7 Best Soap Opera Recasting Decisions

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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.


6. Robert Kelker-Kelly – DOOL’s Bo Brady

Peter Reckell is synonymous with the Days of Our Lives‘ (DOOL) character Bo Brady. He originated the role back in 1983 and played the part (on and off) for 30 years. He took a brief hiatus from 1992 to 1995, when Robert Kelker-Kelly joined the DOOL cast to play the legendary Bo. While Reckell will always be known as Bo, Kelker-Kelly did a fantastic job during his three-year stint. He slipped into the role effortlessly and kept true to its essence while crafting the character into something of his own.


5. Julie Pinson – DOOL’s Billie Reed

Speaking of Bo, he had an incredible love story in Salem with one Billy Reed. While the beautiful Lisa Rinna originated the role, when Krista Allen stepped into the part in 1996, the recast was an epic fail. In 2004 Billie Reed would return to DOOL in the form of Julie Pinson. While Julie had big shoes to fill when it came to Rinna, she was able to do a much better job in the role of Reed than Allen did. It’s true, there is nothing like the original. Pinson did a solid job entering the world of Salem and taking on the Billie Reed character and putting her own spin on the role.


4. Jess Walton – Y&R’s Jill Abbott

No one can imagine anyone but Jess Walton playing Y&R’s iconic Jill Abbott, but believe it or not there was a time when other actresses had played the part. Walton did not originate the role, but rather was the fifth actress to step into the part. When Walton entered Genoa City in 1973, she took the town by storm and has been the last actress to act as Jill Abbott, portraying the character for over forty years now.

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3. Jason Thompson – Y&R’s Billy Abbott

When Billy Miller left the Billy Abbott role in 2014, Y&R fans were quite upset. Perhaps the show’s producers may have been the ones who suffered the most, as recast after recast post-Miller did not seem to work when it came to this character. They brought back David Tom (an actor who had previously played Abbott as a teen) immediately in 2014 to replace Miller, but the Billy Abbott character had evolved considerably since Tom had been in the role that the actor did not seem like a good fit. Burgess Jenkins was brought in next, but he didn’t work out either. Then came GH alumnus Jason Thompson in 2016. Thompson has simply nailed the Billy character since and added some unique elements to the part. Hopefully, this ‘Billy’ is here to stay!

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2. Laura Wright – GH’s Carly Corinthos

Laura Wright entered into the role of General Hospital‘s Carly Corinthos in 2005 and has been the longest-running Carly in the role’s history. Carly was a very complicated woman when the character first emerged in 1996 and has evolved incredibly over the years to become a dynamic role on GH. A lot of this has to do to Wright’s portrayal of Carly, and the part has become a staple in the land of Port Charles over the years, thanks to Laura.


1. Justin Hartley – Y&R’s Adam Newman

Speaking of dynamic roles in the daytime drama world, you don’t get any more complicated than the Y&R’s Adam Newman character. It’s certainly a role that fans love to hate. Y&R audiences were upset back in 2013 when news hit that Michael Muhney would be leaving Genoa City behind. In fact, many believed that no one could portray the infamous Newman like Muhney had. Enter: Justin Hartley. He wowed fans with his interesting twist on Adam, and nailed down the facial expressions and body language that Newman was known for. He was also able to help Adam evolve from a zero to a hero.