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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!

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!

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

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On the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’, Chrishell Hartley talks with host Michael Fairman on the new and mysterious developments with Jordan Ridgeway.  For Jordan, revealed to Rafe (Galen Gering), that she gave birth to a baby boy, and Rafe goes off to find the child and brings baby David back to Salem.  But who is the biological father? Chrishell weighs-in on her thoughts on all the drama, and if Jordan and Rafe might rekindle their past romantic feelings.

In addition, Hartley dishes her new reality series Selling Sunset, where she is thrust into the cutthroat world of real estate agents.  The series now airing on Neflix, puts Chrishell in the middle of the female agents of the Oppenheim Group Real Estate company.  During the podcast, Chrishell talks about the blurred lines of reality TV and what the experience was like for her, in particular dealing with the competitive female agents.

For fans of NBC’s This Is Us, Chrishell’s husband, Justin Hartley (Kevin) was just featured in the season finale, where viewers learned in a flash-forward that Kevin Pearson is the father of a young boy.  Chrishell shares her thoughts on that episode.

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Later in the podcast, Freddie Smith (Sonny), Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Wally Kurth (Justin) talk on what’s going down with the Kiriakis family including:  Justin and Adrienne’s “officiating” Eve and Jack’s wedding; while Sonny tries to help Will cope with the news of Will’s brain tumor and what may be left for their future together.  Plus, Judi talks about how Freddie got chosen to play the role of Sonny in the first place, since she screen-tested with him.

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At the end of the episode, Michael asks Freddie, Judi, and Wally to play a game called, “Dish, Dirt, or Delight” were they pick a name out of dish and offer up thoughts on some of their past or present co-stars from DAYS.   Listen to what they had to say!

Download this latest installment on iTunes here, or take a listen at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Then let us know,  what was your favorite part of this episode of Inside Salem? Who do you hope turns out to be the father of Jordan’s baby?  What do you think will happen next for Sonny and Will?  Comment below.

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On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

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Principal photography will begin this spring for a 2019 holiday release.

The Carusos other projects have included: Winterthorne and Ladies of the Lake in which Lowder was also an EP.

In a tweet, Caruso expressed: “FINALLY!! So excited to begin a brand new journey & bring you some holiday fun for the whole family w/ & many more. No matter what you celebrate there’s always room for holiday magic!

While Lowder tweeted: “THRILLED to finally announce this. So grateful and excited to tell this beautiful story and share it with you all this holiday season.”

So what do you think about a holiday movie starring some of these popular folks from the soaps? Intrigued by the premise? Comment below.

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