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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!


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!


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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.


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.


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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?


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?


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.


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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?


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.


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?


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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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.


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?


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?


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.


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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?


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.


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


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.


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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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!


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!


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.


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?


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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.


Does your wife watch your work?


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.


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


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


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


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.


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?


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


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?


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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.


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


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.


So what is Owen’s deal?


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.


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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.


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)


Were you a womanizer in your day?


I won’t say that I wasn’t. (Laughs)


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


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.


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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?


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.


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.


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


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.


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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.


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?


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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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.

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

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.

wow i loved the venice intell!

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.

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!

And SAFE is the reason I quit watching.

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. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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!

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

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!

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

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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!!

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

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:)

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….

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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,

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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INTERVIEW: Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

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You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

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As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

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It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

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So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

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Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

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Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

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Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

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What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

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You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

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Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

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In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.


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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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