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LAURIE BAKER’S OUTTAKES ARE THE BEST TAKES — Interview with Joanna Grana

For a change, I am the one who got interviewed. Enjoy this piece written by Joanna Grana, author of the CONFESSIONS OF A DISABLED DIVA blog

http://confessionsofadisableddiva.blogspot.com/2016/11/laurie-bakers-outtakes-are-best-take.html

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Laurie Baker grew up watching Days of Our Lives. She was just a fan like millions of others. Now, though, she is not only a fan, she is a reporter. Her internet radio show, Outtakes Interviews, is a hit with soap fans. She has interviewed stars from all four soaps, but Days is still her first love. She gets the answers to questions that fans are dying to know the answers to.

Laurie has attended major soap events like the 50th anniversary party of Days of Our Lives. Her videos and photos of the gala were amazing. I felt like I had attended the event with her.

I wanted to know more about Laurie and Outtakes Interviews. I emailed her some questions. Thank you Laurie for taking the time to answer them

What is your professional background?  Were you a journalist/ reporter?
I have not gone to formal journalism school…but I participated in a lot of writing and acting all throughout high school, college and my early years in New York City.  I think those experiences taught me quite a bit.  And I am still learning all the time.
How long how you been a soap opera fan?
I grew up watching DAYS OF OUR LIVES with my family.  But I really fell in love with the show around 1982 with Tony/Renee, Marlena/Roman and Liz/Neil.  DAYS was and is my main soap opera.  With the internet, it became easier for me to watch the other soaps.  In 2009, I began watching all the ones that were still around.  And now every televised soap has something about it that I’m in love.
Where did the idea for your outtakes interviews come from?  The concept is a unique one. you have combined your interest in soaps with reporting.
As the internet kept growing, there were websites that came along that were very inspiring to me.  “Daytime Confidential” and “We Love Soaps” were two of them that really would write good articles, have wonderful podcasts and do great interviews with soap opera actors.  And I said to myself, “I would love to do that.”  I am also a fan of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”.  I love to find out what makes actors tick…and so many soap opera actors are brushed off…although that form of acting under such high pressure with little rehearsal time is probably the hardest type of acting there is.  And I am interested in finding out their real insight into the characters they play.  I don’t particularly care for fluffy questions.  And I rarely ask about what will happen next on the soap opera because the actor would only get in trouble by answering anyway
Who was your first outtakes interview subject? Who has been your most memorable interview subject/experience?
James Reynolds (Abe from DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was the first actor to give me a yes.  We did an interview about a play he was doing at Cape May Stage in New Jersey.  I was nervous…and there were some tech problems with the first radio show, but James was gracious and wonderful about it.
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It is hard to pick the most memorable because there have been a lot of interviews I’ve cherished.  The show with the all-time highest listen count I did was with Eric Martsolf (Brady DAYS) and Christian LeBlanc (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) where they were promoting a Christmas comedy event that they were doing together.  They were so wild and crazy!  It was hysterical.  There are some who were on my wish list from day one…and when I got them, it was terrific!  Matthew Ashford, Patsy Pease, Charles Shaughnessy, Thaao Penghlis and John deLancie (yes, all DAYS actors!) were a few that come to mind.
How do stars react when they learn you want to interview them?
Usually, it is either “Sure, let’s do it”; or no reply at all.
Have you ever had a star react negatively?
No.
Is there anyone you are dying to interview but haven’t yet? 
Joseph Mascolo, Michael T. Weiss, Charlotte Ross, Roger Howarth, Kassie dePaiva and Peter Bergman.  I am sure there are more that I am forgetting!
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What’s it like to cover major events like day of days or days 50th anniversary?
The DAYS 50th Anniversary Gala was surreal.  It was like a dream where every actor you ever watched on the show was right there.  And I was like…do I want to talk to this actor who I’ve loved forever on my right?  Or this actor who I’ve loved forever on my left?  And meanwhile, Stephen Nichols, Ari Zucker, Eric Martsolf and others were all singing these terrific songs on stage.  So I was trying to film some of that…but I also wanted to socialize at the same time.  Not complaining…but truly a situation where there was too much of a good thing!
With doing interviews at Day of DAYS, I just try to focus on my love of DAYS OF OUR LIVES and the actors/characters involved.  And I try to go for questions that I am guessing fans would want to know about specifically for each character/actor.  Not anything too general or cookie cutter.  In the press room, they bring in two actors at a time to interview every ten minutes; so you have to be prepared and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
How long does the editing process take?
It truly depends on the interview itself.  Sometimes with audio, there are technical problems with volume or static that have to be edited out.  Video itself does not take as long, except for montages, etc.
What are your future plans for outtakes interviews?
I would love to do more interviews on site and on camera as opposed to long distance and audio.  But that is a matter of opportunity more than anything else.  Mainly it is just a matter of persistence, continuing to look for good guests and building up more audience.  I just hope to keep the momentum going!
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TERRI IVENS (“Orchid”) — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series

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TERRI IVENS (“Orchid” of THE BAY) talks prostitution, leading men and more…with OutTakes Interviews…

HOW HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN FOR YOU BEING ON “THE BAY”?

Terri:  I’ve been on The Bay for years now.  It doesn’t even seem like it because we have so much fun.  The Bay family is reminiscent with how I felt about All My Children.  Everyone really truly loves and supports each other.  I’m so happy and thrilled that Gregori and Wendy keep writing my salty character with more mischief.

DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY, BUT YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT PLAYING A PROSTITUTE!

Terri:  At our Bay Family Thanksgiving, I suggested to Gregori that maybe Orchid could get to be a little more reputable…a little more clean.  Maybe she’s getting too old to be a prostitute.  And Lilly [Melgar, “Janice” of The Bay] joked that, “There are a lot of old prostitutes, and you are giving them justice!” It’s the oldest profession; and I will probably wind up being the oldest prostitute in television history.

ORCHID IS FLIRTY, BUT THAT UNDERLYING CONTEMPT FOR THE MEN SHE’S WITH COMES ACROSS

Terri: I wanted Orchid to be smart; and Gregori has been so kind as to not let her be a stereotype and give her a heart.  Also, she is a problem solver for storylines.  Somebody on the internet posted, “I love the way Orchid appears in everyone’s story to wreak havoc or mend the way.”  I love that!  That’s a really cool way of looking at it.

AND THERE IS A WHOLE UNDERSTORY TO THE CHARACTER.  EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, SHE GOES BY THAT NAME “MARISA”…

Terri:  I know!  And we really haven’t gone into that.  There are times when Orchid really is Marissa — when she’s alone with Nathan (Scott Bailey) and they’re just boyfriend and girlfriend.  But when she’s with John Blackwell (Ronn Moss), she’s Orchid again.  And with Jack Madison (Nicolas Coster), that’s a whole other thing!  For me (Terri the actress), every time there’s a new guy added to our cast, I’m like “Whoa, hello, so when are we jumping in bed together?” (laughs)

IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME

Terri: It’s like we used to say about Kendall on All My Children, she’s like a doorknob; everyone gets a turn.

HOW HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN FOR YOU SEEING “THE BAY” BECOME SO SUCCESSFUL?

Terri:  Gregori J. Martin hasn’t just forged in this medium, but we now have our own category at the Emmys.  And he’s in it to win everything! He forged that path and was really the first one.  So kudos to him!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SCENE OR STORYLINE?

Terri:  I loved the car scene with me and Nicolas Coster (“Jack”)  a few seasons ago.  We put cameras that were suspended in the air so that they could get an aerial view inside the convertible.  Because of the way they shot it, I love that.  I also love every bed scene with Scott Bailey (“Nathan”) because he’s just so hot and kind and a great actor.  My favorite bed scene with him is just a funny little no-nonsense scene where I’m bringing him breakfast in bed.  But I still hope I get to jump in bed with all the new hotties that we have on our show.

AGAIN, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME!

Terri:  If Orchid is that great at doing what she does, than she could continue to get around.

WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

Terri:  I’m on a film right now shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma called The Last Exorcist.  I’m the lead.  I’m just a really troubled soul.  As an actor, that’s just a dream role.  Basically it’s a love story between sisters…so it’s like Frozen went to Hell.  (laughs)  But love saves the day.  I was more than happy to take the role; so I’m working on that as we speak.  That will be released  in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Visit THE BAY website at http://thebaytheseries.com/

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJ0KTYC

Season 3 episodes available on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JL4219

KIRA REED LORSCH (“Jo Connors”) — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series

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KIRA REED LORSCH (“Jo Connors” of THE BAY) talks strong women, courtroom drama and how to SCORE with OutTakes Interviews…

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR “BAY” CHARACTER, JO CONNORS?

Kira:  I love Jo’s balls.  I love that she is a powerful woman.  Jo just does whatever the hell she wants.  I enjoy getting to play that without having to suffer repercussions in real life.

SO WHY IS  JO SO ATTACHED TO RESIDENT “BAY” VILLAIN STEVE JENSEN?

Kira:  As usual, women sometimes have very bad taste in men if they’re good in bed!  I’m in love with him…so I’m a little bit blind to all of the nonsense that he is doing.  I got kind of coerced into lying on the stand and being Sara Garrett’s nemesis.  But when you’re blind for love, you do stuff.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE “BAY” SCENE?

Kira:  I love the courtroom scenes where I worked with Brandon Beemer and Thomas Calabro; those scenes are very powerful.  Also, the scene where is Jo is being served to testify.  That’s the moment of transition for her when she knows she has to make a decision. She has to go back on the stand and decide if she’s going to lie or tell the truth.  I don’t think she even knows what she will do, but that moment is a transitional point.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK — SCORE: HOW TO WIN THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS.

Kira:  We see a lot of men writing books about how to get laid, how to meet a girl, how to get a phone number…but there was nothing written from a woman’s point of view on how to actually date a woman that’s out of your league.  So I wrote that for the men who want to date people like me and my friends…and actually go out with them more than once!  I will be on a book tour for that throughout 2018.  Look for more information at scorethebook.com.

WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

Kira:  I’m shooting for a feature in March playing the lead — a mental health patient who is suicidal.   I also have a new webseries coming out called Female Friendly; and similar to The Bay, I play the madam of that show.  When they were putting out the cast breakdown, they said they were looking for a “Kira Reed” type.  And I said, “How about Kira Reed?” (laughs)    The first two episodes and the whole season will be available in January.

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Visit THE BAY website at http://thebaytheseries.com/

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJ0KTYC

Season 3 episodes available on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JL4219

LILLY MELGAR (“Janice Ramos”) — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series

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LILLY MELGAR (“Janice Ramos” of THE BAY) talks Daytime Emmys, her dramatic storylines, “Jeter” and more with OutTakes Interviews…

HOW HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN FOR YOU SEEING “THE BAY” REACH THE SUCCESS THAT IT HAS?

Lilly:  We really all got together doing something that we loved.  Passion-driven and no expectations.  The fact that we’ve grown to the degree that we have is just amazing!  That I personally can say I’ve won an award; that I was nominated for Best Lead Actress; that I have two producing Emmys.  This is crazy.  Crazy beautiful!

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE THIS LAST DAYTIME EMMY WIN?

Lilly:  We decided to have a party after the Daytime Emmys, regardless of whether we would win or not.  It was just such a blessing that we got to celebrate together.

“JANICE RAMOS” IS SUCH A LARGER THAN LIFE CHARACTER.  HOW HAVE YOU PREPARED ON SOME OF THE MORE INTENSE STORYLINES?

Lilly:  With the rape storyline, I felt an immense responsibility to do it justice and to make it as authentic as I possibly could.  For me, that meant interviewing women who actually had gone through it, having them share their details with me…how it feels physically.  Even my walk changed.  Everything.  I learned exactly what it felt like — the thoughts they were having…the emotions they were going through.  These women were brave enough and generous enough to share their stories with me.  I gave my heart and soul into telling those stories because there are too many women who have gone through rape.  I owed it to them to give the best of me.

FROM THE START, JANICE AND PETER HAVE BEEN SUCH A KEY LOVE STORY ON “THE BAY”.  WHAT IS THEIR LONG-LASTING APPEAL?

Lilly:  They are star-crossed lovers.  I think that most people have had that experience where the passion and the heightened emotions were there in a situation which wasn’t the best for them.  It only heightens the passion when it is forbidden.  People connect to the love story on that level.  It is very human.

JANICE SEEMS TO HAVE A GOOD RAPPORT WITH JOHN BLACKWELL TOO…

Lilly:  Well, it’s a healthier route; but then again, he shot his dad…so I don’t know! (laughs)  Maybe Janice just needs somebody brand new.

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WHAT HAS BEEN THE STORYLINE YOU ARE THE MOST PROUD OF?  WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Lilly:  Again, the one I’m most proud of — without a shadow of a doubt — is my rape storyline.  The montage when Janice arrives into the hotel room and the shower…all of that is what I’m most proud of.  As far as a favorite storyline, after having had such intense storylines, I had so much fun with the rivalry with the character of Vivian.  It was really fun to play that…and a completely different dynamic other than the pain-oriented material.

WHAT OTHER PROJECTS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON?

This year I just directed two videos for Ricky Martin for his “All In” Vegas Residency.  I was part of the directing team for all video content.  Simultaneously, I shot a film called “Nona” coming out in early 2018 where I played a madam; the subject matter was human trafficking.  That was very intense!  “Nona” is directed by Michael Polish and produced by Kate Bosworth (who is also in the film).  I am incredibly proud of my work in that.  There’s a lot going on.  It’s been a really good year.  I’m very grateful.

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Visit THE BAY website at http://thebaytheseries.com/

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJ0KTYC

Season 3 episodes available on Amazon Prime:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JL4219

KRISTOS ANDREWS (“Peter Garrett”) — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series

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KRISTOS ANDREWS (“Peter Garrett”; and Executive Producer of THE BAY) talks Daytime Emmys, “Jeter” and more with OutTakes Interviews…

HOW HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU TO SEE “THE BAY” EVOLVE ALONG THE PATH THAT IT HAS…SUCH AS STREAMING ON AMAZON AND WINNING DAYTIME EMMYS?

Kristos:  It’s been like an inspirational movie that feels pretty solid to watch.  You do the homework and you get satisfaction watching…but you’re also super inspired as well.  You start from a certain point and  just keep going at it with faith.  That’s the key word.  Hard work actually does pay off.   I wasn’t sure if things would pan out that way.  I could only hope; and it all turned out for the best.  I’m very grateful.

HOW DID THE CAST CELEBRATE WINNING THE DAYTIME EMMY THIS YEAR?

Kristos:  The memory eludes me; and that’s probably a good thing!  We toasted and drank champagne.  The vibe was love; and that’s the best vibe in the world.  Everyone was complimenting each other and happy.

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IN SEASON ONE, THE COUPLE OF PETER AND JANICE HAVE BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT.  WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS COUPLE?

Kristos:  The first thing that comes to mind is that they’re unique.  Peter and Janice could be described simply as a cougar storyline…but when you get involved with someone on such a deep level, it’s actually everything but what it looks like.  The whole story unravels…and as it goes, it becomes more special with every beat. To add to the conflict, there’s the taboo forbidden love vibe to it.  At first the plot was mainly about Janice being an enemy of Pete’s mom…but that got overlooked eventually with the chemistry of the characters; and we really got entrenched in it.  The relationship is unique and believable; there’s an addicting quality to the story.  It was a risk going into it.  We had mixed response in preproduction and in development.  But then when the story came out, the chemistry between us just worked.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SCENE OR STORYLINE?

Kristos:  I see the whole thing as a singular storyline as my life as the character, my story.  Speaking of that, I’m extremely grateful for my storyline.  My costars Lilly Melgar (Janice) and Karrueche Tran (Vivian) are both beautiful.  They both are great people, work very well in the scenes we have together and give me a generous amount of energy to work with through their focus and their attention and their love.  And I appreciate that so much.

WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?

Kristos: THIS JUST IN on Pop TV.  It’s a sitcom which The Huffington Post described as a modern day version of SAVED BY THE BELL.  I have a great time with that cast and crew.  Wyntergrace Williams (Becca, THIS JUST IN) is a very talented actress to be working with as a love interest.  It’s fun to do comedy on another show as a contrast when THE BAY is so dramatic.

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Visit THE BAY website at http://thebaytheseries.com/

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJ0KTYC

Season 3 episodes available on Amazon Prime:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JL4219

GREGORI MARTIN, Producer — THE BAY Season Three Interview Series

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Gregori Martin, multiple Emmy-Award winning producer of the digital drama series, The Bay, talks with OutTakes about the successful road this series has taken all the way to the Daytime Emmys.

HOW HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU TO SEE “THE BAY” EVOLVE ALONG THE PATH THAT IT HAS…SUCH AS STREAMING ON AMAZON AND WINNING DAYTIME EMMYS?

Gregori:  It’s been an amazing experience; and I’m really grateful.  It takes an army.  I can’t do it on my own.  Kristos Andrews (“Peter Garrett” as well as Executive Producer) is the best partner in crime.  Executive Producer Wendy Riche has been amazing.  The cast is great.  Carol Hedgepeth (Co-Executive Producer) is wonderful behind the scenes.  It’s impossible to do without a team; and we’ve had a lot of help getting the show together financially.  We’re really grateful for everything that people have brought to the table.  It can’t happen by itself.

FOR YOUR RECENT WIN AT THE DAYTIME EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING DIGITAL DRAMA, WHAT MATERIAL DID YOU SUBMIT?

Gregori:  The “Jack’s Road to Redemption” content.

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR MOST RECENT WIN?

Gregori:  We had an afterparty which we were going to do regardless of whether we won or not.  We were just happy to be nominated. so we thought whether we won or not, we wanted a nice post-Emmy celebration.

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WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED ALONG THE WAY OF CREATING “THE BAY”?

Gregori:  I learned the difference between webisodes and digital drama series.

A webisode is less than 20 minutes content which is part of a webseries.  A webseries can technically be anything that’s on the web and usually produces something no more than two hours worth of content per year.

A digital drama series like THE BAY is a drama that continues every year with more hours of content.  I think “digital drama” is a great title because there is still a stigma that comes with the term “webseries” — Assumptions that there’s no budget, no professional cameras or lighting.

ANY HINTS FOR WHAT WILL BE COMING UP FOR SEASON 4?

Gregori:  Well, I’m hoping everyone is currently binge watching Season 3.  #BingeTheBay of Season 3 on Amazon.  But for Season 4, most of the cast will be back.  We’re continuing the saga and will be having a lot more drama and #Bayhem to come!

Visit The Bay website at http://thebaytheseries.com/

Seasons 1 and 2 available on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KJ0KTYC

Season 3 episodes available on Amazon Prime:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JL4219

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JORDI VILASUSO (ex-Dario, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

Catching up with Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.

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Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING “DARIO” ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES?

Jordi: I loved Dario when a woman accepted him and liked him. There was only one woman and she left him soon after because he was in some various dubious activities and wanted him nothing to do with him. I loved Dario when he finally had a foothold with someone and had some security. That was fun. Otherwise it was always reaching in desperation. It’s fine but in terms of storylines you want. I really liked Dario at the end when he was finally committed. We’re going to do this. We’re going to get married. Abigail and I are going to have this life. Of course, it fell apart; and I knew it was going to fall apart. And I’m sure the audience did as well.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?

Jordi: I did three movies right after DAYS. I did one called Fly Cooper which is an independent movie about a private detective. I play the character of Clyde. I have another movie called Killer Island that I believe will be on Lifetime which I just saw some of the movie yesterday and it’s very good. And I just completed another movie called Frained which is another thriller that I don’t know. It’s an independent film. I don’t know where it’s going to be.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FANS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR ACTING CAREER?

Jordi: Just grateful. Grateful for the love, grateful for rooting for me and the storylines and I look forward to showing them more stories as my career goes on.

PAUL TELFER (Xander, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

Catching up with Paul Telfer (Xander, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.

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WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING “XANDER” ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES?

Paul: The character of Xander gets to say things about the other characters on the show that most of the other characters don’t get to say. Very often, he vents the frustrations I feel fans feel about certain behaviors that other characters might be caught up in. Any hypocrisies they might have. Any embarrassing things in their past. Xander’s the guy who is always needling people with their past. So it’s fun for me because it allows me to learn more about the history of the characters on the show and dig into some of that a bit. It’s also fun for other people in the cast because Xander’s always calling them on their bullshit. It’s really fun to do. I feel really lucky to have a character where I can never guess what he is going to do next. Different writing teams have written for Xander now; and they all seem to lock into some predictability that he has. That’s a lot of fun. I’m never stuck in a rut playing him.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON DAYS BESIDES “XANDER”, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY?

Paul: So when I was first on the show as a day player, I just dipped my toe in to see if we all liked each other, I played Victor’s henchman for like three or four episodes. It would be fun to play that character again just to be sneaking around in shadows, killing people and just doing Victor’s dirty work. That is what Xander does as well. It’s just that Xander is always so upset about it all the time. He takes everything so personally. I like the idea of playing somebody who just does it. Outside of that, I also almost played EJ a long time ago. James Scott wasn’t feeling very well and they asked me to cover for him for a week. This was like ten years ago, maybe more. Fortunately he didn’t have to miss work so I got paid for nothing which is the best kind of getting paid. Obviously that would be fun, but I would be hunted in the streets if I tried to play EJ because people love James so much. So I’ll stay away from that.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?

Paul: I just did a little indie film. Hopefully something will come of it. It’s called “California No” but I have no idea what it will end up being called. I just finished a couple of writing projects But outside of that I’m just auditioning and chasing after my wife. She’s an actress as well and doing a big show in LA right now, a theater show, and we’re taking it out on the road right through Christmas. So there’s going to be a lot of that going on. A lot of traveling.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FANS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR ACTING CAREER?

Paul: Call your congressman and tell them that you want Xander to come back on DAYS; and I think it could happen. I have a very good feeling that Xander will be back causing trouble again soon.

GUY WILSON (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

Catching up with Guy Wilson (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.

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Guy Wilson (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING “WILL” ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES?

Guy:  If I have to boil it down to one thing. When he married Sonny, that was such a pivotal part of Will’s life and it was an important event for daytime television as a whole, not just for the show of Days of our Lives but for everyone so I would say just on a personal level and on a macro level I would say Will’s marriage to Sonny is my favorite thing.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON DAYS BESIDES “WILL”, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY?

Guy:  Are you kidding me? I’d be Sami. I’d be Ali Sweeney’s character. Also Stefano, Joe Mascolo’s character. It’s always fun to play kind of a villain or a villainesque character.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?

Guy:  I’m working right now on a show for CBS called Code Black. I play a fun character; it’s great. It’s funny. It’s dramatic. It’s tense. There’s a little bit of blood and guts and gore, but it’s fun. So I’m shooting that right now; and I’m also producing a horror feature film that I cowrote and am producing and starring in. We’re going to be on location and filming that early next year. There’ll be more on that coming later on.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FANS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR ACTING CAREER?

Guy:  I love you and God bless you and thank you for the support that I received regularly through social media and from all the wonderful moments in which I’ve met you all. So thank you. I’m very grateful.

MELISSA ARCHER (ex-Serena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

Catching up with Melissa Archer (ex-Serena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.

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Melissa Archer (ex-Serena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING “SERENA” ON DAYS OF OUR LIVES?

Melissa:  I have to say her clothes. I love her dresses. I took a lot of them. Anyway, they’re really really really pretty. I love them.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON DAYS BESIDES “SERENA”, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY?

Melissa:  I’d like to play Maggie’s daughter. A) I love her; and B) I think we look enough like family. I actually concocted a storyline at some point where I could be the long lost child of Victor and Maggie. Maybe Maggie’s eggs had been frozen and they were stolen; so no one knew. Maggie didn’t even know. I concocted this. I didn’t really share that; but now you know!

WHAT PROJECTS ARE GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW THAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?

Melissa:  I have a movie that just came out that’s on Amazon, Vimeo and iTunes called “Deadly Expose”; and I am doing a show called “Melissa is a Dork” on YouTube. I encourage everyone to watch it; it’s kind of fun. It’s a little bit of all of my quirky dorkiness mixed into it. The shows are really short. Some of them are how-to’s; some of them are highly tech and some of them are not tech at all. It’s fun

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR FANS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR ACTING CAREER?

Melissa:  Thank you. Without you guys, I would be absolutely nothing. So thank you so much for everything you guys have done. It has been an incredible time with all of you; and I look forward to bringing you guys on the ride for the rest!

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