Michelle Stafford said in a recent interview that she couldn’t develop the character of Phyllis Newman any further, which led to her decision to move on to General Hospital.
A casting call went out earlier this month to fill Stafford’s former role after she announced she landed the job on GH.
Last summer, Stafford left Y&R after 15 years to pursue her own webseries based off of her life called The Stafford Project. Now she’s opening up on her decision to return to daytime drama, but not the daytime drama many fans had hoped.
“I couldn’t get inspired by the character anymore,” she told Soap Opera Digest when asked why she didn’t just return to TV’s number one soap, The Young and the Restless.
“I played it for 15 years and I changed so much as a human being in 15 years. Even in this last year I have changed so much. I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to evolve and play in the character. That is just the truth, and the best answer I can give to that question.”
Stafford’s joining the GH cast came as a big surprise, and apparently keeping it a big secret was done purely for her enjoyment.
“I don’t know whose idea it was, but we just thought, what a great idea to just show up and not tell anybody… I didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t even tell my sister. I told no one. None of the actors knew; they kept it a secret there. I love the surprise element of how I came onto the show; it’s classic soap.”
In her time between shows, and when she was not producing and starring in her webseries, Stafford said that she really loved that she could be a full-time mom to her 4-year-old daughter Natalia.
She also mentioned she’ll be making an announcement soon regarding a new project that she’s intimately involved in.
“They haven’t announced it so I’m not allowed to say. But I developed it, I wrote it, I am producing and directing it, and I will be in it. Whew! What a type A personality!”
When is The Young and The Restless on TV? In Canada, The Young and The Restless airs weekdays at 4.30 et/4.00pt on Global TV
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