A new Days on the Lives is on the horizon. With a series of characters on the way out, DAYS is boosting its ranks with a pair of Daytime Emmy winners, soap alums Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, AMC; Tony, GL) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC; et al).
Serial Scoop was the first to report Vilasuso’s casting, a little over a week after publishing a blind item hinting to the alum’s hiring. Jordi Vilasuso, known for his Daytime Emmy winning role as Tony Santos on CBS’ Guiding Light, went on to join ABC’s All My Children in the fall of 2010 as Dr. Griffin Castillo. Vilasuso reprised AMC role in Prospect Park’s online version of All My Children in 2013. He can currently be seen in the Hulu soap South Beach.
Vilasuso earned two nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor while on Guiding Light, taking home the win in 2003. Reports say Vilasuso will play a character connected to Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering).
Vincent Irizarry’s casting was also first mentioned in Serial Scoop’s blind item. Co-star Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) accidentally commented on his casting in a now deleted tweet on August 30. Yahoo TV officially confirmed his casting earlier today. Days of our Lives is keeping mum on details surrounding his character, but TVLine reports he’ll play Deimos, a new character closely connected to the Kiriakis family.
Irizarry’s soap-pedigree is the kind any show should be eager to acquire. With soap credits from Guiding Light (where he played Lujack and Nick), Santa Barbara (Dr. Scott Clark), All My Children (Dr. David Hayward) and The Young and the Restless (David Chow), the talent he brings will be an instant boost to Days of our Lives. The actor earned three Daytime Emmy nominations over the course of his career. He won his first Daytime Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Irizarry began taping in early August and will first air in 2016.
Days of our Lives will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall.
Hopefully DAYS taps into Irizarry and Vilasuso’s chemistry as rivals, as their roles on All My Children often put them into conflict with each other.
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