‘Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL) spoilers finds that while there’s no doubt that there were plenty of fans that were excited when they found out that Stephen Nichols would be returning to the hit NBC soap, they had no idea that his character would turn into this! The handsome actor is now opening up about his return as the one and only Stefano DiMera and some of the challenges that come with playing such a legacy character. Here’s what you need to know.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, Stephen admits that he was quite surprised – just like so many of his fans – when he first found out that he wouldn’t be returning to ‘Days of Our Lives’ as Patch, but rather as Stefano. He told the publication, “After I signed on to return, I had a conversation with [Co-Executive Producer] Albert Alarr. He told me that I would be playing Stefano. That a chip containing Stefano’s essence had been implanted in Steve’s brain.”
‘Days of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Stephen Nichols Opens Up About His Return As Stefano
And while it appears as though Stephen is getting rave reviews for his portrayal as the DiMera patriarch – even though he is still presumed to be dead – Stephen says that playing the role is really no walk in the park. He admits that taking on the personal played by the late Joe Mascolo has been daunting to say the least.
Stephen said, “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to do a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence. I knew that Stefano’s and Steve’s physicality was very different, but what I could do was try to carry my body like Stefano. Standing tall. Leading with the chest. After all, posture is mostly psychological. I studied his gestures.
I chose a few that he used more than others. He used his hands in a very particular way; sometimes he looked as if he was conducting an orchestra.” The actor further explained, “Psychologically speaking, I felt I would have no limitations because the chip made Steve 100 percent Stefano. Language was there, so he would have his accent but coming from Steve’s mouth. My thinking was that Steve was completely erased except for his body, so he was Stefano as long as that chip was there. The only times Steve was even remotely present were moments when he is with Kayla and he is not conscious of it, but a psychic, spiritual connection is there. Something almost imperceptible was what I was going for.”
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