Days of our Lives fans may be reeling from the loss of the iconic relationship between Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso), but luckily they have the historic connection between long-term couple Steven "Patch" Johnson (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans) to keep them warm. However, as viewers may have noticed, the pair's relationship isn't exactly how it was in the 80s and 90s. Just how and why is the former flames' bond different, and what can viewers expect from the couple as they navigate the rocky road ahead? Soap Central caught up with the pair to find out.
soapcentral.com: You two, back together again. Is it surreal to you both, or did you have a feeling it would happen again one day?
Mary Beth Evans: It's great. And no, we didn't see it coming.
Stephen Nichols: I think because of the 50th anniversary and the people in charge, and I won't name any names, but I think they made a concerted effort to make the 50th anniversary great. To make the show great again.
Evans: And to make it recognizable. I think everybody thought it was unrecognizable as Days of our Lives, especially the multi-generational [aspect] of the show. And now, they've raised all our kids up, and they really did some great casting, so I think doing that and keeping the family core alive, that's what the show is now about. And it's fantastic. But for us, it's just great to be together. We love working together. We're good friends, and we work well as actors together. We do so much memorizing, but we have to remember to stop right before we go to tape and remember to play and have fun with it and to listen. And for us, that's something I think we do the most of, probably more than other people, is we actually really listen to each other, and that really helps.
Nichols: As we do in life.
soapcentral.com: Was it super simple to pick up where you left off, or did you need some time to adjust to the new Kayla and Patch?
Evans:: It was absolutely easy.
Nichols: From the first moment.
Evans: Yes, from the very first moment. It was like three minutes of a time warp [when Patch walked off the elevator] and then it all seemed absolutely right. And it was, because the minute before, I had a six-year-old, and then they aged him. In a sense, ten years went by, but we don't ever say that. But it was a split second of it being weird, and then it seemed absolutely right.
Nichols: And James [Lastovic, Joey] is really great. He connected with us immediately and has been really open with us. He really wants to work hard. We just clicked, all of us.
Evans: And also, I think we have a work ethic that's not like a lot of people. We really work [our scenes]. We run our stuff and try to find a rhythm.
soapcentral.com: Where do you possibly find the time?
Evans: Well that's all we do. And a lot of people don't even get together to run lines! That's kind of the way they work, and that works for them. But we really like to know it.
soapcentral.com: What are your thoughts on this chapter of Kayla and Patch's relationship? They're not the same people they were ten years ago, 20 years ago.
Nichols: Right. And I think the writers and the producers and everybody involved, including us, have made an effort to address that very thing. We've tried to grow them up a little bit.
Evans: Yes, to not try and recreate what we did back then, but to take us where we would be now. And it's such a relief. I mean, we just get to play our age, where we're at, and the history that these two people probably have had in the time that we were apart.
Nichols: We're not trying to recreate something out of the past. We're exploring who these two are today and move ahead. It's like, we did General Hospital together [as Katherine Bell and Stefan Cassadine], and they thought that if they just put these two together, they'd have magic.
Evans: But the characters were so different.
Nichols: They didn't pay attention to who these characters were and how they relate to each other. They just kind of threw us together.
Evans: And on this show, too, I think they're committed to writing and telling the story of us as, well, middle aged is a weird word, but as our own age in this situation -- older love, complicated, with history. And it's great to play that without it being that we're just falling in love again. It's way more complicated than that.
Nichols: They're really paying attention to what it would really be like in real life, these two people coming back together after all these years, and they let it play out. They don't suddenly turn us into this happy couple. They play all of that, all of the complicated stuff. And it's been great.
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