Fea­ture In­ter­view

Na­dia Bjor­lin (Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shares tales from the (par­ent)hood

CBS Soaps In Depth - - News - – Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

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.

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