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DAYS Marci Miller On Taking Over The Role Of Abigail: "I Want Her to Be Relatable"

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Photo Credit: Paul Smith

A big soap debut is upon us! Circle November 1oth for your first look at the new Abigail Deveraux of Days of our Lives.  That’s when Marci Miller steps into the role on-air in the pivotal role last played by the popular Kate Mansi!

Miller spoke with Yahoo TV about what fans should look for when Abby is back on the canvas.  First up though, we have a grieving husband (Chad), and mother (Jennifer), who believe that Abby has died.

Marci weighs-in on what will go down when the character is actually discovered alive and well: “They all really think that she’s gone. They’ve gone through the process of finding out, grieving, mourning, and started a path to healing, like anybody does after something like that, and to then be broadsided… ‘Shock’ is definitely an understatement.”

Knowing she has to win over the DAYS audience, and step into the shoes of her predecessor, Miller shares her hope for portraying Abby: “I just want her to be relatable.  I want people to be able to say, ‘Yeah, that story is important to me, and I’m learning from it.’ That’s why we wind up doing this work in the first place.”

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Marci already noted feeling a warm DAYS welcome from its passionate fan base even before hitting the airwaves, “There’s an amount of pressure, inevitably, in a recast.  Initially, I think I was a little bit nervous, and maybe even a touch intimidated, but as I got started, it’s been such a pleasant surprise. The fans have been so warm, and so welcoming, and there’s really been such a positive foundation that’s been laid with the Abigail character, and the relationship between she and Chad (Billy Flynn).”

So, are you looking forward to the debut of Marci Miller?  Waiting to see how the new Abigail with Chad chemistry plays on-screen? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mile
Mile

Hope Marci miller be as awe some as abey was but she can do. It that will be great …

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

Chad will move on with Gabi who breaks up with JJ who cheated on her,,,Abby will see Chad has moved on so she will remain in hiding but will take sneak peaks at the baby until she is caught…Abby argues with Chad over Gabi…she falls down a flight of stairs and develops amnesia…but is she faking-not a spoiler…just an idea!!!

Darlene
Darlene

The old fall down and hit your head story; and there you have it …amnesia. How many time does this have to happen. Then the story has to run for 6 months. No I don’t like the ideal it’s been done

Celia
Celia

Oh, we know, Darlene.
Forgive us. LOL. Jim and I like to fantasize and indulge in making up scenarios. We do it all the time on other soaps, as well. It’s fun.

Celia
Celia

Yes, good one, Jimmy. But, I had said weeks ago that Abby shows up already having amnesia. She has no idea who she is, but she feels this pull to show up in Salem. No one recognizes her because she has undergone reconstructive facial surgery due to burns.
She sees Thomas in the park with Chad and Gabi, and voila, she gets these moments of foggy images.
When she finally remembers who she is, she finds herself as part of a love quadrangle, as I said.

Another scenario is that she’s been with Laura, her grandmother, all the time she was recuperating and asked her to say nothing because Ben is after her.

Michelle
Michelle

I look forward to Abigail’s return. I prefer Chad with Abigail. I’m glad the writers stopped trying to pair Chad with Ciara but I’m not liking the pairing of Chad and Gabi either. The sooner Abigail returns, the better.

Tom84
Tom84

I dont mind the Chad/Gabi stuff, i just wish they hadnt written JJ to cheat on her making her conflicted feelings a bit more understandable. Making JJ cheat seems like an easy way of throwing Chad and Gabi in each others orbit. I hope they’ve got something a bit different in mind for Abigail’s return otherwise i fear it might a bit predictable.

Leanne
Leanne

I look forward to watching Marci on Days of Our Lives. She is a talented actress.

Celia
Celia

Between HER and Chad. Object of the preposition, ‘between’. Forgive me, but the teacher in me made me do it. LOL.

I think this girl is so angelic looking. I welcome her with open arms in the hope she will do the role justice; yet bring her own spin to the character.

Will there be a love quadrangle, as I had previously intimated? Chad, Abby, Gabi and JJ. Is that a recycled storyline?

Patrick
Patrick

she looks like a young Cheryl Tiegs, no?

that winning smile

hope theirs some dastardly vixen come hither it’s her party too. stand up to Jenny Bear…

too much sugar in Salem… Hope and Jennifer have milked it all.

Abs has returned as a feisty free fierce feline. etc

Abs takes control of her own life… no matter that she’s a Deveraux-HORTON.

DiMera Mystique reigns

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m confident she’ll do fine, Celia. It may take a while to get used to her, but it was an uphill battle for the previous Abby. Kate Mansi did not click with many viewers until towards the end of her run. I think you were one of her harsh(est) critics, but she won you over. My fingers are crossed for Marci! Later.

Celia
Celia

You’re so right, 4ever. I did not like Kate as Abby one bit. I was very vocal about it….especially after her affair with EJ. And, I didn’t think she was that great of an actress.
I changed my mind subsequently, of course. Kate Mansi proved herself as THE total thespian before my eyes.
So, I have learned to give any newcomer, the benefit of the doubt. Everyone deserves a shot. Unless you’re Alexis. Then, you need a few “shots”. LOL.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Kate was always fantastic in the role of Abigail but, what failed, is that the writers didn’t give her material worth her acting skills until her final year. Prior to her relationships with EJ and Ben, Abigail was still written as a golden child of Jennifer and Jack, and not her own person. That’s why I think she didn’t click, but I always did love her in the role. Plus, her uncanny resemblance to Missy Reeves was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in soaps prior.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am looking forward to Marci’s debut. She’s definitely coming on board with the right attitude, “…..that story is important to me, and I’m learning from it.” I wish her much success and happiness in her new role.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Meanwhile, the character has been off the canvas for a while so that we can sort of accept a re-cast, but there was never even a Memorial Service for Abby – that’s so stupid, there should have been a service of some kind.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

That’s when she is returning, during the service. It was postponed, likely due to the shut down of Salem and the hostage crisis situations. So, now, they’re having her service and she will be returning during it.

Mo
Mo

Looking forward to her debut.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Marci has been gracious throughout this entire process; she is always thanking fans on social media, and she is definitely going to be a great addition to the cast of Days of Our Lives, and the history of Abigail Deveraux. I’m also happy they did not change her look too much; she has that reddish-tint to her blonde hair, and it’s a beautiful colour. I look forward to seeing her take on the character of Abigail, and look forward to this storyline, as well.

penny
penny

Well I guess if Y&R can go the dark route with the new Billy, DOOL’s can go the light route with the new Abigail. I knew these writers/producer can make changes if they really want to.

stevie g
stevie g

Marci looks so much more like she could be Jack and Jennifers daughter than Kate Mansi ever did. Looking forward to seeing her onscreen.

anne
anne

i just want to see chad and abby back together their dragging this out to long

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