All good things must come to an end, and Loren Lott has wrapped up her run as Ana Hamilton on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS with the July 25 episode. "What an amazing journey!" she shared on her YouTube channel. "I'm so grateful to god for this step in my career. I have learned so much and I have had so much fun. I've received thousands of hugs and kisses and had several 'dream come true' moments. I am so excited to move on to what's next for me.
"I was a little bummed at first when I was told that creatively they didn't know what to do with my storyline and they wanted to spend their budget increasing other people's storylines but I appreciated their honesty," Lott continued. "Everyone has told me how much they love me and showered me with so much encouragement. Y&R is still my family forever and I have no bitterness towards them at all! Plus, I've learned that certain 'no's' are an even bigger 'yes' somewhere else. I'm grateful for every storyline I participated in and every song I got to sing. How cool that I got to sing and act on TV. All I wanted when I left Broadway was for my grandparents to be able to turn on the TV and see me without having to travel to support me as they are getting older. I got exactly that. Thanks, God. I'm so excited for what's next."
In the video she shared on YouTube, Lott documents her last day on the Y&R set, showing off the awesome dressing room they gave her to use, then going down to the set and teasing Brytni Sarpy (Elena), Bryton James (Devon), Melissa Ordway (Abby), and Sean Dominic (Nate). There's also dancing in the hallways, sweet moments with her castmates, a trip to the wardrobe department, and a montage of videos and photos from her time on the soap, including some press clippings, like her feature interview in CBS Soaps In Depth!
Anna was first introduced back in 2008 and was played by Jamia Simone Nash on a recurring basis until 2012. Lott stepped into the role in November of 2018, but just about eight months later was written out of the soap as Ana left Genoa City to go take care of her father, who was having more medical problems off camera.
Might Ana return again? In the world of daytime you never know, so stay tuned to find out and for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.