Casey Moss (JJ)

Casey Moss says that DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ JJ has reached a fork in the road

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

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.

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