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DAYS Suzanne Rogers Delivers Star Turn In "Maggie's Choice"!

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Isn’t it nice when a veteran Daytime Emmy-winning actress gets the chance to remind us all why she has been a beloved and a vital cast member of Days of our Lives for decades?  That was the case again on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC sudser with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

The decision of who will get Daniel’s (Shawn Christian) heart all falls on to his mother Maggie.   She is the next of kin, and she is out of a time to make her decision.  Will she authorize Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) to give Daniel’s heart to Victor’s (John Aniston) grandson, Brady (Eric Martsolf)  or to Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Roman’s (Josh Taylor) son, Eric (Greg Vaughan)?

Throughout the episode, Maggie anguishes over this no-win heartbreaking situation.  In a scene where Rogers really shined, Maggie sits by her son’s bedside to try to get a sign or some courage from him, but most of all to tell him how much she loved him for the little time they had together.  Rogers played a mother’s grief and heartbreak to perfection.

Later in the hospital chapel, Maggie tries to go through the options in her mind sitting beside her husband.   However, painfully she realizes there is no choice that she will ever be able to live with.   And as time is ticking down, Kayla tells Maggie she needs to let her know who gets Daniel’s heart asap.  John (Drake Hogestyn) walks into the conversation and says he will give his heart to Brady, as if to simplify things, leaving Victor, Maggie, and Kayla in complete shock.

What will Maggie do?  The smart bet lies that she would choose Brady, but tomorrow DAYS fans will find out how it all plays itself out.

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So, what did you think about the performance of Suzanne Rogers on Tuesday’s DAYS?  Do you think Brady will get Daniel’s heart?  Share your comments below!

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Mark
Mark

She’s a brilliant actress! The past few shows have been amazing. I know some people have been moaning about too much death, but the acting has been superb. I’m looking forward to see how this all plays out. Days rocks!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was one of those moaners but im old and we old farts moan a lot…lol…but what does make up for so much death is the great acting we get in return…Suzanne Rogers needs to give acting lessons to Days new teen cast.

Carol Myers
Carol Myers

Amen! I Suzanne Rogers) Maggie has always been a class act. I have loved her talent from the first time I watched her in 1982 when I got to stay home and not work anymore even tho I was young then I was waiting for a grandchild and my daughter in-law and I watched Days every day and still watching. I am not impressed with most of the younger actors but some will get better in years to come, so I LOVE seeing you bring the older actors back, even if it’s for a short time each time but don’t quit bringing them in the future off and on as they hold the show together. The older regulars are great and hopefully will stay for a long time. It’s hard to see the younger ones go that have been on for several years and decades in Peter Reckels ( BO) case. He was always a HUGE part in helping the show succeed with Kristian Alfonso ( Hope). So I will keep watching and hope for the best as you deliver the best actors that show promise and keep them. Best Wishes for the future! 🙂

Dan S
Dan S

Yep. She is what soap acting/characters are all about.

Paul
Paul

Years ago, I never cared for Maggie. However, Suzanne Rogers has truly won me over. Since I came back to Days in 2011, I’ve been very impressed by her. This past week, she has been phenomenal. And I agree about her giving acting lessons to the new teen set. Those scenes in Club TBD were absolutely horrifying.

blake
blake

Yeah the teens scene was awkward to watch. It was hair model central in those scenes.

Mark
Mark

Hopefully as the teens air a little more, they’ll become better. The only one I feel they might need to replace is Sierra.

Sprite
Sprite

She better win an Emmy this year.

Phyllis Welch
Phyllis Welch

She was amazing ! It’s nice to see and be reminded what wonderful actors there are on DOOL and that they can handle a front burner storyline.

Mo
Mo

Exactly what I was thinking. Nicole has been great too.

Sarah White Sees
Sarah White Sees

I am always in awe of Suzanne’s acting, and no more so than in today’s episode. She is perfection! Love her.

damien
damien

no matter how aching the drama is that unfolds… griffith and hegley took a tired , lazy way out on this story and its a travesty! daniel who s been written as a hero and had many near death rescues under his belt meets his end by a drunk driver?…….. who happens to be his best friend eric, who up until now was the male moral compass of the show who grapples with his priesthhod and yet suddenly s been hitting the sauce and drove behind the wheel drunk, something he never would normally do?….
calling out bullshit to the writing team! one character killed and another one s character was asassinated !… daniel and eric deserved better than this horseshit

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You say horseshit, but you seem to have overlooked the elephant dung!

Eric became a boozer due to Serena’s betrayel and loosing Nicole.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*losing

Paul
Paul

Well not to mention they took a character who aired practically every day for years and turned him into a glorified extra. Then to add insult to injury, he’s killed off with no build up. I was never a Daniel fan but I do question killing off Maggie’s son.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I completely agree, damien; albeit, everyone gave his/her best. The actors gave a top-notch performance….admirable; all of them. I can do without Belle, though. Just too many femme fatales within this soap, who like to engage teens or guys not much older than that. C’mon, ye gods!!
So many twists and turns that just do not align with my sense of logic. I get that we are not to question the fine line between what’s real or not….it is a soap, afterall. But, how is it possible that three people who are friends, no less, happen to be in the same car accident and share the same blood type to boot? …..and, Victor could not find one from the international/national pool? We need to close our minds to that, I suppose. Everything happened so fast……a complete blur. WOW!!!!!!
Yes, damien….the sanctified Eric suddenly made such a transformation to be so down in the gutter, he is drunk as a skunk and gets behind the wheel with no one stopping him. I just hope this is it with the dying. I still haven’t recovered from Will’s death.

Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

I see Emmy reel material here for Suzanne. I would love for Days to win some Emmys this year in the acting categories for their veterans. It’s about time! She has been absolutely superb and I am sure there is more to come. I think the writers are making a mistake with this many deaths, though, since they are all from core families. They are decimating the main families of Salem almost to the point of no return. Fans are not happy with all of the characters being killed off. There are other ways to create drama!

gloria
gloria

I could not agree more. These MAJOR characters killed off within weeks is way too much. I don’t get it. I can think of several unnecessary characters to get rid of if they feel the cast is too big or expensive. I think they have made mistakes.

fginaspy
fginaspy

It is not a matter of kin making the choice. It is a medical choice which patient is compatible with the donor. the show should be renamed The Death of our Lives.

dtomblin
dtomblin

It is a choice of kin with this situation because Kayla already said that both Eric and Brady are compatible for the heart. In that situation it is the next of kin that decides who gets it.

fginaspy
fginaspy

Next of kin are not generally medical professionals. The medical establishment would choose. Likely the recipient most likely to survive. I am guessing here. I am not a medical professional. I am tired of the death toll in Salem.

CeeCee
CeeCee

It has already been named THE DEATH OF OUR LIVES, I believe by Ces. Lol.
Wether next of kin is a medical professional or not has no bearing on giving consent. In Daniel’s case, yes, you are right. I asked my husband ….He said that if the donor is registered as ‘an organ donor’, then the medical staff does not need anyone’s consent. So, putting all that pressure on Maghie was just done to add drama and suspense to the moment. It is not done that way in real life.
You are also right in assuming that it is a matter of urgency which establishes what patient receives the organ.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Maggie

Kelly
Kelly

She is absolutely brilliant! We just don’t get to see enough of her acting ability on Days, but it was well with the wait!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She has been a favorite of mine since she first appeared in those farmhouse scenes with John Clark ex-Micky/Marty over 40 years ago…i remember her much deserved emmy win over 35 years ago and if she is not at least nominated for a long over due emmy for her recent performance there is definately something wrong with the emmy nomination system.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

SR is great, Jimmy! I hope to see Maggie fall off the wagon because I wasn’t watching during her drinking DAYS. If Maggie doesn’t fall now, she never will.

Stephen
Stephen

Simply brilliant. Without over-emoting she tears at your heart. She is definitely the glue of the show, much like Francis Reed was.

Angela. Noonchester
Angela. Noonchester

Maggie Has Been Excellent In Her Role She Does Deserve An Award I Have Been Balling For The Last 2 Days I Am Crushed About Daniel And I Feel Sick For Nicole

Christina
Christina

I do not like the fact that the new writers are killing off all of our favorites. Especially ones that have been there for years. I mean seriously Maggie deserves to keep her son and Nicole deserves to be happy. I’m assuming she will end up pregnant with Daniels baby but still. Enough with all the killing. We have had enough. I’m not the only one. It’s getting old and I’m a little Leary right now that the new writers could be going into a “passions” phase which would be detrimental to days. So there are plenty of senarios that can happen here. Basically, you all need someone on the team that will help make decisions. Either way if you need any help anywhere contact me. Please. Thanks.

CeeCee
CeeCee

PASSIONS?? No way!!!!! Days could never be compared to Passions. That was the most extraordinarily off-the-planet, off-anyone’s-rocker soap that was ever in existence. The twisted mentality and obnoxious plot(s) should have never been afternoon fare. There was a character who had both male and female ‘parts’ with whom Julian had sex. In turn, that strange phenomenon, that freak turned out to be Julian’s offspring. Disgusting show…actually, it was a farce without beginning or end. Imagine having an orangutan as a nursemaid and changing an adult woman’s diaper…LOL. I never knew what to make of that show. A bunch of depraved deviants?
Days doesn’t even come close. Yes, I agree that the death of so many characters, close together, is disappointing and so contrived; but, no, Passions was in a league of its own.
I must say, Maggie and Nicole both deserve nominations.

Michael
Michael

I simply do not have enough words on my keyboard to properly convey how much I LOVE, LOVE Suzanne Rogers. Back in the day, I watched her very first episodes when Maggie, who couod barely walk on crutches, met Mickey/Marty Hanson on a farm. A few years later, Maghie had a drinking problem, and Rogers deservedly won an Emmy. She was the first actress to win in the supporting actress category in a daytime drama. Sadly, for almost twenty years she was wrongly relegated to back burner status. Finally, about ten years ago, she played a pivotal role in the Salem killer/New Salem arc of episodes- and she proved to be a remarkable talent, all those years later. Watching her just now I felt such awe and respect for her consistent talent. She is one hell of a gutsy lady. It must have been difficult to play on the sidelines for so many years. Yet, Rogers has such a wonderful loyalty to the show, and such a resilient, remarkable acting talent. I really hope Corday & company understand that Rogers, along with a few other vets, is truly what has kept Days on the air for all these years.Now, if they would just start writing again for Deidre Hall and keep up the front burner status for the equally remarkable Mary Beth Evans, all will be good. That, and getting rid of all those talent free teenager newbies. Those actors playing Clair and Ciara and Theo and Henry and the guy playing Aidan’s son- they need to leave Salem asap- Even a 24 hour a day acting coach will not help these watch- less, listless, non actors. (The only newbie with potential is the actor who plays Joey)
Nevertheless, I feverently hope that Suzanne Rogers gets much deserved recognition for her beautiful talent. I love this actress!

gloria
gloria

Can’t believe what you said about the teenage newbies! Last night trying to get to sleep & thinking about the show I had the EXACT thought. Joey is the only decent one. I cannot stand any of the others-they should not have aged them & that Chase kid needs to go to Chicago or wherever-Hope should not be stuck raising him. He does not need to go after Ciara romantically either, yuck. AND he is a bully. Now, did he kill his mother when he was little or did Aiden really do it? Is he a creep like Aiden? There are so many unanswered questions about the whole Aiden storyline. So he was a bad gambler(?) Why did the DiMieras want him with Hope so bad? I got off topic here, sorry!

Patti Peters
Patti Peters

she should get an emmy

Mary
Mary

Simply amazing … I felt her pain deep in my heart. She continues to prove that she has what it takes. She absolutely deserves an oscar for her performance. Love this storyline, all the performers have stood out. Way to go Days! This is why I’ve been a committed fan for 45 years.

Richard
Richard

This show is depressing AF. good riddance. Way too much death and gloominess. Ken Corday has lost his mind.

tim S
tim S

Again.. great writing and acting by the Days writing Team.. woop.. woop.. I have waiting so so many years for good writing to get back to this soap…Thanks!!!!!

Mateo
Mateo

Suzanne Rogers is almost always perfection personified. Never an overactor, always a class act. She portrays her emotions with great control and knows how to let go when necessary. When she backed into the wall in Daniel’s room and fell to her knees crying she brought it HOME. Maggie is a great character that is distinctly Suzanne Rogers. I don’t like the direction the show has taken but in the few moments that DAYS does shine it is usually brightly. Maggie and Nicole’s grief was believable and honest. Kudos for a job well done.

Patrick
Patrick

this is some serious tour de force and goldmine… to further nuance and layer Suzanne Rogers’ Maggie…

will their be further ramifications unforeseen… that will surface ?

Suzanne Rogers has always had in her; a ready arsenal

she never overplays her heartfelt love for family
the way she carries herself… her body language…

out of all the veteran cast… outside of Stefano, Caroline, Victor… it’s Maggie who has solidified for me… her portrayal of beaconing all that is DOOL…

dang it tho! isn’t DAYS production doing an outstanding job of featuring the cast … and ALL the A game…. going on!

I’m still astounded from Monday ep: this was all the recipe Serial Fans need… to know… that Days of OUR Lives is at the top of their game.

TREAT TIME

Jana
Jana

She and Arianne Zucker have been breaking my heart this week! It is almost too sad to watch. If they bring in little Parker to say goodbye, I will lose it!

tlgrandma
tlgrandma

I love Maggie. I would give the heart to Brady not because he is her husband grandson but because he is a Dad. His son needs his father.

gloria
gloria

I said the same thing-baby Tate needs him. And if Brady died that would mean that Victor lost his son Bo, his godson Daniel & his grandson Brady within weeks. That would be too darn much. And I saw that Maggie was impressed that Victor did not try to pressure her in any way by reminding her of that. She said it first. Plus the fact that Eric was driving beyond drunk-he looked like a rag doll behind that steering wheel. I wish to hell Nicole had taken his keys. And boy she is gonna remember the conversation she had with him when she told him to take a cab. That is gonna hurt.

Joy
Joy

Excellent performance, very hard decision to make. Emmy award performance

P Wall
P Wall

The best show I have ever seen on Day time soaps!

elm51
elm51

her performance was so heart wrenching that i had to actually stop my dvr a couple of times so i could compose myself – her acting was just phenomenal……………bravo!!

Kate
Kate

What a superb performance! Too bad they weren’t giving her the opportunity before this to shine. Any mother would feel tortured to be in this position. Since November, Days has been continuing to provide the fans with outstanding performances. Keep it up.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Suzanne has always made us go along for the ride on “Maggie’s” journey and does she ever make it worth watching all through the years!!! I have always loved the actress and character!!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Yesterday’s show was great! So much going on, Chabby moments were riveting as well! Maggie of course, the highlight. And John walking in to say Brady could have his heart, well .. that was sad and heartbreaking, but what’s he gonna do, commit suicide? It’s a father’s grief talking, though, and it was real. This whole storyline is just the kind of thing we want from our soaps. Involves many characters and the repercussions are far-reaching.

Mo
Mo

She has been fantastic. I have always loved her and Maggie and was so glad when she got more story. I hope with Daniel dying it does not diminish her screentime.

Steve
Steve

It’s so great when they give a show to one of the vets. Suzanne Rogers was absolutely shattering in this show. Award worthy in any medium (but I believe not eligible until 2017).

blake
blake

She might be eligible for this year’s Emmys. In the past they had up until around mid-February scenes to submit so hopefully that is still the case.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Simply brilliant

Ray
Ray

One of my atll-time favorite actresses on DOOL. Suzanne’s performance was made even more effective by simple, small gestures. On Monday’s show, it was with great affect that she skidded down the wall crying as looked at Daniel lying in bed. Yesterday, her gasps as she was trying to hold back tears, her interaction with Nicole (the incredible Ari Zucker) and her facial expressions as Kayla talked to her about making the choice between Eric and Brady.

It has been an embarrassment of riches this year for the show, but I would love to see multiple names submitted for the Daytime Emmy Awards. I hope Suzanne is one of them.

Dottie
Dottie

Maggie was brilliant as was Nicole. Johns melodramatic announcement at the end made me laugh, perhaps the writers wanted to give us some comedic relief. Everyone is doing amazing.

Brian
Brian

I agree and he can’t just give his heart that anyway unless he goes and shoots himself in the head. It’s not like a kidney where you can give your extra one to someone else. lol

gloria
gloria

Oh, I agree. Maggie & Nicole are just superb. I thought the same about John-seriously John? What is your plan, ha. I haven’t seen today’s show yet. But that was really stupid of him.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I wish John would wear a paper bag over his head. At least, I haven’t heard him whisper, “Hey, Doc” with that annoying, gritty voice of his. He always has that same bewildered expression on his face. One eyebrow raised…just like Jughead.

gloria
gloria

CeeCee,

You are so right. I can’t stop laughing-thank you! I needed a laugh after watching yesterday’s show late last night-mistake-made for a bad night’s sleep!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I am happy with DAYS despite the wave of violence and sadness. This serial tells its stories in the most human way, much as daytime dramas once did. All four serials boast talents, but DAYS seems to make even typical melodrama more human. As P&G serials once did. I am sad many strong legacy characters have gone but at least they are not being resurrected by a nefarious family and its cryogenics, nor will they be returning from the grave. (I know DAYS can be guilty of being ‘out there’ as the others.) Life goes on. People come and go and turn down dark paths, make mistakes. The stories go on.

Patrick
Patrick

Thanks Iakovos

really nice read

there is a lot of gritty realism going on in Salem

beautifully portrayed by the cast as a whole…

collectively as a production…. Days of OUR Lives has risen new heights

BARBARA WILES LAWS
BARBARA WILES LAWS

THis one is heartbreaking maggie and nicole both deserve a emmy awesome job ladies! We love ya

Omar
Omar

Agree!! Both actress deserve some recognition for their work..Clearly Brady will stay in the show, since the actor that plays Eric is leaving..Greg should go back to GH and play Lucky..But then again, once Nashville gets cancel in the spring, it means the Jonathan Jackson will be back at GH in the fall of 2016..The CBS shows show hire Greg..He is a very talented actor.

Ces
Ces

The death of our Lives is killing everyone off. Soon, it will consist of screeching teens, whiny Theresa, stick figure Hope and a bunch of boring characters that cant carry a storyline. Way to go Days!

CeeCee
CeeCee

As usual, Ces, you are too funny; but on the money.
From what I understand, Kristian Alfonso was a chubby teen. I am not a psychiatrist, but I know enough to realize the reason for her anorexic look is psychological. Many people who have, or have had weight issues see themselves perpetually ‘fat’, thus, their gauntness. Either that, or she exercises like a mad woman. I see exactly what you see. She is a stick figure. It’s sad. I hope I am wrong.
The teens are hard to digest. Strange group….not typical teens. I agree with you. I FF when they come on. I agree with Gloria about Chace. He is a real turn-off. But, aside from the kids, everyone else gets my vote . Each is outstanding…..’Night, my friend.

Ces
Ces

CeeCee, I always value your opinion and comments!
I am probably harsh on Ms. Alfonso, but really, her very trim figure does not look good on my screen. I do believe she needs some help because she is withering away. Hey, we all went through puberty, she needs to realize she’s definitely not fat. I look at beautiful *Thin* women like Kelly Monaco and Finola Hughes who are thin but still look very healthy to me.. KA does not.
Anyway .. ’nuff @ that – —
I also don’t know this Belle. I only knew Kirsten Storms Belle because I quit the show for awhile. I don’t know what this character is about anymore. I don’t like the recast for Philip. JKJ was such a cutie, such a breath of fresh air and this one is the complete opposite. He’s hard and sorry, not attractive.
We’ll see who *goes* next.. the cast is slimming down in more ways than one 😉

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I agree, Ces. This is such a delicate subject, it makes me question why no one says anything about/to Kristian. Her arms and face are skeletal….all indications of anorexia. Lord only knows what the story is. Our faces do go through changes as we age, but Kristial looks like a different person when compared to earlier pictures. It’s one thing to be naturally slim, but when it is forced or induced, it becomes a disease. I don’t think you were harsh at all. There should be more people like you to wake her up. Seriously, it is just too bad she looks so unhealthy.
And, yes, as much as I love JP Lavoisier (OLTL), he just does not make it for me as Phillip either. I was so looking forward to finally see him on a soap again, but I am not impressed, so far.
I don’t even recognize Days anymore. Later, Ces.

gloria
gloria

Especially if the camera adds 10 lbs. like I’ve always heard! Anyway, Hope’s hair is the best & she wears gorgeous clothes & jewelry. Kayla, Adrienne & Jennifer could take a page from her book for sure. They are so frumpy. OMG-the huge green dress Kayla wore New Year’s Eve! I had to back that up & look again-it was HIDEOUS.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@gloria.
Lol….one would think the wardrobe people could suggest the unique dress, right? But, Kayla has such a beautiful face, one tends to overlook much.

blake
blake

I think Suzanne Rogers and Ari Zucker have had amazing scenes this week and they should win Emmys for them. The actress that plays Theresa is doing a great job also. I just wish we could get some good acting out of Deidre Hall, she doesn’t seem to be showing much emotion.

I thought it was so stupid to have John say Brady could have his heart. It would have been something if he had just killed himself for Brady to get his heart.

Patrick
Patrick

I was really trying to watch Jenn Lilly’ take, as a young woman… who… with her troubled past… for the first time… finds Love… and her own family.. that truly do love her back.

it was wonderful to watch her facial expressions… along with her script…

she was struggling with her words… and it payed off… for me.

she’s a little loud… but… as time goes on… with nurturing… and trust… she’ll relax and take in and enjoy what she has….

a man and child “all her own”

I just thought it all fit in for her character… even with John listening in… as she turned and saw him… she didn’t say anything… but neither of them had to.. considering John and Theresa history… but… it’s all a reckoning that they both, will look after , Brady.

kudos to Theresa… come on girl… you’ve got that nest… now go and see gramma Caroline… she always makes you feel better

Patty
Patty

I haven’t been this excited about watching Days in a long time. I am loving every minute of it. Stuff is happening (not dragging along) and yes there have been deaths but things like this happen every day. And I’m glad they’re showing what organ donation can mean to a family and what a shortage there is of organs – in real life! The acting has been outstanding-Maggie, Nicole, and Abby. I use to not worry about missing an episode or two-now I can’t wait to see what’s happened! and I am NOT going to miss any episodes!! (I’ve been a fan since 1984!)

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Suzanne Rogers has done an excellent job all week. I’ve been glued to her every word and movement. Bravo Ms. Rogers.

Katzie
Katzie

Since Eric would end up doing 25+ years in jail, and the fact his guilt would kill him over. a using the death of his best friend and seriously harming his pseudo-stepbrother – I’d just give the heart to Brady. Why waste a good heart on a man who wouldn’t be released from6 jail for a good long time; give it to the guy who has a baby at home. No brained to me.

And Suzanne has been knocking her scenes out of the park. With all the tragedies lately, I’m really seeing what good actors they have on Days!! very impressive !

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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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