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Eileen Davidson Gives the Skinny on The Young and the Restless' Ashley Abbott

Eileen Davidson

Eileen Davidson

The new regime's storylines on The Young and the Restless are in full swing. Showrunner Sally Sussman & Co. are making great usage of its stellar cast and giving viewers the quality writing and storytelling they've missed. While the team is revitalizing the No. 1 daytime drama, a few things could use a bit of work.

Take for example the lack of cohesive storyline for Y&R's Eileen Davidson. Her sultry cosmetics heiress, Ashley Abbott, is back onscreen, but what is Ashley doing besides reprimanding her older brother Jack (Peter Bergman) about making a colossal mistake with Jabot and his ex-wife Phyllis (Gina Tognoni)? Not that much, and we're not the only ones who've noticed. 

Davidson spoke with TV Insider recently about Ashley's love life.

Y&R’s new head writer Sally Sussman recently told us that Ashley’s romance problem stems from you being so “powerful” that few actors can match you. Uh, that's a compliment, right? 

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I don't completely agree but...okay. It's not the first time I've heard it. I used to get that from [Y&R cocreator] Bill Bell when I was in my 20s.

Davidson reveals she's reassured Sussman will remedy Ashley's non-existent love life. situation. She also appreciates Sussman likes to push the envelope.

And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria [Judith Chapman]. So she’s back in the groove. And there’s some really interesting business and family stuff going on. The writing has so many more levels now. Sally likes to go deeper. She likes to push the envelope and I appreciate that. I would love it if she did something completely different with Ashley, which really hasn’t been done in decades—not since she had an abortion and lost her mind over her baby with Victor [Eric Braeden]

Could Davidson return to Days of Our Lives? After all, Y&R's Sony sister soap did write the fire out of her and garnered her her first Daytime Emmy Award win. Davidson remarked:

I’m open to anything. I have extreme amounts of love for Salem and for my character, Kristen, and feel very loyal to that show. But Y&R is my job right now and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything that pissed anyone off.

To find out if Ashley and Ravi (Abhi Sinha) will be getting closer and the tea on Davidson's life on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, click here