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17 hours ago, Vee said:

Supposedly Laura also quit when she was told the Josh/Cassie pairing was coming, though I think the external factors at the show and network were the big reasons. I think she actually could've sold that story, though.

According to Wright, that storyline was told to her as an effort from CBS/the soap to get her to stay, not a reason for why she opted to leave.  I do believe she and Robert Newman could have sold the story of Cassie & Josh more effectively, even though I adored Nicole Forester in the role.

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Actually Maura West was offered Cassie..and she turned it down.  

I don't get why LW thought she had pull...she was on the lowest rated soap.  And she wasn't the main attraction for the soap.

This is when soaps started decline because performers like LW didn't know deserve any perks.

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29 minutes ago, Soaplovers said:

Actually Maura West was offered Cassie..and she turned it down.  

I don't get why LW thought she had pull...she was on the lowest rated soap.  And she wasn't the main attraction for the soap.

This is when soaps started decline because performers like LW didn't know deserve any perks.

Laura had been one of the central heroines on the show for nearly a decade by that point and she was getting offers elsewhere, so I can see why she felt she was worth the effort and money. 

With that said, I do feel like Cassie had run her course as a character.

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18 hours ago, Soaplovers said:

I don't get why LW thought she had pull...she was on the lowest rated soap.  And she wasn't the main attraction for the soap.

I think any actor who is on a show for a decade and has been involved in at least two highly popular pairings can think that the show can give them something at contract renewal.
Any employee expects regular raises, regardless of what how their business does. What they do if they are not given that raise, or those non-financial parks, THAT is where we see if they have leverage.
AND a key to this is General Hospital was very publicly courting her for the high-profile recast of Carly. They had approached when TB left. It was an open secret (we fans knew). That certainly gave her a point of leverage with GL and she wasn't a complete fool to think she was in demand. 
And in the end that's what happened. She may have stayed even after their "No dice" if she had no other option. But she had one big shiny one at her disposal and she took it.

I have less sympathy for huge stars like KZ complaining not getting raises. But I don't blame people who have a family to feed in the highly insecure world of show-business asking for improvements to their contracts once they have earned their oats.

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On 7/24/2021 at 12:09 AM, Soaplovers said:

Actually Maura West was offered Cassie..and she turned it down.  

This strikes me as confusing. She was one of the main stars of ATWT by then. Why did they think she would even think of taking the recast of a second-tier character on another lower-rated soap?

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6 minutes ago, FrenchBug82 said:

 

This strikes me as confusing. She was one of the main stars of ATWT by then. Why did they think she would even think of taking the recast of a second-tier character on another lower-rated soap?

I could be wrong but maybe Maura was offered Cassie in 1997 before returning to ATWT

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22 hours ago, John said:

I could be wrong but maybe Maura was offered Cassie in 1997 before returning to ATWT

I think she would have been much betters as Cassie..(LW always looked like a suburban prom queen to me...and West has a more..earthiness to her) and I think she and Zimmer would have a natural "wariness" which would have made it interesting

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Laura Wright had a considerable fanbase from her GL days and was known and liked by audiences at ABC. Everyone knew about them courting her for Carly on GH in 2005. GH was a still reasonably ratings-successful and stable soap opera with a team the critics still hadn't turned on (unlike the fans), and Carly was a central and popular tentpole role tied to all the core characters. LW would've been stupid to go anywhere else.

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I don't want to hate on the actress who is not responsible for the awfulness she was playing.
I do wish Alan would actually ask her - he won't - how it feels to be doing your best to give life to a character and entire storyline block that 95% of the fanbase either hates on the merits or resents the mere existence of.
On a human level, it must be rough.

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10 hours ago, FrenchBug82 said:

I don't want to hate on the actress who is not responsible for the awfulness she was playing.
I do wish Alan would actually ask her - he won't - how it feels to be doing your best to give life to a character and entire storyline block that 95% of the fanbase either hates on the merits or resents the mere existence of.
On a human level, it must be rough.

I am sure she only listened to the Manny fans...by that with San Crud so many long time fans with a few brain cells just left...(I must have been missing a few as I stayed...and I am sure because of it, lost more) and the crazy couple queens took over. Though I agree I think SS could have breathed life into Carmen if she had some writing. The few scenes Carmen had with Van were good...except..typical Rauch, totally cartoony (Van pulling a gun???) but you could see where there was actual drama and acting that could come from a confrontation between a Latina upstart and the old guard of SF.

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