Louise Sorel (NBC)

“People see Vivian as a villain. I don’t think of her that way.”

Soaps.com recently sat down to chat with Days of Our Lives star Louise Sorel, who plays the notorious villainess, Vivian Alamain. Read on as Louise shares some personal thoughts about her character, discusses her take on Vivian’s relationship with Brady, reveals her surprising favorite moment on “Days,” and much more!

Soaps.com: Who is “Vivian Alamain?”

Louise: Funny you should ask that question, because I’ve been asking it. [laughs] I’ve had some issues with that. I think she’s somewhat similar to what she was many years ago, but I think there’s some stuff that needs to be looked at. I think she’s a very bright, certainly narcissistic and witty woman with a penchant for stirring things up. She kind of lives off of that energy. Also, of course, she won’t take any slack and anyone who crosses her is clearly in trouble. But there’s some things that I’d like to investigate. I think she’s clearly passionate and a bit of a fruitcake, which is fun to play, but I’m also missing some things that I’m hoping [the show’s writers] might look at. Her business acumen, which she did have many years ago. You know, sort of the other aspects of her besides getting even with everybody. I think she’s well-travelled. Maybe I’m talking about myself. [laughs]

Soaps.com: There was a recent scene in which Vivian dreams that a naked Brady is flirting with her on the island. Does Vivian have a thing for Brady or is this just a matter of, “We can’t help what we dream?”

Louise: I think it’s mostly that. Who wouldn’t dream about that? My God, he’s got the body of doom. I tease him all the time and run my hands all over him. He’s a sweetheart, and he obviously is in unbelievable shape. Who wouldn’t be dreaming about that? No matter who you are, it’s just extraordinary. But I don’t think Vivian has a thing for Brady at all.

Soaps.com: How about the scene where Brady dreams that Vivian and Nicole are both in bed with him? Was that pretty hysterical to tape?

Louise: It was kind of a quick thing, but we did have a few laughs about it. I think it’s just that Vivian is in Brady’s conscience because of what’s going on. I don’t think it’s particularly sexual. I think it’s thrown in because it’s unexpected and kind of amusing. Vivian is just annoying to everyone. [laughs] Even when I’m not on the show, all the characters talk about how they want to get rid of Vivian. Once in a while, I think, “I’d like a friend!” Other than Gus, who basically says, “Yes, madam. No madam.”

Soaps.com: Speaking of Gus, are there any secret romantic feelings between him and Vivian?

Louise: No, I don’t think so.

Soaps.com: Our editor, Christine, and one of our writers, Matt, both had this feeling that Gus was meant to be gay. There were a lot of gay innuendos with Gus, and then suddenly he’s in a hotel room with a girl.

Louise: I know what they’re talking about, and I thought it was odd. I don’t know what that was supposed to be. I can’t imagine that they ever intended it. He certainly isn’t [gay], but I know what they’re talking about. I can’t comment any further because I don’t think that was the show’s intention.

Soaps.com: In terms of your current storyline, do you think Vivian’s time on the island has softened her at all? Or will all hell eventually break loose against Victor and company for locking her in the coffin?

Louise: I think Vivian has momentary lapses of gentility. I don’t know how else to put it. Vivian goes back to Victor and says she wants a divorce, and when he asks her what happened on the island, Vivian says, “Oh, you have no idea.” Each little experience makes Vivian think, but I don’t think it lasts very long. [chuckles]