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The Scott and Melissa Reeves Interview – The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show (EX-Y&R & DAYS)

Scott and Melissa Reeves

They were soap opera’s cutest couple, and each in their own right played a beloved character for years on daytime. I could only be talking about Scott and Melissa Reeves. As Jennifer Horton Deveraux on Days of our Lives, Melissa played the loveable heroine from 1985 to 1995, and then left the series to spend time with her husband Scott and her children. She later returned in 2000 for six years until 2006.

For ten years, Scott played Ryan McNeil on The Young and the Restless until 2001. Then with family in tow, the duo moved to Nashville where Scott went into music as one half of the country duo Blue County. And after some success, Scott and Melissa have decided to bring their knowledge of country music and soaps to the airwaves, in their upcoming new weekly radio show, The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show.

It was great to speak to the duo recently. Scott was with me in LA during our taping and Melissa back home in Nashville. We talked about the soaps, their marriage, and what to expect from their radio show, and I wanted to find out, could a return to the soaps be imminent from these two darlings of soap land?

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MICHAEL:

Melissa, how is your farm in Nashville?

MELISSA:

The farm is so good, but it’s missing the main farmer!

MICHAEL:

What is it like when you two are separated for any length of time? Is it good to have a short break?

MELISSA:

No, because we are not used to being separated. I don’t sleep well when he is not here, and I have to clean up all the poop.

MICHAEL:

Jennifer Horton just said, “Cleans up all the poop”?

Melissa ReevesMELISSA:

Yes, Jennifer Horton is a farm girl now. It’s very humbling.

SCOTT:

There is video footage on my face book where you can see Jennifer Horton cleaning up goat stalls.

MICHAEL:

So, are the two of you keeping up with your former soaps – Missy with DAYS and Scott with Y&R?

MELISSA:

Oh, yeah. If we are lying in bed at night and flipping through the channels and catch SOAPnet, we will kind of peek into what is happening with everyone and see how everyone is. It’s so fun to look.

MICHAEL:

How do you think everyone is holding up?

MELISSA:

Great! Let me tell you, Days of our Lives actors and the fans have such stamina that they are going to be just fine.

SCOTT:

That’s right, and one of my best friends is Steve Burton on GH, and we have a great rapport. Also, he kind of fills us in on what is going on in the soap world, so we have a pretty good in. When I was in LA last, I hung out with Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) who I shared an apartment with on-screen for a brief time on The Young and the Restless.

Blue CountyMICHAEL:

To go back a minute, Scott and Melissa, you moved to Nashville so Scott could do his country music career with the duo Blue County. What has happened with that?

SCOTT:

It was crazy! When I stepped away from the acting world and took a deep breath and got a new perspective, I teamed up with my buddy Aaron Benward and created Blue County. We came out of
the gate with all guns blazing. Our first record was a top ten hit and it was kind of crazy as Missy can attest. I was instantly gone, and on a bus for three years. It was crazy and nuts. It was
one of the best experiences in my life and one of the most trying six years of my life. We signed a record deal in 2003, and as of late we went our own ways, still doing music and writing. But recently we have been working with our daughter, Emily.

MICHAEL:

Little Emily is now a budding recording artist? Oh, my God, Melissa, I remember her when she was only two!

MELISSA:

I know it is hard to watch! We think we have one year left with her. She is 17 now, and she is ready to move out and go to college. Emily is into music and singing and she has gotten her whole life rolling. It’s weird to watch because she was just two years old! Where did the time go? And to watch our son, Larry who is now 12, is just incredible.

MICHAEL:

Melissa, what was it like when you were able to watch Scott up on stage?

Sott Missy and familyMELISSA:

It was so cool! I just feel like God has blessed our lives in so many areas.
My husband has been able to dabble in so many industries and be successful at every single one, and I think that’s fun, and with that comes so many new people to meet, and a whole new world to step into. It’s scary and exciting, and Scott has always given us this fun, exciting, gypsy sort of life. It has its ups and downs, but the four of us are always together. I would not have it any other way.

MICHAEL:

Any possibility you would return to DAYS as Jennifer, and you Scott as Ryan’s twin on Y&R? (Laughs)

MELISSA:

I always said, “If I were to go back to work, it would always be DAYS.” I wouldn’t feel right walking on to another set and it would be really hard. Days of our Lives is in my heart, and it just defined so much of my life when I was younger. Coming to California to work there was an amazing experience, and Ken Corday (exec prod, DAYS) was so good to me. That was my home and my second family.

MICHAEL:

So it’s never out the realm of possibility for a Jen Horton sighting?

MELISSA:

If they call…I mean, I don’t think that is where they are at that moment, but if they were to call I have a special place in my heart for DAYS, always.

Matt and Missy last dayMICHAEL:

I am starting a “Bring Back Jennifer Horton” campaign, not to break you and Scott up, but I will bring him out here, too. (Laughs)

MELISSA:

That’s right, and maybe he could visit another soap town in the soap world.

MICHAEL:

Scott, you were so identifiable as Ryan on Y&R. Do you still get huge fan response from that?

SCOTT:

It’s phenomenal! When I got into country music I soon came to realize that the people that listen to country music are the same people that watch daytime TV. I would be on stage… and I went from being in front of the camera to being in front of 20,000-80,000 people at one time. We got to do a lot of incredible things. We opened for pretty much all the big country acts. I wanted to go into music and initially be appreciated for the music, because I did not want people to have this tainted view of who was I from the acting world going into country music. I went in using my first name, which is Gregory. But then, as we started visiting radio stations and people would come into these conference rooms, and go, “Were you on ‘Y&R’?” And I would go, “Yeah. You caught me.” Then we would be at shows at giant festivals, and from the distance I would hear, “Ryan McNeil”. So it was phenomenal, and pretty soon I was inundated from fans who watched me on Y&R, and they were also the same fans who were requesting our songs on country radio. They remained incredibly loyal and when we are out and about they ask us, “When are you going back? We miss you.” Soap fans are pretty phenomenal.

MELISSA:

The best!

Scott and Melissa ReevesMICHAEL:

And that brings us to your new show, The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show, which is going to combine country and soap operas. So, are you two going to be the next Regis and Kelly of radio?

MELISSA:

I don’t know. Scott and I always love to work together. We did a TV movie together, which we loved, Half a Dozen Babies and Lifetime still plays it a lot. However, when we can keep our family together, we love it. We get to work together and do this radio show. My dad was a disc jockey in New Jersey his whole life, so he is thrilled that Scott and I are on the radio together. That is fun for him.

MICHAEL:

Did he give you any tips?

MELISSA:

He is a pro, and he goes back to the old days of radio. And of course, its make sure you annunciate!

MICHAEL:

So, what is going to go on when one tunes-in to The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show?

SCOTT:

There is going to be a lot of country music, and we are going to be interviewing songwriters, artists, and we will be cross-promoting soap operas because, again, it’s going to be the same people that listen to country music as well as watch soaps. We are going to be having a Michael Fairman segment!

MICHAEL:

Who? Yes, and I am going to be doing the soap news and special guest interviews with the favorites in the soap genre.

SCOTT:

It’s going to be a lot of fun. After being involved in the musical aspect of this for six years, our family was inundated with the country genre. So, we got an inside view of the country music world and what it’s like.

MELISSA:

And, I really felt it was like the soap world, a really small community of people that were so sweet and were willing to take us in.

MICHAEL:

And everybody knew everybody’s business, just like the soap world. (Laughs)

MELISSA:

Pretty much. It’s a small country town. They were so gracious to us moving here, and they embraced our family. We feel privileged to bring both worlds together in one place.

MICHAEL:

I like your concept. Will you play music on the show, as well as have guests?

Scott Reeves on StageSCOTT:

We will have guests playing music, and we will have giant songwriters that have written hits. A lot of the artists are soap fans themselves, and you would be surprised when we’ve gone to award shows, and how many people would say they watched the soaps.

MELISSA:

It is fun to hear who has watched, and we always are shocked to hear who they are!

MICHAEL:

So when I am out in LA interviewing the soap stars maybe you can speak with them for a… minute? (Laughs)

MELISSA:

I love it. I can’t wait.

MICHAEL:

I am going to find out all the dirt, and then we can take some calls from your listeners?

MELISSA:

Yes. I will take some calls and talk to my soap friends!

SCOTT:

If you turn on the show it will peak your interest, and it’s going to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

MICHAEL:

Will you have some fun interaction between the two of you?

MELISSA:

Scott and Missy kissWe are best friends, and we work together all the time. People say to me, “I would go crazy if I worked with my spouse all the time!” We have had 20 years of a really blessed marriage, and not that it’s always been easy, but we pushed through it and you know what, it’s been worth it. It’s worth it all. And the longer we are together, the more we love each other, and our friendship has grown to this incredible life together. I always think if people can get through the hard times when they are really young, then it can be great. We are having such a great time in our life right now.

MICHAEL:

Back in the day, every one called you “soaps cutest couple”!

MELISSA:

Now we are the cutest couple with a few wrinkles. (She laughs)

SCOTT:

I have been so blessed to have a wife like Melissa. She tells it like it is, and tells you what you need to hear because she loves you. She has no bones about it. She won’t let me compromise. Melissa loves her family more than anyone I have seen in my life, and she will do anything to protect her family, and to protect me.

MICHAEL:

Missy, do you stay in touch with Matt Ashford (Ex- Jack, DAYS)?

MELISSA:

No, but we are on facebook and I love it. Now Scott has got me started with Twitter. I am officially a Twit. (She laughs)

Matt and MissyMICHAEL:

Jack and Jennifer were one of the best soap couples of all time, and the circus wedding, one of the best nuptials ever. What did you think about the wedding?

MELISSA:

Oh yes, it was amazing, but when we were practicing my whole dress ripped in the back and came open.

SCOTT:

We have a picture of that; where Melissa was on a pole that went up in the air, and this was at Universal Studios, and her dress popped all the way down the back.

MELISSA:

They had to sew me back into it. It was unbelievable.

MICHAEL:

People loved that wedding so much; that on the Internet you can still get the vows.

SCOTT:

We have seen that!

MICHAEL:

It was one of the beautiful written poems… Now there is no rain…..

Matt and MissyMELISSA:

I loved it, too. I thought it was a great story and the writers who wrote it, got it. They got us, but writer’s change, and when they came in they did not get us as well. So, it’s always a little bit of a struggle, but Matthew and I worked really well together. He was so crazy, and I was not so crazy. Matthew brought out a funnier side of me that I did not know I had, and it just clicked, and it worked. We had our kids at the same time and we all knew each other and it was just a good, good mix. The funny thing about those vows is; that they told me I have to memorize these lines, but those vows are so long that they said I could read them. I said, “I don’t know if I want to read them.” I get there the next morning and they go, “Oh, no. You can’t read them. You absolutely have to have them memorized.” So literally, within 30 minutes I had to memorize them and they were some of my favorite lines. It was this beautiful long poem.

SCOTT:

Missy does not give herself the credit she is due, and she is a great actress. Every night she would be saying her lines and saying to me, “How am I going to do this?” And I would say, “You do it every time!”

MELISSA:

And I would usually cry!

SCOTT:

And she would usually cry, and they would give her so much, but they knew she would be able to do it.

MICHAEL:

Melissa, at one point, was carrying the show. And at one point, she was on everyday with huge amounts of dialog!

MELISSA:

But, once you know it and do it, its fun. It’s that initial sitting down and looking at it thinking, “Oh, no. How in the world am I going to fit this in my brain?”

MICHAEL:

Did you ever critique each other’s work when you were on DAYS, Melissa, and when Scott was on Y&R?

MELISSA:

Well there were certain times when I would want him to watch certain days.

Matt and Missy Husband and WivesSCOTT:

If you think about it, the person who is going to give me the most honest response and answer is my wife. So we would sit each other down if we were concerned about certain things like, how we were going to pull something off, or ask, “Can you watch this and let me know what you think?” And inevitably with Missy, I would go, “Are you kidding me? What was wrong with that?”

MELISSA:

I think you are biased.

MICHAEL:

Ryan on Y&R, when he dies….oh, hankies!

MELISSA:

It was so sad.

SCOTT:

It was very sad.

MELISSA:

My mother-in-law still will not watch it, because it was so sad.

SCOTT:

You had to watch me die. It was a combination of great writing and a sad couple of days on the set, and you know when you are on a show like that you are part of a family. I was saying goodbye to some of my best friends. So you find yourself thinking it is so real. Ending a run like that, a lot of times you are going, “Man, they wrote some of the best stuff at the end!”

MICHAEL:

Well, this is what bothers me about that: The soaps always give the actor who is being written off this great material at the end, and during their run they seldom would give them something worthy of their talents. It’s the consolation prize!

Melissa ReevesSCOTT:

Right, “We are going to give you some of your best work, because you are leaving!”

MELISSA:

Right, usually your best work is on your last day!

SCOTT:

I would think, “Oh, man! I wish I could have had some of this throughout the years.”

MELISSA;

It’s hard, and we always say, “We would not want the writer’s job; to come up
with stuff every single day to make it interesting.”

MICHAEL:

Ever pinch yourself how cool that the two of you were on Y&R and DAYS, two of the top soaps of all-time?

MELISSA:

Yes, and especially now, when it’s so hard for so many of our friends to get work. I think that we were very fortunate, and you can never take it for granted. It’s a hard industry and hard to get into.

MICHAEL:

So Melissa, are you fine being an at home mom, or are you itching to do something creative?

MELISSA:

I feel I am always doing something creative. I love being home. I am sewing or taking pictures, and that side of you never stops working. There are days when I am cleaning up the stall and poop where I go, “Gosh, I miss sitting in that make-up chair and getting my hair and make up done.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

I can see why…. being pampered in the make-up chair or… being out with the poop.

MELISSA:

I know, but I had my time to do that and if it happens again one day… great. But this is great for me, too. It’s good to clean poop sometimes, Michael. It’s humbling.

Scott and Missy at home in NashvilleSCOTT:

There are some friends of ours starting a new theatre group in Nashville, because there are incredible talents in Nashville; actors and singers who want to work. So, Missy went and met with friends who want us to be involved in any degree we can be.

MICHAEL:

Do you miss LA?

MELISSA:

I love the both Nashville and LA. I love that our children had the experience to live in both places. The one thing we always compare…Southern hospitality is a plus, but then you go in Los Angeles and people tell it like it is. And in the south they tell it like it is with this sweet little smile! (She laughs) We are gypsies and I am not kidding. If we felt like we wanted or needed to move to Montana, we would go. We drive everywhere. Our kids have been in the car more hours than not in their life. I want them to experience people from all over our country. I don’t ever want them to feel like they live in one place, so they cannot pick up and go.

SCOTT:

Missy’s dream, and I could be there eventually one day; it’s her Airstream day. She wants to get in a car and go and live in an Airstream.

MELISSA:

I call it my Airstream dream, and the whole thing mortifies the kids.

MICHAEL:

I am mortified! What happened to you, Jennifer Horton?

MELISSA:

We were driving for two months this summer and every time we would pass an Airstream, I would go, “Airstream.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

On your radio show, what country acts would you love to interview? I would love you to have Keith Urban on!

SCOTT:

Maybe husband and wife!

MICHAEL:

Oh, yeah his wife, Nicole Kidman, definitely her, too. (Laughs)

Scott ReevesSCOTT:

They are so sweet. We see them. They live right around the corner from us. They hang out, and that is what is cool about Nashville. We live in a town called Leipers Fork and you can go there and just be you. It’s the closest to a normal life these people can have. And you will see Nicole Kidman jogging down the street, and they will be at the coffee place, and over here is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. We were walking out of our grocery store and in walk Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Michael was a huge Y&R fan, and I had met him before

MICHAEL:

Who would you love to have on your show and love to ask a question?

SCOTT:

I would love to have Dolly Parton. She is an amazing songwriter.

MELISSA:

And I am a long time Trisha Yearwood fan.

SCOTT:

And Trisha Yearwood is a long time fan of Missy.

MELISSA:

Well, her mom is the sweetest, sweetest fan ever from DAYS.

MICHAEL:

Anyone in the new country you would like to interview?

MELISSA:

Taylor Swift, because Emily would swallow her tongue.

MICHAEL:

You are not going to do a “Kanye” to Taylor Swift on your show?

MELISSA:

Oh, good grief, no!

SCOTT:

I think it’s sad, because obviously Kanye is insecure for some reason.

MELISSA:

If I was his mom, I would give him a spanking.

MICHAEL:

Who should I interview?

Scott and Melissa ReevesMELISSA:

Of course, everyone from DAYS!

SCOTT:

It would be hard to pick everyone out, because we love everyone in the soap world. They are so great and everybody knows each other. Martha Byrne comes to mind. We have so much in common with anybody in the soap world, and it would be fun reminiscing and to talk to them.

MICHAEL:

Well, it’s been great chatting with you again, and I guess the three of us will be talking it up soon on your new show! It’s coming soon.

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well thats so great that ure a happy couple i berly watch youre movie the half a dozoen i really love it…i give u the best wishes…

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Hi I live in Mayfield ky. Its 20 miles from Paducah ky. Watching the telethon of stars tonight an seen your beautiful family Scott & Melissa. Enjoyed seeing your husband & daughter preform. Your daughter has become a beautiful & talented young lady. She has two great role models.
Wish I could be at the telethon tonight but unfortunately in sick . Maybe next year.
Great job Emily!!! Very beautiful with an amazing voice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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