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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Eric Martsolf, Greg Vaughan & Shawn Christian Talk Casey Moss Eyes of One Whiskey a Go Go Debut!

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Days of our Lives Casey Moss (JJ Deveraux) made his live performance debut with his rock and roll band Eyes of One last week at the world famous Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles.  As music fans know, the Whiskey is the place where many a famous rocker got their start!

Moss rocked the house with his vocals, guitar skills, and his original songs, but in the audience to support him were some of his Salem cast mates: Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Shawn Christian (Daniel), and Greg Vaughan (Eric).  After the show, while Casey was getting props from the audience in attendance, On-Air On-Soaps sat down with his co-stars to get the inside scoop on their thoughts on Casey’s musical talents and more!

And what better way to pay tribute to their friend and cast mate than to spoof him first, and then settle down and tell us what they really think of a young man breaking on to the music scene where the sky’s the limit for him.  So here now is the DAYS gang, first answering On-Air On-Soaps as if they were Casey, and then as you will read, switching gears and answering as themselves! 

So Casey, how did you prepare for the concert tonight?

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ARIANNE (as Casey):  Well, I had no idea I had this voice until a year ago when Eric Martsolf and I were jamming in his room.  He really got me to focus on my instrument! (Laughs)

Did you plan to say (bleep) so many times  during the show?

ERIC (as Casey):  I can’t be responsible for what my guitarist yells out to the audience, but there is an aura about the Whiskey that elicits responses that tend to be vulgar!  So we just went for the moment and honestly Michael, when you are talking about rock n’ roll … vulgarities come into play.

What was the inspiration for the outfit that you wore on stage?

GREG (as Casey):  Well, as for my inspiration … well, actually I made this myself!  I have a talent that nobody knows about!   I do wardrobe!  I actually made all the outfits for the band!  It took a lot of effort, but I stayed up a lot of hours the other night and the red and the black just rocks!

How long did you rehearse for this performance tonight with your band Eyes of One?

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SHAWN (as Casey):  None, not at all.  It (bleep) comes from my soul!  Yeah, it (bleep) did!  I don’t need to rehearse sometimes, but the music comes from my (bleep) soul!

Was it tough going to DAYS and working in scenes as JJ, and then coming to the Whiskey to pull off this amazing concert?

ARIANNE (as Casey):  No, man.  I took the day off of DAYS. I needed to be prepared for tonight. It’s the Whiskey … it’s legendary!

Your father told me he gave you your first guitar.   Did you realize Dad was sort of pushing you along the way to be the musical artist that you are today?

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ERIC (as Casey):  Mom may push you out in the beginning, but it’s your dad who pushed you along the way.  My dad has just as much rock and roll blood in his blood as I do, and it’s a tradition in my family to uphold.  I take that very seriously and I heard through the grapevine that he actually bought some of the DAYS cast members, particularly Eric Martsolf and Shawn Christian, a couple rounds tonight, and that’s why I love my dad!  He is the real deal.

Who was your inspiration for your musical sound?

ERIC (as Casey): Madonna!

SHAWN (as Casey):  It started with Spandau Ballet, but then I realized I needed more of an edge! So it’s combination of Motley Crue and Spandau Ballet!

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ERIC:  Now I would like to say something as myself right now.  This is Eric Martsolf talking.  It’s amazing that a young man like Casey Moss loves the kind of music that is so outside of his generation.  That is why guys like Shawn Christian and I gravitate towards him, because we love the fact he loves the kind of music we do, but he has no business loving this kind of music, because he was born in a different era, and the fact that he loves it … it’s truthful!  Everyone is this world had tried to sell Casey on a different product, but he has gone back to what he loves.  So you have to respect a kid who loves what he loves, instead of what society is telling him!

ARIANNE:  If you noticed during the performance, I was a groupie!

SHAWN:  At DAYS we were all down in my dressing room.  Casey brought his guitar and we casually brought out some libations (laughs) and he rocked out songs that we all love!   We were just blown away!  Casey is our jukebox!

ERIC:  It’s strange to share with a kid, who is about half your age, the same music that you do!  He’s good and talented and it paid-off for him!

So I heard Eric, that you and Casey had sort of an impromptu sing-off in Sin City recently?

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ERIC:  We were in Las Vegas the other week and we sang “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi.  We traded versus as if we had rehearsed it. It was completely improvisational and it was great, and we want to do it more of it, and we will!

ARIANNE:  I will do back-up vocals!

SHAWN:  I heard Ari sing, “There’s going to be a ‘Heartache Tonight”’!

ARIANNE: Yes, I have sung it poorly! (Laughs) The good thing is nobody hears the back-up singers! (Laughs) Casey writes his own music.  He is really good at what he does and it’s impressive.  He is literally finding his way with his voice and his writing.  This all only happened less than a year ago.

ERIC:  And up until a couple of  a weeks ago, he was somewhat insecure about singing in front of people, but the best part about the performance tonight was he was a caterpillar who just busted out of his cocoon.   I believe tonight was a turning point in his career.  He was always confident with his guitar playing, but tonight he let his voice out on the Sunset Strip!  So now the world is his little oyster, as far as what he is going to sing and what he is going to do.

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Can we just all admit that Casey’s guitar playing is amazing!

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ERIC:  Let’s face it!  There are 1000 actors out there who think they have musical potential. They put out albums and they have gone down in the toilet.  But the reason so many of his cast members came out here to support him, is that Casey is the real deal, and I am happy to celebrate that.  He brought down the house down tonight.

ARIANNE:  The other thing is; he always texts somebody in the cast.  He is such a good kid, and he will ask if this, or that, is the right choice.

ERIC:  Here is the powerful thing about Casey: He is not afraid to ask questions. Whereas other kids in Hollywood think they know everything.  Casey understands that he is 20 and he asks questions, and that he knows knowledge is important, and so he want to be the best he can be.

SHAWN:  He wants to know how things work or how to make them better.  He is not afraid to ask any question, even at the risk of sounding stupid!

ARIANNE:  I think Casey had like four agents right here! (Laughs)

GREG:  We will talk about everything with him!

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ERIC: He will ask his elders, for lack of a better phrase, “I have an issue.   I don’t know what to do about it.   And it’s smart to come to us, because we know everything! (Laughs)

What would you grade Casey for his performance at the Whiskey a Go Go?  Shall we just give him an A and be done with it?

GREG:   I am going to give him a B – I have to keep him grounded!  If I give him an A, I don’t know what will happen! (Laughs)

SHAWN:  I give him a B+!

ERIC:  I can’t grade him. He is in a category all his own!

ARIANNE:  I already said A like a hundred times!

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SHAWN: Oh, please!  He deserves an A+ at that age and he is playing the legendary Whiskey A Go Go!  What is great about what Casey does is that it is pure rock and roll. That is why we love the Guns N’ Roses of the world and the AC/DC’s of the world, because it’s pure rock and roll, and there is nothing false about it. Casey is that kind of guy. We all listen to the same bands he emulates.  He finger plays his guitar like Eddie Van Halen!

ERIC: I say, “Rick Springfield …. watch out, man!”  Casey has good musicianship to back up all of his talent too!

So, what did you think of the hilarious and insightful comments from Arianne, Eric, Greg and Shawn on Casey Moss and his performance at the Whiskey?  Let us know!

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

The should have J.J. sing a love song to Paige…the way Doug used to sing to Julie…need more romantic moments in our soaps!!!

dmr
dmr

Now, that looks like a fun night! BTW, I love having Kristen back. I don’t quite understand the need for Daniel to be involved in so many storylines-always the hero-but, I do like Daniel (especially without Jennifer). The Vatican storyline with Eric and Nicole is a bit much, has gone stale, and needs to wrapped up soon. I don’t think the writers knew what to do with John, which is why he has been put in a coma. Theresa, please, just send her with a one way ticket out of town. Love Eve. Love Kate’s fashion. Victor’s one liners are hysterical! That’s my DOOL wrap! HA!

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

I want John to wake up from his coma thinking he is Roman and still married to Marlena…i want Roman(Josh Taylor) to come in the hospital room and have John say, ‘Hey, you’re not Roman! You look more like that Chris guy(Josh’s original role)…the one who owns The Body Connection!'(back in the 80s Chris owned that gym)…this would be a funny inside joke!!!…imo

dmr
dmr

That would be funny. I didn’t watch DOOL then; but, I like learning the history of the show. I starting watching during summer break in ’95, with John, Marlena, and Roman, and Billie, Bo, and Hope (when Bo was played by Robert Kelker Kelly). I loved him as Bo.

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

Ive watched Days since 1965 but i had to miss a lot because my parents insisted i go to school…lol…around 1980 i briefly stopped watching…that was the time Days ratings went down and tptb fired many cast members and some quit because of it(this backfired because many loyal fans got upset and stopped watching)…several Hortons were let go and the Anderson family were killed off with only matriarch Phylis who survived…i did occasionally tune in but become a regular again when they did the Salem Strangler storyline that knocked off more cast members…killing off Mary Anderson, ending the Andersons family once and for all…Phylis, Marys mother returned briefly for her daughters funeral and then never returned…i started liking Days again but stopped watching several years ago during a bleak time in my life but now im back…forget when i started again…Days has its ups and downs but im still watching!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You must be a font of information, jimh. I meres myself in your writing. I have only been watching for 6 years…my first pregnancy. So, I rely on you guys to voice your opinions. I apologize for overstepping sometimes, thinking I know the characters, such as Eve….I really don’t know her at all. I liked her as Blair, but I am having a hard time getting into the Eve character, so I can’t give her the justice she probably deserves.
I have heard of the Salem strangler and Mary Anderson from older family members who talk about Days when we all get together. I believe that was the time when Roman was not Roman but Chris Kosacek? Or something like that? And, he was Mary Anderson’s boyfriend. I am waiting for that Retro channel which will play “oldie” soaps…..that is, if I read correctly.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Immerse, not meres…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree with that, dmr. I must also say that although I am not the most religious person in the world, I do know the way the Catholic Church works . I am well versed in its credo as I went to Caholic School from kindergarten through High School. So, I think that the writers of soaps should educate themselves when it comes to the Roman Catholic Church, and not make up their own rules. A person cannot re-marry in the Church unless he/she has been widowed or the marriage has been annulled. Consequently, all these marriage rites in the Catholic Church, which seem to be commonplace on Days, are fictitious.
I would like to comment on Eric, the almighty priest, as well. He was defrocked for a specific reason, and a good one at that, albeit so crazy and incredibly not within the realm of reality. Going to the Vatican? I agree with dmr…over the top. Religion and politics are subjects that should not be delved into in depth on soaps, such as this one was. ..very touchy subjects. Not to mention that Eric had an “itch” for Nicole while the “purity” of his heart and soul was supposedly still intact. Actually he is still fighting his feelings for Nicole….very hypocritical….it defeats the purpose of following in Christ’s footsteps….the true meaning of being a priest. While his intentions are noble and his actions to be admired, Eric has no right or place as a Catholic priest……he needs some heavy-duty soul searching. But really, Eric? Give Nicole a break and come down your high horse. Are you listening, writers? Make this storyline more credible; make it short, sweet, and end this agony.

Omar
Omar

They definitely should showcase his music skills on the show and also Kassie De Paiva..I love DAYS, but it needs little more of a an edge..It also really needs a shot of some real and natural romance..Nicole and Eric..Jennifer and Daniel…Make Kate and Jordan’s sick stepdad a couple.

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

I said in a previous post i want Clyde to blackmail Kate into marrying him…and then reveal Clyde is Stephano’s nephew!!!

dmr
dmr

I agree; more romance is needed. I never thought Daniel and Jennifer made a great, romantic couple. Seems so forced. I think that JJ and Paige are very cute together. Eve needs a good man to help change her wicked ways!

Patty
Patty

I agree with above comments.

Days is so dark right now..Sami is not Sami..Eve is terrible..Abby is broken
Let’s have some romance. Some music
Kill Eve off!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks for the laugh Patty– don’t know if you intended it, but your last line is best irony I read on this site in a long time–

dmr
dmr

I can’t stand how Sami spoke to Kayla. I loved how Kayla told her to not refer to as “Ant Kayla” again! I have never been a fan of Sami, and this recent storyline does not change that fact. I do love seeing Kristen Dimera back on my screen! I love, love, love Eileen Davidson!

jb44
jb44

Apparently you did not watch Days when Sami was first on as a teenager. She was horrid for years. To me, she seemed out of character when they tried to rehabilitate her into a “nice” Sami. I’m glad she’s back to her horrid ways. She’s a great actor and I bet she had a lot of fun being “bad” again.

louisa
louisa

Love this interview! They really seem like a fun cast.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

What a fun event! Oh, to be part of that fun evening would be awesome!

First of all congrats to the very talented Casey Moss! Playing that venue is truly a part of rock ‘n roll history and quite a feat for a young musician. Secondly, kudos to his classmates in their show of support. It speaks volumes for them and Casey how they support one another.

Wish I could have joined them! Best of luck to Casey & his band. Hope he sticks around DOOL for years to come. Love his portrayal of JJ.

Thanks Mr. Fairman for a refreshing interview of so many talented and fun-loving stars. Loved it!

Tone-E C
Tone-E C

Casey Moss is such a BADASS Actor/musician in Soap Opera History.

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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