Hallmark Movies and Mysteries star Alison Sweeney (The Chronicle Mysteries) was already a household name, thanks to her day job on Days of Our Lives as Sami Brady, when in 2001 she added a being a Friend of Friends to her resume. In season seven’s tenth episode (The One with Joey’s Award ), Sweeney appeared as fictional Days star Jessica Ashley, who was nominated for a Soapy Award but was unable to attend the gala ceremony. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress and her then Days co-star Joey (Matt LeBlanc) gladly accepted the award on her behalf. However, when Joey and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) attempted to give it to Jessica, the daytime diva discarded it instead of placing it on her trophy shelf, choosing instead to save the space for “real awards.” Thinking back on the experience during an exclusive interview with MediaVillage, Sweeney exclaimed, "That was super fun! I can't believe it's been 15 years since Friends ended, and it’s insane that it’s 25 years since it began! At the time I did it, the show was huge, and they were already syndicated.
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