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A Martinez Says Farewell To DAYS In Heartfelt Message

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It’s time for us to have to say goodbye to Daytime Emmy winner and critically-acclaimed actor, A Martinez who is wrapping up his run in April as Eduardo Hernandez on NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Martinez, who became best known to soap audiences as Cruz Castillo on Santa Barbara and since then appeared on One Life to Live, The Bold and the Beautiful, and General Hospital as well, is being written off the canvas in Salem.

On Thursday in a heartfelt post as can only be written with such poignancy by Martinez; he shared this with his fans, friends, and colleagues: “As Eduardo is taken ‘off the canvas’ on Days, I want to express my gratitude to all who’ve supported him – and me – over the course of these last eighteen months. It’s been an honor to come to Salem on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of a show I have followed and esteemed for more than thirty years.

The work itself has been a consistent pleasure, partly because of the deliciously wounded guy I‘ve been playing, but mostly because of the multitude of excellent people who pass their days in the ongoing labor of love that is the making of this beloved show.

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My pleasure in this process has grown steadily over the time I’ve been at it – and it’s about to come to a memorably emotional peak in the climactic beats of my pivot away. The scenes of failed atonement with Galen, Jordi, Camila – and Lauren – were among the most wrenching of my life, in the most wonderful way possible. Two final thoughts: For the record – Eduardo is not dead. If you care about him, you may choose to remember him.

And further, for those who’ve felt disappointed that he hasn’t conformed to their expectations as a ‘villain’ – I’ll just say that it has never once occurred to me to approach him that way. What I most clearly carry in him is the knowledge that he was deeply broken as a boy, and that he has done his level best to recover – ever since. That he has fallen short is regrettable, but not a negation of his humanity. I kinda admire the guy, actually.  Meanwhile, much love to everyone in the Days community, going forward. May we all continue to prosper as best we can, and seek to deal in kindness along the way.”

Will you be sad to see A exit DAYS? What did you think of his post via social media? Comment below!

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Such a class act of a guy!

Linda
Linda

I’m shocked about this news! I am sad to see him go. I don’t understand why he is leaving though. Sad. Very Sad. Best of luck A. Hernandez in your future endeavors.

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

The writers seemed not to know what to do with his character….

Dani
Dani

ABSOLUTELY…AGREED!

Deb
Deb

I have loved and followed Mr. Martinez since his time on Santa Barbara. He is one that if he is on a particular show, I will watch it. God Bless and keep you, and thank you for all the joy you have brought to my TV screen and I look forward to your next project.

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

i loved him on Santa Barbara,,his coming on the show 18 months,,was a delight knowing A Martinez would show his outstanding acting.it’s really hard seeing A leave in April..he made Eduardo stand out! i wish A will be on Tv shows very soon!

Kelly
Kelly

Will miss this wonderful actor! Watched him on Santa Barbara, in Longmire and now on Days. He has nailed each and every role he has been in. What a loss to Days! Class act he is for sure. Will miss him

J
J

Yes. I have been a fan of A since Santa Barbara. He is a fine actor and I am very sorry to see Eduardo leave DOL. He was a complex,interesting character – an assassin with a heart and a family. If John loves him, there has to be some good in Eduardo. Please bring him back.

Dean_Morgan
Dean_Morgan

He is such a talented actor. Like many of you, I have followed his career his days as Cruz on “Santa Barbara”. I wish him well and know he will continue to work. I am excited to see what Ron Carlivati has in store for us.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I loved him on Santa Barbara, He is a great actor, but he never really clicked for me on Days. I wish him continued success. He is a class act indeed.

Steve
Steve

Totally agree with your sentiments. He didn’t hit the mark on GH either, but it wasn’t his fault. The character (Roy) never should have been brought back from the dead.

Ray
Ray

I think the show did not take advantage of his tremendous talents. It seemed he and Vincent went back and forth being a good guy or a villain.

Gina PB
Gina PB

Once again no one seems to know how to honor this man & his skills. I think the last time he got to really shine was Profiler and that was cut way too short. He has such integrity and is so interesting, his acting choices are always so unique and he has EVER been easy on the eyes. He was so good on SB, he has the ability to have electric chemistry with a costar. I just hope that he keeps working so maybe someday we get that lightening again!

NIK
NIK

He is such a great guy and I have enjoyed him on DOOL and looking forward to see him again. Best of luck to him.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I like Eduardo and anything he had to do with anybody on the show especially Lauren Koslow. I don’t get why they have to write him off but maybe someone will change his or her mind and keep him around. I’m pulling for him!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is a very kind and positive message. Mr. Martinez is clearly a very classy gentleman. Too bad TPTB didn’t know what to do with his character. I wish him the very best in the future.

mark
mark

He was great on Santa Barbara

tsuds
tsuds

He is a great actor… Days have been very boring lately and have been not watching the shows… I am just waiting for the new writing to show up soon… These characters that I used to love in the past.. Just feel no connection or caring about now a days…..

John Gordon
John Gordon

“boring” is the word – this show used to be kind of interesting when they had Will and Sonny, threw Paul into the mix, had EJ and Sammi – and now, I don’t know, it’s just not all that enthralling. Is it the bland writing or is it the fact that the characters just aren’t connecting – I’m not exactly sure what the missing component is.

Dani
Dani

I don’t understand why TPTB bring in TOP NOTCH ACTORS…only to not have a clue how to use them?! 1st Vincent Irrizzary…now A… Funny, I viewed Eduardo kind of like, A did, I never saw him as a VILLIAN…and I think there was CHEMISTRY with Drake/John Black…but due to Drake’s injury, that had to take a back seat to this storyline that is “ridiculous” in my mind’s eye. Best of luck to you A in all your endeavors. As always, you were a delight to watch…thank you..

Callie
Callie

Such a class act! The character had potential but I agree that the writers didn’t seem to know what to do with him. I hope Ron brings him back, A is way too talented to not be on a soap.

Jann Rand
Jann Rand

A, I shall miss you on DAYS. Still look forward to seeing you on FACEBOOK ❗❕❗

Rodd
Rodd

A very gracious post.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was thrilled when they announced that they were finally addressing Rafe’s family– but they totally screwed it up– from his father being a forced assassin and Paige’s father after she died–to the mother never living up to her potential either– to putting Rafe onto the sideline as Hope’s love sick puppy dog slave to his brother now taking over most of the screen— and I hate that Gabi is being rewritten as some kind of saint– did Chad forget how Gabi kidnapped his girl friend Melanie so she could be with him? This whole family was badly thought out, is constantly being rewritten to suit whichever writer at the moment wants– and although I think it is important soaps have more ethnic families– this one, might have outlived it usefulness storywise

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

I love A Martinez. He is such a talented actor. He will be missed.

Mister Media
Mister Media

That was a tremendous message. He is just the latest victim of Days’ inability to create compelling new characters and write long-term story for them. Meanwhile, some of soap’s most brilliant, iconic actors get shown the revolving door. Days – it’s not enough to just make a prestigious hire. You have to follow through with STORY.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I could be wrong, but my understanding is A was given a contract, then requested recurring status because he has other irons in the fire. His availability was limited, so it was hard to focus on a character and storyline for someone who isn’t available full time.

Mister Media
Mister Media

Point well taken. I just wish that overall the writing was better and more consistent. The powers that be must agree as they have hired a new head writer.

Nicole
Nicole

I really enjoyed you performances on Days, It is a shame that you are leaving. I would have hoped that you would stay. Your acting is fantastic. The very best of luck to you in whatever you are going for. You will be missed, thank you for entertaining us on Days.

Brenda Shepard
Brenda Shepard

You have done a wonderful job! Best of luck to you.

Frances Wright
Frances Wright

Sorry to hear this news…I loved A on Santa Barbara & have enjoyed watching him as Eduardo…..it’s such a shame that Days is letting him go. Surely they could come up with more storyline for him. First Vincent Irizarry & now A…..who’s next? They also had the wonderful Kassie DePaiva & wrote her off. Although they brought her back a couple times, they were only for brief moments. C’mon Days…hold onto these fantastic actors! I wish the best to A & hope to see more of him soon.

Carolyn Estes
Carolyn Estes

I am heartbroken to hear this news. A Martinez is a fantastic actor. He was incredible on Santa Barbara and also on Days. I deeply love the character Eduardo and will miss him terribly. Surely hope he returns some day.

janet
janet

we will miss you. Best of luck to all you do,

lecia
lecia

Days is Days. It will always let a good opportunity go to waste. So many of us were thrilled when Days finally brought diversity to Salem but having finally done so they don’t know what to do with the characters. It has to be kumbahyah Disney all the time. Now Eduardo is leaving after sending Mama Hernandez away previously. The diverse characters on Days never face any discrimination or struggle. so they are just boring. Sonny should be aware of Chad’s relationship with Ari and should be pushing for formal adoption of his child and getting major blowback from the Brady, Hernandez and Horton families. Julie should be struggling to relate to a biracial grandson. Ann should be hooking up with Roman or with Eric and bringing some interfaith diversity to the tube. Paul should be demanding a committed relationship with Sonny. Aint happening because Days lacks imagination. A leaving is another wasted opportunity.

Susan Underwood Wallace
Susan Underwood Wallace

Loved you portral of Eduardo almost as much as Cruz I will miss you

Mo
Mo

They never integrated his character well and the storylines they gave him were not good.

Mo
Mo

Please take Dario with you.

Lee
Lee

He is a great actor and can only do the stories the writers give him. The only thing I didn’t like about him was the beard, shave it off. Would like to have seen him hook up with Kate, she loves bad boys. I thought he used his “mean boy characteristics” when the time was needed. There is also being “too mean” ! Look at Demois, he goes too far (poisoning, and was waiting to watch them die). They finally added diversity with this new family, now they are taking it away. Glad the mom is gone, she looked way too old for Eduardo. Anyway, good luck to A.

Jaime
Jaime

For me Days is sinking fast. misuse of good actors, now new writer bringing back the Sami hour something that totally destroyed the ensemble nature of Days and turned it into just all about Sami and a few extras given well left overs with minimal air time and some with none.

Once Sami takes over again I will end up doing what I did years ago and cancel Days. Sad, I had such hope for a revival but now I feel like the writers are just BS’ing us and bringing forth just another diva act. I never liked that and never will

xmascarol
xmascarol

The guy really didn’t have that much of a story to be honest I think his character was boring,i do like the actor but no loss.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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