The saying goes, “miss a day, miss a lot.” But when it comes to recasting a character with a different actor on a daytime drama series it’s a matter of if you blink, you missed it. That is the case for Chanel Dupree, a character on “Days of our Lives” who up until the Monday, July 5 episode had been portrayed by actress Precious Way. Starting with the Tuesday, July 6 episode, however, newcomer Raven Bowens took over the role.
For her debut, there was no announcer stating “The Role of… is now being played by…,” a long staple of daytime soaps but a component that has since gone the way of the dinosaurs. Instead, after the big reveal on Monday’s episode highlighting Chanel’s mother’s deception, a devastated Chanel (now played by Bowens) knocked on Allie’s (Lindsay Arnold) door to relay how Paulina (Jackée Harry) planned to tear down Horton Town Square for her own business gain. While Chanel cried on Allie’s shoulder for much of the episode after her own business plans were dashed by her mother, the pair shared several tender moments as they watched TV together. As the song “So Blind” by St. Hollywood closed out the episode as part of a montage, Chanel is shown ignoring her mother’s attempts to reach her by phone just before she locks eyes with Allie and the two share a kiss for a scene that marked the first real chemistry test between Bowens and Arnold.
Did her Chanel pass the chemistry test with Allie? We’ll soon find out as fans grow more familiar with Bowens in the role. In the meantime, what did you think of her portrayal? Comment below.
Before joining “DAYS,” Bowen’s credits have included appearances in episodes of “Insecure,” “All Rise” and “Future Man.” She played Teasha Bivins in the TV movie “The New Edition Story” and she starred as Savannah Peters in Mr. Student Body President, a go90 original series from Verizon Communications that aired from 2016-2018.
For those wondering what happened to Precious Way, she previously committed to the ALLBLK original comedy series “Partners In Rhyme” as a co-lead alongside rapper MC Lyte. The series follows the trials of an up-and-coming female high school rapper and social media sensation who thinks she is the best thing to happen to the rap game since Cardi B, reports Deadline.