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Who Will Ring In The New Year Together On DAYS OF OUR LIVES?

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New Years in Salem looks to rock the world of many of its long time and newbie residents, especially in the love, romance, and sex department!

In this week’s promo from NBC’s Days of our Lives, can Jarlena (Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall) finally reunite and ring in 2015 as the couple everyone wants to see in each other arms?   Will young buck JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss) reveal to his girlfriend Paige (True O’ Brien) that the reason he dumped her is that he has been having cougar sex with her mother … Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva)?

And what about Melanie (Molly Burnett) and Brady (Eric Martsolf)? These besties look like they are about to try their chance on love with each other! Is it a good idea this time around in their relationship?  And, there is also new arrival Serena (Melissa Archer) and her quest to nab her former flame Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan)? Can she do it  … or will Nicole (Arianne Zucker) put a stop to that?

But, perhaps the moment everyone will be talking about is just who is clinking glasses come midnight between Sonny (Freddie Smith), Will (Guy Wilson), and Paul (Christopher Sean)?  Will Sonny reunite for some lovin with his ex?  Or, could Will hit the sheets with the man he is writing an expose’ on?

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Watch the DAYS promo after the jump! Then, let us know who you want to ring in the New Year together in Salem!

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Stephanie
Stephanie

So happy to see John and Marlena in the preview!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Amen to that, Stephanie!!!

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

Days has very few couples to cheer about…John and Marlena…Victor and Maggie…Erik and Serena are the only three twosomes that feel couplish…wish Doug and Julie had stayed longer…hopefully next year Brady and Theresa and Paul and Sonny will be added to my list…what really would make it a Happy New Year is Kristen had return just as Brady is about to plant a kiss on dopey dimwitted Melanie Jonas its Kristen who steps between them and is kissed instead followed by fireworks…now thats fireworks id enjoy on January 1st!!!…lol

kristen
kristen

Michael, is this even a question needing asking??? John and Marlena are SOOOOO OVERDUE! Jarlena fans are dying over this promo. OK next up…Michael visits the DHs on set, cause we love you behind the scenes!!

Mateo
Mateo

I despise Eric and Serena. They have ZERO chemistry. And if Eric pouts any more about Nicole I might crawl through the pile of vomit and my television screen to punch him. He is so annoying. He forgives Kristen and Marlena and Sami but he WON’T forgive Nicole? She may have lied to him but she lied to him because she LOVED him. I hope Nicole gets a real man and that Eric suddenly realizes he is gay and leaves all those horrible women behind and gets some real action. Maybe he can be with Paul or Sonny after one of them gets dumped. Or better yet maybe he feels “motivated by God” to go back to the priesthood. Serena is awful. Her character is awful and the story is so boring I have to pinch myself to stay awake. Make Melanie and Serena go away. Both of them are the WORST actresses on the planet. All this hype over substandard talent coming to Days. Quick bring back Eileen Davidson and Alison Sweeney to save the show again.

Linda
Linda

By far John and Marlena! DAYS needs one couple that is inspirational and proves their love can get through anything, that is John and Marlena IMO. The rest, I have no interest in, I just keep replaying the John and Marlena parts. Love seeing Drake Hogestyn’s beautiful smile and seeing this awesome actor back in Salem where he belongs!

lilou
lilou

Even though i love Wilson , i can’t help but think Will & Paul would be really cute together !! What is their ship name ? Pill ? Waul ? Lol

Renea Pettner
Renea Pettner

I would love to see John and Marlena ring in the New Year together, preferably with a kiss.

Cathy B
Cathy B

Want to see some real romance and adventure as only John and Marlena can deliver!! They are two wasted actors who could really turn days around.

Laurie Shields
Laurie Shields

Without John and Marlena front and center this show is history. I for one am sick of bringing in all the young ones and just as fast they are gone. It’s a revolving door and the true actors are on the side lines. One more benching of Drake and I’m done after more than 40 yrs.

Duh
Duh

Jarlena, of course! The fans deserve it after the crapfest that has continued for the last two years..

Couldn’t care less about any other couples on this show atm, the writing’s all over the place.. This show desperately needs a new writing team before the 50th anniversary.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I so hope that JJ and Paige can be reunited. They are so cute together. I am very hopeful for Eric and Serena. I realize we don’t know anything about her except that she was loving enough to let Eric go when he felt called to the priesthood. In my book, that is genuine love. Melanie seems to be eyeing Brady awfully hard. Considering that Theresa and Kristen are still on the loose, I don’t know if that’s a wise choice for her to make.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

The couple I want to see on New Years Eve, is John & Marlena. After everything they’ve been through, he’s FINALLY back home where he belongs! I’m hoping this NYE is the beginning of a nice romantic storyline for them – gimme some conversations, apologies, forgiveness, looks, flirting, dancing, hugs, etc for #Jarlena in 2015!! I like other couples on Days, but the reason I watch is for John & Marlena!!! XOXOXO, Michael!!!

Christine Pendell
Christine Pendell

Besides Doug and Julie, John and Marlena are the glue that holds Days of our Lives together. We must get them back together so that the generations of fans can have something to watch. I like new characters, but it is the tried and true characters that we grew up with that make the show what it is. Give me a hot sexy scene between John and Marlena any day! Their chemistry is unmatched and they will always do it better than anyone on daytime!

Lois
Lois

You said that perfectly Chris, J&M are PERFECTION…I don’t think you can get the whole story days is telling with regards to them by watching just the DH’s so it is wise to pay attention to other things happening along the way. Days need to be multi -generation to move ahead. I could easily watch them as much as when they were on in the 90’s daily, but there must be a balance of both. BALANCE currently not getting that BALANCE

Maryann
Maryann

Love this week’s preview because it is about time for John & Marlena to ring in the new together (most romantic couple on TV) and hopefully be front burner in 2015 storylines. They are the only reason I watch. They are #1 :)))

Katarina
Katarina

Definitely John and Marlena! They are the only reason I am watching Days! Love Drake!!!

Sheila
Sheila

geez how irritating that we cannot see these promo vids in Canada. I am over John and Marlena and looking forward to a younger less botoxed couple to save the show. As a 49 tr watcher I know that it was younger couples who made the show for me when I was younger so to keep this show on the tube we can no longer rely on old relationships. They are boring like watching paint dry. I want Theresa to come out shining in the new year.

Linda
Linda

NO COMMENT besides I pretty much DISAGREE with every word you said.

kristen
kristen

wow im loving this thread….anyway we can email this to KC?

Mary Hardin-Moore
Mary Hardin-Moore

It had better be John and Marlena! I have watched this show for 39 years. Have watched Drake hogestyn from his first day. He and deidre and their characters are my favorite.I have been extremely disappointed in how Days writers started writing andportraying them. Not true to character.
Truly hoping the writers reunite John and Marlena. And please quit underutilizing and sidelining Drake. He is a great actor!

Robin
Robin

I’m past ready for some John and Marlena. We’ve waited long enough. Let’s get them back together.

richard
richard

I love John and Marlena, with Bo gone they are the lone standing couple(to me) on the show. DAYS has kinda gone downhill lately, IMO. TOO much focus was spent on Daniel and Jennifer, a couple that in reality, never got off the ground. Daniel is overused PERIOD. There are WAY too many new characters, Paul, Paige, Eve(recast, but still), Theresa, Ben, Clyde, Jordan. The exit of Sami Brady was one of the worst things I have ever seen. If you are a sami-fan, after watching her grow up on screen and watch her go through 10 or more weddings, she DIDNT get her happy ending and love evaded her. No man will ever come close to what EJ was to Sami and they didn’t even do a presumed death and have Sami ride off with him. Brady and Melanie have no chemistry and don’t really seem age appropriate. Isn’t Brady in his late 30s?? The teen scene is awful, JJ and Paige cannot compare to the glory days of Shawn, Belle, Chloe, Phillip and Mimi. What needs to happen is they need to bring back Shawn-D and Belle with Claire in tow, Austin and Carrie with their kid in tow, Cassie Brady(now SHE would be a bad-girl pairing for Brady), Billie Reed and Peter Blake-DiMera!!! DAYS would rock then!! And give Lucas a GOOD story!!!!!!

richard
richard

And now Serena, yet ANOTHER newbie. Bring Billie back and have her had a past with Aiden!! And bring back Bill Horton and Laura and have Kate battle Laura for Bill!!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Lucas definitely needs a storyline! And, I too, agree to bring back a new Shawn-D and the old Belle, and a new Billie Reed…or bring back Krista Allen or Julie Pinson, and I’d love a new Peter Blake return to Salem, too.

richard
richard

The character of Peter Blake-DiMera definitely needs to return, It would shake up jennifer, Kristen and Stefano, and Chad would have some real comp for the DiMera empire. I could SO see Peter hooking up with Kate. I wish it could be Jason Brooks! He is GORGEOUS!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yeah, he would shake them all up. I too, wish it could be Jason Brooks, but I believe that would be highly doubtful. How about Agent Sloane, Robb Derringer from GH, he recently wrapped up his arc. Jason and Robb are the same age. DAYS pick up Robb Derringer as Peter BLAKE.

richard
richard

He would be a good replacement. But that incident with Missy Reeves was in the mid-90s, you don’t think they could move past that for the sake of the show? I can just think of the flashbacks with him and Eileen Davidson!! Their brother/sister chemistry was/is unmatched!!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

The flashbacks would indeed be grand with Peter (Jason Brooks) and Kristen (Eileen Davidson), however at the end of the day…it’s probably not all that necessary. DAYS made up a few flashback scenes with Missy Reeves and Kassie DePavia. It was ok, though if DAYS brought in Robb Derringer as Peter Blake, they could do that, too. I’d just really like to see Kristen bring Peter with her in February. Come on DAYS, hire Robb Derringer as Peter!!!

salu
salu

I have always loved Julie Pinson,
I have always believe she and Bryan Dattilo/Lucas would make a awesome
couple, they could bring her back as a new character for Lucas.

Aden
Aden

I hope it is revealed that Serena is John’s daughter from Diana Colville. She was played by Genie Francis and her mother’s name was Serena. I hope the show learned from their mistake in hiring Chrishell Stause and tying her to no one on the canvas. It doesnt work. Plus, then maybe we could get Genie Francis back on t.v. GH has made it painfully clear that they have no interest in Genie or the character Laura or the greatest supercouple of all soap time, Luke and Laura. The Cartini regime spat on that legacy and delivered a big F you to fans who invested over 30 years in L and L. Let’s hope Days plays this one right.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Sounds good to me, Aden!

Jeremy
Jeremy

I’m liking this idea, too. I’d love Genie Francis to come to DAYS.

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

Great idea…and i have a feeling you are right…the way Serena looked at Marlena when she first showed up in Salem, and now Johns return…i dont think its just a coinkydink…lol

Linda
Linda

Oh WOW! LOVE it! I was a big RoJohn and Diana fan. They did make love before she left town for good so it is very possible!

EmilyB
EmilyB

Have been replaying this weeks preview over & over only because of J&M. They have been on the backburner for too long now. Hope they will have a great storyline for 2015 I hope they will be front and center. They are the major reason I watch this show. We deserve it after the nonsense we have had to endure with J&M for the last two years, it did not make sense AT ALL!!!

Mary Hardin-Moore
Mary Hardin-Moore

Ditto! And “nonsense we have had to endure with J & M” hits the nail on the head! Days, please don’t disappoint me tomorrow!

Cathy E
Cathy E

Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall are the core of Days ! We have waited along time to see <3 John and Marlena together doing what they do BEST Romance <3 They have chemistry that has been there since Hello, I hope we get see this storyline be the love story for John and Marlena .

Kelly
Kelly

Definitely John and Marlena! They should have never been split up in the first place. The writers messed up big time. I just hope that they do a reunion justice because this couple and the DH’s deserve it! Not to mention the fans will come back in droves if they are reunited.

Pam
Pam

I want John back on my TV screen; so that means Jarlena! That’s a fact! A fab actor such as Drake Hogestyn ,in my opinion, has been so underused lately on #DAYS! The show is not the same with out Drake! I pray the writers give John a juicy storyline: with a lot of air time. That means more than 2 minute scenes please! Thanks!

damien
damien

omg, whoever hooks up on ny eve please dont have melanie involved!
she hasnt been back for a couple of weeks and im already sick of her! has she been on every day?!
days would be smart to give abigail a real love intrest and put her front and center!
imo kate mansi is the next alison sweeney, stop wasting her time with beefcake ben, and give her a real storyline!
as well the dimera legacy is watered with chad at the head! seriously a cafe owner who just came out of the hospital and previously wanted nothing to do with being a dimera is now the head of di mera enterprises!? yea ok..

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah, I can’t stand melanie, either. what a poor choice to bring her back. I too, like Kate Mansi and I do not like her with the Ben character. He is dead boring. The first Ben was more mysterious, new Ben is just banal. Abigail does need a new major new storyline.

dmr
dmr

I didn’t understand the big hooplah with Melanie returning, either. She was never my favorite character. I haven’t watched the show since she’s been back. Just been peaking on here to get an update every now and then.

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, I could really care less. I’m very disappointed in DAYS. I usually tune back in when Eileen Davidson returns. Two years ago, I was addicted to DAYS. Loved seeing Eileen then-playing John, playing Brady, having Marlena as a nemesis. The writing and storylines at that time were sensational. Now, I’m just bored.

Christy
Christy

If the writers can wipe the slate clean and have John and Marlena start rebuilding whats left of their relationship this will be an AMAZING New Year!!!!! John and Marlena are the foundation of that show and have proven that not only does the public love them but we support them and all of their inherent ups and downs; when it is meant to be it is meant to be! #jm4evamore

Patrick
Patrick

here, here

what a fitting tribute… and a compliment to fan know how

just makes me smile

John and Marlena : fan outcry

Patrick
Patrick

Love, Love, and MORE Love

1. John and Marlena
2. Paul and Sonny
3. Maggie and Victor
4. Justin and Adrienne
5. Hope and Aiden
6. Lucas and Sheryl
7. Kimberly and Shane
8. Serena and Eric
9. Kate and Rafe’alicious

Ladies in wait

Eve
Theresa
Kayla
Anne

there’s no shortage of love romance and intrigue in Salem….

please let it be

LUMI
LUMI

Lucas is still in LA visiting Sami and kids, I hope they will bring in the New Year 🙂

Lashae
Lashae

I think Nicole and Daniel should try it out! She has been sad and hurting bc of what Eric did to her! Ya so what she lied to him big deal! Forgive is what the bible says and is he not suppose to be a man of the lord? I think when he actually sees Nicole happy with someone else it will hit him hard and make him realize he lost a good person and the one who really loved him! Yes I would love for Nicole and Eric together again bc they are a great couple! Playing a little hard to get can’t hurt after all Eric deserves to have to win her back!

SAMI/Lucas
SAMI/Lucas

LUMI will bring in the new year with Allie Johnny and Sdyney
Sami and Lucas 2015 2016 ***********************

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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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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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