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Melanie Smith joins her former ATWT friends in Gotham!

More Gotham casting news over the weekend from We Love Soaps.  Former As the World Turns star Melanie Smith, who played Emily Stewart in the late 80’s has been cast by Martha Byrne to play Bryne’s on-screen sister, Claire Ryan in the new soap web series.    Here are a few excerpts from the WLS full interview below!

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Smith on getting a call from Martha Byrne to appear in Gotham:” I was sitting on a set the day before with my girlfriend Mariska Hargitay and she kept saying to me, “Are you ever going to act again?” And I said, “You know, I just don’t see myself going back, but if it fell on my doorstep I might think about it. But it’s not really anything I see myself going after.” She said, “Oh gosh, you had so much fun doing it, you should think about it.”

And I said, “Ah, but I love my life!” And then Martha called the next day! [Laughs]  It was so funny because I was finishing a meeting and the manager of my center walked up and said to me, “Martha Byrne.” And I thought, “Wow, Martha Byrne, I haven’t talk to her in a hundred years!” [Laughs] So I picked up the phone and she talked to me about the project and it was great to hear from her. I’m really, really proud and impressed for her and Lisa Brown for taking something like this on. Being an entrepreneur, I think it’s really great.”

Smith on her new role in Gotham:  “Well, all I really know is I’ll be playing Martha’s sister [Claire]. Her old sister. And I’m a very nurturing and kind person.”

Smith on reuniting with her former ATWT co-stars:  ” Oh my God, yeah.  We (Margaret Reed and Melanie) had so much fun together! It’s a medium that has such a special place in so many people’s hearts.  As the World Turns was my mother’s favorite show when I was growing up. I kind of feel like the paradigm of soap operas and television and film is changing. The whole industry is changing dramatically. This may be the future of it all. For Martha and Lisa to spearhead this and get people together who really love working together is a good start. Everybody is so talented.”

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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