Eileen Davidson Pulling Double Duty on Soaps — What About RHOBH?
Eileen Davidson may be joining next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but that sure isn’t stopping her from keeping up her career as a soap star. This fall, the Emmy-winning actress is going to be appearing in both Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless — and RHOBH, of course! How on Earth is she going to have time for all of that? We’re exhausted just reading about it! But Eileen says she’s just doing what needs to be done.
"This kind of acting opportunity would never have happened back when the daytime-drama world was really healthy," Eileen shared with TV Guide. "Now times have changed. Soaps are trying to stay relevant. They want to stay on the air. They're willing to set aside that old competitiveness to help each other out." And Eileen says not to worry about getting her characters mixed up. "My characters are 180 degrees apart — from the way they look to the level of their sanity." Hmm, sounds intriguing!
"Eileen is a phenomenal talent, and no one wants to lose her," Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps said of Bravo’s newest housewife. "We fought hard to bring her back on contract because she is a huge part of our history." Peter Bergman, Eileen’s tv brother, agrees: "It's just not the Abbott family without her. Who could blame Days for loving Eileen — she has a showcase there that's off the fucking charts — but we really need her over here."
Eileen has a long history with both soaps, and there’s always room for new opportunities. "I've had really good times in this business and really slow times, and it all works out," she shared. "I've had a fantastic career, but I came to a big, wonderful realization a long time ago: None of this defines me."
Are you excited to see Eileen on RHOBH? What do you think of her soap opera double duty? Sound off in the comments!