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THE NADIA BJORLIN AND SHAWN CHRISTIAN INTERVIEW – DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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Dr. Daniel and Chloe have been heating up Salem with their illicit affair for months now. However, with Kate ready to bring them both down with a serious and deadly revenge plot, Lucas’s memories prior to his accident returning to him, and his AA sponsor, Maggie trying to protect him, me thinks, the sexiest couple on daytime television is about to be in serious hot water!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with two of the sexiest stars to ever grace daytime screens, Shawn Christian and Nadia Bjorlin, about all things DANLOE, and the twists and turns that Dr. Daniel and Chloe have gone through to hide their feelings from the ones they love…. and yet, that magnetic pull that continually draws them together.

Always funny, witty, and charming… here are Nadia and Shawn!

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

Nadia, what did you think when you found out you were going to be paired with “hottie” Dr. Daniel?

NADIA:

I wake up dreading my day, and coming to the office. (She laughs) No, it’s the best job in the world, please. We have a really good time at work and we get paid for it. What else could I ask for?

MICHAEL:

Shawn, when you found out that you and Nadia were going to be paired together, what did you think?

SHAWN:

I wanted to re-negotiate my contract. (He laughs) No, I was like, “You don’t have to pay me.”

MICHAEL:

Chole and Daniel… why are they sustaining this affair, and why can’t they stop?

NADIA:

First of all, Chloe is crazy now.

MICHAEL:

I’m still having trouble knowing that she is friends with Nicole!

chloePraying.jpgNADIA:

I know, right? Let’s start there. We have all forgotten about our pasts on this show and completely taken new paths. Chloe has thought that this is some act of God. She asked God for forgiveness and redemption. Now, at this point, she believes that everything that has happened is a sign from God, and God is telling her to be a certain way, I guess. I don’t know. I never thought Chloe to be the really religious type or that kind of character, but I think when people are seeking something, they get desperate. They will look for anything as sort of a sign, and this is what she has found.

MICHAEL:

So, Dr. Daniel has tried to stay away from the beautiful Chloe, and then you seem drawn back together…. for comfort?
Um… I think it’s more than that!

SHAWN:

I do turn back for comfort. No, it’s not comfort. We have moments of weakness for God sakes! What you have got now are two people who are really trying to do the right thing, trying to make the best out of this situation. Daniel does want Lucas and Chloe to be happy, but the personal demons keep haunting him at night, whenever he sees her. That is why he is trying to keep the walls at bay, and Kate specifically. Just let them be happy and try to put this in the past.

MICHAEL:

Lucas does not know yet, and Kate holds all the cards now.

SHAWN:

She is tormenting both of us. Kate kind of toys with me and she will goad at Daniel, just keeping it a secret. The thing about Daniel is, he knows Kate wants her son ultimately to be happy. His ace in the hole is you might tell him anyway, because you want your son to be happy, and if you do, you just might screw up something for your son.

firingChloe.jpgMICHAEL:

I thought it was hilarious that Kate fired Chloe from her TV show. Where did this TV show come into the equation? When was Chloe an on-air personality?

NADIA:

Oh, yeah. Well, Kate’s company decided to start a TV show. Basically, a Martha Stewart type of show, but she wanted it for a younger generation. Kate asked Chloe to host the show since Chloe doesn’t work. She wants Chloe to work for her. Then, she can start to tangle this wicked web. She has some revenge plot up her sleeve that she is obviously keeping that from all of us.

SHAWN:

She tangles it in front of us, and she has some sort of master plan.

NADIA:

She does have a master plan.

MICHAEL:

So, Kate fired Chloe under the guise that Chloe looks horrible on camera?

shawnGlamour.jpgNADIA:

It was out of pure anger when she revealed to Chloe that she knows about the affair. Kate says, “I owe Daniel something.” And to Daniel she says,  “Listen, I am not going to say anything because I owe you for my sons life, and for my life, and you have done a lot of good for my family.” But then comes to Chloe and says, “I don’t owe you a thing. I have my eye on you and I won’t say anything because I want my son to be happy, but you are basically at my beck and call. If you slip up once, you’re dead, literally and figuratively!”

MICHAEL:

But, Daniel tried to leave Salem this week, but alas…

SHAWN:

He can’t take it anymore! He is so frustrated, and he can’t sleep and he can’t put this behind him, like he thought he would. What has him so pissed off is that Chloe is sacrificing her own happiness for Lucas, when in fact he thinks he was happier with her but more miserable when he was alone. So, Daniel decides to leave, and before he leaves he has a run in with Chloe, which changes his mind. A comforting run-in, can I say that? (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

How do you justify Daniel’s motivations? Is he truly still a “womanizer”?

SHAWN:

Well, now I think he is more surprised that he is so taken with this woman, Chloe. So, no, I don’t see him as a womanizer and I never really did. What I do see is someone who lives life to the fullest. If he has feelings he will go with them, fortunately or unfortunately, without regards to the consequences. But, that’s how he lives his life, and unfortunately some people got wounded. Now he is left with pieces to pick up.

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What does he feel for Kate now; Daniel has gone through so much with her, including a romance?

SHAWN:

Ironically, it’s funny. I get a lot of static from people telling me that you went from the grandmother to the granddaughter and now you went to the town slut…..

NADIA:

Hey!

MICHAEL:

And before this she was, “Ghoul Girl”?

NADIA:

I know, and define slut? I have been with 3 other men on the show. She has only been married to Brady and Phillip, and then Lucas, and now Dr. Dan. But c’mon, in a span of a lifetime?

SHAWN:

C’mon, and I did not sleep with the granddaughter Chelsea, or Lexie. For some reason, I am attached to that…

NADIA:

I think it’s you and any woman you are in a room with!

SHAWN:

I think it’s come to that now. They might as well go, “I think Bo and Daniel are having an affair.”

NADIA:

Honey, it’s a gift! You just have it. I think there are some DANDY fans now, and that would be the acronym for Brady and Daniel!

SHAWN:

I think that happens whenever I am in a scene now with somebody new.

hotkiss.jpgMICHAEL:

Daniel and Chloe have
their own name.

NADIA:

DANLOE!

SHAWN:

I like to call them “Nasty, wild crazy.” It’s funny! It took the fans awhile to come out of the closet for us.

NADIA:

I know they were all ashamed to love us for a while!

SHAWN:

Someone would mention it, and you would see a few people cower in the corner!

NADIA:

People felt dirty liking this couple, which was great!

MICHAEL:

Lucas has memory flashes this week, where all of this could come flooding back and remember his wife’s betrayal, or not? Boy, it’s taken what?… four or five months now?

NADIA:

God love, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas).

MICHAEL:

How dumb can they make poor Lucas, and continue to dummy down the men on “DAYS”?

dattillo.jpgNADIA:

Yeah, that is sort of how they played it out and it’s consistent with his character, though. Lucas is continually hurt, and I don’t want to lump myself in that category of women who dupe him but…

MICHAEL:

Well, sorry you did (He laughs)

NADIA:

Well, Chloe is not as bad as all the things that Sámi or Nicole has done in the past.

SHAWN:

Personally, Lucas would not believe that Daniel and Chloe had anything to do with each other.

MICHAEL:

Isn’t it just so uncomfortable for Daniel to be around Lucas?

SHAWN:

Daniel gets frustrated with Lucas. He thinks, “Oh, I don’t know why he is very washy- washy about his relationship with Chloe.” Daniel thinks, “You have to be kidding me? If you have this woman in this relationship and in your life… go for it… skip the rest and stop worrying about all the other crap.”

MICIHAEL:

Do you think Daniel and Chloe are the end game for each other?

NADIA:

That a good question, because you never know around here.

MICHAEL. …

Well, that’s an understatement!

NADIA:

Sometimes, you really believe your story is going in one direction, and then you are completely blindsided.

MICHAEL

I have no idea what you are talking about! (He laughs)

SHAWN:

At one point, Daniel and Chloe are going to run away together, and in another script they are running away from one another.

drDaniel.jpgMICHAEL:

Has Daniel ever told any of his other women that he loved them?

SHAWN:

I have never told anyone I loved them, except Chloe….just defending myself. (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

Does Chloe truly love Daniel?

NADIA:

She is in love with Daniel. This is an age-old question, and it’s what I like about this whole scenario. It goes to show, that there are different levels of love. You can love people differently. People think
there is this ideal version of love and only one way you can love somebody. But, you can love somebody or be in love with somebody. It’s kind of when you have a first love and you end up laughing about it year’s later. I think that is what is so wonderful about being human, and I think that is where Chloe is. She loves Lucas, but maybe she never realized she could be in love with somebody else. So, she is trying to do the right thing, but she was caught off guard by this deep passionate love by somebody else.

SHAWN:

Love is not always found in a pretty package. It’s was not wrapped in a pretty little bow, and it caught them both off guard. The next thing you know, they were on the crazy train to nowhere.

MICHAEL:

How has “DAYS” changed from months ago, when there were all the cast cuts of the veterans? How are people feeling over at the set now, in regards to fearing for their jobs?

SHAWN:

It’s pretty calm and chill, but then again, I live in a cave down here.

nadiaBlue.jpgNADIA:

I always feel I am the last one to know anything about anything. I think things are pretty good, and the energy around here is pretty great. We all work so well together, and we enjoy being with each other. There is a great camaraderie, so
I can’t complain.

SHAWN:

Can I complain about Nadia now? (He laughs)

MICHAEL:

Speaking of Nadia, if you were to describe her in a few words, what would you say?

SHAWN:

One word…delicious!

MICHAEL:

Nadia, your turn.

NADIA:

That I can say in public? Just kidding. I am honored, and I have the best time working with Shawn. He is a true professional and he really makes showing up to work exciting. He is always challenging me because he really loves his job and he loves his work. It makes me want to be a better actor. It’s true. I feel fortunate to work with him and I hope that translates.

MICHAEL:

Nadia, you and the “DAYS” cast have a big fan event coming up this weekend. Tell us about it. It is something that hits very close to home.

glances.jpgNADIA:

My father was a conductor and composer of classical music, and he was a wonderful musician and wonderful dad. I am one of his six children and he passed away when I was thirteen years old. He had a profound effect on my entire family, so I have always been interested in helping out with The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, and I think everything in life happens for a reason. And, there was this storyline years ago where Chloe had leukemia, and then I was the Ambassador for The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, and it sort of has been ever-present in my life. So, I was glad to help them out. I am actually throwing a charity event during the unofficial “DAYS” fan club weekend. That starts out Friday night with the Annual Jim Reynolds Basketball game, which is its 20th year of doing that. Then on Saturday, Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols have an event at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City. Then our event is from 6-10pm that night, and it’s cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. We have an amazing turn out from the cast. I am going, Shawn is going, as well as Darin Brooks, Molly Burnett, Eric Martsolf, Shelley Hennig, Bryan Datillo, Rachel Melvin, Arianne Zuker, James Scott, Brandon Beemer and Galen Gering. They are all showing up and giving their time, and it’s a fun mingling cocktail party for the weekend. So, we are using that fun time for the fans to chat with us, and to make some money. All the proceeds go to The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, and you can find out all the details at www.dayscharityevents.com!

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Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

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Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

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Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

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Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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