On-Air On-Soaps chatted with the talented Eric Martsolf of Days of our Lives to get his thoughts on the many women in the life of Salem’s misunderstood, charming, dangerous, and complicated sexy hero, Brady Black.
With the upcoming DAYS reboot set to launch on Monday September 26th, where does Brady fit into the equation, you may ask? We can tell you plenty! To kick things off, Eric has been paired with the one and only Sarah Brown, when Madison James hits Salem and the two of them take an instant liking to one another, and that’s putting it mildly!
But what about this week and next as they wrap some story points up with Brady and his other on-screen gals, Nicole and Chloe? Eric fills us in! And while Brady has gone from the ultimate Dudley-Do-Right to down right questionable, and sometimes vengeful, Martsolf tells us that the heart and soul of his character might bubble to the surface a bit more in the days ahead, but still keeping his loveable edge. So here’s our one-one-one conversation with Mr. Martsolf about it all below!
What is going on with Brady? It gets so confusing! Where is he at with Nicole at this point? (Laughs)
ERIC: Who the hells knows! I don’t know. (Laughs) Brady and Nicole go back and forth and back and forth, and the ping pong game never ends, and sure enough, they came to some very quick conclusion that they brought out the worst in each other. But they seem to really enjoy drinking and having sex together, and as much as I personally believe that is all you need in a relationship,(laughs) apparently Brady and Nicole had some epiphany that when they get together bad things just seem to happen. So they have this amicable understanding with each other that maybe they should cool things down a bit. So that is what is going on with them. But meanwhile Brady is just focused on seeing Chloe come out of this coma, and that is what has engaged his heart lately.
Yes there is all of that. And, when I spoke with Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) about her exit from the show, she was disappointed that the Brady/Chloe pairing between the two of you did not get explored until this very last beat of her story. Was that kind of weird?
ERIC: Yes. It was a giant mystery to us. Literally, in the same time frame that Nadia found out she was leaving the canvas, they started writing for Brady and Chloe. It just seemed a little late in the game to do it. But as far as the Broe fans are concerned, I think some of them felt …better late than never.
They have this bond that all of a sudden was there during Chloe’s crisis that was not played at all in recent years.
ERIC: It did make sense to me on one level. You do divorce someone and you have someone exit your life, they go off and you go off, and you live and you meet other people. But when you hear about something catastrophic that happens to that person, those feelings sometimes come back and you remember everything about this individual that you loved initially. And, no matter what broke you apart, there is always certain circumstances in life that can bring you back together. Chloe in this case thinks she is going to die, and it was never an issue before. It was never a possibility before to Brady that this girl could possibly be leaving the world. So he shows up in a big way and can’t seem to leave her side.
Well, Eric, Brady seems to have this penchant for saving women…. a lot ! (Laughs)
ERIC: It is funny. I was reading the scripts the other day and the idea of Batman just flew over my head. Brady is kind of like a dark hero. He does really terrible things for really good reasons. I kind of like that comparison with him, because obviously Brady is showing a lot of his vulnerability and his heart right now, which we haven’t seen in awhile. I know you are familiar with the relaunch and the rebooting of DAYS where we are promising to bring more rainbows and sunshine to the show as opposed to all this darkness that the town has seem to be in for so long. I think that is part of the reboot that characters are again, showing some heart.
What evil or bad thing that Brady has done, do you feel are at the top of the list?
ERIC: The most disheartening one for me, personally, was Brady ripping his grandfather’s company out from under him. That just seemed pretty rough around the edges of something to do! I don’t think Victor deserved that. But given where Brady’s head was at the time, it wasn’t shocking to me that he would do something like that … but betraying family, that is pretty low. Another one was the brutalization of EJ. That was pretty shocking! Brady was going to kill him and that is still a serious thing. We kind of get numb in soaps, with murder, and killing, and kidnapping, but these things are truly bad and terrible.
I think that is a really good point that you make. When you often watch GH or DAYS at some point we often almost on a daily basis see murder or kidnapping. So when viewers are fed that all the time, it actually doesn’t make it that exciting or interesting anymore.
ERIC: As a society we shouldn’t belittle these things. And at the same time, I think we have become a little lax on how some characters are forgiven for doing such things as well. I think more gravity has to be paid to these kinds of acts and things, because often people can rape one another on soaps, and then have a child together, and a year later be in love! It is a tough transition to make in my mind. So I think they are trying to throw in a little more reality into our program right now, and part of the reality is that there is also romance, bubblegum, and good times. It does not always have to be beatings and people being buried alive and such … even though I enjoy those things once in awhile. They have there place. (Laughs)
Yes! I always say, “A good burying alive is always good.” (Laughs)
ERIC: I did not mind it. It was probably the most fun summer, I ever had!
Now coming up, we will see Brady being paired with Madison James and you are now playing opposite Sarah Brown (Madison). When I spoke with Sarah, she says she felt that the chemistry between the two of you on-screen was instant. Do you feel the viewers will feel that way too? What is your gut instinct on Brady/Madison, and you and Sarah on-screen?
ERIC: I am in agreement with Sarah. I was aware of her work, but not her on a personal level as person. But I can say we have gelled. And when you put actors together, you either hit the races running or you fall. We are really enjoying each other. I think our work ethic is the same. She came in guns loaded. Sarah knew what she wanted her character to wear, how she wanted her character to act, and who she was and her history. She had done her homework. I have been thinking about her character of Madison. And to me, she is like the love-child of Donald Trump and Sarah Jessica Parker. She is like this very strong, well-dressed, and sassy woman, with this ridiculous business sense and strength about her. This is our new head writers, Marlene and Darrell’s first character that they have actually created. I think they put a lot of thought into her, because we have not seen a woman like this hit the canvas in a long time. We have our strong women in Salem, but this chick is tough. Sarah definitely had the cajones to bring this character to life. So I am really excited. I just texted her the other day. We shot some scenes and I don’t think I have ever done this in my ten years in daytime, but I texted, “Thank You. I love my co-star!” And she texted back, “Love you, too!” And it is just a wonderful little marriage we have going on together at work.
So, where you at all intimated because this was thee Sarah Brown, three-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is this balls to the wall actress? I mean, what did you initially think when you heard you would be working so much with her?
ERIC: The only comment that I had heard about her was “strong”. That is all I heard. So I did not know if that meant she had these incredible biceps as in the gym (laughs) or as in her personality. I was not intimated because I have been around soaps long enough to understand that we are all in this game together. Right now, there is a not a lot of room for grandstanding or trying to pull the weight of the show by yourself. We all understand that it has to be a team effort right now. Sarah had been open, giving, and working very hard to make not just Madison a success, but Brady and Madison a success. She wants this union to work and be strong. We are totally on the same page with that.
It would be so nice for you, because of all your hard work through the years to finally be part of a great soap supercouple. I mean, a paring that can endure and last and not flip-flop. Where there is an end game, where the two of them can go through all sorts of issues and conflicts, but in the end, you know they are meant to be with each other.
ERIC: You are saying that in a very nice way. And, I am in agreement with you, Michael. I want that staple too. I want Brady to be able to dig his feet into something that is going to last and be strong. I am thankful to the production team at DAYS for bringing Sarah on and teaming her up with me, because she is a pro. And on-screen, it’s like instant oatmeal, man! (Laughs) There is water on the Quaker Oats and it’s ready to eat right away. I just made an oatmeal analogy! (Laughs)
Are we going to see Brady being involved in lots of business machinations coming up in the reboot?
ERIC: Yes. The context of Brady and Madison’s relationship does deal directly with business. She is the head of a cosmetics company that Titan acquires. So they are going to find themselves at Titan Headquarters a lot.
Well, that means sex in the office, clearly!
ERIC: There is going to be a lot of fun stuff in the office. It is like Mad Men is coming to DAYS. It is drama, short skirts, and power suits in the office. Just coming together, guns blazing, and I am telling you there is good stuff. Oh, and they finally built this incredible set for Brady Black’s office. I have my own set. I mean, I am arriving; I may even make it on a cover of a magazine for the first time. That might happen! So yeah … look out, because it is happening. (Laughs)