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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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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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