As The World Turns Discussion Thread in DTS: Cancelled Soaps Posted 3 hours ago · Report reply On 2/23/2020 at 12:57 AM, John said: Martha Byrne in a talk with SOD Podcast claims when she originally auditioned in 1984 for ATWT's Lily, she was up aganist Lucy Deakins (who got the job) & Amy Locane (Melrose Place, Cry Baby) Martha also states that OG Lily, Lucy Deakins took the film The Boy who could fly & in doing so broke her ATWT contract & Martha was brought in the next day to take on Lily EDIT TO ADD: Martha on SOD Podcast said her 2008 exit began as a contract issue but the reason she left was because of a power struggle from the other side and that wasnt ok & became dark. So she couldnt go back to work there. I just finished listening and that was so funny that Lucy Deakins got the part over her for two roles! Byrne also auditioned for The Boy Who Could Fly from what I heard in the podcast. Interesting how she said that Marland originally wanted Holden and Emily to be the "it" couple before seeing Martha and Jon interact in story. She confirmed what I always suspected with Marland that he placed characters/actors in positions and made decisions based on how they interacted with one another. You can literally see this happening with the case of Frannie and Casey and Lyla scenes. I'd love to hear podcasts with other former actors from the show to get their take on whether they believed their characters were going in one direction and then started to turn in another direction when it came to a pairing. That stuff about Shannon briefly being considered for Lily's mother is kind of wild but from what I remember, Shannon was pretty thick with Dusty and Lily and had some brief intrigue with Lucinda but ended being a red herring in the mystery of who was responsible for the mysterious phone calls to Lucinda. I am now more curious than ever as to what specifically happened that made Bryne feel as if the situation at ATWT was so untenable that she gave them the deuces once and for all. It really sounds bad.