Bri­anna Brown (ex-Lisa)

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Bri­anna Brown’s

DY­NASTY role is al­most as screwy as GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Lisa

Hav­ing starred on GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL as mad doc Lisa, Bri­anna Brown was a no-brainer for the role of kooky Clau­dia on The CW’s re­boot of DY­NASTY. “What’s ironic is that my mother wouldn’t even let me watch soaps when I was young,” she laughs. But “it’s fun to get to play in this height­ened world where they could write any­thing and you say, ‘How can I make this work?’”

Déjà Vu?

When DY­NASTY de­buts on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11, Clau­dia will be re-in­tro­duced as the men­tally ill wife of Matthew, with whom Cristal had been hav­ing an af­fair. While we can’t tell you how that plays out, we can re­veal that it leads to the kind of edgy mo­ments that Brown per­formed so well on GH. “When I had a meet­ing about [play­ing Lisa], they said they wanted it to be a Fatal At­trac­tion sto­ry­line,” she re­flects. “So I knew it was go­ing to go dark and crazy.”

Sure, the ac­tress is good at play­ing of­fk­il­ter and cry­ing on cue, but it’s her jaw­drop­ping per­for­mance at the end of DY­NASTY’s pi­lot that con­firms ex­actly why she was hired. Might Clau­dia go down a path as dark as Lisa did af­ter be­ing jilted by Pa­trick? “Prob­a­bly,” Brown teases, adding that she’ll re­turn in Episode 5. “I wouldn’t be sur­prised if the sto­ry­line goes in that di­rec­tion. Clau­dia stays on the can­vas.”

Just Mar­ried

While the char­ac­ter’s surely headed for heart­break, Brown her­self is on cloud nine af­ter wed­ding di­rec­tor Richie Keen last

May at a pri­vate es­tate in Santa Bar­bara’s wine coun­try. “It was pretty spec­tac­u­lar,” she gushes.

Re­cently, the bride got the chance to work with her love — whom she found to be “fun, light-hearted, and very ef­fi­cient” — on the set of Fox’s THE MICK via a guest ap­pear­ance in the Tues­day, Septem­ber 26, episode.

“For DY­NASTY, ev­ery­thing I’m wear­ing is baggy, my hair is stringy, and my only makeup is a bit of lighter foun­da­tion to make me look sickly,” Brown shares. “So I was ex­cited to be all glammed up for THE MICK.”

Mak­ing Change

How­ever, it’s not al­ways fun and games for Brown, who’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence sup­port­ing so­cially-con­scious pro­jects via her non-profit, The New Hol­ly­wood. Look for her to ap­pear next in an in­die that she’s “re­ally proud” of: El­e­vate, in which she stars as a woman caught up in a sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing racism.

— Kelli M. Lar­son

Bod­ing well for Brown’s DY­NASTY fu­ture is the fact that Pamela Bell­wood lasted six sea­sons as Clau­dia.

The ac­tress’ first DY­NASTY episode

“was very emo­tional,” she says. “I came at ev­ery take with 100 per­cent of what was needed.”

“Kim­berly McCul­lough (Robin) and I had a blast work­ing to­gether,” the GH alum re­flects. “She’s a sweet­heart.”

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