Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shares tales from the (parent)hood
Nadia Bjorlin opens up about juggling her two roles: Chloe and Mom!
last September, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) had her second baby boy, just 16 months after the birth of her first one. Then she returned to work only three weeks later! “It wasn’t much of a maternity leave,” she acknowledges. “It was more of a brief hiatus.”
Back In Business
But don’t feel too sorry for the actress. After the demands of late-night feedings and too many diaper changes to count, Bjorlin says that set life was a welcome relief. “Actually, I really enjoyed being able to get away, take a shower, have somebody blowdry my hair and feel like a grown-up,” she admits. “It’s like, ‘Wow! I used to take this for granted. This is so nice!’”
The other benefit of being at work? The only thing Bjorlin has to juggle is her script. “One of the biggest challenges of having two children is that you don’t have enough hands. You just don’t know where to put one and lift up the other!” she laughs. “Mine are both still babies, really, but they are also big boys, and they weigh a lot. My back is always hurting.”
Still, Bjorlin says that she wouldn’t trade the motherhood experience
for the world, both in terms of personal growth and what it’s done for her as a per former. “It’s opened up a whole new world for me, emotionally. I see things differently, and I relate to Chloe better now,” she reveals. “I understand that it’s not about me anymore and that I would give my life for them in a second, no question.”
Will She Or Won’t She?
However, as a single parent, Chloe’s got the added pressure of having to provide for her son, which is why she bought Doug’s Place with Julie. But while that provided stability, it doesn’t satisfy Chloe’s drive to succeed as a singer. That’s why the unexpected offer by a handsome, mysterious man to work on some music in Mexico piqued her interest. For Chloe, it was like, “Maybe this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. And maybe it’s meant to be. Maybe this is the last time I’ll ever have an opportunity for something like this!” Bjorlin suggests. “So it’s an awfully tempting offer.”
Will Lucas Blow It?
However, for Lucas, the idea of her leaving the country with a perfect stranger seems nuts. Besides, wouldn’t that mean putting a pin in their recently-renewed relationship? Alas, telling an independent woman what she can and can’t do is never a good idea. Did he learn nothing from being with Sami? “Chloe’s like, ‘I’m a grown woman!’” Bjorlin offers. “‘Don’t you have faith in me to check this out? Do you not think I’m talented enough for somebody to want to come after me like this?’”
Yep, with both her personal and professional lives on the line, Chloe’s storyline looks like it’s definitely heating up again. For Bjorlin, jumping off the backburner and back into the fire, especially with Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) again, was a welcome opportunity. “All we do,” she confesses, “is laugh!”
“Every once in a while, I’ll look at them and think, ‘I can’t believe I made those little people,’” Bjorlin says of her boys. “It’s so cool!”
Chloe and Eve have “both been through the wringer with relationships,” Bjorlin observes. “And they both enjoy music.”
“I just love Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie),” Bjorlin shares. “I’m supposed to be so annoyed with her [on screen], but she’s so charming and sweet that I’m like, ‘Okay, I can’t look at you.’”
When Lucas and Chloe first connected on DAYS, Bjorlin and Dattilo “were in a different time in our lives,” she reflects.