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Oh what a tangled web we weave!  For months on Days of our Lives, the beguiling Chloe has been deceiving ‘hottie’ Dr. Daniel.  During a drunken stupor she falls into bed with her old-ex, Phillip Kiriakis, and later she becomes pregnant.  But, who is the real baby daddy?  And, how many of the Salem townsfolk know of her infidelity?  It seems like almost everyone except the good doctor.  Then finally, on yesterday’s episode with many clinks and thuds along the way, Chloe and Daniel finally tied the knot when they said their “I Do’s” in a ceremony filled with drama, thanks in part to Daniel’s daughter Melanie, who was set to blow the lid off the proceedings.   Now that the duo is legally together, how long can they have any sort of wedded bliss?

DAYS, Shawn Christian (Daniel) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), chatted with On-Air On-Soaps for a fantastic and fun follow-up to our last conversation with daytime’s sexiest duo over a year ago.  We take a look at Danloe’s latest plight, take a look into the future to see if there is any hope for the couple, and discuss the complex set of circumstances surrounding the DNA paternity switch, which could truly change the course of their love once and for all…. or will it?

When talking with Shawn and Nadia, you get two beautiful people inside and out, whose irreverent charm and wit can have fans rolling on the floor in stitches, or gazing in to their eyes on the television screen escaping into their turbulent romance.  So for the Danloe nation who asked for a new feature with the sultry stars of Salem… you got it!

MICHAEL:

So, as we left it on-air, Chloe and Daniel got hitched, but not without a “hitch” or two. Then they quickly headed off for an exciting honeymoon!  But now, we won’t see you two on-air for a bit or the honeymoon.  Can you confirm this?

SHAWN:

The honeymoon was filmed for DVD only, and the release date is unknown. (Laughs)

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MICHAEL:

Is there a hot steamy sex romp on it?

SHAWN:

I cannot tell you in the interview.  You should buy the DVD! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

It should fly off the shelves!  Nadia, I have to say in your entire run on DAYS, I don’t think I have seen you with such panicked expressions on your face, scene after scene… for almost a year now!

NADIA:

I need to go to therapy in real life just to deal with this.

MICHAEL:

Dr. Daniel is becoming a dim-wit!  Can’t he figure something is going on behind his back?  I know the men are often objectified hunks on the show, but Dr. Daniel has brains and sex appeal to boot!

SHAWN:

Just know that what you think you are going to get, you never get.

NADIA:

It is kind of hysterical that everybody in Salem knows about this cheating incident except Daniel, at this point. (Laughs)

SHAWN:

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It’s brutal! I am serious. I am walking down the street and people come up to me and go, “Oh, my God, Dr. Jonas!  Do you know that it’s not your baby?”

NADIA:

At least, you’re not the one being called “whore” on twitter! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Your Danloe fan base is rabid! They love the two of you very, very much and can’t enough of this pairing, even though Chloe has been naughty.

SHAWN:

They cannot be satisfied, and it’s a good thing.

NADIA:

You know what?  Chloe is not a naughty girl!  She just makes bad decisions. (Laughs) She is always the one that gets stuck paying the ultimate consequences for her actions. She does not think things through realistically.  With all due respect to these circumstances, she was extremely naïve and tricked by Vivian and that whole debacle.  She probably did not deal with her grief in the most appropriate way possible. (Laughs)  Chloe does crazy things.

SHAWN:

But thank God, she did not shoot me in the head!

NADIA:

Exactly!  Kate even tried killing Chloe!  Other people murder people in Salem and people forgave Kate like a week later.  So the fact that she had this lousy one night stand with an old boyfriend which, if you ask me, is called “grandfathering it in,” that should not even count! (Laughs)

SHAWN:

Wow!

MICHAEL:

I think Chloe looked so pregnant so quickly!

NADIA:

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Not really. The problem was that the baby bump came on a little late.  I have a close personal friend who did not even look pregnant till she was maybe seven months and she was ridiculously skinny.  She never got fat.  I should have started wearing one a bit earlier, but that got lost a bit in the script.  I think it was kind of an honest mistake and then it was. “Oh, gosh, we better make her look pregnant.”  The timeline actually makes sense from February to November.  The stomach I am wearing is a real prosthetic stomach, and I have had three of them.  They were molds of real womens stomachs. Everyone shows differently. This last one I am wearing is actually not the biggest one; there is a bigger one later.  It just looks really big!  My boobs are not as big as Shawn would like them to be.  It looks a bit funny, probably because my arms should look a bit fatter.

MICHAEL:

I have interviewed a lot of women recently on daytime who have had to play pregnant and got to wear a baby bump.  They told me they enjoyed their time on-screen with it, because that meant they didn’t have to watch their diet as much. Thus, they could eat what they wanted.

NADIA:

I found that myself.  I was like “Ooh yeah”.   I was sympathy pregnant.

SHAWN:

I even bought ice cream for her!

MICHAEL:

Carly had become to some, a true “buttinski” and thorn, in the relationship between Daniel and Chloe.  But I guess she realized how her lie affected Daniel about not telling him she gave birth to his biological daughter, Melanie.  So, is that what is fueling Carly wanting to do the right thing for him, and yet not hurt him in the process?

SHAWN:

Carly’s dilemma is pretty huge, considering she betrayed and lied to Daniel for almost 20 years, and it’s like, now you are going to go back and keep another secret from me?

NADIA:

How old is your kid supposed to be anyway?

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SHAWN:

Well, we never defined it! Can Melanie drink?

NADIA:

I think all of a sudden Melanie can drink, but she was supposed to be seventeen a year ago!  Melanie has the energy of a teenager, but now she is the child bride of Phillip so… (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Nadia, where do you really see Chloe’s relationship with Carly at this point…as friend or ultimate foe?

NADIA:

It’s nicer that at least Carly and Chloe are friends now and not that, “I hate you” stuff.  I was feeling slightly juvenile for awhile just spewing venom on her.  It is nice that we formed this friendship.

SHAWN:

From an outsider’s perspective, I think the two of them have now created something on-screen where it’s more than just adversaries.  Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Nadia have now created something a little beyond that.  They gave it this interesting twist and threw everyone for a loop.  I think it kind of worked out great, actually.

NADIA:

It happened organically in a sense.  I think eventually, Carly saw that Chloe’s intentions were that Chloe meant well. Chloe also realizes that she is the most honest with Carly. She tells Carly almost everything and she does not have that friendship with anybody else.  She does not have that with Nicole or Daniel (who should be her best friend), but it kind of just happened which is kind of interesting.  She found herself confiding in her, and also realizing as much as she hates it, Carly does come from a good place as well, as she does not want to be involved in this whole other deception that could impact Daniel’s life greatly. 

MICHAEL:

Seems to me, that Chloe befriends all the women who have hurt her!  Look at Nicole, who at one time put flesh eating bacteria on her face! (Laughs)

NADIA:

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At least Carly was horrible within reason, but Nicole I don’t understand.  It sort of adds to the fact that Chloe in her last few years, was being written like such a push-over and naïve.  I am trying to see that she tries to see the best in all people and everyone makes mistakes.

MICHAEL:

Like forgiving for attempting to permanently disfigure her face?

NADIA:

Exactly.

SHAWN:

Let bygones, be bygones!

NADIA:

I think it’s really Chloe and her faith and this whole religious element.  She has this new found Catholicism. (Laughs)

SHAWN:

Ah, Father Matt!  I think it is interesting that Daniel makes bad choices as well, but in his heart of hearts he is truly trying to do good, but he gets snagged by some bad decisions, and people know that.  And those are the people you go to bat for you or root for you, and I think even so as a couple.  You see these two people have weathered unbelievable storms and they are really trying to the right thing.  What you get is a couple looking into each other’s eyes saying, “You are my soul mate.” Then off in the distance is this huge storm that is heading their way.  They are oblivious to it, but the rest of the world is going, “Oh, my God, please save them!” People surround them and try to help them through.

MICHAEL:

In your own words, set up the wedding episode for those who missed yesterday’s nuptials!

NADIA:

Don’t ask Shawn, he doesn’t remember. (Laughs) Melanie pulls Chloe away, and she says, “I need to speak to you Chloe.  We can do it here in public or in private” So we go off in private and it is one of those red herrings.  What it turns out to be is Melanie is asking Chloe if she really did say those things about her not being a “real” part of the family, because she was not raised by Daniel or Carly.

MICHAEL:

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At one point, viewers thought Melanie came to Daniel to try to tell him the truth about his wife’s infidelity.

SHAWN:

I think Daniel knows more than he lets on, and he does not want to hear the big truth.  He doesn’t want to hear what he probably knows, and look, this is Shawn’s thoughts on it.  But also, there are people and circumstances in life, and if you look back at some of the scenes where right before someone is going to tell him, be it, Carly, Melanie, etc., he says, “Stop talking.  Listen to me.” And you can see him almost pull back and think he can handle it.  I think in many respects, he does not think he can handle what he may know to be true.

NADIA:

That is good.  I don’t know if Daniel is that deep!  No, just kidding. (Laughs)

SHAWN:

Look, clearly there are so many episodes and encounters he has had, where he goes, “Oh, my God. What is up?”

NADIA:

Daniel is like a genius brain surgeon! You would think he would be so smart or realize something about her is off. (Laughs)

SHAWN:

That is what I think he loves about her, that she is a bit off! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Speaking of off, can you tell the viewers a funny moment that happened during the taping of the wedding ceremony?  I know with you two something had to have gone down.

SHAWN:

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It was the heels Nadia was wearing under her dress.

NADIA:

Oh, yes.  I was wearing “Glenda the Good Witch,” who is Glen Allen who does my make-up on the show. He is a drag queen by night, and a fantastic one at that.  He does fantastic impersonations and one of them is Lady Gaga.  He had these fantastic crazy blingy hooker Lady Gaga stripper shoes, like with a seven inch heel. They were ridiculous. I was kind of impressed I could walk in them.  I don’t know what that says about me. (Laughs) I decided to put them on and strut around in my wedding dress with the baby bump.

SHAWN:

And she wore them to the honeymoon, and that is why it is available on DVD!

NADIA:

I did have to take them off during actual taping so I did not look like a giant, but I liked wearing them in rehearsals.  It gave me a secret thrill. (Laughs)  The second thing was, I was not that good at reciting the vows for some reason.  I had a hard time remembering them and everyone was laughing at me.  I guess by that point, I was fried.  I was messing them up.  This is only my third on-screen marriage, you can’t expect me to have them memorized! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Fans were wondering if Melanie would finally rain on Chloe and Daniel’s parade. But alas, Danloe love got a stay of execution.

NADIA:

Yes! When Melanie pulls Chloe aside at the wedding and says, “Did you really say that about me?”  She makes a point about this, because this is the reason she decided not to blow Chloe’s cover.  Right before Melanie goes to interrupt the wedding, she runs into Brady and they have this short conversation, and without knowing what she is going through, he says to her, “Sometimes, you got to lie for love.”  He basically said, “Honesty is not the best policy, because you may needlessly hurt people, and you live for love sometimes.”  At that moment, she listened to it and made a reference to that.  

MICHAEL:

But after Melanie let her off the hook for now, did Chloe finally feel some relief; enough to knock that constant fearful look off her face?

NADIA:

She finally does have a relieved look on her face. We do leave Salem fairly quickly and we don’t have a reception…..cutting costs. (Laughs)  No! (Laughs) We have to leave and pack and go to our honeymoon.

MICHAEL:

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So are you telling me that what Shawn has indicated in theory is true?  We would have to buy a DVD of the honeymoon because we don’t see Danloe again for awhile?

NADIA:

We disappear.  We are not on DAYS for awhile.  It was this emotional climax with this high point; well actually, it’s a high point with no climax. (Laughs)   Also, I don’t know who would want to see a really big pregnant lady doing it.

SHAWN:

Some things are left better to the imagination, and the fans can wonder what they are doing on their honeymoon.

MICHAEL:

Are the two of you as confused by the DNA switching results story, as some viewers are?  It has taken so many twists and turns.  It’s hard to follow the bouncing baby ball!

SHAWN:

I agree, but they did a nice job of that “whodunit” kind of story.  I think they set it up very nicely.

NADIA:

It was supposed to be confusing for us the actors, but we now know.  But we did not know and had no idea who did it for a long time.  So everybody was playing it out like they possibly did implement the DNA switch.

SHAWN:

Presumably, anyone could have had a hand in it, or could have, at this point.

MICHAEL:

But does Chloe know the results are switched?

NADIA:

I am going to say, no, she doesn’t know.  Chloe fully believes this child is Daniel’s and it could be!

SHAWN:

I don’t think so either.  They both believe this is their kid. 

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MICHAEL:

Chloe’s big phobia is that her one night of passion with Phillip will come out, more than this could be his biological child that she is passing off as Daniel’s, correct?

NADIA:

She got the relief of a lifetime when she found out the baby was Daniel’s.  So she thought, “Now I am going to have my wedding.  Nothing can go wrong.”  Right now, she is freaking out that Nathan or Melanie will open their big mouths and spill the beans.  Chloe is worried that she will be left with this child she is carrying on her own, when this guy means everything in the world to her.  She would not want to lose it due to this stupid screw up.  All her fears and anxiety are motivated from the fact that she had a one-night stand with somebody.  Obviously, she is paranoid that if people find out they are going to start digging and trying to find out who it was.  I believe I made a reference to that.  If Daniel finds out I cheated on him, it’s not going to take him very long to figure out who it is.  I’m assuming he would ask Chloe, and there is only so much she can deny.  He is going to know it was not some stranger.

MICHAEL:

So it will it come as a complete shock to the fans when it is revealed who did the DNA switch?

NADIA:

Yes, I feel it will surprise fans.

SHAWN:

It is a surprise.

NADIA:

Shock and Awe!  And it is terribly exciting… so stay tuned! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Would you say there is hope for Danloe, after everything may get blown to smithereens? I know there are some big moments to come during November sweeps!

NADIA:

Oh, absolutely. There is light at the end of the tunnel. How fitting I say that in lieu of this week’s events in Chile.

MICHAEL:

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Yes, and speaking of the Chilean mine rescue… how amazing!  It was human emotion and drama at its most heightened level.  I did not realize that the mines were so deep.  They explained it on CNN as the depth of two Empire State Building and seven football fields.

SHAWN:

I went down into one of those types of mines.  It is so amazing. You can hear your heartbeat.  I went down into a mine when we did a film in Romania.  We went down this huge elevator shaft, and this guy who has probably been there since the 1920’s runs the lever and everything shakes!  You are there with this little cable and you think, “Oh, my God. Where am I going?”

NADIA:

This was like a tunnel of dirt, and that is what is so amazing. It could have collapsed in on the miners.  It was unbelievable to see.

MICHAEL:

So now that we have come out of the ashes, do you think there is long-term hope for Danloe, Shawn?

SHAWN:

Yes, I do.  I think what is interesting about this dynamic is that the years they have been together, it has never been pure bliss.  There has always been something off into the horizon that has been ready to steer them off course. There is always something worth fighting for with these two.

NADIA:

They had one happy night at one point! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Nadia, you now have worked a few years with Shawn. The three of us did an interview together over a year ago…

SHAWN:

We were laughing about that today!

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It was a fun read!  But now Nadia, after having spent more time with Shawn, what would you say about this guy?

NADIA:

Put in a big old, “Uch”! (Laughs) No, I feel the same way as when we first started working together. We have an incredibly good time.  Shawn is passionate about the work and shockingly so sometime.  In all seriousness, it’s nice to work with somebody who puts a lot of thought and effort into the story being told, and exploring all the different options of it, instead of just looking at it as words on a page.  Shawn always takes his time with it, and gets you thinking.  He is always challenging me and he is a pleasure to work with.

MICHAEL:

But Nadia, what the fans really want to know is… how is it to work with a sexy co-star?

NADIA:

It’s not a tough day at the office, I will tell you that.

SHAWN:

You are getting Christian Louboutin shoes now.  I am putting these other ones back. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Shawn, what would you say about Nadia?

SHAWN:

I will tell you what; since we first started it was amazing and it continues to get better.  This woman rises to every challenge that is put in front of her.  And we do talk about these scenes.  We work on them. T here isn’t anything she does not back down from.  Nadia takes it as a personal challenge and will rise to the occasion.  And what is beautiful is; when I do a scene with her there is stuff that happens with her, where you are like, “I did not see that coming.”  She brings it and it’s a beautiful quality. There is something she brings out in my acting that I did not know existed, and she opened some doors for me in that way to experience.

NADIA:

That is a wonderful compliment.

MICHAEL:

When the two of you are out at fan events, the mall, a Danloe mixer, (Laughs) what do the fans say to you the most?

SHAWN:

“Will you guys ever get it right?”  That is said a lot.  They are rooting for me. But they will say, if Daniel or Chloe made a mistake in the relationship, “How could you!”  They are as equally as passionate and insatiable, for a lack of a better word about these two. They don’t hold back on their comments, good or bad.

NADIA:

They want us to have a happy ending.  They want Danloe to get married and have lots of love babies, and they want to watch the process of that.  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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So this set-up that could destroy everything: Melanie, Daniel’s daughter, is married to Phillip.  Chloe slept with her former beau, Phillip.  So Shawn, what do you envision Daniel will do to Phillip once he finds out about the betrayal?

SHAWN:

I don’t know, but I have thought about it.  What would be the consequences of discovering something like this?  There are so many layers to it.  I have not read it in the scripts yet, but clearly Phillip is my daughter’s husband.  Phillip then slept with my wife who was not my wife at that time, and then anytime there is a new child involved, it is thicker than a seven-layer cake.

MICHAEL:

This is actually pretty brilliant that the writers set this house of cards up like this.

SHAWN:

It is going to depend on how they choose to reveal it and how it unfolds.  And it depends what layer you unearth first, and that would then depend on Daniel’s reaction.

MICHAEL:

Where do you think Chloe is leaving her relationship with Melanie, as she heads off for her honeymoon…in a strained place?

NADIA:

I think Chloe is still walking on egg shells. There is sort of a truce that has been called, that we have decided to settle this for the time being.  However, Chloe cannot rely on that Melanie says she is going to let it go.  She has no idea if she will change her mind. I don’t think she is going to feel really secure around Melanie or anybody for awhile. She is working so hard right now to gain everyone’s trust back from the all the people that found out about this.  Chloe does not feel good about herself, certainly.  Now she is working on trying to make everything OK.  I think she really does want this picture perfect family.  She does want to be friends with Melanie.  It is going to be hard at this point obviously, because Melanie has been lied to. Chloe is on pins and needles about it.

SHAWN:

Now the tennis ball is in Daniel’s court, because he had heard that Melanie thinks Chloe said that she is not really “Daniel’s daughter” as much as her new child can be.   I think that is how they almost pick it up after the honeymoon.

NADIA:

Now, it’s like Chloe trying to do damage control for something that was not said, and it is better than the ultimate truth coming out.  Chloe has to sort of clean up this mess that Nicole created.  So Chloe thinks that her and Daniel’s relationship isn’t as strong as it should be at this point.  Chloe supposedly said something stupid about Melanie.  And it probably sounds like it came out of left field, which is what Daniel is wondering and what would motivate Chloe to say something like that.

MICHAEL:

Nadia, you have a couple primetime guest spots coming up! This Monday, October 19th, you appear on a new episode of the CBS drama, NCIS. What are you playing?

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NADIA:

It’s a small thing, and it was really fun.  I am one of the neighbors being asked questions and being interrogated about this incident that happened.  I can’t even talk about the storyline there, and I can’t ruin any plot, but all I know is they were like, “Hey, would you put this bikini on?” And I was like, “What?”   I had to take off the baby bump and go put on a bikini and flirt with Michael Weatherly for a little bit.  It wasn’t bad!

SHAWN:

They put you in a bikini to throw the clues off!

NADIA:

I basically play a rich bored trophy wife to some old dude (Laughs) And, I am taping a guest-starring role on the CBS comedy, Two and Half Men this week.  I am playing a trophy girl to
an old dude on there, too! (Laughs)

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semaj
semaj

danloe endgame and danloe baby with blue eyes aww

regterg
regterg

Ick! Dan looks like Chloe’s father.

jennifer
jennifer

Too, too funny! In what world does Daniel look old enough to be Chloe’s father? Disney World?

semaj
semaj

danloe baby with blue eyes all the way

semaj
semaj

danloe with danloe baby

semaj
semaj

love danloe

semaj
semaj

danloe have come a long way and it’s just the begining danloe endgame

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Love them both.hottest couple on daytime,Danloe’s endgame,I’m sure

jessica
jessica

thank you Michael Fairman for posting the interview it was great, absolutely love danloe

kc224girl
kc224girl

Thanks Michael for the interview. you cant get any better than these two. Danloe = endgame

Beth
Beth

Thank you so much for the interview, we really appreciate your kindness and generosity. Perhaps some of our fanbase will come back if it ever looks like Days is invested in Danloe. I don’t know, when even someone like me who’s been onboard since Dec 2008 has had enough of this depressing, disappointing program and isnt’ going to watch the wedding we’ve waited 2 years for, I’m not holding my breath. The wedding week was about Melanie, not Danloe; Daniel has become an unappealing character for me and many Danloe fans ever since he became this devoted daddy to the selfish crybaby Melanie. Its really not working. But who knows? Maybe TPTB can still fix this trainwreck. When Danloe got started, they seemed like the next supercouple to me and now they seem like they’re just a plot tool for the CarMel hour. Everybody knows they’re doomed right? Surely there is a line between not satisfying the audience and making them want to throw the tv out the window. I’m not watching anymore, great as Danloe once was I prefer to remember this formerly passionate, romantic exciting couple before the CarMel destruction began. Thanks again for the interview, you are a kind soul.

kaylee
kaylee

Thanks for this awesome DANLOE interview:) Love them.This couple is the only reason I watched DAYS. SC and NB have that Amazing supercouple chemistry, I wish the writers would give them a storyline that’s about them without all the interlopers. Any other soap on Daytime would be lucky to have this beautiful, chemistry-filled couple on their show. Hopefully Days writers get it together and Fast! If there’s no Daniel/Chloe there’s no reason to watch anymore.
Danloe FTW!

allie
allie

Where can I get this Danloe DVD? LOL
Thanks for the interview, these two are hilarious. I love Danloe!

Jenn
Jenn

I’d like the DVD too!
Danloe is the only reason to watch this boring show.
Bring back the passionate Danloe.

Renee
Renee

Yes I would love to buy this priceless DVD too ; ) Daniel, Chloe & EJ are the only reason I am still watching Days. Danloe = Love & Passion

Lori
Lori

Michael, thank you VERY much for this wonderful interview. It was very indepth and gave me hope after a week (when I should have been happy), that started with Daniel comparing Chloe to Rebecca and inferring that she fell short, and ended with Daniel and Chloe on their honeymoon and Daniel sulking about Melanie. What have these writers done to the most compelling, passionate couple on daytime? I’m barely hanging on but Daniel and Chloe ARE worth fighting for. The meat of this story needs to be about Daniel/Chloe/Philip. I have never seen a WTD where the focus wasn’t on the mother and the 2 possible fathers. I really hope something changes when the baby is born. There is too much talent with Shawn Christian, Nadia Bjorlin, and Jay Johnson for the main focus to be on anyone else.

Thank you again for a wonderfully insightful interview. Glad Danloe fans have hope that this baby is ‘ours’ 😉 and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope these writers can execute a well thought out, character-driven story before it’s too late. xoxo

Sue
Sue

They were both very funny. It’s interesting that both actors take their characters side or point of view no matter what crazy things the writers make them do. Even the actors point out things their characters do that I have seen people post about.

I guess every Days couple has fans that love them.

Rose
Rose

Rose Submit on Saturday, October 16, 2010 1:44:12 PM:

Thank you Michael for interviewing Shawn and Nadia. It was great ! They are so sweet and funny.
Danloe is the #1 reason that has me hooked on DAYS. They are truly romantic together and have hot chemistry together. Hoping to see more Danloe and less Melanie on my screen.
Please bring back the much need love and Romance story we all want to see.
Danloe FTW!!!!!!

Renee
Renee

I agree : ) what a great interview with Shawn & Nadia .

Jordan
Jordan

I was not a fan of the Daniel and Chloe pairing in the beginning. It was only after it was revealed that Daniel was Melanie’s father, that I became interested. Now I am so wrapped up in this wonderfully tangled mess of Melanie/Philip/Daniel/Chloe/Carly. There have been some amazing performances throughout. And I now believe that the love Daniel and Chloe share is true and sustainable. I would love it if you did an interview with the other couple in this mess…Philip and Melanie. They have been knocking it out of the box with their performances, and it would be so cool to hear their take on things.

Sarah
Sarah

Great, funny interview! I I love this couple to death! But I honestly can’t stand this storyline. I’ve waited a long time for them to get married and their wedding wasn’t even about them. It revolved all around melanie. I was very disappointed in how it all played out. This day should’ve been about them. I’ haven’t been watching that often because I can’t stand her or carly in this storyline. The philip/chloe one night stand also turned me off to this whole storyline.
I pray Danloe are endgame and somehow chloe’s baby turns out to be Daniel’s and Melanie isn’t. Daniel as Melanie’s father doesn’ t seem believable to me. For some reason I find that whole relationship weird and contrived. The writers should put an end to that since it’s clear it’s not working.
Daniel and chloe are the # 1 reason I started watching Days again after a 6 year break. They were really great when they first started out, then after they got together it’s like the writers watered them down. Since then, they’ve been wasting the potential of this couple.
I hope the writers keep them together and finally give them a worthy storyline. The actors have the chemistry, now all they need is better writing and more romance. It’s time for them to be happy, they’ve been through enough.

Cheryl
Cheryl

Michael,

Thank you so much for the indepth Danloe interview. Daniel and Chloe are the reason I started watching Days again-the only reason. I haven’t watched an entire episode of Days only an occasional Danloe scene on the internet since the writers made Danloe plot points in the CarlMel trainwreck. In fact, I had every intention of leaving Days for good after viewing Danloe say their vows and seal their union as husband and wife with a kiss. I would much rather have my memories of their love and passion than watch this trainwreck that was written for CarlMel. Than, I read your interview and it gave me that which Days has consistently failed to-HOPE. Hope that Danloe would prevail. Hope that the writers will fix this trainwreck. Hope that days will bring the romantic and passionate Danloe back to our screens. Once again, thank you Michael for giving me hope that Danloe love will prevail. xoxoxo

Karena
Karena

Michael thank you for another wonderful interview with two of my favorite actors! As usual, Shawn & Nadia’s charmed their fans and even attempted to put a positive spin on what the writers are giving them. I am sad I no longer watch them on Days because of one of the most unappealing storylines I can imagine, the fun and romance has left the building . I miss what could have been with Danloe at this point. I was warned not to watch the Melanie themed wedding, and after reading recaps, glad I took the advice. WTD? and this new Darly family are a real turn off .

Rosa
Rosa

Michael, thank you so much for this interview and for giving Danloe fans a little ray of hope. Things look doomed for Daniel and Chloe right now. I just finished watching the Danloe wedding and was so dissapointed. Danloe deserves better. I can’t wait until the current storyline is over. It is beyond boring. I want Danloe front and center where they belong!

Sio
Sio

Dearest Michael,

You have proven once again that you are not only the sexiest soap journalist, but also the most generous with the soap fans. So often, soap execs seem to ingnore the fans desires while busying themselves with the bong, but not you!!! I seriously hate DAYS at this point, but I ADORE these two insanely beautiful, talented and witty soap stars. Fingers crossed that this fab interview brings back the romantic fans who were driven away by the piss poor writing. Danloe are the only true love pair left on DAYS, so I insist they prevail in the end:) Keep working out, it looks good on you!!

Regards,
Sio
xoxo

Renee
Renee

Thank You !!! Michael Fairman for taking the time to interview my favorite couple on Days. Danloe played by Shawn & Nadia have kept me interested in watching Days for the past two years. They have an incredible chemistry that transcends their current ridiculous storyline.
It is very hard to enjoy the little romance Days does give us when it is tainted by interlopers mainly Carly & Melanie. Carly stopped the previous wedding attempts and performed the first sonogram which should have been a sweet Danloe moment . Now during both the wedding and the honeymoon it is Melanie that is front & center. Not a big fan of Phillip in this storyline but as one of the potential babydaddies he isn’t even involved in this storyline, it makes no sense.
I hope that very soon we will see the old Danloe back on our screens with their passion, intensity, romance and sexuality.
Thanks so much Nadia & Shawn for always being sweethearts & giving hope to your fans, it is very much appreciated.

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Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

They are so funny, thanks for posting Shawn.

Kelsey
Kelsey

Nadia is so witty I love her!! This interview may have been an indication that the show is still going for Danloe but I am still rooting for PHLOE!!!!

Sharon
Sharon

That’s my favorite DAYS couple! Shawn Christian and Nadia Bjorlin are so funny!
Thanks for the interview Michael.
Like so many others, Daniel and Chloe were my reason for watching DAYS. I love their chemistry.
This storyline is horrible (i.e Carly and Melanie,the one night stand between philip/chloe and now a who’s the daddy storyline) Refuse to watch any of it, but this interview gives me hope that Danloe will end up together.This couple has that magical old school chemistry that you see in supercouples. I’ll come back if the writers ever write this beautiful couple a storyline of their own.
Thanks again for the great interview, Enjoyed it very much.

C.M.
C.M.

I love Daniel and Chloe and have since day one, when they were so controversial. The message boards were filled with pros and cons for this sensual/passionate couple, it was like nothing we’ve ever seen on daytime. Nadia and Shawn took the challenge and ran with it, and I thought this was a supercouple in the making. I’ve been watching off and on and I keep wishing the writers change course from this hideous Carly/Melanie story and give Danloe their own story and their own family, certainly this Darly/CarMel family is not authentic and I know of no one who is interested. Maybe when Chloe has her baby, things will change because it’s uwatchable as is. Please DOOL, bring back Danloe in all their glory SOON!!

Michael, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You are an excellent interviewer and Shawn and Nadia are perfect subjects 🙂

Sariah
Sariah

Thanks for the interview!

I can hardly wait for when you do the PHLOE interview. That will be even better – because now that they’re sharing a baby, I think Philip and Chloe will finally get to reunite and fall back in love. Can’t wait to see it!

Go Phloe! 🙂

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Nit gonna happen.Now ay this bay is Philip’s.Philip needs in vitro tog et a woman pregnant and now ay tehw riters tie chleo to Philip forever with a child.After all is said and done,this baby will turn out the baby of true love,Danloe’s.There never was love between Chloe and Philip,frienship and sex,.That’s it.that’s why tehy never made it as a couple.

Imane Assi
Imane Assi

Phloe sucks.Danloe all the way.Chloe loves Daniel and only him.Philip is all about Melanie,doesn;’t want that child and is such a jerk he lets Chloe take all the heat alone.What a ‘man”..not.Beside he doesn’t desirve a child much less one with a woman like Chloe..He makes me sick.And if Daniel fails Chloe he can go to hell.He’s pretty good at making promises but sucks at keeping them.If he doesn’t come through for her,I hope Chloe kicks him to the curb.She desirves and can do better.I want Daniel to prove he would actually “slay dragons for her”,”love her no matter what even if she puts him through hell”,”never let anything or anyone come between them”.once he had Chloe all for himself he took her for granted,put Carly before her,couldn’t take one word against Carly,told Chloe flat that if she didn’t accept Carly in their home he woudl ahve to move with Carly to “protect ‘ her,let Carly move in every part of their lives.And top of all couldn’t stand Chloe’s friendship with Philip because he’s her ex but wants Chloe to accept his “friendship” with Carly,who’s not only his ex but also the mother of his”daughter”.He better prove his love for Chloe other wise I’m done with Danloe.They have the greatest chemistry,and great love story to tell but the writers are ruining them.

Robin
Robin

Thank you for this interview. Shawn and Nadia are the Best!!
I love Daniel and Chloe together. They have great chemistry together and love their passion for each other. I hop we see a story of love and forgiveness .
These two have the makings of a Supercouple. Love will conquer all.
Give them their magically story will a beautiful Danloe baby!!

semaj
semaj

danloe are becoming dool next supercouple they have that supercouple chemistry danloe will always find a way back to each other danloe endgme

AlyciaRashea
AlyciaRashea

Just reading that interview again… God how I miss Danloe!!! They are the only reason I started back watching Days. I hope that they will have a second chance at LOVE.!!! 😉

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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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)

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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.

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.

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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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