Soap Opera Digest: Kayla, when we first spoke with Tanner for his feature in 2020, he told us how you met on the set of a music video, and it involved a pair of missing sunglasses. Let’s hear your side of the story now.
Kayla Ewell: I wish I still had those sunglasses because if we did, we would frame them because that’s the reason we’re together. Tanner and I were both shooting a music video for an Australian band called Sick Puppies, and we had both left our sunglasses with the makeup artist. He texted me after the shoot and said, “Hey, I can pick up your sunglasses and bring them to you,” and I thought. “What a gentleman. This nice Canadian man is picking up my sunglasses for me. I’m so grateful.”
Tanner Novlan: Little did she know I was holding them ransom.
Ewell (laughs): So, he used them as a way to see me again, which is really kind of romantic. I feel like it’s something you’d write in a Hallmark movie — or a soap opera! So, we met for lunch and I had butterflies in my stomach but I said yes. It was probably a two-hour lunch. I got in my car and I’m driving home and I’m thinking, “What an incredible day,” and I stopped at the red light and I realized I never got my sunglasses. He never gave them to me.
Novlan: I honestly forgot that time. It was my fault. I just forgot.
Ewell: But it was great because it wasn’t about the sunglasses. It was about seeing each other again. I did eventually get them back — so don’t worry — but it was such a cute way of meeting and seeing each other. The best part about the story is you spend your entire life trying to find your person. That’s what you want in life, to find your person to spend the rest of your life with, and I spent a lot of time getting all dolled up and putting makeup on and doing my hair and trying to find someone and then it’s a 4:30 a.m. call time on a music video, I’m barely awake, my hair is a mess and I walked in the trailer and who knew that’s where I’d meet the love of my life?
Novlan: I remember thinking, “Wow. Okay. This is it. There’s no more looking.” It was really natural and easy, and that’s the main thing. It was just always easy.
Ewell: Aw, thanks babe.
Digest: Was there ever any hesitation about dating another actor?
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flashback to 2015 Daddy’s Here: Julius (Obba Baba tundé) arrived in Los Angeles prior to Maya’s (Karla Mosley) wedding to Rick.
TIGIRLILY DISHES ABOUT Y&R APPEARANCE
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B&B: STEFFY AND FINN WED
With the arrival of Finn’s parents, Finn and Steffy move forward with their wedding plans. “This is a surprise visit,” reports Tanner Novlan (Finn) of Jack and Li’s arrival. “They knew the families would meet at some point but Jack seems to be chomping at the bit to come meet everybody, which is both a good sign but an interesting sign in the soap world — whenever someone shows up unannounced [laughs]. But, Finn is really happy to have his family there.”
Y&R: PHYLLIS SETS A TRAP FOR SALLY AND TARA
Convinced that Sally and Tara conspired to make Summer leave Genoa City, Phyllis resolves to expose them. “Phyllis already doesn’t trust Sally at all,” notes Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). “Phyllis is like, ‘I know what you’re all about.’ And Phyllis thinks Tara is a lunatic, so to Phyllis, those two are a couple of mean girls. They took down Summer and now Phyllis wants blood.”
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Turn It Around
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