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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

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Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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carol1952

Very moved by her ,she had me sitting on the edge of my seat.I know all about mental illness’s.I got five of them.Depression should not be taken lightly. Oh yes even my best friend was impressed as well.I actually knew this was going to happen.Ever since I saw Claire with the lighter I knew something was not right about her.She is a very good actress.

Erik Freund
Erik Freund

Incredible story lines

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

First and foremost thanks to Michael Fairman for acknowledging Days and Keegan. We have watched this girl grow as an actre ss in the past three years and boy did she deliver this week!From jealousy to manic Keegan played all of the beats . Hats off to headwriter Ron C many people were angry at the reveal that Claire set the fires i say brilliant in this current era of social media and streaming it is hard to shock anymore Great job. i am sure come emmy time she will not be forgotten. The scenes of Marlena holding a crying clair were amazing. Another scene i look forward to is Clair with Eve. Kassie and Olivia are gold in scenes together and as much as everyone looks at Eve as a pariah her love for Claire as she remembers her lost daughter Paige has been writers gold Hats off to Olivia we hope to see you back in Salem soon and hats off to Days the best soap of the Fab 4

Ray
Ray

I thought she gave a powerhouse performance and will expect to see her nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2020. The problem I had with her character is that she always seemed to take one step forward and one step back. Every time she and Ciara would make up, the next day she was acting angry and snotty again. Her character never became one that you love to hate (i.e. Sami, EJ, Victor). Most of the time, you just hated her.

The one thing I always disliked reading were the negative comments about the actress, not the character. At the end of the day, she is an 18-year-old that has to pretend it doesn’t hurt to be cyber bullied for people who probably hate everything about life.

The best to Olivia and the future. Something tells me she will be back in Salem soon.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I agree with you Ray, Olivis is a terrific actress, Olivia has a great singing voice, the lady can sing and act. hopefully she comes back to Days in the future. very talented lady. the bullies always have negative comments, they need to shut up and have several seats.

Darren
Darren

Olivia is a wonderful actress, hopefully we see her again on Y&R as a recast for Summer Newman. Hunter King needs to go lol

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Bravo to Olivia. I’ve always enjoyed her on the show. She did a great job playing the slowly unraveling Claire over the last several months. All of Claire’s final meltdown scenes, starting with her picking up the knife in the loft to her sobbing in the cabin, were terrific. Olivia is a very talented actress who portrayed all the levels of Claire with great skill. I am very sorry to see her leave the show.

Congratulations Olivia on a job extremely well done and the best of luck in your very bright future.

I sincerely hope the subject isn’t dropped after Claire is sent off to the psychiatric hospital. Eve MUST face the music for her part in this. The very idea of Eve as police chief is ridiculous. After she is removed from the job in disgrace, Mr. Amnesia mayor needs to be kicked to the curb too. Kassie DePaiva is great!!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS must bring ORK back as Claire! We need a young vixen with all her ties to so many characters, including being the granddaughter of two supercouples! ORK has always given it her all and clearly wanted to stay.

Momo
Momo

Olivia has been doing a really good job. They finally gave her something interesting to do and she delivered.

rebecca1
rebecca1

First; Olivia is so stunning! Her eyes, along with Brandon Beemer’s and Billy Flynn’s, look like jewels.

I must say that when I first watched her I wasn’t impressed with her acting but she just took off with her exit story. As I look back now at her portrayal of Claire’s immature, girly ways, manipulations, jealousies which all seemed so overdone to me at the time, they seem, in retrospect, perfect. Olivia really showed her acting chops by moving from that seeming innocence to almost diabolical, as she sashayed back and forth between the two personas.

Kudos to the actress! She made me feel for Claire as she crumbled and looked to her family for forgiveness. I DO wonder, however, if/when they bring the character back (with the same or different actress) if she will be cured ala Ben or if she’ll be one of the villains who just couldn’t be tamed.

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In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

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Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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To listen to the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem’ download it now on iTunes here, or head on over to NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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