If you’re going to do it, overdo it.

Soaps.com had the pleasure of catching up with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, “The Young and the Restless,” ex-Annie, “All My Children”) to discuss her latest ‘bad girl’ role in Daytime. Keep reading to find out how she feels about the character, and for a sneak peek at what’s ahead!

Soaps.com: The last time we spoke you were on “All My Children.” Were you happy with the way things ended for your character, Annie, and how did you feel about the show ending?

Melissa: The ending for Annie was really awesome and challenging. I really liked what they did; how she just went off the deep end and just did things that were so wild. It was really fun, heavy stuff to do. I loved how they wrote Annie’s exit, but I was devastated at the show being cancelled. I watched the show growing up – it was my soap when I was home sick from school. So, that show forever changed my life, and being there for four and a half years, my first real gig; as someone on the show I was devastated, and as a fan I was devastated.

Soaps.com: How did the offer to join “Y&R” come about?

Melissa: I just got a call from my manager saying that Maria Bell wanted to meet with me and tell me about a new character. I met her for the first time – she was awesome – and she told me about the part, which sounded really fun and really juicy. I kind of listened to the story as a fan and was really taken by it, so that’s how it all came about.

Soaps.com: Did Maria create the character with you in mind? It’s perfect for you.

Melissa: I don’t think so, truthfully, I think they met with a few girls, and I was lucky enough to get the offer.

Soaps.com: What’s it been like for you on a different set?

Melissa: It’s similar, but different. It’s like going back to school, but with different teachers and a different campus. Everyone is lovely and so welcoming; we’re on a studio lot though, so it’s a lot bigger. The “All My Children” set was very intimate, very small; everyone’s rooms were very close to each other. Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) and I shared a wall and she could always hear me on the phone. Here it’s awesome because you’re a part of something huge – they’re shooting “The Price Is Right” across the hallway, people are screaming, and there’s a car and a boat in the hallway – that’s so cool! It’s fun. It’s a whole new experience, and a great group of people. It’s been nice.

Soaps.com: Chelsea’s become a very controversial character right out of the gate. How do you like playing her?

Melissa: [laughs] I know some people hate her, and I totally get it, but if you’re going to do it, overdo it. Annie was fun because you never knew what she was going to do because she was kind of nuts, and Chelsea’s fun because you never know what she’s going to do because she’s a con artist. It’s fun playing a character that’s stirring up trouble.