Days Of Our Lives: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
For almost 52 years now, Days of Our Lives (DOOL) has been wowing its fans with romance, adventure, mystery, and drama. DOOL audiences have fallen in love with the characters that make up the Horton, Brady, Kiriakis, and DiMera families, and have felt invested in their trials, tribulations, and celebrations over the years. While DOOL storylines have been incredible, some of the things that happen on set behind the scenes are pretty awesome too! Below is a list of 10 behind-the-scenes secrets from this popular soap.
10. Steve Was Originally At Set With A “Recurring” Status
One of the most popular DOOL characters to ever grace Salem is Steve Johnson, and while he is certainly a staple on the show today, that wasn’t always the case. According to a November 2015 Glamour article, “Patch” was originally thought to be a recurring character, one that was set to be a trouble maker and thug. Fast forward three to four weeks after Steve debuted in Salem, DOOL producers offered actor Stephen Nichols a contract. Nowadays, Steve is a hero and certainly not a trouble-making thug!
9. Intense Schedule
You can’t work on a daytime drama without expecting a hectic schedule. DOOL is on the air (for the most part) five days weekly, with only the weekends to spare. During an ET interview in 2015, Robert Scott Wilson, the actor who played Ben Rogers, relayed the intense work schedule with DOOL. “Most shows that you watch in prime time that are one-hour episodes, it takes them seven to 10 days to shoot one episode. We shoot seven and a half episodes in one week,” he said. The actors get no cue cards or teleprompters and must learn their lines in one night to prepare for twenty scenes the next day.