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Sony: Deidre Hall on The Different Side of Marlena
Topic Started: Dec 19 2012, 10:03 AM (1,289 Views)
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Since Kristen's return to Salem, we've been seeing a different side of Marlena. After all, she's usually the calm voice of reason. Of course, maybe she is still the voice of reason, it's just that certain members of her family aren't exactly seeing it that way. And we had to wonder, why is Marlena reacting so strongly to Kristen's return. Turns out, the answer is pretty simple. "Well, first of all, she tried to kill her, so I think that's probably a main reason," Deidre told us about the relationship between Kristen and Marlena. "And I also think that what she's seen so far is that Kristen keeps popping up and surprising people, which is a little sinister... It's not just that she's back, it's she's back and, oh my gosh, here she is! And I think the moment she began to tell John what was going on and he waved her off, it became very scary. Because now it was, wait a minute, there's danger here, and you all are not getting the joke about it. So that's why."
he normal calm that envelopes Marlena, then, would seem to be out the window. "Yeah, she's panicked," Deidre agreed. "And the stakes are high. The more John turns toward believing Kristen, the higher the stakes get. And then she sees her going after Sami, and then after Brady.

"It's so obvious to everyone watching that it's trouble and when you see him not accept that, it's very scary," Deidre continued.

What exactly has Marlena done that viewers might consider out of character? Perhaps breaking into Kristen's hotel room to try to get the dirt on her? Doesn't seem very Marlena-like, even considering that there's a DiMera involved. The mama bear who will do anything to protect her family is coming out. "I guess you saw me go into her hotel and take her stuff and oh well!" Deidre laughed. "And then dodging her, groping for the pad, I mean, I saw that thing and played it back over and over and over and over! It made me laugh every time. And I am entertained by Eileen Davidson. I am mad for her!"

We can only imagine how enjoyable it must be for these two daytime diva veterans are having playing opposite one another again, so much so that it might even come as a surprise if their fans were to see them together. "We're having entirely too much fun," Deidre agreed. "It shouldn't even be fair! Years ago, many, many, many years ago, I visited I think it was One Life to Live. I can't remember. I think I was hanging out with Erika Slezak . Anyway, I went over to the set and I had seen that soap... And, although I'd been on a soap for several years, I was still struck by ... what are you doing talking to her? She's talking behind your back! You know what I mean? I was having a fan response to things. And I thought, if Eileen and I ever went out for coffee, it would astonish people. Because we're just ... we're like a couple of little kids. It would be an odd thing to see. But we laugh so hard."

And with some of these scenes - sneaking into Kristen's hotel room, deleting phone messages, not telling John the whole truth - we're seeing Marlena behave in a way that some people might not care for, even if she's doing it to defend her family.

And while she loves working with Eileen, she doesn't exactly relish playing the not-so-nice girl. "My hat is off to her," Deidre said in reference to Eileen, "as it is to Alison Sweeney and to Lauren Koslow, because they play the b***h full out. And never having been asked to do that - well, on a couple of occasions - I know the tendency to want the audience to like you or not to alarm them and I found that when I was going in to her apartment, I though, ooh, I don't like having to do this! This doesn't feel good. The audience is going to be angry at me. I don't like this! And they do it all day long. They are my heroes.

"I'm not used to it. Perhaps," Deidre mused. "When I was possessed it was a lot of fun. Maybe I'm just sensitive."

The opportunity for the audience to see a new and different side of Marlena meant her portrayer had to figure out how to make it work, how to make us believe that she would do these things. "I struggled with how to play it for a while," Deidre said.
"Then I thought, it's entitlement. Play it with entitlement. You know? The rules are out the window, there is no rule book for this stuff. Honor and dignity - integrity - are not part of this game. And rather than being self-conscious and mysterious and contrite, I saw the scenes and I think I just sat up and said, yeah? So? What? She just entitled herself to be there."

It seems understandable, then, for Marlena to try to get some kind of evidence to prove to others that the way she feels about Kristen is the right way. Okay, we get that. But, after she caught Kristen and Brady in bed together, why did she keep this knowledge to herself? As a psychiatrist, Marlena would likely counsel against not being honest in a relationship.

"She knew that Kristen saw her," Deidre told us. "And then she realized that Kristen had not told him that ... I think probably the writers' explanation would have been that Kristen was up to something and this was a no win. If she and Marlena both knew, that she was in bed with Brady, and Kristen hadn't told Brady that I knew, I don't know what the trap is, but I know I'm about to step into it and I'm not going to. I was going to stay away from this because it was the safest route!"

Stay safe, Marlena. Because while it is pretty fun to watch this different side of you, it feels like dangerous territory. Dangerous, but enjoyable

http://www.daysofourlives.com/2012/12/deidre-hall-on-the-different-side-of-marlena.php?page=6
Edited by Partnersincrime, Dec 19 2012, 10:24 AM.
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I'm enjoying this plotline, and it's nice to see DH given some fun, soapy things to do.
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I want Marlena to remain a heroine.

Let Sami, Kristen, and Kate play the villainous roles.
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AFaithL
Dec 19 2012, 10:35 AM
I want Marlena to remain a heroine.

Let Sami, Kristen, and Kate play the villainous roles.
These writers do not know how to write interesting heroes and heroines. Its harder to do than write the interesting bad guy because leaning dark is easy.
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It so refreshing to see Marlena in a big story. I don't think it is out of character for her either. If somebody was using my family to get what they want, I would take matters into my own hands as well.

Sami will never be the villain again while TomSell is holding the pen. They like the Sami who is the perfect housemother, wife, etc. I think that she is definitely more entertaining when she is the bad girl, but that just won't be an option with TomSell here.

That being said, I want to see Nicole up to her old tricks. No baby stealing or paternity drama, just a good old-fashioned Nicole scheme. I would love to see her go head-to-head with Sami about Eric. Something FUN for Nicole, the way it used to be.
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"I like to be on top, Darling." - John Ross/Pamela

Loved the interview! Deidre is simply the best. :)
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I'm loving this Marlena. Whateva!

It's not like she was when she was hating on Brady...that was a little crazy.
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Very good interview. Although Marlena wearing gloves still freaks me out wayyy more than Sami/Kate/Kristen any day of the week.
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Kristin and Marlena are the best storyline Days has on screen now.The Gabi/Will baby storyline is the next best.
Edited by BeeBee, Dec 19 2012, 08:44 PM.
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I love that we're seeing a sneakier side of Marlena. I love her storyline with Kristen, they are amazing on screen together before and they still are no. So glad they brought back Elieen Davidson!
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Marlena is still the good guy here, though she's being sneaky. She's right. Kristen is up to no good, and if I were Marlena I'd be pretty frustrated that everyone seems the think Kristen has changed, given her truly nutty history.
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