Philip Kiriakis (Jay Kenneth Johnson) is facing tough times during “Days of Our Lives” Season 57, Episode 39, and things continue to go downhill for him as he tries to get a confession from Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin) about her possible affair with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) during Episode 50. The 2021 storyline later finds Philip faking his death with Brady set up as the main suspect in his demise. While reprising the role in 2020, Johnson told Soap Hub, “There’s been a beginning, a middle, and now this. This is the third phase.”
The soap opera is proving that there is even more drama for Philip to explore, with John-Paul Lavoisier stepping back into the role during Season 59, Episode 1, which unravels his deep, dark secret amid his return to Chloe. Upon learning about what his character’s dastardly deeds, Lavoisier told Soap Opera Digest, “I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is crazy … This is unforgivable.’ But as an actor you have to commit to this, you have to fall in love with it, and it’s real.”
Lavoisier wondered if he’d be asked to reprise his role after John Aniston died on November 11, 2022. However, he wasn’t sure if he would get the chance. “I was incredibly shocked and flattered that I was being considered to be an employee of the show again, because the last time I was there they let me go. I kind of felt they had me there, they were done with me, the end,” he said.