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WATCH: Outstanding Younger Actor Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels! Who Should Win?

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Today NATAS has released the first of six daytime drama acting category reels for soap fans to view the nominated work and performances by some of their favorite daytime drama performers in contention for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be handed out on June 22nd!

In the first category of submissions revealed on the Daytime Emmys Official Facebook Page, you watch the nominees in the Outstanding Younger Actor categories.

Below are the nominees who include General Hospital’s Chad Duell and Bryan Craig, The Young and the Restless Max Ehrich and Daniel Polo and former Days of our Lives star, Chandler Massey with a synopsis of their Emmy submission, followed by the playlist of the scenes that won these gents a nomination!

Chad Duell  -General Hospital

Michael Corinthos considered having 2 dads a good thing. He was raised by Sonny Corinthos.  Michael’s bio dad, AJ  recent return to Port Charles allowed Michael to get to know his other dad. While Sonny & AJ never got along, they both loved Michael. Sonny faced a massive tragedy when his girlfriend, Connie Falconeri was brutally murdered. Before Connie died, she wrote the letters “AJ” in blood. Sonny’s anger drove him to seek revenge against AJ. Michael would be the only one that could stop Sonny.

Bryan Craig – General Hospital

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Morgan Corinthos returned to Port Charles with his girlfriend, Kiki Jerome after a run in with an online gambling ring. Kiki learned from her mother, Ava Jerome that she was related to the wealthy Quartermaine family. Morgan & Kiki soon made themselves at home at the Quartermaine estate. Morgan’s older brother, Michael Corinthos ound he was drawn to Kiki. While Kiki felt something for Michael, they knew it could never be since they were Quartermaine cousins! Morgan learned that Kiki wasn’t related to the Quartermaine family. To keep his relationship intact, he quickly married Kiki before the truth was revealed in the local press. Morgan also turned to his father, Sonny Corinthos and begged him to keep Morgan’s secret: that Morgan knew Kiki was not a Quartermaine before the story was published. Ava & Sonny decided to throw Morgan & Kiki a wedding reception. Unbeknownst to Morgan, Sonny was no longer taking his medication and therefore capable of doing and saying anything at any time…

Max Ehrich  – The Young and the Restless

The affair that Fenmore’s mother, Lauren, had with Carmine Basco has been over for a while, yet the scorned ex-lover has repeatedly harassed the family, including showing a sex tape of Lauren at an event in her honor.  Fen races out of the event in horror; he wakes up the next morning with no memory of the night before.  Lauren breaks the news that Carmine was found shot dead in the alley and slowly Fenmore comes to a realization: he could be a murderer.

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Chandler Massey – Days of our Lives

Will professes his love for his unborn daughter to his true love Sonny.  And expresses his desire to raise his daughter in a healthy happy family

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Daniel Polo – The Young and the Restless

A juvenile delinquent with a troubled home life, Jamie Vernon already had a lot to handle. And then high school classmate Summer began harassing him online. Summer’s friend Fen condemned Summer’s behavior at first, but when Summer discovered she actually liked Jamie and Fen’s father took an interest in the boy – even letting him move in after trouble at his foster home – a jealous Fen took over the cyberbullying. When Jamie is found unconscious after falling from a roof, he refuses to say what happened but the evidence implicates Fen. Fen’s parents, Summer, and Police Chief Paul Williams question Jamie about the incident…and they may not like his answers.

Now below watch the nominated performances in a playlist that includes all of the scenes! Then weigh-in!  Who should get the gold?

 

 

 

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NATHALIE
NATHALIE

Bryan Craig should definately win!

Tommy Missingyou
Tommy Missingyou

Sharon Case needed to win best lead actress. Thats what I know for sure!!! 😀

Mama
Mama

Sharon Case has fallen out of favor with the Emmy panel. She hasn’t been nominated for an Emmy in eleven years.

Besides, this thread is about Outstanding Younger Actor so why get off topic girlfriend?

Susan
Susan

Max Erlich Y&R

Mama
Mama

Agree.

Mo
Mo

Chandler!

code
code

Yes , short but effective

Calvin
Calvin

Chandler Massey should win, of course!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

and the winner is: CHANDLER MASSEY!!! CASE CLOSED!!!

Rosemary Patterson
Rosemary Patterson

Max is fantastic but CHANDLER MASSEY went above and beyond with his role as Will and the gay storyline. I know a lot of people are not fans of that storyline, but regardless, Chandler’s performance was OUTSTANDING! He is sorely missed on DAYS!

Mama
Mama

Girl are you still watching the 2011 shows?

ana29rz
ana29rz

Is that a bad thing? Outstanding performances never get old. They live on.

kay
kay

They all are very good. Chandler has a special place in my heart though. But all the nominees submitted outstanding performances. Good luck to all. May the best be chosen.

Michael
Michael

It’s going to be between Bryan Craig and Max Ehrich. The others don’t stand a chance. Chad Duell and Chandler Massey’s reels were very weak and I couldn’t see Daniel Polo’s at all.

Ivory Werra
Ivory Werra

Michael GH is the nicest guy, but Bryan GH is the best actor.

Joel
Joel

1. Bryan Craig
2. Chandler Massey
3. Chad Duell
4. Max Ehrich
5. Daniel Polo

su0000
su0000

without a doubt..
The gold will go to one of the The Corinthos brothers.. GH

Bryan Craig/Morgan Corinthos – General Hospital

Chad Duell/Michael Corinthos -General Hospital

Both are powerful actors…
It will be a toss-up ..

lovescalebmorley
lovescalebmorley

As much as I adore Chandler Massey and Chad Duell, I truly see Bryan Craign as the winner in this category. He made me feel that rejection, that Sonny chose his brother over him. Daniel Polo was also very effective.

Sarah
Sarah

Between Bryan Craig n Chandler Massey!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I wish all 5 actors luck and let the best one win.Now here’s my order of who i think will win:1Chandler Massey.2 Max Ehrich.3 Bryan Craig.4 Chad Duell.5 Daniel Polo.However i think Chandler,Max and Bryan might be the favorites.GH has a 40 percent of one of their actors winning.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Our lists our very close! Numbers 3 and 4 are switched.

su0000
su0000

Bryan Craig/Morgan Corinthos .. GH

Dan
Dan

I watched all five of the reels, and I think Bryan Craig from GH was by far the best. Those scenes with Maurice Benard were so powerful that Maurice could have have submitted them for his own Emmy reel, cause he was fantastic, as well. I would rate Chandler Massey second. I thought Chad Duell could have definitely picked some better scenes. The two from Y&R didn’t do much for me personally.

Omar
Omar

And the EMMY goes to : its a tie!! Bryan Craig and Max Ehrich!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Bryan Craig – 1st
Chad Duell – 2nd
Chandler Massey – 3rd

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I dove into the viewing with the idea of not wanting Chandler Massey to be the best because he is no longer with DAYS. And the winner is…CHANDLER MASSEY!

#2. Max Ehrich
#3. Chad Duell
#4. Bryan Craig
#5. Daniel Polo

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I should add:

In the future, all acting categories should contain at least one performer from each soap, a true celebration of the genre!!! The writing, directing and show categories should also contain all the soaps!!!!!!

With four soaps left, it is idiotic not to have a full representation!!!

As for favorite daytime drama…And the winner is…DAYS OF OUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I do not watch B&B. Does anybody care to suggest whom from B&B should have been included in the Outstanding Younger Actor category?

andrew hass
andrew hass

That might be a little hard because i think the younger actor and actress categories have an age limit of 25 or younger.However Chad Duell will be 27 this coming September.So maybe they raised the age limit to 27 or so.As for the other actor’s ages Bryan will be 23 in September,Chandler will be 24 in September also,Max will 23 next month and Daniel is about 18/19.Yeah in a perfect world every soap would have a nominee in every category but that may not always be the case.

Patrick
Patrick

you could clearly see the maturity level of said nominees.

Chandler Massey : is a pedigree unto himself… he naturally ensconced… pulls you with… he could have been straight or “gay”… so be it.. he is real

far and away: the clear winner

my sincerely, big wish : Freddie Smith… Days’ Sonny : be acknowledged
all the accolades given CM are because Freddie Smith was with him… every step of the way

my outa the box… surpise win: as he’s new to the scenery and has shown strength growth and prow… Bryan Craig.

he more than catapulted his belong.. with :

Dad, Sonny
Mom, Carly
girlfriend, Ava
Brother, Michael

so… if Morgan, BC should walk with… he deserves as much

I wasn’t impressed with Fen… @Y&R it was Carmine… and Lauren who ran with this storyline

Chad Duell : Michael… he resonates for all the reasons I don’t reach… Michael and Kiki are rammed shoved featured front and center so much… I watch but don’t buy in to… AJ was his life saver

the lil’ guy with the internet bullying’ is my surprise . I’m happy for him

I don’t think it’s overkill or overload that Chandler Massey WIN… 3 years in a row… he more than deserves this… heck… HE is so much better than Heather Tom… winning 3 years in a row… that’s a question mark… I really can’t fathom

Melissa
Melissa

I was honestly trying not to let my bias filter in. I only watch GH, so I was completely unfamiliar with the other three actors and their stories. I had heard phenomenal things about CM, but that reel was not strong at all. The two Y&R guys were okay, but I really wasn’t that impressed. I thought Max Ehrlich was probably a little better overall, but I still don’t feel he’s that strong an actor. Tracey E. Bregman completely overshadowed him. Daniel Polo, it’s just not there.

Chad Duell is a decent actor, but he just doesn’t quite measure up to Bryan Craig. Bryan’s reel is definitely the strongest. And since I am rooting for him to win, I feel quite satisfied that this is his to lose.

Izabel
Izabel

Max Ehrich or Daniel Polo…Y&R. Got to stick with my soap and Fen’ did a good job in his storyline, and I also felt for jamies’ chracter as well.

DJ_ATL
DJ_ATL

Based on these reels alone, I’d choose Daniel Polo from Y&R. I thought Max Ehrich had better work than was submitted. If not Polo, then Chandler Massey from DOOL has my vote. The two guys from GH got overshadowed by Maurice Benard’s over-the-top acting.

code
code

Chandler and bryan have the best reels. I’m days fan, but bryan craig reel was very good.

Jess
Jess

I agree that 2013 was Bryan Craig’s year. He completely blew me away in many episodes. However, his Emmy submission wasn’t one of those eps. I think he has a couple of good ~moments, but overall I think that he absolutely chose the wrong tape for submission. I think that Chad outshines him in the scenes, and it is just an over-the-top, hysterical, clearly “Emmy bait” episode that really doesn’t measure up. I wish he had chosen the episode where Morgan admits the truth to Sonny and asks him to keep the secret. That episode was much quieter and shows more vulnerability and range. It’s really a true shame, but based on this reel alone, I don’t think that he deserves to win.

I was very impressed with Chad’s submission (not to mention how good he was in Bryan’s). It’s funny, because when I saw that he had gotten a nomination, my first thought was, “for what?!” These episodes didn’t stand out in my memory for him, but watching them back, I am so happy that he is on the list. I thought he was so natural and real in the opening scenes with Dante, and then of course he is amazing when Michael is talking Sonny down. I do think that the episode sort of fizzles at the end (I think they could have done more with it), but overall, Chad absolutely deserves his nomination.

Although short, Chandler’s reel is my favorite and I think the best of the bunch. He shows SO much truth, vulnerability and heart in just 3.5 minutes. His range and ability to express real emotion is unmatched. I don’t know if such a short tape will be enough for a third win, but he absolutely deserves to be on this list. He is such a tremendous talent and is by-far the best actor in this group.

I really liked Max’s reel. I think he had a couple of very good moments and showed so much more range than in his submission from last year. There were also a couple of moments that I wish he had done more with, but overall, I think this is a good tape.

As for Daniel, based on his reel alone, I honestly don’t know how he made it to this round of the competition. I can think of at least two other actors who deserved a spot on the list much more than him. This submission is extremely weak–it shows no range and only a small level of emotion. Again, based on the episode alone, he really does not deserve to be here.

Overall, this year of competition is a much more exciting race than last year was. My final rankings (based only on the reels) are:

1) Chandler Massey
2) Chad Duell
3) Max Erich
4) Bryan Craig
5) Daniel Polo

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Our lists are very close! Numbers 2 and 3 are switched.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I also think that this race might be very close and in the end i think 4 out of the 5 have equal chances of winning the Emmy and they are Bryan,Chandler,Chad and Max.I have nothing against Daniel Polo but he was only Y&R for first 3 months of 2013 i think.Plus i don’t think Daniel submitted the best episode he could and maybe the one he should have submitted was the one where Jamie tries to commit suicide by jumping off the roof.Plus i do agree that there were other younger actors that should have been nominated also including Freddie Smith(DOOL).

Patrick
Patrick

@Jess

really, nice, across the board… preview

I think it’s neck and neck between Chandler Massey, exDays, and Bryan Craig, GH

#1… Will and Morgan
#3… Daniel Polo
#4… Chad Duell
#5… Max Erich

Nikki
Nikki

I predicted Bryan Craig would win this category since his scenes last summer and I’m sticking to that. He is BRILLIANT and far better than some of the other nominees (looking at you, one-tone Max Ehrich!), though he may have competition in repeated winner Chandler Massey. But I’m rooting for Bryan and I believe he’ll bring in a win.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Based on experience I’ve noticed the emmy seems to go the actor who yells or cries the best– so after watching the reels I say since Bryan Craig did both, and extremely well, my money is on his performance being the one chosen as the most outstanding of the bunch.

Although Emmy panels do love a cause– so Daniel Polo bullying storyline might get the nod even if the performance only had yelling at the end and no tears.

Also the Emmy panels tends to vote for former winners and Chandler did have a good crying scene, so he has a decent chance based on those two factors. He did express some anger in the scene but it was subtle, perhaps too subtle for the judges.

Max is a dark horse although he did yell and he did cry in the scene, he had those fake tears the makeup department gives you so I imagine most of the panelist would see that as cheating.

And Chad although good in the scene wasn’t really yelling or crying– and the tone was pretty the same throughout the scene so I don’t think he will get it based on that clip.

Me
Me

Chandler Massey, hands down!!

In the meantime, can someone PLEASE rescue Freddie out of this Nerium cream crap cult?? Please! His so-called friends and fans are helping him destroy his future by encouraging him and endorsing this product!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Still bitter?

Cowboi
Cowboi

Bryan Craig showed so many different emotions in his reel. Sadness, Anger, Love, Jealousy, Regret, and Fear. No one else showed that kind of range. I think that emmy is his.

carinamia
carinamia

*Y&R- Max Ehrich

KM
KM

I really love that we can watch the clips and see what the judges see.

Honestly, if I didn’t know differently I could believe both Bryan Craig’s and Chad Duell’s reels were actually Maurice Benard’s submissions. And am I seeing things or did CD submit two nearly identical scenes? I ‘d put both at the bottom of the pack with a slight edge to BC. Both were over shadowed by their co stars.

Chandler Massey was good but the reel was so short it made me wonder why he didn’t have anything else. Daniel Polo was also good. His made me want to know whether he has telling the truth or lying.

Guess that question was answered by the Max Enrich reel which I thought was the strongest even though I don’t watch the show.

Johnny
Johnny

I would say Chad Duell but the writing for much of his scene was so bad and so Sonny propping it can’t even allow me to see his talent. Here the man who kidnapped him as a child is going to execute his biological father in cold blood…and he is forced to say lines like “I respect you dad. You were a great father”. Blah blah blah. Sickening. For consistency I would say Duell. He is a reliable actor who keeps Michael a likeable character. For growth as an actor I would say Bryan Craig. Chandler has two..he is gone…enough. Max had a good year despite some very bad writing. Daniel…bless his heart…he played a broken lost boy SO well. I was really hoping it would turn out that he was Crazy Patty’s son somehow which would have given him a link to Paul. I don’t think he was on the show long enough to warrant an Emmy but stranger things happen. They are all talented young men with bright futures.

PatF
PatF

This is a pretty strong category.

Why were the GH reels so long? And DAYS so short?

I’m thinking this is Max’s year. I did like Daniel’s as well, but he went more understated. The two GH guys were pretty good as well.

JeanMarie Sullivan
JeanMarie Sullivan

Bryan Craig is clearly the best actor in the category.

Margie Rose Dalton
Margie Rose Dalton

Chad should win the gold! Voters did you watch this clip?? If so Maurice Bernard should be nominated& WIN!!

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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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