The diva is back on "Days," and in addition to her adorable son Parker (Evan and Luke Kruntchev), Chloe Lane has returned with a renewed sense of self, some killer confidence and an agenda to get back together with Daniel (Shawn Christian), no matter what it takes. Actress Nadia Bjorlin spoke with Soaps.com about her future with the desirable doctor, her friendship with Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and the impending arrival of her mother Nancy (Patrika Darbo).
Soaps.com: How does it feel being back on "Days?"
Bjorlin: It feels great. It is like going home again. It never feels like this big passage of time has gone by because when I walk back in it is like, "Oh, hi guys."
Soaps.com: How has Chloe changed since she left Salem?
Bjorlin: I think she has really gained her sense of self back, and has become more confident and really become a good mother. She is really focusing on the positive because when she left last year, it was really the low point in her life. She had really been letting people affect her, the Kates and Vivians of the world, and it really just broke down her self esteem and she was just unrecognizable. I think now she really has a stronger sense of self and a stronger sense of what she wants, for better or for worse.
Soaps.com: So do you think she has something to prove to everyone in town?
Bjorlin: I think it is more about proving it to herself. I don’t think it is necessarily about anyone else. It could come across that way potentially, but I think it is more about her realizing what she needs and what she wants. I think she is focusing on the right things, which is her son Parker. She wants the best in life for him and really wants to give him the life she never had growing up, bouncing around foster homes. She really wants to give him a great, loving, stable life and her intentions are great. This time around she is losing sight of her good intentions because she is so focused on this outcome for her son that she may be making some bad decisions along the way.
Soaps.com: How far is Chloe willing to go to get Daniel back?
Bjorlin: Well, I think at first she didn’t think it is going to be that difficult, and in her mind this was how it was supposed to be but all these people messed with them and got in the way of what they really were supposed to be. These dumb mistakes happened and we can so easily rectify them now, so why shouldn’t we? I don’t think she realized that some time had passed by and people have moved on and Daniel has moved on. I don’t think it was anything that was planned, but she will maybe start to panic a bit and go, "Well now what? I really need to prove to him that this is the life he wants. He is going to want a life with me," and do it with really good intentions. I think Chloe is not a malicious person. She has a lot of love to give and share, but she sometimes makes really quick, irrational decisions to support her agenda.
Soaps.com: Does Chloe still consider Nicole a friend of hers?
Bjorlin: At this point they have this dysfunctional friendship. I think Chloe has every right in the world to be upset with Nicole and I am really glad they touch on that, because when Chloe leaves there is this whole story with Nicole and Daniel and how she falls in love with him. And in any universe that would not be cool if your best friend was going after the love of your life, even if it didn’t work out. You should put your friendship ahead of that, and I am glad that is touched upon, but their friendship is not going to be the same. It is broken and dysfunctional, but at the same time there is this deep love for each other. They may say nasty things to each other but then deep down they will think, "Oh, I still love you, you crazy bitch." Maybe we understand each other a little more than other people do because there are these similarities, and Nicole does things out of love as well. They may be really screwed up or dangerous or unkind things, but it is motivated from a good place. But who knows? They could always find their way back to each other as best friends because, hello, they were best friends after she gave Chloe a flesh-eating bacteria on her face. We remember that story, don’t we? So if they can be best friends after that, anything is possible.
Bjorlin: I am so excited about her coming back. She is going to be coming back to town because of Parker. I guess I can say that she is coming back to be there for Chloe, and to be a supportive mom and be there for her. This last time around, when Chloe was at her lowest point with the prostitution, I am glad it is touched upon because I felt like it was not really true to that character, to that family, that they wouldn’t be around when Chloe needed her. And it explained a little bit that Nancy and Craig [Kevin Spirtas] didn’t know what was going on. Nancy really wants to come and be supportive for her daughter and whatever she may need. And I think it is definitely a throwback to Nancy and Craig and the shenanigans they used to be up to. And it plays a little into the history of the show, how the Wesleys and the Hortons didn’t really like each other, so it is actually very cool and I learned something, so it is going to be really fun.
Soaps.com: Would you like to see Brandon [Beemer] come back as Shawn? Has he been approached at all?
Bjorlin: No he hasn’t been, but I absolutely think there is definitely an untold story there. I think it was kind of abrupt how Shawn and Belle [Martha Madison] left. Bo [Peter Reckell] and Hope [Kristian Alfonso] left and sailed around the world at one point and they followed in their footsteps, but I think it would be very appropriate for them to return. Definitely for Shawn to return, with bias speaking here.
Soaps.com: So have you been doing anything new with your music?
Bjorlin: I wish I could say yes, I have been, but I haven’t been. I feel so blessed, but I have been so busy with "Days" and getting ready to shoot the fourth season of "Venice," and it is pilot season. So I have had zero time to even breathe.
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