cur­tain call

Jordi Vi­la­suso re­flects on his exit as DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Dario

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Some­times it’s hard to see the for- est for the trees. That was the case for DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jordi Vi­la­suso, who might have been the last to catch on that the clock was tick­ing for Dario. “He said he had feel­ings for Abi­gail, and I thought she un­der­stood and re­spected where he was com­ing from,” he says, re­call­ing the set-up that led to his char­ac­ter be­ing used as the cat­a­lyst for tem­po­rary strife be­tween her and Chad. “I think I was ig­no­rant of what was go­ing on, to be per­fectly hon­est.”

Un­lucky In Love

Ac­tu­ally, Abby was just the lat­est in a long line of women who put Dario in the friend zone, de­spite his curl-your-toes smile and abil­ity to salsa with the best of them. While it was sad for Dario, his por­trayer en­joyed be­ing teamed up with a va­ri­ety of lead­ing ladies over his time on the show. “I got to work with some great women. From Ari [Zucker, Ni­cole] to Xi­mena [Duque, ex-Blanca] for a short stay, to Marci [Miller, Abi­gail],” he says. “I think there was a chance that they could’ve ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of Dario with Chloe. That would have been so much fun!”

While Vi­la­suso would

like to have seen Dario fi­nally be paired with some­one who could and would re­cip­ro­cate his feel­ings, un­for­tu­nately, that just wasn’t in the cards. “When the new writer came on, there was nowhere he could go re­ally with my sto­ry­line. So I don’t blame him,” Vi­la­suso says of for­mer GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL scribe Ron Car­li­vati. “I’m grate­ful he left me with an open door.

“[At least] I didn’t have a knife stick­ing out of my chest like Deimos,” he adds

with a laugh. “I’m sure they could find very cre­ative ways for Dario [to re­turn] and make amends to those who he hurt.”

Life Af­ter Salem

Vi­la­suso has since moved on in his ca­reer, but he looks back on his time at DAYS with much grat­i­tude. “We found a great place that was within walk­ing dis­tance, so for me, it was just a joy­ous ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing to the stu­dio,” he re­flects. “It’s a very friendly, gre­gar­i­ous place, and ev­ery­body there is com­mit­ted to do­ing great work, col­lab­o­rat­ing and get­ting the job done.”

Hav­ing wrapped work on the set months ago, the ac­tor has since taken his grow­ing fam­ily on a trip to his na­tive Florida and shot two in­de­pen­dent films. On one of them, a de­tec­tive thriller called Clyde Cooper, he re­placed Shawn Chris­tian (exDaniel) in the lead role.

A New Soap Role?

Hav­ing now done soaps on three dif­fer­ent net­works — he was also GUID­ING LIGHT’s Tony and ALL MY CHIL­DREN’s Grif­fin — might Vi­la­suso be done with the genre? No way! “I love day­time. It’s a solid gig,” he says, adding that his job now is “get­ting more work. I have peo­ple telling me that I would be per­fect on THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS or GH. I’m like, ‘Yeah? Hey, I’m ready!’”

— Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing

by Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

Hav­ing been on three soaps, Vi­la­suso knows that it’s true when “they say they give you the best stuff when you are leav­ing.” And in­deed, as his DAYS story ended, “I think it was some strong work by Marci and my­self.”

Teamed with fel­low day­time vets A Martinez (ex-Ed­uardo) and Galen Ger­ing (Rafe), Vi­la­suso “en­joyed the whole dy­namic of the Her­nan­dez fam­ily.”

Above: “I loved work­ing with Camila [Banus, Gabi],” Vi­la­suso shares. “When she, Marci and I got to­gether, there was some­thing that was re­ally fun, easy and loose.”

Above: The DAYS alum and Brian Pa­trick Clarke (ex-Grant, GH) co-star in the up­com­ing Killer Is­land.

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