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Drake Hogestyn Spills All about His Days of Our Lives Return

By November 12, 2013

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drake hogestynFirst came the big news that John Black would finally be heading back to Salem in early 2014.

Now comes information about the character's comeback, as actor Drake Hogestyn spills all about his Days of Our Lives return.

Who does John see first? What's on his agenda? And where are Hogestyn and his family living, now that they've sold their Malibu home?

You can find out the answers to those questions and more in Hogestyn's interview, here.

Photo Courtesy:  NBC/Mitchell Haaseth


November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm
(1) Linda says:

Janet, you just showcased perfectly why you’ll always be my favorite interviewer. You ALWAYS ask questions the fans have been begging to know the answers to. In this case it is answers about Drake’s house since the Tweet about him being homeless concerned a lot of people. Also LOVED knowing how his DAYS return came about and why right now fans like me are thanking our lucky stars that TPTB finally called him back to work just in time! Also loved hearing his thoughts on what it felt like to return to DAYS! I for one couldn’t be happier and plan to start watching DAYS the minute we get a return date for Drake! Please keep us posted and thanks again for a fabulous interview!

November 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm
(2) Mar says:

Thank you Linda. Great questions. All that his true fans wanted to know. I am so happy he will be gracing my TV screen again very soon. He has truly been missed.

November 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(3) daysofourlives says:

Thanks to both of you. Glad you enjoyed this interview.

November 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(4) Linda says:

You’re so welcome, Janet, thank you for proving how great you are at what you do! It is pretty clear Drake adores your interviewing skills too! This interview is now TIED for number ONE as far as my favorite all-time Drake interviews! BRAVO!

November 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(5) Pam says:

I am SO happy that TPTB finally got smart & brought Drake Hogestyn back to DAYS & Salem;with a contract! What a waste of time without John Black in Salem!! I can’t wait to see Drake on my TV screen once again! I sure WISH DAYS wouldn’t film SO far in advance!!!! February is a LONG time to wait! YEAH!! Go Drake!

November 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(6) Pam says:

P.S. Thanks Janet for this fabulous interview of Drake Hogestyn! I enjoyed it a BUNCH! Keep up the GOOD work!!

November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm
(7) Gwen says:

Thanks for this wonderful interview Janet!! The best one of Drake I have read yet! Keep up the good work!! :)

November 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(8) Ann says:

WOW! Thanks, Janet, for another FABULOUS Drake interview! I agree with Linda that you asked all the questions we’d been anxious to find out for MONTHS! Drake is SO good at interviews and so in-depth and honest in his replies that it’s a JOY to read!

After he’s been back working awhile and about ready to start appearing on our screens again, PLEASE do another interview with him on how it feels being back and what he wants to bring to his role of John and to his fans. We’d also love to hear about his new house and how he and Victoria and the dogs are loving it after being in it for awhile.

Thanks again for a WONDERFUL interview with such a wonderful man!

November 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm
(9) Jimmy says:

I am so happy Drake is finally back on Days! Fantastic actor, his portrayal of John is flawless.

November 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm
(10) Helen says:

Wonderful interview Drake and Janet. Looking very forward to seeing this terrific actor light up Salem. Come on February, hurry up and get here already!

November 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(11) mouse says:

thanks for the interview. I learned some new things with this one.

I can’t wait for John to get back to Salem

November 13, 2013 at 12:33 am
(12) Sammi says:

Janet, you make us proud. Another great interview showcasing a great actor! I haven’t watched DAYS since Drake’s benching but that is about to change next year.

November 13, 2013 at 12:49 am
(13) steeeven says:

Very happy to see John back on the screen! Now bring back Belle with him

November 13, 2013 at 3:19 am
(14) Robbie says:

Well now, this interview has me overjoyed! I love Drake as an actor, an actor that really knows the acting craft. Looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead for John Black.

November 13, 2013 at 3:43 am
(15) Jamie says:

I’ve been on vacation for a month and just got home to this wonderful news that this gifted actor will be back on DAYS. Too bad it isn’t until February, I don’t think I can wait that long. Looking forward to seeing him, Marlena is as boring as he## without him.

November 13, 2013 at 3:48 am
(16) Enza says:

In the words of Linda Brett SCREAMSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! lol! I echo what everybody else is saying, Days needs this FAB actor on their canvas, they had better not make a another stupid mistake and bench him again. Going by this article they came close to losing him. Bad move TPTB, don’t let it happen again. I haven’t watched Days for months but I’m watching once an air date for Drake is posted. Another great interview Janet, you never disappoint.

November 13, 2013 at 3:52 am
(17) Benny says:

Thanks Janet, I haven’t watched DAYS since Drake left so I’ll be watching again once you get an air date for us. There is no character like John and Drake never fails to hit a homer as an actor. Please interview Drake when it gets closer to him airing on DAYS. Thanks in advance.

November 13, 2013 at 4:10 am
(18) Linda says:

LMAO Enza! You just made me laugh so hard!

SCREAMSSSSSS! SCREAMSSSSSS! SCREAMSSSSSS! SCREAMSSSSSS! SCREAMSSSSSS! SCREAMSSSSSS! ITA with EVERY word you said, Drake is the reason I started watching DAYS in 1986 and he was also the reason I’ve STOPPED watching DAYS when he was benched or left the show! In February 2014 in front of the TV is where my hiney will be, enjoying seeing Drake on my TV screen again! Now, we just need a return DATE for Mr. Fabulous!

November 13, 2013 at 8:48 am
(19) Dee says:


Thank you so much for posting this interview. As a long time Drake fan, it was a pleasure to read. Your questions were the questions his fans were needing answers to. So much of an actor’s life is on public display, and with a lot of personal information being available to anyone, even without his tweets, the fans knew he was selling his home, he was thinking of moving to Indiana, etc. etc. So there was so many rumors swirling around about him. Thanks to your insightful questions, we have all of the answers we were looking for.

Thank you again for ALWAYS being such a gracious interviewer! Love your work.

November 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(20) Linda says:

Dee, that is BEAUTIFUL! ITA with EVERY word you said. So AWESOME to put these rumors to rest thanks to Drake and Janet!

November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm
(21) Lori Ann says:

Great interview!! Happy to hear Drake will be back in Feb. I have to say though, I have never stopped watching Days in over 30 yrs. I’ve seen them come and seen them go, really liked some of the new actors and disliked a few also. Sat through the bad writes, cried with the good ones. I will always be a DOOL’s fan no matter what. If we stop watching because our favorite actor has left the show (temporarily) then the only thing that is going to do is make their numbers fall and could lead into ending Days altogether. For those of us that have been faithful to the show and never left is the reason their is a show to bring Drake and the others back to when they call them back. Please my soap family. Keep this in mind the next time you decide to tune out because of someone leaving. Even if you have to leave your TV on playing Days while your in the other room, do it so we won’t be like those other soaps that turned out the lights altogether. Days has ALWAYS been my favorite soap. I’m glad it is still on the air and will be for some time, forever I hope! =) Welcome back Drake!!! See you in Feb! <3

November 19, 2013 at 10:29 am
(22) Shelley says:

What a terrific Interview! I am so delighted that they were smart enough to bring Drake back into the story! I actually had the amazing honor of meeting him on one of the Soap Cruises a few years ago! he was everything that I hoped he would be and his wife was as delightful as well!

Drake is not only a wonderful actor, but he understands that his fans are truly invested in the show and in his character! He was beyond gracious and was actually really interested in talking with us an getting to know us! Meeting him was absolutely one of the highlights of my life! So exciting and so wonderful!!~!!!
I wish I could say the same for certain other individuals on this show.

As a life long fan I have always loved this show and literally jumped through hoops to see it, back in the day when were were no recording devices! Please keep Drake and Deidre on the show and get them back together! They are an amazing duo and I hope the writers understand that we’d rather see them any day, than some new kid!!!!!!

Finally, now that you seem to be on the right track, It’s time to do whatever you have to and get PETER RECKELL back with us as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Please!


November 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm
(23) Linda says:

Well we got John back now it’s time to bring back Bo. Sooner than later, he is one of the main characters that makes that show.

November 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(24) Joanne says:


November 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm
(25) Kay says:

I just wish he would speak up instead of whispering his lines. I for one just have never found him that good of an actor. Guess everyone will scream at me now. Also, I wish they would either bring Bo back, replace him or give Hope a new love interest.

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