Rumors have been flying over the past couple days that THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS would be recasting the role of Noah again, and now Kevin Schmidt himself has confirmed to_ Soaps In Depth_ that he is once again being replaced. (Noah was recast in 2010 with GOSSIP GIRL's Luke Kleintank before Schmidt was brought back to the role in 2011.)
"I was up in San Francisco at Outside Lands [Music And Arts Festival] when my manager got a call last Friday," Schmidt confides. "He didn't think that was the right time to let me know that Y&R was recasting again. That was the right call for sure! When I got back Monday, he let me know."
Unfortunately, the actor remains in the dark as to exactly why he was brought back to play Noah, and then replaced once again. "I was on hold to work next week, and then they just kind of dropped this bomb on me," he admits. "I was like, 'Okay, I'll roll with the punches. That's what I do.'"
Having worked so sporadically during this stint his final episode would have been Jack's wedding Schmidt has already been doing a lot outside of the soap. "I've got an animated film in production," he reports, "Cheaper By The Dozen 3 is coming up in the fall, I'm meeting with Steve Martin shortly. I'm developing an application for smart phones, a simple game for people to connect with each other... I'm always doing something!
"The best thing about Y&R is that it allowed me to keep my stuff polished while I went off and chased other endeavors," Schmidt continues. "I've made some great friends. As I move into my productions in the future, I have a whole alumni of talent to pull upon. I've had a flood of support from everybody on the show."
At this time, Y&R's production is on vacation for a week, so there has been no official word from the soap as to when the role of Noah will be recast, or with whom.