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Galen Gering, Salem's Hero?

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In an interview with TV Guide CanadaDays of Our Lives star Galen Gering talks about his role as Rafe opposite of Alison Sweeney and his time on Passions.


TVG: DAYS took their time introducing Rafe to the rest of the canvas, which I think was a smart decision. At first, it didn’t look like they knew what they were going to do with Rafe. Did you offer any input?

GG: I didn’t want Rafe to be this one-note FBI guy. I wanted him to be quirky. I didn’t offer a lot of input because we move so quickly on the show. That said, there is a lot of room for improv because scenes change at the very last minute, so we can add things to the script when it warrants it. This role has been a great marriage of acting and writing. I also think Gary knew what my strengths were as an actor. He’ll often say, ‘I like what you did in rehearsal, so do that.’ Gary also likes the tone I’m bringing to the role. Gary is on the floor a lot, so it’s been great to have a producer who used to be a director right there with you on the set. He gives our company of actors a lot of feedback. Sometimes soap directors are creatively handcuffed, but since Gary is our boss and our director, we don’t have to wait for a [middle man] to approve certain ideas.

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