Interview: Days of our Lives’ Melissa Reeves
M. Reeves (NIkki Nelson/WENN.com)
“In their mind, they’re doing it for the greater good.”
Soaps.com recently talked with “Days of our Lives'” Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) about the men in her alter ego’s life, as well as the mayoral campaign that is heating things up in Salem.
Soaps.com: At this point, Jennifer is torn between Jack [Matthew Ashford] and Daniel [Shawn Christian]. Is she truly in love with both men?
Melissa: You know what? I asked so many people, because I thought, ‘That’s not possible. How can that be possible?’ I had so many people say to me, ‘You know what? I’ve been in a situation like that where I loved two people and I didn’t know what to do.’ I was like, ‘Really? Tell me about it,’ because I don’t have a reality on that. I don’t know what that’s like. It was good to hear different people’s take on you can feel that way. It’s sort of sad and tragic because you think, oh my goodness, all three of these people are in the same boat of not wanting to hurt each other.
Soaps.com: How will she ultimately choose between them and do you see that happening any time soon?
Melissa: I have no idea. I wouldn’t want to be the writers right now. I just think it’s so hard. I have no idea how it’s going to pan out. I really don’t. It’s going to be interesting. And hard. It will be hard, hurtful, but I love working with two men who love their job and are so good at what they do. It makes my job really easy.
Soaps.com: What are the hurdles for Jennifer if she goes back to Jack?
Melissa: I guess just rebuilding. Just starting over and rebuilding. Which, they’ve loved each other for years, so it wouldn’t be a giant hurdle, I don’t think. They know each other really well, so it would just be a rebuilding time.
Soaps.com: What would the hurdles be if she went forward with Daniel?
Melissa: I'm sure there would be hurdles. They're sort of in that honeymoon stage of still just falling in love, so there's not a ton of hurdles yet. Of course, there would be. That's what makes great story. I hope there's tons of hurdles.
Soaps.com: It would be boring if there wasn't.
Melissa: That's right. That's right.
Soaps.com: What would your advice for Jennifer be?
Melissa: Maybe just take advice from everyone that she knows. Let people around her help her make a decision.
Soaps.com: Jennifer is also on the campaign trail with Abe [James Reynolds], but she's a very nice, pleasant person. How is going to go up against Nicole [Arianne Zucker] and EJ [James Scott] who are not?
Melissa: I know. It's pretty intense. It's really intense. [laughs] Jennifer and Abe get into a little bit of trouble, but I can't really go on any further. But in their mind, they're doing it for the greater good. They don't think EJ should run Salem and this is the town that they have loved for years. So, sometimes they're doing some things that probably they shouldn’t be doing.
Soaps.com: Will we be seeing another side of Jennifer's personality?
Melissa: Yeah, and probably Abe too.
Soaps.com: Will Jack Junior be coming to town any time soon?
Melissa: We talk about him a lot, but I haven't heard anything about actually seeing him.
Soaps.com: Is there anything else you can tease about what's to come for Jennifer, maybe with the holidays coming up?
Melissa: We have our time in the Horton living room hanging ornaments, which is always special and makes me think of Frances [Reid, Alice] being on that set. That's always a sweet time. We did it so long ago, but I know the fans love that. I just think that's going to be really neat. After that, starts the whole mayoral campaign, which is where we get into a little bit of trouble. [laughs] It's fun because you go, 'You could never do this in real life,' but you pretend to do it on TV, it's pretty fun.
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