According to Little Things, when actress Alison Sweeney left “Days of Our Lives” for maternity leave in 2005, the show made a big decision to cast a man as her replacement. Actor Dan Wells was hired to take over the role of Sami Brady, who was then disguising herself as a man named Stan. Wells played the character for six months before Sweeney returned to the role. This marked the first time that a man had ever been cast in a woman’s role on a soap opera.
“When I was on DAYS, I sort of got thrown into the deep end of the pool, because Sami carried such a huge workload,” Wells said of the role in a 2017 interview with Soap Opera Digest. “I felt like I was constantly studying and working. I remember spending a lot of time at home watching tapes of Alison Sweeney [Sami], and trying to mimic her mannerisms. That was a lot of fun. I think that’s one of the things that carried through to the fans, is that they appreciated the time that I worked on the show. I took it very seriously and I put in a lot of time. There was a lot of work to do [laughs]. Alison Sweeney was a fun one to follow,” he added.
In 2021, the actor returned to “DOOL” for a brief appearance, and to give longtime fans some major nostalgia about the Stan storyline.