Salem is going to be scorching hot this summer now that Gilles Marini has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! When the news of his casting was first announced, some fans thought the handsome actor could be a recast of E.J. DiMera, last played by the equally-handsome James Scott, but as it turns out, he's playing a new lawyer named Ted Laurent. Kate has hired him to represent Leo in his sexual harassment suit against Sonny, but she and the legal eagle may be mixing business with pleasure as time goes on!
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. And 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!)
Marini previously played a doctor on B&B. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
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, will his mom be tuning in to watch him on DAYS? Marini made his debut in the June 5 episode, but the soap has not said exactly how long his stint will be for, so you'll just have to stay tuned to see how involved Ted gets with Kate and her schemes. And for more DAYS casting news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!