Stephanie Johnson had quite a life on DAYS OF OUR LIVES starting with being abducted as an infant! The character was born in 1990 and played by twins for a couple of years. In 2006, Stephanie was aged into a young woman with Shayna Rose playing her. But in 2007, the role was recast with Shelley Hennig, who portrayed Stephanie until 2011. She did pop back into Salem in 2017, so perhaps she’ll come home again someday?
The daughter of Steve Johnson and Kayla Brady, Stephanie was kidnapped by her nanny, Sheila, but was later rescued in Australia. Following Steve’s death, Kayla took Stephanie and moved to Los Angeles. In 2006, Stephanie returned to Salem with her mother now an adult, and also a famous race car driver. She had a brief relationship with Max Brady before leaving town again.
After Steve was revealed to be alive, Stephanie came home again and began dating Jeremy Horton. She convinced Max and Chelsea Brady to invest in his business, but it turned out to be a counterfeit clothing smuggling operation. Max lost all his money but developed feelings for Stephanie, though she remained committed to Jeremy. After Jeremy left town to avoid the police, Stephanie tried to avoid her feelings for Max by dating Ford Decker, but the cad ended up drugging her drink and raping her!
Stephanie struggled to deal with her rape and when Ford continued to drug and rape other women on campus, she enlisted her sorority sisters to drug him and teach him a lesson. But in his out-of-it state, Ford tried to rape Chelsea and ended up falling down the stairs to his death. Terrified, Stephanie convinced everyone they should hide the body instead of calling the police. Although the truth later came out, Stephanie was not charged.
During this difficult time, Stephanie grew extremely close to Max and even helped him locate his sister, Melanie, in France. However, once Melanie was in Salem, the two women did not get along at all! When Stephanie turned Melanie in to the cops for a crime she’d confessed to, Max was furious and split up with her. Taking a job as an intern at Titan, Stephanie began working with Philip Kiriakis and sparks flew. Although Melanie tried stealing Philip for herself, he only had eyes for Stephanie. She accepted his marriage proposal, but soon found herself abducted as a pawn in the DiMera/Kiriakis feud.
Though Stephanie was rescued, she continued to have PTSD from her abduction that strained her relationship with Philip and when he refused to cut ties to his family, she dumped him. Next, she began seeing Nathan Horton, but he clearly still had feelings for his ex, Melanie, so Stephanie was relieved when Melanie married Philip. Learning that Philip was the father of Chloe Lane’s baby, Stephanie tried to cover up the secret to prevent Melanie from divorcing him and going back to Nathan. However, when the secret came out, Nathan was so angry at Stephanie’s lies that he broke up with her anyway.
Stephanie wasn’t seen for a while, though it was later mentioned that she’d left town. In 2017, she returned to Salem to attend the remarriage of her parents, Steve and Kayla, but didn’t stay long. Might Stephanie come home again in the future? Only time will tell, so stay tuned to DAYS to see what happens!