Fea­ture In­ter­view

Re­turn­ing as Dina has made Marla Adams feel like she’s hit the mother lode

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Marla Adams swears there’s a softy un­der Dina’s tough- as-nails exterior!

Who says you can’t go home again? Not Marla Adams, who re­cently reprised her role of the fab­u­lously wealthy and fan­tas­ti­cally flawed Dina Merg­eron on THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS. While the Ab­bott clan’s es­tranged ma­tri­arch has zipped back to Genoa City on and of f in the years since aban­don­ing her chil­dren for the glam­orous greener pas­tures of Europe, Dina’s cur­rent re­tur n ap­pears to have a more per­ma­nent vibe. “I’m like a kid in a candy store… ex­cept I gave up candy!” laughs the soap vet. “I’m just thrilled to pieces to be back again. I have to pinch my­self!”

In fact, the pinch­ing be­gan the mo­ment Adams walked onto Y& R’s sound­stage for the first time in nine years. “There was such an over­pow­er­ing feel­ing of love and ac­cep­tance,” she sighs. “When I walked into the makeup room, [hair/makeup depart­ment head] Patti Den­ney took me in her arms and said, ‘ Wel­come home, Marla.’ And then all the crew came by… It was like a big love-in. It re­ally felt like a fam­ily re­union, be­cause the Ab­botts are fi­nally com­ing back!”

Di-li­cious

And so are the fire­works! Al­ready, Ash­ley has ex­pressed out­rage and (con­tin­ues)

“Hans is a good friend of mine — I call him, Hans,” Adams says of Eric Brae­den (Vic­tor), whose birth name is Hans Gude­gast. “He’s a very gen­er­ous ac­tor!”

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