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43rd Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series Nominated Performances!

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) released today the nominated reels in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category for this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be handed out on May 1st.  In the running are: Ashlyn Pearce (Ex-Aly) The Bold and the Beautiful, Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) General Hospital, True O’ Brien (Ex-Paige) Days of our Lives, Hunter King (Summer) The Young and the Restless, and Reign Edwards (Nicole) The Bold and the Beautiful.

In this category, only Hunter King has won previously having taken this category twice.   So who’s performance will have them taking home the gold on Emmy night? Will it be Pearce’s twisted Aly who is out to kill Steffy?  King’s Summer, who learns the truth of her late husband’s infidelities with Abby? Edwards compassionate Nicole, who tries to tell her unwavering parents about Maya, and that she wants to stay in L.A. and live her life? O’Brien’s Paige, who learns her mother has been sleeping with her boyfriend?  Or, Silzer’s Emma, who falls apart upon learning that Sam and Patrick are breaking up and once again she has no mother figure in her life?

Watch the nominated performances after the jump, and then weigh-in: who do you think deserves the Emmy based on these reels? Which actress are you rooting for? Comment below!

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k/kay
k/kay

Please for all that is holy give to the little girl that plays Emma or the gal that played on B&B hasn’t HHK gotten her rewards for her lies yet?

k/kay
k/kay

Talking about AP/Ally who Brad Bell threw under thee bus!

Dylan
Dylan

KK…um….what a vicious, unnecessary comment aimed at Hunter King. You have NO idea what went down in that situation, and she was NEVER quoted in any source as saying that anything happened. It was all third party rumours presented in the media. If they were lies, okay. If it was truth okay. Point being…you weren’t there. You don’t know. It boggles my mind the kind of hatred that can be spread on these lines! There are three scenarios here…. 1) Completely fabricated by the media. in which case, who cares. 2) It was true. In which case, a young girl was violated by an older man, which is disgusting and wrong. or 3) She lied. In which case, she needs some help. For you, a fan with no inside knowledge of the situation, to accuse her of lies is just mean-spirited, and wrong.

k/kay
k/kay

Excuse me but I do know what I am talking about the incident argument happened in June of 2012 six months later you are fired ??? By the way Chris Engen was the best Adam but then he was a homophobe right.

eliza
eliza

Brooklyn gets my vote

TorontoTom
TorontoTom

Brooklyn Rae Silzer without a doubt. She’d get my vote.

Harry
Harry

Brookyln Rae for sure–if any one else gets it then something smells rotten in Denmark.

Amy
Amy

Go Brooklyn!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days big mistake was aging the children-they already had a younger cast like JJ, Paige, Bev and Rory who had talent and far more interesting than the current teen scene…Bev could have been a rape victim if they had to go there, became pregnant and accused JJ of rape after he spurned her advances…but Bev really had consensual sex with JJ while both were drunk partying with Rory-Rory knows it wasnt rape but is in a coma after an accidental drug overdose…Paige believes JJ is innocent and stages a breakup with JJ then befriends Bev to get to the truth-later we would learn Rory is the son of Scott Bannimg making Rory a Horton…Bev could have been aa constant thorn in JJ and Paiges side for years just like the Rachel-Steve-Alice triangle that was very popular on AW for many years.

Dylan
Dylan

Hi Jim. I agree…the JJ, Rory etc set was a very entertaining teen set. there were no rapes, no murders, just very natural teens doing what they do. And Jim, um, unless Rory was delving into some VERY hard VERY manufactured drugs, which was never presented, then he could not be in a coma. You can NOT overdose on marijuana and end up in a coma. You smoke too much weed, the worst that happens is that you walk to 7-11 for chips, or you fall asleep. Maybe if he fell and sustained a head injury while high on marijuana, that could result in a coma. But I wish head writers thought like us fans. Rory was a TOTAL scene stealer, a fan favourite, a realistic teenager of today. His one line in Paige’s reel, during the reveal of JJ and Eve’s sex…he just said “Whoa dude!” that had me laughing and laughing!! It is a shame that these writers and execs will push their pets and faves..Serena, Summer, Daniel, etc, etc, etc…and yet a young kid with natural charisma and talent that lights up message boards with positive response…the show won’t even give him a chance. I never would have thought to make him a Horton, but why not?? DAYS is in trouble…too much violence and too much darkness…and light hearted characters like Rory are exactly what is needed!!

Nikki
Nikki

The writers and execs pushing their pets & faves..Serena, Summer, Daniel etc. etc. etc. It just boggles my mind the kind of hatred that can be spread on these lines.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Brooklyn or True are my choices…

blake
blake

I agree, I’d rather still have JJ, Paige and Rory for sure.

Theadora
Theadora

The only actress from this group to leave me in tears is Brooklyn Rae Silzer. Her performances are leap years ahead of her tender age of 9 and nothing short of brilliant. I hope she is awarded the Emmy for what was a truly memorable performance and a truly memorable year!!

Aria
Aria

It’s little Emma all the way ! Plain and simple!

Mateo
Mateo

Brooklyn Rae Silzer for the win. She was the most realistic and honest in her young performance. That young lady was given a HEAVY task to perform and she slammed it out of the ballpark. She deserves the win. The second choice, and this pains me to say, is True O’Brien. Her scene of devastation and pain at finding her bf and mother sleeping together was an authentic mix of rage, pain and disgust. She really bit hard into that performance and deserves some kudos. She wasn’t really a great actress until the end of her reign as Paige Larson. In typical DAYS fashion however, when an actress gets good, kill her off. Sad. The rest of the nominees were okay but it always surprises, and sometimes disgusts, me that Hunter King gets nominated over and over because she is just lousy. Over reaching and over acting every time and that speech pattern is almost painful to listen to. The two actresses from Bold & Beautiful were okay but the writing was rather tepid and the monologues too preachy. Let’s do this right, shine up that Emmy and hand it to the brilliance of Brooklyn Rae Silzer. I might accept True O’Brien getting it but any of the others, not a good thing…

Nikki
Nikki

Mateo you are so right in everything you said. I agree Brooklyn Rae Silzer should get this award hands down. I think a few others were ok but this little girl had it from the get go. She had a lot to memorize and came through with flying colors. I think this little girl is going places.

Dylan
Dylan

I can’t really call this category. True’s reel was very good. It was the time when Paige came to life and let everyone have it. I would be happy if she won. For a child, Brooklyn Rae definitely deserves the award for her very realistic tears, and childhood innocence. She has a big future! I was more impressed with Reign’s reel than I expected to be, but the dialogue sounded like a Public Service Announcement, or a GLBT Pamphlet. Writing definitely plays a part in performance, and the writing of B and B’s transgender story was so phony and stilted, that is a reason why her performance didn’t wow me. Ashlyn…off her rocker Ally…lol…she definitely brought the cray cray, but even through nonsensical writing, she managed to shine. So I would be happy if she won. Hunter King, well, over the top writing and screeching did her in. She already has two Emmy’s, not sure how…but the writing of the Valentine’s Cabin killer was absurd from the get go, and did no one any favours in the performances. My votes would be with Ashlyn, True, or Brooklyn…all of whom have left their shows. Probably for strictly sentimental value, I would have to go with Brooklyn, because the writing supported her performance. The character of Ally was rambling and ranting and raving about morality, and how Forrester used to stand for class and respectability. Um, since when?? LMAO. When Eric the father, and Ridge and Thorne the two sons all had sex with Brooke? Or all the near incestuous permutations that the family has been involved in? Brooke’s Bedroom? I don’t recall Forrester ever standing for class or respectability, so I don’t know where Ally would have gotten that idea from. Maybe because she was away for a long time, and had a rose coloured view of her fragmented family, but she became a raving lunatic and I liked what Ashlyn did with it, she really committed to the cray cray. I think they are all talented, and wish them all the best.

su0000
su0000

WHOOT WHOOT !!!

#1 ,, Hunter King (Summer) The Young and the Restless !!!!

Harry
Harry

Oh, you are funny, Suoo. I do get the joke. Ha ha!

Lynda Westlake
Lynda Westlake

As much as I dislike the character of Summer Newman, Hunter King knocked it out of the park with that performance. Very hard choice, but my vote is for Hunter, with Brooklyn & Ashlyn a very close 2nd. Good luck to all the nominees.

Nanci
Nanci

I agree. In that scene, Hunter King did a great job. Convincing as the hurt, angry,
confused young widow scorned.

Terri
Terri

Emma. Brooklyn definitely. This little girl
Is amazing actor

blake
blake

I think Paige Larson should win for these scenes. It would be great if she and Kassie DePaiva won!

JUDY K
JUDY K

BEST BY FAR……MY VOTE GOES TO EMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

For the love of God any human being with eyes and heart knows that little girl Brooklyn deserves this Emmy–I truly hope whoever is judging this category will not let her young age handicap her, thinking she is so young she will get another kick at the can– the Emmy is for outstanding performance, and her’s was the outstanding performance– if she doesn’t win the system is broken and beyond repair.

su0000
su0000

She is cute and good..
Bryan/Morgan is a powerhouse and has delivered great performances, not just a minute scene as Brooklyn, but full performances up front for months, not just short minute scenes.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Not sure of your point since Bryan Morgan is in a separate category thereby not in competition with Brooklyn– the Emmy is based on submitted reels and not months worth of work. However you do have a point about the older younger actors and actresses always have an advantage because writers can give them better and meaty stories, true child actors are restricted to the number of hours they can be on set and so restricts their screen time giving them less material to have to submit. So unfortunately child actors rarely win the Emmy, which is why I always thought they should have their own category but then there aren’t really enough of them a big pool to choose from.

mollie
mollie

I think True O’Brien should win. Emma is good, but too much crying in the scenes.

Rose
Rose

I’m giving my vote to Ashlyn/Aly. I saw 4 of the 5 “live.” Come to conclusion it’s hard not to vote for story that you like most, or moves you, or an actor from your favorite soap. But Aly was downright freaky. Next Reign…thought her character was just nuisance value in the beginning, but she grew in her role of a story I don’t particularly like. Love Brooklyn…but not this time. And as for Hunter…Too bad she’s been saddled with such an annoying character and part of a past p.r.”scandal.” I think she’s grown lately with her confusion and mixed loyalties over Victor, but that’s not what she submitted, so no award this time. Don’t watch Days so no idea about a True.

Mo
Mo

I say Ashlyn.

Bettina G
Bettina G

I like all of them and thanks for posting the videos on here it is great to see all these.

Ollie
Ollie

Ashlyn or Reign!

Ces
Ces

Lil Brooklyn can act circles around those others. Hands down. Miss Emma Drake!

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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