I’m a fan of Y&R. Lately the action has been hot – not least because of the new Phyllis, played by Gina Tognoni.
Phyllis is a polarizing figure on Y&R. She’s hot-blooded and unpredictable, making her a favourite among fans who like a dynamic plot.
I missed Phyllis while she was in a coma (having fallen down a flight of stairs in a dubious situation). She’s back now, played by Gina Tognoni. (Michelle Stafford played her before.)
I knew that re-casting Phyllis would be a tall order. Michelle Stafford, who had played her since I can remember, seemed irreplaceable. For me, Michelle defined Phyllis as an impetuous, self-determined redhead.
My opinion is that Gina isn’t trying to replace Michelle; rather, she’s changing the role. Her Phyllis seems grittier. She’s singleminded towards preserving her relationship with Jack.
I think the new Phyllis is the quintessential strong American woman. She feels she has a right to the man she loves. Her fight to keep him is very sexy. In fact, she’s the sexiest female character I know on TV right now.
Here’s my drawing of Y&R’s Phyllis played by Gina Tognoni:)
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