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Daytime Emmy Nominee Eileen Davidson Reveals More On Her Deal With Y&R On Home & Family! There Still Can Be Some DAYS In Her Future!

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It’s a big week for Outstanding Lead Actress Nominee Eileen Davidson as she heads into Sunday’s 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, since she is considered one of the favorites to win the gold for her performance on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera!  And on top of that, Davidson just signed a new two -year deal to return to The Young and the Restless to play Ashley Abbott.

The beautiful and talented star visits Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family today chatting with hosts Christina Ferrare and Mark Steines all about her new contract, what happened when she was originally fired by Y&R, coming over to DAYS, and now returning to the CBS soap.   As revealed in her  pre-taped discussion with Christina and Mark, her new deal gives her time to visit DAYS too!

Eileen remarked, “I just signed a two-year deal with Y&R again.  I left DAYS a year-ago to spend more time with our 11-year-old son, who’s transitioning into the sixth grade. I took some time off and I did a small story arc on DAYS, which I just wrapped up two weeks ago. It’s going to start airing at the end of July for three months where Kristen comes back into town. I know, it’s very complicated (laughs) and now I’m back on The Young and the Restless starting in September for two years … but it’s in my contract that I can do some days on DAYS!”

On feeling wanted again by the show that originally let her go, Davidson said it has to do with the changing of the guard who is now at the helm in Genoa City and the network: “It was really nice. It was very rewarding to know.  There had been a changing of the guard there too in the interim, so they were like, ‘Oh, my god. We want you back!’  CBS Daytime was like, ‘Please, come back! ’ They were very nice about it.”

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As for her time at DAYS for the year that won her a shot at an Emmy, Davidson commented, “I had the best year of my life … the best material …. a great time with wonderful people … and then I was awarded with an Emmy nomination!”

Watch Eileen’s segment on Home & Family below!  Then, let us know, are you happy to hear she can still return to DAYS?  What do you think about her new deal?  What do you think will happen to Ashley when she returns to GC this time?

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Steven
Steven

I’m glad that her new Y&R contract allows her to visit DAYS (when needed)!
That tells me that DAYS has left the door open for Kristen to return (after the 12 weeks).

dmr
dmr

Me, too. Eileen is so incredibly talented! I absolutely adore her on DOOL!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Me too. I just love her portrayal of both Kristen and Ashley. As a fan of both DOOL and Y&R I am so pleased to know she is available for both roles. Congrats to Eileen and her fans!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Glad to hear that Eileen’s contract allows her to appear on Days from time to time. I haven’t see Christina Ferrare in years. She looks great.

Joyce
Joyce

Eileen Davidson just signed a two year contract with Y&R with the option to also do some scenes on Days. That stinks. Billy Miller could not get a contract to do some other things while on Y&R and they turned him down and he left the show along with 1 1/2 million viewers. How exactly does that work FAVORETS I guess.

Mama
Mama

Perhaps. But she does have seniority over him. Eileen Davidson was on the show for 27 years before Billy Miller came aboard.

She deserves SOMETHING for that.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Wow, Joyce, I basically just left the exact same comment as you before reading yours! Great minds think a like! 🙂

Mo
Mo

I don’t know what Billy was asking for, but it is a shame they couldn’t work out a contract. He is sorely missed on Y&R. Hopefully nuBilly can breathe new life into the character.

harry
harry

David Tom is doing a wonderful job–he is Billy Abbott. I can’t help but think that the powers that be are watching the latest tapes thinking,’We’ve made a terrible mistake.’ He has really stepped back into his shoes and has found his stride. Dumb mistake.
About Eileen–she astounds me with her ageless beauty and has managed to sustain it without visible signs of plastic surgery or botox injections. I can only hope the writers hand her some decent material. Last time I saw her on Y&R she was hitting on Stitch, who is young enough to be her son, and he politely rejected her overtures. She’s too good for that. I smelled JFP all over that scene as she loves to humiliate female characters played by actresses for whom she does not care. Just ask Genie Francess.

Travis T Thomas
Travis T Thomas

The difference is that YR & Days can work together to make that happen because they are both owned by Sony. Billy Miller was doing a lot more Primetime so YR wont have any control over shooting schedules, and Primetime shows are not going to work around his YR schedule either.

If he booked a role in advance thats great because a writing team can work around that. But for quicker turn around roles from audition to shooting, its not so easy to make that happen in a blink of an eye. For instance everytime they brought him back for Ringer, his YR storyline kept getting interrupted. It truly does effect shooting schedules. The only way this could truly work was for him to book shows on CBS where in house they can make it work like Victoria Rowell had when she shot YR and Diagnosis Murder at the same time. Same network, Same house, Same Goals. But for a different network, they could care less about his YR shooting schedule.

k/kay
k/kay

@T Thomas very good points made on your post and if everybody is truly a fan of Billy Miller be happy for him. If he really wants to do other things besides Daytime he needs to get out there and be free to do it.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

You are absolutely correct, Travis. Miller’s situation cannot be compared at all to Davidson’s. First, Davidson proved herself to be a draw decades ago playing the same roles on DAYS & Y&R. She has established fan bases w/each show, & more importantly, the professional reputation & relationships to back that up. They know what to expect from her & that she will deliver because of her track record.

Miller OTOH wants to have his cake & eat it, too. If he wants to be available for bigger jobs, he should have done what many former soap actors do & leap! It could pay off in spades like it did for Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, Nathan Fillion & Alec Baldwin. On GH, Bradford Anderson & Julie Berman decided it was their time to go last year. So, off they went, with the best wishes of the GH brass. A clean, honest break is best IMO for viewers & TPTB because it allows them to write better stories. For instance, as much as GH fans like Robin, the consensus has been that it has been lousy for her character to go bouncing in & out of PC like a yo-yo. Sometimes a producer really does need to do what is best for the character & the soap; not the actor. Kimberly McCullough may have wanted to give Robin closure. But, her directing priorities & the story twists need to justify Robin’s absence because of them have gutted the character horribly.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Jill Farren Phelps didn’t like Billy Miller. It’s well-know they didn’t get along. He was no FOJ. She had no intention of re-signing him to a new contract. He didn’t disrupt Y&R one bit last year. Now that the show’s ratings are in-trouble, she’s in a panic and thinks Eileen Davidson will help revive Y&R. She won’t. When a show runs off talent like Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney, and Billy Miller, it’s going to have a negative impact on the audience. Phelps didn’t like those three actors at all. So a lot of viewers have left and the key female demos are way down. JFP is getting exactly what she deserves. Karma.

harry
harry

I wish you folks could get over Billy Miller. He’s gone, it’s done, deal with it. It ws partly fans inability to get over his leaving which has led to the swift and undeserved dismissal of David Tom who is owning the role of Billy Abbott.
I loved Billy Miller too, but I no longer miss him.

aria
aria

she’s probably got the best gig in all of daytime. two soaps, the different fan base, two juicy characters. don’t watch either show, but still hey when someone got it going on you got to give them their prop.You go girl. congrats…

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If you can find the time, check her out as Kristen on DAYS! You’ll be glad you did!!!

dmr
dmr

Eileen is incredible as Kristen Dimera on DAYS! I hope she takes home this year’s Lead Actress Emmy!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I don’t get it. Why do they give her the freedom to go to a competing soap, but not Billy Miller to persue other side jobs? This stinks. I loathe JPF. I guess it’ll be nice to have Ashley back though.

Mark
Mark

I love her on any show! She could read the phonebook and id watch

Mo
Mo

Glad she can still come to Days, but it won’t be for a long periods if she’s got story on Y&R.

I would like to see Ashley with Stitch. After Victoria goes back to Billy and has his baby, Stitch will need someone.

Ashley also needs to straighten out Abby. Get her away from Tyler, with whom she has no chemistry. I tend to blame that on the actor who is pretty wooden. Pretty faces (and abs) are only good if they can act.

jonboy
jonboy

Just glad to have a familiar face on this show being overtaken by newbies.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Me too. I read that Beth Maitland will be returning too. Maybe this show will become recognizable once again. Now if only the writing would improve…

Annie
Annie

I watch both shows and would have preferred Days for the long term deal because Kristen is just so much more interesting than Ashley, but hopefully the new regime at Y&R will realize the kind of meaty stuff she can do and use her, instead of having her wring her hands over Abby or Victor.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

She probably chose to Yawn & Rest to gain the strength needed for her DAYS to come!

Joyce
Joyce

The more I think about it you at Y&R waited until Billy Miller signed on with General Hospital before giving Eileen Davidson the kind of contracts that Billy asked for and didn’t get. That is REALLY UNFAIR and I hope others will think twice before signing with Y&R so they don’t get screwed like Billy.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Let me get this straight…in her new 2 year contract with Y&R, Eileen Davidson is allowed some OUTS (or whatever) to do some episodes (here and there or whenever) of DOOL?!?!? Yet…TPTB REFUSED to do the same for Billy Miller when he asked for some OUTS in his contract?!?!? In more ways than one, that TOTALLY BLOWS!!!!! Bottom Line Here: HYPOCRISY 101 AT LARGE!!!!! Dumb.

KatieR
KatieR

they originally refused to share Eileen with Days too but then Sony went over YR and fired her b/c they felt and rightly knew she could have a much larger impact at Days. It’s just nowhere near the same situation. The mere fact that Sony owns both shows and wants the best for each means that YR really has no choice but to allow her time at Days if they want her on contract.

In any case I wish she were at Days fulltime, but alas I understand why she doesn’t want to. It’s just sad with Stefano barely on, EJ leaving, there is no DImera family come November except nuChad who has yet to be seen. A thoroughly depressing thought. Kristen should be running that town, moving everyone like Stefano’s chess pieces.

Patrick
Patrick

“… Kristen should be running that town, moving everyone like Stefano’s chess pieces.”

Yes, Yes, and MORE yes

Eileen Davidson : quote : said she had the best year of her life… ???? when she came back to Days of OUR Lives. I’m besotted with her for that.

then she took time off… that’s good… happy for her personal life

then she comes back for 3 months… and now she’s off to Genoa City

ghost town…. b movie : no oomph or pizzazz : lacks stirring : where’s the spell

the scripts are nowhere

I will record just fridays when she premieres

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

NOTICE!!!

Eileen’s DAYS are NOT just some episodes here and there! Watch her 3 month stint on DAYS! Kristen is not a supporting character! Her visits to DAYS are momentous!!!

PatF
PatF

People really can’t comment on her contract versus Miller’s because you don’t exactly know what each was looking for.

Each contract is different folks.

He may have wanted more money, etc. Chill out.

Plus it’s Eileen!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

LOL!!!

DidjaNoit
DidjaNoit

Thank you! Finally a voice of reason, lol. You’d think there were a bunch of soap fans sitting in on the contract negotiations for all these actors, the way some people are so certain about the terms and conditions each actor/actress wants. That’s why everyone involved uses lawyers, because it’s contract law!

harry
harry

Yes, I agree. Can we please read an article about Y&R’s actors without injecting Billy Miller into the subject? Really, I am so sick of the subject of Billy Miller and really, if you want to cry for justice as far as Y&R soap actors are concerned, cry for David Tom.

nicole
nicole

Agreed. What Miller is asking for is the ability to audition for pilots. Which means as a producer is harder to plan around if he lands something. What Eileen seems to want is a steady schedule she just wants more time to spend with her family. Plus if Days needs her they can plan that in far enough advance.

Unlike with what Miller wanted you cant write/ produce for amajor character with the fear that he will walk in and announce that he landed another role and will need 2 weeks off to film in the middle of a major story.

Whitney S
Whitney S

BALONEY. BM didn’t disrupt anything last year. This is just fantasy for people to justify the double-standard JFP applies to Steve Burton and Eileen Davidson and not Billy Miller. It’s well-known she didn’t like Billy Miller. He was no FOJ, so he got the boot. Now that Y&R is sinking, she’s desperate and ED is brought back. Big news is that ED isn’t going to save Y&R. Ashley is a crashing bore character. Her character on DAYS is dynamic. The one on Y&R, not at all.

nicole
nicole

Well known by who? Gossip, there is no proof that JFP did or did not like Miller. I have my theory and you have yours. Unless Miller or JFP said in an interview somewhere. It is all a theory.

And I tend to think that some fans assign more emotion to these things than either of the participants. I would bet that to JFP and to Miller it was/is just business.

Patrick
Patrick

I”m envious for fans of Y&R

steaming livid

comeuppance

epic fail : I presume

LOL

Salem’ites : stand ready : prevail

Days will overthrow Y&R

Polly
Polly

All my DAYS watching friends and I are just counting the minutes until her return. It will be a welcome breath of fresh air!
Personally, I cannot watch another wrung-out breakup between Daniel and Jennifer (OMG—writers, really? Just poke me in the eyes with a sharp stick) or Eric/Nicole. I could yawn myself to death. Fine, Eric–go back to the priesthood, just go and do something! Even the Brady/Teresa scenes are painful, but at least Martsolf keeps it interesting. His wrung-out agonizing breakup scenes are all with Jon, anyway! LOL

Kristen, Kristen, please deliver us from the summer doldrums!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL “…(OMG—writers, really? Just poke me in the eyes with a sharp stick) ” gouge mine out till it’s over…. The crusade is over… endearing the dullest couple in Days history is spent… lost …. damned… tarnishing… sexless … coma Daniel and Jenn need to be orbited right outa salem. once again godlike Daniel is given the last take… and/or scene to ruin a fine impressive fan prop for Camila Banus… Gabi… as she exits in fine form. I applaud her reel… I’ll miss Gabi…. I was overcome by Rafe… he was the bomb… a man emotional over his sister…. when he was done talking to his mom… about the state of Gabs life…. the look of forlorn… emotion overcome… as he hung up and took a sip of his beer… was priceless… I knew Rafe had it in him… bravo! any way: Rafe is telling Hope he’d like to be the one to tell godlike Daniel… about Gabi misdeed misfortune at having been caught… her keeping secret Melanie’s kidnapping by Alex… Rafe : “if you can find it in your heart to forgive me” that was enough… fan uproar… damnation ! Daniel: “I can’t say anything right now, till I talk to my daughter” balk! who cares ! Shawn Christian cannot I repeat… can not ACT ! he’s so stiff… lost within his own eyes darting to and fro lifeless… “Father” Eric : Greg Vaughan is forgiven… he’s gorgeous easy on the eyes stimulate. at this point its no longer hurry up and wait the church left ‘him” banished his priest hood…. it’s time for him to man up and step up to the plate… Nicole for gods sake… was his 1st love.. and he hers. no respect for AZ’ Nicole’ performance… isn’t she riveting…. the pain she renders for the audience is pulling at the heart it’s not fair to her… how the three amigos (Eric, Brady, Daniel)… her man friends at one time or the other have disrespected her… thank goodness Rafe is still her friend. they’ve made love… proclaimed to all of Salem… at least Eric is preaching to all of Salem… as Nicole took the fall and blame for hottie Dr. Chyka I fear this isn’t going to resolve itself… at least with eric and nicole gettting together till after ED” Kristen has given us her story arc. I still think he’s worth the wait. but… if Eric can’t make a decision… it’s making them both look too lame and one note dumb and dumber… MOVE us with your hot pairing I really have to point out… and I don’t mind doing it… if the story is lax lame and lulling the audience attention span… then I savor the actors … for their individucal performances…. I love Eric Martsolf and Jenn Lilly… take after take… they real their unique uninhibited real I simply adore these characters… do they belong together… I think fan majority knows with you… it’s not going to take… it’s filler till… Read more »

Max
Max

Eileen deserves to win the Emmy. There is no character on the soaps like Kristin Dimera. So twisted and so vulnerable at the same time. Most are just twisted or just evil but Kristin has so many levels and such dept. Great job Eileen!

Izabel
Izabel

Yes! Love ashley’. Finally y&r makes a good decision. If I had it my way I would allow other fave actors from y&r return or pop up periodically to the show and juggle 2 roles at once.. It can be done apparently? *phyllis? *b miller? *Chloe?
Anyway, hope for the best of her return.
Also, where is kyle?? And what did they do with tracy?? LOL

Nick D.
Nick D.

This is the contract that Eileen has been wanting.

She doesn’t want to do Days full time for whatever reason – even though she clearly loves the role of Kristen. I think she used the fact that Days needs her so badly (even in a very limited capacity) as leverage to score the contract for Y&R (also a Sony soap), where she prefers to work as her main gig.

Although Eileen says that the contract “allows” her to shoot some eps. of Days here and there, I think it is far more likely that the contract requires her to shoot a certain # of Days episodes over the 2 years span.

This is the best outcome for Eileen (who clearly prefers Y&R) and Sony (who I’m sure loves her on Y&R but NEEDS her very badly to prop up Days). It is great to be so in-demand and there is no actress who deserves the popularity more than Eileen does – whatever that star quality is, she has it in spades. If Eileen doesn’t win the Daytime Emmy this year then there is truly something wrong with the process. Luckily, she is well liked by the people at Y&R and B&B as well as Days, so I’d say that she has a great shot at getting the votes necessary to win.

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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!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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