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43 February 20th, 2013 Is Laura Harrier The New Destiny Of One Life to Live?

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When One Life to Live resumes production in its new studio home in Connecticut, the role of Destiny will no longer be played by the beloved Shenell Edmonds.  The writers decided to slightly age Destiny, and give her a different edge.  Thus, casting calls had gone out for the role and auditions had been in process.  Part of the recasting, many believe, has to do with Prospect Park wanting their versions of AMC and OLTL to be slightly edgier in story than the original.

Today, according to a post from Soap Opera Network, they are exclusively reporting that the role of Destiny will now be played by Laura Harrier! On-Air On-Soaps has yet to have confirmation of this casting news.

Harrier is a New York based international model represented by Muse NYC.  Laura has shot campaigns for American Eagle, Target, and L’oreal and has been photographed for such magazines as Glamour, Elle, and Cosmopolitan.  One Life to Live would be Laura’s first role as a series regular.

What do you think of Laura being the new Destiny?  In light of the storyline One Life has planned for the characters of Destiny/Matthew and little Drew, it seems like Destiny will resort to some “desperate” measures to make a buck!  Weigh-in!

 

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  1. su0000 says:

    WOW big change ..
    From girl next door Destiny to gorgeous model Destiny .. that will be interesting.
    I am looking forward to all the changes..

    Nothing has been seen as of yet, so there is no way anything could be judged.
    And when the 2 soaps air I will not be a complaining whiny mouth and judge them, not until the 3rd month LOL :) :)

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    The_HugoBoss replied

    Hahahaha. Well said.

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  2. Torrey says:

    I just hope they bring back Destiny’s parents…..Her mom stole the show with some of the scenes that she had with Nora.

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    rebecca replied

    I hope not. Couldn’t stand Destiny’s mom. On the other hand her father was very likeable…

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    MK replied

    You mean her grandparents?

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    Torrey replied

    Yeah, Grandparents….either way, I liked them. I would prefer to have the entire family back…thought their time was too short on the show. The story with Destiny and her brother who is actually her father, never really got a chance to develop into anything.

    mari r.r-em replied

    agred they never go to finish destiny’s story with her real father,the grandmother was rude to nora so i didnt like her much

  3. Debbie Harris says:

    I think it will be weird seeing anyone else in the role of Destiny! To me, Shenell Edmonds IS Destiny..gonna take some getting used to…

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  4. rebecca says:

    The actress looks like Lisa Bonet.

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    EventsDiva replied

    I agree. In fact, at first glance, that is who I thought it was.

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  5. paula says:

    I wonder how they’ll write her back in bc at the end of the original oltl if we all remember she gave birth to Matthews baby and I cant recount but pretty I think I remember he proposed to her, itd suck to have destiny and the baby comeback without the baby’s father, I wish eddie alderson would reconsider to comeback on a temporary basis…..I hope they also pair up todd with someone new along with tea, and blair, anyword if Kelley missal will be coming back or Andrew t (that played jack)

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    Barbara replied

    This is the first list of confirmed returning cast that OLTL posted:
    Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
    Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
    Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
    Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
    Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
    Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
    Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
    Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
    Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
    Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
    Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
    Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
    Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans
    Shenaz Treasury Rama Patel
    Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel

    Since the above list posted, I read that Patrick Gibbons is returning as Sam Manning.

    Michael Easton (John McBain), Kirsten Alderson (Starr Manning) and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) have ended their filming on the General Hospital set so that they could return to OLTL. If Kirsten returns, Eddie might as well.

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    jim replied

    I see Vimals sister Neela isnt there. Neela and Jack were developing a relationship near the end of the shows ABC run. I wonder if theyll explain what happened to her or just go on as if she was never there?

    Keith replied

    This is a great cast! Much better than AMC has done.

    IMO ME, KA, RH, and EA can stay away. Destiny’s parents are good actors, but they didn’t do much for the story and aren’t needed now. Her mother was very irritating and abusive and can also stay away. They don’t do much for me. But there is one glaring omission.

    Bring back Trevor St. John. He worked very hard to overcome fans not liking him taking over the role of Todd. And he never quit like RH did several times. He made Todd a richer character.

    PP must resolve the cliffhanger with him tied up by Alison or the show won’t fly.

    susan M. replied

    Didn’t care much for Cutter,Vimal, or Rama. Their not my favorites on OLTL ! Erika Slezak is #1 in my book! It wouldn’t be OLTL without her! Her character is the heart & soul of OLTL! I read in ABC Soaps in depth and it was revealed
    Vincent Irizarry(David,AMC) That they will be shooting at least 2 shows a day.
    There will be new, bold,innovation,exciting stories for both soaps.

    Monica replied

    Matthew didn’t propose to Destiny. He was there for the birth, named his son and it appeared that he was willing to be there for Destiny and the baby.

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    jim replied

    I hope they keep it that way. it would be a good message to teens to show how both parents took responsiblity for bringing a child into the world instead of changing it and make Matt look like an irresponsible father. (though that does happen) Also i hope they didnt age them out of their teen years because they were close to Jacks age, and he is still there. I like them show the difficulty of being teen parents and not like Starr and Cole which were shown having it too easy with Hope. I will miss the original Destiny and Mathew who looked like the average teens you see everday.

    Kate replied

    Matthew never proposed to Destiny.

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    Tali replied

    Keith – I’ll miss Michael Easton, but we need a JOHN MCBAIN – so recast with a hottie – PLEASE!!! Natalie & Liam (and hopefully a little red-headed girl)need to get John back in Llanview!

  6. Nancy says:

    Not liking what I’m reading about how they are going to make Matthew a deadbeat father and Destiny sort of a call girl. I really hope they don’t mess the story lines up like that.

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    Tali replied

    Totally agree Nancy!

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    mari r.r-em replied

    it needs to be anew edgier show or itll fail again,sound like agoof dfit for the new actres the other one was heavier anyway, and still in high school, it’s better to age matthew and her a bit

  7. jim says:

    They still need to bring back Roxi at least for a guest appearance so she can announce that Faternity Row is being revived, and then David Vickers could have a sublot where he tries out for a role on that show. As for the new Destiny i wont judge her until i see the show. And i too think she looks like Lisa Bonet.

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  8. Monica says:

    Destiny had this naive quality about her, but she was fiercely devoted to her friends. And she loved Matthew, would do anything for him, even though he didn’t feel the same way about her. While the supposed storyline isn’t what I envisioned for her, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Shenell Edmonds portrayed Destiny so perfectly in my opinion. I’ll miss her.

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  9. jon says:

    Just my two cents, but they should have just eliminated the entire Manning family.

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    boes replied

    I’m not sure what or who you mean. Niether Destiny or Matthew are Mannings or even related to them.

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  10. Bruce says:

    I love Shenell and her acting. I really want her back as Destiny. It will take getting used to. Hope they don’t ruin her for me, however I am so grateful to have OLTL back that I’m not going to complain, but more so remain the fan I have always been, and support my show. They got most of the original cast back, and for that I am thankful. I prayed for this day, and so happy it is on its way back.

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I also loved Shenell Edmonds and think she did a wonderful job in the role of Destiny. With the recast and making Destiny “edgier”, I certainly hope they maintain her strength of character. Destiny was a very strong and capable individual and a force to be reckoned with.

    I look forward to the continued career growth of Shenell Edmonds and hope to see her again in many other productions.

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    Monica replied

    I agree with you! Hope to see her in something very soon.

    mari r.r-em replied

    agreed we must not complain just watch and be glAD THE SHOWS BACK

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  11. Tali says:

    Destiny was very smart , high in morals and wouldn’t ever need to do anything for a buck! Hope they don’t ruin Destiny’s character!

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    The_HugoBoss replied

    I agree with you. But keep in mind, that was before the trials and stress of motherhood. And remember Matthew was thinking about going off to college and Destiny wanted to go to school at some point. Being thrust into an “adult world” can sometimes cause even the smartest kids to get off course. It might be kind of a great story to show these two seemingly great kids, who have somehow gotten off course, find their way back, if the story is to go that way.
    It’s gonna suck not to have Eddie and Shenell back, but I think it’s a great possible storyline for kids in that situation and will hopefully show what perseverance can do. Def edgier than your normal teenage parent storyline. Crossed fingers.

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  12. marfa says:

    NO!!! Shenell was the perfect Destiny, don’t change it. Not liking this change at all!

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    Mitchell1660 replied

    Liked Shenell, but her acting was iffy at best. Hopefully, this new girl will add something more to the character (and from what I see, she won’t have to worry about being called “Density”!)

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    mari r.r-em replied

    DENSITY..LOL..

  13. boes says:

    I’m more concerned about this person’s acting ability than anything else. Maybe she has talent, but who’d know, considering she’s done no acting that has been mentioned or I can find. So what’s the deal? NYC must be crawling with young folks who have studied acting and would kill to work in their chosen profession – but the first new hire we hear is a model?? Nothing against models, but walking the runway isn’t acting.
    The soaps invested far too much time and energy in pushing pretty faces over people who could act, and I think that’s one of the things that sent ratings downhill. Are they going to concentrate on fluff like that again??
    This is discouraging.

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    Sherice replied

    I totally agree

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  14. Shawn says:

    I really hated how they change the character of Destiny. Shenell was great as Destiny. But I understand they have to recast Destiny and I hope Laura would do great! She looks hot and can’t wait to see her in spring!

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  15. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS says:

    I think the new DESTINY IS CUTE

    BUT MICHAEL EASTON BELONGS ON GH!!

    HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT MATCH UP WITH SAM

    JOHN&SAM+ RAFE&DANNY

    I HOPE THEY MAKE THE CHARACTER SAM PREGANT, WITH A GIRL!!!!

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  16. Legacy says:

    What about the roles of Jessica, Rex and GiGi? Those were my faves…?? Also Starr, Todd and Victor…so many questions so little answers.

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  17. Terry says:

    Well that was a surprise. Some times you cant replace an actor in a role if the previous actor had a large impact. This Destiny totally different from the original.

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  18. Daveisha says:

    I like the old destiny and matthew to me without them just weird ugh, why

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  19. Sherice says:

    I think they replace the old destiny because she was dark skinned and heavy

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