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Alison Sweeney Discusses 20 Years as Days' Sami

By December 19, 2012

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Alison SweeneyIt's hard to believe that it has been two decades, since Alison Sweeney first appeared on the daytime scene. But, next month, the actress celebrates a huge anniversary.

In honor of the big day, Sweeney discusses her 20 years as Days of Our Lives' Sami and chats about The Biggest Loser, too.

You can read her interview, here.

Photo Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth


December 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(1) Former Viewer says:

Ali, Sami has definitely changed, and not for the better. The girl who shot her rapist Alan Harris in the groin would not be caught dead “romancing” her 2nd rapist EJ DiMera.
Sami used to be my favorite character, but the destruction that’s been done to her since EJ was brought on the show has made me despise her. Watching her now makes me sad, so I don’t watch.

December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(2) Lisa says:

Totally disagree with ‘ former poster’ .
First Ej is not her ‘rapist’ secondly he is her best pairing if finally this show would write a real story for Ej and Sami, she is at her most interesting with him, moreover Ali Sweeney and James Scott have the best chemistry on this soap, it is such a waste they don’t use it instead of propping lame other pairing for them..finally Sami’s character is destroyed when they try to write her as a weak, damsell in distress, heroine in order to fit some lame heroes a la Rafe (ick..) when she is a grey, anti-heroine at core and Ej is a soulmate of character for her. End of story.

December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm
(3) ejami all the way says:

I don’t know why you are so negative! If you don’t watch, why comment? I watch this show every day. Sometimes they drag out s/ls but I am waiting for Sami and EJ to have their happy ending! He didn’t rape her, she was given the option…sleep with EJ and him help her free Lucas or not. It was her CHOICE!!! It’s not like she didn’t have an attraction for either guy.

December 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(4) Amanda says it best says:

If you don’t watch the show, please don’t put your negative comments on here! EJ never rapped Sami, she was given a choice. End help to free Lucas in exchange for sex or let Lucas die in the cabin. She did what she CHOSE to do! No one forced her! Like Lisa said, Sami and EJ belong together. They share so much in common and EJ lobes her for who she is and doesn’t try to change her like Lucas or rafe tried to do.

December 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm
(5) reality check says:

Hey former viewer and what about Lucas who put her on death row, tried to make her crazy making her almost kill herself with a Will doll (thankfully Brandon was here) ect..when this show started to write a romance between Lucas and Sami you stopped watching i guess ?! Yep..these double standards are eye-rolling..by the way me i don’t watch because they try to write Sami as a weak heroine who need a self-righteous, judgmental bore like Rafe to breathe..boringggggggggggg.

December 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm
(6) Dmitri says:

I can never ship EJami. Too much baggage, but more importantly, I want EJ to be happy. Sami has proved over and over again that she does not love EJ. She has constantly chosen Lucas and Rafe over him. Sami even told EJ in today’s episode that she can’t accept his DiMera-ness. What EJ said before was true: the only woman he can be himself with, is Nicole. This is the only woman that has truly accepted who EJ is, and they have both loved each other. EJole are soulmates. Now, they have alot of baggage, too, but not like EJami. Sami belongs with either Rafe or Lucas. Also, we see Sami dumed down when she is with EJ. And we see EJ lose his DiMera-ness, his evil spunk, when he is with Sami. When he is with Nicole, they’re not only the badass couple that schemes throughout town, but they have that romantic side AND a family dynamic! EJami can never hope to have this!

December 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm
(7) Voice of Reason says:

Sorry all, but Former Viewer said it best. And I am a current viewer. Yes, EJ is a rapist. They used the word “rape” when he raped her and she forgave him…which is something the younger Sami would NEVER have done. Ejami all the way…he forced her to make that decision to save Lucas by letting him have his way with her. This is fact and if the writers had the intention of having Sami & EJ be a couple, this is not something to have in their history. All of you EJami fans are going to be sooooooooo disappointed because they are NEVER going to happen.

December 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(8) Voice of Reason says:

I love how all you EJami supporters like to forget that small fact. You cant just sweep it under the rug. It’s the sole reason I hate the character of EJ. Nobody likes a rapist!

December 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(9) emma says:

ew Dmitri where is the ‘family dynamic’ when Nicole kidnapped children in order to have a ‘family ?..Where the romantic side in Ej and Nicole story ? It is when he choke her ? When she let him grieve a child for nothing ? When he threaten her to kill her numerous times ? When she tortures him when he breaks down on the Dimera mansion’s floor ? When he is responsible of her mother’s death ? When he cheated on her with her own sister ? When he use her as a nanny with benefits ? Tell me about this ‘romantic side’ ?! I want to laugh, Nicole was dumbed down with Ej every time she played the good little mob wife who has to know nothing about her husband ‘affairs’ in order to hold on him..When she asked for more when he asked for Sami while having sex with Nicole for the first time ect..i never saw a more pathetic couple than Ej and Nicole, even worse than Sami and Rafe and that says a lot, add that they are boring and have no chemistry what’s ever. When Ej is just a flat out one dimensional villiain with Nicole, being totally whipped by his dear old dad, i don’t see a spark i see boring..Even James Scott seemed bored in these pitiful scenes..wake up Dmitri, you are just as much delusional than Nicole is when she plays the skanky doormat to Ej who never loved her and always picked her when he had nothing else. Thanfully Ejami is not like Ejole since Ejole is a pathetic joke.

December 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(10) Claire says:

With your logic Voice of Reason Lucas and Sami should have never been a couple after he framed her for a murder putting her on death row, she was about to die when finally Austin and doctors succeed waking her up, the poison was already on her.. These writers don’t want to write for Ej and Sami because they have their own agenda with their favorites (Rafe, Gaby, Daniel..) not because of character’s history, difference !

December 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm
(11) daysviewer says:

Well first of all, I would like to congrats Ali for her long standing time at DAYS. Whether you like her character or not, I think Ali has done a great job portraying Sami to us.

December 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm
(12) louise says:

I agree with you daysviewer although i was/am pretty crushed to see Sami, a once very feIsty, fiery, flawed, iconic, multi-dimensional and yep devious soap female character to be reduced as some dull generic soap heroine in order to fit a dull vision from some writers these last years. She can mature while still being a little schemer, not totally bad, not totally good either, just in between, with still her major flaws here to define her.

December 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(13) BLONDIE says:

I love Sami she has always stayed true to her character. If some people don’t watch the show it seems funny to me that they are able to bad mouth what is happening daily. If you don’t like it just say it and move on because people that do watch it daily really don’t care what you think.

December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(14) Greta says:

Love Sami. I much prefer her with Rafe or Brandon. I hate that rapist scum EJ. And it was Rape. If coercion is used, it is rape. Look it up. It is even worse since he later helped hire a man to repeatedly rape her. Even Bo said that made EJ an accessory to rape. It is amazing Ali’s had 20 years on the show. Congrats to her.

December 20, 2012 at 12:18 am
(15) LKRocks53 says:

Alison is a great actress,but the character of Samantha is laughable when it comes to romance and it would be best if they keep her away from men since she just doesn’t have the chemistry no matter who she’s with.

December 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(16) lass says:

LUMI always and forever,
EJ is not inlove with Sami,the writers are inlove with them,
most of the fans love LUMI, you just go to boards and you will see
most of us like LUMI…
and most of us like EJ with Nicole….
and yes EJ did rape Sami,that is the way it was and thats the way it was wrote …. Lucas has saved Sami’s butt many times,look what she did to Lucas,tryed to say his son Will was some one else’s son,Lucas missed the frist two years of Wills life because of her wanting another man :(
but Lucas has always been here for her NO better what.
yes they have ups and downs but tho it all they LOVE each other..
Happy New Year 2013 LUMI

December 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(17) Dmitri says:

@Emma, I see what you’re saying about EJole’s issues, but I never claimed for them to be perfect. I even said they have issues, though not as many as EJami. For you to find the faults of EJole worse than EJami is ridiculous. Besides, I was talking about this past time they were together, around the time of deadbabysex. EJole have a family dynamic because Nicole loves Johnny and Sydney as if they were her own kids. And since we’re talking about kidnapping, what about how EJ made everyone in Salem think Sydney died when he kidnapped her, or how Sami lied about her pregnancy? EJami will never work, sorry to tell you this, but you’ll just have to accept it. Oh, and EJami as a family dynamic being better than EJole’s family dynamic? Laughable, since Sami has never loved EJ.

December 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm
(18) Debill2001 says:

I have watched DOOL since the beginning of time. Soap Opera, if it is great, will make you HATE a character, LOVE a character, SWEAR at a character, etc. Shake it up and you keep the viewers. THRILLED “Kristen” is back. But, can’t there be something done for “Sami”. That character has been turned into a “lady of the night” character. I mean – In bed with EJ, in bed with Lucas, in bed with Rafe. Turn her character into a STRONG woman! Her character has the best shot!!!

December 21, 2012 at 7:34 am
(19) Rosieroserson says:

I like Lumi, and they used to be in love……but that’s in the past! Now the’re just friends!

Lass, how can say most of the fans love Lumi…….not on the sites I’ve been on (2-3 sites including this one) In fact I hardly ever see anyone mentioning them at all. It’s usually discussions between fans rooting for Ejami, Safe, Danifer, wilson and Krady/Brasten/Bristen!

I’m soo sick of people bringing up the past, especially E.J raping Sami. Like many people have said before (me included), Ejami setteled this matter in 2008. Sami told E.J she once did the same thing to Austin, and that she FORGAVE E.J!!! Did you guys hear that!!! She FORGAVE him!! They also agreed never to bring it up again, and I believe they never have!

Safe and Lumi fans… Why can’t we forgive him, when she did?????? Please answer me!!!

December 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm
(20) Pam says:

First of all I think congratulations are in order for Allison,great job!!!!! I would love to see Sami back with Rafe,but most I’d like to see her with somebody and be happy. DOOL could always bring Brandon back….hmmm….love to see that Sami and Brandon connection again.

December 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm
(21) Paul says:

Oh shut up Ejami haters she loves EJ if you can’t see that you should go to spec savers and gets some glasses i think Ejami will happen and the reason why they are exciting to watch NBC knows that Safe and Lumi are as exciting to watch as paint dry. You notice NBC promotes Ejami not Lumi or Safe that tells me they know Ejami is much more popular than any of those couples.

December 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(22) Paul says:

Alison you rock best actress on daytime for to tell you that girl.

December 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(23) emma says:

Dmitri yes i persist and sign to say that Ejole history is FAR WORSE than Ejami history. Nicole has always been second choice to Ej, he tried to kill her and threatened to kill her several times (something he NEVER EVER did to Sami), and while Sami most of the time denied her feelings to Ej when she is at her most vulnerable and honest (which is rare i admit) she reveals these feelings whereas Ej always took and used Nicole when he could not have Sami of had been harshly dumped by Sami. As for family dynamic, hello Sydney and Johnny are Sami’s children, Nicole was their kidnapper, Ej and Sami shared family moments, genuine family moments, with Nicole Ej used her as a nanny with benefits when he wanted to get back at Sami, stop being delusional because you want your favorite character Nicole to be worshipped, it is pathetic.

December 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm
(24) lili says:

lass you really live in your little world it seems..delusion delusion..Sami with Ejami and also Lumi and although i find them boring also Safe has the most popular pairings on this show, Ej and Nicole are liked by some by they are certainly not popular, just liked by some Lumi, Safe and Nicole lovers..bitterness is above all their deep root for Ej and Nicole as a pair..pitiful and transparent..and Nicole lovers want to see her ‘win’ against Sami and being paired with an interesting character that’s all..Ej fans don’t like in the least Ej with Nicole, majority of them think she destroys Ej’s character and they have no chemistry at all, they are repulsed when TPTB tried again and again to destroy Ej by settling him with slutty Nicole.

December 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(25) Dmitri says:

Paul, Sami does not love EJ. She isn’t shy about telling a man she loves him, and she has yet to tell EJ this. The most popular pairing is Safe, because the writers promote it all the time, and EJ is just being used as angst for them. Plus, EJami have no chemistry at this time, they look bored, but Safe have chemistry. Emma, Nicole was EJ’s first choice this past go-around, but he lost her, and pursued Sami, so if anything, Sami is EJ’s second choice. Sorry but EJami will never work, even Ali Sweeney said, and she and James Sott said EJami do not love each other romantically, which proves that Safe, Lumi and EJole have the upper hand.

December 25, 2012 at 12:06 am
(26) carla says:

Excuse me, but he did rape her years ago when she was already pregnant by lucas Johnny is ej’s son and the girl is lucas’s son, if you paid attention to the show you would know this.

December 25, 2012 at 8:40 am
(27) Lauren says:

By the way Lisa EJ did rape Sami more or less. If you recall a few years back whern she was with Lucas they went somewhere and got caught in a terrible storm and found shelter in an abandoned cabin.Lucas got trapped and Sami couldn’t free him so she went to get help and ran into EJ.The only way EJ would help Lucas was if Sami would have sex with him.

December 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(28) emma says:

Dmitri once again you REWRITE story, Ej chose Nicole the last time because he thought it was done forever for a chance with Sami after the fake Rafe debacle, that is all. With Nicole he knew she was so easier to get even if he was responsible of her mother’s death and he was alone therefore he decided to chase her, that is all, just rewatch the show you will see, it was onscreen. He never ever chose her over someone else, if Sami first then Taylor would have given him a chance he would have NEVER ever given a glance to Nicole which make Ejole as a pair even more pathetic and trashy. Sami and Rafe are certainly not the most popular pairing, Ejami is, they even use them on promo when the story is not about them and Ej is written as the ‘interloper’ to the boring angst between Rafe and Sami, NBC the network is aware of Ejami as the most popular by far but Corday and above all Tomlin and his team of writers want Rafe as the rooting guy so they write Sami and Rafe as the suffering lovers..little problem majority of viewers prefer Sami with Ej therefore ratings are bad..and by the way Ejami AND Safe are more popular than Ejole.
p.s: and you lie Dmitri..Sami already did say to Ej she loved him, it was after she shot him, on his hospital bedside in 2010..and no it was not after she saw Rafe with Nicole (this time it was not legit i admit) but when she WAS with Rafe !

December 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm
(29) emma says:

And Dmitri i almost forgot : you love for lying..Ali Sweeney and James Scott never said that Sami and Ej don’t love each other romantically, they NEVER said that..lie lie lie, you did NOT them.
Ejami has chemistry, always have and don’t compare them to Sami with Rafe or Ej and Nicole, these pairings have NO chemistry..last year all Ej and Nicole did was sex, and it was not sexy it was just boring and ratings were bad..even more bad than right now..when Ej and Sami had their one-night stand it is when ratings got a HIGH ! As for Sami and Rafe, they just speak about how Rafe is a saint and how Sami doesn’t deserve him and that he loves HER (not his) children..riveting, really..ewwwwwwwwwwwww

December 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm
(30) emma says:

And finally if you really want to know Dmitri James Scott always did root above all for Ejami, he expressed more than once his frustration over the show never really giving a legit chance to Ej and Sami as a real couple, even in his last interview he did it. In 2010 he actually spoke directly about Corday favoring Safe and how he was disapointed to see again Ej as the interloper for the 1000 th time. Alison on the other hand stays neutral most of the time but sometimes prop what is written at the moment on the show and often shows her affection for Lumi because of the long history of the characters. But recently she spoke about the fact that the Ejami pairing was always teased but the show never wrote for them unlike for the other Sami’s pairings..and she said it would be new if finally they gave a real chance to Ejami..but with these writers and their worshipping of Rafe it doesn’t seem likely sadly (well for me, you on the other hand should be happy about their obvious agenda).

December 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm
(31) Jennie says:

Yah know what? Sammi is a slut, look at at how her kids were conceived! At least Nicole is out in the open, the poor woman, yet another child gone–well maybe. Sami, the oh so loving mother who screws off with EJ when he son is supposedly dead and the family is in chaos wondering where she is. Oh, not in mourning, but in hots. Like I said, slut.

December 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm
(32) Asaret says:

Ugh, Sami is so insipid. She has been getting more annoying by the year. She used to be somewhat tolerable now she is intolerable. I am so, so sick of seeing her in the same triangle year after year, being torn between two men, yawn. And I hate seeing her dumbed down to fall in love with the man who has tried to kill her family members, raped her, put a double of her husband in her bed to rape her, put her children in danger by putting a dangerous criminal in her house, and kidnapped her daughter and made her believe she was dead. It is completely, utterly unbelievable and ridiculous that she trusts this man over and over. Based on what? Whatever, I am so over Sami, I don’t think I can ever like her or root for her again. Needless to say I am no longer a fan after being a fan of hers for 15+ years.

December 27, 2012 at 7:47 am
(33) pauine says:

wow so much bitter ‘Nicole, Lucas or/and lovers’..pathetic on this board.
Sami is certainly not more a ‘slut’ than other female characters on soaps, actually she is less one than many others…Nicole don’t even get me start on her, her mojo as always be to use her sexual’ assets’ to manipulate others and still some guys just dumped and used her ! ha.
Asaret don’t worry lot’s of others Sami fans will cancel you out, don’t worry, Ej being awful euh what about Lucas in this case and all the awful things he did to Sami ? Yet she was the one apologising something she never did with Ej.. and Sami was as much awful if not more to Ej than he was to her, actually she is maybe worse by always leading him along..insipid..your post is more insipid than Sami Brady will ever be..

December 27, 2012 at 7:54 am
(34) marion says:

Based on what you ask Asaret ? Easy : based on the fact she did as much as him, some of the events you depicted are not accurate, it is as much HIS children as hers, based also on the fact he helped her more than once and saved her freaking life more than once as well as for some of her entourage (telling to Marlena than John is alive and kept by Stefano), being there for her in a time of need (when her grandfather died, when Will rejected her through his coming out ect..) Stop the lies and innacurate picture, you will be called out about it Asaret.

December 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(35) Dmitri says:

Emma, there was an article on this site where James Scott said that “EJami don’t love each other in a romantic way, necessarily”. As to why he chose Nicole, it was because he loved her and not Sami. He could’ve stolen Sami with Rafe. Marriage doesn’t get in his way, we saw that when he was trying to steal Sami from Lucas, or when he had an affair with Taylor. He chose Nicole over Sami. Sami only told EJ she loves him that one time because she wanted to marry him in order to spite Rafe, who Sami saw kissing Nicole TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH THAT EJ TOOK THEIR KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sami admitted this to EJ at the wedding once the truth was revealed. The truth is that SAMI WILL NEVER LOVE EJ, which Rafe told her a few weeks back and she didn’t deny it. Sorry, it must suck to have your rooting couple continuously lose, because Sami will always choose Rafe or Lucas OVER EJ since she has actually LOVED those men!

December 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(36) Janiebell says:

Great going Sami keep up the good work;but do choose to go back to Lucas and dump E.J.

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