Amelia Heinle Explains How She Almost Didn't Become Victoria Newman

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Amelia Heinle has played Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless for 15 years, but she nearly didn't get the part! Heinle told Soaps In Depth how a bad case of nerves almost got the best of her during her audition. 

Heinle shared:

I was a little overwhelmed when I came in to test for the role. There were about seven other girls who were there auditioning, and I would have to test with a lot of actors. I was the last person to test, and I had all these people coming in and telling me, ‘I really want you to get it. This is how you should play it.’ So I was waiting around, getting nervous, and finally, I was like, ‘Aaah, get me out of here! I can’t do this! I’m sure they’ll find someone in the girls that are auditioning.’

As it turned out, some brain food helped convince her to stay. She added:

I got my stuff together to leave — I was in [the dressing room of] Don Diamont (ex-Brad; now Bill, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — and I opened the door, and [then casting director] Marnie Saitta was standing there with this big basket filled with chips and cookies. She was like, ‘Snack?’ I was like, ‘Oh, my God, she knew I was going to leave!’ She could tell that I was a flight risk!

Henle continued:

I wasn’t really hungry, but I thought that was a sign that I should stay because I was out the door! It was too much pressure, and I wasn’t interested in sitting there anymore. But I felt I couldn’t take a snack and then leave, so I stayed… and the rest is history!