While fans of The Young and the Restless are watching Jessica Collins (Avery) give a tour de force performance in her final weeks of storyline on the number one soap opera, the talented actress who wrapped her run in June, opened up about what went on behind-the-scenes that led to her exit in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands everywhere today.
The actress who will bid farewell to Genoa City on-screen very shortly had a very frank and candid conversation with SOD, and shared this on what led to her decision to leave. Collins related: “I’ve been disappointed with the story and the direction and integrity of my character for quite some time, but I was still hopeful we might all be able to turn it around. Then my contract was up for renewal and I wasn’t happy with their offer. I was told there was no room for discussion, which made me realize there wouldn’t be much discussion for the character, either.”
Jessica went on to further say it was very difficult to decide to leave: “The truth is, I wanted to stay on the show.” Collins went on to say that communication sort of broke down, after her agent presented the series with a solution to keep her on the show. But she added, “I had to be really honest with myself, and the reality is… Avery isn’t the character I originally fell in love with playing. And although I was trying my best to make it work, I wasn’t enjoying this new version of her. I went with my gut. It was time to move on.” She also was so appreciative of the four years she had in Genoa City calling it an, “An amazing ride.”
Make sure to check out the entire interview in SOD where Jessica discusses Avery’s rape storyline, and the shift in her character, how she loves the fans, and how she feels about her oh-so-talented co-stars, and more.
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