Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) 8/22/89, with Stephen Nichols (Steve) “It was fun to do this cover because we got to be playful and fun. Stephen [whose alter ego was bereft of his patch on screen at the time] has always wanted to get back to his patch, no matter what story, because that is who the character is. Even the times that he’s lost the patch, he’s always figuring out, ‘How is it going to get back?’ Me wearing the patch came out of us just goofing and having fun. I love that cover. I think that cover’s really fun. It was always so fun to be on the cover! [Stephen’s outfit] is funny. He looks like he works in the garden or something. That’s so not him. And look up at the corner at Peter [Bergman, Jack, Y&R] — he has the same look with the rolled-up sleeves! It must have been the style then.”
Kristian Alfonso (Hope) 6/12/90, with Peter Reckell (ex-Bo) “It was my return and Peter’s return to DAYS in 1990. I was going into the last term of pregnancy with Gino and that’s why I’m covering my tummy. It evokes a lot of joy and magic because I was pregnant with my first child, my first son, and at that time, I didn’t know I was having a boy. I had just wrapped shooting FALCON CREST [where she played Pilar] and I was only coming back for eight or nine weeks because they asked me to come back for Peter’s return to the show.”
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, far l.) 11/13/90, with (clockwise from top c.) Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Shane), Mary Beth Evans, Macdonald Carey (ex-Tom) and Frances Reid (ex-Alice) “How long ago, how far away. Frances and Mac, still in their prime, the darling grandparents of Salem. Mary Beth, how she shines. Who would guess she would become an Emmy-winning producer as well as actress? Charlie Shaughnessy, on his way to becoming Lord Shaughnessy of the British House of Lords as well as a major nighttime heartthrob. Nor did I know then, his family would grow close to Hayes and Hayes as our own children. And me, still brunette, with lots of skin showing, a barrel of laughs. Though my darling Bill Hayes [Doug] is miss- ing, it reminds me of how close and loving that cast was. I believe the actors were selected to represent a fan favorite for every age group. I felt lucky to be included for the middle-aged. And now I’m the grandmother. Whoopee, still on the call sheet! Still carrying that Salem football to the goal of tomorrow’s hot storyline. I hope our 50-year-plus run stretches into six decades. Corday Productions is planning on it. It’s such fun to look back, even more to look ahead.”
Matthew Ashford (Jack) 11/10/92, with Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) “My character is usually fairly put together, even though he wasn’t on the inside, so [Costume Designer] Richard Bloore found a way to take my tie and whatever they did, they twisted it around and messed it up and made it look like it was flying in the wind. [My expression] was, ‘What is this? What am I doing? What am I holding? What?’ For me it was just a coming of age for our characters, and a coming of age for Missy and me. Soap Opera Digest always made [cover shoots] such a fun and very special experience for me.”
Arianne Zucker (Nicole) 7/25/00, with Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric) “I had only been on the show a short amount of time when we shot this cover, and it was my first big acting job. Jensen was always so lovely and such a gentleman. I was so young and way too insecure about myself, which is silly. Now, doing a photo shoot like that would be so easy, but I was a totally different person then compared to who I am now. I knew not to eat when you were in lingerie from my modeling days because you had to make sure to look good.... So I was hungry! I also had to hold my neck a certain way.