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Introducing Kate Mansi

Meet the Feisty New Abigail on ‘Days of Our Lives’

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Introducing Kate Mansi

Kate Mansi

Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Kate Mansi slipped into the role of Days of Our Lives' Abigail Devereaux, daughter of estranged super couple Jack and Jennifer, with effortless grace and ease. Five minutes into her first scene, it was if she’d been playing the character for years. Mansi attributes her knowledge of the show and warm nurturing nature of her TV mother, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), with making her daytime initiation so smooth. The young actress elaborates on tackling her first soap opera, replacing Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson, and her special connection with leading man Casey Jon Deidrick (Chad).

Salem past

“My family back East watches Days religiously. They have for like 28 years. So they were always filling me in on it. I kind of kept tabs on what was going on and some of the storylines. My cousin, Francesca, is the one who filled me in on everything. After I booked the show, I went home for the holidays. Francesca was so excited. I think she cried every day I was there – ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe it. You’re on Days of Our Lives.’ She caught me up on all the history. I felt so educated, when I got to work. She told me everything about Abigail Deveraux.”

Dying for the role

“I’m 23, and I’d never once dyed my hair. It’s hard to explain, but I’m just not a girly girl. I’m so low maintenance; the girl who gets out of the shower and puts her hair in a pony tail. I never wanted to go into a salon once a month and do all that stuff. But I had to dye my hair blonde for Days. It freaked me out, and it took three hours to do it. I had tin foils in my hair. I looked like a crazy person. Now, I’ve pretty much got it under control. I like my natural hair best, and I’ll probably go back to it, but I’m really happy to see myself with a new look. I never would have dyed it, if it wasn’t for the show.”

To watch or not to watch Ashley Benson

“I had a dilemma, when I started the show. I didn’t know if I wanted to watch the previous Abigail, Ashley Benson, or if I just wanted to go in blindly and do my own thing. I really respect the fact that soap fans are so loyal to the show and the actors. And I wanted to give Abigail a lot of depth and definitely speak to the history of her family, but I couldn’t go back and be Ashley Benson. I decided not to watch her episodes, although I hear that she was terrific. I did reach out to her a couple of times on Twitter. It was about the character. On my first day I wanted to really reference the fact that I wasn’t replacing her. It was sort of a joint effort. I wanted fans to see her passing the baton onto me almost.”

Mama Missy

“I don’t have words to express how wonderful she is. She is just everything you could possibly want in a mother. She has the most pure heart and the sweetest most nurturing soul. I came onto the show, and I felt like a little duckling under her wing. She was so mothering. It’s interesting because Missy and I have so many ironic ties. She and her family had rented a cabin a couple of years back that was right next door to a cabin that I had in June Lake. Her family had met my family, and we didn’t even know it. We also had some mutual friends in common. It just seems like it was so meant to be and that God brought us both together at the same time for a purpose. She’s been, both offscreen and on-screen, such a mentor and such a terrific influence in my life.”

Connecting with Casey

“Casey (Jon Deidrick, Chad) and I really lucked out. We have great chemistry. It’s something we discovered early on, when we first tested together. So we were both really excited to work together. It’s interesting, up until we hear, ‘5, 4, 3, 2 ...’ he is literally my brother. We’re punching each other, giving each other noogies, and acting like we’re 5 years old. Then, we start taping and I’m crazy about him. When we finish, it’s over. I feel really blessed to have that separation between our chemistry and who we are as people.”

The Giant and the Hobbit

“It’s disgusting. I’m 5 feet 2 inches tall, and Casey is 6 feet 6 inches. He’s a giant. It doesn’t seem like that big of a difference, because of the heels I wear. I wear super high heels on the show. It’s funny though. People always comment on it. They say, ‘She looks like a Hobbit and he looks like the Jolly Green Giant.’ So we have fun with it.”

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