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    Soaps.com's Exclusive Exit Interview With The Young And The...

    Wednesday, March 23 2011


    Emily O'Brien (Harrison)
    "It's her time to go, and I get that."

    Just hours after Soaps.com's recent interview with The Young and the Restless star Emily O'Brien, the soap opera community was shocked with the stunning announcement that Emily had been let go by the show. In this exclusive new chat with Soaps.com, Emily reveals why she's been let go, her true feelings about her release, offers a heartfelt message to "Y&R" viewers, and so much more!

    Soaps.com: When did you first learn you were being let go from "The Young and the Restless?" Walk us through that day.

    Emily: I think it was the beginning of March, on the fourth. I was on a run and my manager called me to say I was let go. There were a hundred things running through my head. If someone could have taken a photograph of me, I would have looked like I had just been electrocuted. I was thinking all these things. How am I going to say goodbye to this incredible role? Then I started thinking this is a good time now, because I'm 25, and still consider myself young. Now, I can actually explore and this is a new chapter in my life. Every good thing comes to an end. "Goodbye" is something that everyone in our business needs to get used to. It's a major word that we need to get used to saying again and again. I accepted it, I had a cry, and then I moved on. I know there are other things waiting for me.

    Soaps.com: What reason did the show give you for letting you go? Was it storyline related?

    Emily: They said that they're trying to get back to the core families. I think it had something to do with the ratings, and I understand that. I think I'm one of the few or only characters who's not affiliated with one of the main families. I lasted for five years, so that in itself is great.

    Soaps.com: Despite already knowing the show had let you go, you didn't reveal it during our chat a few days ago. Did the show ask you to keep things quiet about your release?

    Emily: It was just a personal choice. I didn't know if anyone really knew, but it seems that a lot of people are now beginning to hear the news.

    Soaps.com: You've spent the greater part of the last five years with the show. What are your thoughts, personally, on being let go from "Y&R?"

    Emily: I'm not taking it personally. The show assured me that this had nothing to do with my performance, which was very sweet. I feel good about my work. I feel like I've played this character in every possible aspect. I feel like I've explored the hell out of her. I'm not even sure where they'd be able to take this character at this point. It's her time to go, and I get that. The hardest thing for me is saying goodbye to everybody. We've created a family and have become very close. Out of everything, the most difficult goodbye for me is saying goodbye to Jana. She's the closest thing to me and I've enjoyed playing her so much. She's such a unique character. I've played a villain, a nanny, a wife and a girlfriend. I feel satisfied. I'm leaving full and enriched.

    Soaps.com: What do you think about Genoa City losing the Jana Hawkes character?

    Emily: I think for many characters it will be difficult. It will be difficult for Kevin [Greg Rikaart], and it will be difficult for the Baldwin-Fisher clan. I don't think this is something where they can just move on. I think it will create a long-term storyline.

    Soaps.com: Any teasers about the way Jana makes her exit?

    Emily: Nope, I won't mention anything there. You'll have to watch and see. [chuckles]


    Emily O'Brien (Eddy)
    Soaps.com: When's your final air date?

    Emily: My last taping date is March 31. I'm not sure on my last air date, but I know that there's a lot of material.

    Soaps.com: You've had a terrific run with "The Young and the Restless." What's your favorite Jana storyline?

    Emily: [pauses] I really like the time period where Jana just married Kevin. We got into this stage of being very frivolous and mischievous. There was this time where I was trying to call onto ghosts, and we break into this house, and it's so sexy. We were making out with each other in this house and it was just really fun. We were a crazy, off-beat couple and didn't care what anyone thought about us. Kevin would have these fantasies and we got to dress up like we were in the fifties, and another one where Jana was in a goth dress. They were young and passionate about each other, and I think that was the best time.

    Soaps.com: Your fans are devastated and will undoubtedly lobby CBS for your return. What would you like to say to your fans during this difficult time?

    Emily: The fans are the reason that I stayed on the show for five years. The fans have a lot to do with the character and the ratings. I'm eternally grateful for them because they have been a major part of my experience on the show. Because of them, I got to stay on and work. The fans have everything to do with it. If nobody's watching, what are we? I owe a lot of my gratitude and a lot of my memories to the fans. All I can say is "thank you."

    Soaps.com: It may be too soon to ask, but what does the future hold for you?

    Emily: So many things. I'm seriously thinking about New York City. I want to go out there maybe temporarily, do a show, and head back [to LA]. I'd love to do some film, that's something I haven't really had a chance to do. New York is really the major thing that's on my mind. If Broadway is around the corner, then I would be ecstatic and do what I can to make it happen. For now, I've been going out a lot and getting good feedback. Fingers crossed, we'll see. I have a long list of things I want to do in my lifetime, one of them is to open up a restaurant. I went to culinary school. That's something I definitely want to do that's not acting related.

    Soaps.com: Would you be open to a return to "Y&R?"

    Emily: [pauses] It depends on the storyline and what direction the character would be going, or if they want to bring me back as someone else. I don't know. I'd have to see how far away that would be and what I'm doing at the time, where I am, and what my feelings are. But of course I'd love to go back and work with the "Y&R." Everyone's great.

    Soaps.com: How about a role on a different soap? Is that a possibility?

    Emily: Perhaps, I'm not really sure. I'd really like to try something different, something completely different. For now, I don't know if that's something I would do.

    - Mario Rocchetta

    How do you feel about Emily's release from "The Young and the Restless?" Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below! We also invite you to join Soaps.com on Twitter @soapoperafan, "like" Soaps.com on Facebook.


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    Posted by Candace_Soaps.com at Wednesday, March 23 2011 04:46 PM

    Thanks, Mar. Best of luck to Emily in the future.

    Posted by Lady1994 at Wednesday, March 23 2011 04:59 PM

    What a classy attitude, your personal charisma will ensure your future success. As a long time fan of Y&R I loved what you brought to the show and your version of "Jana" will be sorely missed. Best of luck in all you attempt.

    Posted by MsSuperSuds at Wednesday, March 23 2011 07:44 PM

    I am so very sorry to see such a bright, young, energetic and imaginative actress leave the show. I will miss Emily O'Brien b/c I loved quirky Jana Hawkes! May your future be bright and may many blessing be bestowed upon such a talented actress!

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Thursday, March 24 2011 05:59 AM

    Emily is a class act and a very talented actress. I'll really miss her on Y&R but know she's going to do great things.

    xx Chrissi

    Posted by CarfelMA at Thursday, March 24 2011 09:09 AM

    All the best to Emily - it's sad to see her go. Loved her character on Y&R. The chemistry between Kevin and Jana was incredible - the relationship was so believable. I still think it was a mistake to seperate them as a couple - they've been a fresh breath to the show. And reading the interview Emily seems to be a great person

    Posted by vicsze at Thursday, March 24 2011 04:29 PM

    It's such a shame that the writers broke Jana & kevin up. I have been hoping for them to be reconciled & I always hoped they would have a baby. We will miss Emily & can only hope that the door is left open for her to return one day. Good luck.

    Posted by EdgeOfNight at Thursday, March 24 2011 04:29 PM

    The writers ruined a beutiful match she had with Kevin.
    They were fun and real unlike some parings on that show.
    I think its a big mistake for Y&R and the biggest mistake was the horrible story line she has to go out on.

    Posted by flygirl1969 at Friday, March 25 2011 04:01 AM

    I was really impressed by her professionalism! She is truly a class act. What struck me was her realization that the fans are very important it's just sad that MAB and her crew don't seem to realize that!

    Posted by GadgetGirl at Friday, March 25 2011 09:23 AM

    I don't know that much about the actress, Emily, but I wish her the best. As far as the character she played, Jana, I'm kind of glad Jana is leaving because she became a nuisance. I didn't like the way she abandoned her marriage and that whole brain tumor thing was a bit much. The SL on this was so bizarre that it became too exhausting to watch and that was no fault of the actress. The only mistake I think Emily made was cutting her hair. She looked prettier with long hair.

    Posted by queenmoe06 at Friday, March 25 2011 12:07 PM

    I'm gonna be as straight-forward with ALL OF YOU AS POSSIBLE: I HATED what the writers did to Jana's character! Nowadays, she's the character that I love to talk junk about! Emily O'Brien, on the other hand, I absolutely LOVED her acting! I feel like she really made you love Jana, hate Jana, & QUESTION Jana's sanity ( Like most of us are doing currently). In my Opinion, they will Never find another person to play Jana Hawks like O'Brien!

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