The latest issue of Soap Opera Digest has broken the news that Shawn Christian will be leaving Days of Our Lives for several weeks in 2012, but that the character is slated to return. A Days rep confirms that Christian will depart in mid-January.
The timing seems odd, considering it comes on the heels of the big story reveal that Daniel is Maggie's son; a twist Christian was thrilled about.
"I love that they have given me some roots to Salem, because I've been on the fringe for quite a long time, making a lot of mistakes," explained the actor. "People will tolerate that for only so long."
Christian added that he was also "excited for Suzanne Rogers (Maggie). It gives her something new to play, as a character who's seen it all, done it all, and been through it all," he said, admitting he was eager to work with her. "My job is to challenge her as an actress and as a character, who's all about family."
While Christian won't be able to do that for a while, he is keeping busy with other projects In fact, he filmed a guest spot on ABC Family's Melissa & Joey in October, portraying Sam Davis, a love interest for Melissa Joan Hart's Mel.
"Playin another 'Misunderstood' character, Lil' comedy misbehaving," tweeted Christian.
The episode, titled Pretty Big Liars,† is slated to air next summer.
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