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DAYS Stars Dish At Kate Mansi's Birthday Bash For Charitable Cause! Photo Gallery And More!

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This past Saturday night at Bootsy Bellows Nightclub in West Hollywood, California, the stars of daytime came to celebrate with Days of our Lives Kate Mansi (Abigail) not only her birthday, but her amazing charitable efforts on behalf of the organization, Charity Water which helps bring clean water to people and countries around the world who desperately need it!

The stars of Salem certainly were on hand including:  Camila Banus, Blake Berris, Casey Deidrick, Shawn Christian, Arianne  Zucker, Eileen Davidson, Kristian Alfonso, Freddie Smith, Nathan Owens, and two Daytime Emmy winners Tamara Braun and Sarah Brown, both whom were on DAYS, and both whom played Carly on GH!   In addition, The Young and the Restless was represented by Melissa Ordway and Redaric Williams, and General Hospital with Emily Wilson.   On-Air On-Soaps was there and chatted with many of your favorites to get some DAYS dish, and to hear what they had to say about their friend and colleague Ms. Mansi.

However, first we caught up with the gal of the hour to discuss her birthday bash and charitable efforts. Kate revealed how Charity Water came into her life: “I asked my manager to help me find some charities that I would like to be involved with, and I gave her the list of ten but I said, ‘My first choice would be to work with Charity Water.‘  And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘I felt Charity Water has done a great job of having 100% of their donations go where they say they are going to go. Then they follow it up with media to the donors. So they are sending you photos and links to show you where your money has gone.’  I donated myself, and then I wanted to get in contact with someone who can help me get involved in Charity Water and I met Kaitlyn Jankowski and she flew out for the event tonight from New York City.  I thought, ‘What can I do?’ And so I decided to throw a birthday party, and it all just came together. I t has been so great. I have had amazing support from my cast and Missy Reeves (Jennifer) and Kristian Alfonso have been huge supporters of this. “

So what did Kate hope party-goers would have as their takeaway from her event? “My hope for this get-together tonight is that people are aware that there are 180 million people in this world that are living without clean water, and whether they are donating through my event, or promoting to their fans, I just want people to know that is a problem that needs to be solved.  It’s such a simple solution. I raised $8,090 dollars and that will help over two entire villages with clean water.  I am very proud.  I took Kaitlyn to dinner and she said we can continue to raise money on this till December 31st.   I am really hoping we can hit $20,000 by then.

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Now, we could not help but notice the oh-so-cute and chic outfit Kate had on at her party.  Kate gave us the lowdown: “I feel like Alice in Wonderland.  I am wearing a skirt and top from Alice and Olivia.  The earrings are from Kate Spade, and my purse is by Alexander McQueen.  I got this outfit two days ago.  I finally thought, ‘Oh, I don’t have anything to wear!’ So in a mad rush I found something!”

As to Salem’s Abigail losing her virginity to Chad, and the impending on-screen departure of Casey Deidrick, Kate stated: “Yes, she lost her virginity, and I don’t know what to say, she has been deflowered. She gave Chad her heart and something that she waited a long time to do with another person.  The final scenes with Chad were so emotional and I cried so hard when I rehearsed my lines that I was like, ‘I can’t.  I just have to go straight to tape.’  Casey and I met even earlier than four years ago when I tested for the role of Melanie. Casey is my best friend. He is such a fantastic guy. He is amazing and I loved working with him.  He is a fantastic scene partner.  I am sure we will work again somewhere in the future.”

As for the men in Abigail’s life, Casey Deidrick had this first to say about his dear friend Kate: “She’s my home girl!  Kate has the ability to walk into a room and light the entire room up. That is her personality, and that is how she has always been since I met her.  I grew up with her the last four years of my life on DAYS and I am really glad that I got such a good friend out of this. I could not have asked for a better co-star and I fully support what she is doing here tonight.  I am really proud of her.”

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Now as to Chad’s deception, and the reveal that he is lying about his brain tumor, and Casey’s impending on-screen exit: “Chad is lying! And in my defense, Chad never lied to Abigail about it.  He always said it to Cameron and that’s it. The writers really did this ending storyline justice, and fans will really appreciate how they write my character out.  My last airdate is October 30th.  It was such a heartbreaking day, the last day on set, as I have told you before.   I would really like to go back and relive the moment again, and I will watch it when it airs.  I hope the fans will response to it as well.”

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The other man in Abigail’s life Cameron, played by Nathan Owens, echoed Casey’s sentiments about Kate:  “I am good friends with Kate, and she is a beautiful human being inside and out.  She impresses me day to day with the amount of humility, generosity, empathy and sympathy she has for other people in this world.”

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Nathan weighed-in on Cameron’s fight for Abigail and Chad lying to the good doc about his brain tumor!  “He is in love with Abigail, but he is at a stage in his life where he understands you might not get what you want, and you might end up being somebody’s sacrifice for their happiness. And there is a whole other side to this, where I am a doctor getting duped. That’s messed up that the brain tumor is used by Chad to get with the girl of Nathan’s dreams!  It hurts and it’s going to be a big mess!  I will just say that. You will see it all play out in front of the cameras.”  Well, we wanted to know Nathan’s thoughts on Cameron being a stripper/doctor!  “You want to know how the stripper thing came out?  I found out a week prior to it when we were shooting promo photos for NBC, and the photographer says, ‘So, you are a doctor/stripper?’  And I go, ‘Excuse me?’  He goes, ‘Oh, my God. I am not supposed to tell you.  Yeah, you are going to be a stripper!’    So I started asking around after that and found that a few of the other guys like Galen Gering (Rafe) and Shawn Christian (Daniel) were going to be involved in it.   I thought, ‘OK, if they are going to be involved too …”  But, I had my own strip portion which was just me and it was a bit terrifying, because it was my first storyline like that in front of people with not much on.   It is one for the books, for sure.” (Laughs)

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Daytime Emmy winner, Tamara Braun (Ex-Ava) chimed in on what Kate Mansi is doing for the cause of clean water to those who urgently need it:  “I think she is an amazing young woman, and on top of that a great actress, and a dear friend.  Anything she asks me to do I will help. The cause she is working for is incredible.  We take for granted that we can go to the faucet and get clean water, (yes, we need a filter), but so many people don’t have the simple things in life, which is water.  And it’s so easy to do and it doesn’t cost us much to help. There are so many horrible things that go on in the world, and we can’t fix it all, but we want to try to make life a little easier for people. That is what Kate is doing with this organization Charity Water.”  Beloved by soap fans , we had to ask Tamara,  which character do people come up to her the most about when they see her out and about? “I get a lot of things when I am out in public, and a guy when I was walking into the party said something very nice to me about my Carly on General Hospital, and so that was lovely.  Fans know me as Ava, Taylor, and Reese!  I am shocked at that, because I would think they would only know me as Carly, but it’s nice that I touched people in other roles, too.”

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Kate’s cast mate, Arianne Zucker saluted Kate Mansi’s birthday and efforts: “I am very proud of Kate for being the age she is ….  she is of legal drinking age, we can say that (Laughs).  But I think it’s great that she took her name, and used it for something and has been very proactive and positive, and did something her peers can look at her, and up to her, for something pretty incredible.  You know this is something we talked about when Kate came on to Days of our Lives, and that is make sure you do right by your name. God love you Miley Cyrus for doing what you want to do, but not a good influence, especially when I have a 3 1/2 year old little girl!”

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Shawn Christian who attended the event with his young son, honored Kate in this way:  “I think Kate is a very compassionate, loving, sensitive woman.  It is no surprise that she would be involved in this at all.  She has supported many of the projects that I have been. To see her putting forth her name and reputation that she has worked very hard to build, I think is the beginning of many charitable things she does.  She has a big heart, and it’s very authentic.  She is very aware of problems outside of her own, and for a young girl to have that, it’s very special.”  As to Shawn’s current storyline, where Daniel is dumped by Jennifer: “Juggling the widowed woman with two children, one troubled child of course, is not an easy task in life, or on daytime in Salem.  I think Jennifer’s priorities are her children and her family. Now in comes Theresa of course.  Jen Lilley (Theresa) is a very talented girl and I love the choices she makes. When we run lines together, and then put something up on its feet I see her wheels turning.  She does a great job with this character, and at establishing her as a sort of new kind of femme fatale, if you will.  But Theresa goes to extreme lengths to get Dr. Daniel! And interestingly enough, Dr. Daniel is not so easily had.  He is not so dumb this time … can you believe it? Two damsels in his path and he resists them!”

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Camila Banus revealed how Kate and her made some very cute viral videos to help the Charity Water fundraising cause: “We were running lines in her room and we said, ‘We should tape a video for Charity Water,’ and then we started doing it.  Actually, then we had bloopers that were really funny, but I told Kate not to post them because of some of the inappropriate language that came out of some of us! (Laughs). ”   Camila  then told us why Gabi is dumping Nick this week on DAYS:  “She is not in love with him.  Gabi cares abut him, but she knows he may be taking things in excess which is why she thinks he might not be good for her.   That is why she tells him, she does not want to be with him indefinitely.  There are crazy scenes coming up that you would not even imagine   There is something that will change her life, and there will not be time in the near future for a new man in her life, I can say that!”  Blake Berris chimed in as to Nick’s reaction to Gabi’s change of heart:  “At this point he is handling it just fine, because to him there is nothing to handle.  But if at some point that does set in, he probably won’t handle it very well.  (Laughs)  I think the most important thing to Nick is getting a modeling job for Gabi.  As far as what is coming up,  Gabi tells him that their relationship is not happening, but I think he believes he can make it happen anyway.”

A great time was had by all as the stars danced, mingled, and participated in a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of Kate’s birthday.  Check out our photo gallery below with our captions with some of the night’s attendees!  Then, let us know what you thought about Kate’s charitable efforts?  The DAYS stars on their current storylines?  And if you might just check out CharityWater.org to make a donation, or to see how you can become involved?

 

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Now, I’m hungry for cake. That looked like fun. It is a shame that everybody
does not have clean drinking water. Keep up the good work on and off DAYS.
The upcoming stories sound great!!!

I love sand and water!!!

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It is encouraging to see young people taking up the mantle of social justice and using their fame to help others instead of exploiting themselves for money. Just goes to show you maturity is more than the number of birthday candles on your cake.

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

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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.

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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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