'Days of Our Lives' Eric Martsolf on Brady's Love Life, Getting (Another) TV Sibling & 'Passions' Memories

The pie pieces of the Black estate on Days of Our Lives just keep getting smaller! Once again, Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) has learned that he’s got a long-lost brother (Greg Rikaart’s Leo) courtesy of his fertile dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn)!

While he’s not likely to suffer any "daddy issues" over this — Brady’s a grown man, after all — this does give Martsolf a change to interact with the rascally Leo.

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Plus, she talks her other upcoming TV projects and weighs in on hubby Justin Hartley's success on 'This Is Us.'

TV Insider chatted with the Emmy-winning Martsolf about Brady getting yet another new sibling, Brady’s love life, his memorable guest spot on Smallville as futuristic hero Booster Gold, those passionate Passions fans and the one thing he might have changed about the show’s finale. Read on to get the scoop!

This is the second time Brady has discovered he has a half-brother.

Eric Martsolf: Yes, you have to include Paul [Christopher Sean].

Is Brady starting to feel displaced?

[Laughs] I don’t know. He doesn’t spend as much time with his father as he used to back in the day. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of children are popping up as a result of John Black’s tremendous seed. The man has thrown it around in a way that most men on soaps can only dream of.

It’s great when characters are tied to each other through family. What’s it like playing these other levels with Greg Rikaart (Leo)?

I had not met Greg before we started working together. He’s a fun guy with a great sense of humor, everything from our lovely kiss to finding out we are half-brothers.

That’s right. Leo stole a kiss from Brady. There’s a time on soaps where we wouldn’t see something like that.

Soaps have come a long way. Given the historic conservatism of our program, I think the show has done a really good job of breaking down walls and boundaries. We’re still pushing that envelope. I’ve always been a believer that soaps should tell the stories that society needs to hear.

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The daytime vet, who appeared as Anjelica Deveraux on 'DAYS' in the '80s, is returning to Salem in a new role.

DAYS is fun right now. There’s lots of humor on the show.

I think there’s always room for levity in daytime. Along with the shootings and kidnappings, you have to throw in some jokes along the way or else you’d explode. I want to do comedy. My closest friends think it’s hilarious I make a living doing daytime drama because they know that my tendency is to not be serious about anything.

John Aniston (Victor) has always had great zingers; Judith Chapman (Diana) got to play faux grief as she fantasized about Marlena’s many deaths. Has Brady gotten to do much funny stuff over the years?

I’m usually the sounding board for the funny. Just give me a chance to exercise that funny bone! Brady and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) had some funny drunk moments in Doug’s Place, but they are few and far between.


You got to play humor when you played Booster Gold on Smallville. How much fun was that?

That was my favorite role to date. It was funny, heroic, a comic book come to life; I loved getting to play someone who’s completely larger than life. I got credit from my kids for playing a character who’s a member of the Justice League. I still have [fans] from the DC Universe and the Smallville world hit me up on social media, trying to get a Booster Gold movie going on, but now I may have to settle for playing his dad. Then again, he is a time traveler.

Producers have a habit of casting actors from past projects on modern ones. Do you find the fan bases for both daytime and the super-hero world are parallel?

I do. I just read that Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men) is playing Lex Luthor on Supergirl. If you recall, he played Lex Luthor’s (Gene Hackman) nephew in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. [Producers] love to bring history back and throw it into the mix.


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Eric Martsolf as Brady Black, Lindsay Hartley as Arianna Hernandez (Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Do you find that there’s still a loyal group of Passions fans out there? Could there ever be a revival?

Yes. I get just as many Passions folks coming up to me on a given week as I do DAYS fans. Just as many. You hear rumblings. We’re in the age of reboots right now. There’s always that chance that someone will want the show to fly again. I always thought Passions would work better on prime time given how kooky and crazy it was.

Sadly, James Reilly [Passions’ creator and head writer] is no longer alive, but he had a team of writers under him who know the show. I’ll never get why Luis (Galen Gering, now Rafe, DAYS) and Sheridan (McKenzie Westmore) weren’t put together in the show’s finale, but, thankfully, Theresa and Ethan were.

They definitely did bring that around [for Ethan and Theresa]. But I agree with you, I think Sheridan should have ended up with Luis, as well. I’ve been in contact with McKenzie recently. We may or may not be working on a little project together. I think she’d love to see that show come back, too.


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Eric Martsolf, Nadia Bjorlin  (Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

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