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Marcy Rylan Joins Y&R as Abby Recast; Courtesy of TV Guide Magazine
Topic Started: Mar 6 2010, 11:54 AM (4,444 Views)
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Guiding Light Vet Marcy Rylan Joins Y&R
by Michael Logan March 06, 2010 09:36 AM EST

Heads continue to roll at The Young and the Restless. Yesterday it was announced that the CBS soap had fired Vail Bloom as D.A. Heather Stevens and replaced her with former All My Children star Eden Riegel. Now comes word that Hayley Erin is out as teenager Abby Carlton. The character – to be aged a decade – will next be played by Marcy Rylan, a sensation as Guiding Light’s Lizzie Spaulding. This is the third high-profile replacement casting at Y&R in recent weeks—the soap also axed William Russ as Tucker and gave the role to ex-Days of Our Lives heavyweight Stephen Nicholsm Russ as Tucker. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Rylan to get the scoop on her new gig in Genoa City.

Cool news! You just had your first baby. Now this! Were you ready to get back to work so soon—and on another soap?

Like 48 hours after we were done shooting GL last August, I moved to LA on the very last day I was allowed to fly because of my pregnancy. My son Jackson was born October 21 and then I took three months off before I started auditioning again. I definitely wanted to get back to work while people still know who I am and still care! [Laughs]

How did this Y&R thing happen?


I went in to meet with [executive producer-head writer] Maria Bell—who is just awesome—but I thought I was just having a general meeting. I didn’t realize there was a part to discuss, so it was a huge surprise when she brought it up. I couldn’t believe it! I went out to the parking lot and I’m like, “Oh, my God, I think I’m going to be on Y&R!” In my mind, this was always the soap I wanted to be on. Every time I would judge the Emmys, Y&R always had the best actors. Uh…after GL of course! [Laughs]

When do you hit the air?

I start taping the week of April 5, then I’m on air sometime around May 10. The character won’t be on the show for a few weeks. Age wise, she’ll go from being a 15-year-old to early to mid-20s. They really raved about Hayley Erin—I’ve watched her and she’s so gorgeous and talented—but it got to a point where there was only so much story to write for a teenager. I think a whole new world is going to open up for this character.

Are you ready to be Victor Newman’s spawn?


I can’t even think about it! I don’t even know how I’m going to introduce myself to Eric Braeden, I’m that nervous!

Well, this isn’t the first time you’ve been related to a bad-ass.

That’s true. I was around Alan Spaulding [Ron Raines] on GL all the time, and Phillip Spaulding [Grant Alexander] was my father. I’m used to these powerful, bold men, you know? So that should help me from being completely terrified with Victor.

Actually, maybe Victor’s the one who should be worried.

Yes, I’m sure he’s freaked-out already! [Laughs] He’s amazing. And so is Eileen Davidson [Ashley], who’ll be my mom. She’s so beautiful. And I’m coming from working with Beth Chamberlain [Beth] as my mom on GL. Dude, I’ve got really hot moms!

Are you hip to Abby’s bizarre history?

That she’s the product of Victor Newman’s stolen sperm? Yes! And that his sperm was stolen by my mother! [Laughs] I can’t even believe I’m saying that out loud. It’s so wild!

That’s gotta send a kid to therapy.

I hope so! I like playing ‘em demented. They haven’t told me much, but I think this is going to be a very rebellious time for Abby. I’m over-the-moon excited!

Source: TV Guide Magazine
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Oh, yippie! - End sarcasm!
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Ok, not sure what to say yet.
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Lesson learned...be careful for what you wish for!

I wanted Rylan on a soap, but particularly not Y&R.
Edited by MichaelGL, Mar 6 2010, 12:30 PM.
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Whaaaaaaaa??
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WANDERING Minstrel!

What the HELL? Another strange casting choice! I have nothing against Ms Rylan but why? Guess she "POPPED" with MA Bell and old Pauly! :drunk:
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"If Sami can't find happiness with a Martian, then she can't find happiness with anyone."

OMG! (Not meant in a good way either)

I feel like I am REALLY living in the Twilight Zone and all these things are happening not just in soapland that I do not understand AT ALL.... :huh:
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I like Rylan but think she's too old for the part of Abby. How old will Noah be when he comes back to town?
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Okay. Even after reading the article, I'm still just baffled. Are they going to age Noah too and get rid of Kevin Schmidt? This just seems so drastic and bizarre.
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She really does resemble Davidson and she's talented. Rylan is a great choice for an Abby recast, maybe 5 or so years from now. But no way should the character be in her mid-20s this soon.
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This is all kinds of BULLSHIT.

So Abby is suddenly going to be older than Noah? And near 30 while Kyle Abbott is still only 10?

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so...didn't someone say this yesteday here at this very board about Marcy Rylan to Y&R?!
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I loved Marcy Rylan as Lizzie. She's talented and I might actually like Abby for a change.
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Oh at this point the timeline of everyone's births is messed up, most notably when they brought on Kyle who was like 10, while Abby is a teen in high school, but I agree this messes it up even more.

What I don't understand is why won't they SORAS Kyle? Do they not think the Abbotts are as important as the Newmans, which is shown by their SORASing the hell out out of Abby and potentially Noah? This is just all kinds of nonsense. It only fuels my belief that MAB has something against the Abbotts and perhaps even wants to phase them out soon.
Edited by MichaelGL, Mar 6 2010, 12:37 PM.
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So now Abby is going to be older than Noah?
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Mar 6 2010, 12:34 PM
I loved Marcy Rylan as Lizzie. She's talented and I might actually like Abby for a change.
I love Marcy Rylan as well. I still think that sorasing Abby that much is strange but I do understand that there isn't that much story to tell for a teenager on the Y&R of now.

I'm afraid that she will be playing a Lizzie clone even though I loved Lizzie.

Damnit! I wanted her on Gh as a recast Serena Baldwin.
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"If Sami can't find happiness with a Martian, then she can't find happiness with anyone."

MAB & Co. don't know how to write for teens at all so their solution is to age all the current teens to adults and keep all the characters off screen like Kyle kids so they won't have to write teen stories at all. If they age Noah and Eden that's going to screw up the whole shitty Daisy storyline since the bitch was/is the same age as Noah and Eden.
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Um.....okay Y&R. I just don't know what to say anymore.
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There are so many issues with their younger set, Daisy not being Noah/Eden's age wouldnt be the least of their problems.

Ryder certainly isnt in high school. And they havent played him as such. But he's Daisy's twin? And Daisy is at walnut grove? Even though she looks like she's much older when next to Eden. The only way that mess has worked out for me is to pretend Daisy is staying in COLLEGE dorms. And that would have been a better fit for Abby to befriend someone college aged during her rebellion. Plus - its pretty pathetic if Jana, art thieving terrorist or whatever, is getting beat up by a high school girl.

They really need to sort out Noah and Eden. Do these actors want to be on contract, yes or no. If no, then its time to replace them. As good as Kevin Schmidt is as Noah, his constant coming and going to do other projects is killing the character.
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This is so fucked up
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