The 8/18/09 issue of Soap Opera Digest has the inside scoop on Lindsay Hartley taking over the role of Arianna from Felisha Terrell on Days of Our Lives.
According to Ken Corday "Felisha did her very best work", but there was a chance to cast upwards with Lindsay and they decided to do it before the story progressed any further. Lindsay was available and the deal was done in about 24 hours.
That's pretty degrading towards Felisha. Granted she's a newbie, but saying "casting upwards" is kind of rude. They should have just cast Lindsay in the first place, but apparently it was an afterthought. Probably it's an attempt to boost ratings.
Anyways, the timing is good for Lindsay, since her daughter, Isabella will be starting kindergarten already in September, seems like she was just born. Lindsay's husband, Justin, who played Fox on Passions, is also working a lot in Vancouver on Smallville. She has lots of alone time and jumped at the chance to work at Days, especially since she will be working with former Passions costars Galen Gering and Eric Martsolf. Ironically, she will be playing Galen's sister and Eric's love interest on Days and she also played Galen's sister and Eric's love interest on Passions. Guess Days is trying to cash in on their Passion's popularity.
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