantly. The berry trip was entertaining, but I wish their story hadn’t been turned into another sex scandal. It was so powerful and captivating before the berries struck! TPTB could have DONE Brooke/Thomas from a psychologically complex angle…Thomas reaching for the stars, succeeding in the fashion world with Brooke as his business partner and having every young woman out there, but wanting the one woman… Read more »

Robin S.
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Robin S.

Michael,
Another GREAT insight and article. Felt like I was right there in the room with you all. Great questions!
Love the soap, hate the story line! Enough already with Brooke accidentally falling onto another Forrester man (and the whole Taboo thing–blech!) So predictable. Great fun with Oliver but enough is enough!!!! If she gets pregnant I might be done (and I love this show).
Michael, you rock the heck out of these pieces. Keep up the great work! xoox

BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

I don’t think that KKL or the guy who plays Thomas now, can act their way out of a paper bag. And that dress they had Dayzee wearing was beyond tacky. If Brooke would have slap Thomas face at the first tacky fashion show when he kissed her, none of the rest of this stupid storyline would have happen. That’s like when Brooke hiked her skirt like a two bit hooker in the open thinking it was Ridge and it was her daughter’s graduation at her MIL’s house, she brag about how good the sex was to Katie until she… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

I agree with your post. Brooke is put out there as this hero, when she has slept through every Forrester male & her daughters’ husbands/boyfriends. She has destroyed the Forrester family, as well as her children and Ridge’s children. The girl needs psychological help to find out why she feels a need to sleep with almost any man on the block

Nellifer
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Nellifer

I just have to say that Brooke and Thomas doing the deed is just a shade to incestuous for my liking!! I know soaps are there for great drama but come on!! I refuse to believe that a young man would even feel the slightest desire for his father’s wife!!! What, when their are all these hot young female bodies floating around in his vicinity!!! Plus I keep thinking Brooke must have changed his diapers or cleaned his bottom once in a while while he was growing up!! Should’nt that put a damper on their libido??? But have to say… Read more »

Lve2Lve007
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Lve2Lve007

I agree with you Nellifer. It is one thing if Ridge just met Brooke and they got married and Thomas fell in love with his new step-mom. But it is something completely different when you raise a child and all of a sudden he has romantic feelings for you and you have romantic feelings for him. You wiped his a$$ and his nose for goodness sake. That is just twisted.

SD
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SD

I think all the actors are pushed too far ,the show need some stable times to improve the Forester Company and bring the others to the front line like the granchildren ,brothers and sisters. We bairly know anything about them, or where they are. I know they might be side characters, but they deserve some screen time to flesh them out.

I would love to see Throne with a new lover. We can barely recognize who Bridget is.

suzanne hedin
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suzanne hedin

I can,t belief what everybody says if brooke,but she and thomas hade not sex,taylor can go out serien now and stephanie also,they make brooke and ridge very badly.

mmc
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mmc

I don’t want to hear that Thomas and Brooke ever stepped over the line.come on, how many times will Ridge be able to forgive her/i like Brooke and Ridge together if for nothing else than to keep that miserable Taylor away from Ridge.i’m not liking Taylor much any more, Tawny is a joke, and Steffy is a spoiled brat.I love Oliver, poor Thorne is part of the background,and i don’t want to see Hope end up with Liam.How did she forgive her Mother and not Oliver who she supposedly loved so much! Leave Brooke and Ridge alone , bring back… Read more »

BETTYEJ
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BETTYEJ

KKL took the money all the way to the bank playing a career slut from the valley. Now they are trying to dress her as Suesie homemaker and have her be a at home Mother. Her and Ridge have spent no time with their son RJ until the other day. No, I never want Ridge with Taylor again because nasty as Brooke and Ridge have been to other people about them belonging together, they deserve each other.

Doe
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Doe

I don’t agree with some of the fans. KKL is not as great an actress as everyone thinks. She got lucky playing this role which repeats and repeats the same old story in different forms. Constantly throwing Brooke and Thomas together in different settings, will always be suspicious. The same goes for Taylor who has lied to Whit so many times about her feelings for Ridge. Same old…same old….and so on…..

Bellie
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Bellie

Stop picking on the actors because you’re basically saying you’re instable and immoral like most of the wannabe “characters.”

BERYL
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BERYL

with all the things that brooke did i know for a fact that she did sleep with thomas and this will come out and they will do it again ahe already told thomas that she looked so much like his father i know she sill leave ridge for thomas that slut has no morals anyway she always uses sex before her barain…..

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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GH’s Chloe Lanier Talks On Nelle’s Twisted Plots, Her Co-Stars & That Cliffhanger “Ending”

Recently on ABC’s General Hospital, Chloe Lanier’s Nelle Benson created even more havoc for Carly (Laura Wright), Michael (Chad Duell), Julian (William deVry), Brook Lynn (Briana Lane), and of course, her son, Wiley.

However, is Nelle really gone after her ‘fall,’ which has left her MIA and Carly believing she is responsible for her sister’s ‘death’? But as we know with Nelle, she keeps secretly planning her next move and loves to slowly torture those who she believes have wronged her. There is also the ongoing mystery of just who is Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) daughter, especially since Nelle has the other half of the necklace so near and dear to Nina; leaving viewers pondering if it could mean they are mother and child, or is this all a red-herring?

One thing is for sure, Daytime Emmy winner, Chloe Lanier brings it each and every time she returns to GH. She gives always give the storylines a much needed injection of drama, drama and more drama. No one is quite like Lanier in the soaps either; she can play tough, vulnerable, manipulative, and street smart, like nobody’s business.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Chloe to get her answers to some of our burning questions for her and her portrayal of naughty Nelle, and how one of her co-stars helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  Here’s what she had to say about it all.

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What did you think of the courtroom antics of Nelle during the custody hearing for Wiley?

CHLOE:  I mean, showing up in a wedding dress was her first mistake. Then antagonizing everyone in the room was probably her second. But she’s so wounded—so broken from her childhood. She doesn’t have the proper emotional tools to combat her self-destructive behavior.

Which showdown or confrontation between Nelle and Michael stands out to you?

CHLOE:  I particularly loved the scenes where Nelle, nine months pregnant, leaves Michael in the rigged car, hoping it would explode. It’s rare that you’re given comedic material on a soap, so that was particularly exciting for me. Also, Chad’s reactions always make me laugh. He’s great.

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What is it like working with Chad Duell as feuding exes and parents of Wiley? 

CHLOE:  Chad is so easy to work with. He’s been doing the show for so long and is very technically gifted. The writers graced us with some meaty material that we were able to sink our teeth into.

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What does Nelle think of Willow (Katelyn MacMullen)? She really hates her, huh?

CHLOE: I don’t believe she hates her. She’s envious. Willow is the exact opposite and oftentimes we’re afraid of what we don’t understand. Particularly someone like Nelle, who was raised by a con artist and taught to exploit and manipulate anyone she comes across. So when she sees someone so pure, so innocent, she immediately distrusts her because that behavior is so far outside the lines of how she operates.

What was it like taping the fight scenes between Carly and Nelle, where Nelle “Plummets” to her death?  

CHLOE:  Shout out to Amanda Hall and Heather Bonomo, our amazing stunt doubles for those scenes. They were fantastic.

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When you and Laura Wright get the scripts; where Carly and Nelle are having a huge showdown, are you thrilled about getting the chance to play the emotional beats of those moments? What if it’s a fight scene?

CHLOE:  Those scenes were such a joy, because we got to explore some of the deep roots of Nelle’s trauma, and Carly explicitly said, “I believe you love your son.” That, for me, was important.  Because despite all of her failings, she truly did love her son—in her own warped, off kilter, way.

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Nelle has really been blackmailing Julian, until he turned the tables on her on the pier?  What has it been like acting opposite Will deVry in those scenes?

CHLOE:  I love Will. He and I actually have the same acting coach, so our prep and how we’re working is from a similar place. What I love about Will is the confidence he has in his stillness. He’s lovely on camera, so connected.

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Nelle has the other half of the necklace belonging to Nina.  What do you think if it turns out that Nelle is Nina’s daughter?  It is quite possible, tho, that she is not, and it’s all a red herring. How has it been working with Cynthia Watros?

CHLOE:  Cynthia is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met, truly. We haven’t known each other for long, but earlier this year, and not many people know this other than my close friends, I was having glaring mental health issues stemming from unresolved trauma. I was going going going for so long that I couldn’t run away from it anymore. I had never dealt with any of it. She saw it and could tell I was silently struggling and reached out. You don’t forget kindness like that. So I’m very grateful for Cynthia—and of course, therapy. I would be flattered if they decided to make Nelle Nina’s daughter.

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What do you think about how the writers have kept finding ways to have plot points that get all the other characters in trouble and make it look like they did something to Nelle, but she ultimately has her own diabolical plans for them with her actions? She is pretty smart!

CHLOE:  Nelle is the perfect victim, and her love language is sabotage. She’s also a narcissist, so she’s always going to think she’s the smartest person in the room. She’s basically a walking version of Taylor Swift’s song, Look What You Made Me Do. I love that the writers gifted me the opportunity work with almost everyone on the show. Josh (Swickard) and I always had a great time together. And Maurice (Benard)—god he’s hilarious. I would have loved to work with Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) more though. I love watching her work. She’s going to have an amazing career.

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Do you think Nelle can ever be redeemed at this point?

CHLOE:  Redemption is a weird one for me, because I don’t believe that people are inherently good or bad. We’re all human. We all have flaws, make mistakes, have regrets, experience shame. We have the ability to grow and we learn from our past. Nelle has done and felt all of those things, to a degree, but continued to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. A character either has to change or they die. So, I’ll say this—if Nelle is alive out there somewhere, I hope she’s going to therapy.

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What has been the hardest scene for you to play emotionally in the time you have been playing Nelle?

CHLOE:  Probably the scene with the newborn, where Nelle runs into Brad on the side of the road. I had never held a newborn baby before, so I was TERRIFIED. I realized I was the only thing in that moment keeping that baby alive…a very bizarre and life altering feeling, I’ll say.

So, have you enjoyed Chloe’s performances? Do you think Nelle is plotting from afar?  What would you like to see happen in the storylines with  baby Wiley, Nina’s child, and more? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Discuss Their Departure From DAYS, New Beginnings & WilSon’s Journey

This week, Days of our Lives viewers saw the highly-anticipated exit off the canvas, for now,  of Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith as Will and Sonny.

Tuesday marked their final airshow, while the actors found out they were being written-out of the show and had filmed their last six episodes over seven months ago, because at that time and before the pandemic, DAYS was taping far in advance of air.

Now with this leg of their journey complete as the popular Salem duo, Chandler and Freddie are embarking on new chapters of their lives, as Chandler details his move to Atlanta and Freddie in a few weeks to Florida.  But as they discuss in this very special conversation with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, they are not stopping acting either.

During this “farewell for now” interview with Michael, the two actors open up about their final scripts, their last tape day, how both characters helped many individuals come out and come to terms with who they are via watching Will’s coming out story, Will and Sonny’s on-screen relationship and more.

In addition, Freddie discusses what happened when he auditioned for the role of Sonny and what he thinks helped land him the gig; Chandler shares a story about a fan that is very moving, and that his biggest regret was not getting to play the wedding scenes between Will and Sonny (Guy Wilson at that time had stepped into the role of Will).   The duo also reveal their favorite and least favorite storylines they were involved in, and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

So, what do you think about what Freddie and Chandler had to share during our conversation? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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