Judi joins the Venice cast to portray Gina’s former flame, Logan, who is also a reporter for Architectural Digest. Not only does she have a history with Gina, but none of the other women in Gina’s life, current or present seem to fond of her.
Though Judi Evans was born in Montebello, CA and grew up in Monterey Park, it would be accurate to add that the actress grew up professionally on daytime. Evans made her television debut on the CBS drama GUIDING LIGHT in 1983 as the troubled Beth Raines. Her performance won her the 1984 Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 1986 Evans joined NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, where she portrayed the popular Adrienne Kiriakis opposite Wally Kurth’s (ex-Ned, GENERAL HOSPITAL) Justin. From 1991 to 1999 Evans played Paulina Carlino on ANOTHER WORLD, a character that she described as “sweet and devilish.” The role won her the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1998. Evans was nominated for two additional Soap Opera Digest awards — Hottest Female Star in 1993 and Favorite Daytime Supercouple on a Daytime Serial — shared with Vincent Irizarry (ex-Lujack, GL; now David, Y&R) in 1986. After the cancellation of AW, Evans took time off to focus on her family and moved back to California following her husband, an L.A.-based cameraman for CNBC. She returned briefly to acting in 2000 when she played Patsy Ramsey in the made-for-TV movie Getting Away with Murder: The JonBenet Ramsey Mystery. To the delight of her fans she came back to daytime in 2003 to play Mimi’s trashy mother Bonnie Lockhart on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Bonnie left Salem in early 2007, but Adrienne soon returned to town. In 2008 she was again nominated for an Emmy, but this time for the dual roles of Adrienne Kiriakis and Bonnie Lockhart. This was a first for daytime since the characters were not on the air at the same time. She appeared briefly on AS THE WORLD TURNS in 2009, before returning once again to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Adrienne Kiriakis.
At the 2010 and 2011 Daytime Emmys in Las Vegas, Judi was voted by TV Guide as the “Best Dressed All Around” for the 4 day celebration of the Daytime Emmys with its Pre-Emmy parties and after-parties. She was dressed by designer Mark Zunino Couture. Besides her work on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Judi has a moonlighting job working at Rose Hills Memorial Park, a cemetery-mortuary [in Los Angeles], as a family service counselor. “It’s a great opportunity to be of service to people. I feel very fortunate. I wanted to do something with my life that’s meaningful. Some people might consider this weird or desperate or a step down, but I don’t. I’m helping people at one of the most difficult times in life and that means the world to me.” explains Judi.