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Is Bryan Dattilo finally on his way back to Days of our Lives?

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Photo Credit: Peter Randolph

So could this finally be the right time for fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) to return to the Salem fold?  For all intent and purposes it would seem the timing couldn’t be better, as over the next several months the Horton family be dealing with Will’s (Chandler Massey) coming out, as the character tries to come to terms with this within himself.

It would be interesting to see how the writers decide to write the character of Lucas in this scenario and his reaction to the news that his son, Will, is  gay. Would Lucas be the supportive dad, or the homophobe?

In any case, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Datillo was spotted earlier this week at the set of Days of our Lives at NBC Studios!

So let us know if you would be excited for a Lucas return? And if so, how would you like to see him deal with his son’s sexuality?

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Days Fan
Days Fan

I would love to have him back! Hes is one of my all time favorite characters. It would be even better if it gave us a Lumi reunion!!

rendie
rendie

i would love to have him back and i would hope that the writers write lucas as a supportive father of his son become who he really is . I think the writers need to ask Bryan how he thinks the character should respond to his sons comming out also i would love if johnny turns out to be lucas’s

Sound
Sound

If the character of Lucas returns I hope it’s only for a short time to support his son. Or better still, just call.

Jules
Jules

I’m DYING for Lucas to come back to DAYS, and there is absolutely no better time than with this storyline. Lucas’s presence is essential right now, they can’t tell this story properly without his perspective. He would NOT be a homophobe though, never. He would be very supportive of his son and his sexuality.

Teresa
Teresa

If true, I would be SO happy to see him return! It’s been a long, long wait, I can’t wait for the confirmation. He is so needed in Salem.

Vicky
Vicky

DAYS has been so dark for the month of November especially the last couple of weeks. Hearing the news of Bryan’s possible return is like a ray of sunlight. There was never a character needed on any show more than Bryan is needed on DAYS right now. People need a reason to watch, a reason to care about the show since the writers are making it known that they really don’t care that much what the fans want or are interested in. I know I have never been so discouraged in DAYS in my life as I am right now. Bryan’s return will help so much!!

Angela
Angela

I think he’s needed for the Will storyline and that’s about it. Maybe he’ll bring a bride back from Hong Kong instead of rehashing Lucas/Sami version 348.

Regina
Regina

I would be delighted to have him back. I love Bryan, I love Lucas, and frankly Sami only seems to be tolerable with Lucas by her side, but I’m not opposed to him having a romantic storyline outside of Sami, I think it’s about time that someone other than Sami shows some true love for Lucas. I think it’ll be great if for the FIRST time Days treats this fan favorite and someone who’s been so loyal to Days with some respect and gives him the storyline that Lucas deserves. If the rumor is true that he is back or in his way back then I’d definitely be excited!

LUMI
LUMI

Lucas Horton will be a supportive dad, I would love for Lucas to have a new woman in his life, someone to help him and love him and his kids.
Im just sooooooo HAPPY he is on his way back to Salem. 🙂

Sara
Sara

I like Lucas and think it would be great to have him back to be supportive of Will. Just keep him away from Sami because she belongs with EJ.

Gerri
Gerri

I would love to see Lucas return!! And even better, it would be great to see him reunite with Sami. Sami and BoringRafe have zero chemistry. I’m so hoping they break up & having Lucas around would be perfect timing! I hope Lucas is supportive of Will. I can’t say I am happy about this storyline, but Lucas’ presence would make it more enjoyable.

Cat
Cat

You’re kidding, right? Days has needed Lucas back for a long while now…it makes no sense that Lucas would not have been there for Will’s graduation, etc. Bringing him back is the best thing Days could do at this particular time.

Blake
Blake

Glad he’s coming back, Days really is like it was in the early 90s when it was sooo good!

Kay
Kay

Its always been the right time for Lucas. He should have never been gone in the first place at least Lucas would have never left his children. I’m estatic that he may be back I just don’t want to be letdown. This show is notorious for that.

LucasFan
LucasFan

I quit watching when Bryan was let go (both times). Lucas is my favorite character and without him the entire storyline with Will seems empty. I saw Chandler’s scenes Friday and for the first time in YEARS actually anticipate seeing his scenes Monday. He knocked it out of the park. IMO if done right, Bryan and Chandler could really do some Emmy worthy scenes. Days reboot – while I did try to watch – was an epic fail in my opinion and bringing Lucas back for this storyline would be a HUGE step in the right direction. I’m still at a loss why Bryan wasn’t brought back in September! Come on, Days! Don’t let another chance slip through your fingers! You actually have a chance at something good here!

rose
rose

right time for Bryan Dattilo for me was like yesterday

i will be excited if he is back and it better be for long term
i also i would hope so that the writers will write lucas as a supportive father of his son become who he really is too

Tje8375
Tje8375

Bring Bryan Dattilo back pronto. Would love to see him in the storyline with Will. I’m a huge Lucas fan and would expect that Lucas would have a difficult time with Will being gay, but in the long run, Lucas’s love for his son will always out weigh the doubts he has about homosexuality. This could be a roll that Bryan could sink his teeth into, but please keep Galen/Rafe out of the story line.

Malin
Malin

I would love to have him back on the show too.. Have been fan to him for the past 18 years. and would make this fan very happy if Lucas comes home. and he should be there for Will and only Lucas should be there for him.. and not Rafe..””That is all that matters, cause Will is our son. And If anyone is gonna be here for you its gonna be me! If anyone is gonna help you through this, and hold your hand and be supportive, I’m gonna do it! Not him!”

Jess
Jess

100 reasons for Lucas and Bryan to come back _______________________________________ 100. Lucas is an uncle yet again; he needs to see his nephew Parker. 99. Kate has too much on her plate these days, with dealing with Vivian and patching up her marriage with Stefano. She needs someone who knows Hearth and Home (Salem) to step in and keep it going. That would be Lucas. 98. Salem needs a little laughter as everyone is going through some tough times. Bryan Dattilo’s Lucas can interject that as only Lucas can. 97 Jennifer is having a rough time and losing her heart (literally). She could use the support (and possibly blood) of her brother Lucas. 96 Abby might be getting involved with a Dimera! Uncle Lucas has lots of life experience with that family to impar 95. Mother Kate needs help dodging Vivian’s wrath. 94 Brother Philip needs help learning to be a dad. 93 Cousin Nathan is dealing with the aftermath of trying to get over his true love with a poor substitute who lied to him – Lucas knows a thing or two about that. 92 Cousin Hope got beat up in prison!! Lucas could swap stories with her on that. 91 Sister Jennifer is lost without Jack, distanced from her children – Lucas could offer much needed support and understanding. 90 Since we know that Hearth and Home needs a high level executive in Hong Kong, we’re sure that Austin and Carrie are willing to take on the challenge so Lucas can be closer to their niece and nephew. Surely Lucas can do much of his job in Salem anyway, where it’s easier to touch base with the founder, Kate. 89 Son Will has been through enough without his dad around – Lucas needs to be there for his son as he is transitioning into a man. 88 Daughter Allie has been tossed around and greatly ignored, as well as traumatized over her brother’s illness – Lucas NEEDS to be present to give her some stability and love. 87 Caroline just had a stroke; it’ll take her months to fully rehabilitate. Who is going to care for Allie while Sami is tending to Johnny? Her dad can! 86 Daniel was cheated on by Chloe – Lucas should be there to remind Daniel that he shouldn’t be so high and mighty. 85 Nicole’s sister Taylor is coming back to town – Lucas was her friend back in the day. 84 On (1/24) episode, Kate told Philip that she regrets not allowing Lucas and Bill to get to know each other. Us viewers also regret that we never saw much Lucas and Bill interaction, especially since we enjoyed them together at Alice’s funeral. It would also be great to see Kate explore that part of her past if both Lucas and Bill returned to Salem. 83 EJ has gotten away with hurting Lucas family too much – it’s time for Lucas to come back and protect the ones he loves like… Read more »

MG
MG

Lucas should have never been gone in the first place. his children need a parent who remembers them, and cares and puts them first.

stephanie
stephanie

Bring Lucas back and reunite Lumi!

LUMIly
LUMIly

yep bring BRD/Lucas Horton back to stay till the end of Days,
He is missed by his #1 fan “ME” 🙂

Te
Te

The ratings have bottomed out it is clear the majority do not want EJ.. Bryan will bring viewers back that were ousted by the Ej sicko show..rapists and grief sex is a big NO !
Lucas would be very supportive of Will and love him no matter what.
But the bigger issue is that in the past ..swept under the dirty Dimera rug it was written that Johnny and Ali were Not Dimera, the stem cells did NOT match to save Stefano. This has to be. and should be re-visted. Nothing could make the ratings soar higher than Lucas fighting for and winning his son from the Dimera’s !!

bryandattilofan
bryandattilofan

yes, I really want Bryan Dattilo back on my screen. I have not watched since the day he left and won’t watch until he is back on my screen. Please bring back Bryan Dattilo, Lucas needs to be there for Will and Allie, both his children. He also needs to be declared the father of Johnny, oh the drama that would cause to have both the twins be Lucas’s, as it should be. Please bring back Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and reunite the Horton family. Lucas, Sami, Allie and Johnny. That would make this Lucas, Bryan and Lumi fan very happy!

Michael
Michael

It would be fantastic to have Byan back on the canvas. One of the best things about Days is that their major actors over the years come back time after time. I’d love to see Lucas get all uptight and outraged over Will’s coming out story. (Politcal correctness does NOT make for good daytime drama.)
BTY- Massey (Will) has been fantastic lately. I loved his big dramatic reaction to Gabby’s rejection and ending of their relationship. I hope they play out this story slowly and show all the complexities involved in the coming out process.

Crystal
Crystal

I’d be so beyond happy and filled with joy if Bryan returned as Lucas. He should have never been let go in the first place. He’s a Horton, hes very important to the history of the show. His son Will needs him during the dark stuff that he’s going through. His little girl Allie needs her daddy. and his Soul-Mate Sami needs him to make some sense of the MESS she’s once again created for herself. Lumi belong together like Bo & Hope, John & Marlena, Jack & Jennifer and Carrie & Austin belong together. They are part of the long line of SUPERCOUPLES. With word that his sister is coming home, and his brother Austin came back earlier this year, Lucas needs to come back. Kate needs all her children back in Salem especially Lucas. There is still so much for Lucas to do in Salem! Please oh please say Lucas is returning. If days is really serious about turning the show back into the show we know and love then it won’t be complete till Lucas comes home! Lumi 4ever!

FormerDaysFan
FormerDaysFan

Would love to see Bryan return. The show has a void without him! Watched him for years and years. I miss the days when Lucas was in Salem. Don’t care if he’s not written with Sami. Actually at this point it’s probably best that he’s not. I just want Lucas back. Dattilo is a great actor.

LisaJoseph
LisaJoseph

I have stopped watching till Bryan comes back!!!!!!!!!

Nicole
Nicole

I’d tune back in to see THIS return! I’d like to see Lucas really blown away by Will’s coming out. Hey, if he was perfectly fine with it, that’d be very unsoap like! Things are never that easy. I don’t want to see Lucas written as a jerk though, and there is a difference.

Most of all, if Lucas returned I would tune right back out if they didn’t do right to the Will/Lucas relationship that they’ve been butchering (I’ve seen scenes, although I no longer watch the show regularly). Rafe is not the first “real father figure” Will has had. Lucas is and always will be. I need the writers to get this right.

sarita
sarita

If BD comes back, there is really no need for GG – plain and simple. BD can take over the co parenting duties with sami (only) and maybe find himself some sweet loving via madison or even gabi (since dool is exploring the older man young girl crush via abby and austin, lucas should be able to dip into that honey bowl). No Sami or Carrie or even Nicole pairing, Lucas has been there and done that too many times it will be insulting and depressing to send the guy back for another round of pride-destroying “romance”. This time around I would like Lucas to have some sense, sensibility and smarts (which does not mean lippy, irritating and self righteous). If the writers and production intend to bring Lucas just to occupy space by making him a spineless, witless and annoying character please skip and wait until BD can be given something worth his talent and skills – we have already GG/Rafe to contend with, no need for a second serving of mediocre and terrible character development, thank you very much.

RJ
RJ

Would be very glad to have Lucas/Bryan back. Seems the timing would be right to have him come now during the storyline of Will coming out. I would want him to be supportive perhaps, at first it would be an adjustment, but then he comes to realize that he loves his son and wants him to be happy.

May sound strange, but also down the road would like to have EJ/Lucas team up on something in a ‘buddy’ way not mean or angry. In the past, EJ and Lucas actually had good chemistry and at times were funny together. Would like to see this again.

PGP
PGP

First of all, I disagree with Vicky…I think Days is amazing right now. They are paying attention to vets, giving us old fashioned soap stories, and love centered ones. Last I knew, this is what fans wanted. I know this fan is very pleased with what he sees. As for Lucas coming back, heck yeah. This story cannot be told properly without his father, who I could totally see being more supportive than Sami. I am also interested in seeing how Will’s friends react namely Chad. I know when my friend came out. I wanted to support him, and I did, but still wasn’t sure how to act. Now I realize its no different except he likes guys and I like girls…i hope days explores this realism

Paula
Paula

Bryan needs to come back. Lucas is sorely needed in Salem!

LUMILY
LUMILY

about.com has CONFIRM that Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton id indeed returning,he began taping 12-5th.
HOORAY,,, YIPPEE
his kids need hin,and Im so happy he is back,and I hope he stays till the end of Days,
Merry Christmas to all his fans and to ME ME ME 🙂

marc
marc

Bryan is back look for him in Late feb or early march

marc
marc

rumor going around that the shawn d brady character would be coming back but expect a recast though

Hilda
Hilda

The 100 reasons Lucas should return is cool. I never knew LUMI had such a following.

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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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