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Are DAYS Ben and Ciara Primed To Be The Hottest New Couple On The Soaps?

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Soap opera storylines can be forgiving, and as we have seen, former bad boys turn good and fall in love with beautiful girls, who are attracted to men with an edge.

Look no further than when Luke (Tony Geary) raped Laura (Genie Francis) on General Hospital, and how eventually that turned out!  Luke and Laura became the most iconic soap supercouple of them all.

Then, there is taking the anti-hero from a working class family and having him fall in love with the spoiled, rich girl.   Days of our Lives did this most successfully with another one of soaps iconic love stories that of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) in the 80’s.

Now, DAYS looks to take this classic formula and bring it to modern day as Bo and Hope’s daughter, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) who is a bit of wild child herself, finds herself on a collusion course with serial killer Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

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As viewers saw on Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, after Ciara gets in a motorcycle accident and can’t move on the outskirts of Salem, Ben is dropped off in the same vicinity by an enraged Chad (Billy Flynn), who learned that Ben has been released by the courts to re-enter society.  Thanks, Marlena (Deidre Hall)!  Chad wants him as far away from Salem as possible.

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Once by himself, Ben comes upon a beautiful damsel in distress, Ciara!  He pockets her cellphone, and sees she can’t move, and carries her in his arms.  Where is he heading? Well, from the looks of the previews for next week, to the same cabin he tortured Abigail in!  But this time, things look as if they will turn out much differently.

Ben wants redemption.  Ciara can’t get over being raped by Chase, and caught Tripp (Lucas Adams) with Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan) in a comprimising position.  Hope is upset that Marlena help free Ben! .What will happen when she finds out her daughter is with the guy, and that she may actually end up falling for him, and having the hots for him?  So much juicy story built in by DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati. and many obstacles for Ben and Ciara to overcome.

So, do you think this pairing will ignite the screen? Are you onboard for some #Cin, a Ben and Ciara romance? Comment below.

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Mike
Mike

On a purely physical level – they look great together. And if Ben had been a thief, or had gone to jail for beating up Chad, or for ALMOST killing someone – then, I think there would be a much easier road to possible redemption. I just think being a (former?) serial killer who has paid for his crimes for a little less than two years is asking a bit much to ask. How does any character look at him or interact with him with any sense of security? How can Ciara hold it against Trip for almost sleeping with Claire after she told Trip they were over – but just move past Ben having murdered three people? It’s going to be an uphill battle on that one. But I’ll be watching to see how it goes.

Celia
Celia

Beautiful post, Mike…..well phrased, giving thought to your words.
Before TPTB jump headlong into this pit, they need to remind themselves of exactly what you said, Mike.
Beside the fact that Ben, as the new, revised edition, needs to confront himself….get to know himself….find himself, and come to grips with whom he now is.
I hope the idea doesn’t go anywhere…..as you say, we shall see.

Please forgive the unintentional omission of the comma….completely changes the meaning of the sentence.
Should read:…..any discussion Tripp and Ciara may have had, went down the tubes.
Yikes….

Patrick
Patrick

the actor ( actress ) who portraits.. Ciera Alice.. is a stunning FIND. she hits all the beats of ingenue.. heroine.. broken .. ( her rape) right now is aching.. as she tried to relate to Tripp. she’s a magical find.. right out of the gate.. REELS

RSW : IS ANOTHER GEM… so rare to find two qualified actors .. pulling off a supercouple in the making? how the senses took .. how your uninhibited controlled

love at first site… all your hormonal rage flew

!!!! there’s no control.. it’s full tilt aware of carnal knowledge @ first bite ?

as long as the sensitivity is played out for Ciera.. that Ben… responds mentally emotionally physically.. then it is

Karen
Karen

I haven’t been this excited for a couple since Bo met his Fancy Face! I have watched Days since the very first episode, first scene showing Tom and Alice’s front porch! Bring on Cin, I am already on the Cin train!

Jimh
Jimh

Yep…Days is reintroducing the super couple or the ‘killer’ super hero…Ben and Ciara will be seen on her motorbike fleeing Salem after so many try to break them up…Ciara at the wheel..Ben behind her with his arms tightly around her waist…as their love song plays…’I’m Holding Out For An Anti-Hero!’-lol

Sandra
Sandra

I think they could have great potential if they write this correctly. If Ben is actually redeemed I think in soaps a well written redemption can overcome a lot.

I’m very interested to see how this plays out. Right now I’m rooting for #Cin, storytelling may change that but I’m very intrigued.

val
val

A serial killer can’t be redeemed. So stupid. Bring the actor back as a twin or a Doppelganger. This is why soaps lost viewers. Ben was a great character and pure evil, but soaps shouldn’t be in the business of minimizing murderers.

Diane
Diane

It’s entertainment. He had mental illness. He broke when he dad beat him, his sister and mother. Anything can happen in a soap opera. A serial killer can’t be redeemed. Well a dead person can’t be brought back to life either, but it happens all the time. Jack is next.

Vicki
Vicki

Amen, Diane!!!!

Bj
Bj

I agree ,Bo was the bad boy and ended up with hope .Now his daughter following in mom and dad foot step.Great writing

Satan
Satan

Typical convoluted plotpoint ReRon clusterf%$# writing. Considering that every serial killer who has ever lived has ended up in Hell, I think I can speak with considerable authority that they are not redeemable.

Days should have known this, as they just recently tried to do this with Andre DiMera (who actually had THREE seperate sprees as a serial killer – though the third one turned out to be that Melaswen dragonshit, so the victims weren’t actually dead). Of course in the end, Andre wasn’t truly redeemed and was still up to his devious ways.

Ironically a redeemed Andre was never necessary in the first place, since they always had his lookalike Tony DiMera ready for a return. Tony being the “good twin” in that scenario, of course.

Maybe ReRon should have dreamed up a “good twin” for Ben? Sure it would have been a ridiculous convoluted stunt writing, but when has that ever stopped him?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No! No! No! Days would be going down that same ruinous road that GH has been down (to my chagrin) many times. You can’t “redeem” a psychopath! After the graphically violent scenes the character had before he cannot be redeemed. Make him a twin 🙂
if you want to give the actor some work.

JMER
JMER

First getting rid of Stephen Nichols and now this! It does seem that Days, which had lured in more viewers, is now taking the same route as GH. Wrong, very wrong and GH’s audience is much more accepting of murderers as romantic leads. I hope Days’ audience won’t accept one bit of this. The actor who plays Ben is great so I expect they think everyone will fall for it. And I can’t believe L&L are going to be the comparison. In no way was L&L done irresponsibly by Monty. They took great care in bringing rape to the forefront of the national conversation in a way that had never been done before–it was a social issue storyline.

Sara
Sara

Only problem with this is that we ALL know what made Ben popular the first time around. And it had nothing to do with playing nice. Plus his been on for 2 minutes. His got a looong uphill. Trying to make amends first. I also feel he is placed in the wrong age grouo. But im pretty sure I know why. They have him there for now:) plus it’s too weird for me that he murdered a girl around same age as Ciara.

He also have history of violence towards women. Before he started to murder. It’s too much that dosent make sense for my taste. But as long as you’re hot I guess its different. His no Stefan trying to rape Abby. Because that was wrong and he isn’t hot lol

Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson

As far as being in the wrong age group, Bo much much older than Hope back in the 1980s. I think this has super-couple written all over it.

Gina
Gina

Please don´t compare Bo, to a serial killer who murdered multiply women. And was violent even before that. If you want someone like that with 15 year younger woman, a rape victim. You gotta see fast, that most of these ppl only want some for fast thrill, they see two hot ppl and thats about it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Are you saying that what Stefan O did…make love to an alter who he BELIEVED was real and in his mind it wasn’t rape, he really loved her is worse than a murderer????

I think I’d go for the “confused” romantic over the serial killer. LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

I’ve christened Tyler Christopher the Kevin Costner of daytime… AND that’s HOT PERIOD

Stefan is making inroads and is just as commanding

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Not sure how I feel about this possibility. I like Ciara with Tripp. I think they are so cute together. Maybe Ciara can be a catalyst for Ben getting re-established in town.

Celia
Celia

What a great point you make,Llanviewer! I like it…

blake
blake

I prefer Ciara with Tripp also. At least it will be an interesting triangle.

Gilda
Gilda

Can’t get past Ben being a killer-ciera should be with trip and he saves her when Ben goes off the rails AGAIN,

Celia
Celia

I love Robert….he’s every woman’s dream ( well, except for mysband, LOL)…..tall, goegeous, mysterious….yet, I love Tripp.
It would be sooo disappointing for me if the writers decide on a liaison between Ben and Ciara.
I want her first time to be with Tripp ( rape does not count—not lovemaking)…. to be sweet. Gentle. Not scary. I don’t know if Ben fits the bill; even if he is rehabilitated/’cured’.
I doubt he’s ready, so soon after his release.
I feel so badly for Tripp. Awwww!! Plus, he and Ciara are so good together……maintaining a true affection after discovering their friendship turned to romance.
Thanks to Claire ( I have had my fill with her nonsense—she is desperate), any discussion Tripp and Ciara may have had went down the tubes.
Obviously, no one can control the writers….so, I caution them to think before they put “ink to paper”…. .

blake
blake

I prefer Ciara with Tripp as well.

Vicki
Vicki

I think Ben and Ciara are a super couple in the making. I’m so excited. Everyone can be redeemed on a soap. Tripp and Claire will make a great couple, too!

Celia
Celia

Correction: my husband

Rebecca
Rebecca

Sounds a lot like Franco/Elizabeth on GH. For much of the audience it’s working because they consistently rank #1 couple in fan polls.

Soap viewers are adept at going with not so realistic stories. It’s all up to the writing and the actors to make it work. Sami married a man who both raped her and had her raped. I don’t think it gets more far fetched than that.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I saw your comment and thought…”when did I write this???” Then realized “you” aren’t “me.” 😉

I don’t see this as a Franco/Liz thing because Franco really did have a medical reason why he was violent. Confirmed by so many doctors. So, I don’t see him as a “redeemed” murderer; just a victim whose condition unfortunately caused others to be victims.

Ben, from what I gather, (have only watched over a year) murdered to murder. Psychopath? Sociopath? Couple of bad days? Unless there was a medical reason I don’t see how any normal human being could date a murderer let alone a serial killer.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I agree with you about Franco. A tumor on your frontal lobe is actually the most realistic reason for behavior that I think a soap has used. Couple that with the prolonged sexual abuse at a very young age and a mother who only knew how to lie to him to protect him and it makes for a very complicated character who didn’t grasp reality. It’s much more believable to me than microchips in the brain, memory mapping, brainwashing, developing DID late in life…, etc.

My parallel was mostly meant to say I think Days sees Franco/Elizabeth working on GH and they want to do their own spin of it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well, in defense of the soap the microchips, memory mapping, etc are the “fantastical” elements of the show. Like freezing the world, putting dead people on ice and bringing them back, wearing face masks, etc. But, I agree. I’m totally on board with the reasoning behind Franco’s crime spree. And they’ve been pretty consistent; he’s been caring, nurturing and a loyal partner, friend, son, pseudo-dad to Kiki, ever since the tumor was removed.

But it really (in my opinion) won’t work over at Days if the only reason for a serial killer’s action was a “stage”. LOL

Amanda
Amanda

No not at all! I’m not a Ben and Ciara fan. I am loving how days has written Tripp and Ciara. They have super couple potential.

Bob
Bob

I agree

blake
blake

Same here, Tripp and Ciara are great together.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love Ciara and Tripp. This coupling may look hot but going from rape to a serial killer is a “tad” much. Tripp is a good-looking sweetheart!

blake
blake

Agree. Ben is super hot also, but Tripp is the best guy for Ciara.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi blake; yeah; agree. Ben is “super hot.” But, not many aren’t on soaps! 😉

Patrick
Patrick

gosh.. i’m a week behind.. yet.. LOOK @PIC above.. it has so much read all over it. these are combustible actors.. who.. if given a steady hand… will write a love story

I can already look past.. the “history” of said character RSW… being a “serial killer” because he’s such a magnetic actor. she’s Gran’ Jewel PLUS… Ciera Alice , like I’ve posted, is the nuErica Kane. she’s @DAYS.. and I LOVE HER

WAS Tripp… given the heave ho ? help @Celia. I hope not.. because this actor is just as talented and we, the audience, are just chomping at the bit.. waiting for his REEL.

@DAYS had to make a choice in dealing with “Ben” history… especially with Abs and Chad. GET BEN heavily immersed . and it’s right to give him a story .. with the burgeoning STARLET. i’m so tickled and giddy for Ciera. this is a tour de force.. assessing the post plus.. i’d say this is GOOD

MOVING

blake
blake

Ciara is going to break up and be upset with Tripp for kissing Claire and almost having sex with her (but stopping it!), but she’s cool with Ben, a serial killer. LOL

I like Tripp and Ciara a lot, this will probably be a really good triangle. They are three beautiful people for sure!

Bob
Bob

Why did ciara tell hope to forgive rafe for sleeping with Sami but won’t forgive Tripp for not doing anything wrong

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thought the same thing; easier to give advice then to follow your own, especially when your heart’s involved.

Bob
Bob

How long do you think it will take Ciara and Tripp to get back together

Bob
Bob

When do you think Ciara and Tripp will get back together

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I don’t know where I’m going with this but trying to buy the story is going to be a very tough sell for me. Ben murdered 3 people. Even if they found a way to undo the deaths, there is still the fact that he took away alot of time from the lives of these people if the writing goes in that direction. Just Will alone lost a couple of years. I have to say i never saw this story coming.

Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol

I really dont know what to think if Ben did change I suppose it could work.

Momo
Momo

Was Days on today (Tuesday)? I am glad Ben is back. Ciara was raped so don’t know if she can get with a killer.

Gina
Gina

AH, ppl have NOT been given the WHOLE reason Ben is back in Salem. Why would he do there anyway? He has made somewhat “amends” with Will. The rest is dead. He is there, to eventually revenge Chabby. Even the first scenes he had. He tried to blame Chad, and the cheating for him going saine. Cheating is indeed wrong, but it dosen´t mean ppl go insane and start murdering ppl LOL. Trust me, his MAIN purpose is well hidden, but it is there if you think about that. He is here for Chabby revenge, ultimately. The fact that he STILL thinks about it, after being “supposedly” cured. Means he hasn´t forgotten about it 😉

Diane
Diane

Yes, yes. I always loved Ben. Then they made him a bad guy. But Ben is gorgeous and is Ciara (thank god other actress is gone, she was terrible actress). This absolutely can be a new Bo & Hope. Besides the guy Tripp looks too young for her and doesn’t have enough passion for Ciara. He needs to pursue Claire. He jumped into bed with her right away, just like Rafe did with Sammy. Now Sami is coming back pregnant?

stevie g
stevie g

I love RSW, he is so hot in his role as Ben, but the fact he killed 3, almost four people and is out of jail already doesn’t work for me. Why should he be redeemed when Chase never was. Chase was grieving his Dad and was under a really bad influence from Andre, who by the way got off scott free on that deed, if you don’t count his awful scar injury and eventual death. It is exciting to see Ben with Ciara though, its just a big ask for us viewers as well as most all of Salem, who are either related to Ciara or to someone Ben killed.

Angela
Angela

Ben and Ciara would look good as a couple but not right away.Ben got a lot to work through before that can be an possibility.I like Tripp too but not for Ciara I thought he would of been better with Claire.

Annie Thiel
Annie Thiel

I DO SEE CIARA AND BEN TOGATHER. HE IS WAY BETTER THAN TRIPP.

Annie Thiel
Annie Thiel

I HOPSE SO GET RID OF TRIPP

Annie Thiel
Annie Thiel

I WANT CLIARE TO BE KILLED OFF

Annie Thiel
Annie Thiel

BEN IS WAY BETTER THAN TRIPP PLUSS TRIPP IS UGLY

Annie Thiel
Annie Thiel

I WANT TO SEE MORE OF CIARA AND BEN INTERACTING. I DON’T CLARIE AROUND BEN. SHE A DROOLING DOG . I WANT CLAIRE DEAD AND HOPE DEAD. I WANT BEN AND CIARA RECONNECT.

Angela
Angela

The only way to overcome Ben’s serial killer status is to show that it never happened. It should be that it was actually his father, Clyde, who committed the murders and then brainwashed Ben to believe that he was the murderer. Clyde gets off scott-free and Ben is the scapegoat. Since Ben was abused as a child by his father, it would be easy for him to be brainwashed by him as well. Lots of flashbacks could be filmed showing how Clyde committed the murders and framed Ben. It was all a nightmare for you, Ben, induced by your father! Clyde’s evil deeds are exposed. The Salem community realizes Ben is OK. Then Ciara will end up with a good man and Salem and the fans would be more accepting of this couple. I’ve been watching Days for years and I am a big fan but it is a bit of a reach to ask fans to accept that a member of Salem’s pillar family would be involved with a serial killer. There, I solved the crisis. I should be on the Days writing team! Days, call me.

Satan
Satan

Since Ron Carlivati got the name “ReRon” for a reason – constantly repeating the same stories – and his attempts at redeeming Ben are already looking exactly like his psuedo-redemption of the serial psycho killer Franco on GH, it’s only a matter of time before Ben is revealed to have a brain tumor, which will be blamed for all of his crimes.

You can bet your soul on it. Hell, since the previous writers already established that Redneck Clyde was very abusive to Ben as a child, they could even write that the brain tumor resulted from too many head injuries in the past.

Lulu
Lulu

Can someone tell me the name of the song playing on the Ben Na Ciara Lone scene on Friday April 26,2019…. PLEASE

Lulu
Lulu

Can some tell me the Love scene Song on the Days of Our Lives.with Ben and Ciara on Friday 04/26/19 is….. please

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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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Matt Cedeno Debuts Tonight On ‘Ambitions’

Former Days of our Lives star Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon Walker) is set to begin his recurring role on tonight’s episode of OWN’s sudsy Ambitions.

Cedeno is taking on the role of Ignacio DeSantos, who is said to be the heir to a textiles conglomerate, and who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer, Bella (Erica Page).

Ignacio is a said to also be a very dynamic character, who has quite the lifestyle! Hmmm.

Will passion ignite between Ignacio and Bella? Stay tuned.

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Matt was most recently seen on Power in the role of Cristobal.

Ambitions airs Tuesday nights at 10PMEST/9PMCST.

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Excited to see Matt in his new role tonight? Comment below.

 

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