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It's The EJami Wedding On DAYS! But Will Sami Expose EJ To Be A Liar and A Cheat?

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There is never anything simple with Days of our Lives EJami! And this week on the NBC soap opera it’s finally EJ (James Scott) and Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) wedding day!  But as we now know, Sami has been well aware that EJ and Abigail (Kate Mansi) had an affair and she is laying what she feels is the perfect revenge plot, but will it backfire?

Will Sami expose EJ and Abigail publicly? After all, she even has Abigail as the maid of honor! Alison Sweeney previewed Sami’s wedding conflict in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now: “Sami is very focused on the anger and you don’t know if she will go through with her plans.  Then while Sami is walking down the aisle, she has a fantasy of EJ and Abby kissing and Sami almost kind of faints, and the emotions start to get the best of her.  You start to realize she is on thin ice.”

Watch this week’s promo from Days of our Lives after the jump! Then, let us know how you think things will play out?  Will Sami reveal that she knows Abigail and EJ had a fling?  Does she want to catch the two of them together?  Since it appears that Sami marries EJ, will she realize she can’t go through with her revenge plan and just stay married to the guy?  Weigh-in!

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Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

Please Ejami stay together at all costs! I want this whole affair to be a trashy dream sequence. Eijami better leave the show together, in love and happy. Oh, these writers really annoy me-are they really inconsiderate enough to make us wait all these years for this happily ever after and then ruin it for us? C’mon Sami- I know I sound hypocritical in telling you to forgive Ej as I could not forgive a cheater, but please-it is Ejami and that is worth fighting for!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its a Days wedding…somethings got to go wrong…lol…me thinks Sami dumps E.J. and runs off with the kids and E.J. goes looking for them(this kind of gives them a continuing story after they leave the show)…no such thing as a happy ending on soaps!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I hope Sami dumps EJ on his ass. They do not belong together. I would’ve preferred her with Lucas, which they toyed with before, and I’m sad it didn’t work out!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…i always liked Sami and Lucas better as a couple…the were kind of like the love/hate relationship of Alan and Monica on GH!!!

dmr
dmr

I’ve never understood what EJ Dimera saw in Sami Brady. EJ is intelligent and sophisticated. Sami is immature and spoiled, acts and lashes out like one of her young children would during a temper tantrum. I just don’t see the appeal. I know there are a lot of Ejami fans out there. I thought EJ’s scenes with Abigail were hot! Not that I think EJ and Abigail would make a great couple; but, I like how Abigail is not so one-dimensional any longer-Jennifer Horton’s good girl. On another note, I am absolutely thrilled that Eileen Davidson won the the Lead Actress Emmy! Eileen is a beautiful and talented actress! I can’t wait to see her back in Salem! I also am loving Eve Donovan. I’m a huge fan of Kassie DePaiva’s. The only downside, having to endure an onslaught of more Jennifer Horton and her hideous hair and wardrobe. I think someone in hair/makeup and wardrobe must have it in for Missy Reeves.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think sooner or later Jennifer is due for a mental breakdown just like her mother Laura…i want Jennifer to start recieving mysterious eerie phone calls from her late husband Jack that is actually traced to the cemetary where Jack is allegedly buried…who is doing this to poor Jen…Eve?…Theresa?…Ann?…or maybe the real Jack isnt even dead at all and he shows up in Salem just in time for the shows 50th which shocks a confession out of whoever has been terrorizing Jen with those spooky prank calls!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Meanwhile, could Eve just happen to be Aiden’s estranged wife?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Jack was cremated and his ashes thrown into the Pacific Ocean, so she would have to get calls via a Beach Shell LOL. But it is possible Jack is still alive because when he died Roman wouldn’t let anyone see the body because it was too gruesome and he was cremated fast and no service in town, but a small out of town to throw his ashes into the water. It might be that Jack was employed by the ISA to bring down some Middle Eastern tyrant since Jack has experience in that part of world. Or maybe working deep undercover along with Bo.

Mary SF
Mary SF

PS– I thought Aiden’s wife deceased—did I miss something? Sometimes Days moves slowly and I tend to nap during part of it, so did I miss a reveal— that she isn’t really dead and he only said she was?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I see Eve making a play for Brady and in fights with Theressa!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I want EJ and Sami together, too. And I think they will be in the end. We may have some fireworks and such as we have some time with these characters on the canvas. Always thought of EJ and Abigail as but a plot contrivance to give EJ and Sami some conflict and drama. DAYS really is strong and I am glad it remains a solid daytime drama. Surprised it did not win the Emmy for outstanding series this year.

Mary SF
Mary SF

She can forgive EJ for blackmailing her into having sex with him, for kidnapping their baby daughter and making her think she was dead, for replacing her husband with a look a like, and for the million lies he has told her, but she can’t forgive him for having a brief fling with Abby during a time when she was withholding sex from him? Sounds about right for Sami Brady. Hope she does forgive him in time, but since James Scott left the show before Allison, not sure if we should expect a happy ending for EJami, but one never knows. But lets hope it is exciting, because last week Days was a snooze.

shannon
shannon

When were they not a snooze?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I had to thank you hear about telling me about Jack being creamated…i honestly dont recall Jack was creamated but back then i only watched days off and on at the time of his ‘death’…around that time i was in a serious accident that resulted in an arm and head injury and many months of physical therapy…i even had to learn to write again which you probably can still tell sometimes in my writing…it also the reason for my occasional memory lapses(do you recall our a little ‘GH Alice’ situation from last year…now you know)…but im doing so much better now…as for Aiden and his wife…i think ‘she is dead to him only’ and that there could be a good chance she is alive but not necessarily does it have to be Eve, especially since Paige hasnt mention having a younger brother and im sure she wouldve recognized Aiden unless she was off to boarding school and never met him and his son is from a different marriage but thats me wanting to connect newbies with the oldies…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ahhh!!–Mary SF; but, are we positive those ashes really belong to Jack? I bet my last penny on everything Jimh says to somehow become a reality. I simply want lil’ Jen and her halo to be put out of their respective misery.

Mark
Mark

Days is the best soap! Then GH then bold and beautiful then Y&R

Ann
Ann

I am hoping days will pick up somewhat. Been pretty bored lately. What is this love affair with Jennifer and Daniel. They are involved in all the story lines. The writers ruined Eric and Nicole. I am going to miss EJ but need a break from Sami. She has been front and center for 21 years. Just can’t figure out why writers have so much materiel for some and not others like Lucas, Roman etc. Why did they even bring back John. He has done nothing. ,

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

I have to agree with Ann here ~ I have been watching DAYS for about seven months, it IS just a little draggy. It seems like storylines are stretched out forever to a point where you almost don’t care anymore. I guess we will FINALLY find out what the heck Jordan and her brother are running away from. Eventually we will find out what Sami has up her sleeve ….but in the meantime, I too wish that things would stop moving at a Turtle’s pace. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the show and I love seeing some of the alumni from both ALL MY CHILDREN and One Life to Live, but speed it up a little.

CeeCee
CeeCee

The siblings are running from their low-life, abusive father. He means his kids harm, and when Rafe discovers that it is Kate who brought him to Salem, all hell will break loose.

Patrick
Patrick

I had to laugh the other day

look at Roman getting some with Giselle!

he could get a little sweaty

throw in Eric chiding Marlena about being jealous

Patrick
Patrick

Please, Please, Please !

Days : bring back Sheryl… pregnant with Lucas child

magnanimous decisive planning… to elevate DOOL

Chaz
Chaz

Considering Sami & Kate are plotting against EJ & Stefano I don’t see her blowing up the wedding by exposing the affair. I think she marries him in order to strengthen her position for DiMera assets. Besides, both AS & JS will be on the show until about October so I think they want to pull as much drama out of this reveal as possible.

Max
Max

Ejami needs to stay together and waltz off into the sunset together. They can deal with things later if either one wants to come back to the show. We waited so long for them to be together.

AMANDA
AMANDA

They definitely get married. Abe performs the ceremony with very touching vows. Yes, Sami wants revenge, but she will marry him. No one can deny that EJAMI are a dysfunctional duo. There is nothing about them that is traditional, so there can’t be a traditional wedding.

With that being said, no two people are more suited for each other. They are both devious and real pros with their on going scheming. That is what makes EJAMI the most entertaining, popular duo on Days with a HUGE fan base.

Yes, of course they will survive this mess and find their way back together as they always have in the past 8 years. James Scott said there was “great EJAMI action this summer with a twist, which will make EJAMI fans very happy”. I am looking forward to this!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

DOOL is the best soap on right now. I look forward to watching everyday. That says a lot!

I’m going to miss AS and JS.

tommac
tommac

correct me if i am wrong, but didnt ej rape sami around the time they first met? how exactly did sami get over that 🙂

Mary SF
Mary SF

Do you really want to open that can of worms again? I suggest you look up in Mr. Fairman’s Archive– October 25 or 26 2012 post about AS renewing her contract on Days, there is quite a lively discussion on that very topic there.

Patrick
Patrick

mindset repose

Kayla and Hope

woman to woman vie for the attention of : hottie magnificent eyes and charmed by Aiden

A Brady and a Horton : all the elements of diehard fan influx… ALIVE

Leah
Leah

I cannot tell you how DISAPPOINTED I was with the Ejami wedding. Ejamis wedding should have been “Soap Wedding Of The Year.” A forbidden love story that after 8 years of fans patiently hoping and diligently waiting… that Ejami fans, should have got their reward, their big pay off. But no Days couldn’t even get this right. Instead of an AUTHENTIC, genuine, sincere, loving, romantic, no secrets wedding we get this trash! A wedding of deception, lies, scheming, revenge and pay back. Badly done Days, badly done! A word I have heard a lot lately in regards to Ejami is twisted. Well yes we love Ejami because they aren’t perfect and are grey but not because they are twisted. And we fans that love them aren’t twisted either. If the Days crew thought we would like this wedding because it is twisted boy did they get it WRONG! Instead of being happy the majority of fans are left feeling angry and sad. Days just pushed it too far this time…. An Ejami wedding with the bridei daydreaming about Efail making out? Too much, it was just way too much. Over kill. Everybody is so anti EJ and Ejami on the show at the moment (only their kids are the happy ones), it’s just so biased, hypocritical and pathetic. Samis family can show up for a Bristen wedding, Eric can even marry them (after all of Kristens history with the Bradys/John) but yet they just can’t bring themselves to be there for their daughter or sister, ( Or indeed their grandchildren, nephews/nieces) on Ejamis big day? Come on Sami ain’t no saint! And the one thing they cannot deny is Sami does love EJ. As for Doofus Rafe…. What the? Man I’d love to give him a bunch of fives. He is in a relationship with Jordan yet can’t seem to stay out of his ex’s life and is banging Kate. What a gore he has! Then to top it all off the instigator of the whole affair Abigail is hating on and blaming EJ for everything. In her opinion he is getting what he deserves. Um, we all saw the cabin scenes Abby you came onto EJ not the other way around and then you chased him to the locker room, you cancelled his appointments and checked out Samis schedule before turning up in the conference room to try and seduce EJ yet again and you want to blame him? Come on young lady be honest. You wanted it and still do. You are just jealous because EJ has made it clear he loves Sami and Ejamily. It is nothing but sour grapes here and you wanna play the victim card? I hope YOU get what you deserve 🙂 Sami is peeved (and in one way she has a right to be) but her anger and rage with Kate continually fuelling it may just go too far this time. My fear is instead of Ejami finding their way back to… Read more »

Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

One hundred percent agree with you! Was in physical pain watching that wedding. So disingenuous and fake. What was all that Abigail watching from the side like a hawk- she has Ben now, can’t she just move on? I am such an Ejami fan and this wedding was a real slap in the face to all Ejami fans. The writers are seriously doing my head in. Ejami better end up together, although right now, I seem to be losing all hope for that
:(((

dmr
dmr

All of that crazy running around town planning for what, 8 guests and a very short walk down the isle? I laughed so hard at the number of chairs and everyone leaving while the married couple danced!

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

Really, honestly I agree – it was like, THIS is IT for this super rich super powerful couple – a backyard wedding – with about six guests – it’s not everyone had somewhere else to go and something else to do like they’d rather be at a backgard Barbeque down the street – even the kids wanted to be elsewhere.
Can I ask something off-topic to any DAYS fans, since I am a relatively new viewer – does DAYS ever go on location? Honestly, everyone it seems is either at Brady’s Pub or the indoor park set or at the Square. That’s it. No one ever seems to be anywhere else (maybe at the hospital). They either need some extra sets or they need to go on location here and there – it gets a little monotonous after a while.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Days did have some location shoots once upon a time– like the time Bo and Hope were in New Orleans, they also they had more a variety in their sets– but over the last couple of years they really reigned in their budget on that area, so everything does double duty– ever notice the offices at the hospital are the same set for the police department; Eve/ Paige and Theresa have the same apartment only the paintings and the back splash of the kitchen changed.

Back in the day everyone had their own house set– and stories would be set various locations; there use to be a lot of island sets– Days used to liked to strand people on islands.
But actually, The Horton Square is a set up from the docks where just a few years ago everything was taking place on this dock set, from New Year’s celebration to everyday conversations, to murders.
So the limitations in sets is all about keeping the budget down– but yeah it does become a bit of bore to look at day after day.

Leah
Leah

Had another thought this morning…..

Sami wants to HUMILIATE EJ. Isn’t that the same thing his father did to him? Stefano made EJ get down on bended knees and beg him to let the love of his life go free. He had to kiss the ring and pledge himself to Stefano as well as hand over everything he owned so that Sami could go free. Now Sami is going to do the same thing to him? Really? The only person he has ever truly loved and trusts in his life now 🙁
Sure Sami has every right to be peeved but doing this “revenge” plot is WRONG! She is no better than Stefano in my books if she continues down this track. And if she brings the kids into the equation again it is going to make me more sympathetic towards EJ than her. I have a feeling we got a plot point during EJs vows… that is EJ will keep up with Sami and give her as good as she gives him. Oh no, not tit for tat again. We’ve been there and done that with Ejami too many times. Ejami had matured way past that so thanks Days for that – NOT!

PS: An observation…..
EJ does wrong = EJ pays
EJ does right = EJ pays
Stefano does wrong = EJ pays
Kristen does wrong = EJ pays
Nicole does wrong = EJ pays
Sami does wrong = EJ pays

EJ has always been paying for his and others crimes since arriving on the show. I want to see him start winning. On his terms, in his way and see him go out in victory not defeat on this show. After all this is EJ Dimera for goodness sake.

Angela
Angela

I strongly agree with you, can’t EJ ever get a break in this show, it’s getting ridiculous can’t Sami and EJ ever get a happy ending after all they are leaving the show.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

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

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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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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