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The Blake Berris Interview – Days of our Lives

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There have been memorable performances throughout the decades in daytime soaps that have taken us by surprise, and made us feel, made us empathize, and made us hate.  And over the last year and half, Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) took the viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives on a journey, and gave them a look at a complex young man with a tormented soul.  Berris had the ability and the acting chops to infuse Nick with so many nuances, and he delivered in scenes again, and again, and again.  We pitied Nick, despised Nick, and felt sorry for Nick all rolled into one, and to make an audience feel that is no easy task, my friends.

On this past Friday’s episode of DAYS, Nick was murdered with countless suspects in Salem all who had reason to want the guy dead!  But before Nick bid farewell, Berris got one final heart-wrenching scene … and next Nick stumbled into Horton Town Square a bloody mess about to finger his murderer before passing out.  Many had been speculating for months that Nick would meet his maker, and that Blake Berris actually wrapped-up his time at the NBC soap several months back, and that is indeed true.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Blake to talk about his decision to leave the show, what he thought of his final scenes, how he viewed where Nick’s relationships were left with the key people in his life who wanted him dead, and more!  In addition, when this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees were announced, Blake’s name was not among them.  Something that seems inconceivable given the depth of his submission and his work, and Blake candidly explains his reaction to that.  One thing is for certain, we all know the sky is the limit for Blake, but before he takes off, here is what he shared in our final DAYS interview together.

MICHAEL:

Let’s start with some of the chronology of your return to DAYS.   When the writers put Nick in the river, were you already leaving the show?  Or, was Nick’s “death” in the river written and then you renegotiated your deal to stay on longer than originally planned to finish the story which culminated in Nick’s actual murder?

BLAKE:

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That was all part of the plan.  I signed on to DAYS for a year and that would have been two Mays ago.  I came on and basically my story ended with the rape coming to light and the stuff on Smith Island.  I think that is why they originally brought me back on the show.  At that point, I got a call from Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, DAYS) and they seemed to be super happy with me.  They wanted to try to have me stay for as long as possible.  Coming back to the show in the first place was a surprise that I never quite expected.  I loved the storyline and the offer came at a good time, because I had a couple of films in the can and I was waiting for those to reach their audience.  Signing a four year contract did not make sense to me, but I felt like the story wasn’t quite over and there was a little bit more of a story to investigate, so I stayed on for six months after that.  And then they came up with all of the stuff at the river, and Nick’s “fake” death.  As it drew closer to the end of my contract, Lisa de Cazotte (co-executive producer, DAYS) came up to me and said, “Are you sure you want to go?  Because it may be for good!”  It was a hard decision.  I was having an incredible time with the character and the cast, and I love the way they were writing it, but I do have a lot of aspirations outside of daytime, and I was like, “I got to go.”

MICHAEL:

So the big murder we just saw was part of your final six month deal, and the show cleverly knew they had gold in you as Nick, and so they crafted a May Sweeps story around his demise?  How does that sound?  (Laughs)

BLAKE:

(Laughs)  We were at point where they were knew they had to write me out in a few months and May sweeps was coming up.  So, the idea of killing me came up and that is when they came to me and said, “Are you triple sure you want to do this?”  And I said, “Do, what you gotta do!”

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MICHAEL:

Many DAYS fans are hoping that Nick’s twin, “Tick Fallon”, shows up out of nowhere!

BLAKE:

That would not be the craziest thing that has been done on DAYS. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

The performance you gave on this past Friday’s episode was simply incredible.  Your work was so layered, and multi-faceted that you could not help in that moment feel for Nick, and it broke your heart.  I needed hankies.  How was playing those pivotal scenes with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)?  Were these scenes shot on your last tape day, or were they shot out of sequence?

BLAKE:

That started taping the morning, and the rest of the day was Nick bleeding, and then going to the morgue.  I think it was an all day, day for me.  I was last up. It was a day of dying.  I did not know Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) that well.  We really have never had an opportunity to act with each other.  She is really an interesting person and we shared a lot with each other, along the acting coach on set, Maria O’Brien.  We had such interesting conversations and really connected.  I was really excited that we had that time before shooting all of that meaningful material together.  I value doing the scenes with her; it felt cool to go out with Susan, because she is an incredible icon and has such a legacy on the show.

MICHAEL:

So in his final minutes on earth, when Nick called Marlena (Deidre Hall) and left that voice message for her, was he actually reaching out for help?  Or, was it in some way a manipulation on his part?

BLAKE:

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The way I crafted it, was that dramatically what works best, is you realize what you have done before it’s too late.  Who knows how good Nick would have been at implementing those changes in his life?  A lot of people have an epiphany, but he had them before.   If there is a systemic problem and he does get treatment, maybe there is redemption for him.  But, I guess we will never know.

MICHAEL:

I also have to give you props for the way Nick died.   I believed every second of the guy getting hit by bullets! 

BLAKE:

I have not watched it.  I was talking with Maria, because the first shot happens from behind.  I wanted to play with him having no idea of what the f **k just happened.   If you did get shot, it would properly hurt a lot, because your body only knows how to process it because your brain tells you the information.  But if your brain doesn’t have that information, it would probably feel like something hit you.  It would be like a sharp pain, but you wouldn’t know what was happening. So that is what I was trying to play with – having this thing hit me and then trying to piece it together as it’s happening.   It’s really not till Nick sees the blood on his hand that I think the idea of he is about to die, or this existential threat of it, is processed for him.

MICHAEL:

The writers gave you a magnificent scene to go out with.  What was you reaction when you read the script and the scene between Nick and Julie?

BLAKE:

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I was glad they gave me a great scene at the end.  I remember thinking this is great writing.   I was excited to play it.  This was a character I loved, and I loved the idea of him going out with a bang, no pun intended, and having like a turn in his character before the eleventh hour. 

MICHAEL:

At the Horton Town Square, Nick tries to point to someone before he dies as his murderer! Did you know, or were you as the actor armed with the knowledge, of who he was pointing at? 

BLAKE:

Nick tries to point at the person, but the audience doesn’t know who it is, but Blake knows!  I demanded to know because I was like, “Who the hell am I looking at? (Laughs) I had to do a bit of detective work, but I figured it out.

MICHAEL:

When you found out who killed Nick, what was your reaction?

BLAKE:

My reaction is … that it is interesting.

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MICHAEL:

On Monday’s episode you had to lie there as a dead Nick, as these powerful moments were being played out from Nick’s love ones: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Camila Banus (Gabi), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and Suzanne Rogers (Maggie)! All of these women came to say goodbye to Nick!   What was that like having to lie there and be still with your eyes shut while all of these gut-wrenching moments were happening during the scenes?

BLAKE:

When Camila Banus, Kristian Alfonso, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Suzanne Rogers come and have this incredible eulogy almost over me, they were the hardest scenes I ever had to film in my life!  I could not blink, or move for like three and a half minutes!  Plus, I had Kristian Alfonso over me giving this heart-wrenching and beautiful performance!  My eyes are closed.  I have no idea if the camera is on me, or not on me.  I am thinking I could twitch and ruin this entire beautiful take of Kristian Alfonso’s right now!  It was so hard.  I was holding my breath.  I wanted to swallow and I would have to sit there until they yelled, “All clear!”  It was torture and it was really tough.

MICHAEL:

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Was it an emotional day for you when you filmed your final scenes and left the building for the last time?  Who was with you that day … and when did you actually wrap-up your run?

BLAKE:

It was right before the DAYS Christmas luncheon with the cast and crew.  I finished that Thursday and we had a big luncheon that Friday.  It was more emotional this time than it was for me the first time I left DAYS.  I think it’s because I was older and I was more aware of how life works now, and what an incredible family I had there.  I had a going-away party with friends, and my sister came down to L.A too.  Galen Gering (Rafe), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) were there.  We had a proper night of a debauchery send-off. (Laughs)  I was ready to go, and it was an excited turning of the page for me.  This is what I want to do and that felt good, even though I am going to miss all of these people so much.

MICHAEL:

There has been such an outpouring of support and admiration from the soap community, the pundits, and the fans, that you really made a mark on soaps and on Days of our Lives.   Do you feel that you made impact portraying this character?

BLAKE:

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I hope so!  All I know is that I loved playing him a lot, especially this time around.  I felt really lucky to have a character as complex as he was.  One of the problems that I see sometimes in daytime is an overly simple moral universe that everyone lives in – where certain things are wrong and certain things are bad, and certain people aren’t good, and that is not interesting to me which is why I loved Nick Fallon.  A lot of people saw the character as bad, but I tend to view him as somebody who is in pain.  I tried to show as much vulnerability and goodness as there was in him, even though he was manipulative.  I thought it was a fascinating cool character, and was excited to make that contribution to the landscape of this show that has been going on for close to 50 years.  I guess the mark that I left is for other people to decide, but hopefully it was a little one.

MICHAEL:

Let’s kind of go around the horn and look at the people Nick threatened, or some of the main suspects in his murder.   I am interested to know your take on his relationships with some of these Salemites … starting with EJ DiMera (James Scott)!

BLAKE:

I think there was an alpha competitive side of Nick that just wanted to win when he was face to face with EJ. He just wanted to outsmart him and win.  That is why it is fun as an actor when you are trying to win the scene, and both actors are trying to do that.  It was so much fun to do those scenes with James, because I think he likes to do games of chess that way too within a scene.

MICHAEL:

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What was Nick’s end game … to be with Gabi and baby Ari?

BLAKE:

What I had crafted was that in Nick’s end game, he wanted something that was impossible, and to live with Gabi on an island with the baby with a white picket fence, and that wasn’t possible.  I am not even certain if Gabi understood him, either. I think he thought she did.  I think she was vulnerable enough that they related to each other in a number of ways, but ultimately I don’t think she was the soul mate he thought she was!

MICHAEL:

Gabi was setting him up!

BLAKE:

He definitely was unaware of if Gabi was double-crossing him.  I think Gabi was the one person who could fool Nick, because he wanted to believe she really loved him.  Nick definitely believed Gabi loved him.

MICHAEL:

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Now on to Will (Guy Wilson) and Sonny (Freddie Smith)!  These squeaky clean guys have “guilt” written all over their faces.   It would be nice if daytime did show an amoral gay person, or an aspect of a gay character that does bad things, like other characters on soaps.  

BLAKE:

And that is the real equity there if they are going to treat the characters with kit gloves in a way, because gay characters on daytime are so few and far between, there is such  pressure to make sure they are represented the “right way”.  I think that is catering to the people that think all gay people are amoral, so then it’s like “Oh, look!  Will and Sonny are very nice!”  I don’t know, but I would like to see the halos knocked off of those two!  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Me, too! (Laughs)  Did Nick really despise Will and Sonny?

BLAKE:

I don’t think he despised Will and Sonny.  I just think he saw them as in the way to what he wanted.  And everyone in town does love them and they have such halos on their heads, that it kind of added insult to injury for Nick!   He just couldn’t deal with it.

MICHAEL:

What did Nick feel about his relationship with Kate (Lauren Koslow)?

BLAKE:

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I think Nick really liked Kate!  I think that was just the chess game that they played with each other.  I almost feel they enjoyed hating each other, and they were worthy adversaries and it gave them something to do.  I think sometimes when people hate on each other you become kind of dependent on that kind of a relationship, and you are almost sad when it’s gone.  It’s the theory of: Now that you don’t stand against anything, who are you?

MICHAEL:

Nick did not like Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) that is for sure!  She practically drowned him in the river!

BLAKE:

Nick felt Sami was the puppeteer on the other side of things along with EJ on the other side of the river, sort of speak.  When Alison and I did the scenes with each other in the river, we almost found this perverse attraction that Nick and Sami had to each other, or something.  Sami was making Nick’s life a living hell by puppeteering the whole thing.

MICHAEL:

And in the end, what did Nick think about Abigail (Kate Mansi)?  He called her a “whore” for having her liaisons with EJ!

BLAKE:

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Those were really hard scenes, because I really love working with Kate Mansi.  She is fantastic.  Nick was so heartless and merciless with the way he was torturing her.  There was stuff that came out where he felt Abigail and Will were treated in a certain way, and Nick never was going to measure up to their sense of goodness, that each of them had.  I think that he was sick of the idea that everyone in town is chock full of transgressions and yet, he is the one seen as the bad guy.  This person over there is cheating and lying and so this sounds very hypocritical, and I would have to agree with him! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

You are not going to be coming back in pre-taped scenes as “Ghost Nick” now, are you?   What about in scenes re-creating Nick’s death?

BLAKE:

No.  I have no ghost work and/or re-creating of death scenes, and I have no idea what happens next in the story.

MICHAEL:

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Fans and experts were shocked when you were not nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for your performance.  Everyone has been talking that you were the most glaring omission from all the lists.  You must have been disappointed.  What episode did you submit?

BLAKE:

It was disappointing.  I chose the episode where Nick admits to being raped to Gabi.  I have been around the block a few times with these things, and I felt like I knew what people responded to.  I knew I had to submit that episode, because it was the climax of that storyline. 

MICHAEL:

Would you submit again next year after your sensational performance from Friday’s episode?  I think you should consider it.

BLAKE:

I guess so.   I haven’t watch the one from this past Friday, but like right now, I am like “Who cares?”  But maybe by next year I will throw my hat in the ring.

MICHAEL:

Do you think Nick’s mother’s mental illness (Jessica had Dissociative Identity Disorder) weighed-on him?  Do you think he did have some true imbalance in his brain? 

BLAKE:

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I really do!   I think he did have a chemical imbalance that went unexplored.  I would not be surprised if he was bipolar.

MICHAEL:

Now that you are pursuing your career opportunities elsewhere, is it motion pictures where you hope to be seen the most?  Is an Oscar in your future?

BLAKE:

I want to do television, as well.  I watch a lot of cable TV and not so much network TV. Right now, I am watching House of Cards, and I love most things on HBO.   I think the coolest set I was ever on was the set of Breaking Bad!   I loved how much they indulged in every decision that they made, and how thought out every thing was.  It was great to be on that set for the small part I played on that show.  I would love to do something like that in a more major role.  Writing and producing has also become a big part of my life.   I just got hired to write a Lifetime movie!  And a different film that I wrote is supposed to go into production next year.  So we have a bunch of investors now, and are hiring a casting director, and looking at all sorts of actors and assembling a cast.  I have been writing as a kid and studied playwriting in college.  So, this is fun. 

MICHAEL:

In closing, and I can’t believe this is our final Nick Fallon/DAYS interview together, what you like to say to the fans that have supported you throughout your run and enjoyed your performances, as one of the most complex characters ever seen in the world of daytime drama?

BLAKE:

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I have never had an experience like that, and it’s my only experience playing a character for this long a time like I did Nick Fallon.  It’s been amazing, especially with the world of Twitter and how now it’s such an interactive environment, and to hear from people who are affected by the work that you do and support you.  There is this one woman named Diana Rogers.  She wrote one of the most beautiful and eloquent letters on a blog post as to why she related to my character and why it was important within the spectrum of the show.  It was really moving.  It’s all you could hope for the work you do, which is to affect people and make them think.  And with a character like Nick, I hope it does challenge people to look at people who are troubled in a different way.   I was looking at some tweets and some are supportive, but then you get a few that are like, “Can’t wait to see Nick die!” You know, it’s not like a celebratory thing in any facet of the world when a life is taken.   I do encourage people to question that impulse in themselves, if that is your reaction to a character.  But I get it is different on a television show, because it’s not a real person.  But by in large, people are really cool.  I thank each and every fan for watching the show, and especially ones who may have identified with Nick, or got enjoyment watching the small part of the story I got to tell.

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juju
juju

Good interview and can’t wait to see Blake next projects. He was able to make Nick Fallon an interesting character. However Sami was not the pupetter at all, Kate was the one who had the idea to throw him in the river and they did not know he was still alive for pete’s sake !
And yeah the Abigail character is a total hypocritical HO, really can’t stand how she is praised on a daily basis whereas she chased the Big bad ENGAGED, TAKEN Dimera all over town for sex..ugh. He had to reject her in a very direct way in order for her to stop begging him to be his mistress…we saw it onscreen ! Will while being propped also, it is a far lessen way..all the Horton family is not praising him every days and Nick decided to hurt him for no reason whereas Abigail had no problem not caring about her dear cousin Nick’s fate if she could have sex with Ej, she even blackmailed him for it..such a ‘good’ character really…ew.
That being said , thanks for the interview, i am sure Blake will continue to be successful in his new adventures. Goodspeed Blake.

deb naumnik
deb naumnik

that was very interesting. thanks. deb

OdessaCee
OdessaCee

What in THE world? THUS article is about Blake and Nick. How did it become an opportunity to bash Abigail? Gee! You might want to look at yourself to see how quickly you jump to judge Abigail. Mayne something you need to work out in your own life…um…hmmmmm…

I LOVED how Blake played Nick, but it’s abundantly clear that it was his time to go. He has more to offer. I appreciate the time he was on the show.

Kar
Kar

Can’t wait to see him in new roles. Sad to see Nick go

deb naumnik
deb naumnik

thank you. like him , as a real man.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I already miss Blake and Nick.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Me too! One of my all-time DOOL faves, and that’s saying a lot. Salem won’t be the same without him.

Thanks for a great interview!

Karen
Karen

Love Blake Berris! He is such a talented young actor! And so happy that he’s left the show and the daytime soap world and is moving on to bigger and better things! He did a great job playing Nick and Blake has a very bright and talented future ahead of him in Hollywood and can’t wait to see it and support him in his new projects! Good for him for stepping away from and out of daytime soaps. He’s way too talented for it and time for him to move on and forward to other projects that are going to lead to even bigger and greater things for him himself and his great talent! Great job Blake! And thanks for so many great performances as Nick Fallon!

Beauni
Beauni

Nick Fallon was a great character. Blake Berris is a tremendous actor. I wish him well with all he does.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yep. Talented guy, that’s for sure.

dorothyg
dorothyg

I couldn’t help but cry at some of the last moments of his scenes as when he called Marlena and Gabi was remembering their good times together. BB is a fantastic actor and I hope he has much success in his future.

Nance
Nance

You absolutely did your job, if everyone hated/loved Nick. You were great and you will be missed. Best of luck to you in the future.

ethel
ethel

blake is such an extraordinary talented actor – i know he will do well in whatever he does…..

miscrambler
miscrambler

Blake is such a sensational talent. And his characterization was so complex. You desperately wanted to hate Nick because he was such a master manipulator — especially of characters that you are already predestined to love — but you could always sense this raw nerve, this raw pain that he couldn’t get past. The writing really was sensational, but Blake’s fearlessness as a performer is what really drove the character home. That subtle nuance is rare on daytime. He will definitely be missed.

LUMIly
LUMIly

Nick should have stayed,EJ is the one that needs to be shot and gone 🙁

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

He might return…as his twin?

Kayleen Schmitz
Kayleen Schmitz

After watcing Blake Berris’s death scene on Days i wish it had been the charcter of EJ to get shot. Wile i wish Blake the best and can not wait to see the movie he wrote for lifetime i hope to see him in a new incarnation on DOOL’S . I Love Blake Berris .
Rest in peace nick.

Blake i love you
Signed
Kayleen Schmitz

Joan Beach
Joan Beach

As much as I hated the character of Nick, I realized what a wonderful talented actor you really were to have so many people caught up in Nick.. I wish you all the luck in the world for whatever it is you want to do. I have watched Days of our Lives from the first day and I have to say this episode with Nick had me riveted to my chair. again, good luck and love to you for making this so interesting.

jenesais
jenesais

I think Blake is the best actor I ever saw on Dool. It was a real pleasure to watch him act, and a triple pleasure to see him totally own the blinking, over-but-non acting J Scott in every single scene they did together. Although I can’t stand the non-acting stomping Sweeney, Blake’s scenes with her made her less obnoxious. His scenes with Koslow were a treat.

I’ll really miss the ONLY bright spot on the show I’m rather stuck with watching until its bitter end. Blake made it worth my time. Thank you a thousand times for the nuanced portrayal of a man in serious pain who actually made the idiot criminals who never do–PAY! Thank you for that incredible telephone call scene. Thank you for making this pathetic show actually GOOD, as long as you were in scenes.

I am sad to not see you there anymore, and I am excited about your putting this talent into much bigger and better things!

lovescalebmorley
lovescalebmorley

Nick, Blake Berris, left a mark on me! He has intrigued me since I started re-watching DAYS in 2012. I loved all the facets of Nick. He affected me in so many ways but in the end he was a character I cherished. Gonna miss him on DAYS but I hope I see Blake very soon onscreen again!

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

Maybe he’ll show up in Salem again…as his twin brother?

kay
kay

I never watched the show when Nick was first introduced as a geeky brainy kid. I only knew him when he got out of prison and got obsessed with Gabi and treated Will and Sonny so badly. Blake did a great job in his portrayal of a tortured Nick. Sad to see the character die but not sure if he could ever be redeemed. Great interview. Good luck to Blake in his future career (films and writing/producing). Look forward to his next project.

Mary SF
Mary SF

A few years ago I watched Stefano get shot and die with the whole town as suspects. I watched his body in a coffin, as all the suspects said their goodbyes. I watched the police haul in every suspect and everyone looked guilty– Then sometime later lo and behold it turned out Ian had shot a fake Stefano and the real Stefano was alive — so sorry Days, I’ve seen this story before– and even if Nick is dead, which on Days is highly unlikely, because sooner or later some writer will bring him back– another who done it on Days during May sweeps borders on ridiculous— you have done it before and done it better.

I think Blake did wonderful work with the rape story line– but for me, imo, after that point his return to the show was a waste of my time and his talent.

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

I believe Nick had a twin named Rick and either the real Nick was killed or his twin Rick and sooner or later the twin will arrive in Salem?

Rose
Rose

Great interview. Blake (if not Nick) will be missed. He did an incredible job. Total Emmy oversight.

Tony Polar
Tony Polar

Really, honestly, he SHOULD have received an Emmy nomination. His work was impressive, and I’m sorry to see him go, though his character was a bad guy it was
fun to dislike him – I wonder now who the shooter was – could it really have been
Gaby?

Felicia
Felicia

I’m thinking Lucas did it to protect Will and Ari ,,He took the blame for shooting EJ and went to prison for Will because Will actually did the shooting.This happened years ago.I know this is not real but when you follow a show for as long I have you just get caught up in it and and can’t wait until the next day to see what has happened.I’ve been watching this show for 48 years now Characters come and go sorta like friends do at times.Oh how I used to hate Stephano but he’s calmed down a lot.I could go on and on but this is who I think killed Nick and why.

LH
LH

Nick has been one of the best characters on DAYS!! Brought a lot of life to the show!
I am really gonna miss him!!! Blake is a great actor! I really enjoyed this interview
!! Thank you for the closure and knowing that Blake is moving on to bigger and better things makes me happy!!! Thank you!!

Patsy Candebat
Patsy Candebat

I was absolutely blown away by his amazing performance. Blake, you deserve an Emmy, so please submit another one. I know someone has to play the bad guy, and let me tell you that you are the best I have ever seen. I know Joe(Stefano) has had a bad rap as always playing this part, but by far…..you are #1 in my book. I felt sorry for Nick at times and at other times wanted to punch my TV. That’s what a Great Actor does to the audience. So many emotions at different times. I know we will see you again, somewhere soon. It would be such a waste of talent if we did not. Good luck in your future and God Bless You. You will be missed

extracat
extracat

Blake is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen on Days. He should have been nominated for an Emmy. He’s made Nick into a complex and nuanced character that always made viewers feel something. I liked that he wasn’t pure evil or pure good. I enjoyed the real struggle that Nick went through. In a lesser actor’s hands, Nick would have been a one-note bad guy. Blake made him sympathetic despite the terrible things he did. I’m one of those hoping for Nick to have a twin. I wish Blake all the best in his future endeavors. I’m sure great things lie ahead for him.

Shirley
Shirley

Great interview with a very talented man wish Blake great success .

stephanie
stephanie

Great interview and Blake is a great actor. I never felt this way about a actor on days till I seen Blake (nick). Usually when a actor leaves Days or even dies, it normally doesn’t bother me. I think ”whatever, it’s a show” but I sure do like Nick and am gonna miss him. I hope to see Blake in other films. I seen him in films besides Days and he was great in all his roles!!!!!

Jim B-B
Jim B-B

GOD SPEED, Blake I know you will be successful in your other pursuits……

Cathy Floyd
Cathy Floyd

I really enjoyed reading the Blake Berris interview. Blake is such an amazing actor! He mad you hate his character Nick. It was not a hard thing to get a rise out of you! This is a true talent. When someone is so good at becoming their character, like Blake, you really start to believe that Nick Fallon really exists. When Nick first came on Days, I did not think much of his character. It was not until he came back again, that I really saw a young man that had so much mental anguish. He was very mentally ill, and he really needed help. I started to hate him, until he started to reach out for help, right before he was shot. It was a very sad episode indeed. I think that Blake deserved a lot more credit than he was given. Blake definitely should have been nominated for his role as “Nick Fallon.” I wish Blake all the best, and I will miss seeking Nick stirring up trouble in Salem.

Lia
Lia

I am going to miss him so much, I can’t stand. I truly love Nick and Blake Berris. I hope he does toss his hat in the ring next year for an Emmy, because he sure does deserve one. Nick Fallon is truly the best character on DOOL imo. I’ll never forget him.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

As much as I respect Blake as an actor, the character of Nick struck a negative cord with me, and I couldn’t be happier that the character is gone. I only wish he could’ve taken Gabi with him, since I hate her, too. I only hope the “murder mystery” storyline doesn’t take months to get through, though!

helen strickland
helen strickland

I am not happy that allison swenny is leaving the show,but im glad nick is gone i hope they dont bring him back.an the affair that ej had with abigail i wish they never had the affair.but they need to leave nicol along an let her b happy for once.

Felicia
Felicia

nicole is a good actress and yes she and Eric deserve to be happy.

Tom
Tom

Blake is way too professional to admit it, but I am convinced he would have stayed longer if the writers hadn’t turned Nick into a totally one-dimensional creep.

Basically, they had him do the same thing over and over again for more than a year (just as they did with Camila Banus/Gabi).

Whoever wants to stay in this business can’t walk around criticizing the writers/producers, but it’s totally obvious there was NO interesting character development for Nick whatsoever (And look how they turned Gabi into the dumbest character ever.) It was just an endlessly repetitive series of deja-vus.

I don’t blame any younger actor that they don’t see that kind of poor material as a challenge and something that advances them professionally. And that’s exactly how DAYS is chasing away their best actors!

Ali M.
Ali M.

Totally agree with you, Tom. If you have such a talented actor why not use him to full capacity and instead write him in such a one dimensional manner? Don’t get it!

To my mind, they could have done so much. DID or bi-polar disorder were what I expected… considering the Nick Fallon character came from a history of people who suffered from mental and emotional disorders.

Ali M.
Ali M.

He definitely should have been nominated and won that Emmy. He’s really a great actor. I didn’t really get the hammy way he played Nick after his drowning, but when I saw the scene between Nick/Julie… I was reminded that Blake Berris is REALLY good and can really make you feel for Nick. All the crazy twists and turns in that character… and Blake Berris played it all!

I would like it if he came back to Days of Our Lives in the future, but I think he has a lot of talent and good things will come his way regardless.

robin
robin

Loved your character! Brilliant work! Can’t wait to see your next project! Good luck!

linda
linda

I have watched Days of our Lives off and on since the beginning when I was in high school. I have seen many actors come and go, but there is something so special and unique about Blake. I echo what many have said. The nuances he brings to the part are nothing less than the best. He is a gifted actor, and I look forward to seeing him in his future work. This is the first comment I have made in nearly 50 years of Days, and it took Blake Berris to get me to do it. I felt every bullet too.

mackel
mackel

R.I.P Nick Fallon have now stop watch the show bacause nick is out:/

Kelly
Kelly

I actually took the afternoon off from work to watch Blake Berris’ last episode of Days. I sobbed through the whole thing. I felt as if I was losing a beloved family member. No other actor on the show has ever affected me in this way. I will miss the character of Nick, but I’m so happy for you, Blake, that you’re moving on to new endeavors. Best wishes, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Blake, thank you so much for the GREAT entertainment you provided as Nick. You are very talented and I wish nothing but the best for you in your future endeavors. I’ll keep my eye out for you and your upcoming projects!

Philip Chase
Philip Chase

OK, it’s disheartening Blake received an Emmy snub. The episode he submitted was brilliant. He’s one of the best actors ever, period, and I certainly think next year he should receive “Best Actor” from the Emmy committee. His final weeks on DOOL were superb. I wish Mr. Berris the best and eagerly await seeing him in new roles.

Jen
Jen

Blake will definitely be missed! Just a phenomenal actor… I’d be shocked if he didn’t an Emmy next year for this character. So well done!

Robin Buckley
Robin Buckley

Late to the party here but also wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and miss Nick/Blake alot!

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

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!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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