Monday, August 4, 2014

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Patsy Pease Remembers Kimberly Brady 30 Years After Joining 'Days of our Lives' (Part 1)

Patsy Pease.  Photo Credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images
Actress Patsy Pease has appeared in daytime and primetime television and films such as Remington Steele, Trapper John, M.D. and Silk Stalkings. She made her soap opera debut playing Cissie Mitchell Sentell on Search for Tomorrow. Thirty years ago she debuted as Kimberly Brady in Days of our Lives, which became her signature role. Serial Scoop recently caught up with Ms. Pease to look back on her career. Read Part 1 of our exclusive interview below:

SERIAL SCOOP: Patsy, fans miss you so much. They really love and care about you.
PATSY PEASE: Oh dear.

SERIAL SCOOP: They really do. Why do you think Kimberly Brady, after all of these years, is so important to so many people?
PATSY PEASE: I wish I knew that, Michael. [Laughs] It still surprises me. It's something that is just a gift that you don’t know what you did to deserve it. I don’t know. I'm just so grateful. I love the relationship that I have with people that watch the show. The best thing Days has given me is the opportunity to meet a lot of other people I wouldn't have met otherwise.

SERIAL SCOOP: I watched the Kim and Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) story growing up as a "younger person" and then watched the entire story again as an adult. I connected to it both times, and it doesn't always happen that way.
PATSY PEASE: Isn't that interesting? Usually you would think younger people would only identify with the younger characters. That's so wonderful it had such universal appeal. Maybe it's the writing too. Someone told me the other day that good stories are good stories. She didn't need someone her own age telling them or acting in them for her to identify, just good storytelling. And I know we just had really, really good stories.

SERIAL SCOOP: I agree. Although there were some clunkers. Would Kim really have slept with Cal soon so after Shane was presumed dead? [Laughs] But you always made every scene work. I never once felt you were phoning it in. You committed to every scene. I may not have believed in the the actual story, but I always believed what Kim was feeling.
PATSY PEASE: Thank you. That is the highest compliment an actor can be given that an audience member picks something up. Isn't that the highest form of art to inspire your audience? You can rage at people, you can cry at people, and they will say, "Isn't that a wonderful dramatic actor? We're really impressed." But the real art is when you move your audience. It's the difference in them being impressed and moved. You are truly connected. There are almost no words to describe it. It's pure feeling.

SERIAL SCOOP: That is what I am always looking for. Do you remember your first scene on Days as Kim where you thought to yourself, "I know this is really working."
PATSY PEASE: I don’t know in 30 years I if have ever had that moment, Michael. [Laughs] But I had a time when Charlie first came on the show and they were experimenting with Shane spying on Kimberly. We were doing a lot of our stuff separately, and they were trying to match Kimberly up with a lot of other male leads. I think Jed Allen (ex-Don Craig) was one. Joe Gallison (ex-Neil Curtis) was another one. There was James Reynolds (Abe Carver). They were a lot of different things they were trying. I knew if you were going to stay on Days I had to have chemistry as a couple. I felt like one of the wives of Henry the 8th; if I don’t produce a son very soon my head is going to be on a block. [Laughs]

SERIAL SCOOP: That's really funny.
PATSY PEASE: I knew it was just a matter of time. That was the nature of the show. Days at the time was about love stories that people could relate to. If you didn't have a love interest you didn't have a story.

SERIAL SCOOP: Right, Days was all about supercouples at the time.
PATSY PEASE: So I thought, "Oh my god!" There was Thaao [Penghlis, Tony DiMera], there was Jed. Then there was Joe, and James. We were running out of men on the show and I wasn't really clicking with anybody and thought I was going to lose my job. [Laughs]

SERIAL SCOOP: Oh no!
PATSY PEASE: They went through four major leads and were like, "They are really good actors and you work well together and we're impressed, but we're not moved." And then Charlie came along and it was a funny kind of a feeling. Charlie put it one time, "It's like slipping into an old pair of slippers. They are comfortable, you know they are yours and you absolutely have every confidence you can walk around in them forever." That's the way we felt.

Who can really describe chemistry? I don’t know what that is really. With us it was respect for each other. You will find a lot of couples will have the hot "hubba hubba baby baby" for each other but If the respect is not there, it's not a tender story.

SERIAL SCOOP: That's true. You can sense it.
PATSY PEASE: I listen very carefully to how people talk about couples on nighttime and the movies. They show each other how hot that hunk made them feel, and talk about a sex scene. They use papers to fan themselves, have some fun with it, and then that's it. They drop it and go on to something else. It's fast food.

SERIAL SCOOP: Right, Kim and Shane were never like that. There was depth to the relationship.
PATSY PEASE: That's why I’m saying it was different. The difference between us and a fly by night hot and sexy couple. Although I've heard people got that too. But there was a respect there, it wasn't just lust.

EDITORS NOTE: In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, Pease shares more thoughts on Kimberly Brady, and offers her unique perspective on the controversial Shane and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) relationship years ago.

Michael Goldberg is a freelance writer, producer and actor based out of New York. He regularly contributes television and web series features to Serial Scoop.

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