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DAYSaster Stunners! A Sneak Peek At What Will Happen When DAYS returns!

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There are going to be some very significant changes to the canvas when Days of our Lives returns next Monday, August 13th following the conclusion of the Summer Olympics on NBC with the aftermath of their DAYSaster!

EW.com got their hands on an exclusive video promo that gives DAYS viewers some SPOILERS or perhaps, its just some well edited teasers,  but what ever the case this looks juicy! And this  should continue the upward ratings Days of our Lives had shortly before it went on hiatus for the games in London.

Here is what we know!

Jack looks to be the person stuck in the elevator when it collapses!  Since Matt Ashford is exiting the show, could they finally kill Jack Deveraux? Or will he go MIA?  Brady looks a mess and is distraught for not being there for someone, a female.  (Could it be Sarah Brown as Madison, who is also exiting the series?)

In the romance department; EJ and Sami share a kiss, but then it appears Rafe arrests Sami!  Sonny makes a pass at Will and the duo almost kiss!  However, the thing that has got us all intrigued is what appears to be a kidnapped EJ tied up by an angry and vengeful Ian who reveals something behind a curtain!  Could it be Stefano? What or who is there?

Elsewhere, Daniel seems to rescue Nicole and her baby, and Melanie and Chad seem to reunite, but make sure to watch the preview at EW.com and then let us know what you are looking forward to most, but most of all, what do you think is happening in the main plot points here!

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Jessi
Jessi

my question is… WHAT HAPPENED TO BO?! 😛

Maggie
Maggie

The promo is so freaking awesome! Can’t wait to see how it all plays out! And EJami kiss? OMG! WIlson kisses? OMFG!

mo
mo

I hope Cameron gets killed. I hope Jack isn’t killed. Wish he weren’t leaving. The Melanie story went on for too long. I look forward to Stefano and Maxine’s return!

Chris D
Chris D

I LOVE Jack, all the way back to the 80’s. Can not believe they let Matt Ashford go AGAIN!!!!

mary
mary

Losing Matt Ashford is a huge screw up!

Scott
Scott

Matthew’s return was hyped into nothing. I was nothing but annoyed with Jack from the moment he returned.

A
A

The problem was taking the direction of that story wrong from the start with the Jennifer dating game. I’m angry that I didn’t get the story for Jack that I should have. He’s just about the only character left on the show with a personality. Sorry you had to be annoyed for 5 minutes/month, but I’m constantly annoyed with all the generic characters with insta love right and left and nothing of substance. I was so excited for Matt Ashford’s return, and Days just disappointed.

Vicki Widman
Vicki Widman

I think the big s/l will be that after 6 long years we will get #EJAMI EJ and Sami together at last!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I think Ian B is being freed so Duke can head back to PC!!!

anna
anna

there will be a EJ and Sami for a very short time,and then it will be EJ and Nicole and baby 🙂 just as it should be,
as for as Sami,I wish she would die,Im sick of her hoging up all the air time,
I love LUMILY,and If I cant have that,I dont want Sami at all.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree!!!!

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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

disagree

ethel
ethel

Absolutely!

Jules
Jules

Pretty predictable outcomes. I know DAYS put in their best effort for this DAYSASTER, and I love this show so much, but they don’t do these sort of things well. GH, for all its faults and as much as I rag on it, THAT’S a show that knows how to put on a showstopping episode. The Fridays episode didn’t get me too excited, and this preview didn’t help either. Hoping that end of August/September gets better, as some of the actors have attested to.
So sad to see Matt Ashford go, and even Sarah Brown who could have given a lot to the show.

gene
gene

Saw Ian Buchanan @ WB Studios last week sporting a full beard. Doesn’t look like he’s heading back to General Hospital to me.

Blake
Blake

Glad that Days will be back. I watch it at the gym, it helps the workout lol.

And great that the new team of writers (Lorraine Broderick!) and exec producer is behind the show when it returns Monday!

Carol
Carol

Very interesting can’t wait to see what develops.If it does turn out that Stephano is alive BIg Surprise as if we wouldn’t have already known that.This however makes no sense to me how could Jack be in the elevator when it clearly showed Abby in there?Unless she changes into a man which i hardly doubt that will happen.When was Nicole suppose to have had her baby anyway.I hope that Sarah stays but it doesn’t look that way .I knew that SOnny had the hots for Will nothing wrong with that.I cannot wait until MOnday.6 more days that is just to long but we have no choice.They better not diappoint us considering we had to sit through the olympics for two weeks ,oh I nevwer watched them .they should have been on another network,go for it will.

Scott
Scott

The upcoming return is totally amazing. I know someone who watched DAYS the Friday prior to its break, and they cannot wait. It’s creating amazing momentum. It’s going to be amazing!!!! Best soap opera on air currently, and best summer storyline to date for any soap this year!!!

Dmitri
Dmitri

WilSon and Safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The digest reports a Safe reunion approaching! But I miss Lumi already:(

A
A

So disgusted that Jack’s being killed off AGAIN. Really turns me off the show.

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS’aster Stunner! The Towering Inferno! Must See… Maggie – Abe – Jack – EJ. Maggie and Victor. This Supercouple… is IMO… The Couple that Binds Salem. The couple that, replace, if you will…. carrying the torch for Salem… ala, complimenting Alice and Tom Horton. Maggie tears up… “I think I’m Happy.” she’s telling Nicole… who was summoned by Victor. Suzanne Rogers, has gained my respect… she carried the show… before DOOL 2.0 started… and the advent of return STARS.. who’re now all but gone. save for John and Marlena… Thank God! Maggie retained the Horton Legacy and Star Turned in the demise of our beloved matriarch Gran… Alice Horton. She’s radiant as the “new” mother Horton. She’s so beside herself, on the state of her SON Daniel and her granddaughter Melanie. She’s keeping in line Victor.. and holding him accountable… and it’s truly endearing to see this twosome… win our hearts. JACK – His Paternal side, was more than evident for his little girl Abby. He pinky swears and tells Abby he loves her. I’ve never seen this side of him… and it was heartbreaking… what we could have had. Abby, IMO, is in fine form… along with Will… as the younger generation of STARS… that have made their mark in Salem. Geez! you could see in his face the love he has for both Jenn and Abby. The ramifications and fallout… for Abby is much to do, Jacks last words… to Abby, you’ll always be my little girl. I don’t know what to think… is it Jack or Abby who was in the elevator? I thought Jack was going on a book tour? the potential for Jack and Adrienne to have story would have been fantastic… I hope, Jack survives… Fan Upset.. is imminent. it’s something to not have Jack and Bo… for Hope and Jenn… ???? how do we disbend belief.. that they move forward without the love of their lives? Oye… I understand it’s a soap… and i do not FF thru DAYS questioning the quality… ITS my soap. ABE – “I miss you like crazy sweetheart”. Abe is commemorating… A tribute to Lex, and a fundraiser for autism… Nice mention from Abe… “in the last few months… Theo is coming out of his shell”. was fun to watch Abe beaming at the memory of Lex. and was cute of Kayla to ask Abe if his dance card was filled… as they danced to Lex’s favorite song… “I only have eyes, for you”. EJ – was telling… how Sammi and Will… came to EJ’s rescue. Sammi finds the bail money for EJ.. and EJ is released, but, has to wear an ankle bracelet… however, the person who is blackmailing EJ… framing, EJ.. for the murder of his father… strikes.. and Sammi and Will tell EJ he has to RUN… Will, figures out how to disarm the GPS ankle bracelet.. but, to no avail… don’t get very far… what was amazing… was when Will brought the twins to… Read more »

Avelina loves Santorini Greece
Avelina loves Santorini Greece

GO EJAMI!!!!!!!

Leah
Leah

If Safe get together again and all this Ejami build up is for nothing I AM CERTAINLY GONNA BE DONE WITH DAYS! Six years of Ejami fans being pushed from pillar to pillar is enough. The previous writers took the time to clear so much history which was standing in their way for what? For the new writers to dismiss it all and go back to what we had before? Safe and Ejole…. what a big let down.
How Sami could even think about going back to a man who was in love with her sister, initmate with her and ready to commit and settle down with her is beyond me. Austin/Lucas/Rafe have all been guilty of the same thing…. being in love with Carrie. And for Rafe or Lucas to even consider being with Sami when EJ played such a major part in their marriages and in fact Ejami’s inabilitiy to stay away from each other and keep their hands off each other is also the reason Lumi/Safe marriages ended is CRAZY!

sweetazzcanbe
sweetazzcanbe

Surely there will not be a SAFE reunion! Let’s pair Rafe with Hope after Bo’s departure or with anybody for that matter, except Sami. EJAMI rock!

amymohs
amymohs

ITA!!!! If all this build up since the “grief sex” last year was all for nothing I will be greatly disappointed. Ejami’s “so called chemistry” is off the charts!!! Safe and Lumi are boring. Lumi-been there, done that. I want to slap him every time he is in a scene. Safe-ugh! Sorry, but Galen Gering is a sucky actor, especially in comparison to James “you’re sooo hot!!” Scott.

mackenzie
mackenzie

i am so sad meline left i loved and still love her as a charecter and actor. days is borning now i think christen should get kidnaped or somthing like that should happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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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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