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Stacy Haiduk Talks The Many Disguises Of Kristen DiMera; Matt Ashford & Melissa Reeves Reacted To Recent Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

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If you have been catching the latest episodes of Days of our Lives; you know that Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) plots to take control of DiMera Enterprises and nabbing her man, Brady Black (Eric Martsolf), all to herself have not gone out without a hitch  .. make that many hitches.

With that, actress Stacy Haiduk, not only plays the lustful and vengeful DiMera, but has also played the wacky Susan Banks.  And on recent episodes, Kristen pretended to be Susan, then the real Susan showed up, and then she played Kristen pretending to be sister Mary Moira, all the while, Kristen is going around town in a mask as “Nicole” Walker (Arianne Zucker), and when that masked went MIA things got really testy for Kristen.

Now, on this week’s all-new episode of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Stacy Haiduk chats with host, Michael Fairman on how she got through the complex scenes; bouncing from one character to the other.

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And later, when Michael gives Stacy four lines of classic dialog from four classic films, Stacy performs the line – first as Kristen, and then as Susan, in a must-listen hilarious portion of the podcast.

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Later in the episode, longtime Days of our Lives favorites, Matt Ashford(Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) watch back scenes of the latest drama featuring Jack, Eve (Kassie DePaiva), and Jennifer and offer up their thoughts on the performances, what their characters is, and was going through, and much more.

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To listen to the episode you can download it now by heading to iTunes here or by checking it out at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what has been your favorite moment with Stacy as Kristen and her many disguises? Do you hope Jack and Jennifer reunite soon? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I love Stacy as Kristen and she is so very funny as Susan.She is doing a great job .I am so glad she is back.I was wondering what ever happened to her.I hope she stays around for a long time

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Days will remain stuck in forth place with its far fetched storylines…i still watch and enjoy the show sometimes but it seriously needs to be brought back down to earth…no masks…no miracle revival of dead characters…give Jack his memory back…when he was gone i wanted the character back but i lost interest in the character now!!!

Grand Hotel

Bryan Craig Previews Tonight On GRAND HOTEL: “This Is Where Stuff Really Starts Taking Off People! Don’t Miss”

ABC’s hot summer primetime soapy drama, Grand Hotel, starring several former daytime notables, is about to deliver some major twists and swerves as the season continues.

According to two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and General Hospital alum, Bryan Craig (Javi) on a post via his Instagram, he related on episode 105 that airs Monday night, “This is where stuff really starts taking off people! Don’t miss ;)”

Meanwhile Bryan’s co-star Lincoln Younes, who plays Danny (and ex-Home and Away) provides an Instagram takeover as the episode airs tonight. on the series Instagram account @GrandHotel.

In story, Javi thinks he a baby daddy, but is being used, and Danny continues to search for clues as to what happened to his sister which leads him into a boxing for a fight with another staffer of the hotel, bad guy Mateo played by Shalim Ortiz.

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As viewers saw at the end of last week’s episode, it was revealed that Danny has another woman in his life, as he continues to have a flirtatious relationship with Alicia played by former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz.

Who do you think will ultimately be the most duplicitous character on the canvas? Share your theories below.  But first check out the promo for tonight’s episode airing at 10PMEST/9PM CST.

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Denyse Tontz and Lincoln Younes Preview Forbidden Romance & Intrigue As ‘Grand Hotel’ Premieres

When Grand Hotel opens its doors to its audience tonight on ABC (10PMET/PT), it will have a very familiar feel to soap fans for several of its series regulars and its executive producer all come from the world of daytime or serialized storytelling.

Executive Producer, Eva Longoria (Ex-Y&R, Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Telenovela) brought to the screens a provocative drama with Miami Beach as its backdrop of the last family-owned hotel (by the Mendozas) with a contemporary take of an upstairs/downstairs story of 2019.

Former General Hospital’s Bryan Craig plays Javi, who is joined by two other soap notables; former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Australian-born actor, Lincoln Younes (Ex-Casey, Home and Away) who’s characters are interlocked in some very sexy and mysterious ways.

Tontz, plays Alicia Mendoza the strong-willed daughter of the Mendoza clan, who is fresh out of business school… and who will make a huge discovery about her dad, but is also set to embark on a romance with a new staff hire!  And that staff hire is Danny played by Younes, whose character Danny is not who he says he is at all … and he has one goal in my mind which brought him to the hotel … but things get complicated for him when he feels a massive attraction to the hotel owner’s daughter … Alicia!

Michael Fairman TV took part in a press roundtable discussion with Tontz and Younes to get some teasers of what’s to come when Grand Hotel premieres.  Here’s what they shared in some questions posed by us and others below.

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Danny and Alicia definitely have an instant attraction in the season premiere. Where can you tease that it might go?

LINCOLN:  Well, it can go in a number of directions, but hopefully towards a positive one.  They each have their own motivations for why they’re at the hotel.

DENYSE:  Alicia’s main goal, or at least from the beginning, is to prove herself, just having graduated business school and sort of step into her mother’s shoes a little bit. She’s had a lot of pressure on her for most of her life to sort of fill that role and keep the family together.  I think it’s really tough to have to juggle that and the desire to explore this potential romance with this person who is so intriguing to her.

LINCOLN:  I think with Danny, his reasons are kind of unknown as to why he’s at the hotel.  He comes in as a new employee, but there is something off about him.  It is complicated by the arrival of Alicia and the chemistry the kind of ensues between them.  I think that’s kind of the interesting thing to watch is them navigating their priorities and their initial motivations with the inevitable chemistry and dynamic that has appeared.

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The main family in Grand Hotel is Hispanic.  And what is intriguing about the premise is that their ethnicity is not the backdrop of the story, it’s just who they are.  Would you agree?

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LINCOLN:  Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way because this is about the story of a family, and a hotel, and the guests, and the employees, and the employers, and all of the different things these people go through.  It’s not so much the color of their skin and their background.  I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and really look at what is going on inside, that’s a step in the right direction.

DENYSE:  I think that even though we are really a diverse cast and crew, that really has nothing to do with the actual premise of the show, and I think that’s really cool even to just see that.  To just play a character who happens to be Hispanic, and that’s not the central theme of this character, I think there really are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.

LINCOLN:  It’s the perfect melting pot of culture, and the fact that it is set in a hotel where anyone from any part of the world can come into, it creates this show that I don’t see anything like this on TV, and that’s very exciting.

Do you see Danny and Alicia as a duo to root for with their dysfunction and all throughout the series?

DENYSE:  I think there is this sort of allure to the forbidden romance aspect of it all.

LINCOLN:  They have these obstacles in front of them.

DENYSE:  But you want it to happen. (Laughs)

LINCOLN:  You want it to happen, and it’s just against all odds.  That complicates things.

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You have such a great cast to work with; chief among them Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids)!

DENYSE:  Oh man, working with Demián and Roselyn and Eva Longoria was a dream.  They’re each so special in their own way.

LINCOLN:  Three powerhouses.

DENYSE:  Yeah, three powerhouses and very different.  They each have their own way of approaching a scene.  Demián is mostly a movie actor, and it really shows in the way he approaches scenes, and the way he is not glued to the lines, and it’s kind of cool to watch him and learn from him in that way.  He’s so funny too.  He makes it a really comfortable environment, and you feel safe to try stuff.   Eva … same thing.  She has a clear vision for what she wants.  She can direct in such a way that I think a lot of directors can’t, because she has been on the other side of the camera, and she has got a really good perspective.  I think she’s really great at articulating what she wants you to do.

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LINCOLN:  Yeah, she’s very meticulous.  I think the thing about all of the people who you’ve just mentioned is that they all have levity.  They are all very specific, but they are all very authentic.  That carries through in both their acting and how they carry themselves off set.  That was really great to kind of learn from them.

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Many in the cast are from daytime dramas, or soap operas previously, including both of you!  Was that a coincidence in the producers casting choices, you think?

LINCOLN: I think, just knowing Eva so well now, and Brian and Ben, the creators behind it, they searched long and hard for the people they wanted to play the roles.  So, it might just be a happy coincidence.

When the scripts came out, how did the cast handle the twists?

LINCOLN:  There was a lot of speculation going on.  There was a lot of gossiping on set and off set.

DENYSE:  Lots of gossiping, stealing scripts… a lot of bombshells though.  There really is no shortage of plot twists.  A lot of these characters you think are going to start out a certain way, and then you find yourself completely changing your opinion of them halfway through the season. Without giving too much away, nobody is really who they appear to be.

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How do you both feel about the fact that the wait is over and Grand Hotel is finally premiering?

DENYSE:  It’s super exciting.

LINCOLN:  It’s very surreal.  This is my first American show, so I have no idea what to expect.  I just go to Denyse for advice.  I’m like, “What do I do?”  (Laughs).  It’s all very exciting.  I think when you love a project; there is another element when it is released to the public.  Everyone on the show loves it.  Everyone is so passionate about it.  So, I just hope that the audience feels the same and that we get to keep doing it.

So will you be checking out Denyse, Lincoln, Bryan, Eva and more on Grand Hotel?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this promo for the kick-off tonight!

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46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmys: From The Red Carpet to The Winners’ Circle (Photos)

The stars of daytime and digital drama series, along with all of the creatives that make them look so good, were on-hand at last night’s 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  Now check out some of the looks from the red carpet and behind-the-scenesnd backstage in the press room, where those who received an Emmy celebrated and struck a pose for the cameras.

Taking to the carpet and presenting from the daytime soaps included: Days of our Lives’ Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers, GH’s Josh Swickard and Katelynn MacMullen, B&B’s Courtney Hope and Annika Noelle and Y&R’s Hunter King, Michael Mealor and Sasha Calle.

Check out our gallery of some of the night’s biggest winners which included: Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday for music composition, and Casting Director Marnie Saitta along with Bob Lambert, who won for Casting in a Drama Series.

Let us know who you think looked pretty stylin’ and who you were most happy to hear won a Daytime Emmy!

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