Thaao Penghlis (ex-andre) shares his hopes to return — as Tony!
Seemed such a shame that DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Andre met his maker not long after arguably meeting his match in Lauren Koslow’s Kate. “If you throw a ball, some actors will catch it and give it back,” says Thaao Penghlis, who played the deceased. “She gave it back, and that’s why we had the dynamics that we did. She likes to be in charge and so do I, so it was fun to see who would win the game. It was a bit like the couple in that movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
The Sound Of Silence
In recent months, Penghlis has been indulging his love of international travel, visiting monasteries and gleaning ideas for his third book from conversations held with monks met along the way. “I like places that have silence so you have a chance to be objective and listen to things without the noise and the demands of being in the city,” he shares. “And I like listening to people. Even though the monks are myopic because they’re constantly speaking to God, there’s something gentle and wonderful in their approach.”
While his last tome was about the great meals he’d shared with fellow celebrities over the years, this one will have a new focus. “I’d like to call it Culture And Cuisine,” he confides. “When I visit places, part of the celebration is cuisine because [it provides] a better understanding of what’s at the core of a country’s tastes and beliefs.”
While he admits to preferring healthy Greek food to heavy German dishes, Peng-
hlis finds all food to be an adventure. “I’m looking to go back to Egypt next year because of the new [Grand Egyptian] museum that’s opening,” he reveals. “And I think I’ll go to Sicily.”
A Return For Tony?
However, if the invitation came to return to DAYS, he’d definitely consider it, especially if it were to reprise his previous role. “Maybe Tony could come back and take over the reins of the family,” Penghlis suggests, adding that he’d embrace the challenge of changing physically. “[As Tony], I was the original Dimera, and then Daddy followed six months later… You reach a point where you turn around in life, and suddenly, you’re the head. And I want that experience. I want to be able to make those decisions without someone telling me, ‘You can’t.’”
“The thing with DAYS is, who knows?” Penghlis says. Is he gone for good? “I can’t say anything with finality.”