Soap-Hopping MVP Wouldn’t Just Like to Return, ‘I Would Love to Come Back With a Little Bit of a Vengeance’
The daytime vet is ready to “blow things up!”
We’d like to think that there’s a full-time place for Lindsay Hartley in daytime after seamlessly filling in for Kelly Monaco on General Hospital, and of course, doing stellar work on Passions, Days of Our Lives and All My Children in the past. But with a busy schedule in front of and behind the camera, the real question becomes: Is Hartley interested in returning to a soap on a more frequent basis? Without hesitation, she had an answer for Soaps.com.
“Of course! The hours are amazing now, too,” she says of her recent General Hospital experience. “I was first up, and I was done in an hour and a half — General Hospital is a well-oiled machine. You just get in, you get out,” she laughs. That’s a far cry from her experience on the NBC sudser upon which she played Theresa. “When Passions first started, we were there all day long. I think it was three-and-a-half, four years before they had more of a rhythm of how to get people in and out.”
Days of Our Lives was an interesting experience for the actress, given how unexpectedly Rafe’s sister, Arianna, died. “It was very quick. We were on this train, and then I found out that I was going to die. Oh no! Okay, alright, I guess,” she jokes. While she never really understood why the character bit the dust, she doesn’t harbor any ill-will about the end of her time in Salem. In fact, she knows exactly how Arianna should return from her premature grave. “I would love to come back with a little bit of a vengeance,” she explains. “It would be fun! I don’t mind coming back and blowing things up… That’d be great.”
If you’re wondering if the producers at Days of Our Lives have approached her about rising her character from the dead, the answer is currently no. “I haven’t been asked — [Arianna] hasn’t been resurrected,” she said. She hasn’t been revived yet, but we are going to hold out hope for Arianna’s ultimate revenge plot.
Don’t miss Lindsay Hartley’s latest project, Romeo & Juliet Killers, now available for free on the Tubi platform, and check out the gallery below in which we offer up then-and-now photos of former Days favorites!
<p>She may not have been the first Laura Horton, but Flannery was <em>dang</em> close, stepping into the role four months after the character was introduced in 1966. She would, of course, go on to play <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>‘s Forrester matriarch, Stephanie, a part she played until deciding to retire in 2012.</p>
<p>One show’s loss is another’s gain! Alexander got her big soap break playing Julie’s rival, Susan Hunter, but once <em>Days of Our Lives</em> dropped the ball in negotiations, <em>General Hospital</em> snatched snatched her up to famously play Laura’s mom, Lesley Webber.</p>
<p>Long before Paulina showed up to romance Abe, her sister, Tamara, pursued the handsome cop. But singing was always McCoo’s first passion, and in 2021, she and hubby Billy Davis Jr. released their first album together since 1978.</p>
<p>After originating the role of Roman Brady, Norhtrop moved over to roles in <em>Dynasty</em> and <em>Port Charles</em>. Eventually, he made his triumphant return to Salem! Kind of. This time, he played Alex North, Marlena’s abusive ex who died after falling over a cliff… Ouch.</p>
<p>It’s been well over a decade since we’ve seen Max, but it hasn’t been nearly that long since spotting Brooks! Shortly after leaving, he brought that mischievous twinkle in his eye to <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> where he’s played Bill and Quinn’s son, Wyatt, ever since!</p>
<p>It’s not often you get a character arc like that of Nick Fallon. He went from high school nerd to twice-murdered, Satanically-raised zombie! (Hey, it happens. At least in Salem!) Luckily, Berris cuts just as fine a figure as the undead as he did in glasses!</p>
<p>Before Greg Vaughan stepped into the role, Jensen Ackles was the first actor to play an adult Eric Brady. Well, mostly adult. Just look at that baby face! Afterwards, Ackles went on to star in approximately 59 seasons of <em>Supernatural</em>! (OK, it was only 15.) Next, you can catch him in Season 3 of ABC’s <em>Big Sky. </em></p>
<p>Before joining the <em>Port Charles</em>/<em>One Life to Live</em>/<em>General Hospita</em>l shared universe to play a whole slew of characters, a then-25-year-old Easton had already mastered the art of the smolder while playing <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ rebellious Tanner Scofield.</p>
<p>The <em>Real Housewives of Beverly Hills</em> star has been in and out over Salem for over three decades, and she’s still looking as glamorous as ever. Only last year, the lipstick-selling actress brought Billie back for the first go-round of <em>Beyond Salem</em>. </p>
<p>Liz Chandler wasn’t a good friend, but she tried her darndest to be a great lover! After Liz shot rival Marie Horton, Loring left <em>Days of Our Lives</em> to get back to her singing roots. She released seven albums after her soap stint, including a re-recording of her hit, you guessed it, “Friends and Lovers!”</p>
<p>Warlock originated Frankie Brady in the ‘80s, then brought him back in the early 2000s to mix it up with Pinson’s take on Billie Reed. Clearly, fans couldn’t get enough of their faces because the actors did their share of soap hopping, both having stints on <em>Young & Restless</em> and visiting upstate New York — he as <em>General Hospital</em>’s A.J., she as <em>Port Charles</em>’ Eve!</p>
<p>Whether playing a teenage version of John and Marlena’s daughter Belle in Salem or Frisco and Felicia’s feisty offspring Maxie over on <em>General Hospital</em>, it’s clear that the years haven’t dimmed Storms’ radiant smile! </p>
<p>Years after Susan Flannery traded NBC’s <em>Days of Our Lives </em>for CBS’ <em>Bold & Beautiful, </em>Bauer made the reverse trip. Having been much-loved as <em>Young & Restless</em>‘ Lorie, Bauer stepped into Ms. Horton’s high heels in 1993. She would play the role of Jennifer’s mom sporadically until 2021, when Laura died during a confrontation with Gwen. </p>
<p>With successes like <em>Melrose Place</em> and <em>Starship Troopers</em>, Muldoon may have hit it big after originating the role of Billie’s brother Austin, but he never forgot his soap roots — no matter how many alien bugs he squashed! He even brought Austin and his killer hair back after a 16 year break.</p>
<p>Carrie was so adorably wholesome, scheming sis Sami never quite managed to keep Austin from her. What <em>did </em>do it was Peck jumping over to play <em>As the World Turns</em>’ Brad Snyder and <em>One Life to Live</em>’s Rick Powers. But both Peck and Clark returned to their supercouple roots for 2021’s <em>Beyond Salem,</em> looking as cute as ever!</p>
<p>It’s a good thing Fath went from brunette to blonde, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have been sure we’d pulled these photos from far enough apart! But grow up she did, moving over to play<em> One Life to Live</em>‘s Gigi before briefly dropping back into Salem a couple years back to update us on a (slightly) more mature Mimi! </p>
<p>Cook cornered the teen heartthrob market when he appeared as a newly SORASed Shawn before playing doctor on <em>General Hospital</em> as Matt Hunter. These days, he prefers to keep his boyish good looks behind the camera as a film writer, director and producer!</p>
<p>It’s been three decades since Sorel first appeared on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, but by the time she stepped into Vivian Alamain’s villainous shoes, the actress was already a successful star of film and television. Though she takes it a bit easier these days, Vivian is never far from Sorel’s heart.</p>
<p>Before hitting it big on <em>The Nanny</em>, Shaughnessy was one of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ original ISA superspies, Shane Donovan. His hair might be a bit lighter these days, and he may have abandoned the side of the angels to take on a devilish role as <em>General Hospital</em>’s villainous Victor Cassadine, but he’s still got that same impish smile!</p>
<p>It took a little work to find just the right actress to play Stefano’s illegitimate daughter, Lexie, but once they did, there was no looking back. Well, there wasn’t until she died in Abe’s arms! We have to say, though, Jones still makes one beautiful angel! </p>
<p>Let’s face it, as Davidson’s hair staightened out over the years, Kristen DiMera got more and more twisted! Though the actress now spends most of her time playing <em>The Young and the Restless</em>‘ Ashley, she’s made several appearances of late on both <em>Days </em>and its spinoff, <em>Beyond Salem</em>.</p>
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