After two years of portraying Salem priest Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives’ Greg Vaughan is moving on. The always candid and straightforward actor has mixed reviews about his character’s story direction. Below, Vaughan speaks out about frustrating and forced plot turns – past, present and future. Namely, the abrupt end of Eric and Nicole and rapid segue to the upcoming Eric and Serena relationship.
First of all, what are your thoughts about Eric’s days as a priest being over?
It’s a love/hate thing. I’m sad. I loved the journey. It was a great ride… better than what I anticipated it to be. It opened a lot of doors and channels to new things. It’s been an experience. I’m looking forward to what’s to come next.
Eric and Nicole are over and there’s a new woman (Melissa Archer’s Serena) coming into his life. How do you feel about this new story turn?
I will let the fans [decide]… I think that there are a lot of elements that… You know when you lift the rug, sweep a bunch of sh*@*t under it, cover it up, and leave it alone? Unfortunately, in this situation, that’s kind of what happened with Eric and Nicole. Then, there’s a new element… I think they’re forcing something before allowing it to evolve.
Like allowing Eric to truly get over Nicole before he moves onto a new relationship with another woman?
Yeah. I think Eric needed to go on a journey alone. [This new relationship] is kind of forced… How they were playing Eric and Nicole, when Eric came back to the canvas was nice. The formula really helped move it along. They stretched it out for a long period of time, where you either rooted for them or were bored to death. But you were waiting for something. Sometimes [the process] can be too long. People really want [resolution] fast. This [story] is the polar opposite.
What’s it been like working with a different leading lady?
It’s new. It’s a new journey. I think I’m easy to work with. I’m always curious about what [a new actor is] bringing to the table emotionally, physically… I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Ari (Zucker, Nicole). We have a great cast.
What can you share about Eric and Serena’s storyline?
This is part of Eric’s past, while he was away from Salem. While he was gone, he was in a relationship with this girl. This is a past girlfriend, a relationship he was involved with off camera. It’s part of Eric’s journey before he was a priest.
Are you enjoying the story so far?
It’s very early in the game. It’s still a journey.
conic “Days of Our Lives,” NBC’s longest running daytime drama, will be honored at this year’s 83rd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 30. Cast members Deidre Hall, Kristian Alfonso, Suzanne Rogers, Galen Gering, Lauren Koslow, Peggy McCay, Joseph Mascolo, Greg Vaughan, Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth-Hayes, John Aniston, Shawn Christian, Arianne Zucker, Eric Martsolf, Kate Mansi, Guy Wilson, True O’Brien, Drake Hogestyn, Jen Lilley, Mary Beth Evans, Bryan Dattilo, Casey Moss, Billy Flynn, Molly Burnett, Meredith Scott Lynn, Aloma Wright and Christopher Sean will participate in the special presentation on behalf of the iconic soap opera, which began on NBC on Nov. 8, 1965.
The cast will make their way down the parade in a presentation featuring the show’s new 50th anniversary logo, where they will be greeted by parade hosts Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada and presented with a special honor its long standing success.
“What better way to start the countdown to Days of our Lives’ 50th anniversary on NBC than to be part of the iconic Hollywood Christmas Parade? We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with viewers across the country,” said Days of our Lives Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng.
Added Jim Romanovich, President of Worldwide Media for Associated Television International: “‘Days of our Lives’ is an incredible success story and has been such an influential show to audiences over the years. It is, and continues to be, the cornerstone of NBC daytime programming. As fans of the show, we are thrilled to give them the tribute they deserve in this prestigious event.”
NBC CELEBRATES THE RETURN OF ITS ANNUAL ‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 8 AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK IN HOLLYWOOD
In celebration of the show’s 49th anniversary, the stars of NBC’s longest-running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. This complimentary event for loyal “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet with Salem’s favorite faces. The day’s events will include autograph signings, a cast Q&A session, photo booth fun for fans and much more.
“Days of our Lives” cast currently scheduled to attend include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Shawn Christian, Daniel Cosgrove, Bryan Dattilo, Kassie DePaiva, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Bill and Susan Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Jen Lilley, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Joe Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, True O’Brien, James Read, Missy Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Meredith Scott Lynn, Robert Scott Wilson, Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, Arianne Zucker and more.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:
10-10:30 a.m. “Day of Days” Welcome and cast introductions
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
2–4 p.m. “Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
4:15-4:45 p.m. “Days of our Lives” Q & A
4:45 p.m. Event finale including a special sneak preview of an upcoming “Days of our Lives” episode
The site has reach it’s first milestone, we’ve been online for five years. When I first started the site I think I did it more for me, because there wasn’t many sites out there for Greg and I wanted one for fans to come to and enjoy. A place they could find out about the different projects Greg’s done over the years. I know we’ve also had some rocky times at first, but this site became so much more then I first dreamed up and that is because of the fans who visit it and who have donated media and to all the followers on twitter. Of course to Greg, for without him there would be no site. I am truly grateful that he likes the sites and supports it. I have to continue provide to you all an up to date site for all things Greg Vaughan. Hopefully we’ll be here for years to come. (Just a little side note, this site means so much to me and I’m glad I get to share it with everyone. Here’s to Five Years Online.)
We have added some photos of Greg from the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominees Celebration, a big thank you to Marina at Michael B Jordan Network for the HQ photos. We also added photos from last nights Daytime Emmys Awards.
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Days of our Lives star Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) was in Toronto this past weekend to meet with fans along with his co-stars at a fan event for Stars Canada Events, where a portion of the proceeds benefited Three to Be.
Greg took some time to discuss his role on DAYS (he joined the cast in November 2012), his past as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and this week’s DAYS storyline which sees him confront his fiancée Nicole (Arianne Zucker) for withholding the proof that linked Dr. Chyka (Michael Benyaer) to Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson), the woman who drugged and seduced him.
Eric found out from Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) that Nicole destroyed the evidence that linked Dr. Chyka to Kristen. He confronts her this week. That’s going to be quite the showdown, isn’t it?
Things are coming out! [Nicole withheld] the evidence that could have given Eric the option to return to the priesthood, something very near and dear to Eric’s heart or follow his heart [and be with Nicole]. Without the evidence, he had been completely committed to moving forward with is life and followed his heart. He was free to be in love with the women he has always loved. It was a leap of faith, but at the same time, it’s also been a roller coaster ride.
Nicole will make one final plea before he walks out on her for good. What do you think it will take Eric to forgive Nicole? Has the trust between these two been completely lost?
It’s been heavily damaged. It’s betrayal.
For me, I look at it being contradictory since Eric has betrayed Nicole [when he accused her of the rape]. He was pointing the finger at her and had quite a harsh reaction towards her [while she mainted her innocence].