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DAYS Lauren Koslow Interview: Kate's New Rival, Rinna/Muldoon & The Blue Streak!

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Daytime fans can’t wait to see what and how Days of our Lives Kate Roberts Dimera is going to take on her sworn enemies and rivals, and balancing that with being married into one of the most powerful families in Salem, and helping her children, all at the same time!  Last week it looked like Kate may ally herself with Quinn (Bren Foster) while trying to find ways to tear down her latest rival in Salem, Madison James (Sarah Brown).

On-Air On-Soaps had the opportunity to catch up with Lauren Koslow (Kate) to find out what is going on in her on-screen alter-ego’s head, how is working with Patrick Muldoon as her new Austin, if a return by Lisa Rinna as Billie is imminent and most important of all, details on the fabulous blue streak in Lauren and Kate’s hair!

Here to fill us in is one of daytime’s most entertaining, talented, and glamorous performers … Lauren Koslow!

What is going on with Kate and what is her problem? (Laughs) Why was she so mad and outraged at Madison James from the get-go?

LAUREN:  I don’t have the whole story.  The only thing I can go on is that Kate was initially betrayed by Victor and Brady. So that is what initially pisses her off.  She goes to them with a plan and she thinks they have a deal, and all of a sudden they go with what seems to Kate as her rival in this business. So I think it’s that first betrayal, and then some attitude and snarkiness along with it, and so I had to kind of just go with that because I don’t know the back-story.  So they seem like oil and water between them, and I of course am meaning Kate and Madison. So for that, I just have to go from script to script.  From there you have to think that something pretty big must have happened in their past.  I guess it’s working towards finding out what that is, which has to be really big!

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Stefano had a scene with Kate where they hatched a plan. The viewers never knew what that plan was. They clinked glasses a few months ago and had a deliciously devilish moment.  What was the plan? And, will the audience know soon? 

LAUREN: I don’t know, but I hope so. (Laughs) There is nothing I like better than a big plan, and I don’t want it to backfire on her this time!  And you know, it’s really funny because when this first started to air, on Twitter there were a lot of people on my Twitter feed who were going, “Oh Kate is finally getting her comeuppance.” And I tweet back, “Really? That’s all that Kate gets is comeuppance!” (Laughs) She has a lot of blowback in her life, always, always. She has suffered a lot! And I don’t know why people say she has not suffered. And so that is why I always say, “C’mon! When has something ever really gone right for her?” She never gets away with it all and she has had a hard time. Personally, I think that is why people love/hate her.  She had a lot of pain in her life and she keeps going!

 … And a lot of babies and a lot of children!  Speaking of that, how is it having Austin back in the form of the original Austin, Patrick Muldoon?

LAUREN: Well, this was my first time working with Patrick, because I just had worked with Austin Peck.  Meeting Patrick Muldoon I thought, “What a great guy … what a hot guy … and what a really good actor.”  And it was different for both us, because I am a different mom and he is a different son.  It is always fun for an actor to find out new things about their character just by interacting with someone new.  This Austin/Kate relationship is a little different because it’s a different chemistry between us.

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Right! Austin Peck’s Austin was very different than Patrick Muldoon’s interpretation.

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LAUREN: Totally different! And I have to say, in our first scenes together, I was coming from a place of where I was with this when I worked with Austin Peck, and what was going on then in my head. Patrick was so sweet. He said, “Well, what was going on between the two of you?” And I go, “Well I had heavy story…” And Patrick goes, “Really? Last time I played the role it was really light, and I had just found out that Kate was my mom.”

When was the actual switcheroo of Kate’s and Austin’s?

LAUREN: According to Patrick, the last time he had really worked with Kate was with Deborah Adair, and he just found out in story that she was his mom.  He thought it was really cool.

Then, when did you start?

LAUREN: I started a year later, because that was when Deborah Adair was off the show and Patrick was off the show.  Kate was not seen for awhile. When she came back it was played by me, and she came back from being on that fishing trip where Vivian Alamain had tried to kill her. (Laughs) And when I came back, Austin Peck had just joined the show as Austin.  I believe he started maybe six to eight months before I did. So I was the only on-screen mother he had ever known.  It was interesting because Kate and Austin were just really close at that time, because Lucas had all this animosity towards Kate. So it was really interesting, and a very complicated relationship with real strong ups and downs and a lot of emotional stuff in it. Well, Patrick comes in and he had never experienced any of that. So we had to really go to a different place with it. So it’s a challenge and kind of cool to have happened after all these years of playing a character, and to get to do that.

Word is that Lisa Rinna is also on her way back soon as the original Billie Reed, your on-screen daughter.  And you had a chance to work with her previously, yes?

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LAUREN: I don’t know if Lisa coming back is completely confirmed. But, my first Billie was Krista Allen, and then Lisa Rinna came back for awhile, and then Julie Pinson played her. So I have had three different daughters.  So I worked with Lisa for a brief moment between the other two Billie’s. (Laughs)

I would like to see Kate really involved in her children’s lives in a good way, not just manipulating them, especially if she could have Austin, Billie and Lucas around. Now there is “word” that Bryan Dattilo might be back soon as well!

LAUREN: I would be very excited with that as a possibility because this is a different Kate.  What I love about the character now is that she has evolved and that she is in a different place. She is not the same Kate who was uber-controlling of Lucas and Billie and wanting to rule their lives. She is different. But it is all about family for her. So for her to be with her very adult children and have this very adult family, I see it more like “The Ruling Class!” She would like to rule Salem with her husband and her children like “The Tudors”! (Laughs)  That is what I see, and it would be really exciting stuff and it does not have to be the way she was before.  I think it has changed, and it makes it very exciting. We will see what happens and I am really looking forward to it.

What did you think when they told you that Sarah Brown was coming on and playing Madison? Did you know what “A Sarah Brown” was? Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, and all of that?

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LAUREN:  I did not know what “A Sarah Brown” was. (Laughs)  I was excited about getting back into the workplace for this character. That is where Kate came from and that is what we have always seen her doing. So I thought that was great. It is interesting to have a new rival in business and the complications that will arise from it, and because of that. I am curious to find out what the animosity between the two characters stems from though!

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How is Sarah to work with?

LAUREN: I have not worked with her a lot. We have not had that many scenes together which is funny, because everybody keeps asking me about that. So far, so good. I am looking forward to seeing what happens and getting the viewers feedback.

We always look to you for fashion advice and tips. In fact, you have been On-Air On-Soaps fashion correspondent at the Daytime Emmys previously. There is something we have always wanted to ask you about, and that is the very cool blue streak in your hair.  How did that come about? Did you want that for your own fashion statement and appearance in your own life and it rolled over into Kate’s, or vice-versa?

LAUREN: It is a complicated story and kind of happened when Kate went kind of rogue during her crazy period when she was going after Chloe, which really was such craziness. I was trying to rationalize it. I went and got a blue streak in my hair in real life. And Gary Tomlin (Ex-Co EP, DAYS) was pretty cool about it, and for me blue is symbolic for freedom and strength and new beginnings. And that is what it kind of was for me for Kate. Kate was now taking ownership of her life, especially after the marriage with Stefano, and all the things that could have extinguished her. She could have just become a victim. So for me it was, she is not becoming a victim, she is turning all of this around and taking ownership and taking control.  So to a degree, the blue streak is symbolic of that, and she is flying her freak flag! (Laughs)

Did the powers-that-be at DAYS try to make you get rid of?

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LAUREN: No! They have really been quite lovely about it and they haven’t asked me to get rid of it. We kind of kept it hidden in the beginning, because I had it for awhile and we used to hide it. And one day, I had my hair up, and I remember this day. Kate was visiting Stefano in the hospital and Joe Mascolo (Stefano) was so funny.  He was like, “Oh. I cannot believe you have that blue in your hair!”  And Gary Tomlin saw it and says, “What’s that?” And I thought, “Oh no. Here it comes.” And I said, “Oh, I have had it for awhile.” And he said, “Oh then we better add a line.” (Laughs) So they added a line from Stefano which was something along the lines of, “I married such a unique woman.” But I thought that was so cool, because they were acknowledging that Kate was very unique, and she is. She is her own person, and I thought it was symbolic of that.  It is interesting that especially women in my demographic go, “I LOVE it”! (Laughs) So, Lauren had it and Kate had it too. And it works for what Kate does! It’s edgy and it’s a fashion statement and God knows she likes to make edgy –fashion statements, and it does truly work for her being in the fashion business. At the end of the day, I truly love playing Kate no matter what, she is a fascinating character.

 

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Bambi
Bambi

I am really enjoying the Madison character. I am a huge SJB fan. I am also very happy that Austin and Carrie are back. Love love love John and Marlena!! I hear some other cast members will be back for a bit and I can’t wait.

Jared
Jared

I have really enjoyed DAYS lately myself. I like the inter-generational family oriented story telling. Madison and Brady are hot, hot, hot. Kate and Stefano are “unique”, and yes, I’d love to know why Kate has such a big hate-on for Madison. Meanwhile, the return of Marlena and John have brought the heart and soul back to Salem that was so sorely missing for far too long. Note to the remaining soap show-runners: you NEVER fire the main characters/star(s) of your show. Letting Deidre Hall go was like AMC getting rid of Susan Lucci or OLTL getting rid of Erika Slezak or Y&R getting rid of Jeanne Cooper. It’s just stupid.

Jomana
Jomana

And this whole time we were being told “The Blue Streak” represents Colon Cancer..???

Anita Srinivasan
Anita Srinivasan

I hope that Billie steals Jack away from shrew Jennifer they bond and get closer too. I really want Jennifer to feel she really lost Jack this time to another women because of her rude behavior and that she is also in fault of their marriage and she might be pregnant with Jack child during one night while trying to help him with his pstd but he already moved on with his life with Billie.

Mitchapalooza
Mitchapalooza

The blue streak is NOT “cool” MF….its ridiculous…time to get rid of it LK!

Leslie
Leslie

Lauren is a very classy lady!

Anita
Anita

I wonder if Billie is there just for Madison and Kate or will she get involve with Daniel or Jack . I hope it is Jack because Jennifer needs some competition in her hands right now I do not want Jack to make Jennifer jealous I want it be obvious. Jack and billie will be fun and anything to drive Jennifer crazy that would be Jennifer and Daniel at odds as well.

LUMIly
LUMIly

so Kates daughter is on her way back,and so is her son BRD/Lucas Horton! 🙂

Anita
Anita

Maybe lucas will convince billie that jack might need her as friend but maybe it might turn into more than friends and Jennifer is with daniel and lucas tells Jennifer if she continues to be with daniel you might lose Jack for good this time because he already moved on with billie reed and he tells her that daniel is not stable guy and you made big mistake of trusting the wrong guy again. Jennifer tells Lucas that she is pregnant with Jack’s child but she knows that jack is with billie she does not want ruin his happiness with billie so she is staying this marriage with daniel passing the baby off as daniel. she loves jack more than ever but she does not want Jack hurt jack anymore.

the truth
the truth

LAME as hell, Lucas should mind his own business

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Lauren Is Really Amazing! 🙂

Anita Srinivasan
Anita Srinivasan

I think that Kate should advise Billie not to go after Daniel or Bo they are both taken but maybe she will tell her that Jack might need her after he gets dumped by Horton shrew.

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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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