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DAYS: Nick Is Shot Through The Heart! But Who's To Blame?

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On Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it was once again Blake Berris (Nick) who stole the show delivering the complex emotions of an over-the-edge and distraught Nick!

After threatening every0ne in town, and with a hit man hired by EJ (James Scott) and a knowing Sami (Alison Sweeney) looming, things were certainly coming to end for the vindictive Mr. Fallon!

After a tour de force performance by Berris in scenes with DAYS icon Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Nick decides to reach out to none other than Marlena for some help!  Or, was Nick making it seem like he wanted help so it’s on a recorded voice message?  No matter what ..  it’s too late!  Shots are fired to the back and to the heart of Nick and he falls to the ground.

Meanwhile, Sami, EJ, Kate, Lucas, Ben, Rafe, Gabi, Will, Sonny, have someone all ended up at Horton Town Square at exactly the same time with looks of guilt written across all of their faces!  Next, Nick stumbles in into the Horton Town Square a bloody mess  (Nice touch DAYS costume department to have Blake  wear a white T-shirt for his death scenes!) and on his last dying breath he  seemingly is about to point to his shooter!  Or, is Nick setting someone up as he always does one last time?

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Watch a promo for next week’s Days of our Lives from NBC after the jump! Then, let us know what did you think of Blake’s final performance?   And after watching the set-up to the murder mystery that will play out, who do you think is the leading suspect who pulled the trigger?  Or, do you think since there were multiple shots fired that two people were responsible?

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

Months ago i said Nick will be shot and his killer: PERCY!!!

Beti
Beti

Its not Percy because EJ told him to leave town

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

That doesnt mean a thing in the world of soaps…Percy can return or maybe he never left at all!!!

James McDonald
James McDonald

I haven’t seen all of Friday’s episode yet, but I would bet it is Gabi. She is leaving soon. If it’s not Gabi, then it must be E.J. or Sami. They all are leaving the soap opera. I love it when there is a murder-mystery. If it’s just one of E.J.’s henchmen, that would be disappointing.

michael.guerrieri
michael.guerrieri

that hit man

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Good luck to Blake Berris in his future career. He certainly plays an excellent slimy bastard. I just started watching this show. It will be interesting to see the multiple suspect murder case play out. Hopefully, I’ll learn more about the characters. I don’t think the professional hit man got him. There were too many people wandering through the park. To me, the obvious suspect is Gabi. I hope she didn’t use the gun Sonny put on the top shelf of the closet. If it wasn’t her, I’d take a look at the guy Percy.

Patrick
Patrick

that promo makes me sad : another good actor

Mr. Blake Berris

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Patrick, I wish the soaps would stop killing characters so they would not have to bring them back from the dead. That said, I’m aching for Blake/Nick to come back! Maybe for DAYS 50th!!!!!

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

Nick could come back as a ghost and haunt his haters…or return as his twin brother no one knew he had?

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

I know about Jessica…she couldve had twins Nick and Rick Fallon…

Jules
Jules

Me too Patrick. I’m sure Blake had something to do with this exit, but I wish it weren’t so. I loved Kristen’s return last time to the fullest, but Blake is an absolute revelation who made every scene he was in scenes you could not look away from. His loss was as unexpected to me as James and Ali, but with them I know in Advance enough to savour their scenes. This was too soon with no warning! I wish Blake all the best and thank him so much for returning and offering us his masterful work. I definitely enjoyed it while it lasted!

Patrick
Patrick

2 points :

I wish they would stop killing characters off… as well.. especially, knowing… how charismatic and full of life… a character reels… Nick sparks, blows… and bombs

after seeing, the previews… knowing… as you both… EJ and Sami exits : Nick was another BLOW… period

it’s unnerving… that DAYS is in the mix…. and it should be in the upper echelon… the train that could… and it’s OURS… NBC… must see… i couldn’t be happier.. nevertheless

if DAYS triggers… 2nd year in a row… that’s all I need

I love Blake Berris
I love James Scott
I love Alison Sweeney

here comes Eileen Davidson
here comes Kassie DePaiva

we still have ..enjoy… and LOVE

Kayla
JJ
Theresa
Marlena
John
Kate
Aiden
Hope
Victor
Maggie
Abs
Justin
Adrienne
Sonny
Will
Rafe

et el

Patrick
Patrick

Nicole
Eric
Brady
Caroline
Stefano

so… thats a full house… and it’s DOOOL – Sony – NBC

Patrick
Patrick

I loved Nick

even before… his prison life… I can’t fathom that

the actor… Blake Berris… hot to trot

enigmatic… knows his craft… camera captures… didn’t you love his valentine scene when Gabs came home… what goes on in his mind.. triggered beyond

sexual sensual cared about loved his being

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

Blake is a great actor and i almost hate myself for predicting this killing months ago(i still say Percy)…now i hope a new prediction comes true: Blake returns later as his own twin brother no one knew he had?

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

Blake could return…as the twin no one knew he had?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

jimh, I know you know Nick’s mom (Jessica) had multiple personality disorder. Plus Nick was born off camera. It would be easy for the writers to create a twin storyline. They can even write that Nick did in fact go to New York and the twin assaulted Gabi and was dropped in the river and finally shot to death.

Patrick
Patrick

latest issue of SOD cover :

Peter Reckell : on DAYS : “I would come back”

MTS’ Y&R : Nikki dumps Victor – LOL for how long? I wish she could be fun… even if it means imbibing and living it up!

This is the best time for Peter Reckell to help get through the exits:

James Scott
Alison Sweeney
Blake Berris

I have to wonder about Nick…. no MF headline stating he’s leaving the show? has any one heard… or is it that obvious

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

Maybe Rick Fallon(Blake Beris) will shock all when he shows up at the courthouse during Nicks(his twin) murder trial…shocker!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I think because Nick was on the phone leaving a message for Marlena he might have said something knowing could be admitted into court as his dying declaration.However the person he claims shot him may not have been the shooter.I’m thinking Nick claimed Will shot him because Will threatened to kill him and it’ll be Nick’s last attempt to keep Will from been a father to Arianna Grace.Also maybe it’ll turn out there was more than one shooter.As for who the real shooter is it could be EJ’s hitman but the evidence could point to Will.Then Sami and EJ will be screwed.

miscrambler
miscrambler

It’s like “Clue” – Gabi with the gun Sonny left in the Eavesdropping Closet, though secretly I’m hoping it was Ciara.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

They should search her book bag!

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

What about Caroline or even little Johnny…Caroline couldve mistaken Nick for a mugger and little Johnny couldve found out Nick was being a meanie to his parents and is upset they all are leaving town…or what if Chaz Bono got upset because Nick said something bad about Sonny and Chaz thought he meant Sonny Bono and not Kiriakas?…lol

Marko
Marko

Percy

ethel
ethel

all i can say is that his last scenes with the multiple range of emotions was just extraordinary – the character of nick fallon was horrible but blake’s acting was superb …..

Emma
Emma

Amazing performance by Blake Berris, Emmy worthy, to be sure. And I disliked Nick intensely, which was the purpose of what Nick was doing.

While the hitman might have got off one shot, I have a feeling he did not, and I think there are 2 shooters, maybe even 3. Days loves to recycle, and I remember when all those people were in church with a gun, wanting to shoot EJ, when Sami was being forced to marry him. There were a few stray shots, but one definitely got him in the back, and he still carries that one.
So, With so much greenery to hide behind, there could have a few out there. Gabi, and yes, there was a reason Percy became unhappy with what Nick was doing. Kate. Lucas???
Even Julie herself.

Barbara
Barbara

Blake done a very good job in acting this out made it so real . I had to feel sorry for him. I always felt he was a good actor. I hate to see him go. He brought something to days to look forward in what he would do next. I think it going to look like Gabi maybe it Lucas.

Sam
Sam

Blake gave an excellent performance !
My money is on Gabby for the shooting. I think that Ej and Sami are going to assume it was their ” gun for hire ” that got the job done, but it will later be revealed that he was beat to the punch, leaving Ej and Sami to wonder who actually fired the shot. I believe that Gabby is going to find the gun that Sonny got from Victors house in her apartment and is going to finally snap and shoot Nick.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I am also thinking it’ll be Gabi.Maybe she finds Sonny’s gun and in her mind she realizes she’s the one who let Nick into their lives and now she’s got to be the one to get rid of him.However when Will and Sonny find out the gun is missing they might assume the other shot Nick and each tries to take the blame.Plus maybe EJ’s hitman shot Nick in the back but someone else shot him in the chest.So Nick might have assumed whoever he saw when he turned around fired all the bullets.Plus maybe Nick getting killed is less a mystery because of Gabi leaving in a few weeks and her been the killer as her exit story and more about all the secrets he knew about certain characters coming out.

OLTer
OLTer

SPOILER ALERT!

Since I saw Nick’s scar, I had a nagging suspicion he’s the new Todd. Kudos to the writers making Nick renewable in the 61st second. It was an excellent show and Nick may be “dead”for a while anyway. But with Kassie coming on and half the cast leaving???

I started watching Days when One Life went off, and it’s been really good… but This episode is what I’be been waiting for. General H these days is like R C and F V are still in panic mode or just trauamatized? …I cried at Duke’s funeral way back when and felt nothing at AJ’s ???!

Maybe I just like “the adopted child” but Nick ain’t goin nowhere. Blake Berris is awesome and the writers know it!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am a died in the wool OLTL fan having watched from day one until the last online episode last year. I miss my beloved show so very much. Started watching Days about a month ago after 2 years of enduring Y&R. I must say Days is much better than Y&R and I can see myself getting into it. I have definitely noticed all the familiar faces from GH and AMC. Plus, the show’s production is more in line with what I’m used to. Am looking forward to the arrival of Kassie DePaiva.

Rj
Rj

Echoing others- Blake is a terrific actor! He plays creepy scarily well! 🙂

Jack Welles
Jack Welles

To Llanviewer ~ yeah, I’m missing my abc soap ALL MY CHILDREN very much (and the on-line version was awful) and now, for the past four months or so, I’ve become a fan of Days of Our Lives for the same reasons you mentioned – small town, everyone knows everybody’s business, the characters are inter-connected (a factor that was badly missing on the On line versions of both One Life and AMC, shows were horribly disconnected albeit well-acted) – and the writing on Days of Our Lives is pretty interesting. So I think the fans that have switched over to Days of Our Lives because of ABC’s historical Bad decision is ABC’s lost and NBC’s gain.
I need my “soap fix” somewhere and Days of Our Lives now provides it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

well I seriously doubt if you’re shot in the “heart” you would be able to get up and walk from the park to the square—but it made for good melodrama, and how fortunate that all the major suspects just happened to be all standing there for him to point at.

Mine first thought was Nick planned to get shot to pin it on Will, but if he is dead then it unlikely he was behind his own murder. But if survives that would be my guess. My second thought if he is really dead, would be as others have stated Gabi– but it would be hoot if they went with the classic-the butler did it– and had Henderson be the shooter. Nobody would see that coming that’s for sure.

Cyberologist
Cyberologist

Berris has been giving excellent performances all the way through this storyline. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got an emmy nod for this.

Lia
Lia

My money’s on Gabi. They didn’t keep putting the camera on Sonny’s bag in the closet for nothing.

Jack Welles
Jack Welles

I think it will turn out to be Jordon’s cat who pulled the trigger. He got out and was in the park and found the gun.
I have no idea who the killer will be.

Anne North
Anne North

Maybe it wasn’t Nick who got shot at all – maybe it was Nick’s evil twin, Rick.
Maybe it was Nick who got shot but he was wearing a bullet proof vest. How the heck did he go from the Park to the Square if he was shot three times, and we clearly saw him get hit three times (I assume with a gun with a silencer on it). Obviously, I don’t know – maybe it was another dream sequence – (would the writers DARE pull
THAT one again?) – why would EVERYONE be assembled oddly at the same location –

boes
boes

Maybe Nick wasn’t shot at all. Maybe he was riddled by the screams from Julie. They were enough to wake the dead, so why not loud enough to kill someone?

Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

Even though I am sad to see blake berris leaving days, I am happy Ejami won’t be messed with by Nick any longer!

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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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!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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