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Kate Mansi Makes Statement Confirming Her Exit From Days of our Lives!

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While all the rumors and reports have been circulating for months, Kate Mansi finally broke her silence via her Instagram account on Wednesday making her official statement on her status with NBC’s Days of our Lives.  Mansi has confirmed that she is indeed exiting her role as Abigail Deveraux.

Mansi related:  “I’ve kept quiet as long as I could, but since it seems news has leaked, I feel I owe it to you all to set the record straight. Alright… here it is:   After much thought, I’ve decided the timing was right for me to set sail from Salem. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every single beautiful and messy moment of being Abigail, and will always treasure our time together. I want to be very clear in saying that this was not a decision I took lightly. It was important for me to see Abigail through the most recent storyline, as well as through the show’s historic 50th anniversary celebration. I can confidently say that I poured everything I had into Abigail, especially this last year, and cannot wait for you to see what’s coming! I also want to express how very proud I am to have had the privilege of being a part of this incredibly hard-working daytime community for the past five years. I am grateful beyond measure to the DOOL family, which I feel extends beyond our set, to you, the amazing, and unwavering fans. I thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown Abigail and me.   Oh​,​ and one more thing… STA​Y TUNED!​​ I PROMISE you, you won’t want to miss what’s coming​!​ XO KM”

So, now that you have heard it from Kate, what do you think about her decision to exit the series?  Will you miss her performances?  Now that the role will most likely be recast, who do you think should play the part? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lorenzo
Lorenzo

I love Kate Mansi, I am going to miss her. She is a wonderful actress. Kate will air, until end of May. Brittany Underwood call her right away. She would be terrific as the new Abigail. Kristen Alderson sorry she is not right for the role.

Ana
Ana

Kristen Alderson would be great in this role she reminds me of sammy

Jeremy
Jeremy

Oh no! I too love love love Kate as Abigail, she’s such a great talent, and I’m a bit shocked at her departure, her chemistry with Billy Flynn (CHAD), is off the charts. She delivered such excellent scenes with Rob (ex-Ben), she is a gem, and I am definitely surprised she is leaving DAYS. Chat & Abby are the IT couple. IF they show is going to recast, for me, I’d love to see the uber brilliant girl from OLTL KELLEY MISSEL. IF DAYS could lure her from the East Coast that would be Amazing.
I’ll definitely miss Kate Mansi as Abigail. She’s a very thorough and decisive actress.

Patrick
Patrick

Abs has become a central character… in order to keep storyline generating… they need a surefire hit… to not miss a beat… I’ve wanted Kelly Missel for the longest time.

I sincerely and truly congratulate… Kate Mansi… for stepping up to the plate… she more than carried DAYS through the transition… of new production… and elevated the nu Writing Team scripts…

Chad and Abs… for new story… more than took the audience … they are .. as you said… the new IT couple.

so.. I am hoping … DAYS takes extra caution… and hire a solid actress… to play Abs… because.. as much as i’m liking… – very much – Martha Madison portrayal of Belle Black… like when Kate Mansi first started… this story line is vital to the canvas… and MM needs to stretch her wings… before DAYS decides they are the new it couple.

I don’t want Billy Flynn character… to languish with Belle… if they are not working… hopefully… he’ll start commanding DiMera Enterprises… till DAYS makes the correct call in recasting… a high end high yield on returns… to continue on… with his megawatt turn… as a solid new leading man.

I TIP MY HAT to Ms. Mansi… for … per her words… she gave it her all… and I know she has… every since , the start date of takeover… August 17, 2015… Kate Mansi… is finishing solidly her 5 year run… and I wish her the best!

oy! I hope this doesn’t hurt the canvas… I’m so excited by all the turns… except for the firing of Kassie DePaiva.

Kate Mansi… you solidified your turn. WELL DONE!

clh
clh

There is a soap God!

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

Abigail will mysteriously disappear and Andre will be behind it…ok, im kidding…just recast…good luck to KM in wherever she goes!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Torn– was never a huge fan of her portrayal of Abigail, but the last few months she won me over and her chemistry with the actor who plays Chad is great, so the timing sucks for me because I was just starting to like this couple and invest in them long term– now there is going either be a break up or recast which never works as well. Abigail and Chad was the last bit of light on the show– even Hope has turned dark. Well good luck to her, lets pray they don’t kill the character off.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I feel exactly the same way, Mary. Abby was at the bottom of the barrel for me months ago….the dregs of it. But, she has proven herself….her acting ability obscured any resentment I had for the character’s past peccadillos. I do believe there will be a recast. It may work….Kate is still green and not so entrenched in the soap for us not to accept a newcomer. I suppose it all depends on whom it is and her new storyline. Also, I would think it also depends how her personality will fare with Billy Flynn’s…what a man, what a man!!!! Yum!!

Leona
Leona

I have watched DOOL for years, especially the last 5 years. Kate has done a wonderful job as being Abigail. I am happy to see that her and Chad are together once again. Wishing her nothing but the best in her future.

Mo
Mo

I hope they will recast the role.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

I HOPE & PRAY THEY KILL HER OFF!!! I CANNOT STAND THE CHARACTER!!!!!!!!

Cindy sousa
Cindy sousa

I’m going to miss Kate. She is a terrific actress.I wish her all the best.and I hope one day she will be back

deb
deb

I willl miss Kate Mansi as Abby. Ms. Mansi made me love the Abby character and I wish she was staying but I understand she wants to spread her wings and do something different. I wish her the best. Hopefully some of these nut jobs who tweet the actress horrible things because of the character having an affair with EJ, will finally get a life and realize she was only doing her job. Some fans can be such lunatics.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yes, deb, some “fans” can be such lunatics. Some cannot separate actor from character as judged by the comments on the Michael Weatherly news page, not to mention other columns in the past.

It really makes me wonder just how SICK the citizens of the world are. Mental health is definitely a blessing.

CeeCee
CeeCee

As always, when there is the opportunity for a young female recast, my first choice is Kelley Missal. She is an impressive protagonist….rebellious child, sensitive sister and dependable friend. Kelley is just glorious in my eyes; able to handle any challenge.
The runner-up would be Lyndsy Fonseca (original Colleen-Y&R). ….not only is this girl gorgeous; she is one noteworthy talent.
Good luck, Kate……tante belle cose e buona fortuna !!!!!!!

Reagan
Reagan

Really sad to see Kate go. In my opinion, she is one of the best actresses on the show! I can understand why she wants to move on & try other roles… but it is our loss! 🙁 I do hope they find the right recast for her!! Best wishes to Kate. Dani from OLTL would be a consideration but I think she’s too young.

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

She most certainly IS one of the best actresses on this show – as inane as it often is, with this nonsense right now about the heart transplant – comical really –
but she makes Abigail seem very real despite some of the ridiculous dialogue these poor actors are forced to read.
I will really MISS her in the role and if they re-cast Abigail, which seems likely, she will have to do a really great job because Miss Mansi had some great scenes with the actor who portrayed Ben as well as the current Chad. I know, I know, actors move on, she’s young, and I don’t blame her for opting to leave. I kind of suspected she was going to vacate the role. They need to maybe have her (Abigail) go out of town for a while and then do the recast so it’s not so terribly
startling….but no, they probably won’t. Sometimes recasting the role works and sometimes it just doesn’t.
Good luck to Kate Mansi she has done a great job.

Anne
Anne

Kate has been terrific, and her work has woven her deeply into the Days canvas.

Please don’t kill Abigail.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

They are going to kill her off! Makes sense the way Days is going. DAYS IS DEAD!!!!!

Paul
Paul

I hope they give the character a long rest or even better, kill her. I’m so tired of the hypocrisy exhibited by Abigail, the town mattress.

However, good luck to Kate in her future endeavors.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am so sorry to hear this confirmation. Kate Mansi has done outstanding work in this role. I will miss her so very much. She is a wonderful actress and I wish her the very best in her future career.

I hope TPTB aren’t going to send Abigail and baby Thomas off into the sunset. I agree with Lorenzo. Brittany Underwood would do very well as Abigail.

tim S
tim S

OUCH!!! I get a little frustrating with some of these actors/actresses that don’t know what a good job/deal they have. How many actors have left and end up coming back. The grass is not greener in the other acting studio.. I can understand if the writing was poor, but wow.. my gut says she should stay for a few more years and take advantage of the work…. try to find some other jobs out there and ask for a leave….

Of course I know nothing about her situation.. She is a great actress and really as happy with her work lately.. Good luck!! She will be missed…

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

tim S, maybe Kate knows something we do not. There still has not been word of a renewal from Sony and NBC. In the end it is her life to live as she wants to.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

DAYS IS HISTORY NO QUESTION ABOUT IT! MARK MY WORDS, THE SHOW IS HORRIBLE & THE RATINGS SHOW IT. I FOR ONE WILL BE SHOUTING WITH HAPPINESS & DELIGHT WHEN IT IS. POSSIBLY EVEN BACKFLIPS!

Michael
Michael

If only Lindsay Hartley wasn’t too old…even Kim Matula would be good

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I wish Kate well–but I surely will miss her presence. Abby and Chad have a great love story, the kind fans just love, filled with sturm and drang. Hope Days will “do it up right for the fans; I feel that they will, based on their work so far and on what Kate says in her farewell statement to fans. Bon Voyage!

Omar
Omar

Who is left on the cast!!!?? Everyone is leaving or fired..All core and important characters..It seems this show will not be renew and ending a historic run..So sad..I just been very gloom and doom lately, no major upgrade from the last writing regime..Ratings were up due to 50th and return of fan faves..I hope I am wrong and will continue to watch even if the show is so subpar.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I absolutely love Kate Mansi and have thoroughly enjoyed her portrayal of Abigail over the past four years, and I cannot wait to see what it is she does next. Had a feeling she’d be leaving, due to her returning to being a brunette and that in Soap Opera Digest she mentioned her deal with the soap was coming to an end, and was unsure if she’d re-sign. I wish her the best, and while I wouldn’t want it, I hope the show does recast so we can continue the stories that Abigail is bound for!

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

She looks so much more appealing with her brunette hair. I started liking the character a little bit more when she went back to her darker hair. Then with the ordeal Abigail suffered with Ben and how Chad never gave up on her, she won me over.

Michael
Michael

Oh no! Hands down age I’d one of the Best actresses on daytime . I really hope she has a good agent because she is a true talent. I’ll miss her portrayal of Abigail but I plan to follow her career

blake
blake

I really liked her as Abby, but I hope we get a great recast with her.

Richard
Richard

Kim Matula would be an awesome Abby, but I want her back in LA with Liam and battling Steffy. Kelly Missal from OLTL would be perfect. Gorgeous ans she can act!!!!

Katzie
Katzie

considering there’s not alot of work for actors these days due to reality tv, I was surprised that KM decided to leave. She’s a good actress and I wish her well. You’d better re-cast well, Days, Abby is an important character.

stevie g
stevie g

Have loved Kate Mansi’s work as Abigail over the last couple of years. Last year with EJ and Sammi and this year with Chad and Ben. The poor girl is probably exhausted after everything the writers have put her through recently. On my wish list now is to bring back the young lady who played Abbey as a teenager. ASHLEY BENSON, if she is available. I heard her night time show is finishing up. Hope she is asked back and would like to return to day time.

code85
code85

They do not need kill off character , recast the charactewith either Kristen Alderson ( Ex- Starr and Kiki or Kimberly Matlua ( ex- Hope) B&B

Becky
Becky

So sad she played Abigail so good gonna miss her smile good luck in your future

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

Please neither of those actresses never cared for either of them on any soap. And why re-cast when there will be no soap (DAYS) for her to go too!

code85
code85

Well aren’t we negative and counting your eggs before they hatch. There no word yet of Days will be renew or cancel.

Belle
Belle

Bring in Kristen. Is Bree Williamson too old?

Jeanene
Jeanene

God bless you hun! You will be missed as well it is always hard to replace the current actor, I know DOOL will do the best. .always hard getting use to a replacement but in time it will all work itself out. .The best of luck to you hun!
Hugs n love ♡

Helen
Helen

Like many others I have grown to appreciate the talent of Ms. Mansi. I wish her nothing but the best. I’ve enjoyed DOOL from day one!! Would hate to see it go ~~ however, maybe the time has come.

Michael
Michael

Kelly Thiebaud (Britt, GH) I’m sure she will have great chemistry with Chad

Andrea Meyer dembski
Andrea Meyer dembski

Today I felt like I lost a part of me when you left. You are an AMAZING actress Kate, I honestly can’t fathom the idea of you not being “Abby ” Anymore, but I know you’re on to bigger things. Take care and know you have tons of followers that love you!

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

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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Matt Cedeno Debuts Tonight On ‘Ambitions’

Former Days of our Lives star Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon Walker) is set to begin his recurring role on tonight’s episode of OWN’s sudsy Ambitions.

Cedeno is taking on the role of Ignacio DeSantos, who is said to be the heir to a textiles conglomerate, and who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer, Bella (Erica Page).

Ignacio is a said to also be a very dynamic character, who has quite the lifestyle! Hmmm.

Will passion ignite between Ignacio and Bella? Stay tuned.

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Matt was most recently seen on Power in the role of Cristobal.

Ambitions airs Tuesday nights at 10PMEST/9PMCST.

For more on the series click here,

Excited to see Matt in his new role tonight? Comment below.

 

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