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What Soap Opera Christmas Episode Did You Enjoy the Most?

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In case you missed any of the action on Friday’s episodes of your favorite soaps each delivered a Christmas episode in their own way.  But which was the best? We want to know your thoughts.  Here is the rundown with some of our personal favorite moments to jog your memory.

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On One Life to Live, in what was their final Christmas episode on network television, fans were treated to an amazing episode complete with the reveal of what happened the night Gigi-er-Stacy died, and Rex finally being reunited with his beloved, Gigi!  The performance of the day (and in that episode) had to be John-Paul Lavoisier’s Rex, who made us reach for the hankies with the revelation that he was standing in front of the woman he loved after months of grieving.  Plus, in another emotional moment Tea and Dani received Christmas gifts from Victor Jr. from the grave. There were also many gems along the way; Viki and Clint reconciled, Little Sam waited for Santa, Jack got arrested, Shane finally getting justice for his mom,  (in another moving performance by Austin Williams) and Natalie and John almost had “the talk”, and so much more!

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On General Hospital it was the wedding day of Dante and Lulu, with Dante’s mom Olivia in tow!  The sweet and intimate vows were off-set by the final moment where we learned Olivia secretly snuck in the entire Falconeri clan to the festivities! Again, got to give it to the men here … Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) proved again why he is such a sensitive and dynamic actor.   Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) was delightful as Dante’s over-excited and emotional proud mom.   However, you can’t also beat Scrubs! And in what looks to be Robin’s final Christmas with her loved ones, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the moment where Patrick hands Robin her present – a deed to some land to build their dream house on – broke our hearts with her stream of tears as Robin knows she may not be around to live there with her family.

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On The Young and the Restless, it was Melody Thomas Scott’s standalone episode as a drunken Nikki, who is taking under the wing of a guardian angel to show her how much her family and friends love and need her, even though Nikki feels like her existence and life is worthless.   With lots of vintage clips to tantalize the most avid of Y&R fans, as viewers took a walk down memory lane, one couldn’t help but realize the immense self-loathing that Nikki has had for herself all these years, as much as she has tried to rise above it.  The most poignant moment happened at the end of the episode when it is revealed that the guardian angel is really Nikki’s deceased mother, who died at a very young age.  It was at that point that Melody broke our hearts calling for her “mother” when the angel said she had to go now and within a millisecond was gone, leaving Nikki reeling.

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On Days of our Lives as Sami and Rafe prepared for their shotgun recommitment ceremony, Will was giving hell to his mom, and he came very close to revealing to her that he saw her with EJ having sex, and prior to that almost telling his grandmother, Marlena, that he is gay! These two near misses and the high-emotional stakes, showed us that Chandler Massey (Will) is an actor to keep your eye on throughout the storyline – good stuff! Also, Bo lavished gifts on Hope commemorating Christmas, her birthday and their wedding anniversary, while John was reunited with Marlena, and the Horton Clan gathered at Tom and Alice’s for a Christmas toast.

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On The Bold and the Beautiful the Logan sisters ruined Christmas dinner, Hope and Thomas went to Farmer’s Market to hang out and do Christmas things, while Hope and Liam still look at each other with love in their eyes, (even if they don’t know it) and at the end of the episode Stephanie, played by Susan Flannery had a few poignant moments with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and some one-line zingers with her on-screen sparring partner earlier in the episode.

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So now that we have gone around the horn, let us know which was your favorite Christmas episode from Friday’s airshows and what performance did you enjoy the most?

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tasneem
tasneem

I actually enjoyed OLTL because hopefully Jack is finally accepting that Todd is his dad and Blair can see that Todd is the love of her life. B&b was hilarious because we see the Logan Girls trying cook a bird on Xmas wow if Stephanie was her snarky self she would say the Logans girls can’t cook but their experiences lie in the bedroom . I hope when Shane sees his mom that means Jack and his cocky self cannot go 2 Prison

Blake
Blake

OLTL had such an awesome episode! Not only just for Christmas but period! So much happened and you didn’t want to miss a minute because so much was going on! Rex and Gigi learned that she was not Stacy but was Gigi. Then Shayne got Vimal’s sister to give him the proof of Jack’s confession, then Jack getting arrested and then Vimal’s sister feeling bad for what she done (for the first time I felt for her character, she seemed torn about what she did). Vicki and Clint made up and celebrated with their daughters. Tea and Dani found their presents from Victor and are enjoying their Christmas. And then Blair, Todd and their children (and Victor’s son Sam) enjoyed a little bit of good time.
That episode truly blew me away. More proof of how stupid ABC is to get rid of it in a few weeks.

Dan
Dan

I can’t comment on the others, but I loved the General Hospital Christmas episode. From Dante and Lulu’s wedding, to Robin and Patrick spending time together, to the gifts the Quartermaines received from a mystery person. Just a great episode all around. The type of family oriented show that they don’t do enough of anymore.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

OLTL hands down. How long have we waited for Rex and Gigi to be reunited? The others were good but this was exceptional and perfect for Chrismas and we havent even seen Shayne’s reaction.

Indigo Starr
Indigo Starr

One Life to Live is must see TV in my house! I am cherishing every single second it is on and especially any scene with Todd Manning and his family!

lisa
lisa

Y&R ….Nikki and her mother,I cried buckets when she opened the hankie and in it was her mother’s cross.

GH ….Dante and LuLu’s wedding and the scenes with Robin ,Patrick and Emma.

OLTL…. Tea and Dani,Todd as Santa and always little Sam(love that kid).
Jack’s arrest,Rex and Gigi.

Kate B.
Kate B.

GH because I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding! It was so beautiful, and it made me smile more than the Rex/Gigi reunion on OLTL. I loved Rex & Gigi’s reunion, but Lante’s my fave current soap couple. Gotta give it to them! A wonderful Xmas gift from GH! Also, seeing the Quartermaines was wonderful. Made you realize how much they’ve lost, but the mystery “Santa” was magical. I love magic!

Chris
Chris

My favorite one was the Y&R Nikki stand-alone X-mas episode!

Libby
Libby

My fav Christmas episode was the Y&R standalone epi featuring Melody Thomas Scott. It was poignant and beautiful.

Deb
Deb

OLTL was beautifully done. Storylines wrapping & Miracles happening!

barbara t
barbara t

one life to live,it was so good to see clint and viki together ,at least they will be living happily ever after.and seeing gigi get her memory back ,todd spending time with his family,Landview was a happy place,and I was in tears.january 13 will be a very sad day for me .

gloria
gloria

Totally agree with you. I just watched it & tears were streaming down my face by the end of the show. Every scene was great. Gosh, what will be do without this wonderful place to visit every day? I am heartbroken over it.

barbara t
barbara t

I dont know ,And the closer we get to the end the more upset I get, one life to live is my favorite show ,daytime and prime time,if i had to chose one show that I could watch once a day it would be oltl.43 years ,thats a long time to have something then have it taken away.I think abc made a mistake,Who watches the chew? and who will watch the revolution ?I wont watch abc anymore except to support gh,we have to support all soaps,there are only a few left,thats so sad. daytime tv will be full of reality crap tv. I dont want to watch.And on january 13 when one life to live turns its lights off in landview that will be the ending of the best soap opera ever ,agnus nixons best.

Dee
Dee

I have watched ABC soaps since I was a kid with my mom and now I watch them with my kids. It’s so sad to see such a staple in my life go away. I have grown up with so many of the actors and actresses; they seem like family. The shows they are replacing our beloved soaps with will never generate the following that the soaps have. They will never capture the spans of generations like the soaps have. I miss AMC and I will really miss OLTL also. I put all my support behind GH and hope we can at least save one out of three.

harlee
harlee

No comparsion MTS and Y&R! I haven’t watched Y&R in 8 months because of the horribly written garbage of MAB and cronies but I wanted to see this because of the flashbacks. It was fabulous and MTS shined brightly in this episode…welcome home and hope I can come back home next year if writing change in the writing staff.

Lucia McEntee
Lucia McEntee

One life to live …the best

Jules
Jules

DAYS knows how to celebrate Christmas right. It was once again warm and festive, and had throwbacks to beloved characters. A Christmas doesn’t go by where they don’t make mention of those characters who came before them. I love their tradition of having a personalized Christmas ornament because it emphasizes one of DAYS’ most pertinent themes- sense of family and belonging. Though I am not a fan of Safe and didn’t care for the renewal, I was overall satisfied with the episode. LOVED “German” Santa lol.

YR’s was alright. YR OWED a tribute to MTS so if anyone was going to get a character-centered episode with lots of flashbacks, it had to be her. Though it was kind of a yawner until the end. I thought the ending with the reveal of who the spirit guide was was really excellent.

OLTL was pretty decent. I wish there had been more of an emphasis on Christmas and the holiday itself, but I understand them wanting to not waste precious airtime and move story along. I too was happy Jack finally accepted Todd, and that Viki and Clint made up.

GH….ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Gone are the days when I used to recognize this show. Who are these people? I didn’t even enjoy Patrick and Robin’s scenes because once again Robin is withholding from her husband.

And finally BB, didn’t catch it. I saw the preview for it with Donna and Brooke figuring out how to make the turkey and it looked pretty funny.

FP
FP

OLTL was my fave, with Y&R a very close second. Both really moving Christmas episodes, but OLTL more so, probably because it’s the last one (sigh).

Jan
Jan

Gigi & Rex of course THIS YEAR.

kalamaty
kalamaty

The Young and the Restless’ NIKKI-centric episode was the absolute best show I’ve seen them do in SO long. Watching it, and seeing Melody shine in scene after scene, coupled with the triumphant return of Jeanne Cooper (back just in time) made me realize just how much these two characters are part of the very fabric of what makes it such a wonderful show. I can’t imagine it without these two venerable performers. Melody’s portrayal of the long-suffering Nikki is always so palpable, so raw and so relateable. I can’t imagine there was one dry eye in America as they watched her. The end was so emotional, I had to watch it twice and I cried each time. WONDERFUL!!

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Absolutely! When she realized the angel was her mother, I cried right along with her!
Tremendous work!

Cheryl
Cheryl

For a change I actually enjoyed GH more that OLTL. I loved the Lante wedding…it was just wonderful..Scrub scenes were bittersweet and touching….Q’s were funny and magical…Loved seeing Elizabeth possibly moving on…Where as OLTL could have waited for Jack to be arrested on the next show…Gigi and Rex and Vicki and “THIS Clint” have never been my favorites. JVD has never had chemistry with
ES…So I really didn’t care that they were reunited. I did like Victor giving presents from the grave though…and Sam and his Santa.

So for a change I actually preferred GH…

kay killgore
kay killgore

Y&R It showed you how this show could really be great again! MTS did some good work no one cries like the Nikki!

SC
SC

OLTL! I adored the Mannings this year!

heidi
heidi

I watched them all and enjoyed all. OLTL and GH were the best!

todd
todd

OLTL…..I have been waiting for Rex and Gigi to finally get back together. Also, the gifts for Tea and Dani from Victor made me cry. Todd pretending to be Santa for Sam was really sweet too. I cant believe there is only 13 episodes left! I am crushed.

gloria
gloria

Me too! What are we gonna do without this show? Such a big mistake to cancel it.

Brenda
Brenda

OLTL definitely the best.

LUMIly
LUMIly

I liked OLTL too.

Days of our lives for 23 and 26 was GREAT
love John is free :))

gloria
gloria

Definitely.

Jared
Jared

ONE LIFE TO LIVE……..period. No comparison. As 1/13 comes closer, my heart breaks that the end is near for daytime’s true gem.

jp
jp

Do you have to ask… OLTL hands down. Truly the best soap the whole year.

Amanda Lampkins
Amanda Lampkins

My favorite was GH because Dante and Lulu finally got married. It was a sweet and romantic moment. No explosions or shootings. Just epitomized two people deeply in love making a commitment. Just beautiful.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Hands down, definately Y &R. The BEST Christmas episode of all and I did watch them all. It reminded us of what Christmas is all about. And, they weren’t afraid to say “Merry Christmas”.

Derrick
Derrick

Y&R Nikki episode! MTS shined in that stand alone episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Torrey
Torrey

One LIfe To Live…of course. But I will say that Y&R was surprisingly good too. Liked the time featuring Niki. But OLTL had me in tears….was so happy. And there were so many things going on. Really enjoyed it

tony
tony

Wow I don’t know, there was so much talent to choose from, YAWN!!!.

Tammy
Tammy

OLTL & Days had good Christmas Eve/Christmas eps, but my favorite for 2011 was The Bold and the Beautiful!

Alley
Alley

Mr. Fairman,

That OLTL countdown clock is REALLY depressing. I wish you would take it off your site. We know the show is over on January 13th. No reminder is necessary.

Oh, my fave episode was The Mannings Christmas on OLTL.

Christine
Christine

GH was my favorite X-Mas episode! I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding, but I loved, loved Scrubs scenes more! They were so sweet, touching yet sad at the same time. To think this is the last Scrubs X-Mas is well very sad! Just seeing them spend time together & with Emma was great! Scrubs rock! 🙂 🙂

adriana8900
adriana8900

gh because of scrubs and emma scenes and lante wedding

Mo
Mo

B&B I think. It was funny.

marge
marge

i thought all the soaps did a poor job this year for fhe holidays .it seemed very superficial and no warmth. young and the resless always does a great job leding to the last day but not this year n what is up with the one actor episodes on last day please no more .i heard it was happening this year again featuring nikki and i did not watch.

marge
marge

none.lack of warmth and young and restless very disappointing.lack of lauren and micheal time and would not watch nikki on last day.

barbara t
barbara t

I guess you didnt see one life to live ,it was a tear jerker and it was good.Its sad that it will be my last christmas in landview.

sheri helm
sheri helm

Loved the wedding of Rex and Gigi. fans waited a long time for that to happen. Now we need John and Natalie to tie the knot. We need to keep One life to live alive and keep it on the air. I’ve watched it since day one, traveled from Ca. to N.Y. to meet the stars outside the studio. It was the best time of my life. Sad to see it go.

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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!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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