This week on NBC’s Days of our Lives Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) meets up with an old flame when Serena Mason descends upon Salem. One Life to Live favorite Melissa Archer (Serena) has been brought in to play the world traveled journalist to spark up Eric’s messed up love life after his relationship with long time love, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) went south.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with one of our favorite gents, Greg Vaughan to ask him what it has been like crafting and playing this new love story in front of the camera with a relationship that has never been heard of before by the viewing audience. Plus, Greg weigh-in on if he thinks there is still hope for a reconciliation for Eric and Nicole and he shares his thoughts on the embattled and always controversial Daytime Emmy process, and if he might be even be a contender when the Pre-Nominations are announced in 2015, and much more.
Melissa Archer just debuted as your new love-interest Serena Mason. Was it hard for you to create this never before spoken of relationship?
GREG: It was not hard. It was just to establish a quick relationship and back-story with someone who was Eric’s former love interest from years off the canvas, and that they kind of coexisted in a place that was third world and had a lot of turmoil in it, was a bit challenging. So Eric and Serena bonded back then and they created something. Was it quick and easy? Was it long and lasting? Is it kind of like oil and vinegar? These were questions to be answered.
Did Eric’s relationship with Serena ultimately lead him to turn to become a man of the cloth?
GREG: No. They, being in the same field of expertise with journalism and news, they were always fighting one another for the feature story …
… That means sex on the soaps!
GREG: Well, that came later. (Laughs) It was like passionate, and so when they had it, they had it. But once that Eric made the choice to go towards the missionary and the priesthood, I think that was a fine line he was walking.
Were you sad that the writers decided to pull apart Eric and Nicole’s (Arianne Zucker) love story?
GREG: Of course, I was sad. I don’t think the story is quite finished yet. I think it’s an unfinished story that will cross paths once again. You know, when you go through a hurdle, or have a big hill to climb to overcome, or what these characters went through which was a big mess … it’s going to take a lot to bring them back together. After some time, some separation, and some piece of mind, maybe we’ll come back together and maybe rekindle a flame. I don’t think the flame is going to die.
Added some photos from 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade which was on Sunday November 30th and will air on Hallmark Channel on December 10th at 4pm and December 19th at 5pm. (Thanks for Lillian for the HQ ones. Will work on adding more.)
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Since it’s no longer on shelves, here is the newest feature article on Greg. (
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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