Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days of 'Days' Interview: Stephen Nichols Loves the Inspiring Collaborative Spirit of 'Days of our Lives'

Stephen Nichols at the Day of Days event on November 14, 2015. Pictured with Mary Beth Evans. Photo Credit: Jessica Weisel
The annual "Day of Days" event was held on Saturday, November 14 at Universal Citywalk. Mandy Lynn Denaux covered the event for Serial Scoop and chatted with the cast of Days of our Lives about the 50th anniversary of the iconic soap opera, and much more.  Stephen Nichols-who plays Steve "Patch" Johnson-shared his thoughts on the anniversary, the show's inspiring and collaborative workplace, and his take on social media.

Read our interview below.

SERIAL SCOOP: We know you can’t share too much of the upcoming storyline, but if you had to summarize in one word what your character has been up to, what would that word be?
STEPHEN NICHOLS: One word? Okay … Can it be two words? No, it’s actually one word. He has been in the middle of a Shit-storm.

SERIAL SCOOP: What has been the biggest shift for you with the regime change?
STEPHEN NICHOLS: The result has been really inspiring. Everyone is working together. It feels more like a true collaboration. Often in soaps, you feel like you’re working in a vacuum, and you’re slogging along, always on the lookout for that one person who is your ally … who understands what you’re trying to do. And often you don’t find that … except in your fellow actors. Like Mary Beth, we have always had that kind of working- relationship. Where we supported each other, told each other the truth and were inspired by each other. Now the producers inspire us, the writers inspire us, fellow actors … not only inspire us, but we’re uplifting each other. Challenging each other. It’s a wonderful atmosphere. I look forward to going to work.

SERIAL SCOOP: How does social media impact your experience as an actor?
STEPHEN NICHOLS: Well, the instant feedback we get from the fans … which I think is mostly encouraging is great because it gives you a sense if what you’re doing is working or not – and that’s helpful. As a rule, I don’t watch the show all that often. I’ll watch once in a while when there’s something I’m concerned about and I want to see how it went. But I think the feedback is invaluable. I will say, that when I do watch now, I am always drawn in to all of the stories, even those I’m not involved in. There is some very fine work coming out of Days right now, I am so proud to be a part of the show at this moment.

SERIAL SCOOP: What about being there during the 50th. What’s the morale like on set?
STEPHEN NICHOLS: Oh, the morale is as high as it could possibly be. The 50th has energized all of us and bolstered the atmosphere on set. At the party Saturday night, everybody I saw; everyone I talked to was on a high. Usually at those parties, people are like “Uh, rubber chicken again.” You always hear people complaining. I didn’t hear one, single negative thing out of anyone’s mouth – including my own. We were all having a great time and congratulating each other. We are riding a wave. The ratings have been on a consistent upswing and this beautiful show is going to get picked up, dammit, I’ll tell you that right now! I could see us lasting another five to ten years if we keep doing this caliber of work. The audience has always been there waiting for someone to steer the ship back on course. That has happened and will continue to happen if no one meddles with it again.

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