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DAYS: Gabi's Confession To Murdering Nick! What Did You Think Of Her Admission Of Guilt?

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On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers finally learned who shot and killed Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) three times with a stunning confession from Gabi (Camila Banus)!  Saving the day for Will Horton (Guy Wilson) who admitted to the crime, Gabi cleared him with her split second admission of guilt in front of the Salem PD.

After the room cleared and with EJ DiMera (James Scott) as Gabi’s counsel, and even though he advises his client there are ways to get around this rap, Gabi says she did it!  Later in front of Hope( Kristian Alfonso), EJ and the DA, Gabi relives the night of the murderer but first admitted she hired Andrew to stalk her to help her win the love of Chad DiMera in 2012!

Nick knew about it and had been blackmailing her all along!  And that was just for starters in her explanation of the twisted relationship between Gabi and Nick.  In 2014,  when Gabi overheard Will and Sonny (Freddie Smith) talking about the gun they were hiding in the closet when Sonny thought of killing Nick, Gabi says  she was in the next room.  She decided she would take the gun and wanted to kill Nick for his next plot which was moving up the court date for custody of Arianna!  She did not want Arianna ripped from her family and had it with Nick!

Next came the chilling account where Gabi admits to shooting Nick three times in the park.  Then even after being shot, Nick following her!  After she admits the whole murder scene, she apologizes to Hope, who is not having it.   Hope tells Gabi sternly that Nick did not have to die.

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So, what did you think about Gabi’s admission of guilt? Was it a satisfying conclusion to the story?  What did you think of Camila Banus’ performance?  There is one more secret yet to be revealed per the teasers before Camila and Gabi exit the series!  What do you think that will be? Let us know your thoughts below!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I thought she was amazing. Camila Banus has really come a long way in her acting abilities. (I remember her for her forgettable role on OLTL). I never thought I’d say this, but I’m going to miss Gabi!

Wishing you all the best Ms. Banus. Onward and upward! (But please don’t forget your soap roots 😉

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

Gabi is innocent…she will go off to prison or a mental hospital…i perfer the latter…i still believe Percy did it but killed Rick Fallon…Nicks twin…and Nick is still ALIVE! ALIVE! HE’s ALIVE! I remember when the show tried to trick us into believing Marlena was murdered by the Salem Strangular but it was really her twin sister Samantha Evans played by D.H.’s real life twin Andrea Hall Lovell and i believe, hopefully, they might do the same twin thing with Nick…even if it was never mentioned he had a twin!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I think Gabi will remain the shooter but that doesn’t mean Nick will stay dead.So instead of going to prison for muder Gabi will go for attempted murder.Plus i don’t see the show going the route of saying it wasn’t Nick that got shot but a twin or something instead.

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

is Ben Jordans brother…or husband? are they pretending to be siblings?

Nonna
Nonna

I believe Jordan and Ben are siblings. They are both running from someone and something. Perhaps Jordan is hiding from an abusive husband who was killed by Ben. Another scenario would be that they are both running from an abusive father. The crux of this never-ending mystery is, are they also running from the law? I also suspect that there may be a possible link between these two and Paige.

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

Nonna, i wrote that sometime ago that i think Jordan has run off from an abusive husband kind of like the movie ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’…and i still believe Eve is their mother if the are siblings…but no matter the story i find it way too draggy at the moment!!!

phil
phil

That would be tough to explain since he was on the phone with Marlena and identified himself as Nick! Blake Berris has left the show! Nick is dead accept it!

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

Maybe he is, maybe he isnt…if he is ill be fine with it but i dont have to accept it…this is a soap and so if he was on the phone and identfied himself as Nick…i was on the phone and identified myself as me daddy to get rid of annoying telemarketer…it wasnt really me dad…maybe it wasnt really Nick but if he is surely dead this time so be it!!!

Ricky
Ricky

I think it is a great way to write the character off, and we are treated with some great performances from Camila I kind of wish she wasn’t leaving! Kudos to Days, I think it’s the most entertaining soap right now, I am a fan of Y&R but DAYS is just rockin’ it lately.

No idea what the last twist will be before Gabi leaves Salem…

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

I think the twist is we will see the real killer…a shocking twist is Will really did it but i doubt the WILL go there!!! My guess above remains the same!!!

Moneca
Moneca

I think it was an amazing and heart-wrenching performance. The actress played it beautifully with all the guilt, despair and defeat on display at the right times. I hope she submits it for emmy season next year.

Johnny
Johnny

So…a viable legacy Horton character was sacrificed so a Hernandez come lately would have a good exit story?? Really??

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

Yup. And I feel bad for Jessica and Marie. Such a waste.

Johnny
Johnny

Yup. Oh gee…attempted rape. Big crime there. Sonny on GH murders people in CD blood and somehow he is a leading man.

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

Well his crime was being a homophobe which is MUCH more evil than killing people who “deserve to die.” Which appeared to be Gabi’s defense.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I liked Gabi’s confession and i think Camilla Banus did a good job with the scenes.Plus at least she’s leaving the show with a bang so to speak.As for the secret my guess is she tells someone what she,Sami and Kate did to Nick last November.

Laura
Laura

Camilla was AMAZING! I watched her scenes twice, and cried just as much the second time. We knew from spoilers it was her, but wow, she just knocked her scenes out.

fran
fran

phenominal acting and writing BUT what other teaser confession I am not aware???/

Derrick
Derrick

Wonderful episode…………

Will
Will

I guess she was playing it as she was scared and frantic but the acting in those scenes with EJ seemed like the laziness of someone who was clearly ready to leave. She hasn’t seemed to care much at all in the last few months. So I’m glad she’s gone.

dmr
dmr

I think she is leaving with a bang, no pun intended! Gabi has never been my favorite character; but, I wish the actress the best of luck! I wish she would take nuWill with her, though. Ugh. I find him nauseating. I like Sonny solo, not with nuWill. I am really tuning in for when Eileen Davidson returns as Kristin Dimera! I absolutely adore Eileen!

Rose
Rose

She did a fantastic job. What an exit performance. Bravo CB!

Nikki
Nikki

I knew that Camila Banus was leaving months ago, most of us who regularly come here to On-Air-Soaps or read Soap Digest, etc., did. But, with that said, NEVER did it cross my mind for Gabi to kill Nick. I was in utter shock. Usually soaps are never so bold, even when an actor is leaving, to make them the killer, especially not someone as connected as Gabi (Rafe’s sister, Will’s baby mama, Arianna’s mother, etc.). I think it was a BRILLIANT move! It makes Gabi seem so much more stronger and knowledgeable than we were led to believe of the months that Nick has been back. She still is sweet and compassionate and remorseful, she really did love Nick at a point, but she did what she had to do for her family, despite the consequences.

And, also, this has really been a stand out point for Camila. I think she has grown a lot from when she initially started on the show and it’s sad to see her go, but I think going out with your best work is a great way to leave a mark and, also, leave an impression for people wanting more, in case you ever decide to come back (perhaps she learned that skill from Eileen Davidson who is a master at that. 😉 ) I really hope to see her name on the nominations list for next year’s Emmys for these confession scenes.

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I thought she played most of her scenes well – some of the moments though did lack emotion, a fact that several viewers here have noted as well.
Everyone on this show is so noble, Will ready to take the rap for Sonny, Will’s father ready to take the rap – everyone on the show is noble…except Nicole LoL. Nicole could lie her way out of anything but she’s not truly evil, just misguided. If Eric goes back to the Priesthood Nicole should then become a Nun and keep an eye on him.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Everyone on this show is so noble”

LOL… I like that word… much better definition.. then self-righteous… or from gods ear to … the horton and bradys

which is a trait that we have all become “keen” on… LOL

Oye! the dastardly comes out in me.. when it’s at the expense of so much FUN

and that’s

Eileen Davidson, Kristen “DiMera”
Blake Berris, Nick… what a talent
Jenn Lilly, Theresa… love the uninhibited and the vibe she gives

you know the drill

LOL… love the part of Nicole joining the convent… if she can’t snare “Father” Eric, even after making LOVE… as these two first LOVES can’t seem to find matrimony and lessening Nicoles wanton … Eric is starting to take on too many of Mom Marlena’s traits

course, I feel this is ALL just filler… but good stuff… till Kristen comes back… as this further adds intrigue… for and with Brady… on ALL the upheaval on the horizon

geez! it seems like a lifetime ago.. that Eric “left” and or was banished from the priesthood doesn’t it

it just so smarts… speaking of Noble… and laureate… christened next to godliness Daniel…

I’d just love… it … if for once… and we’ve seen it… all of the 3 muskateers.. have lambasted daniel at one time or another (Brady, Eric, Nicole)… but… he prevails… and finds his way back in to the mix… he’s the busybody… who just grates…

Don’t we all need a break from : Daniel and Jenn

just once… I’d like to see the collective cast… take a HIT.. a big one… and angst on that

reign the best in Salem… LOVE EM’ Kristen, Nick, Theresa, and Nicole

Patrick
Patrick

ie: the last sentence…

JJ was so near.. close enough to love his dastardly… his troublesome nature… took a big nosedive… he may as well join the golden circle….

actually not… he is such a good actor… a natural ease about him that’s so welcome

another tidbit… : I think.. Jenn really does like JJ… and is actually jelous of his time with Paige… course.. you can see that with Bev as well… but then JJ is worth it

I think… JJ and Theresa will find there way back… once the big wigs… start back… and that’s Kristen, Eve, Brady, Eric, Nicole…. sigh… I can’t wait to upchuck… when Daniel and Jenn get in on the act

Love OUR Days

Patrick
Patrick

*another tidbit… : I think… *Theresa really does like JJ

Sally
Sally

My heart breaks for Gabi..she did the only thing she thought she could do to protect her baby. I will miss Camila Banus and wish her the best.

Jules
Jules

Glad this episode, and particularly these scenes are getting recognized. Camilla has only become a better actress as time has passed, and she really gave it her all here. I thought the writing was compelling and her acting choices evenly matched it. She was wonderful.

It was so obvious Gabi was the killer, but I wish they could have milked it a little more. The set up was fantastic, what with nick’s voicemail, the gun, the first (and only) real tip off that Gabi was frightened of nick just days before he was shot, and viable and legitimate suspects. But c’est la vie- the actress is ready to fly. Best of luck to her. The character had a roller coaster with her popularity, and though I usually liked Gabi, another less Hernandez is a good thing.

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

Fantastic acting, and IMO, the best acting I’ve seen on DAYS in a long time. Gabi’s confession was well written, too, but I bought 100% that she was disoriented and in shock from what she’d done, and from her confession, too, as she realized she may not see her daughter again for a long time. I have to say, DAYS isn’t as showy as some soaps which, say, fly to the Middle East to drop a guy out of a helicopter into the Persian Gulf, but it is very, very good soap, and so much better written than some of the campier shows out there.

I like when an actor/actress leaves with a stellar performance like this, and Camilla Banus was perfect. I wish her luck in the future.

Rj
Rj

I just saw a little of her performance today crying with Ej, but I thought she did a good job. Haven’t seen much of this lately, but I was wondering if she was the real killer. Since she is leaving , she may be.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Very heartfelt emotional scenes. Camila did a wonderful job with the material. I hate to see her go.

I’m new to Days and am enjoying the show very much.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Eve settles in Salem when Kassie DePaiva premieres on DOOL June 18th!!!

Patrick
Patrick

power house women are BACK ON

Michelle Stafford : GH, Nina
Eileen Davidson: DAYS, Kristen
Kassie DePaiva: DAYS, Eve

LOL power houses…. big show… lovely… all right on

it’s gala premiere time !

JUST please… oh emmy gods…. Days of OUR Lives : repeat repeat… emmy win best Serial….

ps: that would be 14 days… till

let the countdown begin

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I just finished watching the Monday and Tuesday episodes. Truly compelling!!! Tomorrow promises much the same! Camila worked it!!! The murder of Nick and subsequent departure of Gabi will have many ramifications to come!

If you haven’t watched, you need to! Watch the episodes of yesterday, today and tomorrow and realize how far reaching this will go!!! DAYS delivers once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Omar
Omar

This is WHY, i am loyal fan for the past 3 years..Riveting acting and storylines..OLTL fans must tune in when our beloved Kassie DePaiva makes her debut.

I am going to catch up on all the stories

boes
boes

I thought she was fantastic, and I only wish Camilla Banus had been given more opportunities to showcase her talent like she’s done in the conclusion to this storyline. She’s been heartbreaking.

DOOL – best soap on the air!

Max
Max

Great scenes.. Thank you Camilla you definitely went out with a bang!

inabubble
inabubble

All I can say to Camila is BRAVA! You are making an amazing, acting, exit!

Patrick
Patrick

I was crying as Gabs was helping Will on how to raise their, daughter, Arianna… what she responds to

as they sat together at the police station… yesterday

farewell my lovely Gabs…. let it not be said… SO much of your tenure at DAYS made it… with your part

Gosh darned it….

the whole shebangs with baby Arianna… Will/Sonny

I LOVED, YOU and NICK : it was an amazing run… that should have continued… i really believed you two loved each other… and so I went with the story to this ending

heck… who wouldn’t have not worked at Carolines pub… with that cute fun HOT romance brewing…. Nick and Gabi….

emoting tearful…

I still love Rafe’alicious

Take Care : Camila : DAYS needed you… so much happened for the audience

Mo
Mo

It was heartbreaking. I got choked up. So sad to think about her and Ari not being together.

Camila is on my 2015 Emmy list!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Camila is Emmy worthy, but the Emmys are becoming worthless!

Mo
Mo

I know. It’s sad.

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I still think that MAYBE she THINKS she killed Nick but the shots she fired didn’t really get him, so maybe she will get off with “only” attempted murder – and the actual bullets that got Nick were from another source. Just when was it ever revealed that Gaby was such an expert on-target shot – although I guess she shot him at relatively close range. Just a theory…..if they want to bring her character back somewhere down the road this theory may be helpful…LoL…well ya never know.

Patrick
Patrick

great idea…. “…she THINKS she killed Nick”

you know… I really have to prop Gabs

where would this trio be… with out ? Gabriella… WITH Will and Sonny and hers too… Arianna Grace

the indelible mark.. this trio plus Ari… have fleshed our real…. so LOVED this storyline

to further down the line and venture… that we’d LOVE a Gabs reunion… why not? I’d tear up… group hug… and radiate more LOVE for Arianna Grace

it’d be a beautiful thing

Ray
Ray

I just watched the shows and am thinking Camila will get an Emmy nomination next year. A great week of work. One thing that bothers me is that Abigail is the last of the generation of Melanie/Chad/Gabi/Chelsea. I wish Melanie would come back. Jordan looks too old and Paige looks too young to be Abigial’s core friends. I would also love to see Chad Dimera come back a little older, wiser and more mature.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I knew Gabi would kill Nick as soon as this shooting storyline was revealed, because she was leaving around the same time. BUT, I thought there would be 2 or 3 shooters-maybe Percy and/or the hitman also shot Nick. I will miss her. Camila has grown as an actress and even though I hated Gabi at times, I love her now and will miss her.

I am also glad that she confessed to hiring Andrew, as that story has been buried for far too long.

Patrick
Patrick

the very last scene… on Wednesday’ ep : was between Gabs and Abs….

I didn’t quite catch what was going on… but… it seemed to me like something is going on with these two… like they may have an understanding… I don’t know

seemed quite fishy to be

I could be wrong

DavidEvanSmith
DavidEvanSmith

I was never the biggest fan of Camila Banus, but as I sometimes like to say: She acted her FACE OFF in this week’s scenes. She was a revelation to me and delivered on the material better than I ever thought she was capable. It really made me sit up and take notice, and I’m glad to have the opportunity at this site to give her props because it might be my fave performance of the week out of all four remaining soaps. Banus has been SOLID this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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