As the Walls Close In on Days of Our Lives’ Charlie, Mike Manning Shares the One Thing He’ll Never Do Again
“I don’t regret it, but… yeah, never again.”
Since joining the cast of Days of Our Lives, Mike Manning has been having an absolute blast. “I was told by friends who have done soaps what to expect,” says the daytime newcomer, “but they couldn’t have prepared me for just how fast things move. It’s a little bit crazy!”
As is his alter ego, it turns out, with Charlie having gone from delightful to deranged in recent weeks. While the closest Manning had previously come to soap work was a stint on the Web serial The Bay, he is no stranger to television, having worked in several different genres. For example, if it seemed those initial scenes in which Charlie was more bumbling intern than mamanapping psycho came naturally, there’s a reason.
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“I was on a Disney show called Crash & Bernstein that was a sitcom,” he says of his early acting career, “and I did a handful of other TV shows. So I have a little experience with comedic timing which I was able to bring to those scenes where Charlie kept getting smoothies spilled on him.”
The men who play Charlie’s bickering bosses, Xander and Philip, also helped him to feel comfortable. “Paul Telfer and Jay Kenneth Johnson are a blast,” he says of the businessmen’s respective portrayers. “Paul is always goofing around between takes and making jokes, so he really sets you at ease.”
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While Manning is clearly comfortable in front of the camera, his one and only stint on reality TV — during the 2007 Washington, D.C.-set season of MTV’s The Real World — was more than enough. “I don’t regret doing it, but yeah, never again,” he admits.
“Being on the show really helped me come out of my shell and helped me become comfortable with who I am as a person,” he reflects. “But I would never do it again, because these days, I value my privacy too much.”
Before opining in the comment section about whether or not Charlie can be redeemed, take a look at the below gallery of other Days baddies who managed to turn their lives around. Who knows… it might just change your mind about Charlie’s ultimate fate!
<p>Xander has gone from smuggling blood diamonds to running Titan Industries. From shooting and caging women to trying to better himself for the love of Sarah Horton. Sure he switched a couple of babies recently, but that was done out of love. So, all forgiven. Sarah’s approval may be his driving force these days, but her mother, Maggie’s approval comes in at a close second.</p>
<p>Kristen has gone from being obsessed with John to being obsessed with his son Brady. She’s done many things to torment those closest to the objects of her desire, including kidnapping Marlena and raping Eric. She even stole Brady and Theresa’s embryo and gave birth to their child, yet Brady continues to love her. Now, after repenting for her sins in a convent and becoming a mother, she’s written as sympathetic as they come. To top it all off, she sacrificed her freedom for her time-jump buddy Lani. Who is this woman?</p> <p> </p>
<p>Blackmail, attempted murder, baby stealing, kidnapping, lying, stealing. Nothing was off the table for the ultimate schemer. Now, Nicole is finally happily married to her long time love — former priest, and all-around do-gooder Eric Brady. She’s also a mother to her own child and serving as a mother figure to Sami’s daughter Allie. That puts her at odds once again with her arch-nemesis, which is the only thing resembling the Nicole of old.</p>
<p>As an unscrupulous politician, Jack stopped at nothing to get what he wanted. That included raping Kayla and having Steve beaten up. He also abandoned his family for long periods of time. His latest villainy was due to amnesia after Rolf toyed with his brain so that one is not entirely his fault. Now, after a murky past, Jack is a lovable goof, husband, and father.</p>
<p>Ben was a serial killer who tormented Chad and Abigail. But then he went away and returned a changed man. Ben got the girl (legacy character Ciara Brady) and the big church wedding, with his victim turned survivor Will as his best man! He may have resorted back to his old ways when he tried to kill Vincent, but that was only to avenge his lady’s death. And the fans backed him all the way.</p>
<p>Claire used to be reactionary and manipulative, especially when it came to her singing career and battling Ciara for guys. Claire even tried to set Ciara on fire — twice. After a stint in the psychiatric ward though she is now sweet as pie with nary a hint of the bad girl she used to be.</p>
<p>We wouldn’t exactly call Sami a good girl now. She definitely wants what she wants and still tries to force things to go her way. However, the days of Sami kidnapping her sister, drugging and raping Austin, switching DNA results, blackmailing, engaging in corporate espionage, and shooting people might be over. Although, she doesn’t live in Salem any longer, so who knows what she gets up to in between tending to a recuperating EJ and alienating her children.</p>
<p>Kate has committed many a misdeed, especially in the name of protecting her children. She has tried to kill Victor more than once, attempted other murders, changed a paternity test or two, kidnapped, blackmailed, and committed fraud. Her past is littered with expert schemes, and she was recently pulled into Stefano taking over Steve’s body. However, time has definitely tamed Kate who left the cutthroat corporate life to work for moral mayor Abe and is now a doting grandmother.</p>
<p>He impersonated his lookalike cousin-turned-brother Tony for years, killed people as the Salem Slasher, imprisoned his sister Lexie, helped facilitate John’s kidnapping and kidney removal, buried Roman alive, killed Benjy Hawk, and made several other murderous attempts. And oh yeah, he was behind the faking of several deaths only to hold them captive on Melaswen Island. But in the end, he and Kate fell in love, he bonded with his brother Chad, and formed a close relationship with Abigail. She was the one to kill him, but he still went out a far better person than who he was.</p>
<p>Former con-woman Bonnie Lockhart has gone to great lengths to try and live the good life. The worst of it was impersonating Adrienne, who went to prison in her place. Bonnie also schemed and manipulated to marry into the Horton and Kiriakis families, with varying degrees of success. Now, she’s donated the entirety of her life-changing settlement money in Adrienne’s memory and entering into a possible relationship with Justin. A far cry from the gold-digger we met many years ago. </p>
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