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BREAKING NEWS: James Scott Wraps-Up His Run As EJ DiMera Today At Days of our Lives!

Courtesy/IMDB Photo: Dana Patrick

Courtesy/IMDB Photo: Dana Patrick

It’s going to be a bittersweet day today for fan favorite James Scott as he wraps up his eight year run this afternoon at Days of our Lives.  James is taping his final scenes as EJ DiMera!  The popular actor will air well into the fall of this year.

The news report came via Soap Opera Digest who first reported the news! NBC/Corday Productions released this statement on the actor’s departure:  “We are saddened but supportive of James Scott’s decision to leave the show after eight years to take some personal time and pursue new projects. His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always.”

James Scott in his own statement shared these sentiments: “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely.”

Earlier this week, On-Air On-Soaps posted our latest interview with James.  During the interview, we originally had asked James what his future was with the show and if he wanted to comment on that, and at that juncture he had offered no comment on the situation, and On-Air On-Soaps honored that by not including it in the piece.

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This is an incredible loss for Days of our Lives and the fans of the series. Will the show write-off EJ with Sami? Would the show even possibly consider recasting?  That remains to be seen.  So what do you think of the news of James departing DAYS?  Comment below!

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Maggie
Maggie

I’m so happy for James. And I wish him the best as he tries new projects. He brought so much to Days. I can’t think of one other male on the show who’s kept me as captivated. Truly EJ DiMera will be missed. I just hope in the time remaining, EJ will be written to make up for the tremendous hit the character took with the vile story Days told earlier this year. James deserves to have his character go out on a high note, and I hope he and his fan get it. Godspeed, James, and thanks for all the memories.

elsa
elsa

well said !

daryl
daryl

Yes, James Scott is going to do very well in primetime television . There are many great shows on TV. He will have no trouble finding a great drama series or comedy series. Any primetime drama show would be lucky to have him. Perhaps ,”Nashville” on ABC. He would be great. I also think Alison Sweeney will have no trouble as well finding a primetime show .

Karen
Karen

Great post! And yes, absolutely all of what you said! Ditto!

Bernadene
Bernadene

I will miss James very much he is very good actor EJ, you always look smart on the show’ haha no don’t bring back Kristen. She is evil. Ej please come back soon hehe’ and please don’t cancel the show. Let the show go on For 90 YEARS and more. Ja I like to se peter as we’ll and everyone on days DONT Quit

BRENDA
BRENDA

i hope you come back on days in the near future and not let it be long away i dont want to see you go but i know you have your life ot live but all your fans are going to miss u so and its not going to be the same with out u and sami i love eric on the show a few others but you and sami really make that show to what it is now please come back soon u and sami ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,love ya guys

Christan Bishop
Christan Bishop

That is so sad! We will miss him tremendously!!!!!

Constance
Constance

I’m saddened by James leaving Days. I’ve been a huge fan for years. Watched when Allison was saying goodbye when EJ was laying there. I couldn’t help but cry these to are amazing and are gonna be missed so much. Good luck to the both of you… Constance!!!

Natalie
Natalie

My husband and I watched this show for decades and we think it is terrible that EJ and Sami are leaving the show. They were the best their ever was..We will miss them very much and there will never be another EJ and Sami. Good Luck to both of you!!!!!!

Tom Snip
Tom Snip

Not surprised: He’s cut from the same cloth as Clark Gable and Cary Grant of a past gernation. James Scott is headed for the bigger screen. Think George Clooney. Will miss his tender and firm moments on DOOL. They gave him a dimentional persona. Sammy going too? Can’t image DOOL’s with out these two pivitol characters. This is big bump in the road for viewers and the writers. They have a way reinventing the wheel, and viewers have leared to expect dramatic schisms in daytime soaps.

Charity Butler
Charity Butler

I agree. EJ and Sami ‘s TV chemistry is something that cannot be denied. They are both exceptional actors. I will truly miss them. Its hurtful for either of them to leave, but it is more devastating because they are both leaving at the same time. The jury is out if I will continue watching. DOOL’s you will need exceptional storylines with excellent actors to rectify this loss. NBC, your writers have their work cut out for them. Also, can you please bring on educated career driven African Americans who are not criminals. I Haven’t seen any for a while besides Abe…Thank You!

Charity

katieK
katieK

With Sami & EJ gone, Days needs to bring in some Vets. Bring back Belle, Shawn D, MiMi, maybe Chloe, but don’t make her storyline so messed up again! Bring back Bo. If Kristen is going to be back, then find a way to bring back Peter. Id love to see Vivivan & Carly return & have great stories with Victor,Kate, & Maggie, but DAys burned their bridges with the actors.

Patrick
Patrick

absolutely, right… about, bringing in some vets….

They, should try… Kimberly and Shane

Oh… this is a big loss

evenmoreso, with Sammi going… as well

i’m not surprised he’s venturing out of this arena
I kinda had that gut expectation…. after AS’ Sammi announcement… that he’d follow suit

this is a big patch… not undoable… as DAYS is : per James Scott” in a Healthy Place

it just smarts

James Scott is an invaluable… hot commodity…
he dedicated his time to DOOL

I just wish and want more

Fan Press and Salute… this influx of ebb and flow I hope isn’t too much

amor
amor

If ej is leaving then I will not see a reason to keep watching its bad enough that sami is leaving their the best and u will miss them

eliza
eliza

ej gone sami will have to go back to rafe thats what a lot people want;s
please don’t leave the show send me a message letting me know whats going on love you sami

Days4Days
Days4Days

She is leaving in 2 weeks…

Days4Days
Days4Days

I mean her final filming is in 2 weeks as well.

Christan Bishop
Christan Bishop

So true!!!

LorriePaige
LorriePaige

If you are referring to the original actors, IF they want to come back. They are not slaves you know. 🙂 Many may have other work elsewhere that is better to them.

Bebe
Bebe

Who wants those old stale actors back? It will just turn it into a farce.

pspcindy
pspcindy

Good for James. Glad he is branching out and open to other opportunities. DOOL is taking a big hit with the loss of Scott and Sweeney. I can only say thanks for many lovely memories of the dynamic, romantic and incredibly handsome EJ DiMera. Here’s hoping we get to see more of James in other mediums.

Big thanks to Michael for all the wonderful interviews you recorded with James and for being a great fan of such a talented actor.

Michelle Black
Michelle Black

I will miss James Scott on Days and I hope we see more from in in the near future. Wishing him Much happiness and success !

Cory
Cory

Mr. Fairman
I know I left you a comment on why you didn’t ask James if he was staying or leaving DOOL in your James Scott interview from earlier this week.
But I’m glad to read that you did ask. I knew you would have. But I’ll admit that I’m surprised that you didn’t just say that James didn’t want to comment on that in your interview with James.
Thanks for clarifying that you did ask.
I still think it was an amazing interview, like you always do.
But darn it, I’m really going to miss seeing James on my TV screen, possibly, every week day. (sniffle. sniffle)
I’m really hoping that James will give you an exit interview now Mr. Fairman!!!!!

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

EJAMI yayyyyy!!!!!! I’m hoping lol

Patrick
Patrick

OH… shucks : heart murmur

EJAMI fans… will get their dream after all

EJ and Sammi ride that wave… as only they can…. and it’s off in to the sunset… or side by side : all the rest be damned in Salem

Oye!

emotion

Days4Days
Days4Days

Ali isn’t wrapping for another 2 weeks.. Let’s hope and pray so..

Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

I am hoping so too! Ejami forever!!!!

Avelina from Santorini Greece
Avelina from Santorini Greece

Sad for James though he was a great actor and I wish him all the best for the future

Sabina Karsan
Sabina Karsan

As much I enjoyed EJ and Sami in their scenes together I cannot beilve that they are leaving the show I love all of my days characters good or evil I liked EJ with Sami they had chemistry together I wish James scott the best of luck He is always going to be EJ Di Mera

Me
Me

Consiser recastig? Like they did with Will? No thanks!

Patrick
Patrick

Kelly Sullivan and Michael Muhney or Trevor St. John

Days4Days
Days4Days

No. There can NEVER be anyone to replace these two. Maybe in the VERY distant future, but not immediately.

elsa
elsa

nope…just NEVER, please.

Karen
Karen

Nope…never ever!

Lew S.
Lew S.

What the heck?!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa
Melissa

Would love to see him in a new project movie with Michael Muhney. The ratings would go through the roof.

mckeemouse
mckeemouse

While I am sad because I won’t be able to watch James’ incredible acting talent nearly every day once the character of EJ DiMera leaves our screens in the fall, I am super happy and excited for James. I believe he is meant to move on to bigger and better things. I will always be a fan and will watch any other acting project that he is involved with in the future. Godspeed James!

Vicki

Carol
Carol

Well said Vicki
I will miss him….but we will see him again…Now the question is …What will Stepheno do.This I got to see……
And they are bring Bo back !!!! This should be intresting…..isnt Hope falling for Aden..
Lets see what Days does now..

Carol
Carol

Iam glad she didnt fall in bed with dude…now that would have been messy,,but the feeelings are there ……..Also I think Days writters she control how that little girlspeaks to her mother she can be so disrespectful and she is only 8….They need to watch that…

Karen
Karen

WOW – what a loss. I wish him the best. He probably figured since Alison Sweeney was leaving it was a perfect time for him to move on as well.

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

I think its time to end the importance of the Dimeras…i dont mean entirely, especially with the return of Kristen and i think the show needs to bring in a new Peter Blake to play the towns bad boy(and maybe Tad could turn out to be Peters son?)…i feel the show needs to bring back a few more Hortons (Bill, and Laura)and Bradys and expand the roles of Maxine, Rory, Bev ect. Give Anne a backstory:lets say Bill caused the death of Annes father during surgery and this is the real reason she hates the Hortons…hire Kelly Sullivan to play Nicoles sister Taylor and pair Taylor with Peter Blake!!! I could go on but other Days ideas i have are posted on different parts of this message board since i joined about two years ago…i cant remember…time flies…lol

Patrick
Patrick

now, I’m afraid, that Nick… (Blake Berris) may take leave as well.

it’s time for the writers to flesh out Anne… and give her some back story

it seems, like the writers are doing better by fleshing, out Theresa…
I now have to wonder… how long Kassie DePaiva is on DOOL

did you listen to MF interview show? I guess… Eileen Davidson’ story arc is 3-4 months….

Oye… this leaves a lot of speculation…. upheaval for Salem’ites

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I hope Eileen’s stint contains EJ and Susan scenes! Maybe Kristen in disguise as Susan until the real Susan shows up!!!

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

I still believe Nick will be killed off…Percy his killer!!!

Days4Days
Days4Days

They bring the drama and excitement. But it has to be a bonafide DiMera, or step-DiMera. Chad was an excellent addition to the fam, but we don’t need any new ones. Bring Peter Blake back from the dead.

Karen
Karen

I will miss him on Days but wish him the best . James deserved better . I will always support him.

angie
angie

dool ia a dying soap opera. this is the start of the end. i am so sad too bad the story lines are so weak

Kdmoma
Kdmoma

I am saddened but not surprised at James Scott decision. I sincerely hope Days does not recast either EJ or Sami. James and Ali have made an indelible mark on these characters. They have given everything to their fans and we are grateful.

Derrick
Derrick

Shocking…………Did NOT expect this at all!

Marc R. Jimenez
Marc R. Jimenez

Awwwwww he is Truly an Amazing Talented Actor on Days for the 8yrs he’s been on he’ll be Truly Truly miss we wish you all the Best James Scott pls coming back real soon for the 50th Surprise Anniversary with Ali pls for your Loyal Loyal Fans here …. We Thnku so much on all your Air time & Hottt Hottt Scenes Incredible …. You & Ali put DAYS on the Map God Bless you always ….. & To Ken Corday please step it up with your Writers in Hearing the Best Actors & Actress that are new coming aboard to the show in the Near Future pls Bring in more strong Talented Dimera’s we need some New Stories now … to follow in there foot steps where James & Ali will Leave off ……DAYS you can do it don’t let your Loyal Fans Down ….Thnku & God Bless you alll always Huggggggs from Marc we Love you James & Ali you will be Truly missed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I guess we saw this coming ever since AS announced she was leaving. He will be solely missed– great talent. Hoping there will be a happy ending for both Sami and EJ, finger’s crossed. Don’t know if this means Days will finally retire the DiMera clan. I can see Kristen taking over EJ’s spot in the family business. I wouldn’t want a recast EJ. Wouldn’t mind a recast of Chad in the future. I guess we’ll see.

As for James I wish him well. Perhaps now that he has some free time he can go back to Peru and inhale some more of that hallucinogenic smoke (see MF interview with him) and get enlighten on which path to take next. Back in my day they called that tripping out, now it is called a spiritual quest– LOL — good luck James, hope you stay here with us on planet Earth.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Michael, I knew when he skillfully avoided any mention of his staying or leaving, that his leaving was immiment. His contract ends this month and there had been no mention of a new contract or negoatiations. Sure signs he was done!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I also thought James was leaving because there were not even rumors that he had signed a new contract or even that him and the show were negotiating a new deal.Plus James has only been signing one year extensions in recent years and that could have also been a sign that he was going to leave sooner rather than later.Now since yesterday was his last tape day James probably knew news of him no longer taping would have gotten out.So he made the announcement.

gwennylou
gwennylou

I sincerely hope they kill off E.J.’s character. I’ve hated him since day one. I like James Scott though. I loved him on AMC. I hope he finds a home on Y&R or B&B in the future. My hope is that Sami and Lucas will reunite before Alison leaves, but I wouldn’t be that upset if it didn’t happen.

Days4Days
Days4Days

You are one of the very few. It would be a great disservice to the phenomenal work that he has done and put his heart and soul into this character.

elsa
elsa

This Ej/Lucas debate will never end, it seems..lol..it is worse than Twilight.

Carol
Carol

I agree with gwennylou. I guess I am one of “the very few” as well. I also dislike that EJ and Sami have been on just about every day for years. They are always front burner…I have EJAMI burnout. And could never get over Sami being with a man who raped her.

elsa
elsa

And Lucas did as much worse to her, just admit you wanted with Lucas and not Ej therefore you did resent Ej because he created a popular pairing with Sami..admit it, it is not hard..everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.
Anyway Ali is gone, James too and Bryan is staying therefore this debate is moot.

Carol
Carol

Huh? Glad you know so much about me. I don’t care for Sami at all, I could tolerate her if she wasn’t on screen so much. I think EJ is an interesting character and like James Scott, but I think the character is overused. They used to play the soaps differently, where characters were front burner and back burner at different times and I preferred this. I’m not sure what this all has to do with Lucas. If you are thinking of going into the mind reading business, don’t give up your day job.

elsa
elsa

whatever you say…
And long live James Scott and his new projects. I can’t wait to watch him in new adventures.

Libby
Libby

I have watched James Scott since his first day on air. My late Mom – was calling me in May 2006 as soon as I walked in the door from work. She asked – have you seen DAYS yet? I told her no yet – it was on DVR as always.. but I asked what happened. My sweet southern belle Mom – who had been a long time Days viewer – said – The most handsome and electric young man was on with Sami. He has a beautiful British accent. My 66 year old Mom was awestruck — and made me promise to call her back as soon as I saw him. It is a favorite memory — of my Mom and I giggling like schoolgirls over this handsome, new character – EJ Wells. My Mom had a difficult death in ICU before her death in 2009. On one of her last coherent afternoons… she said let’s watch EJ. And we did. James Scott has meant a lot to me and always will. I am just a fan among many who found him to be magnetic. You just cannot look away. He is tremendously talented and made EJ the most layered and interesting character I have enjoyed in my 40+ years of viewing DAYS. EJAMI love story has become iconic. I think years from now they may be more vivid and beloved than even Hope and Bo. I know they will now in my heart. I was a tremendous fan of the Bope supercouple. But Ali Sweeney and James Scott brought EJ and Sami to life in a way I have never seen before on daytime scripted serials. I really think of them as a Scarlett and Rhett. It is an incredible accomplishment with writing regimes both good and tremendously bad (Higley). Days could never effectively recast James Scott as EJ or Alison Sweeney as Sami. They own these characters and their nuances and magnetism. I hope and pray we have a storybook wedding with a Happy Ever After flight from Salem to their honeymoon. We all deserve it. It will be a crowning touch for the perennial DAYS – how many 8 year love stories have kept us glued to the screen for the next installment without lapse. It is why we love Scripted Serials. We were blessed to have the story and so much of 2013 when the characters were finally together as a team and happy for a long stretch. It is very likely EJAMI 2013 was a special planned gift for the loyal fans of the show and the couple. I keep thinking of James Scott’s answer to an interview question at Day of Days – He selected Dvorak’s New World Symphony. A nineth symphony which was Dvorak’s last. It is a classic, romantic journey about a man from Bohema coming to America. His love of nature and the folk sense of a melting pot with Native Indians and others who were not living a fantasy… Read more »

Days4Days
Days4Days

You just made me literally cry. What a wonderful thing for him to have brought into your life and a bond that you and your mom shared <3

Libby
Libby

Thanks Days4Days. It made me feel good to share Mom’s story.

Patrick
Patrick

Hello Libby,

I totally, agree with Days4Days

your post : welled up emotion’al ties…

If I may…. paragraph 2, 3, and 3rd from the last… just speaks

James Scott : catapulted, stratosphered, embodied, and embraced EJ

what an enigmatic, feeling, individual

No doubt : that EJ and Sami belong, with : DAYS supercouple status

DAYS, unlike any other show… that showcase supercouple… Love and romance, and belonging endures

I swear… one of these days… I hope to make it to a fanfest….

My best to you and yours

MAB
MAB

I read your comments above and must say I experienced a similar situation with my Mother in 2010. We watched Days together every day. I miss her so, and miss watching with her.

You are absolutely right about James Scott, and EJami. They are one of a kind characters, and couple. There will never be no one else like them.

Faith Jimerson
Faith Jimerson

I have been watching Days of our lives for about 8 years. Have loved the show.
Please take the story line away with Will and Sonny. People don’t need to see them kissing and being married. This is a good soap opera. Its the only one now that is showing a gay couple, and its losing viewers. I almost stopped watching it cause of sonny and will. Every time it comes on i have to turn my head and cut the TV off and then turn it back on to make sure that scene is not there. The show is wonderful and the Lord would not want you to have this segment in the show. Please write off Sonny and Will and never put a gay couple on the show. A lot of people have stopped watching the show because of this. You are not getting more viewers cause of the gay part and i would pray about it and search your heart and take this off the show these two characters. People do not accept this and its not right. Marriage is between a man and woman its in the Bible and you cannot justify this part in the soap opera trying to appease people. I pray you will take this off this soap opera, its been very disturbing, and eventually i will have to stop watching it if it continues.
It is terribly wrong. God bless you and i hope you do the right thing, and you will see your ratings go really high up cause you will be honored in doing the right thing. God be with you.

DC Photo
DC Photo

I feel bad for “Faith Jimerson”. Organized religion is ruining the world. God will welcome people that love each other over people with hate in their hearts. Thank you DOOL for standing up for what is right and helping to change the public perception of gay relationships. The people that most reference “family values” are the people that are poisoning the future generations with bigotry. God can judge people, but people should not judge people.

Rose9
Rose9

I am heartbroken over James’ departure. He is such a fantastic actor and I will really miss being able to watch him everyday. I wish him the best of luck in all his future projects.

My one small moment of hope is that with this timing I might actually get a happily ever after exit for Ejami. Please, please, please tptb!

Michael S.
Michael S.

Sad news for Days fans but best wishes to James in his future endeavors.

manual
manual

So disappointed, first Sami, now EJ! Is this a precursor to Days ending in near future?! What will be the point in watching – the two best characters are leaving!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

There are plenty characters and stories left and returning characters.

PatF
PatF

Oh dear!

You must be spinning after this news. ANOTHER veteran character leaving Days.

What’s going on over there?

No possessions now…let’s try to get this wobbly boat afloat!

Johnny
Johnny

The Days writers will just have to do their jobs…and write. This show has survived the loss of every one of their legendary supercouples at one point or another, couples who put EJ and Sami to shame. The show has survived and thrived. I don’t see this as so much a loss as a chance for Days to reinvent itself again. They have to commit to creating a younger set who can move up and become the next generation. They have established popular vets in place. Nicole and Eric are more than ready to pick up the mantle of lead couple. If they would straighten Brady out and give him a viable love interest, it could be glory days again of couples…who were also friends…and who battled bad guys instead of each other.

Patrick
Patrick

“…The Days writers will just have to do their jobs…and write”

Thank you, Johnny

isn’t that the truth

don’t let up…. of the 4 soaps,, currently… DAYS delivers

DAYS has survived the supercouple syndrome….

yet we still have… and LOVE

those ladies… Kayla, Hope, Jenn, Maggie, Julie,
I want Kimberly home… with Shane

Marlena stands heralded

love Lexie

I’m crying right now… for EJ and Sammi… but… as another poster shared… EJ and Sami will forever be : sharing… the best of

louisa
louisa

WOW! Shocker. It sounds like he needs some time away and they should not recast but leave it open for his return.

Daisy
Daisy

Wow what a loss! He certainly will be missed. It is a shame he and Alison are leaving just when Days had recovered and is doing so well.

Mary e
Mary e

James Scott is a wonderful actor and will be missed
Hopefully with time away. He will return
Is there hope he could go to y and r as adam

Mari
Mari

I have always thought that James Scott should be the next James Bond. He’s perfect for that part.

Carolyn Levesque
Carolyn Levesque

It was a shock and sadness to know Ali was leaving but now James. I can’t see the
show making it with their most popular couple. A very sad day to lose both Ali & James. They were a dynamic duo. Hopefully we will see them on the big screen or
a sitcom with the 2 together again. You can’t find that chemistry anywhere on the Soaps .

Johnny
Johnny

Sami and EJ have pretty much run their course. Hopefully they will get a happy ending of some sort. They have pretty much run the gamut …I mean how many rapes, shootings, triangles, custody battles, and court trials can a couple to through and still be viable? Since soaps are completely incapable of writing for couples who stay together, this is best. Both James and Allison have enjoyed good and popular runs and best that they leave at the top of their game before they devolve into complete uselessness and irrelevance (see General hospital).

Virginia
Virginia

Maybe E J can be convicted of murdering Nick……

Sherwood
Sherwood

First Alison Sweeney and now James Scott! Wow, DAYS is going to have two big shoes to fill now. These two wonderful actors have made the show so watchable. Good luck Mr. Scott, job well done. I hope EJamie sail off into the sunset together.

James McDonald
James McDonald

James Scott should be chosen to be the next James Bond 007 after Daniel Craig is released.
With the characters of Sami and EJ now leaving, this should make Stefano feel very lonely and vulnerable. With EJ gone, most of Stefano’s power will be gone. Now would be a good time for Tony to return from the dead, but I understand he may be in a General Hospital somewhere (hee-hee)

Carlie
Carlie

Great news! Maybe now they can feature the long time vets John and Marlena in affront burner story. Tired of the ejami show !

Karen
Karen

Absolutely LOVE the EJAMI show!!! LOVE IT!!!

juju
juju

‘Ejami show’ ? Seriously ? Characters like Jennifer, Daniel and Abigail..totally bland characters have more air time than Ej and Sami so NO there is no ‘Ejami show’ Carlie.

Jared
Jared

Is this the new Adam Newman? If he can speak with a Midwestern American dialect, hmmmm….

Patrick
Patrick

“OH” wow

I can’t fault him… for having the best 8 years in Salem
to perhaps, knowing… he couldn’t possibly trump and or best EJ and Sami

that he’d delve in to another GREAT role

———

be that as it may tho…. when DOOL production is as healthy as he says

at least fans are aware : so much is amiss in Y&R product…. a job is a job and if they give him what he wants… he’d certainly set Y&R ON FIRE

smoldering… don’t look back

toscanti
toscanti

He would be amazing as “ADAM NEWMAN”!!!!!!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

This is terrible news…. they are the 2 characters that I watch this show for….. what is ODD is that he has taped his last day TODAY while A Sweeney does not leave until the end of the year… that to me means there will be no walking into the sunset together….

I LOVED EJ… you redeemed the character and we all rallied for you and Sammi….I absolutely despise the fact that there is much turmoil in the soaps these days…. I was hoping Kelly Sullivan could have been the Nu Sammy but with EJ leaving, I don’t want a recast!

Horrible news for Salem. Awesome job and I will miss you and your alter ego very much!

margy
margy

Allison Sweeney’s last tape date is this month also. They tape so far in advance that their last airdates will be in the fall. So there is a chance for them to have a Ejami ending after all.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Maybe Sami and EJ will leave town together and that’ll be James Scott’s exit.However maybe we’ll still see Sami a little after with her talking to people back in Salem on the phone or something.

Christine
Christine

Oh No! What am I going to have left to look at? He is gorgeous and I will miss him on OLTL, but I only wish the best of everything for him in the future.

Patrick
Patrick

isn’t this some vigil time

I celebrate them

OUR Lives

Mark
Mark

I am so bummed it won’t be the same but days needs to bring back some vets

Patrick
Patrick

I’m still thinking about the cast as a whole

now, more than ever… why not bring back Peter Reckell

even so… with Hope and Aiden.. off to a blazing start… this would just firework and trigger all our senses

and help our forward with (out)

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Yes, Patrick! DAYS will have more money. They should also kick Jennifer out of her grandparents house and move Mike and Robin or Mike and April in. Where in the world is Michael T. Weiss?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Michael T. Weiss is now the age as Macdonald Carey was when he debuted as Dr. Tom Horton-52.

It would be nice to have the patriarch grandson whom is also a Dr. living in THE home of homes!!!

If Mike isn’t with Robin or April, why not have him with Kayla? Mary Beth Evans should not be wasted!!! I also hope the writers saw the spark between Kayla and Aiden!

So many possibilities!!!

Libby
Libby

Great idea about Michael T. Weiss.

Ann
Ann

It was really something how Days kept this quiet. James will be missed. Wishing him all the best. I am a big Eric and Nicole fan and I hope we get to see a lot of them. Sami and EJ. Are such a big part of Days. I hope the show can recover. The Dan and Jennifer thing has been a disaster in my opinion.. Maybe things will perk up now that Kristen will be on the air soon. Hope Sami and E,J. Have a happy ending. Something we don’t get to see much in soaps these days.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m also surprised that everyone was able to keep the news that James was leaving secret too but that could have been a good thing.Now the show or James won’t have to spend months hearing the fans begging him to stay.

Summer
Summer

I honestly don’t believe they would of lost him if they hadn’t disrespected his character and how he clearly felt about EJ and Sami and theyre prior 7 years of energy he put into it. Just….what could of been, what was in brief, amazing. Because of the actors. The writers are horrible, only Melissa Salmons can write anything good and hopefully shes in charge of giving them the HEA they so deserve. Thank you James Scott, your amazing character has kept me going for seven years and Im so sorry that this show let you down…again…and again. I get it. Will be looking for you! Best of luck!

Geena
Geena

I’ll miss James that’s for sure but in the long run this is a blessing in disguise for the show. EJ and Sami (Sami especially) have taken up so much air time and story pushing other fan favorites to the sidelines ie Lucas. If I didn’t like EJ and/or Sami, there wouldn’t be much reason for me to watch Days of our Lives the last 8 years! This will finally force the TPTB to invest in other characters and bringing back old fan favs to bolster the cast. I am most worried about the status of the Dimeras though. JM is up there in age and doesn’t seem to film very much, ED is only doing short stints and now with JS gone, all we are left with is Chad!

Patrick
Patrick

from the get go

James Scott’ EJ

smoldered : with no grasp :

we eked out our imagination.

willed our thought process abandon : and he blithely whetted OUR

and You still loved him

excite : yum : prevailed beyond our comprehension : A DiMera stud all live

he reigns in the echelon of monolithic proportion

Salem unrequited

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m sad that James Scott is leaving but not that surprised.After 8 years been on DOOL maybe he needs a break.However it wouldn’t surprise me if he returns in a few months.

Bev
Bev

Wow! Ok so would this be awesome or what? Before anybody gets their panties in a bunch… Ski is leaving so is James. Young and the restless are looking to recast trouble characters. Mpg thought… Janes will go to yr to play Adam Newman. And Ali Sweeney as Phyllis Newman?? Haha omg if they rid that that would be awesome!!!sad to see them go but man I’d love to see that! All the best to Hanes and Ali!

Bev
Bev

I should proof read and edit sorry! I got excited over here 🙂 but ya I think they could work as mm and ms replacement on yr

Pamela
Pamela

Simply, NO.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Allison has said that Days is the only soap she would ever do and she’s not leaving Days just to jump to another soap.I think with the Summer coming up Allison will be spending time with her family and taking a break.Plus Ali and James may not want to be recasts because they would be compared to the previous actor in the role.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

With James and Allison both leaving, Days will have to really step up to the plate with new stories and conflicts.

I will be glad to see the back of Sami; I have never liked the character.
I think James has taken the EJ character about as far as the character can go without a major change in circumstances.

It is really going to be interesting to see what the show comes up with after the loss of EJAMI. Nicole is already featured too much. Eric is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Hope and Jennifer are so uptight it is a wonder either can draw a breath. When Kristin comes back this summer little Miss Liar Theresa will be toast because she cannot play with the big girls no matter what she thinks. If Kristin wants Brady back, then Theresa might as well book her flight back to California right now.

When will we see the last of Gabi? I am amazed at how dumb this character is. Has anyone heard how the actress is going to exit the show?

Cheryl
Cheryl

I am very upset that James is leaving. With him gone as well as Alison Sweeney and even the character of Nick… I feel this is the absolute end of days. I am very very sad about this news.

Best of luck to him/them… Days will not be the same to me.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s a darned shame… the three characters you mention… have, never, faltered

EJ, Sami, Nick

Oye… I hope the salaries made available

will be put to good use…

why not bring back Peter Reckell, or Ted King
and/or Charles Shaughnessy or Patsy Pease

Bo, Shane, Kimerly

DAYS hasn’t had the influx and implosion… Y&R and it would seem GH…

so… this is tread and egg shell… stance

keep pressing.. and fan salute

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Yes to all that, Patrick!

And also bring to the forefront..Kayla, Justin & Adrienne and ANNE!!!

Also, I can’t handle the thought of Danifer living in the Horton House…Mike Horton is a must if not Lucas!!!

B. Yanchar
B. Yanchar

Have been watching “Days” since its inception. Now you know how old I am. James Scott is a fantastic actor, and as much as I will miss him, he should definitely go on to the big screen as a leading actor.

Paul
Paul

As a Ejami fan I feel very sad today but part of me wants them to leave together I don’t think EJ could love any other woman than Sami even James said EJ cheating on Sami was totally out of character to him and he actually said it was a slap in the face when he learned EJ would be unfaithful to Sami. He and Ali will be a huge loss to the show I am sure the show will go on without them but its going very boring to watch. Love or hate Ejami they always got people talking whether it was in a good or bad way they created huge buzz for days.

Leah
Leah

Totally agree Paul….
Glad we won’t be subjected to more EJ with whoever garbage. Samantha Gene Brady is the ONLY woman for EJ Dimera. Always has been and always will be.

Karen
Karen

Yay!!! ABSOLUTELY!!! I’m going to miss James & Alison so very much! But at the same time…GOOD FOR THEM!!! So happy for them and so glad that they and EJ & Sami are getting to away from it all! So, glad that the characters of EJ & Sami are leaving in the same month and time and that James & Alison and the actors that play their children [besides Will who will be the only one staying] are leaving the show together! Yay!!! So sweet!! So happy for James & Alison and EJ & Sami and that they get to get away from daytime soaps for a while and all this crazy stuff, and get to move on to bigger and better things! Can’t wait to see their future projects and them outside of the Days stuff. I love James & Alison and Supercouple EJAMI so extremely much, but I’m so glad and happy for them for leaving together! And good for them! I’ll miss them a tremendous amount…but that’s right Aaron & Griffin (Johnny DiMera), Sydney, Allie, and James & Alison…you go! Run fast and away, get away from all of this and go on to bigger and better things! We will miss you all and all the greatness and hard work you brought and gave throughout the years, but so glad and happy for you all that you get to get away from all of this and leave together! YAY!!! GOOD FOR THEM!!! And can’t wait to see the very big and bright futures that are just waiting and lying ahead of them! So excited, proud of, and happy for James Scott & Alison Sweeney!!!

Carolyn
Carolyn

I, like everyone else, hate to see James leave. I hope to see him in other “movies “..maybe big screen..maybe James can be James Bond! 🙂 Good luck to you. Thanks for giving us 8 wonderful years.

Reney
Reney

OMG!!!! I am really going to miss EJ-James Scott.First Ali..now James is leaving too!Well I wish them both the best and I hope James does movies and primetime.Thanks Ali and James for all the talent and excitement you gave to us fans through the years.Ejami forever!I hope Ejami leave the show together with their kids.

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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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!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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