Kayla’s horrified when Joey insists on turning himself in for Ava’s murder on Days of Our Lives (DOOL).
“It’s like a tornado has gone through their family,” says Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), referring to everything the Johnson clan has endured since twisted Ava’s demise. “It’s been over a year since Joey (James Lastovic) put a pillow over Ava’s head, so they have sat with this secret for a long time.
“Then, Jade came into the picture and found out about it. Kayla has really good morals and likes to do the right thing, so this has been interesting for her.”
Protecting Her Son
Yet, Kayla has never had second thoughts about keeping what really happened quiet. “The idea of her son going to prison is something Kayla couldn’t bear,” contends Evans. “So she participated in this coverup. Protecting Joey is like her absolute highest goal.”
Meanwhile, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Joey, who’s wracked with guilt over what he did, have other ideas.
“Joey has said to Steve, ‘I can’t live with this anymore,’” recounts Evans. “Steve is more understanding of this. Kayla’s a little more black and white. Steve sees more the gray and that Joey is a tortured soul, who needs to [confess] to be whole. But Kayla just wants to protect her baby. That’s all she cares about.”
Time to Atone
Steve decides to talk to Roman about his son’s need to atone for killing Ava. Needless to say, the move doesn’t sit well with Kayla.
“It becomes a thing of Kayla against her husband,” explains Evans. “The two of them are on separate sides here. Kayla doesn’t understand why Steve doesn’t try to stop Joey from [confessing]. Instead, he’s almost encouraging him to do it. It’s really tough and it causes a rift between Steve and Kayla.
“The Johnsons, as a family, are really challenged throughout this whole story,” continues Evans. “I loved it. I saved the scripts, because I thought it was such good drama and conflict.”
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