It’s official. Days of our Lives fans have learned that Paige Searcy has indeed vacated the role of Joey’s preggars and unappreciative girlfriend, Jade, and that Gabrielle Haugh steps into the role starting on-air on the January 17th episode of the NBC sudser.
According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, a rep for the series related on Searcy’s exit that she has left to attend the prestigious performing school CalArts, but eventually decided to defer it to pursue other career opportunities in the acting world. Enter Gabrielle Haugh the model turned actress, who is soap newbie.
As for the actor that had worked with Searcy and now Haugh, James Lastovic (Joey), he told On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman at this year’s Day of DAYS 2016, his thoughts on the casting change: “I was very sad to see Paige gone. I think she did a phenomenal job with Jade. She brought something very uniuqe to Jade. It was really fun to watch her and really fun to work with her.”
And as for his new on-screen partner, Gabrielle Haugh, Lastovic said he read with those young actresss in the running for the new Jade, and it was very apparent it was Gabrielle who should inherit the role: “I did a chemistry read with her. There were actually four girls I did the read with. Gabrielle stood out and we easily knew who the choice was.”
You can watch the complete Day of DAYS interview with James Lastovic and Vivian Jovanni (Ciara) after the jump where the subject of the Jade recast comes up and so much more.
Then, let us know what you think should happen in the Joey and Jade relationship moving forward as portrayed by James and Gabrielle.