Longtime fans remember Rex Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as an alien, but now he’s just Roman Brady’s son. And if that’s not weird enough, the character returned to the soap, but played by the actor who used to play Brady! Don’t worry, we’ll help it all make sense for you… Rex was originally played by actor Eric Winter starting in July of 2002 until his departure in July of 2005. The character returned to DAYS in October of 2018, now portrayed by Kyle Lowder, who viewers will remember as Brady Black from 2000-05. (The role of Brady has been played by Eric Martsolf since 2008.) Unfortunately, it was just a short stint, with Rex leaving town again in August of 2019.
The character of Rex was introduced alongside his twin sister, Cassie, back in July of 2002 when there was a meteor shower and they were discovered wearing foil outfits on the side of the road by Belle and Shawn-Douglas. Nicknamed the “Gemini Twins,” the pair were originally believed to be aliens as they also spoke no English. However, they quickly learned, and Rex wound up having quite a superior intellect.
After a while, genetic testing revealed that they were actually the twin offspring of Tony DiMera and Marlena Evans, conceived through scientific means. Rex struck up a relationship with Mimi Lockhart, and she was there to support him when he learned the real truth about his parentage. It turns out that Rex and Cassie were created from the sperm of Roman Brady and an egg from Kate Roberts!
The revelation changed Rex’s attitude, and he became moody and violent, worrying his friends. And when people started dying around Salem, he became the prime suspect. Tragically, he was then devastated when his twin, Cassie, became one of the Salem Stalker’s victims. Thankfully, all the murdered Salem residents turned out to be alive on an island and it was all just an elaborate charade.
Rex broke up with Mimi when he discovered that she had aborted his baby without telling him, and then left town with his sister. The twins were mentioned briefly in late 2017 as part of Dr. Rolf’s mad experiments, but in 2018, Rex returned home to Salem once more, revealing his engagement to Sarah Horton. But that engagement was broken off when Sarah found out that Rex had cheated on her with Mimi, and the baby Bonnie was passing off as her own was actually Rex and Mimi’s! When Mimi and her daughter left town, Rex went with them, but he soon returned, begging Sarah for another chance. She had become smitten with Eric, but when he lied that he wasn’t that into her, Sarah forgave Rex and they became man and wife. However, she was still very much drawn to Eric.
Ultimately, Sarah gave in to her feelings for Eric and a heartbroken Rex quit his job and left Salem to move to Chicago and start over. Stay tuned to see if Rex ever returns, and for more DAYS news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!