NBC ‘Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL) spoilers finds that star Greg Rikaart recently opened up about playing his DOOL character, Leo Stark. Here’s what he has to say.
In an new interview with Soap Opera Digest, Greg explains that during his two-year break from The Young and the Restless, he decided to take up the offer to play the eccentric Leo Stark on ‘Days of Our Lives’. It’s a decision that he definitely doesn’t regret, as playing Leo on the hit NBC soap is one experience that he counts as one of the most important and memorable ones of his life.
NBC ‘Days of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Alum Greg Rikaart Opens Up About His Character Leo Stark
Greg told the publication, “Had it not been for leaving Y&R, I never would have had that little detour, which was one of the most fun acting jobs I’ve ever had. I even got an Emmy nomination for that role [in 2019], so it’s hard to complain.”
If that weren’t enough, Greg says that he absolutely loved playing alongside legendary soap actress Judith Chapman, who played Kevin’s mom Glorida on the show.
“That was such a gift,” Rikaart enthuses. “With the relationship Judith and I already have off camera, we didn’t have to waste any time trying to cultivate something on screen. On day one, we caught up for a few minutes and then, boom, we got right into fleshing out the relationship between Leo and Diana.
It wasn’t completely different from the relationship between Kevin and Gloria, but different enough where we both approached it from a different perspective.” Rikaart was thrilled when the soap called him back for an appearance on the April Fool’s Day episode. “
To begin with, Leo’s the kind of character where there’s really no such thing as playing too big, and Ron [Carlivati, head writer] sort of wrote him broader and broader as time went on,” Rikaart observes. “Then to have an April Fool’s episode where it was like an alternate reality, the gloves were off. I got to say and do such bonkers things in that episode. That was really fun.”
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