Recasting a well-established soap opera character can be a daunting task for both actors and producers, especially if that role is a fan favorite. Daytime drama audiences can fall in love with a character, as well as the actors and actresses that play them, so filling those shoes can be a huge challenge. Sometimes recasts can be an epic fail, while other times they can be a huge success. Below are seven of the best soap opera recasting decisions.
7. Emme Rylan – Y&R’s Abby Newman
Emme Rylan seems to be the queen of recasts when it comes to soaps. She stepped into her current General Hospital (GH) role in 2013 to play Lulu Falconeri and was very successful. But that’s not why she’s on this list! She hits this list for a part she helped evolve back in 2010, playing spoiled rich kid Abby Newman on the Young and the Restless (Y&R). Rylan was able to turn a one-dimensional character into a multi-faceted role where fans were able to truly connect with the part she was playing onscreen. Emme’s portrayal of Abby helped elevate the character into a now major player in Genoa City.