Sideglances
by SARAH GREENE
Jul 05, 2014 | 839 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ANYONE old enough to have followed soap operas since they began on early radio will sympathize with my current situation: One of my favorite characters had mysteriously disappeared, and now I have learned her story from a June issue of TV Guide magazine.

This was just after I had given up on Alison Sweeney, aka Samantha Gene Brady on Days of Our Lives.

When Sami left Days I just assumed that the show was ending. And I bet I was not the only fan who thought that. Not so.

In a “Daytime Highlights” column by Michael Logan, I learned that when Alison wasn’t busy with her Days role or hosting The Biggest Loser or being a wife and mother, she had produced her fourth book, Scared Scriptless, published by Hyperion.

IN A question-and-answer format Alison lets us in on some interesting information about her life.

She decided to move on after playing her role in Days for 22 years.

The leading character in her novel is a script supervisor who refuses to date actors.

“What do you have against narcissistic pretty boys?” Logan questions Ms Sweeney.

Her answer:

“There are a lot of guys—especially in soaps—who are unfairly maligned by that stereotype . . . Let’s put it this way: I’m married to a cop. The healthiest part of my day is to come home from work and not talk about myself.”

It was her own decision to leave Days, but does she ever wake up at night and wonder, What the ____ have I done?

“I was doing just fine until last night, when it suddenly hit me that all the defining moments of my life—graduating high school, falling in love, having babies—we shared with the people at Days. Now it’s really hard to imagine my life without them, but it’s my choice and it’s the right one. I gotta live it.”

MICHAEL LOGAN flatters Ms. Sweeney by calling her one of the best actresses in daytime television, and wonders why she has never gotten even one Emmy nomination.

Ms. Sweeney finds that easy to agree with and goes on to say, she has found her peace in the fan reaction:

“Their emotional attachment to Days and to Sami, and how much they say they’re going to miss her, means much more to me than a statue every could.”

Lucky for her, she finds therapy in writing, and says she works out scenes in her head when she goes for a run.
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