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JOHN-PAUL LAVOISIER (ex-Philip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

Catching up with John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Philip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at Starstruck’s YesterDAYS Fan Event, November 10th, 2017.

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John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Philip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)

 

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

John-Paul:  I’ve always sort of wanted to play an uptight businessman. One of my favorite movies is called “Glengarry Glen Ross”. Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris. I got to bring some of my love of Glengarry Glen Ross into Philip’s mannerisms and the way he spoke.

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

John-Paul:  Shawn. I’ll play the other guy. And Brandon can play Philip. Let’s flip them. See what happens.

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

John-Paul:  Later this month and next year, there’s going to be a project called Crazy Bitches coming out. It’s a webseries and a film. It’s going to be a campy horror comedy thing. I’m going to be in the webseries and the film. And I’m excited for that. So Crazy Bitches.

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

John-Paul:  Maybe I’ll be back.

VINCENT IRIZARRY (ex-Deimos, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

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

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Vincent Irizarry (ex-Deimos, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)

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

Vincent: There was a lot that I loved about playing Deimos. I loved the development of the character from when I first came on. I love when you get a great back story to a character; and it all made sense. I understood the reasons why he came into town with a major chip on his shoulder. I understood why he wanted to seek vengeance against his older brother. And I also understood though that in the transition for a period of time there that he genuinely was longing for family, for acceptance, being the bastard son that he was. I just loved that; and also that he had a longing to experience true love in a relationship after having been in prison for 30 years and losing the love of his life, the one woman that he ever loved before, Helena. So I loved it. It was so rich. It was so much fun to dive into that. And I loved also the element of bringing in the piano; and that he played classical piano, romantic piano music. That showed another layer to the character, that he had a romantic side to his nature, at his heart. That he had the tendency that he could do some evil things but at the same time there was something that was very genuine and very loving and a very human side to him that I thought was very special.

HOW SURPRISED WERE YOU WHEN YOU WERE CALLED BACK TO DAYS FOR THE FLASHBACK SEQUENCE WHERE DEIMOS MARRIED EVE (KASSIE DEPAIVA)?

Vincent: It was a very big surprise! I was trying to understand it in the context of what was happening in that period when they said it happened. It was a little confusing. I wasn’t sure how it fit but considering that there was a distance between the time that I had left the show and when they brought that in, its fine. Most people wouldn’t realize that. I just knew that because I was studying the character for so long.

AS A FAN OF ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIFE TO LIVE, I GOT A KICK OUT OF SEEING “DAVID” AND “BLAIR” TOGETHER.

Vincent: It’s funny because I’ve known Kassie for about 25 years. And we have been missing each other on every show practically. I left Guiding Light and she came on Guiding Light way back when. Even when we were working online during the All My Children and One Life to Live reboot, I’d be there for my week stint; then she would come in and she would have my dressing room during that period. When I was first hired on DAYS, I thought “This is great! Kassie’s on there. I’ll get to work with her.” I go to work. It’s my first day on the show as Deimos; and I’m like “Kassie, it’s so great. I’ll get to work with you.” And she goes, “No, this is my last day.” And I’m get the…Are you serious?! She says, “Yeah, I’m leaving.” And it was sad because then the story they had actually written was for the two of us to get together before I left the show. I don’t know if you remember that she came on the show for a period of time. Ken Corday came up to me during the Emmys the year before; and he said, “I just want you to know, between us, but Kassie’s coming back on the show; and we’re going to put the two of you together.” And I said, “Wow, that’s fantastic!” I was really excited about it! And she came on for a couple of weeks. Then she got sick as we all know. I was very saddened by that. I had gotten the script. We had some really good scenes together. Then about two days before we came to shoot the scenes, I got rewrites and she was written out of the scenes. They were now scenes with me and Eric Martsolf. We were talking about what happened in those scenes but it was off camera. I went up to Albert Alaar, the executive producer at the time, and said, “What’s going on? Why isn’t Kassie in these scenes?” And he said, “We’re not going to make an announcement about this right now but Kassie let us know that she’s very sick.” And my heart was like, Oh my God. So I’m so happy that she’s doing well. I’m really happy for her. She looks fantastic and she’s so incredibly talented. It was fun to work even for just a few scenes with her recently. It was cool.

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

Vincent: Maggie maybe because she’s such a saint. Everybody loves her! The opposite of Deimos, that’s what I’m going for. Something totally different. It was funny when I first came on the show and when Maggie fell and I mixed her pills. And she fell down the stairs. Which was an unintentional consequence. That wasn’t planned! But she fell down the stairs and became paralyzed. Everybody was like “Oh, I hate him! Oh, I can’t believe what he did to Maggie!” I was like, I didn’t mean to do it. That wasn’t supposed to happen. But anyway, I love her too. Suzanne is fantastic.

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

Vincent: I do real estate. Apart from that, I have two projects. One is a project that I helped develop. It was an original manuscript and has since been published as an e-book. It’s based on a true story. A murder that took place in Texas. And I with several people, we got a screenwriter and developed the screenplay together and trying to get that off the ground as a producer. Another project that I was asked to do, it’s a co-lead in a film, an independent feature; and they are just trying to raise the financing for it right now. So that’s what’s happening right now.

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

Vincent: This has been quite an odyssey. And I’m very grateful to all of you. It’s interesting. I started out on Guiding Light; it was a three day role as Lujack. And here I am thirty plus years later and still in and out of this medium. Watching this medium shrink like a really sad game of musical chairs. One more chair gets removed and everything gets shrunken down. But it’s been a joy. It really has been a joy. And I’m so grateful to everybody who’s been watching all of these years on all of the shows that I’ve done. And I look forward to doing more. It would be fun.

MATTHEW ASHFORD (ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — YesterDAYS Starstruck Series

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

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Matthew Ashford (DAYS OF OUR LIVES, THE BAY)

 

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

Matthew: The opportunity to always improvise the moments, not the lines per se. To just have fun and to see what would come out right now. How can we play? What can we do? They’ve always been very accommodating and very welcoming at DAYS OF OUR LIVES and say “Well, let’s see what we can come up with.” Let’s play. With whatever actor or whatever scenes we’ve been doing, it’s always been a really fun place to play. I’ve worked a lot of different places; and they never say “It HAS to be this way!” That’s always been enjoyable.

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

Matthew: I’d take a crack at Alice Horton. Why not? Go for the gold! Alice had her moments; and given a chance, I’d do that. Frances Reid was a rocking actress.

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

Matthew: I’m currently still on “The Bay” playing the character of Steve Jensen. I’ll be shooting a movie in January. Currently I’m spending a lot of time with two very little kids, Henry who’s 4 and Willa who’s coming up on 2. So I’m doing a lot of Daddy Time. As for the older girls, Emma’s at school at the University of Michigan; and Grace just graduated from Columbia’s School of Journalism; and is now at the New York Times as a reporter. How ironical is that! She’s actually part of the team who’s working on the whole Harvey Weinstein story. I said to her, “Wow, I used to play this stuff; and now you’re doing it!” Anyway, there’s a lot happening; and it’s all good.

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

Matthew: Thank you so much for appreciating, supporting and always sticking with me. Fans of “Days of our Lives” and daytime in general are so loyal and supportive. It really helps. The life of an actor is really full of ups and downs. It’s nice to have people around who are really there for you in your corner, even when you’re not in your own corner. So I want to say thank you.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES stars remember JOSEPH MASCOLO (Stefano) at Day of DAYS 2017

DAYS OF OUR LIVES CAST remember Joseph Mascolo (Stefano) at Day of DAYS 2017. Thanks to James Reynolds, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Kristian Alfonso, Suzanne Rogers, Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bryan Dattilo for their memories. Joseph Mascolo: March 13, 1929 to December 8, 2016.

Suzanne Rogers and Meredith Scott Lynn (Maggie and Anne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — Day of DAYS 2017

Enjoy highlights from the OutTakes interview with Suzanne Rogers and Meredith Scott Lynn (Maggie and Anne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at the Day of DAYS Universal CityWalk fan event, November 11th, 2017.

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SUZANNE, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW “MAGGIE” DAYS OF OUR LIVES EMOJI?

Suzanne: Isn’t it cute? What is an emoji? But it’s really cute.

Meredith: I want an emoji. Anne needs to come back for one scene or two; and maybe then I can earn an emoji. Give me a chance to earn an emoji. You have to earn your emojis. You can’t just throw emojis out to anybody.

ANNE NEEDS AN EMOJI AND A STORYLINE. LUCAS IS AVAILABLE AGAIN.

Meredith: This is the ripe perfect time for me to swoop in, save him, love him, drink him under the table.

SUZANNE, DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES TO SHARE ABOUT JOSEPH MASCOLO (STEFANO) SINCE WE ARE COMING UP ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING? ALTHOUGH MAGGIE AND STEFANO WERE NOT IN SCENES TOGETHER MUCH…

Suzanne: They weren’t together that much, but I think they respected each other. We had one scene once where when they blew up Tuscany, Joe and I were outside and this dumpster blew up. And he fell on top of me! And I went oh this is really cute. We don’t ever work together but you’re going to fall on top of me. It was just something funny.

Meredith: That was her favorite moment when Joe Mascolo was on top of her.

SUZANNE, HOW SURPRISED WERE YOU WHEN BONNIE CAME BACK ON THE SCENE WITH THIS OLD VENDETTA AGAINST MAGGIE?

Suzanne: I was thinking the audience doesn’t even know who Bonnie is. I remembered, but that was during Mickey’s story, and then I was gone. They killed the ten of us off; then they brought us all back. But yeah, I was glad to see her go. I was glad to see her go out of the house.

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Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — Day of DAYS 2017

Enjoy highlights from the OutTakes interview with Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at the Day of DAYS Universal CityWalk fan event, November 11th, 2017.
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BILL, TELL US ABOUT YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FILM — WORLD BY THE TAIL: THE BILL HAYES STORY

Bill:  You can see it free online if you go to billhayesmovie.com. It’s wonderful. They did a great job! 80 minutes of a documentary of me.

Susan:  And lots of music. I’m very proud of it. Our grandson produced it because he adores his grandfather…

Bill:  Which is mutual

Susan:  He has been successful in life and had the money to do it.

Bill:  Our producer and director, Lee Levin, put it together.

Susan:  It took about 4 years.

Bill:  Yes, and they did a great job! It has my parents and brothers and children in it as well as a lot of close friends.

AND MORE EXCITING NEWS.  YOU WERE ON THE JIMMY FALLON SHOW A FEW MONTHS AGO?

Bill:  That was quite an experience. Susan and I were in New York with our grandson; and we went to see the Jimmy Fallon show. They went through the whole show. Near the end, he was about to introduce Sheryl Crow; and her amplifier quit working. So they stopped the taping; and Jimmy Fallon went out into the audience and was talking to the people.

Susan:  Just schmoozing with the audience. Filling the time.

Bill:  “Hi, where are you from?” And so on and so on…

Susan:  Australia. It’s always Australia!

Bill:  And then he got up to the back row where we were. And our grandson got up and said…

Susan:  “This is my grandfather, Bill Hayes. He recorded ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett’ and has the gold record for it. He was also on ‘Your Show of Shows’. He’s been on ‘The Tonight Show’ three times in history; whereupon Jimmy Fallon said “Really?” And Billy said “Yes.” And Susan said “Oh, My God!” So Jimmy said Billy had to close the circle. He led Billy out of the back row where we had been stuffed and down this long flight of stairs. And I’m looking at Billy and saying, “Oh, my God! His jacket hasn’t pressed because we have been outside in New York all day long!” Then he’s sitting in the interview chair. Jimmy Fallon interviewed him; and Bill was Mr. Cool!

Bill:  Well…

Susan:  Well, you are.

Bill;  I did to The Tonight Show when Jack Parr was doing it which was a looooooong time ago. In the late 50s probably. And I did “The Johnny Carson Tonight Show” a couple of times.

Susan:  And I did “The Johnny Carson Tonight Show” when Johnny was on vacation. They were kind of throwing a bone out to the soap opera people.

Bill:  It was quite a thrilling moment.

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK OF HAVING YOUR OWN DAYS OF OUR LIVES EMOJI

Bill:  Ours is the best!  The picture of us is the best.

Susan:  We love our picture.  We really do, even if it is listed with the props.  Deidre’s levitating; and under that is us.

Bill:  Whatever.  It’s a thrill; it’s wonderful.  To have your own emoji?  It’s fabulous.

HAVE YOU ACTUALLY USED YOUR EMOJI?

Susan:  Billy sent it to me, saying “To my darling wife, with love”.

Bill:  It’s Doug and Julie, but it’s also Bill and Susan.

HOW AWESOME IS IT THAT “DOUG’S PLACE” IS COMING BACK TO SALEM?

Susan:  I was thrilled today meeting the hundreds of fans who come to Day of DAYS, saying that they were grateful that “Doug’s Place” was back.  So it wasn’t just something that we liked because we got to play around in it but apparently the fans enjoyed it once upon a time too.

Bill:  We did have for a dozen years the real “Doug’s Place” with music all the time.

Susan:  Gloria Loring and Robert Clary.

Bill:  We see Robert Clary every week; and we just saw Patty Weaver recently who played Trish Clayton.  The music was a huge part of the show for a long time.

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Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall (John and Marlena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — Day of DAYS 2017

Enjoy highlights from the OutTakes interview with Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall (John and Marlena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at the Day of DAYS Universal CityWalk fan event, November 11th, 2017.

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WE ARE COMING UPON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSING OF JOSEPH MASCOLO (STEFANO). ANY SPECIAL MEMORIES OR STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US ABOUT HIM?

Drake:  I’ve got a hundred of them. That’s really hard. I loved Joe a lot. He was bigger than life. He loved life. He’d come rolling into the studio; and he’d have Pavarotti playing on the stereo of his car. And he’d be behind the wheel and conducting a symphony and he’d be singing his brains out in that baritone voice. And he’d get out of his car and say “DRAKE! I need to talk to you about Stefano! About something that you’re doing as John Black and we have to take care of this right now!” He’ d say “Drake, I’ve got to talk to you about Stefano and something that’s gone on as John Black” and as soon as we walked through the door of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, he turns into Stefano with the booming voice. And he stays in character all day long until he walks out through the threshold and then he has Joe’s voice. And that is from old school. That you are in character. That’s what you’re taught the very first day in acting, Columbia Pictures 1976 was you will be in character all of the time; and that was Joe. God love him. We just did a scene in the Dimera mansion; and I always walk up to his portrait. His portrait’s up on the wall like this…and I always walk up to the portrait and fist bump him. Loved that guy.

Deidre:  I have never heard Joe speak in his own voice. We weren’t social friends and I didn’t walk him to his car. I think one of the loveliest things you could say about Joe is look who chose to marry him. I mean Patty’s an extraordinary woman. She is beloved by all of us and trusted by all of his. She was our head of publicity for a long time. And I thought, “She married Joe! Wow!” That’s high marks.

HOW WAS IT PLAYING COMEDY AS “HATTIE” THIS YEAR?

Deidre:  Too much fun. We play so much drama; and I am fiercely devoted to comedy. I love comedy. If we could do a pratfall in every scene, I would be the happiest girl in town. So getting to play Hattie and especially working with Judi Evans…it was irreverent and hilarious. We would sit in the dressing room and just scream. In fact, there was a moment where I met her in the prison visiting room; and I walked in and I said something that they couldn’t use on the air. We stopped; and I said, “Why did we stop?” And they said, “You can’t say that.” I said, “Of course, I can say that. It’s Hattie!”

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Judi Evans and Lucas Adams (Adrienne and Tripp, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — Day of DAYS 2017

Enjoy highlights from the OutTakes interview with Judi Evans and Lucas Adams (Adrienne and Tripp, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at the Day of DAYS Universal CityWalk fan event, November 11th, 2017.

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JUDI, HOW SURPRISED WERE YOU TO FIND OUT “BONNIE” WOULD BE RETURNING TO SALEM?

Judi: It was kind of funny because some of the crew members were like “Oh, Bonnie’s coming back”. And I’m like Really? Awesome. So I went to Albert Alaar, our executive producer, and I said I hear Bonnie’s coming back and he said yes and I said well, that’s awesome. Who’s playing her? And he said you. And I said, Oh, great! I had no idea so it was pretty cool.

WAS IT CONFUSING PLAYING BOTH CHARACTERS IN ONE DAY’S SHOOT?

Judi: No, because they split them up. Most of the time, one was in the morning and one was in the afternoon. So you could totally change and focus and refocus but they are such different characters. There was no confusing them. The harder part was Bonnie pretending to be Adrienne; so that was a little fun.

Lucas: I loved the scene in the hotel room. That was like my favorite one. Just because I was watching whenever ya’ll were filming it. And this just looks hilarious. They looked like they were having a good time in there.

LUCAS, HOW HAS IT BEEN PLAYING THE CHARACTER OF “TRIPP” WHO IS SO TIED TO THE SUPERCOUPLE OF STEVE AND KAYLA?

Lucas: Amazing and very stressful sometimes. Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans do such a great job that it’s like I kind of had to jump in running. And so you really have to keep your wheels turning. But they took me under their wing immediately. That was really cool. They really just expressed, hey, don’t worry about it. Just go with the flow. Be yourself. Whatever you’re doing, just keep going with it. And I’m like okay. Plus the first day I was there, Stephen was like, hey, you know, you want to go straight to tape with this? And I’m like sure. Is that what you do? And he’s like yeah, you know the lines right? And I’m like yeah. So let’s do this. And we did it. And actually that was kind of nice. They threw me in the deep end without even thinking about it.

Judi: You’re so talented. Not everybody could do that. You’re a really solid actor and person. Where are you from originally?

Lucas: Texas. 80 miles north of Dallas. I grew up near the border of Oklahoma in Texas. Like 25 minutes from Oklahoma. Don’t hold that against me though. We’re not Okies; we’re Texans.

LUCAS, DO YOU PREFER PLAYING TRIPP WITH AN EDGE; OR MORE AS A NICE GUY?

Lucas: I think he’s always going to have an edge on him because he’s lived his life and kind of had the rug pulled out from underneath him multiple times. So he has trust issues. I describe him as a good kid with bad tendencies. I love being this good kid now. I like the road that we’re taking now because he’s becoming more mature, more of an adult, using more reason instead of being a sad and depressed kid all of the time. And he’s really seeing the world in a different way. That’s what I really like to play him as. That’s always a lot of fun.

JUDI, IT SEEMS ADRIENNE IS NOW BACK WITH JUSTIN AGAIN? WHAT DOES ADRIENNE SEE IN JUSTIN AS OPPOSED TO WHAT SHE SEES IN LUCAS?

Judi: There’s so much history with Justin. There’s a great love there but there’s always that element of is there always going to be that one hundred percent trust. Where with Lucas there was always one hundred percent trust. And then it’s just two different relationships. Lucas was in some ways a lot more fun loving where Justin is the ultimate romantic man. So they’re very different. And there was never any mistrust between Lucas and Adrienne. It was always very solid but there’s the great love story of Justin and Adrienne. You never know where that’s going to go.

LUCAS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING THE CHARACTER OF TRIPP?

Lucas: I just like him as a character. Like I was saying earlier, I like that he’s a good kid with bad tendencies. He very much mimics not fully me in real life but a lot of me in my life. So that’s why I think it’s so much fun to play him because I kind of am playing myself in a way. And I just add even more of a bad person.

JUDI, WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT PLAYING THE CHARACTER OF ADRIENNE?

Judi: Her heart. Her love of her family. Nothing can tear her away from her family. And she always puts her family first. Always. I love that. She’s a great character. Great ethics.

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James Reynolds and Vanessa Williams (Abe and Valerie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) — Day of DAYS 2017

Enjoy highlights from the OutTakes interview with James Reynolds and Vanessa Williams (Abe and Valerie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) at the Day of DAYS Universal CityWalk fan event, November 11th, 2017.

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WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SCENES TOGETHER SO FAR?

Vanessa: The love scenes.

James: And we haven’t had enough of those.

Vanessa: I loved our courtship. I thought it was very sweet. Because the characters share a history. We were just trying to feel out as Abe and Valerie what the history was and where they were in it as she returns. So I thought that was really lovely letting that play out.

James: We’ve had some wonderful moments. It strikes me that these are two people who have known each other and they knew each other at a different point so their lives have moved on and to see that reconnection, to see it happen

Vanessa: What’s old is new again.

James: And that growth of that relationship. That’s a much more realistic look at relationship, how they catch fire and grow.

Vanessa: I love how much Abe supported Valerie, especially through that whole secret reveal and knowing just how hard that was with that isolation and her son being angry with her. Having a shoulder to lean on and support. I really loved that in their relationship and how that played out on the show.

VANESSA, HOW WAS IT RESEARCHING THE ROLE OF “VALERIE” WHEN THE CHARACTER HASN’T BEEN ON “DAYS” SINCE THE 1970S?

Vanessa: It wasn’t so easy because people’s memories had faded. I did one-on-one interviews with veteran members of the cast; the stories were so long ago. People were trying to remember, “Now was she here for that?” Some of the fans were really helpful in terms of sorting that out. I was able to get enough of it and then move forward. I really enjoyed too that Valerie Grant was part of one of the first interracial couples on Daytime TV. That was big shoes to fill. I felt really honored to be holding up that place of diversity and inclusion on our show and bringing that back.

JAMES, COULD YOU SHARE WITH US YOUR MEMORIES OF WORKING WITH THE LATE JOSEPH MASCOLO (STEFANO)?

James: I have wonderful memories of Joe. He was a force of nature. I think everybody knows that. Joe walks in a room — everybody’s going to turn around and they’re going to see Joe. We shared a tremendous joy in working together; and we talked about it a lot. We would see a script and knew we were having scenes together because we saw that as good versus evil battle every time. You’d have these two men who would face off with each other; and neither one was going to give an inch. It was the titanic example of those two typical kind of characters. Joe and I loved doing that so much whenever we could. And I miss that. Walking in the Dimera mansion and having my battles with Joe, with my father-in-law, my son’s grandfather. The most evil man on the face of the earth.
We’ve battled together forever; and Abe actually began the show before Roman and the Dimeras came on. Not very long, but just a few weeks before. So Abe kind of set the table for all of them. That’s been the historic fight has been between Abe and Stefano.

Vanessa: That even leads to Theo being shot in the current storyline.

James: All of that’s intertwined with that. He was always fighting for Lexie’s soul. Theo’s soul. Always and Abe was even accused of shooting Stefano a couple of times. One of the many times that he was shot!

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