Soap News: Braun In, Livingston Out on 'Days'

There's been an unusual and unexpected casting switch on 'Days of Our Lives,' with Emmy-award winning actress Natalia Livingston being replaced by Tamara Braun.

What's strange is that Livingston was let go because the writers changed the character of Taylor Walker, and Natalia's not the right actress for the part anymore. Braun, who has excelled in bad girl roles, apparently is. Braun's first airdate will be in April.

'Days' co-executive producer Gary Tomlin talked to Soap Opera Digest about the change, saying, "It was decided to take the character ... in a new direction. Natalia Livingston is an amazing actress and a consummate professional. She is a class act and everyone at the studio adores her."

Braun, like Livingston, is an award-winner. In fact, Braun won the Daytime Emmy as Ava Vitali on 'Days' in 2009. Presumably, fans won't mind that she's back on the show in a different role.

Ironically, 'Days' has done that before. Josh Taylor was once Chris Kositchek on the soap, then returned a few years later as Roman Brady.


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