Tripp Dalton has been part of the next generation of DAYS OF OUR LIVES for well over a year, but some fans still wonder exactly who he is, and even who plays Tripp. Well, his handsome young portrayer is actor Lucas Adams, but as for where Tripp came from, well, that’s slightly more complicated. Unfortunately, it seems Tripp's time in Salem has come to an end, but you never know what the future may hold!
In January of 2016, mafia princess Ava Vitali revealed to Steve Johnson that she’d had a son with him who was sold onto the black market by her father, Martino Vitali. However, after digging into the boy’s whereabouts, they were told that the child had died of pneumonia. Ava was devastated, and was later was murdered by Steve and Kayla’s son Joey Johnson!
A year later, Steve learned that his son had not died, and was, in fact, searching for his birth parents. Steve and Kayla tracked Tripp to a diner in Arizona and brought him back to Salem where they underwent a DNA test that proved Tripp is Steve’s son. Joey was nervous about what might happen if his new half-brother learned he murdered his mom, Ava, so Steve took the blame, saying he’d killed her on ISA orders. But Tripp found that whole story implausible, and as he became drawn into the Vitali family business, began to learn more and more about his mother.
As Tripp investigated his mother’s past, he came to believe that Kayla was the one who actually murdered Ava, and plotted to destroy her. Working as her assistant at the hospital, Tripp altered medical files to make it look as though Kayla was making mistakes that were causing her patients to die. When that plot didn’t work out, he threatened to kill her! Thankfully, Steve showed up to the hospital in time to stop him, and Joey also arrived to finally confess to Ava’s murder.
Tripp was stunned to finally learn the whole truth and felt terrible about what he’d done. Even as Joey turned himself into the police, Kayla accepted Tripp’s apology and promised not to turn him in for attempted murder. Trying to make a fresh start, Tripp moved into the loft with Claire and Theo. He developed a massive crush on the blonde, but she was dating their other roommate. After Theo was shot, Tripp found out Kate Roberts was indirectly responsible and contemplated turning her in, but she blackmailed him into keeping quiet. After confessing his feelings to Claire, Tripp was crushed to learn she didn’t feel the same.
Tripp then grew closer to Ciara Brady, although when she invited Ben Weston to move in with them, he got jealous and plotted to frame the seemingly-reformed serial killer for arson in order to get him out of their lives. Ultimately, his plot was exposed and a furious Ciara broke up with Tripp. He grew closer to Claire as they schemed against Ciara and Ben, but then she got jealous when he agreed to marry Haley so she could stay in the country. After he and Haley were nearly burned alive, Tripp wanted to help prove that Claire was the arsonist, and tried to spark her jealousy again. It worked a little too well, and Claire threatened Tripp's life and tried to kill Ciara again!
Once Claire was sent to the hospital for psychiatric treatment, things calmed down, but Tripp found himself actually falling for Hayley and ultimately chose to go to Los Angeles to attend medical school to avoid ruining things for her and JJ. Will he ever return to Salem? Stay tuned to see, and for more on your favorite DAYS stars, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!