Get ready for the return of Sami Brady DiMera! Portrayer Alison Sweeney revealed in a post on her Instagram story on Monday that she is back filming at “Days of our Lives.”
Posting two behind-the-scenes stories which showed herself and co-star Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) in a compilation of photos from the show’s hair and makeup room, Sweeney captioned one post, saying, “We can’t even pose for a photo without cracking each other up.” The second post showed Sweeney playing in Zucker’s hair doing exactly that.
Sweeney has been off-screen since early January when Sami and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) decided to leave town to rebuild their relationship and to allow Sami to get some distance from all the drama surrounding her husband EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who is currently spending some time behind bars for allegedly kidnapping her. In reality, Lucas is the one who did the deed.
Reprising the role of Sami in 2017, two years after departing as a full-time cast member, Sweeney’s latest stint is expected to be brief as she is currently only available for short story arcs in order to accommodate her very packed work schedule that includes producing and starring in a host of Hallmark original movies throughout the year.
“I love playing Sami, but no, full-time is not the plan for me because I produce and develop content for Hallmark, and for other streaming services,” Sweeney told PEOPLE last year while promoting the Peacock original movie, “Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.”
“I love getting to do my own projects: I love producing,” she noted, adding, “It’s really been such a joy, and such a new, fresh, fun challenge for me. I do feel so blessed to be able to have the best of both worlds. The opportunity to go back to ‘DAYS,’ it feels like going home again, to be honest with you. It’s like visiting my family during the holidays. I get to see everyone. I get to play Sami. I get to go home. But then I get to go out and develop these projects and do other things, and expand myself, and push myself.”
An official on-air return date for Sweeney is not yet known but the show does film approximately six months ahead of airdate.
Check out pictures of Sweeney Instagram story below.