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Day of Days Interview: Eric Martsolf Talks Brady’s Dark Descent

Eric Martsolf
DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- "A Day of Days" -- Pictured: Eric Martsolf -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

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 fan favorite Eric Martsolf (Brady) during the press event about Brady’s rough year. He thought he had everything he could ever want, but a stunning betrayal has led Brady down a dark path that some fear he may not be able to return from. How does Martsolf feel about playing the material?

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 Eric Martsolf

Brady’s had one hell of a busy year – falling in love, almost dying and losing love, all the while embarking on a dark downward path. Are you enjoying playing a dark Brady?
It’s the best! I’m not the guy happiest sitting in a bubble bath, eating chocolate covered strawberries and talking about how happy life is. I think it’s important to show some of the darker sides of people and relationships. A lot of people go to soap operas to find answers for themselves, how to resolve conflict, how to get through things. I’ve been portraying Brady for nine years now and he’s an addict. When you’re an addict, you are always an addict – no matter how good you’re doing, so he always has that looming over his head. He’s been the unluckiest man in love that I’ve come across, the guy just can’t seem to catch a break in that department. So, I’ve been portraying heartbreak for a long time now, it gets tiring but it’s important I think to see that it’s not always bubble gum, and roses and rainbows all the time and to show that side, that torment of a guy who just can’t seem to get it together is fun to play.

Would you consider this a character shift of sorts, or something he’s just going through at the moment?
No, I don’t think it’s a shift, I think it’s just another play on his demons. I think the blackmailing he’s doing to Nicole right now, considering she’s always been one of his best friends in the world, the fact that he could do this to her and hurt her in this way, that might be a departure, I think we see Brady acting – he’s a very emotional guy, he doesn’t think it out he just gets angry and acts on it. But this was a dark turn for him, for him to do this to his friend – granted many feel it was deserved. Brady did throw his world into a tailspin to help Nicole find her daughter, making sure she wasn’t caught by the police, pretty much did everything he could for this woman only to have her sleep with his brother is horrible. But the great thing is in the story is that you have people on each team, and the teams are pretty well evenly matched. There’s just as many people for Brady and Nicole as there are for Eric and Nicole and that’s when you know you have a good story, when it’s not one sided.

Days of our Lives just celebrated its 52nd anniversary, and you’ve been a part of the cast for nine years. What’s been your favorite storyline so far?
Wow! I think since I’ve been on Days, my favorite storyline to date has been his entanglement with Kristen DiMera. Not only was it wonderful working with Eileen Davidson, who I would work with again in a heartbeat, but she and I had a very interesting chemistry with one another that was very unexpected. I think when they went into to that story they expected some backlash because the woman who was once holding Brady in her arms for his second or third birthday is now sleeping with him. How’s that going to go over? The dad’s ex-girlfriend dating the son. Who’s going to root for that? And the fact is everyone did, people liked it, they embraced it, embraced them as a couple and so I think that’s a perfect example of soaps turning stories up on their head and just committing to it and going with it. That was a wonderful surprise that whole story for me and I really enjoyed playing it.

At present time there doesn’t appear to be a love interest for Brady. Will that change between now and the next few months?
Yup, he doesn’t stay single for very long. Right now he has a huge hole in his heart, a huge loss in Nicole, who not only did he believe was a dear friend of his, but a lover and potential mate for life and now she’s gone. He’s gonna fill it up with something, I think he has his eye on Titan right now, I think he wants power, which is typical of addicts to replace something with another, but there’s going to be a woman who comes along.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Episodes are available online at NBC.com.

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