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Alison Sweeney's Wrap-Party At DAYS Brings Back Familiar Faces & Deidre Hall Posts Emotional Message!

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After over 20 years last week Alison Sweeney wrapped up her run as Samantha Gene Brady!  For those who watched the NBC soap opera for those two decades, they have seen Alison grown before their eyes from a teenager to a woman who became the centerpiece more often than not of the series.

Alison will be seen on episodes into the fall, since DAYS tapes so far in advance, but when it was time for the on-set farewell party on Friday, she was in for a surprise when none other than Wayne Northrup (Ex-Roman), Christie Clark (Ex-Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (Ex-Austin) where in attendance to wish her well and congratulate Ali on a job well-done!

The actress/author/host told Soap Opera Digest about the party on Friday: “That gathering and Ken Corday, executive producer. talking and seeing everyone there meant so much to me, in particular that people who came so far, like Wayne, and Christie flying all the way down form Northern California, and Patrick picking her up at the airport.”  Sweeney also revealed, as one would expect that knowing this was the end of her run:  “My last day was such an emotional day,” It was so difficult and sad, but also really wonderful and special. ”

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Deidre Hall, who for years has played Alison’s mother, Marlena on DAYS for decades wrote on her own facebook page on Friday. “Dearest Ali.  I don’t know how we will get through today, much less all the Days to follow. For years I have stood arms-length from you, finding our light, watching the greatest show of all. It has been your breathtaking journey to womanhood. I am unspeakably proud.  My love and respect for you go beyond words. You are the daughter I never had.  I always knew you would walk, I never dreamed you would fly. Clear skies, little one. Deidre”

So, this week Alison Sweeney is no longer taping at DAYS, hard to imagine!  What do you think of Wayne, Christie and Patrick showing up for Ali’s swan song? And the words in Deidre’s post to honor Alison?   How do you feel knowing that Alison has officially left the building to continue with her other projects and spend more time with her children?  Share your thoughts below!

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andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m glad that the show threw Allison a fareweel party and that some of her former cast mates came to say goodbye to her.As for Allison leaving the show i can understand that after 20 years she needs a break to do other stuff and spend more time with her family.However it wouldn’t surprise if she returns one day even if it is just for short visits from time to time.So she could come back for holiday episodes or for the show’s 50th anniversary next year.So finally i wish her all the best in whatever she does next.

Mo
Mo

That was so nice that former castmates showed up. Deidre’s message is wonderful. It all just shows how highly people think of her.

I remember when Ali/Sami first showed up in Salem. I have enjoyed watching her all the Days of my Life. I’ll miss her, but the show will go on!

dmr
dmr

Deidre Hall is always such a class act. I absolutely adore her; I love when she is on-air and am so happy to see Marlena give John the boot! She’s incredibly beautiful and classy. Best of luch to Ali.

Patrick
Patrick

“the divorce is preceding”

“there was no reason for you to come back”

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woah, hold the horses one dang minute
let me get my bearings

this is coming from Marlena at John

as she walks out

scene end

???

WOW….

DAYS writing stirs up continually within that cast everything gells

I just couldn’t be happier

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I admire Deidre Hall immensely

she sees the big picture and helps her lot….
she’s magnanimous in her being their…
her part in the DAYS production is rock….

“like the daugher I never had”

even I don’t know what will become of John and Marlena… but I know they caught me off guard and I”m up and waiting for MORE

I really like that Lucas is a suspect… he just props his dig in and runs away with show…

Now, if only they would start featuring Mary Beth Evens’ Kayla….
then give me some Bev
then start T (tad)

so many avenues and outlets – it’s rich beyond – the cast cull…..

DAYS is healthy, out their… and

well you know…. Days of OUR Lives is in command, must watch mode

dmr
dmr

DOOL has really shown a vast amount of improvement since the ’90’s. The writers are back to writing about the core families and the legacy characters. The storylines have balance. The cast is a good size. I love how the show is now being recognized at the Daytime Emmys. I also watch General Hospital, which has seen a decline with too many characters and storylines not getting enough plug. The show is all over the place. Back to DOOL, I would love to see the actress who plays Kate Roberts be nominated for an Emmy, as well as, Deidre Hall. Two beautiful and talented woman with a lot of class and sophistication. I can’t wait for Gabi to leave. Wish she would take Rafe with her, too. “Wil-Son” nauseates me. I don’t care for nuWill. To each their own, I suppose!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sami will be back one day…i guess Chandler Massey wasnt there!!!

Ces
Ces

I haven’t watched the show in over a year but as a big fan of Days for many, many years and watching Alison Sweeney since day one on the show, I think it’s a great send-off for her. How awesome that Wayne, Christie & Patrick all made a special visit too!
Nice message from Deidre as well.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

AS can always come back. I wish WN would come back as Roman.

Joel
Joel

Wayne will always be Roman to me!!

Ces
Ces

agreed. Drake is John Black. Josh Taylor is CHRIS KOSTICHEK! Can’t believe he has “played” Roman this long. ridiculous.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Agreed. It was really a shame to see Josh as Roman Brady. Although not as bad as when DOOL fired Natasha Livingston as Taylor and replaced her with Tamara Braun. Loved her as Carly Corinthos, but her chemistry with James Scott was downright terrible.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I can remember her first episodes. Loved that naughty little character. Love Samir now and can’t imagine DOOL without her. All the best to Allison Sweeney. You’ll be missed.

k/kay
k/kay

I haven’t watched this show in years but boy was AS a find I can remember ML from TV Guide writing an article on her and how great she was he was right. To my knowledge she has never had a emmy nomination this is why I think the emmys are a big joke! I saw a picture of Wayne Northup on the set to visit her he looked wonderful. I am sure she will be missed. Best wishes AS!

Johmny
Johmny

I will miss Alison so much, she is a wonderful actress. Days should fire Josh Taylor and bring. back Wayne Northrop.

Ces
Ces

totally!!!!

janet
janet

good luck to her. I don’t watch days anymore but I did .Nice of her *family*,to show up. Wish her the best.

Tracey
Tracey

I knew Allison was leaving DAYS but I thought she was taping through December. It won’t be the same but I hope they don’t ever recast and leave it open for both her and James to return anytime.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Allison said she would be willing to come back to the show for weddings,funerals and big events like the 50th anniversary next year.However if the show decided to recast Sami Allison said it would break her heart but would understand that the show would have to do what’s best for them.Plus she said if the show did recast Sami she would wish the new actress luck.However i think before the show recasted Sami they would make every attempt to get Allison back first.

Tracey
Tracey

Thank you for the update. If TBL becomes canceled at some point, I am sure Days would welcome her back with open arms if Allison wanted to return.

jean sheppard
jean sheppard

I will miss Allison as Sammie I do not know how the show will ever be the same. She was such an important part of the show. I really was hoping she would change her mind and stay but I do wish her good luck in what ever she does.I know she wants to spend time with her family and also wants to do other things. I hope to see her back on dool some time in the future

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The show never is and never has been the same. It is forever evolving, as it should. It can be just as good or better than ever with her exit. Many things come into play. Not being the same does not automatically mean it will be worse. The show will go on. I’ll be watching until the end of time.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ive seen many comings and goings(the worse in 1980 during the shows mass firings) since the 1960s(with a few breaks over the years but i came back,) and ill probably continue to watch until the hour glass stops!!!

Omar
Omar

She will bes sorely miss but I am sure she will come back one way or the other..Good luck to her..I been watching for close to 3 years, and I always get giddy when she comes on screen..A soilid actress who delivers..Those who do not watch DAYS are missing out on a damn good soap..The best in the business for the last couple of years and I watch 3 of the 4..Started boycotting B&B for the last few weeks.

Mark
Mark

Days Deidre and Ali are just so classy! There is no better show than Days!!!!!

boes
boes

I can’t think of anyone who deserves a great sendoff party more than her. Like the character or hate her, I don’t think anyone could ever say that AS doesn’t put her ALL into each and every scene.
I’m really going to miss her and I’m only a newish viewer. I can’t imagine how long time fans must feel.

Max
Max

Thank you Allison for so many wonderful scenes. My Family and I have watched you from the beginning. You will be missed at our house.

damien
damien

could Christie and Patrick or Austin peck stay!!!!!!!!!! love carrie and Austin!!!

Ces
Ces

after a 10 year hiatus from Days, I returned for Christie, Patrick and Matthew only for them to be dumped …. continued to watch due to Dee, Drake, Ali, Eileen, Chandler, Kristian & Peter but gave up anyway …. just couldn’t stay interested in the Daniel, Jennifer, her icky son, Abigail, Chloe and Hope’s backburner status.

Mary SF
Mary SF

AS is the whole package– beauty, brains and talent. She is one of those soap actresses who has earned the right for her character to be retired if she is truly finished with Days. I suspect she will pop in now and then, can’t imagine they would kill off Sami.

My favorite Sami moments were in her early days, kidnapping her baby sister, the love triangle between her, Carrie and Austin. Loved her with Lucas in those early days too– partners in crime those two were.

But I think I respect her loyalty to the soap and to the character. Sad truth is many of the young ones, once they get a taste of fame, want out, to move on, but AS stayed put and we got a chance to grow up with her, and her character– quite the emotional investment for her and us as viewers.

“Bon chance’ Allison– you will be missed.

RLeternal
RLeternal

I am going to miss AS so much. She is extremely beautiful and she is my favorite soap actress. Thank you! AS and Good Luck! DH’s tribute to AS was absolutely wonderful.

code
code

She is favorite actress and character, I will miss her character like crazy. Im glad they threw her farewell party. Alison is truly a great talent!

RJS
RJS

Hard to believe that both Ali and James are gone. They have been front and center for so long. With that said, I thank them for the entertainment, and wish them the best. Well, Days the ball is in your court to fill the void, and keep the drama going to draw us in. Look forward to see what you will do.

Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

So completely devastated. In tears. Heart felt words from Deidre. So sad to see her go. EJAMI better have a happy ending!!!

Keith Clark
Keith Clark

We love you Ali. Good luck and God bless you in future endeavors. I am PRAYING that Wayne Northrop came to the farewell not only to say goodbye to Ali but to maybe talk to the powers-that-be to reprise his role as THE REAL ROMAN BRADY. I am not being cruel here at all, but Josh Taylor is NOT Roman and NEVER has been in my opinion. We need Wayne back to show the true acting ability and stage presence that he personified as Roman Augustus Brady all those years ago. If they want to keep Josh Taylor, that’s fine. Bring back Chris Kositchek and let Josh take over his own original role. I honestly think the reason that Roman gets little screen time is that fans don’t get excited about the portrayal of the character by Taylor, As a man of 48 years old, I have watched this show since the early 80s. Deidre Hall & Wayne Northrop had chemistry that sizzled back in the day. If Wayne came back to the canvas as Roman, that would be an awesome way to get those two back together, especially now that John Black is being such a jerk. No offense, Drake, we still love you just not JOhn at the present time. LOL. Anyway, good luck Ali. WE WILL MISS YOU GREATLY> Hugs and love to you.

nancy
nancy

I will miss Alison i’m sad to see her go she reminds me of a poem she walks in beauty for so many years and throughout her years so beautiful with a lot of bite as sami think you for sami

nancy
nancy

I ment to say at the end thank you for sami

Virginia
Virginia

I’ll miss seeing her because that “girl” can really act !!!! I have watched her from day one, she acts her ass off …..

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I am sorry to see her go even though the character she plays is one gigantic pain in the neck (of course, that’s the way she’s written I know) – with the characters of EJ and Sami going bye-bye I wonder how the writers will work around their absense.
They are the focal point of the show it seems to me (I am a relatively new viewer)
so it should be
interesting to watch.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’d love to see photos from the party. Anyone know where we can see some pics?

fanny
fanny

Go to Deidre Hall’s facebook fan page and you will see many photos of Alison’s last day.

myke
myke

Ms. Sweeney,
Thank you for the wonderful yrs that you’ve shared with us, your fans, you. Ive watch you on the show since you came on, and I must say, you have grown into a beautiful young lady. Good luck in the next chapter of your life, whatever that will be, you will be awesome in it. Sami, don’t stay away from Salem to long like your Uncle Bo, or Aunt Kim……………….
There have been many awesome storylines that defined you, but the one that sticks out is when Sami saw mom n John on the table at da party… CLASSIC!!!! Did Sami ever forgive her mom??
And Oct 232014 show. That hug between Sami n Nicole……….WOW!!! I freekn cried Allison!!!! lol. Finaly, the letter from Deidra Hall.. Only a **mom*** would know how to put things in order…….Awesome Doc.Evans…………..
Again Samantha Gene Brady, aka Allison Sweeny, Thx and good luckin your new adventures.

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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.

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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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