Catch­ing Up

Thaao Pengh­lis (ex-an­dre) shares his hopes to re­turn — as Tony!

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son

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.”

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