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Nathan Owens Done At Days Of Our Lives!

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Another one of the younger set is apparently also out at Days of our Lives!  After fans have learned that Chandler Massey (Ex-Will) and Casey Deidrick (Chad) have finished their run on the NBC soap (although Casey is still airing) and Camila Banus  (Gabi) is set to leave too, comes word from Soap Opera Digest that Nathan Owens is out as Cameron!

At Kate Mansi’s (Abigail, DAYS) birthday celebration this weekend, Nathan confirmed he has completed his run in the role, and that he will probably air on the soap till some time in November.   Owens took over the role of Cameron from Schuyler Yancy at Christmas time in 2012.  He  is currently on modeling assignments and auditioning for other acting opportunities!

So what are your thoughts on the departure of Owens? Will they recast? Who should be the love interest for Mansi’s Abigail if there is no Chad or Cameron on the canvas?  Comment below!

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Erica
Erica

they should recast with either Corbin Bleu after he finishes DWTS , Cornelius Smith (ex Frankie, AMC) would be good too

Patrick
Patrick

wow… wouldn’t that be a coup for DOOL… to land… contract Corbin Bleu… would give him more press and exposure… to La La Land…

that would be so nice…

I think … if SOD awards were still around… he’d have been nominated best newcomer… along with… Britt… GH.
and for Jenn Lilly first role, all her own…. Theresa, DOOL.
and… Ellie, GH.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I would like to see Corbin in the role too. But what I really want to know is why such upheaval?

Chloe
Chloe

Both Camerons were boring. Give up on the character.

I wish they’d take some of the money that they’re not going to be paying to Chad, Gabi & Cam & give it to Peter Reckell so that we can have Bo back. Are you listening, Ken Corday?

judith
judith

Not sure it was only about money for Reckell..he also wanted more stories and some NEW material for these stories..Bo the hero who rescue Hope was played out after decades of that..he wanted something new !

Marc R. Jimenez
Marc R. Jimenez

Days needs to bring in few new male & Female Talents since there losing so many Actors Gabi,Chad ,Kristen, Bo,John,Owen, Please bring in new Love interest for Abby , there needs to be an age group for her immediately also I think Days you need to clean up these boring scripts & focus on some great stories plus Lucas on Back burner come on what about Hope story where the hell is Bo & What about Marlena story no John i can write better then your stories can’t you guys see theres no couples on Days at all look at your writing seriously ….Hope ,Marlena ,Brady ,they need a partner ….I’ve been a LoyalLong time Fan Favorite still …. & the stories are so stupid especially the Jennifer /Daniel bring in Peter Blake as a new actor back to get thing s rolling with this story . Now since Stefano holds all the cards bring in a New Family with strong Values to go head to head w/ The DiMera ‘s …… it’ll be great to see ….My Opinion also close the chapter on Bo bring someone new for Hope such Talent Actor & Actress are wasted come on Days !!!!!! where s Shawn D , Belle , Mimi Lockhart , Phillip etc

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

I agree with u except oh god no dont bring Peter Blake back For ANY reason. Big mistake the first go around.

judith
judith

With Kristen and Chad gone, Peter coming back would not be a bad idea imo..And a new villain family would be a great addition in order to create new storylines.

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

A new villain, yes. Peter Blake playing him, NO. There are personal reasons on the set why he WONT be coming back to Days!

Mary SF
Mary SF

That’s too bad I was just getting used to this guy being on canvas.

Jules
Jules

Yeah, that’s not quite the loss. Good looking guy, and maybe he had potential, but Cameron’s insta connection to Lexie was sloppily written at best, and they’ve never given him much to do since. I think I only really saw the potential in the character when Schyler played him. When Nathan took over, he was very bland and one note and the character stayed stunted. I never bought him as an intern in med school, and never ever felt his connection with any of the Carvers. Abby a little, but only because they’re really, really trying to cram it in.

I wish him the best, but it’s not a loss for DAYS. With him gone, it makes room for the characters and actors we would be more excited to see. I was just never excited to see Cameron.

judith
judith

The actor is beautiful but lacks some fire on screen..he needs to improve and then he can come back ! lol

Phil
Phil

NO do not recast Cameron…unless they can find someone good to play the role, but it does give us one less minority, so realistically they need to find more. RECAST Chad! I thought they were going to anyway…Abby and Chad are more interesting than Cameron and Abby anyway.

timeout
timeout

DOOL’s is still airing??

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

STAY AWAY FROM SOAP SITES IF YOU HATE SOAPS

timeout
timeout

Stay off my back you big Whack and get a real life!!! Learn how to read before you start handing out unwanted advice.

Claire
Claire

With Chad gone, it would make sense to *me* to recast Cameron. Otherwise, there isn’t much left for Abagail in the romance department. She’s pretty much related to 3/4 of the male characters on the show.

I thought his character was underused though. I guess with Lexie leaving right as he was introduced, there could have been kinks in the plan. But It seems like there needs to be more African American representation on the show. Remember Jonah Carver… we haven’t seen or even heard mention of him in YEARS. Abe supposedly has a sister but we have never seen her. And then there is his nephew that disappeared almost as quickly as he came. Back in the 80s you had Marcus Hunter. Maybe he has a son out there somewhere that will “land” in Salem.

Really hope that Kate Mansi isn’t headed out the door next. She’s a great asset to the show!

judith
judith

Casting some members of Abe’s family is a great idea, do it Dool ! This soap needs more african-american actors.

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

Maybe Abigail can fall in love with the much older Daniel…her own mothers boyfriend? in a kind of reworking of the popular 1970s triangle when Julies mother Addie was married to Doug whom Julie was in love with b4 her mother married him…some classic storylines…imo…are worth repeating!!!

blake
blake

I thought about that also when I saw Abby talking to Daniel. Abby went after a older married man a couple years ago with Austin.

The best example of this IMO is from Guiding Light with Blake Thorpe (then played by the so talented Sherry Stringfield) going after Ross Marler because her mother Holly wanted to get back with him. Blake was pissed that her mom told her love interest Alan-Michael the bad thing she did, so Blake got Ross’ attention and slowly seduced him and tried to get her mom to find them in bed.

So just have Jennifer do something to Abby to make her so mad that she goes after Daniel. The actress who plays Abby is not only gorgeous but man she can act, especially when she’s going off on someone!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I think you’re on to something! I know about that great story, but did not
see it! Once again, Hortons!!! You should be a writer!!! You know the
history.

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

Cameron was a stagnated character in desperate need of a backstory…he needed more of a history connection other than Lexis relative to make him more important and interesting. I wouldve brought back Valerie Grant, a Days character from the 70s and briefly in the 80s…Valerie was african american who was in love with David Banning, Julies son, who was white…back in the 70s their romance was contriversal and ended because of stupid fan protests…anyway i like to think Valerie and David remet in Europe years later and had a one night stand at the same time Valerie was engaged to another old boyfriend Jerry Davis whom she once dated in Salem in 1970s…Valerie becomes pregnant but doesnt tell David because he has reunited with his exwife Trish Clayton who is seriously ill. Jerry believes he is the babys father and tells his family back in the states but Jerry disapears without any expaination and is persumed dead. Valerie has the baby, a boy named Cameron, and gives the child to Jerrys family, the Davis’s to raise because she felt it was in the best interest of the child. Now years later, Valerie arrives in Salem and moves in with Maxine…her cousin. Valerie starts dating Abe Carver unaware both Maxine and Kayla Brady are attracted to Abe as well. Theo, Abes son, dislikes Valerie and has noticed Valerie always looking at Cameron. He tells Kayla who hints to Abe that Val might be attracted to the much younger Cam. Valerie admits Cam is her son and David Banning is his father. Abe and Valerie break up. Cam accepts David. who is now a lawyer and has return to Salem after wife Trish’s death, but Cam refuses to have anything to do with his mother Valerie. Abigail is so upset that she recently slept with Cameron…her own cousin…she seeks advice from Father Eric about becoming a nun just like her Aunt Marie had done after learning she was in love with a man who turned out to be her long lost brother Tommy Horton back in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the thought dead Jerry Davis turns out to be very much alive…he’s been secretly working for Stephano Dimera all this time. Jerry comes to Salem, and he wants Valerie, who is now engaged to David. Jerry is dangerously obsessed with Valerie…he arrives at the church to shoot David on his and Valeries wedding day but by mistake he shoots Valerie. Cameron saves Vals life and forgives her for putting him up for adoption until a jailed Jerry reveals he is Camerons father and not David Banning! This is what backstory i think that wouldve made Cameron a far more appealing character plus give him more connection to the shows rich history!!! IMO

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I wouldn’t put it pass Daniel- the male slut of Salem. He has already shown he has a thing for the young ones– Chelsea and Chloe. He likes them older– Kate– tried to date Billie for a bit. Carly, Nicole, Jennifer and now — Theresa possibly– so why not Abigail– Daniel is Salem’s male version of Brooke on B&B

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

Well, both Abbey and Danny boy are running out of lovers…unless Daniel cant commit to any woman because he’s secretly gay and has been in denial for years…lol

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

You’ve proven my point!!! Your umbrella story shouls be submitted to Ken Corday!!!
I’m serious!!! The links between the past and present and connections between so
many characters and situations are mesmerizing!!! Go for it!!! PLEASE save DOOL!!!

Jared
Jared

I agree that a Jennifer/Daniel/Abigail triangle would be hot, controversial and just what this show needs. We don’t need any more instant undeveloped family members out of nowhere, so I’m okay with this character leaving. It always seemed forced anyway. These casting directors on the sony soaps need to stop looking for outside aesthetics and focus on talent and charisma.

Marie
Marie

I really don’t care if the character of Cameron is recast or not. What I do want is Peter Reckel (Bo) back on Days.

eileen hargis
eileen hargis

Boring character, subpar acting,.wont be missed, better as a model

Patrick
Patrick

SIDEBAR: STAT!

ie: mr. all that/in every story…. scene stealer…. and it’s not him…. Shawn Christian…

Daniel… you suck the life outa a quality show… perhaps its cause I would like other talent to showcase…. IE: think.. Kayla, Mary Beth Evans.. helping out Father Eric….

think: someone other than… Daniel…. UGH! I’m over it…. lamenting… and or small talking to Jordan… didn’t “we” know each other from med school.

GIVE ME A BREAK! give us a rest Daniel…..

dang! be with Jennifer… so be it. ALREADY…. just stay out of Jordan Ridgeway and Jeanne Theresa Donovan’s LIFE.

yikes…. Jenn at his highness feet…. “you are so right about everything”….

woah! take a break…

DAYS – SONY – NBC …. word UP! I got it…. enough!

judith
judith

Well..it is more Theresa who is after him actually..The problem of the Daniel character is the propping/praising by EVERY freaking characters on the show..they did the same thing with Rafe for years..and it was AWFUL and make/made the character unbearable.

Claire
Claire

I just never bought the Daniel – Jennifer love fest. It seemed like someone high up at Days decided they were going to MAKE the fans like them together and have just continued to force this couple… and doing so by torturing them ALL THE TIME. Mathew Ashford and the character of Jack was so much better and more interesting than Daniel.

Patrick
Patrick

Days of OUR Lives – is stil the bomb… and, yes, it’s still on the air…

deserves to be #2.

GH… i’ll red carpet with you… should be #1.

CBS… find yourself and too much obvious press… doesn’t bode well for your #1 status… uninteresting

Patrick
Patrick

Abigail… has left the golden ring… circuit… LOL

she has found her wings and is now full fledged in the scenery

I wish Austin was back…. he is SO funny. that truly was her best storyline… to date…

now that our Abby is in the know…

altho, I didn’t like her ripping in to Theresa… Abby cornering her… was JJ your dealer.

Theresa should have ball busted her chops…

Claire
Claire

I actually thought Austin and Abigail had more chemistry than Abigail has had with Chad or Cameron… and certainly more than the forced pairing of Jennifer and Daniel!

Patrick
Patrick

it was at the wrong time at the “wrong” time.

Lexie’s passing and demise… and replacement… of her fabulous mother… celeste… was not in the “cards”.

and seeing as he is a replacement… not having a story… and no family… stunted his being.

hey… it was FUN to watch him stripping… along with… pant pant… i’d see more Rafe and Brady! ANYTIME.

so… I definately, agree… with a poster… with Chad leaving as well…. and Cameron… they need a replacement and new prospect… dalliance with Abby.

judith
judith

Cameron was underdeveloped and the actor while beautiful (really beautiful imo) is dull on-screen..too bad he could have had potential with good story, backstory and some fire from the portrayer..i will miss his pretty/eye candy factor and african american actors will be once again greatly missed..sigh.

judith
judith

Maybe Abby can hook up for a while with T ! lol

Patrick
Patrick

T has that shy, sensitive, smile…..

he’s a nice guy…

I think it’s worth exploring….

I think he’s a cutie

ethel
ethel

the character of cameron was never developed & i blame the writers – there was so much potential for this character but nothing was never done about it…………….

Mo
Mo

Why did the character leave? Seems Days has an exodus of actors leaving.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

NOTICE!!!

Corday Productions,

Hire jimh(leave it to beaver)!!!!!!!!!!!

With an enthusiastic writing that involves everything riveting, jimh(leave it to beaver)
would do nothing but greatness for DOOL!!!

Mel
Mel

Terrible writing for this character – such a waste!

Patrick
Patrick

Days of OUR Lives – “THE” Wally Kurth. Justin Kiriakis

Captivating – Sexy – Strong – Caring – nonplussed –

just doing his thing….

and it’s HOT!

Marc R. Jimenez
Marc R. Jimenez

I really Liked that talent actress playing the part of Maxine why can’t they give her a great storyline & bring in her children to get involved with character s on the show & her what about Abe & Maxine i can see them involved !!!!!!!!!! pls

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Good. While he was a better Cameron than the first actor, the character has become an annoyingly needy person. I never saw the point of him, even when Lexie was alive. G’Bye Cameron and good riddance!

Rene'
Rene'

I have watched days for many decades. I am sadly disappointed because there’s no diversity! The characters play very biased roles. Inclusion? Exclusion? Not a very balanced casting disposition…..slanted lacking reality and swag. Storylines are demeaning & stale. Intelligence, self-worth, Intergrity, family values, and core belief Systems are still ALIVE…..Be relative, have dept and Do not be driven by fads and biased storylines! ….hoping for BETTER DAYS AHEAD…

Janet
Janet

They need to recast Can Davis all the younger group is leaving tired of same old characters why don’t days have a mixed couple days axed that if you can have gay men then you have a mixed couple.

Janet
Janet

Days broke off jen and cams relationship its like they don’t want mixed relationship but they are recasting some that plays gay.

Verna Hooks
Verna Hooks

I am disappointed that Cam is leaving the show. Although they made his character very boring, they could have spiced it up with a juicy story line.
Kristen, with this blue flash drive, has been extended too long and the
Eric dream episode needs to be ended too. Be glad when that’s over! Days drags their story lines too long.

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

Not to make this about race but why can’t dool create a successful interacial couple??? Nathan and Kati are both gorgeous and from a common sense perspective she had already moved on. There was no reason for her to be drawn/attracted to Chad. In the history of this show they have never been able to write without seeing color. You know this is the world we live in so if you can make your show reflect a gay relationship it should have an attractive interacial couple on it. I wouldve rooted for Abby and Cam. I also would’ve settled for Cam and Gabby. So get with it! Its 2013!!! Also for the love of all that is holy get some decent writers. I’ve lowered my standards enough!

Carle
Carle

Days’ Producers are really stupid to let such a good and good-looking character go as Nathan Owens (Cameron). He was much hotter and sexier than plywood-board thin Casey Dedrick (Chad), who always spoke with a hoarse voice. Come on Days, bring some sexy back into the show with Nathan !!

Connie
Connie

Please bring Nathan Owens (Cameron) back on the show.

william
william

PLEASE BRING NATHAN BACK!

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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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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