Days of Our Lives Alum Olivia Rose Keegan Talks Crazy Claire, ‘Outrageous’ BFF Victoria Konefal and Why Her New Character Is a ‘Scary, Scary Girl’
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It wasn’t all that long ago that Days of Our Lives‘ Claire was… well, a little on the cray-cray side. Before Isabel Durant took over the role (and introduced us to a more balanced, post-Bayview version of Ben’s gal pal), Olivia Rose Keegan took the character to some pretty dark places.
Now, the actress is putting what she learned in Salem to good use in her new role as Lily in the Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. “She is a scary, scary girl,” laughs Keegan. “She can be goofy and sweet, but at times, she is taken over by her extremely violently competitive side.”
Sounds familiar, right? Both Lily and Claire, believes Keegan, “are looking for love and attention, the same as the rest of us. They just sometimes take things to the extreme.”
But there comes a moment in HSMTMTS during which we get to see Keegan in a whole new light as Lily makes a play for the lead role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Because what you may not have realized is that Keegan has the kind of voice that was made not just for musicals but for show-stopping, spotlight-stealing, star-making roles in them.
“Obviously, a lot of little girls dream of being a Disney princess,” she enthuses, admitting that as a 4-year-old, “I would dress up in the Belle costume all the time and make my cousin do photo shoots with me.”
As much as she’s loving her High School experience (a preview of which you can see in the trailer below), she can’t help missing Days of Our Lives… and getting to hang out every day with Ciara’s portrayer, Victoria Konefal. “She’s one of my best friends and just a wonderful human,” gushes Keegan. “I got to work with my best friend. That sentence doesn’t seem fair or real. Her talent is outrageous.”
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Upon hearing that Konefal recently raved to Soaps.com about how much she loved the Claire/Tripp/Ciara storyline, Keegan echoes her former co-star’s sentiments. “There was something very special about that time, working with her and Lucas Adams (Tripp),” she reflects. “It felt weirdly like that college experience that I never got to have, just a bunch of young adults getting to hang out in between scenes. It was so wonderful.”
That being the case, would she ever consider doing another soap? “I know everything I know because of my experience at Days,” she believes. “They do the impossible every single day. So I absolutely never say never. You just have to see where life takes you.”
For the moment, however, she’s enjoying her new role… even as she wonders why she keeps getting cast as the slightly unhinged type. “It might be time to look inward,” she laughs, “because that seems to be a common thread with some of these roles! What energy am I putting out in the world?”
You can check out Keegan and the rest of the High School crew when Season 2 of the popular not-just-for-teens series hits Disney+ on Friday, May 14. In the meantime, why not peruse this gallery of characters we’d love to see return to Salem!
<p>EJ DiMera hasn’t been seen since 2014. Well, his burned and bandaged body recently turned up alive but his face was never seen and Sami quickly whisked him away to recuperate. With <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/575999/days-of-our-lives-alison-sweeney-return-through-2021-sami-brady/" target="_blank">Alison Sweeney sticking around Salem</a> as Sami for an extended period of time it seems like the ideal time to bring back this charming, devious, popular character. Even if James Scott isn’t available and they have to recast.</p>
<p>Hope’s not even gone yet but we already want her back. She just returned to the police force, reunited with Rafe, and has been fierce in her attempts to find her daughter Ciara. Hope’s portrayer Kristian Alfonso has said her exit won’t be reversed, as so many of her co-stars’ departures have been, but <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/572452/days-of-our-lives-recast-hope-kristian-alfonso/" target="_blank">Hope can always be recast with another actress</a>.</p>
<p>Lisa Rinna, Krista Allen, Julie Pinson, someone new. Whoever it is, just bring Billie back to Salem. With Hope leaving, there’ll be a spot open in the Salem PD and Rafe will be lonely when he returns. Besides, Kate could probably use her daughter back in Salem. Seven years is a long enough absence. Time to come home, Billie Reed.</p>
<p>Bo Brady is an iconic soap opera character. The ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold. Half of an 80’s super couple. Sure his other half, Hope, is leaving the show, and the audience watched him die, but that doesn’t mean he can’t return. He’s Bo Brady. A little thing like death can’t stop him. Especially since he’s from Salem.</p>
<p>She’s part of the legacy Brady family and is the mother to Brady’s son, Tate. Those are reasons enough to bring her back, but her knack for constantly getting in trouble makes her entertaining as well.</p>
<p>If Theresa comes back, Anne definitely needs to return. The partners in crime could definitely shake things up in Salem, especially if Anne still has it out for Jennifer.</p>
<p>Dying from a brain tumor is an easy obstacle to overcome on Days of our Lives, especially when Dr. Rolf is always hanging around. Lexie needs to return to her husband Abe, who could certainly use a storyline. Not to mention, Kayla can’t heal everyone in Salem all by herself. Maybe the good doctor could bring her son Theo home with her.</p>
<p>Can’t the DiMeras always use a good henchman? Especially one as entertaining as Bart? Again, he’s dead, but he used to be tight with Dr. Rolf, who we have to imagine can reverse that fatal stab wound with his eyes closed.</p>
<p>Maxine was often the voice of reason in Salem. Not only was she wise but she was often in everyone’s business so she knew what she was talking about. Her tough love and reassuring presence in Salem are sorely missed.</p>
<p>Brady just rushed to his comatose father’s bedside, shouldn’t John’s other son do the same? Just think of all the drama that could go down considering Brady is still in love with Kristen, who shot Paul in the back, thereby paralyzing him. Besides, Paul could bring back that hot therapist who whisked him off to rehab in San Francisco.</p>
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