HomeTVABCGina Tognoni Heads to The Young and the Restless as Phyllis! Jillian Bowe May 22, 2014 75 Comments The Young and the Restless has ended their search for an actress to play Phyllis Summers. TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan is reporting Gina Tognoni has landed the role vacated by Michelle Stafford. Tognoni, best known for her roles as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light and Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live, will debut as the scheming vixen in late summer. 75 Responses Katiebug9624 May 22, 2014 Great recast imo I enjoyed her as Dinah and as Kelly hey it could always be worse LOL Log in to Reply appleridge May 22, 2014 Ok Gina is 40 Hunter is 20 Michael Graz is 34/35 It could have been worse we could have Kelly Sullivan who is 18 months older than Graz I feel this is a great choice Now just recast Victoria with Sarah Brown and we got a soap Log in to Reply Dyllan May 22, 2014 Good recast. At least its not Kelly Sullivan. Log in to Reply ldylkng May 22, 2014 So DAMN happy!! Love her! Log in to Reply bobbyew May 22, 2014 Yes yes yes! So happy for her, the fans and Y&R. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 22, 2014 [quote=harlee490]This is music to my ears…we get SOMEONE from our beloved CBS soaps and another one from my love GL…GL produced such high quality actors always!! :bigsmile: See can play bitch…strawberry red HOT DAMN…now this is worth a twitter twit to CBS about a good recast!!! :love: :beer: :beer: :beer: :party:[/quote] A Strawberry Red Hot Damn indeed! LOL Log in to Reply shane1969 May 22, 2014 Her age is the the only thing that worries me about this. I can’t wait to see her work with JM and SC. I never liked Phyllis and Nick together, but I think GT and JM might change that. Log in to Reply timepass May 22, 2014 Will see big boots to fill. Log in to Reply ajmorgan489 May 22, 2014 Great! Best recast in history when she replaced the great Wendy as Dinah Marler on GL. Now cast Maeve Kincaid as Phylis and Avery’s mom! Cady is now finding herself in the role of Kelly since the writers stopped trying to make Kelly a snooty opera loving elitist. Log in to Reply sillytee May 22, 2014 mmm… no Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 22, 2014 She’s a hell of a lot younger than the Staff, but since she’s one of my favourite daytime actresses, I can’t find it in me to criticize this pick. Log in to Reply EricasBlackSon May 22, 2014 Love her! She was so good w/ McBain on OLTL. Log in to Reply chevjuls May 22, 2014 You are so right about recasting Victoria with Tamara Braun or Sarah Joy Brown and recast Billy back with Billy and let Jack stop seeing Kelly because she is boring bring the original kelly and then Y&R will be okay to watch without me falling asleep. Log in to Reply NathanHastingsSr. May 22, 2014 Never liked her as Dinah or Kelly. Oh well… Log in to Reply soapbaby May 22, 2014 [quote=sillytee]mmm… no[/quote] I second this emotion. I think she is 1.) a vastly overrated actress and 2.) cannot imagine her having chemistry with Peter Bergman. Log in to Reply SwanQueen59 May 22, 2014 Intersting choice. I remember thinking she (along with Kelly Menighan-Hensley), might have made a good recast for Connie/Kate on GH….. 0:) Log in to Reply Pauretajt May 22, 2014 [quote=bobbyew]Yes yes yes! So happy for her, the fans and Y&R.[/quote] Yes… I love my Kelly Cramer, they surely picked a Winner. Happy she is working again on a major soap. Log in to Reply Patchworks May 22, 2014 [quote=shane1969] Her age is the the only thing that worries me about this. I can’t wait to see her work with JM and SC. I never liked Phyllis and Nick together, but I think GT and JM might change that. [/quote] I’m somewhat skeptical about this hire. I think GT is great, but in order for recast to work, the role of Daniel will have to be de-SORASed as well. Hell, Jack might have to be de-SORASed. Log in to Reply jezza May 22, 2014 Yeah, Gina is great, but I don’t see her Phyllis and Jack working, and no way would I buy her as Daniel’s mom. That would be almost as ridiculous as Kassie De Paiva and Charles Shaughnessy being daughter and dad on Days. Log in to Reply LauraWrightCrazy May 22, 2014 Ugh. I loved her as Kelly but I can’t help but reminisce about her scenes as Dinah and just SMILE. She’ll be great. Log in to Reply LauraWrightCrazy May 22, 2014 It might seem hard to imagine her having chemistry with PB because of their age.. but I seem to recall her having great chemistry with the gentlemen that played Jeffrey and Edmund on GL, and they were well ahead of her in age. I’m excited!! I kinda shrieked out loud Log in to Reply MrRHS May 22, 2014 Great actress who certainly has the skill and ability to pull off this re-cast. With that being said, I never fully accepted her as Gina on GL because Wendy Moniz perfected that role; but I am now tempted to watch Y&R for the first time since about 2001. Log in to Reply rjm118 May 22, 2014 Loved her as Dinah on GL but isnt she just a bit too young?!?! Log in to Reply sillytee May 22, 2014 can you say ‘Maura West’ as ‘Diane Jenkins’ ? Log in to Reply logan_echolls May 22, 2014 Cool! Jack will look like he’s kissing his niece. I bet she gets paired with Nick or Dylan Log in to Reply Screamer_2012 May 22, 2014 I was thinking she would make a great Sami Brady recast when Alison Sweeney leaves, but oh well… I like her in anything she does. Back in the day, I always thought she’d make a great Carly, but that ship sailed long ago. Log in to Reply Peterascal May 22, 2014 Strong choice for a recast. 8 years younger than Stafford isn’t too bad (though she looks younger still). Maybe they’ll put her in Nick’s orbit again. Log in to Reply LauraWrightCrazy May 22, 2014 Wow. She would have been a great Carly! Log in to Reply katy kennicott May 22, 2014 This is a great recast. I was really hoping for Robin Christopher and didn’t even think of Gina. But, I think that this is really wow casting for Phyllis. Gina had big shoes to fill when she replaced Wendy Moniz as Dinah Marler on GL. She was great and I wound up liking her portrayal even more than Wendy’s (and, I thought Wendy was fantastic.) I never cared for the Kelly Cramer character on OLTL until she took over the role. She and Michael Easton (John McBain) were hot together and I was disappointed that they didn’t wind up together. Gina seems to have chemistry with all the men she has ever been paired with. :* Log in to Reply bobbyew May 22, 2014 Maura was a young Diane she brought IT to that set every scene. They brought it all hour today. Exterior shots, writing, directing and acting. #JFP saving the show. #TeamGinaT! Log in to Reply kgdallas May 22, 2014 Not familiar with her work so I can’t comment on that. I just really think they should have just killed the character of Phyllis when it was final that Stafford wouldn’t be returning. Too many new faces on a show that’s barely recognizable these days as it is. Oh well…. I rarely watch anymore anyways. I give this show another 3-5 years tops at the rate they’re going! Log in to Reply DaytimeFan0001 May 22, 2014 I’m not worried about this recast at all. Not only does GT have the skills, she is also a lot more… people friendly let’s say. I’m confident she’ll fit right in, and I think her and Peter Bergman will compliment each other well. Log in to Reply Divatude58 May 22, 2014 [quote=logan_echolls]Cool! Jack will look like he’s kissing his niece. I bet she gets paired with Nick or Dylan[/quote] Why do they care about that. Isn’t Neil kissing his daughter? Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 22, 2014 [quote=DaytimeFan0001]I’m not worried about this recast at all. Not only does GT have the skills, she is also a lot more… people friendly let’s say. ….[/quote] I’ll take “people friendly” to mean that she’s not a raging bitch like…some people. Log in to Reply Patchworks May 22, 2014 [quote=katy kennicott] I never cared for the Kelly Cramer character on OLTL until she took over the role. [/quote] I thought Gina Tognoni was the original Kelly. Log in to Reply missmuffett41 May 22, 2014 Lawd!!! Lawd!!! Lawd!!! There goes my dream of the perfect Victoria Newman. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 May 22, 2014 [quote=DaytimeFan0001]I’m not worried about this recast at all. Not only does GT have the skills, she is also a lot more… people friendly let’s say.[/quote] LOL … I love that comment and couldn’t agree more. IMO it’s also sometimes hard to deal with Stafford’s acting choices (repeating dialogue, crazy eyes, fake smile and some other minor things), but I always enjoyed Tognoni and think she’s a great choice. After the casting call I was afraid that we might get someone like Kelly Sullivan or just some young Stafford look-a-like. I’m happy that we’ve got the talent. Log in to Reply tmac May 22, 2014 Patchworks…Gina Tognoni was the original Kelly. Tracy Melchior played her briefly and then Heather Tom played her. Gina came back to play Kelly after Heather Tom left. Log in to Reply bobbyew May 22, 2014 [quote=Patchworks][quote=katy kennicott] I never cared for the Kelly Cramer character on OLTL until she took over the role. [/quote] I thought Gina Tognoni was the original Kelly.[/quote] She was the original then Heather Tom then Gina again. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman May 22, 2014 Meh…don’t really see her as Phyllis. Tognoni plays a bit too young for me on soaps. I would have chosen someone who plays older. However, this is a good recast because the actress is amazing. I am sure she can put her stamp on it somehow. Log in to Reply katy kennicott May 22, 2014 [quote=Patchworks][quote=katy kennicott] I never cared for the Kelly Cramer character on OLTL until she took over the role. [/quote] I thought Gina Tognoni was the original Kelly.[/quote] Patchworks, I didn’t watch OLTL when Gina played her originally. I started whatching when Heather Tom played Kelly. Log in to Reply Screamer_2012 May 22, 2014 She made a great looking redhead several years ago. I’d like to see her go back to red as Phyllis. Log in to Reply Mets82 May 22, 2014 I like this. Even though I only saw her on OLTL, I think she’s got the chops to pull this off. I mean I think she could play the feisty Phillis pretty well. We’ll just have to wait and see. Log in to Reply harlee490 May 22, 2014 [quote=appleridge]Ok Gina is 40 Hunter is 20 Michael Graz is 34/35 It could have been worse we could have Kelly Sullivan who is 18 months older than Graz I feel this is a great choice Now just recast Victoria with Sarah Brown and we got a soap[/quote] “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” day for you? :~ Just trippin’…why do people make a big deal about the age thing on soaps? I truly don’t understand, I’ve never cared because soaps have been playin’ with ages of mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, children, aunts, uncles, recasts, etc. since soaps began on TV back in ’1950s…who in bejesus cares if the actor\actress fits the part…ahhh Log in to Reply stoney07 May 22, 2014 I agree. Maura as Diane flopped not because of the age difference, but because of the WRITING. Had Diane been written differently, it would’ve worked to me. She didn’t have horrible chemistry with Jack, but that wasn’t explored. She was saddled with Victor and then Nick…and it just all went to hell after that. And lets not forget Tucker. Anyway, new regime…and I’m looking forward to it. Not really familiar with this actress, but I’ve heard SOOOO Much about her. I’m excited. and I’m glad it’s not a 20 year old from Hollywood Heights. YIPPEEEE Log in to Reply pferrando May 22, 2014 Knowing that Stafford wasn’t an option for return, I was ready for a recast. Soooooooo glad it wasn’t Sullivan as many people hinted. I checked out her Emmy reel, and I don’t think she’d work in that coveted role. Uh, no. I did see Gina as Dinah and I do think she’s a good actress. I don’t have any issues with making her a bit younger. And people, Cady M is only 4 years older, and they are trying to make her work with PB. She’ll be okay if she can get the character down. We’ve watched Phyllis for a LONG time, so there will be an adjustment period, I’m sure. A big sigh of relief though. Some of those other names…potential “friends”…would have pushed a lot of us over the edge. I wonder if Margot W. had any influence? Log in to Reply harlee490 May 22, 2014 Oh hell yes, she had tremendous shoes to fill following Wendy Moniz’s Dinah but stepped to plate…boy did she play it well as a scheming, vindictive bitch playing with fire as Wendy’s Dinah had done…my fave might had been Wendy but doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the hell out of Gina…Congrats! A CBS girl to boot…I’m extremely happy!!! :bigsmile: :bigsmile: I thanked sweet Jesus today it wasn’t ANYONE from ABC and especially that god awful Kelly (can’t act) Sullivan. :bigsmile: Dinah Marler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX_vDcMRnGA Log in to Reply harlee490 May 22, 2014 This is music to my ears…we get SOMEONE from our beloved CBS soaps and another one from my love GL…GL produced such high quality actors always!! :bigsmile: She can play bitch…strawberry red HOT DAMN…now this is worth a twitter twit to CBS about a good recast!!! :love: :beer: :beer: :beer: :party: Log in to Reply pferrando May 22, 2014 Harlee… :beer: Log in to Reply drewz May 22, 2014 I’d say this is pretty amazing news. I think she reads a bit younger than Jessica Collins, but I can go with it. Even Michelle was way too young to be Graz’s mom, but it was at least a biological possibility. Doubt he will be back anyway. As awesome as Hunter King is, the previous regime aging Summer so much was a huge mistake. Makes the Cassie death story, which is still driving the show in many ways, something that happened almost two decades ago in Genoa City time. Log in to Reply brettyboy May 22, 2014 Excellent news, the stories may be dreadful but what a great cast this show has now (with a few exceptions) Log in to Reply Angie Lucy May 22, 2014 I love Gina Tognini. I don’t have a problem with the age thing (Genie Francis/Tyler Christopher on GH ring a bell?). As someone mentioned, Cady McClain is paired with Bergman. Maybe it helps that Cady was originally paired with David Canary on AMC, so she knows how to act against many different ages. To me, it’ll look weirder having Gina’s Phyllis next to Avery than next to Jack. After all, Jack should be older than Phyllis, who should be older than Avery. C’mon now, y’all know Avery’s going to look like this girl’s aunt! Anyway, Gina’s got the fire to sizzle with Nick and knock the taste out of Sharon’s mouth. Screamer2012, that’s a great picture of Gina. Genoa City, watch out. Log in to Reply david46208 May 23, 2014 MC Phelps: Throwing out my cards and playing the game/Got the recast that’ll make ya’ go insane/Insane is a good thing if you ask me/Some may ask, “How could that be?”/Because the gambles I take/Show a veteran with a stake/And with this recast/I’m coming for GH’s Nina/Like Martin I’m gonna have the Y&R fans screaming, “DAMN GINA!” Taken from the forth coming album “Who Killed Frankie Frame”. Phleps ain’t here to play! You go gurl! Go on with ya bad self! Log in to Reply FoxCrane May 23, 2014 The age thing is problematic — not so much because of Phyllis’ children’s ages (as they can always recast Daniel with a younger actor, since the character should actually be just one-year older than Lily ~26 — but more because of Phyllis’ sister, Avery. As I recall, she’s supposed to be about 8-10 years younger than Phyllis. I’m sure we heard Avery was still in pigtails when Big Sis Phyllis “abandoned her” and left home as soon as she turned 18, because of what Daddy George had done. So whatever dynamic they were going for in that manufactured, made-up backstory is kaput, as NuPhyllis now looks younger than Avery! .. lol! Also, I liked the fact that Phyllis was closer to Jack’s age of 60+ than what Tognoni will appear. The character will now look young enough to be his daughter. Log in to Reply Mel_O May 23, 2014 [quote=Angie Lucy]Anyway, Gina’s got the fire to sizzle with Nick and knock the taste out of Sharon’s mouth.[/quote] I’m a BIG fan of Sharon, and even I’d like to see that. As much as I loved the Shick/Phick triangle I always felt like Phyllis wasn’t really competition. Sharon and Nick were so obviously end game that it took all the fun out of it. A good triangle – mostly because of the HOW the affair began (i.e. Cassie’s death) – but not all that compelling. And I think a lot of that had to do with Michelle Stafford. Also, I never watched GL and only know of Gina Tognoni because of the dc crew and their mentions of her on podcasts – whenever the obligatory wishful casting of Victoria Newman comes up. So, of course, I googled her. Numerous times. And could not get over how beautiful she is. Now after watching that GL clip (the user above posted) I cannot believe she wasn’t snatched up a longtime ago! Log in to Reply pferrando May 23, 2014 I don’t have an issue with her age because she’s playing a character, not her 40 year old self. She can play older or younger, if she chooses, I guess. Cady M plays Kelly older than she is I think. And Watros did the opposite. Just my opinion… Log in to Reply SoapGirl May 23, 2014 Very disappointed with this casting. Nothing against this woman but she is too hard looking to me. She looks like she could take down every man in town. I was hoping for a more feminine actress. Log in to Reply SoapGirl May 23, 2014 Very disappointed with this casting. Nothing against this woman but she is too hard looking to me. She looks like she could take down every man in town. I was hoping for a more feminine actress. Log in to Reply CarlyCfan May 23, 2014 I always saw her as a potential Carly Corinthos or Victoria Newman. She’s far too young for SyPhyllis. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 23, 2014 On my personal Top Ten list of great daytime actresses between the ages of 35 and 50, Gina Tognoni is right up there, but there is no Michelle Stafford. Log in to Reply pferrando May 23, 2014 So actually I was shocked to hear Michelle was 48. She seems younger on the screen, similar to Tracey B. I don’t know how old most of the actors on the soaps are, so Gina could be 35 or 55. She looks great, like most of YR. Phyllis didn’t grow up on YR’s screen, like say Noah, for example, who is very close in age to Josh M. Do we even know Phyllis’s age? Everyone is comparing her in age because of Michelle. Michelle’s an actress who played Phyllis. Let’s just say being in a coma for over a year was actually good for her. She just looks well rested now. Log in to Reply ChrisGa May 23, 2014 Looks like JFP FINALLY made a good casting decision. I wasn’t overly thrilled with her last OLTL stint–as someone mentioned, they should’ve paired her with Michael Easton and for whatever reason they never did–but I’d put her near the top of the list of all-time great soap recasts as GL’s Dinah; she was every bit as good as powerhouse Wendy Moniz. And a major plus is that Tognoni is a master at playing unpredictable and volatile, which is what Phyllis has always been. Log in to Reply fmat55 May 23, 2014 Great choice. I met Gina in 1997 at the AMC/OLTL/The View Christmas party and she was such a lovely person. Log in to Reply hey mon May 23, 2014 Seems like a good choice. After all, Cyndi Watros would have been perfect, but she was cast as Kelly. Log in to Reply blake3b May 23, 2014 Great news!!!!! Gina Tognoni is amazing and she will be fantastic as Phyllis! Gina was a great Dinah on Guiding Light, she can definitely play Phyllis. I have always wondered why she wasn’t snagged by a show since she left GL/OLTL. I always thought if Cynthia Watros can’t play Phyllis then Gina would also be the best choice. Great casting! Log in to Reply AHeart4Fiction May 23, 2014 Ah shit! I LOVE the character of Sharon and SC’s portrayal of her and LOATHE Phyllis but I like Gina Tognoni as well. I adored her portrayal of Kelly on OLTL especially w/ the scraps they gave her and now I wondering why GT couldn’t be Victoria instead of Phyllis. Log in to Reply 1titanman May 23, 2014 I love the Staff and actually I think this is a great choice. I was talking with some friends and they heard the news about the “New Phyllis” my friend was like how she going to be Phyllis? My other friend said well she going to have to die her hair red, because she known as “Red”. I love DC because DC goes in-depth in the podcast, where the average viewers don’t understand this genre. My friend she always like MS and feel Staff is the only one who could play this role. However we know in daytime many people have recast the original actor/actress. Also we were talking about Billy we said even though David Tom was the original Billy Abbott, but Killer Miller was better Billy than David Tom. Big Sigh- Wish Miller/Muhney was still in their roles, and hate to say this and yeah. Even though she was bat shit crazy wish Ri-Ri was still there too. Y&R hard to watch sometimes- Log in to Reply Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies May 23, 2014 Can’t imagine being any happier at the prospect for a recast for this role as I am right now. If she could make me OK with the recast of Wendy Moniz as Dinah on GL, I have great faith about this. Avery reads older than Kay Chancellor, so I’m quite willing to suspend disbelief around age issues… Log in to Reply goyankees May 23, 2014 Hmmm. And now Big Sister Phyllis will be played by an actress 3 years younger than the actress who plays Little Sister, Avery, but….whatevs. This is how my brain tends to work. While I RECOGNIZE it’s “just a soap”? I need something more believable. I STLL MAINTAIN SUSAN HASKELL SHOULD HAVE THIS ROLL! however, Gina isn’t a bad actress….. and while it’ll be great to see her in the Sharon/Nick mess, certain storyline aspects are now askew (In real life NuPhil would have had Daniel when she was five, and she also became a Grammy at the age of 36 etc.) Damn you, Michelle Stafford. Hope you enjoy GH. zzzzz….. Log in to Reply harlee490 May 23, 2014 Don’t be messin’ with my Shick… :bigsmile: Log in to Reply bren May 23, 2014 yay! i’m excited for gina!. she’s one of the actresses on my shortlist i wanted to be considered for the role (including jamie lunar, robin christopher and crystal chapell). i loved michelle stafford, she was my favorite character, but i’m willing to embrace gina too <3 Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott May 23, 2014 Excellent choice. She will be wonderful. Log in to Reply rozzberry May 24, 2014 [quote=ChrisGa]And a major plus is that Tognoni is a master at playing unpredictable and volatile, which is what Phyllis has always been.[/quote] Indeed, she is & to add that she knows how to tug at your heartstrings while she’s at it. That’s one thing as good as MS was as Phyllis, at times she lacked for me. It’s going to take a little getting use with GT in the role that Phyllis is suppose to be the big sis to Avery/JC. Not simply because of age – I don’t care about their real life ages -, but GT actually looking younger as well. All in all, while RC was my first choice, this is still a great choice. Definitely my 2nd or 3rd easily. GT is a fantastic actress. I know there’s more than enough newbies, but I wish they’d recast Summer(& Dylan, Noah, Courtney, Abby & Tyler would be great too =P) while there at. I can’t explain it, but the longer she’s been on the show the more annoying I find her acting. At least there’s life behind the eyes (unlike D, C & T especially), so I suppose I shouldn’t complain about her too much. Log in to Reply Cuppa_Coffee May 24, 2014 I would love to see NuPhyllis hook up with Adam just long enough for Sharon to start frothing at the mouth and have to have him. As soon as someone goes after one of her men that is when Sharon wants him the most. Never mind that she’s played dead UPTEEN times and run off to find herself and left her kids behind. I want Phyllis to use Sharon’s head for a mop and her butt for a broom and wipe the floor up with her. Time for Sharon to get her memory back of every dirty rotten, lying, stealing, sniveling thing she ever did. Get er Phyllis, make us proud! Log in to Reply Mets82 May 27, 2014 I agree Cuppa Coffee!! I mean how many times has Sharon acknowledged Adam since he died. It was almost like they never were married. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.