‘All My Children’ Star Cady McClain Tapped as ‘Days of our Lives’ Jennifer Horton Recast

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Former All My Children star Cady McClain has joined the cast of NBC’s Days of our Lives. The Emmy award winning actress has been hired to “temporarily” assume the role of Jennifer Horton, played by Melissa Reeves.

Reeves, who lives in Tennessee, made the decision not to return to Los Angeles when the series resumed filming this month after an extended production shutdown due to the coronavirus. She recently became a grandmother, and is expecting another grandchild later this month. Though the actress was embroiled in controversy over the summer due to social media, that did not factor into her decision not to return to set.

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy Award winning actor, filmmaker, musician and writer whose professional career spans more than thirty years. Her credits include studio and independent films, network and cable television, New Media, Off-Broadway theater, and performance art. 

McClain is best known for her role as All My Children’s Dixie Cooney-Martin, which she played off and on from 1988 until the series cancellation in 2011. McClain jumped ship to CBS’ As the World Turns in 2002, taking over the role of Rosanna Cabot. In 2005, McClain returned to AMC, playing a much darker and jaded Dixie. Her return was short-lived, as then-head writer Megan McTavish killed off the beloved character in 2007 during the ill-received “Satin Slayer” storyline, which saw Dixie murdered after eating poisoned banana pancakes. Over the next three years, McClain bounced back and forth between AMC and ATWT, reprising Rosanna in six month blocks and appearing on AMC as Dixie in spiritual form. After ABC canceled All My Children in 2011, McClain returned for the remainder of the series, appearing the final four months of episodes. In 2013, she appeared in the online reboot of the series for its first and only season. In 2014, she joined The Young and the Restless, taking over the role of Kelly Andrews from Cynthia Watros (currently General Hospital‘s Nina).

Look for McClain to begin airing late October-early November. It is unknown how long she will “temporarily” be in the role.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Episodes are available on NBC.com, onDemand and Peacock.

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