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