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Sonny Says Goodbye To Will & Leaves Salem As Freddie Smith Exits DAYS! What Does This Mean For The Gay Characters Left On The Canvas?

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After months of trouble in his marriage to a manipulative Will Horton (Guy Wilson), Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) makes a decision that will rock the world of his husband and his ex Paul Narita (Christopher Sean).

Next week on Tuesday’s episode of DAYS, Sonny leaves Will and Paul heartbroken. when he takes an offer from his Uncle Victor (John Aniston) to work in Europe.  Thus signaling the end of Daytime Emmy winner Freddie Smith’s run on the NBC soap opera.

Smith teased in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, “I’ll be back.”  And there have been reports in the months since Freddie wrapped six months ago, that he was seen at the set.

Freddie related to SOD on his on-screen exit:  “As Sonny I was saying goodbye to the people that I’ve worked with for four years. My life in Salem as Sonny, and my job at DAYS melded together.  It was very emotional.”

Just exactly what Smith’s exit means for Guy Wilson and Christopher Sean’s storyline remains to be seen, although rumors have surfaced recently that Wilson was also out on the NBC soap opera, although unconfirmed.  However, SOD also reported this week that when DAYS murder mystery begins to unravel, “One of the victims is a name that the soap has kept under wraps, and will shake one of Salem’s first families to the core.”   Could it be Will?

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In an update from Saturday night: Guy Wilson tweeted to a fan on Twitter who asked if he was leaving the show and said she would miss him if he was to exit.  Wilson related: “Thank you for saying that Kathleen, but don’t worry I’m not going anywhere!:)”

Watch the latest promo below from NBC featuring Sonny and Will’s goodbye.  Then let us know, are you glad Sonny is leaving Will after all that he has done?  Do you think Smith will be back ?  What do you think will happen to the gay characters on the canvas in Salem during the 50th anniversary storyline? Share your thoughts below!

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Gary
Gary

Rumors are will will be killed off, and Sonny may be back for the funeral.

Carolina
Carolina

They should have had Sonnie killed by a drunk driver.

The irony since Smith himself was caught driving under the influence of alcohol a few months ago.

davlestev1
davlestev1

For which he has already been taken to task over and sentenced for..there’s no irony in forcing an actor to play out a problem they are struggling with and working on..what planet are you from?..don’t be a lowlife..and both he and his passenger survived..so why go to that extreme even in your teeny little mind?

blake
blake

Could be Victor. I don’t really want Will killed off, just recast with a good actor.

TMJ
TMJ

Even though the recent writing has virtually destroyed the character of Will, I don’t believe that they will kill him. He is a legacy character from a core family. I think they will send him away when Guy leaves, and probably not reunite him with Sonny in Europe. Meanwhile they will dream that Chandler will return, and hope that they can get Freddie to return. Then they can rebuild the relationship. If they can get one, they will recast the other and try again.

The “first family” character they will kill is Bo. Rafe will be reinstated on the police force, and he and Hope will investigate the murders, while falling in love at the same time. That should be at least a year of story.

Eddie
Eddie

I hope you’re right. I would hate to lose Will.

Kelly
Kelly

I don’t believe that the writers will kill off Bo!

TMJ
TMJ

I think it is very likely. Bo has been off the canvas for quite some time, and there is no indication that they will ever work out a deal for Peter Reckell to return full time. There seems to be no willingness to recast, or it would have happened by now. Even if Peter did return full time, they would never center a story on a character as old as Bo at this point. (Can you believe that Peter is 60 years old??). They currently have Victor, Stefano, Abe, and Roman played by men over 60. Wally Kurth (Justin) is not far behind. Like it or not, Bo is a part of the past. Killing him would be intensely emotional and very dramatic. It would also leave Hope available for a relationship with Rafe, a story that has been simmering for a few years now.

TMJ
TMJ

I forgot John. Drake Hogestyn is 61.

blake
blake

Yeah I don’t think they will kill off Bo either, especially when Ken Corday is saying when someone dies now it’s for good. Though I highly doubt that, like Kristen will never come back. Yeah right.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I hope they don’t kill off Will. He is Sami & Lucas’s son, a legacy character. I would like it if he discovered he is “bi”, because, after all, he was in love with Gabi before Sonny. And they have a daughter together. I know this wouldn’t be “PC” and DAYS would probably get all kinds of hate from GLAAD, so it’s probably not gonna happen. But a girl can dream, can’t she? 😉

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think Paul should be bi because his scenes with Theresa were really good!

Let’s hope that Theo isn’t bi because he’s already black and white and autistic and could be the newest serial killer…that’s just too much to grasp! lol

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

Paul and Theresa did have good chemistry together…lets have a transgender storyline for Will…he leaves town and returns as Willow Horton!!!…lol

Aden
Aden

I agree! That would be a fantastic story!! There are bisexual people out there, so the GLAAD and whoever else should just settle their kettles. They only want to see gay storylines with unicorns and rainbows and 100% family and friend acceptance, and thats not at all how gay life is. Will should definitely go straight for a whIle! That would knock everyone for a loop! I love how they write Will now, and I love Guy’s portrayal of Will! He cracks me up!! Let’s get him and Theresa hanging out!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Aww .. thanks you guys! I was afraid the “PC police” were gonna jump down my throat at the mere suggestion of making Will anything but gay, lol. I’d like to see DAYS get off its “soapbox” and be entertaining again.

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

Aden…i agree…i have a gay relative who went straight for a while…this could bring in more drama for this storyline!!!

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

Some time ago i once said Will should be bi…i think this could add more drama to the storyline!!!

TMJ
TMJ

Given the history of the character, that idea is very realistic. Since Paul is gay, and very popular, they should introduce a new romance for him. Paul has to be able to hold a story without Sonny or Will, since both will soon be gone.

damien
damien

will was never bi… he was confused and essentially using gabi to sort out his real feelings. speaking of that time, it reminds me how much i miss chandler massey in the role! he was so conflicted, angry at the world and full of angst! i remember he hated his mom for not caring about him and he marriage to rafe! i loved when e.j was using him and they were toying with will s crush on ej!! oh that was such good soap! around the same time sami was still angry with marlena! and marlena and will were tight! … now will s chracter sadly is crap!
i hope derrick and paul hang around!

Carolyn Topol
Carolyn Topol

I hope the gay characters won’t be thrown under the proverbial bus. Days took wonderful strides in the development of this story during the last four years. It would be sad to see it all fall by the wayside.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I agree.

TMJ
TMJ

All the indications are that Christopher Sean is still a significant cast member, and extremely popular, so there must be a new story for Will and Paul. Since Guy left this month; his story should run into the new year, probably February.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Guy recently replied to a Twitter follower that he is still on and moving forward. As long as that’s true I think their stories will remain alive.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I hope not too…if the characters of Sonny (who may or may not be re-cast from what I gather) and Derrick and Will and Paul disappear from the Canvas I don’t think there would be much for me to watch…..that is not to say that they are the only characters, I like Nicole and Daniel and Eric, but honestly, that particular love Triangle is played out – I like Ben and Abby too…..I don’t want to give the impression that only the gay characters appeal to me (although they could give more air time to Derrick and I wouldn’t complain) because I like all the characters. My only complaint is the “pace” of the show in general – it’s very, very drawn out. They need to speed it up a little.

elm51
elm51

well first of all let me say i absolutely adore freddie smith & i will certainly miss the character of sonny…………….
there are so many rumors online with the latest being that guy wilson is out at dool – all i can say is it will be up to the new writers & tptb as to what will come of the gay storyline – it will be a major set back for the lgbt community since this is the only soap that has a gay storyline presently……………..

Aden
Aden

How is a a fictional soap story a “setback” for anyone? Them splitting up has been the most realistic part of the entire story! These are Soaps, not Soap Boxes,, and any organization with an agenda that they deem important should hardly be looking to these shows as support.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Amen, Aden .. that’s the problem with the “historic” gay storyline, everybody has been on their “soap box” making speeches, and it’s just UGH!

brothasoap
brothasoap

While it would be a setback in terms of visibility, as one less gay man would be represented on American Daytime, the story of Will & Sonny under TomSell has been frustrating, largely due to their decision to let Will get away with doing increasingly horrible things. I am glad that the pair will have the opportunity to be written by a different team, because I maintain the hope that some writing regime will write Days gay characters as well as did Marlene McPherson & Co. The power of that team brought me back to Days. TomSell’s Days-asterous vision has never sit right with me.

elm51
elm51

i am not talking about splitting them up – i mean if tptb get rid of the gay storyline all together………………….

TMJ
TMJ

The writers got into quite a mess with this one. They did a great job writing Sonny, and Freddie did a great job making him popular and central to the story. Then Freddie left. They did a great job creating Paul, and hiring Christopher to play him. Then they wrote a story that shows that Paul loves Sonny, and anyone else is second best. Meanwhile they hired Guy, who pales in comparison to Chandler’s talent and popularity, and created a story that destroyed the character and managed to undo everything that Chandler did to make Will so popular. Where do they go from here?? Do we want to see a story where a good guy and a disreputable sneak both settle for second best?

Denise Piccininno
Denise Piccininno

On the one hand, how does Sonny just decide to take a job in Europe and leave, not only his husband but the baby? On the other hand, that’s exactly what Will did when he trotted off to California. Seems like neither one of them were in this marriage for the long haul.

Denise Piccininno
Denise Piccininno

Oops, don’t anyone get mad at me! I forgot Will took Ari with him, didn’t he?

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

It DID seem a bit extreme that Sonny almost on impulse decided to fly to Europe and the heck with Will and the little girl – but, you know, it’s a soap, they had to write him out somehow and eventually I think Sonny may return as portrayed by another dark-haired actor.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

There’s a lot of interesting speculation involving the exit and supposed return of Freddie Smith and the possible exit of Guy Wilson and return of Chandler Massey.

When all is said and done, Christopher Shean will remain!

DAYS has now surpassed GH in the ratings Demos and has even passed B&B in the 18-34 demo. DAYS is about to make a killing in the ratings with the actual killings!

Great DAYS ahead!

Eddie
Eddie

I s Christopher Sean till with the show? I read somewhere that Hawaii 50 had a major story arc for him as Gabriel. Of course, daytime actors have had breaks during which they work on other shows.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes, he’s still on. He recently stated he’s doing both shows.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

As far as I can tell, Christopher Sean is still working at DAYS and NBC.

TMJ
TMJ

Gabriel, his H5O character, is somewhat a replacement for Wo Fat, a character who would always come and go, and never stay for long. I don’t think H5O has any intention of making Gabriel a full time regular.

blake
blake

I would love for Chandler Massey to return as Will.

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

Kill Will…but shouldnt that shake four families…Horton, Brady and even Kiriakis and Herendez? Of course Hortons are and should always remain Salem’s first family but Will’s death should shake all four families in one way or another since Will is connected to all four…father Lucas is a Horton, mom Sami is a Brady, daughter Ariana is a Herendez, and husband Sonny is a Kiriakis!!!…Sonny and Paul will have a future once Will is a goner…will this lead to all families involved in a custody battle over Ariana???

blake
blake

I’m glad to hear Freddie came back, I’m hoping he will want to return for good.

I’m glad to hear that Guy Wilson might be off the show. I wouldn’t be upset about Will dying because it would get Guy off the show and it could leave the door open for Will to return with a recast because no one ever really dies on soaps. And I would rather it be Will killed off than Bo.

I hope this doesn’t end with the gay characters. Derrick is off the show now it seems and if Will and Sonny leave then that just leaves Paul.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

The prospect of having Paul as the only remaining gay character does not make me happy. I don’t like Paul and I don’t trust him. That has nothing to do with the actor. Christopher Sean is doing an excellent job. There is just something about Paul that rubs me the wrong way.

Eddie
Eddie

I’ve always been suspicious that Paul did know that Sonny lived in Salem, and that he asked Sonix to write his story because he knew Will was Sonny’s husband.

darlene
darlene

If Will gets killed off, he will not be brought back. Ken Corday has said from now on once a character is killed off, they will stay dead, never to return.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I get confused, pardon me for sounding dense. Where did you hear that the character of “Derrick” is off the show? They hardly developed his character at all….he wanted a chance with Paul….I guess Will screwed that up. But I thought the storyline would go in another direction.

Tim Key
Tim Key

There really should be an older Horten come back to the town in time for the bicentennial . Eve’s big plan for Jennifer has started but not much is happening. I wonder if that will be one of the big stories in Oct. At least I hope so.Her parents should be brought back. Lucas needs a father. Love to see Jamie Lynn Bauer as Laura Horten again.

Mateo
Mateo

Rumors are a bad thing. With the exit of Freddie Smith it would be easy for the executives at DAYS to let Guy Wilson go. He really never fit in as Will Horton. He is always scowling and upset. The other actor, Chandler Massey who played Will gave him some depth and kindness in addition to his manipulative behaviors that he inherited from Sami. DAYS may be up in ratings in some demos but there is more turmoil on the writing staff with Dena Higley out on “personal” leave. This show has what it needs to be a strong soap opera but they need to fix the problems within.

TMJ
TMJ

I think we will hear something about the writing situation soon. If Dena Higley’s leave is open ended , they will bring someone new in. I don’t think they will give the job to Josh Griffin alone for long.

Eddie
Eddie

I would be very disappointed if Will is killed off. I think there’s a lot more story that could be told with this character whether it’s with Sonny or someone else.

Unlike others, I have enjoyed Guy Wilson as Will, but if the show wants to recast the part, I won’t be devastated. It would be nice to see Chandler Massey come back, but after how he was fired, I would think he would want too much money for him to be affordable long term.

I guess my hope for the characters is that 2 or 3 years from now after Will has matured a lot, Sonny would come back and the two would remarry.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Eddie, I too, very much Guy Wilson as Will and am a big fan of Guy. We all change, and the fact is, so has Will, he’s insecure to the point it only hurts his marriage to Sonny. Anyways, I am hoping, even though Freddie is apparently returning as Sonny short-term, I would love to see Will & Sonny remain, married. I hope we see DAYS in the horizon for the next 2 to 3 years, as I too, would want to see mature up, and find that self-confidence once again, and be a great family man with Sonny and Ari.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I don’t really think it’s accurate to say that Chandler was fired. He gave his notice, he had every intention of leaving the show. In every day life, these things happen – if I were to tell my Boss “I’m leaving” he could very well turn around and say “that’s fine, you can leave now”. I’m not taking sides, but the producers at DOOL may have felt they wanted the viewers to get used to a new Will as soon as possible for the storyline they were developing at the time. Chandler left a good paying job to seek other acting opportunities while he is young, before getting pigeon holed into that “soap to soap” casting mill – I do not mean to sound like I am being critical but the Producers had their reasons for doing what they did.

Connie
Connie

Days needs to kill off Maggie Horton and Eve Donovan. both of them are very annoying. I love Hope, Marlena, jennnifer and Bo Brady.

Mike
Mike

I’m hoping that they don’t kill Will off. He was a very popular character until the miscast recast – and on top of that, the villain writing he’s been getting the last few months (which, while actually suited for the way Guy was portraying Will anyway – thus they were writing to his strengths – was an unexplained about face from who Will has been for several years). All it would take is one good recast and Will could be a viable character again – and to kill off the first openly gay character on Days? Talk about bad PR. I don’t believe soaps have to hold their gay characters to higher standards or should be limited to what they can do with them – but even so, killing Will off would be an eye-brow raising move. I would rather they kill off Sonny unexpectedly when he returns to town, perhaps to reunite with Will. His death rocks Will to the point that he decides to leave town, leaving Ari with Gabi – and when he returns in a couple of months, there is a new actor in the role! Then we can have him dealing with being a single gay father, trying to date and be a better person after Sonny’s death.

mark
mark

I hope they bring Chandler Massey back! I love the current Will but Chandler WAS Will to me. He was just incredible!

Norm
Norm

Personally I’m majorly pissed off. The writers have ruined good characters and not the first time either. There are a couple of other characters they could get rid of and the show would be better for it. . .like Eve and Theresa!!!

Michelle
Michelle

Sad to see Sonny leave the show… But soooo glad he is leaving that annoying, lying husband of his!

CM
CM

If FS chooses to stay gone from the show for good then I wish they would re-cast Sonny. There’s just too much potential storyline with him and Paul to waste.

TMJ
TMJ

I agree. There do seem to be many story possibilities for Sonny, particularly if he is played by Freddie or an equally talented recast. A recast would be tough though. Freddie is extremely popular, and almost any recast would face the same type of backlash that Guy Wilson is getting. The choice would have to be superior avoid that.

Eddie
Eddie

Earlier today, Guy responded to a Twitter follower “don’t worry, I”m not going anywhere.”

TMJ
TMJ

But then, if he is already gone, then he would “not (be) going anywhere” by staying gone.

Lee
Lee

It is sad that some of the writing has caused such damage to the relationship of Will and Sonny. What happens next? Well, it seems to me that Paul is already in love with Will. He has been for a long time. This story was written as a Will love story. It’s misleading unless you pay close attention.

Hopefully, Sonny will return and more story can be told for Will and Sonny. But it is awesome to also look forward to Paul and Will. They have great chemistry. They are good for each other and there is lots of potential, with good writing to make this phenomenal.

Christopher Sean and Guy Wilson work very well together. It’s always exciting to watch them together in a scene. Whether Will and Paul are talking, fighting, laughing or loving together, they keep the sparks flying.

Would DOOL kill off Will? Well, it would be a mistake to lose such a popular character. People either madly love Will or desperately hate him. Either way, Will brings the drama and the viewers and the debates.

Thanks sent out to Guy Wilson and Christipher Sean for continuing to give us great performances. I can’t get enough. Thanks sent out to Freddie Smith for all your hard work that we were able to enjoy and best wishes for your future projects!

Laurie
Laurie

I would never say Paul is in love with Will, but he did seem to be smitten with him initially, when he seduced him and before he found out he was married to Sonny. He has acted like a complete jack-ass, but lately they are making the characters more cordial to each other. I assumed they were doing it to start the future relationship of the 2 of them. Will’s character got so, so much backlash recently under Guy,I’m not sure what is going on. It was only after Will returned from California. He was bearable until then. If the new writer writes him truly repentant and grow him, he could be bearable again. What happened to Derrick?

They honestly should’ve made Ben a gay character. Maybe they still can make him bi.

Laurie
Laurie

In this post I’m talking about Will being a jack-ass.

joy tadych
joy tadych

i feell no sonny should nto leave will jsut because what he ahs done and I donot think will would be victum of t he murder cause if he is then he would be dying soon or by nivermber a nd if his contract is in august he would be on till janary and if is leaving just cause he w ants to I see him and sonny reuntiing and hten bring ging back chandler some day

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Exactly!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I hope the [rumoured] exit of Guy Wilson is not true; he’s been excellent in the role of Will Horton, despite the horrific writing and direction that they have taken the character. I hope he is kept as the soap and that under the new regime he is redeemed as a character; I have a feeling I am going to be bawling my eyes out with Sonny leaving the soap.

Rodd
Rodd

I was planning on returning to DOOL since it seems set to go back to story lines and characters I had once invested in. But if they kill off Will Horton, I’ll just skip it. I think he’s too important to the fabric of the show to kill off. Hopefully, it will be someone less seen on the canvass.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

According to Guy Wilson he isn’t going anywhere.

Mo
Mo

I don’t want Will to be killed off, but would like to see the role recast and the character get a personality change.

Alex
Alex

Sad to see how wasted Sonny and FS were by tomsell. Tomsell turned Sonny to pod person. I’m okay with Sonny leaving and not returning either as recast or with FS as long as the writers treat him like shit. If Sonny ever returns for good, I want it to be how he should have been to began with. Edgy and very Kiriakis. Not some pushover doormat. He should return as someone who is more guarded and keeping potential love interests at arms length because of the trust issues he would have as a result of his relationships with Paul and Will. I want Sonny to either be with Paul if the show hasn’t ruined Paul by hooking him up with Will that is or hopefully with new man. Maybe a new Dimera. It would be great to see love affair between a Kiriakis and Dimera.

I happy that Sonny is leaving will’s ass but I’m not happy that WilSon are still married. I don’t get why the writers won’t let them divorce. Sonny needs that payoff for all the pain Will put him true. Will didn’t suffer for his cheating twice on Sonny, lying and manipulations. He got Sonny taking all the blame for him and leaving him still married to him. When FS returns briefly in nov/oct, they would probably have them all leaving together. I would hate that.

I think it would be great if the show killed Will. He is damaged forever for me no matter who plays him. His death would have most impact for the canvas.

Patrick
Patrick

nice read on Freddie Smith’ Sonny.

it’s always been said that Will is the one who didn’t know what it was like to be a single gay man finding himself… exploring… past coming out

yet… Freddie Smith… as the better actor… was the one who would be more interesting to explore.

“…If Sonny ever returns for good, I want it to be how he should have been to began with. Edgy and very Kiriakis. Not some pushover doormat. He should return as someone who is more guarded and keeping potential love interests at arms length”

we never really got to see different layers to FS’ character.. yet.. it was all right their.. just simmering and waiting

what a delightful character and person… to have taken on this character and delivered …. carried the show… with both Will’… GW and CM

I really hope this is not the last we’ll see of Sonny…. truth? I’d rather have Sonny on the canvas… if we can’t have Chandler Massey or a recast for Will.

last chance I’ll have… what a sexy charismatic man

Donna
Donna

No No I don’t want Sonny to leave the show and I surely don’t want Will to be killed off. I love these guys.

Dave Bryan
Dave Bryan

I have nothing against Guy Wilson, but his was a real miscast. He brings only gloom to the role. There’s no affect on his face except for a constant look of sadness. Chandler Massey should be urged to return to the role he made his own. Hopefully, Freddie Smith will return at some point soon, even if only on a recurring status. I don’t want either character to be killed off.

Patrick
Patrick

well said

mike
mike

Replace , do not kill, Will. Bring back Chandler and pair him with Spencer Neville.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

If a main character is to be murdered, Will is a good choice. I wish Guy Wilson well in his career, but I won’t miss the character of Will Horton. Will be sad for Arianna Grace though. I wonder who will get custody of her while her Mom is in prison?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think Gabi will be released from prison, but her release would not be because of Ari. Maybe Caroline Brady shot and killed Nick.

seanny
seanny

You are completely misinformed about GLAAD. They don’t just advocate for fair representation in media for gays and lesbians. GLAAD would have zero problem with Will discovering that he is actually bisexual not gay just as long as the character remained written with attractions to both sexes regardless of whom he is paired with.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

The new Will never caught on for me.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

If they kill off Will, I would be done. It’s completely irrational, and I am not a huge fan of Guy Wilson in the role, but we’ve shared too much of Will’s journey to have him die so young. He is a great character– if the writing is there, thinking about how his upbringing by Sami would have affected him. I don’t know, I would just lose enthusiasm for the show if they killed him.

Patrick
Patrick

Chandler Massey caught
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith stormfronted

standing ovation

Chandler Massey exits… Guy Wilson.. stagnates and this couple do not reignite

Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith.. are just another couple on the canvas… neither, together, as a couple or singularly…. sparked again

Freddie Smith is leaving… last of the .. and I’ll soapbox this…

Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey could easily be added in the history books of supercoupledom

Guy Wilson ??? I don’t know that I care

factor in the enigmatic stirringly draws big… “Paul” Christopher Sean… what a coop

PLEASE BEYOND PLEASE : DAYS Production… cast and take the time to find that quality actor to chemistry with Paul… and carry on, with; a story for the ages… along with

Laurie
Laurie

Amen! A coop indeed.

Debbi Sheppard
Debbi Sheppard

I want to know what kind of shot was given to EJ by Kristen after he died. Was this something that could make it so you could bring him back later. The show doesn’t need all the old characters taken off. Bo needs to come back and break up her engagement. If he doesn’t stay then get Hope and Rafe together. I don’t think that Will should have been killed. You could have put in him in a coma and brought him back later as someone else. Is Kristen really dead or is she coming back for awhile? You leave us hanging not knowing anything. Ben needs to get caught and Chad needs to be cleared.

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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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