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Video Interview: John-Paul Lavoisier Previews His Role In WINTERTHORNE & His Upcoming Debut As DAYS New Phillip Kiriakis!


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As the highly-anticipated online series Winterthorne is set to have its online debut this Thursday, August 27th, over the next few days leading up to it,  On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you some red carpet video interviews with the cast taped at the Winterthorne premiere and screening held just over a week ago.

John-Paul Lavoisier is having quite the resurgence in his soap opera career! Beloved for his portrayal of Rex Balsom for almost a decade on One Life to Live, his fans have been clamoring to see him on their daytime screens again, and now they will have the opportunity to do so – in two different shows and formats!  Up first, John-Paul makes his debut in Winterthorne in the role of Hugh Cambridge, and that is followed by his contract role on Days of our Lives as the new Phillip Kiriakis!

When discussing with Lavoisier the exciting casting news that he is the new Phillip Kiriakis of Salem, and what it feels like to be part of that iconic clan, JP Responded:  “You know, it’s funny.  On One Life I started out as sort of a kid and grew up.  Now being a Kiriakis and being at DAYS, I feel like an official grown-up.  I wear suits every single day and I am corporate.  Working with John Aniston (Victor), I’m like this business man.  I’m doing man stuff, posing in my suit! (Laughs)  I’ve got like computers and paperwork and talking about Taiwan negotiations and all kinds of stuff.   So, it’s different.  One of my favorite movies of all-time is Glengarry Glen Ross, and it’s finally come to use.  I get to use that knowledge and demeanor and bring that to this project, and so it’s good.”


As to what to look forward to in those outdoorsy scenes that feature Lavoisier’s character of Hugh and Martha Madison’s Miranda Winterthorne in the Winterthorne promos,  JP teased: “I probably shouldn’t say why because it will ruin it, but these are my Winterthorne scars! (shows hand).  I just legitimately got this on set and you will see why.  I absolutely had fun being in Winterthorne, because for me I got the chance to be in the woods in real life.  It feels really real.  It felt like I was on vacation, instead of being in a studio.”

Watch the video interview with John-Paul after the jump.  Then let us know if are you excited to see him as Hugh in Winterthorne and as the new Phillip on DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I can’t wait! JPL is just the shot Days needs. I wish Melissa Archer wasn’t leaving.

Had she been Sarah Horton, Melissa and John couldve been working together again as StepSiblings in the K mansion after playing bro and stepsis on OLTL!!!(or was he Clints son which would made them halfsibs…iz 4get…lol) but whatever…it wouldve been nice seeing them working together again!!!

(Rex was Clint’s son via that no good Echo DiSavoy.) You are so right. JP and Melissa worked so well together on OLTL. It would have been great to reunite them. Too bad TPTB didn’t think of that.

JPL & MA had great chemistry on OLTL. Loved them with Roxy.

I like JP & glad he’s on Days… but personally will miss JKJ as Phillip. I’m now waiting to see if they recast Stephanie w/ Patch back.

I hope they write the character in such a way that does not detract from JPL ‘s natural charisma and comic abilities. We have already seen Chad go from being a laid back fun loving kid, to a buttoned up, intense, suit wearing mogul. The thing about JKJ’s first stint as teenage Phillip, and why it worked so well, was that he was NOTHING like his parents, and had a very easy going vibe. His return several years ago fell majorly flat because the writers had no idea who Phillip was, or who they wanted him to be, and the confusion was evident in his performance. I hate when soaps bring back the good guys as semi-shady, changed, corrupted, conflicted shadows of their former selves. I think it would be a riot, and refreshing, and unexpected…if Phillip came back to town a TOTAL slacker, surfer dude….strolling into the Kiriakis mansion (or the room that passes for it) in flip flops, having NO interest in business or corporate maneuvers whatsoever. The disgusted looks on Victor’s face would be priceless!! Lol. I cant recall when a Soap has ever done a fun, true to life story like that…about a privileged child who has just no use for high finance and corporate intrigue. If you go by the timeline of the show, he graduated high school in 2002 so he would be early 30’s. He worked with the family for years, he is long past old enough to have received some sort of trust fund by now..he wouldnt need money or Victor’s approval….he could just be a fun loving character who hates big business. Never mind clones and transgenders…this would be aomething daytime has truly never done.

I would prefer to see Jay Kenneth Johnson in the role of Phillip. Not excited about this casting of Phillip. But wish JPL well.

Word to the wise: If you really don’t want to know the truth about how viewers feel about actors being cast in a particular role, then don’t ask the question. The truth may not be what the actor wants to hear. Not every viewer is excited about every actor.

I saw JPL in the soap reality show that was on a few years ago. (It also featured Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, et. al.) JPL shared his love of New York City and disdain for LA. So wondering how long this participation on Days will last. He may leave the role if he can get substantial work on the East coast. Also did not like what I saw on that reality show. So I am not excited about JPL as an actor. But I wish him NO evil.

Thank goodness we don’t have to rely on you for casting the show..Lord knows who’d end up playing who. But at least you’d be excited about it…LOL

The question I answered was, “Are you excited about JPL being cast as Philip on Days?” My answer was and is, NO!

I was not asked to cast the role. If I had been asked, my first choice would have been Jay Kenneth Johnson, the actor who originated the character of Philip. With Days bringing back actors who originated characters on the show, I find it odd that the “original Philip” was not asked to reprise the role. I could understand if Jay was not available that the show would look for another actor. Usually in that case they make it known that the original actor was contacted but was not available. That is what happened when the character of Eve was brought back to Days. The original actress was contacted, but she was not available. So they cast Kassie DePavia, who I thoroughly enjoy as Eve. That didn’t happen in this case. I find that odd.

Nevertheless, what I do know about the actor, JPL, makes me not excited at all about seeing him as Philip.

Like I said before, if you don’t want to know the truth, why ask the question?

Can’t wait to se both shows ,he is so talented and we wish him good luck .

Thanks for the interview. Welcome to DOOL JPL! I know you’ll fit right in.

Great interview Michael. Haven’t seen the character in a while. Will be interesting to see how he figures into the upcoming 50th celebration!!

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‘Santa Barbara’ Legends and Daytime Emmy Gold Circle Honorees, A Martinez and Jerome Dobson, to Chat Live on Michael Fairman Channel

Two of the men responsible for the success of the beloved soap opera, Santa Barbara, A Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) and Jerome Dobson (Co-creator and co-head writer) visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a live conversation on Friday night, June 21st beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

Recently, A and Jerry were honored at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were selected to be Gold Circle inductees in which they received a medal as admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television and have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 years.

Currently, A can be seen The Bay as Nardo Ramos, a role in which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work this year. Martinez is also remembered for his roles on General Hospital as Roy DeLuca, One Life to Live as Ray Montez and Days of our Lives as Eduardo Hernandez; among other TV and motion picture roles. However, A’s most memorable role in soaps, and the one that won him a Daytime Emmy, was that of Cruz on Santa Barbara, for which he took home the gold for his work in 1990.

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Jerry Dobson created Santa Barbara with his wife, the late Bridget Dobson, and the couple became soap-famous for not only their work on SB (1984-1986, 1991-1992), but their time head-writing for General Hospital (1973-1975), Guiding Light (1975-1980) and As the World Turns (1980-1983).

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Santa Barbara aired on NBC for 9 years from July 30, 1984, to January 15, 1993 and featured some of the all-time greats in soap opera as part of the cast including :Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn, Jed Allan, Dame Judith Anderson, Judith McConnell, Justin Deas, Robin Mattson, Lane Davies, Eileen Davidson, Robin Wright, Jack Wagner, Sydney Penny, Kim Zimmer, Roscoe Born, Nicolas Coster and more.

Watch below, when A Martinez was named Outstanding Lead Actor at the 17th annual Daytime Emmys.

If you can’t be with us live for A and Jerry’s livestream chat, but have a question you would like posed to one or both of them, please leave it in the comment section below.


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Jonah Robinson Joins the Cast of Days of our Lives as Dr. Mark Greene

If you caught last Wednesday’s June 12th episode of Days of our Lives, a new doctor came running into Horton Town Square shirtless; much to the delight and then eventual chagrin of Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

Enter actor Jonah Robinson who is now on the Peacock streaming soap opera in the recurring role of Dr. Mark Greene. We meet Mark when Leo tries to hit on him, only to have Mark clarify to Leo he is straight, shocking Leo that his gaydar could have been so off.

Later, Mark is at University Hospital and stepping in for Chanel’s (Raven Bowens) doctor who was called away for the day and he assures Chanel and Johnny (Carson Boatman) that their unborn baby has a strong heartbeat, and at the moment is doing fine.

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During the conversation, Mark reveals he is the big brother to his little sister, Felicity (Kennedy Garcia), with whom Chanel loves when she comes to the bake shop.  There was also a little ‘wink-wink’ moment, when Johnny recalls that the doctor on the hit NBC medical drama, ER, was named Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), to which Salem’s Mark Greene, says he was named after.

Taking to his Instagram, Robinson shared, “Meet Dr. Mark Greene. So excited to be joining @dayspeacock. It’s an honor to be @kennedyjean04 @louis_tomeo ‘s big brother.”

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So, it looks like there are 3 Greene siblings.  Will we eventually meet the parents?

Before Days of our Lives, Jonah was seen on Peacock’s Daisy Jones and the Six, and has appeared in independent movies and musical theatre productions throughout his career.

Do you hope DAYS expands Jonah’s role as the Greene family becomes more entrenched in story? What are you first impressions? Comment below.


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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.


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