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Patsy Pease Confirms Return To Days of our Lives!

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Now that it has been revealed that Jen Lilley’s character of Theresa is really Jeannie Theresa Donovan, that means she is playing the daughter of long time Days of our Lives and Salem favorites, Shane and Kimberly!

And hot on the heels of Jen’s emergence on the Salem canvas, it has now been confirmed after much speculation that Patsy Pease is returning to the NBC soap as Kimberly to play her on-screen mom!

Patsy related on her facebook page today, “Well, that was a long ‘nap!’ Hello Everybody! I’m back with GOOD news! I start shooting July17th, 18th and 19th. Thrilled to be back on ‘Days’ and I am so excited about working with the lovely and VERY talented Jen Lilley! Stay tuned !”

So what do you think about a return by Patsy Pease to DAYS? Do you hope she sticks around longer? Are you intrigued about the back-story between mother/daughter Donovan?  Weigh-in!

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KatieK
KatieK

Id rather see Shane return.

Phil
Phil

This show gets better and better!

gloria
gloria

YES, YES, YES it does! I record every soap on the air & it’s funny-how I decide which to watch first, the one that has the most going on & let me tell you, I am watching DAYS first every day!

lorenzo
lorenzo

i love this woman. its about time patsy pease has come back to days of our lives. days producers listen to me and the fans. sign her to a contract. a few days is not good enough. she is a wonderful actress. she is classy sassy and a sweetheart.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

She only said she STARTS shooting those 3 days

Janet Kiley
Janet Kiley

very happy and so excited of the return of patsy pease who plays kimberly brady Donovan to come home to salem its been along time coming now i will be watching once again .

Rod
Rod

Not intrigued at all!!! Love Patsy can’t wait to see her. Might be hard watching scenes with her and that daughter so that might just get the big FF!! Can Shane come back too!!!

Ces
Ces

DITTO!!! So not interested in any storyline with Jeanne & that annoying actor who plays JJ. FFwd.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well that means she will show up just around November sweeps since they shoot so far ahead, but it should be worth the wait. I hope she sticks around longer than some other former characters that pop in and pop out just as quickly.

shawn
shawn

YESSSSSSSSSS

Tsuds
Tsuds

Hmmmm Def would be good for Theresa/Jeannie to have some mental disorders like her mama Kim had back in the day.. Sounds like she may have some already due to her call herself a new name.. multiple personalities… It runs in the family… who knows.. may she is related to that crazy Kristen.. who is also have some major mental illnesses..

Iakovos
Iakovos

Never was a DAYS guy until I lost OLTL and AMC. Now I am connected to new friends in Salem. Although the histories remain a challenge for me, I enjoy the family feel this soap gives me. It resembles in spirit those P&G soaps now gone and missed. There was much buzz about a reboot and it seems we have made that journey successfully. Give me more family drama and real-stuff. I can do without the over-the-top but I know DAYS is DAYS so… I like the troublemaking Theresa and am sure the actress Patsy Pease’s return will add to this new story. I hope DAYS does not go off on a crazy course and really keeps on keeping on.

Nicole
Nicole

Excited Kimberly coming back to Days!!!…Now all i need is Bo back too! :))

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JEM
JEM

I love that Days regularly brings back characters like this. They may not be on a lot, but having them around, popping in and out, makes the show feel like home. Like Adrienne, Justin, Kayla, Kimberly, etc. Sometimes they are only on once or twice a month, but it does help root and ground the show with sentimental favourites. I still wish the show would forge ahead with a Kayla/Abe romance. The show has had wonderful success with other mature couples like Maggie and Victor. Kayla and Abe would be a tentpole couple. As for Kimberly, I hope her reunion in 2010 with Shane stuck and they are not broken up.

just a girl
just a girl

SO excited!! I really hope this is a contract role for both Patsy and Charlie. Sounds like Jeannie/Theresa has abandonment issues…only way to fix that is to have mommy and daddy around for a LONG time! :).

shari barnes
shari barnes

please bring back shane

Christine eldridge
Christine eldridge

Great to have patsy back but I hope shane will be back as well to make a good story line for all their fans

Ashlee
Ashlee

I like her!

blake
blake

Oh wow I didn’t expect this! That’s really cool that they are bringing her back. I remember when she had that multiple personality storyline and when she played the crazy person getting the attention (now it’s Kristen). I hope Kimberly is on all the time too.

It would be great to see Kimberly on even if it’s just like Justin, Adrienne, and Kayla. They may not be on all the time but at least they show up every so often and it’s great!

4everdays
4everdays

The best and brightest is coming home !!! I’m crazy for Kimberly.
I started watching DOOL in 1984. Patsy’s DAYS started shortly after.
This is HUGE news to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

ditto.

i’m beaming with excitement.

jerry
jerry

I started watching Days in 1987 and along with Victor, Marlena and Stefano, Kim was my favorite character. Shane and Kim were always my favorite couple too. I really hope she will be back and STAY back. I really hope it’s for more than just three episodes. Would be cool to have Shane return as well!

debbie
debbie

couldnt be happier to have the very talented Patsy Pease return to dool. Now the question is > How to keep her there.

Patrick
Patrick

SIDEBAR – EJ’s corporate takeover… and DiMera Empire… will the Phoenix Rise.

I too feel for Stefano… because… I can’t imagine that Stefano would be that distracted by Kate’s “infidelity”. He would never have allowed this to happen, to his family empire.

I can only hope…

1. that Kristen’s telling EJ that she’s not aligning herself with either/or… and that she’ll support both.. and or wait the fallout of the fight between father and son.

2. could this be the catalyst for Chad’s eventual exit.

I say this because… one… wouldn’t it seem that Stefano… would have ensured.. that his holdings of the DiMera Empire.. should anything happen… ie: that Kristen and Chad would have had shares… voting rights… that they would have and should have known… ?

that Stefano… will fight EJ with Kristen and Chad’s support… holdings… stock… etc…?

I don’t know… Stefano… since his return.. has, it would seem, supporting… and MIA… could this be the start of Stefano’s machinations… and his return full time with big story? I hope so.

I say this cause… it would give Kristen more story.. ie: like she did on Y&R.. voting stock… with controlling interests… and same with Chad… and his alliance with either/or… will be his downfall and make way for his exit…

Stefano.. to be ousted so quickly… he had to have had some alliances.. who would have alerted him to the corporate takeover.

having said all this… if this brings back the fire in his character.. of both EJ and Stefano… then so be it.

it would seem this way… as … EJ expected that said persons in his camp aren’t going along with him.

long winded…

having Justin in the mix… is what i’m excited about… although.. as of late.. Adrienne… needs to take a chill pill… Justin telling her… i’m outa here… like he was done with her and listening to her hysterical imbalance… motherload angst is one thing…

if this gives us more screen time with Justin and Adrienne… which is what i’ve been vocal about… i’ll take them.

i anticipate that this is the start of the DiMera’s unfolding intrigue.. only they can deliver.

Patrick
Patrick

I would love to be Kate right now.. she doesn’t need any one person to help her in the mix. she’s good at it all…. she’s in love with Rafe. and I believe her in it. she doesnt have any deep entanglements… why not ply her trade… her wares…. she camps and should tramp her load. she’s in the know of the mix… grandma… mother… ex… new lover with surprise mix… physical and wonderment… he’s good looking. she understands the get with Rafe…. I would too. yet she’s showing feelings… w/Kate… it’s on, and when she’s fun, she pulsates and takes in with

i’d like to be her… she got money… single… and thinking before Stefano sets in

which … as you see… all the kids are wary… thank you Stefano.

4everdays
4everdays

What’s your take on the return of Patsy/Kimberly?

Patrick
Patrick

I like thinking about these siblings…. cause i loved them.

Roman (Wayne Northrop), Kimberly, Kayla, Bo….

Roman was on full-time days…. 1981-84, 1991-94.
Patsy Pease full-time days…. 1984-1990.
Mary beth Evans… 1986-1992, 2006-9.
Peter Reckell… 1983-2012…. with a few leave of absence.

thank god for you-tube – that we can go back and watch wonderful scenes of the old shows…. when wayne northrop was roman… he was such a wonderful brother…. and son.

Kimberly… had to be the one i was most happy for… dang! wasn’t she the sensitive – heart on her sleave… emotional one… till she one day got all her ducks in a row and met SHANE. dang! talk about the one SUPERCOUPLE you were most happy about. she is such a good actor to portray Kimberly the way she did… tortured… Roman, her father shaun would do anthing to make his younger sister, and his eldest daugher happy… she came on like gangbusters after Shane.. course their was always drama… but… Kim, when she had Shane on her side… was the cats meow. You loved her.

Kayla just lights up my screen… she’s radiant… lovely.. and she beacons for the bradys.

w/KIM coming home… I can’t wait… I love her… when ever we can get her back.

Jenn Lilly… as Kimberly’ daughter… is intrigueing to watch… there’s a lot going on in her.

I liked the scene… when she was about to leave the pub… and turned back and said to gramma caroline… “I don’t know what i’d do if i didn’t have you to talk to…” you know.. that tugs at your heartstrings… this is kimberly’s daughter.. and thats exciting… so… with kimberly coming back… and if she can take the place of missing Bo. i’m all for it.

Patrick
Patrick

i should further add…. it wasn’t until… really… Kayla/Patch… Bo/Hope… the
mis’adventures… really started taking off… sure… you had Kim and Shane.. also..

but kimberly was the feminine – rescue her – mental illness…. the prostitute…in the good ole days… and Patsy Pease – was a revelation. so.. it’s with a sigh of relief that Kimberly is safe. whew!

Derrick
Derrick

Sweet!

Mo
Mo

Looking forward to mother and daughter scenes. Now where’s dad? I’m sure he could whip Theresa into shape!

Christine
Christine

I would like to see both Shane and Kimberly come back. Also having their son Andrew would be a great addition. I have a idea lets bring Philip Kiriaks back and have him date and fall in love with Jeanie. Remember the Kimberly Shane and Victor story line in the 1980s. I think this would be a interesting twist

laura-lynne
laura-lynne

I do hope that they do bring back Shane now that Kim is back with there daughter Jeannie . I do love the character of Shane . He was my favorite of them all.

Traci Nelson
Traci Nelson

I can’t wait to see Patsy return, I grew up watching Shane and Kimberly, I miss all the old characters, they were the heart and soul of the show, Kayla and Patch, Hope and Bo, Marlena, Caroline and Shawn, I realize the show has to keep up with the times, but it needs to remember the “staples” of the show as well

David
David

I don’t care why she is back. just glad she is.

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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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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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