In “why did this happen?” news, The Young and the Restless has let go Sofia Pernas, who joined the show last year as Marisa Sierras. Luckily, the actress has snagged a new gig on The CW.
Update 3/17/16: A spokesperson for The Young and the Restless has commented on Deadline’s report regarding Pernas’ status with the show. Though Deadline states she was let go, a rep says she was taken off contract. “Sofia Pernas is recurring and will continue to be seen on the show.”
Pernas has been a major player in front burner storylines since her debut last spring. After helping Jack (Peter Bergman) escape captivity, Marisa soon fell for Noah Newman (Robert Adamson), but their relationship was complicated by the arrival of her ex-lover Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva).
Deadline reports the actress was fired from the number one daytime soap opera on Monday due to budgetary reasons. The next day, she went out on an audition and landed a major role in the pilot for The CW’s Transylvania. She replaces Game of Thrones actress Amrita Acharia, who was cast in the role last week.
Pernas will play exotic gypsy Coriander, the leader of the matriarchal Szgany clan that runs the fleshpots of the Old City – the haunted spot where Vlad the Impaler once killed thousands of their tribe.
The 1800s set drama from Fringe and Zoo alums Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemic and Scott Rosenberg, centers on Victoria (played by Laura Brent), a headstrong young woman searching for her missing father who ventures from Transylvania to New York, where she teams with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together, they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. Hugh Sterbakov (Hell and Back) will write and executive produce the series. Jason Ensler will helm the pilot.
My Take: Though not a major character in the vain of say a Phyllis Abbott or Victoria Newman, Marisa was one of the few, if not only, bright spot of a rather dull young-adult set. Sofia Pernas and Adamson had spark, as did her and Gaston Villanueva. While I’m thrilled she’s booked a new gig, I am sad to see her go. Marisa was an interesting shade of gray in a sea of vanilla. Now what will the show do with Noah? Robert Adamson keeps losing his love interests, and Marisa was the first woman to make Noah interesting in years. Yikes.