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DAYS Poll: What Did You Think Of Stacy Haiduk’s Debut As Kristen And Susan?

Last week on Days of our Lives brought with it the return of Susan Banks and Kristen DiMera, this time played by former The Young and the Restless favorite, Stacy Haiduk (Ex-Patty Williams).

As DAYS viewers know, the roles were made soap-famous by two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson.  With Eileen busy on Y&R in her role of Ashley, Stacy stepped into the wacky and evil roles delivering her take on the characters; while maintaining the inflections, mannerisms, and motivations of these two very different women.

Earlier this week, Davidson posted her congrats to Stacy on Twitter, stating: “Big congratulations to debuting as Kristen/Susan on this week!!! Stacey is a fantastic actress and I’m sure she will SLAY!”

Stacy returned the compliments to Eileen tweeting: “Thank you, Eileen, you’re amazing! This means SO much coming from You!! I am super excited and very grateful for this opportunity to be a part of . LOVE & LIGHT to You and All!! XOXO”

Any actor will tell you; taking over a part from someone who is so identifiable with the character is not an easy thing to do, but Haiduk has been more than up to the task, as viewers went a long for the ride as Kristen revealed herself and her ultimate plan at John and Marlena’s wedding on Friday’s episode, and there is more yet to come!

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So, what were your first impressions of Stacy as Susan and Kristen? Take our latest DAYS poll, vote, and let us know below. Then share in the comment section if you enjoyed Stacy’s work as much as we did!

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Karen
Karen

I knew Stacy could play crazy cause she was brilliant as Patty Williams. Introducing her as Susan(although I knew she was Kristian) was perfect because it made it easier to accept her as Kristian when she lost the prop teeth. Great writing and casting, Days!

Celia
Celia

Yes, Karen, agreed. I knew it had to be Kristin, as well…..Susan is locked up.
As I said on the other site, I suspected neither Kristin nor Susan….I believed it had been Hattie to have sent the doll.
But, when you mentioned Kristin, I saw the light….of course!! LOL.
Yet, I was sure it was not Susan but Kristin when we actually saw her.
So, you were right about Kristin…..makes sense since her body was never found.

Phil
Phil

I liked her better when she was playing Kristen as Kristen! She was completely convincing as Kristen… but not so much as Susan to me!

Blake
Blake

Oh Stacy was awesome as Susan and Kristen! The show needs these characters and Stacy is doing her thang! I’m so glad she’s on Days, a much needed shot in the arm for the show.

Phil
Phil

Loved her as Kristen! Didn’t love her as Susan… but was she Susan? I think she did Kristen justice!

lieueitak
lieueitak

When Stacy Haiduk was still part of Y&R, I never responded positively to her work. In theory, Patty is a character I would like, but Stacy never really convinced me with her acting that I should invest emotionally in her character. I always felt like I needed more nuance, humanity, and subtext from her work to engage with it in a meaningful way.

Characters like Kristen and Susan require an actor who can bridge dark and light, hard and soft, and eccentric and conventional; these characters need an actor who can manipulate and challenge the viewers’ expectations, draw the audience in without revealing too quickly character’s true intentions or making the character too easy to understand. In other words? These characters need Eileen Davidson — desperately. They need her acting talents, her rich history with Days, and her uncanny ability to generate chemistry with her fellow actors. Stacy’s attempts to portray these characters only made me surer than ever that Eileen is the only person who can and should bring these characters to life. I hope there is a plot twist coming where we learn Stacy is playing a different character who is impersonating Susan/Kristen. This show needs more villains anyway; Stacy as someone who has little concern about trifling with Kristen could be interesting.

Chloe
Chloe

“I hope there is a plot twist coming where we learn Stacy is playing a different character who is impersonating Susan/Kristen.” That’s what I’m hoping, too. As far as I’m concerned, if they couldn’t get Eileen, they should have not done the storyline. Some characters are iconic & no other actor should play them – Kristen/Susan are on that list, along with Marlena & Sami.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Well since Eileen Davidson is leaving Y&R maybe she would be willing to come back to Days as Kristen.As for Stacy Haiduk, Days could keep her around as Susan because Eileen Davidson may not want to play a dual role again since it might be too tiring for her.

Adam
Adam

I agree. Stacy just comes off as a crazy Kristen, whereas when Eileen plays her, there is a vulnerability and you feel bad for Kristen, which makes her a more well rounded character. As far as her Susan, she was just annoying. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Eileen as Susan, with Stacy I want to FF.

Chloe
Chloe

I found myself reading my email during her scenes today. She’s especially irritating as Susan, who I always really enjoyed. I’d be more than willing to chip in on one-way tickets out of Salem for both of them. LOL

Celia
Celia

Yes, yes!! You said it, Adam. If truth be told, I ‘ve always loved Susan more than Kristin…..Eileen’s version, though.
I really like Stacy, but it’s not the same…..I can’t feel Susan….Not once did I hear, ” you’re mean, mean, mean”…. oh, how I miss the ‘real’ Susan!!

Chris
Chris

Totally Agree!’ Stacy doesn’t have the talent to pull off playing Kristen Dimera.. she’s not believable!! Hope days brings Eileen back or kills Stacy hadiuk contract soon!

Galloway
Galloway

Agreed! Eileen made Kristen beautiful and believable. There’s no way Brady would be attracted to the skeletal mess that is now “Kristen”!

mike
mike

Eileen who?

Linda
Linda

I’ve seen her on Y&R and a couple of other things – great actress! I thought she did a great job with the character of Susan, but Eileen Davidson should have been there for the Kristen part. If they could have worked that out, that would have been awesome! Ms. Haiduk did what she could with the Kristen character, but Ms. Eileen left some big shoes to fill. The character had major interactions with so many main characters – should have been Ms. Eileen. I was a little let down.

blake
blake

Great to see the actresses Eileen and Stacy giving each other such love on social media!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I have always loved Stacy as Patti Williams, and I liked her debut as Susan/Kristen. I feel she will make these characters her own, as time goes on, especially if all the spoilers are right, in her relentless goal to get whatever she really wants, this time. I also like the fact that Stacy is doing this role, her own way, which is more acceptable than just doing an imitation of Eileen. She’s just gotten her feet wet, so hope everyone will be supportive as she really gets her teeth into this part.

Momo
Momo

As Susan, I didn’t think the teeth were bad enough and the accent was a little different, but she did okay. I was happy to have Susan back. I think she was better as Kristen.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Stacy Haiduk is a lovely woman and wonderful talent. She’s a keeper. Just don’t go all creepy weird long term. I think Y&R handled writing the Patty Williams character poorly, doing a disservice to mental illness. Miss Haiduk made it work. Good for DAYS to have her!

stevie g
stevie g

Well we know from Y&R that Stacey can do crazy. I really liked her as Kristen, apart from her noise you could hardly tell it was a different actress in the role. My Mother didn’t know. But we have yet to see if she can pull of Kristen’s unbridled sex appeal. Eileen had chemistry with John, Brady Daniel and Eric, time will tell if Stacey will have that.

stevie g
stevie g

Second sentance should read I really liked her as Susan.

TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON
TAMARA HODGEWASHINGTON

Always an Eileen Davidson fan

Jaime T
Jaime T

Never liked any of the DUAL ROLES OF CARLIVATI!!!!!!! STAND BY THAT. WISH WE HAD STEPHEN INSTEAD OF THIS CRAP. IM CANCELLING THIS PROGRAM ITS NOT DAYS ANY MORE ITS CARLIVATI’S FOLLIES STARING HIS OLD FRIENDS INSTEAD OF LOVED DAYS CHARACTERS. SHERRY ANDERSON BETRAYED US ALL.

Carol
Carol

To my surprise Stacy is wonderful as Susan and Kristen, I love her. To be honest I never thought anyone could play the part other then Eileen .Boy was I ever wrong. To be honest I actually like Stacy better. She plays her part to perfection. Great job of casting Days.

Kathy
Kathy

Too over the top for me. She was better as Susan but I didn’t care for her Kristen. I thought she was overacting the part.

Betty Henderson
Betty Henderson

She was hilarious. I loved it when those teeth flew across the room !

rebecca1
rebecca1

so funny!

kalamaty
kalamaty

STACY HAIDUK KILLED!!! She is so fascinating to watch and her performances are absolutely VISCERAL! She is the ONLY reason I decided to tune back in to DAYS after a several decade hiatus. What a casting coup the creators have with her in this role! Brava, Stacy!!!

CharlieGirl
CharlieGirl

NO ONE CAN REPLACE EILEEN IN THAT ROLL. STACY APPEARED TO MATURE FOR BRADY LOVE INTEREST…FOR THT MATTER SO DOES EVE…RATHER SEE HIM WITH TERESA.

Smita
Smita

I don’t like Stacy’s portrayal as Kristin Dimera . Need Eileen back !

Carol
Carol

I really didnt like the new Susan at first but it didn’t take to long for me to get to like Stacy ,she is doing a great job of Susan and Kristen. Love her.Susan even made me laugh the other day and I certainly could use a good laugh,thanks Stacy

Marcia
Marcia

Sorry, but this Kristen/Susan just doesn’t compare to the original one. No offense intended, but I just can’t tolerate this replacement.

Joey Hutchison
Joey Hutchison

That recast was the biggest mistake ever made in daytime history the role of question can only be played by one person and that is Eileen Davidson

Miriam Scaccioi
Miriam Scaccioi

Days is getting worse = so tired of the dead coming alive = Susan and Kristen roles
are beyond stupid. get rid of Ted and Zander – I can’t understand them with their
accents = Sarah is a terrible actress – tired of looking at Eric and his
sad faces –

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Really, Miriam? The “our” in ‘Days of our Lives’ represents inclusivity. We all have a right to be included. Care to exclude blacks, gay, the poor, disabled and comedians?

I want my soap to be all inclusive, accents and all.

Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller

I think Stacy is a wonderful actress.She has jumped into these roles so well& is so believable.

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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.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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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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Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

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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