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Eileen Davidson On If She Would Ever Go Back To DAYS: "I'm Open To Anything"

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Television viewers right now are getting a double dose of Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson both on The Young and the Restless where she plays Ashley Abbott and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she plays … herself!

Now that recently named Y&Rhead writer Sally Sussman has plans for many of the characters in Genoa City, many are wondering what is the plan for Ashley, after several potential romances have gone south – the last one with Simon Neville (Michael E. Knight) and the one before with Stitch (Sean Carrigan).

In a new interview with TV Insider, Davidson weighs-in on the what she hopes for Ashley moving forward, and if she would ever consider a return to her Daytime Emmy-winning role of Kristen DiMera on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  A role that has given her great story and where she has turned in tour de force performances.  Here are just a few excerpts from the feature below!

Eileen on Ashley’s romantic life and story: “I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis.  And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove. And there’s some really interesting business and family stuff going on. The writing has so many more levels now. Sally likes to go deeper. She likes to push the envelope and I appreciate that. I would love it if she did something completely different with Ashley, which really hasn’t been done in decades—not since she had an abortion and lost her mind over her baby with Victor.”

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Eileen on if she would consider returning to DAYS if the opportunity arose:  “I’m open to anything. I have extreme amounts of love for Salem and for my character, Kristen, and feel very loyal to that show. But Y&R is my job right now and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything that pissed anyone off.”

So, would you like to see Eileen back in action on DAYS? Would you prefer that Y&R gives her a storyline worth her talents as Ashley? Comment below!

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Phil
Phil

Please bring Kristen back to Days!

Liza
Liza

ED is so much better on Days. Unless Ashley is going crazy, been stricken with amnesia , or having an affair with Victor she is a boring. Extremely boring. She’s beautiful but a waste on Y&R.

I’ll never understand why Sally named her as one of the top characters. It should have been Jill instead. Jill is the only character left from day one. She represents the early days, and over three decades of Chancellor family with Katherine.

Susan
Susan

Only if the writers create a viable story line for Kristen. No bringing Eileen back only to waste her exceptional talent.

Joel
Joel

Days always has and always will be the place that truly let Eileen shine and gave her the meatiest material of her career.

Kevin
Kevin

Unfortunately, I agree with you. YandR has never really provided Davidson with great material (though I vaguely remember her Emmy nominated turn several years back with illness storyline). Would hate to see her go back to Days, but writing for Kristen is superior to that for Ashley.

Patrick
Patrick

taken, from WIKI

“…On June 17, 2014, it was announced that Davidson had signed a contract to return to The Young and the Restless.[20] Subsequently, Davidson revealed that her Y&R contract was for two years and that it included a stipulation that she could continue doing Days of Our Lives in the future, as well as having the option of taking a break if work became too hectic. ”

I remember being disappointed, when this happened

WOW … how time flies

??? is she on recurring ? I do not recall a contract extension

it’s troublesome, @DAYS… is it being cancelled… dag

GH and DAYS are taking HIT after HIT

love them both

as stipulated… DAYS would be crazy not to capitalize if she’s interested

even if it’s , like Wally Kurth and Tristan Rogers

since she’s been gone… the only 2 actresses DAYS has AIRED… that came any where close

Tamara Braun… ex-AVA, DAYS
Jade Harlow… ex-Sheryl Connor, DAYS… OK a young hot starlet

I wish DAYS would hire Robin Christopher… wish she could be one of Maggies daughters… not too old, yeah ? could see her and Wally Kurth heating up

Eileen DAvidson is the best their is

Claudio
Claudio

I want to see Eileen back to days as Kristen Dimera and Susan Banks. Susan always says Kristen is mean mean mean lol.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I would give anything just to hear Susan say that again about Kristen!!! The ratings were better when Eileen was carrying the show.

Claudio
Claudio

Yes I agree James, Susan was funny as hell lol. Kristen is mean mean mean lol. You are so right James, the ratings were way better with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
Celia

Those words are etched on the brain, aren’t they, Claudio?……mean, mean, mean….LOL.
Oh, how I loved Susan!!
Maybe Kristen/Susan will both be back….I wish…

Claudio
Claudio

I hope so Celia, Kristen is mean mean mean lol. Eileen Davidson was terrific as Susan Banks and Kristen Dimera. Susan was hilarious, with her fake teeth lol. Kristen was wonderful too watch. Days had better ratings with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
Celia

Yeah…I get so nostalgic, Claudio. “Them were the good ole days.”

Nicholas
Nicholas

outstanding as kristen on days . always great as ashley . she was the worst recast ever for the part of kelly capwell on the now defunct daytime soap ” Santa Barbara ” . i was a fan of that soap and she was totally miscast as kelly and pairing her romantically with cruz castillo made my blood boil ! it ‘s always nice seeing her as ashley and kristen , two characters much better suited for her !

Richard
Richard

The writing on DAYS is currently garbage. Things are improving at Y&R. Stay put. Eileen. Days needs to get the DiMera Empire back in order before Eileen even thinks of returningm in other words, bring back Peter Blake and EJ DiMera! They can recast EJ with the guy who played Simon on ATWT! With Jennifer on the canvas and Jack dead, how has DAYS not brought back Peter! Recast him too!!!

Celia
Celia

You bet, Richard. It saddens me to say it, but Days is drowning.
As it just moi who does not give a fig about the shenanigans with Hope and the search for Stefano? Why? I think TPTB realized that the easiest way to clear Hope was to resuscitate Stefano. Really? And, if Stefano is found, will he have had plastic surgery?
Then, there’s Andre’s mysterious gold, Chartreuse pocket watch. How is this backstory interesting? Well, maybe if Andre turns out to be Tony….that would be interesting. Anna is in on it? How did she just pop-up like that? From whence hath she cometh?
I find as much entertainmrnt in this storyline as Dylan ( Y & R) in Miami as a bad-a$$- spy,

Richard
Richard

Ummmm i coild care less about this search for Stefano. They basically realized they shouldnt have killed him bc it put Hope in a corner. They shouldve sent him off like the did Sally Spectra on BOLD. Her portayer died, but Sally is still out there somewhere being fabulous. And if they were going to finally kill Stefano off, MARLENA shouldve been the one to do it. Or even John! Tony/Andre should not be running the Dimera Show, Peter and EJ should!

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Richard. Hmmm…yeah, I would have loooved to have seen Marlena do the deed. That would have been a spectacular show, for sure!!

John Gordon
John Gordon

Eileen really MUST be ‘open to anything’ if she’d consider coming back to this turkey of a show – I only watch out of obligation and it is tedious to sit through, and if there were a way to ff through the NBC app trust me I would.
Sincerely, I am sorry to be so negative but this show has gone down the toilet and soaps are known to have some silly plotlines but this show exceeds them but a mile – how THIS show has lasted but One Life to Live and All My Children are gone is a mystery.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I was never an Ashley fan back in the day, but the past few years find me feeling differently. I really enjoy Eileen’s performances as the BUSINESS and sister Ashley. But, like with many other actors, the romantic stories are not my favorite side of her, not her strongest suit. But so what, I want her to stay at Y&R. She also gives me a wonderful sense of history, as the Abbott family has always been my favorite.

su0000
su0000

ahaa
quote’
”“I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis. And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove.”

It’s in the grove– to yelling at Jack & Phyllis..
ahaa ok- it’s groovy to yell at people and give a stink eye… yeah groovey!

((how low can ‘groovy’ standards go)) ahaa!

k/kay
k/kay

Sally is positioning the chess players on the board if in six months we are all going yawn then yes then complaining is a given but you just can’t throw a man at Ashley I don’t think she has had any chemistry with anyone on this show in years we shall see maybe they will find the character Ishtar actor. I would like it if she brought some of the softness back to the character

Irene
Irene

I would be surprised if she said no. Actors are careful on comments.

mark
mark

Ashley is such a part of y&r and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role but really Eileen was better on days it was so much fun to watch her.

Mike
Mike

I would love to see Kristen back on Days, but I think the show would need to find a way to reset the character, as I feel she had gone full on wacko and had been written into a corner. I think it would be cool to have Marlena and John stumble across her while on their honeymoon in Europe – only Kristen doesn’t remember who she is. Of course, no one believes her, she returns to the Salem to face charges, and after a it is proven that she truly doesn’t have any recollection of her past, she is let off the hook for her crimes. Eventually, this softer, nicer version of Kristen rebuilds her friendships, Brady learns to trust and love her again, and yet, some part of her is drawn to the darkness in Deimos. That pull and her struggles with it eventually lead to her memory starting to return and once all back – but not to full wacko stage – she has to put up a front while struggling with having Brady back and yet wanting Deimos, and all the lies and manipulations that will come with that position. And thus we have a classic Kristen back without returning to full 10 on the crazy meter.

Helen
Helen

Where have I been? Thought Kristen was dead.

Celia
Celia

LOL….no one ever dies on soaps, Helen.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Oh she fell out of a stupid fake window but was never found below on the rocks – idiotic though it was, that’s what happened to her.

Nicholas
Nicholas

days of our lives is absolutely not garbage at the moment ! the soap has improved a lot and fan favourites like Anna diMera ( leann hunley ) but also carrie and Austin have returned . and you have patch and kayla or the show as well ! tune into Days again if you haven’t done so . I have given up on young and restless ( very disappointed with sally sussman ) and given up on bold and beautiful ( same stupid triangles and silly ridge and brooke and it’s just the same story over and over again !! ) . more than happy with Days and that was not always the case !

Timmm
Timmm

Goodbye Eileen. Y&R is wasting you, go back to DAYS where they utilized your talents!

blake
blake

Days allows Eileen better stories and acting, but I’m sure Y&R pays so much more. I hope she can come back to Days at least in it’s final months.

Patrick
Patrick

minimally, this is what i’m hoping for… argh! the frustration… cache’. she deserves a hefty contract.

it’s just the not knowing… OK… i’m wondering… if DAYS rumour mill. there could be some truth.

we need to clear that up, first

argh! again… waiting for Ken Corday to do his annual interview.. assuring the audience that DAYS is back on the mend and another reprieve is on the horizon.

JUST DO YOUR JOB ! this is one of those cases… where the children who inherited a legacy… just didn’t know, what to do

Tony
Tony

Blake Days is not getting cancelled, it is not cancelled just a big fat rumor. NBC will not cancel Days. Ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

Celia
Celia

From your mouth to the soap gods’ ears, Tony. I will embrace this show until its last breath. But, the melodrama needs to ease-up. Been there done that over and over. Break the circle.
The idea of fresh, young faces was supposed to have cast some new light to the mix…the ebullience typically synonymous to youth….but, no spirit, no glee, not that carefree feeling of just being young. Ahhhh, I miss that ‘teen’ feeling, LOL.
What was the first thing to happen? Ciera was raped by her step-brother, and peer. Holy gosh!!

dmr
dmr

I absolutely adore Eileen Davidson as Kristen Dimera. I only tuned into DAYS four years ago (or so) when she returned. I tuned out right after she left. I’ll tune into Y&R when she is on-I just love her. I hate that she has demeaned herself to the extreme by being part of RHOBH-although, I understand the paycheck was hard to pass up.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I recall when Ashley had that abortion and had that romance with Victor in the mid-1980s. I cannot recall if she ever had opportunity to resolve/confront Dina regarding Ashley’s true paternity. I have always felt there are unresolved mother-daughter issues there, and I would like to see that story played out to some conclusion. I enjoyed the society of Genoa City, i.e. Katherine Chancellor, and would like to see Dina return and bring some of that class back to the daily proceedings. It would be fun to see Gloria try to find her way in that circle as she surely would want to be part of it.

Ashley needs a strong story, yes, but it need not be a romance… unless the can make something stick. Miss Davidson is a strong presence and needs an equal. And a bit of fun! never again do I want to see the Ashley that was caught in that horrid Adam gaslights/switched babies with Sharon tale. Ugh!

damien
damien

ashley s so integral to the abbotts ..but as a supporting character unfortunatley to jack
either they write her as a hard edged tycoon who pulls the wool over jack and vics eyes or give her a real meaty love story
y n r shot themselves in the foot when they killed off brad carlton, ash s true love other than vic
have ash team up with lauren to save fenmore , this would alienate phyllis and jack or put her back in victors orbit…maybe bring cole back or have ashley involoved in victors long lost brother!
eileen s too amazing an actress to play b storys for y n r, given the fact that thers so many story oppurtunities for her in salem as kirsten..eric, brady , john! she carried days and she has the potential to carry y n r!

Judy
Judy

We need to get togather and pray that days stay on you can pray for anyting god can do anything I had a brain tumer it was bad and they me two years to live but faith in god saw me throw all the thermints so he can save the show I am fine now through the grace of god

Mo
Mo

Days might give her a better story.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

It’s always been hard to find the right romantic partner for Ashley. I remember Bill Bell saying in an interview, way way way way back, that it was difficult to find a man that Ashley “couldn’t wipe the floor with” and that they succeeded—finally—when they paired her with Victor. There’s a lot of truth in that (at least when Ashley is written properly).

But that shouldn’t stop them from trying.

Count me among the folks who think ED shouldn’t go back to Days unless they have a real idea of what to do with her character(s) and how to “reboot” so that she has a viable place in Salem. There’s been way too much in the last few years on Days of “hire the actor and trust that the right story will find them”; that really does need to stop.

Patrick
Patrick

shucks… I think Y&R should consider… Robert Newman… ex-Josh, Guiding Light

I read in a SOD issue… that he’d consider coming back to daytime. I swear.

perhaps Robert Newman could be a long lost uncle of Lauren Fenmore… back to help helm the Fenmore department stores… and wallah… LOVES Ashley.

here we go

Robert Newman is so loaded with appeal; sex, charming, daring, manly, drive

doesn’t he have the best eyes and dimples…. sorry Sonny

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…you know what: I W-I-S-H that Eileen would leave Y&R and go back to DOOL…FOR GOOD!!! At this point, Ashley BORES ME TO TEARS…UNLIKE Kristen…who is ALWAYS ENTERTAINING!!! Most of all, I think that Eileen/Kristen’s return to DOOL would give DOOL A MUCH-NEEDED SHOT IN THE ARM!!!

Just saying……….

William
William

Stefano’s lurking around, bring back Kristen to join him. DAYS will never be the same without her.Darn entertaining….her and Andre could have one heck of a time!!!

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

Bring her back to Days I think she could raise the ratings even more.I miss her.

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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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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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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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