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MSN interview with Greg Vaughan
Topic Started: Dec 3 2012, 05:43 PM (918 Views)
dragonflies
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Greg Vaughan fought addiction as Lucky on "General Hospital," faced off against Victor Newman as Diego on "The Young and the Restless" and has done his time on juicy primetime soaps like "Beverly Hills, 90210," the new "90210" and "GCB." Now, Vaughan is back in daytime as Father Eric Brady on "Days of Our Lives." The soap vet talks about joining "Days of Our Lives," whether or not the collar can keep Eric away from Nicole and transitioning from playing Alison Sweeney's Hallmark love to her Salem twin.


Bing: More about 'Days of Our Lives' | Greg Vaughan



MSN TV: You've done daytime at CBS and ABC and now you're back in the game on NBC. How is life in Salem?



Greg Vaughan: I know, I've been hopping around! (laughs) I'm surrounded by a lot of beauty and talent, so I'm enjoying it. In this business, it's a degree and a half of separation, so it's nice to now stand opposite those that I've respected and appreciated. We're having a lot of fun.


Was there anyone in particular you were excited to get onset with?



I just look forward to working with anybody and everybody. I go in and I'm like a kid in a candy store. I've seen a lot of great, young talented actors on this show. It's nice to be recreating a new opportunity with them. I'm just getting familiar with a lot of them.



You're recreating a Salem character that we haven't seen in years. How has Eric changed since we last saw him, aside from the new collar and new actor?


Well, his love life is a little bit slow! (laughs) He's by all means a lonely kind of guy, but he's got a higher power that he speaks with. When you step out in the real world, you come back with all the tutelage and knowledge that I have applied to Eric's character and the journey he's been on. But I haven't stood in front of the mirror and seen Eric's reflection yet. I'm looking more at everyone else, trying to be the light at the end of the tunnel and the calm in anybody's storm.



Can we expect some twists where he's concerned?




Of course! That's what it's all about: Who's doing what and who with? Right now, it's about re-familiarizing himself with people and seeing how they're accepting this personal choice. That going to come under question a lot.



When you heard he'd become a priest, did it change how you approached the role?




I wasn't sure, at first. When the opportunity presented itself, I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know, Where has his journey been? Where is he coming from? And where is he going to go? They said, "Well, he's a priest." That was the first thing out of the gate. I was like, "Wow! Uh..." I think it was a state of shock. I don't know that people are going to identify me, per say, as someone in a collar.



But I also thought, "Wow, that could be really interesting," especially the more I heard and after I spoke with Ari Zucker (Nicole). I wanted to know how she felt and I was happy to see that she was still an excited little girl. She was excited not just that I was coming on board, but she wanted someone who wanted to get in and dive into the work. Just hearing her passion about what she's been doing for 15 years - you don't know if somebody's tired or wanting change after all that time. Talking to her reinvigorated me, so when the role came through, I knew I was going to have fun doing this.



As a hunk in a collar with a former lover in Salem, how many times have you heard references to "The Thorn Birds" since signing on?




I know. I've heard. It's definitely been brought up. My parents, especially, were like, "Oh my god!" I had to re-familiarize myself with the movie. I'm old enough to know about "The Thorn Birds," but I've had to explain it to a lot of the newer generation.



That leads to the big question: Is Eric really over Nicole?



That's a good question. That's a journey we're all going to ride together. I don't want to know and they're not going to tell me. I like to go in not knowing. Let me create and see what journey I can take people on, but at the same time, I'm taking a journey with everyone else.



On Monday, Dec. 2, we finally got a hint that there's something going on with Eric: How long will it take for us to learn what his demons are and what he's hiding?



We're going to start slowly tapping into where he's actually been and what he's been doing. The mirror hasn't been turned yet. It's been about helping others, but we're going to see some stuff. I'm curious to see what people think and where it's going to go.



Some fans are theorizing he's in hiding and isn't really a priest: What better way to get dish than to hide out as a priest!


Yeah! It's between me and god. It's confidentiality. (laughs) I'm getting a lot of information. I don't know if I'm plotting... The mystery is still waiting to unveil itself. He's absorbing it all. Things are going to unfold.


You and Alison Sweeney (Sami) just finished shooting a romantic Hallmark movie together. What was it like to immediately transition into playing twins?


The movie's called "Two In." I think it's coming out in February for Valentines. It's a nice little romantic comedy. She's a 911 operator: I'm a fireman. We communicate a lot. It's a fun ride, but it was a shock. I had just tested [here] days before and got word I was hired. "Oh and by the way, you're starting a movie tomorrow." We were excited about what was to come [at "Days of Our Lives"], but we really focused on the movie. It was a new challenge for her to step out of her comfort zone. It was nice to see that transform and see what we created. Then when we got to work [here] and she starts punching me, pushing me and hitting me, it was like, "We're in a whole 'nother world now!" It's night and day. 180 degrees. We had so much fun there. It was like a warm up before I came into Salem.

So fess up: Can we expect trouble from Eric?

Oh, how we all wish to know! I personally am looking for trouble for Eric, but it hasn't hit me yet. We'll see.


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Ralph de Bricassart: [telling the legend of the thorn bird to Meggie] There's a story... a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree... and never rests until it's found one. And then it sings... more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to out-sing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles.

Young Meggie Cleary: What does it mean, Father?

Ralph de Bricassart: That the best... is bought only at the cost of great pain.



Ari Zucker could rock this. The character of Nicole is already there.


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I'm enjoying Greg as Father Eric so far. I had never seen him in anything before so I didn't know what to expect. I remember "The Secret Storm" did a story with a priest falling in love many, many years ago and it was good. Hoping for a decent storyline here.
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Sunset Beach also had a storyline of Antonio (priest) and Gabi. I love GV! :wub:
Edited by Deverauxfan, Dec 3 2012, 07:59 PM.
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Love it. I can't wait to see his story unfold and to see Ericole reconnect/fall in love again. I'm going to have to revist The Thorn Birds myself. :popcorn: ..
Edited by angie37, Dec 3 2012, 10:12 PM.
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GV is a sweetheart for giving all these wonderful interviews. And I`ve read all of them gleefully. I am so happy that eric`s back and can`t wait to see what happened in the congo. And lovin` the thornbirdish elements of ericole. Great soapy drama indeed!
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I all I know is Eric better be a real priest and not some "undercover" guy crap. I would be thoroughly disappointed if that were the case.
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Don't get up. So how are you? What happened, eh? Let me guess, Stefano told you that you could fly,and you jumped off a building. HeHe It's funny right, no I'm sorry Bad EJ, I should'nt be that cruel!

Really good interview, I love that he does not give too much away but still manages to keep the viewers guessing.

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I'm kind of indifferent to his interviews at the moment, but I could see them getting old really quickly if he keeps dodging the questions and talking about mirrors every time he gets asked certain questions.

I can respect his choice to keep things hidden from the audience. To some extent, I do feel like spoilers are one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, that soap opera audiences have seen such a drastic decline over the past decade or so.

However, it does make for really boring, repetitive interviews, IMO. I have read two of his interviews in the past week, and while I appreciate the trouble that Daytime Royalty, especially, went through to conduct and post one of those interviews, I still feel like I learned absolutely nothing in either interview. :shrug:

In any case, thanks for posting, dragonflies!
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