Marci Miller (Abi­gail)

For DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Marci Miller (Abi­gail), the mir­ror has three faces

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LIVES’ Abi­gail has had so many trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences in her life that any one of them could have caused her per­son­al­ity to split. Be­ing trapped in an about-to-plunge el­e­va­tor? Check. Be­ing forced to give birth while chained to a bed? Check! Hav­ing an es­caped se­rial killer in­ter­rupt her wed­ding? That could do it! How­ever, Abby’s por­trayer, Marci Miller, be­lieves that the de­fin­i­tive event was some­thing more re­cent. “I think that it was the death of An­dre,” the ac­tress sug­gests. “There’s a lot that we don’t know about that yet.”

Grasp­ing Gabby

The first al­ter in­tro­duced was Gabby, a per­son­al­ity Abby pat­terned af­ter her fiery friend, Gabi. Just as the two char­ac­ters are vastly dif­fer­ent, so too are their por­tray­ers. “Camila [Banus] is from Mi­ami, so I watched a lot of in­ter­views, I watched The Florida Project, and I stud­ied the cadence and pat­terns of speech,” the In­di­ana na­tive shares. “And be­cause I am not an overtly sen­sual per­son, I was lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent mu­sic and walk­ing around my dress­ing room to get my body used to a spe­cific way of move­ment.”

Flip­ping The Switch

Miller suc­ceeded in grasp­ing her cast­mate’s essence well enough to cre­ate the Gabby char­ac­ter, but switch­ing ef­fort­lessly be­tween that al­ter­nate per­son­al­ity and the more fa­mil­iar Abi­gail was an­other chal­lenge. “It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause the char­ac­ter that comes for­ward is based on what’s go­ing on around her — like what she can or can’t deal with,” Miller ob­serves. “So when Chad’s in the room, Abby gets drawn back to the sur­face be­cause she wants to be with him. And when Abby’s around Ste­fan, there’s some­thing about him that makes the Gabby char­ac­ter seep out.”

Three’s A Crowd

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters was the re­cent emer­gence of a third — and to­tally dif­fer­ent — per­son­al­ity, whom Abby creat-

ed based on her sim­i­larly named grand­mother. “Laura is brainy, very pro­fes­sional, and has great pos­ture,” Miller ex­plains, grin­ning. “She’s a psy­chol­o­gist.”

While the rigid al­ter has ideas about what’s best for lit­tle Thomas, Miller says that Gabby is “kind of dis­in­ter­ested and doesn’t re­ally re­late at all.”

How might the woman who loves him most weigh in? “Thomas is ex­tremely im­por­tant to Abby, so she’s con­cerned that be­cause of her men­tal health, maybe she’s not a good mother. Like, what if she hurts him?” Miller muses. “She’s afraid that she’s go­ing to change into a dif­fer­ent al­ter and not be able to take care of her son.”

While so far, Thomas has been pro-

tected from his mom’s men­tal ill­ness, Abby’s fash­ion­ista friend is likely to be in­cred­i­bly im­pacted. “There are a lot of things that will hap­pen in the com­ing months,” Miller teases, “that are go­ing to be re­ally hurt­ful to the real Gabi, and things get taken very far.

“Each of these al­ters,” she adds, “takes the ac­tion that they feel is best in or­der to pro­tect Abby.”

— Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by

Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

Miller has been “so grate­ful” to be work­ing with Ste­fan’s por­trayer, Tyler Christo­pher (ex-Niko­las, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL), on this sto­ry­line, “be­cause it’s to­tally out there,” she says, “and it takes two peo­ple that are very com­mit­ted.”

As Miller em­barked on this chal­leng­ing sto­ry­line, “Dei­dre Hall was en­cour­ag­ing,” she shares. And since the DAYS vet had played Mar­lena and Hat­tie, Miller “was able to vent with her about a cou­ple of my strug­gles, be­cause she’s done it.”

“The cir­cum­stance [of killing An­dre] was so over­whelm­ing that Abby’s brain just com­pletely shat­tered,” her por­trayer sug­gests. “Now she’s just try­ing to cope.”

Miller is a big fan of some­time scene part­ner Louise Sorel (Vi­vian). “She’s so smart, cool, creative and a to­tal pro­fes­sional,” Miller says. “She is en­ter­tain­ing to watch. And her de­liv­ery is so easy, but it’s hi­lar­i­ous!”

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