Nadia Bjorlin is back! The beautiful and talented actress was previously ushered out of Salem, and off Days of our Lives, after Chloe had turned to life of prostitution and her once loveable and feisty character became a victim of her own bad choices. Now Chloe has returned to Salem with a purpose; to snare Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) for herself, but more importantly to give their son, Parker, a father figure he has never had, and to right the wrongs from the whole paternity pickle, thanks in part to the meddling hands of some of Salem’s most notable past and present citizens!
On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Nadia for this “quickie” interview, so we could get her take on Chloe’s latest actions, and the obstacle that she sees in the way of her future happiness, Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Melissa Reeves)! Here’s what Nadia had to say about Chloe’s sudden return that had Daniel, shall we say, speechless!
When you came back to DAYS, did you know ahead of time that Chloe was going to be an interfering “Buttinski” in the Daniel and Jennifer romance?
NADIA: (Laughs) I like that word, “Buttinski”. Actually, I was told none of the storyline. I just went on blind faith. But basically, I was really happy to come back to DAYS because previously it was just an abrupt ending for Chloe with the prostitution thing. It was such a low point for her that I really felt like there was part of the story that was not being told, that even I wanted answered. I was happy to come back to maybe redeem her, and to see what has been happening in her life now after her tragic past.
When you saw how the story was being set-up, Chloe is now the interloper of the relationship that had just been established between Dr. Daniel and Jennifer. Do you still think Chloe can be a character that the audience can root for, given her recent actions?
NADIA: Oh yes! Absolutely! (Laughs) Yes, Chloe’s intentions are great. That is the sad part about any of the bad things she says or does. It is really rooted in such a deep place, and out of love, that it really doesn’t have anything to do with Jennifer. It is what Daniel represents to her. I think so many bad things happened that I think she feels like, “Wow! This was meant to be! Daniel is Parker’s father and this is what we always wanted, and I always wanted. Now, I can give my son the life I never had. I can give him this stability and a happy childhood.” At the end of it all, Parker is the great love of Chloe’s life. I think that is really what she is thinking of. She wants what’s best for him, and she may end up doing desperate and stupid things in a sense, to give him the best possible life and in a way using him. I don’t think she even realizes she is using Parker right away. She makes impulsive and irrational decisions, because it is not panning out the way she hoped it was going to. I think she hoped it would be a lot easier, and that Daniel was just going to jump at the chance to be with her and Parker, after the whole paternity switch debacle, and after everything that happened. Now everything seems so simple, when it really isn’t.
Is Chloe still in love with Dr. Daniel?
NADIA: I think now it’s more that she wants a father for her child. I think she thinks she is in love with Daniel, and she probably is. I mean, she was very in love with him before. I think now it’s more about the idea that he represents at this point. I think she is a bit of a romantic and welcomed the idea of this fairy tale. I think she is in love with him, but it’s more the whole picture she is in love with.
Will Kate (Lauren Koslow) continue to be Chloe’s Salem nemesis?
NADIA: Yes and no. When Chloe was in Salem last, she was so weak. Now, she has come back stronger and I like that. She has found more of her self and sense of self. Chloe is not going to let anyone mess with her. However, I think she may swing that pendulum a bit too far in the other direction. She was so victimized before, that now she is not going to take crap from anyone. And because of that, she may not necessarily listen to people who are giving her good advice. I don’t think she is going to listen to anyone! (laughs)
I think they should just saddle Chloe with a mini-me teenage “Ghoul Girl” that she has to mentor! So she would be the parent to Parker and “Ghoul Girl” 2.0! (Laughs)
NADIA: That is hilarious! Totally! (Laughs)
What would you also think if Days of our Lives did a time out-of-time standalone episode featuring your singing talents and some of the others in the cast, sort of like One Life to Live did with Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical?
NADIA: I would love that! Didn’t they do that on Passions too? They had a whole Bollywood episode! (Laughs)
So what was like when you returned to the DAYS set for the first time after being written off previously? What is like “old home” week? Same old, same old?
NADIA: I heard it was different before I came back, and I was like, “Oh my Gosh!” Then when I got there, it felt different for one day! (Laughs) I got right back in the swing of it. Everyone works so hard and there is so little room for error. Literally, there is one take for every scene now. There is a lot of work in a small amount of time. I just give credit to everybody that is involved in that process. It was interesting; because Patrika Darbo (Nancy Wesley) came back and she hadn’t been at DAYS for several years. I did not realize how much has changed. Patrika was like, “There is no rehearsal.” It is different for anyone coming in. It’s so intimidating now. It feels like we are doing a brand new one hour play every day, because you don’t have the luxury of working things out and having rehearsal. But on the other hand, it can be kind of fun. I kind of enjoy some of that, because it does not allow you to sit around and think too much. You kind of go play on instincts and adrenaline, which can be fun. It’s tough as well, don’t get me wrong!
How is working with Melissa Reeves?
NADIA: Oh it’s so great, because she is so unbelievably sweet, and because I have to be so mean to her. It’s always people I have to be horrible to on set, that are the nicest people in real life! People don’t realize it makes it extra hard, because as an actress, you can’t draw from anything. There is no reason to be nasty to this girl. Melissa is so nice and sweet, and so I just apologize ahead of time. I go, “I am so sorry.” (Laughs) That is because of some of the mean things I have to say. Sometimes, I ask if I can change my lines. I will say, “Oh. this is so mean. I don’t know if I can do this.” Melissa is amazing to work with. We volley off of each other very well. She really cares. Melissa cares about the story, the integrity of her own character, and the characters on DAYS, in general. It is always nice to work with somebody who comes in prepared, and is about the work, and that is always fun.
So soapers, are you happy with seeing Nadia back on Days of our Lives? Are you hoping that Danloe will get together again … even though this time Chloe is manipulating the situation between her, Parker and Daniel for her own gain? Do you believe Chloe’s motives are true? Who is the man for “hottie” Dr. Daniel? Jennifer or Chloe? Weigh-in!