NBC has confirmed the rumor that Soaps In Depth had already reported: ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Kassie DePaiva (Blair) will be joining DAYS OF OUR LIVES as the new Eve Donovan, half sister of Jen Lilley‘s Theresa!
Rumors of DePaiva traveling to Salem started earlier this month when she wrote on her Web site: “Good things are ahead this year and I hope to have more to report very soon.” Almost immediately fans began to speculate on what the big news could be, wondering if OLTL could be returning again. But when DePaiva started following and engaging with DAYS actors on Twitter, the whispers shifted to the NBC soap — and the fire was fueled when TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted on Wednesday that he’d heard it was official that the actress would be joining the DAYS cast.
The character of teen hooker Eve was originally played by Charlotte Ross from 1987-’91, who tweeted back in December that she’d met with executive producer Greg Meng and headwriter Christopher Whitesell to talk about DAYS. But unfortunately, it was not to be. “I had to pass on reprising my fave role, Eve Donovan,” Ross tweeted, “as I’m currently filming three projects.” These include the VH1 series HIT THE FLOOR and ABC’s NASHVILLE. However, she also tweeted, “I know Kassie will be wonderful!”
“We are excited to welcome Kassie to the DAYS family,” co-executive producer Greg Meng said in a statement. “Stay tuned to find out how the return of Eve Donovan shakes things up in Salem!”
As DAYS currently tapes approximately four months in advance, look for DePaiva to make her debut this summer.