'As the World Turns': Kathryn Hays, a.k.a. Kim Hughes, reflects on final day of taping


We obtained this exclusive shot of Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes) and Don Hastings (Bob Hughes) from As the World Turns last day of taping in June. In preparation for the soap's series finale on Sept. 17, we talked to Hays about those final hours on the soap's Brooklyn set and what it was like to say goodbye:


The last day was poignant, and what was so incredible about it was how we shot pretty much in order that day. As each group finished with a scene, that would be the end of their involvement. But it wasn't like tomorrow was another show, so the studio got really full. By the time they got to our scenes with Don and myself, there was hardly any room for cameras or the boom. In a way, it felt like being in a theater. We don't normally have an audience. The stage manager asked if it was going to be a problem for us, but we both said no. It was like everybody's arm was around us. It was absolutely incredible, there was not a sound. It was like everyone was holding their breath. In a way, we were all doing it together. When we finished, Don and I both spoke a little bit to everybody, and the whole As the World Turns family moved to the other end of big studio where they had the world's longest table set up, covered with champagne glasses.


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