Nadia attended the star ceremony for Days of our Lives’ Producer Ken Corday on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on May 15, 2017.
Boy Wonders: Days’s Nadia Bjorlin is All Set to Become a Mother of Two
From Soap Opera Digest – May 15, 2017
Nadia Bjorlin has a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day: Not only did her son, Torin, turn 1 on May 4, but she has another boy on the way and will mark two years of marriage to Grant Turnbull on May 15.
“It’s amazing how life changes,” Bjorlin marvels. “I always knew I wanted to have kids, but I never knew what that looked like. I was also never the girl who really imagined my wedding or how that was going to be. I was actually having dinner with a girlfriend the other night who was talking about having children one day, and I said, ‘It happens when you least expect it. Could you have imagined a year before I got married that I would ever have gotten married and had kids at this point?’ I think life is beautiful in that way in that you can’t control it all.”
It’s a philosophy she embraces across the board. Bjorlin shares that baby No. 2 was not in her immediate plans, but is over the moon to be welcoming another. “I wasn’t expecting to have another child so soon, but I’m so happy it’s happening this way because it’s another boy, which I’m thrilled about,” she says. “And they’re going to be so close in age, and we already have boy stuff, so I kind of feel like I’ve got it down a bit.”
The past year has been a whirlwind of emotions for the new mom. “I wouldn’t even know how to create a concise sentence because it’s been life-altering, surreal, beautiful, glorious and tough all at the same time,” she reflects. “It’s incredibly fulfilling and worthwhile, and it’s this love that you can’t even describe. Sometimes I just think about him when he’s sleeping, like he is right now, and it makes me want to cry. That may sound crazy. I don’t know.”
Bjorlin admits that her approach to motherhood has surprised her a bit. “I thought I would have been a little bit more easy-going, but it’s been interesting that with Torin, I’m schedule-oriented,” she notes. “I’m very protective of him. I didn’t take him out of the house the first month of his life. I was terrified to have other people touch him, or have him be in contact with germs. I was cleaning everything so well, and everything was spotless. I think that’s kind of a new mom thing anyway. I’ve gotten a little bit more lax with that, but I’m still figuring it all out. He is now the priority for everything in my life. My life and expectations have changed.”
The actress, who is still toiling away in Salem, says she expects to work up until close to her due date. “I felt really good when I was pregnant, for the most part,” Bjorlin recalls of the first time around. “When you hear all these stories about how people feel sick, I didn’t really go through that. I worked up until, like, 38 weeks and I felt great.” After she gave birth, it was a different story. “When I actually had him, it was a bit of an awakening,” she confesses. “That was the hard part, the post-partum part, because life as you know it has completely changed and there’s nothing you can read, there’s no books, there’s no YouTube videos, and all the advice in the world can’t prepare you for actually being in the trenches with it. I would say the first three months feel like three years, and then it starts to go much quicker. Now it gets to be more fun.”
Being pregnant while chasing after a one-year-old brings its own set of challenges, however. “I am perpetually tired,” Bjorlin reports. “I’m not going to lie. I understand why having babies is actually for the young, but it’s just a Catch-22. You have more energy when you’re young, but you’re also just more stupid. I’ve had people ask, ‘Do you wish you’d done it younger?’ and I’m like, ‘I mean, the physical part of me does, but the mental part, no, because I was an idiot in my 20s.’ It would not have gone well for these children.”
Fortunately, Torin is a happy baby. “I will say I’m pretty darn lucky,” she smiles. “All you know is your own experience and what you have, and he’s a pretty darn good kid. He just has a good personality, he always seems to be, for the most part, in a good mood. He doesn’t cry. He doesn’t really whine. He’s a good sleeper. He’s so cool, he’s so chill. He’s fun. He’s really social. He likes being outside, he likes seeing people. He’s just easy.”
As she looks forward to celebrating her second Mother’s Day, Bjorlin says, “It’s still surreal and amazing. You look at this little person and you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I made him? I’m a mom? That’s so crazy.’ When I think of Mother’s Day, I still think of my own mom. It’s a weird reality check. It’s when you realize that you’ve become a grown-up, I guess.”
Party Of Five?
Bjorlin says there may be some family expansion in the future. “Maybe at some point we’ll go, ‘We want a third child,’ ” she says. “But that’s a whole other thing. You’re being totally outnumbered. I feel like then it gets hard.” She is frequently asked if she wants a girl. “I think if we were to ever ‘try for a girl’, it’s a bad approach because then you could be disappointed. Grant is one of three boys, and his father’s one of three boys, and the same with his grandfather, so I don’t know how it works. Now that I have a boy, I’m kind of obsessed with boys. I love it. I wouldn’t say that a third would be out of the question, but maybe not right away, like this. Maybe let mama have a little break. I got my body back for like five minutes and that’s when this happened. That’s what happens, kids, be careful [laughs].”
Just The Facts:
We Are Family: Bjorlin married Grant Turnbull on May 15, 2015. They welcomed son Torin Mathias on May 4, 2016, and are expecting another boy this August.
Torin Tales: “He can start to say mama. I don’t know that he necessarily knows that I’m mama [laughs], but he can certainly say it. He knows if he goes, ‘Mamamamama,’ the lady in the house comes to him. He’s crawling, he pulls himself up and he’s testing his balance. He’s starting to become a little person with more personality. I’m a fan of this stage.”
Take My Advice: “I think parenting is just a lot of trial and error, and probably the best advice I’ve gotten from people is saying, ‘Don’t necessarily listen to everybody’s advice.’ Because there is no correct way to do it. It has to be what works for you.”
Celebrate Good Times: Bjorlin was a very new mom last Mother’s Day. “I had him on a Wednesday, and it was that Sunday. I just remember being in my pajamas, basically, and my sisters and my brothers came over. They brought me champagne and breakfast and it was so nice. Our family’s close. We spend a lot of time together, so this Mother’s Day we’ll probably do something similar, with my mom.”
Nadia attended the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on April 30, 2017.
Nadia will be performing with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days) at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards on April 30, 2017. The awards will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Pasadena, CA), and will be live streamed online on Facebook Live and Twitter-Periscope beginning at 8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT.
The fifth and FINAL season of Venice the Series has been completed and is in post-production phase. The fifth episode of Season 5 will be available on Friday, April 21.
Venice won the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Format Daytime and the 2014 Outstanding Drama Series New Approaches.
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Nadia attended the premiere of Dropping The Soap at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2017. Nadia appears in two episodes of the web series, which also stars Paul Witten and Jane Lynch.
Nadia shot scenes as Elena Dupree for the series, Dropping the Soap. Nadia will appear in two episodes with Jane Lynch and Paul Witten.
Nadia appeared at The Hollywood Show held at The Westin (LA Airport) on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Nadia will be appearing at a Days of our Lives fan event in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 22, 2017. The event will feature a photo shoot, Mixer, and a cocktail party. There is also a VIP Package available.
To find out more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Dual Coast Events.
Nadia attended the annual Day of Days events at University CityWalk in southern California on November 12, 2016. Days fans were able to meet and greet their favorite soap stars, get autographs, participate in Q&A sessions and trivia challenges.
Nadia attended the event along with co-stars Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Billy Flynn (Chad), Galen Gering (Rafe), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Vincent Irizarry (Deimos), Wally Kurth (Justin), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Christopher Sean (Paul), Josh Taylor (Roman) and Jordi Vilasuso (Dario).
Nadia attended Haute Mom’s Life And March Of Dimes’ One Haute Soiree at AU FUDGE on October 6, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. Nadia also spoke with Adrianna Costa, host of Haute Mom’s Life podcast. You can listen to the interview here.
Nadia will be attending the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s LA Walk for Neurofibromatosis (NF) on October 22, 2016. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow throughout the body on nerves.
This event is more than just a walk in the park! This awesome event celebrates the brave NF Heroes who live with neurofibromatosis, and raises funds for critical NF research. Registration opens at 4:30 PM and the walk begins at 6:00 PM; the Glow in The Dark Afterparty is 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. After the walk, participants can bid on the chance to sing with their favorite celebrity during the Glow in The Dark Afterparty featuring celebrity karaoke.
The LA Walk for Neurofibromatosis will take place at the CBS Studio Center, 424 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA.
Register on the Childen’s Tumor Foundation’s LA NF Glow Walk fundraising page.
One in three thousand people are living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and disabling pain. Currently there is no cure and no effective treatments for NF, but we’re walking to change that.
Bundle of Joy
From Soap Opera Digest – September 26, 2016
Nadia Bjorlin made her DAYS debut in 1999 at age 19, and her recent birthday in early August prompted her to reflect on the changes in her life since first playing Chloe. “I’ve grown up in front of the cameras,” she says. “When I had my birthday, I was thinking about how I’ve been at DAYS almost half of my life. I used to be one of the kids around here, and now I’m one of the grown-ups. It’s funny to see early footage of when I started on DAYS. My voice was lighter and I looked like a baby. At that age, I thought I knew everything.”
Seventeen years later, Bjorlin, who became a wife and mother over a 12-month span, is certainly getting a crash course in life lessons. “It’s been incredibly humbling,” she notes of welcoming son Torin on May 4. “Before becoming a mom, when people talked about the first few months being hard, I’d just brush it off and think, ‘Oh, it will be fine.’ As an actor, we have crazy hours and sometimes we don’t sleep, or we have to be up in the middle of the night for an early call time. This isn’t like any of that [laughs]. It’s just really hard. You can read every parenting book in the world and think that you’re prepared, but then you just have to throw all of that away. There’s never really order. It ebbs and flows in how you feel and how you cope. It’s basically trying to stay sane.” Still, despite the chaotic roller-coaster ride of dizzying adjustments, Bjorlin smiles, “It’s also incredible and rewarding. Every day I see Torin grow and change.”
Bjorlin and hubby Grant Turnbull always planned on having children someday, but three months into their marriage, when Bjorlin went for an annual doctor’s exam, the actress learned she was two weeks pregnant. “It was a beautiful surprise,” she shares. “I was really glad that I found out so soon because we were going on a vacation in Hawaii. If I started to feel really horrible while we were there, I wouldn’t have to think that it was something I ate. So the news couldn’t have come at a better time.”
With a big return planned at DAYS, however, Bjorlin recalls, “I said, ‘How is this going to work?’ So we waited until the safe period [after the first trimester], and when I went in for a story meeting, they were amazing about it. There was another writer here at the time and he said, ‘I can really use that.’” With the soap’s advanced shooting schedule, Chloe’s pregnancy wasn’t written in for months. “The ironic part was that we didn’t really use it for the longest time,” she explains. “It ended up being a timeline issue that was out of everybody’s control. I didn’t start working until December, and then we had the break, and then the show went on hiatus for five weeks. When you’re pregnant, every week matters, so by the time I came back, in the Chloe pregnancy test scenes, I was eight months pregnant.”
The wardrobe department camouflaged Bjorlin’s expanding belly by dressing her in black, and she was seated in most scenes. “From what I’m seeing on-screen, it’s hidden pretty well,” she comments. “I look a little rounder in my face than usual, but the pregnancy isn’t obvious.”
After a six-week maternity leave, Bjorlin returned to the DAYS set with mixed emotions. “I don’t think there is ever a good time for when you should go back to work after having a baby,” she asserts. “I felt terrible about leaving Torin. He was so small.” And Chloe was still pregnant. “I had to wear a fake belly for a bit,” she shrugs. “They said, ‘We’re so sorry for making you go through this again!’ I told them, ‘At least it’s still fresh in my mind [laughs].’”
The actress feels her recent life changes have helped her performances. “Without even realizing it, my own personal evolution is reflected in Chloe,” she observes. “I think Chloe has become more confident and stronger in her choices. I love that I’m a mom because now it gives me a new perspective on Chloe. All of the choices that she’s making in the story are based on her wanting to be a good mom and a good person. I think that’s different. The last few times Chloe has been back, I always felt it was about her needing somebody and fighting to be loved. That’s changed. She’s become more grown-up.”
So has Bjorlin, who says she couldn’t have imagined the road she would travel when she first joined DAYS. “At the time, I was so happy and grateful to be working on this amazing TV show. I was excited about where I was in my life,” she relays. “Even though the circumstances are different today with the passage of time, I’m still excited about being on DAYS and grateful for the life that I have.”
And Baby Makes Three
Bjorlin had some memorable set encounters while pregnant with Torin. “There was the one love scene I had to do with Vincent [Irizarry, Deimos],” she shares. “Poor Vincent. He’s so nice. He said, ‘I feel really weird doing this. It’s like there are three of us on the set [laughs].’ I was totally fine with it. John-Paul Lavoisier [Philip] was a little freaked out. He said, ‘This is my first time ever making out with a pregnant woman.’ I made him feel my belly. I said, ‘Let’s not make it weird here. Touch the belly. Okay, now we can kiss.’ ” As for Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas), the first castmate she told about her pregnancy, “The funny thing is, just as I came back from my maternity leave, I saw Bryan in the hallway and he asked, ‘So, when are you having your baby?’ I told him, ‘I had the baby already, Bryan.’ I reminded him that I told him in November. It’s such a time warp around here. He was like, ‘I didn’t think you looked pregnant. I was wondering, “How many months does she have left?”
Just the Facts
Birthday: August 2
Hails From: Newport, RI, but moved to Sweden when she was 2 months old.
Supportive Spouse: Bjorlin married Grant Turnbull on May 15, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA. “When you have a baby, you realize who you are married to, his strengths and weaknesses. We balance each other out. God bless him. When he comes home from work, he’s hands-on, changes diapers, the whole thing. But he’s not as good at sleep deprivation as I am.”
Boy Wonder: Torin Mathias Turnbull was born on May 4. “He’s a happy baby who likes to laugh. He’s also strong. He was able to sit up after a few weeks.”
Food, Glorious Food: Bjorlin had specific cravings during her pregnancy. “I ate like a teenage boy. It was probably because I was having a boy. I was eating things I wouldn’t normally eat, like pasta with meat sauce, cheeseburgers, anything meaty or cheesy was what I wanted all the time. It was very savory, hearty food.”
Are You Experienced? “My mother had six children. I asked her, ‘How in the world did you manage?’ And she answered, ‘Because I’m amazing [laughs].’” Sister Kamilla, she praises, “has been a godsend. Before I had Torin, Kamilla said that she would be there for me, and I told her that I’d be fine. But then after Torin was born, I would text my sister at 4 in the morning with so many questions. You think that you can do everything, but you realize that all moms are superwomen because it’s an incredible juggling act.”