Herbst tells Digest about her contract negotiations, "It was the most stressful negotiation I have probably ever been through. I feel totally relieved and I definitely feel like I've made the right decision, so I'm at peace with everything that's happened."
The actress wants her fans to know, "Those diehard, loyal fans that have been with this show as long as I have been or even longer, I really felt their genuine support, not only for Elizabeth, but for me, as well. It just made me feel really good that it wasn't all about, "Oh, Becky, we want you to stay on the show." It was, "You do what's best for your family, and if that means moving on, we'll click on another show to watch you." And that sort of support, you just don't find every day. It made me feel very loved."
She appreciates the interest that came from another soap, "Yeah, definitely. It feels really good to have somebody tell you that they would be thrilled to have you join their team. Everybody wants to be appreciated. Everybody wants to be wanted. And having options like that is a confidence-builder, I'd say! But when I weigh the two, between going out and finding a new job versus staying put with my GH family, being with your family is hard to pass up. And I really do love the people I work with."
|Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth|
Herbst hasn't started taping again at GH "No, I have not. I left [March 8];that was my last day because my contract was up. They had not written me out; there were no scenes that suggested that Elizabeth was going away and not coming back because nobody thought that it would get to this point of me almost leaving. I was with Nikolas one day and I said, "Oh, the hospital's calling, I gotta run." And that was it [laughs]!"
|Kelly Monaco as Sam with Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth|
Elizabeth may be off screen for a bit, while she is written back into the story, "I actually have a couple of weeks off. We're dark for one of the weeks, but because this negotiation went right up to the last minute, they did have to stop writing for me for a little bit. I might not even be back [taping] until the second week of April, so Elizabeth is going to disappear for a little bit on your screens. They are going to try to sprinkle me in, but outlines have already been written, so I don't know how much they can actually put me in."
You can read the complete interview in the April 4, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.