Y&R casts Another World alum Alicia Coppola for new "fully fleshed-out" role

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:24:50 AM
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Y&R casts Another World alum Alicia Coppola for new  fully fleshed-out  role

Alicia Coppola, known in the soap opera community as Another World's Lorna Devon, has joined the cast of The Young and the Restless.

The Young and the Restless is getting a blast from the past of sorts with the addition of former Another World star Alicia Coppola (ex-Lorna Devon).

Soap Opera Digest reports the New York-born actress, who left Bay City in 1994 and has racked up a long list of non-daytime credits, has joined the CBS soap as Dr. Meredith Gates and will make her Genoa City debut on Wednesday, April 13.

"They explained a little bit about it and who I would be working with and sent me some material," Coppola told Digest of her initial discussions about the role. "In those 10 pages that I read, it was a really fully fleshed-out female character. I haven't really read something like that in a long time, something that was so dynamic and interesting that I automatically saw a backstory. She reminds me of Lorna. She feels things very deeply, and I just think there's a lot more going on than what's on the surface. I like that."

The casting call for Meredith revealed that the character is "an emotional but professional prison doctor... who hides her emotions behind a veneer of professionalism. She works in the prison infirmary, tending to prisoners, and she is sympathetic to their causes." Hmm...

After leaving AW in the mid-90s, the mother of three went on to star in several films and TV shows, including National Treasure: Book of Secrets, NCIS: Los Angeles, Common Law, Jericho, Cold Feet, and Trinity.

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