Fea­ture In­ter­view

Greg Vaughan (Eric) re­lives the ex­cite­ment of the night he won the Day­time Emmy!

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

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.”

Com­ing Soon!

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.

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