Emily O’Brien, known for her role as Gwen Rizczech on Days of Our Lives since June 2020, recently underwent a transformation. She stepped into the shoes (and wig) of Theresa Donovan. As we watched Gwen exit Salem, only to see Emily return seconds later. Her return in a blonde wig and a whole new person emerged with many emotions and questions.
The shock of this recast had fans buzzing, but Emily has a heartfelt message for all of us. She’s asking for an open heart and a chance to fall in love with Theresa, just as we’ve cherished Gwen. This change has been a significant adjustment, not just for Emily but for her fans, too. However, her Instagram post received an overwhelming outpouring of support from fans and co-stars.
Emily Opens Up About The Surprising Recast
In a recent Instagram post, the Days Of Our Lives actress Emily shared her profound gratitude for her journey as Gwen, a character filled with complexity and pain. Emily began her caption with, “Don’t worry, I am sure Gwen is still smirking somewhere…”. Despite all the chaos and deceit, Gwen was the most loved and appreciated character. In a heartwarming gesture, Emily expressed the hope that Gwen might someday find that love far from the confines of Salem.
But as Gwen exited the scene, the curtain rose on a new act in Emily’s career. She admitted that this transition had been a challenge, not just for her but for devoted fans of Days Of Our Lives. Yet, she’s excited to explore this new character, Theresa Donovan. It’s a chance for her to play dress-up and get into the world of make-believe in a whole new way. Hence, she urged fans to give Theresa a chance to weave her own unique magic on the screen.
Days Of Our Lives: Support From Co-Stars
Her Instagram post was flooded with an outpouring of love and encouragement, not just from her fans but also from her Days of Our Lives” co-stars. Jen Lilley, who previously portrayed Theresa, expressed, declaring, “You’re doing a wonderful job 🙌🙌🙌.” Greg Rikaart (Leo) hailed Emily as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and commended her ability to adapt and shine in any role. Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) praised Emily’s boundless talent and predicted that anything she touches turns to gold. Abigail Klein highlights their cousin’s status by commenting, “What can’t she do!!!!! You beauty😍 Also, now we’re cousins- lucky me😉” Reflecting the romance Gwen and Xander shared, Paul Telfer’s comment, “#Xwen 🥲.”
The curtain may have fallen on Gwen’s chapter, but Emily O’Brien is determined to make Theresa Donovan her own. Her plea for an open mind is a humble request to the loyal fans of Days of Our Lives. So, let’s cherish this change, just as Emily has. So, stay tuned because, in the ever-changing world of soap operas, there are bound to be more surprises and captivating moments ahead. For the latest Days of Our Lives updates, stay tuned to TV Season & Spoilers!
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