Suzanne Rogers & John Aniston (NBC)

“Maggie thinks that she’s good for Victor.”

Soaps.com recently sat down to chat with “Days of Our Lives” veteran Suzanne Rogers, who plays the show’s lovable matriarch, Maggie Horton. Read as Suzanne shares details about her personal health battles, discusses Maggie’s feelings for Victor, debates whether the two can last as a couple, and much more!

Soaps.com: You were once a dancer at Radio City Music Hall in New York. When and why did you quit dancing to go into acting?

Suzanne: Well, you realize that you can’t be kicking those legs forever! [chuckles] I was 17 when I went to Radio City, and the next person to me was 24. I just saw how difficult it was for the older girls in the line, and I thought that this wasn’t something I wanted to do in my thirties. So I auditioned for musicals and I got them. When I was doing “Funny Girl” on the road, one of the guys told me I needed to study acting, get rid of my southern accent, and that I needed to change my last name. When I got back to New York, that’s kind of what I did.

Soaps.com: In the 1980s, you were diagnosed with a rare disorder called Myasthenia Gravis. Tell us a bit about this illness.

Suzanne: It’s a neuromuscular illness that comes from stress. There are a lot of neuromuscular illnesses like Parkinson’s, Lupus and MS, that come from stress. Mine is the lesser of all of them. There is no cure, but I’ve been in remission since 1995. It affected me from my neck up, including my eyes and my mouth and my voice. It really is a hellacious kind of thing as far as trying to get it into remission. You have to go on drugs like Prednisone. Your face blows up and you get a spare tire around your middle. That’s what I had to deal with when I was on the medication from ’84 to ’95. It was tricky but I realized how strong I was. The doctors had said I would never be in front of a camera again.

Soaps.com: How did it come to be included as a storyline for Maggie on “Days of Our Lives?”

Suzanne: When I first came back, I was still on Prednisone. My face was much fuller and I looked so different. The audience thought there was something else wrong, like I had been drinking. I think it was preservation. The show wanted to include the audience so they would know what was really going on. It was a risk. My mother was afraid that it would bring the onset of the disorder again, but it didn’t. It was actually very cathartic. I think it all worked out the way it was supposed to for Maggie.

Soaps.com: Speaking of Maggie, let’s discuss what’s going on in her life right now. For months following Mickey’s [Horton, John Clarke] death, she’s been fighting romantic feelings for Victor [Kiriakis, John Aniston]. How much of a stretch is it for Maggie to feel love for a man like Victor, considering his countless shady dealings in Salem?