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Billy Flynn Makes His DAYS Debut As Chad DiMera! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Monday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Billy Flynn shared his first dialog-driven scenes as the new Chad DiMera with his on-screen brother EJ, played by James Scott.

In the scenes, a very upset and revenge-seeking Chad pulls a gun on his elder brother, after first throwing a punch, and let’s him know how betrayed he is that EJ took up with his girl Abigail  (Kate Mansi) after Chad was sent away to recover after taking a bullet meant for EJ! Chad clearly wants payback and is showing his new “DiMera” side!

Flynn takes on the role of Chad after Casey Deidrick had inhabited the role and became a fan favorite.  However, as fans clearly know by now, Flynn’s take on the character will not only be different, but so too, is how the character is being written by the DAYS writing team – this looks to be a more vindictive and cunning Chad, but with a deep sadness underneath it all.   How will it all play out?  That remains to be seen!

So what were your first impressions of Billy Flynn as the new Chad DiMera of Salem?  Weigh-in below!

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

Oddly, ive accepted him already as Chad…it usually takes me time to adjust to recast…it took me months to accept nuWill…this Chad actually seems more like a Dimera…so IMO this is the perfect recast choice in a long time! He could be to Days what J.R.s son is to Dallas…he kind of reminded me of him during those confrontation scenes with E.J.,…maybe no one else felt that but i did!!!

Amanda
Amanda

I am not impressed with this new Chad, especially if he is suppose to be the new leader of the Dimera family and another EJ. He does not have the looks or charisma to fit that kind of character. He cold NEVER be remotely close the EJ character portrayed to perfection by James Scott.

I have no intentions of watching Days after EJAMI are gone. Nothing at all to look forward to in my opinion. EJAMI are the best thing on Days and the only capturing duo. The rest are SO boring and pathetic!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Amanda….I agree. Flynn put on a mediocre show, sadly, not even close to my idea of what a DiMera should look like or act like. Nonetheless, it would not be fair and very remiss of me not to, at least, give him a shot. I did notice an edge to him…he has that I-dare-you-to-defy-me look. But, he looks very Irish….nothing Italian about him.
Frankly, I think Ben would have been a better choice for the Chad role. Who knows, Flynn may surpass what we expected, in a positive way.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I must amend (somewhat) my previous comments. Today, Flynn WAS a DiMera. He executed the role with aplomb. His icy stare burned a few holes in me.(sorry about the oxymoron…lol…just came out that way), I admit he was great….still too young for being pushed into this dramatic change of character, though….IMO

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Same here, Amanda. A recast is always difficult, but this one doesn’t seem to fit the bill. And I actually preferred the first Ben!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James,

Yes…AGREED!!!!! To me, Billy Flynn just ain’t cutting it here in the role of Chad DiMera. No. To me, Casey Deidrick was W-A-Y better in the role!!!!! As for that Billy Flynn dude…No Thank You. Next…….

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I agree, he is more DiMera-ish?..lol I loved Casey as Chad but Billy is bringing the DiMera out in him. By the way..I loved the right hook to EJ. Looking forward to what happens next! I can’t wait to see how Sonny and Will react to the nuChad…that will be very interesting!

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I was not overly impressed but whatever – it seems to me that it will be a somewhat predictable triangle between Abby, her current love interest Ben and the “new” Chad. I guess with current cast members departing, they obviously have to aim storylines around existing and new faces – however I still maintain that instead of constantly adding new actors, they should get some new sets. Everyone is always in that stupid park set, please – the labor day picinic, the big College together, someone’s wedding, the Vatican, an afternoon stroll, outspoken confessions to murder – PLEASE get some new and diversified sets.

Mary SF
Mary SF

My recent favorite was the front of St. Luke’s School/ Church was simply the staircase that used to be a part of the Horton Square with a sign that said St. Luke’s and a green carpet to look like grass where the Square’s flooring was. But the oddest thing is the past the school and the church had no steps– which begs the question, where did those sets go??? But to be fair for the college party they at least put out different park benches—perhaps COSCO had a sale on them– LOL

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

Lol…i noticed that too about the steps when Hope was sitting on them…now i wonder what happened to that missing couch that used to be in the square and never got dirty…lol…speaking of missing whatever happened to Bev…she, not dayplayer Jill, shouldv’e been the one helping Eve split up J.J. and Paige…Bev was attracted to J.J., and it wouldv’e made more sense but then Paige might’ve quickly realized it was a setup if Bev was involved…or if she didnt, Bev couldv’e been desperate and blackmailed Eve for more money and this is how Paige learned it was her mother who planned it all…just a thought!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

@jimh– perhaps because their budget for sets is so low that couch belonged to a former cast member who when they left the show, took their couch with them– LOL

As for Bev– Eve needed to use someone JJ could not track down after the fact– if she used Bev, I think Paige might have been inclined to believe JJ since Bev already tried to deceived Paige into thinking JJ had an STD. But that Jill lady could show up again at some point and start blackmailing Eve for more money— I think at some point Eve will tell Paige that Jack is really her father and JJ is her brother, not that it will be true, but it would be a way to stick it to Jennifer and break up JJ and Paige.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have never seen Catholic Church steps look like that. All the Catholic Churches I have ever attended/and schools, have basilica-style steps…weird!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Tony, funny stuff! It used to be that everything happened in the town square (aka shopping area), and that has been overused. Now, as you say, everything takes place in the woods. If you turn on your TV in the afternoon and you see trees, you’re probably in Salem!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James,

More and more, you are TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!!

To me, whenever I continue to leave my TV on in the morning after TPIR and I see trees in The Katherine Chancellor Park, I know that I’m watching something going on in Genoa City…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, my friend. Peace.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…dude…quick correction:

I meant to put the word ‘watching’ in-between the words ‘after and TPIR’. It should have read ‘after watching TPIR’. Anyway…MY BAD!!!!!

From J to J…Peace.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Tony…y-e-s. To me, even a walk along a beach would be a refreshing change of pace. Yep. And…’stupid park set’ is right. I mean…spread out, move around…something. Oh, those soaps…LOL!!!!!

Take care, Tony. Peace.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I really didn’t feel it….to me he seems even younger than the last Chad… if he were in a t shirt and jeans he would have looked as though he could be in HS! Even younger than JJ.

I was hoping with EJ leaving that he would be the new sexy mysterious Demeara, but that’s out the door. maybe in a decade or two…LOL..

Where’s the sexy romance DOOL? ( Don’t say Jennifer and Daniel…please!)

I heard Melanie was coming back… perhaps a recast, but she was a fun character! 🙂

Can’t imagine a DOOL without EJ, Kristen, and Sami…. writers better ramp it up!

PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco
PatrickSABRINA_CARLYFranco

Days without SAMI EJ(who was only on 7 or 8 yrs)will be just as they always are
FINE.
I LOVE nu chad scenes,a real tall guy like other chad was, played by cute casey.
casey imo took some getting liking too as well. so i m giving this one a fair chance

Mary SF
Mary SF

My first thought was he looks a bit like Nick — too bad that character’s dead, he might have been a good recast for the part. As Chad —still thinking about. I am pleased they are making Chad darker, turning him into a proper DiMera but without the crazy side.

Not sure if having him confront EJ and then Abigail for his first scenes was the way to go. They were great scenes just wished I had seen them with Casey in the role or they have given me some time to get to know this new Chad before having him confront them.
Because I was spending most of those scenes too aware of the new actor that I missed some of the enjoyment of what should have been epic confrontations. But what is done is done and I’m sure over time I will less aware of the new actor that I begin enjoying the character again.

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I was thinking the same thing, this guy has “Nick vibes” and would have been a good recast for the role of Nick. Predictably, there has already been a brief confrontation between Abby and Ben and Chad in the Fake Leaf park where everything happens. In Salem, you have two places to meet someone – either at the Pub or in the Fake Leaf Park. That’s it. If you want to have dinner somewhere, sorry, it’s a sandwich at the Fake Leaf Park or a fruit plate at the Pub.

Steeeeeven
Steeeeeven

I liked Caey, but he didn’t want to stick around so I think Billy will do a fine job in the role. At least the writers have realized the need for more Dimeras on the show. Only if a they could find a few more to keep Chad company come November.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Maybe, he will be ok, Steeeeeven. But, already I see traces of an out-of-character Chad. This nuChad is certainly acting as Lord of the Manor, robe and all…lol. The REAL Chad would never roam around the house in a velour robe, no less. Flynn needs to find the REAL Chad somewhere inside and emote that character.

amyrose
amyrose

chad will show salem the new bad boy hope he is not whipped like ej from sami they made ej into a little lap dog he should have told sami kiss off but he didn’t but I will stay with days chad is what I am watching days for now

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have a sneaking suspicion that EJ is setting up Sami — I don’t think she can humiliate a man like EJ without consequences. I think he is doing to her, what she did to him, making her believe he is on her side, wants her back, will protect her– but at the right moment I think he will yank the rug from under her, take her kids and disappear. Then Sami will go off looking for them, which is my theory how they will write these two characters off the show.

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

Sounds plausible…and i love it…you should be a story consultant…but what would be a great twist is that Sami secretly knows what E.J. is up to and she takes off with the kids…and E.J. goes looking for her!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

@jimh– yeah that would be a good twist on a twist, but since we already know that James Scott left the show before Allison, we have to assume EJ is first to leave Salem. My theory is based on the fact that I can’t see Sami wanting to leave Salem, uproot her children, be separated from her grandchild, unless the reason was really compelling. So that is why I thought EJ will take off with the kids forcing Sami to go after them– but who knows what will shake down, Days is the only soap I have a hard time predicting.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Jimh, you’re just too funny. Always one up on all of us.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Does anyone else see a resemblance between Billy Flynn and Casey Moss?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ye, I do, Jimmy…it’s around the eyes, for me…not the color…just his glance. The nose is similar also.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Don’t like the new Chad at all. They should have gotten someone at least as tall as Casey. Billy Flynn looks more like the actor who played Nick. My Mom even thought it was Nick!

Don’t like Flynn’s interpretation of Chad. He plays Chad too creepy. Casey’s Chad was never creepy. Also, I liked the scenes between Casey and Joe Mascolo as Chad and Stefano respectively. Don’t expect to see that same dynamic. I think casting messed this one up.

dawncollins
dawncollins

I don’t care for him much. I understand the writing of his character being different though. He’s been living with Stefano of course he’s changed and not for the better. I wish Days would move on from someyhing/someone always breaking up Daniel & Jennifer and JJ & Paige. Move on already!! They rehash the same scenarios over and over.

Paul
Paul

I still miss the original Chad but I’ll give the new actor a chance. I’ll root for any character that will try to make Abigail’s life messy and unhappy.

Tsuds
Tsuds

I liked him.. good choice.. a good Dimera!

Mo
Mo

My first impressions were YIKES. Wish nuChad and nuWill would exit.

Mo
Mo

And bring Stefano back FOR REAL.

BTripp
BTripp

He does look like a combo of Nick and JJ. I will give him a chance but I was pretty fond of Casey as Chad. If Melanie is coming back also and going to be in a quad with Abigail, Chad, and Ben that might be hot.

Mary SF
Mary SF

It today’s show is any indication it looks like there might be a Chad/ Jordan pairing in the making. If so, then l hope that will make her more interesting, because she is so dull with Rafe.

CeeCee
CeeCee

The same thing crossed my mind, Mary……he looks kind of young, though. I think an older Chad would have been a better choice.

Wendy
Wendy

Chad needs to be replaced. He just does not fit.

Wendy
Wendy

I really hate the new Chad. The old Chad was so cute and lovable/likable. I thought the new Chad was Nick at first. I couldn’t stand the Nick character either. I hope they do an immediate recast of the new Chad. I’ll never get used to him in this role… Very disappointed!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The character of Chad is a new man. He has recovered from his gunshot and feels betrayed by Abby and EJ. Also, Stefano has influenced Chad.

He is a good recast at the perfect time!

Wendy
Wendy

I think Stephano will do something to Sami and EJ will protect her by taking her and their kids somewhere. They’ll go into hiding. Of course, you can’t hide from Stephano (and it’ll eventually show that it somehow was Stephano’s plan all along). This will go on until Days figures out a way to bring them back!!!

Belle
Belle

Give the new Chad a chance . He does appear to have an edge; plus, I think he’s setting up Kate for a huge fall. Chad is on his father’s team.

J.Schmidt
J.Schmidt

Don’t care for the new Chad, I too thought it was Nick at first.. Redo please…

amyrose
amyrose

ej will get shot but not killed he will be the new phoenix just like Stefano and he will come back looking for abby and do to abby what Stefano did to marlena just wait and see. Abigail = marlena Ej = Stefano Ben = john see what I see same story and I hope days does it

Jujhu
Jujhu

he is just perfect, love him love him…. NOT the new will yak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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