Louise Sorel Returns to ‘Days of our Lives’

Louise Sorel
Photo: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Universal

Never say never in daytime! The legendary Louise Sorel, who has played sinfully delicious villain Vivian Alamain intermittently since 1992, has returned to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

It’s no secret Days of our Lives tries to keep its casting news under wraps (a result extended production schedule) until closer to airdate, but thanks to crafty soap fans with a keen eye for spotting details in actor’s set photos, and fellow soap star Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian, One Life to Live) spilling the beans on Twitter, news of Sorel’s return leaked earlier than anticipated.

Strasser wrote, “#LouiseSorel as if you didn’t know is reprising her iconic role on #DaysOfOurLives #Corday knows what makes our day(s) doesn’t he?:)”. When she realized the news was supposed to be a secret, she tweeted, “UH OH-is it supposed to be a SECRET #Vivian will SHOW #DOOL? I didn’t know-a SECRET? Oh crap SHOUT IT-La GREAT ONE returns-BEST NEWS ever!”

Soap Opera Digest confirmed the actress’ return with a Days of our Lives rep.

Louise Sorel’s return to Days of our Lives is surprising considering she didn’t part with the series on the best terms. She returned to DAYS to much fan fare in 2009 as part of the series’ bid to raise ratings amid a pending renewal, which Ken Corday referred to as “the most important six months in the history of the show,” (September 2009 – March 2010). The renewal would come, but unfortunately, like so many before (and after), she was unceremoniously fired in the summer of 2011 during one of the soaps’ many (many) behind the scenes upheavals.

In a 2011 interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan shortly after the news broke, the actress said, “I would never go back to Days after this, even though Gary said, ‘You might be back someday.’ I just can’t do it. I love the character. I love the people I’m working with. But I can’t deal with it anymore.” She later added, “What’s that Shakespeare line about Caesar thrice refusing the crown? Well, here it’s ‘twice she accepted the crown and twice she returned it.’ But this not Shakespeare. It’s not an epic matter. And not that important in the scheme of things. It’ll be forgotten and nobody will give a damn. But right now I do give a damn, and I would think that maybe the fans will, too. Maybe not. This time around, nothing was really accomplished with Vivian. Even if a villainess is funny or has her follies, she’s got to be real and she’s got to be scary.”

Sorel joins the ranks of returning fan favorites to Days of our Lives this fall including: Alison Sweeney (Sami), Chandler Massey (Will), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison (Shawn and Belle) and more!

Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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