Day of 'Days' Interview: Kassie DePaiva on the Impact of Social Media, and the Complexities of Playing Eve Larson
|Kassie DePaiva at the Day of Days event on November 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Hilary Winiarz|
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?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: Recovery.
SERIAL SCOOP: If you could play any other character on Days, regardless of age or gender, who would you want to play?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: It would be Tate, so my sister could carry me around all the time.
SERIAL SCOOP: How has social media impacted your experience as an actor?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: It's not so much social media, but the internet has changed the whole face of soap opera reporting. There's instant gratification. It used to be that fans only had access to their soap stars through the shopping mall experience or the soap magazines. Now it's tweets and it's so instant. It just changes how people perceive soaps. Thank goodness there's still a lot of interest and they're not changing the endings of the stories, though I'm sure that's what's coming next...there will be an interactive ending. Thank god that's not happening now or Eve would have been dead a long time ago. [Laughs]
SERIAL SCOOP: Eve is a character that hasn’t necessarily been loved, but despite that, fans have loved you. Is that something you could see/feel?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: For the last 20 years of my life I have played characters that have not been terribly likable. But they are real and they are relatable. We've all met Eves in this world. I mean Eve is a bitch, but even a bitch can feel pain. And her reaction to things is because she is in such pain; so much pain that she lashes out. But the loss of [Eve's daughter] Paige, it was very very relatable. We've all felt loss, whether it’s your child, your parent or your dog. And you are changed by it. And I think you will see, she's really got to take a hard look at her life–who she was and how she contributed to the loss of her daughter.
SERIAL SCOOP: Would you be friends with Eve in real life?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: [Hesitates and grimaces] I might borrow her clothes. No, she might borrow mine. Eve dresses just a little tacky. Eve would scare the fire out of me because she's so volatile. She might be fun to have a couple drinks with.
SERIAL SCOOP: What has it been like to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: I was a part of Guiding Light for their 50th anniversary and I thought that was the most exciting thing. I was 25 at the time, and now I'm 54 and to be a part of something 20-30 years past that is even more exciting. To do this show for me was a real gift for a lot of reasons. Eve was challenging to play; not always likable, but doable. The material, the dialogue was beautiful. But the family...Days just has a really beautiful family, and the wonderful actors there have raised the bar for me.
SERIAL SCOOP: Did you imagine when you started that you'd have this sort of career in daytime?
KASSIE DEPAIVA: No! I have had an unbelievable career, and I had no idea 30 years ago that I'd still be talking soap operas. I just tighten my bra straps and keep on going.