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How was it coming back to the show and working again with Jay Kenneth Johnson (Phillip)?


I love him, and I adore him, and I have the most utmost respect for him. He is beautiful and handsome, and we have a good time together and great chemistry. I think we have known each other for such a long time and we get each other. It’s fun on every level.


But was it odd to you that Phillip and Chloe were paired together?


When I came back this time, it was all new management and producers here, and Jay had been gone awhile. WE as people and actors have grown up so much in the meantime. I was not sure how we would come together again, and the first day I was having the best time… dying of laughing. It picked right back up where we left off. I have been very fortunate to have a really great guy to work with.

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But the characters slept together!


After so many years they had us sleep together. It isn’t under the whole premise of love. It’s really, “friends with benefits”. Both people are hurting and in a bad place, and easing each other’s pain. I looked forward to all of those scenes. I thought they were great. We were looking forward to story together. We were looking forward to developing that relationship with our characters, and having the trials and tribulations, but they made it hot and steamy. It was tumultuous, and they did develop feelings for each other. Then they decided to not write us in scripts together anymore.


Why do you think they just stopped the pairing?


I think there were a series of scripts, where Jay and I noticed that our characters would kind of go, “Well, this isn’t working out”. It was very obvious that Jay was working more with Morgan and I was working more with Lucas. I guess that is the way the cookie crumbles. I think there is a misconception that the actors have any say into what happens to the characters and the story and we don’t. We try to sell what is written. I know a lot of people think we have influence with the writers and we really don’t.


From Chloe’s perspective, what happened to Brady? This was very hard for the viewers to swallow and follow, that Brady became a drug addict!


I think it was a quick way to salvage a story point they did not pan out. I think they thought they were going to get Kyle Lowder, (Ex-Brady) back on the show. That couldn’t happen because he is under contract as Rick on “B&B”. It was a quick way to explain where he is and why he has disappeared. I think originally, he was supposed to be part of that whole Colleen storyline in
Ireland. I think Brady was supposed to be kidnapped and then there was no Brady… so how do you explain that?


And then Chloe tagged along to
Ireland and she was kind of just standing there!


I had nothing to do, because originally there was supposed to be another person, I think. I was not told this, but we just deduced this by reading scripts. Phillip and Chloe were just standing there. But, then it turns out that Victor, who had never liked Chloe, had concocted this plan to make her look bad in front of Phillip and everybody else. It seemed like she had murdered Brady! But it’s found out in one episode through Nicole, that Brady has been holed up in a rehab clinic in
Switzerland! Victor had him kidnapped in the middle of the night, because Brady was not seeking help for himself from the evil Chloe… because we all know people turn other people into drug addicts. (She laughs) I guess Chloe took him away from his family and friends so he became a drug addict. He was going to run Titan in


Do you know why Victor hates Chloe so much? We don’t!


I just remember it was something that Chloe broke Phillip’s heart at one point and then she moved on to his grandson. Victor was never thrilled by Chloe marrying Brady, but then again, at one point, I thought that was resolved because I thought Victor paid for Chloe’s wedding. But then I guess it was not resolved. (She laughs)


Does Chloe have an agenda? It seems a bit confusing to the audience.


I am confused to; the only way I could make sense of this is obviously she was really hurting from the whole Brady thing. I don’t think those feelings were resolved. They were kids when they got married. I don’t think they were ready to work through problems and issues. Brady is resentful towards Chloe, and she lost a part of herself. I was trying to find the reality that: people forget themselves when they become consumed in a relationship and marriage. Chloe got away to find out what happened to Brady and to figure her life out. She wanted to see Phillip, because Phillip is the one person who has been by her side, powerful, good and can get things done. In trying to get past some hurt, she was trying to find some love and validation; or acceptance and I think that was through Phillip. And later, seeing Phillip was not all quite there, I think Chloe’s self-esteem was so low that at this point, that she was trying to play people against each other.


Chloe seems a bit vindictive!


I think there is a little bit of a vindictive manipulative side now to her. It was fun playing bitter and cynical. She has kind of thrown the old Chloe persona away.



She was our “Ghoul Girl”?


Personally, I loved that naïve and vulnerable side to Chloe, and that sweetness that was there. I really enjoyed it, but she was written so differently coming back. I have been trying to find that saying that it comes out of hurt. But its written like I have an agenda, but the problem is they write me with an agenda, but I don’t know what that agenda is, or why I am acting the way I am acting, so I am just creating these truths to myself. She is now trying to find some allies, and yet at the same time trying to make some guys a little jealous. That’s why I find myself befriending Lucas. Then I could see why Chloe would find Lucas endearing and kind. He became a friend who listens to her. When you are in a vulnerable state you start fall for somebody like that.

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There was that whole scene on the Warf with Lucas when you were crying. Isn’t that what t brought them together?


Yeah, and that’s where Chloe was when she and Brady got together. She was crying on the peer and Brady found her so… I think that’s where Chloe picks up men… on the peer. (She laughs) I think she seeks acceptance through somebody and the person who comes along.


What does she think about Nicole?


I don’t know. Personally, if you look at the history, I don’t know if I would be that forgiving. The fact that Nicole put the “flesh –eating” bacteria on the surgical equipment and messed her up and then totally played her against Brady is hard to get past. It’s so hard to look at the character of Nicole the same way because we are all being written so differently. Now I find her to be kind of charming and fun.


She does not despise her?


No. She used to despise her, but now we both realize we are both train wrecks. We are both miserable and divorced, and nobody will love us. We are both miserable company for each other. So, we now relate to each other more and are becoming friends. I love this storyline. I hope they write more stuff for us because Ariane Zuker (Nicole) and I are such good friends. She is one of my best friends in real life. We laugh so hard because it’s so hard for us to be mean for each other.

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Ariane is married to Kyle Lowder and you are dating Brandon Beemer both “B&B” men. When you guys hang out together, I assume it would be fun being now on two different soaps.


It’s kind of funny. We have dinner together, and we are all friends. When we are out and there are fans around and they are like, “Wait a minute.” They are confused. We were all on “DAYS” at one point. Kyle used to be my TV husband, and Kyle is Ariane’s real husband. The men get to tell us about their day at work, and we can tell them about our work. So it’s interesting.



Have you watched
Brandon as Owen on “B&B”?


I am a big fan now. I have been really impressed with his work, and it’s so different than the character he played here at “DAYS”. This goes to show, that he is really good. He is not the same person he was here. I think he has a more suitable character for him on “B&B”. At “DAYS”, Shawn was kind of beaten-down and wimpy. Now he is masculine, sexy, mysterious, and a bit of an opportunist. He gets to be more of a player and I think its fun to watch, and fun to watch the women with him who are obviously going to drool!


But, I have a question, every time I go to the “hot lists” on the Internet;
Brandon Beemer is always number one? What do you think of that?


Those are some smart people making those lists, but I could have told them that. (She laughs) Sometimes I even forget and I go, “Damn you’re good-looking” but probably his most endearing quality is that he is so humble and a nice guy. Sometimes he doesn’t really realize what’s going on. He blushes when someone gives him a compliment and he works so hard.


With the Lucas storyline, where you are at now? I know you made love in an elevator?


I don’t know if it’s making love in the elevator, it was doing it. I would call it dirty and raunchy. (She laughs)


So, how was it doing those dirty and raunchy scenes?


How was it? It was interesting. I tell you, I had never done anything like that in an elevator before. I did not know that this is the first thing that comes to mind when you are stuck in an elevator. Lucas was trying to ease Chloe’s claustrophobia!


Did it help?


I think it did, because I forgot it about temporarily.


It was a pretty sexy scene.


It was a sexy scene. It was sexy for daytime. Trying to get some ratings! (She laughs) I don’t know how to explain our transition since then. Lucas and Chloe seemed to develop a friendship. I don’t know where it’s going, and I was reading scenes last week, and I had scenes last year with Shawn saying, “I can’t wait to have babies’ and this coming week, I tape a scene with Ali Sweeney ( Sami) where I am holding her baby, and I go, “Yuck! I don’t have a maternal bone in my body”. Sometimes, it’s hard to justify what you are saying, but that’s my job to make it work. The set-up for this is: we go away for this romantic getaway to this cabin with Lucas. It ends up including Sami and his kids. It’s hard for me to say where the character is going these days. In a recent episode Chloe helped Lucas pack and move out. Chloe does not have her own life right now.She is doading on Lucas and in real life I would be, “Honey I don’t have to work this hard OK?” (She laughs)


Would you like to work more with Jay again at some point?


I hope so, but they have not gone that way. We don’t even cross paths anymore. We are in separate storylines. It is fun to get to work with other people that I didn’t previously work with. It is refreshing and fun. I kind of like how they are integrating different storylines.


If you were writing the show, what would your story be? 


If I am writing the show and clearly I am not, (She laughs) I would be playing; “The Mac Daddy” and I would be playing all the guys. I would write it like; she is playing guys and play three guys against each other. They would not even know each other, and I would be weaving this web. It would be hot and sexy and I would be the puppet master with the boys. I think it’s time for one of the women to be like, “That’s right boys. You wanted you come get it!” I would have them feeding me grapes! That’s what I would write.


How is working with Bryan Dattilo? What would you say?


Out of control… funny… hilarious and he’s always on! Sometimes I ask him, “What goes through your head?”, because he just comes up with the most random things. He is always singing and rapping. He will just come up with a monologue as he is speaking, and it is the funniest thing you ever heard.


With all the backstage shake-ups at “DAYS” from executive producers and writing changes, how does that affect you and the cast?


It has been changing and I am definitely out of the loop. We hear rumors like the fans hear the rumors. Whatever goes on amongst the writers, producers and networks, is speculation to us, and so we are just as excited or worried. A really good thing here at “DAYS”, is we are all like a big family. So we do get anxious and we watch out for each other. We always hope things are going smoothly.

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Many people miss Chloe singing. Recently, you just did a few episodes where you sang again.


I am so happy we got to do the two “Film Noir” episodes that aired here in the States during the Olympics, where I got to be a torch singer. I sang the classic blues song called, “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” and a new song. It’s fun. They don’t use my singing as part of my storyline anymore.


We hear you are working on a new recording!


I am working on a classical-crossover album. We are known as, “Bjorlin”, which is me and my brothers. We have four tracks available for download on iTunes. I am really excited about the project.


If “DAYS” is cancelled in 2009, would you consider doing soap?


I don’t know. I am not such a future planner. I would certainly entertainer the idea. Daytime has been really good for me. It’s challenging and great. I would keep that and all my doors open. If a great opportunity comes along, I may have to take that role.

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

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)


(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.


Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)


In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.


In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.


How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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