The jig is up for Abigail Deveraux on Days of our Lives, as Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) is closing in on her prey! That’s right! Sami has known for quite some time that Abigail and her new hubby, EJ (James Scott) slept together and for all intent and purposes had an “affair”. All of that awkward kindness Sami extended towards Abigail when planning her wedding to EJ, and having the young gal be a part of it, was all part of Sami’s master plan! How will Abby deal with the revelation that Sami knows what she has done?
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Kate Mansi (Abigail) at the recent Daytime Emmy Nominee reception to get a preview of what the fallout for Abigail may be from Sami’s revenge plan (tune in to tomorrow’s DAYS), if Abigail is really over EJ, and what her thoughts were on the recent Salem casting switcheroo which had Rob Scott Wilson replacing Justin Gatson in the role of Ben, the new man vying for Abigail’s heart. Here’s what Kate had to say about all those hotties in her on-screen alter-egos life!
Abigail’s affair with EJ is about to come out as Sami is out for revenge! How bad are things going to get for her?
KATE: It’s bad. It gets bad before it gets better. It’s funny, because through the whole thing she is trying to keep her wits about her, and it’s really difficult, because she has a loyalty to her family. She is trying to get grounded and find herself and take responsibility for it and move forward. But then Sami somehow wanted Abigail to help plan her wedding and be involved heavily in it. Sami feels that Abigail is a kindred spirit girl friend, and EJ is sort of manipulating her into going along with everything. So for Abigail at this moment she just wants it to be over. She is thinking, “I can’t really come out with it and so now it’s weighing heavily on me. I just want it to be tied up in a bow.” But, she has no idea what Sami has in store for her!
So Abigail just wants her affair with EJ to be over with?
KATE: Well sort of, but I think she does want EJ … and it’s not over. That kind of chemistry lives on, and is always there, and present for you. You tell yourself whatever you can to be able to move on, even though circumstances can keep you apart. EJ married someone else and it’s crushing her. But what she has to tell herself to get through it is, “It’s not right …”
Where you sad when you found out James Scott was leaving the show? Or, did you know about it ahead of time?
KATE: I did know about it for awhile. James pulled me aside in my dressing room and told me. I feel really privileged to have worked with him towards the end of his run. We both felt like we left it all out there, and it was great.
And then all of a sudden Rob Scott Wilson is the new Ben, your new love interest. Was that jarring for you having been working with Justin Gatson?
KATE: It was initially jarring, for sure. I loved working with Justin. He is so handsome and he has real quiet, subtle behavior, and stillness to him, which I really enjoyed.
Why do you the DAYS brass made the change?
KATE: I think they wanted to take the character of Ben in a direction that they saw Rob fitting into so easily. I can’t answer any more than that, but Rob is a good guy, and it’s been fun so far.
And there are big secrets in Ben’s past! Do you know what they are? And without revealing it to us, will his past bother Abigail?
KATE: Yes, he does have secrets, and I do know what they are. And yes, I think it will bother her, because she tends to find men that are sort of like influx, and working on issues, and sort of like trying to turn a corner in their lives, but they have this past or something deep-rooted for them going on. I think that’s very enticing for her.
Abigail goes for the bad boys … and has some serious daddy issues too! (Laughs)
KATE: Yeah, there is some of that. I think she has a nurturing element to her character and she is drawn to the bad boys, for sure.
So what do you think will happen when Sami lets Abigail have revenge served up Sami style? Do you think EJ and Abigail will find themselves in each others arms once again after knowing that Sami set them up? What do you think about the casting switch thus far with Rob Scott Wilson taking over the role of Ben from Justin Gatson and Rob’s on-screen chemistry with Kate Mansi? Share your thoughts below!