Days of our Lives' Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eva Donovan) has been down the Daytime Emmy nomination road before for her One Life to Live work, but she says this time feels so much different than her 2005 experience. To find out why, as well as the surprising thing she teases she might wear on the red carpet, check out soapcentral.com's Emmy nomination reaction interview with the beloved actress.
soapcentral.com: Hi Kassie, and congratulations!
Kassie DePaiva: Can you believe it? I'm so happy.
soapcentral.com: I can definitely believe it! You know we're huge fans of you, and you did great work last year.
DePaiva: Thank you, thank you. It feels really nice.
soapcentral.com: How did you find out that you'd been nominated?
DePaiva: Well, I emailed my mom to have her watch [The Talk], and I said, "You might hear my name, and then again, you might not." And so she called me and said, "They announced you as Kassie DePeeva! But they were very excited."
soapcentral.com: Oh, no! That probably happens to you all the time, right?
DePaiva: Yeah, DePeeva, DePaiva, DePoova.
soapcentral.com: Actually, I think one of the first times I met you, you said "It's DePaiva like saliva." I never forgot it!
DePaiva: We should have let them know on The Talk!
soapcentral.com: Who did you tell first after you found out?
DePaiva: Well, mom called me, and then I texted my husband, and then I texted Mary Beth [Evans, Kayla Brady] to congratulate her and also Melissa Reeves [Jennifer Horton]. And gosh, what a whirlwind. It's been a happy day.
soapcentral.com: Yes, is has. And DAYS really had great stories and performances last year, so it deserves the nominations it got.
DePaiva: Really great performances, really strong performances. Absolutely.
soapcentral.com: Did you submit the scenes when Eve found out Paige [True O'Brien] had died?
DePaiva: No, not the scenes where I found out and I lifted her up. I didn't submit those. They were strong, too, but I submitted a scene with A Martinez [Eduardo], my first scenes with him, and then I submitted the funeral where Paige appears to me in a dream and tells me to forgive myself. And then after the funeral, where I kind of yell at everybody at the wake.
soapcentral.com: You had so many beautiful performances last year, because there were a lot of emotions with your storyline. Was it difficult for you to narrow down which ones to submit, or did you know instinctually what you wanted?
DePaiva: It was hard to narrow it down. That's one thing I've never really been good at. I watch my work and go, "Aaagghhh!" So it's hard for me to go through them and find the best stuff. So actually, I asked a couple of people, and then I had one of our editors help me compile some scenes that were good, so she helped me with the initial [decision] prior to prenominations. And then I just used those episodes, since they got me the pre-nom.
soapcentral.com: You were nominated for One Life to Live in 2005, right?
DePaiva: You know, someone asked me that, and I know I've been nominated, but I couldn't tell you what year it was. I have no idea what year I was nominated. I've been doing this so long, so it feels like a thousand years ago, and I was a lot younger. How's that? [Laughs]
soapcentral.com: Does it feel different this time around?
DePaiva: It feels different because it feels more certain this year. I felt like I had really strong material, really good material. And when I say certain, I mean it feels more right this year. This material that I had was such a gift. It was unbelievably challenging to play that arc. It was a three-week arc that was very rewarding every day I finished work. I'd come home every day and go, "Wow, that was intense. That was fun." It was exciting, and I got to work with A and do what I really love to do.
soapcentral.com: And it's such a sweet way to wrap up your time at DAYS. Whether you win or not, just being nominated after exiting must be such a great feeling.
DePaiva: You know what, you said it better than I did. Just print that! It feels right, it feels good, and that acknowledgement, it feels really nice.
soapcentral.com: Your on-screen daughter, True O'Brien, also got nominated. Did you see that?
DePaiva: Is that not the best?! And my on-screen rival, [Melissa Reeves]. It's all good.
soapcentral.com: Is there anyone you think should have been nominated but you didn't see on the list?
DePaiva: I think Kate's [Mansi, Abigail Deveraux] work is so beautiful and honest and raw. She really carried so much of the story this past year, so I'm disappointed that she did not make the final cut. But she got in the top nine, and she should be very proud of that. She does beautiful work. She'll just have to win it next year, that's all!
soapcentral.com: I know it's early in the process and you just found out you've been nominated, but have you thought at all about what you'll wear on Emmy night?
DePaiva: Well, heck no! I don't even know where it's going to be. A hotel downtown, right? Do they let you wear blue jeans? I don't know. I have no idea!
soapcentral.com: Leave it to you to suggest that! I'd love to see you show up in jeans and cowboy boots.
DePaiva: I'd wear a rhinestone belt!
soapcentral.com: We just found out the ceremony won't be televised this year, which is unfortunate. What are your thoughts on that?
DePaiva: It bums me out. I just think if it were televised, it should be televised during the day. To me, if you use an hour to do the soap opera award section of it, people would tune in to watch. It's disappointing because a lot of work goes into the daytime lineup, whether it's soap operas, talk shows, information shows, game shows, all of them. A lot of work goes into it, and it would be nice to have a little bit more visibility.
soapcentral.com: That's a unique idea, actually, to have them in the day when the audience that watches them is tuning in to TV anyway.
DePaiva: Absolutely. Just do it during the day. We don't have to try and compete with the Golden Globes. Just do it during the day on the networks that support the genre.
soapcentral.com: I'm so happy you got the nomination, because it prolongs our time with you, now that you're no longer on a show.
DePaiva: Thank you, Kambra. I've had such a beautiful journey in daytime and so much love and support from fans and coworkers. It's great, and it feels really nice. I'm so grateful.
soapcentral.com: Have you been auditioning since leaving DAYS?
DePaiva: I stayed here in Los Angeles to go for pilots or be available for pilots. I haven't had a big, amazing pilot season this year, just because I think a lot of offers are going out to bigger stars. But my husband [James DePaiva, ex-Max Holden, OLTL] is out here with me, and we're taking classes and eating healthy and enjoying our Southern California lifestyle for a while. So we'll see what comes about!
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