‘The Young and the Restless’ Former Star Emily O’Brien Reveals What Was ‘Overwhelming’ About Her Transition to ‘Days of our Lives’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Emily O’Brien could also be new to Days of our Lives, however she’s not new to daytime tv. She was beforehand on The Young and the Restless. In a latest interview, she talked a couple of distinction in filming the 2 reveals.

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Emily O’Brien used to star on ‘The Young and the Restless’

O’Brien is a cleaning soap opera veteran. She is most recognized for taking part in Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless. The actress was within the function from 2006 to 2011. She was nominated for 3 Daytime Emmys for her work on the present.

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It formally introduced in May that she could be coming again to daytime tv in a brand new function on Days of our Lives. Her character, Gwen, was introduced onto the present as a “pal” of Claire Brady’s (Olivia-Rose Keegan) as Bayview who additionally has a historical past with Jake Lambert (Brandon Barash).

O’Brien introduced that she could be on the present on Instagram. She wrote, “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 multifaceted 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.”

The transfer to ‘Days of our Lives’

In a long-ranging interview with Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien talked about variations between her character and the way she is in actual life.

“Getting to play somebody who’s kind of raw and scruffy, a misanthrope who doesn’t really fit in very well, feels extremely comfortable for reasons that I don’t know,” she mentioned. “I really truly enjoy playing an outcast.”

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O’Brien famous that whereas she is “definitely quite centered and calm in real life,” she was capable of join with Gwen, a personality who is far completely different than she truly is.

“She’s different and quite unpredictable and much more dangerous, maybe I should say,” she mentioned of Gwen. “She doesn’t look or behave like most of the people in town, and that’s really fun. There’s more room to make a character colorful than if you’re playing an ingenue or a straight character, and it’s more interesting.”

The massive distinction between taking pictures on ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘Days of our Lives’

Though taking pictures daytime tv strikes tremendous fast, as a result of the truth that new episodes air every weekday, O’Brien says this was much more of a problem on Days of our Lives as a result of present’s taking pictures schedule.

“It’s [the shooting schedule] extremely quick. But DAYS moves doubly quick,” she mentioned. “On Y&R we did perhaps an additional episode per week, and DAYS was doing two episodes per day. That was very overwhelming for me. Then I lastly received the grasp of it. It’s taught me particular memorization abilities and to only go along with your intestine.”

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS, whereas Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

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