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43rd Annual Daytime Emmys: DAYS James Lastovic with Olivia Rose Keegan Shares: "Joey Is Trying To Figure Out Whether He Is Good Or Bad."

Photo: Courtesy/NATAS

Photo: Courtesy/NATAS

Two of the younger set of Days of our Lives, James Lastovic (Joey) and Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) were presenters at the recent 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies.

After taking the podium to announce several winners in several categories, James and Olivia stopped by to talk with NATAS official host/interview for the evening, Michael Fairman, where they discussed getting through all the names of the nominees in the categories, but then talked about their characters latest drama on DAYS.

For Lastovic’s Joey, who has gone on the run, after murdering Ava Vitali, Lastovic shares:  “He (Joey) is a good guy, and he has done a really bad thing.  He is young and he is trying to figure out whether he is good or bad.  That’s why I think his relationship with Steve (Stephen Nichols) is really vital to him at this point, because Steve went through the same sort of things when he was Joey’s age, and so he is able to guide him through it.  I think without Steve, Joey would be going down a much darker path.”   The young star also adds:  “Joey is a very unique character on his own, he is not a remake of Patch.”

As for Keegan, as DAYS fans know just last week news of her being put on contract with the NBC soap opera becoming official news.   She says she looks forward to more with Claire and that she will have more of an opportunity to sing on the series as well

Watch James and Olivia’s chat from the Emmys after the jump.  Then let us, what are your thoughts on these two newcomers? Are you enjoying the current story of Joey and Claire? What do you hope the new writing regime will do with their characters moving forward.

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I didn’t know Olivia had been put on contract. I thought Claire would leave with her parents. If she’s been put on contract, why were Brandon and Martha cut? Confusing.

Considering Joey killed someone, I think he’s bad. Kayla should have put him in therapy, although, that’s a bit tricky as he couldn’t really confess what he did. Maybe he’s gone to confession.


Am I enjoying Claire and Joey’s current storyline? Not really. And I would like Joey and Jade to stay missing and no one goes after them to get them.

I wish Days would play more that Claire is Ciara’s niece and Hope’s granddaughter. Some of Claire’s storyline is okay, but I do not like the teens overall. Especially Ciara as the actress is not good.


I think Olivia Rose Keegan is growing into her role as Claire very nicely. She always seems fully present during her scenes and actually interacts with the other actors which is more than I can say about the other teens. I wish she has equally as talented peers to interact with.

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Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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It’s always great to see a face-lift to the sets on your favorite soaps.  So many of then have been around for years and years, and in these changing times need to be given new life and freshened up, as much as longtime fans may miss the comfort and familiarity of the originals.

2020 and 2021 has also definitely been filled with challenges and keeping everyone safe on set throughout the coronavirus pandemic on all of your favorite soaps.

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Recently, Days of our Lives fans noticed a change to the famous DiMera mansion set, where for decades the likes of Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) graced the room with bluster and drama as only Stefano could.

With so much of the action taking place there in story, and several key characters living at the mansion, it was time for an update.

Production Designer, Tom Early took to his Twitter account and shared two views of the reimagined set.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the new look DiMera Mansion via the comment section below.

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DAYS Star Marci Miller and Husband Ryan Welcome Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for two people who we know will make wonderful parents! Over the weekend, it was revealed that Days of our Lives’ Daytime Emmy-nominated actress, Marci Miller (Abigail) and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their new little bundle of joy, a beautiful baby girl.

Miller, who never publicly revealed she was pregnant had the new addition to their family back on March 13th while the couple were in Denver, Colorado.

On her Instagram account, sharing some adorable pics of the couple with their baby, Marci shared: And just like that, we see in colors that we never knew existed. Willett (Willie) James Matteson interrupted her parents’ game of blackjack at a mountain casino to be born March 13th in the midst of a blizzard. “


Meanwhile, the proud father took to his Instagram with the first pic of mom and Willie, expressing:  “My heart could not be larger🙌Our little 6lb 10oz, Willett James Matteson joined us air breathers on 3/13 during a Denver white out blizzard. Mom and dad are ecstatic. And tired.”

Share your well-wishes below for Marci, Ryan, and Willie via the comment section.


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