A setside source told soapcentral.com last week that McClain would join the CBS soap in the recurring role of Rosanna Cabot. The role had previously been played off-and-on by Yvonne Perry from 1992 through 1999.
Colleen Dion, McClain's on-screen nemesis at AMC, joined the cast of As The World Turns late last year as Dahlia Ventura.
McClain's new role on ATWT could shock AMC viewers who are used to seeing McClain as the sugary Dixie. Rosanna is described as a "bad girl," very much the opposite of McClain's AMC character.
McClain had her last regularly scheduled appearance as a contract performer on All My Children on February 26th. In departing, McClain stated that she would love to return to AMC on a recurring basis. The show's executives apparently honored McClain's request and wrote off the character in such a way that McClain's eventual return could easily be facilitated.
An ATWT spokesperson confirmed that McClain started taping her scenes for ATWT in early March. Her first on-screen appearance as Rosanna will be April 15.