The latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now) features an in-depth interview with DAYS co-head writer Josh Griffith, who recounts how he along with co-head writing partner Dena Higley helped create, shape, and mold the vision that fans of the NBC soap opera will be seeing for the 50th anniversary storylines and beyond.
One of the questions posed to Griffith was on how the casting of former One Life to Live star John-Paul Lavoisier (Ex-Rex Balsom) came to pass as the new Phillip Kiriakis.
It just so happens that JP’s role in Winterthorne, which bowed this week, was part of the impetus for the inspired casting, plus his time on Llanview and an SOD cover! Josh revealed the events that led to the casting.
JOSH GRIFFITH: “Well, the casting was because he’s fantastic and we knew that he was fantastic, because we both worked with him, but not at the same time. We had been saying, “We’ve got to bring Phillip back,” and I was looking at your magazine and it had a little picture of him on the cover of it that said he was doing Winterthorne. I saw the picture of him and went, “There it is. Right there.” I took the magazine into the meeting and said, “Guys, here’s Phillip!”
What do you think about the interesting events that led JP to DAYS? How do you think Phillip will return to the canvas? Who will be his love interest? You can also watch our latest video interview with Lavoisier here. Comment below!