Daytime Confidential Interviews

EXCLUSIVE: Blake Berris Talks Meth Head, House of Last Things and Springing Nick Fallon From Jail on Days of Our Lives



Longtime Daytime Confidential readers will likely remember I wasn't very happy when Blake Berris was let go from Days of Our Lives back in 2009. Imagine my pleasant surprise when news broke that the amazingly-talented actor was bringing lovable geek-turned-murderer Nick Fallon back to the series!

I recently caught up with Berris—who has been making a name for himself on the indie film circuit—to talk about what brought him back to soaps and his upcoming turns in buzzy films like Meth Head and House of Last Things. Berris also previewed the storyline which finds Nick's cousin Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) organizing the Horton family effort to get him paroled. How will Melanie (Molly Burnett) react to Nick getting out? Will the plot twist have anything to do with Burnett's exit from the series? Keep reading to find out.
 
Daytime Confidential: Welcome back to Salem! I know you've been really busy doing a lot of edgy, indie projects lately, like Meth Head and House of Last Things. What made you decide to return to Days of Our Lives?

Blake Berris: They basically gave me a really great offer. What they wanted to do with the character sounded like a really awesome storyline, so I kind of just decided to do it.
 

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DC #677: Jen Lilley Interview

General Hospital’s Jen Lilley had some big Manolo Blahniks to fill when she took over the role of Maxie Jones for an ailing Kirsten Storms. On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast, Lilley shares with Luke Kerr, Jamey Giddens and Jillian Bowe how she's managed to keep her head up, dealing with the demanding schedule of daytime television and irate fans.

With rumors of Storms returning to GH gaining steam, Lilley reveals how she takes things one day at a time. She also recalls initally being up for the role of "The Woman In White", and how that ultimately led to her playing Maxie. 

What has been the starlet's most challenging storyline since joining GH? She reveals that and much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast!

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EXCLUSIVE: Brian Gaskill Keeps It Real About Soaps and Giving Back to Children


Daytime vet Brian Gaskill recently held an event for a good cause.  This past May, he was named the director of Garden State Players’ (a non-profit theater company in New Jersey) inaugural summer theater camp.  Celebrating his new spoken word poetry album, Make It Real, Gaskill held an intimate reading at Keyport’s luxe Trinty Resturant, a staple of the quaint Bayshore town.  Proceeds from this night of poetry went to help fund the company’s production of  Footloose.  The musical’s profits will then go towards benefitting a local children’s hospital.  
 
I chatted with the Models, Inc., All My Children, Port Charles, Guiding Light, As The World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful alum before he took the stage to perform the material in front of an audience for the first time. Gaskill shared the details of his new gig, as well as what he thinks about the current state of television, and the fan efforts to resurrect daytime soaps.
 
Daytime Confidential:  How did you become involved with Garden State Players?
 
Brian GaskillLauren [Raad], who runs it, is somebody I went to high school with.  She was actually a freshman when I was a senior at the performing arts school at Red Bank. I had started posting stuff on Facebook of these pamphlets that I made up in trying to pursue teaching.  ‘Cause I’ve done it at Red Bank Regional, and other places; I’ve had other workshops at places. When she saw this thing in this organized fashion, and I started to put it up there, she said, “Hey why don’t you come back home to New Jersey and teach for the summer?  We want to start a school for the theater company,” and I was just excited about it.  I wasn’t sure I was going to come at first, but then I decided that [I could] continue [to] do what I’m doing, and could pursue my career, but also broaden my life.  In the sense that when I’m waiting for other jobs, I don’t want to be a waiter, who’s you know, it’s okay to do that, but I’m 42 and I have other things to offer the world, and I love working with kids. I just always wanted to make it [teaching] a part of my life.  Even when I just did it—showing up and helping places, being there for kids, especially for high school—it is something that I’ve always been drawn to.  So, it’s just being part of an artistic community, and starting with her company at the ground floor and helping build it up to do more.  Right now they’re doing Footloose, but then in the future to do more original productions, and make it a real theater company, and help be a part of it. 
 
DC:  You grew up around here, right?
 
BG:  I did.  I grew up in Neptune and Ocean Grove, and I was bussed to Red Bank.  READ MORE

DC #641: Sean Kanan and The Modern Gentleman

On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast The Young and the Restless star Sean Kanan visits with Jamey Giddens and Luke Kerr about his new book The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining With Sean Kanan. During their chat The Bold and The Beautiful, Sunset Beach and General Hospital alum shares how his passion for making delicious meals and showing guys they can still be a "man's man" and a good entertainer at the same time, inspired him to write the tome.

Kanan outlines how confusing it can be for today's man when trying to navigate a post feminist society, while also being a gentleman . He also weighs in on the Metrosexual movement of the late 90's and early 2000's.

Of course, we couldn't have one of our favorite soap baddies on with talking a little suds. Melody Thomas Scott is back on a contract at Y&R, this has Luke wondering if we’ll see more of Deacon and Nikki in the coming weeks and months. Meanwhile, Jamey is still holding out "Hope" for Kanan to return to B&B, where his wildly popular character originated. Find out what Kanan has to say about all of that.

To pick up your copy of Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining With Sean Kanan, click here!

Follow Sean Kanan on Twitter and add him as a friend on Facebook. After the jump check out Kanan’s upcoming book signing schedule.

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DC #639: Molly Burnett Embraces Her Funny Bone

On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens and Luke Kerr are joined by Days of Our Lives star Molly Burnett, who previews her upcoming gig as host of ACME's Hollywood Saturday Night this September 17. Burnett also dishes about "DAYS 2.0" and the returns of Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Mathew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) to the soap opera.

How will Melanie deal with her dad Daniel's (Shawn Christian) new girlfriend Jennifer's (Melissa Reeves) wacky ex-husband Jack (Ashford) returning to Salem? Burnett promises Melanie will be all up in that mix! The actress also shares her hopes to one-day work with exiting TV mom Crystal Chappell again and reveals what it's been like to share so much screen time with daytime legend Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

If you are in the SoCal area, you won't want to miss this funny lady at ACME Comedy Theatre (located at 135 N. La Brea Ave Hollywood, CA 90036) for Hollywood Saturday Night, starting at 8 pm. PST. on Sept. 17. Not in LA? watch the show streaming live at www.acmecomedy.com. READ MORE

DC #637: A Fired Up Michael Muhney Returns to Daytime Confidential

The Young and the Restless’ Michael Muhney is an outspoken advocate for reforming the Daytime Emmy nomination process.

On today’s Daytime Confidential podcast, the always hilarious Muhney returns to discuss his passion for improving the Daytime Emmys,  the state of Adam and Sharon’s (Sharon Case) relationship and his offscreen friendship with onscreen brother Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman). He also shares his personal story about why he’s participating in the 2011 L.A. Cancer Challenge.  Find out how you can help Muhney reach his goal!

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