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DAYS Stars Celebrate 45 Years: Notes From The Red Carpet!

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Tantalizing teasers, a few scoops, thoughts on current storylines, favorite memories and sentimental moments abound, that is what On-Air On-Soaps came away with after being on the red carpet as stars, past and present, from Days of our Lives came out in full force last Tuesday night, in honor of the Academy of Arts and Sciences event, Celebrating 45 Years of Days of our Lives.

What’s a night on the town with the citizens of Salem without first checking in with the woman who is front and center on the hottest storyline on the show!  I can only be talking about Alison Sweeney, who’s Sami Brady,  just recently shot EJ Dimera in the head.  Was Alison shocked when she grabbed the script that made her be a gun-toting revenge seeking woman?  “No. We talked about a little bit before, but not much,” Sweeney elaborated.  “I really didn’t know how it was going to unfold, because they really only tell you the bullet-points. You don’t know how she is  going to handle it and what unfolds from there.  So as an actor it is your job to fill in these gaps in your head as to what motivates you, and what the lines means, and all of that.  And, even if it is subtext or off-camera stuff that you are playing out, I had to think, ‘How does Sami feel about all of that?’ I think the easy way to explain it is that she is a person who acts before she thinks.  She is so reactionary, but on a deeper level, I think she thought this was the only way out of this horrible cycle she found herself in.  I think they wrote such a beautiful moment at the wedding when EJ proposes to her, and there is that moment where she is almost tempted by him.  There is this thing where EJ has her number, and he just does, and she knows it.  I mean, how many times have you witnessed a scene where Sami knows she is with a guy who is not good for her, or right for her.  However, then she and the guy can’t seem to stay away from each other! So you either want the bad moments to flip and for them to really connect, and they will be happy forever, or they will eternally be at each other’s throats. That is what seems to happen with EJ and Sami.”

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Then the big question for SAFE and EJami fans… is Sami truly in love with two men?  Is she really torn?  “Obviously, there is a depth of feeling for both men.  For Sami it’s not a fickle thing. I think it’s about these two opposite pulls of who she is as a person.  This is a dream of hers since she was 16-years-old and met Austin.  She wanted to him to be her hero the way Carrie had it with Austin. Sami fought for that for how many years? And she never made that dream come true. If she had met that guy at sixteen maybe she wouldn’t have these two paths of a very confused person, which is what she has become.  Rafe is that guy! He loves and adores her, and he takes care of her and believes in her, and accepts her for who she is. He gave her the sweetest proposal ever.  And yet, she is not the whole person she could have become. She is this very complicated person with two clearly different parts of her personality.  Sami has these two sides that make her have a different moral standard than most people… and that is someone who does believe in doing what she needs to do. Yet, she is very drawn to this guy, EJ, who is pulling towards the dark side of her. She knows she is drawn to it and ultimately that is why she shot him.  There will be many more twists and turns.  It’s a complicated story.”   And with seventeen years as Sami, Alison has made the most of all of her storylines, and navigated through the histrionics and the tears. Sweeney knows it is now commonplace for her and her alter-go to be handed the ball with this type of material.  “I will say I feel like this is a common thing for me, and that in seventeen years I have been anxious to receive my scripts. When I get them I go, ‘Oh my God.’ When you are turning every page, and you are even reading other people’s lines, and then you get to the last page, and you want it to continue, that is when you know you have a good thing going.”

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Next, Galen Gering offered up his thoughts to me on having to play “Mr. Wonderful” opposite “Mr. Badass” Dimera in vying for the affections of Sami.  Galen previews there is more coming to this story. “There is definitely a twist coming. I don’t know how big a twist you can call it.  But the stuff we just did is some of my favorite material in the last two years since I have been there. That is the good thing for the fans.  I think they will enjoy what we have coming up. That is not to say there is not a lot of adversity ahead for Sami and Rafe, and mixed in with that is some other great stuff, and ultimately that is what daytime is about.” But I had to ask, “Will Rafe solve the case and realize who shot EJ and protect Sami, no matter what?’”  I quickly pointed out that Agent Hernandez is not always the quickest to solve his cases!  Gering replied, “Yeah… he solves everything eventually. But it may take him a year. (Laughs) It’s interesting to see what Rafe will go through for this girl. Talk about being a stand up guy!”  DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday stopped by just then to talk with Galen and I. The head honcho let Gering know how important he is to the show by giving him one of the greatest compliments an actor can receive. “Galen brings the Gary Cooper that we have been missing for so long.  Not only is Galen the strong silent type, but his eyes can talk and he doesn’t even need any lines. He is a fine actor and we adore him because he has those bedroom eyes.”

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So while I had Corday there, it was time to try and get some insight into what is going to happen for the SAFE and EJami fans. Ken offered up, “First of all, the fans are split down the middle and I love it.  We stretch the rubber band until it snaps.  And, Sami snapped a couple weeks ago and she should have capped him. (Laughs) One bullet… a 22 caliber… and when you get a good thing in story, you run with it.”   OK Ken, so Sami snapped, but can we have Rafe snap too?  I mean how much does guy have to deal with to be with the woman he loves?  Ken revealed, “Rafe is not going to snap. He is solid and he is the G-man.  There are other women besides Sami, too.  Let’s not forget that! And I am talking about someone currently on the canvas.” With that, I looked at Gering for his reaction and he was genuinely surprised! “That is revealing news there.  Not sure if he really mean me or not, but either way it bodes well.”  James Scott (EJ) was not doing any press interviews that evening. So we were unable to get his thoughts on the current story, and to give you his insight at this time. We hope to catch up with him very soon.

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For Kristian Alfonso, Days of our Lives has been such an integral part of her career. Now as the show is about to celebrate its 45th anniversary, her Hope has got a new look! Prison stripes… well, orange jumpsuit.   Alfonso enlightened me on her new “babes behind bars” story with soap vet, Robin Mattson. “I love Robin. She is fantastic and hilarious.  I have never done the prison thing.  Hope has never really been in prison.   Let’s just say orange is my color these days without my earrings from the Hope, Faith, Miracles jewelry line.  They made me take all of my jewelry off! And I said, ‘C’mon. Can’t I keep my earrings on? And they said, ‘Kristian, you got to lose the earrings! And I said, ‘Oh, c’mon. I can’t kill anyone with earrings!’  I finally took them off and went, ‘OK. Here you go.  It’s a great story though. Hope is doing her time where she should be, and working in the infirmary.  Then things start happening. I turned to our co- executive producer, Gary Tomlin the other day, and I go, ‘This is getting really juicy. I am excited!'”  And from what we are hearing too,  Hope’ s story is going to be quite the barnburner.

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Peter Reckell (Bo),  who along with Alfonso has created legendary soap supercouple, Bo and Hope is still feeling the same conundrum as fans of the show these days.  Who does Bo really love?  Hope or Carly?  “I ask that everyday, ‘So who do I love?’  And they tell me, ‘Well, you love em both.’ And, I go, ‘Well, OK. So I am ever going to make a choice?’” After revealing his confusion too, Reckell went on to say, “Obviously the writers have been having difficulty with it because they flip flop between who Bo should be with, or is dedicated to, and so we are limbo.  But the storyline that is coming with Hope is going to really sort of set things up.  I can’t say anymore than that!”   When I asked Reckell of the differences between Carly and Hope in Bo’s mind, he tells me it’s all a matter of the type of alcoholic refreshment that distinguishes the two beauties! “As a character, Hope had always been the princess and Bo was from wrong side of the tracks and it has always been that dynamic, whereas with the character of Carly, Bo and Carly are on the same level.  Look at one of the first episodes when she came back.  Bo and Carly were just hanging out having some beers, whereas Hope is champagne and Bo is a beer.” (Laughs) Reckell who came on the show as the ultimate anti-hero says being a hero for so long, he would now welcome the opportunity to step to the bad side, and had come up with a great way to do it.  “Somebody asked me, what I would like you to play, and of course, I would love to play an evil twin.  Here’s how: Victor could have been at the birth and stolen the twin away.  So the twin could have grown up someplace else that Victor arranged!”

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Since we are celebrating DAYS 45th, I had to ask Crystal Chappell (Carly) and her real-life hubby, Michael Sabatino (Lawrence) when they first felt that spark between  them while working together at DAYS.  Sabatino stated, “It was 20 years ago, and she was on this second-story balcony.  I was reading the book The Fountainhead at the time. I looked up at her and thought, ‘Oh my God.  It’s Dominique Francon, the daughter of the architects!’ I was totally rocked, and that was it. That was the moment.” Chappell responded with her moment of truth about her “hots” for Michael S. “I think it sort of snuck up on me. I started checking the schedule trying to find out when Michael was going to be there. I will say this… I kept looking at his booty. I had a booty attraction, and I am not ashamed of it at all.” (Laughs)  Now in 2010, Carly seems like a bit of “buttinksi” these days with her meddling in the DNA test result daddy-drama. “I think she is traumatized by her life,” Chappell explained. “I think she is madly in love with Bo, but does not know what the right thing to do is.  I think she is confused about that and what is the right thing to do for everyone.  It’s a good thing about her, and its one of her biggest flaws. Like most doctors (and this is a generality) doctors tend to play God. It’s that kind of attitude. I don’t think she thinks that of herself, but it’s in her nature, certainly. I think she feels very guilty of having Daniel’s baby and not telling him.  I think that is still very much there, but we are just not talking about it right now.  It comes up in some scenes with Melanie and Carly, where she is trying to control things so people don’t get hurt again, especially the people she has already hurt.”  For Crystal, looking back on this special night she says she never regretted her decision early in her career to leave DAYS the first time. (It has been seventeen years before Chappell came to the series last year.)  “I don’t regret any decision I made back then. It made me more aware as a person and a more grateful person, and a better actress… having gone on to play other parts and characters and having that challenge.  I did not leave under the best of circumstances.  I wanted to come back and create and sew up better karma for myself and for the show.  I am grateful for this experience.”

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When Eric Martsolf (Brady) and his lovely wife Lisa stopped by to chat, we all took a moment to revel in the fact that Eric has finally got a great new storyline to sink his teeth into! And what a story it is!  Brady buried Vivian alive in a sarcophagus, and he is becoming the town drunk all in one fell swoop. “Oh my God. Stop the presses,” Martsolf announced. “Who knows? Brady’s face could be on a cover of soap magazine! The possibilities are endless. I have never been on a cover of a magazine; I am like the Susan Lucci of covers.  That is OK.  Covers don’t mean anything, but it would be fun. Do I literally have to bury someone alive to get a cover?” (Laughs)  So, what exactly happened to Salem’s Dudley-Do-Right, Brady Black?  Martsolf says blame it on that vixen Nicole. “The moral of the story is: if the woman manipulates you one to many times and your cup runneth over, you will crack as a man.  Nicole lied to Brady one to many times and the way he dealt with it is he went back to his poison, which is alcohol now.  I know it was a drug addiction previously, but that is the most realistic part of the story. Most addicts believe they can handle most poisons.  Brady’s whole way of rationalizing it is, ‘I can handle the alcohol.  I just can’t handle the coke.’  But now he is turning into a full-fledged alcoholic.  I say, he should become addicted to burying people alive.”   Now Martsolf has gotten the chance to crossover and really play with some of the evil-doers in Salem, namely Louise Sorel’s, Vivan.  So how do the two of them stop themselves from laughing so hard, and not peeing in their pants with the ridiculous sarcophagus drama?  Martsolf replied, “And that is the question everyone has been asking, ‘Has Vivian peed in her pants yet?’ And, is Brady changing bed pans in his spare time?’ (Laughs) I am having more fun than I have had with this storyline, and than I have had in my soap career since 2003, and Louise is terrific to work with.”

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Louise Sorel came by next, and I got her thoughts on Vivian’s latest perilous plight. “You know being buried alive is restful. (Laughs) There are so many twists coming.  It’s fun.  I am shocked every day when I see what they are writing. Sometimes I wonder how am I going to pull of the material that Vivian is asked to play. But I learned you have to be large and fill a space. So they give me this material and I sort of put in a space and let it explode, because if I think about it, I would not be able to do it.”  Sorel heaped praise on her unlikely new co-star, Eric Martsolf.  “First of all, he is so cute. I had to get past the way he looks. Then when we started to work together, he just flew.  I could just see what a good time he was having, and he gives back and he is loose. Eric improvises and nothing throws him.  This was like an accidental thing that happened, and he had not gotten to play before, because Brady was always the nice guy. Now he is very dangerous and he is radiating excitement. I can see it in his work.  And, he is so funny.”  But what was on my mind was, whatever happened to the real reason Vivian came back to Salem in the first place… to exact revenge on Carly?  Sorel concurred it sort of disappeared. “I don’t get that.  It should have been continued, it was kind of like the M.O. for the character. Now I am after Maggie and someone else who I can’t say right now.  But I am thinking, ‘What happened to this very passionate thing she had about revenge on Carly?’ I can’t speak for the writers. I don’t know why they have made the decision to go in this direction. But you are right it has shifted and gotten away from her original intent when she returned to Salem.”

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Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) who has been with the series for 36 years is having a soap renaissance.  The two of us were overjoyed at the recent turn of events which gives Maggie a new nemesis in Vivian, and a new beau, in Victor Kiriakis!  A far cry from where we were a few years back when they “killed” Maggie, and gave Suzanne a royal bon voyage in a movie theatre in Hollywood, complete with another red carpet event! Rogers shared her thoughts on her new lease on her soap life. “I thought my time would be relegated to watching and giving advice to the kids at this point. All of a sudden this silver tongued devil walks into my life. Can you believe this? When they “killed-off” Mickey, I did not know they were going to do this.  I don’t think the writers did either.  My honest opinion, I think it was a surprise.  It was one of those things where I came over to Victor’s house to see Phillip. He was not there. So Victor and Maggie talked and we went at it. Now they call us “Magic”. When we heard that, John Aniston (Victor) said to me, ‘What are you “Mag”? And I am “Ick”?’ (Laughs)  It is wonderful working with him. I hope he likes working with me.  He has a photographic memory I will tell you that, and John is great with one-liners.”

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That stunner Shelley Hennig, whose Stephanie is up to her eyeballs in DNA switching disasters, was happy for the turn to the dark side for Patch and Kayla’s offspring. “I don’t know what is happening to her. I just realized there are some similarities and differences between myself and my character.  I will not stop till I get what I want and Stephanie is the same way.  However, I will not do illegal things to get what I want.” I had to ask Hennig, is she getting confused like some viewers of who did or who didn’t switch Chloe’s baby-daddy results?  “I do know who switched the results, and it is so weird. You are going to be like, ‘What?’ But it makes sense.  Stephanie thinks if Melanie finds out about Chloe and Phillip’s one night stand, she is going to leave Phillip and go after her man, Nathan.  This story has been fun and the episodes that aired just the other day with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and I were great to play. Mary Beth did a great job at making it believable.”

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Salem has always had some unique men that led the charge into battle against the bad guys and none more so than Drake Hogestyn as John Black.  Drake came back to see former cast mates this night, and shared with me his sentiments on the 45th anniversary, and what his Salem experience had meant to him. “When I entered the show it was really in its heyday. There was such phenomenal talent and we shot the show differently back then.  I stayed on the set and I watched. I stole from the MacDonald Carey’s. (Tom Horton)  I watched what they did and they were so giving with the advice. John Clarke (Mickey Horton) gave me so much advice too.  It all went by so fast. Some people have been encouraging me to write a book. I have started to put my thoughts down. And when I started to do my history and how I got to the show from being a baseball player, and then to my time at DAYS, I realized my personal life had sort of dissolved for 23 straight years.  In a way, when you put your blood, sweat, and tears into a show like that and really do live this part… 23 years went by so fast.  I feel like I left the show yesterday. I see all these people here and my heart is just swelling. Then there are people who I don’t know. I know they are part of the cast and I am sure they are a great addition.”

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Wally Kurth first joined DAYS back in 1987, and was one of the leading men given some great material. Wally recalled those good ole’ DAYS! “You know 1987- 1991 those were important years. Those 80’s were big years, the power years. (Laughs) Even judging from Ken Corday’s recent book, those were the power years.  That first year of Justin and Adrienne was an amazing year, and was also amazing for me. I had never done TV before, or a soap before.  I just remember our director, Al Rabin, saying, ‘Now Wally. When you see Adrienne you fall in love with her. You love her like you have never loved anyone before.’  And I was like, ‘Ok. That is what I will do.’  And so every time I saw her,  I just looooved her.  I did it.  I sold it.  I went for it.  I drank the kool-aid and never looked back!” But while Kurth is back on the show in 2010, he has been languishing on the back-burner. The two of us were trying to come up with story to reinvigorate Justin to the canvas. “I’ll do anything at this point (Laughs). They have to come up with something.  They have to invest something.  Justin is a lawyer. So he has that function on the show, but he could be an unscrupulous attorney, which would be fun.  If the people out there have any suggestions, I am putting it out there…write the powers-that-be.  I am sure they would be interested in what you have to say.”

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Ty Treadway is playing Salem’s newest doctor.  Now let’s think about this. Something is going to have to be up with this guy, and he is going to have to be pulled into some skullduggery.  After all, this is the same dude that played evil and off-center twins, Colin and Troy McGiver on One Life to Live! So I asked Ty, is he going to play a sonofabitch?  Treadway shared his insight.  “You know, I can’t imagine they picked up the phone without a little twinkle in their eye somewhere, but so far I haven’t seen it.  They wrote some great stuff for me like the fun house plot at One Life. I was so lucky to get that to play. Now being here at DAYS and being reunited with those same writers, Dena Higley and Christopher Whitesell, I am looking forward to whatever they write for me.  I hope it’s as crazy and wild as it has been in the past.  So far he’s been a really nice guy. Dr. Jason Walters is a brain surgeon.  I am sure he is going to be willing to do something wrong sooner or later for the love of his life.”   Ah, and so there will be someone that catches Jason’s eye! “I am interested in a “love”. Treadway goes on to tease, “We will hopefully see that play out, and see how the fans like it.”  I also gave some kudos to the man who co-hosted the now defunct Soap Talk with another former Salemite, Lisa Rinna.  To me, Ty always seemed prepared and knew his soap stuff. Something any good interviewer should have in his back-pocket.  “I felt like it was important and I owed it to people who came on the show as guests to know about the history and know about them and their character. I felt I owed to the fans if I was going to chronicle what was going on today on soaps. I was fortunate to get to know so many people in daytime hosting Soap Talk. It will go down as one of my favorite jobs until now!”

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So you can’t end an evening in Salem without the soap supercouple who started it all, Doug and Julie, AKA long time real-life lovebirds, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes.  Between these two legends, the history of the show is truly right before you. They shared with me their fondest memories.  Susan started, “My fondest memory is when Bill talked the writers into doing a variety show segment and when everyone on the show who could sing and dance…and go to it.  Suzanne Rogers got to tap dance, Billy sang in a quartet, MacDonald Carey did a soft shoe and Frances Reid played Groucho Marx, and it was amazing, and it was all Bill’s idea and execution.”  But speaking of memories, I had to ask the duo their thoughts on when they decided to burn Julie’s face so badly that Susan had to wear that disfiguring make-up/prosthetics.  Back in the day, soaps were into burning up their leading ladies faces!  Seaforth Hayes commented, “I was astonished at my mother, Elizabeth Harrower (Ex- writer, DAYS) for coming up with that story, and it was difficult.  I was working so much and I was happy to be.  Julie recovered amazingly!” (Laughs)  Bill on the other hand, recalled watching the poor stunt double for Susan who had to become a crispy critter. “The day in the studio when that fire was done was frightening. The stunt girl was in a suit and they put fire stuff all over her and then lit it. They had thirty seconds and she has to be out of that within that time.  The stunt can only last that long, or she is custard!”

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When DAYS celebrates its true anniversary in November, look for the new pictorial backdoor history of the show never before released. That is when Days of our Lives 45 Years: a Celebration in Photos will hit the book shelves. I received a preview copy and let me tell you, any fan of the show is going to love it. Eddie Campbell created the book along with DAYS and Corday Productions executive, Greg Meng.  I got Eddie’s thought on the carpet on why fans will love this upcoming addition to their coffee table. “It is a very modern twist and a very moving forward book, but it is sensitive to the past and the entire history of the show.  You know my grandmother always watched the show, and so that is how I knew it.  I love the characters of Hope, Bo, and Sami.  I also love that we embrace the past with Frances Reid (Alice). She was a top notch gem of a person. Fans will love this book because it is stage doors open and an unprecedented behind the scenes journey unlike any DAYS book every produced, and it breaks the fourth wall.” On-Air On-Soaps will give you news in the near future on how you can pre-order this special memento.

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And so as the sands through the hour glass timed out, as the red carpet dwindled down, Salem still seemed like a great place to be.  Unanimously, the stars shared their happiness of the intimate feeling that comes from being part of the select actors who through the years, have gotten to be part of the DAYS family.  For me personally, I reflected back to 1997 when I launched the SONY/ DAYS official website that still lives on today.  And 45 years as the longest running scripted television show on the peacock network is nothing to sneeze at either.  Quite the accomplishment from Corday and Company.

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Sonya
Sonya

Just hurry and get on with EJami! Please! Nobody has chem like Ali Sweeney and James Scott.

Mercedes
Mercedes

PLease bring back Ejami . I want a reason to keep on watching DOOL .Like it was this summer.;D

Patty
Patty

I second that! This summer was terrific, but now I’m not watching. I hope that the Sami issues get resolved soon and she is redeemed. I find it amazing that DOOL is making the poor choices that it is right now.

Denise
Denise

EJ needs to go away for all the evil and dishonest things he has done ~ not just to Sami but everyone in the town and take his uncle with him for a long time.. Rafe and Sami are the best couple on SOAPS these days. Days needs to get Hope and Bo back together ~ Carly and Bo’s whole story since she has been back is not even the person that Bo has always been ~ it is not him!

Rachel
Rachel

I totally agree!!!!! EJAMI is the one good thing DAYS has going for them and I really hope they don’t ruin it!! SAFE is soooo boring I don’t understand how anyone could want them together. This is a soap opera after all! Why would you want boring when you’re watching a soap??? It’s all about excitement, passion and chemistry and that’s what EJAMI brings! Please don’t screw it up!!!!!!

Jamie
Jamie

Glad to see Drake…..but where’s Deidre? I can’t recall any recent Days event that they’ve been seen together. Either he attends or she attends….but never together.

Dolly
Dolly

Wow, I love that I can read what the stars have said, but some comments seem to be a bit off base.
Rafe has not accepted every thing Sami has done.
Ej was way more romantic and his promices were better in his proposals
There is not a split down the middle of the fan base, way more are infavor of Ejami.

kitkat
kitkat

There is a split in the fanbase for Ejami and Safe…then there’s always the Lumis waiting for Brian’s return! Please do not speak for everyone. Thank you.

bett_str
bett_str

Thank you so much for the interviews. It was great reading everyone’s opinion. But I have to agree with Dolly about Rafe not accepting every part of Sami and Ej’s proposal being more romantic. I am also pretty sure that almost everyone wants Sami to be with EJ. It has been said so often but can’t be said enough that the chemistry between Ali Sweeney and James Scott is sizzling. And they are great actors. Why would anyone want Sami with Rafe? They are like sister and brother – not really “soapy” romantic material IMO. So please Mr.Corday realize it and bring back EJami without them manipulating each other. Let them be bad together and write romantic and adventurous storylines for them. I believe people would love to watch that.

kitkat
kitkat

I for one do not want Ejami. I know you have all heard this before, but seriously, I do not want Sami or any woman with their rapist!

luvdayssafe
luvdayssafe

I am intrigued about this twist GG alluded to, sounds like some powerful scenes are coming up! Can’t wait
SAFE FOREVER!!!!

Kelly
Kelly

I was also glad to see Drake. But I thought Deidre Hall should have been there too. She was a big part of Days. From what I saw on the live internet broadcast she wasn’t even mentioned. I don’t know if she was included in the clips because they showed interviews instead. I found it strange she wasn’t there.

Waverly
Waverly

Michael, I know when I come here I’m going to read excellent interviews! Thank you for knowing just what the fans are clamoring for! Ali Sweeney’s storyline is hot so it’s interesting to understand her insight into her characters motivations. It surprised me that Ali thought Ej’s proposal at the wedding was a “beautiful moment”. ??? I didn’t pick up on the fact that she was tempted at all with everything she had just learned and the fact she was wavering about marrying him to begin with – this when he had shown her only his “good” side and they had seemed to connect. Maybe I’m biased toward wanting a more loving relationship for her than a man who says, you’ve done bad things, I’ve done bad things, let me fall to my knee & propose that we should be together. This is just not beautiful to me. Of course this could all fall into the redemption of love theme, but I tend to root more for the Sami that picked up the gun and pulled the trigger in hopes of breaking the horrible cycle she has been caught in. Still, a lot of fun to read Ali’s perspective.

I have to agree with Mr. Corday that Galen speaks volumes with his bedroom eyes. His sensitive, devoted Rafe has been a huge success. Those white knight heroes like Rafe deliver the romance so needed to daytime drama. We need to swoon!

All the cast had such great comments on the show. Bo, Hope and Carly are going to keep fans glued to the show along with Brady, Nicole, Viv, Victor and Maggie! I think Days fall storylines sound exciting!

Thanks for the great coverage of this monumental event!

Ally
Ally

Wow! Ken Corday is off his rocker. It’s no wonder the ratings are falling if this is his vision of the show. GG like Gary Cooper? Coop is rolling over in his grave. As a viewer of 20+ years, I don’t see Rafe as a hero for Days. He’s not interesting enough. I guess we have more of the same with Rafe and SAFE being pushed. No reason to tune in – I was hoping for a change, but it seems Mr. Corday is too enamored of GG to bother having his HW write compelling stories or words – I guess he’s too distracted by GG’s eyes.
It’s always interesting to get the actors perspectives on the stories. Thank you for your interviews, you always do such an amazing job. 🙂

kitkat
kitkat

KC and the writers are off their rockers…when they have Sami fall in love with her rapist. What a slap in the face to all women in the real world who have been raped!

Sue
Sue

Congratulations on 45 years Days.

CapeSafe
CapeSafe

Boy did Corday get it right by noting Galen’s bedroom eyes….Love the couple of SAFE…It was that pairing that got me watching Days again after the fiasco of Ejami…There is no split done the middle..just check out the SOD polls, Safe has been number one for over a year YAY!! Great interview Michael

julie
julie

SOD poll is spammable and all the other polls have Ejami great winner so we have to wonder…

Sam
Sam

What fiasco girl ? Ej and Sami were not together so stop the rewriting, before that Sami was with Lucas..maybe you just like to support any couple who is not Ej and Sami..we get it but at least be a little accurate if you want your post to be somewhat regarded by some other readers..after all it is like you want, it is just for you, your credibility you know..lol..anyway ugh boring argument as usual..zzzzzzzzzzz

KatieR
KatieR

Sam, any interactions between EJ and Sami are a fiasco. I agree 100% with CapeSafe. I stopped watching b/c of EJ and Sami. I’ve always been a huge Sami fan, but for the life of me I can’t stand EJami. I quit watching after the ‘rape scene’ and tried to come back a few times, but everytime I did, there goes EJ and Sami at it again. If only Sami would have succeeded in killing him, I’d be a lot happier.

Pixie
Pixie

Thanks Michael for such awesome interviews with so many of the cast & Ken Corday. I loved them all but especially the ones with Galen and Ken. I was surprised by some of the answers to your excellent questions but am so happy to hear Ken complimenting Galen.

I love Sami and Rafe together and am so happy they are getting some happiness, even though there is angst ahead, as always is for soap couples.

Days is getting better once again.

Lucy
Lucy

Days is not getting better : the ratings are worse than ever.
Viewers don’t want to watch what they write right now on-screen, simple as that.

Pixie
Pixie

I think Days is better than it has been in months and many agree with me. You are entitled to see things as you like. The ratings went up a bit last week so viewers are returning little by little. I hope that trend keeps up because I don’t want to see Days canceled. I will remain optimistic but thanks for your comments.

doolfan
doolfan

i think ken was drunk lol gg can speek wite his eyes? what ken wife told him thet and i will disagree gg not do anthing to do show! most of dool fans tune out to gh she is far better then days and gess what kenny abc and cbs do not write for cercter like rafe.wait they dont heve or ever be cercter like rafe you need to ask them why?they will tell you becuse the ga love the bad more well ej was in come rafe hero hero sami and rafe front and centr ratings worse then ever!but hey ken you told us the ga want sami wite rafe yes theyy do all 10 of them good luck wite thet!
i think james can do so much better then days so onther ken wise things will be treu he is so sure the ga love rafe well kenny!save him i so hope cbs or abc will take james from days they heve the worst writing ever!bad guys never win hero does,same old same old.no wander ga do not watch!

ejgirl25
ejgirl25

Whether you like them or loathe them, EJ and Sami are an evocative couple that gets everyone talking. That is the making of a great soap couple. They have chemistry for “Days” (hehe) and a rich backstory. Those are the makings of a winning storyline and strong viewership. It’s very counterintuitive to leave the vast EJAMI following waiting for 3 years. If viewers are what they are after, they need to give them what they want eventually and in this case sooner is better. Leaving an audience FFing through scenes in hopes of an EJAMI crumb here and there is surely not what they are going for but that is what they are doing. Give EJAMI a chance. Show the love. Heck the show is only renewed through Sept. 2011. There isn’t much time left at this point.

Also, the rape talk is beating a dead horse. It was dealt with very well. It was coersion at best and they got over it. Sami said herself, “It wasn’t like that.” If Sami doesn’t care, it’s a non-issue in the storyline.

luvejami
luvejami

I have been waiting for Ejami to be given a chance to be a ‘couple’ since mid 2007! Two children, a marriage and every possible obstacle later and I’m still waiting! Its been a very difficult year for Ejami fans but still we wait because we see the potential.

EJ and Sami are unique characters who have a rich history, longevity and a classic love story with a twist. They are potrayed by two actors who have incredible range and talent and chemistry with eachother. They are facinating to watch and create interest whether you like them or dilike them. What more could a show ask for?

I love the idea that these two meet half way. EJ and Sami are not all bad nor are they all good. They work best in the middle. They are somewhat ‘bad’ but they have good hearts and love their family. Thats what makes them interesting to watch. They aren’t perfect, they are flawed but they are right for and understand eachother.

As far as I’m concerned Days has separated these two for long enough and its time to write them as a couple. We have been at the ‘will they or won’t they get together’ stage for too many years. Its time for them to be invovled in storylines together and to write them as the unique characters they are.

BarbaraF
BarbaraF

Plain and simple, Sami and EJ are so hot together. Rafe is good looking but soooo boring. EJ is soooo hotttt!

Steph
Steph

Ok. I have watched Days on and off for 23 years. Sometimes these writers drive me away with the bizzaro story lines, but every so often they hit it just right and I get sucked back in.

Love Bo and Hope…ENOUGH SEPARATION! Get these two back together for crying out loud! Geeeez.

Sami was so evil to Austin and Carrie. She raped Austin. I can’t feel sorry for someone who put her sister and the man she said she “loved” through so much Hell. Sami got what was coming to her and I’m glad it was EJ. She has met her match with EJ.
She is not this fragile, innocent creature who will never recover. In fact, she’s moved on from that. They both get what they want and stop at nothing. This is a Power Couple! There is not one guy on that show that has loved Sami like this. The way he looks at her, holds her, he longs to be a good man for her.

Granted, Lucas and Sami have the “first love” thing which is hard to replace, but Lucas was a “boyfriend.” EJ is her man! Sami needs to quit running, grow up, and start building a family with him.

These two are one in the same. They are equals. Let’s get them on the same team. EJ+Sami+=HOT EJami scenes

Lena
Lena

Well, at least Mr Corday has started to wake up. First he said “the viewers want Safe”, now he says they’re “split down the middle”, maybe soon he’ll finally admit that “the viewers want EJami”….that is, is he’ s looking at the ratings, instead of one spammable poll.

Gary Cooper? Bedroom eyes? Those two remarks certainly gave me a good chuckle. Guess KC felt the need to prop up his actor.

Michael, great job on all the interviews, as always.

sonny&jason
sonny&jason

I am a huge supporter of Ej and Sami. I only watch for the those two. Or I wouldn’t even watch at all. They have this forbidden love since the first time they met. It reminds me a little of Romeo and Juliet. Divdided by two families that hate each other like we see with the long history of Bradys and DiMeras. I would like to see them as a couple finally, They are a hot couple on screen together.

jhtx
jhtx

James Scott & Ali Sweeney light up the screen when they’re together! Chemistry in dspades! Wonder why James wasn’t available for interview?

Pam
Pam

Thank you for such complete coverage of this special event. I was so glad to hear from key players such as Suzanne and Kristian, and of course my faves, Ali & Galen. Keep up the good work!

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Days have an amazing couple and love s tory in danloe yet they ruined and trashed a vetran and very loved and famous character like Chloe for what?To give Carly/Melanie a sl.This WTD sl isn’t about Chloe,Daniel and Philip.It’s all about Stephanie,Nathan,Melanie and Craly and that’s whty it’s a HUGE FLOP.NB and SC ‘s chemistry is beyond compare.
Bring back romantic,passionate,smoking hot Danloe an give them a sl we could actually enjoy.Keep Carly,Melanie,nathan and Stephane away from them.

Ann
Ann

Michael, you have that knack for knowing just what questions the fans would ask if they could. Thanks for another night of interviews with my the cast of my favorite show. You seem to get so much information from the actors, writers, and execs of the show. I enjoyed hearing the perspective of their characters from the actors, especially my favorites, Galen Gering, Ali Sweeney, Peter Reckell, and Kristian Alfonso.

lovingit
lovingit

Great interview Michael. I have to say I am not drinking the kool-aid being dished up in those 1st 3 interviews. Why they think the GA will just believe and go along with what ever they tell them I’ll never understand but the ratings would prove otherwise.
GG seems like a really nice guy but his acting leaves much to be desired, FYI not all models can act. And there has never been a DOOL “hero” in the 20+years that I have watched that has been so unlikable and disliked by sooooo many. If they keep trying to make us drink they will find that the show continues to sink.
Loved the CC and hubby interview, was fun to hear how they first fell in love!

lovin_safe
lovin_safe

Reafe and Sami are like a breath of fresh air! They are amazing, their chemistry rocks, and you can tell by looking at them that they love, respect, and care about each other more then life itself!
I’m ejoying Days again as long as Rafe and Sami are together and on my screen!!!
Great decision Ken for giving us a love story again…….SAFE ROCKS!!!!!!!!

KatieR
KatieR

I’ll take Safe over Ejami any day of the week. Who wants Sami with an evil, vile man like that?? EJ needs to move on. His obsession with Sami is sickening. He needs to get it through his head, “Sami doesn’t love ya dude!” Nothing says “we’re never gonna happen” more than a bullet to the head.

bett_str
bett_str

But if EJ moves on we all have to move on because Days will be history. Only few people want to see a boring Safe. I respect that but don’t get it.

Yes I want Sami with an evil guy because she can be an evil girl. Hello, she shot EJ or at least intended to, we’ll see. ;-). But they would be definitely more entertaining than SAmi and Rafe. Thanks again for the interviews.

Jen
Jen

It’s EJami and only EJami!

ME
ME

Loved the interviews as always. They had Rafe on the webcast hero panel and now talked about him being a hero here and I have to say I don’t see him as a hero at all. Don’t remember a DOOL hero, or hero from any other soap, act the way Rafe does and I don’t find him rootable at all. I was happy to hear AS make the comparison between Safe and Sami and Austin, though not exactly the way I see it, Sami doesn’t belong with either. She needs to stay the grey character we all know and love, just new and improved. Loved Peter’s idea and think that sl would be great to watch. Would love to see more of Justin and Adrienne and love Victor and Maggie.

Walters
Walters

Thanks for bringing us these great interviews. Loved Crystal Chappell and Michael Sabatino talking about falling for each other. I wish Lawrence Alamain would come back to Salem, even if it’s just as an apparition again.

As for Sami, EJ and Rafe, I just don’t get how anyone can believe Rafe accepts or will ever accept Sami for who she really is, especially Ali Sweeney. Come on, girl. I respect your opinion, but there is only ONE man who has accepted, understood and loved Samantha Gene Brady, the good, the bad and everything in between, and that man is Elvis DiMera. EJ will probably be both hurt and impressed when he finds out it was Sami who shot him. And he will love her all the same.

Lord knows EJamis have waited 4+ years for our couple to really shine, but it makes me sad to say that more and more of my EJami buds are leaving for other soaps. And I’ll tell you why.

We do not want a safe couple. That is not what a soap is. We want an escape. We want Sami to be Sami, in all her confused and complicated glory. And we want her with EJ, the equally complicated man who loves her, flaws and all. The show needs complex, provocative, powerhouse soap couples with chemistry oozing out every pore (read: EJami) to keep us entertained. But they should be complex and provocative together, not apart. EJami hurting each other is too predictable. I hope Dena and her team surprise us by being brave and writing an enduring love story for these two characters who are so imperfect, yet perfect for each other.

NANCY
NANCY

what about ej goes to prision on purpose to save hope’s life

Dolly
Dolly

I can not wait for Xmas. I hope the New Year will bring Ejami back to us.

Alli
Alli

*sigh*

With inconsistencies of Days’ writing, no wonder people are confused.

The problem is the actors are better than the writers — its a problem because Alison Sweeney and James Scott have UNDENIABLE chemistry on screen. And the writers have ALMOST ruined them to where none of their relationship makes sense.

But I’m holding out for hope that maybe it was all a bad dream….and that they will be together soon.

sara
sara

Ej & Sami chemistry can not be compared with anyone else no matter how much other pairings are forced at us!!! Days what are u doing with this stupid Rafe 1,2 storyline? GOD Maybe his good guy& Good looking but the guy can’t act !

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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!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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