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DAYS Galen Gering Talks THAT KISS between Rafe and Hope! Was It As Good For You As It Was For Them?

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In a long-awaited moment on Wednesday’s Days of our Lives, Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) finally planted a major kiss on the lips of the woman he loves, Hope (Kristian Alfonso).  After all, Rafe has been the stand up guy as Hope has watched her last two husbands die:  Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove), who was about to choke the life out of her, an her beloved and longtime love, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell).

Stepping up to the plate to be the new man in Hope’s life is no easy task, but DAYS star Galen Gering is more than up for the job.  In a new interview with Glamour, he discusses the big liplock and more!

On preparing for the big kiss, Galen related: “More importantly, you ultimately want it to go well. “What’s the saying? ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ right? You don’t want to go in and clank teeth and noses. That would be super awkward. But at the same time you it to be natural and in the moment. ”

As to Alfonso’s reaction to the kiss, Gering mocked:  “Um, I think she fainted. We had to pick her up off the ground. I don’t remember. I think it was, ‘Oh, OK! That went well!‘” [Laughs]

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Galen recalls the key scene with Peter Reckell, in which Bo knew Rafe was in love with Hope, and asked him to take care of her before he died:  “I did love those scenes with Peter.  Honestly, I wish that there would have been more of those.I really thought…especially with what Bo says to Rafe about moving on, it would have been really neat if they were forced to spend the day together and figure it out more. But I really did enjoy those scenes. They were really moving.”

After the jump, watch the moment of truth when Hope and Rafe kiss for the first time!  Are you glad it finally happened and are  you rooting for the duo through thick and thin? Or, are you hoping things take a left turn and things don’t go so well? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

i used to like to see them together but not too sure if i do now…im trying to stay positive about Days…POP drops it, every week someone is killed or being harmed…will there ever be some light at the end of the tunnel…too much darkness!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have never liked them together. I don’t think Hope gives all of herself to any other man as she did to Bo. Her heart will never let him go, albeit her mind strays, many times. C’est la vie?
But, be that as it may, I always thought Sami and Rafe made the perfect couple. Hope is too melancholy all the time; I see no chemistry; not a scintilla of a spark lighting their fire……my opinion only.

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS.
This mays sound a little cold…..but, am I the only one who doesn’t really care about Eduardo and Mrs. Hernandez? Not interested in their past, present or future; not in the least !!

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

I always liked A Martinez and it is nice to see a Latino family together on a soap,,,unfortuantely Rafe’s parents and brother Dario were poorly conceived and already seem stale…John used to be exciting but his adventure to find his ‘true’ identity for the 100th time was more boring than a Pauly Shore movie…Abby having a breakdown-i buy that as the actress’s exit story but her ‘burning’ desire to get rid of Ben was a bit too much too soon after Hope’s vengeance storyline shooting Stephano and the teen vengeance storyline against Chase….hopefully the new writing team are making changes for the better!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

CeeCee…oh, I agree!!!!! Where Rafe and Hope are concerned, I just don’t get it. At all. NO NO AND MORE NO!!!!! N-e-x-t……….

Later, my friend.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jaybird.
There you go, JayJay. When do we ever disagree? Lol.

Darren
Darren

Hope needs Bo Brady back, recast the role please. Bo Brady is not dead, no one stays dead in Daytime. I love Rafe, but not with Hope.

Scott
Scott

Amen too you Darren, we need Bo Brady back and Anna Dimera. Also bring back Calliope Jones.

mary
mary

The powers behind the throne at DOOL made it clear that no character who is dead will brought back to life. They cannot bring Bo back to life without bringing Will back. As much as I may also want Bo back it is not going to happen. And if the powers behind the throne did bring back Bo who would they cast in the role? Peter Reckell will not come back. As far as Peter is concerned Bo Brady is dead.

Tony
Tony

I want Vivian Alamain, to come back To Days. Louise Sorel needs to come back with her side kick Ivan. I miss my madam LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, yeah, I’d love that myself, Tony. Imagine those two either ‘side-kicking’ Deimos or joining him.
Either way, that’s a show I would pay to see.

Tony
Tony

Hi CeeCee, I am so happy that you agree with me.

mary
mary

@ Cee Cee

I would love nothing better than to see Andre, Victor, John, Brady and others get together to side kick Demos for what he did to Maggie.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@mary.
Oh, yeah, mary. Deimos is surely a baddie. Vincent is the best at playing Svengali. As yourself, I hope all he has to look forward to is a dark, cavernous life.

Kathy
Kathy

I am all for “ROPE” I have wanted them together for a long time. They have good chemistry ! We need a new main couple and they would be good at it!

cassie
cassie

Me too. BO is dead. He gave his approval to Rafe. I loved that kiss. WONDERFUL

Shell
Shell

The scene where Bo gave Rafe his blessing was so touching and bitter sweet. I’m ok seeing this play out. Rafe has taken wonderful care of Hope just as he promised Bo he would. Come on Hope, go with Rafe.

Hyun
Hyun

Idk why they keep pairing Rafe with female leads. I wish they would stop trying to make him a lead when he isn’t. As for Rope, they give off more of an sibling vibe than becoming a “couple”

Tammy
Tammy

well said 100% agree! not a rafe fan at all

Terri
Terri

I really love these two together but I am a fairly new viewer.

Brian
Brian

So does this mean that Aiden will be back alive and be able to defend himself and that it was a fake Aiden that tried to kill Hope and the real Aiden was locked up somewhere by Andre.

Patrick
Patrick

” I ” think you may be on to something

after all…. there was so much potential… “for” Kristian Alfonso… after all

she is a majorly chore character…. so .. they have to go with… Aiden, back as the real deal

perhaps the Aiden prior… was a dopplehanger… set up by the DiMera

argh!

at least I hope we’re right

it was said on another “blog” that Daniel Cosgrove is returning as Andre the MASK

argh!

OR… Daniel Cosgrove is in fact returning… as a new character but this time… is Peter Blake

ANY WAY… sigh! in order to keep the core characters visible… Kristian Alfonso… has never worked… with any one outside of Peter Reckel… so … what’s not to like about Daniel Cosgrove back on DAYS

Rj
Rj

I did not see the show, but just watched the jump. I liked the kiss, and would be willing to see how a Rafe and Hope romance goes. Frankly, the show has been so dark, ugly, and mean that at this point I will take any romance! 🙂 A kiss is sure better than a murder!

Patrick
Patrick

with all due respect ; I had to “Laugh OUT Loud”

there was an article with Galen Gering…. in the latest issue of SOD

referring to – the KISS –

“there was a lot of sexual tension between us two”

ROARING LOL ( I never saw any)

OK … I prefer Lauren Koslow… WITH Rafe’alicious !

HE does have a sense of humor…. PLUS

“…As to Alfonso’s reaction to the kiss, Gering mocked: “Um, I think she fainted. We had to pick her up off the ground. I don’t remember. I think it was, ‘Oh, OK! That went well!‘” [Laughs] “

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately I was flipping back and forth between Days and B&B that I missed the kiss because I was more caught up with B&B– No I am not rooting for this couple– never understood why Rafe was so in love with her that he literally changed his moral compass for her, but he never did for Sami who we got to see how he fell in love with her. All these overnight night romances are big yawns and I never invest myself in them. Killing off Bo was one of the many mistakes this show has made lately, should have recast the role.

Tammy
Tammy

me too I was watching B and B as well the whole rafe thing is disgusting to me!! so I’m tuning out the ratings are so bad bc they have lost their great actors and we are stuck with well they’re not good that’s being kind

Carol
Carol

Rooting for Rafe and Hope to get together. Both needs happiness and Rafe is a good fit for Hope.

damien
damien

rafe and hope kiss?????
wat about that eric and jennifer kiss?!….. the longing, the passion, the lust…
a kiss between two who not only wanted it but needed it… jenn and eric should ve been the couple who ve been given more spotlight not rafe and hope… oh well , too late

CeeCee
CeeCee

You said it, damien. The urgency in Eric’s and Jen’s kiss was ….how shall I put it? Partners in crime….like thieves in the night hot !!!!!!!

Sharon
Sharon

Rafe, is a really good hearted man; who better than Rafe to be Hope’s new man?!
Very much so, I am absolutely rooting for Hope and Rafe to become the next “Power Couple”!

Minnie
Minnie

Absolutely no chemistry. He was practically stalking her right after Aiden and Bo died. He talked her into covering up a murder and used that to manipulate his way further into her life. Hope acts like she can’t put two thoughts together without consulting Rafe first. His pairing with Sami had some fans but he has yet to have a successful pairing since. Putting him with Hope will not change that. He should stay on the back burner. Hope doesn’t need to be saddled with him.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Minnie.
Yeah, I guess….but the saddle is on the wrong horse. It’s a two-way ride. Rafe is a bachelor with no baggage of which to speak. Hope is a grandmother with so much baggage in her feedbag, she could kill a horse…LOL. She’s a beautiful woman and laden with talent, but, unless her ‘woe-be-me’ syndrome is written out of her personality, she and Rafe will go through life sulking. And, what memories will they take away? ….something like, …..”oh, remember the time when I killed Stefano and you helped me?…”.
If memory serves me right, Rafe always told Sami he wanted a child of his own one day. He is viable. She is not.
Every character that I love has been turned into either a victim, a murderer, a dummy, or a psychopath.
I was so excited when Vincent joined the show. I love him to pieces…look what ‘they’ did to him.!!!!!
All of us are split down the middle here….each having his/her favorite.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hi CeeCee…

1. “Hope is a grandmother with so much baggage in her feedbag, she could kill a horse”…oh, stop, girl…you’re HAPPILY killing me here…LOL!!!!! And, so very, very true.
2. Oh, yes…I (also) love Vincent Irizarry…WHAT A RUGGEDLY HANDSOME CUTIE-PIE!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I think that (on-screen-wise) Vincent deserves WAY BETTER material. Just saying……….

Later.

Tammy
Tammy

I will never like hope with Rafe it looks awkward ewww ! I have watched Days for 32 years and grew up with Bo and hope ! Truly one of the best couples in daytime! I am not watching days anymore it’s not the same I truly don’t enjoy any of it especially this pairing bei g pushed on fans! As a teacher I would dvr or catch it on pop now I do neither. Longtime fan finally saying goodbye to Days !On another note they have destroyed the Bradys and Hortons could care less about the Hernsndez family there is no history there!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I won’t stop watching, Tammy. But, I agree with everything you said. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Hope has nothing to offer Rafe except desperation….what a way to start a new life together! Hope, thy name is misery!!
Only my opinion. Asked and given.

mary
mary

@Tammy,

Bo is dead and buried. Do you really expect Hope to live the rest of her life alone continually mourning Bo? That isn’t fair to Hope nor is it fair to Kristin.

Tammy
Tammy

not a rafe fan never have been he’s a little creepy to me and he’s supposed to be a cop?! so is hope and they’ve have changed her character so much! Can’t stand it everyone has an opinion but as a fan who grew up with Bo and hope sorry it doesn’t work so I’m watching something else or nothing days is not the same and they will never be the super couple that Bo and hope were! they don’t have the history or chemistry !! the ratings are so bad with bad writing and losing your foundation of the show Hortons and Bradys I am sickened by it shame on Corday!

Shell
Shell

I like this pairing.

kevin
kevin

I think Hope and Rafe make a beautiful couple and I believe it would work. If DOOL would get back to it’s roots of good love stories and drama and brighten up this dark show (Story wise and Lighting and Sets) I would start watching again…I am waiting for September to see Jaime Lyn Bauer’s return. I loved JLB since Y&R in the 70’s.

Geena
Geena

Rafe is a cutie LOL. Hope and Rafe belong together.

Kelsey
Kelsey

I am rooting for Rafe and Hope. Two cops together again like Bo and Hope. Rafe has not truly loved anyone since Sami. It is time for his character to have a love interest again. He is so handsome too and we’ll put together in the way of a good balanced man for Hope. Nobody else on that show is right for him. Especially not wicked Kate. That was a very silly pairing. ROPE.

Beth
Beth

I love Rafe and want him to have someone in his life on the show. So gorgeous!

mary
mary

I disagree! I can’t wait to see how ROPE as a couple turns out.

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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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