Postpartum Depression Was a "Fun Challenge" for 'Days' Actress
Postpartum Depression Was a "Fun Challenge" for 'Days' Actress
Postpartum depression is no joke, but Days of our Lives actress Martha Madison says that she had a good time living out the experience through her character, Belle Black, not because she doesn't take the condition seriously, but because it proved to be quite challenging.

"Playing Belle's postpartum depression after Claire was born was fun for me, because it was different,” Madison told Soap Opera Digest.  “Doing that story brought my acting to a new level, too. It was really challenging.  It was the first time we had done a postpartum story [on Days of our Lives].  That, in and of itself, was a fun challenge for me.  As an actor, I learned a lot, having to play something I had absolutely no idea about or how to play.  It's the only time I ever really researched a lot of stuff.  I had a lot of homework."

The particular storyline happened in Days of our Lives back in 2005, the same year Martha Madison began working alongside soap veteran Deidre Hall, who plays her onscreen mother, Marlena Evans.

"I didn't work with Deidre for about a year when I first joined the show, because Marlena was presumed dead,” Madison explained.  “When it came time to do my first scenes with her, not only did I have to play the shock of 'Oh, my God! My mom is alive,' but I also had to do an entire show with Deidre Hall.  It was a lot [to deal with].  I was scared to death.”

Fortunately, Madison managed to get through the scenes, and many more after that, and now, is one of the most prominent cast members in the NBC daytime drama.  Currently, she is at the center of one of the show's major storylines, wherein Belle finds herself between torn between two men: her new husband, Shawn (Brandon Beemer), and her lover Philip (Jay Kenneth Johnson).

Aside from encountering “fun” challenges and working with esteemed actors, being on Days of our Lives has given Madison the opportunity to attend the prestigious Emmy awards not just as a spectator but a presenter as well.

"Presenting at the Emmys this year on behalf of Days of our Lives was a very big moment for me,” she told Soap Opera Digest.  “There I was, onstage in front of all my peers and a ton of fans at the Kodak Center.  I think back to when I was a little girl.  I had big dreams, but I never really thought that something like that could be so awesome.  But it was.”

See more of Martha Madison on Days of our Lives, which airs weekdays on NBC.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Soap Opera Digest
(Image Courtesy of NBC)