Y&R's Eileen Davidson on Engen's Exit: "When the Writing got better, That’s When Chris Became Unhappy!

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TV Guide Canada'sNelson Branco dishes with The Young and the Restless star,Eileen Davidson (Ashley) on former co-star Chris Engen's (ex-Adam) decision to quit the show during a red-hot storyline:

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TVG: Chris Engen dressing up as Sabrina was one of those watercooler moments soaps used to deliver. What was it like to lose Chris in the middle of this breakout storyline?

ED: Chris is terrific as Adam. I love Chris and I think he’s a great person. Everybody has his or her own demons, choices and process. I can’t judge his decision because it was a personal one. I can say I love working with [recast] Michael Muhney. He’s a terrific actor. Though Chris and Michael are very different actors, so we’ll see. As for Chris, he really nailed this character. Chris’ all-American looks add another layer to this story: he looks like he regrets being so evil, but he can’t help himself. When Chris told me he was leaving, I told him he really accomplished something by being so likable playing this villain. For someone like me who is playing a heroine on this show, I would give my eyeballs and teeth to play a character like Adam Newman.

TVG: When the writing got better, Chris really began flourishing in the role …

ED: That’s the ironic part: When the writing got better, that’s when Chris became unhappy!


To hear about Davidson's second book and her thoughts about on-screen rivalMelody Thomas Scott's (Nikki) contract negotiation visit TVGuide.Sympatico.MSN.CA.