Soaps.com: Is there a story arc you would have liked to have played out for Chelsea that you didn’t get a chance to?
Rachel: After the breakup with Daniel I wanted her to go through something. I wanted her to go through, this is going to sound so jaded, I wanted her to go through an anti-man thing. I think that’s something every girl in the world can relate to and she had a special circumstance where it wasn’t even a guy leaving her for someone else, it was a guy leaving her for her mom and grandma! It’s like the worst of circumstances and I think it would have been interesting to see how a young girl copes with heartbreak. If you really think about why we all watch TV, it’s to watch the love stories because of issues in our lives and I think however she wanted to deal with that, I think it would have been interesting to see her turn to drugs; I think it would have been interesting to see her turn to alcohol, because those are things people my age in those given scenarios could foreseeable do. I think that makes for great story too. I don’t think they’ve really delved into those two topics that much.
Soaps.com: Yeah, usually when people break up on soaps they just end up with somebody new the next day.
Rachel: And that’s not realistic. I’ve been single for three years! (laughs) I think that’s why “Sex in the City” was such an amazing show, because it was so relatable and real.
Soaps.com: Many former soap actors who go on to primetime or movies often cite what a great training ground soaps are. What has been the most beneficial thing you’ve learned as an actor working on Days?
I’ve also kind of learned who I am as an actor and as a person the last four years on the show so when I go into auditions now I don’t go into them the same way. I’m not as nervous, I mean sometimes I am, but I’m not nervous and I don’t let other people’s demeanor or appearance intimidate me. I am what I am, I do what I do, if you like it you’ll take it and if you don’t someone else will. That is a mentality, even to this day, I still struggle to maintain, but back four years ago, it’s a mentality I never thought I would be able to obtain. I think over the last four years I’ve worked with so many different people with so many different attitudes, demeanors, mentality, work ethic and you just pick and choose what each person does or doesn’t do and if you want to do it or not do it or behave this way or behave that way; you kind of pick until what makes you who you are and as professional as you are. I definitely learned a lot from people I worked with.
Soaps.com: Would you consider working on another soap?
Rachel: At this point I want to focus on Primetime or independent features or features in general. I kind of need a break from working so much because what happens is...you lose your objectivity. Like right now I feel like my whole life is Chelsea; I feel like I am Chelsea and I need to break away from that. I think I want to take some time off. Would I go on a soap again in the future? I can’t really say. Four years ago I didn’t know if I would be on a soap at all. If I was going to be on a soap, ideally I would love to be on one in New York just because it would be a reason to live there and a steady income and I know it’s an expensive city to live in and I think that would be a great experience. But I’m going to stick it out in L.A. for a couple of years and give it my all and see what happens because I’m young and now’s the time.
Soaps.com: Is there anything you would like to say to fans of yours and Chelsea’s?
Rachel: I guess just thank you for all your support and encouragement and belief and I hope you still continue to have it in my future whatever I might do.
While Soaps.com is disappointed to see Rachel leave Days, we wish her much success in landing that perfect edgy role only cable and the movies can accommodate!
If you haven’t already, check out part one and part two of our interview with Rachel for more of her thoughts on Days of Our Lives
- Lori Wilson