Not surprising for soaps, but CG cleans up *really well* and that sardonic female lead is in demand pretty much everywhere but soaps these days. Clearly, the show recognizes that she’s talented and wants to play her, and I think Mal liked her a lot. It seems like Angie McD stubbornly wants Lola/Kyle to be some kind of thing (chemistry be damned), which takes Mariah off the table as a Kyle love interest, and there aren’t a lot of viable male (or female) options in her age group. And pan/fluid or not, there are some bad optics about putting Mariah in an opposite-sex relationship, especially in light of how the show retreated after the initial Messa backlash. (And again for some reason this show is all in on keeping Cait Fairbanks around.)
Now the problem is that everything outside of the Nick/Victoria/Billy/Phyllis/Sharon/now-Adam/Chelsea vortex is an afterthought. The show isn’t investing much elsewhere. If other rumored returns take place, things will only get tighter.