Days of Our Lives’ Paul Telfer Woke Up to Some Exciting News for His Wife That Has Him ‘Overjoyed’
Xander’s portrayer just couldn’t wait to share with the world.
When it seems like there’s so much bad news constantly going around in the world today, sometimes waking up to some good — no, make that great news — is the most incredible feeling in the world. That’s what happened to Days of Our Lives‘ Paul Telfer (Xander). And naturally he had to share it with the world.
“Just woke to the most wonderful news,” he shared on his Monday, May 9, Instagram story. “My wife, Carmen Cusack, was just nominated for her second Tony!”
The Tony Award nominations were announced bright and early that very morning, and Cusack had been given a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. It didn’t take long after that for her excited husband to share a post, not just about how proud he was of her, but also how extra incredible this nomination was.
“So proud of Carmen Cusack today,” he wrote. “Her Tony nomination was no small feat, not just because its a testament to her own incredible performance, but a ‘miracle’ that the she even got the chance to share that performance at all!”
The actor explained that after the “Broadway shutdown the night of Flying Over Sunset‘s first preview, through a year and a half of doubt as to whether theatre (let alone this beautiful show) would ever return, to putting the show back on again during that crazy X-mas/Omicron wave — that this performance happened at all is a miracle!”
When Telfer and Cusack celebrated her birthday just a little over two years ago, they never could have imagined this day would come. That first preview he mentioned was to an empty theater.
“The dressing room pic is from the first preview of Flying Over Sunset,” he wrote, “right after Carmen had found out that the audience had been cancelled, and Broadway was shutting down because of the virus, but they were still gonna perform the preview!”
He then went on to admit that “this is probably the only shot of her in costume, and I’ll probably get in trouble for posting it, but I wanted everyone to see how beautiful and radiant she looked as Claire Boothe Luce.”
Against all odds, the show did go one, and this wasn’t the only time folks got to see Cusack in costume as Claire. And hopefully Telfer did not get in trouble for sharing this photo. We’re guessing no, since he shared it again!
“Overjoyed that all your hard work and sacrifice is being recognized,” Telfer concluded in his Tony post. “Congratulations on your second Tony nomination, darling. And congratulations to the other nominees from FOS (and the other shows!), the FOS family, and the whole theatre community for not just surviving the last 2 years, but thriving!”
Congrats to everyone, of course, but a special congrats to Cusack!
Take a look at our photo gallery of your favorite Days of Our Lives stars and their significant others!
<p>Paul Telfer (Xander Kiriakis) is married to Broadway actress Carmen Cusack, who is known for playing Elphaba in the Chicago, North American Tour and Melbourne productions of the musical <em>Wicked</em>, as well as originating the role of Alice Murphy in the Broadway musical <em>Bright Star. </em></p>
<p>Linsey Godfrey (formerly Sarah Horton) has been dating <em>Clueless</em> star Breckin Meyer since 2017. Godfrey also has a daughter, Aleda Seren, with her former boyfriend, <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Robert Adamson (ex-Noah Newman). In addition to speaking out about her mental-health struggles, the actress has shared that she is bisexual.</p>
<p>Lamon Archey (Eli Grant) and Mercedes Cornett have been dating since 2016. Cornett is an actress, known for <em>Catch Me If You Can</em> (2002) and <em>Pretty Little Liars</em> (2010). She also appeared on <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> between 1998 and 2011 as Forrester Creations model April.</p>
<p>Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) has been married to his wife Gina Comparetto since October 1, 2016. Comparetto is an actress and producer, known for <em>Entourage</em> (2004), <em>How I Met Your Mother</em> (2005) and <em>Dead Night</em> (2017). She also appeared as Lisa in one episode of <em>Days of our Lives</em> in 2016.</p>
<p>Marci Miller (Abigail Deveraux) is married to Ryan Matteson, who runs an organic farm-to-table business called KaleCart. In March of 2021, they announced that they had had a daughter, Willett James, who was delivered during a blizzard in Denver.</p>
<p>Over <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Christmas break in 2020, Marlon Aquino proposed to his longtime sweetheart, soap supervixen Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez). “He got down on one knee,” she said in announcing the happy news. “There were tears in his eyes, and he did it.” Needless to say, her response was a jubilant yes!</p>
<p>Wally Kurth originally hit daytime playing Justin Kiriakis on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> and still plays the role. He later was cast as <em>General Hospital</em> playboy Ned Quartermaine, a part he also plays while still working over at NBC. Kurth, a musician and part of the band Kurth & Taylor, has performed on both soap operas. He’s been married to his wife, Deborah Yuhasz, since 2003. They share a son, Brogan George. His previous marriage to Rena Sofer (previously Lois Cerullo on <em>General Hospital</em>, now Quinn Forrester on<em> Bold & Beautiful</em>) added to his family a daughter, Rosabel Rosalind.</p>
<p>Judi Evans got her start on daytime as Beth Raines on <em>Guiding Light</em>. She was then cast as Adrienne Johnson on <em>Days of Our Lives </em>and currently plays the character’s look-alike, Bonnie Lockhart. She also played Paulina Cory on <em>Another World </em>and Maeve Stone on <em>As the World Turns. </em>She married Michael Luciano in 1993, and they had a son, Austin Michael, who tragically died in late 2019 at age 23.</p>
<p>Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) has been married to Elizabeth Cameron since July 12, 2011. In 2014, the couple welcomed their daughter, Delilah. Dattilo was previously married to Jessica Denay, and they have a son, Gabriel, who has high-functioning autism and is involved with autism charities and awareness-raising efforts. In 2020, Dattilo welcomed into the family his grandson, Alexander Gabriel.</p>
<p>Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has been married David Sanov since July 8, 2000. The couple married after dating for nearly three years. Sanov is a California State Trooper. The couple has two children, son Benjamin and daughter Megan.</p>
<p>Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) has been married to Jenna Hudlett since 2000. The couple has two sons, Dillon and Jensen. The couple appeared together on E!’s reality show <em>Dirty Soap.</em></p>
<p>Shawn Christian (the late Daniel Jonas) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) have been dating for several years now and live together. They became engaged in 2021. Zucker was previously married to <em>Days of Our Lives</em> co-star Kyle Lowder (formerly Brady Black and Rex Brady) from 2002-14, and they share a daughter, Isabella Reese. Christian was previously married to Deborah Quinn from 1996 until 2013, and they have a son, Kameron.</p>
<p>Greg Vaughan (ex-Eric Brady) and Angie Harmon (of <em>Rizzoli & Isles</em> and <em>Law & Order </em>fame) have been together since 2018. The couple became engaged in December of 2019. Vaughan has three sons from a previous marriage: Jathan James, Cavan Thomas and Landan Reid. Harmon has three daughters from her past marriage to NFL star Jason Sehorn: Emery Hope, Finley Faith and Avery Grace. Vaughan and Harmon enjoy spending time together as one big extended family. </p>
<p>Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) and Lana Buss have been married since November 2016. They have two children together, their son Henry and daughter Willa. Ashford was previously married to Christina Saffran, and they have two daughters, Grace and Emma.</p>
<p>The former Melissa Brennan (ex-Jennifer Horton) and Scott Reeves (best known as Ryan McNeil on <em>Young & Restless</em>) have been married since 2000. The couple lives in Nashville and have two children, Emily Taylor and Lawrence David, and recently became grandparents.</p>
<p>Cady McClain, who won a 2021 Daytime Emmy for her work as Jennifer, has been married since Valentine’s Day 2014 to Jon Lindstrom, who plays Kevin Collins on <em>General Hospital</em> (and also took the character to the ABC soap’s spinoff, <em>Port Charles</em>). The couple met while playing sparring partners and sometime couple Rosanna Cabot and Craig Montgomery on <em>As the World Turns</em>.</p>
<p>Casey Moss and True O’Brien met on the set of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, where they played doomed sweethearts J.J. Deveraux and Paige Lawson. The NBC soap opera was Moss’ first acting job, while O’Brien was a model prior to joining the soap and appeared in Justin Beiber’s video “One Time.” The couple has been dating since 2015.</p>
<p>The former Kassie Wesley (formerly Eve Donovan on <em>Days of our Lives</em>) and James DePaiva (most recently Dr. David Bensch on <em>General Hospital)</em> met on <em>One Life to Live</em>, where they played lovers Blair Cramer and Max Holden. They have been married since 1996. Along with their musical backgrounds, the couple shares a son. Mrs. D is also stepmother to Dreama, her husband’s daughter with his ex-wife, <em>Hee Haw</em> actress Misty Rowe.</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> leading man Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) and Lisa Kouchak have been married since 2003. They have two sons together, twins Mason Alan and Chase Evan. When not acting, Martsolf, an alum of <em>Passions</em> (as Ethan Winthrop), is producing music with his band Counterpoint. Kouchak appeared in the 2000 film <em>Beautiful. </em></p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> was Nadia Bjorlin’s first major acting role. On the soap, where she plays Chloe Lane, she met Brandon Beemer (Shawn Brady), and the two were in a relationship for seven years. After their romance ended in 2013, Bjorlin met Grant Turnbull, a property developer and home builder. The couple married in May 2015 and have two sons, Torin Mathias and Viggo Sebastian.</p>
<p>Stacy Haiduk is no stranger to daytime, having played Hannah Nichols on <em>All My Children</em>, crazy Patty Williams and Dr. Emily Peterson on <em>Young & Restless</em> and currently Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks on <em>Days of Our Lives. </em>She’s been married to Bradford Tatum since 1997. The couple met on the set of <em>SeaQuest DSV</em>, on which Haiduk played Katherine Hitchcock. Tatum is an actor and author, best known for his role as Michael Hubbs in the cult classic <em>The Stoned Age. </em>They have one daughter, Sophia, also an actress (who appeared on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> as Xander’s masseuse).</p>
<p>Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts) has been married to Nicky Schillace since 1987. Schillace is a make-up artist and has worked on <em>Days of our Lives.</em> The couple has two children, Emilia Katari and Zachariah.</p>
<p>John Aniston joined <em>Days of Our Lives</em> in 1985 as the omnipotent Victor Kiriakis. However, he was originally on the show as Eric Richards from 1969-70. He next appeared as Eddie Aleata on the soap <em>Love of Life</em>. There, he met his future wife Sherry Rooney, who played Dory Patton. Before returning to <em>Days of Our Lives, </em>Aniston played Martin Tourneur on <em>Search for Tomorrow</em>. He shares a daughter with his first wife Nancy Dow, <em>Friends</em> star Jennifer Aniston, and son Alexander with Rooney.</p>
<p>James Reynolds has played Abe Carver on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> since 1981 and is the only actor to portray the role. He briefly left to play Henry Marshall on the NBC soap <em>Generations </em>in 1991<em>. </em>He has a son, Jed, with his previous wife Laura Toffenetti. He’s been married to his second wife, Lissa Layng (<em>Night of the Comet</em>), since 1985.</p>
<p>Lucas Adams’ first television role was a one-day part as Wesley in 2012 on <em>Young & Restless</em>. He was cast as Tripp Dalton on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> in 2017, but prior to that, while working on the Disney Channel’s <em>Liv and Maddie</em> in 2015, he met fellow actor Shelby Wulfert, who would become his girlfriend and, in 2021, his fiancée.</p>
<p>Freddie Smith (ex-Sonny Kiriakis) and Alyssa Tabit became engaged in July 2018 and married in December of 2020. They have been dating since 2011. After departing<em> Days of Our Lives</em>, Smith relocated to Florida with his missus. The couple also hosts a podcast together.</p>
<p>Mary Beth Evans and Michael Schwartz, a physician, have been married since 1985. The couple has three grown children, Matthew Joseph, Katherine Elizabeth and Daniel Luke. Recently, they’ve begun to welcome grandchildren into their family. </p>
<p>Drake Hogestyn (John Black) has been married to Victoria Post since 1986. The couple has four children together: Ben, Rachael, Whitney and Alexandra. Ben has followed in his father’s footsteps and has appeared on both <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> and <em>General Hospital. </em></p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> legends Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) and Susan Seaforth-Hayes (Julie Williams) are a couple both on and off screen. Their characters have been married since 1976, but the actors can top that: In real life, they tied the knot in 1974. Yet they are not soaps’ longest-married real-life couple. (<a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/soap-stars-longest-real-life-marriages-photos/" target="_blank">To find out who is, click here</a>.)</p>
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