“What People Are Saying Behind Their Backs,” Soap Opera Digest, August 22, 1989

What People are Saying Behind Their Backs  Soap Opera Digest, August 22, 1989  By Mary Beth Sammons Their screen personas are familiar to daytime audiences who are utterly infatuated with the star-crossed lovers.  He is Patch, the former street rebel with a trademark eye patch and leather jacket, who cleaned up his act (and recently shed his patch) to become one of soap’s best-loved anti-heroes.  She is Kayla, the sweet, sensitive beauty from the right side of the tracks who drew out the nobler qualities – the tenderness and vulnerability – in this once-masked thug.  The immediate click viewers saw between Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols, the actors who portray them, was no fluke; off screen they are great friends, devoted to each other. To find out what makes them click, we interviewed their friends, family and castmates.  What we found out was that unlike Kayla, Mary Beth doesn’t take things too seriously.  She is a very funny lady who can make just about anyone laugh – even her very serious castmate and friend, Stephen.  They both are also very devoted parents; she, the mother to an almost two-year old son and he, dad to two grade school-aged children (a son and daughter).  And they are very private about the details of their home lives, refusing to allow their spouses to be interviewed for this story.  “My husband...

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