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Mara McCaffrey Joins the Cast of The Young and the Restless!

Photo Credit: Ross Ferguson

Photo Credit: Ross Ferguson

Kevin’s (Greg Rikaart) hacker friend is about to join him in Genoa City!  Casting news out of CBS Soaps In Depth has that actress Mara McCaffrey has been cast in the recurring role of Natalie, formerly known during the casting call as “Isla”.

Natalie is described as “a tech wiz with a passion for cyber life.”   And this week on Y&R, Mariah (Camyrn Grimes) tried to find out more about the female hacker Kevin met in Switzerland, while Billy (Burgess Jenkins) overheard Kevin telling Mariah about his new idea to enable computers to be hacker-proof.   In addition, Noah (Robert Adamson) had asked Kevin to dig up dirt on the Santori family.  So, it would seem the appearance of Natalie would tie-in perfectly with these story set-ups.

Look for McCaffrey to first appear on Y&R on the January 15th episode of the number one soap opera.   

Will Natalie give Mariah a run for the money for the heart of Kevin? Will two computers whizzes find love? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Jimmy

    December 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

    My initial thought was that she looks A LOT like Elizabeth Hendrickson, especially in that picture.

    • Lew S.

      December 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      That’s who I thought it was.

      • LB

        January 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm

        I told my husband that she looks like Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson).

    • James R. Poissant

      December 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Oh my God—the resemblance is so uncanny!!!

  2. Mateo

    December 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Great, just what Y&R needs is another useless character with no links to Genoa City.

    • Nanci

      December 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Amen, Mateo!!

    • CeeCee

      December 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I agree, Mateo, albeit I must admit the girl is gorgeous. Her face beautifully sculpted. But, I do not think she resembles Elizabeth H one bit…sorry, guys. I was hoping they were bringing Mackenzie back. I thought it would be she. I am so sick of the mystery and stupid suspense of this Spanish family with an Italian name. Sick of these cyber games with dilettantes trying to infiltrate corporate espionage. Give me my soap back.

      • Timmm

        December 14, 2015 at 7:22 am

        Cee, I agree, WHO GAF! I love Kevin but he gets some of the silliest stories EVER! Mac would be great to have back! The Chancelor name is gone! Why dont they stop with all these nickel and dimers and bring back Mac, Phillip, Tucker, ect and make the Chanclelor name relevant again? I so agree with you on Marissa and her greasy lover who needs a major haircut. WHY are they even on the show? Because of Noah? Noah works at a bar, he can meet a chick every night! Well, maybe not, they have about as many people in that place as a Sears, at this point! Later my luv!

    • Timmm

      December 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      She is only recurring and she is useful because of the computer hack story and to make Mariah jealous.

      • CeeCee

        December 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        Don’t you feel like saying, “Whoopee-doo!!”, Timmm? Who cares, really!? It will only makes a stupid storyline stupider. Why couldn’t they have made her Mackenzie? ……would have been so much more interesting; with a real, honest-to-goodness story to tell. I know you want a meatier story as much as I do, my Timmmbo. Bye.

  3. damien

    December 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    a triangle involving kevin, mariah and a newbie!?
    pratt needs to bring back austin somehow because maraih/ austin/ summer was really hot!
    summer needs to be on more and her and mariah have a natural distaste for eachother.
    austin was gorgeous and his death was unnecesary, as was his off the screen romance with abby.considering how anticlimatic the cabin mystery played out.
    romances involving kevin are usually more comedic relief . janna was really the only believable love intrest of his

    • Timmm

      December 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Not knocking your opinion but you are in the minority when it comes to Summer being on the show. It has been an early Christmas present not having her on! Every scene shes in she has a sour look on her face like someone just, well you know! I did like Austin but he is dead! Now if this was GH Austin would reappear just like that!

      • Nikki

        December 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        OMG How I agree nooooo don’t bring back Summer. She was snooze time and was so out of the league for a Nick/Phyllis daughter. Actually when I first saw this new girl with this beautiful face and tiny features I thought “why could they not have made her Summer”?

      • Nanci

        December 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        I am enjoying the Summer-free soap and dont miss her a bit, but
        you would think someone (Phyllis maybe?) would at least reference
        her absence in some way, and Kyle, too, actually. Unless I just missed it.

  4. Timmm

    December 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Yeah, if you needed to recast Chloe this girl looks like a ringer! Anyhow, yeah, this is cool. She is cute and it makes sense to start a love triangle to make Mariah jealous. I only ask two things and one is that she can act and two, yes, I’ll take ANYONE on the screen thats not Summer, Kyle, Stitch, Lilly, Hillary, Neal or Devon!

    • su0000

      December 12, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      hey Timmm..
      I have coded my PC to automatically FF ; Devon, Hillary, Sharon, Neal and Summer and Phyllis when she is being a freakout harsh .
      And I gotta tell you- it has been great, absolutely great !

      (I have been contemplating adding Dylan to the auto list if he doesn’t shape up into someone interesting, he is sorta a blob.)

      • Timmm

        December 14, 2015 at 7:10 am

        I blew through Thursday’s show and for the fun of it read the recap and I fell asleep!

    • CeeCee

      December 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      No, no, no, Timmm!!!!First of all, this girl looks young enough to be Chloe’s daughter. Secondly, the features are all wrong. Both pretty, but this girl beats Elizabeth by a mile. I think it’s only the guys that have this same thought. I bet not the women…..All of you need to be smacked upside the head. Lol. Forgive me?

      • su0000

        December 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm

        ok, well.

        It is the ”young” and restless..

        There is near zero young lol and very little young restlessness..

        there are grandmas & grandpas and people pushing 50, so yeh they do to bring n younger ones or change the title .. LOL 🙂

        Anyways, after she has served her purpose she will be let go ..

      • Timmm

        December 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

        CeeCee, young IS the NEW young! Dont you know! No, but from first glance I thought it was Liz but this young sweetie, her hair is much longer. Like I said, i just hope she can act. I like that it will cause Mariah to be possessive of the Silver Squirrel!

      • Elite Advisors

        December 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

        I agree Cee Cee…

        This girl LOOKS MUCH too young to play a love interest of Kevin… as pretty as she is….I hope they don’t go there…

  5. su0000

    December 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Y&R is family power..
    If a character is not of the Abbots or Newman’s or connected through marriage, they are disposable characters.

    The Newmans & Abbotts, whichever ones, dominate the screen day after day, they are upfront in some manner, it is their soap..

    • Barbara from Atlanta

      December 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      I totally agree with this.

  6. Marie

    December 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Why not bring in the pretty young girl for Noah, he seems to always be losing his love interests and they need a good storyline for him.

    • Mijosmimi

      January 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      You said exactly what I was going to say. Noah needs a love interest! I think this girl is going to cause love triangles EVERYWHERE! First between Mariah and Kevin and then between Kevin & Noah.

  7. Tani Sterling

    December 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Where I live if there is a news breaking event the Y and R is cut. I still am unclear why Billy is so blamed for whatever happened with Paragon because there was news for a couple of days. I am trying to get old Billy out of my mind and recognize that someone else is going to appear. By the way, Jenkins seems to be coming alive as he prepares to depart.

    Mariah, however, has been the only person with any “smarts” in my mind; hope they don’t make her stupid. Her instinct and perception are almost the only interesting things right now. That’s a bit of an overstatement, but not by much. Every time I feel something interesting coming, it evolves into a fast forward. The new actress, if presented as competition, worries me or interests me; different types of intelligence.

    Still, I watch, but less and less watch with more and more fast forward.

  8. Wize Ole Owl

    December 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I am so over Kevin and Mariah or Kevin with anyone as far as that is concerned. Mariah needs a strong storyline. She has the talent. So why not give her a juicy storyline that is believable. Kevin and Mariah simply do not fit. Jack also need to be transformed. Too much is happening to him. It’s time for Jack to come up and show us that flavor we all miss and loved about him. And while you are at it, please give Phyllis something to do. I am so over Jack getting snowed by Victor. Life just does not work that way even in a soap. So stop the madness because we, the viewers, deserve so much more. I hope this new Billy is the last Billy and can make it work. If he is given the right storyline he can make it. Burgess never had a chance. They made him whimpy and whiny and spineless and let Victor walk all over him. Every man needs to hold his own. When you take that away you take away the man. If the writers cannot make this show work without always letting Victor win and taking away the dignity of women and men and killing children and having them switched at birth. Then you get writers who can do the things of long ago. Make it work without using the same old scenario over and over again. Sharon has already had Faith taken away from her. Now they are doing the same thing to Sage. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CBSrocks

      December 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Wize Ole Owl… Thank you! I could not have said it any better! Geesh, enough of the same ole thing already!!!

    • jackie meixner

      January 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Just mentioned perhaps Natalie could end up liking Mariah, could be a good story and something different for Young and Restless

  9. Stonehenge

    December 18, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Looking forward to Natalie . . . hoping for some surpises, twists and plot.

  10. Sharon Berkley

    January 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Kevin and Mariah belong together !!!!!

  11. Sharon Berkley

    January 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Kevin and Mariah should be together with no interference from the hacker

  12. Darlene

    January 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I think Noah will wind up falling in love with her.

  13. jackie meixner

    January 16, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Could Natalie end up liking Mariah!Heck it’s 2016!. MARIAH has really good friendship with Kevin,but it hasn’t gone anywhere! Food for thought.

  14. ANNE

    January 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Please just tell me the NAME AND BRAND OF MARA’s EYE GLASSES !!!!! Thank you so much !! Greatly appreciated!!

  15. ANNE

    January 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I have watched Y & R since day one and have not missed an episode !! Taped it and then DVR’d it !! Please come thru with Mara’s eye glass frames BRAND AND NAME OF FRAMES !!!
    Thanks !

  16. Linda

    February 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I too would like Natalie’s (Mara’s) eye glass frames Band And Name of Frames. Love them and would like to get a pair like it!

    • Ashlee

      February 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      I would like to know too. They look great!

      • kathy

        February 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Hey Ashlee, did you ever get the info for Mara’s eye glass frames brand and name of frames. If so, would love to know.

  17. Lori D

    March 5, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I too want the eyeglass info. Who can give us an answer???

    • Claire

      June 10, 2016 at 6:13 am

      The computer geek is going to end up being Victor Newman’s daughter. She will be a bigger character than chloe. Hate Luca. Fast forward anything Colin or Jill.

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