Days of Our Lives' Kate Mansi Talks Chad, Ben and Abigail's Other Men

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Kate Mansi. Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Kate Mansi finds herself in one of those 'What's not to like?' situations. Her Days of Our Lives alter ego, Abigail Deveraux, is being pursued by two men: new beau Ben and old boyfriend Chad, who's playing a manipulation game clearly designed to win her back. What are her thoughts on being the coveted girl in the middle? Read on as Mansi talks Chad, Ben and Abigail's other men.

Is it exciting to finally be the woman in demand; particularly considering Abigail's past? First, she went after Austin, who was married to Carrie. Then, she had an affair with EJ, who was engaged to Sami.

It's cool. It's really cool. I'm having a lot of fun. It's great working with both of the guys. I'm curious to see where the writers are going to take it. 

I'm liking the Abigail/Chad dynamic.

He's Abigail's first love. Everyone remembers their first love. There's such history there, and you can't really deny that. But history isn't why you stay with someone, and [your first love] isn't the person you end up with always. It's the person you end up with if they treat you right and respect you. There are so many wounds there with Chad that Abigail hasn't recovered from. So it feels like there's no closure. Meanwhile, Ben is giving Abigail exactly what she deserves, but she isn't sure if she can allow herself to accept that love. Since Chad's return it's really just been a game of, How can I live around the love of my life when we're not together, what does that mean, and can I re-frame my relationship with Chad?

What's it like working with Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and Billy Flynn (Chad)?

They're very different. Totally different. I really enjoy working with both of them. They're both terrific actors and have a great work ethic, but they're different. I'm Italian. Rob's Italian. He handles my crazy pretty well.

(Laughs.) Billy and I have a great relationship, also. We laugh a lot. We dig into our scripts the same way.

What are your thoughts looking back on the EJ and Abigail affair?

I was really glad they did that story. It really challenged me as an actor. It was great. I was sad to see James (Scott, ex-EJ) go. I was sad to see Ali (Alison Sweeney, ex-Sami) go, too. I think the way that [the affair] ended is the only way it could have ended. How else do you do that? It was what it was. It was so sudden, when I found out [the story was ending]. I didn't really have time to process what else I would have wanted to happen.

You've been on the show for four years. How does it feel now compared to when you first started? What have you learned?

I look at True O'Brien (Paige), who just started, and I see myself when I first started. It's funny, because I’ve grown up as Abigail has grown up. I've learned and grown at the same time. It's different, but it's the same. You know what I mean? It's different because I feel like I’m at a new level in my craft, but it's the same because I’m still working with my Days family and I’m still doing the same thing every day. That feels familiar.

If you could give your then self -- the girl who first started on the show -- some advice, what would it be?

I would say, "Take more risks. Be bold." And, "Don't be afraid to be messy." If you hit something, that frees you and liberates you. And when you do, you have so much more fun. That's sort of where I’m at, now. Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) and I had dinner the other night. He's a great guy and we're really great friends. He said, "God Kate. You're just this different person. You popped your consciousness." I was like, "I actually feel that way."

What can you tease about what's coming up with Ben and Chad?

Things get deeper with both of them, and, then, it comes to a very big climax.

People have warned Abigail that Chad has been playing her, since he returned to Salem. What do you think?

He has been playing her in a way. He has a strategy. But Abigail is a really smart woman. She has her own motives, her own agenda and her own feelings about what she wants, too.