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DAYS Head Scribes Josh Griffith and Dena Higley's First New Episode Aired Today!

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The changing of the guard is official on Days of our Lives for viewers today on Wednesday’s episode of the NBC soap opera.  The airshow was the first script under the new co-head writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley who replaced Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.

Since DAYS tapes six months in advance, the episode was written several months ago, but aired today.  With the recent news that Higley has taken a leave of absence, the future is unknown at this time if Griffith will continue to be head writer of the show solo, or if as has been rumored, he would be adding another writer from the Y&R staff to work with him, while Higley is out for now.

Although fans of the series have yet to have the opportunity to all that awaits them as the big returns, the murder mystery, and changes and shake-ups to the Salem canvas play out, from interviews On-Air On-Soaps has done with talent, and from all we have heard on social media from cast members, they are thrilled at the writing, the stories, and that DAYS has become quite the “It” place to be and work.

As the credit rolled at the end of today’s episode, Griffith and Higley’s names were there.  So, excited to finally see Josh and Dena’s stories begin to play out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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

Time will tell…so far i liked todays episode…but ill see what its like in the coming months before i’ll make final judgement…i am excited about the returns but not too happy about the aged children…i do understand the reason behind it so as long as the writing is good and interesting ill be spending more days watching DAYS now at night on POP!!!

Lia
Lia

I must say that I loved the fight scene between Aiden and Clyde. It’s a shame those two are leaving because I want to see more of that from them.

Eddie
Eddie

One of the show’s problems for sometime now has been giving poor story lines to phenomenal actors. James Read and Daniel Cosgrove are both so good. Aiden was a decent character IMO who had a fairly good story, but Clyde was a disaster from the get go. James deserved so much better.

So I understand why Clyde has to go, but I think cutting Aiden is a big mistake.

Patrick
Patrick

I watched yesterday ep last night…

I too was impressed with that fight scene…. wow… wasn’t it a long drawn out FIGHT. realistic

altho… it pained me to see Aiden beat up… and doesn’t help knowing he’s exiting…

@Eddie… it’s truly a BIG mistake letting Daniel Cosgrove go
James Read’ acting choices draw you in… despite the bad writing

???? who was that phone call Aiden received?

I know… i’m just venting… I don’t want Daniel Cosgrove to leave the show

I don’t get why DAYS production is messing with a frontburner character like KA’ Hope… when magic strikes… why ruin a good thing…

Rafe is SO good to look at… and as a couple… Rafe and Hope are beyond measure….

I just think with Aiden… she made it her own… and now she has to start all over again… and their’s no guarantee

Laurie
Laurie

Daniel Cosgrove is exquisite. Why, oh why, are you letting this actor go???? He was back-burnered so long & now that he is rolling he’s axed? I feel they will turn him dark after all of that talk between Julie/Hope & Hope/Aiden regarding trust in Wednesday & Thursday’s episodes. Not happy about that.

I liked JJ/Paige a bit better after she finally dropped that scowl Wednesday & helped JJ get out of that apartment. Why do I feel she will get offed by the Salem Slasher?

Rafe finally gets a sl??? Could Lucas be far behind?

Also bummed that Xander is on his way out. 2 good actors out. Waiting to hear music to my ears: Ben leaving-fingers & toes crossed.

I understand the younger crowd. DAYS had a very good teen scene back in THE DAY w/Jen, Eve, Frankie etc…they want to light it back up. All I can say is please don’t cute Rory! I like Cole as well but he’s also on a new Fall CBS sitcom w/Colin Hanks called Life In Pieces that may hit.

Like the longer, deeper scenes & relationship talk so far w/new writers. Here’s hoping GH’s new writers focus on the same!

Kelly
Kelly

@ Eddie – I agree James Read is very good but the story line he was given is just awful. The writers really let him down from the beginning.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s curious

that phone call that Aiden received…. could it have been from John?

I’m grasping… could Aiden ‘ murder be planned… as he’s so involved with Clyde and the drug ring… that his murder will be faked… he’ll go undercover… and Wallah … be reunited with Hope down the road? if not her…. dang it… Kayla… Eve… ! JUST KEEP HIM!

val
val

There is always the Doppelganger route. Works on the Young and the Restless. Beats bringing them back from the dead.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I enjoyed today’s episode. Yay, there was NO cat fight!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m very excited!!!!!

TMJ
TMJ

They didn’t waste any time. In one episode they spelled the end of Clyde and Aiden, and they put Rafe back on the police force where he belongs.

Greg
Greg

Don’t forget John maybe going back to the ISA.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Great episode. I’m really going to miss Aiden. Really wish they would keep him. Love the character and his portrayed.

Mary
Mary

You could certainly feel and see a positive difference in today’s episode. I am hoping Dena’s leave will be short lived and she and Josh can turn Day’s back into the power house it once was. So hoping to see power couples back front and center.

Mike
Mike

You know, it was noticeable. The show felt different, the conversations had more depth, there was an energy that was present that had been missing. You could feel someone taking the reins and pointing the show in a direction. What direction, not sure of yet. But it was a direction.

scott
scott

I just wish DAYS would do normal tape sessions like all the other soaps and tape like a month or six weeks in advance give everyone five months off then resume…..it would keep the soap relevant and “in the now” as far as storylines go…the fight scene was good today with Clyde and Aiden…..good to see Julie and Marlena reconnecting….get back to the family…that’s what this show was always about with Tom and Alice Horton…and the generations of their family…..and please update the sets and stop using the two door office as Roman’s office and Aiden’s office and Sonny’s office…..we are not stupid….lol….hopefully Ken Corday and Sony are listening to the viewers…the Glory DAYS are coming back!!!!!

Eddie
Eddie

I agree that the taping schedule should only be 4 to 6 wks out. It would make fixing problems so much more immediate.

With the current schedule it takes 6 months to know how fans will respond to a new story or new characters, which makes mistakes impossible to fix.

Kelly
Kelly

And the mistakes made a total mess of the Aiden and Clyde story lines. I hope they don’t do the same to Thaao Penghlis, Peter Reckell, Stephen Nichols and others.

Mateo
Mateo

From all the publicity regarding the change in writers, we can gather that a great deal of actors are being dropped which is not a good thing, at least not for the actors who portray these characters. I agree with the person above who commented about the six month ahead taping schedule…they should completely scrap all the stories that are not important to the show and just move it up. The change in children turning to teenagers in a few weeks is lazy storytelling. And quite frankly, who needs all that teenage crap? All it will consist of is horny teenagers poking each other and getting pregnant. How about we focus on the adult characters who already have stories going on. Days has some novel ideas and some good actors. I just wish they could focus on what is going on now instead of trying to be fashionable or hip.

Linda
Linda

Words can’t express how fabulous it was to see my favorite actor, Drake Hogestyn in scenes that were IN character combined with beautiful dialog that he delivered impeccably. I LOVE that John is rejoining the ISA again! Bring on Agent Black! WOO HOO! Dena and Josh are a breath of fresh air! I pray her leave is VERY short because she is needed back at DAYS to create scripts like the one we saw today!

Sue D
Sue D

Loved seeing Drake and Deidre today! And they actually had a long conversation!!! Happy Days are here again!

Eddie
Eddie

I am concerned about what’s going to happen to Paul and Will and any gay story lines. As it is we going to have to wait a week to see any scenes between Paul and Will.

And there’s still seems to be rumors and debate whether Will will be one of the murder victims.

Mo
Mo

It was nice to see Julie do more than talk about cruising.

Didn’t really like the fight scene. Too brutal. But am curious as to who Clyde really is.

I did think it was an improvement on the past though and look forward to seeing more.

Ray
Ray

I love it that Rafe is rejoining the police department. I never bought that he would be a bar manager. Why not be a private investigator? The fight scenes were intense. The show should have done more to keep Daniel Cosgrove. I think he is likable and could have been a great partner for Jennifer or Nicole. Like many of the other comments, I am ready to see some new sets. The one booth at the Brady Pub looked ridiculous. Would it not have been lesser expensive to use a single camera and have the characters walking around outside, similar to the way “Guiding Light” was shot during its last year.

I think there is great chemistry with Rafe and Hope. Rafe should be a leading man by now after being paired with Sami and Kate. I think the writers now realize that he should be elevated to one of the main stars of the show.

I hope the writers continue to write for Justin and Kate. The ship has sailed for Adrienne and Justin. I do not think they have the great chemistry that shared in the 1990s.

With the character of Joey coming back, I would also like to see Stephanie again. It would make sense and give Gabi and Abigail a friend.

The one change I hope I see with the new writers is that they either give Nicole a confidante or have the character stop talking to herself NONSTOP. It makes me character seem somewhat crazy. Wait, we are talking about Nicole. 🙂

Eve and Theresa need to be more multi-layered. It has become boring to see Eve stomping around Salem Town Square with no purpose except to ruin Jennifer. Does she work? Have any friends? I could maybe jump on board with Eve and Eric if the writers would show that she is human underneath all of the venom.

If the show is going to be written six months in advance, the costume department needs to dress the cast accordingly. Why are so many characters wearing jackets in August? Why did Aiden have on a hoodie sweatshirt this week?

Lastly, I think the best triangle is awaiting. Let Theresa give up on Brady and start being an obstacle with Chad and Abigail. I think this triangle could be GREAT. This would also be the time to start showing Thesesa has some redeeming qualities.

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

All women should give up on Brady…i like to see Thresa with Chad as the next Sami/E.J…..

Kelly
Kelly

I want to see Theresa punished for her crimes. Let her spend a couple of years behind bars and be done with it.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

How any woman could want Brady is a mystery to me. Chad and Theresa would be awesome.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I knew something must of have changed when they actually had Hope and Julie talking about Bo and hearing about the ISA again. Looking forward to better things to come, hopefully the sets will be given a make over for the 50th as well. If you are putting all this money into the cast and writers, it would be silly not to update the sets. If they don’t it will a bit like getting a fabulous new outfit, but wearing old tennis sneakers with it.

Bart
Bart

I wish Josh Griffith was back at “Y & R” and Chuck “The Hack” Pratt ended up at “Days”, which I don’t watch.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Why are you wishing harm to DAYS and it’s fans? Josh is staying at DAYS and Chucky is staying at Y&R. You can watch DAYS and have your doppelganger watch Y&R!!

blake
blake

I haven’t seen it yet but I’m glad to hear that they didn’t waste any time making changes like Rafe back on the police force and John talking about ISA.

Chris Weems
Chris Weems

Please, please, please quit focusing so much on the gay storylines! A couple of days a week is enough! Can we have some other actors to focus on.

judy
judy

Whats this about daniel leaving and why and why let clyde go hes bad and intresting tried of steffano amd rafe and hope wow it would be expossive

judy
judy

John joining the ISA could lead to some grand adventures wow would be awesome maybe him and steve parters wow would be the good old days again and doug and julie could be like tom and alice we can dream right

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

John rejoining the Isa is a great indicator that these writers are interested in having the show move back into its classic paxtion/adventure style and Pace as well as having characters do what they do best. I felt passion bouncing off the screen and a sense of Pathos behind the words. The music added so much to the show. I forgot how much a good soap music score amplifies the emotions. Well done so far

judy
judy

What murder mystery are you all talking about

Rose
Rose

i could tell the difference immediately! Whole first week was exciting! Thanks! Looking forward to the big story.

Tammy Wright
Tammy Wright

I think that Nicole Walker should have some happiness in her life on DOOL. It would be great if she is expecting Daniel’s baby. She diserves some happiness after all she has lost.

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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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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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