Interview: Greg Vaughan, Pt. 1
BY CINDY ELAVSKY
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12/30/12 at 3:01 AM
Eric Brady, Sami’s twin brother,
hasn’t been on the Salem scene for
more than a decade – until now, that
is. Daytime veteran Greg Vaughan
stepped into the role, and into a
clerical collar, a few months ago,
with a story line that was unexpected
to Greg and his fans.
I spoke with “Father” Greg a few
weeks back about taking on this
new role and how he’s adjusting to
the “Days of our Lives” set.
Daytime Dial: In order to prepare
for the role of Eric Brady, did you
read the backstory, watch some old
episodes, etc., or did you decide to
do none of this to come in with a
fresh take on the character?
Greg Vaughan: I did want a
fresh take, but I have history with
the show from the outside looking
in because I dated a young lady
who was once on the show. And
then I knew a lot of the cast, and
one of them being Jensen (Ackles,
who played Eric from 1997 to
And so in portraying the role and
the character itself, I was familiar
with everything up and to that
point. But it’s been more than 10
years, and so much has changed,
and I just felt like he had definitely
come into his own as a man.
I wanted to use my own pallet of
colors on the character, if you will.
I wanted to create my own vision,
and what better way to do that –
especially when I was informed
that he was going to be a priest?
DD: I think a lot of us were surprised
by that turn of events!
GV: For me, it was more of a
deer-in-the-headlights kind of
shock, like: “Wow! Now THAT is
going to be a challenge!” I was
thinking he’d be more of a Jason
Bourne type of guy. But then when
I heard he’d be a priest, I explored
into that and my personal life journeys,
and then I’m like, “You know,
this could be kind of interesting.
And it will be challenging, because
I’ll be out of my element. What better
way as an actor to challenge
yourself than getting out of your
DD: How much have you filmed?
I know Christmastime always plays
a big part in Salem.
GV:We film very far in advance,
and that’s very much out of my box.
We’re shooting like three months
ahead of time, so half of the stuff
I’ve already done I don’t even
recall. I think our Christmas scenes
were filmed before Halloween.
But as I recall, there’s going to be
a lot of good quality and a nice,
really spiritual family time, and I
think everybody is going to be
taken by it.
Check back next week, when
Greg tells me about his first days on
the set and what we can expect for
be kind of
– Greg Vaughan
Photo Credit; Benjamin Cohen/NBC