After an on-screen absence of nearly a year, Linsey Godfrey is finally back on DAYS as Sarah. “It felt very odd and completely foreign, yet familiar at the same time,” says Godfrey, describing her first day back on the job. “I was having to do things where I was flying blind a little bit. That was hard. And I was not used to being around so many people, either. So that was an adjustment.”
Godfrey’s initial scenes were with Gwen, with Godfrey playing Ava in a Sarah mask. “I’d never seen them act before, and I had never acted with them,” she notes of Tamara Braun (Ava) and Emily O’Brien (Gwen). “I didn’t have time to sit down and watch people or question them. I just hope I did it okay. I didn’t get to play Sarah for quite some time.”
Fans, of course, already loved Godfrey’s original character — the Salem heroine who abruptly vanished without a trace 10 long months ago. The move not only caught viewers by surprise, but the actress, as well. “I was as thrown as everyone else was, for sure,” admits Godfrey. “It was a tough time for it to happen with everything going on in the world and me personally. I was definitely very sad. I very much liked working. I very much liked working at DAYS. And I very much liked the people I had the pleasure to work with. People kept thinking that I left because of my mental health. No, it was just a series of coincidences.”
It was shortly after her DAYS departure that Godfrey took to Instagram and bravely opened up about her personal struggles. Namely, her diagnosis as Borderpolar, battling both borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. “It was one of those things where Mental Health Awareness [Month] was coming up and I thought, ‘Let’s just be brave here for a minute,’ ” she shares. “I wouldn’t have done it had I had to go to work the next day. It really was the perfect timing, because it gave me the right amount of courage.”
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