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The word “epic” can now be added to Days of our Lives sensational baby- switch storyline, which has had so many twists and turns that it had many veteran soap pundits and long time fans left in shock and awe! At the epicenter of the latest and most heinous development in the story of MIA baby Sydney, are Sami and Rafe, who just last week finally reconnected and professed their deep love for one another. Well, that just does not sit well with Rafe’s enemy, EJ. So, the vengeful Dimera decides to make Sami and Rafe believe that kidnapped baby, Sydney is dead!

These high stakes circumstances have given actor Galen Gering a chance to shine. He has won viewer’s hearts with his strong and emotionally charged performance as FBI agent Rafe Hernandez, who back in October of 2008 came on to the Salem canvas to guard Sami while she was in the witness protection program. What followed was an explosive and sexy pairing for the duo. Galen’s sensational performance when baby Grace died left no doubt that this handsome and talented star has got the acting chops to make us fall in love with him all over again and again. Formerly the star of the whacked-out soap Passions as Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, Galen has played many a crazy plot. But he tells us this is very different this time around at DAYS. Gering is married to actress Jenna Gering, and the couple have two sons, Dillon and Jensen, which make the sad and sordid tales of children gone missing or found dead in Salem a bit tough for any parent to play.

Galen’s on-screen presence did not go unnoticed to his DAYS cast mate Crystal Chappell (Carly) who sought out him out to play her on-screen brother, Owen, in her hotter than hot web series, Venice. And, as the popular and sensational online soap heads towards its season finale, we get a glimpse and preview of the ending for Owen and the Venice experience. So with Galen’s popularity sailing to new heights, On-Air On-Soaps sat down with him to get his insights into the delicate circumstances DAYS’ Rafe finds himself now, trying to figure out what to do with all the new and planted evidence that points to baby Sydney being dead, and if Sami and Rafe can withstand any more heartbreak. Here’s Galen on that subject, and so much more!

MICHAEL:

Last week Sami and Rafe reconciled and now there is a terrible twist in the storyline that will impact their reunion. What do you think about it all? Quite heartbreaking!

GALEN:

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Rafe is in a very interesting position with Sami, trying to balance his personal life with his professional life. Obviously, not knowing if he is going to be able to bring baby Sydney back, and his belief in the system. He is trying to get the baby back and be there for the woman he loves. This child has been taken from her and it’s been tough.

MICHAEL:

You know there were those very sad scenes a month or so back, where you looked at Sami and knew that if you did not get Sydney back the relationship would be over.

GALEN:

He still is carrying the weight of the world around in this situation. In my opinion, he is crazy, too. He has taken this case, and to be the lead person in the case is setting him up for failure. I mean if he succeeds, OK, but anything short of that, and even the journey that they go through to get her… there could be scars from that. So it’s a precarious position that the two are in right now, and stressful for both of them.

MICHAEL:

But the fact that Rafe is a ‘playing by the book’ FBI agent has caused trouble. Can you tell us in your own words how the trust between the couple got broken along the way?

GALEN:

Originally, Rafe did not know there was a ransom note. He then discovered there was a ransom note, and now it’s like, “Wow, OK, they did not trust him enough.” So he has to deal with that, and clearly when it went bust it was tough for him to deal with… from the stress, the failure, the guilt, and trying to remain optimistic in the face of adversity. It’s tough!

MICHAEL:

Rafe, was so profoundly affected by baby Grace’s death. And your performances were sensational and gut wrenching. I do hope you are submitting those scenes for Emmy consideration.

GALEN:

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Yeah, I am submitting those scenes for the Emmys. Those scenes were intense. It was a heavy journey we all went on, but the thing with that, Michael, is this guy, as much as he hated EJ and what he stood for, there was a lesson learned for him and that was; this child had died and he was keeping the real father from knowing his own daughter and she died! I mean fortunately, it was not really his child. You talk about guilt, as much as he hated the guy, Rafe really being a ‘guy’s guy’, it really affected him even more than some of the other things that had happened. Now he is in a situation where he has some guilt over that, and he wants to respect the fact that EJ is the father. He has got to acquiesce and give in at times, and this is one of those times. They are the parents. So, what is one to do?

MICHAEL:

So now, it seems as if its Karma coming back to Rafe as EJ fakes Sydney’s death this week. What can we expect as the fallout? And don’t you feel that now EJ is crossing the line to be completely irredeemable?

GALEN:

Yeah, I think it’s problematic. I think James Scott (EJ) can pull it off more than most anyone out there. So, if there is anyone that can do it, it’s James. Clearly, he is a lucky bastard… his looks and his charms…. he does it all, and it’s pretty amazing. What will be interesting to see is how he does this, and if he can do it, and if there is some sort of redemption that comes from characters with a lot of guilt and regret. I worried about that when Rafe was basically guilty to a certain degree of leading the Sami character down a path of the father not knowing the child, and I was like, “Guys, I think people are going to freak out.” But, if you look at the character of Nicole, it’s the same thing. Characters have a way of getting through things if they feel guilt for the things they do. There is some sort of catharsis for people. It’s definitely very delicate and well played, though.

MICHAEL:

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What did you think when you first read or heard of the plot twist that EJ would allow Rafe and Sami to think that Sydney is dead?

GALEN:

I thought, “OMG, how are they doing it? How is this possible? How can this even be the case?” And more importantly, how are these characters of Sami and Rafe going to be able to endure more after what they have been through with so much scar tissue there? It’s being built up, and not only the situation being horrific, but also what manifests from it. The elephant in the room is that the child is missing or dead. It’s tough, and the odds are not on our side historically to withstand things of this nature.

MICHAEL:

We have Sami and Rafe having just gotten back together, Anna on the fence about coming clean with her part in the kidnapping, and EJ’s machinations. Would you say that the real teaser for DAYS fans is, will this latest development implode Sami and Rafe, or will it make them stronger?

GALEN:

I would completely agree with that. You have a missing child and you have bloody clothes that turn up that are recognizable that the child was wearing when she disappeared, or at least had worn. Then, you have a positive DNA and the results from the blood, and the clothes are found in the river, and clearly this child can’t swim and so it does not look good, not just for Sydney, but for this couple.

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MICHAEL:

So, do you see Sami and Rafe as a long-term couple to root for? After all, there is still the Ejami fan base and the possibility that Rafe could end up with another woman on the DAYS canvas when all this conflict is resolved or unresolved.

GALEN:

Yeah, this is a couple to root for. Are you kidding me? They love each other and they have a really great time together and they can go toe to toe with each other. They are an awesome couple, without question. But can they withstand this entire BS that is being thrown at them?

MICHAEL:

When NBC and DAYS came to you with the character of Rafe Hernandez, did you suspect this character would have so many facets, and the emotional ride and journey you would get to play out?

GALEN:

I knew when I got the first few scripts and I saw the writing. I thought I was going to have a lot of fun with it and it would be cool. I don’t know if you can foresee the future of what is going to happen. I have had such a great time, and I know Alison Sweeney (Sami) really enjoys the working relationship we have. So I hope it continues. The fans have responded in a positive way, and that is a great thing. One thing I do hope is when times are good I would like to see Sami and Rafe have some really nice times and not be so dark. Their cards have been down for such a long time that you really don’t get an opportunity to see that spark that makes them special. So, I hope at some point we can get back to that. How long can this go on? I think there is a special chemistry between these two characters when they sit in the room. There is a competition between them, too. I hope they can get back to that, without them being abused by EJ.

MICHAEL:

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You seem to have grown significantly as an actor since your Passions days. What changed for you in terms of your acting technique? Or, is it just a significantly better written role to play?

GALEN:

I do know that I had six months after finishing the Passions gig and coming to DAYS. And during that time, I was studying the whole time with Lesley Kahn, a great coach, and working with a lot of great actors and writers and great creative people. I feel I was able to get better as an actor. Passions was very problematic for an actor to have consistency and to make sense of everything. We were sort of all over the place at times, and it was hard as an actor to believe things. I had some great moments over there, but I don’t know if it was that convincing, which is not the case at DAYS. It’s clear and concise and well driven and well written, but I really like this character, Rafe.

MICHAEL:

Rafe…I like the guy! He is not so wimped out, like other leading men on the soaps. This is a testament to you.

GALEN:

Thank you. I want him to be a smart character, but I want him to be a fun character, and at times fragile. I think as a testament to the writers, they have put a lot of that in there as far as storyline goes. I have been given a lot of different opportunities with him.

MICHAEL:

Being a father in real life, hasn’t it been hard to play all the death and kidnapping of infants and how this affects parents?

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GALEN:

It has, definitely. A lot of time in my work, I am not relying on my real life but calling on the circumstances of the imagery characters circumstances. But with that said, with having kids, it can’t help but creep in there and even with the Grace storyline and death. When my second son was born at three in the morning, they came in and told me he needed a spinal tap because they thought he had meningitis. Eventually, everything turned out fine, but the urgency of that situation was reminiscent of the whole Grace storyline! Holy cow! It was a very realistic portrayal of what can happen with children and it can happen!

MICHAEL:

You have been nominated for a Soap Opera Spirit Award by TV Guide Canada for Outstanding Performance by a Duo with Alison Sweeney for the “Death of Baby Grace”. Were you aware of the nod? You have some stiff competition from your cast mates, Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian) and Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) and Jess Walton (Jill) from The Young and the Restless!

GALEN:

I did not know that. Oh, very cool! All my fellow nominees in the category are strong actors and people who have been doing it for a long time.

MICHAEL:

You work with soap and NBC super star, Alison Sweeney (Sami). Many people do not get to hear or read interviews from her very often. So what can you tell people about Alison that they may not know?

GALEN:

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I think people don’t get to see who the real person is. She is very much a workaholic and a perfectionist. She is hard on herself, and she has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met in my life. She is extremely protective of the people she loves and those who are around her. I love the friendship we have right now. Her family and my family are all going up to Mammoth this week. I am really close with her and I love working with her. She is a warm person, and not a very open person. The funny thing is my wife is similar in that regard… perfectionist and workaholic, and closed to a degree… until you get to know the person. I don’t think closed is the right word, and she has a big heart.

MICHAEL:

Does your wife watch your work?

GALEN:

Yeah, she thinks I am very talented. The irony is everytime I am with her, I have a make out scene and I am making out with Alison! (Laughs) That is not all that often. I don’t think we have these ad nauseam love scenes.

MICHAEL:

James Scott and you…are you friendly rivals? Do you get along well off set?

GALEN:

Yes, we do get along off set. I don’t think there is really rivalry. We totally mess around.

MICHAEL:

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Do the two of you try to one-up each other in rehearsal?

GALEN:

Yeah, and that is how you’re going to discover stuff, right? I mean, if you are not taking chances and doing ridiculous stuff, you may never find those great moments. I think it’s hard for the two of us right now. EJ has to play his cards so close to the vest and has no room for error, where as before we are just vying for the girl’s interest. Right now this guy has super high stakes, and so everything is put on hold and it’s so close to the vest. James does a great job with that.

MICHAEL:

Fans of yours can also currently see you on their computer screens in Crystal Chappell’s Venice. You were the third recast for the role of Owen, following Daniel Cosgrove and Jeff Branson. You were aware of that?

GALEN:

I thought I was the second, oh geez! Oh, yeah, I am the third. (Laughs)

MICHAEL

So we heard that Crystal just came up to you at DAYS and said, “Hey do you want to do this?” And thus, you got the part. True?

GALEN:

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Yeah, but our first day together on DAYS with this storyline was when she just came back to the show. She had to give me mouth to mouth. So Crystal jumped right in there and it was great. I went, “I love this girl.” She is like a real actor. She is really strong, and I love women with strong personalities. The next day I had this respect for her and I thought this girl could be on ER right now. Crystal is present, high stakes and does not overact. I just loved it and so for whatever reason, I don’t think I was cracking that many jokes, because my character was so banged up. Then Crystal calls me into her room and says to me, “Hey, I just want to ask you something. I am doing this show, and do you want to do this part and play my brother?” I said,” yeah” and then I said, “what is it? “ I basically said yes without knowing anything about it. I was like I am totally on board with this thing. It turned out to be such a great time.

MICHAEL:

How was working with Gina Tognoni as your love-interest, Sami, in Venice?

GALEN:

Gina Tognoni was great. Most of our scenes were on a day when this windstorm hit and it was insane. She was a joy to work with.

MICHAEL:

So what is Owen’s deal?

GALEN:

Owen’s deal is he’s the cliché LA actor. He is a bartender who is always trying to get a gig. He is successful, and his dad is a complete jerk and his sister is a lesbian. Her dad can’t stand it, obviously, and it’s kind of freaky. You know, because of the fact his dad is so terrible, Owen feels super close to his sister. I kind of have a similar relationship with my sister and my culpability with Crystal. We had such a great time.

MICHAEL:

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You and Crystal worked so well on camera as brother and sister in Venice. And I liked that he was very accepting of her sexuality.

GALEN:

Owen was accepting of Gina’s (Chappell’s character) sexuality. He was not judgmental. I told Crystal that I wanted to have a fight over the same girl. A total smack down again, like with my sister. (Laughs) She would always have these friends over and ultimately I would hook up with them. Then, they did not want to hook up anymore because I was such a jerk, and she would say, “My friends don’t want to come over because you are here.” It was a similar thing, but different. So I thought in Venice it would be really cool if she brought a girl home that maybe I had dated. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Were you a womanizer in your day?

GALEN:

I won’t say that I wasn’t. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Venice is wrapping up and season one is coming to a close on Friday March 5th. Is there a cliffhanger for Owen?

GALEN:

I don’t know if it’s so much of a cliffhanger. As the season ends, things are looking good for Owen. Everything he wanted is starting to happen with his career and his love life. And the only thing that is going awry is what is going on with his family.

MICHAEL:

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Jordan Clarke plays your father. He is an amazing actor. He won a Daytime Emmy for playing Billy Lewis on Guiding Light and has been knocking it out of the park in the web soap. How was playing his son?

GALEN:

He blew me away. We had these scenes that are going to be in the final episode. I am sitting there and going, “I am shooting an Alan Ball feature.” It’s so dysfunctional, and Jordan Clarke meanwhile, had a stroke! Are you kidding me? He is a pure actor. He is not acting, he inhabits the character. It was a clean fit for him. We had a great scene and I will never forget it.

MICHAEL:

I think what Crystal has done is very smart, in that she cultivated the LGBT audience she garnered from Guiding Light, and then gave them and the rest of the world a web soap about people… all kinds of people.

GALEN:

It was clearly smart and it did not feel like she was gratuitously pandering to this audience.

MICHAEL:

I have to say you looked amazing on screen in Venice. The label “Soap Hunk” or “Heartthrob” comes to mind. Do you feel objectified or does the sex-symbol label feel real or awkward for you? Knowing you as I do, being a fun goofball, I want to hear your honest response.

GALEN:

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(Laughs) I don’t know. Not as much as I used to do. I don’t wake up and go, “God, I look good today.” I really don’t feel the sex symbol thing. It is totally not who I am and I have to say, I am continually surprised by it, as naïve as it may sound. It does not fuel who I am. It’s not me. I don’t wake up and spend time in the mirror. There are a lot of things I want to get going and do with my day. I am blessed to have fans and people thinking that. I would not want it any other way, but it’s not who I am. I know it is clearly physically who I am, but I think there is a lot more to me as a person, rather than my looks.

MICHAEL:

In closing, for the next couple weeks on DAYS with EJ/Sami/Rafe, will we need our hankies or will we want to throw things at the TV?

GALEN:

Both! These are trying times for them and not the situation any couple wants to be going through. It will be interesting to see how they deal with them.

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FormerDaysviewer
FormerDaysviewer

You’ve got to be kidding me! Galen hasn’t grown as an actor since Passions, he’s gotten worse. Rafe is one of the flattest characters on the canvas. He has one expression and he wears it 24/7. Safe are insipid and boring. The only thing going for them is that they’re not as vile to watch as Ejami. I am so glad I chose to stop watching this craptastic show.

Taelyn
Taelyn

If you dont watch, How do you know he hasnt grown, or about his acting and expressions, or for that matter anything about Safes Chemistry. You dont watch.. right?
And sinc you dont I cant imagine why you even read this or chose to comment about a show, and actor you dont watch.. Just so you could throw out some rude remarks.

Anyway, Great Interview Michael, Thank’s so much. I just love Galen, and Love Rafe The Safe couple are the best things about Days right now… So thanks again for the interview.

Sheri greenblatt
Sheri greenblatt

Galen is drop dead gorgeous and he has really improved in his acting oh
yeah and his kissing too.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

I agree, if your not watching the show why comment? I personally like Ejami but I still like Safe too, I’m not going to be mean to him, I think that Ej and Sami are the best couple who I want together, but that’s just my opinion. I’m not going to go around and say, oh I hate rafe or anything ill keep it to myself

dona
dona

loved the article galen is a great actor and i don’t care if you don’t like the character you don’t take it out on the actor. I love rafe and sami together they are loving, funny caring and the way they were brought together slowly was just like a true love story, Galen and Ali and James are all friends. I love it that galen and ali’s family are friends. Who ever says galen is not a good actor is not watching the same show i am.

Katie
Katie

Get a clue because it seems you are still watching and guess what no one is rooting for EJAMI’S.

**NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD ROOT FOR A RAPIST TO BE WITH A BRADY LADY**

SAFE is the rooting couple so either get on the SAFE boat or walk to another fan base and stop the trashing.

Ali and Galen are wonderful people who unlike their evil costar, they get along very well and respect each other unlike someone we know who is an arrogant jerk and should have been canned a long time ago.

desertgal
desertgal

Loved the article with Galen. He is right the friendship that he Ali Sweeney on and off-set really shines through on screen.

They have awesome chemistry and I look forward to watching them every day that they are on.

jeanne
jeanne

great interview michael

i have loved galen since first day
of passions and love him as rafe
he is what brought me back to days

SAFE ROCKS 😉

Polly
Polly

I just like that he doesn’t eyebrow act, fake accent act, or make soap faces or strike poses in lieu of acting. He seems like a genuinely nice person, doing his job. As for emotion, as a soap actor, you’ve got to work with what the writers give you. Not every script can be a Emmy nod.

Polly
Polly

Great interview Michael! Especially liked the comments about working on “Passions”, which never seemed to know what it wanted to be—part soap opera, part fantasy/Bewitched. Who needs a daytime fantasy aspect when you have so many good-looking men in one small town, James Scott included! LOL

tvcat
tvcat

Thanks for the Galen interview. Days is number two in the ratings out for Feb 8-12! First time in 2nd place since May 04. So happy it’s on fire during sweeps! I’m enjoying the show as a whole a lot more than a few years ago. Thanks for the Days/Venice love.

mally
mally

wow i loved the venice intell!

Diane
Diane

More Safe promotion, on AND off scrreen. ANOTHER Galen interview.

I don’t want to watch Safe anymore, and no amount of promotion and character assassination will make me. The sooner it’s over, the better. Maybe Galen should play another role other than Luis under a different name, and with a brunette this time.

On the positive side, thanks for not bashing other fan bases this time.

Kelly
Kelly

Why is it that when someone praises James, that’s all fine and dandy, but if someone praises Galen, it’s “promoting” or “pimping”? Give it a rest already!

I love Galen both as Rafe on Days and as Owen on Venice. SAFE are the reason I decided to keep watching Days after they wrote off John and Marlena. They are awesome!

Diane
Diane

And SAFE is the reason I quit watching.

Jesbella
Jesbella

If you quit watching than why are you on this board making comments about Galen???????????????

Most normal people would not subject them self to comment on someone who they do not like. See it’s the GALEN FANS AND SAFE / ALI FANS who should be making comments.

By the way SAFE is the rooting couple. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Pam
Pam

Wonderful interview by Mr. Fairman! I highly respect Galen as an actor and thoroughly enjoy his portrayals of both Rafe and Owen. His insight into the development of the storylines are also much appreciated. When it comes to emotionally powerful episodes, Galen delivers!

Juditha
Juditha

Great job, and I am happy to see this story come along. Get out of the dark now, we need some light.

Sandra
Sandra

Great interview I love Rafe and Sami together and Galen’s portrayal as Rafe. I want them out of the dark too! Let’s have some light and some fun. They play that well!

anna
anna

i loved you shows you and sammie are great.this is why ill still love watching days.thanks keep up your good acting.

Passions Fan 4-ever
Passions Fan 4-ever

I would start watching Days Of Our Lives if they would hire Mckenzie Westmore to play his love interest. She always brought out the best in Galen’s acting, I think Allison Sweeny is hurting his career. Shuis 4-ever!!

Reney
Reney

I just came across this interview.I am so glad I found this.Galen seems like a very nice person and I have watched him on Passions since the start and finish of the show I for one loved Passions.Galen/Luis,Sheridan/McKenzie were my favorite couple to watch,besides Teresa/Ethan.Galen was so natural in his romantic storyline with Sheridan and the chemistry/acting he had with the actress Mckenzie W. was beyond good it was great.I loved him playing her love interest they were a great match for eachother.

I would love to see that same chemistry with a character on Days,if only it could be McKenzie.I love them together on Passions and would love to see them together again on a soap.I would have to agree with the poster above Sami/Ali and Galen do not have the chemistry that I have watched him have with Sheridan/Mckenzie from Passions.I think he would just shine even more then now, if paired with her again but I guess that is just wishful thinking.I like James/EJ and Ali/Sami chemistry together.Well anyway keep up the good work Galen.

Darcy
Darcy

I enjoy Days (the little soap that could)
I’m down to three soaps now and Days is one of them…
I enjoy the storylines they are “women driven” IMO .

I’ve always enjoyed Galen and like him in his role as Rafe
(Venice too). I think he’s a keeper.

Waverly
Waverly

Thanks for an insightful interview MF. You asked everything I wanted to know. Days has brought an “explosive and sexy pairing” with Sami and Rafe. I love their storyline and have had a blast rooting for them to overcome all the adversity thrown their way. Galen makes me forget he is an actor portraying a character. I think he has added a wonderful spark to the show.

Barbara
Barbara

Wonderful interview, Michael!!! I loved Galen in Passions and have followed him to Days and Venice. He’s very, very talented and it’s terrific to finally find that he’s being positively recognized and appreciated so much more now. Those marvelously sexy won’t quit looks of his simply add tremendous fuel to the fire of Mr. Gering!!!

Patti
Patti

Unbelieveable interview Mr. Fairman. I love Galen as Rafe. I think he is a very
talented actor and he just gets better with age. The chemistry between Sami
and Rafe lights up the screen. He has such a quick wit and he can improvise
which makes him so exciting to watch. I love him in Venice, he is so relaxed
and self assured. I love everything about this actor, he is the best thing that
has happened to Days of Our Lives. I love your interviews Mr. Fairman, thank
you for this interview with Galen.

lepke
lepke

GREAT article. I’m not one to typically read this site, but thanks to ALL the SAFE fans I did and I’m so excited about this article.

Michael you asked such GREAT questions of of Galen and it seems like he is genuinely a nice guy and you helped convey that through the article.

I love the character to Rafe, he and Sami forced me to be a regular Days watcher now.

Galen you are doing a fabulous job….keep up the great work as Rafe and all the other roles that are surely going to come your way!!

Judy T
Judy T

Wonderful interview, Michael….love Galen as Rafe in Days and as Owen in Venice…….
I believe he is greatly underestimated as an actor…….his scenes of sadness and emotion are proof of his abilities………his natural manner shines as Owen….he seems so comfortable in his role………I think Galen has much to look forward to….I think his critics have been taken by surprise………Galen, keep doing what you do so well, we love
ya!!

CapeSafe
CapeSafe

The character of Rafe got me to start watching Days again.. Never watched Passions, so Galen Gering was a new name to me. Love the “SAFE” storyline…. Great article:)

Kenseysmom
Kenseysmom

Ive never watched a “soap” before in my LIFE til I caught a glimpse of Galen and Ali together on screen! Been addicted ever since!! Not only do I enjoy watching him as Rafe but so love him on Venice as well!!

Galen ROCKS!! Thanks for this interview!!

Still dont get all the nasty stuff between fan bases..if you dont like GG..stop commenting on him..reading his articles…his tweets etc….

sally
sally

not a Raf fan but good interview, hope they test him with another female, he and Ali look like brother and sister, no real chemistry there.

Krissy
Krissy

Love Love Love Galen and I loved this interview!! He and Ali have great chemistry on Days and I love how they are pals, too. I totally dig his sense of humor – my kind of guy!!

Joanne
Joanne

I like Rafe,but put him with someone other than Sami,everyone knows Sami and Lucas are in love and best friends and thay will get back together and soon.

Alyssa Robert
Alyssa Robert

I love LUMI but Lucas is gone now and i think Rafe is the better person for Sami than anyone else.

SAFE is the relationship that Sami never had with Lucas from the start and this is why i love Sami and Rafe as a couple. They don’t fight and lie and betray each other or manipulate each other just to be together.

Sami is happy with Rafe and maybe Lucas might come back sometime on the show but i still feel SAFE is the rooting couple of Days.

Gail
Gail

Thanks for this interview, Mr. Fairman. It was a great one. Galen has done and is doing a great job on both DAYS and Venice. I love his portrayal of Rafe on DAYS– he and Sami exude chemistry on screen. They are the kind of couple that DAYS has needed for a long time now– sweet, loving, and romantic. Kudos to the writers and actors. Keep it up!! Would love to see more interviews with Galen!!!

Bronze
Bronze

I happened to catch “Days” just after Galen came on board as Rafe. I have been watching faithfully ever since. I realize that some Ejamis despise Rafe because he is standing in the way of “their couple” reuniting. All I can say is Galen is doing well with a role that’s not written to be interesting. Rafe’s got a paperthin backstory, no real character traits that stand out and no mission other than to love Sami despite her being a spaz. I respect fans who say he’s not their favorite but I, for one, am only watching “Days” because Galen is featured.

Alicia Disit
Alicia Disit

Galen doesn’t have to stand in the way of any couple reuniting because i still do not see the appeal of why Sami will fall in love with her rapist???????????

The Brady’s have class unlike the Dimera’s.

Why did Days make Sami have yet another child for her rapist is beyond me.

I’m loving Sami with Rafe and loving SAFE.

Go Ali and Galen,

Linda
Linda

I have been watching Days of Our Lives for over 30 years and have never enjoyed and rooted for a couple so much as Rafe & Sami. They have wonderful chemistry together and bring out the best in each other. They are both wonderful actors.
Rafe’s character keeps Samil grounded. We need more guys around like Rafe to keep us SAFE. Please give Rafe & Sami some much deserved happiness together.

Galen Gering
Galen Gering

Just wanted to publicly thank MF for the article. You are a great interviewer, by the way. And also wanted to thank the fans for the feedback. This past year has been a blast for me and all your support has been like icing on the cake. Thanks again!
Sincerely,
Galen

Alyssa Robert
Alyssa Robert

Hi Galen,

I’m glad you had a blast this past year working with Ali because she is a wonderful person. I love the interview but i was hoping Ali can join you next time for an interview.

SAFE is such a great couple and loving and Will likes Rafe so it makes SAFE such an acceptable pairing that the next question is “When will Rafe pop the question to Sami?”

Love you and Love Ali Sweeney.

Kenseysmom
Kenseysmom

You’re welcome, Galen! We’ve totally got yer back! 😉

Kelly Jackson
Kelly Jackson

Nice interview Galen. I really like the relationship you and Ali have and it makes me appreciate you even more as a couple on Days. I watch Ali (Sami) for over 17 years now and i always wanted her to have a relationship where she is happy without all the lies and Rafe does that for Sami.

I believe SAFE is the rooting couple and i hope Days keep Rafe with Sami because this is the only time that i’ve ever seen Sami happy.

huskygrl
huskygrl

Mr. Fairman, thanks for the interview, Galen thanks for making Days must see tv again for me. I know it’s considered frivilous to watch soaps, but geez a girl needs a break from reality sometimes and I haven’t enjoyed Days (my only soap) this much since the 80s heyday. It’s great to have a positive new supercouple to root for (one who’s NICE to each other -golly!). I always loved Sami and I’m glad she finally has a guy worthy of her. Thanks Galen for making my little reality time out so much more fun!

To those who can only gripe and moan and claim not to watch – um so don’t watch already, and stay away from interviews and anything else Days related- they make this stuff for the FANS after all, if you’re not one, why bother to keep griping?

HAS
HAS

I didn’t know this thing took comments! Thanks for the headsup Michael Fairman!

Loving Rafe, great job bringing that character to life! I came back to DOOL because of Rafe and Rafe alone 🙂

Keep up the great work.

safeinyourarms
safeinyourarms

Galen is an excellent actor I loved him on Passions but I love him more as Rafe !!
Hope he stays for years to come !!

analia
analia

galen is a incredible actor i adore him and the fact that he has a great chemistry with james scott (ej) is amazing otherwise these scenes with james wouldnt work i think that sami is better of with rafe

Ann
Ann

I am so happy I found this Galen interview. I really enjoy your interview style, Michael. You got Galen to say so much with your wonderful questioning. Galen is such a wonderful actor and all around nice guy. I am enjoying him on Days and Venice. He plays my favorite character, Rafe, on Days and is one half of my favorite couple. SAFE is the couple to root for and Sami couldn’t ask for a better man than Rafe. I am so happy that Days brought him to the show to pair with Sami.

Carol Rae Bradford
Carol Rae Bradford

Gering Galen is an actor much to be admired. In fact, on “Days” I feel that they all perform so well, that you think the story is real. They leave you each day, upset that they leave, with so many important issues to be resolved by each character.

I can’t help being really in love with all of the male actors on the show, even Aniston, who seems to be a rich, interesting, and at times, formidable.

The hairdos on this program are excellent, and they change so often and are done so well, that sometimes at first, one doesn’t recognize the character.

I love “Days” and tape each and every show. Wonderful actors.

MommyChelle
MommyChelle

I usually don’t think men on tv are attractive …but OMG Galen Gering is like a dream guy for sure. Seeing his character on DOOL makes him all the more attractive even. I would love to have the opportunity to meet him…

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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