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Executive Producer Ken Corday Previews DAYS New SORAS'd Teen Scene!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Now here’s a case of wide-spreading SORAS that has hit a major soap town! Coming up, viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives will see a teen scene sprout before their very eyes, when well-known Salem kiddies grow overnight!

These five characters who will toil in teen angst are on tap to help give the long-running soap a needed breath of fresh air, along with the already announced big returns and major storylines coming this fall for it’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday told TV Insider on the move:  “By aging these children into young adults, we’re making them more relatable to our audience and more dramatically exciting. These are not ancillary characters, but young leads. None of them will be a goody two-shoes. Each is somewhat flawed.”

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And those flawed teens include: Patch and Kayla’s son Joey who will come on to the scene a troubled teen played by James Lastovic who debuts next week on August 28th.  Joey will be followed by the new teen version of Ciara Brady played by Vivian Jovanni and Chase Jennings played by Jonathon McClendon who will hit the screens on October 30th.

Then, be on the lookout for Theo Carver now in the form of Kyler Pettis on November 3, followed lastly by Claire Brady played by Olivia Keegan showing up on the November 25th episode, just in time for Thanksgiving with the Brady clan.

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Corday went on to elaborate:  “My late mom (Former DAYS EP, the lateBetty Corday) used to say, ‘You have to water the roots of the Days of Our Lives tree with a new generation every 10 years or so,’ and that’s what we’ve done. These are the children of the children of the children of the children, and they are vital to our future.”  As for the disposition of the SORAS’d characters, Corday teased: “You’ll see that Ciara is a lot like her mom, Hope, and that Joey is very much like Patch. I n fact, Joey will be giving Patch the ‘rebel’ a little of his own medicine!”

What do you think of the new Salem teen scene? Which character are you looking forward to seeing the most when they make their debut? Do you like the idea of growing the next generation for the legacy of the soap opera? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Dishy
Dishy

If the writing and acting are good – then it could be top notch – as long as the parents don’t get sidelined! ALSO: shame that the current Ciara had to age – that child is pricelss

Patrick
Patrick

“…ALSO: shame that the current Ciara had to age – that child is pricelss ”

gavel

I’m going to miss her terribly

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am pissed about that move—why couldn’t they let Ciara grow up in real time like GH di with the character of Robin Scorpio? Nobody but that actress has ever played her and the same could have been done with Ciara. BAD MOVE!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Joey’s almost here! Looking forward to seeing all the teens!!!!!

Theo looks puzzled.
Claire looks sweet.
Chase looks disturbed.
Ciara looks wild.
Joey looks…like Steve and Kayla!! lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Theo looks puzzled-because he dont remember going thru puberty…Claire looks sweet-looks can be deceiving…Chase looks disturbed-probably the killer…Ciara looks wild-she discovered she suddenly has boobs…Joey looks like his parents-good, we can avoid a paternity storyline…Parker???—maybe Daniel, Nicole and Parker are leaving town???…lol

Patrick
Patrick

“…maybe Daniel, Nicole and Parker are leaving town??? ”

ROFLMAO

at least laughed out loud

could this be a sign ? as they didn’t SORAS Parker?

I can hope … that Daniel is murdered

if there is ever one question… I could ask Ken Corday?

how is it possible that …EVERYTHING that is DOOL and Salem… revolved around ONE character… Dr. dullard Daniel?

what a glaring ???? fact and serious mishap?

wow… I’ll be looking for his character assassinations…

Patrick
Patrick

i’d like to take this time… to laud … Ciara Brady’ Hopes fiesty fierce loyal daughter

Ms. Lauren Boles.

Standing Ovation !!!!

I will miss your adorable mystique

DAYS: Please: find a way to bring her back as another character

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Standing O for Ms. Boles!!!! Loved her as Ciara. I will miss her.

blake
blake

I thought the same thing, Lauren Boles needs to come back as a different character. She is the best.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, Patrick, YES. Lauren Boles is just that good. She’ll be a star, her path has been set, she’s been such a scene stealer on DAYS, yet, she’s left such an impression, she’s quite the little actress. Will definitely miss her presence on DAYS. The camera loves her, Patrick!
We love her, and will miss her a lot. To Lauren/Ciara Brady.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I agree. Lauren Boles is an absolute joy as Ciara. She lights up the screen. I will miss her so very much. I sincerely hope she continues acting and wish her tremendous success in the future.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I must admit that I’m skeptical given how poor and/or uninteresting JJ’s story lines have been since he joined the show. I haven’t seen a decent teen story line on a soap in years.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

New writers are in charge of this group of teens. Plus, DAYS recently hired a best selling author named Danielle Paige as a script writer. She also has 10 years of soap writing experience!

Patrick
Patrick

Thanks @4… for the news on Danielle Paige… I hope she makes up for Dena Higley absence and carries the torch till they are all back together

” I am so stoked”

DAYS magic

isn’t so much rebounding…. (in my book) just forefront the best out their

Brian
Brian

This is going to be the best teen set since Shawn, Belle, Phillip, and Chloe!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I recall when friends who watched DAYS then buzzed about these characters as teens. I am newer to DAYS but love teen stories. Please do not hurry them along with marriages or babies. Teens work well for social issue stories and mysteries. SORAS is one thing but if we let them get to this level, then let them stay that way for a few years.

Mike
Mike

I don’t mind them being SORAS’d just would have preferred the current Ciara. She is an interesting little actress.

blake
blake

True. Hopefully they can bring her back as a different character.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

No kid is allowed to be “12” years old on a Soap for very long. Usually they go off to Boarding School (or something like that) and when they return they are now 18+ – well, they can only write so much for a little child.
I expect any day now Will shall come home and find his little girl played smoking a cigarette on the couch and being played by a 17 year old girl.

Benigno
Benigno

Tom Jenkins: UK soaps allow their kids to grow up on real time and still manage to get interesting stories of their own. Tom Cunningham on Hollyoaks is a prime example of that, having been around since 8 years old and had experience getting kidnapped, getting close to death more times than the average child, get a girl pregnant at 13 years old, lost an entire family save for his 30 plus year old sister over a span of his entire childhood, and still manage to not go off the rails just yet.

richard
richard

It’s going to be hard to top the Chloe/Shawn/MiMi/Phillip/Belle crew of the late 90s but with the new writers, I have faith that there are brighter DAYS ahead!! I love the new Claire!! I wonder who will be paired with who?? JJ/Claire please!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

It is rather priceless that he says the next generation is the future of the soap when all those you mentioned, once they passed into adulthood, their characters were all abandoned for years, and only now for the 50th are returning. Let’s hope this new crop of teens last passed their 21st birthdays.

SixBells
SixBells

Claire’s mother is JJ’s mother’s cousin. Not gonna happen. 😉

richard
richard

Oops forgot about that!!!

blake
blake

It would be great if the teens could be as great as it was when it had Chloe, Brady, Phillip, Shawn, Belle and Mimi.

Patrick
Patrick

I am most excited to see kayla and Patch son’ Joey ! God’ (excuse me, if I say this on occasion) I am so EXCITED to see Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols… TOGETHER!

2ndly: Ciara…. excuse me : Ciara ALICE Brady !

I”m just glad to see a recast of Chase Jennings…. (could this mean that Aiden exit was a rumour… has that been confirmed? ) I so hope not

Abe’ son; Theo : I hope this means more airtime with Abe… I’m still wondering about that big surprise ! wouldn’t bother me a bit… if it was Renee Jones… !!!! get this family back and bring the DiMera family to the forefront

Belle Black and Shawn D.’ daughter … LOL… a whole new generation

AIRTIME : HEADLINES : FEATURES !!!! ALL on DAYS

damien
damien

hmmmm..looks like too much too soon! would ve been nice if they slowly appeared and viewers got a chance to adjust! hopefully the teen set gets a school or cafe set, not just sonnys chessy expensive cafe or the bushes in the park!

Alan
Alan

Hooray!

There’s nothing that snags new viewers — and retains old ones — like hiring a bunch of teens and introducing them all at once.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Children sure grow up fast these DAYS…lol…the actress playing little Ciara will be sorely missed…hated it when Natasha Ryan who played little Hope so brilliantly was let go when they aged Hope…i will wait and see how this goes before making final judgement!!

Tony
Tony

JJ and Claire can’t be paired they are Horton cousins.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Are people not reading Michael’s article? They aren’t being introduced “all at once.” They’re being introduced over the course of three months. (Aug-Nov). Five actors over three months isn’t unreasonable at all.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I agree. Plus, the characters are not strangers.

Mo
Mo

Not impressed. And I don’t like that Ciara was aged. Lauren was fabulous.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

If the show becomes “Today’s Teen World” I’m not sure that it would sustain my interest since they will be pivotal characters not just set decorations as the Kids pretty much are currently. It’s hard to say – but I would have liked to have seen more dramatic action occur between Derrick, Will, Paul and Sonny. From the sound of the overall situation it doesn’t sound like that will happen.

Chaz
Chaz

Admittedly, Ciara annoyed the hell out of me a few years ago. But, I have come to appreciate the actress and am royally pissed that they did not allow her to remain on the show and age naturally.

Days has a horrendous history of rapidly aging characters and I doubt this latest crop will bring much to the canvas considering the mess they made out of JJ. (Yes, I know there are new writers but, still.)

Will should only be 20 and yet Ciara & Claire, born in 2005, will suddenly be, what….4 years younger? At this rate Ari should be in elementary school come September.

Ugh.

Bee
Bee

Should’ve aged Allie too! Would give Lucas more of a story line.

CindyHaskins
CindyHaskins

It was past time to age Ciara brady into a teenager it will give her good storyline and alot of airtime. I cant stand lauren boles I am so glad that she is off of days of our lives and will no longer be playing the role of Ciara brady and bo and hope daughter.

CindyHaskins
CindyHaskins

I never like lauren boles she was terrible actress.

CindyHaskins
CindyHaskins

I am going to say this again it was past time to age Ciara brady into a teenager.

hot game

You are so awesome! I do not think I’ve read through something like that before.
So great to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this topic.
Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up.
This site is something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!

jm
jm

I think that it is downright STUPID to age the kids by 10 yrs. If You want to do this, age all the adults too, which will then put Alice, Victor, and Stefano in their graves. The plot lines on Y+TR are unrealistic anyway, without the “aging.” I for one am not going to watch this DUMB show any more…

clg
clg

There was no need to age the kids so harshly and this current actress is horrible, they should have kept the previous one.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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