Once More.. With Feeling
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.