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Is DAYS Continuing Their Search For A New Abigail?

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While fans of NBC’s Days of our Lives now know that Kate Mansi (Abigail) has confirmed her exit from the series, it looks like the casting search for her replacement is still on!

According to Soap Opera Digest, the original casting call for “Val” has resurfaced in the casting breakdowns.  However the call does say, “The  show is seeking very, very strong actors for the role, which is currently recurring with the possibility of going contract.”   Leaving some to believe this may not be for Abigail.

The casting breakdown added:  “Please do not resubmit actors already seen for Val Role in December.”

As a reminder, the character of “Val” is described as: 24 to 28-years-old and a gorgeous young professional.  Val has already experienced great love and great loss in her young life which has left her strong spirit with a fragility she passionately protects. She has a determination to live and love as fearlessly as she can in the wake of all she has been through.

SOD also notes that Mansi will wrap up her run on-screen in May.

So, is this a casting call for Abby? If so, who would you suggest to play the part? Comment below!

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Ray
Ray

Kate Mansi is going to be a hard act to follow, especially now that she and Chad appear to be the next super-couple. I will miss her Kate in the role.

If the chemistry is different with a new actress, I would like to see DOOL explore a Chad/Abigail/Theresa triangle. For some reason, I think Billy Flynn and Jen Lilly could have that same chemistry as EJ and Sami.

Ray
Ray

Let’s hope the casting department has better luck finding the new Abby than they did with the hiring of the teenage actors. It is too painful to watch. I hope Ken Corday does wait until the ratings fall until he addresses AGAIN what is/isn’t working on the show. Let’s not have another the ill-received elephant statue, Part II in 2016.
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tim S
tim S

Ditto… I don’t like to talk bad about actors so much but definitely a couple of these younger actors are not in the right role for themselves and the show…

code85
code85

I wouldn’t about a elephant statue , since whitesell and tomlin are gone.

vinee
vinee

elizabth hendrcckson as abby

Patrick
Patrick

that could work!

Nice

Chloe had it in spades… with both of Nina’ sons (ronan and chance)… YIKES! and with Kevin

so… this ladies got IT

CeeCee
CeeCee

Elizabeth is beautiful and a true talent. Sadly, she is too old to play Abby.

Reagan
Reagan

I was actually thinking Elizabeth for Stephanie. Doesn’t look much like Kayla/Steve but does favor Shelly Hennig who was in the role before.

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

Brittany Underwood as the new Abby!…someone previously mentioned her and she would be perfect!

michael
michael

for Abigail recast Lindsay Hartley, Kim Matula, Kelly Thiebaud or Heidi Mueller…

for Val role Brook Kerr, Alicia Minshew, Bree Williamson, Jessica Collins

CeeCee
CeeCee

We must keep in mind that Abby is supposed to be in her twenties.

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS.
If Abby is to, indeed, be recast; please, oh, please, I hope that Days, in ITS search for a ‘new Abby’, does it right this time. There have been many great suggestions on this board, but also some drastic ones…… as I said above, she needs to be in her twenties. It would set everything awry; from the disparity in age between Abby and her brother; to being not long out of school. Do not, I beg you, do not stick Chad with someone in her mid thirties or approaching forty years of age! The entire concept is just so distorted; it fogs up the entire storyline……a love story which has gone through hoops to get to the present.

Mo
Mo

Lindsay has been on Days and looks Hispanic. While I like her, I don’t think she has the right look.

Kim would be great, but don’t know if she wants to do another soap.

Is Heidi still acting?

CeeCee
CeeCee

It isn’t even the right look, Mo. Lindsey is not Hispanic. I believe she’s Italian and Greek. Kate Mansi is also Italian. It is her age that does not jive with me. Lindsey is 36; while Kate is 27. Actually, Abby is supposed to be around 24/25.
The same can be said about Gering. He plays an Hispanic character, but he is Russian and Spanish ( Spaniard, from Spain, Europe).

James
James

Plus, if Lindsay, for some odd reason, returns as “Abby”, the character might fall for Brady (and the 3rd time the actors are paired together as a couple again).

And we know what happens when you become Brady’s nth significant other unless your name is Jeanie Theresa Donovan. heh

xmascarol
xmascarol

To bad they cant find someplace for Lindsay Hartley,I always liked her ,but I like her ex even more,hubba hubba,lol

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Brooke Newton from AMC 2.0.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Brittany Underwood ex Langston OLTL should be the new Abigail. Brittany is a wonderful actress.

Josh
Josh

Yes I agree with you Ricardo. Brittany Underwood is a terrific actress and the lady can act and pretty too.

code85
code85

Forgot about her. She would make a good fit

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I wish LInsey Godfrey was available…. ( Caroline B&B)

I can’t even think who would make a good Abigail…love how the character has grown over the last few years…why is everyone either leaving or getting knocked off of DOOL??

CeeCee
CeeCee

This is like deja-vu…..I thought this question was already asked? Oh, well! I still content that the part of Abby be played by Kelley Missal OR Lyndsy Fonseca. ….right age and both great talents.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Contend, not content…golly!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would love to see Marnie Schulenberg, Alison Stewart from ATWT, return to daytime. I found her to be a lovely young actress.

scott_larry
scott_larry

I think Charlotte McKinney should play the role of Abigail Devereaux

Jeremy
Jeremy

for the replacement, I so would love to see Kelley Missel resume the role of Abigail; she fits the bill.
Whoever it ends up being, must have fabulous screen chemistry with Billy Flynn.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m just glad that DAYS production… is … “taking” their time… in finding that one great actress….

“The show is seeking very, very strong actors for the role…”

Billy Flynn… deserves it. he needs to be propped with the demise and death of Stefano…

Chad is more than able to carry on the DiMera Empire! altho… he’s more in the same vein as EJ… wavering, between the do good denizens of Salem… and the take charge no holds barred DiMera Mystique

so we’ll see… how Chad plays out… after all he stands to inherit… but what will be his devils advocate? this is when they need to recast for Peter Blake or EJ.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Wow! Amen, Patrick!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely, Jeremy. The chemistry is essential.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

” Val has already experienced great love and great loss in her young life which has left her strong spirit with a fragility she passionately protects. She has a determination to live and love as fearlessly as she can in the wake of all she has been through.:

That could be ANY female soap character past or present. HAHA!

Jenn
Jenn

Too bad Kristen Aldreson moved back to the East Coast.

Ces
Ces

Oh gawd, anyone but kristen alderson!

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah. Too bad. 🙂

blake
blake

Good! Keep searching until they find the perfect actress to play her. Too bad they couldn’t have done the same thing when they had to find a new Will, if we have a good actor the character would still be on the show.

Mo
Mo

Amen. Guy was awful.

damien
damien

arienne leon, ex colleen carlton from y n r!… sony owes her after firing her than killing off her character and her adopted dad brad, such stupidity!

damien
damien

her and jj really look like thet could be siblings too! and she plays rebelious great!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, either Adrienne or Lyndsy Fonseca ( both played Colleen on Y&R) would fit the Abby character like a glove.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Adrianne Leon has been far too irrelevant for a while now. Is she even acting these days?

Mo
Mo

It says recurring, but the character should be contract. Especially if married to a DiMera. Can you imagine Sami and Abby SILs? OMG!

I do hope they get someone good. The recent recasts have not been good. I fast forwarded through the high school scenes. Belle, Shawn, Philip, and Chloe they are NOT!

clh
clh

Wasn’t fond of who they had. Hope they hire someone with some acting chops that has some range.

Susan
Susan

I think Days is going to recast Abby.

AMA
AMA

I believe that the original Abby should come back. Ashley Benson was the perfect Abby. I would love to see Chad and Abby stay together with Thomas. I think the actress should be a blond as the original actor was.

Linda
Linda

I have watched DOOL since it first aired…..watched with my mother, then when my daughter came along she started watching with me…3 generations! I am very disappointed in the new young actors who appear to be reading lines with little emotion. I am so thinking now is the time to stop watching as it is changing for the worse now with good long time actors being replaced and story lines dragging out! Very disappointed! My daughter has already given it up…..will this be the end of Days….????
For the sake of all those who have worked for years on the soap I hope it is not the end and that somehow like Stefano would say “it will rise from the ashes”. Good luck!

Louise Hicks
Louise Hicks

What about Farah Fath who played Mimi?She is a beautiful young lady and a great actress.Loved her.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

She is a diva and didn’t she break up with Lavossier (spelling)?

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

Well, many of the actors on the show are not up to par, I am speaking mostly of the younger set, they are awful.
Kate Mansi was great in the role, and whoever they cast in the role of Abigail, well
she will have tough shoes to fill.
She has great chemistry with her family members and with Chad, and they just can’t throw in “anyone” for that role. So, I hope they find someone with strong acting ability unlike the young actors right now playing supportive roles.

xmascarol
xmascarol

How about the girl who played Lilly on As The World Turns,for the life of me I cannot remember her name but I know what she looks and acts like,she would make a pretty good Abby.Can anyone here act?? lol

Brenda
Brenda

BRITTANY UNDERWOOD would be perfect.

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But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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