By peoplestaff225
Updated May 23, 2009 02:00 PM
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When East Coast actor John Callahan learned that his ex-wife, actress Eva LaRue, was planning to move to the West Coast with the couple’s daughter Kaya McKenna, it meant only one thing — “I was moving to California,” he laughs. John didn’t mind because, as he says, “the reason I’m still alive and happy is this 7-year-old.”

Despite the divorce, John and Eva “get along great now” — the actor would sometimes even stay at his ex-wife’s home when working on Days of Our Lives in Los Angeles. “I would stay there if I had to work two days in a row and I got to see Kaya even more during the week as opposed to the weekends,” he notes. “It really worked out for many reasons. The Days studio is only minutes away from Kaya’s mom.”

“I waited a long time to have my daughter and I’ve never been happier,” John, 55, explains. The pair love spending time together and try to make the most of the time they see each other. “She’s happy when she’s here and that’s the bottom line,” says the actor. “Tomorrow we’re going to go hiking up in the canyon where there’s a 60-foot waterfall and we just hang around and do really simple things together.”

John and Eva met on the set of All My Children and were later married but divorced in 2005. Kaya is their only child.

Source: Soap Opera Digest, May 26th issue

— Angela