For the first time since her shocking departure from DAYS at this same time last year, Deidre Hall speaks! The Days of our Lives legend, who played soaps most beloved heroine, Dr. Marlena Evans has been named by TV Guide Canada, Entertainer of the Decade for her performances. Nelson Branco (TVG) caught up with our favorite “doc” for a captivating interview to discuss all things: her firing, James Reilly, Drake Hogestyn and Wayne Northrup, family life, future projects, and the state of soaps. Here are a few great excerpts!
Deidre on if she was asked to take paycut before DAYS dismissed her: “You should know that I have taken many pay cuts, too, in the past. But I wasn’t even asked if I could take a pay cut before I was dismissed because I would have. Over the years, I had always said to Ken Corday, “This is my home. And this is my family. If you’re in trouble, and need some salary relief, knock on my door because I am a team player. I’m your girl.” There is no question that the show was in trouble and extremely over budget because of years and years of overspending.”
Deidre on Marlena murdering Salem icon, Alice Horton with a donut: “Yes, I did! For me, that was probably the worst day on DAYS! When they told me Marlena was going to kill Alice, I was simply dumbstruck. I was simply undone the day we filmed that scene. When we taped the scene, I took a deep breath and just acted it out. Before that, I was sobbing in my dressing room because Frances is my hero. What a lead to have on a show. If you are acting in a scene with Frances, you better know your stuff — or else! Frances is a living legend. She was everything you look up to — she’s a feminist, an inspiring and talented actor, hilarious and a wonderful, loving human being.”