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The Peter Reckell Interview – Days of our Lives

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Twenty six years after Peter Reckell debuted on daytime television screens, as the rebellious anti-hero Bo Brady of Days of our Lives, the actor finally scored his first acting nomination for this year’s Daytime Emmys.  To say Peter is the sentimental favorite to walk away with the Outstanding Lead Actor prize is an understatement.  Bo Brady along with his love-interest and wife, Hope Williams Brady (played by Kristian Alfonso), are one of soaps most recognizable, beloved all-time super couples.

In real life Peter is a down to earth environmentalist, husband to Kelly Moneymaker, and a new dad!  In November 2007, Peter and Kelly welcomed their little girl, Loden Sloan Reckell into the world.  At the time of our interview Peter was taking care of his daughter, and in love with being a dad.

Now as Days or our Lives picks up steam in the ratings, and the news that former on-screen love interest Crystal Chappell is returning this fall as Dr. Carly Manning, Peter has high hopes for Bo’s future.  Fans who have been disappointed at the actors’ lack of storyline this year, just have a few months to wait for an exciting new twist in Bo’s and Hope’s on-screen life.

In this candid and joyful interview, Peter and I discuss Emmy night, his nomination, and the days ahead for “DAYS”.

Listen to the audio:

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MICHAEL:

What did you submit for the Daytime Emmys for competition in the Lead Actor category that brought you your first nomination?

PETER:

It was right after the plane crash.  I was in the hospital with the pancreas issue, and I was talking about Pop dying, basically.  And that was it.

MICHAEL:

This was directly after the crash?

emmyPerformance.jpgPETER:

It was the first or second episode after the plane crash.  I was in the hospital talking to Roman about what happened, and talking to Ma about what happened.

MICHAEL:

What resonated for you with that performance that you decided to choose it as your submission for the Outstanding Lead Actor category?

PETER:

It’s that the basic value of the show is family values.  Here I am talking with my brother and my mom about Pop and how important he was, and is to all of us.  So, I don’t think you get better soap opera than that.  That is what Days of our Lives is all about.

MICHAEL:

So how did you hear that you were one of the five finalists for Outstanding Lead Actor?

PETER:

I don’t even pay attention to them anymore, and it was wild.  I was feeding my child Loden her breakfast, and did not even know the nominations were coming out that day.  One of our producers called and said, “Hey, congratulations,” and I am like, “Whoa, thanks… for what?”  He told me about the Emmys and I was like, “Whoa dude. I totally forgot about all that.”  It was quite surprise.

kellyPeter.jpgMICHAEL:

What did your wife, Kelly Moneymaker, say when she found out after all these years on Days of our Lives, and in soaps, that you got a Lead Actor nod?

PETER:

After she stopped crying and hugging me, she said, “I am so proud of you. It’s about time.”

MICHAEL:

It is about time.  For those who may not be aware, how long have you been playing Bo Brady?

PETER:

I started in 1983 and there were six years that I was not on the show between 1983 and now.  However, most of the time, I have been there at “DAYS”.

MICHAEL:

So now are you planning on getting something to wear on the red carpet and for the festivities?  I know dressing up is not one of your favorite things.

PETER:

I am having my wife talking to me about it, and the people at work are talking to me about it. I go, “I got a tuxedo.  I will just wear that.” They are like, “No. No. You have got to have something special.”  I said, “OK, whatever.”

MICHAEL:

In the Lead Actor category, you are up against Tony Geary (Luke, “GH”), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, “Y&R”), Thorsten Kaye (Zach, “AMC”), and Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, “GL”).  Are you familiar with these gentlemen’s work as actors?

kristianPeter.jpgPETER:

Oh, absolutely.  They have all been around for awhile.  It’s weird to try and pick one of us as one being better than the other.  Every year it changes.

MICHAEL:

What did your long time acting partner, Kristian Alfonso (Hope),
say when you said, “I am now a Daytime Emmy nominee!”

PETER:

I give her partial credit for this, because the two of us are a pair and we work hard together. She also said, “Well, it’s about time somebody got it.”  She is happy for me.

MICHAEL:

If you actually win and get to make an acceptance speech, will you prepare one ahead of time?

PETER:

It’s hard for me not to prepare a speech.  It’s kind of in my head already, and the problem is making it fit in whatever it is…20 seconds they give you.  You’ve got so many people to thank, and so many things you want to say in a moment like that.  It will be difficult to make it short and sweet.

MICHAEL:

I think we have all determined that you are the sentimental favorite to win because all of us have watched you for so many years, and Bo is such an iconic character.  Why do you think Bo has stood the test of time and is such an iconic soap character?

edPeter.jpgPETER:

I bet if I could answer that they would pay me an awful lot. (He laughs)  I really don’t know. It’s a combination of the writing and the producers, and the people I work opposite of.  I have been a very fortunate person, and a very fortunate actor to be where I am at with this particular set of circumstances for so many years.  I asked Ed Scott (ex- co-executive producer, “DAYS”) that once. You know, he was the second person that called me and told me, “congratulations” after the nominations came out.

MICHAEL:

But is it true, that Ed Scott predicted you would be nominated awhile back?

PETER:

Well, last year we were sitting at the Emmys and the show got nominated for four awards. We were all just excited because of that.  In the past, Days of our Lives, hardly ever gets nominated for Emmys.  So we were all just sitting there happy as hell that we got that many nominations, and I said, “Yeah. I don’t know if I will ever get one of these,” and Ed says, “Just wait till next year.”  Yeah, he is a pretty good producer.

MICHAEL:

Now, the news comes that Crystal Chappell is heading back to “DAYS” as Dr. Carly Manning.  I spoke to her recently, and she told me she is looking forward to working with you again.  Obviously, this will be major story for Bo!

PETER:

Yeah. They told me she was coming back, and I was floored, because last I knew she was in New York working.  I knew Guiding Light got cancelled. It has been awhile since I had a major story.  I had that short storyline last year with the material that I submitted for the Emmys, but I have been used recently to just support other people’s storylines.  They told me Crystal was coming back, and I was like, “Oh, that means I am going to be busy!”  I had gotten into being a real-life dad. With acting it has sort of been… I go to the studio…do what I’ve got to do, which I love, but I have been being a dad.  It’s going to be exciting because Crystal is an astounding actress!

crystalChappel.jpgMICHAEL:

She is an awesome actress, Peter.
I think Crystal is one of the best actresses on daytime.

PETER:

Yeah, she is.  I am going to have to ask her how the Bo/Carly story all resolved back then. She worked with me for a year or so…

MICHAEL:

…And then you left and Robert Kelker Kelly took over the role…

PETER:

Right.  So I am not sure how that all ended up.

MICHAEL:

So obviously with Kristian in the mix, there will be a triangle for Carly/Bo/Hope?

PETER:

Yeah and I am looking forward to it.  To have that triangle, is going to be pretty killer.

MICHAEL:

Last question, how is fatherhood?

PETER:

daysEmmyCele.jpgI am loving it.  Being a dad is great. I am just sitting here waiting for her to wake-up from her nap.  I am just sitting outside Loden’s door waiting for her to make her first few noises so I can go in and play with her.  It’s an amazing thing, and I am having a great time.

MICHAEL:

I will see you at the Emmys!

PETER:

Good.  I am looking forward to it!

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

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!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

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.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

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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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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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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