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Alison Sweeney MSN TV Buzz interview
Topic Started: Jan 15 2013, 04:12 PM (5,468 Views)
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The week of Jan. 7 was a big one for Alison Sweeney. The daytime veteran celebrated 20 years on "Days of Our Lives" while launching the 14th season of "Biggest Loser." With the hotly contested SAFE/EJAMI love triangle back in full swing, soap romance and Sweeney's history was a hot topic. First, however, Sweeney talked about the reality of losing weight and gave us a peek at her DVR.



Your fans tune in to two different kinds of programming to stick with you: reality TV and soap opera. What does your DVR say about you?



My DVR says that I watch a lot of TV my husband likes. (laughs) It says I like shows that are uplifting. We watch a lot of Discovery Channel, shows like "The Biggest Loser" and even "Amazing Race." You learn a lot about the world, it's fun and nobody's interested in beating anybody down. And then the opposite: I'm a huge fan of "Survivor." I'll admit, my guilty pleasure is "Downton Abbey." It's like actor porn. It's so good! The dialogue, the wardrobe and all of it!



What can we expect from this season of "Biggest Loser"?



Obviously, everyone's question about whether having kids made Jillian soft was answered [in the premiere]. You don't need me to tell you that the answer's no! What's so special about our show is that you don't have to be the best at something. Jackson struggles with vomiting at every moment, but you have to try and you have to want to be there. That's the secret to weight loss.



No matter where you are, what your life is or how you're doing it, you have to want it deep down in your core. You have to think you're worth it and love yourself enough to want to be healthy. People think, "Oh, I'm loving myself by sitting on this sofa for four hours." Love yourself enough to get up! It's hard, but start making positive choices - one and then another - and all the sudden, you do want to take care of yourself.



How have the kids shaken up the "Biggest Loser" game?



They're not on campus everyday. But when they're there, it's so inspiring. It's so important to have them remind us all why we're doing this. We're not putting them on the scale, but you can see the transformation - physically and in their energy, their psyche and their smiles. It's important to encourage kids to take responsibility. We're talking about family dynamics as well. The whole family has to make a change. You can't expect a kid to do it on his own.



How have you inspired your own kids to have the right attitude?


The first thing I've done is explain it to them. I don't know why we have to pretend it's not happening. I don't want to develop a psychosis, but it shouldn't be a secret that sugar and fat make you gain weight and make your body feel bad.



If you're going to play the Lightning McQueen metaphor: He puts the best fuel in his tank so he can go super fast. For you, that's your veggies and water and stuff like that. I've found it to be successful. They don't argue with me about it, because they know it's math. It's not a negotiation.



20 years and counting

Looking back on your 20 years on "Days of Our Lives," what's been your favorite storyline?



The whole Sydnapping arc, from getting pregnant with EJ's baby, going on the run and falling in love with Rafe to exposing what Nicole and EJ did, keeping Sydney away from her. When you think about how long that went on and how good, true and interesting it was the whole time, it was a great story.



The loss of Grace was a major turning point in Sami's growth and maturity level. Even now, she's still Sami, but it's different. Obviously, Sami's been through a bunch of different writers, but it worked out. Jim Reilly laid the foundation of this character and it was clear and true. It sank in deep, so that every writer that came after fell on those same building blocks. It's paid off. I feel very blessed.



After 20 years of drama, is there anything Sami hasn't been through yet?



For a long time, my answer was that I wanted her to be loved and find real happiness. In some ways, she's had that now and let it slip through her fingers. I have to say, up to this point, they've still never really told the EJ/Sami story. I've always sort of wondered how that would go. There's this huge fan base for something when they've never actually been together. They've dated and danced around each other and there's always been this pull between them, but she never really gave him a shot. It would be interesting to see.



Sami has been thrust back into the SAFE/EJAMI triangle, again. Within the week of Jan. 14, alone, she's gone from one to the other: Will either Rafe or EJ finally get the girl soon?



They have been really torturing the fans! (laughs) I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but yes, someone is going to - dare I say? - win. You are going to see Sami making a decision. I'm happy about it. We shot this four months ago, but now it's great to see the fans' reaction.



You always play it so cool when we try to get you to weigh in on which side of the triangle you favor.



I'm good right! I get a lot of crap for how I won't step up and say what I think. I promise some day, when nobody cares anymore, I will buy everyone a drink who still wants to know and tell them how I really feel about everything. I'm a company girl!


I'm a fan of a certain show and something came out about the actor that affected they way I feel about the show. It reminded me why it's so important to keep my opinions to myself and let the audience feel it. No matter how you feel, I think it would affect how you perceive the story and I would hate that.



Let me ask you this then: Without saying whether Sami makes the right choice, are you happy with the way the story is going to go?



Yes. I'm very happy with where story's going. It's a fascinating storyline. It's fun, exciting and interesting!



"Days of Our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC. "The Biggest Loser" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC
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I still think that by now Sami should have been kidnapped or "died." 20 years is a long time to be all up in everyone's everything, especially since for big chunks of it Sami has been a little one-note (chasing after Austin/whining about John; in a triangle with Rafe/EJ).

Thanks for posting!
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In my world, Sydney is Nicole's daughter. It would be interesting to see EJami face EJ sharing a child with another woman. If they are truly a "supercouple" they can survive that.

Gimme Sydole'
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With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
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Oh, and the Sydnapping was her favorite storyline in 20 years??? Really? Okay.....well maybe it's just me but that was far from my favorite storyline.
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Well it sounds like whatever choice Sami makes will be the choice for some time to come. Everyone who's sick to death of Sami's neverending game of musical chairs when it comes to her love life should be relieved.
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AngelOB
Jan 15 2013, 04:45 PM
Well it sounds like whatever choice Sami makes will be the choice for some time to come. Everyone who's sick to death of Sami's neverending game of musical chairs when it comes to her love life should be relieved.
I certainly hope that's the case. I am so tired of this triangle. I find that it just brings down the entire show for me, even if there are other stories on that I am enjoying. Put one of the couples together and give them angst outside of a 3rd person. I'm not a fan of either couple. I hate Sami and wish both men would give her the boot, but as long as it's not the same story on rotation over and over, then I might be able to enjoy it even if the couple themselves aren't my cup of tea.
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Jan 15 2013, 04:41 PM
With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
Hope's the only woman on canvas Rafe has any chemistry with.
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Jan 15 2013, 04:34 PM
In my world, Sydney is Nicole's daughter. It would be interesting to see EJami face EJ sharing a child with another woman. If they are truly a "supercouple" they can survive that.

Gimme Sydole'
Sorry but I pray for no more baby paternity/maternity storylines for some time. Days has been doing way too many and even by soap standards...lol

I think Nicole should find the right man for her(maybe Eric) and then have a family with that man. No more egg babies, no more switching babies between people, no more WTD, no more please!
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After 20 years of drama, is there anything Sami hasn't been through yet?



For a long time, my answer was that I wanted her to be loved and find real happiness. In some ways, she's had that now and let it slip through her fingers. I have to say, up to this point, they've still never really told the EJ/Sami story. I've always sort of wondered how that would go. There's this huge fan base for something when they've never actually been together. They've dated and danced around each other and there's always been this pull between them, but she never really gave him a shot. It would be interesting to see.


Since this is coming from the self-professed "company girl," I'd say Ejami is a go.
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Jan 15 2013, 04:43 PM
Oh, and the Sydnapping was her favorite storyline in 20 years??? Really? Okay.....well maybe it's just me but that was far from my favorite storyline.
I get the feeling she likes the range of it, but IA with you- far from my favorite. I'll always prefer Sami as an all-knowing manipulator.
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I don't like EJami, but I'm ok with them getting a story....UNLESS they begin dominating the show. If the Spring/Summer becomes dominated by EJami and the teens, with everyone else on the backburner, I will be taking a break from this show.

I'd much rather watch Bristen/Ericole than lots and lots of Sami.
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Jan 15 2013, 05:27 PM
I don't like EJami, but I'm ok with them getting a story....UNLESS they begin dominating the show. If the Spring/Summer becomes dominated by EJami and the teens, with everyone else on the backburner, I will be taking a break from this show.

I'd much rather watch Bristen/Ericole than lots and lots of Sami.
It will be difficult for them to begin dominating the show. At least if they're together, that might cut in half how much they already dominate.
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blueskies
Jan 15 2013, 04:41 PM
With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
ewwww. no Hope & Rafe. please!!! what has Hope done to deserve that torture? and why would she ever go after someone Sami's been with? (and Rafe going after Sami's aunt would be gross too)
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Jan 15 2013, 05:38 PM
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Jan 15 2013, 04:41 PM
With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
ewwww. no Hope & Rafe. please!!! what has Hope done to deserve that torture? and why would she ever go after someone Sami's been with? (and Rafe going after Sami's aunt would be gross too)
Eh, it'd still be one of the least complicated relationships on the show. Now I'd prefer Bo come back, but that's not happening anytime soon obviously. So, I'd prefer a fake kill-off, and then let Hope have a real storyline. And although the idea of Ej/Hope is intriguing online, I'm not so sure I'd want them onscreen, lol. I think it would freak me out too much. Like, to the point where a town orgy would be less freaky.
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Oh Rafe I hear the goatherders in Switzerland calling you....
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Jan 15 2013, 05:38 PM
blueskies
Jan 15 2013, 04:41 PM
With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
ewwww. no Hope & Rafe. please!!! what has Hope done to deserve that torture? and why would she ever go after someone Sami's been with? (and Rafe going after Sami's aunt would be gross too)
Then they are going to have to bring back Bo or a NEW male character. Because there's no one else currently on canvas I want to see her with. Certainly not Eric (her nephew) or Brady (who I want with Kristen).
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Jan 15 2013, 05:46 PM
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Jan 15 2013, 05:38 PM
blueskies
Jan 15 2013, 04:41 PM
With the Gabi/Will fiasco I'm hoping Rafe makes the "choice" easy for her and steps out. I'm far from an Ej/Sami fan, but Sami/Rafe have been dancing around too long. Put Rafe with someone else for a while *cough* Hope *cough*.
ewwww. no Hope & Rafe. please!!! what has Hope done to deserve that torture? and why would she ever go after someone Sami's been with? (and Rafe going after Sami's aunt would be gross too)
Eh, it'd still be one of the least complicated relationships on the show. Now I'd prefer Bo come back, but that's not happening anytime soon obviously. So, I'd prefer a fake kill-off, and then let Hope have a real storyline. And although the idea of Ej/Hope is intriguing online, I'm not so sure I'd want them onscreen, lol. I think it would freak me out too much. Like, to the point where a town orgy would be less freaky.
To me Hope's relationship with EJ is very similar to how Sami's relationship with EJ should be.

Someone to trade snarky barbs with and antagonise - they have good chemistry when they are at war with each other - but there is no feasible way they should be romantically involved.
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Jan 15 2013, 05:34 PM
AFaithL
Jan 15 2013, 05:27 PM
I don't like EJami, but I'm ok with them getting a story....UNLESS they begin dominating the show. If the Spring/Summer becomes dominated by EJami and the teens, with everyone else on the backburner, I will be taking a break from this show.

I'd much rather watch Bristen/Ericole than lots and lots of Sami.
It will be difficult for them to begin dominating the show. At least if they're together, that might cut in half how much they already dominate.
Quoting myself to say I may have just convinced myself to become a shipper purely for this reason.
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Jan 15 2013, 05:52 PM
lysie
Jan 15 2013, 05:34 PM
AFaithL
Jan 15 2013, 05:27 PM
I don't like EJami, but I'm ok with them getting a story....UNLESS they begin dominating the show. If the Spring/Summer becomes dominated by EJami and the teens, with everyone else on the backburner, I will be taking a break from this show.

I'd much rather watch Bristen/Ericole than lots and lots of Sami.
It will be difficult for them to begin dominating the show. At least if they're together, that might cut in half how much they already dominate.
Quoting myself to say I may have just convinced myself to become a shipper purely for this reason.
That means you need to change your banner to a pro-Ejami banner, you fangirl you!!LOL
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