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DAYS 50 Super Couples: Who Is Your All-Time Favorite Salem Duo?

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With Days of our Lives about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in roughly six weeks time, NBC.com is continuing to revisit the key iconic moments, characters, couples and enduring themes of the show through posting video packages each week.

This week, they spotlight one of the things that is most synonymous with DAYS …  Super Couples, and over the decades there have been plenty of them!  In the highlights from the Super Couple clip package: Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso), John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), Patch (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) are front and center.  In addition, there are glimpses of: Jack (Matt Ashford) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), Kimberly (Patsy Pease) and Shane (Charles Shaughnessy), and Carrie (Christie Clark) and Austin (Patrick Muldoon).

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But while those are some very-popular heavy hitters, there have been other favorite duos over the years who have captivated the viewing audience.

For instance: Mickey (John Clarke) and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), EJ (James Scott) and Sami (Alison Sweeney),  Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey/Guy Wilson), Eugene (John de Lancie) and Calliope (Arlene Sorkin), Liz (Gloria Loring) and Neil (Joe Gallison), Bill (Edward Mallory) and Laura (Susan Flannery), Tom (MacDonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid), and Abe (James Reynolds) and Lexie (Renee Jones).  The list goes on, and on, and on.

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Watch the Super Couple video package from NBC.com after the jump to get you thinking! Then tell us, who has been your favorite all-time favorite duo on Days of our Lives!

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Mo
Mo

Jack and Jen

EJ and Sami

Mitch
Mitch

There were many Super couples before 1985, ugh

Dishy
Dishy

Doug & Julie!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I guess I will have to say Steve and Kayla since it was their love story that got me hooked on Days in the first place– but I also liked Jack and Jen’s early romance. I liked Doug and Julie as well. I liked the original Roman and Marlena abd I liked RKK’s Bo with Billie.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Steve and Kayla is what got me watching DAYS, too. He was pushing her away so she’d marry his dying brother Jack to give him something to live for .. and it was just KILLING him! He was such a good actor, reminds me of James Dean! His tears and angst felt so REAL, I just had to keep watching. I fell for Justin&Adrienne, Roman&Diana too. DAYS really knew how to do a good love story. Pull-out-all-the-stops, don’t miss a beat, over-the-top, as the beautiful couples’ theme songs played and they went on location in Greece .. ROMANCE! Loved Jack and Jen, too. I do believe DAYS has had more supercouples that I absolutely loved than any other soap.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

How high up are Emily & Gideon on your list?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

LOL 4ever DAYS, they are pretty low on my list, but they are higher than Dannifer or Dicole 😉

Jade
Jade

EJ and Sami

Lucas and Sami

florence
florence

EJ AND SAMI………………………THE BEST~

mollie
mollie

EJ and Sami…my favorite, too.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Lumi fan forever, but I no longer hate Ejami 🙂

Jade
Jade

Don’t get me wrong, I loved LUMI together but I also like EJ and Sami.

Beth
Beth

Shane and Kimberly are #1 with me. Right behind them would be Bo and Hope, and Steve and Kayla, and Roman (Wayne Northrup) and Marlena.

Harry
Harry

Because I am not a long time Days viewer and because I have John Oliver fresh on my mind, I say Sami and EJ all the way because they not only care about each other, they care about the Syrian refugees!

Mo
Mo

I guess the ultimate supercouple, Tom and Alice.

Eddie
Eddie

Sonny and Will

blake
blake

Mine would be Carrie and Mike, Kristen and Brady and Will and Sonny.

kathy
kathy

Maggie and Mickey/Doug and Julie are my all time favorites

Victor and Maggie’s courtship was great – now they are seldom in the same room at the same time.

mollie
mollie

Yes! More Victor and Maggie scenes!

richard
richard

Austin & Carrie, Bo & Billie(Lisa Rinna-mid 90s), EJ & Sami, Lucas & Sami!!!!!!

DeBorahe Gibson
DeBorahe Gibson

Bo and Hope are the ultimate super couple. They have been through it all including death. Their chemistry together at times has been nothing short of astounding which makes me love watching them all the more. They make it totally believable that they are soul mates.

Michael
Michael

Sonny & Will

shelli
shelli

Steve & Kayla

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The first supercouple; Doug and Julie…then ill say Tom and Alice, Mickey and Maggie, Susan and Greg, Bill and Laura, Don and Marlena, Chris and Mary…i liked all the couples in the 60s and 70s …in the 80s to the present i liked Hope and Bo, Patch and Kayla, Shane and Kim, Abe and Lexi, Tony and Anna and those two dogs that got married…lol…Days had many couples i liked, and some i didnt mention but my all time favorite and who were the most romantic were Doug and Julie-they dont write them like that anymore!

Mary SF
Mary SF

The only couple on canvas right now that has a shot of having a great romance is Theresa and Brady—that kiss at the end of today’s show reminded me of the kisses of days of old, it was based in tenderness and not lust; they have the great love hate thing happening between them, both wounded and wary— it written right, they could be a great super couple as they overcome their past to realize they really do love each other deeply and profoundly– so after my disappointment that the murder mystery turned into a thriller that sweet moment made me forgive the show.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

That was a nice little moment in the midst of all that gloom and doom…yes, it was a bit too soon to let us know who the killer is but i keep wondering if someone like Andre or even Clyde are using mind control on Ben and having him unwittingly kill these people?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Wow, you have been watching a LOOOOOONG time. I started watching in the ’80s, but my mom has been a big fan from the beginning, and she’s filled me in on all those early couples you loved. They are all part of soap history and I love it when the show references its long, rich history. Like when Julie, Maggie and Caroline were at the house, talking about Susan and how she killed her husband. Love it! More, please! You know, I do remember Doug and Julie, I was just a kid, but I remember him singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” to her and I also remember his little French friend, Robert, who loved Hope’s nanny. So sweet.

Callie
Callie

Steve and Kayla is the ultimate supercouple!

Sarah
Sarah

Jack and Jennifer (Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves version only)

Liz K
Liz K

Steven Earl Johnson & Kayla Caroline “Sweetness” Brady.

Patrick
Patrick

oh my god

tears of endear and heart leap

“I did not know” Kayla’ middle name is her own mother! Caroline !

how sweet is that

Carbofan
Carbofan

Bo & Carly …they were so great together.

Patrick
Patrick

Hope, may, very well, be; “Gran’s Jewel”

but…

for, “all” out sexy, sensual, and steamed out

whew!

it was Bo and Carly
it was RKK’ Bo and Billie

for the familial… KA reigns

Stephanie
Stephanie

EJ and Sami!

Dwayne
Dwayne

Steve & Kayla All the other Couple better be Lucky SN did not stay in 90 make a career at days like they did

Callie
Callie

LMAO, you are so right! Nobody can hold a candle to Patch and his Sweetness!

SidbugEm
SidbugEm

No contest it’s EJ and Sami always & forever!

Barb
Barb

Steve and Kayla. Only and always!

Leah
Leah

I don’t watch Days of our Lives today but when I did, it was the 1990s and I use to rush home to watch it for Jack and Miss Horton and Bo and Carly!!!

Those were my Days love stories and I will give honorable mentions to John and Isabella and Carrie and Austin…not as great as my favorites but I liked them then.

When I think of Days today….Jack and Jen and Bo and Carly are the only two things I think of…those love stories stayed with me.

mollie
mollie

I hope you start watching Days again…it’s quite good. Lots of vets getting screen time, a murder “mystery”, better writing and conversational scenes.

Hope you watch and like it 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know what other supercouple made my heart leap, pull, ache, heck SOAR

John and Izzie B

it’s neck and neck for me… near the top : Steve and Kayla / Kimberly and Shane

dang! of the offspring !

I wanted so much for Rafe and Carrie to LIVE ON

Carolyn
Carolyn

Lucas & Sami; Will & Sonny; Bo & Hope; Steve & Kayla; Jack & Jennifer; John & Marlena; Doug & Julie; Mickey & Maggie

Debra
Debra

EJ & Sami; Jack & Jenn; Tom & Alice

Scoma60
Scoma60

#1 Steve and Kayla

Best from Days and best in all of daytime.

I’ve loved many couples on many soaps but no one has ever matched Steve and Kayla IMO.

Their un-rushed romance , their story lines and the unmatched chemistry between Mary Beth and Stephen.

Candy798591
Candy798591

I agree Scoma60!! Their two day wedding episodes that aired on July 22 and July 25, 1988 was the most watched and highest rated Days of our Lives episodes since 1974. Days of Our Lives reached # 1 in the Nielsen ratings and Days hasn’t reached that status since 1988. For Steve and Kayla’s wedding in 1988, they didn’t say the traditional vows they spoke from the heart and you saw the emotions from them. When she spoke for the first time at the wedding since she regained her hearing from being deaf; that was the touching moments on a soap. You saw and felt the love that they shared. Their wedding stood out as well as their love story. They always showed the emotion and loved only each other. Their wedding was beautiful, romantic and fun and you can tell the entire cast had a good filming. I saw pictures behind the scenes. Steve and Kayla had the best wedding on soaps. That’s what made their love story stand out among the rest. Steve and Kayla are the ultimate couple!!!

Jen
Jen

EJ and Sami! The way he looked at her? Swoon. The way she couldn’t resist him? Squee!

sandi
sandi

jack & jennifer

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Mine would be. Bo & Hope, John & Marlena, Steve & Kayla, Kim & Shane, Tom & Alice, Jack & Jennifer
Last but not least Sami & Rafe. Love all those couples.

Alan
Alan

Kimberly and Shane.

Anna and Tony DiMera.

Eugene and Calliope.

Renee DiMera and Tony DiMera.

Liz and Neil.

Bo and Hope until they got married.

Leigh
Leigh

I loved the 80s couples….as a pre-teen I started watching for one reason. WAYNE NORTHROP. The original and best Roman, one half of THJE original supercouple _ Roman and Marlena. Always my favorite, always will be.

Sarah StJohn
Sarah StJohn

Shane and Kimberly first. Then Kayla and Steve.

Gigi
Gigi

EJ and Sami are my ultimate favourite. They overtook my previous faves who have now slipped to #2 and #3 positions – Bope and J&J

Priscilla
Priscilla

JOHN & MARLENA BLACK when it comes to “Days of Our Lives ” Super Couples J&M are “THE GOAT!!” and “That’s A Fact!!”

Leigh
Leigh

Bo & Carly!!

Kacey
Kacey

Doug and Julie

Ces
Ces

Bo & Hope (Peter & Kristian) only

no one can compare to that duo from 1983 on ….

Tina
Tina

EJ & Sami

missmeka1987
missmeka1987

Kayla and Steve 🙂

florence
florence

STILL MISS EJ & SAMI.

Maggie
Maggie

1. EJ and Sami
2. Tom and Alice
3. Doug and Julie

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

What about Mickey & Maggie, Maggie?

Maggie
Maggie

I’ve never considered them a super couple, although they were a couple for years. I’d suggest Mickey and Laura before I’d preference Mickey and Maggie.

Suzanna
Suzanna

Steve and Kayla!

Ray
Ray

I have too many to count:
1) Hope and Bo
2. Roman (Wayne Northrup) and Marlena
3. EJ and Sami
4. Tony and Anna
5. Chris and Amanda

Marie
Marie

How disrespectful of the true super couples to add Jr. and Sami to that group.

Bo and Hope

Paul
Paul

Oh please EJ and Sami Ejami should be No 1 on that list they were and still are the most popular super couple Days ever had Micheal my fave is Ejami no one had it like Ali and James before or since.

Kelly
Kelly

Times have changed!! Bo and Hope are not the only super couple on Days. EJ and Sami were right at the top of the list.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Did you like Alex & Marie more than Neil & Marie, Marie?

Prashanthy
Prashanthy

EJ and Sami!!

Annie
Annie

EJ and Sami

Watched from first day in 1965″ liked them all but Ejami was so real. Stopped watching when they killed EJ off

Janie
Janie

So real? I don’t know of many couples like them. She even shot him! Lol.

Annie
Annie

And pipsqueak
Lucas framed her for murder and caused her to fall off a cliff and yada yada yada. I meant James and asaminlooked very real in their scenes together especially their love scenes. Lucas always looked like he had gas and Rafe looked like he was watching for the director to yell cut. All handsome men but I prefer james scott not only in looks but acting ability. Blame the writers for the stupidity. Ho hum

Lisa
Lisa

Steve and Kayla! I started watching Days because of them and came back to Days because of them. All time favorite super couple! I hope the storylines will be strong and worthy of their special kind of magic again.

Re
Re

EJ & Sami

Lorena
Lorena

Stephen Earl “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Caroline “Sweetness” Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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