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a website dedicated to American actor/writer/director/producer Stephen Nichols. Best known for his varied roles on daytime television, Stephen has just returned to his iconic role of Steven Earl "Patch" Johnson on the daytime soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Stephen also played the parts of uber-tychoon Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as The Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Dr. Skylar Cates on the cancelled SANTA BARBARA. Stephen has also appeared in films and in episodic television such as CRASH, THE NANNY, EMPTY NEST, SECOND CHANCES, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, RENEGADE, WITCHBOARD, & THE PHOENIX. This site has a strict no paparazzi policy and will not publish photos of Stephen during his private time.

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By Michael Fairman

Stephen Nichols says the injection of fresh blood in the shapely form of Tamara Braun has been most welcome

They were both stars on General Hospital but never really crossed paths. Now Stephen Nichols and Tamara Braun are in each other’s pockets as Patch and Ava on Days of Our Lives. They share an unwavering mutual respect and agree that Ava’s arrival in Salem has added depth to storylines, but catch then while you can, because it’s not going to last…

Tamara, how did your decision to come back to Daytime and take on the role of Ava come about?

TAMARA: “I heard about the role of Ava and it intrigued me so much because she’s unlike most characters I play. I like to play characters that are layered. I get bored with characters that are one-note. This one had a lot of emotional and psychological stuff deal with; she was troubled and full of history. I thought, ‘How can you pass up something like that?’”

Stephen, how has Tamara’s arrival affected the dynamics on set?

STEPHEN: “Having Tamara there reminds me of the time when Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and I came back to the show. Some cast mates and crew would tell us the vibe was elevated. People can work on automatic pilot when there is no new energy around and they get stuck in a routine, so it’s always refreshing to have good actors come in who are committed and trying to find a deeper level in the work. That’s what Tamara does.”

How has Mary Beth dealt with the addition of a new lady from Patch’s past?

STEPHEN: “Mary Beth is a dream. A lot of actresses would react negatively and be hurt and feel threatened. Mary Beth doesn’t do any of that. She went, “Oh, a new girl from the past! What is that about?” She’s a great actress and she comes up with amazing performances. The first time Tamara worked with Mary Beth, Tamara said to me, ‘My God! She is just great!’”

Tamara, what’s your take on working at Days so far?

TAMARA: “Stephen is so nice and fun and dedicated to the work. He gives me that one good eye to work with, which has been the challenge . . . I joke! And on working with Mary Beth, she is the most positive human being. She is a joy to work with. She makes me laugh. If Mary Beth is on the set that day, I am going to smile, and that’s a gift.”

Do you think Tamara’s role is a difficult one to pull off?

STEPHEN: “Let me tell you something. With a lesser actress in the role and what she has to do with all the headaches and the drugs, it could have looked ridiculous. I cannot thank them enough for bringing Tamara in. I read with a bunch of really wonderful actresses and brought a few of them back the next day. Then Days’ Casting Director said, ‘Tamara Braun is interested, but doesn’t feel like reading.’ I said to our Executive Producer, Ed Scott, ‘Ed, get her reel and if she wants to do it, get her.’ After a couple of weeks with Tamara, Ed said to me, ‘Thanks for making me hire her.’”

Stephen, how do you justify Patch’s complex connection to Ava?

STEPHEN: “The first thing I had to do was talk to the producers and writers. I asked them to keep in mind, when I saw Ava in Ireland it had to be in the first time I remembered her. I couldn’t have remembered her and kept the information from Kayla. When Patch got his memory back about his life with Kayla, he said to her, ‘There are big chunks I still don’t remember,’ and that has to be one of them. Ava and Patch were in love and going to be married. This was a lot to have to justify for the character. It helped to remember what the DiMeras had done (wiped Patch’s memory). Ava took him in and gave him a life, so anyone who was good to him during this time would be someone he would feel close to.”

Tamara, is there anything about Ava that you find challenging to portray?

TAMARA: “The hardest thing for me to navigate is cattiness, or just playing plain evil for no reason. If you give me a reason, I will play it like gangbusters. As the actor, it’s your job to ask yourself. “Why? Why am I doing this?’ You have to come up with the answers for yourself.”

Are there any stand-out moments for you both from the recent Ava-Patch-Kayla storyline?

STEPHEN: “I think the scenes when we told the story of how we met and almost married. Mary Beth did a great job too, and what ended up on screen was worthy of the work everyone put into it.”

TAMARA: “I agree with Stephen. I don’t like to pat myself on the back, but there were a few days when everybody came together in challenging circumstances. We had to deal with emotional issues and a situation that seemed slightly outlandish. We were going through the flashbacks and Ava starts to become unravelled. She breaks a statue, then she hears music and wants to dance. Kayla tried to snap her out of it by having Ava feel the baby inside her, and she touches her stomach. I thought everyone in that scene was wonderful.”

What do you think will happen with this trio moving forward?

STEPHEN: “Quite often, in soaps, the way story is told, there’s an arc and once it’s over, it drops off. Then some of the characters are no longer involved with one another. In this case, Ava is redeemed very quickly and she is going to go here and there in Salem with no real contact with Patch and Kayla. I think it’s a missed opportunity. The aftermath isn’t dealt with. Ava goes off on her merry way and gets involved with some other characters.”

TAMARA: “What’s going on rather quickly and abruptly for the character is I feel it hasn’t been wrapped with Ava. I mean, how can something that affects someone so much for so long just be wrapped up? There are no more drugs in her system, so now you have to be able to deal with the fall-out from that or whether she deals with it by moving on to somebody else to suppress her feelings her feelings remains to be seen. But that connection is still there with Patch. You know when people go, ‘I’m over it. I’m fine.’ But, you know they are lying?”