In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, departing DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Eileen Davidson, who returned last year as Kristen DiMera, explained why she chose to leave the soap.
"It's been a real privilege to be there. But the speed is brutal! More often than not, I'd drive home from work feeling like I should have done better or that I wish I'd been allowed just one more take," Davidson explained. "That part of the job is very frustrating. I was doing seven or eight shows a week, with tons of dialogue and very long days, and I just couldn't keep doing that."
DAYS offered to work around Davidson's schedule to make life easier but she "didn't want to be that actor who needs to be out by noon so she can pick up her kid or whatever."
"And you can't put Kristen on the back burner because then there's no point to her. She's always got that foot on the pedal, and that's exhausting. Even when we were dark one week a month, I'd go home with 10 scripts."
On a possible return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and the role of Ashley Abbott, Davidson said the producers "haven't approached me and I'm sure they've known since March that I was leaving Days since both shows are Sony productions."
"I'm not exactly sure how they're going to tie it all up because they've cast someone who kind of looks like me — and I don't know what that means or how she'll be used," Davidson revealed about her final episodes airing in November. "But, obviously, Kristen is not being considered over and done."