As announced last week, Eden Riegel, most famous for her Daytime Emmy-award winning turn as All My Children‘s Bianca Montgomery, the first major gay character on daytime television, has signed on to The Young and the Restless in the role of Heather Stevens. This is a huge departure for Riegel as Heather is an aggressive Assistant District Attorney with an attitude and who has had just a few bed-mates of the male persuasion…

One of the benefits of this move is that Riegel will be reunited with her longtime friend and former on-screen paramour Elizabeth Hendrickson, who plays headstrong, conniving, funny Chloe Mitchell. (both Heather and Chloe are the offspring of legacy characters in Genoa City, as well) If they have any interaction is yet to be seen, but that will be a lot of fun to see since the characters are not friends as Heather most recently hit the sheets with Billy Abbott, the father of Chloe’s child. The other will be watching Eden take on a character the total polar opposite of Bianca; arrogant, aggressive, seriously flawed and miles from the moral center Bianca was to Pine Valley.

I, for one, am excited to see Eden stretch her wings and play a new character. She will forever and always be Bianca Montgomery, but there comes a time when you have to take that next step and try something new. It will be jarring to see the visage of sweet, honest loving Bianca as a single-minded, envelope-pushing legal eagle, but it most certainly will be fun!

Thank you, Eden, for everything you gave to All My Children and its viewers. You went above and beyond in many instances, including taking the wrath of a viewership and then Writer/Producer (using the terms incredibly loosely) Charles Pratt when he blamed you for his own massive shortcomings. Sadly, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, most obviously the ones who have blinders on or absolutely no idea what the hell they’re talking about while believing they do.

And best of luck on Y&R. I know you’ll be fantastic.

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