I had a feeling this one was coming, but after the rash of exits were announced over the summer, I thought it might not happen…
Serial Scoop reports that Kassie DePaiva, who plays Eve Baron/Donovan/Larson, is the latest actor leaving Days.
Since Days tapes so far ahead, DePaiva will remain onscreen for several more months. She has a big story coming up with A Martinez, who is joining the show as Eduardo, Eve’s ex. We also know, thanks to a recent DePaiva interview, that she will be singing on the Days Christmas episode.
Eve’s exit will not be tied to the serial killer storyline which has resulted in the deaths of Serena Mason (Melissa Archer) and Eve’s daughter, Paige Larson (True O’Brien), with more deaths to come.
The article makes it sound like it might have been KdP’s choice to exit. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of her performances on Days, but they haven’t seemed to have much of a vision for the character of Eve beyond “sparring partner for Jennifer” and “foil for JJ and Paige.” She’s had interesting chemistry with Greg Vaughn (Eric), Galen Gering (Rafe), and Wally Kurth (Justin), but none of that has amounted to much, at least so far. I’m wondering if the A Martinez character will wind up having been Paige’s biological father; I’ve also read that he’s playing Rafe’s father, so maybe Eve just happens to have been involved with him in the past. We’ll see. Anyway, it sounds like she’s going to be around for quite a while. I’m sad to see a talented actress lose a job, and there’s a lot of untapped potential both for Eve and for this portrayer, but it’s tough to see this as a major loss for the show otherwise.