Connect with us

Days Of Our Lives

James Scott Interview – A Day of DAYS 2011

James Scott (EJ Dimera) of Days of our Lives chatted with Michael Fairman at A Day of DAYS 2011. During the conversation, James teases his upcoming major storyline that will shake-up the Salem canvas, and reveals that he has signed his contract to stay with the NBC soap after a long negotiation. Plus, what it is like to play one of the most complex characters in soaps!

READ MORE
Y&R's Joshua Morrow Chats On Phick's Future, His Co-Stars & Nick's Penchant For His Exes
Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
AliciaE
AliciaE

Michael Fairman, You do the BEST interviews with James Scott out of anyone I’ve ever seen. I just want to take this interview, wrap in a blanket and rock it in my arms like a sweet, sweet baby.

AliciaE
AliciaE

Hopefully that came across the way I meant it. That’s just my silly way of saying I LOVED IT! I admire the fact that Mr. Scott sets such clear boundaries with technology. I think that’s healthy (though I’m a lot closer to my computer myself). Can’t wait to see the upcoming drama on my show. I don’t remember EVER being this excited for a Monday. 😉

sweetsherry30
sweetsherry30

Michael – Thank you for posting the interview with James, I really enjoyed watching it!! As an Ejami fan I am really excited, I have seen the preview for next week and James is absolutely right, this has to be one of the best scenes he has done, and to be perfectly honest I don’t believe any other actors could pull this off if they didn’t have REAL CHEMISTRY like James and Ali do onscreen!! It blows away anything I have ever seen on this show, and is in my opinion emmy worthy!! It is so unbelieveably raw, intense and I am so hoping that this show finally sees that Ejamistory is where the soapy drama lies!! Love it =)

sara
sara

OMG OMG Omg I’M speechless right now!!!!! James Scott you r HOT HOT HOT! I just saw the promo for next week AMAZING!

Vicki
Vicki

Loved the interview with James Scott at DOD’s. So looking forward to his scenes with Ali Sweeney. Go EJAMI

Anne
Anne

Great interview with James, Michael. Loved it! You have such a great rapport. Looks like some exciting things to look forward to with EJ and Sami…can’t wait.

Lizzie
Lizzie

I FL JAMES!!! I can’t wait. I’m so excited to see EJAMI in scenes again. DAYS sounds like it is finally getting back on track, and I can’t wait to Ali and James in these amazing scenes coming up. James is such a great actor for making me want to watch DAYS again. Please let this lead to Ejami being together with their kids. Thanks Again Michael & James for giving me HOPE, which is something I haven’t had in a really long time. This is the best interview from the Day at Days TY!!!

Lucky5000
Lucky5000

Great James Scott interview as usual. I’m looking forward to these upcoming scenes. James and Ali work so well together. I think this will be memorable.
Thanks so much Michael ! 🙂

JS/EJ fan
JS/EJ fan

Thanks so much Michael. Another great interview w/James. Looking forward to what happens to EJ and how it affects him and others around him.

mememe
mememe

Thanks you, Michael. I always love your interviews with the soap opera stars. Wonderful interview with James Scott. Looking forward to his scenes with Alison Sweeney on Days.

Dorothyg
Dorothyg

Thank you for the great interview, Michael. I love James Scott and I’m so looking forward to his scenes with Ali…it’s been so long since they have been in each others orbit. As an Ejami, I am thrilled. You always seem to know the right questions to ask…..Go Ej & Sami <3

Patty
Patty

Wonderful interview, Michael! Yours are always so thorough and personable, and this is no exception. I have so much respect for James as an actor and as an individual. I appreciate the opportunity to hear him speak about his craft and the show. I’m excited to see the scenes he’s talking about and even more excited to hear him describe them as the biggest thing that’s happened since the new writers came on board. Anytime he and Alison Sweeney share scenes, I watch with full attention. They have a dynamic that’s mesmerizing. I’ll be glued to my set! This sounds like the start of a really good storyline. I hope that he and Alison share many more scenes!

zarine
zarine

Michael, You by far do the best interviews with James, you two have a great comfort level where James is at ease! So nice to see, love James mentioning AS and the work they have recently!
Thank you! Please give us Ejami writers!

Powermouse
Powermouse

ejami is rape…..rapemi!!!

the truth
the truth

ejole is attempted murder….murderole!!!!

Susan McLaughlin
Susan McLaughlin

Thank you so much for doing this interview. You can tell how much you enjoy your job because it sure does show on screen. I also believe that you have a wonderful way in making the people you interview feel relaxed.

I enjoy watching how wonderfully James has taken the character of EJ and turned him into a multi – layered character whom you love to hate but also hate to love! I love the fact that they are possibly writing a story line for Ejami but more importantly for James and Alison together, I love watching them interact on screen!

Again thank you and continued good wishes in what you do. It is a joy to watch your interviews!

Susan

JSFan4Life
JSFan4Life

Thank you for the James Scott interview!! Loved it!!

jorgeann
jorgeann

I love James. I never get enough of watching him or listening to and reading his interviews. I can’t wait to see his latest work with Alison Sweeney.

Powermouse
Powermouse

no way!!!!!idisagree!!!!!!!!

the truth
the truth

yeah way!!!!!!!!! agree totally !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cory
Cory

I cannot tell you enough how impressed I am with your interviewing skills. Especially with James Scott!!!
You get James to laugh which makes me laugh also. You get James to really have to think about how to answer which makes me adore James even more than I do!!! I absolutely love the fact that James wants to say the right thing about the show he works on.
Have read the spoilers of what’s coming up this week on DOOL and it was fantabulous to hear James saying that he & Alison took the extra time to rehearse. I am STOKED to see these scenes now more than ever!!!!!!
Thanks for asking James about Twitter. I love that his message on his phone tells everyone when they might get a call back!!!! (hee, hee) James is such a nice guy and I’m so fortunate to say that I have met him twice and have had wonderful conversations with him both times!!!!
Once again, Mr. Michael Fairman, you’ve hit the jackpot on this interview!!!! Thanks for the great job! But I wouldn’t expect any less from you Michael!!!!

Cath
Cath

Thank you so much Michael! You always have the best interviews. SO excited for what’s coming up, not only as an EJami fan but how it’s gonna blow the entire canvas wide open afterwards.

gail
gail

Michael, you do the best interviews! Thanks so much for asking the right questions and prying some details out of James. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing James and Ali on screen together. I’ve missed them so much. I, of course, am hoping for EJami in the end, but it sounds like whatever happens is going to give us great stories in the meantime.

Thanks, Michael! You do a great job and we appreciate you so much!

Jewals6
Jewals6

Thanks for the interview. I can’t wait to watch the awesome scenes the James and Alison Sweeney create together. Tv entertainment at it’s best. Excited about where this will lead. This dynamic unduplicable combination is what will turn days around. So yes James you are the reason many world wide watch days.

Anna
Anna

Michael, this interview was amazing!!! The best you have ever done with James I think. You always make him feel so comfortable and he always gets so sincere and open with you. I can´t wait to tune in next week to see whats in store for Ejami. Love when James and Alison share scenes together! Finally its sounds that there is some hope for them and some really good drama coming ahead. Ejami makes really for entertaining television! Thats for sure!

Liz
Liz

Thank you for this interview, I am coming back to watch DOOL, any scenes with James Scott and Ali Sweeney, is must see TV! Please writers……EJAMI

Kelly
Kelly

Excellent interview, Michael! Love James Scott and hearing him talk about these upcoming intense and soapy scenes with Alison Sweeney has my EJami-lovin heart all twitterpattered. I’m excited to watch Days again. Thanks so much, Michael!

Avelina
Avelina

Great interview:)

pspcindy
pspcindy

As usual, Michael you do the very best interviews. You and James Scott have such fun talking. Just so James knows, I can’t speak for anyone else, but he is the sole reason I watch DOOL. I like many of the characters/actors but James makes me want to tune to see what EJ will do next. I’m so excited by this chance he has to kick off this story that will touch so many in Salem. James and ASweeney are just so good together. Again, thanks for another great exchange with James Scott.

Powermouse
Powermouse

ejami is rape!!!! yuck!!

AliciaE
AliciaE

Powermouse, I can understand having an issue with EJAMI. I have a similar issue with John and Marlena (JARLENA). I found their affair story line to be disturbing. Sometimes I talk about that, but I don’t go around screaming “JARLENA is adultery!!!” #1 That’s not the whole story. #2 That would be crass.

Krista
Krista

This is, by far, the best interview with James from DOD this year! You have this wonderful rapport with James that draws out so much of his beautiful personality and his wonderful sense of humour. Lol at James as the executive producer of Days. Thanks Michael F!

I’m more excited about seeing Days this coming week than I have been for a very long time. James’ upcoming scenes while Johnny is missing are sure to be Emmy-worthy!

I’m also looking forward to his scenes with Alison. EJ & Sami haven’t had a genuine interaction, with just the two of them, for such a long time that this one promises to be full of all the feelings of anger, grief, and passion that have been pent-up for far too long. As a fan of EJ & Sami, I’m fervently hoping that this will lead to something more for them in the future.

P.S. I’ll add my name to the tally of people who watch Days to see James – that number is not as small as he seems to think it is 🙂

Leslie
Leslie

First of all, the interview was terrific, and your interviewing style is first rate. Since we all know what scenes James was discussing, it makes me happy that he has seen the final cut and is pleased. That’s always a good sign. It would have been enough that James and Alison are finally sharing scenes but knowing they’re explosive and pivotal is icing on the cake. Hopefully, the decision makers will at long last recognize James and Ali’s unique chemistry and give us more good stuff in the future.

Jill
Jill

Oh my goodness, I love him! Funny and a fantastic actor to boot! He has made me even more excited to see the scenes coming up! They sound intense and so full of drama! Can’t wait! Thanks for the interview, it was fantastic!

Nicole
Nicole

What an amazing interview! Thank you so much James & Michael! I am really looking forward to your upcoming scenes with Ali Sweeney, that you both worked so hard on. I know you are both such amazing actors and will bring us the BEST performances to date! Watching you together is like seeing the pure magic, we are so blessed and fortunate to have you signed on to Days! I am really looking forward to these upcoming episodes that you and Ali Sweeney worked so hard on! You both truly are the best and we the fans are lucky to be able to watch you on Days of Our Lives! Thank You James for always giving us 110%

Kelly
Kelly

OMG!!! Thank you Michael! JAMES SCOTT!!! ALISON SWEENEY!!! EJ & SAMI!!! EJAMI!!!!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! Thank you so much Michael for discussing it the greatest soap Supercouple in a looong time in soaps and on DAYS SUPERCOUPLE EJAMI!!!! and asking James about EJAMI and what’s to come! LOVE YOU MICHEAL!!! THANK YOU!! I always love reading, watching, and awaiting you interviews with James or Alison because I know you will do your best to get to the bottom of and to the heart of what’s to come for EJAMI and the fans and viewers! WE LOVE EJAMI!!!!! And of course you already know that Michael…LOL!!! Hence, why you do a brilliant job every year getting to it and getting it out of James & Alison (Jamison!!!) and getting it for EJAMI’s EVERYWHERE!!!! EJAMI IS SO AMAZING & THE BEST THING ON THE SHOW!!!! ALWAYS IS & ALWAYS HAS BEEN!!! They’re absolute perfection together! Never seen two characters on a soap or in television period, in a long time, with so much power, so much perfect, natural, real, geniune, intriguing, and absolutely flawless perfection of OFF-THE-CHARTS excellent, brilliant, and passionate chemistry together!!! It’s like James & Alison come literally ALIVE in their scenes together, where as to with other people, its like they’re doing the best that they can but they’re not as alive and just going through the motions and getting to the next step and moving on. But in scenes and story TOGETHER JAMISON (James & Alison) just explodes and wakes EVERYONE up, including each other and their characters, and the entire Soap World. I mean I saw twitter and facebook messages from other Soap Stars and other soap writers that were messaging about EJAMI together and how they are they’re absolute favorites. And how much they love EJ & SAMI together and how much they couldn’t wait to see EJAMI!!! I mean these are other Soap stars from other big shows like Y & R and such, with their own stories and awards and such…and they’re just as big fans of EJAMI together as were viewers are! I mean that’s got to be special, great, and huge for James & Alison to know that they’re own co-workers, collegues, and writers in the business right there with them are HUGE fans of their work and their characters EJ & SAMI being together. That writers and other actors and actress from these shows or formerly of DAYS are like…the two of them together are a writer and producers dream! That they are the way to tell a story! That they are the ONLY ones that can get viewers to tune back into DAYS and watch the show. THAT IS SUCH A POWERHOUSE COUPLE & ACTING TEAM RIGHT THERE! That they’ve even got others right there in the soap world with them as HUGE EJAMI fans and are so excited and can’t wait to see them together again!!! AWESOME!!!! I LOVE EJAMI!!! And I am so, so, so going to be… Read more »

Nesrine
Nesrine

I absolutely loved this interview. After months and months of being completely apathetic towards Days, I can’t believe I am actually excited to see what’s coming up next! What a fantastic interview. It really got down to the goods about what the fans want to hear. Loved the questions and loved the answers even more. I was under the false impression that the Days reset was nothing more than hype. Talk is cheap. Well I am happy to say that it looks like I couldn’t have been more wrong. It seems like the writers really will deliver after all. I dare not miss what’s coming up next. James has ensured that I will be glued to my TV as I must see how everything unfolds.

Kate
Kate

It’s always almost tangible how much respect you have for James as an actor and how much respect he has for you as an interviewer. You’re both amazing at your jobs, which is why I always look forward to your interviews together. THIS is the DoD interview I’ve been waiting for, and, as always, it was well worth it! Love James Scott, and love you!

Also – MAN! – Am I ever excited about these upcoming scenes! Alison Sweeny and James Scott are going to rock it. I adore EJami and I can’t wait to watch all the soapiness unfold. 🙂

Ree
Ree

Thank you Michael for that wonderful interview with James Scott. I am really looking forward to seeing Sami & EJ sharing screen time again, I’ve really missed them. James Scott & Alison Sweeney are amazing together and have the best chemistry I’ve ever seen. James has done what I didn’t think possible, he has me looking forward to watching the show again,

Carol
Carol

Oh My God…James is Beautiful! So excited to see what’s ahead for EJ and Sami! Thanks MF for the interview! It was riveting!

Polly
Polly

Thank-you so much Michael for this great interview! What great rapport you have with each other. James seems so comfortable talking to you.
I absolutely love James! He is such a top-notch actor! Ejami is my favorite because they are the most passionate and compelling couple that I have ever seen. Everyone is buzzing about their upcoming scenes together. That James has said it is the work he is the most proud of is quite telling. He is very modest so these scenes are going to be spectacular!
Thanks again! I just can’t wait to watch Days during the next few weeks!

AngelOB
AngelOB

Michael, your interview with James Scott was fabulous! I don’t know how you do it, but James always seems so at ease and comfortable when you’re asking him questions. This particular interview was very informative and I’m getting very, VERY excited for the upcoming EJ & Sami scenes. I know both Ali Sweeney and James will bring their A game and blow us all away.

Powermouse
Powermouse

youre wrong. ejami is rape

Tralala
Tralala

rape ? don’t think so..more a twisted deal whereas with ejole you had/have real abuse !

bettyrj
bettyrj

I loved James’ interview! He is honest and forthright and doesn’t sugar coat what he says to let the fans believe what they want to believe. I can’t wait to see the scenes with Sami – from the previews they look awesome – James says it’s some of his best work! I can’t wait to see the sparks fly between EJ and Sami, as only they can do!

SnowAngelSarah
SnowAngelSarah

Hi Michael! Thank you for the amazing James Scott interview! I’m Sarah from Canada, married to Ron, and recently had two beautiful red-haired twin boys named Bailey and Hunter. They are three months old and a bit now!! I have had the pleasure of meeting James several times, and he’s a very nice, intelligent, and talented person and actor. I have very much enjoyed your interview. I like how James comments on how dedicated he is to his character of EJ DiMera, and how much thought he puts into eloquently protraying the character so the audience can enjoy his marvelous performances. Being a stay at home mom now, I am unable to attend the charity events I have attended in the past, I enjoy catching Days, when I can, and the show is amazing right now! I love the re-boot, and the storylines are amazing. I am really enjoying the storylines surrounding the mayoral race, the link between Stefano and Alice, Bradison, the rivarly coming up between Kate and Madison, the Jack/Jen/Daniel triangle (although as a newer viewer, I’m partial to Danifer), John’s trial and the return of Jarlena, Carrie and Austin, as well as all storylines pertaining to my favourite actresses on the show Arianne Zucker, Lauren Koslow, and Kate Mansi. I am also a huge fan of Chabby, and I’m not thrilled they might be going with a Chad/Melanie romance, but I will still watch to give support to the show. Personally, I am not looking forward to an EJ/Sami reunion. Just with their histories of how much they torture each other, I just don’t see this romance is realistic. It’s based on abuse, crimes, and manipulations. I know there is an upcoming spoiler about them, but I think it was in the moment because of perhaps the circumstances of Johnny’s disappearance. Anyways, I will still watch the show every day because I support James, Ali, and all the cast, even if Ejami is on the screen. I don’t prefer them or if there is a Chad/Melanie hook-up, but supporting the show and watching the commercials is what matters. Lastly, I would like to comment on your question and James response to long line at fan events. I have had the opportunity to have attended many charity events before I had my sons, and I have always been respectful, polite, and courteous to the events. I meet James or other cast members at designated times, whether meet or greet, or cocktail hours or for lunches. I can understand how James gets fustrated with the long lines, but the problem is with these events is that there are certain groups of fans who hog James at every event, even though they do their own event every year, they still hound him. My best friend Cher was unable to meet James twice at events because the same group of fans take up his time at every event, and as a respectful person myself, I think it’s unfair that these people… Read more »

the truth
the truth

Ej and Nicole ‘truely love each other’ ? Since when ? lmao Ej ALWAYS chose Sami or even another gal (her own sister Taylor ha) over Nicole..Nicole is a pathetic character with him, always the consolation prize for Ej, moreover they are as much ‘abusive’ as Ej and Sami…minus the chemistry..yep Ej and Nicole together are BORING and it is the kiss of death for a soap, believe me..

Snowangelsarah
Snowangelsarah

Whatever you think Jenn aka JAM177 on twitter

the truth
the truth

I’m not this Jenn girl you say is on twitter so stop being rude & assuming so.

Tralala
Tralala

She is just telling the truth Snowangelsarah, maybe it is time you deal with it !

Yusra
Yusra

He is beyond AMAZING. I love all the layers to Ej he can portray. So gifted and I hate that he doesn’t see that about himself. Hope he wins an Emmy one day bc he truly deserves it. Keep up the FABULOUS work James. Thank you Michael! You always have the best James interviews that’s for sure 🙂

Mary
Mary

After giving up on DAYS out of disgust and sheer boredom, hearing there are some Sami and EJ stuff, I am back with a vengeance.
James sounds like such a down to earth guy and someone I’d love to hang out & drink a beer with.:D

Lisa
Lisa

Loved this interview with James, he’s such a well spoken guy and omg so charming. Shriekkkk about what he said about these upcoming Ejami scenes being the best work he’s done. Also a big Shriekkkkk to the fact we’re getting Ejami in the NEAR future. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about that. Put it this way, I stopped watching the show in the middle of September and since hearing this Ejami spoiler I have been marathon watching Days trying to get caught up before the Ejami stuff happens….long way to go, only watching Oct 3rd’s episode now lol.

Nicky
Nicky

Thank you Michael, I came across your webpage looking for current info on James. Excellent interview, and yes if I could get a babysitter I would fly out from Australia just to meet James..He is modest, but it is TRUE most fans still watched Days because of him, he does carry the show currently.. Another thing WHY OH WHY hasnt this man been picked up for MOVIE ROLES..One fabulous actor…

Sarah
Sarah

I love this interview! It was really good. Cant wait for his and Ali`s upcoming scenes together. Have missed seeing them interacting on screen as EJami. I love these two. James just made me even more excited about watching next week.

Colleen
Colleen

Loved the interview!! Can’t wait to see how all of the action that is going to unfold. It is definitely the first time in a long time that Days has been “must see tv.” So happy to hear that he and Alison worked so hard on these upcoming scenes… I know they are going to do a fantastic job!! 🙂

Sara
Sara

Great interview! All I have to say is EJAMI! EJAMI! EJAMI!!! Can’t wait!

Libby
Libby

Superb interview. I can hardly wait to see the scenes with EJ and Sami next week.

JB
JB

Wow, great interview. I was already excited for what was coming up with Days from the preview but after this interview, I’m am over the moon buzzing with anticipation. This is going to be huge and I cannot wait to see “the event” and the s/ls that will stem from it. I know Ali and James will be amazing. They haven’t failed me yet.

Jane
Jane

REPULSED at what is coming up. There is nothing sexy or entertaining about this coming storyline. BELCH!

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

I love James! thanks so much for posting.

Steph
Steph

What a great interview! Thanks.

Serena
Serena

I’m sure James will be great-he always is and even though I do NOT look forward to seeing EJ even touch that slut, I will watch because of James only. Why oh why couldn’t the shooter have killed the peroxided bimbo cancer of DOOL when he had her in his sights? Please, please do not waste EJ on that nasty skank-she made her bed with doofus and that is where she should stay!

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

Photo: JPI

I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

Courtesy/NBC

In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

READ MORE
DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug's Emotional Storyline

WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

Photo: JPI

Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

Photo: JPI

Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

Photo: JPI

When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

READ MORE
Stacy Haiduk On DAYS Exit: "Let’s Not Write Kristen DiMera Off Quite Yet! Is Anyone Really Gone in Salem?"

WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

Photo: ABC

You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

Courtesy/ABC

Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Photo: ABC

Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

Courtesy/NBC

So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

Photo: NATAS

Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

Photo: JPI

Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

READ MORE
'Selling Sunset' with Chrishell Stause Renewed For Second Season

SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

Photo: JPI

How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

READ MORE
Y&R's Eileen Davidson, Knots' Donna Mills & GH's Laura Wright Talk On Life in the Soaps

DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

Photo: IMDB

Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

Photo: AP

You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

READ MORE
Stacy Haiduk On DAYS Exit: "Let’s Not Write Kristen DiMera Off Quite Yet! Is Anyone Really Gone in Salem?"

As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

It’s “Villains Week” on Y&R an that means some Sheila Carter, David Kimball, and Isabella Brana, Check out the promo from CBS Daytime here.  Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Steve Burton as Jason & Maurice Benard as Sonny

General Hospital

Airdate: 5-19/20-2020

Advertisement

Popular