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Jessica Collins Speaks Out About Her Exit From The Young and the Restless!

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While fans of The Young and the Restless are watching Jessica Collins (Avery) give a tour de force performance in her final weeks of storyline on the number one soap opera, the talented actress who wrapped her run in June, opened up about what went on behind-the-scenes that led to her exit in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands everywhere today.

The actress who will bid farewell to Genoa City on-screen very shortly had a very frank and candid conversation with SOD, and shared this on what led to her decision to leave.  Collins related: “I’ve been disappointed with the story and the direction and integrity of my character for quite some time, but I was still hopeful we might all be able to turn it around. Then my contract was up for renewal and I wasn’t happy with their offer. I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either.”

Jessica went on to further say it was very difficult to decide to leave: “The truth is, I wanted to stay on the show.”  Collins went on to say that communication sort of broke down, after her agent presented the series with a solution to keep her on the show.  But she added, “I had to be really honest with myself, and the reality is… Avery isn’t the character I originally fell in love with playing. And although I was trying my best to make it work, I wasn’t enjoying this new version of her. I went with my gut. It was time to move on.”  She also was so appreciative of the four years she had in Genoa City calling it an, “An amazing ride.”

Make sure to check out the entire interview in SOD where Jessica discusses Avery’s rape storyline, and the shift in her character, how she loves the fans, and how she feels about her oh-so-talented co-stars, and more.

What you think of Jessica’s comments on what transpired to led her to leave The Young and the Restless? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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She’s a great actress. I bet she will be on GH shortly!!

she could although the canvas is extremely full @ #GH she is a talented actress and im sure she will find a new role soon!

Yes! Please go to GH! You would be a great asset to them. I could most definitely see you in Port Charles! Go Jessica Go! GH fans will welcome you with open arms.
Silas needs a woman in his life. You would be perfect! Great love story!

Agree. Her being saddled with Steve Burton for two of those four years did not help matters.

I’ll miss her on the show and won’t be watching much longer anyway. I’m glad Y&R’s ratings are up but the show is unrecognizable to me. Good for JC that she stood true to her own integrity.

Agreed!

i knew i loved jessica collins in real life as much as i ve loved avery! when jessica brought so much to her character as avery in terms of shining through as caring and nurturing its only natural in real life shes just as rational and firn in her beliefs!
good for her, she should nt have compromised in her beliefs. y n r heads should ve tried harder to keep this talented and beautiful actress on the show! i will miss her and what could ve become of her and joe!
hope she returns soon when the writers can properly write a story true to her character!

I wish Jessica Collins well in future roles. She’s not a bad actress but I never liked the Avery character from the beginning. I will not miss Avery at all.

No surprise to hear of Ms. Collins’ horrific treatment by Jill Farren Phelps. The woman is a horror. She has her favorites and then she has her targets. Some day this woman will get the comeuppance she so richly deserves.

Jessica, you should join DAYS next! Though it is owned by Sony so probably not a stop you will make, but GH would be good too!

Well Jessica, hopefully you will be able to build on the character you played on Y&R and move on to a brighter future. I agree with you that you were not given a better storyline to act on and no passion or connection with your male partners. A better fit is waiting for you. Good luck.

Jessica–
a great actress and a great part of Y&R with family ties could not nogoschite with the suits..
” I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either.””

And yet fans think they can get the suits to listen to them and do their bidding ahha yah sure LOL
Thing is.. all the complaints go to deaf ears, even Jesica was not head..
Complaining holds no leverage, wants and needs do not matter, don’t waste time writing..

I believe we will be seeing Jessica in another soap.. 🙂

So true, Su.
They didn’t even consider Jessica’s thoughts about the
character SHE played. So cold.
So, yup, not like the input of fans could make a dent in their
egotistical ways of thinking.

While I think Jessica Collins is a very talented actress, the character of Avery Bailey Clark was ill-conceived from the get-go as created by ex-EP/HW Maria Arena Bell. She was used to usher the now-grown-up (and now dead) character of Ricky Williams and we know what a bust that storyline turned out to be, don’t we?!? Through three other head-writing regimes, the character of Avery changed too much for viewers to care (baking cupcakes & an internet cooking show – REALLY?!?). It took Chuck Pratt and his illogical brand of storytelling to really give mean to the term ‘character assassination’.

I wish you all the luck in the world, Miss Clark – your former character will, however, not be missed.

Avery isn’t the only character who’s been “re-written” by this current regime. I hate the dialouge that Eileen Davidson’s been given. This character you see on screen is not Ashley Abbott. Ashley is now just snarky all the time, and it pains me to watch. Some days I wonder if they gave an 8th grade class a shot at writing scripts, because that’s how bad it is (no offense to 8th graders.)

I completely agree Joe. Would the Ashley we know get into a tug of war with her daughter over a man? It’s disgusting.

GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE G.H. PICKS UP ANOTHER WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS.. Y&R TOTALLY RUINED THE CHARACTER…..AND SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD WITH MICHAEL NOW……THEIR LOSS…….HER GAIN I AM SURE. GOOD LUCK JESSICA!!!

I hope she joins General Hospital as Elizabeth’s sister Sarah Webber!

she is so pretty but i wasnt thrilled with avery both on the page or on the stage.

Her performance today was impeccable and moving.
I find it interesting that Ms Collins did not like the direction her character had taken. See? I felt quite the opposite in that I did not care for this character for the first two or three years of her tenure on Y&R. Why? Because Avery was perfect, little miss Suzy homemaker who bakes cupcakes while holding a law book in one hand and while bouncing that little, over grown cry baby Summer on her knee. Avery was superwoman who could do no wrong, and therefore, she was boring.
But this last year Avery’s character flaws began to manifest themselves and suddenly, she was not perfect, and suddenly, she was interesting.
Ms Collins rose to the challenge and proved herself to be a great actress when given the right material.
If she left a year or so again I would tell you that I would not miss her but I can tell you now that I will miss this beautiful and very talented actress.

I feel the opposite. Having a female character who is nice to the core,
as well as accomplished in a lot of ways, is a good thing. I never found
her boring. And why is she “little miss suzy homemaker” just because
one of her interests/hobbies is baking?

hey Harry..
yyuuuup!
Jessica/Avery was the best she ever was during these past couple of weeks!
Her exit story was the highlight of her time with Y&R..
When was being the Nun Avery and the Miss Cupcake Avery it was a total snore!!

Too bad she got her best material on her way out the door..
She will do well in her upcoming movie playing a crazy mother ..

I agree when MAB created Avery she was tough as nails lawyer who had an axed to grind against Phyllis– loved that she originally slept with Nick just to hurt her sister.
Then shortly after creating Avery Josh Griffith came in as head writer and suddenly Avery turned into like you said Ms. Perfect, all sunshine and lollipops, madly in love with Nick– Then they created Dylan– the mysterious man from her past, and that had potential but Griffith left and Altman the new head writer basically made Avery Dylan’s shadow and not much more– then Pratt came in and changed the character again.

I don’t mind flaws, I just don’t see throwing in a rape and making Joe a big jerk who hits women and Avery a victim of domestic violence was called for. I do think rape and stories of violence against women should be told, but in an intelligent, thoughtful way, not just thrown in as a plot device for the heck of it. There were other ways to break Avery or give her flaws.

In my opinion the biggest mistake they ever made was not exploiting the natural chemistry between Christian LeBlanc and Jessica. If they wanted to break up Lauren and Michael, instead of all that Carmine nonsense or Cane– Michael falling in love with Avery would have made some sense. It is just sad that with four head writers not one of them managed to make Avery, a vibrant character.

On point…….totally agree.

You are so right -I’ve been waiting for that pairing between Avery and Michael and was certain it would happen because of the sparks that were so obvious between them.

It’s not a new all-time low until Great Grandmother Nikki climbs on to a stripper pole.

Inhave loved Jessica Collins since her Dinah-Lee days on Loving. She is fabulous! I hope she joins GH too, after all GH did revist Corinth not so long ago…..

I liked the character of Avery – I’m sorry to see Jessica leave Y&R,but truth be told I don’t like any of the storylines currently running.
Best of luck to you Jessica.

Well like Kenny Rogers said in song–” You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run….”

Jessica endured three head writers changes, and she finally realized it was time to run– good for her.

You should read the whole article if you can I think you better getting ready also for Sage to pick up even more air time to bore us to death. I went to a women’s luncheon yesterday and a former very popular daytime actress set next to me in fact a Emmy winner she has retired now lives about thirty minutes from me got a great earful about how the soapy world really is and she worked for a certain EP great fun. Take care Mary going to be gone a little while again !

LOL, to GH as Nina’s sister? That would be eerily familiar, and she could work as Donna Mills’ daughter… But there isn’t one man on GH I could see her with.

I can see her with Ric or Silas…

No, non, no–let us hope Donna MIlls and Nina go away. Terrible, ill conceived, badly drawn characters,

Yes, Harry. I agree about Donna Mills. Not Nina. She can be saved. If the writers cannot dig Nina out of this rut in which they have thrown her, before she is completely buried….then, yes, Michelle/Nina needs to start fresh, somewhere else.

She has been with y and r for like 4 years now and no room for discussion for her contract. I would have left too

I agree, Lawrence. The poor woman was given no leeway.

Jessica sounds like a really good person. She was definitely wasted on Y&R from cooking to the dud Avery and Dylan pairing. They had her paired up with the one person she had no chemistry with for 2 years. I feel this current regime has wronged her. Chuck Pratt came and completely destroyed the character. There’s very weak storylines on Y&R right now from dopplegangers to pregnancy to baby switches all which are outdated. I fear Y&R will be shoving Sage down our throats which will be unwatchable. She had to go through 4 different writing regimes. I wish her the best

Jessica Collins….you showed your acting chops… I LOVED the sweetness of Avery resting her head on Michael’s shoulder…she ended up being a wounded bird.

GH…take notice…pair her with Patrick …he deserves a great story and a second chance at crazy love… this “thing” with Sam is just stale at it’s best….

hi Elite Advisors.
everything with Sam is ”stale” .. George Clooney couldn’t wake her up/snore

Jessica is going to do a movie and nobody, nobody wants to have any live bodies added to the cast of GH .. lol

su0000….

Pretty sure you are right…even with George Clooney! I really don’t know why they are SO intent on keeping her front and center?

I do agree that GH has way too many actors already that are underutilized, at best… it’s great that GH scored a few big wins with their talent, but at least give them the storylines, and please cut the fat… KIKI really should be first on the list…it’s painful. 🙂

Exactly, Elite…”a wounded bird”. Very well expressed.
That is the crux of the matter, and, I believe, Jessica’s contention. If I read her correctly, she hinted on the fact that she did not like the character/persona she had become. She came in roaring like a lion and out like a lamb.

GH can’t keep picking up former YR cast members. They already are struggling with the bloated cast they have. She’ll be wasted there and given less screen time.

Avery’s character while pushed to the front under Josh G’s pen was never written properly. I prefer her supporting role when she was introduced under MAB.

A fine actress. I see her moving on beyond daytime.

This is a genuine loss for Y&R. Miss Collins is a joy to watch, and Avery provided a perfect counterpoint character not only to her sister Phyllis but to all the denizens of Genoa City who are scheming and struggling. Avery was a light and now there is no one who is that way. Maybe I am off but I thought Avery a Viki Lord type character, one from whom goodness seemed possible.

Exactly how I feel, too.
And I am going to miss her a lot.

I respect Jessica’s candor so much. Her character wasn’t the only one being trashed right now. I wish her much success in her future endeavors.

Oh gosh get in line Sharon has been brought to the bottom of Bb version she was on what four years Case had been on forever and they turned her into a slut kleptomaniac the town pariah! I have a bucket you can cry in I am sorry but veterans of this show have been destroyed this is how it goes down! Good luck but excuse me but every female on this show has been destroyed!

Fans must love em being destroyed they are tuning in to watch it happen.
And since Pratt has entered the ratings have climbed up and up!
Seems many are luvin Pratt and tuning in in numbers..

I only care what I like I do not care to be quite honest if tons of people are crazy about Pratt making every woman a needy whiner is not entertainment. I also don’t give a flying leap about ratings they mean nothing to me it will continue to stay on the air because it has had the same time slot forever and they aren’t going anywhere as long as they are pulling numbers. I also do not wish it to be cancelled but if it ever does and people lose their jobs they will find others. I wish JC much success she will land on her feet.

Gorgeous and talented, and obviously has integrity, something jfp and Prattfall don’t understand.

Thank you, April.

I will miss her God bless in all you do and hpoe you will return

Congratulations Jessica for standing by you principles!!

I liked Avery in the beginning and with Nick, but the character was assassinated when she was paired up with the horrible thing called Dylan (or more correctly Steve Burton).

CarTini did such a hack job with the Avery character, I don’t blame her for getting out while she could still hold her head up…well, with the help of a neck brace!

Jessica i will miss u so much looking forward to a new role on the series u choose for ur next character. We luv u n wish u the best of luck in ur endeavors from genoa city to the next town u live in may u love it just as much as we loved u in genoa city ! God bless

This is going to be a loss for the show. There are other characters and actresses that would not be missed. The girl that ays Summer is a bore and the character Lily is just filler.

I also think Abby is superfluous. TPTB are constantly pushing her front and center. Now, she was given a high executive position without knowing what it takes to run a conglomerate of that volume. Never heard of such a thing…it’s a soap, after all; I need keep reminding myself of that.
I really thought there was some promise, but she is treating this responsibility as a game.
So, yeah, Clare, I’m right behind you.

I hate the writing team of Y&R. The are destroying my beloved soap. They keep getting rid of awesome actors, storylines suck and are boring. They keep repeating the same storylines over and over. Bring in a team that would make Mr. Bell proud before it’s too late. I loved Jessica Collins character but of course they had it destroy it.

I love Jessica Collins. I agree that the Joe/rape story was not her character. I will miss her. Maybe see her on something better. She’s a good actress.

J is a great actress she will find something new and better try bold

Sorry Avery Y&R starting to get on my nerves First Adam now you there are silly …we should just all stop watching VICTOR does no wrong…indoors

Jessica will do well where ever she goes. What a loss for TY&TR. Avery will be missed by this fan.

I have been watching the show since 1975 and alto it has had some great story lines, Victor has had some of the most unreal story lines and gets by with way too much. Nikkei story line odds just stupid. The whole show is getting too off the chain for me. If it doesn’t change soon I can find something better to do with that hour I spend watching!

I love Avery her character is the best a great lawyer and she was going to be married to Dylan but didn’t work out then in comes her ex-husband Joe I didn’t like what she was going through what he put her,through. But don’t leave. I guess you have to do. But if the writer, finds someone who takes your character I hope they are not anything like,you did you know. You will be missed.

They ruined her character as they did Michael, Jack, Vicky, Nikki, Billy, Jill, and even Victor. In fact the bad storylines, shoddy fillers have ruined the integrity of the show and the acting has bece mediocre e.g. The new Billy. Can’t understand the ratings at all. Do they make them up or do they have people whose job it is to boost them by phone stats?

Anne – I totally agree with you!

I Love Y&R. Avery is a great actress I wish her the best.

She and her character never vibed with me so I’m glad she’s leaving. That said, her character did change and do things out of character. Good for her for standing up for Avery.

So, the conclusion I had come to, proves me right. I have had this nagging feeling for the last few months that Jessica’s ‘outlook’ and persona as Avery had gone through a subtle change. I felt as if the acting was forced, not natural.
When she first walked on the Y&R stage, she was a powerhouse of a woman…..a self-assured, assertive attorney, and a loyal friend. But, no sooner than the ‘anointed’ one (Steve Burton) made an appearance (can’t remember who joined the cast first), and Dylan and Avery became an item again; Avery became this helpless, dependent being.
Lately, I did not recognize the character at all. Avery went to hell and back. Rape must be a terrifying, traumatic experience. I cannot even imagine the hurt and humiliation……her self worth shattered into a million pieces. Then again, that is the crux of the matter. The real Avery would have picked herself and the remnants of her pride and wits up, and would have confronted her plight. The Avery of old would not have succumbed to feelings of despair.
I do believe Jessica is hinting on this very fact. I may be steering in the wrong direction; however, she did say, “…..I wasn’t enjoying this new version of her.”
…just my thoughts and two-cents worth.

I agree with you CeeCee! Avery changed after Dylan appeared. She was such a great character before that, a power house as you said. Now, they have destroyed her. .
They have changed many of the characters. Victor was never a cold blooded killer? Michael was always this voice of reason and now they have destroyed him too. After surviving cancer, etc, Lily cheats on Cain with the town pariah. Ashley is after her daughter’s boyfriend who is 20 years younger than her. Devon betrays his father with his father’s wife, etc.
Speaking as a long time viewer, none of these stories make any sense to me? All of our beloved characters have been completed changed. I can barely watch.

You are right on cue, Abruzzfan. I have been watching since my early teens…..it’s been fifteen years now. I do understand drama, I get the fact that soaps can be campy and sometimes step out of reality. But, I have always found Y&R to be steadfastly within the boundaries of what makes sense and no cartoonish dramatization.
As yourself, I am saddened. It’s almost as if the writers are competing with themselves to achieve something that does not exist. Characters in soaps have always done ‘things’ that made me go, ‘hmmm’, but they have ALWAYS been in character….maintened that unique essence that made them appealing. Now?? Cannot recognize it anymore. It is so depressing to watch the bed hopping, as well. It seems that none of these characters ever grow up. They are at a perpetual standstill. Having babes in the mid to late forties…with grown children, no less. Yet, again, I’m too old for my age, as I keep saying. I suppose, that’s why they are called soaps, as Su always says.
I don’t want to whine….I love Y&R…it kept me company for so many years, in school. I don’t want to lose that….and, yet, I will always be drawn to it, even with all the shenanigans, albeit with a heavy heart…..LOL.

I 100% agree‼️‼️‼️ I’m so extremely sic of these writers, on Y&R, it’s like they are writing either in the dark or w/their blind folds on‼️Y&R writers get out now, find another day job, it’s Not working for Any of You, sic‼️‼️‼️‼️

Cee Cee…I know you are not a big Alexis fan on GH, but there was a time when she was a very good lawyer, and both she and Diane were formidable in court. Then they had to have them work for, and sleep with mob.

It seems in both Y&R, B&B and GH they don’t have any strong female characters any more like a Vickie/Erika Slezack (sp?), or Stephanie on B&B. For that matter that seems to apply to strong guys as well. They just emasculate everyone…male and female (does this term apply to females?). And just look at the new crop of characters, or most of those who will be inheriting the mantle…aimless, too privileged, mentally unstable, or too frisky too much of the time. Or they work in bars.

And I did like the Avery that Jessica played when I started watching Y&R a couple of years ago…except for, as su0000 says, the cupcake part.

Hi, Rose…the voice of reason: that’s how I think of you and Fanny…LOL. I respect your wisdom.
No, I do not like Alexis’ behavior. Obviously it is not the character’s fault. She dances to the writers’ tune. I love the actress, mind you.
It just bothers me why TPTB give these well-seasoned actresses/actors such demeaning roles. That entire scene with Julian at the restaurant and then the hotel room, was so infantile.
The same could be said about Michelle Stafford. Look at what she has been reduced to? And, Donna Mills? It’s like watching an episode of THE THREE STOOGES.
Yeah, the cupcake part was so FAROUT completely sooo out of context. LOL.
Again, thank you, Rose….my Mommy’s name….peace out.

I hate to see her leave.but she knows best,it is what it is.Albert

I totally get where she’s coming from. Her character was completely destroyed with this last storyline… whining and whimpering… afraid of the shadows…. Certainly was not the same character she came onto the screen with.

Wouldn’t it be weird if she joined GH….because didn’t she and Billy Miller used to date, but now he’s dating Kelly Monaco – ijs..

I will miss Jessica Collins and Avery. And I like her even more knowing that she walked away from a job she loved with people she loved because she felt the storyline didn’t respect her character. It has been painful to watch words come out of Avery’s mouth that the old Avery would have never said. My mouth nearly hit the floor yesterday when she was sitting on the park bench with Nick saying that she didn’t want to tell him what had happened because “you’re such a good person”. Whaaaat? I know she felt guilt for leaving him at the altar and I know she respects him, but how many times has Nick taken the law into his own hands? It’s just crazy what they have done to her. I know a lot of people didn’t like her goody-two-shoes routine but I think it created a nice balance with all the cray-cray ladies on the soap. And Avery had a bit of an edge – I wouldn’t call sleeping with your sister’s ex angelic behavior. I wish Jessica only the best…and I kinda hope all that talk yesterday about “you better come back to Genoa City” means that one day, she just might do that.

Well said Lucia! The original Avery was a breath of fresh air amongst all the Cray-cray ladies! Ashley and Lily are heading down the same path. Very sad!

You think Sam is Stale..you are wrong..don’t call Sam stale

Is she coming to GH to play Lizzy sister..or will she be a roadblock
For Jasam

Maybe TPTB do actually want fan input, hmmm.
Have you guys done the survey online?
I saw the message scrolling while watching Y and R
yesterday and then later did the survey.

JESSICA, AKA Avery, I only watch the Y&R because my mom watched it religiously and had me watch it with her. (Some how watching it now gives me a feeling of her presence in the room with me). I do not like how the story line is going g either. I really enjoyed the fact that you and Dillon were a good couple, I wanted that to work out. And I do not like how Victor seems to get everything and get away with everything and suffers no consequences at all. What does it really teach people, that it’s ok to do what ever it takes and to get what you want and get away with it. I do not blame you one bit for walking away from the show, I’m thinking about stop watching it myself and I have heard this from so many people. It used to be a great show to watch and keep you wanting to come back to watch more, but not lately.
I think the writers have lost their minds or their touch.

I am very sad to see Jessica leave the show. She is such an
Asset. Y&R should think twice before letting her
go. Y&R has done this with too many of our
favorites. I’ve been watching since the first time
It aired. I feel it’s time to stop watching and being
such an avid fan.

Please bring Jessica back!!!!!

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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