Days of Our Lives’ Robert Scott Wilson Staying But Playing [Spoiler]?!?
The end of Ben may be just the beginning for his portrayer.
It’s a bad news/good news scenario for Days of Our Lives fans. “Cin” shippers will be losing their favorite couple this week — or, rather, after the conclusion of Beyond Salem, Chapter 2, where their story wraps up. But one half of the popular pair isn’t necessarily going, going, gone for good.
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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest about the departures of Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara), headwriter Ron Carlivati promised that “Salem hasn’t seen the last of Rob.” Translation — at least in our interpretation: The actor is sticking around but being given a new character.
Who might that be? The smart money is on Alexander Kiriakis, Justin’s son with the late Anjelica Deveraux. If that turns out to be who Wilson will be playing, it opens up door after door of new storyline possibilities — and none of them bogged down by a past that includes a stint as a serial killer.
Think about it. Days of Our Lives could play a sibling rivalry with Alexander’s half brother, Sonny. It could drop him into the never-ending power grabs at Titan. And romantically speaking, the sky’s the limit: There’s no one in Salem that Alexander has ever dated!
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Sure, some might quibble that it will be confusing to watch “Ben” play someone different. But Wilson is hardly the first soap star to tackle two roles on the same show. Heck, he’s not even the first Days of Our Lives star to tackle two roles on that show.
Longtime viewers will recall that before Josh Taylor replaced Wayne Northrop as Roman, he was man about town Chris Kositchek. Before Tamara Braun was Ava, she was Nicole’s sister, Taylor Walker. Kyle Lowder, most recently Rex Brady, started out on the show as Brady Black. And, of course, Judi Evans went from playing Alexander’s stepmother, Adrienne, to… well, his new stepmother, Bonnie.
Check out more soap stars who’ve played two roles on the same show in the eye-opening photo gallery below.
<p>At 17 years old, the future <em>One Tree Hill</em> star was cast by <em>Guiding Light</em> in a role that completely and totally shouldn’t have worked — that of Reva Shayne’s rapidly-maturing clone. The odds were stacked against the daytime newcomer, yet she struck a nerve and so impressed the powers that be, as well as the audience, that after the remake was aged into Kim Zimmer, Lenz was hired by the CBS soap to replace Rebecca Budig (later Greenlee on <em>All My Children</em>) as ingenue Michelle Bauer.</p>
<p>The world wept when in 1990, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> killed off its virtuous original heroine, Caroline Spencer. So it didn’t take long for the CBS soap to attempt to dry our tears with pages upon pages of script rewrites. Only a year later, Johnson was reintroduced to the canvas as Caroline’s brunette twin sister, Karen, who hung around for three years before returning in 2012 with a new significant other, wife Danielle (<em>Days of our Lives</em>’ Carly, Crystal Chappell).</p>
<p>Following a 1978-84 stint on <em>General Hospital</em> that was so wildly successful, it made him the envy of every other soap star, the actor, ultimately an eight-time Emmy winner, returned to the show in 1991, but not as mega-popular Luke Spencer, as his cousin, Bill Eckert. He’d wanted to try something new. Who wouldn’t, right? But when viewers’ reaction to the character was more lukewarm than Luke-hot, Geary reclaimed his original role, frizz and all, and played it until he retired to Amsterdam in 2015.</p>
<p>After ABC made the boneheaded decision to cancel <em>One Life to Live</em> in 2011 — still pissed, BTW — this Emmy winner was invited to cross over his popular character to <em>General Hospital</em>. When legal issues subsequently sent Todd Manning packing, the actor took on a new role, that of the psychotic artist that James Franco had previously played. Howarth not only rose to the challenge, he managed to do exactly what he had with Todd and transform Franco from persona non grata to an MVP.</p>
<p>In the late 1980s, this undervalued scene stealer from <em>The Young and the Restless</em> did what Shelley Taylor Morgan (ex-Lorena, <em>General Hospital</em>) couldn’t and successfully replaced Jane Elliot (ex-Tracy, <em>General Hospital</em>) as <em>Days of our Lives</em> man-eater Anjelica Deveraux. Nearly 30 years later, Chapman returned to Salem, albeit in a new role, that of Diana Colville, previously played by Genie Francis (Laura, <em>General Hospital</em>).</p>
<p>Kids on soaps are generally sent to their rooms and/or shipped off to a Swiss boarding school. But not <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Cassie Newman. So adorable and talented was her portrayer that in 2000, the 10-year-old became the youngest-ever winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress. Following her character’s heartrending demise in 2005, she was “resurrected” in a sense in 2014, when the CBS soap rehired her to play Cassie’s heretofore-unknown twin sister, Mariah Copeland.</p>
<p>After a highly successful — enviable, even! — run as <em>Days of our Lives</em>’ Adrienne Kiriakis, the Emmy winner (for her work as Beth Raines on <em>Guiding Light</em>) jumped ship to play Paulina Cory on <em>Another World</em>. She then returned to <em>Days of our Lives</em>, but as Bonnie Lockhart, who was basically the antithesis of sweet Adrienne. In the years that followed, she’s played one, the other and sometimes both, only further cementing her status in our heads as a soap legend.</p>
<p>The saying “You can never go home again” simply doesn’t apply to Braun. A dozen years after leaving <em>General Hospital</em> as a stunningly well-received recast Carly Corinthos, she made tracks back to Port Charles in the new role of Dr. Kim Nero. She also doubled up at <em>Days of our Lives</em>, where she first played the Patch-obsessed Ava Vitali, then Nicole Walker’s sister, Taylor (the less said about that, the better), then poor, ill-fated Ava again.</p>
<p>From 2013-18, the then-soap newcomer succeeded against all odds at <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, overcoming a godawful introduction storyline to make Hilary Curtis a fan favorite. When contract renegotiations <a href="https://tvsourcemagazine.com/2018/06/interview-mishael-morgan-agent-david-ritchie-on-why-contract-talks-with-the-young-and-the-restless-ceased-exclusive/" target="_blank">broke down over salary squabbles</a>, she exited stage left, only to return in 2019 as Hilary’s lookalike, lawyer Amanda Sinclair. Jeepers, wonder if the characters could be related! (OK, we don’t really wonder, but whatevs, we’ll play along!)</p>
<p>Back in the late ’70s, this soap icon made his mark as <em>Days of our Lives</em>’ Chris Kositchek, aka the non-throttling-inclined big brother of the Salem Strangler. After he left the soap in 1987 in order to focus on his primetime series — <em>Valerie</em>, which was suddenly without its lead, Valerie Harper — he returned 10 years later, but in the role of Roman Brady, which had been handily vacated by Wayne Northrop.</p>
<p>Debuts don’t get any more impressive than Brown’s. After she landed in Port Charles as <em>General Hospital</em> spitfire Carly Roberts, she picked up Emmy after Emmy after Emmy. Then, seven years after she took her leave, she returned to the ABC soap in the new role of Mafia princess Claudia Zacchara — who awesomely got to lock horns with the show’s <em>current</em> Carly, Laura Wright!</p>
<p>“Two-timer” doesn’t even begin to cover it where Easton is concerned. He first appeared on <em>General Hospital</em> in his former <em>One Life to Live</em> role of John McBain. Then he reprised his <em>Port Charles</em> role of Caleb Morley (Stephen Clay if you’re nasty!) and created not one but two new characters: doctors Silas Clay and Hamilton Finn. Does anybody think that they can beat his record for reinvention? That’s what we thought. Not just no but <em>hell</em>, no!</p>
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