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The James Scott Interview – Days of our Lives

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Over the past several weeks On-Air On-Soaps has asked you, the viewers of Days of our Lives, the ultimate question that seems to have fans divided.  Who should Sami Brady end up with?  EJ Dimera or Rafe Hernandez?  Your posts and comments have been passionate, angry, playful, and extremely clever.  Then, we posted some recent comments made by Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday, from a recent interview with Soap Opera Network that intimated that come Labor Day, Sami would be reunited with Rafe, not EJ.   But is this a done deal?

As a conclusion to our little, well… huge, heated debate, On-Air On-Soaps went to the man at the center of the hurricane, who stirs up so much trouble in Salem, all the while making the hearts of female fans all across America go a-flutter.   We are speaking of only one man, Daytime Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor for the first time in his soap opera career, James Scott.  Now, as we head into the final week before the Emmys are handed out in Vegas, find out how James chose his Emmy reel, and how his Emmy nomination day was filled with a personal heartache that he won’t soon forget.   Then it’s on to what’s coming up for Ejami fans, and working with Alison Sweeney (Sami).

To the point, charming, devilish, and charismatic, are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe this one of a kind performer who has made quite the mark for himself in the daytime arena in a relatively short time.   Here’s the dashing Brit, on all the elements of EJ and what could be shakin’ in Vegas!


James, what are you feelings on EJ’s current story?  At this point he has done some incredibly heinous things!  How can you justify some of his choices?


I am not justifying what he did.  What he had done is completely wrong.  There were reasons for it, but it is not an excuse.  I think you can safely say, if Sami hadn’t hidden the baby from EJ in the first place, and Nicole hadn’t switched the two babies around, none of this would have happened.  Before Sami decided not to tell him she was pregnant, EJ was dealing quite well.  I think what EJ did was wrong, and the storyline for the last four months has been EJ recognizing that what he did was wrong.  He gets it.  He knows he is wrong, regardless, and he is trying to make it up to Sami in his own way.

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The posts on my website were amazing from so many fans of Ejami and SAFE, who are so passionate about who they ultimately want Sami to end up with.  One item that kept popping up in some fans minds is, that EJ did rape Sami, and how could she be with her rapist.  What are your thoughts of that wrinkle in their past?


I think I have answered that question enough.  And frankly, regardless of what a small number of the audience may think, the show has moved on past that and is not going back to it.


Is there still hope for Sami and EJ?


I think that there is always hope for Sami and EJ.  If it does not work out this time around, it does not change the fact that EJ has maintained for a long time, all the way through his relationship with Nicole, that he was in love with Sami.  Nicole kept saying he was in love with Sami and he was!  Sami is the love of EJ’s life, and when this all comes out, it does not change the fact that he has these feelings for her, and she truly has feelings for him, too.


With all the scripts you received over the last several months; from kidnapping Sydney, to involving Anna, to making it look like Sydney had died, did you ever go, “Oh, my God.  I am going to do this?”


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I was fine with everything until I put the baby’s clothes in the water, because that clearly crossed the line.  As an actor, when I read that, I thought it would be a tough bridge to get over when things come out.  It’s a tough one to overcome.


What does he feel now for Nicole?


He hates Nicole and he should!


She now has her eyes set on Brady!


She is welcome to him! (Laughs)


EJ has to be beyond pissed at Nicole, and he is going to want payback.  Can we expect some EJ machinations soon to be perpetrated on Nicole?


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I think he is biding his time and looking for an opportunity to get back at her.  I am sure if he waits, one will present itself! (Laughs)


Do you love playing this character?  EJ is such a fun, rich character; at times it’s got to also be exhausting.  If you read all the fans comments, they are enthralled with EJ, no matter what he does!


I do enjoy playing EJ a lot.  I think he has a lot of latitude.  First of all, he is a bit bad, which means he can behave himself when he wants to, and that is something the good characters do. Then, he cannot behave himself when he wants to. (Laughs) That is something the good characters can’t do, which gives him a bit more to do in that sense.


Do you ever watch your work back and think, “My God.  I as EJ, am such a snake in the grass?”


I have not seen a show in quite awhile, certainly over a year.   I don’t watch it on purpose, because I am incredibly self-conscious of my work.  I tend to be very judgmental and in a way that is not constructive.  So I avoid watching myself, because for me, I think that if I did, I don’t think it would help necessarily.  I was reading a recent interview with Angelina Jolie about movies she had been in but never watched, and it’s something that people do all the way up the spectrum of acting.


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That leads me into this question of your Emmy nomination.  First, I am beyond thrilled for you and the fact that you are being recognized for your performance of EJ, and because you carried so much of the load on DAYS last year.  What was the decision to choose the episode where you find out about baby Grace’s death, and then go visit her in the morgue, when you had a few other big shows to choose from?


To be completely honest, Gary Tomlin (co-executive producer, DAYS) chose it for me.  We got to the place three months ago when we had to pick shows.  I thought, well since I have not seen any of my shows, this is putting me at a disadvantage.  And so, I took home a few DVD’s.  I got two in and I pretty much called up Gary and said, “I don’t want to do this.  I don’t watch my work.”  It’s hard to watch, because I am aware of what I am supposed to be doing, which is finding a submission for an Emmy.  But in watching it; the way I see it is the way, I gather, the blue-ribbon panel might see it, since I am very critical.  So, I felt I was shooting myself in the foot by having me select my own Emmy reel, and so that was a recipe for a disaster. Gary Tomlin took some of my shows home over one weekend and he came in and said, “I think you should go with this one”, and so we did.


Did you watch the one that he ended up submitting for you?


No, I have not seen it.  But the DVD of it is in my dressing room.


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In Soap Opera Digest you were quoted as saying, in reference to the fact that for the first time ever the Daytime Emmys are being held in Vegas, the following, “I think I would rather crawl through glass naked in the slums of Calcutta than go to Las Vegas.”


In all fairness, it is like the same thing! (Laughs)  You can spot the people who really want to go to Vegas for the Emmys, because when you ask them when they are leaving, they say, Friday!  I am flying in Sunday morning.  Now, the shows in Vegas are quite impressive, but it’s not my town.  To me, New York and Hollywood are the Emmys, you know.  It’s disappointing to me the show is in Vegas this year, but maybe it’s in the general decline of the soaps.


I hear many Vegas performers and shows are being incorporated into the telecast.


Oh, wow!  Now, since I said the Vegas acts are pretty impressive, that could be fun.


When did you find out you were nominated?  And how was that day, finding out you were an Emmy nominee for the first time?


I found out at 6:am in the morning, and at 5:am in the morning I was putting down my dog.  Quite frankly, when I found out I was nominated; it was not a good day for me.  He had cancer.  He got really sick at 1:am in the morning, and then he was in a lot of pain and they put him down.  I had been up all night, and it is a tough thing to do under any circumstances.  So the day of finding out was not a good day, but in retrospect, and when you have time to recover a little bit from the dog dying, it’s nice to be nominated.   I was certainly surprised.  I don’t say that with a modesty that people throw into a statement like that, but I was genuinely surprised.  I did not expect to be nominated.


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Did Alison or Galen call and offer congratulations?


People did, but my cell phone was switched off, and I was not answering.  When I eventually got to listen to it, I did get a lot of calls from people, and those via email that said congratulations, and text messages.


But you are part of the five finalists who made it!  It’s a quite the group; Michael Park, Doug Davidson, Peter Bergman and Jon Lindstrom.


Yes, it’s a tough group, and I feel like the odd man out.


Alison Sweeney and you have these incredible Ejami fans.  They come to your defense and there are legions of them!


There are legions of them?  Well, somebody might want to mention that to Ken Corday! (Laughs).  Yes, there are a lot of Ejami fans. There are huge numbers of them and they have stuck with it through thick and thin for a long time, and they are wonderful. They are very supportive of us as a couple, and the actors individually, which is nice.


When you were at the DAYS Fan Weekend 2010, just a few weeks ago, was there something that they asked you the most?  Is it personal or storyline driven?


Oh, it’s always about story. They always ask a Samantha question, and it’s the one question that I cannot answer, and it’s an exercise in frustration for both of us.


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You and Galen Gering (Rafe) have such a great competitive dynamic on the show.  Can you speak to working with Galen?  On our On-Air On-Soaps Daytime Emmy Nomination Podcast, Galen co-hosted and had nothing but praise to heap upon you!


I think in terms of having somebody to butt heads with…I love butting heads with Galen.  I am sure you are familiar with stories that actors come with big egos, and when you have characters that get in situations where they butt heads, typically one person loses in those situations, and sometimes actors don’t like to lose.  I have certainly had some problems working with other men on our show in the past.  You will do things to them in a scene, and they will really not respond to it very well, and be quite angry and take it quite personally. The scene ends and there will be words or, something. The wonderful thing with Galen is he absolutely none of that.  It is fun to work with Galen, in the capacity we work with each other, and to know you can do those things, and use your strength as an actor to sort of get the other character.  And when you finish taping it’s. “Oh, you got me.”  Or, it’s funny, and it makes coming to work a pleasure. Galen is also a very good actor, which helps a great deal.  If I am trying to be the bad guy, then the good guy can’t hold his own.  But, Galen makes it tough for me, and he is very strong.


There is really a “hot” competition going down for Sami!


I was happy when he came to the show.  I don’t know if you remember, prior to when Galen came to the show, I was really the only guy in my category.  And, it was not good for the show.  And Galen coming really helped fill that gap, and he has done an excellent job and brought a lot of laughter to the set.


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When do we get the payoff where EJ is going to get his comeuppance?  Do you feel it’s everything the viewers will have waited so long to see?


Do you mean sometime after Labor Day weekend, that Rafe and Sami will be having a happy ending? What? (Laughs) Those scenes are coming.  If you ask me that question next week I can say some heavy stuff is coming.  This material I have not taped yet, but I would say fans of EJ and fans of Ejami, SAFE, Rafe, the whole thing; there is a very big thing that is going to happen.  Well, we know the information about Sydney is going to come out, but in addition to this, there is a huge, huge twist that is brilliant.


You did not see it coming?


No, no, not at all.  A good twist you never see coming, and if the show can keep a lid on it, it’s really good.  I would think from the viewer’s perspective, it will be some of the most exciting and engaging material that they have seen in the last year.


But will EJ go through mass heavy drama and feel some remorse, some guilt for all his chicanery?


This will be the heaviest drama EJ has been through since he found out about Nicole’s pregnancy, which was a year ago.


How was that recent on-screen kiss that happened between you and Ali Sweeney?  It’s been a while since EJ got to have a kiss from Sami!  Ejami fans were jumping for joy.


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(Laughs) Alison is just wonderful.  I can’t think of a better way to spend your time than kissing Alison Sweeney.   It’s just a perfect way to spend an afternoon.  And if things do go south sometime after Labor Day weekend, then that will be the one thing I will miss most.


The pace of daytime is so challenging now with little time to rehearse.  Do you and Alison get to go through your scenes before you hit the set?  Many soaps are working so fast now that no one has time to rehearse with their scene partner. They just hit the floor and do it all on the sound stages.


We don’t go through a full rehearsal on stage.  For example: Alison and I have big scenes coming up next week to tape, and so this week we spent a lot of time working together on that material.  Daytime is really simple.  You cannot sink your teeth into every single script, you cannot, it moves too fast.  But the way you do it is you go through the days when so much is going on and you recognize it on those days that you are able to learn your lines, and come on board and do your job, but you don’t have to go the extra mile.  However, when you have important scenes coming up, that is when you have to make sure you put in the extra time. You sit down a week in advance.  You sit down with the people you are working with, and Alison and I talk about it, and talk with Gary and the directors a day in advance, and know our blocking ahead of time.  You really have to do as much preparation as possible, and Alison is good at doing that.  I am very enthusiastic, too.  So we put in a good deal of time into that, and when you see scenes that carry weight or substance, these are not scenes that we just showed up on the sound stage and put together.


Well, viewers and fans always talk about how EJ and Sami ‘sizzle’ when they are together on screen.   They think that these two can both be so bad, so it’s so delicious and sexy to see them together.  What would you say to that?


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I would say this about the chemistry and the sizzle; either you have that or you don’t. That does not come from rehearsal.  It comes down to the actors if they have chemistry.   Chemistry is really a nice and polite way of saying, you know, they are attracted to one another.


So we know or hear through Ken Corday’s statement to Soap Opera Network, that on Labor Day, it seems that Sami reunites with Rafe. Would EJ then have a new woman on the horizon in Salem?  If so, who would you like it to be?


Let’s think about this for a second.  If you ask that question in the land of reality, the answer is no, because if you are in a relationship or in love with somebody, you are really in love with someone.  So, let’s say you break up with them.  How long does it take you to have sex with someone else?  How long does it take you to go out on a date?  How long does it take you to go back into a relationship?  It does not take you a week, or six month or maybe even a year; it could take you a long time.  I don’t know what they plan to do.  I know they always think there is some chemistry or love interest possible for EJ. Personally, I don’t think that is necessary for EJ, because he has other aspects of his life going on.  As far as another female character on the show for a romance with EJ, I don’t know, no one comes to mind.


Are you ever concerned with all the horrific things EJ has done, that the writers will box him into a corner, and then he would be written off the show?


Constantly!  Frankly, I think the intention at one point in time was to write me off the show, and essentially after a while, you just have to not create that opportunity. Sometimes writers put you there, but you have to be making strong choices, looking for new opportunities, and trying to communicate new things to the writer and to the audience.  It is kind of those choices that will open up opportunities for you, and you should always be looking to do those as an actor.


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How is it after these last several years still working with Joe Mascolo (Stefano) as your on-screen, dad?


I love working with Joe.  With Joe, I do some of my best work.  Sometimes he wipes the floor with me! (Laughs)


OK, James, we really need to get back to prepping you for the Emmys.  Now, what you are wearing? That’s the first order of business we need to take care of.  (Laughs)


I was intending on wearing the same tuxedo I was wearing for the last four year’s, but I have someone in my ear telling me it’s not the right thing to do.  You may see me in something new, but it’s more likely you will see in the same thing in that I wore for the last four years.


OK, second. Will you prepare a speech in case you win?


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I would definitely prepare something.  I will prepare something and put it in my pocket.  I say that because, as much as I think my chances of winning are small, if it did happen there is a responsibility to be able to thank people and tell them how much you appreciate their support.  It’s a very small window of opportunity, as they are counting down 20 seconds on the live broadcast before you time is up.  If I were to win, there would be many people I would like to thank, and I would not like to leave anybody out.  And so, I would take a little small card and put it in my pocket and write down some names.  You know the other thing is, frankly, if I won, I would probably be so surprised I would not remember my own name.


Alright James, as I leave you to get ready for Vegas and the Emmys, do you think DAYS viewers can expect EJ’s house of cards, finally… finally…going to come crashing down around him in the coming months? And, how is he going to handle, when, and if the time comes, losing Sami?


First of all, I think the writing is some of the best stuff I have ever had to work with.  If EJ’s house of cards does come crumbling down, and as always, if it does, it won’t be for very long.  He has got all the money, and the situation with the underworld empire that he is connected to.  None of that is going to be impeached, but his heart may get broken, and he is going to fall as far as his heart lets him.  But the rest of his life won’t change.

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I am SAFE all the way! Sorry James Scott but I think they have already written you into a corner. . .your only hope is to get back with Nicole and the two of you can be evil together.

no wey! wse ar many to many fact! and we want ejami and trust me days witeout ej will not be the same! this is a soap james you amazing we love you!

I agree with you Rachel. James Scott/EJ and Allison/Sami are the only storyline on DOOL that is interesting. Their s/l has been full of passion and chemistry. The writers would be making a serious mistake to permanently break them up. Sami wants EJ, and she will eventualy realize Rafe isn’t the man for her. Where is the passion and chemistry between Sami and Rafe?….Writers you know EJ is the leading man….Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken…..Ej must confess and Sami must forgive him..

u and sami should be together bottom line iv been watchen the show sence i was born letterily while qmy mom was giveing birth 2 me at 1 oclok their was a lil tv in the room and she had it on lol … and if i rember corectly when jhon black went to visit for a short period of time becuz she had past while spreading the ashes i showed her when she was young and stephino dad was together

James is the actor, EJ is a fictional character. I just wish some EJ haters would get that straight!

I hope that some Rafe haters would get that straight!!! Galen is the real person, not the bore that you Rafe haters calls him. Galen is a comedic and nice and not a stiff shirt bore.

You know what?….That proves how brilliant an actor James Scott really is. He has made his EJ character so real that he is provoking anger in the Ejami haters……I LOVE JAMES SCOTT AKA EJ DiMERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree.EJ’s character is good/bad, but he does truly love his Samantha.

Safe all the way. Sowwy Ejami Fans

Nicole is DEFINATELY not the woman for EJ-he became Stefano’s clone with her by his side; he became a man he did NOT want to become. . …Sami said something along those lines to him when they were in the park discussing Johnny’s custody and the expression on his face showed that she was right.

At least with Sami in his life (he’s not completely honest, but still) he tries to be a better man. For example, in 2008, he turned his back on his father and became a lawyer. Now in 2010, he’s also a lawyer and helping out Arianna.He’s doing this partly to help out Arianna, partly to get back at Nicole and and I suspect partly to redeem himself for the whole sydnapping debacle-he wants to be worthy of his children’s and Sami’s love.

I agree with what most of you guys are saying .I live in south africa and we are like really far behind .but I have google things 2 come in 2010 sine we only on 2009 episodes ,I think that sami and ej belong togrther they make the hottest couple on screen and of screen ,its funny how some of you life SAFE than EJ and sammy being together and as far as the writters putting EJ and nicole together the bascially mixed water and oil together I want to see more of ejami then of safe

Ej and Sami are soulmates. What Ej has done is unforgiveable but let us remember that Sami kept Will from Lucas for more than a year, Baby Grace from ej( he forgave her) They have both hurt each other. All the man that Sami has been with including Rafe has always tried to change her, however Ej accepts her for what she is> EJAMI forever. When is Ken Corday going t realise this.

I think they should write a story line where Rafe is really a woman who has had a sex change operation. She was gilted by E.J. and take revenge by trying to steal Sammy from E.J. Bizzare…Not as bizzard as trying to spit up the two best actors that have ever been ! Don’t lose what you have going for the show. These two actors are class acts, playing second to done. Move over Angelina and Brad, the real heat is on Days! These two feed on each others talents! There passion, perfection and kindred spirit for acting makes a great show.

or he can be evil with his real match : SAMI BRADY !

James just MADE MY DAY!!!!! Why well because
1) He says Sami IS the love of EJ’s life.
2) He sees no other love interest for EJ.
3) Where he says someone should tell Ken Corday about all the Ejamis!

James Scott IS Days!

EJAMI or Bust!!! Dont worry james! Corday WILL know just how many Ejami’s there are! (if he hasn’t figured that out by now!) we’ll fight to the death for EJami!

What a fabulous interview! thank you so much Michael! james’s so articulate and classy!
James IS Days! James & Alison’s chemistry is off the charts! i’m so glad for his Emmy nod – he totally deserved it! the scenes he submitted (well GT submitted i suppose) were amazing and heart wrenching! James is extremely talented and shines brightly compared to certain other actors on the show.

thanks again for the interview!

Yes ejami all the way!!!!!!!!! I love how james said reguarding his chemistry with alison that its there or its not its a nice way of saying the two actors are attracted to each other, and that spending the afternoon kissing alison is the best way to spend an afternoon and if ej looses sami that is the thing he will miss the most!!!!!!!! He is so freaking adorable! Great interview! i was sad to hear about his dog though!
Go ejami!!!!!!!!!!!! WE love u guys together and I would be devestated if ej and sami don’t end up together!!!!!

JAMES SCOTT/EJ ARE KEEPING DOOL RATINGS UP…IF THE WRITERS MAKE GALEN GERING/RAFE THE LEADING MAN THE RATINGS WILL PLUMMET…Galen G is a nice-looking man, but he doesn’t have the passion or chemistry in the scenes with Allison S/Sami the way James S does. The character Rafe is one dimensional…..EJ is the only leading man for Sami.


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Ilike the chemistry between Ejami. I owuld have no problem seeing them ride off into the sunset but how will EJ get past all he has done and once Sami finds out I think that will be fini’ for Ejami. I like SAFE but I seem to like Ejami more.

Just because that is James opinion doesn’t mean thats how tptb feel. Thank goodness. Why has James changed his mind about pairing up Nicole with Ej? I know I have read in interviews that he liked the pairing and he loved working with Ari.

James liking to work with Ari and liking EJ/Nicole are two different things. He has always maintained that EJ loved Sami. I also would think that James is popular enough for his opinion to carry a good bit of weight over at Days!

He’s an actor, not a writer.

He is an actor but I still believe that Jame probably has enough pull to get some things he wants where other actors/actresses would not.

He always prefer the Ej/Sami story than Nicole/Ej story because it is more interesting and dynamic and full of potential for many storylines that is all but actually writers don’t listen to him they again and again and again saddle him with Nicole (who could be with Brady)

It is high time for a dimera to win when it comes to romance, and when I say win I mean for EJ to win Sami Brady.

Amen to that! I think EJ and Sami are meant to be. Yes, EJ went WAY over the line in having Sami think Sydney had died, but if ANYONE should realize how easy it is to let your emotions take over and make you do horrific things to people you love because they hurt you first…it is Sami. I think when it all comes out, in time, Sami will be able to forgive EJ. The reason EJ and Sami are so good together (in my opinion) is that they are 2 sides of the same coin. They think alike. AND they have INCREDIBLE chemistry together. A Brady and DiMera genuinely falling in love…that is the stuff soaps are made of. It’s right up there with a Capulet and Montegue falling in love.

EJAMI are meant to be! I really wish the writers of Days would see this and listen to the viewers!!! The chemistry that these 2 actors have is amazing… Let them be together!

Michael I always love your interviews because you are just like other fans and love the soaps. But it seems that you and James have a very nice rapport and you are able to get really good answers from him always.

Thanks for asking all the hard questions and for encouraging James to splash out in new clothes for the Emmys. It really is a big deal. You know we will all be watching to see him and hoping for a win.

Thanks so much!

James is right – big fanbase for the EJamis – Corday needs to grab a clue! Love what James and Ali do to bring their characters to life – they care about what they bring to the screen and it shows. Their chemistry is off the charts – it is much bigger than I have ever seen in an onscreen couple before. There is just something about these two and their story that has caused me to join an online community and to write fanmail. I’ve been a fan of Days for YEARS and am a big fan of other couples on the show but NONE have drawn me in like EJ and Sami! They are what keeps me watching this show. So to KC – EJAMI is what this and MANY MANY other viewers want to see!

How do we let Mr. Corday know that we want EJ and Sami, not Rafe and Sami? Did Rafe ever explain how his girlfriend from the past died? Emily I think her name was? He has secrets too, eh?

thats not what everyone wants. I am sure corday is well aware of the ejami fans. They have been super rude to Dena and tptb in the past.

And for good reason Dena Higley is a disease to soap operas !!

James is absolutley greattt! Loved this interview. Espically how he anwsered the 12/29 question. I think people really need to let that part of history go. Lovedddd how he said he would miss kissing Alison. 😀 Hahaha! Here’s an EJami trooper that ISN’T giving up!

Yes I believe the writers made a boo boo on that storylinne [the rape] and really want the viewers to just forget it. Some silly folks won’t let it go. They take it way to seriously, it’s a soap. Anyway, i am all for EJ and Sami. Would like to see Rafe find someone new.

This is possibly the best interview I have ever read. You asked all the questions I was interested in knowing the answers to and James Scott gave amazingly insightful and intelligent answers. I’m not sure I know much more about what will happen but I trust that if he thinks the twist is brilliant, it is. I know I will be watching to see where this story goes. As a dedicated EJami fan, I hope EJ and Sami end up together. But as an even bigger James Scott fan, I will be satisfied as long as he is front and center and on the screen five days a week.
Thanks again for a great interview.

Thank you for the excellent interview. I have always been a Sami first fan but this interview was the best you have ever done.
I have always stayed out of the “fan” side of DOOL but this drew me in due to JS’ wit, humour, humility, consideration and gentlemanliness. He could give lessons to other people in general and other actors in particular.
Thank you for a great read!

James Scott gives the best interviews, why am I not surprised? He is very intelligent, nice and always seems very down to earth to me. As an Ejami fan he has me more then intrigued to find out about this twist he has hinted at, very interesting!!

Thank you, Michael for taking the time to interview him again and I look forward to more in the future!!

I love James Scott…he is such a humble unassuming person. I am crossing my fingers he wins the Emmy because I think he deserves it. He is a fantastic actor and if he and Sami don’t stay together or get back together, I won’t wait for another crumb from TPTB…I’ll be gone. If they don’t know a good thing they have in Ejami…they need glasses. There are not as many safe fans as one might think…they just post over and over to make it look like it. Sorry, I find them soooo boring.
I enjoyed your convo with James and thank you for allowing us to comment on it. James Scott is the best!

Wonderful interview.Thanks so much…and THIS viewer wants EJAMI!!!!

What a great interview. I just love James Scott, and he isn’t going anywhere but UP! I hope he brings home the emmy, and I certainly hope we get EJAMI!

He is more generous to his co-stars than they deserve, I think, but it just shows that James Scott is a class act!

Thank You James Scott for interview Thank you Micheal ,. Love ejami!!!

Thank you James and Michael for interview

James i hope you win! and im hoping for Sami to choose Ej even
after all of this mess comes out

I loved this whole interview! Thanks MF for doing this interview with James! It does my EJami and James loving heart good! I will have a super smile on my face for the rest of the day!

James Scott is such a class act.I hope he wins the Emmy.
Actors of his caliber are few and far between.

Great interview. I did like Sami and Rafe together but something is just off with those two. With Sami and EJ, sparks fly and that is good. I am hoping for a Sami/EJ reunion. Can’t see EJ with any other woman besides Sami. Love Ali and James and their chemistry onscreen. They are both fabulous actors. Good Luck to James on his Emmy nom and I hope he nails it.

Great Interview Michael! James is thee mosting interesting actor out there. He does brilliant work scene after scene. He certainly deserves that Emmy. Hope he wins! I’ll be watching that’s for sure. I love him as EJ but I also would love to see him in other projects. Movies, Primetime he has proven that he is an amazingly talented actor and could do it all. I personally would love to see a more romanctic/charming side to EJ. I love his with Sami, I loved him with Nicole. I wouldn’t mind if they brought in a brilliant beautiful actress to work opposite him either. Just keep him on my screen as much as possible and I will be happy!

LOVE this interview! Thanks Michael! This is one of the best interviews with James that I have ever read. Team EJami all the way!

Great interview. Love James, he’s so honest about his character. Fingers crossed that he wins the Emmy.

What a wonderful interview Michael! I very much enjoyed reading it and reading James’ responses. I don’t think I’ve ever read an interview from anyone that was so well thought out. Thanks!

As for EJami: This viewer wants EJami and will fight to the end for them!

Another fabulous interview, Mr. Fairman! You never fail to impress me with great questions.
Loved JS’s responses. He’s always honest and never shies away from the tough questions. What a great read!

James is AMAZING! Love him, LOVE ej & Love Ejami! I think our adjectives, Michael, were right on the money! charming, devilish, and charismatic but i’ll add & sweet, TOO handsom and funny!!

wonderful interview. Im sorry about his dog. I just went through that myself last Thursday with my cat. So I can really relate to his pain. James can wear the same suit. hell he could wear a sack and still look good.

The interview was great. Whether you are a Safe, EJami, or Lumi fan, people are always talking about EJ 😉 He is a very interesting character and I really love watching Alison and James together on screen. People will have their opinion of who they want but the MOST talked about non couple, couple is EJami.

I wish James the best of luck at the Emmy ‘s but in my book he was already a winner!

I am a die hard EJAMI fan. I have been from the very first moment that Sami laid eyes on the sexy Brit. I want to make my voice heard. We as a fan base aren’t going anywhere. Corday can ignore us, which he OBVIOUSLY is, since he claims that the “General Audience wants SAFE”… but we are a passionate fan base who has stood by our couple through a lot of HELL, and bad writing. The writers seem to be willing to give every single idea for a couple that they come across a real chance at happiness, EXCEPT for EJAMI. This couple has chemistry and heat… they have the “IT” factor that most daytime fans are looking for. There is a lot of potential for writing with this couple who I believe is destined for SUPERCOUPLE status… They are a modern day Romeo and Juliet, and the writers are wasting GREAT talent and super hot chemistry if they let EJAMI fall by the way side yet again to put Sami with a character that makes her BORING to watch like Rafe. EJ truly LOVES Sami… no one else will do.

Thanks so much for this interview Mr. Fairman! Everything about it was interesting. James Scott is such an amazing actor, and also seems to be quite an incredile human being…I love him so much! I love EJ and can’t wait to see him “rise from the ashes” as DiMera’s always do. The big twist makes me a little nervous about the direction of EJami, but since James always seems to be an EJami fan, and says the twist is brilliant, I trust him! Thanks again for this interview!

Excellent interview! I will be watching the daytime Emmys and I am rooting for James to win! He is a wonderful actor and I have enjoyed him since his time on All My Children. I have seen huge growth in his acting since taking on the role of EJ Dimera on Days of Our Lives. He sets the bar high for himself and for those around him. It is refreshing to see his human side in interviews like these. Thanks so much for sharing.

I am a die hard EJami fan and a James Scott fan! we ARE many!!! loved the interview! thanks to all!

As always Michael, a very complete and satisfying interview! Thank you so much.

I am one of the viewers eagerly awaiting that house of cards to crash down on the character of Ej, It sounds as if there will be satisfaction that he will get his comeuppance. Yea! I just hope it is not too short lived after the length of time we’ve watched him get away with his nefarious deeds. I don’t believe Ej could truly love a woman and gleefully take her to the darkest pit of despair all in a game of revenge, but I understand from his character’s skewed perspective he believes he loves her.

I love how James was being quite coy about a new direction and possible future love interest for his character. No one comes to mind? Hmmmm….I think there are a few in his orbit. Good attempt though to try and get him to spill what may lay ahead for Ej romantically.

This huge twist has me incredibly intrigued . Too bad you weren’t able to wrangle the information out of him. Understandably, they will want to keep a tight lid on the shocking finale to this storyline. Whatever it is I hope it will not take away from the payoff of having Ej feel the wrath of the town for his despicable actions. We deserve the fun of seeing him being the one to squirm!

Again great interview and so nice to hear what a rewarding working relationship James has with Joe, Ali and Galen. They all make it a terrific show!

James is always nothing but honest in his interviews so if he doesn’t see anyone else as a love interest for EJ then I totally believe him. James is not one of these actors who misleads fans!

So….is he REALLY going to crawl through glass naked in the slums of Calcutta rather than go to Las Vegas??? Hmmmm….

Clearly that is just James’s sense of humor, I don’t even see how that has anything to do with James being misleading. By the way not trying to argue here just kind of confused about that statement. But I prob. just read it wrong because its been a long day! lol

James Scott is a strange guy. I thought he liked Ejole? Scott you’re the one writing yourself into a corner by always saying that Sami is the only woman for EJ, so EJ must be alone. She’s a fictional character! They can change EJ’s feelings for this woman or that woman with the stroke of a pen. These characters don’t exist. It’s a soap! If you’re a guy with no love interest on the show you WILL be written off. Look at Bryan D. If you aren’t in a triangle, you have no purpose. They will bring Bryan back if you think you’re too good to be acting with the other actresses on the show. The other women on the show aren’t good enough for EJ apparently. He will piss off Coday because Corday is trying to do damage control. The Ejami dud storyline hurt ratings.

James IS Days! Without James Scott Days is gone. Corday and Tomlin know this. Days pretty much never gets an actor or actress nominated in a lead role but they did in James. Rafe and Sami have no purpose without EJ. The only story Rafe has had since coming on Days is related to EJ and even when the kidnapping is revealed and if Sami and Rafe “briefly” reunite then Rafe still only has a storlyine with EJ.

that isn’t true, lol. DOOL lived without James and could again.

Rafe is a strong character and Galen is a popular actor, so I disagree with you there, and so does James. 🙂

Excuse me?!? Sami has no purpose without EJ? Sami used to be the driving force on DAYS, right alongside John and Marlena, Bo and Hope, Jack and Jennifer…. And over the past few years, her character has been completely destroyed by the pairing with her rapist.

EJ is the one who serves no purpose on DAYS. If a DiMera is required, we have Stefano, who is ten times the character EJ is. DAYS has lost tens of thousands of viewers since the introduction of EJ. They should’ve killed him off years ago, and they would be way better off now.

As for James Scott, he continues to prove himself an arrogant idiot. For the life of me, I can’t understand why Corday allows this man to speak in public about the show. Just muzzle him already.

lol HAS you’re right James would disagree with me on that one. Which is partially why I really like him is because he is very humble. Actually don’t mind Galen as an actor by the way just don’t like Rafe with Sami.

I did not mean Sami I was referring to the Sami/Rafe pairing the only way them together have a story is with EJ.

Also it is extremely rude and disrespectful to refer to James as an idiot! Its one thing to talk about a character from a show but James is a human being with feelings who has never been anything to kind.

ONE MAN does NOT make the show. EJ is awesome, but he is not Days. Ask John /Drake (-:

Yeah Alice!!! That’s why stories like Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice, Great Expectations and the like are sooo unpopular because frightening, inexorable, unsettling storylines about two people filled with unbridled passion and love is just not what good romance is made of!

Or maybe he’s trying to state that EJ’s future is Sami…without explicitly giving away spoilers.

I think James was very open to the idea of Ejole but the stupidity of their story (Nicole pulling the wool over his eyes almost the entire time, her being so desperate for him, and him still having these feelings for Sami) maybe killed it for him.

The comment about no other woman right now for EJ made me think that either EJami are not done, or that the huge twist has to do with another non-romantic part of EJ’s life and he thinks that will keep him busy for some time, so there’s no reason to give him another romance already.

Love James <3

JS liked EJole?!!! I don’t think so, all of his interviews that I’ve read online basically state the same thing: Sami is the ONLY woman who holds EJ’s heart, always has and always will.

I forgot to say that when an actor/actress wants to make the character he/she portrays three dimensional he/she has to become that person: that means understanding that individual, which includes whom he/she LOVES. Yes, it can be written that a new love interest comes along, but that doesn’t mean that the character stops loving a former flame, ESPECIALLY if it is a very deep, powerful, burning love like the one EJ has for Sami.

Mr. Fairman, what an amazing interview you did with Mr. Scott!!!! But, I didn’t expect any less because you always do such amazing interviews!!!!!

Kudos to James for his answer to the “way over and done with issue” of Dec ?? and what I saw was an agreement made between EJ & Sami!!!!

This James Scott fan so believes that James deserves the Emmy for his acting over this past year!!!!! And we James Scott fans get to see him in a new tux to boot it off!!!! Humina, humina!!!!

This Ejami fan needs to know what the “twist” is that James was talking about!!!!!!! But, this Ejami fan will also never give up on them!!!! The story lines that are possible between EJ & Sami are never ending. I just hope TPTB over at DOOL realize this soon or I’m afraid that DOOL will go off the air. And that I DO NOT WANT!!!! I would miss my favorite soap opera sooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!

Again, a great interview with the wonderful James Scott Mr. Fairman. I hope you get many, many more with James!!!!

I am a HUGE James Scott fan already and an interview of this calibre just validates his worth. Kudos to Michael Fairman for asking great questions and I am in awe of James for his honest and to the point answers.

I will NOT give up hope for EJAMI as long as James and AS are on the show. The other pairings are not options for me.
THIS VIEWER WANTS EJAMI. I just have to think KC was going for a reaction, and he got it. He knows the numbers and the numbers add up to EJAMI!

Best of luck to James for the Emmy. I can’t imagine him not winning, but honestly, I don’t watch any other shows so I really can not comment on the other actors.

Sorry to hear of James’ dog passing.


Great interview!! This viewer wants Ejami too!!

As a fan of both James Scott & EJ Dimera I have to say that I am very proud of this interview, I appreciate an artist that isn’t caught up in the politics of the industry. James focuses on his craft and gives us the fans something to root for daily. EJ is one of the best characters on Days aside from Samantha characters with layers are what great stories are made us. EJ will always rise he is the future Phoenix once Stephano retires and he’s the rootable character, if the people in his life did not hurt him by keeping secrets there would be no Sydnapping.

I went back last night and I watch the clip of him and Samantha in the park when she told him to get over it(losing Grace) and he basically asked her to put herself in his shoes if someone took your child from you how would you react right there they let us know where the story was able to go. I also home that Sami is able to go back to that day and the space to understand what EJ was feeling that caused him to take Sydney. Ejami has the formula of what great daytime supercouples are made of I just hope that Corday and his minions see it and capitalize on it.

This interview just reminds me once again of why I love James Scott so much. He is so intelligent, thoughtful and forthright with his answers, and he doesn’t play the political correctness game.

I admire him so much for always praising his costars. They are lucky to have such a gifted actor in their sphere and I hope they appreciate just how much he elevates their level of performance.

As for EJ and Sami, I am a 100% devoted fan and always will be. They can write Sami back into her FBI hookup, but James is absolutely correct about one thing. Chemistry is not manufactured; you can not rehearse it. Chemistry just is, and James and Ali have it. In fact, they’ve had it from the first moment they were on camera together. I’m holding out for my “sizzle”.

Thanks, Michael, for a great interview.

What a great interview. I love James Scott and I love Alison Sweeney and I think their chemistry is off the charts. I am a HUGE Ejami fan and I am hopeful that they will get their happy ending despite the crap Ken Corday had to say. I find Sami and Rafe to be very boring and I think the majority of the fans out there would agree. EJ and Sami are the it couple and my main reason for watching. Good Luck to James on Emmy night.

I couldn’t agree more. This is a wonderful interview, thanks so much. James Scott and Alison Sweeney both have been giving the most amazing performances in their current intriguing, frustrating storyline and in the ones they shared before. I was rather surprised in fact that Alison wasn’t also nominated. Maybe next year. At any rate, I am here to say that this pairing of EJ and Sami and their story over the last four or five months is the main reason I came back to watching Days every day instead of occasionally. I believe they will get a happy ending after the angst that’s reportedly coming at the end of summer. I believe Ejami will be the supercouple that comes back again and again and brings real romance back to Days.

haha! Galen would play along with the things James does.

He doesn’t watch it? That seems odd. He’s quirky!

I agree with James that the bloody clothes were the deal breaker. But I think it was well before that, where he finished off EJAMI.

James is a great villain, he does that role well. Love to hate him!

I loved this interview!! James Scott seems to be one of the nicest guys in daytime, not to mention one of the best actors. Love the chemistry between him and Alison Sweeney and LOVE the way he describes chemistry. Somebody does need to give Corday the memo that there are ALOT of us EJAMI fans out here who will settle for nothing less than our couple showing off that brillant chemistry. Thanks for a great interview, Michael! Good luck James on the Emmy, you deserve it!!

It is SAFE all the way for me.. but I wonder what the twist will be…. Can’t wait for EJ to be found out

wonder if it’s Sydole, but with the way he’s framed it, less sure now.

It is intriguing, isn’t it?

That’s my thought too and yes it is.

If it has something to do with Sydole, then what was the point of the whole dragged out, extremely irritating storyline of the babyswitch? Besides, it doesn’t make any sense-Nicole lost her baby MONTHS before Sami and Mia gave birth at the clinic. Also, Rafe proved that Sydney was Sami and EJ’s by the DNA results (that’s why Stefano put the hit on Rafe in the first place)?

First of all I would like to say that my original thought about Sydney being Nicole’s is only speculation… secondly timelines on soaps mean nothing and they have kept their options open to her being Nicole’s via the dialogue on the show, now it may amout to nothing but the fact that they have consistently made reference to that Sami has trouble bonding with Sydney calling Nicole mommas and telling EJ he was never happier than when they were a family not to mention that they had Nicole run into Will with Sydney after she came back and that was not necessary because Sami already gave her the opportunity to say good bye.. which is what makes me question it because EJ and Nicole are not even in the same sl so what is the point is all I’m saying if it wasn’t to lead anywhere thirdly on why the draggded it out so much was in part to AZ maternity leave and in part because they like to torture us lol. There are many other possibilities too.. I was just throwing an idea out there based on what has played out thus far but your guess to what the twist is, is as good as mine. Yes there was the DNA test but remember that he only found a tooth brush that he thought was Sami’s but remember Nicole was staying at Sami’s and it could have just as easily been hers especially since he was in a rush to leave.. making it possible for a mistake on his part imo.. we will see what happens I guess lol.

Thanks for doing another great interview with James. He is absolutely the best and really deserves to win the Emmy. This Viewer Wants Ejami and will accept no substitutes.

First of all Thank you Michael for giving us viewers an incredible interview with James Scott! It was fun, informative, and James really is a gentleman in real life. I wish him Good Luck on his Emmy Nomination but I’m sure he is going to Win, so he won’t need it! Second I really wasn’t looking forward to watching the show after Labor Day, but James sounds like some really good acting is coming up in the future. Plus a few surprises so I’m now excited to see what the writers have planned. James has been very open and honest in the past, so I trust him here too. Third I’m still an EJAMI Fan and that won’t change anytime in the future! James was so right when he said you either have Chemistry or you don’t and a Huge fan base knows exactly who has the Chemistry and who don’t. THIS VIEWER WANTS EJAMI!! I love the picture of James & Ali so Cute!

Loved this James interview! It has got to be my favorite James interview of all time. Michael, you do an excellent job interviewing. I can’t wait to see what is to come for EJ and EJami!!! At one point I even cried when James talked about his dog. I loved everything about this interview!! Thank you!!!!!

Michael, I always love your interviews. You seem to get so much out of the actors. This was no exception. I enjoyed the interview even though I am a fan of Sami and Rafe. James seems like a very nice man and I loved the part about him enjoying working with his co-stars, Alison and Galen.


Thank you James for the great interview! EJami always and forever!!

Great Interview – so insightful & intelligent – and that goes to you too for asking good questions. I’m an Ejami fan and I do think he will eventually get the girl. Sami and Rafe may reunite momentarily but I think she won’t be able to get EJ out of her head or her heart.

Thanks for the interview! I love James, total class act. As for Ejami, bottom line – they are what keep me watching DAYS. I think they are simply the best and the chemistry is unrivaled. I am thoroughly intrigued with the “twist” – since I know there’s no HEA on a soap unless you’re getting written off, I’m eager to see what will be in store for Ejami in the future. In James and Ali’s capable hands, I have no doubt they will make it worthwhile. 🙂

Wow, this interview was fantastic Michael! You asked great questions that I really wanted the answers to. I appreciate James giving his time and answering so candidly. It seems to me that EJ and Sami are meant to be together and that both James and Ali are working hard to make their scenes meaningful and magical to the audience. I, for one, am hoooked to this pairing. I’m hoping James wins that Emmy. Thanks for publishing this 🙂

that was a good interview. i have always liked james, he seems honest about things and always makes me laugh.

Be still my heart! James Scott never fails to impress me when he gives an interview. He is the main reason I still watch Days after 28 years. I’m also a huge A.S. and Ejami fan. They never fail to light up the screen together. I am looking forward to the twists and turns coming up as I’m sure James will continue to give more of his emmy worthy performances. Great interview as usual Mr. Fairman.

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Days of our Lives Longtime Lovebirds, Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian, Set Wedding Date

In the words of Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) himself, “Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships,” it appears that he and his longtime love. Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), have finally picked their wedding date, and the destination for their nuptials.

Back in August of 2023, the couple shared that they plan to tie the knot in 2024, and with their latest IG post it looks like the wedding day is becoming closer and closer.

As Days of our Lives fans know, Zucker is suing the soap opera’s producers and production entity, and her last episode should air on July 29th, since the show tapes so far in advance. One can assume, her character, Nicole Walker may get a happy ending and get her baby back before exiting Salem? However, that’s yet to be seen.

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In the meantime, the couple who live in Nevada, continue to make plans for their big day. In their newest update, Zucker shared, “We discovered a wedding DESTINATION and DATE DATE! So grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exploration an eye-opening awe-inspiring adventure!”

While Christian chimed in, “I already hear many of you saying ‘finally Shawn!’ Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships.” #justsaying #loveispatient #loveiscrazy”

Shawn’s journey as Daniel Jonas on DAYS lasted from 2008 to 2017, while Zucker has portrayed Nicole Walker since 1998. The couple have been engaged since 2021.

The duo made no clear mention of the exact wedding date or location in their post, only that they have got things locked in and all systems are a-go!

So, happy to hear that Ari and Shawn are finally about to become husband and wife? Comment below.


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NATAS Reveals 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Honorees Recognizing Admired Individuals and Their Enduring Contributions to Daytime Television

Ahead of the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday, the recipients of the 2024 Gold and Silver Circle honors.

Those chosen as honorees were chosen for this recognition, as NATAS explained, “As admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television. Inductees are exceptional professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 or 25 years, respectively. They represent the best and brightest in the industry.”

Some daytime favorites in front of the camera and behind the scenes made this year’s honor roll.

The 2024 Gold Circle Inductees are:

Jerome Dobson, Writer: Guiding Light, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Santa Barbara 

A Martinez, Actor: Santa Barbara, General Hospital, Days of our Lives and The Bay.

Suzanne Rogers, Actress: Days of Our Lives

The 2024 Silver Circle Inductees are:

Patricia Denney, Former Hair and Makeup Department Head: The Young and The Restless

Kathleen Finch, Chairman and CEO, US Networks, Warner Brothers Discovery

Linda Grand, Set Master Props: The Bold & The Beautiful

Janet Spellman-Drucker, Co-Executive Producer: Days of Our Lives

Mark Teschner, Casting Director: General Hospital

Rolonda Watts, Talk Show Host, Actress & Voiceover Talent: Sherri, Curious George, Divorce Court

What do you think of the selections for this year’s Gold and Silver Circle Honorees? Comment below.

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TODAY: Days of our Lives Icon Deidre Hall Guest Stars on ‘Hacks’

As we previously reported, Days of our Lives star Deidre Hall (Marlena) is playing a version of herself on the hit Max comedy series, Hacks. The episode dropped today on May 23rd and is already available for streaming.

In it, Deidre plays Jimmy’s mother (Paul W. Downs). For those in the know, Downs is not only one of co-creators and stars of Hacks, but as it turns out is a fan of Days of our Lives.

Speaking on her guest star appearance, Hall told TV Insider, “I was told by Paul and Lucia Aniello (co-creator) that Paul’s mom was a longtime fan of DAYS and of Marlena, and then she introduced him to the show when he was a toddler.“

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Deidre added, “So when they were looking for a person to play Paul’s mother, they said, ‘Wait a minute, are we crazy? Why don’t we see if we can get Deidre.’”

As to her guest star turn, Hall previewed,“The script was written that the part is ‘legendary Deidre Hall,’ so I didn’t have to reach too far for what she looks like, what she sounds like, how she moved.”

In story, Deidre got the opportunity to work with Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, whom she shared, “Working with Christopher Lloyd was probably the most daunting thing that’s happened to me for a while.” Hall added, “He was just the loveliest.”


According to Hall, her Days of our Lives co-stars will be tuning-in at some point today or this evening to catch her appearance, which she is very excited about.

Hacks stars Jean Smart as everyone’s favorite comedian Deborah Vance. In season 3, the critically acclaimed and Emmy-wining comedy series explores the dark mentorship between a legendary stand-up comedian and young, entitled comedy writer.

Will you be checking out Deidre Hall, playing soap legend “Deidre Hall” on Hacks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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