7 Most Recast Soap Opera Characters
Soap opera audiences can get quite attached to the characters on their favorite daytime drama, thus they can also get attached to the actors and actresses who play these roles. Sure, there are the Victor Newmans of the world, roles that have been played by the same actor for decades; however, some soap opera characters suffer from recast after recast. Whether it is a contract dispute or the fact that the actor has decided to pursue other opportunities, soap opera recasts are a reality when it comes to the daytime drama industry. Below are the seven soap opera characters that have been recast the most.
7. Y&R’s Phyllis Summers
One of the most complicated characters on daytime drama today is Phyllis Summers. Some love her, some hate her, and others love to hate her. While Michelle Stafford made the role what it is today, many actresses have played the manipulative and seductive Phyllis. Michelle entered the Young and the Restless (Y&R) in 1994 and exited the role three years later in 1997. Sandra Nelson replaced her for a year before Stafford came back to play Phyllis once again in 2000. She continued on in the role until 2013. The character is now portrayed by Gina Tognoni, who has rocked the part of Phyllis Summers.
6. Y&R’s Abby Newman
When Abby Newman was born in 2000 there was a ton of controversy around her true paternity! As a child, the character was portrayed by Darcy Rose Byrnes from 2003 to 2008. When Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORAS) took effect on this character in 2008, Hayley Erin stepped in and played Abby for two years. Emme Rylan took over from 2010 to 2013 and truly changed the way viewers looked at the once flakey Abby Newman character. In 2013, Rylan left the show and Melissa Ordway has been playing the part since.