Introduced by then head writer Margaret De Priest, Sami has been portrayed by Sweeney since January 22, 1993.The character was portrayed by seven child actresses.
Sweeney has said to have given a new word to "manipulative" during her portrayal of Sami.I love my job, I love the people I work with and I love Sami." In January 2014, Sweeney announced she will quit the series after 21 years.She revealed on The Ellen De Generes Show, "I've been on Days of Our Lives for 21 years.Of whether EJ or Lucas was Sami's "true love," Sweeney said "I personally think Sami and Lucas truly love each other, but obviously a lot has gone on between them that has pushed them apart.Right now, they are writing Sami more focusing on EJ." Of working with Dattilo, Sweeney said "I am definitely a long-standing Lumi fan and I miss working with Bryan every day. I was in a scene the other day and looking around, like he and I have such a history together, for some inside joke and he wasn’t on the set.