Mike Manning Dishes on Days of Our Lives, New Projects, Emmys, and His Inspiring Call To Activism!

  Photo: William Callan Soap Opera News had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Days of Our Lives' latest cast member Mike Manning !...

 



Photo: William Callan


Soap Opera News had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Days of Our Lives' latest cast member Mike Manning! Join us below as we talk about new projects, soaps, Emmys, and that one quarantine goal that has eluded him!


“I knew I always loved acting but I grew up in Colorado and I didn’t really understand that you could make a living as an actor. It just wasn’t something in my world,” Manning recalled. In a strange twist of fate, when he was in college he attended an audition for MTV’s The Real World: DC with a friend, who wanted to be on the show. “I had never watched the show before. I didn’t know what it was about. So, I followed him to the audition to help him get on the show and I ended up getting picked,” he laughed. “We filmed in Washington, D.C. and I feel like that was the best place that I could have potentially been at because it got me involved in politics. During the course of the show, I went from somebody who really didn’t know much about politics at all to by the end of the show I was meeting with Senators and members of Congress and talking about really important laws. My growth on the show was really positive.”


We were excited to talk with Mike since he just recently made his soap opera debut as Charlie Dale on NBC’s Days of Our Lives. He told us that he had been auditioning for the show for some time but never found a role that was the right fit. “Finally, I went in and it was just the right time. I just love the show and everything that we’ve done so far.” He also spoke highly of his castmate, Isabel Durant (Claire). “It’s been wonderful working with [her]. I think fans can tell that there’s sort of a blossoming romance there. She has just been so kind, so gracious. Being the new kid in school, I’m really lucky to have a scene partner like her.”




Manning’s character has certainly brought a sense of curiosity to fans. Who is he? What does he want? “I don’t know how much has been released yet but he’s quite a complex character. I’ve been reading some of the message boards online and I know that there are a few theories on who he is. So, that’s really fun. I think it’s going to be a wild ride and I hope that people like me.” And he revealed that he is on contract with the series. So, we’ll have plenty of time to unearth whatever secrets Charlie holds!


He shared that luckily his work on the digital drama, The Bay, prepared him for his new role in daytime in more ways than one. “I’ve never been on a soap before. The closest thing that I have been on was The Bay. That was a really great experience for me because Mary Beth Evans and Brandon Beemer from the show are also on Days. So, that kind of prepared me for everything I am doing.” Manning plays Caleb McKinnon on the drama and its upcoming spinoff, yA, where he had the opportunity to play the same character on two series at the same time. “It was an experience that I don’t think I will ever have again but it was really a lot of fun. Like I woke up and thought I was Caleb McKinnon. We shot Season 6 this summer and it was the first thing I had shot since January. When I found out about Days of Our Lives I panicked a little bit. I was like oh, my gosh. I haven’t been on a set all of 2020. I’m going to show up and forget how to act. Then I found out that we were shooting The Bay at a secluded ranch so it was really great to be able to do that.”


In addition, the actor’s latest film, The Call, where he stars alongside Horror legends Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell, was just released. The project follows a group of friends who try to survive the night after the death of a woman they had terrorized. “They are challenged to make one phone call to win $100,000 but when they get on the phone they are transported into their own versions of Hell. It’s definitely not a family comedy,” he joked. 


When he isn’t on screen, he is behind the scenes producing some incredible projects. “I started doing social documentaries about the causes I care about. My most recent film, Lost In America, is about homeless youth. We have Rosario Dawson, Jewel, Tiffany Haddish, and Halle Berry in the film and they talk about why as a society in America we need to come together and help homeless kids. And I think for me in terms of the projects that I am most proud of and I hope leaves a lasting impact on this world after I’m gone...I feel that the project is the one I’m most proud of.” 


Another proud moment came in the form of an Emmy...in the mail! Manning was a producer on the fifth season of The Bay, where the cast and crew won for Outstanding Digital Drama. “I just have to say thank you to Gregori Martin and Kristos Andrews for giving me the opportunity. I think that has to be the coolest thing on the producing side for me so far. When I was little and I’d dream about being an actor, I never thought that I’d be holding an Emmy.”



View this post on Instagram

Something arrived in the mail today and I’m pretty excited about it. Because of the stupid pandemic, there weren’t any in-person ceremonies this year. But did that stop me from dressing up to open the box and celebrate at home? Hell no. Dear Emmy, I will love you and care for you and hold you up like I’m King Kong and you’re Ann Darrow and Peter Jackson is chasing us with helicopters. • I am so grateful to everyone involved w/ making this happen. The minds behind @thebaytheseries - @gregorijmartin @kristos @wendyriche @celestefianna the cast, crew, audience. @ntheurer92 You’re all incredible. @dambrosiotwins who would have thought when we met 9 years ago to volunteer for @boo2bullying it would lead to this?! You’re both angels and I’m so glad to know you and your family. • I know shit like this doesn’t happen every day and I promise to pay it forward, to help others who (like me) arrive in Hollywood not knowing a soul to chase a dream that often feels impossible. It’s not. • Love you all. Love you mom and dad... I’m gonna go change back into a T-shirt now. #emmys #happy #awards

A post shared by Mike Manning (@mikecmanning) on


While it’s clear that he has done phenomenal work in the industry, it was his activism that inspired us the most. Through his platform, he has been able to bring awareness to many organizations and campaigns like Boo2Bullying and the Thirst Project. “I think I owe that to my Grandfather. My grandparents were a big part of my upbringing and he would always tell me, ‘Leave things better than you found them.’ That’s the philosophy that I use in life. I think that we only have so many hours in a day and I want to make sure that when I leave this world that it is a better place because I was in it.”


We asked Mike if he had any advice for someone who wants to become more active in their community and he had this to say: “You don’t need permission to do the right thing. So many people think that they need to be a certain age or they need to have a degree or whatever it might be in order to make a difference and you really don’t. There are so many great local organizations that are doing things in different communities to help people. So, I would just encourage people to find organizations and just pick up the phone, call them, and say ‘How can I help?”’ 


As for what’s next for the actor, he is playing in Spike Lee’s upcoming film, Son of the South. “It’s a story about the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in the South. As an actor, that’s a project that I’m really excited about. Especially now with what our country is going through. I think that this is going to be an important movie that makes a lot of people think.”


He also shared that he is trying to knock one more thing off his quarantine bucket list. “You know what I’m trying to do? I’m trying to learn how to juggle and it’s a lot harder than you think. During quarantine, I’m giving myself things to do. I’ve been trying to work out more, spend more time with my dogs, go hiking, and things like that. And one of the things I put on my list - and I’m a very stubborn person - one of the things was juggle. I’ve been able to do a lot of the other things but I just can’t juggle. It’s really frustrating,” he laughed.


Thank you, Mike, for the lovely chat! We cannot wait to see all of your amazing projects. And we really want an update on the juggling!


Tori

 

COMMENTS

Name

'How to Make Love to a Black Woman',1,“Christmas Cookie Matchup,1,31 Nights of Halloween,1,A Black Lady Sketch Show,1,A Little Late with Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special,1,Aaron O'Connell,2,ABC,11,ABC Entertainment,2,After Forever,1,Alexander Kiriakis,1,Alison Sweeney,1,All My Children,507,All Rise,1,Amazon,6,Amazon Prime,2,Ambitions,26,AMC,1,American Horror Story,3,American Idol,1,Anacostia,3,Andi Mack,2,Anniversaries,510,Anniversary,2,Another Period,2,Another World,46,As the World Turns,203,Asunder,6,Audio Drama,1,Auditions,14,Awards,12,Away,1,B&B,2,Babies,141,Back of the Net,1,Bad Hair,1,Baking,1,Ballers,2,Beacon Hill,7,Best Dressed Star of the Week,95,BET,11,Beth Maitland,2,Better Things,1,Betty White,2,Beverly Hills 90210,1,Big Brother,26,Birthdays,703,Black Lightning,3,Blake Berris,1,Bless The Harts,1,Blue Bloods,4,Bob's Burgers,1,Bones,1,Book Review,1,Bookings,75,Brandon Beemer,1,Brandon Victor Dixon,1,broadway,1,Broken At Love,1,Bronx SIU,1,Bronzeville,1,Bull,1,Cable,3,Capitol,1,Cardi B,1,Caroline Spencer,1,Carolyn Hennesy,1,Casting,31,Casual,1,CBS,24,CBS All Access,1,Chadwick Boyd,1,Chance the Rapper,1,Chandler Massey,1,Characters of the Past,26,Chelsea Brady,1,Cherish the Day,2,Chesapeake Shores,3,Chicago Med,1,CMT,3,Code Black,2,Com,1,Comedy,1,Comedy Central,1,Comedy Special,1,Comings & Goings,1163,Commercials,1,Conversations in L.A,3,Coop and Cami,1,Criminal Minds,15,CW,7,Dallas,1,Dance Moms,5,Dancing with the Stars,9,dark shadows,1,Day of Days,3,DAYS,6,Days of Our Lives,3122,Daytime Emmy's,81,Dear White People,1,Death,4,Deaths,131,debuts of the decades,3,Delilah,1,Derek Waters,1,Descriptive Narration,1,Designated Survivor,1,Destiny's Child,1,Devious Maids,2,Diggstown,2,Disney,5,Disney Channel,3,Diversity,3,Documentary,1,DoinWhatIDo,1,DOOL,5,Drunk History,1,Dwayne Johnson,1,Dynasty,11,Editorial,1,Education,6,Emergence,1,Emily Hutchinson,1,Empire,10,End of Year,49,Engagement,23,Episode Recap,44,Eric Kane,1,Erika Slezak,1,ESPN,1,Events,12,Extra,4,FAAD,1,Family Feud,1,Family Guy,1,Famous in Love,3,Fashion,14,Fatal Attraction,1,Felisha Cooper,1,Feud,1,Films,183,Forever And A Day,3,Fox,2,Freddie Smith,1,Freeform,2,Full Count,2,Fuller House,1,FX,1,Gary Gulman,1,GARY GULMAN: THE GREAT DEPRESH,1,Gary Owen,1,General Hospital,2801,General Hospital.,11,Generations,2,GH,1,Golden Girls,2,Good Trouble,1,Good Witch,1,Gorden Kaye,1,Grand Hotel,6,Greenleaf,6,Grey's Anatomy,14,Growing Up Daytime,1,Guiding Light,301,Guy Wilson,2,Hallmark,189,Hawaii Five-0,3,HBO,7,Holidays,6,Home & Family,23,Honorable Mention,16,House of Cards,2,How to Get Away with Murder,11,How To Make Love to a Black Woman,1,Hulu,2,If Loving You Is Wrong,116,Interview,7,Interviews,157,Iron Fist,1,Jack Wagner,1,Jamey Giddens,1,Jane the Virgin,2,Jasam,1,Jason Bourne,1,Jay Z,1,Jeopardy,1,Joseph Mascolo,2,Josh Bowman,1,Judi Evans,1,Juliet Mills,1,Just Roll With It: You Decide LIVE!,1,Kelly Rowland,1,Kerry Washington,1,knots Landing,10,Kyle Lowder,1,LA>Vegas,4,Ladies of The Lake,7,Larenz Tate,1,Laurence Fishburne,1,Law & Order,1,Let's Make A Deal,2,Lethal Weapon,2,Life in Pieces,19,Lifetime,43,Lilly Singh,1,Linsey Godfrey,1,Liv and Maddie,1,Longmire,1,Looney Tunes,1,Love,1,Loving,1,Lucifer,5,MacGyver,6,Mariah Carey,1,Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron.,1,Mary Tyler Moore,1,Matthew Ashford,1,Max Winslow and the House of Secrets,1,MCM,1,Merry Liddle Christmas,1,Michael Park,1,Mid Season Finale,1,Miguel Ferrer,1,Mini-Series,1,Misguided,2,Mixish,1,Monogamy,1,Mothers,6,Movies,229,Movies 2017,32,Movies 2018,27,Mr. Robot,1,Music,94,Nashville,4,NBC,4,NCIS,18,NCIS: Los Angeles,8,NCIS: New Orleans,3,Neighbours,1,Netflix,49,New Orleans Film Festival,1,News,39,NFL,1,Nicole Walker,1,Nowhere Michigan.,1,Official Trailer,3,OLTL,2,Omari Hardwick,1,On Becoming A God in Central Florida,1,Once Upon A Time,2,One Life to Live,333,OWN,267,P-Valley,1,Passions,187,Patrick Muldoon,1,People TV,1,People's Choice Awards,1,Perception,1,Performer of the Week,111,Podcast,1,Porky Pig,1,Port Charles,55,Pose,1,Power,52,Pregnancies,1,Premiere,3,Pri,1,Prime Video,3,Primetime,1001,Primetime. The Rookie,1,Promo,333,queen of the south,1,Queen Sugar,15,Queen Suger,2,Rachel Melvin,1,Ray Donovan,1,Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,9,Red Ruby,1,Regina King,1,Returns,2,Reunions,27,Revenge,6,RHOBH,3,Rhythm & Flow,1,Rihanna,1,Robert Palmer Watkins,1,Robert Scott Wilson,1,Romance,145,Rumors,26,Rust,1,Ryan Paevey,1,Ryan's Hope,2,S.W.A.T,2,Sami Brady,1,Santa Barbara,49,Saturday Night Live,1,Savage,1,Savage Youth,1,Scandal,6,Scorpion,3,Series,11,Shadow Force,1,Shameless,2,Shanica Knowles,1,Shook,1,Showitime,1,Showtime,9,Side by Side,1,Simon,1,Single Mom A Go Go,1,Six,2,Soap Rivalries.,1,Sofia Pernas,1,Sofia Wylie,1,Sonny Corinthos,1,Sonny Kiriakis,1,Spice Girls,1,Spoilers,1614,Spotlight,521,Star,3,Star of the Month,4,Star Wars,1,Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,1,Starz,33,Station 19,1,Stefano DiMera,1,Sterling Brown,1,Streaming,14,Succession,1,Suits,2,Sunset Beach,13,Supergirl,1,Supernatural,7,Susan Lucci,1,SWAT,11,T.I.,1,Tainted Dreams,11,Take 2 for Faith,1,Teen Wolf,2,The Bold and the Beautiful,152,The young and the Restless,3,The 100,1,The Bay,42,The Blacklist,1,The Bold and the Beautiful,1539,The Book of John Gray,1,The CW Network,2,The Descendants,1,The Disney Channel,2,The Doctors,1,The Fix,1,The Flash,1,The Golden Girls,1,The Good Doctor,7,The Great American Baking Show,1,The Green Ghost,1,The Haves and the Have Nots,284,The L Word: Generation Q,1,The Last Ship,1,The Loudest Voice,1,The New Pope,1,The Originals,1,The Pivot Principle,1,The Price Is Right,17,The Purge,1,The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,7,The Resident,5,The Righteous Gemstones,1,The Rookie,5,The Simpsons,1,The Talk,9,The Vampire Diaries,1,The View,1,The Whispers,1,The Young and the Restless,2921,This Is Us,22,Thriller,1,Throwback,4,Thursday Night Football,3,Time After Time,1,Too Close to Home,2,Top 10,23,Trabby,1,Trailer,2,Treadstone,1,Tyler Perry,182,Up From The Street ®: New Orleans: The City of Music,1,Upside-Down Magic,1,USA Network,4,Vasayo,1,Venice The Series,9,Video Games,3,Viki Lord,1,Voice Over,2,WCW,2,Web Series,57,Wedding,1,Weddings,51,Weekly Countdown,118,When Calls the Heart,42,Where Are They Now,1,Why Women Kill,1,Will Chase,1,Will Horton,1,Will Smith,1,X Fenty Show,1,Y&R,1,yA,1,Young Artist Awards,1,Youthful Dayze,1,YouTube,2,
ltr
item
Soap Opera News: Mike Manning Dishes on Days of Our Lives, New Projects, Emmys, and His Inspiring Call To Activism!
Mike Manning Dishes on Days of Our Lives, New Projects, Emmys, and His Inspiring Call To Activism!
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DziL9wxpS9g/X5Nm1EvnRmI/AAAAAAAAGng/z8gg2kg3Vlc0xRScj5vwtCu11ih0kfeTgCLcBGAsYHQ/w640-h360/inCollage_20201022_154601803.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DziL9wxpS9g/X5Nm1EvnRmI/AAAAAAAAGng/z8gg2kg3Vlc0xRScj5vwtCu11ih0kfeTgCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-w640-c-h360/inCollage_20201022_154601803.jpg
Soap Opera News
https://www.soapoperanews.net/2020/10/mike-c-manning-dishes-on-days-of-our.html
https://www.soapoperanews.net/
https://www.soapoperanews.net/
https://www.soapoperanews.net/2020/10/mike-c-manning-dishes-on-days-of-our.html
true
6608487714624441660
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE CATEGORY ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow SHARE OR TWEET TO UNLOCK THIS! PLEASE SHARE TO UNLOCK Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy