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DAYS Christie Clark Interview: Carrie's return, Patrick Muldoon & if sparks will fly with Rafe!

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As Days of our Lives is now a few weeks into their reboot bringing many longtime favorites back to the fold, viewers are starting to see the beginning seeds of many stories being planted for some time to come.  One of the biggest returns was bringing the popular original supercouple pairing of Austin and Carrie back to the screen.  One half of the duo, Christie Clark (Carrie) has taken a few trips to Salem over her career.  She is back again in the fall of 2012, this time making Carrie Brady Reed more of a force to be reckoned with a distinct new career direction and fighting for justice.

On-Air On-Soaps had the chance to catch-up with Christie today. When we spoke to the earthy and honest actress, we got into the latest developments affecting the lives of Carrie and Austin, Sami and Rafe, and John Black.  Plus, what it was like for Christie coming back to DAYS and working with her first leading man, Patrick Muldoon (Austin).  Here’s what Christie had to say about it all!

Have you seen the show since the reboot?  You had to wait a long time to see your work on-screen!

CHRISTIE: I did. I saw last week’s airshows,  but I did not have a chance to check out my DVR this week.  So, I don’t even remember what we have done! (Laughs) It seems like so long ago. It is kind of exciting for us in the cast to watch now.

Why the decision to come back to DAYS now?  Was it just good timing for you? Or, did the stars just align?

CHRISTIE: A little of both.  It seems to always happen that way for me with DAYS.  I left in 1998. I went traveling, and studied some Shakespeare, and then I met my husband. Next, I kind of came back into Los Angeles while he was working up in San Francisco. I was twiddling my thumbs a little bit and then DAYS popped up again.  Then, that ended and we decided to have a baby, and now we have two children. I love being a mommy, but it is nice being fulfilled artistically as well. Now I go back and forth from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  I dip in and I dip out and it’s fantastic.  I like both spots.  I like L.A. for the obvious reasons of the nice weather and where my industry is, but San Francisco is about clean air and has a lot of Granola and hippie-types, and is more flavorful for me.

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What was it like working with Patrick Muldoon again? It had to be trippy after 16 years!

CHRISTIE: It was really, really trippy! First of all, we think we are still the age we were, and then we look at each other and go, “Oh crap. We are not twenty anymore!” So that is a trip. Then, all of the memories we have. We are in the same building where everything happened 16 years ago. So we have all those fun times to reflect on, and it’s weird. It feels like 16 years have truly flown by!

I think though having Patrick back is very special too.  Austin Peck did a good job at making the role his own, but I think Patrick held a special place in people’s hearts.

CHRISTIE: Yes. I heard that and think that, too. But I felt bad for Austin Peck, because when someone originates a role like Peter Reckell did with Bo Brady, for most people if they are really good, that is thee “Austin” or thee “Bo”.  It can be hard for another actor coming in and making these signature roles their own.

And it had nothing to do with the actor that replaced them; it had more to do with who the fans identified with the roles.  You were replaced at one time too!

CHRISTIE: Yes, I was.  But first I replaced Andrea Barber, and then Tracy Middendorf came in for a year…

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… That’s right and we all went, “Who’s this?” (Laughs)  So now Carrie is a defense attorney! When you found out that you were going to be a “defense attorney” were you like, “bring it on I can do all this legalese?” Or, “Oh crap. Now I am going to have to learn this type of dialog?”

CHRISTIE: My first reaction was that I called Patrick and he called me.  We found out what are jobs were going to be … and he is a Forensic Accountant!

…Which, if you listen to my last podcast with Patrick as special guest, just cracked me up!

CHRISTIE: We did, too! We just were cracking up thinking that these two professions were the two furthest things from either of us. But when it scares you, it’s a good thing.  So it really scared the both of us, and I of course, was scared to learn all the lawyer jargon. However, I went and visited my wonderful girlfriend in San Francisco who was a defense attorney. From day one, I said, “OK, I can do this.  I see these people and all is well. They are not that much different than me.” After that, I wasn’t scared at all.

So you have done some courtroom scenes now, and when you got to the point of saying, “Well, your honor…” … were you thinking, “This is so surreal?”

CHRISTIE: Yes! I was thinking that this was so surreal and even more than that. But it was such fun to get into those powerful business suits. (Laughs)

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Yeah, she is a “smarty pants” which is great!  Now you can kind of see coming up that Rafe and Sami’s relationship could be headed for trouble, and Carrie and Austin’s, since these two came back onto the canvas.  It  seems like Rafe and Carrie are being thrown together in all sorts of circumstances.  Next week, Rafe gets fired and he contacts Carrie with vital information about John!  Carrie follows up on Rafe’s lead. So don’t you think this clearly points to something?

CHRISTIE: It seems like that is a direction that could take place between Carrie and Rafe, but what is great about our new head writers is that we don’t really know. I mean, I am working with Galen Gering (Rafe) a lot and our characters are on the same page fighting for John, because Rafe fights for his family, and so we are connecting for sure.

And Austin is reconnecting with Sami, because we know she does not like John, and Austin has evidence to prove John’s guilt in the embezzlement and fraud charges!

CHRISTIE: Yes. Austin and Sami are finding a connection again, but they have not had too many scenes yet. So, I do not if that is the direction they are going to take.  Carrie and Rafe are definitely working together, bonding, and having fun.

Now you know, if you got to have a sex-scene with Galen, you would be happy with that!

CHRISTIE: (Laughs) I think that would be swell sure! I like to make sure I have sexual tension with anyone I have scenes with.

Of course! Because in soaps the actors need to play that into their scenes if they want to indicate to the writers a pairing they think would work, or to show the writers how the pairing they have chosen will register on the screen to the viewers at home. And, most importantly if the fans will buy into it.

CHRISTIE: Exactly! And if the fans want it, great!

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Have Alison Sweeney (Sami) and you had any bitch-fights yet as Sami and Carrie?

CHRISTIE: No, not yet. But you know people love that, so I am sure it will happen at some point. I am so enjoying that we are trying to get along, and trying to be the sisters we secretly always wanted to be, but we both find each other difficult to get along with!

I think that is true to life in families.  Now on soaps and with you two, there may be a heightened sense of disgust with one another. I think there is that in family dynamics where siblings try to tolerate each other, but in the end it wears off and they go back to the old feelings they have for one another. Try as they might!

CHRISTIE: Yeah, and you just know how to push each others buttons.

I just never knew how Carrie could ever forgive Sami for all the heinous things she did to her!

CHRISTIE: No, and Carrie is trying and has always wanted to, but she was young back then and Sami seems so different now.  I am playing it that Carrie does not trust her. I am so pleased that the writers have written that way.  If I would just go back and trust Sami right away, that would be lame.  They have written it very well.

What I want to see for you now is that Carrie would have a backbone, and not become that wimpy wipe-the- floor-with-her kind of girl again?

CHRISTIE:  I agree. I want to know who the mastermind behind all of this is. I feel like it’s our co-executive producer, Greg Meng.  I want to know who our Wizard of Oz is, and I am not sure. But honestly, I do think it’s Greg.  He really loves Days of our Lives. Somebody is doing what the fans have always wanted.  For one thing, they have always wanted Carrie to have a backbone, and they have always wanted the connection with Drake and Deidre as John and Marlena.  Everyone wants to see Carrie, John, and Marlena, and that is who I grew up with, or Bo and Hope.  I worked with them for years. We are now acknowledging each other and working with each other in terms of family, and it’s great!

Had you seen Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Alison since you had been away from daytime?

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CHRISTIE: I had seen Ali, but unfortunately during my time away, Dee and I did not get a chance to see each other. It’s wonderful to see her again.

While you have been gone, Alison’s career has taken off more … and more … and more!

CHRISTIE: She has turned into quite the business lady and entrepreneur and I am loving watching that, and so impressed by her.

As we wrap up, if you were to describe Patrick Muldoon what would you say? And, most especially for all those Carrie and Austin fans who are very excited that the two of you are back in Salem?

CHRISTIE: I would say, Patrick is a romantic, animalistic Marlon Brando from “Streetcar!”

 

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Kaysi
Kaysi

Great interview! I’m all for a Rafe/Carrie/Austin triangle. Carrie is definitely more Rafe’s speed than Sami is, and maybe an illicit affair will spice Rafe up a bit (it worked for Carrie when Mike was brought into the picture). Plus watching two of the show’s “good guys” battling it out would be fun to watch. And the bonus, of course, is that it would most certainly shock Sami back into anti-Brady-mode, which would be a very welcome change of pace.

AliciaE
AliciaE

Exactly! I LOVE my Sami always, but anti-Brady mode is the best! And think of all the poetic justice of Sami getting her man stolen from her by her sister. LOL I so hope that’s how it plays out. But, we shall have to watch and see. (I’m going to stock up on popcorn). =)

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Oh boy–Great interview with Miss Christie, Michael! 🙂

Cassie
Cassie

Well I totally lost any respect for Christie in that interview. And if Carrie sleeps with Rafe-she is dead to me. ha! I really don’t think the writers will go with that,,no matter how bad Christy wants to play that out with Galen! Rafe is too good of man to fall for her or to cheat on Sami!

Elle
Elle

That Christie Clark cheated me! Hahaha! A few weeks ago she said on Twitter that she feels bad for her co-stars because of all the garlic or onions she ate the night before. Then Galen replied with a tweet that said “Awwww great! :(“. My mind went into suspicious mode. For him to be so annoyed by her breath would mean that she would be kissing him, because they were going to get super close. So I tweeted them both asking if they were making out. She denied it! Now I find out that her and Ali were interviewed and they talked about how Carrie has kissed all of Sami’s hubbies except for one. She hasn’t kissed EJ, so that leads me to believe it’s Rafe after reading this article. Sneaky sneaky! Now this is going to get interesting. Bring on Carrie and Rafe lovin’!

Avelina
Avelina

Bring it on. Maybe EJAMI can get a chance as EJOLE are as boring as watching paint dry and for the first time Im actually bored to tears

AlistairCrane
AlistairCrane

Why would you want Sami with EJ, the man who raped her? Anyhow, Sami belongs with Lucas.

Elle
Elle

Conjuring the r-word just to insult others opinion makes you look uncivilized. You have no respect for real victims, because you wouldn’t mention that word in such a nonchalant manner to prop up your own agenda. I hope one day you learn to be more empathetic to other people’s feelings and opinions.

Diggy
Diggy

Alistair, to save time you should just copy and paste your comment under every Days-related interview now while you have a little spare time, that way you won’t have to trail all the EJ and Sami fans across the internet leaving the same tired old comment. Elle, I’m with you. It’s uncivilized, disrespectful, insensitive to victims (like myself and thousands of others), and just plain lazy. But by all means – keep it up. You’ve been doing it since 2006. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, after all.

AliciaE
AliciaE

Carrie and Rafe? Um, Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it’s true. haha

cr
cr

Sami and rafe belong together , but if they go that direction with carrie and rafean let sami take austin once and for all.

Binky
Binky

heck yeah! bring on Carrie and Rafe! he is so dead in the water with Sami. they just don’t have that “wow” factor. but maybe going with a Carrie and Rafe pairing, things could get very spicy! soaps need spice! let’s do this thing! GO CRAFE!

AlistairCrane
AlistairCrane

Carrie and Rafe would be DISGUSTING. Carrie belongs with Austin and only Austin! I will be so disappointed with these new headwriters if they brought Carrie and Austin back only to break them up. Ugh!

cr
cr

I agree with you 100 percent

Waverly
Waverly

I don’t mind Carrie sparking some jealousy in Sami and keeping her on her toes where her husband is concerned, but I would hate for Rafe and Carrie to have a fling. One of Rafe’s outstanding qualities has always been his devotion to Sami. I’d hate to see that just tossed away. I think the writers are clever enough to keep us entertained with this quad than just relying on bed-hopping them. I’m glad to hear Christie say that the writers are respecting Sami and Carrie’s history and writing them true to form. I can’t wait for more scenes with the sisters!

AlistairCrane
AlistairCrane

Carrie belongs with Austin and Sami belongs with Lucas. Rafe and EJ can have each other for all I care.

Diggy
Diggy

I’m all for a Carrie/Rafe pairing for a while, but then I was always a bigger fan of Carrie and Mike than I was of Carrie and Austin. This time around, though, I wouldn’t mind if Rafe ended up heading off to Israel by himself.

LUMILY
LUMILY

I hate love triangle,
put Sami and Lucas back together.
I dont give a rats ass about Carrie or Austin or Rafe,let them have each other.
the best act on Days is Nicole and EJ JMO 🙂

kim delmotte
kim delmotte

i think on days of our lives dan the doctor is going to be maggies son and melanie will be her grand daughter my thought

Kay
Kay

Rafe and Carrie and Austin triangle might be a nice change since the latest spoilers about Sami’s raunchy behavior. I do hope that it doesn’t derail EJOLE too much though EJ’s so much more respected when he’s not obsessing over Sami and being her whipping boy.

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It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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