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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Is Nick Fallon Really Dead? Or, Is He Rolling Down The River?

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Oh what a tale the writers of Days of our Lives have come up with to keep us coming back for more! At the epicenter of this is … Alison Sweeney’s Sami, Lauren Koslow’s Kate, and Camila Banus’ Gabi!

On Wednesday’s episode, before all new episodes return on Monday of the long running NBC soap opera, the three ladies have now covered up a crime and literally sent Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) down the river!  And their efforts to cover up the “murder” of this troubled young man have already gone awry!  Sami has lost one of her earrings at the crime scene!  Nick Fallon’s initials from his backpack are stuck in the woods, and that is just for starters!

But wouldn’t this story be all the more delicious, if Nick Fallon actually survives the waters and watches from the sidelines as these three women, responsible for his death, suffer all sorts of payback at his crafty, yet by now, frozen hands?

So, we ask you, do you think Nick Fallon is really still alive?  Do you think DAYS killed him off and he will just appear perhaps now as a ghost?  Or, do you really believe we have seen the last of Nick for good?  Watch next week’s promo from NBC as Sami, Kate, and Gabi are going to have to continue their cover-up in their “murder” of Nick, and then weigh-in!

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No Days today? Whaaaat????

Unless he managed to grab onto something, he’s got to be dead. The current was rough and would pull him under. That said, I can see Nick surfacing and blackmailing them, but I don’t see how far that could go as he doesn’t have proof. Sami’s earring in the water. So what? It could have gotten there whenever and unless it’s a OOAK, could be someone else’s.

I can’t stand Nick and would love for him to be dead, but I have this awful feeling that he’s still alive. And let’s face it, even if they find the body & declare him dead, he can still come back. After all, Jack died & they donated his organs and he still survived. As Rolf said about his own death, it “didn’t take”. LOL

Since there has been no press about Blake Berris leaving Days, Nick is probably not dead. It will be interesting to see how this story will play out. Since Stefano is turning over a new leaf and EJ never became “Stefano Jr.” (in spite of the evil deeds he has done, he is still no Stefano), maybe Nick will be the new head villain on Days and think up ways to torture Kate, Sami and Gabi (while she is still in Salem). At the very least, I smell BLACKMAIL!

I love Blake Berris! I hated what they did to his character last time on Days. And, I was hoping his revelation of what happened to him in prison would redeem his character, but then they had him plotting again. I don’t want him to be dead. Days ruined Chloe and they are ruining Nick again.

I think days ruined the character of Nick and also Chloe. I wish they would bring back some of the ones such as the children of John and Marlena and Kate’s son. It was better when they were on there. For those who did not watch the chemistry of Sami and EJ when he first cam on, you are really missing out!! It was the best that I can remember, even better than Bo and Hope! I also loved John and Marlena. Let Kate get back with Stefano!!! Interesting!! I liked the other Will much better than this one and I do not like the fact that they will be marrying on the show. Days is getting too liberal and I don’t mean to offend anyone. Half of the characters are never on there, such as Victor! Let it go back to what itused to be!! Please or I will quit it!! No more soaps for me if they continue as they are now!

Dead or alive…i want Nick to come back and make some ‘ghostly’ appearances to terrorize Gabi, Sami and Kate…if dead Gabi will go to prison for his murder…Sami and Kate will get a month in jail where they share a cell with a big tattoed lady name Bertha, 2 years probation and community service together cleaning bed pans at the hospital for tampering with evidence! Or Nicks alive, Gabi will have a breakdown and sent to a mental hospital to explain her abscene while Nick blackmails both Kate and Sami after terrorizing them 4 months while they thought he was dead!!!

You really have some great ideas..Why are u NOT part of their writing team? LOL
Nick needs to be on the canvas for great storytelling much like Mr. jimh suggested.

i know nick is evil but i love the character & i hope he is not dead – i would love to see him reak havoc in all three of their lives…………the weakest link is obviously gabi & the smartest of the three is kate because she is sending texts from nicks phone plus she is going to have his things picked up in ny that he shipped there – she learned a lot being married to the phoenix…………..lol
blake berris is doing a phenomenal job portraying nick!

I am surprise that the producers and writers are putting Samantha Brady in another potential position to be sent to prison so soon after her murder storyline. I am sorry but it looks like it’s time for Nick to leave; he seem to revert back to the person he was when drugs were involved.

why do I have a feeling that if he is alive Maggie will be able to forgive Nick for what he did, that cause the ladies to try to get rid of his body; yet she can’t forgive Victor for doing what was necessary to protect Brady.

Ah good ole Maggie!! Please have Victor and his wit in more scenes. We really enjoy his sense of humor

I would be totally happy if Nick is dead. Only way I’d be happier is if he had taken Gabi with him!

Is there any part of you that would miss loving to hate Nick? Does the character hit too close to home? Maybe you don’t love to hate. Maybe it’s the hatred by Nick that you hate. I’m just trying to understand. For the record, I love to hate Nick! I can’t stand Nick, but I love the character! Please reply and try not to hold back.

I don’t “love to hate” Nick. I just hate him. His character is annoying, and the actor is not all up to snuff. I just think his ego is disgusting and his homophobic ways are really off-setting. And any man attempting to rape a woman is dead in my book. He’s a disgusting character. And he needs to take Gabi with him.

Thank you for the sincere reply. I would hope that there is room on DAYS for the subject of homophobia, with or without Nick. If homophobes see how wrong homophobia is, then everybody benifits. I would love to see Wilson struggle in retaining custody of Ariana. If things are properly written, there will be less homophobia. Something good can come from something bad.

I promise not to go on and on about the subject. You can choose to have the last word and I will not reply. Thanks again!

So let me understand, you find him absolutely disgusting for attempting/planning to rape Gabi, but you want him to leave the show and take her with him…take her where to do what, exactly?

VR, I want him to take her because I don’t like the character of Gabi, either. I just want them both off the canvas. That’s all.

Hi Scott, I’m sorry to bother you, but somebody wishing to reply to your comment, contacted me instead. If you would look at the thread, the person is VR. It’s up to you. Later.

He’s alive. He will come back to get revenge on Sami, Kate and Gabi. I mean this is DAYS — it would be more of a shocker if he did actually drown in that river. Maybe Kristen still wandering around the woods out there saves him and the two of them team up to come up with ultimate destroy everyone in Salem plan.
But if a body ever did surface and it was Nick, eventually it would be proven he died in some other way and Sami and Kate will be saved from prison once again.

In a perfect Days world I would love to see Nick get saved by Vivian & Ivan. They nurse him back to health, & take Nick under their wing, & use Nick to get revenge on Kate & Sami by Nick blackmailing them. But, Louise was not happy w/ Days for the way they treated her. I love the way Sami & Kate are working together, now if we could just get Vivian back. Days is loosing to many good actors, lets bring some back.

it’s a treat just reading your post.

Vivian and Ivan… were such natural comedic timing… a winsome twosome.. who’s machinations… throughout Salem… always provided thee respite… from all the good vs evil…

Vivian and Ivan would cast… reel… fish… and lie in wait… for the fallout, around them…. and have the last laugh…

what a treat it was… to savor these two

I gasped so loudwhen he grabbed Sami I bet he is alive what a great story l love Days!!

AND… it was so well shot… (filmed) wasn’t it…

to watch those three ladies… shocked, screaming, and struggling…

was so well done…

DAYS has been top notch top draw top echelon… their production

The writing has been stellar – riveting – and a show unto thyself

i say this cause… if you watch more than 1… like I watch DAYS and GH… it just seems easier to be more animated, if you will, about GH more than DAYS… but… it’s DAYS that , for me, provides far more intrigue.

there’s much more context and layers in Salem

He is a legacy character and a Horton with mental issues they woul d ve crazy to get rid him.

I am sure DOOL will not let this super talented young actor slip out of their hands, unless his contract is up and he wants to leave, and that is not the case..There is more story to tell with his character and I see him becoming an atypical antihero and hopefully he will become a fan favorite..The show needs to keep their young talented cast intact, especially after Chandler departure…I am hook to this show for almost 2 years now.

Knowing days they will bring nick back… They can’t kill anybody off without bringing them back… I think nick got what he deserved & should not be brought back, but knowing them he will be back causing more trouble…

Blake Berris is one of the best actors on daytime; hope we don’t lose this actor on account of economic and business issues.

Seriously? Days brought back this charming multi . performer….to be played as. Non descript psycho? Um..why? He is a legacy character. These writers are so hit or miss.

He’s alive. One day he’ll pop up outta nowhere. This has nothing to do with Nick, but WHY CAN’T TONY COME BACK? 🙁

I don’t think he is dead, but on the other hand, the character of Gabi is leaving the canvas and she is his connection to the show, so he could be done.

What I’m sick of is the stereotypical “helpless, hysterical, crying woman” syndrome. Real women in 2013 don’t act like that.

Give me a break! In your comments about Chandler Massey, I picture you as a “helpless, hysterical, crying” person. There were a lot of scenes involving Nicks “death” that contained plenty of composure. Are you watching more than clips or is it to hard to see through your tears? LMFAO!!! It’s all good!

Well I am a real woman in 2013 and if I was lugging a dead body that suddenly came back to life, I would get pretty hysterical, and imagine many guys would too. Helpless? Gabi knocked her rapist on the head with a rock. Sami and Kate knew how to get rid of the body without flinching– and managed to drag it to the river and dumped him in the river without any male help at all. As for crying, it is stress reliever. If my ex husband tried to rape me and then I thought I killed him, I think a few tears would be in order and Gabi was the only one crying. If they were reacting to a mouse I might agree with you, but within the context of the scene every emotion out there was justified.

I don’t believe Nick is dead. I believe that he will kidnap Gabby & baby, & through this
ordeal will take his own life, or be killed during the kidnapping.

I think teaming up Kate and Sami and Gabi was hilarious as the two older characters who are “veterans” at this stuff choreographed the disposal.

You hated his character then felt sorry for him then hated him again!!!!!! Want to see him come back ghost or real. Good story line keep it juicy, love Days watching for 20 years

Only the good die young, so they say. Nick will be around forever then. Just wait and see…he’ll come back to haunt everyone in Salem.

In the grand tradition of Soap Opera drama, I submit that he will surface in an undisclosed medical facility, or be held hostage in the creepy home of someone who found him washed ashore. And somehow wacko Kristen will surface there, too. Maybe they’ll team up to break out. Now there’s a story we don’t care about.
It’ll take him a couple of months (a few days in soap-opera time) to remember who he is, mind you. And then he’ll get them. Ooooh he’ll get them alright.

I am with you on your ideas. I had thought shortly after they dumped him in that since his body was not found then there is the great opening to bring him back. But a better story then just bringing him back as he was which also would much more advantage to story creativity is for him not to remember who he is or what happened to him . And maybe even have some life adventures out of Salem and actually be a good guy for at least a while. Then he returns as a good guy and is confused with peoples reactions or something brings it all back and turns him back evil and he returns to get revenge. There are options either way . I LOVE teaming Kate and Sami together their so funny & fun I would actually enjoy hanging out with those two. And I Really enjoy that EJ is sticking with Sami . I hope that is permanent. Their Great together.

Oh my god, Sami is getting back into another murder far too soon. Let her and EJ get married first.

Save Nick so there is no murder!

Just like Stephano he will rise from the ashes as the writers have done in the past. Makes for a great story line.

I believe that Nick is alive and, the old man is end on the plotting of making Kate, Sami, Gabi and now Sonny very nervous. I love Nick I thought that the writers of days would help his character redeem himself after prison. Nick deserves happiness in his life. I also believe that he will be Christmas miracle for Sami, Kate, Gabi and Sonny.

I wonder if he will show up at the Horton Tree trimming?

Blake Berris is one of DAYS’ best actors ever.Right up there with Jamie Lyn Bauer,Thao Penghliss and Deborah Adair.However he has made a few movies and may continue that career,but I hope he is alive and comes back to terrorize those wicked characters Kate and Sami.

There has been no body recovered – very possible he is still alive.

I think nick she be brought back so they find out that he was the one who set up the bogas modeling Job., because did not actually kill him….when nick hit the water he woke up an Sammy and kate pushed him

I definitely think Nick’s still alive. Did you guys notice how one of the angles from today’s days, when Will is talking to that crazy old man in the woods, looked as if someone was watching them? There’s been a few angles like that since Nick “Died”. When Sonny and Gabi were in the town square right before Will found out about what the girls did, there was someone watching them from behind a tree. At first I was like, oh it was Will. But if you think back on it, it appeared that Will was already in the Closet when they got home, waiting for them so he could find out what the hell they have been up too. Obviously I could be wrong, and it could’ve been Will following them home, but it’s just an idea. I think Nick is alive and watching them, and waiting for a good time to strike. He’s either going to try and cut Will and or Sonny out of the picture, or just Kidnap Gabi and Ari. I may be rambling, sorry about that, I’m a talkative fifteen year old…haha. Anyways, DOOL Is amazing, been watching it since I was six.

Of course Nick is alive! Someone is lurking around town and it’s probably him!

I think he forgot his memory and became like Kristen so he’s probably still alive I hope

we see Nick Fallon on the BUD commercial (I am sure he will star in the BUD commercial on the Super Bowl – only because DOOL is big).
I think Nick is NOT dead. too many people know about this. too many people would be accused in this “death”. I think he will show up for Gabi’s baby’s christening and shock the heck out of EVERYONE. writers your story lines are NOT as good as they used to be…. You survived the movement from the old people to the young people but DOOL story lines must get better… right now there are too many dangling. Clean up your act!

nick is not dead why would they still use blake barris as nick still roaming around salem alive he could be in hiding it couldhave been nick texting abby on her text

I think Nick is alive, and the old man in the woods is the one who saved him. This man knows something; too many episodes of him just appearing to torment Kate, Sami and Gabby. Also, Kate and Sami are too major stars in Days; plus, they are too comical about Nick’s death. Kate, Sami, Will, Sonny and EJ can’t all go the jail. If so, the show would have to shut down! Can’t wait for this storyline to end.

CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL OF THOSE MAIN CHARACTERS GOING TO JAIL. NO, NO NICK IS ALIVE AND THE OLD BIRD WATCHER IS HELPING HIM. I ACTUALLY LIKE NICK AND IT SEEMS HE WAS TRYING TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND BUT THERE WERE CERTAIN PEOPLE THAT JUST WOULDN’T GIVE HIM A BREAK.

Ok so I have an idea of,what is going to happen. I think Nick is alive and hiding out somewhere in the woods. I think he will get back at everyone who knew anything. Sami and EJ: I think it was Nick taking pictures of Ej and Abigail kissing and he is going to expose home, therefore hurting sami and ej. Kate: I think he is going to do something that will hurt her business, therefore hurting her. Gabi, Will, Sonny: I think Nick still wants Gabi and will blackmail her with either going with him or he turn her into the police and she go to jail, therefore hurting everyone in the process cause she will take the baby

I knew Nick wasn’t dead, part of me was hoping he was. I loved everyone’s look when he walked into the church, priceless. Maybe he wont remember anything! Wouldn’t that be a great twist. And that Julie, I don’t like her character.

I agree with everything you say. It is very frustrating, though, knowing that Gabi Was almost raped, and Nick will get away with it.

NICK IS COMING BACK TO GET HIS REVENGE AS A GHOST & I CANT WAIT

NICK WILL BE BACk i like nick. He was trying. To get his life together & some thing like this happen. EJ. Send someone to. Shoot nick cause he didnt want sami to find out about his affair & the picture well EJ your secret will come out

Days Of Our Lives

INTERVIEW: Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

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You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

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As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

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It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

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So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

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Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

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Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

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Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

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What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

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You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

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Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

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In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.

 

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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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