Salem is full of shady characters, but Ted Laurent on DAYS OF OUR LIVES has some fans wondering what to make of the guy. Gilles Marini made his debut on the soap back in June of 2018 as the attorney, and by the end of the year had been upgraded to contract status. So who knows what further trouble the guy will cause!
Ted first appeared in Salem when he was hired by Kate Roberts to represent Leo Stark in his sexual harassment case against Sonny Kiriakis. Although the case was a complete fabrication, Leo had done such a good job setting up the evidence against Sonny that Ted was happy to take the case, expecting a big payout. Ted also pursued Kate romantically, admitting that his wife had passed away from cancer.
Ted popped up again when Theresa Donovan hired him to represent her when she sued Brady Black for custody of their son, Tate. Again, Ted played dirty and managed to help Theresa get custody of her son. Ciara Brady also hired Ted to plead Ben Weston’s case when he was accused of arson. Kate and Ted’s affair came to an abrupt end when she learned that he was blackmailing Will Horton and Sonny, and she threatened his life.
Ted disappeared for a while, but Kate hadn’t killed him. He was afraid for his life because Stefan DiMera was after him, and he begged Hope to help keep him safe. She did so, hoping that he might be able to help her bring down both Stefan and Ben, who were now working together, although it caused some friction in her marriage to Rafe, especially when he found them in a compromising position!
Marini is best known for his roles on the primetime series BROTHERS & SISTERS, DEVIOUS MAIDS, and SWITCHED AT BIRTH, as well as competing in two separate seasons of DANCING WITH THE STARS. But this is actually not his first foray into daytime. In 2007, Marini played the small role of a waiter on CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and later returned in the summer of 2017 for a brief stint as a doctor during the soap’s annual trip to Monaco. (Sadly for the French-American actor, his scenes were all in the L.A. studio, not on location!)
The actor was thrilled to be asked back to B&B because his mother, Franca, who still lives in France, is a huge fan of the soap. “She couldn’t care less about any other role,” Marini confided to Soaps In Depth at the time. “She has the picture of me doing my little thing on B&B 10 years ago and she’s still super proud and she talks about it to everyone.”
Now the only question is, is his mom watching him on DAYS? Now that Marini is on contract with the soap, Ted will likely get into even more trouble, so stay tuned to see how his story continues. And for more DAYS casting news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!