Now that Tyler Christopher has left DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the character of Stefan O. DiMera has a new look, but the same wild history. Now, this isn’t the classic villain, Stefano DiMera, who was played by the late Joseph Mascolo — this is his son, Stefan, originally played by popular Daytime Emmy Award winner Christopher. However, after just over a year in the role, he was replaced by another GENERAL HOSPITAL alum, Brandon Barash, in March of 2019.
Stefan Octavius DiMera first appeared on Dec. 29, 2017, and it was revealed that he is the previously-unknown child of Vivian Alamain and Stefano DiMera. 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, Kayla 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.
Following the birth of Abigail’s daughter, Charlotte, Chad had her committed and she pretended to be “Gabigail” again in order to seduce Stefan into having her released. Stefan was crushed to lose both Abigail and his daughter, and immediately blamed Gabi for orchestrating the deception that led him to believe he was going to be a father. Although sometimes their arguments have the spark of flirtation to them…
Stefan has also become smitten with Chloe, and invited her to live with him in the DiMera mansion for protection from the goons who are after her. The guy often claims that he wants to do the right thing, but even with a new face, can Stefan really develop a new attitude?Stay tuned as his storyline continues to unfold, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!