Soaps.com Interview With Days of our Lives’ Billy Flynn
Flynn (Yann Bean)
“He wants to take over. He wants his birthright. He wants everything a DiMera is entitled to.”
Soaps.com had the chance to get to know the new Chad DiMera in Salem, “Days of our Lives’” Billy Flynn. He gave us the scoop about who should be worried about Chad’s return, how his character really feels about Abigail (Kate Mansi), and how he made the transition from financial analyst to soap star.
Soaps.com: You came to acting later on – what drew you to change focus?
Flynn: It was something that I always wanted to do but I guess there was always a fear of it. I had done a play when I was really young and it didn’t really go according to plan, so I hung up the acting chops for a bit. It was something I always wanted to do, and I came out here when I was 21 right after college to give it a shot but got thrown back because I ran out of money. Again when I was 25 I decided to move back out and give it one more shot. It was something I was called to do.
Soaps.com: How did you get the role of Chad DiMera?
Flynn: I got the call in the second round of them looking for somebody – there was like 1,000 people who read for it and they didn’t find anybody the first time. The second time I came in and read with 400 guys. There were several auditions and the whole time I remember looking around the room and seeing a room full of the most handsome dudes in LA and was like, there’s no chance. So I was very light throughout the whole audition process until they told me I was screen testing, and then I was like, oh s***, this is a possibility. And so I screen tested with Kate Mansi, and it was our first scene together in the private park. And then a couple of days later I got the call.
Soaps.com: Did you have any preconceived ideas of what working on a soap opera would be like?
Flynn: I did. And I was pleasantly surprised that my preconceived ideas weren’t true for the most part. It does have its stereotype as an actor – everyone wants to come in and work with [director] David O. Russell and do all these cool movies, and I was young in my idea of what soaps were. And then when I came in, I loved the pace and how great all the actors are.
Soaps.com: Has there been a steep learning curve on set?
Flynn: Yeah. I came in with such a heavy load. I was doing like six episodes a week, and generally as a new character you start off a lot slower than I did. So there was a very steep learning curve. I got the hang of it really quick, but the first week you see a bunch of scenes where I was really nervous, and over the next couple of weeks you’ll see me start to slide in a little more, get a little more comfortable.
Soaps.com: Are you on contract? For how long?
Flynn: I am. Mine is for two years.
Soaps.com: What direction do you want to take the character in that might be different from what Casey [Deidrick, ex-Chad] did?
Flynn: I think I’ve already started it different than what it was. If anything, his guy was kind of a jokester, a little bit of a goofball. I’ll never really be that, but what you’ll start to see is Chad reminisce more on what he was than what he has become. And to do the things I am doing to people, it takes a toll on your soul. I think the way I have played it is very reminiscent of the way things used to be, and how much harder it is now.
Soaps.com: Chad has definitely come back with an agenda – so what is he after?
Flynn: He wants to take over. He wants his birthright. He wants everything a DiMera is entitled to. And there are a couple of people in his way so there is a secret agenda to get rid of those people.
Soaps.com: Who should be worried that Chad is back?
Flynn: Everyone. Everyone should be worried, even Kate (Lauren Koslow). You can see how wary she was about whether he was playing her. I think the first couple of weeks you are going to see a poker face on Chad so no one will really know if he’s being genuine or not.
Soaps.com: Already, Kristen (Eileen Davidson) has been giving Chad advice on revenge. Will Chad and Kristen get up to some scheming together?
Flynn: She is his sister so there may be background stuff, but it won’t be front and center.
Soaps.com: Chad and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) seemed to have an instant connection and we know Chad will ask Jordan out. What can we expect from these two?
Flynn: They will become a part of each other’s life one way or the other – they have to be. She is Ben’s (Robert Scott Wilson) sister and Abigail is dating Ben. So there will be a relationship.
Soaps.com: Chad wants revenge on Abigail but does a part of him still love her?
Flynn: Yes. And I have heard a lot of people say that Chad was in love with Melanie [Molly Burnett], not Abigail. But I have come in with my perspective. From what I was told, he cheated on Abigail with her and he regretted it. I’m a guy and I have made dumb decisions in my life, so if you wreck something with one person you try to cover it up with another person. That is the way I always looked at those relationships, and I do believe Abigail is the person he is chasing all the time.
Soaps.com: What does Chad have in store for EJ?
Flynn: Just like a little brother he is going to make his life hell as much as he can. They are family and in the DiMera way, when you are in the room with one person, yelling in each other’s face, telling each other you are going to kill them - and it’s your bother. I think for him, and for what he did, he is not going to let EJ off that easy.
Soaps.com: How much influence has Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) had on him?
Flynn: A lot. He has prepared Chad a lot, but you never know if Chad is sticking to a particular plan or deviating on his own. Stefano has definitely prepared him but I wouldn’t say Chad is being pulled by anybody anymore.
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- Hollie Deese