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‘AMC’ Finds Riegel’s Replacement

‘AMC’ Finds Riegel’s Replacement

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” Bianca returns to Pine Valley with a new face.

On the heels of Eden Riegel making it clear that she isn’t returning to “All My Children” by joining the cats of time-slot competitor, “The Young and the Restless,” the ABC soap has stuck to its word and hired a new actress to play the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) youngest child. TV Guide Magazine is reporting that stage-actress Christina Bennett Lind will be playing daytime’s most iconic gay character, Bianca Montgomery, starting next month.

“AMC” executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers acknowledges that the search for a new Bianca was extensive and difficult, but “when Christina came in to read for the part she was Bianca.” The executive appear to mean that in a literal sense. Lind bears a strong resemblance to Riegel and according to Carruthers, the actress also embodies some of the stand-out qualities Riegel brought to the role of Bianca. Lind, herself, sings Riegel’s praises for her work in the role of Bianca, but hopes to “breathe [her] own life into [the character].” Following almost a decade of the popular and talented Riegel playing Bianca, Lind will be just the second adult actress to take on the role.

Bianca will return to town frantic about her missing mother’s fate on Monday, June 14. Concerning Bianca’s romantic life, Carruthers adds that the Reese (last played by Tamara Braun in 2009) and Bianca relationship will still be at play, but Reese, as well as Bianca’s two-children, will remain in Paris for the time being.

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