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Y&R Recasting Phyllis! Who Would You Suggest To Play The Part?

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With the news that Michelle Stafford has joined the cast of General Hospital as Nina Clay, The Young and the Restless has decided its time to move full force into recasting the pivotal role of Phyllis!

An official casting call had gone out to find Stafford’s replacement with the description of the character as:  “Phyllis is beautiful, smart and conniving. She is confident in her own sexuality and is unafraid to use it to get what she wants. She knows she has power over men and many times has used it, both to her benefit and to her detriment. She definitely has an edge.”    The casting notice also asked for an actress 35-4o years old.

On Y&R, Phyllis has been in a coma since tumbling down the stairwell thanks to a key incident that involved Sharon’s  (Sharon Case) paternity secret of Summer (Hunter King)!  Now that Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) is falling in love again and this time with Kelly Andrews (Cady McClain), ain’t it about time for Phyllis to wake up and shake things up for Jack and Kelly and Nick  (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon?

So, it’s time to put your casting director hats on! Who do you think would make a good Phyllis  …  and that you would like to see on Y&R?  Someone who has played previous roles on daytime or primetime television?  Michelle Stafford definitely make her mark on this role, so it may be a very difficult act to follow! Share your  thoughts below!

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Mark
Mark

Anne Heche should return to daytime and play phyllis as a clone of Miss Victoria Hudson of Bay City!!!!!!

Becky
Becky

Oh please nooo, I can’t stand her.

Liza
Liza

Anne Heche no way, she had her 15 minutes of fame.

Max
Max

That 15 minutes you talk about gave her an emmy. Love Ann Heche!

Patrick
Patrick

Anne Heche is so HOT : have you seen her it “Spead” I know, right: sounds defining
w/Ashton Kutcher… she was never at her most finest… LOOKS dept.

absolutely, loved her… and she bowled me over… in Men in Trees… WELL DONE.

she can run the gamut… shows hair makes a big difference… but she’s aloof, inviting, come on

Adam
Adam

Funny that Mark mentioned her, I thought the same thing last night, Anne Heche was awesome on AW and she be perfect ! But I was thinking of others and well I thought of

Gina Tognoni she be awesome, she needs to return back to daytime!

Max
Max

Definitely Gina Tognoni she is great.. would do Phyllis proud.

Michael
Michael

My first pick would be Robin Christopher who was on GH before and I’ve seen her work. She can pull off playing Phyllis really well.

Robert
Robert

I agree Robin would be an excellent choice to play Phyllis!

dinah
dinah

Robin Christopher

Claudio
Claudio

Good choice Dinah, I love Robin

Becky
Becky

Now that’s an idea I can get behind, and it would make me watch more than just one or two days a week.

clh
clh

Oh yes! Good one! Except I don’t watch Y&R anymore until JFP is there.

clh
clh

I mean GONE!!!

dmr
dmr

Robin would be amazing. I’ve always liked her.

Reagan
Reagan

Hands down– Sarah Joy Brown. She would look hot with Nick, could shake things up with Dylan/Avery & would look convincing as Avery’s sister. And she could certainly be a good scene partner for Jack. She’s so talented and gorgeous! Though I have no idea if she and JPF or Burton get along. Everyone is expecting Kelly Sullivan who would do fine, as well as Tamara (the other ex Carly)…. but my heart is set on Sarah!!

Reagan
Reagan

Plus I would buy her as Summer’s mom

clh
clh

Good one too!

Susan
Susan

I think Sarah or Tamara could pull it off. Kelly not so much but I do like her. Michelle Stafford is a powerhouse and it will be hard to fill her shoes.

JustSaying
JustSaying

I would agree. It’s just that B&B did a horrible job with her when she was on that show. I’d hate for the same thing to happen on Y&R.

I Love GH
I Love GH

Good choice! She can handle the part.

Michael
Michael

Lindsay Hartley (Ex- Theresa, Passions), Kelly Sullivan (ex- Connie, GH), Erin Hershey, Alison Sweeney, Gina Tognoni, Emily VanCamp

k/kay
k/kay

They are all too young I am sorry but would producers and writers start considering the history of a character. Women do not die on the vine after 40 the character has history with Jack and PB is 60 years old. If you were recasting Victoria or Chelsea or even Avery these people would work but not Phyllis. Phyllis is not an igenue!! Lol!

richard
richard

Over half those you listed are WAY too young….Lindsay Hartley playing mother to Hunter King??? Ummmmmm no…hahahaha same thing with Alison Sweeney and Gina Tognoni….way too young…..

Michael
Michael

On top of that, Alison Sweeney has categorically stated that she would never do another soap outside of Days. She’s trying to trim her schedule down considerably so that she can spend more time with her family and only commit to one show, ‘The Biggest Loser’, for which she is the host of the show. So, we can write her off as an possible Phyllis recast. Yes, Alison is getting close to 40 and she would work but I’ve seen her on Days and she just isn’t the powerhouse actress that Michelle Stafford is.

NATHALIE
NATHALIE

not a blonde!

Reagan
Reagan

Have you seen Sarah Brown with the red-ish brown hair? Looks sexy.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nicolette Sheridan would be perfect if she’d do it…even blonde!!!

Chel
Chel

Jamie Lunar

Robert
Robert

I love your idea.she is the first person that came to mind and she fits the character description, I would definitely go with Jamie.

Vi
Vi

I agree Jamie Lunar would be great!

Mark Y
Mark Y

This is a very good call. She can play smokin’ hot!

Mark Harding
Mark Harding

I’d rather they had “retired the jersey”, even if it meant killing Phyllis. Ms. Stafford was so iconic.

Since they appear resolved to recasting, I am much influenced by the suggestions of @sheilalives on Twitter. (A) Wait until MTV series is over, and cast red-headed Watros as Phyllis; (B) Jamie Luner and Robin Christopher and Sarah Brown and even Tamara Braun are all regularly mentioned, and I could support any of these.

richard
richard

Watros is a lil more over the top and can play the psycho really well, she doesn’t strike me as that “phyllis” sexiness that’s needed….Jamie Luner and Robin Christopher would be ideal!!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Well I see JFP is going to make the same mistake MAB did when she recast Dianne with Maura West the actress needs to be between 40 & 50 to be plausible with what all this character has done over the years. If she was going to recast Phyllis then why bother recasting Kelly. Once again messing with ages drives me nuts. But to the actual question I would look long and serious at Robin Christopher she has the look and she can play bad girl. I have heard the name Kelly Sullivan bantered about NO she is too young for Peter Bergman.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Good choice – I totally agree with all of it! Jamie Lunar would also be good in the role.

k/kay
k/kay

I watched an old scene with Robin Christopher from GH when Jax had left her for Brenda she was so bitchy and gorgeous at the same time it blew me away. I will tell you this if JFP cast anyone under the age of 45 I will be writing letters again. It will be an epic fail if she casts someone 10 years younger then Stafford.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree all this age tampering really messes with the time line– the character Phyllis, not MS, was twenty in 1994 when she was first introduced, so technically Phyllis should be forty– therefore an actress in her late thirties up to mid forties should be able to play her without stretching credibility too much. But because they SORAS both of her children Daniel and Summer– that real age seems to be pushing it, and an actresses in late forties early fifties would look more the age Phyllis should be to have children the age they are now at. So you’re right anyone younger than 45 would be a disservice to the character and the history they gave her.

I am surprised they are recasting at all. I thought JFP would be happy if the character stayed in a coma forever. And the way the stories are now I don’t see how Phyllis can fit into the canvas as a major player again. Unless my secret hope that the real Phyllis was killed by Lauren when Sheila took Phyllis’s face and this Phyllis has been Sheila all along

I always imagined Shelia had a mental break during that shooting and really thought she was Phyllis and that is why she never acted like Sheila. So I am hoping when Phyllis wakes up, she is cured of her delusion and remembers she is really Sheila. If that happens I think I could accept any recast knowing, she won’t be really be Phyllis and that character died a long time ago.

k/kay
k/kay

I think they need to move on and just swallow their pride of trying to put MS in her place that is what this is really all about. I can’t figure JFP out she was more then willing to let Laura stay in a coma on GH. Today it has been one year since we lost our Jeanne Cooper. I wonder what she would think of this mess called Y&R. RIP my dear lady we miss you!!!!

Eric
Eric

Nobody. Ever. EVER.

kalamaty
kalamaty

AGREED!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Soaps are all about the re-cast, Eric.

Eric
Eric

In this case they shouldn’t be, though. Some roles should never be recast and this is one of them, in my opinion.

If they MUST recast, I would vote for Jamie Luner.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I could see Robin Christopher or Bobbie Eakes playing Phyllis.Also with Phyllis having been in a coma that is a good way to explain any personality changes in the character.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I like Lesli Kay, Kelly Menighan Hensley, even Kelly Sullivan. A strong smart and sexy woman in her 40s, or who convincingly can play that.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I agree and would prefer a former ATWT actress – especially Kelley Menighan Hensley – she’s the best!

Mark Y
Mark Y

I would love to see Lesli and Kelly back.

Nate
Nate

That is a really good idea. Both of these ladies would have great chemistry with the new Kelly (Cady McClain)

Justin
Justin

Add me to the Kelly M Hensley list…and I hated her when she took Melanie Smith’s role on ATWT. She eventually won me over big time.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Christina Crawford as Phyllis would make me tune in to Y&R.

Darla Gaub
Darla Gaub

I submit Vanessa Marsil. She’s sexy, & could carry off the sneakysneaky ways of Phyllis. She could play evil too. She’s age appropriate for the role.

Reagan
Reagan

Pretty actress but too dark skin for Summer and the legendary nickname “Red”

Ricardo
Ricardo

Eluzabeth keifer ex Blake guiding Light, or Robin Christopher ex Skye gh. BOTH of these ladies are wonderful actresses.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Liz Keifer is my number one choice. I can stop scrolling and support your suggestion, Ricardo!

Rob
Rob

Im with you guys, Liz Keifer would be great.

Patrick
Patrick

Liz Keifer, honest to goodness… all that sexy… was right up there with my faves on GL… right on with Beth Chamberlain – mention Crystal Chappell and these ladies turned it ON

Liz Keifer is 52… and is fab

she’d be tantalizing with Peter Bergman

toscanti
toscanti

Gina Tognoni could pull off the vital role. SOOOOOO Tired of JFP messing with the casting of my show. Bring BM,and MM back as Billy and Adam. She “JFP” is such a waste to daytime.

Nate
Nate

I agree. Gina Tognoni would be my number 1 pick.

Jeanne
Jeanne

McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan Passions i know she is not red headed but that is a easy fix 🙂

Angelo
Angelo

Jamie luner is a red head, and the woman can act. Please hire her now.

Lee
Lee

My suggestions are Jamie Luner or Tamara Braun.

Frank
Frank

Marcia Cross ex Bree desperate housewives, she would kick ass as the new Phyllis.

k/kay
k/kay

Too old in JFP’s eyes that is why probably she won’t look at Robin Christopher who would be great because she is 48. I wish she would have left Phyllis in the coma if we are going to make her younger then her sister Avery or Sharon. Marcia Cross is a great actress but she is 52 that is a no no in JFP’s world.

David
David

Oh I love that idea if shr will return to daytime

the brother
the brother

SANDRA NELSON OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who? the actress that portrayed her the best from from 1997 to 1998.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Interesting. I didn’t realize that the uber popular Michelle Stafford was a re-cast!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

That would fail. Sandra was a horrible Phyllis.

Nate
Nate

Oh please no!!! I think she was awful as Phyllis…

Darla Gaub
Darla Gaub

Robin Christopher doesn’t have that playfulness way of the character. Tamara is too child like. What about Lauren Holly?

richard
richard

JAMIE LUNER!! She’s one of the sexiest redheads on daytime, primetime or anytime!!!!! She knows how to play a vamp/seductress to the hilt!!!! She was awesome on Melrose Place, Savannah and AMC!!!!!

Mo
Mo

I have no idea.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Gina Tognoni or Tamara Braun.

Nate
Nate

Yes Gina Tognoni!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I couldn’t begin to guess, yet venture

I love that Robin Christopher’ name is bandied about

I absolutely, LOVE her

she sparked, drove, ignited, fired, HOT, intensifies, swarms, saunters, she’s SEXY!

she did this ALL :

All My Children
General Hospital
One life to LIVE

knocked me out on Another World

look at her resume… and SHE’s still got IT

George
George

Wendy Moniz

Nate
Nate

Wendy would be a good one..

mike
mike

Robin Christopher now that Kassie DePaiva is employed elsewhere.

Miew
Miew

Jamie Luner, of course ! She was perfect when she played Lexie Sterling (Melrose Place). She looks like Phyllis.
Hire me to decide and be sure I will hire Jamie Luner if she wants !

BTripp
BTripp

Gina Tognoni, Sarah Brown, or Robin Christopher could all pull it off. Oh and what about Susan Haskel! Her hubby is on B&B so it makes sense that she could come to Cali to work on Y&R.

Reagan
Reagan

Sarah is my first choice and Susan Haskell is my 2nd!! Good call. I could see Susan being very age appropriate to have been with Jack and Nick and have Daniel/Summer

Annette
Annette

How about Lisa Lo Cicero?

Michael S
Michael S

I like this idea! Her talents are being wasted on GH’s Olivia. Lisa has shown she can be feisty. She is the right age group to play off Peter Bergman. I think they would have chemistry too. I’d approve of this casting.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

ugh…LIsa would be a terrible Phyllis…. although I dont even care for her as Olivia….that character needs to go…

JustSaying
JustSaying

How about a brand new actress instead of one with previous ties to other soaps. Seriously!!!!!

Breck
Breck

The hardest part about that is the new pace of soaps. Shooting up to 3 episodes a day, often with no rehearsal, and actors playing major characters shooting more than 100 pages a day regularly. An actor who is new to soaps and also a front burner character runs the risk of holding up production with flubbed and forgotten lines, an inability to keep up, or the chance, like Joan Van Ark, of quitting after a cycle because its too much. None of which is good for a show. Not a dure thing and always exceptions, but it shows why shows lean toward proven soap talent when casting a front burner role.

Monica
Monica

Susan Haskell is great. I agree about KDP. She would also made a great fit for B&B with Thorsten given they were lovers on One Life. I think Robin Christopher would make a great Phyllis.

su0000
su0000

lol
Replacing Billy, was bad bad bad … turned Billy into FF
Replacing Kelly, was bad bad bad .. turned into FF

Replacing fiery Phyllis, will be a fail …. MS made the character her own.
(Do not replace her

A catastrophic recast will Adam … )wait for it …

Nate
Nate

I agree the recast for Billy has been terrible. But the recast of Kelly is great. Cady McClain makes that role so much more likeable.

Jimmy
Jimmy

David Tom is really failing in the role, Billy Miller was phenomenal and Tom really isn’t living up to that standard at all.

As for Kelly, I like her much more now with Cady McClain in the role than I did when Cynthia Watros was playing her. I do really like Watros but she didn’t shine as Kelly and she made the character very unlikable – well, the writing is to blame I guess.

As for Phyllis, I think if the recast her with a well known, well liked actress, it might work. Then again, Y&R recast Diane with Maura West who is phenomenal, but that was an epic fail. So I guess time will tell.

Jared
Jared

David Tom is the original Billy and is doing a great job. It’s wonderful to se the real Billy back and acting like Billy again.

Jeff
Jeff

Robin Christopher, Sarah Brown or Kelly Sullivan!! Christoper has the edge with the red hair in place:)

Mary SF
Mary SF

I know this is way out there–, the actress who played the Wicked Witch on Once Upon a Time this season. I swear she could pass as MS twin sister. Drawbacks, perhaps too young for Phyllis now, and speaks with Australian accent, but otherwise she would have been perfect, as the Wicked Witch she had edge, but vulnerable– as I watch I kept wishing the casting people from Y&R were watching so they might just might approach her about the role. Of course that was wishful thinking and would never happen.

And that is trouble with casting in Daytime, they seem stuck in casting only people who worked on soaps and don’t look beyond “the family” for new talent. Sigh.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I love the actress playing the witch on Once Upon A Time…she also has daytime experience…she was the original Margaret on OLTL!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Did not know that since I never watched OLTL– but Googled it and you’re right — her name is Rebecca Mader. I didn’t think she had any connection to daytime, learn something everyday. Anyway she has my vote to be the new Phyllis but I don’t think it will happen.

lll
lll

Her name is Rebecca Mader, and that’s an interesting choice.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I wish that too since you mention her but like you know it most likely wont happen…i only watch Y&R on occasion but id watch everyday if she was Phylis!!!

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

She would be great but I think they will probably keep her for a while on OUAT.

Michelle
Michelle

Don’t care personally I’m enjoying her coma.

Eric
Eric

What about Kathy griffin. lol

Jimmy
Jimmy

I could easily see Robin Christopher in the role, same with Sarah Brown. I really like Tamara Braun but I just can’t see her being a love interest for Jack or Summer’s mother. I’m not familiar with Jamie Luner’s work but from what I read she and how she looks, she could probably pull it off too. I just hope they don’t goof on this recast like they did with Billy.

Jerry
Jerry

Already said give some red hair dye 2 Kelly Sullivan YR had 2 one up GH again

Harlee
Harlee

Marcia Cross, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

k/kay
k/kay

Someone told me she has basically retired from acting! I could see her in the role but I have a feeling they are going to step in it and hire a younger actress.

Harlee
Harlee

NO to SB, why people keep pushing Sarah is beyond me and I watched her on 2 of soaps, ATWT, BB and wasn’t impressed either time….NO!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Her writing on ATWT and B&B were not up to par to her acting talents. SJB is a phenomenal actress who could play the part!

Jimmy
Jimmy

She was fantastic as Claudia on GH. I didn’t watch when she played Carly but I hear she was great in that role too.

B&B completely wasted her talent. I watched since she first aired until her final airdate as Agnes and I gotta say, it was a major disappointment, especially since she’s such a great actress and got handed a bad role with worse writing.

I think she’d be a great Phyllis recast. She and Robin Christopher are my top two candidates.

Mark
Mark

Laura Leighton! She was fabulous on melrose!! She kinda looks like hunter king too

Mark
Mark

Kim zimmer lol!!!! We could say phyllis rapidly aged 15 years lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

@MARK while you’re yukking it up I think Kim Zimmer would be a great replacement as Sharon’s mom with a story of having the chance to walk…or maybe not

Jonathan
Jonathan

There really is no replacement for MS.

Beacon
Beacon

Charlotte Ross. She couldn’t come back to DAYS as Eve, but playing Phyllis would be a happy compensation.

Patrick
Patrick

YES!

outside of the aforementioned… this : Charlotte Ross could be the clincher : she has “ALL” the elements required to be : Phyllis : can we say…even sexier, just as dark, edgier, and then some

Altho… I will keep on propping Robin Christopher

Nate
Nate

Isn’t she on Nashville now..I don’t see anyone leaving a primetime gig to come back to daytime.

kalamaty
kalamaty

NO ONE! No one in the soap universe can play the iconic role of Phyllis to the degree that Stafford has. She needs to stay gone, because it will be impossible for people to make a connection with a new actress in that particular role. Sandra Nelson, anyone? Nuff said!

Beacon
Beacon

Sandra Nelson was a successful Phyllis recast.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Out of curiosity, does anyone remember the character of Phyllis Summers, Abbott, Newman? Just wondering, because of some of the suggestions made. Before you blast me, the actress and the character was one of my all time favorites and I truly believe it will take an actress of Stafford’s caliber to make the recast work. I agree she should be within the appropriate age range, with a similar look. I love Kelley Hensley, Liz Keifer, Tamara Braun, Sarah Brown and Vanessa Marcel (that would be a stretch – no pun intended), but I can’t see them as our girl. But, who knows, they may go against type.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

It’s odd that Michelle Stafford went to GH and Y&R is recasting. Why? Did JFP and MS not get along? Y&R messed up!!!

Reagan
Reagan

Sometimes people just need a change? Playing same character year after year can get tiring for an actor. Becomes limiting for what you can do in the future should the show get cancelled. But obviously she had issues somewhere.

Kate A
Kate A

Bobbie Eakes. Ej from DOOL could be the next Adam Newman!

Alan
Alan

Michelle Stafford OWNED the role so I can’t see any recast lasting very long (anybody remember when the show tried recasting the role with Sandra Nelson? They ended up writing the character off…).

Marcy Walker would be a dream recast (her Liza Colby was the same kind of force of nature as Phyllis) but unfortunately, I don’t think she is still acting.

Jamie Luner? No way. I still remember her stint as Liza Colby on AMC.

If the show is seriously moving ahead with this, the best choice might end up being a soap newcomer who brings no preconceived notions or prior characters to the table so the viewers see her as Phyllis and no one else.

Patrick
Patrick

There was no one : I repeat : NO one : like Liza and her tour de force role on Santa Barbara

Marcy Walker : did it for me : had that “IT” factor : fully embodied : captured me

last I heard… Ms. Walker, was a church counselor

lisa
lisa

Robin Christopher

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