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The Scott and Melissa Reeves Interview – The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show (EX-Y&R & DAYS)

Scott and Melissa Reeves

They were soap opera’s cutest couple, and each in their own right played a beloved character for years on daytime. I could only be talking about Scott and Melissa Reeves. As Jennifer Horton Deveraux on Days of our Lives, Melissa played the loveable heroine from 1985 to 1995, and then left the series to spend time with her husband Scott and her children. She later returned in 2000 for six years until 2006.

For ten years, Scott played Ryan McNeil on The Young and the Restless until 2001. Then with family in tow, the duo moved to Nashville where Scott went into music as one half of the country duo Blue County. And after some success, Scott and Melissa have decided to bring their knowledge of country music and soaps to the airwaves, in their upcoming new weekly radio show, The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show.

It was great to speak to the duo recently. Scott was with me in LA during our taping and Melissa back home in Nashville. We talked about the soaps, their marriage, and what to expect from their radio show, and I wanted to find out, could a return to the soaps be imminent from these two darlings of soap land?

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MICHAEL:

Melissa, how is your farm in Nashville?

MELISSA:

The farm is so good, but it’s missing the main farmer!

MICHAEL:

What is it like when you two are separated for any length of time? Is it good to have a short break?

MELISSA:

No, because we are not used to being separated. I don’t sleep well when he is not here, and I have to clean up all the poop.

MICHAEL:

Jennifer Horton just said, “Cleans up all the poop”?

Melissa ReevesMELISSA:

Yes, Jennifer Horton is a farm girl now. It’s very humbling.

SCOTT:

There is video footage on my face book where you can see Jennifer Horton cleaning up goat stalls.

MICHAEL:

So, are the two of you keeping up with your former soaps – Missy with DAYS and Scott with Y&R?

MELISSA:

Oh, yeah. If we are lying in bed at night and flipping through the channels and catch SOAPnet, we will kind of peek into what is happening with everyone and see how everyone is. It’s so fun to look.

MICHAEL:

How do you think everyone is holding up?

MELISSA:

Great! Let me tell you, Days of our Lives actors and the fans have such stamina that they are going to be just fine.

SCOTT:

That’s right, and one of my best friends is Steve Burton on GH, and we have a great rapport. Also, he kind of fills us in on what is going on in the soap world, so we have a pretty good in. When I was in LA last, I hung out with Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) who I shared an apartment with on-screen for a brief time on The Young and the Restless.

Blue CountyMICHAEL:

To go back a minute, Scott and Melissa, you moved to Nashville so Scott could do his country music career with the duo Blue County. What has happened with that?

SCOTT:

It was crazy! When I stepped away from the acting world and took a deep breath and got a new perspective, I teamed up with my buddy Aaron Benward and created Blue County. We came out of
the gate with all guns blazing. Our first record was a top ten hit and it was kind of crazy as Missy can attest. I was instantly gone, and on a bus for three years. It was crazy and nuts. It was
one of the best experiences in my life and one of the most trying six years of my life. We signed a record deal in 2003, and as of late we went our own ways, still doing music and writing. But recently we have been working with our daughter, Emily.

MICHAEL:

Little Emily is now a budding recording artist? Oh, my God, Melissa, I remember her when she was only two!

MELISSA:

I know it is hard to watch! We think we have one year left with her. She is 17 now, and she is ready to move out and go to college. Emily is into music and singing and she has gotten her whole life rolling. It’s weird to watch because she was just two years old! Where did the time go? And to watch our son, Larry who is now 12, is just incredible.

MICHAEL:

Melissa, what was it like when you were able to watch Scott up on stage?

Sott Missy and familyMELISSA:

It was so cool! I just feel like God has blessed our lives in so many areas.
My husband has been able to dabble in so many industries and be successful at every single one, and I think that’s fun, and with that comes so many new people to meet, and a whole new world to step into. It’s scary and exciting, and Scott has always given us this fun, exciting, gypsy sort of life. It has its ups and downs, but the four of us are always together. I would not have it any other way.

MICHAEL:

Any possibility you would return to DAYS as Jennifer, and you Scott as Ryan’s twin on Y&R? (Laughs)

MELISSA:

I always said, “If I were to go back to work, it would always be DAYS.” I wouldn’t feel right walking on to another set and it would be really hard. Days of our Lives is in my heart, and it just defined so much of my life when I was younger. Coming to California to work there was an amazing experience, and Ken Corday (exec prod, DAYS) was so good to me. That was my home and my second family.

MICHAEL:

So it’s never out the realm of possibility for a Jen Horton sighting?

MELISSA:

If they call…I mean, I don’t think that is where they are at that moment, but if they were to call I have a special place in my heart for DAYS, always.

Matt and Missy last dayMICHAEL:

I am starting a “Bring Back Jennifer Horton” campaign, not to break you and Scott up, but I will bring him out here, too. (Laughs)

MELISSA:

That’s right, and maybe he could visit another soap town in the soap world.

MICHAEL:

Scott, you were so identifiable as Ryan on Y&R. Do you still get huge fan response from that?

SCOTT:

It’s phenomenal! When I got into country music I soon came to realize that the people that listen to country music are the same people that watch daytime TV. I would be on stage… and I went from being in front of the camera to being in front of 20,000-80,000 people at one time. We got to do a lot of incredible things. We opened for pretty much all the big country acts. I wanted to go into music and initially be appreciated for the music, because I did not want people to have this tainted view of who was I from the acting world going into country music. I went in using my first name, which is Gregory. But then, as we started visiting radio stations and people would come into these conference rooms, and go, “Were you on ‘Y&R’?” And I would go, “Yeah. You caught me.” Then we would be at shows at giant festivals, and from the distance I would hear, “Ryan McNeil”. So it was phenomenal, and pretty soon I was inundated from fans who watched me on Y&R, and they were also the same fans who were requesting our songs on country radio. They remained incredibly loyal and when we are out and about they ask us, “When are you going back? We miss you.” Soap fans are pretty phenomenal.

MELISSA:

The best!

Scott and Melissa ReevesMICHAEL:

And that brings us to your new show, The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show, which is going to combine country and soap operas. So, are you two going to be the next Regis and Kelly of radio?

MELISSA:

I don’t know. Scott and I always love to work together. We did a TV movie together, which we loved, Half a Dozen Babies and Lifetime still plays it a lot. However, when we can keep our family together, we love it. We get to work together and do this radio show. My dad was a disc jockey in New Jersey his whole life, so he is thrilled that Scott and I are on the radio together. That is fun for him.

MICHAEL:

Did he give you any tips?

MELISSA:

He is a pro, and he goes back to the old days of radio. And of course, its make sure you annunciate!

MICHAEL:

So, what is going to go on when one tunes-in to The Scott and Melissa Reeves Show?

SCOTT:

There is going to be a lot of country music, and we are going to be interviewing songwriters, artists, and we will be cross-promoting soap operas because, again, it’s going to be the same people that listen to country music as well as watch soaps. We are going to be having a Michael Fairman segment!

MICHAEL:

Who? Yes, and I am going to be doing the soap news and special guest interviews with the favorites in the soap genre.

SCOTT:

It’s going to be a lot of fun. After being involved in the musical aspect of this for six years, our family was inundated with the country genre. So, we got an inside view of the country music world and what it’s like.

MELISSA:

And, I really felt it was like the soap world, a really small community of people that were so sweet and were willing to take us in.

MICHAEL:

And everybody knew everybody’s business, just like the soap world. (Laughs)

MELISSA:

Pretty much. It’s a small country town. They were so gracious to us moving here, and they embraced our family. We feel privileged to bring both worlds together in one place.

MICHAEL:

I like your concept. Will you play music on the show, as well as have guests?

Scott Reeves on StageSCOTT:

We will have guests playing music, and we will have giant songwriters that have written hits. A lot of the artists are soap fans themselves, and you would be surprised when we’ve gone to award shows, and how many people would say they watched the soaps.

MELISSA:

It is fun to hear who has watched, and we always are shocked to hear who they are!

MICHAEL:

So when I am out in LA interviewing the soap stars maybe you can speak with them for a… minute? (Laughs)

MELISSA:

I love it. I can’t wait.

MICHAEL:

I am going to find out all the dirt, and then we can take some calls from your listeners?

MELISSA:

Yes. I will take some calls and talk to my soap friends!

SCOTT:

If you turn on the show it will peak your interest, and it’s going to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

MICHAEL:

Will you have some fun interaction between the two of you?

MELISSA:

Scott and Missy kissWe are best friends, and we work together all the time. People say to me, “I would go crazy if I worked with my spouse all the time!” We have had 20 years of a really blessed marriage, and not that it’s always been easy, but we pushed through it and you know what, it’s been worth it. It’s worth it all. And the longer we are together, the more we love each other, and our friendship has grown to this incredible life together. I always think if people can get through the hard times when they are really young, then it can be great. We are having such a great time in our life right now.

MICHAEL:

Back in the day, every one called you “soaps cutest couple”!

MELISSA:

Now we are the cutest couple with a few wrinkles. (She laughs)

SCOTT:

I have been so blessed to have a wife like Melissa. She tells it like it is, and tells you what you need to hear because she loves you. She has no bones about it. She won’t let me compromise. Melissa loves her family more than anyone I have seen in my life, and she will do anything to protect her family, and to protect me.

MICHAEL:

Missy, do you stay in touch with Matt Ashford (Ex- Jack, DAYS)?

MELISSA:

No, but we are on facebook and I love it. Now Scott has got me started with Twitter. I am officially a Twit. (She laughs)

Matt and MissyMICHAEL:

Jack and Jennifer were one of the best soap couples of all time, and the circus wedding, one of the best nuptials ever. What did you think about the wedding?

MELISSA:

Oh yes, it was amazing, but when we were practicing my whole dress ripped in the back and came open.

SCOTT:

We have a picture of that; where Melissa was on a pole that went up in the air, and this was at Universal Studios, and her dress popped all the way down the back.

MELISSA:

They had to sew me back into it. It was unbelievable.

MICHAEL:

People loved that wedding so much; that on the Internet you can still get the vows.

SCOTT:

We have seen that!

MICHAEL:

It was one of the beautiful written poems… Now there is no rain…..

Matt and MissyMELISSA:

I loved it, too. I thought it was a great story and the writers who wrote it, got it. They got us, but writer’s change, and when they came in they did not get us as well. So, it’s always a little bit of a struggle, but Matthew and I worked really well together. He was so crazy, and I was not so crazy. Matthew brought out a funnier side of me that I did not know I had, and it just clicked, and it worked. We had our kids at the same time and we all knew each other and it was just a good, good mix. The funny thing about those vows is; that they told me I have to memorize these lines, but those vows are so long that they said I could read them. I said, “I don’t know if I want to read them.” I get there the next morning and they go, “Oh, no. You can’t read them. You absolutely have to have them memorized.” So literally, within 30 minutes I had to memorize them and they were some of my favorite lines. It was this beautiful long poem.

SCOTT:

Missy does not give herself the credit she is due, and she is a great actress. Every night she would be saying her lines and saying to me, “How am I going to do this?” And I would say, “You do it every time!”

MELISSA:

And I would usually cry!

SCOTT:

And she would usually cry, and they would give her so much, but they knew she would be able to do it.

MICHAEL:

Melissa, at one point, was carrying the show. And at one point, she was on everyday with huge amounts of dialog!

MELISSA:

But, once you know it and do it, its fun. It’s that initial sitting down and looking at it thinking, “Oh, no. How in the world am I going to fit this in my brain?”

MICHAEL:

Did you ever critique each other’s work when you were on DAYS, Melissa, and when Scott was on Y&R?

MELISSA:

Well there were certain times when I would want him to watch certain days.

Matt and Missy Husband and WivesSCOTT:

If you think about it, the person who is going to give me the most honest response and answer is my wife. So we would sit each other down if we were concerned about certain things like, how we were going to pull something off, or ask, “Can you watch this and let me know what you think?” And inevitably with Missy, I would go, “Are you kidding me? What was wrong with that?”

MELISSA:

I think you are biased.

MICHAEL:

Ryan on Y&R, when he dies….oh, hankies!

MELISSA:

It was so sad.

SCOTT:

It was very sad.

MELISSA:

My mother-in-law still will not watch it, because it was so sad.

SCOTT:

You had to watch me die. It was a combination of great writing and a sad couple of days on the set, and you know when you are on a show like that you are part of a family. I was saying goodbye to some of my best friends. So you find yourself thinking it is so real. Ending a run like that, a lot of times you are going, “Man, they wrote some of the best stuff at the end!”

MICHAEL:

Well, this is what bothers me about that: The soaps always give the actor who is being written off this great material at the end, and during their run they seldom would give them something worthy of their talents. It’s the consolation prize!

Melissa ReevesSCOTT:

Right, “We are going to give you some of your best work, because you are leaving!”

MELISSA:

Right, usually your best work is on your last day!

SCOTT:

I would think, “Oh, man! I wish I could have had some of this throughout the years.”

MELISSA;

It’s hard, and we always say, “We would not want the writer’s job; to come up
with stuff every single day to make it interesting.”

MICHAEL:

Ever pinch yourself how cool that the two of you were on Y&R and DAYS, two of the top soaps of all-time?

MELISSA:

Yes, and especially now, when it’s so hard for so many of our friends to get work. I think that we were very fortunate, and you can never take it for granted. It’s a hard industry and hard to get into.

MICHAEL:

So Melissa, are you fine being an at home mom, or are you itching to do something creative?

MELISSA:

I feel I am always doing something creative. I love being home. I am sewing or taking pictures, and that side of you never stops working. There are days when I am cleaning up the stall and poop where I go, “Gosh, I miss sitting in that make-up chair and getting my hair and make up done.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

I can see why…. being pampered in the make-up chair or… being out with the poop.

MELISSA:

I know, but I had my time to do that and if it happens again one day… great. But this is great for me, too. It’s good to clean poop sometimes, Michael. It’s humbling.

Scott and Missy at home in NashvilleSCOTT:

There are some friends of ours starting a new theatre group in Nashville, because there are incredible talents in Nashville; actors and singers who want to work. So, Missy went and met with friends who want us to be involved in any degree we can be.

MICHAEL:

Do you miss LA?

MELISSA:

I love the both Nashville and LA. I love that our children had the experience to live in both places. The one thing we always compare…Southern hospitality is a plus, but then you go in Los Angeles and people tell it like it is. And in the south they tell it like it is with this sweet little smile! (She laughs) We are gypsies and I am not kidding. If we felt like we wanted or needed to move to Montana, we would go. We drive everywhere. Our kids have been in the car more hours than not in their life. I want them to experience people from all over our country. I don’t ever want them to feel like they live in one place, so they cannot pick up and go.

SCOTT:

Missy’s dream, and I could be there eventually one day; it’s her Airstream day. She wants to get in a car and go and live in an Airstream.

MELISSA:

I call it my Airstream dream, and the whole thing mortifies the kids.

MICHAEL:

I am mortified! What happened to you, Jennifer Horton?

MELISSA:

We were driving for two months this summer and every time we would pass an Airstream, I would go, “Airstream.” (She laughs)

MICHAEL:

On your radio show, what country acts would you love to interview? I would love you to have Keith Urban on!

SCOTT:

Maybe husband and wife!

MICHAEL:

Oh, yeah his wife, Nicole Kidman, definitely her, too. (Laughs)

Scott ReevesSCOTT:

They are so sweet. We see them. They live right around the corner from us. They hang out, and that is what is cool about Nashville. We live in a town called Leipers Fork and you can go there and just be you. It’s the closest to a normal life these people can have. And you will see Nicole Kidman jogging down the street, and they will be at the coffee place, and over here is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. We were walking out of our grocery store and in walk Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Michael was a huge Y&R fan, and I had met him before

MICHAEL:

Who would you love to have on your show and love to ask a question?

SCOTT:

I would love to have Dolly Parton. She is an amazing songwriter.

MELISSA:

And I am a long time Trisha Yearwood fan.

SCOTT:

And Trisha Yearwood is a long time fan of Missy.

MELISSA:

Well, her mom is the sweetest, sweetest fan ever from DAYS.

MICHAEL:

Anyone in the new country you would like to interview?

MELISSA:

Taylor Swift, because Emily would swallow her tongue.

MICHAEL:

You are not going to do a “Kanye” to Taylor Swift on your show?

MELISSA:

Oh, good grief, no!

SCOTT:

I think it’s sad, because obviously Kanye is insecure for some reason.

MELISSA:

If I was his mom, I would give him a spanking.

MICHAEL:

Who should I interview?

Scott and Melissa ReevesMELISSA:

Of course, everyone from DAYS!

SCOTT:

It would be hard to pick everyone out, because we love everyone in the soap world. They are so great and everybody knows each other. Martha Byrne comes to mind. We have so much in common with anybody in the soap world, and it would be fun reminiscing and to talk to them.

MICHAEL:

Well, it’s been great chatting with you again, and I guess the three of us will be talking it up soon on your new show! It’s coming soon.

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well thats so great that ure a happy couple i berly watch youre movie the half a dozoen i really love it…i give u the best wishes…

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Hi I live in Mayfield ky. Its 20 miles from Paducah ky. Watching the telethon of stars tonight an seen your beautiful family Scott & Melissa. Enjoyed seeing your husband & daughter preform. Your daughter has become a beautiful & talented young lady. She has two great role models.
Wish I could be at the telethon tonight but unfortunately in sick . Maybe next year.
Great job Emily!!! Very beautiful with an amazing voice.

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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)

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(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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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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