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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.

    Soaps.com Chats with Days of Our Lives' James Scott!

    Wednesday, April 21 2010


    James Scott (NBC)
    "I don't think EJ is this cool, strong character. He's not as together as he might like to think he is ..."

    Soaps.com recently had the opportunity to chat with Days of Our Lives star James Scott, who plays the evil and manipulative, but still vulnerable, EJ DiMera. Read on as James discusses his views on what makes his character tick, whether EJ truly loves Sami, getting the best of Stefano, and much more!

    Soaps.com: EJ DiMera is arguably the hottest character on Days right now. It seems like every second post on the Soaps.com message boards is about him. How is EJ so engaging?

    James: That is very kind of you! [chuckles] I think the reason why EJ is so engaging is because he's such an interesting character. He's one of the few characters on the show that really has a lot going on. I try to make him interesting to watch because of this bad side he has. He has this side to him that's not entirely honest. I try to avoid making him out to be one of these characters that doesn't have some of the more vulnerable qualities that are easy to forget about when, every five minutes, you're just being a tough guy. And I think by doing that, by making him more human or by giving him some of these shortcomings, I'd like to think it makes him more interesting. You certainly don't always get somebody who's just a toughie. EJ lands on his face almost as much as he lands on his feet. And that's what I like about him! [laughs] But I did not know that he was so commented about on your website. I certainly need to go have a look!

    Soaps.com: There are viewers who love EJ and viewers who love to hate EJ! Either way, it seems that everyone's got an opinion on your character. But according to you – what is EJ DeMira all about? What makes EJ tick?

    James: That's a good question. That's kind of an interesting one. You see, EJ's pretty reactionary in his life. Often his deeds and actions are really defined by other people. For example, kidnapping Sydney is something EJ would not have done if not for the fact that he felt so betrayed by Samantha. Going after Samantha in the first place is not really something he would have done, or maybe he wouldn't have done, if not for the fact that he was instructed to do it by his father. I don't feel you often get a very strong sense as to who EJ really is. He's often reacting to situations which is really a sign of weakness. I don't think he's this super cool, strong character. He's somebody who's not as together as he might like to think he is. He has his moments and certainly learns a lot from his father. But he's not his father. He's coming into it in a way, but he has a long way to go before he's able to really be as calculated as Stefano.

    Soaps.com: At this moment, does EJ really have good intentions where Sami is concerned?

    James: He does, absolutely! But the fans have every reason to doubt EJ because he's not demonstrated that he's reliable. The one thing I have played consistently for a long time is that EJ loves Sami. Even when EJ hated Sami, he only really hated her because he loved her. So there is no doubt in my mind, as the actor who plays EJ, that the only person who has really shown EJ how love feels, or how it can feel, is Sami. And I think they're an obvious couple, you know. They're very similar to each other, which is the reason it works and also the reason why it hasn't worked so far. I would love very much for them to be able to get over some of the stuff they've done to each other. I think they could have a lot of fun as a couple. But I mean, really, for the last 18-24 months, Sami has been little innocent Sami Brady. The last 14 years? She's a bitch! [laughs]

    Soaps.com: [laughs] Couldn't have said it any better myself!

    James: [laughs] Exactly. Let's not forget who we're dealing with. But like I said, her and EJ have a great deal in common. They're cut from the same cloth. I believe that if they were given the opportunity to have that relationship, it would really be a good one.


    James Scott (Mitchell Haaseth/NBC)
    Soaps.com: Are things going to work out for the two of them?

    James: I don't know. And I say that because I really, really don't know! [chuckles] The show is keeping fairly tight-lipped over this. If it doesn't happen soon, or this time around, I would eventually like to see the writers write that story. And I think Alison (Sweeney, Sami Brady, DOOL) has said the same thing. You see, EJ and Sami have never really been together. Never. They've kissed a couple of times, they've had sex twice, once under a certain amount of duress, and another time when it was just a one-shot deal that was interrupted by Lucas! These characters have never really been allowed to breathe, but if they were given that opportunity, you would see something really special. I think the fact that there's this much support for a couple that's never really happened, it definitely speaks volumes.

    Soaps.com: If Sami and EJ don't end up working out, what other character might we see EJ hook up with?

    James: I don't know, really, to be honest ...

    Soaps.com: Some fans have been throwing Arianna's name around ...

    James: EJ doesn't really know Arianna. They don't really have a relationship, or even a friendship, other than a pocketful of scenes together here and there. So there's not a huge amount going on, although she's very attractive and seems very sweet. The writers would have to write something that would allow things to develop, and they haven't done that yet.

    Soaps.com: Let's get back to what you said earlier about EJ's relationship with Stefano. Would you say that EJ one-upped him with the “Sydnapping?” And should we expect the power to shift anytime soon in this father/son duo?

    James: Do I think EJ one-upped Stefano? Yes, he did. He pulled the wool over his father's eyes. It's not very often that you get to pull a fast one on Stefano! [Chuckles] But now Stefano knows and is working it to his own advantage. At the end of the day, it's EJ who's going to be led around by his short and curlies!

    - Mario Rocchetta


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    Posted by SandraJ at Wednesday, April 21 2010 02:28 PM

    Great interview.

    Posted by choochifer1 at Wednesday, April 21 2010 02:49 PM

    I'd like to se Samanther and EJ get to have a "real" relationship too and see how it goes. I thought it was an excellant interview as well!

    He is very correct in stating that really, they have never had a real relationship (funny- since they WERE married). Yet they have a HUGE HUGE HUGE fanbase (and haters too).

    I think they will end up together and they are mant for one another- on screen these two actors have undeniable chemistry- I can't wait for the writers to take off the ropes and let them go!!!

    Posted by firebird85 at Wednesday, April 21 2010 02:54 PM

    I appreciate the James Scott interview and his insight into EJ DiMera. EJ is one of the main reasons I watch Days and it was a joy to read about the character.

    Posted by NatKat at Wednesday, April 21 2010 03:14 PM

    Wonderful article! Informative, interesting and entertaining. I love Days and have been watching for years, it's great to have soap stars interact with their audience!

    Posted by Sunnydaz at Wednesday, April 21 2010 03:47 PM

    The interview was very interesting i enjoyed reading it. But, parts left me confused. After the Dallas weekend we were told on the message board that James had personal talks with fans and said 'ejami' was definately going to happen. In this interview he said 'i dont know, i really really dont know'....i had always been under the impression that an actor was under contract and not allowed to reveal a thing if they even do know ahead of time.

    Mario you are a very good interviewer, thanks.

    Posted by tylia at Wednesday, April 21 2010 03:50 PM

    Thanks to Mr.Rocchetta and James Scott-the interview was great..it also cofirmed alot of what I had been saying all along about the character of EJ and the pairing of him with Sami.Even James Scott knows if given half the chance EJ/sami would make a very good couple..and J.SCOTT is right EJ is vulnerable and is not as cold-blooded as say-STEFANO.He has a heart.Glad to know Sami is the only one in his eyes.I said that too.ITA JAMES SCOTT

    Posted by PoisonIvy at Wednesday, April 21 2010 04:38 PM

    Thanks! Love the article - it's a great interview. Particularly enjoyed seeing James Scott address EJ's flaws. Gorgeous actors are a dime a dozen on soaps, but it's the character that intrigues because he is far from perfect. The flaws are what draw me to him. That EJ's in love with an equally flawed character like Sami is what should make for lots of good story to come. At least I'll be watching. thanks again!

    Posted by JennAddis at Wednesday, April 21 2010 05:01 PM

    I think that you misunderstood what was said in Dallas. I did not read anyone saying that Ejami was going to last forever. I think what was said was that we would enjoy the next couple of months and it was clearly stated he said he was not sure what the future held. So I hope that clears up any confusion one might had about the conversations we held with James in Dallas.

    This article was wonderful and I really appreciate the fact James is so in tune with his character and so honest. I loved reading thru James eye as to what makes Ej tick! This was honestly one of the best interviews I have read. Very informative. Thanks Soaps.com !!!

    Posted by Days Dreamer at Wednesday, April 21 2010 05:09 PM

    Thank you Mario and to James Scott for taking the time to do the interview. Well done! It was interesting and enjoyable to read the opinions that James has about his character EJ. He is so good at portraying EJ that we are drawn to EJ for all the reasons that James has said. Since we all respect James Scott's work as EJ, we appreciate 'hearing' what he had to say.

    Posted by Cettame at Wednesday, April 21 2010 06:18 PM

    Great interview! What a smart actor. James has created a layered character that is compelling and unpredictable. EJ is such a flawed character, but despite all of his vices, you sense that deep down he has the potential to be a good person (oh, why did Lucas have to get out of jail when he did?) And EJs redeeming trait is that he loves 'Samanther'. Despite all of the lies and manipulations--which is exactly what Sami ends up doing when she falls in love--the love EJ has for Sami is much longer lasting than many of the other couples on Days right now.

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