“On Her Own,” Soap Opera Weekly, November 12, 1990

Mary Beth Evans faces Days without her “husband” and best friend, Stephen Nichols By Janet Di Lauro For Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), the very thought of Days of Our Lives without Stephen Nichols was like apple pie without the á la mode….a kiss without a squeeze….simply unheard of!  After all, Nichols is the only leading man she has ever known during her four-and-a-half year run on the show.  So when he up and left Days this September, Evans not only had to bid adieu to her onscreen husband, but also adjust to backstage life without her best friend. In this interview, Evans discusses real life without Nichols, soap life without Steve Johnson and the “the possibility” of leaving the show herself in the not-too-distant future. JDL:  What was your reaction when you first learned Stephen was leaving the show? MBE:  He told me before anybody [here].  I was just bummed out.  Then, I thought all soap actors say they’re leaving and a lot of time they don’t.  At first, I was selfish saying, “I don’t want you to leave,” because I didn’t want to be here by myself.  Then, when I realized Stephen was really serious—when he told me he wanted to go and do other things—well, we can all respect that.  All of us dream, in a sense, of leaving here one day and doing other things. JDL: ...

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