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Could DAYS Rafe be getting a new love interest?

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps was on the red carpet last week at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Days of our Lives 45th anniversary event speaking with Galen Gering (Rafe) and DAYS exec, Ken Corday to get their thoughts on the ongoing current plight of Rafe/Sami/EJ that continually evolves and never quite resolves!

Corday offered up his sentiments on how he sees the viewers take on it.  “First of all, the fans are split down the middle and I love it.  We stretch the rubber band until it snaps.  And, Sami snapped a couple weeks ago and when you get a good thing in story, you run with it.”

Then when asked if Rafe is going to snap too, Corday revealed, “Rafe is not going to snap.  He is solid and he is the G-man.  There are other women besides Sami, too.  Let’s not forget that! And I am talking about someone currently on the canvas.”   Gering was genuinely surprised by his boss’s remarks, “That is revealing news there.  Not sure if he really mean me or not, but either way it bodes well.”

So what do you think? Do you want Rafe paired with another gal in Salem? And if so, who would be the right romantic interest for Agent Hernandez? Make sure to read all the interview from the red carpet with the cast of DAYS in the latest Michael’s Blog entry!

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Waverly
Waverly

Rafe’s dreamy appeal is how devoted he is to his girl. We don’t need a bunch of bed hoppers. Romance in the afternoon is not about how many different partners can be switched around. Bo and Hope have such enduring appeal because no matter what forces come between them they are soul mates destined to find their way back. Rafe and Sami are special on the show because they have a similar love affair. They have had horrible obstacles to overcome, but yet they still have found their way back together. I’d rather see some action adventure & witty sparks added to their story than another triangle. Safe have hot chemistry – I think there is still steam floating around from that sexy locker room scene! I’d like to see the writers bring out more of that with something new for this couple. Capitalize on sneaky sassy Sami and protective, upfront Rafe. Bring on some creative Safe fireworks not rotating romances.

DorisC
DorisC

GMAFB Rafe and Samie barley know each other! The chemistry is EJ and Samie! They have two children together, they have the history of Santos and Collen. Safe share nothing but sex, and it’s gross! They had the audicity to have sex on Samie’s wedding night to EJ! How low class! Then again Rafe has no class! That is not romance, it nomance in my book! You want to talk about obstacles; well EJamie has had them all, no one wants to see them together, everytime they get close someone or something always gets in the way! Well this viewer wants EJAMIE!

Patty
Patty

I agree that Rafe needs to be with one girl; it’s just not Sami. There aren’t sparks flying the way that they do when EJ and Sami are on screen. Plus, I don’t think Rafe’s background has been developed enough to make him intricate enough to be paired with Sami long term. She’s a wild child, and he isn’t. Place him with someone who would benefit from his staidness. Nicole would be a perfect match since she needs someone like Rafe.

Jamie
Jamie

Yes! Nicole would be a great pairing for Rafe!

lucie
lucie

My god comparing Rafe and Sami to Bo and Hope : blasphemy !
Anyway i just want the guy to go away, he doesn’t work with anybody.
Bring back Eric Brady and Nicholas Alamain instead.

ejamily
ejamily

The main obstacle Safe had to overcome was Rafe walking out on Sami for no reason like when she wanted to know what happened to his fiance. And that locker room scene was trashy and disgusting. It made Sami look like a tramp for making out with Rafe right after accepting Ej’s proposal and Rafe could have just said I love and want you and don’t marry Ej and this whole shooting SL coulda been avoided. I don’t know how Rafe constantly pushing Sami away and walking out on her equates to some sort of great love. They need to try Rafe with someone else if they want fans to get behind his character cuz Rafe and Sami just don’t fit.

cinnamon
cinnamon

I totally agree with you about SAFE. They have the hottest chemistry.
I have never seen any kind of chemistry with ejami besides lies,rape,manipulation. just because Ejami have kids together don’t mean they belong together.
No one belongs with a abuser even if they are the father of the children.
This I know from first hand experience.
Bo and Hope so belong together. Just like Sami and Rafe belong together.

anonymous
anonymous

I love how Ken Corday is changing his tune now….First he knew that fans wanted Safe, now he says they are split down the middle. What’s next? The ratings go down even further until he says that the fans want Ejami. This is why I’m scared that Days will be the next Soap to be cancelled. It seems like the guy in charge has no idea what the fans want.

cinnamon
cinnamon

the ratings went way down when Ejami was on screen. Now they are trying to fix that mess. The storyline of the shooting wasn’t the right way to do it. I agree there. Ej going to prison would of been the right way to fix it. Ej needs to pay for his crimes once and for all.

anonymous
anonymous

OMG…..so it’s still EJ’s fault? Everything is EJ/EJami’s fault. I could care less about Ejami vs. Safe or whoever their trying to curse with Sami Brady this week, but I’m not blind. Did you not see which week tanked in the ratings? The blessed Safe reunion that all us fans supposedly wanted. So if what your saying is true then why didn’t the ratings soar that week, and then climb ever since then? Where were all the viewers that wanted to see EJ get what’s coming to him? Where is this “majority” of fans that “wanted Safe”. I’ll tell you where they are…in Ken Corday’s head. Safe is obnoxious and irritating. At least with EJami we had James Scott to look at (plus the man is one of the best actors in Daytime). I think the viewers have made it clear that the so-called root-for couple is an epic fail. Ken Corday thought he could tell us who to root for, but it came back and bit him on the butt.

Jamie
Jamie

I’m starting to get the feeling that Corday WANTS Days to get cancelled. Nobody could be as dumb as he has been in handling this show. It’s not possible. There must be something in it for him if the show goes away.

Lena
Lena

If I hadn’t seen the white hot chemistry between EJ and Sami, then maybe I could see the appeal of Sami and Rafe, but honestly, they’re just a wanna be couple to me now. There’s not another couple in daytime that has the sizzle of EJami. Hopefully, one day Ken Corday will realize the deep appeal of this couple and write them a genuinely romantic story.

In the meantime, give Rafe a chance with another actress with whom he can be more natural and maybe have some sparks. I just get a brother/sister vibe from GG and Ali. It’s kind of a turnoff for me.

Kiren
Kiren

So Rafe is going to be placed w/someone else whose currently on-screen. Could it be Nicole? Because I wouldn’t be opposed to that at the moment, I am enjoying Bricole thought. EJami comes first and foremost for me though. I don’t get any kind of vibe w Ali and Galen…it’s like Sami is a shell of her former self whenever shes around him. It sickens me.

marilyn
marilyn

Safe just doesn’t have IT. They are boring and Ali just has no spark with him. EJAMI is unique. THey have the chemsitry that lights up a room. When they are in a room together, across the room from each other, its only them. EJAMI has a unique combination that DAYS needs to capitalize on. Make them a gray couple that have their way with the people of Salem. Sami needs to live in the Dimera mansion not in some brick walled apartment.

Skyla
Skyla

I will always be a LUMI fan first and foremost but if I can’t have them, I’d rather her be with EJ. Rafe is so boring and he doesn’t accept Sami for who she is, he’s always trying to change her and make her do what HE wants. I thought they were cute in the safehouse but since then whatever they had has fizzled out… I keep hoping they’ll bring back Rafe’s “dead” girlfriend who will turn out not to be dead.

Jamie
Jamie

That’s a good idea!

annie
annie

just want Rafe gone period. he is a slug with no chemistry unless its with Prescious the Oranguatan.

Kiren
Kiren

EJ and Sami are the pairing w/the appeal that says “I’m only for this one person, she’s it for me.”

When Galen talks about Rami relationship, he definitely acts as if he could do better than Sami. That Sami should be happy that he chooses to be with her and that it doesn’t matter to Rafe is he leaves her as long as she isn’t with EJ. And he portrays Rafe that way.

For James his opinion is that Sami is it for him, he tried to move on and it just doesn’t work for him because Sami is his one true love through thick and thin. He also portrays that character’s mindset well.

EJami are that love story. The couple that can just be real w/each other if Sami could just stop fighting it every step of the way because it’s not the acceptable thing.

darnell
darnell

I’m glad Rafe may have a new love interest. He has no chemistry or spark with Sami. Besides, Sami has enough on her plate with Ej and their children. Days use to be about family and romance. I wish they’d get some of that back. Put Sami and Ej together with their children. Give them some romance and put that unbelievable and undeniable chemistry to good use. And I don’t mean sex…I mean just sweet endearing moments between them and with their children.

Jamie
Jamie

Yeah, they are pushing lots of cheap sex right now. Wish they would focus more on ROMANCE and the slow burn.

Michelle
Michelle

EJ and Sami should be together.The writers have wasted years not putting one of the hottest couples on Daytime TV,Soaps together as a real couple.The chemistry that James Scott and Ali Sweeney have is just magical.I think that Rafe should have another love interest because Galen G. has no chemistry with Ali and he does not shine like he could, if paired with the right person.

C rael
C rael

No more Safe!!!! Ejami always and forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME
ME

I don’t buy what KC said for one minute! I would rather have Rafe gone but if he stays I’d like to see him with Nicole since she is the only person I’ve seen him with that had any chemistry at all. Plus Nicole always needs saving, Sami Brady does NOT! Or I’d really like to see if he has chemistry with Chloe they look stunning together. I say get Bope and Ejami back together at least for a while and everyone else can do the bed hopping. They need families on this show besides the Carvers whom we rarely see! And after all KC’s talk of DOOL being about family and romance he needs to deliver.

semaj
semaj

i want a bricole and rafe triangle

cinnamon
cinnamon

No I don’t want Rafe with anyone else. I couldn’t see anyone else on canvas for him. Now a new love interest for Ej would be so much better so he would could obsessing over Sami.
Rafe and Sami belong together. They have a real love connection.
I love how Rafe and Sami love each other so much and it shows in there eyes. They just show it by looking at each other and how they are amazing together.The chemistry they have just sizzles. SAFE all the way!!!

cinnamon
cinnamon

I love how Galen and Ali bring SAFE to live. They are awesome actor and actress. They have so much chemistry together on screen it is amazing how they pro tray it.
They don’t even have to say anything and you can see how much love is between Sami and Rafe without words even being said. Love SAFE only couple I love besides BOPE

sarah
sarah

as long he is away from Sami l don’t mind he gonna be paired with

Liza
Liza

I guess if we HAVE to keep Rafe around because the powers that be don’t want to let “bedroom eyes” go….pair him with either Carly, Stephanie or Nicole. I’d rather him and Gabi just leave Salem…BORING.

cinnamon
cinnamon

I would Rather Ej leave Salem. He should of never came to Salem.If it wasn’t for the Rape Sami would not even have kids with Ej.
I hope they turn around and make Johnny Lucas’s and Sydney Nicole and Ej’s get Ej completely away from Sami.
Sami don’t deserve no abuser in her life.She deserves someone that loves her truely and fully.That is not Ej. All he cares about is lying and manipulating her ever chance he gets.
SAFE has more chermistry then Ejami ever has. There is no chemistry when it comes to lies,rape and manipulation.

Alicia
Alicia

I’d love to see him with Nicole. She could really use a knight in shining armor! (What’s Sami supposed to do with one of those? lol) I still remember the Snarky wit between Rafe and Nicole when he was hounding her during the baby-switch. Nicely matched!
When E.J. and Samantha are together, all is right with the world!

NANCY
NANCY

for eric brady’s return why don’t you get jake pavelka for that part eric brady all grown up and smoking hot

NANCY
NANCY

i do love ej and rafe but i know sami she loves and craves danger over safe she will always keep running to ej she says she loves rafe but i think she still loves ej why would she stll bother continuing being in his face and always running into him

SafenSound
SafenSound

Thanks Michael! I see there’s a lot of SAFE bashing, but SAFE truly is the rooting couple here! As far as a new love interest for Rafe, I don’t think the character of Rafe is fickled or does flip flops on the people he loves. Like KC stated, Rafe is solid and is the good guy here and he loves Sami! As far as somebody already on canvas…that could very be Nicole but I would think she’d be reconciled to EJ, not Rafe because they were never a couple. Enough of Ejami already, we’ve seen nothing but hurt, manipulation, control and abuse…just when Sami thought it was safe to jump back into the waters…here come’s ejerk with another one of his brilliant plans that NEVER seems to work and is Stefano’s constant spoiled brat of son and his puppet at best…let’s just move forward with SAFE!

KenseysMom
KenseysMom

Ahhh once again. Safe/Rafe/Galen bashing. Theres a surprise! I agree with my fellow safe buds and Im not trying to be cranky to Ejami fans…but enough already. Ejami has had their chance for YEARS..it hasnt worked. So lets give SAFE a chance. Chemistry is obviously in the eye of the beholder..and I see LOADS of it with Sami + Rafe! Love the romance. He would do anything for her. And continuously shows that. EJ does nothing but lie and manipulate and plot. If thats ur type of guy? I can see why you love him! He’s king of that stuff. But I feel like Ive had enough of watching controling and abusive behavior and I am sooo enjoying the love and romance Safe offers. I also feel like Ali’s real life friendship with Galen shines thru (not to say she isnt friends with JS as well) but its just adds a lil somethin. We will all disagree to the bitter end Im afraid! But I for one am so glad Galen/Rafe was brought to Days! No bed hopping for our hero please!! Hes a one woman kinda guy!!! Writers dont screw this up! PLEASE!

shanda
shanda

Girl I am so with you! I love Rafe and I totally agree with Sami when she says he’s the best thing that ever happened to her! And those who bash Galen are just getting fantasy and reality mixed up a little! I totally agree with you the face that Ali and Galen obviously love working together adds a lil somethin to their scenes. Love it and love them! The Ej and Sami story disgusts me as it is always manipulation and lies between them!!!!! At least Sami and Rafe are against the rest of the world NOT each other. Bring on the wedding bells I say 😉

KenseysMom
KenseysMom

Funny…looking back at a few of the posts previous to mine (I usually dont).
Amazing how easy it is to bash when you’re “anonymous” isnt it? JS may be a great actor to YOU but to me he is very very difficult to watch (and thats an understatement). I wont go into why..I think thats unkind and I cant stand it when you guys do it to Galen. That said. Your opinion Ms. Anonynous is just that, AN OPINION. Just because you state it..doesnt make it true. Trust me when I say therre are plenty of fans that are NOT fans of your JS.Nor are they posting all over boards or forums etc. Im not talking even safe fans…just GA. Why does everyone have to get so viscious? State yer love for your guy and zip it already! To each his/her own!

Sugar
Sugar

SAFE is the only couple that makes sense. EJami is wrong in too many ways to mention. Let’s start with RAPE. Their fans are delusional and as obsessed with JS as EJ is with Sami. EJ is no fun to watch, everytime they are on screen i’m bored to tears. It has been way too long and the s/l stinks like an old pair of sneakers. Onward and upward with SAFE will help bring back dedicated viewers. Thank you.

SafenSound
SafenSound

In reading this interview again, I think KC is talking about Sami is not the only woman in Salem for EJ…not Rafe….even GG wasn’t sure what to make of it whether KC said that for Rafe or not….so I say GO SAFE!

cinnamon
cinnamon

I agree with you on that. I think that KC wasn’t talking about Rafe I think he was talking about Ej. Sami isn’t the only woman in Salem for Ej. Nicole is perfect for Ej both are villians.
Sami isn’t a villain she has done bad things.As for shooting Ej that was long over due.To bad Ej didn’t die. I wish he would just leave Salem already.
SAFE is the best thing that has happen to days in a long time.
SAFE and BOPE are the rooting couples of Days.
SAFE deserve to be happy without that lying manipulating person in Sami’s life.Days needs to make Johnny Lucas’s and Sydney Ej and Nicole’s kid. To get Ej out of Sami’s orbit once and for good.
Please let Sami have the happiness she deserves with Rafe

SafenSound
SafenSound

I wholeheartedly agree with you cinnamon about Johnny and Sydney…although I don’t like how Nicole was so desperate to hang onto EJ in the babyswitch, I would like to see her have her miracle baby if that’s Sydney and make room for a SAFE baby…if we love the way Rafe treats Sami now, wait til she’s pregnant with his baby….oh so sweet, we ain’t seen nothing yet…that is if tptb will do that for them and for us, lol!

lovingit
lovingit

I prefer Rafe just move to another town I dislike the character more each day. As for those defending his acting I just have to say that for me KC’s statement about GG, and that he doesn’t have to say anything he can say so much with his eyes, was very telling that even they are aware of his limitations. And MF even made reference to GG acting skills in an interview previous to him starting on DOOL. When you don’t know that he said something with sadness until Sami points it out that says a lot (only one example). GG seems like a real nice guy, he is gorgeous and I’m sure a great model. But not all models can act and GG’s acting leaves much to be desired. I see only minimal improvement from his days on Passions. And I don’t feel that pointing out someone isn’t talented in a particular area is bashing it’s just calling it like you see it. And there are many people who aren’t Ej/Ejami fans who see it.

SupercoupleSAFE
SupercoupleSAFE

That’s your opinion. Mine is that GG is a wonderful actor. Look at the fanbase he has created in such a short time. A bad actor wouldn’t have a following like this without maximum skills. His body language, timing and sex appeal does just fine. But thank you for adding such positivity.

SafenSound
SafenSound

Not only that SupercoupleSAFE, Galen worked for what 10 years on Passion? That’s not easily done in today’s soap business, so for Days to scoop him up has been nothing but A+++++…

SupercoupleSAFE
SupercoupleSAFE

Thank you thank you thank you KC for getting this right. SAFE is truely fantastic and makes me smile everytime they’re together.

ejami is like old news already forgotten

debbie
debbie

Leave Rafe and Sami together. They have projected real love and the chemistry is beyond sizzling!

Jamie
Jamie

YAY! Love Galen. I like Rafe – but NOT WITH SAMI. They are totally boring together. Rafe would be great paired with someone else. I think SAFE fans are confusing loving the character with loving the couple. Rafe IS great. He’s a great hero figure for us. But there’s no real chemistry with Galen and Ali, unfortunately. Go to youtube and watch Lucas and Sami – there was actual heat there. You could tell that those two were very comfortable with each other, and they enjoyed putting on a show for us. Same with James Scott – he enjoys playing up that chemistry with EJ and Sami. Galen seems to be a super nice guy, but there’s no sense that he and Ali are having fun giving us a sexy, romantic couple to watch.

Pair him with Nicole and see what happens. Or even Carly. Or Stephanie – they did that whole “baby girl, more experienced guy” thing with Bo and Hope and it worked. Give it a shot and see if they have chemistry. But please – do a slow burn. Not these flash-in-the-pan hookups. It’s cheap and it’s not why we tune in.

LUMI
LUMI

Lucas Horton is the man for Sami,EJ is the man for Nicole and Bo is all the man Hope will ever need.

LUMI
LUMI

I would love to have Sydney be Ej and Nicole child,Johnny to be Lucas’s son.
I know Lucas is out of town now but Im hopeing he will be back soon,if not with Sami for his family and fans.

Paul
Paul

Put this boring guy with someone else Sami belongs with EJ Ejami have 1000 times more chemistry than dull Safe i believe Rafe will moved on with another woman i hear Ejami will be happening very soon we all know he is going to get his kids back so there will be plenty of Ejami magic moments in the next few months sooner or later Sami is going wake and realise EJ is the man she truly loves and not Rafe.

Safe are the worst couple i have ever seen no offence its like watching paint dry watching them i am glad KC knows its Ejami that are super couple by telling us they are moving Rafe on with another woman. They will never break the Ejami connection and as for that person saying they are old news well Safe storyline is all based around EJ without him they would of been backburned along time ago they mega boring just like Lumi.

sara
sara

safe is BORING!!!!

NANCY
NANCY

please cancel james scott’s real life wedding he cannot marry in real life please stop him from england at the big sur in the next year please for me

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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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