The stars of NBC’S Days of our Lives returned to Universal CityWalk for its annual ‘Day of Days‘ fan event Saturday, November 11, 2017. We spoke with stars Casey Moss (JJ) and Sal Stowers (Lani) during the press event about their controversial storyline the show’s embarking in involving an unarmed police shooting.
Days of our Lives has been on fire since the summer, mostly thanks to the writing of new head writer Ron Carlivati and team Sheri Anderson Thomas and Ryan Quan, so fans were super excited for this year’s event.
Like every year, the complimentary event was set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and offered fans the chance to meet and greet their favorite DAYS cast members including Lucas Adams (Tripp), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Lamon Archey (Eli), Camila Banus (Gabi), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Kassie DePavia (Eve), Judi Evans (Adrienne/Bonnie), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Billy Flynn (Chad), Galen Gering (Rafe), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Hayes (Julie), Drake Hogestyn (John), Olivia Keegan (Claire), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Chandler Massey (Will), Marci Miller (Abigail), Casey Moss (JJ), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), James Reynolds (Abe), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne), Christopher Sean (Paul), Freddie Smith (Sonny), Sal Stowers (Lani), and Vanessa Williams (Valerie) for autograph signings and Q&A sessions.
TV Source Magazine was on-hand talking to all the stars in the hopes of bringing you some scoop. Most of these interviews are not spoiler heavy, as actors are limited in what they can reveal about upcoming plots. But it’s nice to hear their insight about current and previous stories, as well as other tidbits.
We hope you’ll enjoy our interview with Casey Moss and Sal Stowers.
Days of our Lives is about to embark on a pretty intense, topical storyline. Where you nervous about doing something so heavy?
Casey Moss: Absolutely, of course. I wanted to do it justice as much as I could. It’s heavy but it’s also relevant with what’s going on in society. Doing something like that, something so real, of course it’s going to make you real nervous.
Are you worried how fans with react?
Casey: No, I’m excited and really looking forward to how they react.
Theo’s shooting will affect Lani on so many levels and bring a lot of emotional turmoil.
Sal Stowers: With her boyfriend shooting her brother, you can only imagine what anybody would feel, it’s heartbreaking, it’s devastating, it’s two people that she loves very much. It’s a push-pull, Theo is her little brother, that’s her life and of course there’s JJ, who she loves so much. You know it wasn’t intentional but how do you cope with that? It’s not easy.
Casey: You look at the situation, to separate emotions from logic is really hard. He was doing this and doing that and it got him in that position but then it still happened.
Sal: They both are detectives, so they have to look at it like, “Hey, we are doing our jobs” but then you bring in the personal, “This is my life, this is my life, forget about work for a second this is reality.”
Under the new writing team, Lani has been interacting more with her family. Are you enjoying those beats?
Sal: I love James [Reynolds] and Kyler [Pettis]! I love them so much, it’s been wonderful working with them. I didn’t really get to do that when I first got on the show. And I think it’s important for Lani to have a life established. To show her family, to show she’s not just a detective, she’s not just JJ’s girlfriend that there’s more to her and I like that they wrote that in.
Can we expect to see the Deveraux family come together during this tragedy?
Casey: Yeah, it impacts everyone in the town, we all are closely related. It’s very tight knit and all family scenes.
Fans know Matthew Ashford is returning for a visit, did you get to work with him?
Casey: [Laughs] Is that a trick question? I’ll just say I got to talk to him quite a bit.
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Episodes are available online at NBC.com.