I'm not sweating all the stunt casting. I suspect most of these people will show up for less than 60 seconds. Just long enough for Cookie or Lucious or Jamal to mention their name. (Cookie: "I can't talk to you now I'm at Rita Ora's rehearsal!" Rita swoops in, give Cookie a hug and an air kiss and walks to the the stage to "rehearse" a verse or two of her latest song. Commercial.) I think only a couple of these people are real guest stars, like Cuba or Raven.
Jesus. Have we become so mean and hard hearted that we can't even spare a little happiness for these actors in their personal lives? We can't even say congratulations upon hearing about a baby on the way?
I think Easton was the last of my hardcore soap faves still working on a soap. All my other "ride or die" actors either found success outside the genre (Cornelius Smith, Kelli Giddish, Renee Goldsberry, Trevor St. John) or got Prospect Park-ed. His exit is like saying goodbye to the last flower in my soap fan garden. I spent an embarrassing amount of time and energy fighting about or over ME/McBain and while I regret some of it, I can honestly say that I met some of the most amazing people because of that particular fanbase war and I'm grateful as hell to still have them as real life friends.
Jonathan Groff and Renee Goldsberry are both starring in "Hamilton"on Broadway. It took me a while to remember that they were both on OLTL at the same time. Groff was supposed to play a school shooter but the story got pulled because of the Virginia Tech shooting.