Days of our Lives star Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) discusses how it feels to be back at the soap she called home for so many years. Chloe’s returned to Salem with her child and a new, determined attitude. A much welcomed change considering the way she was written prior to departing the show in 2011.
Before Bjorlin’s exit, the character of Chloe hit a series of lows. She fell victim to Vivian’s schemes to destroy Carly, resulting in an affair with Philip and subsequent pregnancy. Chloe was led to believe the child she was carrying was Daniel’s (Shawn Christian), unaware that Caroline (Peggy McCay) and Stephanie had changed the results. In typical soap fashion, the “truth” was revealed at her and Daniel’s wedding. She would go on to lose custody of Parker, her marriage to Daniel and would soon find herself forced into the world of prostitution thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Quinn. Chloe was brutally attacked by Vivian’s manservant Gus and fell into a coma. When she awakened, she identified her attacker and was given a reward for helping close the case. With the help of friends Brady (Eric Martsolf), Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Kinsey, Chloe left town determined to improve her life and win back custody of her son.
Last month, she returned to Salem with a big announcement – Parker was really Daniel’s son! Chloe was ready to pick up where she left off with Daniel, but his recently renewed relationship with Jennifer has proven to be a thorn in her side. TVSource Magazine spoke with the beautiful actress on Tuesday, February 5 about Chloe’s return to Salem and her recent change in attitude.
TVSource Magazine: Your return has been fantastic. How does it feel to be back?
Nadia Bjorlin: It feels great to be back. The way Chloe left it was so abrupt and so many unanswered questions and it was really kind of like the low point in her life. I was glad to come back and try to redeem her a bit and kind of answer a lot of these questions.
TVSource Magazine: Now there’s been a notable shift in Chloe’s demeanor. I think for the better. Before she left she was a little weak, but now she’s strong. How did you approach this shift in her personality?
Bjorlin: Well I welcomed it. I always thought that Chloe was a strong character and a strong woman, even back to the ghoul girl days. She didn’t put up with people’s crap and was always smart and sarcastic. I was hoping to be able to bring some of that back. I think her going away gave her time to focus on what’s important which is Parker, her son. And really putting her life back together. Not letting the Kates and the Vivians of the world get to her. Just being strong and keeping her eye on the prize, which is really what’s important for her son.
TVSource Magazine: Would that prize happen to be Daniel?
Bjorlin: Well…[Laughs]. I’ll say that yeah, originally, her intent was to come back and have all the truth be known which is great and fix her relationships with people in Salem in general and especially with Daniel. I think she thought it would be kind of easy to pick up where they left off but that’s not the case obviously. Time has passed and people have been hurt, they’ve moved on. And now that he finds out that Parker is his son it may not be quite as simple as she thought, that they could just kind of put this family back together again. I would say that it’s more about what Daniel represents to Chloe, which is her happy ending, her fairytale. Having a father for her son. And having this perfect little happy family. I think that’s even more important than ‘winning’ Daniel. It may come across a maybe a little bit that way, but it’s not selfishly motivated. It’s really about her wanting to provide for her son what she never had growing up bouncing around in foster homes. She wants to give him a life of stability and be able to have this perfect family. I think that she think that’s what’s important and that’s the only way to make it happen. Which may not be you know, so easy.
TVSource Magazine: And Jennifer stands in the way of that happiness.
Bjorlin: Absolutely! Though it’s not necessarily Jennifer, it could be anybody. But the way Chloe looks at it now, Jennifer is the enemy and she needs to be gone.
TVSource Magazine: Chloe’s teamed up with Anne and she’s using Parker to get what she wants. Is there any line she won’t cross?
Bjorlin: Well I hope so [Laughs]. I would hope there would be a line she wouldn’t cross, but right now it’s not looking so good. I don’t even think she realizes that she’s using her son. ‘Cause if she knew that’s what she was really doing and that would be like a harmful or bad thing, she wouldn’t be doing it. I think that she, just because she’s so loving and full of love, her intentions are always good, but she makes really impulsive, rash decisions. I think that out of desperation and panic she starts doing these things and using Parker and justifying it, not realizing she’s kind of maybe doing more harm than good. And yeah, she’s using her kid which is not great. I don’t think that’s what she set out to do in the first place.
TVSource Magazine: Chloe’s mom is coming back. Is that soon? How do you feel about Nancy’s return?
Bjorlin: Yeah, it’s very soon. I was so excited because they didn’t tell me and I found out. I was like ‘Oh yes, it’s going to get good.’ I like the fact that Patrika [Darbo] is coming back. There were so many unanswered questions as to why Chloe’s family wasn’t really around during her lowest point in her life. And now it kind of helps explains it a little bit. She’s coming back to be supportive of her daughter and help with Parker. It kind of explains a little bit more as to why her parents weren’t around. They didn’t know what was going on with Chloe. I liked that’s fact even for myself I’m like ‘oh ok, this makes a little bit more sense.’ I always wondered why Chloe never asked her parents for help or what may have motivated that sort of tragic downward spiral. Her coming back as well plays into some of the history of DAYS, which I had learned, which is kind of cool.
TVSource Magazine: You seem like you’re having a lot of fun. Are you excited about what’s to come?
Bjorlin: Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s always fun to be bad. It’s always good to be bad.
TVSource Magazine: Some fans say Chloe’s a little bad npw. I say she’s very determined. Do you like this new “determined” Chloe? She seems like the kind of woman who won’t be bullied by anyone, unlike last time.
Bjorlin: Oh yeah. I said the bad thing as a joke. I don’t think she’s ever been bad. I mean hello, she hasn’t tried to murder anybody or poison anybody or anything. Everything she does is really just out of love and out of good intentions. She just sometimes makes irrational decisions, that’s what gets her into trouble. I think you’re right, her coming back now because she was so bullied and she was so victimized, and let herself be victimized by everybody, that she may have let the pendulum swing a little much in the other direction. Which is like ‘I’m not going to let anybody get in my way or tell me what to do or convince me otherwise. I’m doing to do exactly what I want.’ Some of that strength is great, but it’s maybe not applied in the best way at all times.
TVSource Magazine: If Chloe is unsuccessful in attaining that “perfect family” with Daniel, is it possible she might look to her past to find that happiness? Brady’s kind of taken right now but who knows what’ll happen.
Bjorlin: Hey, it is Salem. You never know [laughs]. Never say never. Absolutely, I think that Chloe comes back to town with like this one great intention and it doesn’t necessarily pan out, at least right now, the way she expected it to. I think it could be good for her to perhaps even explore her past or connections she’s had in the past. They were sort of vital to her growing up. I think once you’ve had a great love in your life, perhaps something is always there. Maybe not always, but you never know.
TVSource Magazine: What’s one thing you’d like to do this go around that you weren’t able to do last time?
Bjorlin: It would be great if some of the men in this town could actually chase the women. I would want the men of Salem to come pining after Chloe.
TVSource Magazine: I think your fans would love it.
Bjorlin: I think so too. Then Chloe could start her own mafia like the Dimeras. [Laughs]