'Soap Star' Winner Debuts on 'Days of our Lives' This Week
'Soap Star' Winner Debuts on 'Days of our Lives' This Week
Ashlee Holland, the fourth winner of SoapNet's I Wanna Be A Soap Star, is making her debut on Days of our Lives this week.

Holland, who was awarded with a 13-week contract on Days of our Lives after winning the reality soap acting competition, will begin appearing on the show today.  According to NBC, the 28-year-old actress will play a psychic named Crystal.

A native of Roanake, Virginia, Ashlee Holland is the daughter of former Major League Baseball relief pitcher Al Holland.  Prior to competing on I Wanna Be A Soap Star, she worked on several film productions, namely Torque, The Hot Chick and Honey, as well as some music videos, including Jay-Z's “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” the Black Eyed Peas “Don't Phunk with My Heart,” and Celine Dion's “One Heart.”

She won I Wanna Be A Soap Star in October, and several Days of our Lives cast members – such as Darin Brooks, Martha Madison, Shelley Hennig, Blake Berris, James Reynolds and Brandon Beemer – were on hand to witness Holland's victory.

"Not only physically is she very attractive, but she also has this kind of confident quality that's going to add to the texture of the show," Reynolds said after Ashlee Holland was proclaimed the winner.  "I'm really pleased to see her come."

Holland is not the only new face fans can expect to see in Days of our Lives in the episodes to come.  Aliana Chiara Foley is set to take over the role of Claire Brady on January 3, 2008. Foley is the daughter of comedian Dave Foley (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, Las Vegas, NewsRadio) and actress Chrissy Guerrero.

Meanwhile, cast members from Days of our Lives were at the California Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys on December 15, volunteering their time for “Operation Gratitude.”  Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip), helped to assemble care packages for U.S. troops overseas, along with the stars of NBC's online drama series, Coastal Dreams.

Alfonso, accompanied by her family and friends, worked on the assembly line, while Johnson sealed and put labels on the boxes to get them ready for shipping.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC, Soap Central
(Image Courtesy of Roanoke Times)