Greg Vaughan (Eric) relives the excitement of the night he won the Daytime Emmy!
Good things come to those who wait… or so the saying goes. Twenty-two years, three daytime soaps, and a whole bunch of primetime series and movies later, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Greg Vaughan (Eric) finally got the recognition he deserves. He recently took home a Daytime Emmy! “Throughout the night, I had over 100 text messages, phone calls and E-mails from people — those who’ve seen the trials and tribulations and what it took to overcome them,” he con- fides. “I’ve managed to stay above [the fray] and keep my head focused. That’s kind of the moral of the story: No matter what you’re going through in life, just take what you’re given, make the best of it and never look back.”
His Big Celebration
After the show, Vaughan headed to a nearby hotel where his friends and fami-
ly were waiting. “I got out of the car, and it was kind of like bringing home a new baby. My boys took the trophy, and you know, they wanted to take it right to school!” Vaughan laughs. “Everyone was crying… I’d flown my mom out, and she was truly emotionally overwhelmed and so proud.”
His New Love!
On his arm that night was the actor’s new significant other, RIZZOLI & ISLES’ star Angie Harmon. The Dallas natives “have known each other since after high school,” Vaughan reveals. “We met during our modeling period, in which we worked together, and kept in touch throughout the years… We’ve been respectful in our lives and as friends, and then we connected. It’s been our little private journey.” DAYS’ Eric has been biding his time playing (continues)
supportive friend to Jennifer and counselor to her son since the break-up with Nicole in which Vaughan gave a heart-wrenching performance. However, all that’s about to change! “It’s picking up momentum,” he shares. “We’ve been shooting some incredible story points.”
The actor is quick to point out that what’s ahead for Eric didn’t come as a result of his Emmy win. After all, the show shoots six months ahead of what’s airing! Rather, it’s part of a bigger picture that the powers that be have planned. “There are a lot of people coming in that I think the fans are going to be excited [about],” Vaughan teases. “I like that they’re focusing more on the core characters that people really want to see come out and shine.”
Just as Vaughan was able to collaborate on the dark way in which Eric was brought back from prison, he’s happy to also be shaping the man we’ll soon see Eric become. “I am working with incredible people, and I’m proud to be putting my two cents in there,” the actor says humbly. “Mr. Corday [ Ken Corday, the show’ se xe cut ive BONUS SECTION producer] gives us the platform.
“It’s a great home,” he adds, “and I’m proud to be part of it.”
“Eric and Jennifer have found a commonality with one another,” Vaughan says. “They were both broken.”
“As a man of faith, Eric’s leading by his intuitive spiritual path,” Vaughan suggests. “I think he has a deeper way of connecting.” “There’s always gonna be conflict,” Vaughan says of Eric and Brady. “We just handle things differently.”
Winning the Daytime Emmy “was such an overwhelming, emotional experience to share with my family and loved ones,” says the veteran soap star.