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James Scott On His Decision To Leave DAYS: "I Just Felt, And Have For Some Time,That I Needed A Break!"

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After last Friday’s shocker that Days of our Lives James Scott (EJ) was wrapping up his eight years with taping his final episode on May 2nd, the extraordinarily popular received an outpouring of support from his fans, as well as those who were sad and disappointed.

As soap viewers know though, James had been giving careful consideration to departing the series for quite some time and rumors began surfacing that he might depart the long-running NBC  soap opera over a year ago at some point in time.

In James latest interview with Soap Opera Uncensored where he is named “Sexiest Man Alive for 2014” an honor he also won back in 2011, he discusses his exit.   Many would have James named ‘sexiest’ on their list every year!

James offered up on his decision to depart DAYS: “As you know by now I announced my leaving the show. It was a hard decision, and one I made almost a year ago. I have nothing but fond memories of my time with DAYS, and would like to reinforce that my decision was personal and had nothing to do with the direction of the show or my storyline. I just felt, and have for some time, that I needed a break. Ken Corday graciously said that the door would always be open for me to return, and if that were to happen in the future, I would be very happy to return to a place that will always be very close to my heart. “

What do you think about James latest statement on his decision to leave DAYS?  Do you hope he will return someday? And what do you think about him being named “Sexiest Man Alive 2014”?  Agree?   Weigh-in below!

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Mo
Mo

Sad to see him go, but I understand the need for a break.

He is the perfect choice for Sexiest Man Alive. ‘People’ mag, take note!

Carole lee
Carole lee

I agree that he should be sexiest man alive!! Wish he never left the show. But how can
He return to the show if he is deceased???? Really ??
Lol!!!

Jackie Williams
Jackie Williams

James Scott is sexy indeed he deserved to be named Sexiest man Alive. Kristen did inject something in Ej’s body, Stephano is up to something..Or..Maybe Ej paid off his killer to fake his murder so he wouldn’t do time for tax invasion. He could return from the ‘dead’….

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

He comes back, he comes back but if he doesnt the show will survive without him…after watching Days since the begining(when i was home from school or not hangin with friends) ive seen many comings and goings, especially in 1980 when many cast members were let go…and Days is still here!!!

Kim
Kim

I will miss my 2 fav. characters.
He can come back as long as he brings Allison(Sami) with him.
I love those 2 together. Ejami!

Mariana
Mariana

There is no Days without James and he is my favorite actor and I will truly miss him

Johnny
Johnny

It was on the air for 41 years before him and without him. It will be fine.

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

49 years for Days…you might have mistaken it for Y&R which is 41…Days has survived many cast changes, especially since 1980 when many cast members were let go and quit during the shows revamping…

Johnny
Johnny

It was 41 when James started playing EJ 8 years ago though. That’s what I said.

andrew hass
andrew hass

After 8 years been on DOOL i can understand James Scott needing a break.Now in a few months he might be willing to come back after he takes some time off to do other stuff in his life.

Patrick
Patrick

I think this as well…. with Eileen Davidson on the scene… and Joseph Mascolo … Kristen and Stefano… delivering… as only they can… EJ simply capped off, how much we, the audience, loved the DiMera family

I hope he gets all the time he needs

and simply returns… that open door… means so much to so many

JaneDigby
JaneDigby

James is definitely the sexiest man alive (aside from my boyfriend, OF COURSE!) I wish James nothing but success whatever he does in the future.

The “door is always open” sounds like exactly what was said to Ali Sweeney.

Patrick
Patrick

ditto.

these two… bar none… have unequivocally… escalated… DOOL to new heights.

this is the best time… for both… to take that MUCH deserved time off

I’ll be the first in line..to adamantly state… the welcome mat is theirs

what better time.. to map the canvas and feature… just how solid and “A” game.. DOOL brings to US

chryssy4932
chryssy4932

Absolutely. welcome mat will always be open to both James and Ali. Don”t know If I’ll be a daily devotee anymore though. Those two were my definite characters in the show.
Glad Eileen Davidson is back though! and wonder how Stefano is going to react to his son’s ” demise”. This ought of be good. So bored with the Ben/Jordan/Abilgai;/ Rafe story though. they better bring in some new characters and story lines or i’ll quit wartchig aferr 35 yesrs.

Connie
Connie

I will certainly miss James and would love to see him return in the future. Sexiest man alive, hmmmmm!! Yes, yes, yes!!!

Greta
Greta

I needed a break from EJ as well. Wish James Scott all the best though. Maybe I’ll be ready for EJ to return in a decade or so.

Rachel
Rachel

James Scott can portray emotions better than any actor that I have ever watched. I have watched days intermittently since it began but have watched it continuously since James Scott was introduced on the show. I will miss his character but I am sure I will be watching him in other adventures. He is a great talent.

barbara
barbara

i agree w u ..James is the ultimate actor & I wil stop watching DAYS as soon as he is gone 🙁 I will follow his career 4ever.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I will follow DAYS 4ever.

FlowerchildIrene
FlowerchildIrene

James is an AMAZING Actor !!!!!! One of the best on DOOL , He will be missed !!!!!!!!!! I REALLY HOPE HE go on to MOVIES !!!!!!!!!!! I know he is engaged and needs his own personal time , I wish HIM Best in all his personal endeavors , AND YES< HE IS HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Janet Hallmark
Janet Hallmark

You are. Truly a very SEXY MAN …. You are. More SEXY. Then George Clooney I tune in to watch you & Alison. … Each day I am loyal Days Fan. You will be deeply missed by me & all your Fans. Days. Will not be same without you & Alison. I hope you will come back to the show & not stay away too long. I have watched Days. Since the 60’s I am 62. Yrs old. Days is the only soap I watch. Good luck to you. In your future projects. You will be greatly missed … I am so sad.

shannon
shannon

I wish James Scott the very best. He is a very talented actor. Frankly, Days won’t be watchable without EJ!

Gigi
Gigi

James Scott as sexiest man alive is a no brainer! I am sad to see him leave Days but totally will follow him wherever he ends up. I’m sure he will have a great career because he is so talented. I’m glad Corday has left the door open for him to come back…same as Alison. They are a dynamic duo and I’d love to see them both come back even if it’s for short story arcs. Either way I wish James all the best.

barbara
barbara

yes he is the sexiest man alive, every day, every year, and the BEST actor on DAYS..I will miss him & follow his career wherever he goes.

Mo
Mo

His going is a huge void for Days. He was the leading man. Who is going to take his place?

Dmitri
Dmitri

Days is an ensemble show, there aren’t any real ‘leading characters’. Granted, Daniel was on the show just as much as EJ was in recent times. Days will likely start focusing even more on Dannifer…blech.

Jessiebeth
Jessiebeth

Since Allison Sweeney is also leaving the show, I already saw it coming… It wouldn’t be right for either of them to be coupled with someone else from the show… it just wouldn’t be the same… So sad to see him go… SEXIEST MAN ALIVE IS VERY DESERVED of this actor because that is exactly what he is… Show will not be the same without him = (

Seriously
Seriously

Um, Alison and James have been with other people on the show more than they have been with each other! LOL
One silver lining to all of this? We will never have to hear from “Ejamis” ever. EVER. AGAIN.
LOL
Also, of the almost 50 years that the show has been on, he has only been on for 8. I think they’ll be alright. ; )

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

you may have a point… altho… for DAYS press… I don’t mind ALL the Ejami Fans

these two rank right up there

with:

OLTL FANS
Michelle Stafford Fans
??? hummm… Jason, GH fans ???

you get the drill

I will always celebrate Michael Muhney

Dmitri
Dmitri

Yes!! Totally agree!!

Rose9
Rose9

So sad to see him go. But we only get one life and he has to do what is best for him. I will miss seeing him on my screen nearly every day. He is absolutely the sexiest man alive! No contest! But he is also so amazingly talented. James and Ali have been fantastic to watch together over the past eight years. I will miss their talent, dedication, and hard work. They always brought a smile to my face when I got to watch them. Soaps are the best stress relief when I get home from a tough day at work.

Best of luck to him!

Patrick
Patrick

James Scott : extraordinaire

he has always bowled me over

Leslie
Leslie

Good for James!!! He’s a smart and talented guy, and it’s time for him to be exploring bigger and better opportunities.

Sexiest man alive? You bet!

pspcindy
pspcindy

I think James gave Days eight wonderful years. EJ DiMera is my favorite character. But I understand his need to rest and perhaps try other things. It will be wonderful if James does land in primetme or in the movies. I know he has a movie in pre-production so hopefully that will be on our screens in the coming year.

The sexiest man alive to me has been James Scott for years now. Glad Nelson returned the honor to him.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s the MOST amazing thing

I was watching AMC when he first started… and he was let go or had run it’s course

and lo and behold… he lands in Salem

8 years of STAR Power

how do you go beyond that

I treasure his belong on DAYS

Cory
Cory

Thanks for the James Scott update Michael!!!!
I could never fault James for doing what he thinks is best for him. But because James is such a great actor. I can’t help but feel a wee bit sad. I so look forward to possibly seeing him on my TV screen every week day!!!
But I know James will come back with big and better things!!!!
Enjoy your break James. This fan thinks you so deserve it!!!

Patrick
Patrick

it’s with tears of joy and sadness… but.. well lived

we lived thru and shared his craft

MAN… the stuff he brought to DOOL

I can’t thank him enough

his portrayal is already in the history books and echelon of fan BEST

PABWECG
PABWECG

I love James Scott, and I know he’d been thinking for a while of leaving, and I respect his professionalism, both on and off screen.

However, with his comment about the EJ-cheating story line feeling like “a bit of a slap in the face” to him and Ali as actors, I have have a hard time fully believing him when he says that his decision to leave had nothing to do with the direction of the story. He made his decision almost a year ago. Gee, that would have been just about the time he’d have received the scripts for January’s scenes, lol.

Who knows if I’m right, but you’d be hard pressed to convince me otherwise.

Anyway, he is definitely the sexiest man alive, and more importantly, one of the most talented actors around, and a sweet, intelligent individual. Days (and viewers) were very lucky to have him.

You will be missed, Mr. Scott! Look forward to seeing you in new projects! Good luck!

the brother
the brother

he will return in 2015….as a new character…on GENERAL HOSPITAL….as the new love interest of Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake…and be Patrick’s biggest rival.

AMANDA
AMANDA

Personally, I can’t imagine Days without EJ and Sami of course. They are without a doubt the BEST duo on Days. No other duo comes remotely close to the extraordinary chemistry these 2 share on screen.

Hopefully, both will return at some point, but if Alison is not interested, I would certainly welcome James back. He is the BEST leading man on Days, who captured a HUGE fan base.

Best wishes to James with future adventures.

Btsybee
Btsybee

He will always be the “SEXIEST MAN FOR ANY YEAR’ in my books.
His talent, his abilities at this work, his caring of others including his dogs etc., environment, command of the English Language, his manners at interviews etc., and most of all how he remains such a private person. I love the latter about him and hope with more success that he can maintain that quality. To have a PRIVATE LIFE in acting business is very difficult but since I have watch and read his interviews for 8 years now I believe he can succeed in both areas.

I love his slight accent since it always reminds me of my Mom, scary some times. She lived in Edinbourgh, Scotland dring her young years.

Wish James future is to his liking but please somehow let fans know your next project if possible.
GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS…

Tricia
Tricia

I had made up my mind when AS announced in January on the Ellen show that she was leaving that Sami’s last day would be my last day. EJ & Sami were the reason I started watching again after an almost 20 year hiatus from days. Almost 8 years ago my television was on and I looked up & saw the two of them I was hooked! Without Sami there would never be an Ejami & I couldn’t have watched Days pair EJ with someone other than Sami. I am selfish because I was hoping James would leave when AS left…when I heard the news I was relieved. I adore James Scott and am waiting to see him in either primetime or as the next 007. Sexiest Man Alive doesn’t even come close to describing this man! Well deserved though! Will miss both James & Ali immensely!

Seriously
Seriously

James and Ali have been with other people more than they have been with each other. You must not have been watching very long.
And it is kinda pathetic to want an actor to leave his job over a fictional couple, especially if you “never planned to watch again!” LOL
Thank God that after October we never have to hear from Ejamis EVER AGAIN. LOL

Tricia
Tricia

Pathetic? Seriously??? Fictional???Yes I realize this is all FAKE! Hello Its a SOAP OPERA???? Ding ding ding DONG! Doesn’t change what a viewer wants! Don’t worry because after EJ & Sami are gone from Days you whoever you are don’t have many days left. Ejamis will be gone and you will never have to hear from us again! Guess what we won’t have to hear from you either because you will be gone too! Ejami made the show! I watched for a very long time but all the other pairings paled in comparison.

Patrick
Patrick

The supercouple stratosphere… is alive and well, because of:

I would herald to any and all… that James Scott and Alison Sweeney beckoned… MAGIC tour de force belonging captured hithered throughout

They will never be far from our imagination

carol sue preece
carol sue preece

hope someday EJ Will return to dool.

Mark
Mark

He will be missed!

barbara
barbara

i am devastated, sincerely, James is what has kept me hanging onto DAYS for yrs now. I wanted to walk away from DOOLS when they let BO go, I feel the show took a nose dive about that time, many actors leaving, esp the ones i have watched for yrs. NOW with EJ aka James Scott gone, I can no longer stay with this show..He & Allison (Sami) were the reason I tuned in every day. They were the most convincing, passionate couple on this show, you would think they were a real couple in love. Sami is a gr8 actor, BUT EJ is meant for the BIG Screen/Broadway (NYC), I plan to follow his career, where ever it takes him. I wish him the Best of Luck, Health & Happiness. <3

Barbara Adams
Barbara Adams

Bo is coming back

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I understand his decision to depart the series, and I wish him the best. And I do hope he comes back after he’s gotten what it is that he wants to get out of his break from DAYS.

toronto
toronto

Can i say Adam Recast !!…..James Scott would be an excellent Adam Newman!!

Patrick
Patrick

I would tune in to : Y&R

as he lays waste to Genoa City… and takes over

Patrick
Patrick

Long Live the DiMera’

wouldn’t it be something, for Stefano to acquiesce, and or build his empire :

Abs (Horton) is pregnant from EJ

Kristen returns, with child, (from “father” Eric BRADY) or Brady, KIRIAKIS

let it not be said…

I’ve always depended on the DiMera clan to feast

———-

as i’ve always festerd:

all of Salem haloed…

and stampedes :

Kristen
Nick
Theresa

Oye! I gallantly impede, with:

love these actors

keren
keren

abby is not preggo.

Dwight Schrute
Dwight Schrute

DOOL Writers –

Once it became apparent he was leaving I hope you were able to script lots of shirtless scenes to help us get over this.

Kay
Kay

The show has gone to a path of predictable, mind numbing storylines & both really bad characters and casting decisions through the past few years. No wonder audience is ditching the show in crowds.

Two of the most talented & charismatic actors of leaving (James & Ali) there’s nothing left to watch.

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS continues to mainstay

being in Salem enlivens my televised experience

I happily tune in and share who extrordinary Salem IS

I happily soap box… how relevant DAYS has stayed the Serial histrionics

how could we not miss :

Kayla
JJ
Theresa
Nick
Brady
Eric
Nicole
Stefano
Marlena
John
Maggie
Victor
Justin
Adrienne
Abe
Hope
Aiden

et el

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t know about James Scott, but I think in time they might recast the role– the Dimera – Brady feud has been at the heart of DAYS a very long time, so I can’t imagine them ditching that family altogether. So as long as one Dimera is on canvas, the possibility of EJ coming back is always there– but whether James Scott will play him — who knows. I hope he goes onto bigger and better things– but he might find himself going from a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a large ocean.

keren
keren

no to recast. James owns EJ and no one will compare to him.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately, that doesn’t matter– if they can recast Ridge on B&B after RM played him for over twenty-five years or Phyllis on Y&R after MS played her for 15– they certainly would recast EJ if story line dictated it and JS wasn’t available. I don’t think they would just yet, but in a year or two, you never know.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I also think in time the show will recast EJ because of who the character is and he has kids on the show.Yeah Johnny and Sydney will probably be leaving too with their parents but they could always return.However the show may know recasting now won’t work and that the viewers may need time to adjust to James Scott been gone.Also before the show recasts EJ they might approach James Scott about returning and that way they can say they asked him about coming back at least.

bettyrj
bettyrj

I was so sad when I read that James would not be renewing his contract but not surprised because he and Alison Sweeney are such a dynamite couple; I don’t know how it would be for him staying on Days without his co-star . I also did read, some time ago, that James said he did not plan on acting for his whole life; there were many other things that he was interested in. I also read that he said he would love to relocate to New Zealand one day. Who knows? Maybe he will go on to be a famous photographer and not act. Whatever, or wherever his life takes him, I will always be a James Scott and EJami fan! He will be missed! The Sexiest Man Alive!! There are many EJami and James Scott fans out here in tvland who would agree to that!! I hope that EJami gets their HEA!!!! I have episodes on my dvr that I will never delete. They are there for me to watch when I get nostalgic for James and Ali and the wonderful love story that was EJami!!!

keren
keren

James brought life to DAYS and it will never be the same without him. He’s genius actor that show raw of emotions. I wish him the best and hope to see him again either at DAYS or any other show.

Angela
Angela

I think both EJ and Sami will be back eventually….so I’m not getting too upset…they all eventually come back! 😉

cassandra holley
cassandra holley

I do hope james scott returns n the future. Alot of fans including me or saddend bc of his departure from dool. I wish him the best. If possible let ur fans know how ur doing n other projects. If james scott plays n movies or other shows we fans would love 2 watch. Yes james scott is definately sexy 2014 n so on.

Paul
Paul

I wish James all the best EJ was the only cool character on the show along with Sami their scenes were never dull they such great chemistry whether it didn’t matter whether they were in love or they hate each other Ejami burned up my screen. I also have a hard time in believing this storyline wasn’t part of the reason why he waslked away from the show. He didn’t like it at first and although he did say he love in the end I bet when they had EJ cheat on Sami he lost faith in the writers when it came to writing future storylines for Ejami.

Why are James and Alison leaving at the same time well the same month if not day?

Bet they both got fed up we had Ali saying only year she wanted Sami with EJ he was the man that understood Sami the best and didn’t want to go back to Rafe I bet that what the writer were planning to do

Patrick
Patrick

IN : Eileen Davidson : Kassie DePaiva

OUT : James Scott : Alison Sweeney

what an easy transition… for intrigue

these 4 actors… are a big part of how colossal : HUGE : entertainment value

especially, during the summer months… and, with hope… JS and AS will have rested and taken all the time off they need… and it’s back to business…. DOOL at its best

Patrick
Patrick

I think, James Scott, would appreciate this… as he cares about his craft and DOOL

Wally Kurth’ Justin IS the sexiest man alive…. on canvas

I appreciate them both

Patrick
Patrick

The DiMera family on DOOL

beyond belief : catapulted : stratosphered : mega watt

Stefano
Kristen
Peter
Lexie
EJ
Chad

aplomb… deserving of so much attention

kim
kim

I think they should write him and Sami off for a while like they are cruising around the world then beg them to come back and play storylines off there children and just have them like maggie and victor please do everything you can to get them back!!!! They will regret it they always do days needs them!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I – certainly – hope so

it’s emotional stuff

you think.. how treasured Maggie and Victor, are

why wouldn’t we not see EJ and Sami… alongside with : DAYS forever

Geena
Geena

One thing I’ll be pleased about is that Days of EJami will finally be over and we can all return to Days of our Lives!! I’m not worried about the show. The return of Kristen will bring a lot of action and hopefully TPTB will wake up and bring back Belle, Shawn and Phillip, wouldn’t mind Chloe either then we’re in business!

Dmitri
Dmitri

Thank you! Completely agree! I hated EJami even more than Dannifer, and that’s saying a LOT!

william
william

i always thought he would make a great james bond

LUMI
LUMI

I never got the Lock,Stock and Barrel,never cared for EJ and happy he is gone,good luck to James and his new move,,,
give me Tony John and my fav: Lucas 🙂

Dmitri
Dmitri

completely agree!

meeeeeeeeee
meeeeeeeeee

why after 21 years Alison/Sami wants to leave the show?she should have stayed to Days 50th year,so why now?
I dont buy why she and James are leaving?

andrew hass
andrew hass

Allison Sweeney has the right to leave anytime she wants.However she did say she would be willing to return even it is just for Holidays or special events.So maybe she’ll be back for the 50th anniversary next year.However right now she just might need a break to spend time with her family with Summer coming up and to do other stuff in her life.

LUMI
LUMI

never cared for EJ,but good luck to James.
give this fan of 49 years Tony Lucas and John and Im good 🙂

LUMIly
LUMIly

I will follow Days forever,and all the vets,,, and my Lucas 🙂

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Too bad he missed the casting call for The Fifty Shades of Gray movie…he would have been perfect!!!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I can imagine James Scott in the role of James Bond. He could be a film star. I also would like to see him on Dancing With the Stars!

I’m glad the door remains open for James to return to Days. But since he could also become a film star, who knows what direction his career will take? What would really be cool is if James does become a major film star AND he returns periodically to Salem to reprise his role as EJ. That would be a hoot!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I think it would probably be healthy for all the major actors on Days to have a little time off at the end of each contract to rest or pursue other projects that they cannot do during regular taping on Days. We fans don’t really know what it takes for the actors to deliver the great performances that we enjoy watching. They need to “recharge their batteries” every now and then.

I hope the Daytime soaps adopt this as a policy – if they have not done so already.

chryssy4932
chryssy4932

yes, James Scott is the most talented actor or actress i heve ever seen on any soap opera, And he would be an excellent James Bond. Find it hard that he could come back from the dead though, as Sami has seen him in the morg. but the two had a dynamite chemistry. Hope some day he will be “raised from the dead” and Ali will come back just for all of her shenanigans! ( and I acted on the stage in my younger years), and I can say that James Scott can say a paragraph just with his eyes. What an actor. he will be sorely missed.

Ejamicrazy
Ejamicrazy

I have not always cared for the storylines that James was given, but no matter what was thrown at him he ALWAYS gave 110%. In my opinion, his talent raised the bar for all the other cast members. I think anyone that was given the opportunity to work with him became a better actor themselves and that includes Alison Sweeney. I’ve loved Ali/Sami since she came on the show over 20 years ago but I have to say that working with James made her a much stronger actress and gave her the opportunity to really explore different sides of Sami Brady. I really hope with them both leaving that Ejami will get their happily ever after. It’s what James & Ali want and it’s what Ejami fans have waited for since he “accidently” dropped his towel at their first meeting.

With James, Ali & Blake gone I’m not sure I’ll continue watching once they’re off my screen, but in the meantime I’m going to enjoy EVERY scene they’re in.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady's Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex
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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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