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‘DAYS’ Star Jordi Vilasuso Talks Daytime Return

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Jordi Vilasuso debuts as Dario Hernandez on Friday, February 19

After portraying Griffin Castillo on “” and Tony Santos on “Guiding Light,” actor decided the timing was right for another turn in daytime. Lucky for him, “” was looking to expand the Hernandez clan with the return of Dario (last played by Francisco San Martin).

After meeting with executive producer , co-executive producer and co-head writer last summer, Vilasuso responded well to the idea of portraying a “very intelligent” character on the soap.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, on newsstands now, Vilasuso says that in addition to being intelligent, “Dario is also very passionate and outspoken. He has a short fuse. I was so ready and wanting to play this guy. When the meeting ended, they said, ‘Okay, great!’ It just worked out beautifully. It was probably the easiest, greatest way to get a role in our TV landscape that I’ve ever dealt with.”

Jordi Vilasuso, Eric Martsolf
Howard Wise/JPI Studios

When the actor debuts on the Friday, February 19 episode of the soap, it’ll be in scenes alongside , who plays Brady Black, and , who recently debuted in the newly created role of Summer. “Brady is in California and he spots Dario working as a bartender,” shares Vilasuso, who notes, “I met Eric Martsolf at the Daytime Emmys a few years ago. Eric is very close with  (ex-Arianne Hernandez, “DAYS”; ex-Cara Castillo, “All My Children”; ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, “”], as I am. I got to know Eric and thought he was a cool dude.”

Another “AMC” connection for Vilasuso comes courtesy of (ex-David Hayward), who currently appears as Deimos Kiriakis on the soap. “I’m so happy that Vincent is on the show. I have a lot of respect for him as a person and as an actor.”

Dario is the brother of Rafe () and Gabi (). A Martinez plays their father, Eduardo. In the weeks and months ahead, telenovela star  will begin appearing as the matriarch of the family.

Outside of daytime, Vilasuso most recently appeared in episodes of “” and “.” He starred in the Hulu original series, “,” co-starring  (Steffy Forrester, “”) and aired last summer on the streaming service. He’ll next appear in the film “.”

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