Wishful Casting: Passions’ Brook Kerr as OLTL’s Rachel Gannon

I’ve been conversing with the hubby of regular DC site visitor MrsA1107 on Facebook—he hasn’t registered yet, shame shame, I know your name!—who hipped me to talk of Nora Gannon’s (Hillary B. Smith) daughter Rachel possibly being brought back to Llanview with a new face on One Life to Live and requested that I do a Wishful Casting. 

Now considering that I have only been watching OLTL for just a few short years, and don’t have much in the form of an emotional connection with the Rachel character, I am basing my suggestion simply on the actress I am suggesting’s stellar past work and what I have learned about the character-in-question’s history. Now that the formalities are finished, I would love to see Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney, Passions) in the role.

 Kerr, like her onscreen BFF Lindsay Hartley (Theresa) proved to be a standout in a supernatural sea of vapid models-turned-thespians from her very first air show on the late James E. Reilly‘s whacked out sudser. On Passions, Kerr possessed a Soap God-given talent for infusing even the most asinine and obscene plot twists (Whitney going all Davinci Code and whipping herself when she thought she was in love with her brother) with tremendous heart, which will be needed if Rachel is to help her little half brother Matthew (Eddie Alderson) through his drug drama on OLTL, which is what spoilers say will bring the character back to Llanview.

After a quick brush up on Rachel’s history at Soap Central.com—seriously the only resource for learning character backstory—I was intrigued to find out Rachel was pivotal during the original storyline where Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) was gang raped by Todd (then-Roger Howarth, now-Trevor St. John) and his fraternity brothers. According to the site, Marty initially accused Rachel’s boyfriend Kevin of taking part in the vicious act. I am so thoroughly enjoying seeing an amnesiac Marty lash out against the players in her origin story currently onscreen, that it would no doubt be even that much more of a treat for her to "meet" Rachel again.

I predict Kerr would crackle opposite new teach and fellow recovering druggie Schuyler (Scott Clifton) if Rachel were to, go to work at Llanview High as the hew guidance counselor. Rachel’s return could also facilitate the use of the all-but-forgotten Timothy Stickney as her nefarious Uncle RJ.  Additionally, with her sister Evangeline on perma-drool and her BFF Adriana out of town in search of the perfect haircut, Layla (Tika Sumpter) could use a new home girl in town, and I think Kerr is the perfect person to play her!

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  1. Profile photo of east.west

    This could work. Her scenes when Whitney said goodbye to Chad in the morgue, proved to me that this girl has acting chops and can hold her own opposite heavy weights like Hillary Smith.

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    Ahhhhhhhh THANK YOU FOR THE SHOT OUT!!!!!!!!!! John told me that this may happen! I feel more connected to this site- so thank you! I am a big fan!!!

    As for wishful casting– this is a good call. Dont know much about the actress– but how old is she? She looks young! Is she in the same age group as Todd & Marty??? I understand that Rach may be a love interest for Todd! Taking the rape storyline full cirlce in a way.

    I could think of five other actresses who could also play Rachel:
    1. Lark Voorhies– Lisa from Saved By The Bell. I know she left B&B due to her religious believes but I LOVED SBTB back in the day

    2. Andrea Pearson– Gia #2 from General Hospital– although she may be kinda young.

    3. Ion Overman– Gabby from Port Charles. I LOVED PC- so anyone from that cast would be a great addition. She has the right look of Rachel.

    4. Kent King– Lainey on GH– they really dont use her anyway– so let her ACT on their sister show! Plus she was on PC- another PLUS!! :)

    And finally my number 5 – is a bit too old to play the role- but hey — I thought I would just mention it— VICTORIA ROWELL of Y&R.

    Whomever they cast needs to hold their own against many OLTL vets– as this is a character with lots of roots on the show. She will interact with characters like: Nora, Bo, Matthew, Todd, Marty, Blair and Clint. This actress cant learn the ropes after she is cast. The roles needs to be played by an actress who had refined her craftt and will come in ready to play ball with the big league!

    John said that maybe one day you guys will do Wishful Casting for LIZA CLOBY on AMC?? If so we have some great ideas when/if that ever is posted

    Again Jamey- thanks for the props!

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    Jamey Giddens

    Hillary B. Smith is in her early 50s, so a 35ish actress is fine for this part. You can’t hire an actress who is ten years younger than her mama. Well, you can, but it would be a hot mess.

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    If done correctly, One Life would be even better if they brought back Rachel. Helping Matthew through his drug drama is a plausible scenario considering she had to battle her addiction to prescription drugs at one time. I do not know about casting Brook, she does look very young. Anyway, it would be great to have an established actress and not a hair model take on this role. Layla could have more screen time even though I believe she is significantly younger than Rachel. I have always wondered where RJ had went. Rachel’s return could have RJ return with the lovely Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) in tow.

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