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More With Melissa Archer Video Interview & Behind The Scenes At Her DAYS Digs!

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Yesterday, we posted at On-Air On-Soaps our brand new feature interview with Days of our Lives newest arrival, former One Life to Live favorite, Melissa Archer.

The fiery redhead is now Salem’s Serena Mason, who comes to town for a multitude of reasons as the story begins to reveal itself.   But chief among those reasons is to see if she can rekindle the flame between herself and Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan).  Only from the looks of it, she’s got a major roadblock already… Nicole Walker! (Arianne Zucker)

In addition to the chat you read, we also sat down for an on-camera conversation with more of the interview with Melissa where she discusses the difficulties in making a new on-screen love story when there has been no history prior to that played on screen, what it’s like working with Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker, how she got the role of Serena on DAYS, and lots of fun moments.

After the video chitchat, Melissa and Michael Fairman went on tour of her new DAYS digs! From Melissa’s dressing room, to an impromptu conversation in the hallway with Arianne Zucker, to chatting about dressing Melissa from DAYS costume designer Richard Bloore, to meeting up with DAYS make-up artist Jeremy in the hair and make-up room, we got our own mini-tour of this former Llanview residents new soap home!

Now after the jump watch our sit-down video interview with Melissa, and then our behind-the-scenes visit at Days of our Lives with her! Then share your thoughts:  Are you willing to give Eric and Serena’s romance a try to see if you will come to root for the couple?  Do you want Nicole with Eric, no matter what?  Are you happy to see Melissa in her new digs?  Comment below!

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MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

OMG! I LOOOVED THIS! Thank you so much for the interview and tour.

Love having MA in Salem. DOOL is my favorite soap since OLTL’s sad demise. Seeing Melissa and Kassie, along with all of the Day’s vets just makes my day. Looking forward to seeing all the upcoming storylines.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Would love to see AZ’s Nicole and MA’s Serena become besties. Nicole needs a friend. I’ll buy the martinis.

Lois
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Lois

Absolutely…..

Phil
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Phil

I liked Melissa on OLTL, but so far I am loving her on DAYS…I know I am in the minority. I am willing to give her and Eric a chance. I am over Eric and Nicole anyway. Not that I want Nicole and Daniel together…no prefer Nicole with Brady. Also, can we assume that since Serena mentioned her mother that her Mom may be on the way to Salem? If so, please Corday I know that it may be tempting to seek out Erika Slezak, and I adore her, but please go after Marj Dusay instead! Lure her out of… Read more »

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

I wouldnt mind Robin Strasser as Serena’s mom…Robin should play Lee Dumonde who was involved with Stephano in the early 1980s and is Dougs ex wife…Serena could turn out to be Lee and Stephanos daughter…and with Doug and Julie back in Salem could make for great drama…Erika should be Jens mom Laura and Jerry Ver Dorn should be Jens dad Bill Horton…Marj Dusay could play Linda Anderson, the biological mother of Maggies daughter Melissa…Linda could come to Salem looking for another daughter she gave up for adoption who turns out to be Nicole…Faye Walker whom Nicole thought was her mother… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I’m already in the process of giving her a chance and I am not disappointed. Basically, I just like her character. She’s strong, doesn’t take crap, and she’s doing a fantastic job of creating a sense of history with Greg Vaughn’s Eric. I know Greg seemed to give the impression he wasn’t fully on board with this wrapped in a bow relationship, but I hope he knows that he and Melissa have a nice chemistry and if he would just let go a little more in his scenes with her (he’s always so damned reserved), there could be some major… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Can I be of any assistance of MA/DAYS? I can paint her dressing room door and any other doors at DAYS…free of charge!

sleepless
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sleepless

No, nothing against her personally. But Eric and Nicole belong together. No natural chemistry between Serena and Eric in my eyes. And I am not a fan of insta or forced fed pairings, all this “happened of camera’ doesn’t make me as an audience member become invested. Ericole had real build and amazing chemistry, they made us care by making us a part of their journey. As opposed to the show now just *telling* us we should care and having other characters prop them and say how wonderful she is. Also I have no interest in investing in another reelationship… Read more »

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Nicole and Eric all the way no matter what. . . and soon!

Beth
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Beth

GV and MA have good chemistry. But this whole romance-off-camera as their backstory is not working for me. I need to see the romance unfold for myself, not be told by two characters, one of whom I’ve never seen before, how wonderful they were as a couple. I’m not a big Ericole fan. That’s not what’s motivating me here. I would like to see two characters meet, fall in love and develop a relationship slowly, and not be thrown together this quickly with so many characters on the show singing the praises of Serena instead of me making my own… Read more »

lucy
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lucy

Eric and Nicole are always the best!
Although I agree if the ladies want to be friends.

Cathy
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Cathy

I love Eric and Nicole together. They are my favorite couple on the show, and the main reason I watch.
Sorry but I wont have it any other way.

Kelly
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Kelly

Eric and Nicole are unfinished and I won’t like Eric in another relationship till he lets go of his hate for nicole.

Macy
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Macy

I ove Melissa Archer on DAYS. She brings a great energy and is so refreshing. Serena and Eric have great chemistry. Eric and Nicole were so dull. I can’t wait to see what her REAL reason for being in Salem is.

Fan
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Fan

I love the interview with Melissa, and seeing her interact with AZ was nice as well.

Eric and Serena are gorgeous together, and I’m enjoying their interactions so far.

boes
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boes

Melissa Archer has never been better. Frankly, I got tired of her Natalie on OLTL – though I NEVER got tired of OLTL. I’m really enjoying her mature, sexy, older character on Days, and she’s the best thing that’s happened to Eric in forever.

I love Nicole and wish Show would realize what gold they have in this actress.
But she and the actor playing Eric have no fire at all IMO. Find Nicole somebody better ASAP.

SW
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SW

Such a joy to see her back on screen. She is lovely and I’ve missed her!! Yay!

louisa
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louisa

Love the behind the scenes interview! Give us more of these Michael. So happy to see Melissa on Days. It is as close to OLTL as we can get at this point.

Kenya
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Kenya

Good interview, Melissa seems sweet and lovely. I like her character so much, excited to see more from her. She looks like the type that would rock any of Salem’s eligible bachelors’ world, sexy, gorgeous and feisty and sure she would work with any of them, like Brady. I’m for Eric and Serena and don’t care that I didn’t see the backstory romance develop onscreen. It’s more than happening for me now, Eric and Serena gel together and are great. They are a beautiful pair. So over Nicole and Eric, they did nothing for me and were depressing. This thing… Read more »

Jenn
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Jenn

I am not interested in seeing Eric with anyone, but Nicole. I hope they take Serena in another direction, but until they do I will not be watching her character with Eric. Nicole and Eric have great chemistry and I hope they fix them VERY soon!

Amber
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Amber

I love Melissa Archer as Serena! I did not know if I would, but she’s great. She has great chemistry with Greg Vaughan! I think she would have great chemistry with other men, too. I agree with the posters above. Nicole and Eric were sooo blah together.

kristen
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kristen

Michael! I love this interview and so glad you got to take us BTS at days. We rarely get to see the secret happenings only you can bring us. So fun that Ari stopped by and also a peek into wardrobe! You rock Michael…now try to sneak in on some Jarlena action while you are there 😉
xo

Manon
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Manon

I love Melissa but is it just me or would she not be better paired with Eric Martsof??? I know they are friends in real life and to me Brady and Serena would be so exciting, electric and passionate together

Sherriese
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Sherriese

That would be a great way to go too. She’s sexy, he’s sexy and I think their characters would work together. Better than him and Melanie for sure.

Sherriese
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Sherriese

Enjoyed the interview, it was cool seeing her and AZ. Bring on Nicole vs Serena! Melissa Archer has been a great addition and I love Serena so far. Can’t wait to see all parts of Serena! She and Eric are so different from him and Nicole and I am loving the difference! I can’t stop smiling when they’re together in scenes. She’s dynamite and he’s smitten and it shows.

Ann
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Ann

She is a nice addition to the show, but sorry I don’t see or feel the chemistry between Eric and Serena. They need to put Nicole and Eric back.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I believe Eric’s happiness in love is ultimately with Nicole. They are good for each other. Right now, don’t want to get into all the reasons why I believe that. However, I am also enjoying Eric with Serena right now. It brings a breath of fresh air into the Eric-Nicole story. I think the writers wrote themselves into a corner with the “Nicole hides evidence from Eric” plot. Bringing in Serena is a nice way to create time to rethink the Eric-Nicole relationship – if there is to be one. The “I can’t forgive Nicole” thing is not working for… Read more »

Vishi
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Vishi

Hey Michael! Thanks for such a great interview & tour! I absolutely am a huge fan of Melissa’s! She is doing an awesome job. I haven’t watched Days since the 70s, and started watching since Melissa came on to the show! She is doing a great job as usual, and love that her character is so strong & gorgeous! Love her & GV together. Hope they continue on with this couple, as the mysteries unfold.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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