When you two aren't working, what do you like to do?
MELISSA REEVES: I like
to sew; I love to sew. In between teaching my 3-year-old how to
go on the toilet, which is so completely aggravating right now.
If any moms have any good tips out there, I am so open.
When not dealing with child rearing issues like Missy, I
like to read and enjoy just getting outside. Every now and then
we get out of town or the mountains or ocean. I just love that.
We're in CA where we're roughing it an hour away from any amazing
place. Whenever possible, I like to get out to places like that.
ASKDAYS: Matt and/or Melissa
what do you enjoy most about your return?
MELISSA REEVES: Working
MATTHEW ASHFORD: Working
Melissa. In short, it is kind of interesting. You see something
written on the page and not sure how it will turn out. I think
it will go in one direction and based on an adjustment Missy made,
it goes a different way. The way she played or underplayed something,
or took it in a direction I didn't expect. The whole scene goes
another way. It's fun. It's the reason you want to be an actor.
You get surprised.
MELISSA REEVES: We like
to surprise each other. Keeps us on our toes.
ASKDAYS: When did you two start in the acting business?
MELISSA REEVES: Mine was
in 1984 on Santa Barbara.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: Mine
was I don't remember what year I played the ass. Does this count?
I came out of school and went onto One Life to Live. I
was doing theater things also, but that is primarily what I enjoyed.
ASKDAYS: ask Melissa - How hard
is it to balance being a mom and the demands of a daytime TV show?
MELISSA REEVES: Actually
coming back to the show, we have a brand new schedule, and my
average hours and this will sound horrible because it's such an
easy workload, is about 3 days a week on average and 4-5 hours
a day, so only 15 hours a week, so it doesn't take too much time
away from the kids at all. It's mostly during the day when they're
MATTHEW ASHFORD: You're
not counting all the time learning all those lines.
MELISSA REEVES: That's
when they're in bed. It's the perfect job to be a mom, because
you're not really taking hardly anytime away from your kids.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: Well
I think being a mother.
MELISSA REEVES: The time
that I'm away from them is during school hours, and Scott also
has the same schedule, so if I do happen to be at work, Scott's
home, so it's a blessing for both of us to be in the same work.
ASKDAYS: Matthew, how do you
fell about he teen trend in soaps?
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I feel
very good about it. What do you mean teen trend? Being a teen
myself. ( You mean sticking that video camera up and trying to
get a shot of Nadia in the shower? I thought it was a little ingenious.
It was kind of silly and fun. Is it new? As long as it's compelling,
I think it's fine. In fact, maybe it's better to stick to things
like people arguing about who's crammed who in the locker rather
than some pseudo fake grown-up problem. Better to investigate
real teen issues. Some things are juvenile, but that's the life
then. Really we still do that to a certain extent. We just cover
it up with more pretend sophistication. It's all the rules of
the playground and who's breaking them. When Missy and I were
at that Coronation in Paris, we weren't running around, chasing
after each other, and some were saying "There they go baby." I
do this. We were just a little more animated about it. As long
as the behavior is honest, it's great. If the actors can really
relate to them and connect to them and the audience does too,
ASKDAYS: What is a typical day on the set like?
MELISSA REEVES: It's so
much quicker than before. Pretty much as soon as we arrive at
work, we get right to hair and makeup. We block and we sort of
try to find each other in the hall to rehearse, and then we go
right to taping. It's a quick day.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: If they're
going with their eye on the clock, you talk and talk and then
on this line you go here and turn around. Never really letting
us say the lines to each other in that space. Then we come back
out and run through it once and go to taping.
MELISSA REEVES: It's fast.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: You
really do need to do your homework and come up with ideas long
before the days when you're in there shooting. You're in the studio
some days but preparing for the shooting in a day or so.
ASKDAYS: Did you all watch soaps when you were growing
up? What was your favorite?
MELISSA REEVES: I watched
Channel 7 from Ryan's Hope, All My Children, One
Life to Live, General Hospital and Edge of Night.
I just kept Channel 7 on.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I didn't
really watch. My mother watched As the World Turns, and
I remember her coming home one day, and she started to work or
something out of the house, and she asked if she missed anything.
I told her nothing happened except Dr. Bob was killed. She said
"What?" That was the extent of my experience.
ASKDAYS: Hi!! Could you both tell us what your most
favorite and least favorite storyline was?
MELISSA REEVES: I loved
the Giant Catastrophe. I love the gigantic catastrophes. They're
just fun. I guess the least favorite is when there's not a lot
going on in your storyline and saying lines that don't mean a
MATTHEW ASHFORD: When
you come in and pass time?
MELISSA REEVES: It's not
interesting for the fans either. It's hard on a constant basis
to keep your storyline interesting that way.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I second
what Missy said about when the large storylines are going, we're
there a lot, and when actors get together, usually something more
can come out because we're working together, and sometimes advance
because of that, but I really enjoyed when Missy and I first started
working together, we both had strong things to play, and she was
pursuing a journalism career and I was trying to be a journalist
and our points of view were at odds, yet we had a reason to work
together. We were teaching each other something. In the meantime,
a relationship started building, and it played. I enjoyed that
time. At this point, we have some of the same dynamics going on.
We are bound together with this child, Abigail, and we both have
strong view points about what is best for us and her. We are disagreeing
but having to deal. The writers have written some things that
both of us have laughed out loud turning the pages. We've found
some fun dynamics. If the newspaper will come back, it was fun
being investigative and snooping. We're not solving crimes but
we may think we are. You could pretty much tailor the job, but
you're really just nosy. Everybody can relate to that.
ASKDAYS: What made you decide that days of our lives
was the program for you?
REEVES: I didn't actually know it was the show for
me until I was on it and realized that I love the forum that it
is. I love the family and values and morals that have stuck. I
started the show when I was 18, so I have a family feeling at
Days of Our Lives. Moving to CA so young, I latched onto
it and made it a second home. I have a very familial feeling about
MATTHEW ASHFORD: This
show in particular has given me the opportunity and environment
to really play and having worked on other shows where people are
great, the show is great, the story is great, but I didn't necessarily
click with the character. I realized that happened here, and it's
fun. That's what's happened for me at DAYS and this company
of actors and this character.
ASKDAYS: Hello Melissa and Matthew, what actor and/or
actors inspired both of you?
MELISSA REEVES: I love
Mary Stuart Masterson. We're pretty much the same age. I remember
watching her and loving her honesty and style of how she portrays
your emotions. She's just great. I always would watch her and
think that's how I want to portray what I'm feeling. I just love
the way she does it.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I'm always
inspired by Robert De Niro because it doesn't matter if it's comedy,
drama, tragedy. He's 100 percent committed to whoever the character
is. It's amazing for me to see that. There's always Jimmy Stewart.
Recently, for example, Christopher Guest who directs and plays
his characters, too. In Waiting for Guffman highly recommend
it. We've laughed every time we've watched it. People taking chances
is exciting to me to see. I love that. When it happens on DAYS,
it's always exciting to see someone just go a little bit over
the line and just go for it. It's very exciting.
ASKDAYS: Matthew Ashford - What was your best play
at the theater?
MATTHEW ASHFORD: The
play Arcadia by Tom Stoppard I did recently and really
enjoyed it. However, right now I'm doing A Little Night Music
playing Count Carl Magnus. It's a story of love and how people
go a little insane in the spring. This character is so extraordinarily
chauvinistic. He has a pea-sized brain and an ego bigger than
all outdoors, but just this incredible male character. It's really
fun. You do these things and see yourself and have to laugh and
examine and think what part of me is there. It's great writing.
There is some part there and as actors we get the chance to have
ASKDAYS: Matt and Missy: I love you guys!! My question
is, how do you feel about DAYS paring Jack and Jen up with
other characters on the show?
MELISSA REEVES: I think
that Jack and Jennifer have an ever-lasting love/hate relationship,
and I can't imagine them without each other. I don't think anyone
else could bring out what Jack's about than Jennifer. Nobody is
capable of irritating him that much.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: We have
some stuff coming up that we're just on the phone.
MELISSA REEVES: You save
my life soon. You save me from death.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: Something big is happening, but in
the meantime, we're given the opportunity to really bug each other.
MELISSA REEVES: We irritate
each other so this horrible thing is sentimental.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I've
been in both situations where characters only have each other
and then this situation where we're interacting with others, I
feel it's a wise step on the part of the producers and writers
to challenge ourselves. These characters are learning more about
each other everyday and Jack doesn't really know Jennifer and
maybe vise versa. Through these people, we're going to learn a
lot more and the audience will also, but we're definitely using
the people around us in the relationship, and all Jack knows is
he wants Jennifer back in that house. It will require other people
to do that. Soaps operate that way and a lot a people are interconnected.
In a movie, we could do a beginning middle and end but this is
ASKDAYS: What is it like to be back on DAYS
after both of your long breaks? Is it different from the way you
remembered, aside from the new cast members left and right?
MELISSA REEVES: I feel
like so many of the crew people are the same, and there are a
lot of people behind the scenes that are the same, and I was nervous
the first day back and it turned out that it felt like I never
left. It was wonderful and exciting, and everybody has welcomed
me back so wonderfully.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: It was
somewhat easier for me because Missy was already there. I saw
her first. Then I just had to work with Alice and was just coming
out of the shower, but everyone was really welcoming and telling
me it was good to see me, that I hadn't changed, the whole first
week working on the coronation. People were very nice. They walk
up and show you pictures of their family. You get caught up. You
realize it's a connection that goes on beyond years. In this company
of actors and crew, they have lifetime commitments and connections,
and that's really nice.
ASKDAYS: Megan Corleto is possibly the best child
actor I've ever seen on DAYS, and seems to really connect
with the two of you. How many kids did they test for the new Abby?
MELISSA REEVES: That's
so funny. Megan was actually in virtual Eden set. She was in those
scenes, and I guess they saw her from those scenes and decided
they wanted her to be a little younger. They changed the character
completely. She really is a great little actress.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: She
has more credits than the two of us combined.
MELISSA REEVES: She keeps
us on our toes.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: She
knows her lines and our lines.
ASKDAYS: I'm so glad jack and
Jen are back but how can she deal with his off the wall humor
without cracking up?
MELISSA REEVES: Believe
me, I have to go in my dressing room and run lines with Matt an
hour before we go on stage to get my laughing out. More times
than none, I'm biting my cheeks to keep from laughing.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: What
was that line we just had about Martha Stewart and decoupage?
MELISSA REEVES: I almost started laughing there.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: All of
a sudden, Hope and Julie and Grandma Ford came over and ganged
up on me. Grandma Horton it was. It was interesting because it
was a big power ship and Jack went back to sniping. They brought
all these gifts and came up with a Martha Stewart connection and
decoupaging the driveway, but Missy had to look me straight in
the face and just walk out of the room, and you did.
MELISSA REEVES: But I had a little smirk out the side
of my face.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: You
were smiling or otherwise you'd cry from hearing it all. He's
just looking for a response.
ASKDAYS: Which do you prefer playing? Comedy or drama?
MELISSA REEVES: I like doing
the comedy so much. I love the big catastrophes. I love the disguises.
I love all the funny stuff. It takes so much out of you to have
to cry all day.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: Which
she does and can do very well. I like a little dramedy every now
and then. People are writing it more. It can take a turn. It's
funny and then it turns. I remember we did a scene once where
Jennifer was pursuing Jack and having to wear her heart on her
sleeve, getting to the point where it was embarrassing. We just
had a scene where she said, "If you don't want me, you don't want
me." That was a painful scene. I felt bad when she said it. It
was like being on the playground with somebody not wanting to
be your friend, but then it was compounded with next being in
a bathtub full of suds, and somehow I got in that bathroom and
she's in there naked I assume under the suds, and I had to do
something and slipped and fell into the tub, and it was funny.
It was written funny, but because of what had come before, it
started off funny with my face down in the suds coming up but
the way it was played, it was somewhere between laughter maybe
and sad and took a quick turn. I had to get out of the room. I
had pushed it too far as Jack. It was killing this poor young
woman whose heart was really broken. That scene did that and had
everything in it. I remember that feeling bad coming out of that
scene. It was written to be a funny thing, but you'd finally had
enough. It was beyond tears. It was "I have nothing left, empty,
please don't hurt me." Those kind of scenes come along every now
and then and that caused a shift in the characters, that dramedy.
ASKDAYS:Hi Missy and Matt! This is Toni-Lynne and I've
been a fan of your since the 80's! I am so glad to see you two
together again. What would you say has been the most embarrassing
moment that has happened while filming on the set?
MELISSA REEVES: It's always
embarrassing when you start laughing and can't stop. That gets
catchy. It's horrible. You can't get through the scene without
MATTHEW ASHFORD: How
about when we were shooting the movie. Missy and I were in the
movie Bonfire of the Vanities,but we were cut out so don't
rent it. Rent Waiting For Guffman"instead. We were on the
set of this big movie and doing our little bit where we come on
in this TV show playing a man who's defending midgets. This man
slipped and fell into a urinal and it was a midget. But the point
is there is this character who played the midget who was a small
person, and Missy and I were waiting to go on and this man was
in his suit smoking a cigar, and all of a sudden, we heard this
sound that was unmistakable - really bad flatulence. At the same
moment we both looked at him. He knew we knew, and we both looked
away pretending we didn't hear it. And then he very loudly said,
"Excuse me!" And we tried to act like we didn't hear that. But
then he stared at us afterward to try to elicit a response from
us and we were both laughing by then.
MELISSA REEVES: We were
dying then. Laughing so hard. My face was so hot, I was so embarrassed.
It was as bizarre as the whole movie.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: It didn't
happen on the DAYS set, but it happened on a set.
ASKDAYS: Who is the most fun co-worker on the set,
Jennifer? Same question to Jack.
MELISSA REEVES: I'll
have to say Matthew, of course. He just cracks me up. The other
I love working with is Kristian Alfonso, because when two girls
get together, well you know. We talk and talk and eat junk food
and talk some more. It's fun, and we don't have enough girl scenes,
so when we get to work together we have fun.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I enjoy
Missy the most, because it's fun. We approach from the right place.
I've not been working with that many people. A long time ago,
this guy Wayne Heffley played the character of Vern. I was his
boss and he was Jennifer's boss in a sense. He was editor. He
was my sidekick. When things weren't going well with Jennifer,
I could kick Vern. At this time I'd just started coming back to
the show. I have to say we had a scene with Kevin Spirtas. We
didn't have any lines together, but he turned and looked at me
at some point and I didn't know he was going to include me. I
had turn away from all his doctor lines. Some fun stuff with Greta
ASKDAYS: Are either of you planning to attend the
Emmys next month?
MELISSA REEVES: I didn't
realize the night they fell on and my daughter and I are going
away on a mother/daughter retreat that weekend. It's been planned
since the fall, so there's no way I could tell Emily we couldn't
go on our weekend together. But there's always next year.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I'm
going to be doing final previews for A Little Night Music
at that time also, but like Missy said there's always next year.
ASKDAYS: Do you get mobbed for autographs often? What
was the strangest thing you ever autographed?
MELISSA REEVES: I've
autographed people's skin, their arms, legs, backs with a pen.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: With
MELISSA REEVES: That's
probably the strangest. I think the guys get a few stranger requests.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: I've
had a few strange things.
MELISSA REEVES: Some
lady asked Scott once if he wanted to feel her breast. We came
home and died laughing.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: With
his pen? ( Someone gave me a strange black laminated piece of
paper. I'm writing on it and asked and this girl said it was my
grandmother's death certificate. Sure enough it was when I turned
it over. That's all I had. There it is!
MELISSA REEVES: That
ASKDAYS: Do you have any say in your wardrobes?
MELISSA REEVES: Richard
Bloore our wardrobe designer is incredible that I never question
what he puts on me. I wished he lived in my house and went shopping
with me. He dresses me better than I dress myself.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: She's
MELISSA REEVES: Thanks
to Richard. He knows our bodies and knows what's right.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: He'll
ask if we're uncomfortable and will respond to that. They want
people to be comfortable. It can be a very enjoyable relationship
with people in wardrobe. Make sure you take care of the clothes.
Keep your collar clean of makeup.
ASKDAYS: For Matt & Missy: if
you could each choose one former castmate/character to return,
who would it be?
MELISSA REEVES: McDonald
Carey. He played Tom Horton.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: That
kind of says it.
ASKDAYS: Melissa and Matthew,
thank you so much for being with us today! Do you have any last
words for your fans, before we have to close?
MELISSA REEVES: Thank you
for your continued support of our show. We wouldn't be there if
it weren't for you.
MATTHEW ASHFORD: And their
continued support is directly proportional. The producers and
directors and writers are there to create the best possible show.
They like to hear what they create is working. Thank you for enjoying
our characters and our work. Here's to a lot more.
thanks to Emily Eyre for giving me the transcripts.