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DAYS Exited Peter Reckell Thanks Fans For Love & Support Following Daytime Emmy Snub!

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Peter Reckell returned to Days of our Lives for the series 50th anniversary storyline that culminated in November with the death of his beloved and iconic character of Bo Brady.  Many of his DAYS castmates, felt that Peter delivered the best work of his three decade career on the NBC soap opera during his brief return to daytime.

In the set-up of the last beats of his story, Bo learns that he is dying from abrain tumor from his sister Kayla (the Pre-Emmy nominated Mary Beth Evans, who was terrific in the scenes).  And then in the next several episodes, tries to prepare himself for the envitable.  He shares his grief with his best friend Patch (Stephen Nichols), and asks Rafe (Galen Gering) took look after Hope (Kristian Alfonso) after he is gone.  Peter entered the Emmy race this year in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series but failed to get through to the next round.  That bit of news sent fans sharing their love for Peter and disappointment for him.

In addition, The Young and the Restless Daytime Emmy winner, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who is one of the most classy guy’s in the business, took to Twitter to also tell Peter and his new castmate Jason Thompson that they were wrongly overlooked.   Davidson expressed: “Thinking of 2 performers that should be on the list too…@peterreckell and @MyJasonThompson A deep bow to them. Others as well.”   Davidson did make it to the blue ribbon round in the Lead Actor category.

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In the end, Reckell took a moment on social media to address his long time fans today with this:  “The LOVE and SUPPORT from you guys is what’s meaningful to me!!! Thanks So Much!!!”

So, did the Emmy voters get it wrong with leaving Peter off the final Lead Actor ballot? Disappointed in his final run as Bo, he won’t get a chance at a Daytime Emmy one last time? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s unbelievable that Peter Reckell was snubbed! Kristian Alfonso should’ve been nominated too! But hey, Vivian Giovanni was nominated and should be annihilated by Lauren Boles!

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

Too many good actors overlooked and why the bunch of untalented teens even considered for nomination-what a joke!!!…i miss Lauren Boles…what a great little talent…they dont age the children on Coronation Street like they do to our soaps…they have a talented child actress who plays Amy Barlow and they wisely know how to use her-she is a gifted scene stealer!!!

Mara A Mitchell
Mara A Mitchell

For a dramatic recast Viv is superb. Long term Lauren Boles is best child actor Days ever!

Mo
Mo

OMG! Are you kidding me? nuCiara is AWFUL! She should be paying me for being forced to watch her acting class, which she is failing miserably at. The role needs to be recast STAT!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*Vivian Jovanni

virginia
virginia

I agree Peter should have been nominated [he was GREAT!!] the child “Ciara” and Kristen should not have been overlooked either.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Lauren Boles (little Ciara) wasn’t overlooked, virginia. I hope big Ciara is dropped after round one and little Ciara wins the gold!

I would grade Vivian Jovanni’s first performances an F, but she’s turning in D+ performances nowaDAYS. I’m hopeful she’ll continue improving.

Cathy
Cathy

Absolutely he was robbed!

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I thought that his scenes were “okay” and I did think it a tad silly that he died right in the middle of fake Leaf Park, but of course, it’s a soap. I don’t think we need to throw Daytime Emmy Awards at every actor on every show to prove their worth. It is after all just a Popularity Contest Award.
I’m not saying he wasn’t believable in the scenes he had to play, just that I was pretty much unmoved by them, keep in mind I am not a super long time watcher of the show, I have only watched for a little over two years – and I thought his “tortue” scenes went on too long and he and “Patch” escaping on a motorcycle was also a little far fetched.

JUDY K
JUDY K

THIS IS NOTHING BUT A POPULARITY CONTEST……..SO MANY DESERVING NOT MENTIONED, AND SOME MENTIONED ARE NOT DESERVING……DO THESE PEOPLE EVEN WATCH THE SOAPS?????????????????

Tim S
Tim S

Ditto…very sad. Say ya a lot about the credibility of the Emmys.

Tristy
Tristy

DOOL was only getting better for the Anniversary episodes and bringing Peter Reckell back to play Bo Brady ignited that and probably was mostly responsible for the much needed ratings. Now the storylines are getting yucky and boring. Ken Corday said we would be on the edge of our seats during the Anniversary shows and he was right. We were only to be robbed of a great Bo Brady adventure. They had him die way too soon and they had him in captivity way too long with not much dialogue to make for a great storyline. I know it was Peter’s decision to only tape a few episodes so you have to take that into consideration also next to the other Actors/Actresses who have been on longer. If Peter had only stayed on until after the Holidays it would have probably made a difference but it was Peter’s decision to kill off Bo Brady pretty quickly. I guess he does not want to miss out on his Daughter’s life as he stated that his Wife would call him while he was playing Bo Brady ( at work ) to say to him oh ” you missed our Daughter’s first word or first steps” something like that I think to make him feel guilty that he was working and she had to take care of their kid and could not do her career as a singer. That is why he retired so he could be the stay at home dad. Yes he should have been nominated but you have to look at the whole picture. Even though he came back briefly he still robbed the Fans of a great Bo story. It was a disaster from the beginning!

joe smith
joe smith

you are soooooooooooo right, it would have been better for Peter NOT to come back just to selfishly killoff his character like lucy lawless did on Xena. So they can never be played again. It was just a selfish move with no considerstion for the fans who blindly support any move that is made.

Laura
Laura

He seriously thought he deserved one? Funny. I do agree that he is more deserving of a pre-nom than some of the ones chosen. Billy Flynn comes to mind.
What I’m wondering is why on earth Robert Scott Wilson isn’t listed? He was brilliant as psycho Ben.

James McDonald
James McDonald

How young are these people that nominate the Daytime soap opera actors? How experienced are the judges? Don’t they recognize excellent acting skills and talent? Peter Reckell was snubbed. I also think Suzanne Rogers (“Maggie”, Days Of Our Lives) has done excellent work as well in the past year.

clh
clh

Why would he? He was there all of about a blip and was nothing spectacular at that.

Ces
Ces

The best & most deserving were snubbed. Jason Thompson, Peter, and Robert Scott all robbed. Tell me why Missy Reeves was on this ballot? One less thing to watch!

Patrick
Patrick

she’s riding on the coattail of Kassie DePaiva

I’m certain she submitted the scenes when she walked in on Eve and JJ at the hotel

that’s about the only scene I think made her alive… for that time being

this should be a real doozy of a time… watching her overdose on prescription painKILLherS

I hope she la la lands in a long COMA

Patrick
Patrick

isn’t this a layed out story board fix for easy reel

Jennifer has an underlying guilt be it survivors guilt… over Daniel, Eric, and Brady… and nary a focus was given her.. with all the fallout…

watching her at home… slumber and easy does it as pain registers , with the audience, argh! I meant with her character… she overdoses… Jack visits… and wrapped in a ribbon…. Gran Alice pulls and tugs at her heart strings and a spiritual awakening…. argh! brings her back

whoopee … Melissa Reeves

Ces
Ces

Lol Patrick. She hasnt done much in years!

Tim S
Tim S

Missy reeves has not had a decent story line for a long tIme. Maybe this pill popping one will be good

Ces
Ces

Maybe she should remove her 5 inch *house* shoes and she’d be a bit more convincing. Wonder is Missy is up for being a pill popper? Hallucinate and start seeing Jack.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Well said, Ces!!!!! I mean…Rob Scott Wilson did FABULOUS work on DOOL!!!!! I will never understand as to why Melissa Reeves is even nominated this year!!!!! To me, her character of Jennifer is S-O BLAH AND EVEN MORE BORING!!!!! S-o unfair!!!!!

Ces
Ces

Agreed jaybird. Matt brought out the best in Missy and since then she has been extremely blah. Putting her with Dr. Dull didn’t help matters. Missy needs someone like Matt (or keep Matt!!) to liven her up. Crazy that she submitted herself.

Linda
Linda

I have always loved Peter Reckell, BUT, I’m not sure that he is deserving of an Emmy considering all the wonderful actors and performances this year by actors that have worked their butts off day in and day out all year! Sentiment should not negate their contribution and talent.

Vickie HART
Vickie HART

He should have gotten it! They brought him back and always been great so they should not have went by the ending.

Eric leathers
Eric leathers

No matter what Peter deserves an emmy his final scenes as bo deserves one hopefully we will see bo again one day

susan kidwell
susan kidwell

I AGREE WITH YOU ERIC LEATHERS PETER DESERVES IT,

Delores Decker
Delores Decker

They don’t know,an EXCELLENT actor,when they see one.I will miss him tremendously.Have a WONDERFUL life Peter.

Beverly Charlene Goff Meadows
Beverly Charlene Goff Meadows

Not sure what year any of the judges were looking at; obviously not 2015!!!
Bo/Peter Reckell was robbed as was Kristian Alfonso, Nicole/Arianne Zuker and many others. Not really sure why Y&R are always heavy on the nominations…Could be some bias showing up. Maybe all the fans of our favorite daytime shows should boycott the Daytime Emmys!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m certain… and have to believe

that next years nominations; will include

Suzanne Rogers
Arianne Zucker
A Martinez

hopefully, Bryan Dattillo along with Thaao Penghlis ( he’s bringing it as he searches for his father, Stefano ! )

would love to see Jenn Lilly materialize

now i’d love DAYS to be renewed for another 2 years; along with the rehiring of Kassie DePaiva and Daniel Cosgrove

long live Salem’ites

Jt
Jt

Emmy’s became a bad joke! If you are 20 or less no matter what they give you a nod? Forget talent it does not count! Even when his story sucks they hand Geary a nod? Stephen Nichols and Reckell can turn in outstanding work and you can be certain they will never be recognized! The emmy’s became a bad joke !

Sunni
Sunni

I will always miss him and so will his thousands of fan.. He was wrongly snubbed…He did an excellent job..I think the Emmys should let the fans vote in all categories..Who are the people who do the voting…They made the mistake of never voting for Susan Lucci.

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

oh yes Peter Reckell & Kristian Alfonso was definitely ROBBED of a Emmy nomination,, i can’t believe they both were overlooked,,i am mad as hell too!!! #iam50yrsDaysfan and been with Days since i was 11 yrs old!!! i see this is just not right!!! i see on Days actors like Robert Scott Wilson, Billy Flynn also ignored!!! Kassie DePavia also done great acting as Eve,,, plus Ari Zuker.. wow i cant believe this is going dismissed!!

Susan
Susan

I love Peter but sorry I don’t think he deserved one. The scenes were stupid and I don’t get what everyone saying he was great was watching because they weren’t that great at all. He looked uncomfortable with grown up Ciara, and then overacted some other scenes. The storyline was rushed and silly and inconsistent and I don’t believe in giving an actor one just because he decided to hang up his acting shoes. Peter’s wife was touring so he was only able to stay for a short time as he had to be home to mind his daughter and that’s perfectly understandable but you don’t deserve an emmy for what his scenes were about.

Tristy
Tristy

Hi Susan! How are you? Yes I totally agree with what you said. Remember when he was sitting next to Ciara like almost dumbfounded or speechless and she was like Dad what’s wrong? And then he said nothing..I just can’t believe how grown up you are..well neither can we, ha ha! He did seem uncomfortable. His scenes were rushed along and I made sure I didn’t miss a day or blink! I really think his Wife influenced his decision to up and leave the California lifestyle. He sold that beautiful custom built home he had in Brentwood I think is where it was? The solar-powered home and eco green friendly that he put his heart and soul into..gave the house that was there previously to Habitat for Humanity to build his dream home. He only lived in it for 4 years if that. Another vacation home he had in Michigan he sold as well. He like gave up everything I guess to keep his Wife happy. I guess whenever he has a bad day or is upset his Wife tells him to go for a bike ride,,I don’t know about her! You never see a picture of their Daughter only when she is in a costume and her face is totally painted or from a distance where she has her back to a tree. Maybe he was ready to retire but I have my suspicions. Oh well..have a great day and take care!! Cheryl

I love gh
I love gh

He should have enteredi n the supporting or guest appearance categories since his run was short. The voters are in the daytime community and know that he is not interested in a permanent role on Days. With such talent, I get it. He deserves an Emmy for his great work, just perhaps in another category.

Judie
Judie

Guest Actors cannot be a character that has been on.the show or returns to the
Show. That category is for newly created roles

susan kidwell
susan kidwell

HOW COULD YOU FORGET ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS ON DAY TIME,I NEVER HAVE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELFS.

Velma Green
Velma Green

Bo should have won.Wish he would come,back to Days.They need him.Days is getting worse everyday.Won’t be surprised to see it dropped.

Mo
Mo

A lot of questions with the prenoms. Confusion reigns all around.

Carol
Carol

He was certainly robbed! His final scenes had everyone in tears! The daytime emmy voters must be blind.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I wasn’t in tears, I found it idiotic that he just died like that, there wasn’t any consideration for chemotherapy or radiation, yes, I understand, it’s a soap and we allow for some silliness.
I just didn’t think the storyline was all that compelling, his torture scenes went on too long, and then his final scene of dying in the park was a tad inane. So, no, I don’t think it was a performance that automatically screams “Emmy” award.

Jjc2011
Jjc2011

Absolutely Peter deserved a nod and a win. He has been one of the most underrated actors in daytime for three decades.
His scenes in his early years, with Roman’s “death” on the beach, when Pop Shawn had a heart attack, were ignored. Part of it, IMO, is that Peter’s Bo was and remains IMMENSELY popular with fans, and Emmy panels frankly usually go for the villains, the crazies and the overacting because they only see snippets and have no clue about the actors who play the actual good guys. When the over the top actors/characters usually win, that’s the reason.
Peter has won so many fan awards because Bo is a beloved protagonist instead of an over the top crazy. Brings life on a steady basis, keeping a “good guy” interesting for decades (despite some horrid writing) is much harder than playing a nut case (why ED gets recognized for crazy lady on DAYS and not for normal person on Y &R).

It was stupid, and unfair. Peter deserved the Emmy many times and was ignored so this was no surprise.

Brenda Sisler
Brenda Sisler

I’m shocked and upset that Peter Reckell didn’t make it on the ballot he’s been a great actor and deserves more to his ending. I’ve followed his storyline as Bo from beginning to end. Good luck and best wishes to Peter Reckell with your future. You will greatly be missed you have the trophy in my opinion great job.

Brian
Brian

Yes Peter and Kristian were both snubbed and so were a few others!

fginaspy
fginaspy

While I think PR did an exceptional job in his final Storyline I think lead actor is a stretch as he is not a contract player. His performance should have been entered as guest performance or the category Donna Mills co-won last year.

Judie
Judie

Peter could not enter guest star category…that category is for newly created roles

tatiana
tatiana

I agree. He did a fantastic job but he wasn’t on the show long enough for a lead actor nomination. He should have been nominated for best guest performance.

I imagine Jason Thompson wasn’t nominated because he barely had a story and very little screen time.

Rj
Rj

I always loved Bo and Hope, and was glad when Bo came back, but I was hoping they would be together longer. All happened so fast. He had just returned, and then he was gone. Not enough time to have it really pull at your heart strings eventhough I felt sad that he would be gone, and it was the end of an era. I know Peter probably wanted to wrap it quickly, and just came on to give the Bo fans a proper farewell. With that said, his departure was emotional, but it could have even had more of an impact if they had developed the storyline more. Days has a tendency to rush some important moments that need to sizzle a little, or drag out some storylines too long that need to end. Well, they are moving Hope along in an effort to make Bo a distant memory.

JANET
JANET

I watched it, and I agree P R deserved a chance. The show is fine and it has loads of good actors. has for a long time, and they never get a mention. I guess they can’t all win, but I stopped watching because the same ones do every year. It is a popularity contest. The fans know who is left. in the lurch.

Regina
Regina

I have been a fan of Days since 1965, I absolutely love Bo & Hope, I have watched their love story from the very beginning I think they are the best Super Couple ever, I agree that Peter’s return was to short I. think they could have played it out a little longer or shortened the captivity storyline and made his return to his family and Hope longer, after all they are so popular because of their great love for each other. I know Peter wants time with his daughter and I respect him for that, I just think they could have written this differently. Also I absolutely think that both Peter and Kristian were snubbed at the Daytime Emmy’s after watching them for 30 years they so deserve it. Their love story is what has made all soaps last for so long. I am not going to watch the Emmy’s this year because I am so disgusted that they were not nominated. Maybe they will have a special dedication to them and Bo and Hope. Also Days is making way to much of the other deaths and gave Bo barely a funeral, maybe rename Salem Police Station or something like that in his honor.

Jaime
Jaime

Reckell and Stephen Nichols have been snubbed by the emmys for years. This is not a true award for talent any longer it is simply a promotion by certain producers to get something. The fact that the emmys nominate young people with barely had a handful of appearances with nothing exceptional on screen devalues any so called award.

Wont be watching the emmys they have been a bad joke for years.

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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.

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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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