Actress Returning for Visit

Surprisingly good news! Go behind the cut to find out who it is…

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According to Jason47:

The news is now out! As had been teased earlier this year, another fan favorite (and former Daytime Emmy nominee) will be returning to “Days of Our Lives.” Shelley Hennig will be reprising the role of Stephanie Johnson for Steve & Kayla’s wedding in February 2017.

Love this. Hennig, who played Stephanie from 2007-2011, is certainly the performer most associated with the role of Steve and Kayla’s daughter. (Certainly more so than Shayna Rose, who played her in 2006 and, even though I liked her as an actress, was saddled with that asinine backstory about having been a race car driver during that weird period when everyone in Salem was obsessed with NASCAR.) She’s worked pretty steadily in primetime TV and in films — most notably on MTV’s Teen Wolf and the CW’s Secret Circle — so it’s nice to see that she doesn’t turn up her nose at her daytime roots.

This is the kind of return that at least shows the powers-that-be are thinking. Steve and Kayla definitely could get remarried without Stephanie there, but to have both their kids present will make it a little more special. Between this and Shawn bothering to come home to be with his mom, sister, and daughter while Hope’s being sentenced for murder, this generation of Brady kids is turning out to be less asshole-ish than the last (seriously, how many times was Kim “stuck in the airport in Zimbabwe” or whatever while her family was in crisis?).

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8 Comments on “Actress Returning for Visit”

  1. Fluffysmom Says:

    This is a surprise. I’m glad she’s returning for the wedding. It’s good to see the writers making an effort to make the fans happy.

  2. Michelle Says:

    I’m really happy about this. Shelley had one of the worst exits ever as she randomly popped up at the pub in the middle of a Wednesday episode to tell Dario that Melanie sucked, no goodbyes or anything, I think we found out months later from Kayla that she had left town. I’m glad we get to see her on Days at least one more time.

    • mykleraus Says:

      OMG, I had forgotten her non-exit. I think they said she was “upstairs” for a while. It was terrible because they had months of notice that she was leaving!

  3. ADW Says:

    I’m guessing the actress’s contract was up and they mismanaged the writing for her exit??? I hope Stephanie has matured a bit since we last saw her and I wonder what she’s been up to and does she have a man or any kids?

    • mykleraus Says:

      How could they not have planned for that?! Oh wait, happened with Brandon Beemer, too…

      I doubt they’ll say she has kids, because that would be Steve and Kayla’s first grandkid, and they never really commit to offscreen stuff like that. But maybe they’ll say she’s with someone. Or at least tell us what her job is!

  4. ADW Says:

    I heard some speculation that Stephanie will have a romance with Brady after she returns. WTF?! 😡 Not only is she Theresa’s cousin, Brady would have yet another one of Uncle Phillip’s sloppy seconds. 😝 Aside from that Brady hardly ever seems to bed or (near) wed women closer to his own age, Nicole and Madison are the only exceptions.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think that was just random fan speculation (I saw it, too). Hennig is definitely only coming for a short stint — I bet we’ll see her in, like, two episodes, considering the way Laura keeps appearing and disappearing so quickly. I think people are just trying to figure out where the show is going to aim Brady post-Theresa. (Chloe?!)


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