After a nearly year-long absence from the screen, Linsey Godfrey is finally back on DAYS as Sarah. “It was very strange and completely alien, but familiar at the same time,” Godfrey says, describing his first day back at work. “I had to do things where I was kind of flying blind. It was hard. And I wasn’t used to being surrounded by so many people either. So it was an adjustment.
Godfrey’s initial scenes were with Gwen, with Godfrey playing Ava in a Sarah mask. “I had never seen them play before and I had never played with them,” she notes of Tamara Braun (Ava) and Emily O’Brien (Gwen). “I didn’t have time to sit and observe people or question them. I just hope I did it right. I couldn’t play Sarah for a while.
Fans, of course, already adored the original character of Godfrey – the Salem heroine who abruptly vanished without a trace 10 long months ago. This decision not only surprised viewers, but also the actress. “I was as thrown as everyone, that’s for sure,” admits Godfrey. “It was a tough time for this to happen with everything going on in the world and me personally. I was definitely very sad. I really liked working. I really enjoyed working at DAYS. And I really liked the people I had the pleasure of working with. People kept thinking I was leaving because of my mental health. No, it was just a series of coincidences.
It was shortly after leaving DAYS that Godfrey took to Instagram and bravely opened up about her personal struggles. Namely, his Borderpolar diagnosis, 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 if I had to go to work the next day. It was really the perfect moment, because it gave me the right amount of courage.
Godfrey says it was important to her to reach out to her followers. “I was trying to be as open and honest as possible and maybe just let others know they weren’t alone,” she explains. “You look at the people we’ve lost to mental illness and they’re some of the happiest and funniest people. It is important to show that mental illness does not discriminate. You can have any type of job and be any type of person [and be affected by it].”
After her revealing message, Godfrey received “a very nice response,” she says. “I had friends who were struggling. I’ve had people I work with contact me. I’m not an expert, but I was able to exchange tips and tricks and things that helped me. It ended up being this community where everyone felt safe to talk for a minute. I had these great Instagram Lives, where people who were there with me were talking and sharing with each other. It became this wonderful support system. It was such a great experience for something so scary.
Along with addressing his mental health, Godfrey also tackled his physical health. “I had lost a lot of weight because of some things that were going on in my personal life, so I was kind of like, ‘I need to be healthy. I need to take care of myself, myself and also set a good example for my daughter [Aleda, 7, who she shares with Robert Adamson, ex-Noah, Y&R]”, recalls Godfrey. “Because I was very skinny for a while and I didn’t want her to think that’s something you have to be.”
The actress is therefore committed to becoming the best version of herself. “I have always worked with my coach. I never took it very seriously and I was never very consistent about it. Because the gym I go to is private, we have to go back very early [during Covid]. It’s just become something I have to do to get out of the house, and I have to hang out with my best friend Kimberly. [Matula, ex-Hope, B&B]. We work together. People have this idea that we go crazy and do these crazy workouts, but that’s not the case. We just go there twice a week, and we do heavy weight lifting.
Following the workouts, “my relationship with myself started to change,” she notes. “I was no longer focused on how my body looked. I focused on how my body felt and how I felt. The benefits of aesthetics came with it. And it helped my brain so much. Regularity and routine made me feel a little more in control of things.
In a good place, both mentally and physically, Godfrey then learned that DAYS wanted her back. “The call came out of nowhere,” she says. “I was at my dermatologist’s office. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Albert’s [Alarr, co-executive producer] name on my phone. I was like, ‘There’s no way that’s that name.’ You’re always nervous when you get a call when you’re gone. You’re like, ‘Are they killing me now? Is this the conversation we’re going to have? ”
After all, she had already had that experience as a B&B Caroline. “I was gone, then I got a phone call from Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] and was so excited. He said, ‘We kill you.’ I was like, ‘Oh! This is not the phone call I expected to receive. “Fortunately, this time things were different. “I was so happy to hear Albert’s voice, and he sounded so happy. I thought that was a really good sign,” notes Godfrey, who was asked to resuscitate Sarah.
In September, Godfrey was filming the soap opera‘s Burbank Studios. “My first day back was really exciting,” she enthuses. “I don’t like to make a big fuss out of anything. So I left very quietly, because I hate goodbyes and they’re uncomfortable. Ads make me uncomfortable. I’m just trying to fit in. I said hello to everyone I saw, but it was really nice to see people like Paul [Telfer, Xander] back to work again. It was very cool. Paul is a good egg and a wonderful actor. He is so generous and easy to work with.
Godfrey has a similar affection for his TV mother, Suzanne Rogers (Maggie). “We kissed so hard and for so long,” she smiled. “Suzanne and I have always had this great relationship and connection. It makes me so happy to be able to see her. And Godfrey wasn’t disappointed with his new on-screen romantic rival. “Emily has such a beautiful stillness to her [acting] of which I am so admiring and almost jealous, ”she admits. “Because I don’t have the ability.”
No matter. What Godfrey brings to the table as Sarah – a mixture of sweetness and hot messyness rolled into a fiery, unpredictable package – has made the character a hit with fans, and she’s thrilled to portray her again. “I’m very happy to be back, and I’ll be happy to see what [the fan] answer is,” says Godfrey. “I am truly grateful to the people who have consistently asked for Sarah’s return, and to the people who have expressed their love and support for Sarah, ‘Xarah’ and me. These encouraging messages via social media have been so heartwarming and sweet.