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Drake Hogestyn Halloween Tweet On His DAYS Return As John Black!

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So many long time fans of Days of our Lives have been ecstatic at the news that fan favorite, Drake Hogestyn is finally back in the saddle at the NBC soap as John Black.

And today on Halloween, Hogestyn tweeted  his confirmation on his arrival back in Salem,  “Happy All Hallow’s Eve! The Treat?…I’m back in Salem! The Trick?…I sold my house and have no place to live! Now that’s scary! Yikes!”

Due to DAYS production schedule, in which they tape four months ahead, look for Drake to be back on your screens in early 2014!

Excited to hear confirmation on his return to DAYS from Drake himself?

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Linda
Linda

OMG Michael, OVER the top giddy doesn’t even begin to explain how overjoyed I am to hear confirmation that Drake is back on DAYS! Talk about receiving the best EARLY Christmas present ever! I haven’t watched DAYS since this amazing actor was removed from my television screen, so it looks like next year DAYS goes back on my lineup! Drake’s Tweets are so much fun to read! WELCOME BACK, DRAKE!

Kristine Ali
Kristine Ali

I am sooooooo beyond excited. I was so happy to meet you at the book signing in Durham, NC. You are the sweetest person. I loved hearing your story of your Aunt that lives here. I can NOT wait to see you blessing my screen again. Days has NOT been the same without you 🙂

Chloe
Chloe

Yes!!!!! Yes!!!! Yes!!!!! The way the writers had John treat Marlena made no sense. I wish they could erase those scenes but since they can’t, I hope they will so something to reunite them [after he grovels for forgiveness. LOL]. I’m just happy that John Black is coming back to town. And that’s a fact!!!

Dorothy Patterson
Dorothy Patterson

Welcome back my friend; Salem was not the same without you. We missed you greatly!!

Katarina
Katarina

Very excited, Drake is my favourite actor on Days, by FAR. So I am thrilled to see him coming back – I just hope it will be the true John Black, which his fans love and expect without a breath. <3

Joshua
Joshua

That poor old man.

Ann
Ann

I’m MORE than thrilled that Drake is back where he belongs – DAYS – where he never should have been benched! Thanks so much for confirming the news for us, Michael and Drake! We’re counting down the days until we can turn our TV’s back on to watch him again. He’s been very much MISSED! We love you, Drake!

Annie
Annie

I’m so HAPPY that Drake is coming back home to Days! It has not been the same since he left! maybe him and Doc can get back on straight! Brady can be ok and we get rid of Kritter! I want to see him and Stefano to get into a BIG ARGUMENT! Let Stefano take Doc and let John find his wife! The fans want a GOOD love scene too and we want an explanation why he fell had feeling for kritter! Brady needs to go in a psych ward and they need to bring BELLE back!

heidi
heidi

They should keep him around for awhile this time!

Cathy Eriksen
Cathy Eriksen

Thrilled to see Drake off the bench and back in the lineup !! SCREAMSSSSSS ~ You have been dearly missed can’t wait to early 2014 hope its even sooner !! Welcome Back Drake !!

Karen
Karen

The BEST news!!! Welcome Back Drake!!!

Dee
Dee

So GLAD Drake is back!
Hoping for super good spy storyline with some hot J&M romance!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Best news ever! I’m so happy that Drake’s back! It hasn’t been the same since he left. Hopefully we’ll get to see him make things right with Marlena (and Brady) and he gets lots of screentime, too!

Michael
Michael

Hands down the worst actor on daytime. Save Deidre Hall’s job and find her a real actor to match her talents.

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

go post somewhere else, MICHAEL, ur outvoted and shut down!

Linda
Linda

WOO HOOOOOO! YOU GO Eileen! Yes, the haters ARE outnumbered in a HUGE way, that is why they’re sulking and being so mean spirited! Thanks for defending Drake, Eileen!

Linda
Linda

I’ll just say I could not DISAGREE with you more Michael and leave it at that. I do NOT engage haters such as yourself!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its great Drake’s back…however, i hope the writers have a good storyline for him!!!

Tammy Carr
Tammy Carr

I’m so beyond thrilled that Drake is finally back Where He belongs. Now I will definitely be watching Days again. I just hope he’s here to stay this time. Hopefully He will have a kickingstoryline. Welcome Back Drake!

Chris
Chris

So happy and excited to see Drake back in Salem where he BELONGS!!! 2014 is going to be a great year! Black is Back!!!

johnny
johnny

who cares about drake. i used to like john black. the man needs acting lessons now.

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

Yeaah, thats why hehas been on Days,for more than 20 yeats, poor acting, lol.

Linda
Linda

It is the SAME haters, Eileen, PAST old IMO! They just use different screen names, OY!

Pam
Pam

Am I happy that Drake is back in Salem? Is the Pope Catholic? Of course I am! SCREAMS…. Drake Hogestyn should NEVER have been benched!! I’m a LONG time DAYS watcher(since 1972) & I haven’t watched for weeks because Drake/John hasn’t been in Salem!! The writers have certainly lost the romance & humor of the DAYS of the 80’s & 90’s. I hope & pray they get their act together & give Drake a nice LONG storyline;like I expected last Fall but didn’t get! Drake Hogestyn MAKES DAYS now! I am a FAN of Drake’s for life! He’s a wonderful man & actor who has always been LOYAL to DAYS since he first arrived in 1986! I have NEVER met another person like Drake! I can’t wait till the new year to start watching DAYS again!!!!!

P.S. DAYS writers please write story lines that Tom & Alice would be proud of once again! They are probably rolling over in their graves with the story lines now!

chris
chris

I am so HAPPY DRAKE IS BACK ON DAYS WERE HE BELONGS. Now John has to make thing right with MARLENA so they can live Happy Ever After.

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

Only two posters not happy about Drakes,return and they are both men, FIGURES,.jealous, guys?????

Linda
Linda

ROTF! *High five*

Patrick
Patrick

fans roar… for the DAYS of ole’

yeah, yeah, yeah…. supercouple intrigue… John Black and lady “GOD”iva Marlena. she upholds her saint so high

Drake Hogestyn…. needs to nest with Kate….. and/or for the Love of God… already… simply spotlight Nicole’ Mother… sensual seductress “Fay”

simmer Celeste… for Abe and Stefano

let’s trot out his stamina Roman

John and Kate
John and Marlena
John and Fay

that’s enuf energy

man machinations from Stefano, Roman…

John loved Kristen

Patrick
Patrick

i’m giddy now…

what, about: John & Kayla ?!?!

Linda
Linda

LOL, my dream pairing is John and Kayla, hehe!

Annie
Annie

Hi! I have watched Drake ever since the late 80’s. I ‘am SO HAPPY THAT he is coming back to days! This is what I think should happen. Stefano and John get into a big war and Stefano should take marlena and John should come back and rescue her! They should also bring back Belle and let Brady get his head back on straight and when John comes back into town . Marlena should not talk to him at first because she is upset that he supposly had feeling for Kritter! Let them argue and get upset at each other and then a GOOD LOVE scene and then they can get married !

Joyce
Joyce

I am THRILLED beyond words that The Black is Back! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for John & Marlena!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

My heart about leapt out of my chest when I heard the news! So glad to hear he’s coming back to Days & we’re hoping they edit him in for some mistletoe-fantasy-smoochin between John & Marlena, we got jipped last year & we need a J&M fix!!

Welcome back, Drake – we missed you & we NEVER gave up!! <3

Patrick
Patrick

“…we’re hoping they edit him in for some mistletoe-fantasy-smoochin between John & Marlena”

“GREAT IDEA”

what better way to usher in the possibilities and here HE comes… in to the new year.

Marlena dreading the holidays… and the new year… and SURPRISE

Phil
Phil

Looks like some fast forwarding coming soon to my screen! I like Marlena so much better without him!

annie roney
annie roney

Happy Days are here again with our Drake Hogestyn back soon. I can hardly wait. It is drakeriffic. Thanks so much for this. anniegabrielpacoattherainbowbridgedrakefansrever

annie roney
annie roney

I forgot to say also, that Drake is my favorite actor ever. To me, when he plays Roman/John, he is the essence of a hero/friend/lover/husband/dad/priest/mercenary, anything that is thrown at him. He gives 110% to any role they give him and plays it has he is that character. I have been a fan since 1986, when I being a born and raised Hoosier was visiting in Denver, and saw the show with him on it. Went back to Anderson, south of Fort Wayne and since then he has been my all time favorite male actor. I can see him in about any role he is given. I am now retired and living in Florida
Annie Roney

Haley
Haley

His tweet was the very BEST news!! I can’t wait for him to be back on our screens – and then I can start watching again!!! #wewantjandm

Dave
Dave

Well now, looks like I’m going to start watching DAYS again starting next year. Drake is a fabulous actor, I’ve missed the unique qualities he brings to his role as John, he has been very much missed. My wife, Lisa, also loves both the actor and character! Looking forward to seeing him!

Mary H
Mary H

EXCITED, ELATED, JUMPING FOR JOY, OUR MAN DRAKE is heading back to Salem. Our hopes, prayers, belief in and for Drake were not in vain. The day I heard he was coming back I did my happy dance all afternoon and I am still grinning from ear to ear. WELCOME HOME DRAKE, YOU HAVE BEEN MISSED.

Helen
Helen

THANK YOU DRAKE FOR THIS WONDERFUL NEWS! My favorite actor on DAYS is FINALLY back on my screen, which means I’ll be watching DAYS again instead of GH! Welcome back to this terrific actor!

Cheryl
Cheryl

I am so super excited the man himself is coming home to Salem. I’ve missed seeing your handsome face for too long, and maybe now you and Doc can get back to what you used to be . . .

mary
mary

FINALLY! WHAT A PERFECT EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!!!

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

Glad to see ur cóming back. Good to see they finally heard us. We have been yelling LONG and loudly forva long time!

Patti
Patti

SO VERY AWESOME!! Im doing the happy dance all over the place with joy =)
Drake is the best when it comes to acting, there is no other that can replace him. I cant wait to see him on the screen on Jan!

LUMI/John
LUMI/John

I am so happy my John is back on Days,
more Lucas and John,I got my Christams gifts 🙂

karen
karen

Marlenanba is a very good actress. However with Drake and Kristen I believe the writers did drop the ball. So much more could we see of Kristens talents as a sophisticated saboteur, possible head of Dimeras against John , mature , sophis, dynamic , puzzling so forth. Not all that non sense. In fact I like John better with Kristen than Marlena, Marlena is dull, no fault of her own lately. I like her now with or without John not because john is a bad actor.

diane s
diane s

It’s about time!!!!

I can’t wait to see him in 2014

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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’

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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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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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