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Shawn Christian On His DAYS Departure: "Humbled & Grateful To Have Shared Dr. Jonas' Life With You All."

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After months of silence, Shawn Christian (Daniel) has finally broken his on Wednesday with a tweet, as DAYS fans are seeing the last of him on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, Dr. Daniel Jonas is brain dead following a horrific New Year’s Eve car crash leaving both Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Eric (Greg Vaughan) in need of a heart. University Hospital doctors,  Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Fynn (Alexander Bruzt) are keeping Daniel’s organs alive while a major decision is made by Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as to who will get the good doctor’s heart since he is an organ donor and a match for both men.

Today, Christian thanked his fans for their enduring support during his eight years with DAYS relating:  “Your outpouring of love is deeply appreciated. Ur messages have me speechless, humbled & grateful to have shared Dr. Jonas’ life with u all.”

Will you miss Shawn and Dr. Jonas in Salem?  What did you think of the sentiments he shared to the fans today? Did you have a favorite Daniel storyline or romance through the years?  Comment below!
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Allen saint james
Allen saint james

He never caught on and the desperate way the writers would try to connect him with anyone never made him endearing. Shoving characters down any throat that’s available isn’t very creative or compelling. He’s so cute it’s such a shame. Maybe his reformed bad of a sudden daughter Melanie (the most irritating) will never be seen again.

Mark Y
Mark Y

He never caught on? Wasn’t he on the show for, like, forever?

Cindy sousa
Cindy sousa

I’m disappointed that Daniel left the show.he is a terrific actor. U will be missed

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Daniel you will be Missed ,Im 49 I have been watching DOOL since I was 14 yrs old thats 36 yrs u all are part of my life I grew up with DOOL♡♡♡ I LOVE U ALL

Sonya Lipscomb
Sonya Lipscomb

I loved Daniel and Jennifer

Reagan
Reagan

I agree that there were certainly times I felt he was shoved down our throat! I liked him a little bit when he was with Chloe, but they (the powers at be) didn’t seem to want to make that work. I thought he had chemistry with Lisa Rinna when she came back but they quickly moved him back to Jennifer – which ruined both of their characters during that time. It was certainly time for the character to move on. Agree he is a cutie!

Ces
Ces

Lol! I have to agree about everything including Melanie. He was just a dud all around. Cute but dull.

Janice
Janice

And just what do you do for a living, that you are calling him a did ? Go ahead and lie because I know you won’t be truthful

Ces
Ces

What I do for a living has nothing to do with this character being a dud. That’s probably the stupidest comment I’ve ever responded too. Separate character from actor Janice! Doh!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

He wasent dull at all he was sweet honest caring loyal and. GORGIOUS , Daniel & Nicole 4 ever!!!♡♡♡

blake
blake

Yeah I can’t take much of Melanie. Short visits are fine.

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

Agree about Melanie, she’s like 28 going on 12 – regarding the way
she is depicted or perhaps the way she is interpreted by the actress who
portrays her.

Kelly
Kelly

I think that Daniel and Jennifer were a great couple.

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

My problem was the show got to be too much Jonas and having Nicole going back and forth between him and Erik..before that it was too much with him and Jen-they lacked chemistry…i suffered from Jonas burnout…also at the same time it got to be too much with Will, Sonny, and Paul…too much of both storylines and very little else going on with the rest of the cast…more balance between all characters like it is written now has improved things but they didnt have to kill off some of the characters to do this…i wouldve had Will and Sonny simply leave town after Will survived Ben’s attack and brought back the characters sometime later as recasts if needed…i would also bring back Dario-he could be gay and invovled with Paul…Danial could have left for a new position out of town…Nicole couldve went with him but they break up and she returns to Salem…but nuttin i can do about it so i just sit back and either watch or turn it off…im still watching.

Geena
Geena

So happy to finally see the end of the Jonas reign. Since his backburning, the show has become much much better. Just hope Melanie isn’t back permanently.

blake
blake

Same here. I have no problem with Maggie here and there but not full time. I hated that Brady was with her.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I didn’t think it was necessary to “kill” off the character, but I will not miss Daniel at all. It had nothing to do with the actor, just the way the wrote him over the years, he went from being the man whore of Salem who slept with anyone and anything to Saint Danny who could no wrong– both extremes were boring. A truly interesting character has all kinds of shades of grey, which is why characters like Bo, Steve, EJ and others like them were memorable, and the Daniels of the soaps are soon forgotten. Good luck to the actor, hope you find a new gig soon.

Mo
Mo

I will miss him.

Rodd
Rodd

I feel sorry for Suzanne Rogers. Maggie had three children and now the only one on the canvass these past few years is dead leaving her without any blood relatives on the show. I hope that the writers bring back one or both of her daughters next time they need a new female character. DAYS’ Hortons are the bedrock of Salem and now with Kate Mansi leaving, there will be even fewer. Julie’s son, David, is never mentioned and neither is her grandson, Scotty. Doug had a son with Rebecca, Dougie, and he’s never mentioned. And don’t even get me started on asking where Mike is! Bring back the Hortons instead of all these other newbies! I think Shawn Christian is a fine actor and easy on the eyes, so I think he’ll do fine. Still, I’ll miss Daniel on DOOL.

Rebekah
Rebekah

I so agree!!!!! Incorparate more of the Horton’s in the storyline, even a mention of them would be nice. Some of us viewers have been with the show since we were teenagers and remember the old characters. I DO LOVE that most of the characters have remained as the same actors….Kayla,Kim,Steve.
Daniel was a favorite and I wish he had become more of an anchor in the stories. He was SOO SOOO easy to drool over!!!

Reagan
Reagan

I’ve been wishing that they would bring Scotty back w/ the guy who’s over at GH playing Rick Lansing… b/c they’re not utilizing him on GH. Agree that one of Maggie’s daughters needs to come back.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Crushing scenes today with Nicole and Maggie…. not sure how actors laying in that bed can hold back the tears themselves….

I loved that Nicole finally had her happy ending…for a minute. Since they are together in real life, I would think after her contract is up that she may as well say bye bye…

Message to TPTB… these new “kids” are not going to carry this show so… better have a Plan B!

blake
blake

They should not have recast Ciara, and the other teens are just as bad. I like Joey though.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I like Joey, too, blake. But, I expect TPTB will ruin him somehow….another teen caught in the Black Widow’s web ‘melodrama’….same old, same old. I think we all agree with Elite about a Plan B. These kids ain’t working for me either. It is what it is, I guess. If things can remain status quo for a loooong while, I will be happy……please do not attach Jen with any man. She is at her worst when ‘entangled’. She has a penchant for bringing the guy down with her. I honestly can’t remember her smile. I feel badly for Nicole. I suppose there will be three women vying for Brady’s attention when he’s up and running (or even before). Theresa, Nicole and Melanie; each will want a piece of him. Grrrrrr!!

Brandi
Brandi

I like Joey too, I fast forward through the teenager scenes, it was much better when they were young. I do not like the characters Chase and Ciara, I tried but they just don’t have it. The acting just isn’t there.

mike
mike

Not going to miss him. Wish Dr. Jonas would take his Australian friend with him and let us keep Greg Vaughan instead.

Cheekygrrl
Cheekygrrl

When Dr. Jonas first arrived in Salem he was bedding Kate Roberts, Billie Reed and then Chelsea. Nothing like keeping it in the family…LOL!

Katie
Katie

Shawn Christian is a very good actor. While I’m sad to see his character killed off and his presence gone from Days, I’m glad to have watched him in Salem for the past 8 years. I hope his new career path takes him to great heights where his great talent talent will be appreciated.
Wishing you, Shawn, all the success in the world!

deb
deb

Contrary to some continous claims Daniel and Shawn have his fans; myself included.
Daniel was a flawed character but in the town of Salem with rapist and murderers running free he was a pretty decent guy. The actor had chemistry with a lot of his co stars. He will be missed by me and many others. Of course he has his haters but so does every other character on Days.

I was becoming a fan of Daniel and Nicole as a couple but it is what it is. I wish SC the best.

Brandi
Brandi

I miss Daniel. I liked him and Jennifer but when he started dating Nicole, I saw the chemistry. At least she is dating him so she sees him out of work. Wish them both the best.

gloria
gloria

I have always liked this actor. I loved him on ATWT years ago. I don’t understand the negativity that surrounds the character of “Daniel” I thought he “caught on” very much in recent years. He became the go-to guy for help and ran the hospital with Kayla. He was Victor’s godson! And friends with everyone. I will miss him very much. Where on earth is Maxine by the way? She will be devastated over his death.

kevin
kevin

Gloria, I totally agree on all what you said. I have always liked Shawn Christian and wish him nothing but the best. I am so done with DOOL…people said it’s great, I disagree…To many characters are leaving, the show looks different and even feels different. If they want to improve DOOL, look back at the good old day for the way the show was done and recreate that.

Timmm
Timmm

I will say this, I am not in favor of a Patrick Drake recast on GH BUT this guy might fit the bill IF he can act?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Timmm.
I like Shawn and I think he would be a significant asset for GH, as a different doctor. He is too old to play Patrick Drake, I would think. Please don’t call me ageist. Lol. I speak the truth. Luv-ya.

Timmm
Timmm

You young tart you! I see what your saying. He could even be Julian’s lost older son that goes head to head with Dante? But yes anyway, we need to restock GH doctors and nurses.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmmm.
Oh, my gorgeous guy, you…..Shawn C is fifty years old….older than Julian. But, don’t fret. Age doesn’t matter to GH. Sam, Julian’s daughter is almost as old as her Dad. Imagine that! So what if his progeny (Daniel/Shawn) is older….LOL. It might work. Still luv-ya.

Timmm
Timmm

FIFTY! He must be living a clean California lifestyle. He looks good!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right???!!!….he looks great. Not a day older than I. HaHA! Bye, luv.

Anne
Anne

Love Shawn Christian! Amazing actor who filled the small screen. He will be missed, just like all the others killed by Days.

So is Nicole pregnant? Let it be so.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Anne, what an ingenious idea. It hadn’t even crossed my mind. Good one, Anne! I like the idea of a pregnant Nicole. She’s always, so desperately, wanted a baby!

gloria
gloria

I never dreamed she could be pregnant! That would be great & maybe she could end up with Dr. Finn-Daniel’s friend? We still don’t know much about him at all. A shame his friend dies so soon after he comes to town. There is no other man in that town for Nicole.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@gloria.

Hi, Gloria. It could be that this new doctor was specifically brought in because Dr. Jonas/Shawn was leaving. Oh, not to worry, gloria (lol), I am sure TPTB will think of something to pin on this new hunky doctor; a shady past? Criminal family and terrifying upbringing? He is from Australia, right? Isn’t that country/continent where all the British criminals were sent way back when? Double LOL.
Seriously speaking, though, if Nicole is, indeed, pregnant; and, I pray she is, maybe she should just lay back, mourn Daniel and clear her mind and soul and enjoy her pregnancy….look at it as a new beginning carrying a Jonas baby. Give Maggie a treasure after losing the gold.
I would hate the idea of pinning someone on her so soon. Eric is leaving, soooo…….albeit, I never liked them as a couple. I actually can’t settle myself seeing Eric with any woman….you know, that priest thing? I am Roman Catholic, and he has been stigmatized in mine eyes. I know I sound illogical, but……Ewwww. LOL.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am really going to miss Daniel. He’s been such an important part of so many stories since I started watching Days. Thank you Shawn Christian for making Daniel such a strong and interesting presence on the show. I wish you much success in your further career.

Everyone is jumping ship!!!!!!! What’s going on over there?

tim S
tim S

Never connect too much to him.. but enjoyed the eye candy…

Melanie
Melanie

What I liked about Daniel was his ability to stand up to Victor. I also liked how he and Nicole always stood by each other, even when they didn’t always want to. They believed in each other’s innocence when others misjudged them. They were perfect together.

Margaret
Margaret

Daniel and Jennifer romance got me addicted to days after I stopped watching for over 10 years……
I did not find them boring at all….for me I loved how they would put each other’s happiness over their own….that is true love the sacrifice they made for each other…..since they broke up Daniel had a pretty much zero storyline……the last I remember with him was the JJ/Eve affair and that involved Jen as well…..
I am glad I saw him give Jen a hug and told her to be strong for Abby like she always had been….before leaving for the fashion show……..
Daniel and Nicole was just wrong in my mind
Shawn Christian and Ari Zucker however makes a good couple in real life though
I wish Shawn all the best and I will continue to follow his career

blake
blake

I feel bad for the actor, it wasn’t so much him as it was the writing and the pairings he was in. Daniel and Jennifer were HORRIBLE, and they just didn’t know how to write for him. I could see him on General Hospital next, he could be the new Patrick there.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Does anyone know where he’s headed next? Please, soap gods, let it by y&r!!

Tommie
Tommie

I loved Daniel I hate to see him leave I kept hoping hime and Jennifer would get together. They were a better match than him and Nicole and Chloe.

Katzie
Katzie

I think it sucks that we hadn’t seen Daniel in months. it just seems an ignominious ending for a character that Days invested alot in (ie, family connections). I just wish he’d had a better ending. it seems so sudden. poor Maggie (and Victor); so much loss and sadness lately.

stevie g
stevie g

Daniel was one of my favorite characters on the show. I’m devestated he’s gone. My favorite part of him on the show was watching his freindships develop, which we saw in real time. Specifically with Nicole (when they were just friends), Brady, Eric and his scenes with JJ were wonderful as were his scenes with Maggie and Parker. Romantically, I liked him with Chloe and always hoped one day they would find there way back. But I also would have been happy if he and Jen had married as he was great with Abbey and JJ.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Shawn Christian would make a great Dr. Steve Webber recast. GH has an opening for a doctor and Liz could use her brother. We could even have a Ned/Olivia/Steve triangle down the road.

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

Shawn Christian, what a great handsome hottie actor!!! he sure will be missed by me, alot…i so glad Ari Zuker & Shawn are a couple off set… I watched him not be given a great storyline… this wasn’t right,,, he would been great with Missy Reeves, but no they did not go that direction,, I do however think Ari & Shawn enjoyed their scenes together.. I know he doing movies, and i feel he will reach new Heights in a movie career…Shawn deserves a great acting career, he has tons of talent, Blessed with his sexy looks!!! Best Wishes Shawn Christian, I will miss you more than you know!!! hugsss <3

Jessica Burnman
Jessica Burnman

I will definitely miss daniel the show will not be the same with him but I do hope to see him on other shows he is a good actor

Jessica Burnman
Jessica Burnman

I will definitely miss daniel he is so cute

Danielle
Danielle

I loved Daniels character and so disgusted with days to have killed off his character. L

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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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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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