When Vivian Alamain returned to Salem, fans were excited to see actress Louise Sorel again, but the reveal of her son had some viewers wondering who is Stefan O. DiMera on DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Now, this isn’t the classic villain, Stefano DiMera, who was played by the late Joseph Mascolo — this is his son, Stefan, played by popular Daytime Emmy Award winner Tyler Christopher. Although reports have him stepping down from the role to be replaced by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), but whether this recast is temporary or permanent is not officially known.
Stefan Octavius DiMera first appeared on Dec. 29, 2017, and it was revealed that he is the previously-unknown child of Vivian and Stefano. He was conceived when Stefano was posing as Rudolpho Meradi and seduced Vivian to steal her ruby. Although Viv’s manservant, Ivan, told her the baby was stillborn, the infant was spirited away. However, as an adult, Stefan learned the true identity of his mother and confronted Ivan, who revealed the truth. As the brother of Chad DiMera, Stefan took over as the new CEO of DiMera Enterprises.
Clashing with the rest of his family, Stefan found himself drawn to Chad's wife, Abigail Deveraux. However, she wouldn't even give him the time of day. Well, not until she suddenly had a mental break and began suffering from DID. One of her alternate personalities, who called herself "Gabby," seduced Stefan and even got him into bed. Unfortunately, Chad caught them together and beat Stefan to within an inch of his life!
After Abigail received treatment and integrated her personalities, Stefan realized he'd lost "Gabby" forever. Then he was horrified when he heard a gunshot at the DiMera mansion and found Kate holding a gun standing over Vivian's dead body! Stefan vowed revenge against Kate, and also targeted Kayla, offering to help Steve Johnson regain his eyesight via the bionic eyes being developed by a company he'd recently acquired. But when Steve was arrested for recording sensitive documents, Kaya accused Stefan of using them for his own benefit. Abigail found out she was pregnant, and Gabi Hernandez took her revenge by tampering with the paternity results to lead Stefan to believe he'd fathered the girl, not Chad.
Since arriving in Salem, Stefan has caused no end of trouble, but occasionally claims to want to do the right thing. Does he even know what that is? Stay tuned as his storyline continues to unfold, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!