Days of our Lives' Greg Vaughan proposes to Angie Harmon

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“It wouldn’t look good on my character if he was already breaking vows and frolicking in the sheets quite yet.”

Eric Brady is back in Salem, complete with a priest collar and a sympathetic ear for Nicole Walker. And while actor Greg Vaughan acknowledges there is a past between the two, he is only interested in listening – for now. “You don’t want to start a book and go all the way to the end,” Vaughan said. Read on for more insight into where the two might be going and why the Daytime vet is glad to be back.

Soaps.com: You appear so comfortable on set with all of the other actors. What has it been like stepping into the shoes of Eric Brady?

Greg: Well, it has been a wonderful ride so far, a very interesting journey. But they are a very demanding group of actors I am working with. I didn’t realize how much I was going to get hazed and how everyone was going to treat me – they abuse me! They totally take advantage of me being a newbie. No – they have been great, honestly. I have a long history with Galen Gering, we have known each other for 20 years. I have known Ari (Zucker) and Allison (Sweeney) for over 15 and I have history with a few other familiar faces I have worked with on other shows. Everyone describes NBC and “Days of Our Lives” as a family and that is truly what it has been like and it truly has been great to be a part of that. It has been a fun place and a wonderful working environment that has been the cherry on the top.

Soaps.com: What has been the response from your fans now that you are back on Daytime?

Greg: I have to say that there are a very devout group of individuals, whether from my Facebook or Twitter. Everyone has embraced me and supported it and been over 100 percent enthusiastic about me coming on board. It warms my heart that I have a great supportive following. One thing about Daytime that no one understands unless you have been in this realm is that fans love you and they are with you, and you have a deeper personal connection with them than any other show I have ever done. This is an amazing group of people that I love and I am happy to be a part of the journey and I hope that we have many, many years to come and that I meet every one of them.

Soaps.com: Is Eric happy being a priest? Will Nicole affect that?

Greg: It is going to have its hardships but with anything in life, if you make a decision to do whatever you do in life, you better be strong on that decision. I think he made a choice in life for the right reason and he stuck to it and he is committed to that. And it would be devastating and contradictory to his profession, his occupation, if he broke a vow. It wouldn’t look good on the show, it wouldn’t look good on my character if he was already breaking vows and frolicking in the sheets quite yet. I like the mystique, the mystery, the buildup. You don’t want to start a book and go right the end. You just want to build it, build the excitement. It is like “Moonlighting” – connect the dots you idiot! And that is kind of how I look at things. I am an older gentleman and go back to older stories in shows that I greatly appreciated where you were like, “When are they going to connect?” It is kind of like “X-Files.” They just have something. But they do have history, which is great. They have this thing and he is there with purpose. In any kind of religious faith you follow the path that God has for everybody. Whether it is in the priesthood or being a minister or what have you. This is his calling and he is following that. It has brought him home, which I think is wonderful, and he has a lot of ties to clear up and relationships that were kind of left abandoned without any reason, so I think there is a lot of purpose behind him, not just his occupational choice.