Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day of 'Days' Interview: Eric Martsolf on the Drastic Changes at 'Days of our Lives'

Eric Martsolf at the Day of Days event on November 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Jessica Weisel
The annual "Day of Days" event was held on Saturday, November 14 at Universal Citywalk. Mandy Lynn Denaux covered the event for Serial Scoop and chatted with the cast of Days of our Lives about the 50th anniversary of the iconic soap opera, and much more. Eric Martsolf–who plays Brady Black–shared his thoughts on the behind-the-scenes changes at the show, Brady's relationship with Theresa, social media, and what it would be like to play Victor Kiriakis.

Read our interview below.

SERIAL SCOOP: We know you can’t share too much of the upcoming storyline, but if you had to summarize in one word what your character has been up to, what would that word be?
ERIC MARTSOLF: Theresa would be the word. That is what he has been up to. Figuratively. Literally. He’s all up in Theresa’s grill right now, and it’s a dangerous game he’s playing right now because Theresa has enabled him to do some awful things in the past. You know. That is why they got together in the first place. They were both ok with each other’s substitutes and alcoholism – forget this nice little town of Salem where everyone is holding hands and taking bubble baths together. Let’s just spit on it. Let’s just be together and do what we want. They are almost like the anti-soap couple. And now the writers have turned this around and said, ‘Here’s two flawed people – what if they raise a child and have true love together? Why not? You know, life isn’t perfect. I don’t think a soap opera is about showing a perfect world. It’s about escapism and the world is not perfect. So I think they’re perfect pairs in the same perfect world, and I find myself rooting for them because I want to believe that two people can forgive one another, fix one another and even being so deeply cut, they can mend one another. It’s a nice love story.

SERIAL SCOOP: What’s the biggest shift you’ve seen since the new writers and new regime have come in?
ERIC MARTSOLF: Ah, there has been more shifts than a Maserati. They’ve really stepped up and brought their A game and I think going in they knew this was going to be a big time with the show’s history and they decided to knock it out of the park. They brought back all the nostalgic characters from yesteryear and interlaced it with really good story and it is shocking story. The next couple of months – fans’ mouths are going to be on the floor. They are going to cry, they’re going to laugh and they’re going to be shocked. And they’ve decided to take risks that aren’t normally done in daytime. It’s very easy to play the safe route. ‘Oh, who’s the daddy?’ ‘Oh, I’m not sure.’ ‘Their father…’ We’re making some drastic changes. It’s going to be shocking.

SERIAL SCOOP: Would you and Brady be good friends in real life?
ERIC MARTSOLF: [Laughs] Ohhhhh! I don’t know if it would be a good idea for Eric to be good friends with Brady. Brady has unlimited income with tendency to become …. Yeah, indulgent. I hope to God that they would be friends in real life. I think Eric could hold him at bay, you know?

SERIAL SCOOP: If you could be any other character on the show – regardless of age or gender, who would it be?
ERIC MARTSOLF: I would probably play Victor Kiriakis.

SERIAL SCOOP: Victor and Stefano were the popular answers.
ERIC MARTSOLF: Yeah, because he’s just the quintessential bad ass. He also has the best writing on the show. He has the best one-liners that I’ve ever seen. Finally, I would love to put Brady Black in his place as well – knock him down a couple notches but I have a deep respect for John and I think he has created a very iconic character and it would be very fun to play him so much.

SERIAL SCOOP: How has social media changed your experience as an actor or impacted it?
ERIC MARTSOLF: Social media has allowed such terrific access to fans to what they are thinking and what they are feeling. And I think as actors we tend to do our little skit in our little warehouse in Burbank, and we don’t always realize the impact we are having on people – because they follow these stories so much. And it’s almost like a bonding tool amongst family members in a sense – you have the daughter and mom and grandma and great grandma all watching the show and what social media has done has allowed us to understand how these people really feel about it in a way which we never had before.

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