Kate Mansi left “Days of Our Lives,” but that doesn’t mean Abigail Deveraux is gone for good. The actress will be replaced by Marci Miller in the fall. However, Mansi wasn’t sure her character would be recast when she exited NBC’s daytime drama.
“We went through a lot of changes, in regards to the recast,” Mansi revealed to Michael Fairman Soaps. “In the beginning, they told me they were going to recast on my last day. In that moment, I felt it was a natural ending, and this was the way it was going to be. Then, I had some significant conversations where at that point they weren’t going to recast. I think they revisited it a few months later, and it went back and forth. Honestly, it was out of my hands the day I walked out the door. I couldn’t have any control over it. I didn’t know what the show was going to do, and I tried to not get too invested on whether they were, or weren’t. My time as that character has past.”
Mansi was not part of the decision to recast, but that doesn’t mean there is any bad blood. She went on to say that she has no problem with the actress taking her place, and she hopes the recast is a positive change for the soap opera.
“I don’t know too much about Marci Miller, but I think it’s obviously a good thing for the show, and I hope everyone is happy,” Mansi added. “I am so proud of the hard work I put into Abigail while I was there, and the privilege I had playing her, and all the stories I had, and mainly the last story. It feels like that story was the one where, as a young 17-year-old actress, that this is what I was waiting for. I felt so honored to have played her, and that is what I focused on.”
As previously reported, Abigail will be absent from “Days of Our Lives” for a few months before the recast is seen on screen. Friday’s episode was Mansi's last, and Miller won’t appear until the fall. The new actress expressed her respect for her predecessor on Instagram.
“@katemansi has laid a beautiful foundation that any actor in their right mind would be equally thrilled and terrified to step into! Rooting for her ALL THE WAY as she winds down in these next few weeks on #DOOL,” Miller wrote earlier this month. “Truly a joy to get to be a part of this family.”
Mansi’s departure was announced in January. The actress is moving on to several film projects. She has already completed two indie movies, “The Guest” and “Boyfriend Killer.” Neither have release dates yet.
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