Days of Our Lives Fans Will Never Look at Their Faves the Same Way After Dan Feuerriegel Puts His Own Spin on ‘Ejami’ and ‘Ejole’
It turns out, the feuding supercouple camps can really get animated.
Actor, DiMera heir… comic book creator? Actually, no, make that graphic novel creator. Those are, for those not in the know, the longer versions of comic books. The point is, Days of Our Lives‘ Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) does it all — and now he’s managed to pull all his roles together in the coolest way possible!
Back in December of 2020, Feuerriegel launched his first campaign to help create his new cyberpunk graphic novel, Fractured Shards. The story follows a detective in a dystopian future who can catch glimpses of crimes after they’ve been created. The actor worked with writer Stephen Kok to flesh out his story ideas and bring the tale to life. Volume one was, it seems a resounding success and won a couple Kickstarter awards — which completely caught Feuerriegel by surprise.
“I am over the moon with this,” he shared on Instagram. “Especially since it’s my first foray into the comic world.”
The foray into comics was something new for the actor, and just six months later, Feuerriegel tried his hand at something else new: Days of Our Lives. Him taking over the role of prodigal son EJ DiMera, though, didn’t mean giving up on his comic book dreams. He and his Fractured Shard team continued chugging forward working on the first volume, and this December, launched a campaign for the second volume.
This time around, though, he decided that it was time for his Salem world and cyberpunk worlds to collide in spectacular fashion.
“Are you Team Ejami or Team Ejole?” Feuerriegel asked the fans on Instagram, revealing special hand-drawn mashups of the two couples as backer rewards.
Of course with Nicole lusting after Rafe and Sami running off with Lucas, it seems like EJ may not be getting any love for a little while — especially if he’s tossed into jail! But that doesn’t mean the fans didn’t turn out to answer his question in droves. And some of them had very strong opinions!
Nicole’s portrayer Arianne Zucker shared the “Ejole” version over on her own Instagram, and it was something she was clearly thrilled about.
“Super excited for this, everyone,” the actress wrote. “This is really cool, and I hope you get your very exclusive graphic. I think I look bad ass! Oh, and so do you, Dan Feuerriegel.”
Honestly, they look pretty badass together. Of course, Zucker’s fans were a bit more slanted towards Ejole — though some of their Nicole love meant wanting to see her with someone better than EJ! We can’t say we blame them. Treating Nicole like a consolation prize after Sami isn’t exactly the stuff romance is made of. Then again, with a vengeful Ava on her trail, hooking up with Rafe doesn’t exactly seem like a great choice either.
Actually, there’s a mashup drawing we’d love to see! Instead of a couple, arch-enemies Nicole/Ava. And maybe Nicole/Sami thrown in for fun too. Because once the truth comes out about Lucas kidnapping Sami, we’re certain EJ will be right back to wooing her — and probably making Nicole jealous along the way!
Before you head out, why not take a look at some photos detailing the life and somewhat shady times of EJ DiMera? Feuerriegel definitely had his hands full from the moment he stepped into the cad’s exorbitantly expensive shoes.
<p>EJ was born in 1997, with mom Susan Banks (then Eileen Davidson) believing <em>the</em> Elvis Presley was his father. Spoilers: He wasn’t. Stefano had been impersonating the late legend to create a child for Kristen — by sleeping with his daughter’s look-alike. Ew. But Susan messed it all up and ran off with beau Edmund Crumb to raise EJ in the UK. </p>
<p>James Scott first showed up in Salem in 2006, going by “EJ Wells,” Sami’s sympathetic, just slightly creepy neighbor. But sketchy never stopped Sami from romance, and sparks started flying between the two. And for once, we can’t blame her!</p>
<p>EJ, though, wasn’t who he seemed. It turns out that instead of being raised by Susan, Stefano had snagged little Elvis, raised him in New Orleans and educated him in a British boarding school. He came to town to kill John, which, shockingly <em>did </em>put an end to his romance with Sami! </p>
<p>While on the run after shooting John, EJ ran into Sami who needed his help saving an injured Lucas. EJ agreed, in exchange for her having sex with him. That rape resulted in Sami getting pregnant with his child, Johnny — while also pregnant with Lucas’ daughter, Allie!</p>
<p>Not only was Sami forced to have sex with EJ, but she was also coerced into marrying him to end Stefano’s vendetta against the Brady family. It almost worked… but then Will shot EJ at the altar! </p>
<p>Despite their problematic start, EJ and Sami eventually grew close. EJ even severed ties with his father upon discovering John was being held captive in the DiMera mansion tunnels. Murder and rape were all well and good, but brainwashing? Perish the thought! </p>
<p>EJ made a go of a normal life with Sami, going so far as to work as a lawyer at Mickey Horton’s firm. But just as they fell in love, Sami reunited with Lucas and EJ turned to Nicole for solace. Cue feud in three… two…</p>
<p>Eventually, EJ returned to the family fold as the DiMera lawyer. Nicole became pregnant, but lost the baby — not that she told him! Conveniently, Sami was also pregnant with EJ’s child, so Nicole just stole her rival’s baby and passed it off as her own. As one does.</p>
<p>After learning about the baby swap, EJ won Sami back by kidnapping and “rescuing” their own baby, Sydney. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for that darn Rafe outing EJ’s baby-napping scheme and putting an end to his and Sami’s wedding plans!</p>
<p>Next up, EJ survived Sami shooting him and he married Nicole to help his custody case against his ex. But then, EJ fell in love with Nicole’s sister, Taylor, hired a Rafe doppelgänger to ruin Sami’s relationship and… well, it’s never a dull moment for the Brit!</p>
<p>Once you get mixed up with someone dubbed “Robo Rafe,” it may be time to rethink prioritie.! So in an attempt to change his ways, EJ signed over custody of his kids to Sami and ran for Mayor. But a DiMera does as a DiMera will, and he was soon using dirty tactics against his opponent, Abe!</p>
<p>Unable to resist each other for long, Sami and EJ reunited. Together, they faced Nick blackmailing Will, Chad taking a bullet meant for EJ and Sami trying to kill Nick. They got through all that mostly unscathed, but then EJ had to go and have an affair with Abigail (then Kate Mansi)!</p>
<p>Sami found out about EJ’s affair, but went through with their wedding anyway. But, this being Sami, it was all part of her revenge plan. Just as they took their first dance as husband and wife, she orchestrated it so EJ was arrested for tax evasion!</p>
<p>Alas, EJ made bail and won Sami back, but he had no money or job due to her machinations. So, that kind of backfired… Eventually, he turned to illicit dealings, which led him to Clyde Weston and his men. And that, of course, got him shot and killed — temporarily!</p>
<p>Thanks to Kristen, who injected her brother with Dr. Rolf’s <span style="text-decoration: line-through">magical</span> highly scientific drug, EJ actually survived. Though believed dead by everyone else, Sami spent years searching for him. She finally found him in 2018 amongst the rubble of Rolf’s blown-up lab. Bandaged and incapacitated, Sami took EJ to Rome for treatment.</p>
<p>After rehabilitating, EJ finally returned to Salem in 2021 (now played by Dan Feuerriegel) and quickly became embroiled in DiMera business. He was also there to repair his marriage to Sami, but promptly threw her out of when he found out she cheated on him with Lucas!</p>
<p>…Out of mind! Unbeknownst to EJ — or anyone else in Salem — Sami was kidnapped almost immediately after he threw her out of the house. But what did he care? He was too busy shacking back up with Nicole! </p>
<p>When Sami escaped captivity, she and EJ planned to reunite — after she informed him she’d never leave him alone or sign his divorce papers! Super healthy relationship there. But his arrest for Sami’s kidnapping put a crimp in those plans — despite Lucas being the guilty party!</p>
<p>Proving he’s got a thing for blondes, EJ’s stint in jail got him <em>real</em> close with his lawyer (and Sami’s sister!), Belle. And Shawn was not taking that sitting down. But he was taking it standing up!</p>
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