DAYS’ Alison Sweeney on 20 Years of Sami: “Jim Reilly Laid The Foundation of This Character”

What has been Alison Sweeney’s favorite Sami storyline after 20 years on Days of Our Lives? In an interview with MSN, Sweeney reflected on Sami’s many tribulations and triumphs over the years, but chose the Sydnapping storyline as her favorite. She also credited the late James E. Reilly for laying the foundation for her unforgettable character.

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.


What has been your favorite Sami storyline on Days of Our Lives?


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    Out of all the 20 years, THAT was her favorite storyline?!

    I guess it speaks volumes on Alison Sweeney wanting to be a heroine instead of a bad girl. That was in 2009, when her place as the show’s central heroine was just about cemented. At least that is what the TPTB of the show wanted us to accept. It’s just that in the long run, it’s not gonna work.

    The audience craves for Sami to be the bitter, scheming, suffering bitch. That is who she IS. She ought to realize that fact before it seriously affects her popularity. I mean look at Jennifer Horton. People hate her, and not just because she didn’t grieve for Jack enough. People don’t like her because people don’t want to see a prissy goody-two-shoes type of character for very long.

    Loved her acknowledging Jim Reilly, though. He + this show was a genius combination!

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