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DAYS Christopher Sean Talks Paul/Sonny Lip-Lock, Playing Gay, And The Drama Ahead!

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The secret is out to viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives, but for Salem’s latest arrival … professional baseball player Paul Narita (Christopher Sean) … that may not be the case to most all that think they know him.

As DAYS fans saw right before the Thanksgiving holiday break, Paul planted a whopper of a kiss on none other than Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), ending months of speculation that the incoming newbie character would indeed turn out to be gay, and an ex of Sonny’s.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Christopher Sean, who had been all the buzz of late, at last night’s Hollywood Christmas Parade where he joined his cast mates as the long-running NBC series was being honored for their upcoming 50th season.

Christopher shared a few of his thoughts on taking on the very topical gay role, whether he sees Paul as a good guy … or perhaps the villain, what he thought of Paul’s kiss on Sonny, and more!

On Days of our Lives, you get to play a professional athlete who is gay which has been a ripped-from-the-headlines story these days when you look at Michael Sam, Jason Collins, and Robbie Rogers, to name a few who have all come out over the last few years.  How did the DAYS brass pitch you the role?

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CHRISTOPHER:  They said, “Are you comfortable playing a gay role?”  And I said, “Yes!”  I talked to my manager about it.  He was like “Listen; at the end of the day, it’s a very controversial thing to play a professional athlete who is coming out.”  And so for me, to be able to be a part of the gay right movement, seriously, it’s like “Wow!”

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So, viewers just saw the big lip-lock between Paul and Sonny.  How has it been working with Freddie Smith (Sonny)?

CHRISTOPHER:  He is cool and awesome, and one of the nicest and most humble people I have ever met, which is so nice when someone is a celebrity.

Did you watch back the big reveal when viewers learned 100% that Paul must have a past with Sonny, and is gay?

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CHRISTOPHER: I had forgotten that last Wednesday was the day the reveal aired, and so my Twitter account blew up with “OMG! OMG! OMG!”  I couldn’t believe I missed it, but my parents did DVR it!  So, I am just going to go to their house, and we are all going to watch it together.

Who has been the most helpful on the DAYS set and took you under their wings when you arrived several months ago?

CHRISTOPHER:  I would say Shawn Christian. He is Shawn Christian and I am Christopher Sean. (Laughs)  Our very first day, our stage manager brought that up!  He would go, “Shawn Christian…Christopher Sean …to the set!” (Laughs)   It was one of those awesome moments.  And as for Shawn Christian, he has been a leader and a father figure, and is such a great guy.

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So, what can you say to us … do you think Paul will end up being a good guy or bad guy?

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CHRISTOPHER:  We are five months ahead on DAYS … but I am also on Hawaii-Five-0, and I am the bad guy on there which is awesome!  On DAYS, I get to play Paul Narita who is aware of his emotions and is intelligent. I will say, his intentions are as honorable as he possibly can make them.

So, the jury is out! (Laughs)

CHRISTOPHER:  What is coming up in the months ahead are so many twists and turns.  It’s going to be amazing.

Does Paul definitely want Sonny back?  Is that his intention?

CHRISTOPHER:  I can tell you he has a past with Sonny, and he is hoping to see what future they may have.

So, are you intrigued thus far by Paul’s story and what is to come?  Do you hope Paul turns out to be a good guy, and give Will a run for his money? Could Paul even win Sonny’s heart? Have you enjoyed Christopher Sean’s performances thus far?  Comment below as the story continues to pick up steam this week on Days of our Lives!

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toscanti
toscanti

I find it interesting that DOOL, B&B and GH have great gay storylines but Y&R won’t touch the subject. JFP never would at GH, is she homophobic? Does make one ponder the thought, she appears to hate everyone else after all. Kudos to DOOL, GH and B&B for their great stories.

David
David

I’ve only watched B&B one year. What gay story line is currently on there? Caroline’s mother?

Mo
Mo

I think that’s it. Karen and partner, whose name I can’t remember, played by Crystal Chappell. I think if the actress (Joanna Johnson) were available, there might be more story with the pair.

Red
Red

Well I new that Sonny had a lover that was famous in his past so I was not surprised

kay
kay

Still deciding. I ship WilSon so do not like to see anyone trying to come between them. But I will watch the drama unfold and hope for the best.

Lola
Lola

Me too Kay….Like you, I will be watching the OOC writing for WilSon and hope like heck that they intend for WilSon to be endgame. I like Christopher Sean, but I’m not so sure about Paul lol! Does anyone else think that the days writers could have come up with something more imaginative than a loving couple cheating on each other? Days needs some writers with more imagination than yet another infidelity sl. Having said that, I’m glad we are starting to see more of Sonny and his life pre-Salem.

Antonella
Antonella

I hate the fact Days felt the need to screw WilSon up after ruining Ejami. I get happy couple are not interesting in soap land but cheating seems to be the only answer to every freaking problem people have with their partners. This is so sad and stupid in my book.

Sasha
Sasha

I’m in love. With Paul. With Sonny. With PaulSon!

Best thing to happen in a very long time.

Christopher Sean is the best young actor I’ve seen this whole year.
DAYS would be totally nuts not to give him a lasting role.

And I don’t see how Paul’s story can be told in a meaningful way if he doesn’t ultimately come out publicly, especially because he wants to tell the whole world how much he loves his partner, Sonny!! That’s a central part of the situation these young men who are forced to NOT tell their own story in the sports, movies (Hollywood!!!) etc. arenas have to deal with: that they are not only denying themselves, but their boyfriend/life partner!!

So, Paul not ending up with his big love wouldn’t make any sense, if not totally destroy this whole story.

I know so many people who stopped watching because they didn’t like the new version o WilSon. Right now, they’re telling me they’re coming back, because they want to see Sonny/Freddie shine again! PaulSon is the way to go here.

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

I agree…CS is a great find and one of the best new actors to hit daytime in a long time…hope Days holds on to him!!!

cece
cece

Paulson all the way! I barely know Paul but I am really rooting for him with Sonny. You hit thenail on the head.

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, I could really care less-just so disappointed in the show right now-stopped recording it.

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

I was hoping that Paul already has another Salem connection…let Anne turn out to be his older half sister…let her know he is gay, and both Paul and Anne keep it a secret because Paul fears itll hurt his career…then lets see Anne’s reaction when Theresa tells her she has fallen in love with Paul…will Anne tell her the truth…will Paul admit he is gay to Theresa or use her to hide his secret…it most likely wont turn out this way but this couldv’e lead to some very dramatic moments!!!

PV Jr.
PV Jr.

This is a little off the point, but what is with all the characters calling Anne a cow?

When other characters are referred to as beautiful, etc., she gets labeled a cow.

alistaircrane
alistaircrane

Anne is a horrible, evil person. It’s sickening to me that they have a character on the show bashing the Hortons. I guess she is the “Mary Sue” of these headwriters.

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

Anne is a favorite of mine…the actress is beautiful…the name calling is stupid but just part of the sory…shes a keeper…hoping more story for her…the Hortons are one of my favorite tv families…i dont know why some soap fans pick on her…she isnt the only evil person in town…the Dimeras are the most wicked and yet fans love them(i like them and Anne)

Fox
Fox

The connection I want … Let Paul be an unknown love child of Lucas from his (pre-Sami) playboy military cadet days, thereby Sonny would be caught between two half-brothers! How soapy .. lol! (btw – They’ve had the casting call out for Paul’s mother (Tori) for awhile now, so this could happen.)

kay
kay

You may be getting your wish. I know Lucas is going to be getting a big story soon and Will helps him – some kind of mystery. Maybe it comes about after Paul’s mother comes to Salem and Lucas recognizes her from years ago.

Jackie
Jackie

What do you mean? Pauls mother has been on the show for at least a couple of weeks now and also has been being mentioned a lot before that?

Mo
Mo

I thought Days shot three months in advance, not five.

Looking forward to today’s show and seeing what transpires.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

It’s 5 months close to 6 actually !

Mark
Mark

I love Days!!!!!

alistaircrane
alistaircrane

I like that Days has finally introduced a third party for Will and Sonny. I’ve never really been able to invest in Will and Sonny because they never had to truly struggle to be together. There was no gay male version of Sami Brady scheming to break them up. It took my favourite couple Carrie and Austin 5 years to get married, but Will and Sonny were married in maybe two. Maybe Will will end up being the bad guy who’s scheming to keep Sonny and Paul apart. He is Sami and Lucas’ son after all.
And I have to give Days credit for casting an Asian-American actor in this role. It’s nice to have some more diversity on the show. If I were running Days, I would have cast Abe’s nephew Ben Carver (Wendy and Jonah’s son) for the Will/Sonny storyline, but Paul will do.

kay
kay

So fighting for his husband makes Will a “bad guy” in your mind. Marriage must not mean anything to you.

alistaircrane
alistaircrane

We’re watching a soap opera. There was nothing more thrilling than when Marlena and John made love on the conference room table at Titan even though she was married to Roman. And again, I’m not invested in the Will/Sonny relationship because the show hasn’t put made them earn it yet. I’d love to see Will channel his inner Sami and lie and scheme to hold on to his man. That’s juicy, soapy drama.

ddd
ddd

I hope Sonny and Paul hook up, SO SO tired of Will and his whiney a$$ self. Plus Paul is way hotter than the new Will. Go team Panny, or is it Saul, lol

Sasha
Sasha

You haven’t been on Twitter lately, have you?

It’s #PaulSon all the way :))

Alex
Alex

Is PaulSon

Sue McAdams
Sue McAdams

Yeah I am tired of Will playing the victim. .I never have been sold on this latest Will…the former one was a better fit.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

So far, so good… I loved the line Sonny had today to Paul: “Oh, that’s right. You’ll never come out of the closet.” And with Theresa in the mix, this should be highly entertaining!

kay
kay

You are referring to Paul as Sonny’s partner already? Sonny is MARRIED to Will so Will is his partner. Paul may think he is in LOVE with Sonny but that does not automaticalky mean Sonny feels the same.

Patrick
Patrick

“… for me, to be able to be a part of the gay right movement ”

Thank You, Days : Sony : NBC

right out of the gate : Sonny and Paul flew

their is a sizzling dynamic going on

and I am overjoyed at the potential for exciting story… and character envelop

SOAPBOX : Cheers!

nich
nich

I dislike how they are having Will treat Sonny but I know its all for storyline purposes and its no excuse for Sonny to cheat but its definitely a reason for him to. But at the same time Sonny needs to stand up for himself and let Will know his true feelings.

The athlete in the closet storyline is relevant and interesting but I can’t say I like that Paul is coming in between WilSon. But at least Will and Sonny are getting a storyline and some drama. Hopefully Will having some competition will make him appreciate what he has with Sonny because he seems to be taking it for granted. I have faith in the end of it all Will and Sonny will find their way back to each other.

Alex
Alex

I love Paul and can’t wait to see his background along with Sonny (sad Sonny was on 3 years and we still don’t know much about him). I want PaulSon. I root for couples if obstacles are in their way and have great chemistry. PaulSon has that. His closet situation which I assume is what ended their relationship and Sonny’s marriage are huge obstacles. Love their chemistry. Other than Brian, Paul is the most spark I have seen with Sonny. Please days. At least let them have an affair or break up WilSon and make PaulSon happen. I was over Will and Sonny for more than a year.

Alex
Alex

Paulson is never going to happen

Alex
Alex

First, you should use something to differentiate your name from mine. Add extra letter or number.

Second, PaulSon already happened in the past. Paul predates Will in Sonny’s heart and life and obviously there is still something there if you have seen today’s episode. Just expressing my hopes for the direction I would like to see. You should add something to the discussion instead of acting like annoyed 12 years old shipper.

kay
kay

Never say never.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Why are you acting like two different posters?

Alex
Alex

@4everDays
I’m the Alex that has been commenting on the Freddie and Guy video and here. I’m not acting like two people. Why are you assuming that. If you read my comment in support of Paulson, you would see that someone else using the name Alex just to be assholes or just didn’t think replied to me with “Paulson is never going to happen” to my original comment and I even suggest they change their name or add something to it to my reply to them.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Had to reply here. Apparently I was wrong to assume that Michael Fairman would not accept people with the same usernames.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Hmm I’m conflicted. The actor is doing a good job, for sure, and the gay athlete storyline with Theresa in the mix is nice. However, I think that we’ve had enough happy fan-favorite couples split up. While I hate how Will is treating Sonny and I definitely think the new Will has less chemistry with Sonny that his predecessor, I’m still a WilSon shipper and want them to wind up together in the end. But I’ll be interested to see where “PaulSon” goes.

mz emma
mz emma

Would it not throw a curve ball into the situation, if Will comes back, and Paul falls for Will???

Alex
Alex

That is major fear I have. I don’t think it would be interesting curve ball. It would just be insult to Sonny’s character and make everything about Will. If you look around on twitter and other places, people are specially excited about this including me because it finally gives Sonny some attention other than hand holding Will and his problems. Plus most people don’t like Guy Wilson as nuwill. It would be total fail on tptb.

Sasha
Sasha

In this case I’d be finally done with this show. And when I’m looking around, I’m certainly not the only one. TPTB can’t be so clueless they haven’t noticed that viewers and fans want to see Freddie in a different pairing that allows him to shine again. The huge wave of excitement about PaulSon after barely three days of them together on screen speaks volumes!!!

penny
penny

This show has lost another viewer.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

A penny for your thoughts, penny.

Will you please explain your comment. Although people may or may not agree with your thoughts/comments. Most of us like to read people’s opinions.

DAYS lost you because they added one more gay character? Or maybe because gays are seen kissing. Could it be because of the direction the storyline is going?

Commenting in a more detailed fashion may help with your frustration. I know we, the other posters, would have a better understanding.

Joe
Joe

Its nice seeing him play a ballplayer trying to come out. Maybe he will open the door for are profesional players to be open

cece
cece

I love love love Paulson! Will and Sonny have no real chemistry in my opinion. The sparks are flying with Paul and Sonny! I usually can’t stand the mushy romantic scenes unless the characters really actually seem like they connect. I can’t wait for more scenes with these two!  

Gerry
Gerry

The Will recast has been a failure so it’s about time DAYS moved Freddie Smith into his own story. Christopher Sean is a great addition to the cast. (DAYS seems to do a better job casting men like Casey Moss than girls like True O’Brien) I did not see this story coming, which is another great reason to avoid spoilers, and I really thought Paul would not be anywhere near the gays of Salem. Smith again has a scene partner with whom he’s got bona fide onscreen chemistry. So give us more of Paul and Sonny, DAYS!

Zy
Zy

I never thought I will like Sonny with anyone but Will, but after new Will I think he has a great chemistry with Paul.

Julien
Julien

I would love it if they cast Mia Korf as his mom. And have her have an instant dislike for Southern Eve.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Ha! Brilliant! As long as Mia’s character says to Kassie’s Eve somewhere, “What, are you trying to replace me?” 🙂

Lia
Lia

I don’t like the gay stories, and do not watch that part of DAYS. When I saw Paul kiss Sonny, I was happy they put it at the end of the episode. I’ve been FF them since then, and will continue to do so. This is one time I hope Theresa goes completely off on someone….Because if he likes men he should not be deceiving women. I’m very thankful Y&R will not put these kind of stories on their show. Kudos to them. DAYS totally destroyed my favorite couple on the show (Nick and Gabi), just to make their gay couple come off like a couple of princes. Now they have their new gay character making a fool out of women by pretending to be straight. Please…Those producers and writers suck. JMHO

RW
RW

Ah yes, this is why I have you on my ignore list at soapcentral. You’re favorite couple was Gack and you hate gay storylines. So you don’t like watching two consenting adults, who just happen to be the same gender, being in love, but the kidnappers are just your cup of tea. You have problems with Paul using women but love Gabi, even though she knew who kidnapped Melanie and where she was but wouldn’t tell anybody just to cover her own butt. There was no way the situation with Andrew would end well for Melanie if no one could find her. She would either be held hostage for years or she would be killed (or both). Also, in both scenarios, I don’t see how rape would not be involved. So, Paul dating women is horrible but what Gabi did to Melanie, or what Nick did to Caroline by letting her be arrested for Trent’s murder even though he did the deed, didn’t put them on your ff list instead they were your favorites. And for the record, neither of those things had anything to do with Will and Sonny so please don’t act like Nick and Gabi were perfect little angels that were thrown under the bus to service WilSon. I’m also not sure what part of Will initially agreeing to deny his daughter so that Nick could raise her, put Will in a good light.

I’m sorry to everyone else for the rant, but nothing pisses me off more than people that have watched soaps for years, and have no problem with adultery, rape, murder, etc, jump on their moral high horse when there’s a gay storyline on the show. That’s some screwed up morals right there.

Lia
Lia

Please put me on your ignore list here as well. 🙂

LLATWTFan
LLATWTFan

I love Paul! I think Sonny needs someone who will treat him better than Will is treating him right now. Paul’s not doing much better yet, but he’s got potential. Maybe Will will come back with a Paul of his own?

And Bring Back Charlotte Ross as Eve!

mz emma
mz emma

Do we really need another triangle? Being it would be gay doesn’t negate the fact that Days overdoes the triangle thing.
Sonny has made it plain to Paul he is married, is happy, family & friends have surrounded them with love. Just because Will is being a stupid idiot is no reason that would be a deal breaker. Other marriages have survived worse.
I just do not honestly want Days to go another round of happy happy til married, get divorced and move on.
I think a former love coming in while Sonny is rather vulnerable might be interesting.
Frankly, I am sick and tired of couples being madly in love, bedding and kiss off. I am sick and tired of Salem marriages going the same route. If the writers are so inept they cannot write for couples together, then Corday better get on the ball and start looking around . He should have been doing so long ago.

pat blackman
pat blackman

I think Christopher Sean is the best looking cast member I’ve seen in a long time. I find his steady gaze disarming. I hope he is a good guy but if he isn’t, I hope he stays on the show. I’m a little sick of Will and his underhandedness but because of his daughter I guess he has to stay on the show. I would like to see Sonny and Paul work it out. Also get rid of Paige’s mother, she’s boring.

reno
reno

Hope Paul is a regular on Days forever . . . . .

Jo Ann Morris
Jo Ann Morris

He is so dam good looking and a hell of an actor,much better then Will. Hoping is gets to stay for quite some time and hope he and Sonny will end up to to gather . Will has to go!

IJ Narita
IJ Narita

i started watching DOOL when freddie was casted after he left 90210. watched for a good long time then it kinda got boring esp when the new cast wil came. Started watching again when Paul came..now my last name is narita! lol! I really hope paul will be regular in DOOL for a very very long time with sonny! #paulson SOLID!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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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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