Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS) talks the changes at Days of our Lives, the end of the “Impostor Rafe,” and whether or not Rafe is worried about the return of Austin!
Last Wednesday, TVSource Magazine headed to the set of Days of our Lives, getting a sneak peek at what fans will see when the series “reboots” itself beginning September 26. The show wants fans to embrace their theme for summer, “Watch now to see how we change” and during our visit to the set of “DAYS 2.0,” we were given the opportunity to see just how much has changed. We were treated to a sneak peek at the brand new, massive Horton Square set (there are multiple new sets as well) and interviewed some of the stars. Each day for the next week we’ll publish one (maybe two) of our interviews with the stars who participated in the tour.
It’s been an interesting year thus far for Galen Gering on Days of our Lives. In January, he took on a dual role, playing a look-alike known as “Impostor Rafe” for months on end. Normally Galen plays the good guy, the hero, but for this role he was anything but. “Impostor Rafe” was the antithesis of Rafe Hernandez. Fans wanted to know if he and co-star Alison Sweeney took a specific approach to change their chemistry during the storyline. “We had a discussion about it, but I think naturally when she saw the way I was playing this character it was easy for her to be revolted.”
The actor seemed relieved the impostor storyline was over and seemed to look forward to the next chapter. “Change is good. As an actor, I think that story sort of ran its course, if you will. It’s great playing Rafe now and being in a storyline where I am acting with someone who actually wants to be working with me because Sami just wanted to kill me [laughs]. “
With a new era of Days about to begin in September, the stars are hoping fans tune back in and give the show another shot. Galen shared what kind of stories he feels resonates with fans, and what they want to see from the show. “I think the audience wants the romantic storylines [of the past] to come back. It is a soap opera after all – that’s what drives them.” As for what fans can expect in the future for Rafe and Sami, Galen seemed excited for what’s to come. “I am working with Patrick Muldoon [Austin], Christie Clarke [Carrie] and Alison Sweeney [Sami]. There is a lot of tension and humor in the story. It is very well written. The writers have done such a great job. In all seriousness, we are loving it. The excitement and energy is definitely up.”
Now that Austin – the great obsession of Sami’s life – is back in Salem, should Rafe be worried that Sami might be tempted to go after Austin again? “Rafe wasn’t around to see that. She has told him a little about it. Her character has mellowed since those days, hopefully [laughs]. There is a lot of tension in the household with him around,” Galen previews. “He is married, we are married, so we should act like adults but that remains to be seen, if that is the case.” He went on to praise the writing for the storyline. “It is a really character driven storyline as opposed to plot driven. [There is] lots of romance, mystery and intrigue.”
This fall, Galen will be a part of E!’s new docu-series Dirty Soap. Executive produced by former soap stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Haley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, AMC), the series follows the stars as they deal with their personal and professional lives. “[It] will give viewers who love the show an inside look into what goes on around here,” said Galen, adding that a lot of the actors fans love on-screen will also appear on the show along with him. The actor shares he was approached to do the show. “The people at E! thought I would be a good fit. Hopefully they didn’t make a mistake. We will be on at 10pm on Sundays and have shot some great stuff. Fans are going to enjoy it!”
Dirty Soap premieres Sunday, September 25at 10PM/EST.
COMING TOMORROW: Our interview with the newest addition to the Days of our Lives cast, three-time Emmy winner Sarah Brown (Madison). Find out how she feels about working on DAYS and her views on daytime.