Once More.. With Feel­ing

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview - — Cur­tis Hard­ing

When asked if she ever imag­ined she’d be bring­ing Mimi back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Farah Fath can only laugh. “Af­ter a decade goes by, you kind of ac­cept that the phone call is just not go­ing to hap­pen,” she ad­mits with amuse­ment to spare. “So I was re­ally shocked when [head­writer] Ron Car­li­vati reached out to me. In the back of my heart of hearts, I al­ways wanted to reprise the role, so I was ex­cited to do it.”

Of course, what Fath didn’t plan on in those dreams of re­turn­ing was repris­ing the role dur­ing her first trimester of preg­nancy! “My friends at DAYS all warned me that ev­ery­thing moves a lot faster these days, and there aren’t a lot of re­hearsals,” she shares. Plus, “on top of ev­ery­thing else, I was try­ing to pre­tend I wasn’t sick!”

Moth­ers & Daugh­ters

For­tu­nately, the ac­tress was used to the faster pace from her sub­se­quent soap stint, as ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Gigi, and she had a ton of sup­port, as she was thrown right into a sto­ry­line with one of her fa­vorite peo­ple! “All my first scenes were with Judi Evans,” she says. “Ron pitched the story to me, but I was just ex­cited that it was mostly a Bon­nie stor y and I got to work with Judi.

“What I en­vi­sioned, if I ever dreamed about com­ing back,” she adds, “was a re­union with her.”

Mimi’s feel­ings to­wards her mother aren’t quite as warm as her por­trayer’s are to­wards Evans. “They

have a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship,” the ac­tress says, demon­strat­ing a mas­tery of un­der­state­ment. Re­mem­ber how Bon­nie spent years in jail tak­ing the rap for her daugh­ter’s crime? Yeah, of course you do, be­cause “it’s prob­a­bly ev­ery scene in which she men­tions it!” Fath ex­claims with a laugh. “Bon­nie doesn’t ever let her for­get it!

“That very flawed mother/daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship was prob­a­bly my fa­vorite part of com­ing back,” she adds. “The love is still there, and I think that’s re­lat­able to a lot of peo­ple.”

Truth And Con­se­quences

Now, though Bon­nie might dis­agree, Mimi’s re­turn wasn’t all about her mother. There was an­other piece to the baby-scheme puz­zle and a reck­on­ing to be had, thanks to Rex’s sur­prise re­turn! “I think he was her great­est love in life,” Fath muses, “and it’s her fault that they aren’t to­gether. She’s never re­ally got­ten over him.”

Hav­ing the af­fair in Chicago that re­sulted in their child prob­a­bly didn’t help her to move on, but af­ter learn­ing about his fi­ancée, “Mimi thought that she was just never go­ing to run into him again,” ex­plains the ac­tress. “I think she’s happy for him, gen­uinely, but she’s also sad for her­self.

“But,” she con­tin­ues, “she’s be­ing a big girl and putting on her brave face.”

An En­core Per­for­mance

Though Fath’s re­turn was brief, she never wanted it to be “for a long time,” she says. All she wanted was “just to have a lit­tle re­union. Just for fun.”

And with her preg­nancy, this stint was just right. “We have a fun story arc, and it moves pretty quickly,” she ex­plains, adding al­most wist­fully, “It was fun, but I was re­ally nau­seous ev­ery day in my first trimester, so I didn’t get to en­joy it to the fullest.”

But that — plus all those un­re­solved baby­daddy is­sues — just might give her the per­fect ex­cuse to re­turn once more! “Af­ter I give birth, I’d love to come back for an­other short stint — and this time not be so sick, so I could fully en­joy it!”

Work­ing with her DAYS mom “was al­ways easy,” says Fath, “and she’s just great.”

As her DAYS re­turn neared, “I knew that I was go­ing to work with Martha Madi­son (Belle) and Na­dia Bjor­lin (Chloe),” shares the come­back kid.“Those are my girls.”

Fath had no prob­lem with DAYS’ for­mer Brady play­ing Rex. “It’s not like [Eric Win­ter’s] Rex went into the bath­room and then came out Kyle Low­der,” she notes.

“When I was work­ing on DAYS 11 years ago,” the alumna re­calls, “it was pretty laid back, and you could do a scene over and over if you wanted.” Now the show moves much faster!

Fath and her hubby are doggedly de­voted.

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