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Billy Baldwin Shares the DAYS Audition that Went Awry When the Soap was Seeking an ‘Alec Baldwin’ Type

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In a ‘True Hollywood Story’, of sorts, Billy Baldwin took to Instagram and shared what went on behind the scenes when Days of our Lives was looking to cast the role of Ivy Jennings boyfriend many years ago.

Ivy was then played by actress and now acting coach as well, Holly Gagnier, and according to Baldwin’s post the she was his fiancée at the time.  Making this all the more ironic was that DAYS was seeking an “Alec Baldwin’ type for the role.  Of course, Billy is Alex’s brother.  However, according to Baldwin’s post he was rejected by DAYS and never got the job, after a lousy audition.

Here is what Billy shared: “#HollywoodMoments: Days Of Our Lives – It was very early in my career. I had just signed with my agent J. Michael Bloom and Associates. Michael had also recently signed Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney and Anthony LaPaglia… so it was a very exciting and scary time. I was going on lots and lots of meetings and auditions with casting directors, directors, producers, writers, show runners… and studio and network executives. On my second audition… I booked the film ‘Born of the Fourth of July’ with Oliver Stone at the helm directing and starring Tom Cruise. Not all of of my auditions went that well.

One time I was submitted to read for the soap opera ‘Days of our Lives.’ I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a soap but was willing to take any and every audition and meeting early in my career so I could have more experience in the room, get over the butterflies and try to make an impression on anybody in the business… so I decided to go for it. Ironically… I was reading to play the love interest Ivy Jannings. Ivy Jannings was played by the wonderful and beautiful Holly Gagnier. At the time Holly Gagnier was the real life fiancé of my brother Alec so we were friends and spent a good amount of time together palling around NYC. To make matters worse… it literally said on the breakdown of the audition for this part: Prototype: “Alec Baldwin type”

They were actually looking for an “Alec Baldwin type” and it was to play the part of the love interest of my brother Alec’s real life fiancé… Holly Garnier.  To be kind… let’s just say I stunk up the room so bad that I didn’t even get a call back. In the days and weeks that followed that audition my agent, my brother and the lovely Holly Gagnier never mentioned a word to me about how I did. It just disappeared and was never mentioned again as if it never happened.”

So what do you think would have happened if Billy Baldwin actually wound up on DAYS? Maybe they should let him audition for another part now??? What do you think? Take a look at his full post below, then let us know your thoughts on the real-life story he shared in the comments section.


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I’ve seen him on talk shows and he’s a fun guy. I can’t quite understand why he would not get feedback on an audition experience such as this. Doesn’t make sense to me.

Sorry, folks…I understand the Fondas, the Barrymores, the Hustons, even the Wahlbergs. But I’ll never get the appeal of the Baldwin clan, especially Alec. He’s like the plague….He’s EVERYWHERE! Book jacket blurbs, film criticism, art galleries, interviews about classic cinema that he claims to have “experienced” — decades before his birth. When did he become The Oracle about everything in the arts? It’s nauseating. I guess I’m glad the family managed to avoid most soaps, except for Alec’s unmemorable work on KNOTS LANDING and THE DOCTORS, or whatever show he graced.

LOL. This is funny.

Love it.

Funny story. I think things worked out ok for him.

If I were you Billy boy I would not discuss my sick twisted brother !!! Anybody else he would have already been charged with murder . Good old sick Hollywood

Sick, twisted brother? Didn’t see Billy refer to Stephen at all.

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DAYS Favorite Sal Stowers Debuts in New Role in Tyler Perry’s BET Series ‘Sistas’

On Wednesday night, November 29th, Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant, Days of our Lives) joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s BET dramedy, Sistas.

In it, Sal debuted as Penelope , the sister to Jordan in the episode titled From the Blindside. Additionally, in story, Penelope finds herself romantically involved with the character of Gary played by Chido Nwokocha.

Sistas, which premiered back in October of 2019, tells the story of a group of single black women as they navigate the modern challenges of life, including careers, friendships, romances, and social media.

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Stowers recently made a return to Days of our Lives back in July of this year, when Lani came to the rescue of her father Abe (James Reynolds) who was being held hostage by Nurse Whitley (Kim Coles).  Sal has always said she is more than open to make more recurring appearances on the show, if she is available and if there is story for her to play.

Soap fans first noticed Sal in 2013, when she played All My Children’s Cassandra during the 43 episode run of Prospect Park’s streaming version of the beloved soap opera.

So, looking forward to catching Sal on Sistas? Hoping Lani will return to Salem soon? Comment below.

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Win a Private Game Night with Soap Stars and Help Children in Need for the Holidays

Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) is back with her annual toy drive for children through the holidays through her fundraiser in her effort to raise 25,000 toys for children in need each fall through Christmas is Not Cancelled to benefit Toys for Tots.

This week, fans have the opportunity to win a private zoom game night with none other than: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Emme Rylan (Ex-Lulu, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Rob Scott Wilson (Alex, DAYS) Ali Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), and Lilley herself, by giving a toy to a child in need via website.

According to the site: “One Lucky Winner will be tuning in for a night of glamour, giggles, and game-winning moments, including: VIP Access to Your Soap Opera Faves: Join the virtual party with stars from your favorite daytime dramas! Prepare for drama on and off the screen as you chat, laugh, and bond over shared soap secrets.”

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Lilley shares: “By participating in this prize drawing, you will directly contribute to providing joy and happiness to underserved children during a challenging time in their lives, creating positive holiday memories!”

For more info on how you can win, make sure to visit

So, would you like to have a special ‘game night’ with this bevy of soap stars? Check out the opportunity, and let us know via the comment section below

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Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

UPDATED: Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show segment.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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