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He’s only been taping scenes as Brady Black on Days of our Lives for a couple of weeks now, but when I recently spoke with Eric Martsolf on the phone, he was still able to give me a peek at what’s to come for his character’s return to Salem.

Even though he prefaced our interview by saying his storyline was ‘very secretive’, Eric did share that Brady comes home as a result of his stint in rehab. “He has a lot of amending to do with the relationships he’s left, particularly Chloe, particularly his father.”

Speaking of John Black, he isn’t exactly the person Brady remembers, as Eric previewed, “He’s coming back to a father that’s definitely gone through some changes in the last couple of years and he’s got a lot of work to do in that department. Needless to say that’s a scary reunion. It’s hard to come back to your father and he’s not quite sure who you are.”

While John might be an enigma, his portrayer, Drake Hogestyn is anything but. “[Drake’s] truly a nice guy and he has a great work ethic. He was constantly wanting to run lines with me in our first scene together, over and over again,” Eric recalled. “I’ve been really impressed with the work ethic over there at Days. Everybody really cares about the material. They really want to make the most out of it and that’s actually an ethic that I share as well.”

Although this may be a recast role, taken over from Kyle Lowder (Rick, The Bold and the Beautiful) who played the character from 2000 – 2005, Eric wants to make sure he stays true to who Brady Black is. “I am very aware of Days of Our Lives as a program because when I was doing Passions, we did constant events together and we constantly talked about our storylines and had a few laughs about it, so I know of the character. I know what his past relationships were,” he said. “Changes will be inevitable. I think when ever there’s a recast situation there’s gonna be some change, but you also have to stay truthful and respect what the character has already been through.”

He continued on, saying, “It’s a great opportunity to throw a different spin on a character that has been abandoned. He’s a good character, he already has a fan base and there’s potential to just add on and grow, and I consider that my job to do that.”

One area Eric will definitely be able to make his own involves Brady dealing with being a member of the DiMera family, something the old Brady never had to contend with. How Brady handles this new wrinkle remains to be seen, but according to Eric, “He’s John Black’s son so he has those different colors that John has; he has an evil side, he has a good side. Those elements are also going to be present in Brady Black now, I believe, so I’m hopeful to play on those because I don’t want the audience to know where this guy is headed. To be truthful with you, I don’t know where this guy is headed. It’s very ambiguous right now because there’s a lot of unanswered questions.”