In The Family Way
Soap Opera Digest|July 20, 2020
In The Family Way
Alison Sweeney comes roaring back to DAYS as Sami on Nicole and Eric’s wedding day
Stephanie Sloane

SOAP OPERA DIGEST: When did DAYS approach you about coming back? How did you react?

ALISON SWEENEY: I’m always in conversation with Ken [Corday, executive producer] and Ron [Carlivati, head writer] about possible fun opportunities to come back and visit Salem. I guess Greg [Meng, co-executive producer] always sort of initiates, like, “Hey, we have an idea. Would you want to talk to Ron?” or “When can you talk to Ron?” and then I talk to Ron and he tells me some fun, outrageous, amazing story and I love it, and we see if we can make it work.

DIGEST: How did you react when you learned that Allie has been aged?

SWEENEY: I thought it was a great idea. I loved it. That’s the tradition of soaps. It’s the next generation of troublemakers coming to Salem. It’s fun. I love it.

DIGEST: Tell me about reporting back to work. What did it feel like?

SWEENEY: It’s funny because I came back after doing a Christmas movie for Hallmark and so I was feeling kind of in shape as an actor, I guess, but it had been a while since I had been at DAYS. It’s just hard. It’s a lot more dialogue to memorize and all of that. I get butterflies in my stomach now when I know I have to work. I try to do a lot of prep work, like making sure I’m ready. I feel like a kid on their first day of school. And then you walk through those doors and it feels as if I was there yesterday. Everything feels like home to me. I get right back into the swing of things quickly. But leading up to that point I was very nervous.

DIGEST: This is the second time Sami has crashed a wedding, this time Eric and Nicole’s. How does she come in and what is her state of mind?

SWEENEY: Well, this one was really fun because I loved Ron’s setup for it. I think he gave everyone such a great point of view in this situation. Eric and Nicole just want to have a nice wedding. Eric did want to invite Sami but Allie convinced him not to, and Allie has such a good reason for not wanting Sami there, to see her pregnant. Sami is searching for Allie, worried, so of course, she’s going to leave no stone unturned to try to find her daughter. But then how hurtful would that be, to find out your twin brother is getting married? I don’t know which is worse, that he told you but didn’t invite you or didn’t invite you and didn’t even tell you it was happening. It’s just so heartbreaking for Sami to just happen to find out. Everyone comes into those scenes with such loaded feelings. Certainly, when Sami gets on that train, there’s no stopping it.

DIGEST: What were your first impressions of Lindsay Arnold (Allie)?

SWEENEY: Oh, my gosh. I love Lindsay Arnold. She is adorable and fantastic. Such a good actress. So kind. A good person to have on set. I think she is such a hard worker and talented. It was really fun to get to know her. I feel she does remind me of my kids; she looks like Ben and Megan. The casting was really great. She’s great. I love it. I love also that they gave her the name Allie. It’s very special for me.

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July 20, 2020