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    In our 'Days Of Our Lives' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Rachel Melvin Dishes Days of our Lives With Soaps.com! (Part Three)

    Monday, March 02 2009


    Rachel Melvin (NBC)
    In our final installment of Soaps.com’s interview with Rachel Melvin, the actress talks about the story she would have liked to have seen for Chelsea, what she learned during her time on Days and the possibility of going to another soap.

    Soaps.com: Is there a story arc you would have liked to have played out for Chelsea that you didn’t get a chance to?

    Rachel: After the breakup with Daniel I wanted her to go through something. I wanted her to go through, this is going to sound so jaded, I wanted her to go through an anti-man thing. I think that’s something every girl in the world can relate to and she had a special circumstance where it wasn’t even a guy leaving her for someone else, it was a guy leaving her for her mom and grandma! It’s like the worst of circumstances and I think it would have been interesting to see how a young girl copes with heartbreak. If you really think about why we all watch TV, it’s to watch the love stories because of issues in our lives and I think however she wanted to deal with that, I think it would have been interesting to see her turn to drugs; I think it would have been interesting to see her turn to alcohol, because those are things people my age in those given scenarios could foreseeable do. I think that makes for great story too. I don’t think they’ve really delved into those two topics that much.

    Soaps.com: Yeah, usually when people break up on soaps they just end up with somebody new the next day.

    Rachel: And that’s not realistic. I’ve been single for three years! (laughs) I think that’s why “Sex in the City” was such an amazing show, because it was so relatable and real.

    Soaps.com: Many former soap actors who go on to primetime or movies often cite what a great training ground soaps are. What has been the most beneficial thing you’ve learned as an actor working on Days?


    Rachel Melvin (NBC)
    Rachel: The biggest thing I’ve learned is really just the mechanics of acting and it’s just memorizing the lines as fast as we do and learning how to apply emotion as quickly as we do. I think that’s going to end up paying off more so for booking the next job because it gives you kind of an upper hand in auditions.

    I’ve also kind of learned who I am as an actor and as a person the last four years on the show so when I go into auditions now I don’t go into them the same way. I’m not as nervous, I mean sometimes I am, but I’m not nervous and I don’t let other people’s demeanor or appearance intimidate me. I am what I am, I do what I do, if you like it you’ll take it and if you don’t someone else will. That is a mentality, even to this day, I still struggle to maintain, but back four years ago, it’s a mentality I never thought I would be able to obtain. I think over the last four years I’ve worked with so many different people with so many different attitudes, demeanors, mentality, work ethic and you just pick and choose what each person does or doesn’t do and if you want to do it or not do it or behave this way or behave that way; you kind of pick until what makes you who you are and as professional as you are. I definitely learned a lot from people I worked with.

    Soaps.com: Would you consider working on another soap?

    Rachel: At this point I want to focus on Primetime or independent features or features in general. I kind of need a break from working so much because what happens is...you lose your objectivity. Like right now I feel like my whole life is Chelsea; I feel like I am Chelsea and I need to break away from that. I think I want to take some time off. Would I go on a soap again in the future? I can’t really say. Four years ago I didn’t know if I would be on a soap at all. If I was going to be on a soap, ideally I would love to be on one in New York just because it would be a reason to live there and a steady income and I know it’s an expensive city to live in and I think that would be a great experience. But I’m going to stick it out in L.A. for a couple of years and give it my all and see what happens because I’m young and now’s the time.

    Soaps.com: Is there anything you would like to say to fans of yours and Chelsea’s?

    Rachel: I guess just thank you for all your support and encouragement and belief and I hope you still continue to have it in my future whatever I might do.

    While Soaps.com is disappointed to see Rachel leave Days, we wish her much success in landing that perfect edgy role only cable and the movies can accommodate!

    If you haven’t already, check out part one and part two of our interview with Rachel for more of her thoughts on Days of Our Lives

    - Lori Wilson


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Monday, March 02 2009 12:28 PM

    Fantastic. She'll do well.

    Posted by rose_42 at Wednesday, March 04 2009 06:33 AM

    we'll miss you rachel,wish you the very best in all that you do.I personally think that you are one of the few actresses that we have seen grow and mature along the way.
    You have done a fantastic job!!! and we will miss you greatly.You are a gifted person wish you the best.

    Posted by Tesstellthetruthalready at Wednesday, March 04 2009 07:56 AM

    Rachael seems like a such a great person from all of the interviews I've read, and her blog as well..I wish her the best in all she does

    Posted by butterflylucin at Thursday, March 05 2009 04:23 PM

    i think her and max will spark up the screens as the next best lover like bo and hope..they do rock together.

    Posted by danseafan675 at Saturday, March 07 2009 08:46 PM

    I will really miss Rachel at Days especially since Shawn Christian has decided to stay. The Daniel/Chelsea love story was the best thing Days has had in years. Rachel and Shawn had great chemistry together and is was great seeing Rachel in a role who had matured from the troubled teen. She had turned into a very strong independent young woman. Rachel had nothing to worry about in her role with Daniel. They were awesome together. It was very believeable. Rachel is a very strong and talented actress. She and Shawn Christian played their Daniel/Chelsea role to perfection. I loved them as a couple and believe Dena made a huge mistake splitting them up. There was so much more that could have been done with them. They could have easily been the next super couple of Days. Their age difference made their relationship even more special. Until I read this interview I had always wondered why Daniel/Chelsea was ended. I felt the writer who saw what a lot us saw between these two apparently wasn't there anymore or this show wouldn't be in the mess it is now with the worst writing in my 47 year memory. Days has never been this bad. As a curemytragedy.com member(Daniel/Chelsea) fan club I'm saddened this great storyline ended and Rachel is leaving. I do wish her the very best in her career and hope all her dreams come true. She's a tremedous talent and Days will surely miss her as will her many fans. I hope sometime she will get an opportunity to work with Shawn Christian again in a similar love story. Maybe someone else will see how great these two work together unlike the blind people at Days. Rachel very best wishes for your future. You deserve the best. Also the Thank You to CMT for your birthday present was extremely nice and all of us at CMT appreciate it. Thanks for the best love story in those 6 months we've ever seen. We will always love Daniel and Chelsea.

    Posted by Sunnydaz at Tuesday, March 10 2009 01:39 PM

    Rachel will be fine, she is such a fantastic actress who i am going to miss on Days terribly. But i wish her much success in the future and look forward to seeing her on the big screen. Best wishes to her.

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