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Drake Hogestyn & Deidre Hall tease their triumphant ‘Days of our Lives’ return

Danielle Turchiano

The television event of the decade is almost upon us. You can accuse us of being a bit melodramatic, but Days of our Lives is a soap opera, so in a way that might go with the territory. But we don’t think it’s an overreaction of any kind; after all, the greatest supercouple in all of daytime will be moving back in. Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn have already begun work on their brand new scenes in NBC’s last standing soap opera in Los Angeles, and last night we got to catch up with both of the powerhouse actors to find out what we can expect when we see them again on our screens.

“We’re introduced as a dedication to the Horton Square,” Hall shared with us. “It took endless hours, but only because we have every major contract player on the set. It’s thrilling to the eyes. Everywhere you look, you see someone that you know and you’ve missed.”

Basically the Horton Square set is a massive piece that will live for the immediate future on stages two and four over on the Burbank NBC lot where the show tapes everyday. It is a fashion complex that consists of many working storefronts so characters can congregate outside on the fake streets and then cameras can follow them inside to the individual establishments. And of course since the Horton family is basically the forefathers of Salem, the new shopping area is dedicated to them.

It truly is a perfect homecoming for these characters, and these actors, therefore. Hogestyn said that it took him nearly three hours to get from his parking space to his dressing room (the same dressing room he occupied for years when he was last on the show, by the way) because everyone from security guards to crew kept stopping him to welcome him back and catch up momentarily. The crew even wanted to move his old weights set back into his dressing room for him, but Hogestyn told them to hold off because he “felt like any minute someone was going to tap me on my shoulder. It just felt like I would wake up from a dream-- like I shouldn’t really be here.”

Both actors said they’re thrilled to be back, to help breathe life into what Hall is calling “Days 2.0.”

“It’s not sci-fi; it’s not silly; it’s solid human drama,” Hall promised. “It’s everything that you loved twenty, fifteen years ago, and now we’re going to do it modern day.”

Hogestyn reiterated Hall’s sentiment that Days of our Lives has truly returned to the character driven drama, and he assured us that not only is the John Black that returns the good guy we loved so much, but that he and Marlena are happy and solid in their relationship. And yes, there will even be some love scenes, though Hogestyn joked that he couldn’t imagine who would want to see someone his age performing such a scene. Hmm, we could think of quite a few people…

“The John Black that they will see is the John Black that they have known. It’s not the half-baked, emotionally void John Black, which was a fun character to play,” Hogestyn admitted.

“He didn’t have any emotions, so he couldn’t possibly hurt your feelings. Anything that wasn’t socially correct was something that he would say because Stefano screwed up. If Stefano had had some more time, it would have worked, but he was trying to get me to kill Colleen Brady right away,” Hogestyn laughed. “But no, the John Black that you’ll see now is the John Black you came to know and love-- the protector, the lover, the person who stands for truth, justice, and the American way. And because of the storyline that’s unfolding, it’s going to take the two of them, the strength of the two of them. [Even though] right away he becomes the heroic person-- not in the physical sense but in a protective sense of what is going to be best for the family and everybody else, even though it could not be good for him. And then through the love of the couple-- ‘I’m in it for the long haul; hold my hand; here we go’.”

So basically true love reflected back to us, even through hardships, just like when the show was at its peak not all that many years ago. And let’s face it, without a few hardships it wouldn’t be as addictive, right?

“An event unfolds. Let’s just say certain people are waiting for him to land on American soil,” Hogestyn teased. “There have been some misappropriations of things, and he’s got a problem. The storyline that’s written-- it moves forward so quickly, and it’s such an umbrella. There are a lot of other actors that fall in, and everyone is painted black and white, black and white, black and white. That’s what they’re doing right now: redefining the characters, who they are, and where they stand with each other.”

Days of our Lives airs on NBC every weekday at 1pm in Los Angeles.


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Re: LA Examiner interview with Drake and Dee (DR)
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 04:13:08 PM »
Jim Halterman Interview:

Interview with Drake and Deidre

http://jimhalterman.com/interviews/deid ... -days-2-0/


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Re: LA Examiner interview with Drake and Dee (DR)
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 04:14:13 PM »
Daytime Royalty Interview with Drake:

Daytime Royalty had the chance to speak to Drake Hogestyn (John) about his return to Days, his chemistry with Deidre Hall (Marlena), and his characters wayward son.

Hogestyn has been a part of Days of Our Lives since 1986, but he tells us his original audition was not even for Days. I was brought in on another show, but it was going to be cancelled. The casting agent said You know youre right for that show, but youre going to be perfect for this show. The casting agent thought Hogestyn might be reluctant to work on a soap, but Hogestyn let his interest be known. I said, Forget about that. Acting is acting. What have you got? And the rest is history.

Hogestyns character has gone through many changes over the years. Hogestyn explains to us that the character was originally based on Jason Bourne from The Bourne Identity. Even John Blacks initials are a tribute. It was only supposed to go from February sweeps to May sweeps. It was going to be a very short run, but a powerful run. He remained steadily in the role for twenty-three years.

Hogestyn recently expressed his affinity for that particular time in his acting career, when he told Soap Opera Digest that he and Hall were going to start working like they did in 1986. [In 1986] I was working with Deidre and trying to find out who John is because he has no identity. We sat down, and we would break down all of the scenes. Hogestyn believes that the chemistry they have shared onscreen was created during those moments. We got to know each other really well, and we became safety nets for each other. We havent worked together for a while now, so right away I said, Lets sit down and start breaking open some scripts. Lets talk about what we did when we were in Switzerland. What did we try to accomplish in this therapy? What pitfalls did we have? [We do this] so the emotional levels will be there when were talking about it onscreen.

Hogestyn is glad that Hall works in a similar way as him. Fortunately with Deidre, were very comfortable with each other. Its the same rhythm of work. The same chemistry is there. Its not something that you really have to create. Hogestyn informs us that that has not always been the case. Over the years with different actresses I was able to create chemistry. It can be manufactured. Its easier when it comes naturally, and it does with Deidre. Shes obviously a very easy actress to work with.

One hot topic in soaps has always been ratings, particularly in the 18-34 demographic. Hogestyn tells us that the show is making these changes to eventually bring back the ratings in these target demographics. NBC is always trying to get the demographics. Theyve tried different things over the years. Some work; some dont. They throw it against the wall and see if it sticks. Hogestyn has his own ideas about what might attract new viewers. The show has been on the air for 45 years because you have a core audience thats really emotionally attached to the show and to certain characters. When you turn that TV set on, another things happens. Other people walk through the room, and they say, Hey, Grandma. Hey, Mom. What are you watching? And as long as that set is on, thats how you get the younger demographics. I think weve been neglecting the core audience for a long period of time. Its time to bring them home. Bring them back into the fold.

So what can viewers expect on September 26th? Theyre not only going to be treated to John and Marlena; theyre going to be treated to Christie Clark and Patrick Muldoon. To Matt Ashford. Theyre going to see that triangle build with Jennifer and Daniel whos now come into her life. Theyre going to be in that warm fuzzy place that they experienced before.

We were also curious about Johns son Brady. Eric Martsolf joined the show as Brady only a few months before Hogestyn was let go. While Johns alter ego New John had several scenes with Brady, the real John had only one. Hogestyn gave us a brief recap. We only had one scene together. In 2009 when John was in the bed, and it was like whoa! Things started coming back to him. Im the old John and again, and oh Marlena, my God, its you. Quick marry me before I die. Brady, my son. Oh my god. Okay, John, shut up. Ive got to get you to Lugano.

Hogestyn reassures us that he has already had one scene with Martsolf. He also adds that there will be some mentions of off-camera interactions that have been happening all along. Brady mentions that John has made it clear to him that he does not approve of the things he has been doing. That kind of sets the stage for John. Hes back to being the protector and the provider. The romantic hero. He doesnt put up with a lot of nonsense, and obviously Brady has been going through a lot of nonsense. Hogestyn tells us that Marlena senses that things arent going well with Brady and John and asks John what he plans to do about it. He says that Brady is a grown man. He can make his own decisions Marlena is quick to say, Thats not the John I know.

But Hogestyn lets us know that the writers dont focus on John and Brady at first. Right now were working on one issue at a time. Johns got his proverbial butt in the ringer, so to speak, because of another event. Some outside forces have been waiting for him to get back in the United States so they can descend upon him. That is going to create an umbrella storyline with four to five different couples, and each couple will see the event in a different way.

Over the last couple of years we have heard a lot about the fast pace with regard to the shows taping schedule. This was a new production model for Hogestyn. Its a whole different show from what I left. Its a reinvented show production-wise. Were in at 8; were out at five. Were shooting seven and a half to eight shows a week. Hogestyn tells us that this is much different from the 90 hour weeks he had been used to. Were doing the show on budget and on time and were still telling the great stories, and you can just feel the energy. Not only with Days of Our Lives, but NBC, too. We couldnt be happier.

Hogestyn has yet to join Twitter or Facebook like many of his castmates have, but he tells us this may be changing soon. I think now the time is probably right to explore that and get the word out even more and embrace this. Greg Meng has introduced me to someone at Days of Our Lives that is a social media expert. He said, Shell take you by the hand; establish your Twitter account, and get you set up on Facebook.

Hogestyn has a hard time telling us his favorite thing about John Black. He laughs, I dont know if we have time for that. After some thinking, he tells us this: He mirrors me in my life. He always tries to do the right thing. He puts other people in front of himself. He does consider himself the protector and the provider... Hes always trying to set the example. Its not easy being a hero on a soap opera. Its easier being a villain because theres more levels and different angles. Its easier sometimes to write for the villain, but to keep the hero alive and vibrant takes a lot of work, and you really have to reach deep with and find your own layers.

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I can't wait for all this to start so I can see Jack, John, Marlena, Austin (now being played by Patrick Muldoon) and Carrie. I think this show is finally going to give us what we want. HORRRRRRRRRRRRAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!  :cool1 :cool1 :cool1
 
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I may have to start watching again.
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