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Bill And Susan Hayes Talk About Their On- And Off-Screen Romance

12/01/2015 04:57 EST | Updated 12/01/2015 05:59 EST

For some it's love at first sight — but for Bill and Susan Hayes, it was love at first set.

The Hayes met on the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" back in 1970. Known for their roles as Doug and Julie Williams, they originally had entirely different plots before the show's head writer William Bell saw a connection between the two.

"He wrote a romance for us before we knew we were having a romance," says Susan Hayes. "So NBC said 'let's marry them.'"

The two were then married in front of 16 million viewers on an episode of "Days of Our Lives" — a staggering difference from the 16 people they were married in front of in real life in their living room. Their TV marriage was so popular that it landed them on the cover of Time Magazine in 1976.

In an interview with HuffPost Canada Studios, the pair talk about 41 years of marriage and the 50 year anniversary of the classic show.

Watch the video above for the full interview.

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