Earlier this week, soap fans learned that none other than Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, AMC) is stepping into the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless, currently being played by Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros. With Watros’ MTV project, Finding Carter now going to series, the CBS soap has been on the hunt for another actress to take over the role when Watros wraps on March 14th. Enter the talented and ever popular, McClain!
On-Air On-Soaps was part of Cady’s first Y&R press conference today, where she talked for the first time since this piece of Genoa City casting news became public!
During the chat, Cady addressed how she got cast in the part of Kelly, how she feels about replacing the talented Watros, and what fans can expect with her incarnation of the character! In addition, we did get her thoughts and reaction to the halt in production of All My Children via Prospect Park, and what it meant to her to go back and play Dixie one more time! As had been previously reported, look for Cady to first be seen on-air on the April 24th episode of The Young and the Restless. Here now is what Cady had to say about some key topics!
Cady on how she landed the role of Kelly on Y&R: I got an email from Y&R casting director, Judy Blye Wilson asking me to send a reel of my work over for the possibility that they may need to recast Cynthia Watros, because it looked like her pilot was going to get picked up. Luckily, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GH) had just helped me make a beautiful reel of some of my soap and film work. We sent that over, and then it was quiet for awhile. I know they were looking at a lot of actresses, who of course, wanted to be on Y&R, but I stayed in the running. Then, I sent in another reel of my work from All My Children last year, and I was still in the running (laughs), and then I got the phone call and an offer, and that was pretty much it!
Cady on what she thinks of replacing Cynthia Watros in the role: Cynthia Watros is an incredible actress. She is something. We are two different actresses who are going to have two different takes on the character, and if they picked me at Y&R, they must have thought I could bring something to the character that hopefully the fans will enjoy, and have fun with. I can imagine it might be hard for Cynthia to let go of the character, because I am sure she had put a lot into it and the work. I know it’s tough when you have worked hard on a character and to let it go. I have so much compassion for that.
Cady on if she hopes that her Kelly will be more of a bitch, similar to the character of Rosanna Cabot that she played on As the World Turns: It’s so much fun to be a “bitch”! At first, it was hard to be so mean. But then I was like, “This is so great.” (Laughs) I have this whole new idea of the character of Kelly in my head. I have this feeling Kelly has this edge to her, but it’s not an edge like a bitch. It’s kind of like raw ambition. I think she is a complex character. Ultimately, I think she has a lot of self hate. Something has to have happened to her. I think right now she seems out of control, and maybe she will try to get her life back in order, and maybe Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) can help her do that? I am just trying to put the pieces together for myself right now.
Cady on the built-in prestige and expectations of being a cast member of Y&R: The Young and the Restless was the first soap I watched as a child. It was incredibly glamorous. I loved the older actors and the sexy adult situations. It is like the crème’ de la crème’ of shows! Obviously, it’s the top show, and I honestly am trying not to think about it! (Laughs) It’s a big deal!
Cady on the disappointing halt in production of season two of the revival of All My Children: It was horrible. I think we all knew it was coming, because they kept putting off the date when we were going to go back into production. It was such a rollercoaster, the whole experience. The positive was it was an innovative concept and they did an incredible job with the promotion and reaching out to the fans. It was just the structuring of everything that needed more clarification. But I have to say; just being able to go back on that set one more time with so many people I have worked with for so many years, truly made it all worth it! I am not really sure what else they could do with AMC at this point, unless another network picks it up at some point. For me personally, I got to have a really wonderful last experience with everyone. I loved doing the show and I loved playing the character of Dixie. But I also need to play other characters, and I like to do that and it satisfies me. So Y&R coming along is just perfect … and what a great way to move forward. I am so grateful.
Cady on if her web alter-ego Suzy F**king Homemaker might interview Y&R cast members such as Eric Braeden (Victor), since Suzy interviewed several of the OLTL and AMC cast members during her time with Prospect Park: (Laughs) I have never thought of it, but now that you mentioned it? Prospect Park asked me to do those videos, so if CBS asked me to do those, I absolutely would do that. But right now, I have to be very respectful and not too silly. It’s so funny about Suzy. She came out of this mad moment of like; I miss acting and was doing that much of it at the time. So I was doing dishes and I thought, “I am like Suzy Homemaker!” I thought, “That is funny.” So I put myself in my office, and turned off the lights. And I don’t smoke, and I don’t ever inhale when I am playing a character. I took out the cigarettes and the martinis … the martinis are for real (laughs). So I just did it to see what happens. I edited it all together and I showed it to Jon. He said, “That’s just hilarious!” So that was the beginning of it: a total private thing for myself to make me laugh and get out my jollies playing a crazy character! I love to do that.
Cady on her message to Y&R fans as she steps into the role of Kelly: It’s such a great opportunity. I hope to fit in with the cast and have fun with the fans. I know it’s really hard when the canvas expands or changes. I have some proving of myself to do, and I know that, but I hope I can live up to the fans expectations. All I can say is; I will do my very best.
So, what do you think about Cady’s comments on replacing Cythia Watros?
Are you looking forward to seeing Cady in the role of Kelly? What do you think about her sentiments on the halting of All My Children? Let us know!