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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.”

Soap Opera Digest

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.”

Nadia’s Baby Shower – April 2, 2016

Nadia's Baby Shower | Nadia-BJorlin.com

Courtesy of People.com!

Nadia Bjorlin‘s baby shower was quite the fiesta!

The Days of Our Lives star, who is expecting a son with husband Grant Turnbull in May, celebrated the upcoming addition with a Cinco de Mayo-themed shower on Saturday.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and fun day,” Bjorlin, 35, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and gifts from our friends and family.”

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Westlake Magazine

Nadia Bjorlin | Westlake Magazine 2015Nadia is featured on the cover and in the pages of the March/April 2015 issue of Westlake Magazine. 

We first fell in love with Nadia Bjorlin back in 2005 when she glamorized the cover of Westlake Magazine’s 13th Anniversary issue. The then 25 year old singer, model and actress had waltzed her way into Hollywood and captured our hearts as the audience favorite, Chloe Lane in Days of our Lives. Now, ten years later, we are so pleased to catch up with this natural beauty and welcome her back as the “bride to be” for this year’s wedding edition.

Born August 2, 1980 in Newport, Rhode Island to Swedish composer and conductor, Ulf Stefan Bjorlin and Fary Bjorlin, an Iranian native and interior designer, Nadia spent her childhood playing in the backyards of both Sweden and the United States. It was during her time in Palm Beach, Florida, where her father conducted the Florida Philharmonic that she fell in love with music and began singing professionally at the tender age of six.

Sharing in the love of music with her famous father, Nadia studied opera at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where she was honored for her excellence in theatre, voice, music and dance. Recognized for her talents, the young prodigy went on to study at the Professional Children’s School in New York City along with other famous actors and actresses such as Julia Stiles, Gaby Hoffman, and Macauley Culkin. It was after high school that Bjorlin shifted her focus to acting and within less than a year landed her breakout role as Chloe Lane.

When we last met, she had just left the daytime soap to join the cast and crew of the UPN television series, Sex, Love & Secrets. Since, she has made guest appearances on shows such as Jake In Progress, Complete Savages, NCIS and the CBS comedy, Two and a Half Men.

Tom Langan, Executive Producer of Days of our Lives once described Nadia as “a serene, fascinating beauty who floats through a room”. That’s exactly the vibe I got when we finally caught up with the bride-to-be at a private estate in Hidden Hills. There she opened up about turning 35, her fiancé, wedding details, and new projects in the works.

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Curve Magazine

The ladies (Nadia, Jessica Leccia, and Crystal Chappell) from Venice the Series grace the July/August 2013 cover of Curve Magazine.

Interview with Nadia about Venice on AfterEllen.com

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Right off the bat what is interesting is that when you do meet Lara, it looks like she has it all together. This person is too good to be true. Usually the saying is, if something is too good to be true, it is.  I guess it’s because I empathize with that character in the sense of her needing to feel like she has to have this image of perfection. She was raised in this family where a certain standard was expected of her, so I think she expects that of herself. She expects to not fail, and she expects to be perfect and be a literary genius, and have it all figured out.  And still look good and dress well and be able to impress her girlfriend.

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Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

Nadia was featured in the pages of the Spring 2013 Issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. She is photographed along with Donna Mills and Joan Collins for a feature on the fabulous creations of designer Mark Zunino.

Nadia says this about Mark:

You’d never know by looking at this buff, muscular man that he completely understands what is flattering on a real woman’s body. Not only is Mark incredibly sweet, demure, and humble, he’s an incredibly talented technician when it comes to making a beautiful gown with structure in all the right places. You’ll always feel fantastic and sexy when wearing one of his pieces.

Nadia featured in Better Living Book

Days of our Lives Better LivingDays of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life includes healthy living secrets from some of the most appealing cast members of various ages (both current on the show and former), including Nadia, Deidre Hall, Molly Burnett, Suzanne Rogers, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, James Scott, Austin Peck, Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow, and more.

Along with beautiful new photos, this book gives fans the cast’s best tips on a variety of healthy living topics, such as:

  • Diet and Cooking
  • Health and Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Fashion Tips

The book is available now! Order on Amazon.

Book originally released in September 2013.

Insight into Chloe Lane by Nadia

Days of our Lives - Season 47From TV Buzz, MSN TV Blog

No one gives poor Chloe a break. She’s probably one of the only characters – the only female, at least! – who hasn’t tried to murder anybody, poison anybody or any of that. Chloe does everything out of love and people give her so much crap.

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From Michael Fairman, On Air, On Soaps

When Chloe was in Salem last, she was so weak.  Now, she has come back stronger and I like that. She has found more of her self and sense of self.  Chloe is not going to let anyone mess with her.

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From TV Source Magazine

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.

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From About.com

They’re (the fans) rooting for Daniel and Chloe to be together, no matter what kind of crazy things Chloe is doing right now. There are people who are not giving up hope, and Chloe is not either. I mean, Daniel’s her baby daddy.

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From Soaps.com

I think Chloe is not a malicious person. She has a lot of love to give and share, but she sometimes makes really quick, irrational decisions to support her
agenda.

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From Daytime Royalty

  Chloe’s so well-intentioned, but she does keep digging herself deeper and deeper.  She has the best intentions, of course.  I think she makes really impulsive decisions, obviously out of love.  I think she’s starting to kind of lose sight of what’s really important because she just has her eye on the prize, and the it’s so important to her because she really wants to give her son the life she never had growing up.

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From Diva of Days of our Lives

It’s a lot more fun being the schemer…

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Runway Magazine

Nadia was featured in the pages of Runway Magazine‘s ‘Emerging Designers’ Issue in March/April 2012.

You Magazine

Nadia and Brandon Beemer were featured on the cover and inside of You Magazine (released in South Africa) on February 9, 2012.

J’Adore Magazine

Nadia was featured in the February 6, 2012 issue of J’Adore Magazine.

In Touch Weekly

Nadia, Brandon Beemer, and their home (and bathtub!) were featured in the pages of In Touch Weekly‘s October 31, 2011 issue.

Runway Magazine

By Jessica Bickle
Summer 2010 Issue

Nadia Bjorlin in Runway MagazineThis striking beauty is probably best know for her role as Chloe Lane on the daytime drama, Days of our Lives; however, what fans may not know is that Nadia Bjorlin has worked in both music and film.  Nadia began her music career at the age of 6 performing with two of her brother in the Bjorlin Trio, according to Nadia-Bjorlin.com. After high school, she joined the cast of Days of our Lives.  In 2007, she starred in the independent film, If I Had Known I Was A Genius, which featured Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone and Tara Reid.  In addition, she also starred in the film, Redline, with a cast that included Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips.

With several upcoming projects ranging from acting to writing to producing, it’s a wonder how Nadia even has time to keep up with the current fashion trends.  But, it seems she has come up with her own method of developing her fashion sense over the years, whether it is through her characters keeping up with the times on-screen, or by favoring designers whose fashion works for her body and personality.

Runway Magazine: What fashion trends have you seen evolve on Days of our Lives since you filmed your first episode in November 1999?

Nadia Bjorlin: When I first started, it was cool to wear baby t-shirts, plaid miniskirts, bedazzled accessories, lots of hair ornaments, glitter lip gloss and knee length cardigans!  Fashion has evolved on the show as it has in real life.  I definitely think fashion is back to feminine, classic and timeless, and what we wear on the show reflects that now.

RM: Has working on Days of our Lives influenced your personal fashion choices?

NB: Absolutely.  I’ve realized what works on my body type, which is THE single most important rule to follow in fashion.  I don’t believe in wearing current trends if they don’t flatter your body or sensibility.  Also, I’ve realized the importance of tailoring your clothes.  You can buy an inexpensive dress, have it altered perfectly to your body and make it look like a million bucks.


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