Eileen Davidson won the Outstanding Leading Actress Daytime Emmy for her work as crazy, priest-raping Kristen DiMera on Days of Our Lives. The actress also plays sensible chemist Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
Davidson will be returning to Y&R as a series regular in September, but that doesn’t mean Kristen will never return to Salem. Davidson told the press room she knew Kristen needed to return to DAYS for at least a little while to resolve the cliffhanger that ended her stint on the show.
Fortunately both soaps are produced by Sony TV, so a deal was reached allowing her to work on both shows. Davidson made it clear she is open to doing double duty even after Kristen’s current story wraps up.
Davidson loves playing two completely different characters. ” I feel like I have the actor’s goldmine, because Ashley is a classic heroine and tries to stand for everything good in life. Even though she is very fallible, she tries to be better. Kristen is the whack job with a heart of gold; it’s an actor’s dream to play the spectrum, sometimes every day. It’s weird how easy it is to do. It’s like two pairs of comfortable shoes but they’re different. ”
On the red carpet, CBS Daytime Senior Vice-President Angelica McDaniel revealed Ashley’s return to Y&R will include a substantial business storyline, Davidson is excited by the prospect. “It sounds like Jack is in my future. I didn’t really know that [was the plan] but it sounds like it’s the way Ashley used to be, taking on her brother [Jack], which will be great because I love Peter [Bergman].”