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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

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On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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Patrick
Patrick

it’s amazing what one RUSHES around doing while the show unreels… I STOP take pause and excite … Mother Horton is imbibing struggling AND my heart is rung out

Salute Suzanne

Patrick
Patrick

Welcome Back “my dear lady” Stacy Haiduk

ALL the applause was worth it; wasn’t it

you made your mark and are capitalizing on one of the greatest roles

A DiMera

by the way… you looked smashing @Emmy

Patrick
Patrick

@Emmy . PERIOD

PEOPLE !!! PUHLEASE please PLEASE look @Michael Fairman INTERVIEW @Emmy w/Tyler AND Marci Miller. CATCH !!!! he’s HOTTER THAN EVER

OKAY I get it!

another rob @ the emmy. blech

Mr. Christopher… you look fantastic ! whatever your mindset… I’m sorry you are not @DAYS. I am so GLAD … I am sooooo Happy your place @DAYS is capped off with an emmy nom. I know you deserve

my lady love my dear Marci Miller … dang it you did a bang up job showing up so light up… my heart pitter pattered that much more

you looked smashing.. you looked comfortable… you looked happy… you ARE a FORCE. LOVE TO MS. Miller… A DiMera !!!! who gets better than that ? well, we will, allot some Horton… just a mega watt charge

“The Dream Never Ends” : Tyler Christopher . hey it’s a let… daytime Kevin Costner. that’s big

Patrick
Patrick

TWO of MY delights.. never fail

OKAY i’m in it… serious… and know it

my SORAS troupe @DAYS broke it… troupers danced sizzled AND BFF support one another !!!!

@Ciera Alice AND Claire

ROCK OUT !

Victoria Konefal
Olivia Rose Keegan

it’s with heart felt cracked thumped out for Olivia Rose… who was let go… temporarily !!!!! ?

these two girls RAN with it.. out the gate get go. BOTH emmy nominated pre-nom acknowledged FULL ON – spotlight

OKAY – DOOZY – who rocked right along with ; @General Hospital Kiki

who so deserved the win.. because her collective tenure @GH simmered
i’m just sorry she was killed off… @Maury West Ava is longing .. empty arms… full heart

I LOVE YOU Hayley Erin… you ae my choice @Emmy for best coifed best gussied ; sexy from my nest to yours.. be well . LOVE THIS GIRL

alas… I’ve got my nest full

Ciera Alice ; Claire ; Theo ; Chase ; Joey

this fortunate windfall… landed ablaze !!!! gosh danged it

Olivia Rose AND Victoria… you were so glammed up w/ Hayley… WOW

Bostonncc
Bostonncc

Cheesy and funny as a gag but ultimately I grow tired of recycled “twists.” (Been there, done that — lots of masks on GH). But that’s Ron. This makes me once again glad he’s nowhere near GH. Want a real Friday cliffhanger? Watch Ava Jerome’s confrontation with Ryan, the man her killed her daughter. I yelled out loud at the end of the show!

Carrie
Carrie

I love your statement: “This makes me once again glad he’s nowhere near GH.” I couldn’t agree more.

Ray
Ray

I am beginning to think DOOL is starting to jump the shark. The storylines are getting to the point of ridiculous. With the ever-ending “dead” citizens showing up alive in Salem, a rapist becoming mayor of the city, history being re-written (Jordan as a psycho), and now Kristen-is-Nicole, the show is no longer Must-see TV.

The ratings for DOOL has never been lower. It is time for Ken Corday to once again reel in the writers and make the show watchable again. With the exception of Gabi/Stefan and Ben/Ciara, most of the characters have no rooting value. I am enjoying Haley, but she has received too much airtime at the expense of Julie, Maggie and the other veterans. I hope the return of Stephen Nichols will give the show a major boost. I am also hoping Hope becomes the show’s veteran character the fans fell in love with years ago. I didn’t think she was at her best with Rafe, but her character has been unrecognizable since Bo died a few years ago.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This plot twist was ridiculous enough on GH when Duke was revealed to be Faison. Then again when Faison was wearing a Luke mask. And AGAIN when Obrecht was pretending to be Anna. Am I missing any others?

Point is, this plot twist is one that Ron C. has done to death, and it gets less convincing every time it’s reused. Plus, the announcement from a few months ago that Stacy Haiduk was returning to the show foreshadowed this plot twist from a mile away.

The question now becomes, is Nicole really dead? And how exactly was Kristen going to seduce Brady while wearing the mask? Wouldn’t he be able to tell that she’s wearing a fake face from the neck up, where the mask ends? Ugh, even just typing that is exhausting.

Satan
Satan

And this is why we call him “ReRon”….

Saw this coming from 666 miles away.

At least with the Duke/Faison thing on GH it was done as a clever way to get the Faison character back on canvas before the actor was available, without having to do a recast.

If this had been done to bring Eileen Davidson back as Kristen, at least then there would be a point to it.

Now the question is…. how long before we see the REAL Nicole, who is obviously being held prisoner in some DiMera dungeon.

Kay
Kay

Josh griffin on y &r reliving the past none of them have a clue new ideas within boundaries read books study art of previous writers but too lazy to do it

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

“. . . from 666 miles away.” Oh, Satan, you do crack me up.

I have to agree with your comment about Eileen Davidson; that would at least have been a payoff that would have made a story like this worth considering, ill advised as it might otherwise be. (Although even in that case: if you were able to get her to return, why not write an actual story for Kristen rather than something like this?)

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Satan,
Am thinking she’s really dead. Shouldn’t you know that?
Also, Iam wondering who has Holly.

Harry
Harry

Satan. Classify under things I’d like to see: I wish Re Ron would have the current President peel off his orange mask only to reveal President Nixon

Satan
Satan

I’d actually be willing to send Tricky Dick up there to make that happen.

Kay
Kay

He is at it again feel very sorry for what daytime has turned into close the doors and I haven’t watched this show in ten years! Why on earth do these writers do this ?? They are insulting the audience every day and no I will not support them anymore hit the door running you have all four made a laughing stock out of daytime drama!

Jimh
Jimh

Days must love being in 4th place…too many coming back from the dead..another dumb Reron mask story…Will and Sonny will never have a regular life together as something consistantly keeps them apart…Days was once called a classy soap..character driven relationships and family drama…now its nothing but dark and gloomy stories with characters i dont care for like i used to..Ron started out well and its been downhill from there…my Days watching this show is numbered!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

“Days was once called a classy soap” but Days was also known as the show where Marlena was possessed by Satan. Soaps run in cycles… yes, the mask is a tired plot device but this too shall pass.

Satan
Satan

When I possessed Marlena, it was some of the classiest Days episodes ever!

Harry
Harry

Ha ha ha!!

Patrick
Patrick

YOU Get floored in this stuff… go see @ MichaelFairman @Emmy with Brandon Barash, marci Miller, Tyler Chistopher, Kate Mansi w/Galen Gering ‘stops’ visiting…the DiMera you get

Rafe’ (alicious) LOTS of Galen Gering

You see the choice WHY this stuff matters acknowledge the ‘hot’

carol1952
carol1952

I’ll be damned I just told my best friend that I dont by that woman was Nicole .I even told her I bet they used a mask again,We all know that Nicole would never act that way.It is about time they brought Stacy Haiduk back.I never would have guessed it was Kristen though. I missed most of the show today cause I had to go see my doctor ugh,I got to see about five minutes of it and I thought I saw Stacy there. She does a wonderful job playing Kristen. What a sneaky way of doing things. However you had to know it wasnt Nicole.This could make for an interesting story.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I find more to like in Ron’s writing than, I think, most people who comment on here, but even I will confess I’m weary of his obsession with masks. I know we’re expected to suspend disbelief when we watch TV, but I’m sorry: if two people kiss and one of them is wearing a mask, the other one knows it. If these mask stories were played out from the angle of “What kinds of things does a person have to do if he/she is wearing a mask to impersonate someone else to ensure the mask isn’t detected and his/her scheme revealed?” and we saw some of the struggles/difficulties and the villain really having to work at it to put the deception over on the unsuspecting people of Soap Town X, that might at least make the story interesting (albeit still far fetched). But the premise with Ron’s mask stories is always “Character A wears a mask pretending to be character B and nobody in Soap Town X suspects a thing,” which just isn’t all that compelling (and has a great deal of eye-roll potential). I’m beginning to think Ron maybe should subject himself to an internal check on gimmicks and devices before moving forward with any planned story: “Have I used this gimmick/device in the last five years (ten if it’s on the same show)? If yes, abandon idea and write new story. If no, OK maybe this can go forward.”

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Thanks to all the spoilers, there was no surprise when Nicole ripped off her wig and mask, revealing Kristen.
How utterly stupid that she came complete with her very own long hair crammed under the short styled wig, make-up and lo and behold, her own voice! Stacy Haiduk did not give herself enough credit when she said, she was lucky that she and Nicole had the same bone structure, etc. I don’t agree with that. Hope it didn’t bother her as much saying it, as me hearing it. I think she’s as good or better than Eileen H ever was.
Eve, as police commissioner is just ludicrous. Doesn’t someone in that capacity have to have some police training, to wear that badge and carry a weapon? And her stooge husband is just as laughable. What an insult to the viewers. I just hope TPTB know, that just because we are watching their crap, that we also know a pile, when we smell it.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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