New role.

Former “The Young and the Restless” actress Jessica Collins, who exited as Genoa City’s Avery Bailey Clark in June 2015, shared the happy news that she has taken on a new role in real life. Collins recently became a mother when she and her partner, writer Michael Cooney, welcomed a newborn baby girl, Jemma Kate Collins, into the world on January 23.

Collins, who previously played Dinah Lee Mayberry on “Loving,” has not done any acting since leaving “Y&R,” took to Twitter to let her fans and followers know about the exciting new time in her life:

Congratulations to the happy family from Soaps.com!

Find out why Jessica Collins was disappointed with her Y&R role. A bit of trivia: Collins was previously married to her former “Loving” co-star Robert Tyler (ex-Trucker, ex-Spence, “As The World Turns”) from 1996 – 2002.

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– Candace Young