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James Lastovic Shares Emotional Message To His DAYS Family!

Wednesday’s Days of our Lives marked an important episode for James Lastovic as Kayla and Steve’s son, Joey.  In it, James shared touching scenes with his on-screen parents; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and Stephen Nichols (Patch) as Joey makes the decision to turn himself in for killing Ava Vitali (Tamara Braun).

The long-running NBC daytime drama series had made a storyline-dictated move for the character of Joey, who will soon be leaving the canvas.

After the show aired Wednesday, James took to his Instagram to share this heartfelt message on his journey in Salem and his departure, which was taped six months ago: “Words can’t describe what it’s been like to get to work with this beautiful family almost every day for 2 years. Thank you @nbcdays for the extraordinary and life changing experience. And a special thanks to @marybeth.evansand @stephen_e_nichols for your love and support every step of the way. Click the link in my bio to see how it all ends. Also, prepare yourself for another Marybeth Emmy. #daysofourlives #thejohnsons

Sad to know that James will soon exit the DAYS canvas? What did you think of his scenes that aired Wednesday with Mary Beth and Stephen? In case you missed the poignant moments watch it after the jump, and then comment below.

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davlestev1
davlestev1

I’d be emotional too losing that kind of paycheck. There wouldn’t be enough kleenex to dry up the tears and snot or enough cuss words to tell off the exec who decided my character was no longer needed. Lol

Patrick
Patrick

laughing out loud

then roaring

more laugh out loud

“thanks”

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am sorry to see Joey go. When the kids in Salem had gotten aged a couple years ago, Joey was my favorite one who got the aging process. James seemed to have some depth to his acting that made Joey come out to me more clearly. Hopefully we can see James move on to other things.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

It’s disappointing that James’ Joey is no longer going to be apart of Days of Our Lives, especially for what it seems at the expense of Tripp, whose character has been an annoyance since his arrival. I wish James the best, as he was one of the only one in the teen scene left that I felt had a strong acting ability, and am hoping that he can come back within the next year, as Joey can have an off-canvas reboot.

Debbie Sanders
Debbie Sanders

He will be very missed & he is an excellent actor & very good looking. He will go far with his acting. Don’t think he could be replaced! Are you sure he won’t come back?

Rodd
Rodd

Another waste of talent; gone too soon. When, oh, when will TPTB understand that viewers want to invest in long-term characters, not “celebrity stunt actors”? Two years is not enough time to get to know a character if they don’t click right away. Sometimes it takes the right story to click and then the actor clicks. This fast-food-menu mentality on some soaps is a really big part of the problem, if you ask me. (Which, of course, no one did.) :0)

jacque
jacque

Impressed, best of luck to him…

Patrick
Patrick

I remember when he first started… he had that short haircut going on.. and I thought… this was a cute as all get out brooding kinda guy

ALL the SORAS kids came on… too fast !

Ciera, Theo, Claire, Chase… Joey

he had two years to appreciate the genre and what acting means

1. i’m more going to miss Steve and kayla having that child around… to see them experience being a parent and watch both of them sharing their acting chops individually with their offspring.

especially Kayla. she just has that radiant motherly instinct that SHINES with Mary Beth Evans.

ugh! I don’t know what’s going to happen to Tripp… I’ve posted before.. and am proud of that post.. that watching someone that can act with her… is all that it takes to make a serial work magic. Kayla and Tripp , if they ever see beyond past hurt… have all the potential to just cruise and acting instinctively off of one another. that mother son union… watch out Patch… you are welcome too… but it’s Kayla show and TPTB give her a son or a daughter … I posted that the actor, Lucas Adams, has that natural presence and plays his character on par…

I hate this 6 month ahead… I don’t know if Tripp is still on the show… because Steve and Kayla sure need him.

with all due respect to James Lastovic, hey I did not like the last actor who portrayed Stephanie.

I don’t have a startling report card on DAYS… but… I’m certainly keeping up.. and am not bored… do not find the show trying… is not exacting my patience. and I’m feeling the vibe again , for my own reasons of why I feel this show has it’s own resonate.

I will PROP … Eric Martsolf… dang it… he’s bringing it. what can I say… I find him so intriguing.. and even that doesn’t interfere with watching him nail his performance(s).

I do have to wonder about Sonny… as I posted as well… bring this small fry back to earth. the show tried to give him some drive and panache… at heading up the Kiriakis Empire. leave well enough alone… you are portraying a gay character now. Freddie Smith… your focus is Paul and Will. I don’t mean any thing by this… just saying.. Freddie Smith since his return… was given a lot more material to flesh out Sonny. per his words in SOD.

gosh darned it.

the returns say so much more than any one ever

Eileen Davidson
Kassie DePaiva
Chandler Massey
Alison Sweeney
Tyler Christopher
Louise Sorel

just HUGE … JUST BEST THIS

can’t

F – E – A – S – T

Patrick
Patrick

Ron Carlivati : remember, right ?

Kristen and Eve : fast friends and take over

Patrick
Patrick

to this day

miss, immensely

Chase and Aiden Jennings. this was a monumental LOSS to any show.. featuring a father and son relationship that had oodles of talent. draw and hit all over

Ray
Ray

Wow, those scenes were powerful. It is great to see how Mary Beth has continued to get better each year. I love she has grown into a tough, confident character. It is sad to see Joey go, but I am hoping the Johnson family gets bigger with a return by Stephanie.

This show is REALLY starting to click on all cylinders. I am not a fan of the Bonnie/Hattie storyline, but the rest has been great. Marci Miller and Billy Flynn are acting their tales off.

Patrick
Patrick

“thank you” for mentioning… how great Chad and Abs have been of late…

Marci Miller has gone and done it.. solidified her belong with Chad

that makes me happy

i’m not reading too much in to the Bonnie/Hattie storyline… it’s a chance to see the actors… Judi Evans and Deidre Hall… acting choices. just as long as it doesn’t take too long.

DAYS has risen in my ranks… #1 with GH #2

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am very impressed with Judi Evans. I’ve enjoyed her as Adrienne and now I’m really enjoying Bonnie too. She’s a breath of fresh air. Can’t wait to see more of Bonnie trying to maneuver her way around. For my money, Judi Evans is holding this imposter storyline together and doing a great job.

Patrick
Patrick

@Llanviewer717

” GREAT read, on Judi Evans, here”

I read your post and paid attention… I watched 5 eps on Sunday… and enjoyed Judi Evans as Bonnie.

if you really look at her… she’s created two stand alone characters. it’s like they even have their own set of mannerisms.. and you add in that Bonnie has to be Adrienne, and so forth. so… if it’s that possible…. Judi Evans JUST RAISED, THE BAR.

I haven’t seen her yet with Justin. what will be the fallout , for Lucas ? dang it time and time again… it seems Lucas gets shafted… hence his balance beam act on sobriety. Bryan Datillo has all the acting skill to finesse his Lucas . this trio will not be undone.

lets call it: standing O

to Judi Evans, Wally Kurth, Bryan Datillo.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Wow, Mary Beth Evans is such a great actress and love her and Stephen Nichols…

Boop
Boop

I wish him the best.

Jovin
Jovin

I loved this kids portrayal of an awkward teenager!! He nailed it! So sad he was saddled with the ill conceived Ava story. It never made sense from the start. As a legacy character, he should have gotten more. The Jade story was also pointless.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I wish him well. I’ll miss giggling every time he speaks because he sounds like Derek Zoolander.

Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

It is sad to see him go. He has loads of talent and is surely going to be seen in lots of future roles. Hope he makes his way back to Days!

Joe E Nelson
Joe E Nelson

Sorry to see him go but once they had him kill Ava, the character has limited options.

elm1951
elm1951

hope killed stefano & her options don’t seem limited – they could have kept the character of joey because there are endless s/l’s for him with tripp…………….ijs

Maureen R Hoeler
Maureen R Hoeler

SAD TO SEE HIM GO

Lia
Lia

GH needs a new Morgan. Just sayin.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Those were some great scenes. DAYS has been bringing it lately! If Joey shaves his head before going to prison, he’ll be less likely to become someone’s bitch.

Iris cohen
Iris cohen

I really hope James Lastovic will be asked back. He did a good job with the storyline he was given. Sometimes I don’t understand the decisions Days makes. His chemistry with Mary Beth and Stephen is strong. The character of Joey is needed for Steve and Kayla on the canvas. They have all acted their hearts out especially in the last few weeks. It is so sad. I wish Dena had not written that it was Joey who ultimately killed Ava. It is just ashame James was not given more of a chance. He will be missed and I wish him tremendous luck in all of his future endeavors.

Mo
Mo

I know I posted, but don’t see it here.

Was Wednesday his last day? I’m surprised Joey is going to confess. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it would have been better to show the brother-brother relationship with Tripp and Joey. I’m not a huge Joey or James fan, but I don’t think this is the best choice.

blake
blake

I’m really glad that Tripp is staying around. I really like him and he is very sexy! I will definitely miss Joey. I like his hair long, but I REALLY liked it when it was short when he first came on the show. I thought he was the best actor of the young set and hot to boot! Hope the actor can come back to play Joey (or anyone) soon!

buttercup
buttercup

Sad to see him go… The writers thinking they can just switch out Steve and Kayla’s son for Steve and Ava’s is a mistake. I don’t understand why anyone wants to see Kayla “mother” the adult man who just tried to kill her.

penny
penny

Ok this must be a different crowd that was complaining about this kids acting. He’s a good looking kid, I can see him booking something on the CW. Best of luck.

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

It’s a shame to see him go. It would have been interesting to see how his character would teach his new-found scrappy loner brother how to be a functional member of a huge extended family. Also interesting would have been seeing him interact with someone who always wanted a brother, but is understandably repulsed by the brother he also very much needs in his life.

But, if this is what it takes to make room for Chandler Massey…

It should be captivating to see the interplay between Chandler Massey and Lucas Adams, even though their characters not being blood relatives makes it less likely to be in the same scenes.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love Mary Beth and Stephen and James together!
But am so sorry that the show with the 2 dopplegangers, etc., has become unwatchable.

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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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