AUSSIE DRAMA HEATS UP DAYS
TIME hasn’t run out for iconic US daytime soap Days of our Lives (DOOL), which notches up 50 years of sand trickling through the hourglass this week.
And an Aussie will enter the hotbed of divorce, intrigue, double-dealing and drama as part of the 50-year celebrations. He is Alexander Bruszt, 32, a former Home and Away actor who won the right to join DOOL as part of Foxtel’s Search for a Star competition earlier this year.
Bruszt headed to Los Angeles in May to
shoot his scenes as Flynn, an Australian doctor who arrives at Salem University Hospital to complete his residency and perfect his surgery skills under old friend Dr Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian).
His first scenes will air on Friday – five days after the show notches up its 50 years.
The Sydney actor was one of more than 300 who entered an online competition for the role, and won after he was flown to LA for a screen test.
Bruszt started acted briefly at 16 on Home and Away, and his movie credits include short films Overdrawn, The Brother, Room With View and Little Black Dress.
Days of Our Lives’ original episode aired on November 8, 1965, and for five decades has charted the adventures of the family, friends, enemies and unheard-of-relatives of the Horton, Brady and DiMera families in Salem.
DOOL first aired on Australian television in 1968, left our free-to-air commercial screens in 2013, and was given a reprieve by Foxtel, where it is now fast-tracked and broadcast on Arena.
The 50th birthday celebrations will see the return of some old DOOL stars – including Alison Sweeney, who played Sami Brady, and Deirdre Hall (who plays Marlena Evans).
DAYS OF OUR LIVES MONDAY-FRIDAY, 12.45PM, ARENA By Debbie Schipp