Soaps.com Chats With Days of our Lives’ Molly Burnett
Molly Burnett (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)
“There’s a family bomb that’s going to be dropped.”
Soaps.com recently sat down to chat with “Days of Our Lives” star Molly Burnett, who plays the young and vibrant Melanie Jonas. Read as Molly discusses Melanie’s true feelings about her parents, dishes about the future of Melanie’s love-life, teases a juicy “Days” spoiler, and much more!
Soaps.com: Melanie learned that her parents are Carly [Manning, Crystal Chappell] and Daniel [Jonas, Shawn Christian]. It seems she holds a secret wish to have them together. How does Mel really feel about her parents?
Molly: Who doesn’t want their parents to be together? [chuckles] You know, that’s the ideal family, your parents are together and everyone gets along. Does that always happen? No. It’s not always hunky dory.
Soaps.com: How does Melanie feel about Daniel’s involvement with Jennifer [Horton, Melissa Reeves]?
Molly: Melanie is okay that Daniel likes somebody else as long as she sees that he’s happy. It’s kind of complicated, but I think it’s working out for the most part. Right now, Mel is just focused on getting her mom better. She sees that Jennifer really makes Daniel happy, so she’s okay with that.
Soaps.com: Melanie just found out that she has a brother, Nicholas [Alamain, Cody Longo]. What are her thoughts on this and will the two be close?
Molly: I think when somebody is sick and you’re brought into the situation, no matter who you’re with, you’re going to bond with that person. You’re going to work together to help the person who is sick. It’s going to be hard for Melanie, though. In her heart, Max [Brady, Darin Brooks] is her brother. It’s kind of a struggle to be okay with the fact that Max is gone and that there’s a new, real brother in her life.
Soaps.com: Let’s dish about Melanie’s love-life. The relationship between Mel and Dario [Hernandez, Francisco San Martin] has been moving at a snail’s pace. Since Dario’s leaving, what do you now see happening with Melanie in the love department?
Molly: I want Melanie to focus on herself right now. In real life, you’re not always with someone and happy. It’s not always butterflies and rainbows. You have to learn to be alone a lot, and that’s what Melanie is currently working on.
Soaps.com: Melanie is a vibrant young woman with a lot going for her, yet all of her relationships have either failed or never reached their full potential. Seriously, what's going on?
Molly: [laughs] Well... I think that there's always going to be a ton of drama in relationships, until you eventually find the person you're supposed to be with. This explains why all of Melanie's relationships go back and forth. She's young. She also has her best friend Brady [Black, Eric Martsolf] and their relationship line gets a little blurry sometimes. Right now Melanie is working on herself, but there are some handsome gentlemen in Salem, so she might accidentally get herself into a little bit of trouble.
Soaps.com: When Melanie first came to Salem, she was a bad girl who created problems for everyone. Some of the viewers miss this part of Melanie. Any chance of seeing Melanie regress, even just a little?
Molly: I would love for that to happen. To pretend that you could have the childhood that Melanie had, and then all of a sudden everything is great, or that she's a completely better person? That doesn't feel very real to me. No matter what, you have demons from your past and they're going to come through. I'm very interested to see if the writers will go in that direction and I could tap back into that a little bit.
Soaps.com: Which side of Melanie is more fun to play?
Molly: The bad girl, obviously! [laughs]
Soaps.com: There's a lot of excitement and hype currently surrounding the show with all of the changes being made. It's being branded as "Days of Our Lives 2.0." What are your thoughts on this?
Molly: Just stick with us for a little bit because everything is getting back to why you fell in love with "Days" in the first place. Family, love and other optimistic things are happening. It's becoming the show that you sat down with your family to watch at lunch. I think it's great.
Soaps.com: Through all of this, what can we expect down the road for Melanie? Any hints or spoilers?
Molly: There's a family bomb that's going to be dropped. That's all I'm really allowed to say without getting in big trouble. There's going to be a big family bomb. Stay tuned.
- Mario Rocchetta
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