NBC ‘Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL) spoilers reveal that star Isabel Durant (Claire Brady) recently opened up about how she landed her new role on the hit NBC soap. Here’s what she has to say.
In a new interview with Soap Opera Digest, the beautiful blonde Aussie says that when actress Olivia Rose Keegan announced that she would be leaving ‘Days of Our Lives’ to focus on her new role on High School Musical: The Musical for Disney Plus, everything moved pretty quickly for her.
NBC ‘Days of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Newcomer Isabel Durant Opens Up About Landing Her New Role As Claire Brady
“Well, it was a bit of a whirlwind,” reports the soap newcomer, who began filming in February. “I got the self-tape request through my Australian agents. I was in Sydney at the time. I was like, ‘I’ve never auditioned for a soap opera before but I’ll give it a go.’ And I sent it off and then a few days later, my management called me and were like, ‘Okay, this is looking like they’re quite interested.
They want you to do it again.’ And they gave me some notes to sort of change my hair and gave me a few character notes to play with. I sent off that second tape and then a few days later, my phone rang and they said I got the job.”
Before her audition with DOOL producers, Isabel said that she decided not to watch any old episodes of Olivia Rose Keegan in character, and for a good reason, too. That’s because she doesn’t want to follow along with Olivia’s lead but instead put her own spin on the character.
“It’s a tough call as an actor because it can be a vicious trap,” she explains. “Olivia is Olivia and she’s brilliant. I sort of made the call that I would just listen to what people said. I would listen to how the character was and just do my best to find it within myself as the weeks went on. It was a welcome challenge and I feel like I was very supported before we shut down.”
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