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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC
Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Several “” stars have speculated on the changing shape of the NBC sudser now that (EJ) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) — two front burner, leading characters — have left the canvas. The chess pieces have been moving, giving other Salemites a chance to shine. And Soap Opera Network can report that ’s Lucas is one of the characters who’s been given the chance to step up to the plate!

“The fans have their questions — when is my storyline coming, when am I going to be a big part of the show, when am I going to get a woman and all that — and I’ve always said ‘It’s coming, it’s coming.’ And this time, it really is coming!” the actor enthuses of some plotline twists that have him front and center come 2015. “I have scripts in the hand and scripts in the can.”

Howard Wise/JPI Studios
Howard Wise/JPI Studios

It’s news that fans of the actor and character can be happy about, especially considering the flop of a story Lucas was involved in with ’s Sheryl. “It’s hard not to take it personally when every time you sleep with a girl, she’s kicked off,” Dattilo says with a laugh. “And then you’re alone, and you’re like, ‘What did Lucas do wrong there?! I thought Lucas was good in bed!’ The Jade thing was fun, but they just kind of pushed it to the side. I don’t think she did anything to instigate that. She was great: Always prepared, always came in, always a pro. So to have her back would be great, but they just chose not to continue the storyline. But the thing they have coming up is something that you’ll be like, ‘What?! They did WHAT with Lucas?!’ And then when you see it play out, you’ll be like, ‘That’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened to Lucas.’ So it’s actually a really cool thing.”

Though the storyline (which Dattilo says won’t be playing out until after Christmas) has had him working a lot, the actor explains that he’s still on recurring status. “I’ve been on contract and off contract so much, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to be used,” he opines. “So whatever that is, I’ll do. And I’m really not looking for other stuff. I don’t have an agent or a manager, I’m not banging on other doors. I’m totally happy to be here and do what they want me to do. So I think contract or not, it’s for the legality. If you’re buying a house or a car, it’s nice to make them actually believe that you have an income coming in!”

Which, he notes, can be quite a difficult challenge as an actor. “If they recognize you, you’re good! You’re in,” he jokes. “You’re like, ‘Oh, your grandmother watches? I’m coming back here!’ But if not, then you know, you’ve got to wiggle around it. Being an actor is also not a normal job anyway, so I think they’re willing to work with you a little bit.”

Sean Smith/JPI Studios
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Dattilo won’t have to worry about such things in 2015 though, because he’s working quite a bit. In addition to the story he teased about above, the actor also reveals that he’s been working quite a lot with ’s Will. “With his mom gone, it makes him realize how much he needs his dad, and there are things that happen with him in the future that Will needs him big for,” Dattilo says. “It’s the kind of thing that only someone close to you can stick by you through, so those things have been great to play with him, and Guy’s done a great job. So yeah, we have a good storyline coming up.”

Paul Skipper/JPI Studios
Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

And speaking of Will’s mom, Sami, Dattilo is hoping that Sweeney’s recent exit doesn’t also mean the end of Lumi. “Even when she was with EJ, I never thought that was the end of them,” he muses. “When she went away, I think [they left] the door open, and I’ve been making choices as an actor outside of what’s written to make [a future together] a possibility for them. And I always thought that, you know, Lucas does love her. He just had to turn his cheek, because there were so many things going on with her that he couldn’t fix, he couldn’t be responsible for her. But when you get back to who is his true love, that’s probably his true love. And if the opportunity kind of presented itself, he’d be willing to be there for her again.”

  • sands of time

    Saboteurs, yes, the writers are saboteurs! Fire the writers!! They start and drop storylines as mentioned in this interview!

  • raed8s

    Lumi ! Lumi !! Lumi !!!

  • Joel

    Lucas and Sami were a missed opportunity, but I’m sure glad Dattilo is bring brought back to the forefront where he should’ve been. Hopefully this means he’ll be back on contract in no time.

  • Vicki Scott

    When was these pictures of Lucas and will and Lucas anand sami took maybe there’s hope for bringing her back after all

  • Kat Flynn

    Lucas! Lucas! I LOVE Lucas! Thank you Days for finally using him!

  • Vicki Smith

    Yay! Bryan so deserves a great storyline!! So excited we will see more Lucas soon. Can’t wait for what’s in store for him and his fans. Hoping for a LUMI reunion someday too!

  • Nick D.

    Lucas has always been one of the best characters on Days. Glad that they realized this and brought him back and are starting to use him more.

  • vivien

    So happy to hear that Lucas will be getting an exciting storyline and that it’ll be with his son, Will! They always made great “partners in crime”. I quite agree with Bryan, that Lucas&Sami will never be “over” and I hope, when all is said and done, they will be together.

  • Teri Hiatt

    I hope he does come back.

  • It would be awesome if and when Days finally says farewell, it’ll be Sami and Lucas that end up together. You just can’t beat their history. It would be a great ending for their characters. It would span near-30 years!