Sweeney & Gering (Deanna Barnert/Soaps.com)

Panel Discussion.

On Wednesday May 9, The Paley Center presented “An Evening With Days of our Lives.” The special event brought together stars Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker), Chandler Massey (Will Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lisa Rinna (Billie Reed) and Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez). Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady Hernandez) acted as the host of the event.

The actors discussed the most challenging times on the set, dealing with each other and their sometimes unpredictable characters. Kristian Alfonso said that, “Every storyline has been challenging and unpredictable, which I love.” But she’s loved every storyline she’s been in. In particular, she found playing two different characters (Hope and Princess Gina) “incredibly challenging” and rewarding because she had to leap back and forth between them and even teach her double how to play her character. “I had a ball doing it. It was fantastic,” she said.

Galen Gering also had the chance to play two roles. He commented on his time as Arnold, Rafe’s evil double, “It was so fun. The worst part about it ultimately became driving her (Alison Sweeney) crazy which I loved in the beginning but then I was like, wow, she’s literally going to go insane.” The character meant he also had to learn to leap back and forth, quite literally for the split screen scenes, and find new things for his character to do to distinguish him. “I feel so lucky to have had that experience. I play a good guy and I got to play this total prick and… it was pretty fun! I hope they don’t bring him back… I mean… for you,” he joked to Sweeney.

A fan asked Gering how different it was from doing the reality TV series, Dirty Soap. “The hard thing with ‘Dirty Soap’ was you didn’t know how they were gonna to cut together what you did.” That could lead to some surprises when later watching the footage and realizing that it was a different reality from the one he’d actually experienced. “That totally didn’t happen that way. That’s interesting,” he said, adding, “It would stress you out because you didn’t know what would happen but the cast and crew were great.”