‘The Young and the Restless’ Alum Emily O’Brien Auditioned for Another ‘Days of our Lives’ Role Before Landing Her Current One

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Former The Young and the Restless star Emily O’Brien has returned to daytime soaps for the primary in years. She’s presently gelling into her function as Gwen on Days of our Lives. Recently, O’Brien revealed that she truly auditioned for one more function (or two) earlier than ending up as Gwen.

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Emily O’Brien got here again to daytime

O’Brien isn’t a stranger to daytime soaps. She is most identified for enjoying Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless. O’Brien was within the function from 2006-2011 and was nominated for 3 Daytime Emmys for her work.

In May, it was formally introduced that she could be becoming a member of Days of our Lives. The information initially leaked late final yr. She comes onto the canvas as a pal of Claire Brady at Bayview. She spoke about returning on Instagram, writing, “After 8 months of discretion, I can finally share with you that I have returned to Daytime TV, 10 years later. But this time, I have joined the multi faceted [sic] family over at Days of Our Lives. It feels odd to post this during such turbulent times, but if you need a respite from the news, we are one of the very few scripted shows left running on air.”

On the character, head author Ron Carlivati mentioned, “In order to put an end to this situation with the people who are after him, Jake has to track down his ex, the mischievous Gwen. I don’t want to give too much away. She is kind of the key to him resolving the issues with these bad people. It will also be interesting to see how Gabi reacts when she finds out that Jake has an ex-girlfriend.”

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The actress auditioned for Sarah Horton

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien revealed that she initially auditioned for the function of Sarah Horton. Of course, we all know that the function finally went to former The Bold and the Beautiful storm, Lindsey Godfrey. Still, the highest brass on the present nonetheless stored her in thoughts and known as her a yr later for a job they thought she could possibly be in.

“I went in three times and screen-tested with Greg Vaughan [Eric], but I wasn’t right for that,” she mentioned, “They just envisioned somebody different.” O’Brien went in to learn for this function and nonetheless didn’t get this one. However, they nonetheless needed her to have a job and be a part of the present, in order that they morphed a personality to suit her, which is how she grew to become Gwen.

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This information was twisty to listen to for O’Brien. “I remember going in and it was very ominous in the room,” she mentioned. “[Casting Director] Marnie Saitta and [Co-Executive Producer] Albert Alarr said, ‘Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that you’re not going to be playing this role, but there’s a new role that we want to mold around you.’ That’s when the character of Gwen was born.”

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

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