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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.”

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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.”

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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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Margie
Margie

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

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

(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.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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

Reagan
Reagan

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.

Dylan
Dylan

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.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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.

davlestev1
davlestev1

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

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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?

sheryl
sheryl

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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

Noell Reed Jr.
Noell Reed Jr.

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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Days of our Lives’ John Clarke Passes Away At 88

Sad news to report for the Days of our Lives family and their enduring fans.  John Clarke, who played Mickey Horton from 1965 until he retired in 2004 died on October 16th in Laguna Beach, California following complications from pneumonia.   He put his stamp on the pivotal role of Mickey for 39 years on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

Deadline reports that Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health in the last few years.

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Among his acknowledgements for his performance on DAYS, John received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding and received a Lifetime Achievement Award shortly after retiring from the profession he loved in 2004.  He received the honor with other daytime notables including: Jeanne Cooper (Kay, Y&R), Rachel Ames (Audrey, GH) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe, AMC).

In addition to DAYS, John Clarke appeared on numerous primetime shows from The New Breed to Gun Smoke; Have Gun Will Travel; The FBI; Sugarfoot; Death Valley Days; Twilight Zone and many others. 

Clarke is survived by wife Patty, and children Joshua and Melinda, and grandchildren Catherine Grace, Natasha and Jacob. Clarke’s daughter, Heidi passed away in 1994 of a heart tumor.

On screen on DAYS, Clarke was paired with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) and became one of the shows all-time favorite duos.

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DAYS scribe, Ryan Quan took to Twitter upon the news of the passing of Clarke and shared: “RIP original Days cast member John Clarke. His Mickey Horton was such an important part of the show’s history… an almost 40 year run. He’ll be missed.”

Wesley Eure who portrayed Mike Horton on DAYS shared: “Rest in peace #JohnClark! John was a great television dad when I played #MikeHorton on #DaysOfOurLives. In one scene I kept flinching when he was supposed to hit me so for the final take he hauled off and hit me really hard. I was reeling. He could not stop apologizing! Ooxx”

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of John Clarke in the comment section below.

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Daytime drama fans make sure to check out today’s October 21st episode of the talk show, The Real when the ladies of the panel welcome four of your favorite gents, one representing each current soap on the air.

Look for: Days of our Lives Galen Gering (Rafe), The Young and the Restless Michael Mealor (Kyle), General Hospital’s Donnell Turner (Curtis) and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) to mix it up and chat with hosts in a segment called “The Real Hunks of Daytime.”

The Real is syndicated; so make sure to check the local times in the ‘When It’s On” navigation section on the show website for your area- a handy way to find out when you can check out the episode and when it might repeat in case you missed it.

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The hosts of The Real are: Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley with Amanda Seales joining the group as a guest co-host for this week of episodes.

So, will you be checking out the hunks on The Real? Comment below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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