Fans of the classic NBC sitcom 227 rejoiced when it was reported that the show’s two stars – Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry – would reunite on the famed and long-running soap opera, Days Of Our Lives as mother-daughter duo Olivia and Paulina Price.
Gibbs and Harry previously played frenemies Mary Jenkins and Sandra Clark on 227 from 1985 to 1990.
However, those who have followed the former’s career shouldn’t be surprised this isn’t her first go-around in the soap opera medium.
She explained, “I’d done Passions as Eve’s [Tracey Ross] Aunt Irma [in 2004-05]. Galen Gering, who plays Rafe on Days, was on Passions as Luis and so was Justin Hartley [as Fox], who’s on This Is Us now. Tracey was wonderful as Eve. Irma and Eve had a big history. She knew Eve’s secrets and, of course, Aunt Irma blurted them out! I learned how heavy my head was by doing that part because the director would say, ‘Aunt Irma is sleeping in this scene,’ so I’d have to drop my head.”
When asked about what fans can expect regarding the dynamic between Olivia and Paulina, Gibbs didn’t hold back.
“They understand one another,” she said. “I’m her mother! Mothers know everything that’s going on. They know the real truth!”
“I was trying to keep her [Paulina] under control, trying to keep her from telling something she wanted desperately to tell and I couldn’t allow her to do it, and so that’s where we started and then it went from there.”
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.