Ci Ya Later

With about as much passion and excitement as everything else she’s done since being SORASed (that is: little to none), Ciara Brady has left Salem.

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I’m still a little shocked that she lasted as long as she did. It was evident early on that Vivian Jovanni was, uh, pretty green, but they kept tossing her into heavy, frontburner stuff for months and months. Think about it: Bo returned and promptly died. She got kidnapped. Chase raped her. She and Theo had their back-and-forth. She worked at the mental hospital and as Thomas’s nanny. She became obsessed with Chad for 90 seconds. She had a lot of story, and then, when Higley and Quan took the reins last fall, she was suddenly switched into much more of a supporting character. Maybe they were hoping that she’d grow as an actress if the pressure were off a little, or maybe they were just trying to minimize damage, but it was pretty noticeable when the focus shifted.

Whatever the case, it didn’t work. I actually feel sort of bad ragging on Jovanni so much, because I’ve seen nothing to indicate that she’s anything but a very sweet young woman, and she never really looked comfortable on camera. She looked like she knew she was in over her head. And even though it improbably took this damn long, it’s wise of the show to cut its losses. Sending Ciara out of town for a rest and a slight reset is smart – if Josh Griffith were still in charge, she’d probably have been maimed and hurled into a wood chipper or something – and there are indications that they’re already recasting. This is a character who should be on the show and prominent, and maybe after a break, they’ll restore some of the personality that made Lauren Boles’s young Ciara such an enjoyable character – traits that were never really carried over to the teen version even though they had been handed an interesting, rootable character on a silver platter.

All the best to Vivian Jovanni, and fingers crossed that the next time we see Ciara, it’s a version who’s up to the challenge of driving story as the daughter of Bo and Hope Brady.


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10 Comments on “Ci Ya Later”

  1. Shea Says:

    I actually have a hard time seeing how the characteristics of Lauren Boles’ version of Ciara would translate into a teen/young adult that is anything other than annoying. Of course now the character has been through so much the precocious cuteness wouldn’t really work anymore. Hopefully when the recast appears they will give her a more manageable storyline to start with. I would actually like to see what a Ciara/Chelsea relationship would look like now and I somehow wish we had gotten more of the Ciara/Shawn relationship as siblings too.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I always imagined that a grown-up Ciara would be sassy and a little devious. Maybe the kind of character who would have elaborate fantasy sequences.

      Yes, I’d love to see Ciara and Chelsea on the show at the same time, too! The history with Zack would be very interesting to play.

  2. Michelle Says:

    That picture is a perfect recap of her whole time on the show. The acting was terrible, she also never connected with a single actor on the show, including Kristian Alfonso. I never bought them as mother/daughter despite looking somewhat alike.

  3. Simon Parris Says:

    They couldn’t have given us just one episode in which young adult Ciara is obsessed with mail/envelopes?

  4. underyourwing Says:

    if they would have continued the lauren boles version of ciara this version would have been a narcissistic cunning troublemaker…..
    good luck to vivian…..she paid her dues that’s for sure!

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