After what can only be called an exhaustive search, The Young and the Restless has cast daytime veteran Amelia Heinle
, All My Children
) as Victoria Newman.
The process of finding a successor to the role previously held by three-time Daytime Emmy winner Heather Tom
proved to be extremely challenging for the casting department. Tom exited The Young and the Restless in November 2003 amid concerns of "creative differences" between her and show executives. She promptly signed on to appear on ABC's One Life to Live, where she currently portrays Kelly Cramer.
Originally, a spokesperson for The Young and the Restless stated that the show planned to bring a new actress into the role in January 2004. An initial wave of auditions reportedly failed to find anyone who was a perfect fit for the role. Several other casting calls went out during 2004, but each one ended much the same way.
Heinle most recently appeared on ABC's All My Children, where she portrayed Mia Saunders from July 2001 through June 2004. Heinle's character was relegated to the back burner for much of her time with All My Children. Prior to joining AMC, Heinle enjoyed a three year run as Steffi Brewster on Loving and The City.
Heinle taped her first Y&R scenes on February 16th. She will make her first The Young and the Restless airdate on March 21st.