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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.

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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.

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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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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Opens Up To Maurice Benard About His Battle with Addiction on All-New ‘State of Mind’

In a terrific episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) State of Mind You Tube series, the actor welcomes another one of the best actors on daytime, Days of our Lives star Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives).

What made this so compelling was Billy Flynn’s ability to talk openly, frankly, and with great understanding about his battles with addiction which he notes have been alcohol, drugs, and the cycles he has found himself in within his life and how he was able to break free of them, and the work he continues to do to keep him from falling back into them.

Flynn shares how much of his adult life was greatly impacted by his childhood, and explained to Benard, how he acted out when he was younger. He also shares how his addiction caused issues for awhile with his job at Days of our Lives.

This episode is a powerful one to watch for anyone struggling with issues of addiction, dependency, suicide, having problems at work, and trying to not self-destruct, which so many of us do, once we seemingly get what we what or while we are trying to obtain it.

Bravo to Billy and Maurice for bringing this forward and to the audience.

Watch Billy’a visit on State of Mind below, followed by a bonus segment where Flynn asks Benard some ‘hard-hitting’ questions.

What did you think of what Billy shared with Maurice? Comment below.

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