Days of our Lives' Brady Black already had to deal with the surprise appearance of one long-lost brother, when Paul Narita (Christopher Sean) popped onto the scene. And now the character is dealing with yet another: Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who was recently revealed to be yet another of John Black's (Drake Hogestyn) long-lost sons. Fortunately, Brady's portrayer, Eric Martsolf, is taking it all in stride.
"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," Martsolf jokes to TV Insider. "The man has thrown it around in a way that most men on soaps can only dream of."
Brady might get a smaller piece of the Black fortune now that he's got yet another sibling to share it with, but Martsolf is happy that DAYS is telling Leo's story the way they are -- from the half-brother reveal right up to that kiss Leo stole from Brady.
"Soaps have come a long way," Martsolf says of the peck being written and shown on-screen. "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."
But it's not just socially relevant stories that Martsolf supports. He confesses that he likes entertainment value just as much as the next guy and would love to see DAYS do some big musical numbers like some of the other soap operas have done, including his old show Passions, where he played Ethan Winthrop.
"There was a time in daytime when money wasn't as much of a constriction [as] it is now. Today, we don't have the time or extra nickels to put towards the songs. It's so unfortunate," he shares. "There was a time on Passions in which we sang originals songs. Lindsay Hartley [ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald] and I sang 'Sugar, Sugar.' It was so 'bubble gum.' Fans loved it. Whenever I see that Nurses Ball, I am envious of the job General Hospital does on those things. I think we should do a crossover -- the Nurses and Doctors Ball!"
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