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Days of Her Life

By Adam Albright-Hanna
October 2009 Issue

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Fans of the iconic daytime program Days of Our Lives know the character Chloe Lane as the opera-singing beauty who  disappeared in 2003, only to return in November of 2007. While Chloe can be mysterious, the person behind the role is  the open and honest actress Nadia Bjorlin, whose amazing talents are keeping her extremely busy.

“Growing up I started with music, which then segued into musical theater and eventually television and film, right out  of high school,” Nadia says, in regards to how she broke into television from music. “I don’t think I ever really had to  transition from one to the other because I’ve been pretty fortunate so far in my career in that I’ve been able to have  the best of both worlds. My singing has often been incorporated into a lot of projects I’ve worked on. For example, my  character, Chloe Lane, on Days of our Lives is an opera singer. It was a prerequisite for the role to be able to sing.  So I’ve been lucky enough to get to sing while I act!”

While Days was Nadia’s big break, she had actually never seen the show before getting the gig.  “I was definitely  missing out!” she says.  After landing the role, she’s appeared on the show on and off for the past ten years. What does  the experience mean to her?  “It will always be a huge part of who I am because I practically grew up on the show,” she  explains. “I’ve spent almost half my life there! The cast and crew of that show are like family to me now.”

Besides Days, Nadia is currently working on an album with two of her brothers, Ulf and Jean-Paul.  “We’re ‘The Bjorlin Trio,'” she says, and the genre is “classical crossover, similar to Andrea Bocelli or Josh Groban.”  What inspired  the family to work together?  “We grew up playing and singing classical music together, so this feels very natural. Our  father, the late Maestro Ulf Bjorlin, was a renowned conductor and composer, so it runs in the family.”


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Vanity Fair Italy

Nadia and Brandon Beemer were featured in the August 26, 2009 issue of Italy’s Vanity Fair.

Fixation Magazine

Nadia appeared on the cover and in the pages of Fixation Magazine‘s August 2008 Issue with Brandon Beemer. The magazine was featured on newsstands in southern California.

Nadia #1 Search on Yahoo!

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Nadia Bjorlin of NBC’s Days of our Lives and feature film Redline was the #1 Top Search on Yahoo for June 16 and 17, 2008.  Redline is featured on Starz network this month and Nadia is part of the ensemble musical group, The Bjorlin Trio, with her two brothers Ulf and Jean-Paul.

The actress was a presenter on the live ABC telecast of the Daytime Emmys on June 20.
 

 

 

 

 

Coexistence

Angel Eyes

Coexistence – 2007 Issue

Coexistence 2Nadia Bjorlin’s life began on August 2nd in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the fifth child out of six of Ulf and Fary Bjorlin. When Nadia was two months old, the Bjorlin family moved to Sweden,  her father’s native country. Nadia’s father was a conductor and composer of classical music, which Nadia grew to love.

For those of you who don’t know who Nadia is, Nadia has been a popular star on NBC’s, Days of our Lives. Earlier in 2007, Nadia was the lead actress in the octane adrenaline film, Redline. She starred along  side Eddie Griffin and some of the world’s most exotic supercars.

Nadia Bjorlin as Darwin would describe is evolution at its best. Not only is our Swedish-Iranian actress stunning like a muse, but she has the brains to back it up as well.  You can catch Nadia once again on Days of our Lives  and also, be on the lookout of Nadia’s upcoming music career. She and her siblings once again are embarking on their previous successful music cameo.

Q. Did you face any difficulties when growing up in Sweden? Were there any levels of racism you encountered since you are half-Iranian?
A. I had a really wonderful childhood with extremely loving parents and lots of siblings to lean on, so I was oblivious to any racial tensions going on in Sweden at the time. I never went to school in Sweden, but some of my  siblings did, and they did experience some torment from classmates. There wasn’t a large Persian community at all in Sweden at the time, and I suppose ignorance breeds racism.

Q. Being of Iranian descent, have you encountered any difficulty in entering the American mainstream market?
A. I don’t think it necessarily has to do with the Iranian descent, but looking different and not being identifiable in any ONE category can be helpful in some ways and difficult in others. People can usually never guess my  ethnic background, so I can use that as an advantage in being seen for roles of different ethnicities. The problem is when you don’t look Persian, Swedish, Italian, Russian, American, or whatever, enough! It can be frustrating to  not be stereotypical.

Q. A lot of our readers want to know, can you speak Farsi?
A. No, unfortunately, I don’t. I understand, especially when I’m being reprimanded by my mother! Ha! Kidding…kind of. I was born after the Revolution in Iran, and I don’t want to recite a history lesson, but at the time, Iranians  were not looked highly upon in most places of the world, I believe. Frankly, my mother was frightened to teach her younger children Farsi to spare us from racism. My oldest sister, Katja, is fluent in Farsi and my older brother,  Kaj, and other sister, Kamilla, also speak a little.


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Interviews – April/May 2007

Nadia on Playboy Radio
Nadia was interviewed on Playboy Radio on April 10.  The show was heard by SIRIUS radio subscribers on the Playboy Radio channel 198.

Nadia on The Tom Green Live Show
Nadia appeared on The Tom Green Live Show on April 11 along with friend, Lance Bass.

Nadia on CNN Headline News (California)
Nadia appeared on CNN Headline News in southern California on May 3.  She was interviewed for a segment about celebrities and their causes.

Celebrity Car

April 2007
In the movie Redline she drives some of the most amazing cars in the world…but which one is her favorite?

We first saw her on the popular daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives where she played a mysterious young opera singer named Chloe Lane. Now she’s driving some of the most exotic cars in the world in the movie  Redline.

Introducing Nadia Bjorlin…

Born in the United States and raised in Sweden, Bjorlin, 26, has lived a very cultured life. Daughter of a famous music conductor and composer of classical music, Bjorlin grew up with a refined appreciation of the  arts, even performing professionally when she was only 6. After being with various orchestras, she went on to compete in several vocal competitions around the world.

Then came acting. She soon landed Days of Our Lives and shortly thereafter, Hollywood began to take notice.

“Well, let’s see. I’m a Leo. I like long walks in the rain, puppy dogs, and rainbows,” she laughs. “I’m kinda sarcastic as well.”

But she’s serious about her acting career.
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21 Magazine

Nadia appeared on the cover and in the pages of 21 Magazine, which hit the news stands March/April 2007 (Spring Issue).

NYLA Magazine

The Swede Sound of Music

Written by Nima Ghazai; Photos by Gerry Garcia
NYLA Magazine – July 2006 Issue

Persian-Swedish actress Nadia Bjorlin talks about life as the daughter of famous European composer, her role as Chloe Lane in NBC’s Days of Our Lives, and her pursuit of becoming the next Wonder Woman.

Nadia in NYLA MagazineIt’s a common dream of young kids to grow up with aspirations of becoming a star musician, whether it’s ruminations of rock stardom or a fancy for the philharmonic. But few people can boast a family rich in musical  talent, unless, of course, you are Nadia Bjorlin, the daughter of the late world-renowned Swedish classical composer, Ulf Bjorlin. In such a case, it would be adamantly expected of you to follow in your father’s footsteps as  an opera singer.

Unless, of course, you are Nadia Bjorlin.

“You hear horror stories of ‘stage parents,’ when it comes to acting or music, but my father was so non-intimidating in that he allowed me to develop my own style,” Bjorlin says. “My mom was so proud too, but she never  pushed anything either.”  It should be no surprise either that two of her brothers are nearing the pinnacle of their respective musical academia; one, a full-fledged opera singer, is working on a Masters at Juilliard, while  the other was schooled at the Manhattan School of Music. Having this type of pedigree sans the inherent pressures made it easy for Nadia to explore her inner talent.

Not only was her father her biggest supporter, but he provided each child with a separate teacher for every aspect of music. He never actually gave any piano lessons because he didn’t want to put any extra pressure upon  Nadia or any of her other siblings. “I started off with classical music, played the harp and flute along with the piano at age 6,” Nadia remembers. “My brothers would then pick different instruments so that we could play together as a band.”

Nadia was the fifth of six children born to Ulf Bjorlin and his Persian wife, Fary, while the couple was in America for a symphony in 1980. Soon thereafter, the family returned to Stockholm, Sweden where Nadia was raised.  At the age of 7, she relocated to Florida and then moved to New York for the second half of high school before arriving in California.

Although her talent in classical music emanated from her exposure to the genre by her father, Nadia’s love for it is not exclusive. She is currently segueing into the mainstream facet of music. “I’ve sort of moved into a  little bit of Pop and R&B.  I’m working on a soon to be released album right now with a French-Canadian artist Barnev Valsaint, who’s been touring with Celine Dion.”
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2006 Press & News Archives

Out of Practice (CBS) Guest Appearance

Nadia recently taped a guest appearance on the CBS show, Out of Practice on January 10, 2006. Her episode will air on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 8 pm ET/PT.


If I Had Known I was a Genius

Nadia will begin filming on the movie If I Had Known I was a Genius on February 15, 2006. As previously reported, the film will star Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, and Tara Reid with a possible release date in late 2006/early 2007.


Redline — OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Former daytime beauty, Nadia Bjorlin, has been cast as one of the leads in Chicago Pictures auto thriller, Redline.  In January she completed principal photography in the comedy, If I Had Known I Was A Genius, with Sharon Stone and Whoopie Goldberg. Bjorlin was most recently seen in Out of Practice and Jake In Progress.

Also starring in Redline is Eddie Griffin (Date Movie and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo) and Nathan Phillips (Snakes on a Plane) and will feature a cameo from Wyclef Jean, who is scoring the movie.

The film is being directed by Andy Cheng, who has worked as a stunt coordinator on such films as The New World, Collateral, The Rundown and the Rush Hour movies.

Bjorlin is also one of the actresses being considered for the role of Wonder Woman.

Westlake Magazine

A Remarkable Composition Of Talent and Beauty 

By Rebecca Gray
Westlake Magazine – Fall 2005 Issue

Actress and singer Nadia Bjorlin, along with her five brothers and sisters, have been compared to ‘The Sound Of Music’s Von Trapp family’ in their earlier years. The Bjorlin family may very  well be the finest composition ever produced by their father, the late world-renowned Swedish classical music composer, Ulf Bjorlin Sr.

Nadia Bjorlin, who played ‘Chloe Lane’ on NBC’s Daytime Drama Days of our Lives for the last six years, recently said good-bye to her cast and crew and moved to primetime television. She describes her new one-hour dramedy series, Sex, Love and Secrets, as a contemporary Melrose Place with the narration and comic relief of Desperate Housewives. The UPN show which recently premiered on September  27th, 2005, airs on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The series features a talented cast including other screen stars like Denise Richards and Eric Balfour. “My character, Meg (a flight attendant), is a modern-day Betty  Paige…carefree and spirited.” says Bjorlin.  Silver Lake, California will replace Days’ town of Salem for Bjorlin in Sex, Love and Secrets.

In addition to the multitude of talents that have been bestowed on the Bjorlin family, Nadia and her five siblings are incredibly striking in appearance. The handsome Swedish father and their exotic Persian mother, Fary  Bjorlin, lived and traveled around the world until her father passed away from Leukemia in 1993. Nadia was seven years old when she moved from Sweden to America and resided in Palm Beach, Florida. She learned English by studying  television programs. Now her repertoire of languages includes Swedish, German, Danish, Italian, French, a little Russian and English of course. Equally impressive is the fact that she studied opera and dance in addition to  playing the piano, flute, guitar and harp. Each sibling plays at least one musical instrument and they are multi-lingual. “Playing the piano was a prerequisite in the Bjorlin family,” chuckles Nadia.

Her brother, the handsome Ulf Bjorlin Jr., one year older than Nadia, is featured in this issue’s fashion spread with Nadia. Ulf, who also plays several musical instruments, above all the trombone, is also a film and  television actor who hopes to produce one day. The eldest sister, Katja, a towering 5’10” former high fashion model (who was once the face of Christian Dior) is now living in Sweden with her husband and three children. Kaj,  the oldest brother, a former concert pianist, now owns and operates his own Los Angeles based computer-consulting firm. Kamilla, her beautiful sister who landed in the middle of this line up, is also an actress and an established  dance choreographer. And last but not least, her youngest brother, Jean-Paul is currently graduating with his masters from the prestigious Juilliard University and is yet another talented chip off the Bjorlin block. Nadia says,  tongue in cheek, “I like to credit myself for playing a significant role in my younger brother, Jean-Paul’s future stardom.”

The three youngest, Ulf Jr., Nadia and Jean-Paul were also known as the “Bjorlin Trio” while growing up, making special appearances, opening for symphony concerts and performing together for various stage productions.  All of the Bjorlin children grew up and proved to be accomplished individuals, excelling in all facets of the performing arts and the family remains very close. Nadia’s extremely proud Mother, Fary, travels between her homes in Sweden and America and is one of her closest friends and advisors. Nadia is clearly a fine composition of talent and beauty.

2005 Press & News Archives

TV Guide and Wonder Woman

TV Guide’s “It’s on the Letters” recently mentioned the movie “Wonder Woman” and Nadia.

“My husband and I are unhappy with the names being tossed around for the lead in the Wonder Woman movie [The Ausiello Report, 1/9]. With Lynda Carter as the standard, we’d nominate Nadia Bjorlin of Days of Our Lives. Her hair, eyes, complexion and build mirror the comic and TV incarnations far better then Sarah Michelle Gellar or Charisma Carpenter.”
— Carnie Vaughn, Oxford, Ala.


Fitting Image
Soap Opera Digest – March 2005

Stars Reveal Their Strategies for Shaping Up and Slimming Down Taken for a Glide

When Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) went looking for exercise equipment to use at home, she investigated fitness guru Tony Little’s popular Gazelle. “I hate anything cardio, like treadmills,” says Bjorlin. “The Gazelle actually looked kind of fun.”

At RPM Fitness Studio in North Hollywood, Bjorlin received a personal demonstration from Little himself. “She makes this machine look wonderful!” he smiled. The low-impact glider so impressed Bjorlin that she also ordered one on the spot for her mother. “She has back problems, so this will be the perfect exercise machine for her to use,” enthuses the actress.

— Devin Owens


FishBowl.com — Coming Out with Reichen

Nadia has recently joined the internet radio show as a co-host on TheFishBowl.com, called “Coming Out With Reichen”. The host, Reichen Lehmkuhl, was a winner on CBS’s “Amazing Race 4” in 2003.

Nadia says this about her experience:

“I love doing this radio show with Reichen, it is a safe place for people of all ages, race and religion to come to and talk about their issues about coming out. Suicide is the #1 killer among gay teens because of the pressures they face from their peers and their families. On the radio show I am the token “straight” voice for people wanting to come out. We also talk about religion, spirituality, safe sex and many issues that concern us today. I think as a celebrity there is a responsibility that comes with the territory.”

“Coming Out With Reichen” airs Tuesdays – 8:00 p.m.ET/5:00PT on TheFishBowl.com.


Jake in Progress

As announced previously on Nadia-Bjorlin.com, Nadia will be appearing in a guest spot in John Stamos’ new show, Jake in Progress. The show is a mid-season replacement on the ABC television network, and will premiere on March 17, 2005 (with a sneak preview on March 13).

Nadia’s guest-spot on Jake in Progress will air on March 24 at 8/7 pm Central.


Barenaked Ladies Variety Show

Nadia recently shot a pilot episode featuring the Canadian band, The Barenaked Ladies in a comedy/variety show. The project is in development.


On the Fly
Soap Opera Weekly – March 2005

12 Questions in 12 Minutes with Days’ Nadia Bjorlin
Besides guesting on the premiere of ABC’s Jake in Progress, a role in the FOX pilot Barenaked Ladies and recording an album, Nadia Bjorlin is back as Days of our Lives’ tortured heroine, Chloe. That is, when she’s not being squired about town by her beau, Bruce Willis.

1. What was it like working with John Stamos on Jake in Progress?
He’s mesmerizingly gorgeous, still. He’s a nice guy, easygoing and has no ego whatsoever. It was fun working with him.

2. What can you share about your pilot, Barenaked Ladies?
It’s based on the Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies, which is hugely successful. It’s a half-hour comedy in the genre of Scrubs. It’s got that same insane humor. It’s all about the guys in the band. They’re playing themselves. Chris Williams, Vanessa Williams’ brother, is the band manager. I play his assistant, Kiki. We tour with the band, and I am the object of their fantasies and lust.

3. Do you ever get tired of playing the sexpot?
I can’t complain. It’s funny, because I don’t consider myself “the hot girl.” Yet, that’s the role they keep giving me. I take it as a compliment, though.

4. Did you always know you had a flair for comedy?
Kind of. At fan events, I’ve always had people tell me, “You’re really funny.” I know that comedy is different from just being funny, but I like it. Hopefully, it shows.

5. Despite other projects, you keep coming back to Days. Why?
I can’t get enough (laughs)! I can’t break the ties. I love Days so much. It’s been my home for the past five years. And they’ve been kind enough to let me come back recurring.

6. Obviously, Days wants you to sign a contract. Are you considering it?
That’s something I’m always thinking about. I can’t write it off and ‘no’ right away. I’ll have to see what happens with this whole pilot thing — or if something else comes my way.

7.  In the event Days recasts, how would you feel seeing Chloe in the hands of another actress?
I’ll be very jealous, very critical and I won’t like it at all. I’ll always see Chloe as being my baby. I don’t know if I’d want to watch [a recast]. There might be regret there.

8.  What’s it been like playing Chloe all scarred and battered?
It sucks to have to put all the scars and bandages on, but then it makes you think about people who go through this in real life. It humbles you. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have the real thing and have to put up with that pain. I like the fact that my character has always had some sort of trauma. That makes her more real and helps people with their own issues.

9.  Are there any perks to palying a hospital patient?
I never have to go to wardrobe for fittings. I’m always in scrubs, so I’m comfortable. That’s a bonus. And not having to wear any make-up.

10.  You’ve barely worked with Kyle Lowder (Brady). Do you miss that?
Though I’m not directly working with him, I see him all the time. He’s there every time I’m at the studio.

11.  What would be your ultimate Chloe/Brady reunion scene?
Hopefully, it will be me playing Chloe [laughs]. That’s my ultimate fantasy. I haven’t thought much farther than that.

12.  What can you share about your love life and Bruce Willis?
Honestly, I’m sorry to give you the boring quote, but I can’t comment on my personal life. I’ve learned that it’s just not a good idea.

– By Janet Di Lauro


Sex, Love, & Secrets (UPN)

Nadia has shot the pilot for “Sex, Love, and Secrets” (formerly named “Wildlife” and “Sex, Lies, and Secrets”). The show has been picked up by UPN, and the cast will begin taping episodes in July 2005. Nadia portrays a “love ’em and leave ’em” flight attendant, however it is unknown at this time if she will be a recurring or contract player.”Sex, Love, and Secrets” will air on UPN on Tuesday nights 9pm/ET.


Days of our Lives Fan Weekend

Nadia attended the Days of our Lives fan weekend, held in Studio City the weekend of June 3-5, 2005. She attended the Friday and Sunday events and met fans from all over the United States and Canada.

Are you wondering why Nadia did not attend the Saturday fan events? She was busy attending good friend Susan Ward’s wedding. Guess who caught the bouquet?

The end of Days of our Lives?
The rumors are flying rampant about Nadia’s exit from Days of our Lives, and the rumors are true. Nadia posted this on the Nadia-Bjorlin.com Forums:

“So, for anyone who wasn’t at the events last weekend, I sort of officially announced that I’m leaving the show. Again. I know Farah had said something, but it wasn’t really known yet, and I think she was assuming. TPTB have decided to wrap up the Chloe and Brady storyline…but I think it will be a great ending….unless I’m back again 3 weeks later! Who knows….

But the new UPN show has asked me to do some more episodes of “Sex, Love and Secrets”, which is great, and if everyone watches, they might let me stay, and have a job. But I promise you all that I really do let you know when something is definitive. I don’t like to speak too soon.”


Goodbye Chloe!

Questions have been pouring in regarding Chloe’s wedding dress — it was specially designed by Days’ Costume Designer Richard Bloore. Richard Bloore had this to say about the dress: “It’s really tough to make her [Nadia] look bad. It’s not a dress for everybody and she knows how to work it. She loved it and she felt really comfortable in it and carried it off.”

Questions have also been pouring in about “Forever Yours,” the song that Chloe and Brady (Kyle Lowder) sang at their wedding. It is not being released on an album at this time, but if Ken Corday decides to release it to the general public, you’ll read it here first!


One on One with Nadia Bjorlin
Soapcity.com – September 2005

It’s finally happened! Brady and Chloe have tied the knot! All those BROE fans out there certainly couldn’t be happier as their favorite couple exchanged vows in a lavish and luscious ceremony, followed by a reception that has truly pulled out all the stops. We sat down with one half of BROE, Nadia Bjorlin, to get her take on the couple and all its history.

Soapcity: Do you have any favorite Brady/Chloe moments?
Nadia: I would say probably my favorite moments are always when we’ve had a chance to sing together, no matter what it is. We always had a really good time doing that. With The Sound of Music stuff, even if some of it was maybe slightly “corny” or whatever you want to call it, we actually had a good time doing it. Some of the more memorable moments were us singing together.

Soapcity: Did you like the song you did for the wedding?
Nadia: Yes. It was really nice.

Soapcity: The couple was separated for so long, but they still remained extremely popular. Does that surprise you?
Nadia: Am I surprised?! No. Why have they? I think it’s because they had such a good beginning; it was such a good set-up especially with the whole music thing. It kind of made people fall in love with them to begin with. They were both sort of angry, troubled kids, so to speak. We sort of watched them grow up in a sense together. Then there wasn’t much closure when Chloe left the first time. In that sense, it was like, okay, Brady loved her so much, that’s why he let her go. And that’s really, really sweet! It’s one of those love stories where you go “come on!” It’s just too good to be true. I think that’s why there’s that devotion to them because it was love waiting to happen. It’s the kind of stuff that people dream of.

Soapcity: When Brady finally did find Chloe again at the airport, was that emotional for you and for the couple?
Nadia: It was and it was slightly frustrating, that whole cape thing for like two or three days, before he actually saw her! It was, but in a sense I’d seen Kyle so much, so it wasn’t like I missed him. But I think there was this whole anticipation for months and months and months, we were waiting for it, too. Come on, when is this going to happen? It was nice and just the energy that day between Kyle, Arianne and myself was really great those couple of days. It was nice to just let it all out, why Chloe had done what she’d done. I would say they were high-powered moments for all of us, in real life. And for Chloe, well, I have a hard time differentiating between the two.

Soapcity: Did you like the touch that Brady couldn’t see Chloe’s scars?
Nadia: I think it was sweet. I think they quickly segued into it being more like he saw them but her inner beauty shone through. I don’t think it could’ve continued with him saying, “no, there’s nothing wrong with you” because it couldn’t have gone anywhere. He would’ve thought there was something wrong with her. He wouldn’t have sent her to a doctor; he would’ve sent her to a shrink! I guess in the end it was a sweet touch to say, listen, it’s irrelevant because I actually don’t see them because it doesn’t bother me at all.

Soapcity: Do you think there was part of Chloe, during the separation, that really wanted Brady to move heaven and earth to find her?
Nadia: Oh, of course! Doesn’t every girl?! There’s always that part of you, when you’re trying to do something and you’re thinking it’s for the better, you kind of go, but I’m not happy. This isn’t how I thought things would be or wanted things. And of course, there’s always that aspect of, gee, I wish I was hot!

Soapcity: How was the wedding? Besides really long?!
Nadia: It was actually a lot of fun. As long as the work hours were. We were there a long time. I think I was there eighteen hours a day. I don’t even know. It was sweet and it was kind of fun to spend our last week with everybody. People we haven’t really had a chance to work with or really see in any other circumstance. That was kind of fun. Because the scenes were so big, there was a lot of good down time to sort of talk to each other and have fun. Amongst the seriousness and the vows and things that were so sweet, a lot of it was very real. It felt very real. It was us coming to that point in life after we’d sort of grown up together there. We just kind of looked at each other and went “wow.”


DAYS: Bjorlin on Exit
Soap Opera Digest – September 13, 2005

Nadia Bjorlin will bid farewell to Salem – again – when Brady and Chloe go off on their long honeymoon.

“Once again it’s bittersweet,” sighs the actress, who first left Salem in 2003. “But I really like how it’s ending. It’s kind of been nice to work these long, hard days and nights leading up to the end. I think it’s definitely different for Kyle [Lowder, Brady] because he has been working nonstop and this is the first time that he is leaving.”

Bjorlin won’t be off the small screen for long: Fans can catch her on UPN’s fall series SEX, LOVE AND SECRETS, on which she has a recurring role. “I’m in the first two episodes of the season, but I think they’re working on episode number five now and I’m not in so far, so we’ll see,” she notes. “You can’t really put all your eggs in one basket. I’m just thankful for any work. So, it’s back to the grind and back to reality of going out there and being able to audition. I haven’t been able to audition because I’ve been under contract here for the past three months.”

The actress has enjoyed coming and going from Salem. “It’s been amazing,” she raves. “It felt like I’d been on contract the whole time, like I never left. People were very nice and welcoming. And I’ll be back to visit; I can’t stay away from this place, but of course it’ll be weird.”

And she isn’t ruling out a return. “This place has been very good to me. I’ve loved it,” she smiles. “I love the fans, I love the people, love everyone here. I actually went today and looked at the work schedule for the next three weeks and I was kind of hoping my name was on there somewhere. I’m such a geek. So, you never know. I might be back after the honeymoon.”


NBC Gossip : Bridal Rave
Soap Opera Digest – September 20, 2005

Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe) says she was able to find some humorous moments during the long hours of taping the Brady/Chloe wedding.

“We were joking around in rehearsals because Belle fainted during the wedding and I was like, ‘This wedding is so not about me,'” she laughs.  “Belle said to Chloe, ‘I’ve ruined your wedding,’ and in rehearsal, I said, ‘My friend, Martha [Madison, Belle].  It’s all about Martha.  Martha, Martha, Martha.’ I couldn’t use Belle because Martha works so perfectly in the ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia’ [from the Brady Bunch] way.  There was a lot of laughing.  As hard as the hours were, we actually had a really good time.”

And she reports, her on-screen parents got sentimental.  “Kevin Spirtas [Craig] and Patrika Darbo [Nancy] had their cameras and were like, ‘Oh, my baby’s getting married.’  I said, ‘Guys, it’s not real.  You’ll be invited to my real wedding when it happens!'”


Nadia’s 3rd SoapTalk Appearance

Nadia appeared on SoapNet’s SoapTalk on October 19, 2005. She dished with hosts, Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway about Days of our Lives, Sex, Love & Secrets, her love life, and other current projects.

A Date with Nadia Bjorlin…

Nadia recently attended a charity event for Project Playhouse on Saturday, October 22, 2005. Nadia co-hosted the event with Chuck Dreyer, and ended up auctioning herself off for a date with a winning bid was $6,000. All proceeds from the event benefit HomeAid Orange County.


Holiday Greetings from Nadia

Nadia’s latest post at the Nadia-Bjorlin.com Forums (Dec. 2005):

“I wanted to share with you all that I got a supporting role in a movie called “If I Had Known I was a Genius” , which is a comedy starring Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pink (the singer). I’m very excited about it, and it starts shooting in January. I’ll keep you posted on any other happenings. Your support helps me so much, and I thank you for that. I never forget how great you all are…”

Nadia will begin filming If I Had Known I Was a Genius in mid-February 2006.

2003 Press Archives

STYLE FILE
Soap Opera Digest – January 7, 2003

How would you describe your personal style?
“I’ve always been myself,” says Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS). “I don’t think I’m influenced by what I see, or by what other people do. I’ve never been that way. I love jeans; I love being comfortable in everyday life, but I also love being dressed up. If anything, I think I dress up more than other people do for events. I think it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. I gravitated toward certain colors like black or blue, and I’ve started to appreciate color more since I’ve come on the show. I used to never wear red, and now I wear it all the time.”


DAYS STARS ON THEIR EXITS 
Soap Opera Digest – March 4, 2003

As previously reported, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Kevin Spirtas (Craig), and Patrika Darbo (Nancy) will exit Salem in the late spring. Here’s what the trio has to say about their upcoming departures… 

“I’m going to have withdrawal anxieties when I leave,” sighs Bjorlin, whose contract extension expires in May. “But I felt like I wanted to move on and try other things now. Not because I don’t love where I am, but because I’m growing and it’s a progression. I want to see what else is out there. DAYS is so wonderful that maybe they’ll have me back one day.”

Darbo understands Bjorlin’s desire to go. “On a personal note, the saddest thing about daytime is scheduling,” reflects the actress. “I think so many of the young actors want to spread their wings, but want to stay at the same time. Unfortunately, they can’t have both. I just wish there was a way that it could be worked out.”

Spirtas is positive about the change. “I think our great five year run has been a blessing. I celebrate that it ever was, not that it’s coming to an end,” he says. “Patrika and I both worked before the show, and I think we’ll continue to. The fans are very loyal and supportive. I know that they’re angry that we’re leaving, but I feel liberated; there’s more than Craig Wesley within me. There’s more than Nancy Wesley within Patrika.”

As for how the Wesley family will leave town, Bjorlin comments: “I hope it’s a nice ending. I hope they keep the door open. Maybe the whole family will leave together; maybe they’ll be back, you never know what the future holds.”


DAYS STAR CRIES: DON’T KILL ME!
Soap Opera Weekly – March 11, 2003 

Details about Nadia Bjorlin’s dramatic Days of our Lives exit this summer remain the best kept secret in the soap world. “I have heard some strange rumors, but they’re not telling me anything,” insists Bjorlin, who has played Chloe Lane since 1999. “I just hope they don’t kill me. Then, I’d never be able to come back.”

Regardless, the actress stands by her decision to move on. “My dream is to pursue other aspects of the medium,” explains Bjorlin, who has already started making the audition rounds. “Years from now, I won’t be able to forgive myself if I don’t at least try. I’d like to do film, nighttime television, maybe a sitcom…I’d also like to try to do Broadway one day, and pursue my music career. Unfortunately, because of time constraints and the commitment to the show, Days couldn’t allow me to do other things, so I have to leave.”

While Bjorlin will miss the cast and crew – “Those people became my family; it feels like I’m leaving home” – it will be especially difficult to bid adieu to her TV parents, Patrika Darbo, and Kevin Spirtas (Nancy and Craig). “Even when we are not working together, I call them Mom and Dad.” she shares. “I’ve learned a lot from them and will always be grateful to them.”

Bjorlin’s fans, no doubt, will find it equally difficult to say goodbye to Chloe, particularly since it means the end of the Brady/Chloe romance. What does Bjorlin wish for on-screen love Kyle Lowder (Brady)? “Oh! I want him to grieve, for years and have a flashback of Chloe every day,” she giggles. “Then, eventually they can cast somebody else for him.”

Since “Broe” fans will ultimately be left broken-hearted, Bjorlin has wondered if her exit might pave the way for an off-camera Philip and Chloe reunion. “It would definitely cause some drama if all of a sudden Chloe had this drastic revelation [about Philip],” poses Bjorlin. “I don’t know how people will respond to it. I don’t know if it sounds strange or neurotic or if Chloe would come off as a little bit crazy. Who knows? Maybe it would make half the fans happy because, at this point, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to be happy.”


Sweet Sorrow
Soap Opera Digest – June 17, 2003

It won’t come as any surprise to DAYS fans when Chloe leaves Salem on June 13. Her portrayer, Nadia Bjorlin, announced her decision to go last year, then signed on for an additional six months to wrap up her storyline. This week, Brady puts his love for Chloe aside and encourages her to take the singing gig with Cecilia Marin. With a kiss and a song, a heartbroken Chloe bids farewell to Brady and Salem.

THE GOODBYE GIRL
On the day before her last at DAYS, Nadia Bjorlin sat down for one final interview.

Digest: How are you feeling?
Bjorlin: Right now, I’m feeling okay because I haven’t even really touched my dressing room, but I think I’m going to start cleaning things out of there today and it’s pretty upsetting. It’s depressing. I don’t feel like I’m going to leave, and then tomorrow I’m going to get one of those [farewell] cakes. I cry at everyone else’s little cake parties. I’m going to hate mine. So, it’s a good and a bad feeling. There’s a comfort of seeing everyone here and having them here everyday. Now, I’m on my own again. There’s that anxiety, I guess. Plus, I loved doing this show. I had the best experience ever here. But, Chloe’s exit is so great that there’s always the opportunity to come back, like, next week if I want to. “Here I am! Surprise!”

Digest: Does it feel like the end?
Bjorlin: Yeah, it does feel like the end. People are saying things like, “I won’t be here tomorrow, so I want to say good-bye.” That makes me sad. It’s messing with me a little bit. Plus, the way the storyline has gone – it’s surreal. I’m so used to being there on the burner, I guess, and now all of a sudden, it’s coming to an end. Chloe wants to stay in Salem and not follow her dream anymore, but Brady basically makes her and pushes her away, and it’s kind of strange. The storyline is different, so I guess I do feel like it’s coming to an end.

Digest: Did you wrestle with the decision to leave?
Bjorlin: Oh, God, yeah. It wasn’t easy, but I had to follow my instincts. I weighed the options. The options were great here. I did like the fact that I got to stay that extra six months. That was nice, because I dealt with the fact that Jay [Kenneth Johnson, ex-Philip] left and there were changes on the show. So, at least now, I wasn’t the first one to leave. You see a couple of people leave and you get used to it; there’s more closure, too.

Digest: Were you aware of the rumors that Chloe would be killed off? 
Bjorlin: Yeah! It started worrying me for a little bit because the fans, who know things before anybody else does, put these things on my Web site, and I was like, “What if it’s true?” I would’ve dealt with that if it happened, but I’m happy it didn’t. That was a comfort knowing that the character was going to be well taken care of and the option was always there to come back. But maybe they won’t want me back later [laughs]!

Digest: How has DAYS changed you?
Bjorlin: Oh, they’ve completely ruined me here! I’m just joking. I’m a product whore. When I came here, I’d sort of been doing “the business” for my entire life, but I’d never been in one place for so long and made a family. I was younger and inexperienced, right out of school. It was different, so fast-paced here. I felt really comfortable right away and got into it. Everyone became my family. It was surreal coming and surreal leaving. The people here have been great and you learn so much about yourself. You learn about life, and not only about business, but about the little social community that’s here.

Digest: What will you miss the most?
Bjorlin: Obviously, the people. I’ll miss my daily gossip session. I guess on a superficial note, I’m going to miss having my hair washed and brushed and blow-dried and made all pretty and having someone put makeup on me. Especially the hair part. I’ve gotten so lazy, I barely brush my hair when I’m not working. Now, I’m going to have to start working out my arm muscles to hold the blow-dryer.

Digest: What won’t you miss?
Bjorlin: Getting up super early in the morning, the long hours and also the fact that you can’t really plan a life. You have to sort of live your life around the show. I got used to it, but it’s interesting that I don’t have that schedule. I’m like, “Hey, I can take a vacation for a couple weeks.” Maybe go to Europe for the summer because it feels like I haven’t been for years.

Digest: What are your plans?
Bjorlin: I have no immediate plans: I have to go find some other work – get on the unemployment bus and just get out there. I didn’t even really think about it until now. It’s sort of like the doomsday countdown. Tomorrow is it. Now, I have to go out there and see what else the world has to offer.

Digest: Would you rule out a return to daytime?
Bjorlin: I can’t rule out anything in life. I don’t know what’s going to happen in my future, so it’ll be hard to say I’m not coming back – and then maybe I will. Or say I will and maybe not. I live by fate and I think whatever is meant to happen, happens. I’m going to have to go by that and follow my heart and instincts, work as hard as I can and see which direction life takes me.


Short, But Sweet 
Soap Opera Digest – December 30, 2003

When Nadia Bjorlin left DAYS in June, she said, “I can’t rule out anything” in terms of a return. Well, she’s back, but not for long. Here, she talks about her time away from Salem – and how DAYS got her back.

Digest: What was your first day back like? 
Nadia: At first it was a little bit trippy and surreal, but after an hour, I felt like I had just been here last week. The energy is different. There are so many people gone now that I’m glad I got to avoid all the sad stuff.

Digest: How long was your return in the works? 
Nadia: I think since October. There have been rumors that I’m coming back since I left, which is nice. It’s flattering that it’s not just, ‘Oh, she left, who cares, on to the next.’ They called me in September or October and said, ‘Do you want to come back for Christmas for a week or so?’ I said, ‘That would be great.’

Digest: What have you been up to since you left?
Nadia: Let’s see: absolutely nothing. No, actually, I’ve been working on my music, writing music, and trying to get my album going. It’s a very tedious, long process, though, and I’m hoping the outcome will be great. I’ve also been auditioning, getting close on some things. Right now, I’m sort of up for two movie roles that I’m not supposed to talk about, but you never know. I’m keeping my hopes high and just working at it until something else happens. I’m taking every day and every week as it comes and looking forward to pilot season. It was kind of nice to come back here and get a little fire and get my engine going again.

Digest: Was it hard to get back into the rhythm? 
Nadia: Yes. The first day of dialogue, I kind of felt strangely rusty, like I actually had to study my lines. Usually, I would somehow absorb them through osmosis, but this time I had to make an effort.

Digest: Where is your dressing room?
Nadia: I got the same one, except it’s so different because there’s nothing in here. There’s nothing on the walls. The little things I left in here are still in here, but it’s kind of barren.

Digest: Would you be open to making more appearances in the future?
Nadia: I would definitely be up for it, so we’ll see.

Nadia Bjorlin: Light the Night® Official Ambassador

PRESS COVERAGE

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Nadia Bjorlin named as the official ambassador for “Light the Night” – August 9, 2002

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced that it has named “Days of our Lives” star Nadia Bjorlin as its official ambassador for this year’s “Light The Night®” Walk. Light The Night is the Society’s annual evening event to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nationwide, 220 walks are held by the Society’s 60 chapters.

Bjorlin plays Chloe Lane on “Days of our Lives,” which airs on NBC. Chloe is a reclusive musical prodigy who’s the long lost daughter of the vivacious, saucy Nancy Wesley (Patrika Darbo). This summer, Chloe began a battle with leukemia, and the outcome of her illness has yet to be determined. The “Days of our Lives” writing team is working closely with the Society as it advances the plot.

Unfortunately, the battle against this disease is familiar, difficult terrain for Bjorlin. Her father, Swedish maestro Ulf Bjorlin, Sr. passed away from leukemia in 1993. He was renowned for his dramatic musical compositions and conducting prowess, holding posts with the Stockholm Opera, the Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and Sweden’s National College of Musical Drama. He recorded for EMI and was known for ‘cherishing the artistic and elegant entertainment inherent in serious forms of music.’ Nadia was just 13 when he died.

“My family understands the pain of struggling with a loved one who’s suffering from a blood-related cancer, and we seek to support those who are working to find a cure,” said Bjorlin. “As an ambassador for Light The Night, I’m honored to represent The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help raise funds for vital research and the patient and family services the Society provides.”

As the official Light The Night Ambassador, Bjorlin will make public appearances on behalf of the Society at key Light The Night Walks. Additionally, she will serve as the spokesperson for a series of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society public service announcements that will air nationally and regionally on NBC Television, the network home to “Days of our Lives.” She’ll also appear on walk entry forms that will be distributed nationally, including in the 450 retail locations of Light The Night partner Mrs. Fields Cookies.

“Nadia is uniquely suited for both of the roles she’s playing right now as Chloe and as our Official Ambassador,” said Dwayne Howell, President and CEO, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We believe her ability to reach a significant cross-section of the American population will increase participation in and support for Light The Night. We’re happy that Days of our Lives has so thoroughly supported our cause and that Nadia’s come on board.”

Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors and red for supporters. Funds raised will support the Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


SoapTalk (SoapNet) appearance

On Tuesday, August 13, Nadia appeared on SoapNet’s SoapTalk — co-hosted by Days’ own Lisa Rinna (Billy). Here’s a summary of Nadia’s appearance from SoapTalk’s Web site:

Nadia Bjorlin plays Chloe on Days of our Lives. Nadia’s current storyline hits close to home. Her character was just diagnosed with Leukemia. Nadia’s father passed away from the same disease. Nadia admits that at first, her scenes were very hard to play and she was scared to do them. She had to take it as an actor’s challenge even though it was tough because she had to relive some of the experiences that she went through with her dad. Nadia has learned a lot from playing this storyline. Nadia is touched that many fans have donated money in Nadia’s father’s name to the Leukemia Society.

On a lighter note, Lisa brings up Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo. As Lisa says, Kevin is a kick in the pants. Nadia thinks that they are the best people to work with. Nadia confirms that after playing a prank on Kevin, he chased her naked through the studio as Patrika howled with laughter. Nadia admits that she has a crush on both Ewan MacGregor and Jude Law. Other than the obvious, she thinks that they are both so talented — and the accents don’t hurt either!

Speaking of talented, Nadia shared hers with the SoapTalk audience and sings — in German — a stunning a capella rendition of “Ave Maria”.


TV Guide Online

Nadia Bjorlin has been experiencing some heavy emotional moments portraying Chloe’s bout with leukemia on Days of Our Lives. Even before the story got intense, her onscreen mom, Patrika Darbo (Nancy) was feeling for the young actress. Knowing that Bjorlin’s real-life father, Ulf Bjorlin Sr., succumbed to the illness, Darbo planned to offer her TV daughter an extra dose of TLC.

“I knew this storyline was going to be a little tough for Nadia because of her dad,” she told TV Guide Online. “I always had that in the back of my mind.” Darbo’s answer was to experience any painful memories right along with Bjorlin. “There’s going to be an empathy in Patrika, knowing that what’s happening to Nadia will bring back a loss that she’s already been through,” she candidly shared. Days of Our Lives will air a fictitious “Light the Night Walk,” a fundraising effort that benefits The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, on Sept. 20. The dedicated actresses will both participate in real Light the Night Walks (lightthenight.org) throughout California beginning Sept. 27.


New York Daily News

“I am the ambassador for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” says Nadia Bjorlin, who plays Chloe and whose father (conductor and composer Ulf Bjorlin) died of leukemia. “I have gotten to do some public service announcements, which has been a really good thing, since my family was so affected by this disease.”

The only problem with the episode?

“My character is not even in the ‘Light the Night’ walk!” Bjorlin says. “Chloe is stuck in North Dakota looking for her biological father with Brady, trying to find a bone marrow match. She is supposed to be back in time but she doesn’t make it.”

Chloe does, however, end up in a sleeping bag with Brady.

“Philip will always be her first love,” Bjorlin says, referring to her character’s recently booted boyfriend. “She’s very heartbroken, obviously, that she has been betrayed once again. But this has been a long time coming. Ooh, la la.”

Bjorlin knows that rabid “Days” fans – divided into two camps, PHLOE (for Philip and Chloe) and BROE (for Brady and Chloe) – will be upset.

Of course, Chloe and Brady will grow closer, culminating in a big moment at her 18th birthday party.

Getting closer with Brady won’t rock her character. “I’ve been naked in the stables with Philip, so it’s no big deal,” she says.

Soap Opera Digest

Girls on Film
Soap Opera Digest – August 6, 2002 

How DAYS’s Teen Twosome, Kirsten Storms And Farah Fath, Became Three Of A Kind When Nadia Bjorlin Joined The Group

Digest: Kirsten and Farah, your nicknames for each other are “Peas” and “Carrots.” Now that you are a trio, does Nadia get a vegetable name?
Kirsten Storms (Belle): We gave her one!
Farah Fath (Mimi): What was it?
Storms: Chili Pepper

Digest: How did you pick it?
Storms: It sounded the cutest. We figured that there are a lot of chili pepper items that could be purchased.
Fath: Exactly. Like, if she were to be corn, that’s just bad.
Storms: That’s weird.

Digest: That makes them mixed vegetables, though!
Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe): I was very jealous for a while that they were Peas and Carrots, and I wasn’t anything. Then, they named me “Chili Pepper.” I was happy.
Storms: She wanted to know why we didn’t do corn. Corn is weird. It’s like, “Hey, Corn!” I suggested Cucumber or Pickle, but Patrika [Darbo, Nancy] said, “Watch it.” You can find chili pepper stuff everywhere.

Digest: How did you turn from a duo to a trio?
Fath: Nadia felt left out.
Storms: She did.
Fath: We weren’t doing it on purpose.
Storms: We didn’t think she wanted any part of it. We were always in school together. But when we finished school, we started spending a lot more time with the other cast members, in each other’s dressing rooms and hanging out. It wasn’t like we were a duo. They were all their own groups, so Farah and I were like, “Hey, let’s hang out.”
Fath: “Let’s make our own group.”
Bjorlin: I tried to sneak them away from school. They would hide behind me because I’m big enough to cover them both. They’d hide behind my hair.

Digest: Was it hard to become friendly with them?
Bjorlin: No, I don’t think so. I think from the beginning, I was the third wheel who came in, but they accepted me really quickly and very well. It’s been fun. I don’t have any younger sisters, so I love playing that role.
Digest: Kirsten and Farah, you two were the under-18 gang….
Storms: Now, we’re the over-18 gang. Especially since our birthdays, I think people see us as adults, even though mentally and maturity-wise, we’re exactly the same as we were a few weeks ago.
Fath: I think our birthdays changed a lot of stuff and definitely getting out of school and being done with that whole classroom nonsense.

Digest: Nadia, now that they’re 18, do you feel closer to them?
Bjorlin: I definitely do. I don’t have to censor myself as much, not that I ever really did.

Digest: Do you feel like you have to be more mature now that you’re adults?
Fath: No. Mature people are boring.
Storms: Maturity is way overrated.

Digest: Do you feel more adult now that you’re both living alone?
Fath: Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. When I start seeing the bills in my name, then I feel like an adult.
Storms: When you’re like, “How do I pay them?”
Fath: What do I do with this?”
Bjorlin: I was trying to explain to Farah how a corporation works with taxes, and there was a blank look in her eyes. So much makes sense to me now — how to pay bills, how everything works and balancing checkbooks. I never thought I’d learn that stuff and I did. It’s kind of a fun process, but they’re going to wish that they had some sort of support. If their moms aren’t around, I hope I can be that for them.

Digest: What does Nadia bring to your relationship?
Storms: We definitely get a lot of advice from her. She went through the whole teenage thing not too long ago, so she understands what we’re going through and how we’re doing with friendships and relationships. It’s nice to sit down with someone and have them tell you that you’re doing a good job and encourage you, things like that.
Fath: She’s like the big sister. If she overhears us talking about anything like girlfriends….
Storms: Or not-boyfriends.
Fath: Or not-boyfriends or anything, she puts in her two cents and we’re like, “That makes sense. Thanks.”
Bjorlin: But we all like to cause trouble together, too. We have fun in different ways. Farah cracks me up. I can barely look at her during scenes. We can’t look at each other in the eyes. I think she’s hilarious.

Digest: Do you share clothes?
Storms: There have been a couple of times where Farah’s like, “I tried those pants on, but they didn’t fit me right.” My rear end is two times bigger than Farah’s. I’m like, “I couldn’t pull those up over my butt, but you look great in them.”
Fath: I’m more excited to go into wardrobe for the show now than I ever was because now things fit me. I used to try to pull a pair of pants up and they wouldn’t go over my thighs, but now they fall off me. It was so funny, I had these jeans on one time that made me feel so good. Kirsten’s like, “I almost wore those today.” I was like, “Oh, my God.”
Bjorlin: I’m Amazon woman compared to you two.
Storms: No, I was just saying how everyone’s got something that they don’t like, and I think you have a great body. I’m like, “My boobs are too small.”
Bjorlin: You’re beautifully proportioned in every way. You look like a Barbie doll.
Storms: That’s where we even ourselves out. She’s like, “I don’t like this about me,” and I’m like, “Oh, my God, Nadia, I brought this guy here and he was drooling over you. I was slapping him to pay attention to me.

Digest: What’s the best piece of advice Nadia’s given you?
Storms: I don’t know if we want to get into that. It’s every day with us. Things that I don’t get about girl stuff. I call Nadia and I’m like, “Oh, my God, this happened, you better help me.” Nadia’s all, “Calm down, it’s okay, do this,” It’s such a help. There’s some stuff you don’t want to call your parents about because you’re trying to be independent and be on your own. Why not call another person who’s three years older than you and knows what they’re doing?
Bjorlin: I can’t say that there’s a best piece of advice. This may sound clichéd and cheesy, but I always say follow your heart, your instincts and guts. I was doing the same thing at their age, and I know how hard it is.

Digest: How does your real-life friendship affect what we see on-screen?
Storms: Our characters interact a lot. We find ourselves having these emotional scenes. Sometimes I have a hard time getting in that crying place if I’m having a good day. I don’t want to bring myself down, but having those scenese with Nadia in the hospital, just looking at her and connecting with her, I was in tears. We were looking at each other and the stuff that ran through my mind was, “What if this happened to Nadia?” That was it for me. I was gone.
Bjorlin: Those hospital scenes where I looked at her and was like, “She’s my best friend, and she has been here for everything.” In real life, I want to pretend I’m her big sister or something or be her partner in crime.
Storms: This is my big sister, Nadia. She reprimands me, too. It’s not all fun and games. It’s like, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Bjorlin: I think I’m protective, too. It’s kind of funny. I watch over them. They’re both very beautiful, and guys are going to want to try to get at them and stuff. They’re still naive, but they want to be grown up. I know because I was the same way.