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DIRTY SOAP is NOT being renewed for second season!

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More bad news for daytime soap fans and the genre itself.   The first reality show featuring daytime soap stars, E! Entertainment Television’s, Dirty Soap is not being renewed or picked up for a second season.

Dirty Soap cast mate Jenna Gering, wife of Days of our Lives and Venice star, Galen Gering tweeted her disappointment today stating, “Sot he word is that Dirty Soap is NOT being picked up for another season. Thanks to all of u who watched. You all have been so supportive!!!”

So what do you think was the issue for Dirty Soap not getting a second chance on life on television?  Do you think the cable network did not put enough effort behind the series in terms of marketing? Do you think mainstream audiences just refuse to tune-in to anything connotated with the word, “soap”, even though the product to many was entertaining and interesting?  Let us know your thoughts!

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sweetsherry
sweetsherry

I am not really surprised it wasn’t renewed. In all honesty I found the show in badtaste, rather tacky and pointless. It actually boggles me that soap actors would participate in these soapreality shows when they directly are causing damage to the general soap operas they have careers in. :/

GG
GG

Totally agree with this.

Avelina
Avelina

Agreed!!!!

aria
aria

very well put.

Eire
Eire

I completely agree. Well said. Good riddance to bad rusbbish!

hope2behappy
hope2behappy

I don’t agree…The soaps are being phased out…. They were smart to do this show because they wouldn’t have any jobs at all otherwise. There are too many food shows isn’t America fat enough? I would rather see the stars on a reality show rather than not at all…

peace2082
peace2082

i agree with you!
and i loved the show! im sad to see it wont be on 🙁
was lookn fwd to it being on this fall…. and seeing what happened to the cast…

Solonge Vaden
Solonge Vaden

I think Dirty Soaps was good. It was on E, maybe they can try another station. I seen nothing that was in bad taste, considering the Reality shows they have on. I seen picked on Ice T, no thats bad taste. I say to the producers of DS, keep trying. If the ratings were good, maybe Oprah Chanell. I just want Dirty Soaps back.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I just think it sucks that they didn’t renew DirtySoap. It was an entertaining show which gave us a look into the personal lives of some of our favorite soap stars. I don’t think they really gave it enough of a chance. It was only on 8 times! First my OLTL and now no DirtySoap either! I was looking forward to seeing my Faves Farah Fath and John Paul Lavoisier! 🙁

gloria
gloria

I thought it was super interesting. A really fun show & I am with you-I thought at least I can see my precious Balsom & Morasco again. Damn.

hope2behappy
hope2behappy

I am so sad…. I loved it they are taking away all my soaps and replacing it with food… Is it me or is there some new obsession with food shows, America is fat enough.. bring back soaps and bring back dirty soap There is a whole world of people who do love this. They should have given it one more season and market it better. So not fair to the people who truly love soaps and lets face it… They are phasing out the soaps. I want to atleast be able to see them in a reality show……

peace2082
peace2082

Agreed! they needed to give it more of a chance i loved this show… sad to see it go 🙁

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

This is too bad. I really liked this show. Probably didn’t get renewed because so many soaps have been cancelled. If Disney did the right thing and gave back the rights to AMC and OLTL then more soaps would come back to cable networks. Could be that ABC/Disney pressured the producers to pull out to make it look good for the
ABC fiasco

Donna
Donna

ABC will be sorely out of luck with everyone boycotting ABC daytime and and nighttime now due to pulling AMC/OLTL they are in for a rude awakening!!!! Many won’t be watching the Oscars now!!!!!

Lynda
Lynda

That thought crossed my mind as well. Just had a feeling that somehow someway ABC had a hand in it! I did enjoy the show very much. I hope they can give it another shot.

barbara t
barbara t

kim kardashian stays and dirty soap goes,that sucks,I didnt watch it I tried to but i thought it was boring ,and I will admit I fell asleep ,and forgot to change the channel ,and I wasnt giving kim and her insane family of famewhores(can I say that?) even 1 second of a rating from me,because that family has to go,they are all bottom feeders,enough said about them ,but that is to bad dirty soap is gone ,its just another kick in the rear to the soap fan.to bad they cant replace it with one life to live ,something soapy.I m sure it will be another dumb reality show.who watches that stuff?

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hey barabara t. Been busy, been missing your replying to your tex. My post were geiting lost just like your’s. Hope you get this. Thanks for your frank thoughts. 1love.

barbara t
barbara t

I have been here,Feel bad for the dirty soap fans ,I really tried to watch ,I think it was on at a stupid time,they could have tried to change it before they canceled it ,Im up at 6 so im dead at 9 ,I have to put toothpicks in my eyes for a few of my shows ,I dont have one of those taping things ,so I have to watch the shows when there on,I am missing one life to live so much ,looking forward to seeing what will happen in port charles,getting more interested in days of our lives,hard to learn new names ,use to watch it when maggie was in crutches ,so there is history there ,the other 2 soaps I cant watch because of the time they are on in my area,so 2 oclock is free to miss one life to live,and it is missed,dont think it will be brought back,I hope I am so wrong,all the actors are going all over the place,landview can never be the same unless our same people are there.

Jeff
Jeff

Sadly just a reflection of how many view the daytime genre right now maybe one day there will be a revival of some sorts…

SiteAdvocate
SiteAdvocate

TPTB sure made their minds up rather quickly.I thought wewere all going to find out in a couple of weeks.You know,Kelly and Mark had a great concept and talent to back them up.I’m surprised E couldn’t make room for at least 10 more.

Carol
Carol

Pointless show to begin with. A reality show, showing the dirty laundry of soap stars. Surprised they found any daytime actors willing to take part in the genre that’s killing their jobs in the first place.

sweetsherry
sweetsherry

yeap that’s what I said..

JC
JC

I was hoping it would get picked up for the next season. I watched to see Kelly Monaco.

Jules
Jules

It was bad timing for the reality show. 2/3 years ago when we had 8/9 soaps it would have worked, any maybe would have even helped. But in 2012 with 4 soaps left? I can’t say I blame E!. They have real cash cows to tend to.

Susan Manning
Susan Manning

I thin thy need to leave it on ty, I wil l watch and be a looyal fan, I did not know it was o until day I found it my mistake, Please help it stay.

Michael
Michael

I have to say that initially I was looking forward to watching Dirty Soap. I loved the cast members that were chosen, and I had hoped that it would be juicy and give some backstage insights into the world of creating soap operas. Boy oh boy, was I disappointed. I watched all but the last episode, and found it tedious to get through. The show’s demise has nothing to do with the lack of interest in our favorite genre- the show was just plain boring. Really boring. I love Galen on Days, but- OMG his personal life may be fine and dandy- but his daily routine of being a husband and a dad is just NOT interesting television viewing. To say nothing of the One Life couple and their GRATING relationship. Farrah was fun to watch on One Life (and previously on Days) but I can’t figure out why John-Paul (?) stays with her if their Dirty Soap appearance is indicitive of their real life relationship. She pretty much yelled at him and treated him life a child for the duration of the enitre show. However, that was nothing compared to her unexplicable, catty “feud” with former BBF Kirsten. Dirty Soap was just plain disappointing, and that’s putting it mildly.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Good enough idea but not great execution. It did not hold my interest. I would enjoy more examination of professiona lives and such, not home life and personal drama.

Mo
Mo

Agree. I was looking forward to it, but was disappointed by the show itself and that had to do with the cast. They weren’t interesting enough or likeable.

I thought it odd how Jenna reacted to Galen’s job. It’s called acting. He is being paid to kiss Ali. His paycheck is what enables you to stay home and take care of the kids.

I liked Farah before DS, but on the show she came off as a total bitch.

Nadia’s mother was also infuriatingly annoying. It’s a testament to how much Brandon loves Nadia that he stays with her despite having to put up with Fary. If I were Nadia, I’d tell Fary to take a hike until she can get on board with the relationship with Brandon.

Kelly and Kirsten seemed like they were pushed together. It wasn’t organic.

I would also have liked to have seen more footage of them on-the-job, working on their soaps and get a little backstage peek. I thought that was going to be included, but from the eps I saw, it wasn’t. Seeing Kelly sitting in her dressing room didn’t really cut it.

Plus, of the eight cast members, only three are currently working on soaps. Two contract and one recurring.

Eire
Eire

I’m so glad Dirty Soap was canceled. The “reality” show was fake, phony, staged, and embarrassing for all of the actors in the show. All of the actors came off in a bad light as did the soap genre. Plus the show was a boring wasted of space. I’m glad it was axed.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

It sucked! I tryed to watch it a few times but it was awful! But most reality shows stink! The networks like them because they’re cheaper. Farah was a real bitch on it!

ethel
ethel

it’s a shame because i love all the stars but the show sucked………

LISA
LISA

It sucks that they are not having a 2nd season. I liked watching this reality show on the soap stars, because you got to know who they were outside of their character.

Emmy
Emmy

I am very upset that it got cancelled! I love the show, and was excited to see the new adventures of all my favorite soap stars! It was great to get a look into their real lives, and who they are as people. Not just their characters on the soap! Now all I have left is GH. Not sure why all the other reality shows make it (and some of those are really stupid) and Dirty Soap didn’t! This sucks! Not happy right now.

shannon
shannon

It is to bad Dirty Soap was cancelled, it was great fun and I was looking forward to it for a second season. I don’t think it was advertised enough.

Joanne
Joanne

I looked foward every week looking into the lives of my fav soap stars. Very disappointed it will not be renewed for a second season.

Gail
Gail

I am upset that DS will not be back and that Kelly,who I watch every day never mentioned anything. I have been a soap opera fan for at least 50 years and feel my TV viewing is not my right any more. Shows can so easily be yanked off the air leaving me grieving.

lisa
lisa

I liked the show

Trudy
Trudy

I loved the show! I am sorely disappointed it will not be returning for a second season. I am a big Days fan!

Kate
Kate

I’m sad I loved it 🙁

tema
tema

I am so upset that Dirty Soap is not coming back ON. I purposely searched nonlinear to find out if I missed the second season. I hope someone changes thee mind and bring it back on. I grew up with soap operas so to see their personal life and struggles is a real soap opera.

Lydia
Lydia

I want dirty soap back!!!!!!!!!

bella smith
bella smith

why cancel dirty soap…it was the best reality show on tv…who makes this awfull decisions????

tina
tina

I definitely think it wasn’t marketed enough. I loved the show and was looking forward to a second season.

Lucy Tsitrin
Lucy Tsitrin

This news stinks! I loved this idea and watched and waited for more! Disappionting!

Lyn Baggett
Lyn Baggett

I really enjoyed this show, and so did my family! So sad that it will not be back for a second season!!:-(

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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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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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