Day of DAYS: Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols & Lucas Adams
The Stars of NBC’S Days of our Lives returned to Universal CityWalk for its annual ‘Day of Days’ fan event Saturday, November 11, 2017. What did Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Steve) and Lucas Adams (Tripp) have to say to TV Source Magazine during the press event?Days of our Lives has been on fire since the summer, mostly thanks to the writing of new head writer Ron Carlivati and team Sheri Anderson Thomas and Ryan Quan, so fans were super excited for this years event.
Like every year, the complimentary event was set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and offered fans the chance to meet and greet their favorite DAYS cast members including Lucas Adams (Tripp), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Lamon Archey (Eli), Camila Banus (Gabi), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Kassie DePavia (Eve), Judi Evans (Adrienne/Bonnie), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Billy Flynn (Chad), Galen Gering (Rafe), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Hayes (Julie), Drake Hogestyn (John), Olivia Keegan (Claire), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Chandler Massey (Will), Marci Miller (Abigail), Casey Moss (JJ), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), James Reynolds (Abe), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne), Christopher Sean (Paul), Freddie Smith (Sonny), Sal Stowers (Lani), and Vanessa Williams (Valerie) for autograph signings and Q&A sessions.
TV Source was right there talking to all the stars to bring you this scoop. In our first series of interviews, we have stars Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols and Lucas Adams.
Days of our Lives just celebrated its 52nd anniversary on November 8th, is there a storyline that has been your favorite?
Mary Beth: I always say Emily and Gideon. It was like we were shooting a movie. We had costumes [and] it felt very actory. When you have costumes it always feels so fun. We went on location.
Stephen: To North Carolina
Mary Beth: What was cool about that is we could experience the new love and falling in love again even though these characters were already down the pike in that. I really enjoyed that. And he (Stephen) sung “Down in the Valley” with a piano and I was having little kids at the time, and when I would rock them I would sing some version of the song which I got from him. I would say that for me what about you?
Stephen: Recently we had a nice storyline with [Joey], played by James Lastovic, and Tripp.
Mary Beth: I loved that too, painful but good.
Stephen: With [Joey] going to prison and him feeling like he had to do to deal with his guilt, so he could live with himself. He had to pay for his crimes. We thought that was a good storyline and it was based in reality. There wasn’t anything hokey or campy about it. It was about families and people.
Mary Beth: Which I think Days, when they do family stories, does very well, especially multigenerational things with the families. I think that’s one of its strong suits.
What do you think it is about Steve and Kayla that you have lasted together for so many years?
Mary Beth: I think we love each other in real life. We are really good friends and we trust each other. When we rehearse we are not afraid to direct each other because we are on the fly, we do it so quickly and we liked to work it, we rehearse a lot and I’m not sure everybody does that and I think it shows. Also, we both are very into our families, into being good parents and good grandparents and that means a lot to us, so we bring that to these characters and who they are now. That really works.
Stephen: We are great friends, look from the moment that I met Mary Beth, I liked her. We have been fortunate that way that we just have personalities that are very compatible.
Mary Beth: And very opposite [laughs].
Stephen: Yeah very opposite and very compatible yeah.
Steve and Kayla have had a busy year with Joey, then Tripp, and now it seems like there’s something brewing with Kate, can you give any preview if we will see more than that?
Stephen: The thing with Kate will eventually harken back to the story with Tripp and what happened and all of that. It sort of unfolds in the DiMera camp, and I can’t give much more information than that.
Mary Beth: We branch out too, and talk to some other people in town. A lot of it is just us in our little world!
TV Source: At your table in the pub.
Mary Beth: [Laughs] I know we are always like what happened to our apartment, we had that pretty house where is that? But they have to put sets up everyone can use.
Tripp is the son of one half of one of the most famous super couples (Steve Johnson) on Days of our Lives — in soaps period, really. The character started off a little rocky but seems to have found his footing. What do you think it is about Tripp that has fans gravitating to him?
Lucas: The way I describe him as a character is that is he a good kid with bad tendencies. He had a lot of bad luck throughout his life and I think people see that. It’s kind of conflicting for people because he’s doing a lot of bad stuff but is he going to be able to redeem himself? Now he’s become more mature and he’s realized what he’s done is wrong and I think it’s a real step for him and I think I hope that’s why people like him at least I hope.
The moment Tripp and Claire met there was a spark, but it’s been a slow burn for you two. What more can we expected between you two with Theo not being an obstacle for much longer?
Lucas: He has always had a thing for Claire – at least in a friendship way, and now it might be burning more inside of him. She has always been the one that’s been nice to him, she convinced him to stay in Salem for instance. He has a soft spot towards her and she starts to show him a little more affection and he’s like, “Woah, maybe this is more than this now.” With the whole Theo thing happening, I think in Tripp’s mind, it’s wrong for him to jump the gun immediately. I think he might try something eventually; I don’t want to say too much obliviously. But will he feel the waters? Probably. Test the waters. Dip his toe in and see what’s happening, if the water is too cold or not.
Last week Tripp had an interaction with Kate DiMera. He’s been kind of a bubble with the Johnson family. Are there characters/actors you want to work more with?
Lucas: Lauren [Koslow] is awesome, I loved working with her. The scenes are that coming up, maybe next week. I can’t say too much now but they were so much fun. It was just her and I and we got to have it out and it was a lot of fun. She was a lot of fun to work with. I had never worked with her before, I would talk to her all the time in the makeup room but never got to work with her and I was really excited. I’ve never worked with Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), I’ve seen his work and it’s great. Galen [Gering] I never really get to work with except once and awhile. And Kristian Alfonso (Hope) who is amazing, I only get to do a scene every now and again with her, I would love to have scenes with these people more and more because they are so much fun and bring so much energy and experience to the roles.
TV Source: Coming into this genre as a newcomer, how have you handled the accelerated pace and work load?
Lucas: I was always pretty decent at memorization, so that was great. The pace is actually kind of nice, it’s kinda like a 9 to 5 in a way, because no matter what you will be done around 6pm. And I don’t do anything until I get my homework done, I don’t play video games until I make sure my lines are memorized. I’m getting the hang of it, it’s just a lot more reading than I’ve ever done in my entire life, you are lucky if I read a book or two. I really enjoy it, memorizing everything and trying to bring something new to each day that’s what I really like. The fast pace makes you be ready at every step of the way, it keeps you on your toes.