Shenell Edmonds Declined ‘One Life to Live’ Reboot

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On Wednesday, Soap Opera Network reported that actress Laura Harrier had been cast in the contract role of Destiny Evans on the reboot of “One Life to Live.” Now the characters originator, Shenell Edmonds, has taken to Facebook to make clear that she had been in talks with Prospect Park about a possibility of returning to the soap, but the company was unable to come to an agreement with her that would have accommodated her school schedule.

Edmonds had originally signed on to continue portraying Destiny back in 2011, when Prospect Park first announced plans to reboot “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Since the plans fell through, the actress put her education on the forefront.

Edmonds’ Message to Fans

A huge shout out to all the One life to live fans!

I have been enjoying life to the fullest and slowly easing into college life since you last saw me on OLTL.

During the past year, you might have seen me in a few commercials and most recently out & about as a nominee for the 44th NAACP Image Awards held in Los Angeles on February 1st.

I had a chance to visit with Frank Valentini, ex-OLTL and current GH Executive producer and Paul Glass, ex- OLTL and current GH Musical Director. It was so nice seeing them again.

Many of you have asked me about the Prospect Park reboot of OLTL online so here goes.
I am very excited about the return of OLTL as many of you are. Obviously I can’t give specifics but I will tell you that I was invited to join the cast. Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate my school schedule therefore, I had to politely decline.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you for rooting for my return and your continuous support.

OLTL will always be dear to my heart and hey, you never know, soaps may return into my life at another time.

Lots of love, Shenell