Jennifer is getting a new look as Cady McClain replaces Melissa Reeves on DAYS OF OUR LIVES! The soap recently returned to production after the COVID-19 shutdown but not all of the actors have returned to work. Reeves, who lives in Tennessee with her family chose not to commute to California due to the pandemic and so the role has been temporarily recast with McClain. A rep for DAYS confirmed the casting to Soap Opera Digest, and McClain is reportedly already filming.
The character of Jennifer Horton was introduced back in 1976 and played by a series of child actors until Reeves took over in October 1985. The role has been recast before, with Stephanie Cameron stepping in from December 1995 through June 1998 after Reeves left the soap.
McClain has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, but this will be her first on NBC. She is best known for playing Dixie on ALL MY CHILDREN, which earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards, but also starred as Rosanna on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Jennifer won’t be the first time that McClain has stepped into another actress’ shoes, either. She took over the role of Rosanna from Yvonne Perry and replaced Cynthia Watros as Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.
Currently, this recast is only temporary, but with the coronavirus pandemic still an ongoing concern, only time will tell when Reeves will feel comfortable flying across the country to California to reclaim her role and return to Salem. We will of course keep you updated with any developments!