Casey Moss (JJ)
Casey Moss says that DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ JJ has reached a fork in the road
Life has not been easy for DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ JJ, especially since the guiding force in his life — the father for whom he was named — passed away. Having turned in his badge after shooting pal Theo and becoming suicidal, now he’s learned that the baby fiancée Lani conceived was fathered by Eli. Speaking in character, JJ’s portrayer, Casey Moss, has a unique perspective on how these soul-crushing experiences are adding up.
“You know what? I’m still breathing, I’m still here, and it’s just another lesson you’ve gotta learn and another lump you’ve gotta take on the head,” he suggests. “I think [everything that happens] is about maturing into a well-functioning adult. In certain cases, you find that going through really bad heartache and lots of pain can make you into a more thankful, grateful and gracious person.”
What About Lani?
While continuing therapy with Eric and keeping himself busy is a good step in the right direction, healing his heart is going to take some time. Is there any hope of saving his rela-
tionship with Lani? “I know he still loves her, and he’ll probably still have feelings for her, but that’s a hard thing to get past,” Moss shares. “But also, JJ wants to be a really good man, so he’ll be there for whomever he needs to be there for.”
What might that mean for the child that Lani is now having difficulties carrying? Will JJ remain invested? “After knowing [the truth about the paternity]? Um… I don’t believe so,” Moss responds. “It really depends on the circumstance — on what happens with Lani — and it really depends on what happens with how close Eli wants to be.”
JJ’s Trying To Move On!
The Devereauxs stick together when times are tough, and right now, the revelation of Abigail’s mental illness is like Super Glue for the family. Given his perceived role as the man in the family, JJ will surely want to protect his sister and work together with their mother, Jennifer, to help her. But will the compounding pressure be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back? Again speaking in character, Moss says that the new curve ball that’s soon to be thrown JJ’s way will avoid that. “A certain someone comes back into town,” he previews, “and that really allows me to get my mind off of things.”
Might that person be someone with whom JJ can finally settle down and feel whole? Moss, for one, would like to play the character as a man “who is true to his word but will also push boundaries,” he suggests. “I want him to solidify something relationship-wise.”
The actor celebrates his fifth anniversary on the soap this month and has re- flected on all the ways it has helped him grow. “Listen, there are so many things that I couldn’t even count them on all my fingers and toes!” he says with a laugh. “But overall, I’ve learned to be efficient and do good by yourself.”
“It’s always nice for JJ to be able to share what’s on his mind with Gabi,” says Moss, with ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s former Lola, Camila Banus.
Playing JJ’s emotional distress “can take a toll on your psyche if you don’t let it go,”
says Moss. “Thank God I have [my girlfriend] True to talk about it with.”
“I grew up with my character, and I grew up in real life,” acknowledges the DAYS leading man. “It was pretty much exactly at the same time, hand in hand.”
When JJ found out that he wasn’t Lani’s babydaddy, “it was one of the worst things that can happen to somebody,” Moss suggests. The would-be father is still getting over it.