How Days of Our Lives’ Casey Moss Proved He’s One of The Best Younger Actors in Soaps (VIDEO)

The Outstanding Younger Actor category rarely garners respect at the Daytime Emmys each spring. That could all be changing next year, as several younger actors are doing the heavy lifting in their respective soap's most powerful storylines, and proving they can bench press much more than their weight.

General Hospital has Bryan Craig as bitter, horny mob heir Morgan Corinthos. The Young and the Restless boasts Max Ehrich as slithering, slinky, oft-disturbed druggie Fenmore Baldwin. Then there's Days of Our Lives, home to arguably the most rapidly-improving actor in soaps, Casey Moss.

We've gotten a kick out of Moss from the moment he made his debut as Jennifer Horton's (Melissa Reeves) cocky, pot-smoking son JJ, but for the longest time he was simply eye candy who provided snarky barbs.

When DAYS' amazing writing staff bravely began taking JJ to the brink of sociopathology, Moss quickly proved he's capable of much more than flexing a taut body and a sneaky, infectious grin. As a son grieving for his hero father, JJ has been repelled by his mother's attempts to move on with Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian), like Kal-El to glowing green rocks.

As JJ's acting out intensified, the mother who once cloaked his every sin became fed up. Following a summer of drugs, thievery, breaking and entering and other petty crimes, Jennifer Rose threw JJ out of Horton House, in a display of tough love. For added measure, Jen asked her cousin and sisters-in-law to stand in solidarity, refusing to left JJ move in with their families.

Jen's tactic backfired on her, as JJ made a beeline to his Aunt Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) this week on DAYS. While once again raging about how awful Daniel is—especially compared to JJ's late father Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford)—Kayla flashed back to an ugly family secret. Long before JJ was born, when Kayla was married to Jack, the volatile, aspiring politico brutally raped his wife.

Longtime viewers know DAYS worked overtime to redeem Jack post-rape, largely due to Ashford's popularity. Eventually the character of Jack Deveraux morphed from a vile, entitled rich boy prick, to a sardonic, witty, romantic lead opposite spunky cub reporter Jennifer.

JJ isn't yet privy to everything his father did to turn things around — killing Harper Deveraux to save Patch and Kayla; rescuing Jennifer from a life contending with Emilio Ramirez's jheri curl juice. However, thanks to his manipulation of guillible Aunt Adrienne (Judi Evans) and discovering transcripts from Lawrence Alamain's (Michael Sabatino) rape trial (all brilliant, brilliant uses of history), JJ does now know just what a monster his father once was.

Kayla, the victim of Jack's disgusting crime, reluctantly confirmed it for her nephew, sending the boy off on a violent bender in Horton Town Square. JJ commenced to trash the book store where Jack's new tome was displayed, along with anything and anyone in his path.

Moss did his TV dad proud, displaying a delicate balance of rage and emotional rawness reminiscent of a young Matt Ashford. Okay, I've talked enough about it. Watch the DAYS recap video below and see for yourself. Bravo, Mr. Moss.


22 Responses

  1. Profile photo of harlee490

    OH my Gawd this young actor portraying the character of JJ is the find of last year! :O I’m so enjoying this story of JJ finding out the truth about Jack…I’m enjoying Days so much right now.

    I loved Nicole interviewing her replacements for Father Eric, hilariously good stuff, the Kristin\Brady counsel from Eric is pure gold and such fun soap opera…Eileen Davidson deserves her Emmy ;)

    I love how saving Sami, EJ has lost all control, good stuff :bigsmile: :beer:

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    OMG! How excellent is Days right now! They definitly are worthy of the Emmy they won last year. I see another one in their future, as well as for several of their actors and the writers.

    I always love the use of a show’s history especailly when it is done right and is true to all the characters involved. JJ held Jack on a pedistal all his life and now that’s been destoyed forever. There is no coming back from it, no hearing the story from his father — Jack is dead. Love how the original actors from back then are here now, watching history rear its ugly head and tearing JJ apart, destroying his innocence and the memory of his beloved father. This made it all the more real for me that none of these characters are recasts.

    And, this was finally something that didn’t have anything to do with Sami.

    Excellent, excellent, excellent.

  3. Profile photo of angrierblackerman

    I really love Casey Moss’style. JJ is currently my favorite character on the show. I wish they would try to flesh out the characters of his friends Bev and Riley…they are pretty cool characters too.I want JJ and Bev to get together actually.

    In any case. Casey Moss helped save the show for me. I was about to stop watching for real!

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    Can someone please tell me where John Black and Steve Johnson are supposed to be?
    And I assume they’re still doing the “Bo is here you just don’t see him” crap still?

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    I have to agree, Casey Moss has improved mightily since slinking into town with that pretty face and entitled smirk. This whole storyline is a master study in how to utilize a show’s history, play every beat and, in turn, get maximum payoff(not to mention including so many long-time vets). This show started to really catch fire in January with the Gabi/Nick botched wedding and the baby daddy reveal, not to mention the writers really tapping in to the potential that a returned Kristen Dimera affords you. But who’d have thought nearly 10 months later we’d still be raving about it? Even more encouraging, the show’s been cooking with gas for the last week and a half with very little Kristen(she was on yesterday and she may have been on once last week but that was it). I’m gonna miss the living hell out of my Eileen Davidson, but if the show keeps delivering story like this I don’t think we’ll have too much to worry about.

  6. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    The rebellious JJ story has been golden!

    We got those Jack/Kayla late 80s flashbacks that shocked me again almost as much as they did the first time. We’re getting THE VETS (Hope, Adrienne, Justin, Jennifer, Kayla, etc.)

    And, despite the occasional overacting, the story has been told logically and with not one beat missed. I watch soaps for good satisfying family drama and Days is delivering like crazy.

    I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include this: A better actor than Shawn Christian would have milked that moment Daniel found out that Jack was a rapist. This poor guy could not deliver. He was the weakest performer in that scene at the police station yesterday.

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    Okay, I’m back. Just finished watching DAYS on Hulu. That whole scene at the police station was FIYA!!! I hate the fact that JJ thinks his whole family is against him. (I was especially offended by his treatment of Justin.) However, as far as family drams is concerned, this story hearkens back to DAYS’ roots. As a long time DAYS fan, I truly appreciate how good old-fashioned Horton/Brady/Johnson/Kiriakis drama still reaps great reward in 2013. The DAYS writers are paying attention to its fans, finally.

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    I’m guessing JJ also doesn’t know that his biological grandfather, Duke Johnson, raped his own daughter, JJ’s aunt Adrienne, who later shot and killed him.

    Jeez. What a family!!! :)

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    [quote=mufasa]at some point we gotta deal with Bo being gone but where in the world is JOHN BLACK???????????[/quote]

    I agree, Bo’s absence needs to be addressed sooner rather than later(I mean, it’s been almost a year now). As for John Black, he can stay gone forever and an eternity and it wouldn’t faze me.

  10. Profile photo of blake3b

    Days really is on fire and the best soap to watch for a while now. Thank God we have JJ, with losing Chandler Massey soon (and not being sure about his recast yet) it really helps having another really good younger actor.

  11. Profile photo of maca42

    Casey is so good and for the first time in ages I watched my tape of Days first to see what was going on with JJ and I was not disappointed. Yes he is adorable but he is a very talented actor.

    Same goes for Bryan Craig as Morgan on GH; again, he is very hot but he has been doing some GREAT work. I am really impressed.

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    Wow. What an amazing week this has been on Days so far. This story began in the 1980s. I would love to see some more Johnson/Deveraux history get brought back up from this. JJ needs to learn about Grandpa Harper and Grandpa Duke and what devils they were and how it has impacted the family. The vets (Jennifer, Hope, Kayla, Justin, and Adrienne) were stunning as they dealt with this crisis and Casey Moss more than held their. Whoever is his acting coach needs to keeping working on that show with all the younger set. Now if we could just delve into Jennifer’s history with Eve Donovan and make Abigail and Theresa a mirror of that story!!

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    Regarding the wonderful Casey Moss … It’s been amazing to watch this young, apparently natural-born actor step-up and hold his own against many of the long-time DAYS vets. Then too, almost as funny to see that he’s far better than those two actors whose “storyline” he’s single-handedly saving.

  14. Profile photo of angrierblackerman

    Okay, after seeing Tuesday’s episode. I am CONVINCED that Lorraine Broderick is Ghost Writing the show!

    It was fantastic! Also, the pacing reminds me a lot of All My Children.

    This is NOT Chris Whitesell and Gary Tomlin’s work. It has to be Broderick. She is more than just a breakdown writer I think.

  15. Profile photo of lostfan

    Casey Moss is simply phenominal!! I have loved him since he started on Days and he has really hit it out of the ballpark this week. I also love love love Days using its history and veterans–Days has been so great!! And Casey Moss is gorgeous and sexy as well as incredibly talented

  16. Profile photo of ANGELWENDY15

    Agree, both Casey Moss and Bryan Craig on GH, as the younger actors, have been showing some great acting. Emmy nods to both, I’m sure. They play the rebel teen perfectly.

  17. Profile photo of Kat942

    I really enjoyed Casey Moss this week. Actually, I thought he kind of MADE the week with his reaction to the news that his father once raped his Aunt Kayla.

    The scenes at the police station where he went off on everyone for keeping the truth about his father from him were very good work for this new-to-acting young man, who is growing by leaps and bounds in his skill level.

    Kudos also should go to Mary Beth Evans, who made me feel Kayla’s pain and anxiety as this incident from her life came to the forefront of her thoughts once again all these years later…and also there was great work from Judi Evans, who played Adrienne’s surprise and uncertainty on how to handle JJ’s questions about her brother Jack’s treatment of Kayla.

    Excellent use of history, Days!

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