Last night, the new Chad DiMera in town, Billy Flynn of Days of our Lives sat down live with On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for the first in a new series of DAYS Hangouts! The hangout was broadcast live and now those who missed the event can watch it back!
During the almost 40 minutes of banter, Michael and Billy welcomed selected and passionate DAYS fans from across the country who each had their opportunity to pose questions to Flynn. The guest participants included: Spencer Barrett, Anthony Corona, Carol Rowland, Joanie Nowak, Rachel Turk, and Michele Lephhart.
To kick things off, Michael posed a few questions that have been on many DAYS fans minds at the top of the hangout to which Billy responded to. Here are a few excerpts below!
Flynn on being a recast and the challenges he has faced: “I was very nervous. Casey Deidrick (Ex-Chad) is a handsome young man, and he was beloved. But Chad is a different character now, so I sort of took that and put it out of my mind. I knew that recasts have a really hard time from fans based on what I saw happen with Guy Wilson (Will, DAYS). What do you say? People are going to have their opinions. I find some of it amusing, especially the height jokes … because I am six feet tall, and I am still the shortest on the show, because these other guys are like six feet four or five! This is not a TV show … it’s an NBA league on Days of our Lives! It’s not nice to hear, but at the end of the day, it’s like, ‘What are you going to do?’ I just show up and try to do my work.”
Flynn on working with his on-screen brother James Scott (EJ) in his first scenes where Chad throws a punch at EJ and working with the now exited Scott: “I was sweating profusely, and I had never been so nervous, and I was punching a guy who was six feet four! I mean, I was jumping up to hit him in the face. It was nerve-wracking because it was my first scene, and I am playing a new lead character, with for all intent and purposes the star of the show. But James was amazing! I remember I was going through the lines in my head and James said, ‘Listen. Don’t worry about any of this. I have already seen your work. You’re incredible. And as I am trying to throw the punch a few times, James goes, ‘I have screwed up more times than anyone on the show. Don’t worry about it. We start there between the characters, but you do see for the short time James is still on-air that there is a short evolution that we have, but you will see the anger go to the brotherly love, but we really never get to have that relationship.”
Flynn on how he sees the change in the character of Chad, where he now has revenge on his mind: “I think it’s a natural human emotion after Chad has been lied to. Chad is just a guy who desperately wants to be loved. He has been abandoned by everyone in his life, and when he started to care about EJ and Abigail, they betrayed him. I know people have been saying “It’s so shocking how different he is,” but how can you not be? And he gets shot? I have never been shot, but I can imagine afterwards I would probably be pretty pissed off!”
Now below watch the entire DAYS Hangout with Billy Flynn hosted by Michael Fairman! The let et us know what you thought of Billy’s answers to the questions posed, and if you enjoyed the hangout? And yes, per Billy’s request, we had “Fruity Pebbles” cereal on-hand as he promised he would eat on his preview tweet!