The Snyder family Christmas episode will be Ashley Marie Greiner's last as Faith Snyder on AS THE WORLD TURNS. The talented 14-year-old actress taped her final scenes in October.
This would have been sad news even without the cancellation of the soap, but knowing what we know now, it's even worse. It seems we'll either have no Faith or an aged Faith, which isn't exactly what I was hoping for heading into the final nine months of the show. As a lifelong fan I'm longing for familiar faces as the lives of the Oakdalians are wrapped up in September 2010, not new actors or missing in action characters.
Greiner has played Ashley since 2006 and has really blossomed into a beautiful young lady during that time. Her Faith had wonderful chemistry with the entire Snyder family especially Van Hansis' Luke. Faith's relationship with Parker was realistic and sweet and, quite honestly, much more appealing than seeing Parker in a sexual relationship with Liberty. There was much potential for a wonderful teen storyline there.
Perhaps the cancellation news will change the soap's mind on this and other fronts. One can only hope.