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MSN TV talks to star of 'Days' and 'Biggest Loser'

By Deanna Barnert
Special to MSN TV

Alison Sweeney wrapped one season of "The Biggest Loser" and jumped right into shooting the new one, all the while hard at work with "Days of Our Lives," on which her infamously devilish character Sami has endured a truly heartbreaking summer. "Days of Our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.

For those behind on the drama in Salem, after a series of baby-swapping moves, Sami, her ex EJ and the rest of Salem were left mourning the loss of baby girl Grace. What Sami doesn't know is that Nicole actually miscarried her own baby with EJ, pulled a baby swap and is now raising Sami's baby with EJ as her own. Grace's real mother was Mia, who is dating Sami's son with Lucas.

The lies have been simmering all summer, but now we're into fall, and they're dropping away like leaves. This Friday, Oct. 9, Sami learns she's been mourning someone else's baby!

Alison Sweeney: "Days" is so good right now! I shouldn't tell you this, but when I got my scripts, I was sitting in traffic on my way to "Biggest Loser" literally tearing through the pages. It was like, "Don't look down, don't look down -- Ah, but what does it say?" So dangerous, and my husband is a cop. I was like, "I'm going to be in so much trouble!"

MSN TV: How is life in Salem treating you?

Alison Sweeney: "Days" is so good right now! I shouldn't tell you this, but when I got my scripts, I was sitting in traffic on my way to "Biggest Loser" literally tearing through the pages. It was like, "Don't look down, don't look down -- Ah, but what does it say?" So dangerous, and my husband is a cop. I was like, "I'm going to be in so much trouble!"

Do you often get this excited about story line?

Not after all these years. It's weird to use the word "excited" about the Grace-dying story. It was hard because I was literally shooting those scenes on the same day as the "Biggest Loser 7" live finale. That morning, I did three episodes in a row of the death and then had to go to the finale and be like, "OK, people, woo hoo!"

Was it also hard to play as a real-life mom with your own new baby girl, Megan, born last January?

For Galen Gering and me, it was so close to home. It's brutal, and meningitis is for real. But everyone did an amazing job with that story. You know it's good writing when the directors are dry blocking, and they all get choked up!

Sami is infamously one of daytime's fave bad girls. Has it been a nice change of pace not to be the one causing the drama and trouble?

I had this whole moment with Ari Zucker, who plays Nicole, about it. We were bonding, and I was like, "I love being me right now!" I love being the person who is not at fault. It's fun. It's different. It's nice. The fans on Twitter are asking when she is going to be Sami again, but I love that she's not. Her baby died. You don't just bounce back from that!

EJ already knows the truth, and he's about to lay it all out for Sami. Will the big reveal that Sydney is her baby be enough to get Sami to finally "bounce back"?

I hope she finds out and goes crazy! You're a shadow of your former self after something like that, so it would fricking kill if she came back with a vengeance.

On top of all the drama in Salem, the season premiere of "Biggest Loser" was a total tissue-fest. What's that about?


So emotional. So intense. The theme is "Second Chances" because we believe everyone deserves one. It's literally a second chance at "Biggest Loser" for Daniel from Season 7, but beyond that, it's an emotional thing. Abby lost her entire family, including her brand new baby, in an accident. Heartbreaking, but you can bet that won't stop Jillian from getting right in her face. This is the biggest group we've ever had. They have a lot of weight to lose, and Jillian and Bob are going to stay on them!

The show is airing in two-hour blocks this year: How much stretching goes on to fill that time?

I don't think it's stretching. We recap at the beginning of the hour, but other than that, there's so much interesting content. It gives the audience a chance to see the emotional journey as well as the weight and physical stuff.

Past player Ron was criticized for the way he played the game: What's your take on that?

I'm a competitor, so I get playing the game. If people are going to fall for it, that's brutal, but it happens every season. He didn't do anything wrong. Those are the rules of the game, and if you are letting him lead you, that's your bad. He also never said anything different from, "I'm doing this for my son, and I want to get him to the end."

Ousted contestants often return for the finale having lost massive amounts of weight, like Helen did last season. Is there such a thing as losing too much weight?

We actually have a minimum weight of what we'll accept them to be. But look, it's a game and a competition, so you gear up and do everything you can for weigh-in. You're going to be as healthy and lean as you can be to win, but that's not how you live your life.

That's true of actresses getting ready for a shoot or project. I don't mean to throw anyone under the bus, but Demi Moore did a lot to get "G.I. Jane." Does it reflect badly that they're not that way the rest of their lives? No, as long as you can maintain health, which is what our show is about. Ironically, it's not about the number on the scale. We have to use some sort of numbers, because Standards and Practices insists that you judge a winner in some way, but it's about getting healthy.



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