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Days of our Lives’ Emily O’Brien and Rob Scott Wilson Talk On the Challenge of Switching Soap Roles, and the Alex & Theresa Pairing

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On Days of our Lives, very few cast members have experienced, since being on the long-running soap opera, what Emily O’Brien and Rob Scott Wilson have been through.

Rob went from playing the role of Ben Weston to being written off the canvas, and then being written back on to the canvas as a new character, Alex Kiriakis. Emily went from playing troublemaking Gwen Rizczech in one scene, to reappearing in the same scene as the recast for the role of Theresa Donovan formerly played by Jen Lilley.

So, what has it been like taking on new characters, while still mourning not playing your former alter-ego, and trying to make the audience go along for the ride with you? Both Emily and Rob weighed-in during the Michael Fairman Channel’s recent sit-down conversation with the duo at Day of Days 2023.

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Emily revealed if she was ready to say goodbye to Gwen when she found about her role switch, admitting, “No, I wasn’t really ready. But this happens all the time. They’re circulating through characters. Characters come and go. And so you as an actor, you’re always thinking, this could be the time, you know? But, at that moment, I wasn’t expecting it just because I thought that there was more to flesh out with that storyline. What was a bigger shock was when they called and said, ‘Would you like to play the role of Theresa?’ It’s been a journey and one that I’m actually enjoying now. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it because I didn’t know how I would fit in in this role. I feel so fortunate to be working with Eric Martsolf (Brady), and Rob, and Jamie Mann (Tate) who is now playing my son. I get to work with all these new actors and kind of stretch my legs somewhere else now. It feels really good.”

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Recently, viewers learned that Alex is supposedly the biological son of Victor Kiriakis (the late John Aniston) and not the son of Justin Kiriakis (Wally  Kurth). Rob weighed-in on the whole story twist: “The only thing that would’ve made it better was if John was around to be a part of it, you know?  t’s been amazing. It was a bittersweet thing. He’s (Alex) going to question him himself and question his family, his friends, his relationships. You know, it was almost like a lot of his life was a lie. But with that, you know, he’s the CEO of Titan. He’s the heir of the Kiriakis fortune, and we’ll see how long it lasts.”  And it may not last long, if the Days of our Lives extended winter promo, which dropped during the Day of Days 2023 fan fest, is correct!  In it, a stunning revelation seems to occur, which names Xander (Paul Telfer) aactually Victor’s bio-son, not Alex! Stay tuned.

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As to what fans can look forward to as she gets deeper into the skin of Theresa, Emily expressed: “There’s a lot to come, It’s a ride. It was a challenge to begin with and I really tried to just put my head down and just do my job and do it as best as I could. That’s always been my main focus, ‘They’ve given you this opportunity. They’re trusting you for a reason.” It may not make sense right now, but I think fans might be surprised. I’m hoping. I’ve really kind of found a stride now and everybody has been so incredibly supportive.”

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Rob added that he is happy to be working with his newest scene partner: “I am really grateful. We got to touch on it a little bit with Alex and Gwen, and there was just something that worked with Emily and I, you know. She’s a good actor, but she’s a great person. We come in wildly prepared, and do as much as we can, rehearse as much as we can, but really, we’ll always find something new, and that makes it exciting. She’s available like that. Then, when everything happened with Theresa, you know, it worked out perfectly, because we get to kind of continue what we were doing with new characters.”

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Just a few months back, when Days of our Lives viewers saw the scene where a stunned Justin tells Alex that he is not his father, both Rob and Wally Kurth brought their A-game. Wilson commented on the emotional moment: “Ultimately, working with Wally he cares about the work and he’s just a pro. Wally’s a legend.  So, we have a good dynamic and good chemistry  So, for that moment to happen, we just wanted to do it justice.”

Check out our full video interview with Emily and Rob from Day of Days 2023 below.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to seeing Emily and Rob paired together on DAYS? Are you getting used to Emily as Theresa? Do you hope that Alex or Xander, when all is said and done, is proven without a doubt to be Victor’s biological son? Comment below.

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I would be okay if Emily O’Brien stayed on as Theresa! She is a phenomenal actor

They are both fabulous !

I’m glad Emily and Rob are on Days and I hope they stay there. I do miss Gwen and Leo though, they were quite funny together. I also wish Emily could keep her British accent.

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Win a Private Game Night with Soap Stars and Help Children in Need for the Holidays

Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) is back with her annual toy drive for children through the holidays through her fundraiser in her effort to raise 25,000 toys for children in need each fall through Christmas is Not Cancelled to benefit Toys for Tots.

This week, fans have the opportunity to win a private zoom game night with none other than: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Emme Rylan (Ex-Lulu, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Rob Scott Wilson (Alex, DAYS) Ali Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), and Lilley herself, by giving a toy to a child in need via website.

According to the site: “One Lucky Winner will be tuning in for a night of glamour, giggles, and game-winning moments, including: VIP Access to Your Soap Opera Faves: Join the virtual party with stars from your favorite daytime dramas! Prepare for drama on and off the screen as you chat, laugh, and bond over shared soap secrets.”

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Lilley shares: “By participating in this prize drawing, you will directly contribute to providing joy and happiness to underserved children during a challenging time in their lives, creating positive holiday memories!”

For more info on how you can win, make sure to visit

So, would you like to have a special ‘game night’ with this bevy of soap stars? Check out the opportunity, and let us know via the comment section below

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Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

UPDATED: Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show segment.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Arianne Zucker On Baby Switch Storyline: “It’s Heartbreaking to Watch What Nicole Has Been Going Through”

On Days of our Lives, a soap opera which has had more than its fair share of baby switch storylines over the years, viewers have watched in anguished now that Nicole Walker DiMera (Arianne Zucker) is the next victim of this heinous plot twist.

Making it all the more ironic is years ago, Nicole illegally took Sami’s daughter, Sydney after she suffered a miscarriage and tried to pass it off as her own, only for it to backfire in now classic scenes between Zucker and Alison Sweeney.

Now in 2023, it’s Nicole’s turn to have a ‘switch’ perpetrated on her, this time by Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) and the shifty Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) as the ringmasters.

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The baby named “Jude” is actually Eric’s (Nicole’s all-time love) biological son, but Nicole has thought this whole time her baby daddy was EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), her current husband – thanks to more skullduggery from Sloan switching the DNA paternity results.

According to an interview in the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, posted as an Instagram story on the Days of our Lives official show account,Nicole will get more of a clue as to what what happened behind her back, and to the unthinkable for a mother and her newborn baby, after she holds Eric’s “adopted” son Jude. It is then, she feels a strong bond with the little bundle of joy.  Remember, Nicole gave birth at the side of a road after getting into a car accident when Dimitri (Peter Porte) and Leo (Greg Rikaart) were driving the other care while they were on the run and trying to get to Dr. Rolf’s submarine.  Not the best of circumstances for a new mom, but was later told her baby had died.

Zucker expressed: “She (Nicole) feels there’s a possibility this baby is hers. Nicole knows that Sloan is sly. Nicole has an issue with postpartum depression as we saw with the last baby-switch storyline. She’s going to put all of those things together and think this has to be her baby.”

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In the end, the longtime fan favorite, shared, “It’s heartbreaking to watch what Nicole had been going through.” It certainly has! With many Days of our Lives fans screaming “Emmy” for Zucker and Dan Feuerriegel as the “grieving parents.”

So, what do you think about the Nicole/Sloan baby switch storyline? Are you over it and want it to end sooner than later? What do you think about the performance of Arianne Zucker within it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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