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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.

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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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There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

Photo: JPI

Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

Photo: JPI

How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

Photo: IMDB

Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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