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Kassie DePaiva Reveals Her Final Days of our Lives Airdate!

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Daytime fan favorite, Kassie DePaiva, will soon be off the canvas on-screen on Days of our Lives.  DePaiva previously announced she had been let-go from the series several months back in September.  Since DAYS tapes almost six months ahead, Kassie’s final airdate as Eve Donovan is coming up next month.

On Monday, Kassie took to her Twitter account and announced: “Enjoy these last few grains of sand in my hourglass. My last air date on @nbcdays is 2/2. Time is running out. #DAYS”

The former star of One Life to Live where she played Blair Cramer for over 20 years, came to Days of our Lives as a recast Eve.  The role was originally played by Charlotte Ross.  In story, Eve had an affair with the much-younger JJ, and eventually lost her daughter Paige at the hands of the necktie serial killer, Ben Weston, the character hasn’t been given much to do.

Many fans have been very vocal about DePaiva’s performances when Eve learns that Paige (True O’Brien) has died, andin her first scenes with A Martinez (Eduardo). They feel her work deserves an Emmy nomination in this year’s competition.

So, sad to learn that Kassie’s last DAYS airdate is fast-approaching? Let us know in the comment section below!

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

She wasnt Eve when she first started and was dumped with some terrible storylines but as writing improved so did KD as Eve who made the character her own…she could of made a great rival of Kate’s for Eddie…she had good chemistry with Justin…i would of liked a storyline where Theressa’s designs for Basic Black are a hit and Kate realizes without her Basic Black might of failed then Theressa abandons Basic Black and she and Eve open their own rival company.

CAROL
CAROL

Admired her acting..her part in OLTL was much better and wish it could have been that way on DOOL. Good luck to her..

Timmm
Timmm

Why doesnt GH bring sweet Kassie back to GH and cast her as Carly’s older sister she or we NEVER knew about?

Margherita
Margherita

Which would bring the Roxie – Reva – Cassie Guiding Light Shane full circle

Lisa
Lisa

After OLTL was cancelled, wasn’t Cassie on GH for a bit? I remember her in scenes with Laura Wright?

Timmm
Timmm

She was and she was fabulous. Unfortunately it was only for a brief time thanks to the Prospect Park lawsuit!

Mister Media
Mister Media

Letting her go was a poor decision. She’s a great actress and there was a lot of potential for story with the character.

Reagan
Reagan

I always thought they should have brought Frankie back & had Page be his daughter– a daughter he didn’t know about. There was so much potential with where to go with Eve. They lost an opportunity here just like they did by wasting Melissa Archer as Sabrina with that cartoon story line.

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

I have had the same thought! Then that would have made a much more interesting Jen/ Eve rivalry! And Paige would be a Brady (even though Frankie was adopted, it doesn’t matter).
And Frankie could have been involved as the lawyer with the whole story about the royalties from Jack’s book.
Too late, once again!
Best of luck to Kassie on her future endeavors.

Iakovos
Iakovos

There is nothing more to say. Well put, Mister Media!

Harry
Harry

It boggles the mind to think that this incredibly talented and gorgeous actress is out of work when other actresses who cannot act their way out of a hat are gainfully employed.
Send her over to GH as a new character who will kick Nina ro the curb and end this Stinko they call Nico.

Annie
Annie

Love your comments Harry!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Oh Harry. If only…

Annie
Annie

Kassie along with many of our beloved OLTL actors need to be seen on tv or online. They are very much missed. I

Ray
Ray

This is a huge loss for the show in a year of a lot of losses. KD was amazing during the aftermath of Paige’s death. The writers should have giving Eve a life other than stalking Paige and Jennifer. I will miss her amazing talent. Wake up “GH,” “B&B” or “Y&R” and pick up this powerhouse.

Margherita
Margherita

Agree!!

Lisa
Lisa

Hire her at GH-ASAP!!

Donna
Donna

Kassie will never come back to daytime, she is finished. Her singing is terrible. lmao. she needs to retire. no more talent anymore. I am sure she has lots of money.

Ray
Ray

Unless you know her personally, this comment is out of line. You NEVER know what someone’s financial situation is after unemployment. Also, unless you have the inside track, who knows if she will come back to daytime?

JUDY K
JUDY K

WRONG….A TALENTED ACTRESS CAN SURE TAKE THE PLACE OF SOME HORRIBLE ACTRESSES ON THE OTHER SOAPS!!!!!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Donna-
Extremely ignorant statement….Kassie is an excellent actress, she is beautiful, and even though she may not be 20 years old…she certainly has many many more years of working. Lastly, best not to judge financial situations, as you never know the truth AND honestly it’s none of our business.

Phil
Phil

Donna, get a clue! She is a great actress and an incredible singer!

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

To Donna ~ No offense but your comment is vicious and worthless.
She is a very fine actress and it’s a shame her character couldn’t have
evolved more. Her scenes with her daughter were excellent and the scene
where she told Paige goodbye for the last time was beautifully acted.
What we DON’T NEED are ignorant remarks from people like you.

Helen
Helen

Yes Donna, kassie has lots of money. Her net worth is 4 million dollars. Her singing is very bad. No hits at all. I have to say, her acting is very good at times.

Ces
Ces

please NO!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Days can make it right for Kassie, and bring back Eve for late next fall.

I sure hope Kassie puts her hat in the supporting actress category.

Besides killing off Will & thus ending the gay storyline, the firing of Kassie as Eve…was also, uncalled for!!! Two great mistakes made by DAYS last year.

damien
damien

….and letting the gorgeous greg vaughan go as eric…. three big mistakes!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ damien, as gorgeous as Greg is… I’m totally okay with that move. the story-lines for Eric have run it’s course, when he was raped by Kristen and the video played at Kristen and Brady’s “wedding”, that began the end of Eric. Eric will return someday, probably with Jensen or a new actor resuming the role.

Andy
Andy

Greg needed to go, his character got really boring.

Phil
Phil

I am soon sad to see her go. I was hoping DAYS would see the error of their ways with this one. GH wold be a great new home for her as well…. I really would like to see her back on screen again…NOT on CBS cause I don’t watch either of their shows and will not start.

Patrick
Patrick

have to gavel :

“…I was hoping DAYS would see the error of their ways ”

at the very least… to assuage fan outcry

Kassie DePaiva brought intelligence to this show… her chemistry with Justin and Eduardo is through the roof

I’m with @Jeremy… bring her back late fall… as a new character… or as Eve

this lady belongs on DAYS

Ken Corday ! do the right thing

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick, you’re on it…Kassie does belong on DAYS, I’d prefer Eve returning in the fall, with Kassie, but definitely not a new character for her. Ken Corday does need to do the right thing, and bring KASSIE back as Eve, and re-invent the gay story-line, and bring Paul back into the mix, and recast Sonny, and maybe let’s see Paul actually date some new players in Salem, until a new Sonny returns home. I think it would be healthy for Paul to date and see what that brings to the character, right now Paul is dud. Hope Ken realizes letting Kassie go and allowing the gay story-line to fully fade away are huge errors to be remedied!!!

Andy
Andy

Bring Charlotte Ross back, other wise no no.

Phil
Phil

Kassie is much better actress than Charlotte, who was not available to return as Eve!

Tom
Tom

It’s too bad. She is a talented actress. I hope that she lands somewhere else soon.

Johnny
Johnny

I love Kassie, but she was miscast as Eve Donovan. I hope Kassie comes back to Daytime soon. cast her on The Bold and The Beautiful as a new character.

Linda
Linda

I agree with you Johnny. Kassie was not right in the role of Eve. I wish Kassie would be on GH, YOU NEVER KNOW.

Lonny
Lonny

Sad day for DOOL. Without a doubt, Kassie was the best actress they had on the show. DOOL have made a lot of mistakes lately but I think this is the biggest. Not sure how much longer I will watch it if it doesn’t get better soon. I hope Kassie lands somewhere else soon and I may just switch to where ever she goes!

Ricardo
Ricardo

I love Kassie, Lets be honest she was never Eve at all. She talked with a southern twang. LOL. The Young and The Restless should hire Kassie Depaiva. That would make my day. Blair was wonderful on One Life To Live. and I miss her so much and the rest of the cast on One Life To live.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree Lonny

2 things

she is the best actress on DAYS
this is the biggest mistake DAYS nuProduction Team by far

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately she was yet another casualty of the change in writers back in August. I am certain the previous writers had long term plans for Eve, but when they were let go they changed direction and as a result is this big shake up in cast members that always happens when a new writers comes on board.

I just hope they don’t kill Eve off– if they do then someone should have the writers mental health checked, because if you are so obsessed with death and dying that is the only story that comes out of you, perhaps it is time to seek professional help.

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

I hate to see her go, and I agree I hope they come up with something more original than killing her off, that’s getting absurd on this show.
Maybe they could have her leaving Salem in search of employment in California as a vocal teacher or something along those lines. At least then, the door might be open for her character to return.
I also agree with you Mary that when the “new writers” came in, they really changed things rather abruptly including the gay characters which are now, somehow or other, no where to be found. What purpose does Paul serve now other than being a male model for that stupid Basic Black company –

Ricardo
Ricardo

Charlotte Ross. the original Eve was the best actress. Kassie Depaiva was wonderful as Blair Kramer on OLTL, but I did not like her as Eve. Towards the end, when her daughter Paige got murdered. I warmed up to Eve Donovan. The scenes were terrific. when Eve broke down and cried her guts out. I really hope she gets nominated for a Daytime emmy and wins it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Best post, Ricardo. Most eloquent synopsis. Your words did not shortchange Kassie, the actress, or Eve, the character. Good stuff.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Thank you, Cee Cee. I love your comments on this website. You always make my day. Cheers.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Ticard.
Why, my thanks to you, my friend. You enlighten me, as well.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That should be @Ricardo, not Ticard. I have no clue where that came from. Lol. Autocorrect is going nuts.

Timmy
Timmy

I think they gave her some good storyline with the Eve and JJ affair but Paige was a dud and I think they stopped caring to write for Eve solo.It’s weird thoujgh– isnt Lorraine Broderick a friend of hers?

Linda
Linda

I agree that GH should hire Kassie as she was a great actress on OLTL. She could be Carly’s sister or a new attorney in town or just somebody to add to the acting talent on GH.

Rusty Buchanan Burton
Rusty Buchanan Burton

Kassie DePaiva is an excellent actress, hate that they didn’t do more to keep her at Days. Prayers she lands an even better role. I miss OLTL & Blair Cramer, now THEY knew how to give Kassie storylines.

Jp
Jp

Huge loss. I hope she goes to gh.

KateA
KateA

She is a great actress. Sorry to see her go. Not sure what they are thinking but letting her go is crazy! She is so talented. Was happy seeing Vincent I today. He is another great actor! Hope he is there at for a long time.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Kassie is a tremendous actress and did a wonderful job with what she was given by Days. Unfortunately, they painted the character into a corner with the obsession with Jennifer, Paige and JJ. Eve could be redeemed if they had developed her relationship with Justin and involved her with Theresa’s design business. But, TPTB aren’t that far sighted. A waste of Kassie’s wonderful talent and many potentially great story lines missed by the viewers.

Thank you Kassie for your tremendous work and I want to see you again and again and again and ……………

Ces
Ces

Sorry, but Kassie was never Eve Donovan just someone that played a character named Eve. Glad there is one less actor to ffwd through. Bye.

Alexis
Alexis

Bye felicia

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Kassie, Ces. But, I really did not take to Eve. I actually agree with you. It’s like everything else. We develop certain ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ for characters and it stays with us. She will always be Blair to me….just as Michelle will always be Phyllis.
However, as much as I love Kassie, Eve was not the right role for her; not because of her performance, but because of her role….pathetic. I think she was ‘done wrong’, as so many others.
From what I am reading on these posts, Kassie was no replacement for Charlotte. Of course, I did not ‘know’ that Eve. But, I used to watch NYPD Blue, when gorgeous and oh, so talented Ms Ross played Detective Connie McDowell.

Ces
Ces

I always respect your opinion CeeCee. I didn’t mind Kassie as Blair, she did a fine job with that role, she just didn’t play Eve like I remember Eve. I was a huge Eve & Nick fan so I cringed watching Kassie *trying* to portray this character, twang and all. It never worked for me and obviously it didn’t work for Days either or they would have kept her around.
Some actors just can’t take over certain roles; especially ones that leave a mark with fans. Eve was troubled, a troublemaker, vulnerable, vixen and sex kitten all at the same time. Kassie just didn’t have IT.
So long.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Ces.
I completely agree, my friend. That’s why I have always maintained how miscast Kassie was, regardless how a good actress she is.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Tell us how you really feel. LOL!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, there.
You know, 4ever, that you are one of the ‘friends’ on these boards that I respect very much…..and, always trust your word when it comes to Days, especially. I sense how much you love the soap…LOL …
I LOOOOVE Kassie. I have sung her praises as all along. Her performance as a grieving mother was the best I have ever seen, and then some. I always maintained that the actress was demeaned by having been given such a role. She killed the role, yes……but, as many others, such as Archer and Easton, she was the means to an end. That’s show biz, I guess.
However, regardless of what any one of us may think/feel….none of us can deny the fact that she deserves the Emmy, this year. Later, my friend.

Rj
Rj

Kassie is an excellent actor, and like her loads. She needed to play a different charcater, and different storylines. I have not seen her more recent performances in the aftermath of Paige’s death, but I am sure she was great. She is very talented and strong, but for most of her time on the show she was kept in a box and needed a different role. I wish her all the best.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If Charlotte Ross were to step back into the role of Eve, newer viewers would see how jarring the differences are between Kassie’s Eve and Charlotte’s Eve, especially with writers who I believe could do Eve justice!

Kassie is an exceptional actress, but her Eve is not the Eve I knew.

COME BACK, CHARLOTTE!

VAL
VAL

I can’t believe we have all these people screaming for an actress that last played the role over 15 years ago. This is why Days has flatlined in the ratings and not risen to the top again. Die hard fans who can’t recognize the 80[s and 90’s ended long ago. They want the world to be just as it was back in the day with no changes. Charlotte Ross is nearly 50 years old now. She is not the fresh faced teen we first saw on the show. Kassie de Pavia can act rings around Charlotte Ross and I say this as a person who loathed her character on One Life to Live. Ms. Depavia is one talented lady and her leaving Days is that shows loss.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Charlotte is a great actress. It’s been 25 years since she was on DAYS. She’ll turn 48 tomorrow. She is the original Eve.

Kassie’s great, but the previous writers did not do her any favors.

DAYS has not flatlined in the ratings!

Charlotte Ross was, is and always will be beautiful!!!!!

Susan
Susan

If only the writers had known what to do with Kassie from the beginning. They so wasted such a great talent.

Becky Maples
Becky Maples

GH needs to pick up this talented actress, Love her on OLTL and would love for her to come to GH and reunite with Franco/Todd lol

Mo
Mo

I like Kassie and wish her luck. After killing off Paige, Eve was left with basically no story. She rarely sees Theresa. It’s a shame (her lack of story) especially with her ex in town. I hope she’s hitting him up for all his back child support.

TRAVIS T THOMAS
TRAVIS T THOMAS

I think for those saying Kassie was miscast. The true blame needs to be put on the writers. Even if Charlotte was playing the role, Eve was still written as being pathetic. And Days proved once again that great characters can NEVER come home again. How many amazing characters from the past (ever portrayed by the original actors) have come back to only be totally wrecked by the writing teams.

I still put the blame on 1 persons shoulders and thats Ken Corday. Im sorry but how many times can he do those stupid plans to save Days. I feel like every 2-4 years he starts up this Campaign and nothing gets better. Its time for him to become a Sr. Exec Producer and hire an incredible Exec producer to come in and steer this ship the right course. But who???

Out of all of the soaps on air, none of them compare to the greatness that they were 20 yrs ago. Daytime has given up. They never promote their own shows. Primetime commercials are played during the day, but the opposite doesnt happen. There has been no interest in finding the next great Daytime writer. The same writers are just recycled. The Daytime Execs at every network have truly given up. Its like they are just coasting by. No one is trying to be inventive or groundbreaking.

When is the last time a REAL Storyline with a beginning, middle, and end was presented. I feel like its just one plot, to the next plot line, to the next plot line. I still think about the YR aids storyline, or GH and Monica’s breast cancer storyline, Robin & Stone’s love story, Nick and Sharon’s love story, Carrie and Austin’s love story, and BB’s original Caroline/Ridge/Brooke/Taylor epic story. Where is that type of Storytelling. Storytelling that actually goes somewhere. I still remember as a kid being glued to the screen when Stephanie lived on Skid Row. There were all these fun things happening, while also learning stuff at the same time.

I truly just see most soaps as Plot lines, because there is no true storytelling going on. So many missed opportunities. Sharon’s bipolar SL could have been something of true value, but it became a cray cray joke instead of being handled with care. GH could have made the Franco/Scott SL about Father and sons truly trying to get to know each other, but instead it just became a joke. I mean has Franco been told his grandparents live in PC, or that his sister is out there. Multi-generational Storytellng is dead. And Im about to give up, because nothing seems to change in this genre. Im tired of Mask being ripped off, dopplegangers, or brainwashing & microchips, or Victor’s who seem to have eyes EVERYWHERE and can buy off anyone, and never emotionally pays for ANYTHING. I want stories about Lust, Love, and Betrayal. Havent these writers watched a Dateline. They could learn a thing or two.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This is a huge loss for DAYS. Kassie DePaiva is one of daytime’s true gems, and a die-hard advocate for the daytime genre. She’s a class act and a phenomenal actress, who has a real presence on screen and whose character had loads of potential. I’ve liked Eve from the beginning, mostly because of Kassie, and since Paige’s death, I’ve warmed up to her even more. It’s a huge shame that she’s being let go now, especially when she had a possible future with Justin and Eduardo just came to town.

Some people believe she was miscast as Eve, but the real problem here wasn’t the character, it was the writing. Just like with Melissa Archer as Serena, the character could have worked (and did in her last few days before being killed off) but the writing at the beginning of her stint was just awful. The same goes for Eve, she was an unlikable character at the beginning and that was because of the writing.

Hopefully Kassie will find a new hope on daytime, maybe as Jenny Eckert on GH. She is a great actress and really deserves an Emmy this year for her phenomenal work. DAYS has just lost another great actor.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I did not watch when Ross played Eve….and, I, for one have no clue whether Kassie was miscast or not. All I know is that the role was too undignified for the Kassie I was used to seeing….that is, Blair. Not that Blair was unblemished, but, she had a place in Llanview. I always felt, Kassie, as Eve, did not belong. That’s only my opinion….does not mean it is so. I wanted so much more for this beautiful, gifted actress. She was reduced to ‘playing’ footsie with a boy…her daughter’s boyfriend, no less. I honestly found that sort of a fall from grace. She deserved better than that.
Regardless of such a disgusting role, I praise her acting….she made everyone else look like amateurs; especially her mourning scenes. I probably am boring you all for constantly repeating myself….Kassie deserves the Emmy.
Furthermore, while Suzanne Rogers ( whom I love and respect) acted her anguish at the loss of her son excellently; her performance didn’t even come close to Kassie’s.

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS.
Please forgive me for sounding as if I can’t make up my mind about Kassie’s role. To me she was miscast….but I really do not know how true that is for others….as I said I have no clue. All I can do is go according to what you beautiful people say. You, the longtime fans are the only ones who can weed out the ‘good’ from the ‘bad’. Charlotte Ross is exceptionally talented, as well; and, she ‘made’ Eve. Eve is not my favorite character, but, who’s to say I would not have loved Charlotte’s Eve? Many actors are able to acclimate themselves in a new role and are simultaneously accepted by the viewer. By the same token, as we all know, some actors do not fulfill recast roles. It is damned if you do and damned if you don’t. But, we have all seen what happens to outstanding actors in the wrong roles. I have always felt that the part of Eve was a very demeaning role for Kassie.

Nick
Nick

I agree with you and Jimmy above. I cant help but feeling that the writers killed Paige off and are letting Kassie go in an attempt to “redeem” the degenerate character of JJ. As long as the mother and daughter were on the show, they were a reminder of JJ’s affair and bad character. With them out of the way, the writers are hoping that viewers can forget that storyline and embrace the former drug dealer as a crusading cop and model boyfriend for Gaby. They even had JJ morally denouncing Chad to Abby the other day, which was absurd given his own history.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Nick.
Right on!!!! I have never liked JJ and never will. You are so en pointe; hats off to you, Nick for putting some logic into this. Suddenly this spoiled Horton brat-kid with a passel of crimes and mischief in his ‘resume’ is a shining star? Bad-mouthing Chad? Yeah, I know…that’s the Hortons’ delusional, pristine reputation coming to the fore. You surely call it, Nick!

SANDRA LAMB
SANDRA LAMB

I really liked Kassie on Days and hope they find some way to bring her back I will really miss her on the show. Maybe GH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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