Recasts are a fact of life in soaps, and while viewers have to adjust to seeing a new actor in a familiar role, it’s also an adjustment for the other actors on the soap. Case in point, when William Lipton (Cameron) had to immediately transition into doing scenes on GENERAL HOSPITAL with Tabyana Ali as Trina after Sydney Mikayla left to focus on her education.
“It was very sad to see Sydney go,” Lipton confessed to Soap Opera Digest. “She and I had become really good friends over the years that we worked together. But her reasons for leaving were very much valid, and my goodness, Tabyana stepped in and it was an automatic clicking with the teen scene.
“It’s been an honor to have her here and she’s been doing so great with all the craziness that’s been thrown on her,” he continued. “This story is not an easy one to just waltz into and she’s been phenomenal. It’s been amazing to work with her and her talent is clear to see for everyone. Especially with soaps, the pace can be very daunting, but she’s been handling it like a champ. She’s amazing!”
Mikayla took over the role of Trina Robison from Tiana Le in February 2019 when the character was brought to the front burner for real storylines. And while the young actress continued working on the soap while attending UCLA, in March 2022 it was announced that she would be stepping down to focus on her studies.
Like fellow castmate and college student Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Lipton has continued doing double duty as he manages his work on GH with his studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music. “I will say it’s been no easy task,” he admitted. “It’s definitely been a lot of work and communication with both GH and my school. I have to say I’m very happy with how everything is working out right now and very grateful that the producers at GH are still willing to work with my ever-increasingly crazy schedule.”
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