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Greg Vaughan On If He Would Consider A Return To General Hospital As Lucky Spencer: "Of Course, If The Opportunity Was There, And If It’s Right."

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Photo Credit: Joey Skibel

On Sunday, exited Days of our Lives star Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric) was the special guest on After Buzz TV’s weekly episode Dishin Days.  While there are still a few months to go on-screen for the character of Eric Brady (as played by Vaughan), the popular actor is already pursuing the next move in his enduring career.

One of the questions that keeps popping up on the minds of soap fans everywhere and on social media, is if Vaughan would be up for making a return to the role of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, a role that he played from 2003-2009, now that he is available.

During Dishin Days, a caller asked Greg if he would want tocome back to GH.  Vaughan replied: “Of course, if the opportunity was there, and if it’s right.  I think daytime television is a wonderful platform, and I have had some amazing opportunities.”

Greg went to to say:  “I was speaking with Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH) and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) just the other day and Maurice was so enamored with my beard (Laughs).”  He  then added:  “I’m not saying I wouldn’t be open arms (to return), it’s just that I do have another opportunity, and if it does come to fruition then I won’t be going anywhere else in the daytime world.  I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but they know where to find me, if needed.”

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As to what DAYS fans can expect for Eric in the coming months as Greg wraps-up his run on-screen, Vaughan teased:  “When it comes down to it …  it’s going to be jaw-dropping.”   He also added the door has been left open for Eric to return to Salem:  “Yes, I would say it’s definitely open for Eric to come back on the canvas. “

So, do you think General Hospital should reach out to Greg and make him an offer to return to the ABC soap?  What jaw-dropper do you think is in store for the character of Eric on DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Timmm
Timmm

I pray Greg returns to GH! I know, I know fans will say they want JJ back but people, lets be real, JJ is tied to Nashville full time. He only came back to GH recently to whisk his buddy Tony Geary into “Retirement!” With Liz in a major story, Lulu front and center and Laura back on canvas, yes, it would be great to have Lucky back. He would fit in fine!

Sarah
Sarah

I think Nashville will be cancelled after this season but not sure JJ would want to go back to GH full time regardless.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I hope not Sarah; I love Nashville! Hope it gets picked up for many seasons to come. JJs great as Avery so as much as I like him as Lucky, for now anyway he’s Avery to me.

Timmm
Timmm

Its a job but I think he is more focused on music and primetime. I really believe the ONLY reason he came back to GH last time was to send his buddy Tony off into retirement.

Antonette
Antonette

I totally agree-Lucky needs to come back and put lizabeth in place and reunite with his kids

Fanny
Fanny

Absolutely agree Timmm… TPTB should make him an offer immediately
before it’s too late. Get him back on the Police force, reconnect with his
son and brother…and mother… GH could use a core character like Lucky.

Ces
Ces

Agree with all of that.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I completely agree! Please bring Greg back to GH!

Harry
Harry

I am with Rebecca on this–I really enjoy Nashville. I think I enjoy it because of JJ. And JJ is not coming back to GH anytime soon as this young man is the hit of that series.
Do I think JJ is irreplaceable as Lucky? Maybe. But I think Lucky is a necessary component to some of the stories occurring right now. The only actor who can play Lucky other than JJ is Greg Vaughn. To me, he was a grown up Lucky.
Moreover, I always thought Greg was a vastly underrated actor. He played an anguished man addicted to pain killers so very well. He CAN act.
Tony Geary even sung his praises and I fondly remember Luke singing that Cowboy song to an ailing Lucky played by Greg at the time which really tugged the heart strings. I also thought Greg as Lucky has a lot of chemistry with Lizzy.
Yes, by all means, bring back Greg as Lucky. Anyone but that ole Yeller Jacob Young.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said Harry!! Nice post!

michael
michael

“I’m not saying I wouldn’t be open arms (to return), it’s just that I do have another opportunity, and if it does come to fruition then I won’t be going anywhere else in the daytime world. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, but they know where to find me, if needed.”

What exactly is he saying here? Did DAYS ask him to return after all?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I believe so, michael.

Shari
Shari

I think he is saying he has another opportunity in a different area. Maybe a prime time show or a movie.

Li
Li

He is so hot! I would love him to return but maybe not as Lucky but as someone else. Remember Claudia??? Soaps do that sometimes. Although I would probably be safe in saying that Jonathan Jackson is not planning any GH return so maybe Greg could come back as Lucky. Maybe he can settle Elizabeth down and she can move on from Jason….

Harry
Harry

Yes, but that never works, Li. Claudia was an abysmal failure.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think Greg, as Lucky, and Lizzie would be dazzling together….beautiful couple. We need to see Liz in a different light….I know I do!!!!! She is now a persona non grata; a cold place for her to be. So, bringing Lucky/Greg back would be a welcome respite.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Welcomed

Mary SF
Mary SF

O Thank God they are not killing Eric– the way they were going I was worried they were just planning to kill off all the characters one by one until they knew for certain if they were going to be renewed or not.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Y&R tried to grab him just to spite GH– too bad he is too old to play a recast Kyle. But where ever he goes next I am sure he will be successful and I wish him luck.

robbie
robbie

Come on GH, don’t miss this opportunity! Great time for Lucky to return to the canvas!

elm51
elm51

i watched the afterbuzz show last night – called in & spoke to greg – he is such a doll & really down to earth…………….
i would love to see him come back as lucky on gh – now if jonathan jackson becomes available i don’t want tptb kicking greg to the curb like that did the last time…………

Elaine
Elaine

I watched the whole interview. I think he may be in negotiations with DAYS again. It appeared that was more of an option that GH was now.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I agree, Elaine!

blake
blake

Well I hope it’s with Days, I’d like him to return to Days.

Sooz-E
Sooz-E

I really think that what Greg was hinting at was that he has a prime time gig opportunity and that if that works out he would not be returning to daytime at all. He left Days because they could not agree on a contract so it would be silly to have his character taken off the canvas only to return a month or so later. I do not watch DOOL, but from what I can gather it would just be too much of a shock to the storyline to do something like that. I really think that if the opportunity he is hoping for does not come through that he is going to really consider coming back to GH, why else would he be talking to actors on that soap recently??? All I know is that at any rate, this Texas Woman LOVES her Texas men and only wants to see the best for all of them regardless of what that may be!!!

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

GH needs to drop a few characters in the meantime…yes, id like to see the return of Lucky…Speaking of GH is Jake going to somehow turn out to be a clone and the real Jake truly dead…i think Helene has mind control over clone Jake to cause problems, especially with Sam as part of the curse Helene-still alive-placed on Sam.

Sooz-E
Sooz-E

Pretty sure if Jake was a clone that Nicholas would have put a squash on that one real fast, he still cares very much for Elizabeth, enough that he told her that big “Jake” was Jason before anyone else, so if lil Jake was a clone pretty sure he would know that too and NOT let Liz get attached to him. Whether or not Helena has any control or influence over Jake is yet to be seen, whatever the cause, the boy ain’t right that is for sure. I hope they are able to get him the help he needs though. What I am REALLY REALLY wanting or waiting for is to find out that Jake is not really Jason’s after all, would be the first double DNA switch ever. If that were the case most people would jump to the fact that he would naturally be Lucky’s but I would LOVE to see them write in another scenario that she slept with someone else at that time aside from Jason and Lucky and that Jake would be his kid. Who that someone else would be I am not sure, but OOOOOOHHHHH wouldn’t it be crazy good if he were RICK’S kid, the crazy gene would for SURE make sense THEN!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Definitely!! GH cannot go wrong with Greg. I don’t really know Lucky, but I do know multiple actors have played the role. I love Greg; however, TPTB at Days turned Eric into a sanctimonious, wretched failure. I sooo hope he comes to GH. He has so much more to offer that what Eric had.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Mainly before the car crash, CeeCee. Eric has come down to earth and now rolls in the mud with the rest of us/Salem folk. lol

Regardless how Eric is or was, he and Nicole are great as Ericole! GV and AZ only have to look at each other in character to see the chemistry.

I think Greg will be back.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, 4ever,
I hope Greg will come back as Eric. And, I did feel the connection he and Nicole had….but, if you remember, TPTB turned Eric into a superficial, hypocritical snob. There was a period of time where I disliked the character with a passion.
In the meantime, lol, he could just slip over to Port Charles for a spell.

Patrick
Patrick

“rolling” on the floor laughing

“… Eric has come down to earth and now rolls in the mud with the rest of us/Salem folk ”

I would welcome Greg Vaughan back on either DAYS… or GH

it’s so hard to fathom…a character resurge… when they’ve been kicked to the curb or never gave him a chance to act… just no scripts

I wish him the best

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Greg is a sexy man and a wonderful actor. Greg will be back in Daytime, hopefully GH as Lucky Spencer.

carol
carol

I don’t think any actor could be better than J. Jackson in the role of Lucky.

damien
damien

i never watched an episode of gh ever but i would follow greg to port charles if i got to watch him every day!
days dropped the ball on letting greg go. i could care less about the new aussie doctor supposedly taking eric s place as nicoles new love intrest. days has no supercouple to root for currently. chabby will be recasted with a new abby. dont like the newer recasts in the phillip/ belle/ shawn triangle. hope / rafe feels forced, brady / teresa s been neutered down with a watered down teresa so days goofed up losing ericole! the last authentic couple on th show…
i will miss greg vaughan

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, damien,
I like the way you describe the ‘remolded’ Theresa. “Watered down”….perfect!! Great way to describe the character. Supposedly her great love for Brady and motherhood did this? Okay, but why such a drastic change? And, what the hey is the big deal about Brady, anyway? A recovered alcoholic? A good guy? There is no such thing ….once an alcoholic always an alcoholic, even though he no longer drinks. What makes him better than Theresa? Or Any of those others with their nose up in the air?
Hope and Rafe? Oh my gosh!!!! The most mismatched couple on Days. If you sense it is forced? Then, it means it is. There is absolutely no chemistry between these two. Too bad the episodes are filmed six months in advance….so, any influence the viewer’s opinion may have, goes down the drain. I do hope TPTB will duly take it upon themselves to squash that idea.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey, CeeCee…y-e-s…Rafe and Hope are so mismatched…PERIOD!!!!! To me, they look BEYOND RIDICULOUS together!!!!! A-n-d…more and more, I have this unpleasant image (or whatever) in my head of poor Bo already turning over in his grave…Y-I-K-E-S!!!!!!

Later, my friend. P-e-a-c-e.

Sooz-E
Sooz-E

I have watched GH for the better part of 30 years now, and while I love J. Jackson as young lucky and teen Lucky, for ME he never seemed to be able to grow the character up past that stage. Like I said that was just for me, my mama on the other hand thinks J. Jackson will only ever be the best and only Lucky. I however feel that Greg Vaughan did wonders for the character and growing him up, maturing him. Greg as Lucky got some really GREAT story arcs like being hook on prescription painkillers, and having an affair with one of the other main characters only to have a connection to steal the meds for him, all this after being one of the finest and most upstanding police officers of Port Charles. He was also able to redeem his character after such a tragic story arc with a lot of grace so that everyone loved Lucky again. I just wish Greg the best of luck(no pun intended) with his future prospects and hope that what he is really wanting to come through for him does.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS Co-headwriter, Dena Higley, left her writing post and was replaced by Y&R’s Beth Milstein. Greg’s exit was written by Dena, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Greg returned to DAYS as Eric.

Becky
Becky

I sure hope so. Love him and Nicole!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

The best time for me between Eric and Nicole was when she was working in the Rectory with him (I think it was the Rectory). Their blossoming love was so sweet. He, a priest, she a messed-up woman who had been to hell and back, inflicted on herself by herself. I felt the sexual tension, albeit it was sort of ‘gross’ since Eric was a priest. But, he is human with human feelings, regardless. Then, TPTB deftly, but stupidly ruined that relationship, as usual, I don’t think ‘they’ like happy endings?

Aria
Aria

I like him but I’m on the fence with the lucky character I feel the character can be so condescending so I’m not sure we need the character at this time.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Jackson is an awesome actor. But I preferred Vaughan version of Lucky.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Aria. I always got that feeling, also. I do like Greg very much, but something about Eric’s persona emanates the sense that no one is good enough, or lives up to his standards. Plus, he truly does represent the typical lovelorn, lost soul….a true Shakespearean character….which to me is quite a contradiction.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

They really messed up the character of Eric Brady. I blame the writers for this. He’s a genuinely gifted actor. But so was Archer. It was a loooooong drawn out stroll through tedium for both actors.

Eric going off the rails didn’t make any sense. He did the best he could with awful or subpar material.

Speaking of subpar material, how long is Paul going to be stuck pouring tea in the background? No one wastes talent like Days (heavy sigh).

Cheryl
Cheryl

Yes! Come on home to GH. Perfect time for Lucky to return & stay. I always liked Greg Vaughn in that character.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

He never brought Pathos to the character of Lucky. It’s portray was in no way iconic. Wooden pretty boy with no shades of anything Spencer. But I’m sure he’s a great friend.

Maggie
Maggie

Please come back to G.H. The story calls for Lucky’s return. Liz needs a backup to ward off Sam and Jason is just too wishy washy to be any help to her. Jake is legally Lucky’s son and well the boys need a father that loves their mother and will STAY!!!!!

Darla
Darla

To ward off Sam? LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s funny, Daria. Maybe Greg/Eric still has his PRIESTLY powers!!

MissySnow
MissySnow

I wish GV all of the best in the world, but he was fired and replaced as Lucky Spencer when JJ returned to the show in 2009, and the second JJ is available after Nashville is cancelled, GH will once again send GV packing. However, GV could return to the show as Sly Eckert, but no way should he ever return as Lucky Spencer.

Tania
Tania

Maybe he can come in as a new character or AJ

Omar
Omar

Greg should NOT come to GH..His talent will be served best over at CBS ..Nashville is one of my favorite shows but once it completes this season, the show qualifies for syndication and the ratings are not that great, so most likely it will be cancel, so JJ will be looking for work and GH will hire him in a heartbeat and if Greg is cast as Lucky, they will drop him fast..They did that a few years ago and I thought that was messed up and not right.

I hope DOOL rethinks and hires him back..He is a legacy character..His character of Eric has so much chemistry with the character of Nicole..They can be written to be a supercouple if the writers give them some good material..The chemistry is there!!

Marlene Zaffino
Marlene Zaffino

LUCKY COMING BACK WOULD BE GREAT. MORE HEADACHES FOR LIZ.AFTER THIS LAST FIASCO SHE DESERVES TO LOSE BOTH KIDS.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

What makes anyone think after “Nashville” ends, Jonathan Jackson would want to go back to GH? Greg was always more believable as the adult good-guy cop Lucky who had demons to battle. I think it would be great if GH snapped him back up.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

From the sound of this interview it sounds like he’s just keeping the door open at GH should he at anytime in the future be looking for work but is hoping for and banking on some other possible offer. I think the way he phrased it was confusing as to whether the prospect was in daytime or somewhere else.

As for Nashville… one of my favorite shows. As long as it has its faithful following, which it still does, and continues to make money off the music as well, I’m hesitantly optimistic it’ll get picked up for season 4.

Guest
Guest

No! No! No! What he said was ‘ In order for him to come back to GH-A LOT of IFs would have to happen!”
It was DOOL that has the door open for him to return as Eric!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I don’t know which interview you’re referring to Guest. I’m referring to the one that’s at the top of this page. LOL…

Jenniet
Jenniet

Didn’t he pretty much point blank say it isn’t GH he’s in talks with? I know I’m just being a hopeful DAYS fan, but I can’t help hoping that he is heading back. GH dropped him for JJ and I think he deserves more respect than that. DAYS under utilized him, but what GH did was just nuts.

Lisa C.
Lisa C.

It was the old producer and head writer who dropped Greg for JJ. I’m sure that Greg could let bygones be bygones, especially if the money is right and he gets something meaty to work with. He’s proved himself at Days but Lucky is definitely needed at GH.

StinaPop
StinaPop

I’ve always had a soft spot for Greg. He is from around here (north Texas) and I remember many moons ago, back when his oldest son was just born, he and his wife and another couple came into a local sushi joint. I wanted so badly to talk to him and tell him what a big fan I was but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. They had a newborn, were in his home town, and were with another couple…just didn’t seem right.

Come on GH bring Greg back! He was always my favorite Lucky.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Geary, Easton, and Thompson are no longer on the payroll. I would think there has to be plenty of room in the budget to bring back Greg as Lucky. The old regime are the ones who fired him and they are all long gone.The new regime would have a fresh clean slate with him so no reason they can’t get a deal done if both sides want it. GH needs to give Greg a long term contract and Lucky needs to be a full time character again. It would be the first time in over a decade that Laura would be in town at the same time as all her children. The boys need Lucky and so does Liz.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Newmanwins. It would be very nice to see Laura with all of her kids!

Tatiana
Tatiana

I would love for Greg to come back as Lucky.I really enjoyed Greg’s portrayal of the character and Lucky should be on the canvas. Another leading man, a father to his kids, a brother to both Nik and Lulu, a cop…the list goes on.
But please do not put him back together with Liz. How could he possibly forgive her after she cheated on him not once, but twice!? And the second time with his brother. There is no coming back from that IMO.

But I would love to have Lucky become Liz’s friend again – because he knows her best – and have him help her develop and mature her character so she doesn’t keep lying and manipulating the nearest man whenever she feels desperate and alone. There is gold mine of story there for Elizabeth to finally deal with her brutal rape and her parents’ abandonment.

Bring on a new love interest for Lucky or have him interact with Hayden or Sabrina or Sam. I liked them together back in the day. Or bring back Britch for a love triangle with Nik. So many possibilities!

Bailey Madison
Bailey Madison

No. I want him back on days. I think GH did him dirty and I loved him as lucky, but if he don’t go back to days then I would like to see him pursue other things.

Guest
Guest

If YOU actually read it carefully- In order for GV to return to GH it does like A LOT of ” IFs to happen for him to come back!.”
There is a bigger chance for him to return to DOOL as ERIC – He has said- ” They left the door for him to return & they know where to find him”
He sounds like he would prefer DOOL over GH as well, if given the choice.

Stormie
Stormie

Greg is so talented and the sweetest man so of course I would love him back on GH. His chemistry with Kelly Monaco was amazingly hot. Why not have Jason with competition for Sam instead of another tired round of Sam against one of his harem members. Whatever Greg decides I’m sure it will be the right decision for him and I support that 100%

Dee
Dee

Bring on GV! But not for Liz – for Sam. They were so hot.

Theresa
Theresa

I think they should reach out to him instead of recasting the character.

Lisa C.
Lisa C.

Greg is super talented and he’d be very welcome back as Lucky! I read that Rebecca Herbst, who plays Liz, would love to have him back. With Lulu likely getting a divorce, her big brother would definitely have his hands full. Plus Laura and Nik are in town and Genie Francis could use a great storyline.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

Well, frankly, He’s a good actor I cannot say that he isn’t.
However, in all honesty, his character of Eric is so whiney and always so full
of self-pity, it does get monotonous and annoying after a while.
I am perhaps being presumptuous but I suppose Eric will go off the show to
serve a prison term for his drunk driving incident and will re-emerge at some
future date.

Janet
Janet

Yes, bring him back!!

crystal marquez
crystal marquez

yes please bring greg back as lucky he was an amazing lucky !!!he made it his own i love greg as lucky and lucky and liz belong together i think it would be good for lucky to come back now he could be a father to his son aiden and be there for the boys and liz and not right away be with liz but be there for her and have them get back together they have always loved each other he is the only man that is right for her plus loved him when he was a cop awesome bring greg back your an amazing actor greg vaughn love u as lucky

Artlie
Artlie

Never as Lucky. Johnathan Jackson owns that role. Greg never came off believable as Lucky. Some other character perhaps.

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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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Matt Cedeno Debuts Tonight On ‘Ambitions’

Former Days of our Lives star Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon Walker) is set to begin his recurring role on tonight’s episode of OWN’s sudsy Ambitions.

Cedeno is taking on the role of Ignacio DeSantos, who is said to be the heir to a textiles conglomerate, and who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer, Bella (Erica Page).

Ignacio is a said to also be a very dynamic character, who has quite the lifestyle! Hmmm.

Will passion ignite between Ignacio and Bella? Stay tuned.

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Matt was most recently seen on Power in the role of Cristobal.

Ambitions airs Tuesday nights at 10PMEST/9PMCST.

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Excited to see Matt in his new role tonight? Comment below.

 

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