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Dead Trigger
playing Gloria Russo
Year: ????
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playing Beth
Year: 2016
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playing Ava Vitali
Year: 09 December 2015 - 01 March 2016
Status: Archived
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Scans Added :: Soap Opera Digest 12/21/2015

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: December 14, 2015

Tamara has given her first interview since her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES to Soap Opera Digest. Here she discusses coming back to DAYS, her role as Taylor in 2011 and reuniting with all her soap family on the show. She says some really sweet things about James Lastovic who plays the grown Joey Johnson. Can this woman be any more perfect?

  • [005] MAGAZINE SCANS: SOAP OPERA DIGEST 12/21/2015 – SIREN SONG

    

Siren Song

Why Tamara Braun Returned To Days For A Third Go-Round
By Robert Waldron

Soap Opera Digest: What was your reaction when DAYS called and asked i fyou would like to come back as Ava?
Tamara Braun: I was excited. I lvoed playing Ava the first time around because whe was such a complex character with many layers to be explored. Playing Ava allowed me to delve into territories I had not delved into on-screen before, so it was a joy for me when I originated the character. [Then-Co-Executive Producer]Ed Scott really trusted me and allowed me to fly with her. When they were interested in bringing her back, I was so curious to see what they had in store for her. Why now? Where has she been? What has she been up to? What’s happened in her life? My imagination started to churm. I loved Ava, I won my Emmy for her, so I was very interested.

Digest: Did DAYS tell you the story that was planned?
Braun: They told me the idea they had. I had questions about specifics and the writers were open to exploring and answering those questions. What I was told and what became of the story was different, though. But that’s a soap. One day, you are an upstanding citizen and the next, you are a criminal. The reverse can happen, too. Sinner to saint. Saint to sinner. It’s forever changing and full of surprises.

Digest: What excites you about playing Ava again?>
Braun: Jumping into her skin to see what it feels like. Seeing how she’s changed, grown, stayed the saem, evolved or not. her psyche is so different from other characters I have played on daytime. Her psychological wounds run much deeper and the effects of those wounds manifest in unique ways. There’s a lot to discover and rediscover.

Digest: What was your first day back like?
Braun: Pure joy! People were really surprised to see me back. I was asked not to say anything and so I didn’t. Therefore it was a surprise. Everyone was so welcoming and happy. It made me feel quite loved. It was great to see so many faces from the past and to meet some wonderful new people, too.

Digest: Who did you see on your first day?
Braun: Stephen Nichols [Steve], Mary Beth Evans [Kayla], Kate Mansi [Abigail], Kristian Alfonso [Hope], Galen Gering [Rafe], my lovely makeup artists Nina [Wells] and Deidre [Decker], Richard [Bloore], Jammie [Harris], and Adam [T. Talbot] in wardrove. [Co-Executive Producer] Albert Alarr, of course, and Steven Williford was my director on my first day back. I had the pleasure of working with him and experiencing his brilliance on ALL MY CHILDREN in New York when I played Reese. I was so excited to be working with him again. It was a quick first shoot day for me but it was fun. I felt so appreciated and welcomed. I was shocked at how warm and the welcome was. I guess since I have only done short stints on DAYS in the past, I never really felt I earned that sort of family status you gain while working for long periods on shows. But the way I was received made me feel like a part of the family. I was so incredible.

Digest: What was it like for you to get back into Ava’s head after playing Taylor in 2011?
Braun: I never thought of Taylor with my playing Ava.

Digest: There have been a lot of changes at the show since you were last there in 2011. What are your thought on the current atmosphere? Do you notice an excitement?
Braun: There is so much positive energy there; it’s wonderful! People seem happy and they are prepared to work and are excited about the work. I absolutely noticed an excitement. I commented to friends and my family about how the energy there seemed to have changed for the better. It was a pleasure to be a part of.

Digest: What is it like for you to bbe working Stephen Nichols again?
Braun: Oh please! Wonderful! A joy! A gift! Stephen cares so much and he is kind, thoughtful, always prepared and funny! Hecan be silly and so we laugh a lot. You didn’t ask about Mary Beth, but I have to mention her, too, because she is such a doll, a real woman’s woman No BS. And talk about laughing a lot? Honestly, working with the two of them is a treat. I’m so grateful to work with them because they are terrrific people. I just adore them both.

Digest: How is it working with James Lastovic (Joey)?
Braun: Okay, let’s talk about James. Seriously, I wish I knew what air date it was to tell you do look out for, but he just blew my mind one day. Absolutely blew me away. I was talking to everyone about it and asking if they saw his scenes. He has such a wealth of available emotions that I did not realize was in there. He possesses an honesty, simplicity and sensitivity that I don’t see that much in actors his age who are just starting out. I really enjoyed working with him and can’t wait to see his work in the future. On top of being a compelling young actor, he is an incredibly kind and gentle soul. Such a pleasure to work with him.

Digest: You’ve played several diverse roles in daytime. What appeals most ot you about the genre?
Braun: Having a place to go to daily and do the work. Being an actor is a tough business. Most of us really want to do the work and use our craft. Except for theatre and daytime, yo udon’t get the opportunity to do a lot of work in one day. Sometimes daytime can be difficult because the pace is so fast that there isn’t time to get it “right”, or to have another take, but it’s rar that you don’t have something substantial to do in this medium. there is always work to be done, new avenues to explore. Even with the pace the way it is not (which can be nuts), you know that “tomorrow is another day” and you always have nother chance to improve and work your muscles.

SURPRISE PARTY

Braun kept in touch with Kate Mansi (Abigail) in her time away from Salem, but didn’t tell Mansi about her return to the show. “I was asked to keep things quiet about returning so I did. I was sitting the makeup chair and did’nt want to bother anyone. All of a sudden I hear, ‘Tamara, is that you? Oh, my God, Tamara, what are you doing here? Are you back? Why didn’t you tell me.’ I got up and went over to her and gave her a big hug and saw that was tearing up. I think she was a little hurt that I didn’t tell her about my return but I was just following instructions from the powers-that-be! She also thought I saw her sitting in the makeup chair, which I hadn’t. she’s a sweetie pie and my has she grown as an actress!”

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“Days of our Lives” 12/11/2015 ….. The “What-the-What” Edition

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: December 14, 2015

Okay, what is Ava up to? Pretending to cough, making herself look sickly…. I have a feeling the ride for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla is not going to be an easy one. And little Joey (James Lastovic), honey you have no idea who you’re dealing with. Tsk, tsk, tsk…..

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“Days of our Lives” 12/10/2015 ….. The Mrs. Robinson Edition

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: December 10, 2015

I’m going to add a bit of humour when I make these posts. I’ve been doing the same over at my site for Stephen Nichols in adding a funny or ironic end to the post title. This time it’s The Mrs. Robinson Edition because all during Ava’s scenes today with Joey (James Lastovic) all I could hear playing in my head was Simon & Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” from the Dustin Hoffman film The Graduate. And what was that hand on the lap move there Ava? Joey’s sixteen and Ava is old enough to know better, but I have a feeling she’s leading him on. Right now I don’t even have a clue as to what Ava’s angle could possibly be, but whatever it is Tamara’s working it. Second day back and she’s killing her scenes. You can’t tell if she’s a baddie or a good girl. All in the craft.

  • [320] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES 12/10/2015

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“Days of our Lives” 12/09/2015 ….. Welcome Back Ava Vitali

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: December 09, 2015

Well, she’s back. I pretty much knew this was all we’d get to see of Tamara today, but it was sufficient to make me smile. I love that she’s back and I know Tamara will be on for a limited run, but we’ll make the most of it and hope they don’t kill her off so we can expect Ava back in Salem again. And didn’t she look amazing? I’ve always loved the wardrobe this show chose for Tamara as Ava. So much a part of the character and Tamara works it to the hilt. I also loved the femme fatale glasses. I’ll be doing what I’ve been doing on my Stephen Nichols site in putting in a featured image.

  • [094] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES 12/09/2015

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“Days of our Lives” 50th Anniversary & Ava Vitali First Look

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: November 16, 2015

Finally something of Tamara from her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I have a video of the show’s 50th anniversary, plus the first look of Ava in a scene with a grown up Joey Johnson played by cutie pie James Lastovic. The last time we saw him, if you’ll remember, was on Ava’s cellphone when she went to the neo-natal intensive care ward to get the photo for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans). This time we see a sixteen year old young man. Why am I thinking Ava will be a bit of a Mrs. Johnson to Joey’s Graduate? Video and screencaps to follow.

  • [100] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES – 50TH ANNIVERSARY & AVA VITALI FIRST LOOK

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Tamara :: New Event Images – 09/28/2015

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: October 01, 2015

Some more new event images for our girl. Tamara attended the Premiere Party For Fuse’s Transcendent. I’m noticing the closer we’re getting to her DAYS OF OUR LIVES airdate, she’s getting out more. Can’t say I’m saddened by that. I love seeing Tamara out and about. In these images she’s looking just smouldering in black, and I love how long her hair is. Yes, I’m that shallow. Not afraid to admit that.

  • [008] EVENT IMAGES: 09/28/2015 PREMIERE PARTY FOR FUSE’S TRANSCENDENT

   
   

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New Event Images

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: August 28, 2015

Busy, busy, busy today. With Tamara’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-star Stephen Nichols returning to his iconic role of Steve “Patch” Johnson today, to these today, I’m really busy. I have five new images from an event Tamara attended in early August. Sorry I didn’t have these up then, but I couldn’t get them till now. Enjoy. By the way, I’m screencapping Stephen’s DOOL episodes, so if you’re a fan, please feel free to go over to STEPHEN NICHOLS ONLINE and take a lookie. Here’s hoping Steve and Ava have some scenes together when Tamara makes her debut.

  • [005] EVENT IMAGES: 08/12/2015 “THE TIES THAT BIND” PREMIERE RED CARPET

    

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Some Good News

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: August 10, 2015

Some things have been going on behind the scenes you might not be aware of, but I’ve been mulling something over in this brainium of mine and I decided something that I think you’ll all be very happy about. This decision has to do with something you guys have been writing to me about for a while. That thing is, I’ve decided to reactivate the two media sites I had on Tamara. So what does this mean, exactly? It means that for right now I decided to get the soap opera site back up and running first. It’s taken the better part of the week to get all the bugs worked out and tonight I finally got those exterminated and the site is now back up. Right now there are no new videos added. What is up there now are some episodes of Tamara from ALL MY CHILDREN as Reese Williams, and the majority are of her as Taylor Raines Walker from her second go around on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. My main impetus currently is to get all her work as Ava Vitali up considering her upcoming return in December…oh why does that have to be so damn far away? I hope you will be happy of this decision as I know I’ve had a lot of emails regarding this. So enjoy. Just click on the banner below to go there. If you want to know the whole story surrounding the reasons why the media site went down, please feel free to go to this link ABOUT OBSCURE MEDIA to read.

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New Scans :: Soap Opera Digest – Casting News

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: July 19, 2015

As we all know, Tamara is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in her Emmy Award Winning role of Ava Vitali. Here is an article from Soap Opera Digest about her return.

  • [002] SCANS: 07/27/2015 – SOAP OPERA DIGEST CASTING NEWS

 

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Tamara To Return To “Days” As Ava Vitali

Author: tamara braun online | Posted On: July 06, 2015

Good news. Tamara is returning to television, this time back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as her Emmy Award Winning counterpart Ava Vitali. According to various sources, Tamara has already begun filming her scenes June 17. Her first airdate will be on the December 9, 2015 episode. I know, why so far away? It’s due to the soap’s advanced filming schedule. So we have to wait all that time to see her back as the hopefully back from insanity Ava, though she was the last time we saw her when she left the DiMera mansion. So are we thrilled? I know I am. Here’s hoping this spells the beginning of Tamara’s return to us. We’ve missed you Tamara.

TVLine Items: Days’ Ava Returns

One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.

Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

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Tamara Braun Returning to ‘Days of our Lives’ in December as Ava Vitali

Posted by Kevin Mulcahy Jr.

Emmy Award-winning actress Tamara Braun is returning to NBC soap opera Days of our Lives in December as Ava Vitali, according to TV Insider, who describes the character as “a pill-popping mob spawn who split town rather than face trial for sabotaging an airplane, an act that led to the death of Grandpa Shawn and two others.”

Braun began shooting June 17 and show up on screen December 9.

She joins the growing list of returning Days actors including Peter Reckell (Bo), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Martha Madison (Belle), Jason Cook (Shawn-Douglas) and Alison Sweeney (Sami).

Braun also briefly appeared on Days in 2011 as Nicole’s sister, Taylor Walker. Her other daytime roles include hellcat Carly Benson on General Hospital and Reese Williams on All My Children.

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