Here's a collection of quotes from the "Days" cast, past and
present, on what "Days" means to them!
Jensen Ackles (Eric): "When people ask me about Days, I do nothing but brag
about it. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience."
Deborah Adair (Kate): "Kate could very well be one of my favorite
characters ever. She was multi-dimensional, and that's what really makes a human
being...It was a very professional group of people, and I had a ball. I have
only nice things to say about my experience with the show."
Antony Alda (Johnny): "I started watching Days when my dad was on and, over
the years, I've had other friends on it, so I've seen it pretty consistently. I
love the character. I've been very fortunate that the producers and writers
are letting me go with him."
Denise Alexander (Susan): "When I think of
Days, my memories are very warm and filled with a very familial kind of feeling,
more so than any place else I have ever worked...I loved doing it so much that I
didn't feel the need to take a vacation...It was a most wonderful
Victor Alfieri (Franco): "It was great. Fran Bascom, who was
the casting director back then, she’s the one who really discovered me because
she got me that job and she thought I had talent. Days was huge back then,
it still is. I was so excited I got the role because it changed my career and my
Krista Allen (Billie): "It was a blessing to be on Days. I loved
the cast and crew, and it was on those stages at NBC in Burbank that I was given
the tool of learning mass quantities of lines to perform the next day...Days was
and always will be where I hypothetically took off my training wheels and
learned to ride the acting bike....sometimes with no hands! Weeeeee!"
Kristian Alfonso (Hope): "Without sounding soapy about it, "Days" is home
to me and always close to my heart...I'm honored and incredibly fortunate to be
working with such a great ensemble of actors and such an incredible production
crew...I feel very honored to be a part of this...legacy. Days gave me my first
shot and believed in me enough to hire me the first time around. The show has
brought a tremendous amount of happiness and enjoyment to my life."
Jed Allan (Don): "I didn't want to be under contract. So when I came on the
show, I only came on to do four days as Julie's divorce lawyer. Twelve years
later, I was still on the show...My fondest memory is of the time when Marlena
and I got together when she first came on the show. We had a great rapport and
great comedy sense...Those five years were quite wonderful, and stand out as one
of those better times in my career...Don Craig was a fun role to play...it was
enjoyable and charming...The overall picture was total joy, and I had a great
John Aniston (Victor): "Why has this show endured? If I could answer that
question, I'd bottle the formula and make a fortune."
Matthew Ashford (Jack): "What I realized is that where Days' strength lies
is in the families who watch us. People have welcomed us into their homes for
[over] 40 years. In that time, they've had generations of their own family grow
up, live and die. It's the same thing that has happened on the show. The
audience continues to watch us. So basically, I say thank you to the fans for
staying with us."
Camila Banus (Gabi): "I love coming in to work. Everyone is so nice and so
funny and just very welcoming. It's such a nice atmosphere."
Jaime Lyn Bauer (Laura): "I'm so happy. I've worked at every studio except
Disney, and I've worked for lots of production companies, and Ken Corday runs a
very classy organization. They take very fine care of their people."
Brandon Beemer (Shawn): "It's
the hardest work for an actor. I gained an enormous amount of respect for the
genre...I spent every single day with them, so they became like family. I miss
Blake Berris (Nick): "I literally got off the plane and a week
later auditioned for this and my life totally changed...I never thought I was
right for soaps, but Nick is a really interesting character...I'm really glad
I'm still here...It's been an incredible experience so far."
Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe): "I've learned so much. I work with such great
people. It's been the best experience of my life...Days of Our Lives is my first
love, really... I spent so many years playing Chloe... I’ve literally
spent my entire adult life there...It feels great [doing return stints]. It is
like going home again."
Steve Blackwood (Bart): "[I]
was hired to do a three-day role as Stefano DiMera's minion. I tried to give the
character another dimension within the "yes sir" dialogue - to make him not the
sharpest knife in the drawer - to make him funny. The writers let me rewrite
some of their words, and the directors were generous enough to let me find the
physical humor of this guy. The fans loved it and I stayed for 10 years...When I
read the script where I say my final lines, I got very sad and teared up...It's
very sad because it's not you, but it is you."
Tanya Boyd (Celeste): "It's such a positive environment, so I feel
really lucky. Joe Mascolo is the best...I also like that the show is daring and
bold enough to just go for it."
Kyle Brandt (Philip): "I love
it here...Everyone from the directors to the custodian are people who I know by
name and talk to every single day...I thought the other actors would have
bigger egos, which I was pleasantly surprised wasn't the case...I will miss how
much we laugh...It's the most fun job in the world."
Tracey Bregman (Donna): "I was hired for three days, which was actually the
only reason my mother allowed me to do it. And, two years later, I left. I grew
up a lot in those two years. I learned a lot there...It was a lovely experience,
and I still watch the show to this day."
Elaine Bromka (Stella): "Loved
every single day I worked -- each was a unique challenge..Tom Langan had a
brilliant eye. After my dress rehearsal, sometimes even after my first take, he
would add the one suggestion or tweak to knock the next take out of the
ballpark. It is very rare to have that keen and quick an eye under time
pressure (or even the freedom to do such a thing anymore) and I am forever
grateful to him. We really, really cared about doing the best work
possible...Daytime is certainly, hands down, the most stressful work of all the
above. I have tremendous admiration for the actors who continue to master
scripts in such short order and deliver day after day."
Darin Brooks (Max): "This [was] my first big job...Days has always
been good to me and I’m really thankful for Days and everything they’ve
done. I hope Days goes on for [many more] years."
Jason Brooks (Peter): "To this
day, there are people who come up to me and say, 'I remember you from Days. You
were so bad, yet so good.' The Days fans are a different kind of fan. They're
really into it. It's amazing."
Molly Burnett (Melanie): "It's been the
most amazing experience. Everyone is so loving and so wonderful and so
supportive...This is my family. I came out here and I knew nothing, I knew no
one and Days just kind of opened its arms and took me in. I look at it as
four years of the best training any actor could have ever been given...Soap
operas really do have the most loving fans. I am so thankful for
Joseph Campanella (Harper): "I'm very proud I'm a part of the
show's...legacy. I loved the steady work, the hours, the exposure and the fans.
I thought the actors were unusually talented people. ..It was a marvelous
atmosphere of friendliness and creativity...People like the villains, and I got
nominated for the Emmy, which was delightful."
Macdonald Carey (Tom): "Ted Corday called me and I wasn't getting any
movies. He said 'Listen, I have a job for you.' He told me about the part, that
the story would be about me and my family. He said 'I warn you. You're liable to
be doing it for ten years.' The rest, you could say, is history...That's how it
started and it just went on and on and on...thank God."
Matt Cedeno (Brandon): "It's been great to be on a show where you don't
have to worry whether you will be cancelled tomorrow."
Judith Chapman (Anjelica): "There was something magical about Days. It was
such a wonderful group, and that encompassed the fans as well. I had so much fun
playing Anjelica...God gave me a goody with Anjelica...There was so much humor,
and I really enjoyed doing that."
Crystal Chappell (Carly): "It was my first big job, so I got to learn most
everything there. Meeting my husband [Michael Sabatino] was the most special
thing I took away from that. I remember the fans being incredible. They were
very vocal and supportive. Days was just this wonderful ride."
Marie Cheatham (Marie): "Beverly Sills, the opera singer, was standing next
to me at some charity function and we all sang 'The Star Spangled Banner.' I
remember turning to her and saying 'I can't believe I sang with Beverly Sills!'
and she graciously responded 'I can't believe I sang with Marie
Shawn Christian (Daniel): “The show has done a great job
throughout history of tapping into that fantasy world of that high-arc romance
and drama and still having a grounded storyline and relatable storylines to
people, which is very hard to do...Days has always remained true to its family
root storylines, which is a testament for how many generations watch...It’s a
great tradition, and I’m proud to be a small part of it.”
Eric Christmas (Father Francis): "I was the exorcism expert when Marlena
was possessed by the devil. That was quite amusing for me since I'm not
particularly religious and certainly not Roman Catholic. When the scripts called
for me to say the Lord's Prayer in Latin...that was really tough. I had to do it
in a way that suggested this character had done it for many, many years, the
biggest single challenge possibly of my entire career."
(Carrie): "There is a good feeling at the show...The cast and crew at
Days really want it to succeed. It's a fabulous place to work...So many
people say, 'I started watching Days with my mom and my grandma.'..[I love] that
warm, fuzzy tradition where our fans are getting the next generation
John Clarke (Mickey): "It's been such a wonderful growth experience, and
not just in acting...The biggest reward has been the encompassing friendships
that I have with so many people. It's like a family...When the show began, Ted
Corday told me that Mickey is the character who is the most real and without any
problems, so when we got into the situation in the loony bin, artistically that
was a highlight for me, and very memorable...Being challenged by, and happy in,
the same role for [over] 30 years is a big reward."
Jason Cook (Shawn):
"From day one, the thing that always stayed true is the cast and crew, which
have been amazing. I [played Shawn] for seven years and it's a part of me...I'm
very close with this place and the people here. I've never been in one place for
seven years. I didn't know what that felt like...It's amazing."
Barbara Crampton (Trista): "Days was the soap opera that got my feet wet
and got me started...I've been fortunate to have been able to work on a lot of
shows and have some great characters, and Trista was certainly one of
them...It's quite an honor to be a small part of something that is such a
Roark Critchlow (Mike): "I'm a little bit in awe of something that can last
that long and have that sort of appeal. In terms of the job, experience and the
people I work with, they're all fantastic. There's no egos and there's no
hierarchy...I'm happy to be able to work with people like that, and to be part
of a class organization."
Patrika Darbo (Nancy): "The warm and fuzzy thing is very real, and it makes
me love being on this show even more."
Bryan Dattilo (Lucas): "It makes me feel better knowing that I'm involved
with such a long-running and respected show. Days has been doing it for so long,
so well, and it makes me feel good that I can say it is the soap opera I'm
Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Susan): "The cast and crew are fantastic and,
given what they are up against and how quickly they work, their attitudes and
their commitment to doing a great job is unparalleled. And that has helped me do
some of the best work of my life. It's been a real privilege to be
Casey Deidrick (Chad): "I will always cherish the time I had on
Days and the people I got to work with. It really is one of the best families
out there and I wish everyone the best. I am very thankful for this once in a
John de Lancie (Eugene): "Of all those endless leading men who have gone
through the halls of daytime television, a lot of them are pretty much
forgotten, but people around the country still recognize me as Eugene because he
was so different. I enjoyed Days. I particularly liked working with Arleen
Sorkin, and so it was a very enjoyable time and a lot of fun."
Drexler (Roger): "I think it is cool that the fans are multi-generational, and I
thoroughly enjoyed being a part of "Days of Our Lives." I am glad the
show has [been on so long], and if they want Roger back . . . . just
Michael Easton (Tanner): "It's funny. Every so often I think 'Where would
Tanner be today?' That was a great experience. The time I spent with
Macdonald Carey was the highlight. I got to spend some time talking to him and I
learned a lot from him. He was a great guy."
Jane Elliot (Anjelica): "It was lovely being there. I couldn't have been
happier, to tell you the truth. It was a very well-run show...It was a very
sensible, hardworking and successful show, and I'm very glad I got to be a part
of it. Anjelica was a wonderful character...It was fun, fun, fun. I was
really happy there and everything was just very lovely and very
Wesley Eure (Mike): "Days was a very good place to start. It was one of the
greatest experiences of my life. The show was pretty much an ensemble of people
who genuinely socialized with each other outside of work. I met some of the
nicest people...We loved each other for real; it was like having a second
family...I love the show, I miss it, and I'm just thrilled and honored to be a
part of its legacy."
Judi Evans (Adrienne): "I really loved that show, and it was always
enjoyable and memorable...Adrienne was a great role, and the writing was always
top-notch...I grew up on Days, and I feel very fortunate and very proud to have
been a part of that show."
Mary Beth Evans (Kayla): "I look back on Days with such fondness., because
I really grew up at that time. It was my first contract role, and it was very
family. Stephen Nichols was great to work with. He's a wonderful guy, so
supportive and sweet, and we really cared about each other and I think that came
across on screen...It's great that the show is...a part of television history,
and that's wonderful."
Farah Fath (Mimi): "You know, this is just the
best job ever...I've cherished every moment."
Susan Flannery (Laura): "I'll never forget...Betty Corday came over from
the production office. We were all surprised to see her. She sat down and
said...'We're now the No. 1 show in the Nielsen ratings.' We were absolutely
thrilled, so happy about the news. And we were No. 1 for a long, long
Don Frabotta (Dave): "I truly enjoyed working with everyone over
the years. I was just so happy, and lucky, to be working as much as I did. I
looked forward to getting up at 4AM to head to the set, why would I not
be?...Betty Corday, in the early days, would come in to watch the dress
rehearsal to give the final okay on how the show would be done. And no one would
change a comma after that because the taping was viewed. She was truly a
business woman and an Earth Mother. She truly cared about the performers in the
"Days of Our Lives" family and was always so very kind."
Genie Francis (Diana): "I hope that Diana entered into the hearts of
the audience as much as Laura from [General Hospital] did. I hope that they
liked her, and that I did some good with the part...The working relationships
were good and everything was very smooth. I was very happy there."
Joseph Gallison (Neil): "Days was a great experience for me...Gloria Loring
and I had a very good working relationship. That was a terrific time, and I
really enjoyed it."
Joy Garrett (Jo): ""You forget when you get in your
car and you go to work and you go home, you forget how much people care about
your character and about you as a person...It never occurred to me in a million
years that I would play a mother because I've never been one...I'm not terribly
family-oriented, so I think that's why this whole experience has affected
me so much. I've just taken to my Days family...Most important of all, which we
all know, are the fans. Without you there would be no soaps, there would be no
Days of Our Lives, and there would certainly be no Jo Johnson."
Galen Gering (Rafe): "I am so
fortunate. Having this job has really been a Godsend in that, because of our
shooting schedule and the fact that we have 16 or 17 weeks off a year, I’m able
to spend time with my family. All of those things are so great, and they make
this job one of the best jobs, in my opinion, that one could have, certainly in
the entertainment industry. And the people here are so nice and cool. It’s a
Regina Gleason (Kitty): "In general, I’m still astounded and
honored that after all this time I will be somewhere, (like of all places the
restroom of The Louvre in Paris) and have someone say: “Kitty Horton!”...Please
continue to love and support the best soap opera ever on TV! And always remember
to take a moment to listen to the beautiful beginning theme song…I love that
hauntingly melodic theme to "Days of Our Lives"…so glad they never changed
Staci Greason (Isabella): "For me, it was a really loving, hardworking,
warm experience. I have very good feelings about that time in my life. When I
was there, it felt like a family; we were all striving to create something
together. I had a good rapport with Drake Hogestyn...I feel I was really lucky
to have worked on that show...Playing Isabella helped me grow up. I was young,
naive, shy and anxious to please."
Ivan G'Vera (Ivan): "It's always nice to feel that you're around when a
celebration of such importance happens, because most shows come and go. I am
glad to be a part of it because this show has a great amount of talent
associated with it...and I enjoy all the people...This show is outrageous and
unusual at times, but I'm proud to be a part of a show that stands
Deidre Hall (Marlena): "Marlena has been a role model for American women
from the first time she appeared on television...She was one of the first single
moms, and a career woman. The fact that she became kind of a phenomenon and a
heroine surprised me as much as anybody else...The work has been a great source
of pride and satisfaction, and it's also nice that the audience loves it."
Bill Hayes (Doug): "When I started on the show, I knew nothing about soaps.
I only knew that they were bad...but I found out that bad was all wrong...they
were fabulous! Doug was an exciting character, and they built on him and gave me
more and more exciting things to do. To have Doug and Julie fall in love...as
well as Susan and Bill fall in love...was a really memorable, wonderful
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie): "I loved it all. I loved working hard, and
working with people who cared...They cast the man who became my husband...I've
had Emmy nominations and a lot of exposure, so I'd be a fool to complain. From
that core group of the originals, it has always continued to be a very tight and
loving group...I have never had anyone come up and complain. If they watched,
they remember with love, and what on earth more can you ask out of an entire
life than to be remembered with love? That's what I think is our legacy."
Rick Hearst (Scott): "I have a lot of memorable Salem moments...My goodbye
scene when Scott was going off to med school, with Mac Carey and Frances Reid. I
will forever hold that as a benchmark for my whole career, having worked
with Mac Carey before he passed away."
Wayne Heffley (Vern): "It was an easy job because the character was so
close to who I am. It was likely the best job I had in 45 years and more
enjoyable than the over 600 films I've done. I really liked the quick pace and
fairly regular job."
Shelley Hennig (Stephanie): "I just know that I'm
very lucky, and my co-stars are amazing, so I really have nothing to complain
about...I am thankful for this role that Days has given me and will miss
playing this character. I am forever thankful for the fans and this wonderful
gift that was given to me. It’s been a lot of fun to play and I wouldn’t change
Drake Hogestyn (John): "The show is like a book you pick up and read a
chapter a day. You lose yourself in it and get away from whatever madness is in
your life...The audience really wanted to see Roman Brady resurrected. I
happened to be around at the right time."
Billy Hufsey (Emilio): "I had no intention of coming back, but the fans
made me really want to do the show again, so it was because of them that I
returned. Emilio was a character I immensely enjoyed playing...I loved being a
badass. I liked mixing it up with Jack and Jennifer. I also liked when he
started to mature a little bit."
Leann Hunley (Anna): "I had some good times on the show. It was almost
otherworldly to be in this reality that was Salem. We were just all
so close-knit. It really was a family...Being part of the show's legacy is a
testament to the fact that they're doing good work, and I'm grateful I had the
opportunity to do that. Every day was a treat, and it was fun to go to
George Jenesky (Nick): "I've been very fortunate because the two leading
ladies I worked with, Charlotte Ross and Lisa Howard, were really talented and a
lot of fun to work with, and Antony Alda was a delight. Even when Nick was at
his sleaziest, I think viewers had a sense that the guy wasn't bad through and
through...I had a good run on the show...People who are into Days are really
into Days. They have the most dedicated fans of any soap."
Jay Johnson (Philip): "I'm very
happy where I'm at. I have been working, and I have had a lot of fun doing it.
Days is good."
Renee Jones (Nikki & Lexie): "I remember being a kid and Days being my
grandmother's favorite soap. When I first started on Days as Nikki Wade, it was
heaven for me because I had watched all these actors on television as I was
growing up. Everybody's great...Being a part of history like this is incredible
and indescribable...To know that this will be around for so long, with such
incredible actors surrounding you, it's just very, very humbling."
Stanley Kamel (Eric): "I had gone to a burnch in Malibu and Betty Corday
happened to be there...A few weeks later, I auditioned for Eric. I'm sure I
wouldn't have gotten the audition if it hadn't been for that luck of meeting
Mrs. Corday that day."
Lauren Koslow (Kate): "Days means home to me. I've been on other shows, and
this one has not only been the longest run, but it's the place as an
actress where I've been continually and terrifically challenged. I'm still
blown away anytime a fan comes up and says they have seen every episode."
Wally Kurth (Justin): "Days was my first professional television gig...The
people at Days were nice...The opportunity that I got to sing at Days was
amazing, and the people really enjoyed that part of Justin...and I'm glad I got
to do that."
Thyme Lewis (Jonah): "That's the magic of it; to enjoy what you're doing
and to be able to be on a show with a wonderful cast and crew, and people who
support you and what you're doing. You realize how lucky you are."
Jen Lilley (Theresa): "It's so exciting...I feel like I have big shoes to
fill, because I'm [playing] a Brady. Everybody in this family is so dynamic and
interesting. I better pull my weight...Casey Moss is great. I just adore him so
much. This is his first acting role, but you can't even tell. He seems like a
seasoned pro. I love working with him, because he's willing to explore and go on
an adventure with you."
Heather Lindell (Jan): "Days is such a good
opportunity...Arianne Zucker really showed me the ropes...I learned a lot from
Gloria Loring (Liz): "Days was one of the most important periods of my
life. It was my first acting job....It was a time of tremendous growth, and I
learned so much and met such wonderful people...The strength of the
personalities of the actors, and the acting technique and the way we interacted
was really extraordinary."
Kyle Lowder (Brady): "Getting the job in the first place would have to rank
right up there as No. 1 for me. It was so overwhelming...It's a cliche but there
really is a family feeling on this set."
Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne): "I'd never auditioned for a soap in my entire
career. [Marnie Saitta] asked me to come in and read this scene for
Days. I was going to do three little episodes. I thought, 'That would be
fun to try a soap.' Then, it just kept going. I'm having the best time...Missy
Reeves is amazing. She's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet...She's had
this incredible experience of being on this show for 20 plus
Martha Madison (Belle): "[I've been a Days fan] since I was 8...I
got hooked...Meeting Drake Hogestyn was another tearful experience...It was the
sweetest moment...I always we knew we had such great fans. I just didn't know
they were in such mass quantities. I really appreciate it."
Edward Mallory (Bill): "It was a memorable 14 years. I liked Bill because
he was expressive and he had a lot of levels. Susan Flannery and I had just a
great professional relationship, which really worked well for us and the
show...My memories are very fond, and I think of that show only with
Kate Mansi (Abigail): "I was so fortunate when I came on the show.
Everyone was so generous and kind and welcoming. They took me under their wing.
If I can return the favor, of course, I want to be the same way."
Martsolf (Brady): "I feel like I have grown a lot and I think that's just
reflected in the work and that's a result of surrounding yourself with strong
people. Days has done a great job in recruiting actors from our genre that are
strong. When you're around strong people you simply become a manifestation of
everyone around you. So that's always a wonderful thing when you have a great
community around you that cares about the work as much as you do."
Gregg Marx (David): "It was my first real job as an actor, so it was a
heady time for me, but I look back on it very fondly. I enjoyed playing
David...It prepared me to play Tom Hughes on As the World Turns...It was just a
nice group of people...It is nice to be a part of something larger than
yourself...That's a nice legacy."
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano): "I've loved every minute of playing this man.
[Stefano] could have died [in 1983], but look at him. Nothing can kill him. He
can do it all...It's been of the most ideal situations ever. I take a lot of
pride in being part of Days, and my pride is really founded on the fact that
they gave me the opportunity to create a character like Stefano. He seems to
have resonated out there with the people, and that's one reason I've constantly
come back to play the role."
Margaret Mason (Linda): "When I left, the
people on the show were so kind. They're lovely people who called and
Chandler Massey (Will): "I'm going to miss everyone like crazy. I
had so many incredible mentors at the show and made so many great friends... It
has been such an amazing journey, and I am so grateful to have shared these four
years with you all. As I move forward from Days, I will never forget the laughs
we shared, the tears we shed, & the love we spread."
Peggy McCay (Caroline): "I've been associated with the show [for a long
time], and I hope it goes on for a long time for everyone's sake...When you
first come on the show, you kind of inherit generations of viewers. I think
that's wonderful to have generations of viewers out there, still watching."
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea): "The biggest thing I’ve learned [at Days] is
really just the mechanics of acting and it’s just memorizing the lines as fast
as we do and learning how to apply emotion as quickly as we do...I’ve also
learned who I am as an actor and as a person the last four years on the show so
when I go into auditions now I don’t go into them the same way."
Karen Moncrieff (Gabrielle): "I liked Gabrielle very much, and I enjoyed
playing the character for as long as it lasted. The fan reaction was very
Julianne Morris (Greta): "There's a real sense of belonging at
Days. I'm more comfortable here...I'm having a wonderful time...They are
absolutely wonderful to work with, and I feel privileged to be
Casey Moss (JJ): "My mom was ecstatic when I got Days
because she loves Missy Reeves. She used to watch the show all the time. Then, I
found out that my grandparents watch, too. They've watched for 25 years, and I
had no idea...I love working with Missy Reeves and Kate Mansi. They're
always emotionally available... Missy is very motherly. She's very caring and
has always been very supportive. Kate's been very friendly and nice too. I
really appreciate that.”
Patrick Muldoon (Austin): "I was at Days at the
beginning of my career for three years. It’s kind of a marriage, when a
character is being created. The writers write it and then kind of tailor things
to the actor. At the time they borrowed things from me and incorporated them
into Austin and the story -– the boxing, the music ... Those were Patrick things
that played to my strengths. I don’t have that with any of the other characters
I’ve played in my career. There’s no other character in my career that I
have this much of an emotional attachment to...I really love it. It’s great.
Austin Reed is the most favorite character I’ve ever played."
Stephen Nichols (Steve): "I had no idea he would become such a phenomenon.
I just showed up and did my job. People responded to how it was translated
through the television screen."
Wayne Northrop (Roman & Alex): "It was a great experience...The job
happened to be one of those magical meldings of the right time, the right
characters, the right writing. I am grateful and surprised by [Roman]'s
popularity, and the experiences I had with that character are irreplaceable.
Deidre Hall's a hell of a lady and I love her dearly. It's a fond memory...and
it will always be a positive part of my life."
Frank Parker (Grandpa Shawn): "This show is about people, real people and
their problems. And the people who play those parts are the best actors in the
world...Every scene with my daughters Kayla and Kimberly was always special to
me. Even when it's your make-believe kid, you can't help but feel the dear,
love, and it's as real in your scene as it would be in your real life."
Patsy Pease (Kimberly): "I had a lot of fun, and [it got better] with each
return...Kimberly was a good, solid daytime character, but with her multiple
personality storyline, I got to go outside the boundaries of Kimberly, and that
was a lot of fun. I was grateful for the new opportunity...You always want to
feel part of something bigger than yourself..and I was graced the privilege of
beng part of the greatest soap on the planet!"
Austin Peck (Austin):
"Days has given me so much. They gave me that break...I love Austin and I have
playing him. I truly do."
J. Eddie Peck (Hawk): "My son, Austin, came down to visit the set when he
was only 2, and not long after that, Tom Langan told me 'We're adding a new
character to the show, and we're going to give him the same name as your son.
[Jason47 note: Although Patrick Muldoon played the first Austin, the second
actor to play the role ironically had the same exact name as whom the character
was named after...Austin Peck!]
Thaao Penghlis (Tony & Andre): "I was just blessed that they brought a
woman [Leann Hunley] for me on the show that, still today, is one of my favorite
human beings...I love this group. I think the actors here are wonderful and very
Julie Pinson (Billie): "I'm really happy. I like my job. I
hope everybody likes this Billie...Everybody here has been so cool...This is the
best I've ever had it...This show is so much fun."
Elaine Princi (Linda): "When I was at Days, I was playing one person posing
as two people...For six months no one knew it was the same person, and that was
the challenge of the whole thing. What more joy could an actor have than to do
those wonderful, dramatic, bizarre things?...That was the most exciting role any
actor could have."
Peter Reckell (Bo): "To be part of an institution like Days, and have a
major impact, is an awesome responsibility. I feel I'm in a very special place
to have been acknowledged in that way, and it's quite an honor...[To work in] a
place that I consider home is a very soothing feeling. I feel like I'm the
luckiest guy in the world."
Quinn Redeker (Alex): "It's the best of both
worlds. You've got the longevity of a play, but it's new every
Melissa Reeves (Jennifer): "Working with Frances Reid and learning so much
from her is what stands out to me...It's also been fun getting into all the
catastrophes Jennifer's gotten into...When I started, it was a standard
three-year contract with 13-week cycles. I thought 'Okay, I'll just take three
months at a time. I'll pretend that I have just three months, and if it goes
another three months, great.' I never imagined that it would go on for years and
years. To have a part on a television show that has so much history is such an
honor...I think of all the things I have had in my life because of this one
show...It's just done so much for me personally. Ken Corday is such a
family-oriented man, I think he really roots for all of our families, above
Frances Reid (Alice): "I thought, if Days goes one year, I'll be happy. The
time has kind of slid by. Where has the time gone?...I don't know how anyone can
ask for a better thing. It's been a positive experience from an actor's point of
view. I've been very lucky, and I hold Mac responsible for that. He had a
wonderful way of being able to extend himself to everyone, and that worked very
nicely.,,Most of my professional life has been as Alice Horton, and I have no
James Reynolds (Abe): "I've been involved in many storylines that have been
very exciting, and a lot of fun. I've always felt in some way that Abe is a
central character in Salem because he has such good relationships with almost
everybody, and offstage it's very close to the same thing. I think we have some
of the best people around...It's been more than a positive experience, it's been
Lisa Rinna (Billie): "Playing Billie was a magical time in my life and my
career. The day I got the role was the day I could say 'I am a working
actor.' I will be forever grateful for that."
Suzanne Rogers (Maggie): "When I started, I thought it would be three years
and then I'd leave. But the audience took Maggie to heart and liked her...I owe
a lot to the Cordays, and to some very good people I've worked with over the
years. I feel so honored and privileged that I've been a part of this show. I've
just been very lucky here, and I've had some wonderful storylines."
Charlotte Ross (Eve): "The best thing about working on Days was learning
about working with other actors. I loved the high pace of it, the 40-page days
and being able to take the character full circle. It was fun playing a vixen. I
loved it and I got my aggression out...All in all, I had so much fun."
Michael Sabatino (Lawrence): "I had never done a daytime soap before, and I
didn't know the grind, the quantity of material that you had to absorb and
perform. Days has that amazing fan base. They adore the show and the characters,
even old, evil Lawrence. And, of course, I met [wife] Crystal Chappell, so
that's really the up side."
Philece Sampler (Renee): "I loved playing Renee, and it was a lot of fun. I
know there were lots of letters when my character was murdered, which was very
rewarding...I was very touched and very flattered that these people cared
James Scott (EJ): "There are times when you really have the
opportunity to delve deep and the work can be very rewarding. I work with an
incredible group of people. It's a very enjoyable experience...I love what I do
and I think what they say is that if you do something you love , you'll never
work a day in your life. It certainly feels like that. I'm incredibly grateful
for the opportunity that Days of Our Lives has afforded me."
Charles Shaughnessy (Shane): "The cast and the crew were the nicest,
easiest and most group of people to work with. It was never a great effort to
come to work, and that's the biggest compliment you could give to the show. It
was great working with Patsy Pease, who's a wonderful actress...It was exciting
to work with someone with whom you really felt things were happening."
Freddie Smith (Sonny): "Thanks for all the support. I get so many tweets
and so many letters and it means so much to me that they love my work. It makes
me feel so good as an actor that they love my character...Playing [this]
role, I have more of a platform to speak up. I’m very honored I can play roles
like this and make a difference.”
Louise Sorel (Vivian): "The madcap things I did with Ivan G'Vera were
outrageous and ended up being quite fun. As insane as I thought that
buried-alive story was, I thoroughly enjoyed playing it because of the
commitment that we all made to do it."
Arleen Sorkin (Calliope): "I immensely enjoyed working on that show, and
the relationships I formed with the actors, producers and writers. I knew when
it was happening that it was the best working experience I would ever
have...When John de Lancie and I were onstage, it was electric. It was the kind
of experience you only expect to have in theater, doing full scenes at full
throttle, which was exhilarating and something we'll never forget...Being
part of the show's legacy makes me feel like as long as that show's running,
someday when I'm old and gray, I'll come back as Grandma Jones."
Kevin Spirtas (Craig): "I'm
grateful that I had the goods to deliver and I'm grateful that the show feels
I'm capable and they're going to take that chance with me...Working with Patrika
Darbo has taught me a lot about who I am as a performer and as a person...I'm
just so lucky...It's the best gig I've ever had."
(Jordan): "When they asked me, I said that I thought this [role] would be
more interesting just because creatively it was something I hadn’t done
before...I got really lucky, because Galen Gering and I get along so
well. Like me, he’s a goofball."
Christopher Stone (Bill): "I've done two series of my own...but Days was my
first soap. I was floored because the amount of work was triple that of a
nighttime show. I don't think that I could have found a better group of
actors, producers, etc... to work with. It was a really creative
Kirsten Storms (Belle): "Having been there for five years
during my teenage years. I got attached to some of the people that I worked
with. Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn felt like my second set of parents.
Even now, when I see Drake, I cry, run up to him and hug him...I spent a lot of
time on a good show and learned a lot."
Shannon Sturges (Molly): "I sort
of treaded water on Days...They were lovely people...Michael Easton is one of my
favorite people. He's such a neat guy...such a great actor."
Alison Sweeney (Sami): "I have enjoyed every minute of it. We're still a
family and we still have many of the same values, beliefs and traditions that
I'm sure they had when they started. The cast and crew are just sensational.
Deidre Hall and Wayne Northrop are fantastic people to work with, and I feel I
benefitted so much from having my first storyline on the show with them...I
never really imagined my future on the show, or my career at Days."
Mark Tapscott (Bob): "I'm so very grateful to be on this show. Here I am
making a good salary doing something I cherish."
Josh Taylor (Chris & Roman): "Days really gave me my first break, and
Chris Kositchek was one of the first earthy kind of leading soap
characters...The best thing is that I have been able to be a part of this show
for [so many] years, and have been fortunate to play two major characters. I
would never have come back here if I had not liked being here in the first
Tammy Taylor (Hope): "I think the thing that keeps Days on the
air is that the basis of the show has always been the family. As crazy and
off-the-wall the plots have gone (and there have been some doozies!), the
foundation of the show really is the love of family and everyone can relate to
it. Even if a viewer doesn't experience that same closeness with his/her own
family, it's that desire to connect that we all have that keeps viewers wanting
to be a part of the Horton Family and to care about the generations beyond the
original family of Alice and Tom's...I will just always feel connected to the
show and want to thank all the Days fans for being so loyal and committed, and
for supporting what is now an iconic television jewel, sure to go down in
broadcast history as the best of all the daytime dramas. It's because of the
fans that the show survives and thrives to this day!"
Lisa Trusel (Melissa): "I
started watching the show when I was 8. It was my mom's soap, so I watched with
her...I've made so many good friends on the show."
William Utay (Dr.
Rolf): "Fran Bascom liked my work and cast me on a few shows over the
years. I have her to thank for [Days]. I was only supposed to be on for a
handful of episodes. Then they kept bringing me back and it turned into a much
bigger part...As an actor, I've been very satisfied."
Mark Valley (Jack): "Missy Reeves is wonderful. I really like her instincts
as an actress...Days does some really groundbreaking storylines, but it's also
one of the shows that's not afraid to take chances. I'm expecting it to continue
to get better and better."
Greg Vaughan (Eric): "It’s been awesome. Every day is a good day. We have a
lot of fun. They’re good people...Arianne Zucker is brilliant, and I have a
great respect for her. She’s been a team player and a great book of knowledge
for me any time I need it."
David Wallace (Tod): "I had a good experience on Days. When I came to the
show, I didn't know a whole lot about the character. Tod was a
Billy Warlock (Frankie): "It was always a great place to work because of
the people. There were never any egos...Melissa Reeves was always a pleasure to
be around; a pro. We had a great thing and those kinds of things don't come
around very often, where you just click with someone like that. Days of Our
Lives opened many doors for me, and I have nothing but great thoughts about the
Patty Weaver (Trish): "I would never have been known as a singer had it not
been for Bill Hayes. I was off somewhere in a rehearsal hall with pianist Marty
Davich, and Bill heard me and went to the producers and said 'This chick can
sing.' The next thing I knew, I was singing on the show...It was a wonderful,
wonderful experience, and there are times when I wish we could go back...I give
thanks to Days, it was my first big break."
Victor Webster (Nicholas): "After my first day of shooting was completed,
Drake Hogestyn gathered everyone around to welcome me into the Days family. I'll
never forget that."
Michael T. Weiss (Mike): "I've been there for five
years and I've loved every minute of it. It's really been incredible. It's just
been a great job...It's like a baseball team - the players change
but [fans] still go to the game."
Valerie Wildman (Fay): "I was a big fan before I started working here. This
show has always believed strongly that true love always conquers all. How
could you not watch that?"
Eric Winter (Rex): "I had a thousand laughs
with everyone...I'm going to miss the fans and seeing the people who supported
my career for three years and have been there every step of the way. They really
make you feel confident in what you are doing and that is a priceless thing to
get from somebody."
Arianne Zucker (Nicole): "it's a fun show, and it seems to me, people must
have as good a time watching it as we have doing it. We have fun here. I
think that translates to the audience."