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Y&R Poll: Who Do You Want Victoria To End Up With?

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On The Young and the Restless, while Victoria (Amelia Heinle) is trying to recover from her abusive relationship with her ex J.T. Hellstrom (Thad Luckinbill), and knows that her mother killed him trying to protect her, she has now found herself leaning on another former ex, Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson), and co-worker and friend, Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard).

With Lily (Christel Khalil) drifting further from Cane now that she is serving a prison term for the accident that caused Hilary’s death, Cane and Victoria recently found themselves in a steamy kiss, and drawn to one another.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to deny and see those old feelings between Billy and Victoria, and the history that these two have shared over the years, through thick and through thin.

Big problem is –  Cane and Billy have no love lost for each other, which makes this situation all the more combustible.

So, in our latest Y&R poll, we ask you, “Who Do You Want Victoria To End Up With?”

Vote now and below for Billy, Cane, or  if you think Victoria should not get involved with either, and go it alone for awhile?

Share why you voted the way you did in the comment section.

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Mac and Billy

heck no dont bring mac back too boring billy needs a new woman altogether.

Billy dosn’t deserve no woman! He used summer and he is treating Kyle badly!

Cane!! I’ve never been a fan of Cane and Lily. I love seeing DG getting to play something else. Love them kissing and hope it goes further. Great drama with Billy, Cane and Victoria.

Cane the pain whispers too much

” it’s hard to deny and see those old feelings between Billy and Victoria”

Where ? When ?
The guy begged Phyllis to take him back two minutes ago, promised to fight for her and the day after, he wanted Victoria.

Well…..this is how I see it, Laurene: the old feelings were between Billy Miller and Amelia–they did have a phenominal connection…..this Billy is a sap.
So, yeah—I agree with your; “Where? When?”….I will add: How? Why?

Billy & Victoria have been over for eons & the have zero sexual chemistry. They’re like brother/sister. A Victoria/Cane romance would drive story. Lily’s in prison. Her family has been supportive of Cane but once they learn about his stepping out they are going to be pissed. Would they tell Lily?
Billy & Phyllis have flaming chemistry. They need to be trapped somewhere where they can fight it out & get past both being unfaithful.
Victoria/Cane need to solidify by the time Lily’s back and then game on! Perhaps she winds up with Nick.

No Cane and Victoria, bring Lily back with a new Character, No Phillis and Billy nor Nick. A new man for Phyllis a new woman for Billy.

billy/phyllis and cane/victoria

hell no

hell yes! this is my opinion so i have the right to express it.

no no hell no

Billy eventually. I want the love story <3

While the cane thing is interesting…her soulmate Billy. They’re the true love story and what I hope will be the end game.

I agree. And Jason Thompson is hitting it out of the park playing Billy Abbott–I think he has great chemistry with Victoria.

They have me swooning. I wasn’t sure but their chemistry has been excellent lately.

Oh, I agree with Harry about Billy and Victoria. I do love Billy Miller, but I like Jason’s chemestry with Victoria even more. Also, I want Nick with someone else, other than Phyllis. I just can not stand that woman anymore.

Same with me. Billy and Victoria Forever <3

I want Billy and Victoria find their way back to one another. Victoria is the only woman he ever loved truly and married her 3 times. She grounds him. Also they have family together and Reed trusts Billy more than anyone. They were not given a chance every since he returned his accident. Now Billy fot his lust out of the way, it’s time he return to his family and help Victoria heal from the abuse she sustained last year. He was there to protect her so he needs to step up and the man Victoria wants him to be-her rock and anchor. I want this time Billy fight for Victoria and the writers should explore her pain and recovery. Instead of making her slut who kisses any man she sees or especially a man she can’t stand. This kiss is ridiculous and came out of no where.

I voted for Cane. Seeing Victoria and Cane’s fight ending in a kiss it was first time in a long these two characters felt alive to me. They felt fresh and new and full of chemistry that could lead to unlimited storylines then later down the line they can add Lily into the mix when she is released from prison. Going back to their Brash and Sassy days I’ve always felt a spark between the characters and I was pleasantly surprised at the turn their fight took. I feel like Victoria and Cane are both in desperate need of new love interests. A thin line between love and hate is such a classic soap opera trope and I really hope the writers won’t be afraid to truly go there with Cane and Victoria.

Billy and Victoria are stale to me. It is so tiring seeing Y&R try this pairing with every single actor that plays the role of Billy Abbott hoping to recapture the original version of them. Billy and Victoria had their time and they were fun while they lasted, but I believe it’s time to let them go especially when I think they do better as co-parents and friends at this stage. When it comes to recasts I think shows to need realize and accept that each actor is different and they come with their own energy and what worked romantically with the previous actor may not with the current. Jason Thompson has made the role of Billy Abbott his and I think what he and Gina Tognoni created with Billy and Phyllis is a better suited pairing for their versions of those characters.

What gets me is the way you and others simply ignore Lily She is Canes wife So why should he even be an option. Mal Young in his awful writing threw Lily in prison when Really Victoria,her mom,Phyllis and Sharon should be there Then to add more insult Mal has Cane written to do this As a long time viewer I am extremely insulted and disgusted with Mal Young and TPTB that allowed him to do this. This story event doesnt look good for Cane or Victoria( a once battered woman qho totally disregards another woman) Will no sensible person at YR fix this

Christel wanted to go on recurring so the s/l sent her to prison. Her choice not Young’s.

Recurring doesn’t justify this story plot by Mal Young It also doesn’t mean prison and it doesn’t mean that you don’t get a viable s/l. CK also said she would be available when needed.

I feel like some folks are agenda voting/shipping. I think AH & JT have a natural chemistry. The thing is we never got the chance to explore this version of Villy because right away Phyllis was in the orbit as soon as Jason took over the role. I didn’t mind Philly,but I’m enjoying the Villy scenes more & more now that we’re getting a chance with this version. I never cared much for Cane. I guess they needed a way to keep DG on the show. I honestly would have preferred a villy triangle with Devon!

Villy were together when JT took the role. They also had months alone at B&S.

They had their chance to explore their version and they suck.
They have zero sexual chemistry and are like dry paint.

Victoria & Billy has been done to death. Quit selling this pairing as some epic love story when A) She is his fallback for the umpteenth time. He still would be with Phyllis had she not rejected him. B) He always cheats on her. C) She has to be portrayed as a less than so Billy can play hero. D) Her drive & ambition is taken away from her because of the gender inequality being pushed. She deserves better.

Great Post : have to highlight

first off… the one thing that supersede ^^^ Nick and Sharon, god how dead

Sharon Case is; thee show… okay should Michelle Stafford; Eileen Davidson; RETURN would never dull or diminish… She needs a helluva BIG man… ta da !

Michael Muhney RETURN

what an eclipse this would

C and D :

c: ” ^^^ C) She has to be portrayed as a less than ”
D: ” ^^^ D) Her drive & ambition is taken away from her because of the gender inequality being pushed”

which is so odd.. yeah? considering.. she’s Victor firstborn.. and is always given leverage.. yet he will in a heartbeat bring her down.. lickety split.. right along with mother , Nikki.
AND Nick is so boring any way… that his being stooli suits him well…

Victoria rocketed with Billy Miller : just took off ; she works with Jason Thompson… it was short circuited to save for later… TRUTH… recall all those hospital scenes as Victoria was by his side. WOAH

who wants to see : BORING SEX SCENES w/Phyllis AGAIN AND AGAIN. blah blech

so however @Y&R plays her … she’s stamina.. a hold on … a twist you turn with; I’ve loved Amelia Heinle TAKE.. she’s two time emmied.. boy did she catch up and stay on top of her game… ALL this after Billy Miller left. by all account Period

this topsy turvey game that will always be continually played out till Eric Braden , Victor is DEAD… will always leverage the playing field… I would never count out Victoria

Cane is MARRIED. What about his wife? I really hate seeing Cane become another Nick . Lily needs Cane so of course have him cheat. Sharon needed Nick when he cheated on her. I know it is a soap but can’t we have a man stand by his wife when things get tough?

Billy is Victoria’s soul mate at Nikki is to Victor

Billy. They are and have always been soulmates. I hope they finally get the chance to be happy.

Billy. Thompson and Heinle have been fabulous lately showing these two falling in love all over again. Kudos.

Billy Abbott. @ameliamheinle and @myjasonthompson have me fanboying lately hahaha!

As long as it’s not Cain……I never liked him; not that I like this Billy, either…..but he’s a far cry from Cain ( the name itself tells a story). Cain sucks the air out of a scene; and my space, LOL.
I don’t think I’ve imagined this…..but, I remember having read that perhaps, there are two JT’s? The fake one is truly dead, but the real JT is somewhere, roaming around with amnesia.
Victoria and the JT I remember, were soooo good together. He certainly was not an abusive maniac.
Bring the good JT back….send Cain packing and put no-personality-spoiled-brat-screw-up-Billy and hey-look-at-me-I’m-the-ever-obnoxious-Phyllis in the same playpen, again.

Hi Celia! Loved your post and agree with you. I still think Billy belongs with Mac. Victoria needs a calming soul, like a teacher!

LOL….You give teachers a bad name, Ron–my husband calls me a spitfire!!
Seriously, my friend….I like neither Cane, nor This Billy. I cannot fathom how anyone can say that Billy belongs to anyone…..we have not seen Thompson with anyone except crazy Non-Phyllis.
But, you’re right…..introduce someone else—-there’s too much recycling going on. How about Jack? She’s, at least, in her forties–kidding!!!! Nah….

Spitfire? Wow! Keep at it! My wife calls me a keg of dynamite.
Boy, that Jack story unnerves me. Whatever happened to his Vietnamese wife? I don’t recall.Then again, he’s had so many marriages, you would think he realizes he’s not meant to be married.

I await the arrival of the new writers. Let’s see them rescue this show.

Hi, Ron,
I do hope this show can be rescued….I’ve been watching since I was in diapers…….life would not be the same without my Y&R.
It was bad enough mourning the loss of AMC, AW and OLTL….I can’t lose this one, too.
I don’t remember what happened to Jack’s Vietnamese wife…..I did mention his son, Kemo, a few times. He should be well into his forties.
This is the reason I am so frustrated, Ron…..Jack should not be dallying; fooling around; indulging….whatever; with a girl young enough to be his daughter. My father is younger than Jack.
The “destruction” of characters is on the writers. It’s silly….Thank goodness they came to their senses by putting an end to Nikki’s “pruritus” for High Schoolers…. what an “Arturian” travesty that was!!
Then, there’s Mia—this woman is a wanton, period!! I am not a violent person, but I want to smack her a few times….And, if the writers want to trick us into thinking she’s sexy? Hmmmm. Nah–she does not have the IT factor. None, of these women, does. Hilary had it all….femme fatale with all the trimmings. Spitfire? LOL.
So, you’re a keg of dynamite? Wow!! I like that….I like your wife.
I never allow my husband to win an argument, even when I know he’s right–ergo, “spitfire”– he does call be “Angel”, though, when I behave. LOL.
By the way…what college did your son decide to attend?
Soon, Ron.

Hi again, Celia– busy here with digging out from several inches of snow. Winter finally arrived in the midwest the past couple of weekends ( in case you haven’t noticed the lack of “wintry” storylines on Y and R!)

I’m guessing the new head writers will first figure out how to undo a lot of mess and end the sophomoric storylines currently running, then they’ll need to bring faith back to the loyal viewers who rely on the show’s history by righting a lot of wrongs. Most of all, I hope the current staff of writers beef up their skills. I have had the hardest time finding biographical information about the staff: their ages, where they attended college, their writing histories, etc. I’m just so stunned by how shallow the components of writing are (as you adeptly pointed out more than once.) I mean, HOW RIDICULOUS WAS IT ON FRIDAY’S EPISODE TO HAVE BILLY SUDDENLY APPEAR IN VICTORIA’S LIVING ROOM WHILE SHE AND CANE ARE LOCKING LIPS?

Don’t get me started about Mia– I fast forward through all her scenes. Double that for Arturo. I’m so unhappy for Abby.

Thanks for asking about my oldest son’s college plans for this fall. He’s been accepted to U Wisconsin, Madison (how fitting for Genoa City!), U Missouri, Columbia and a local private college (who awarded him the President’s scholarship– enough for two years fully paid.) He finished the Dec deadline applications for Notre Dame (his top choice), Syracuse (second choice), Northwestern and Boston College. The only iffy one of the bunch is Northwestern– seems his 34 ACT is borderline (how crazy is that?)

Take care, Happy New Year, and keeping up the great classroom work, my friend in the east!

Hello, Ron,
Happy New Year to you and yours….thank you. I was in the midst of typing when, suddenly, the screen went blank….and this, a brand new iPad….I go through them like water. I keep dropping them, shattering the screen, LOL.
So, if you get two replies; that’s the reason.
YEAH… I know about all the white stuff you’re getting. I was talking to my cousin in Toronto, yesterday…..she was complaining about it, too.
We got rain, instead…..but, the temp will only be fourteen tomorrow–icy roads terrify me; I can handle the fluffy stuff, LOL.
I hear you, my friend…..what is the non-love triangle between Billy, Cane and Victoria? They act like teens in their first throes of infatuation. What’s wrong with these writers? And, why would they affix Arturo on Abby?
With the exception of Lola ( most of the time) the Rosales family is flat, uninteresting and boring. No spice. No zing. No gusto!!
I can’t be sure, but was there a “headline” online ( or was it on TV?), asking the viewers what we think of Y&R? Gee!! All they need to do is go on these sites to get a clue!!

34 ( ACT) is borderline? Are they nuts? MIT is lower than that–Harvard, Yale and Columbia, as well.
I think any school in Boston is on the upper echelons of education. But, I’m biased, what can I say? LOL.
Notre Dame ( Our Lady) is an excellent choice!! I wish him well …….sincerely.
It’s been soooo long, Ron….getting a whiff of nostalgia…
Take care….❤️

Boston is my favorite US city. Aside from Notre Dame, not much happening in Indiana (our neighbor state.) And, the Chicago Tribune wrote a long article about college entrance requirements and found (after a year-long survey) the two toughest schools to get into throughout the US are #1, Northwestern and #2, U of Chicago. So, my bright son wrote his Northwestern college essay about the definition of IMPOSSIBLE and how doesn’t believe in it!

It was 4 degrees this morning, wind chill -12.

Hi, Ron,
As one teacher to another…….Today, while his children were arguing, Cane interruped by saying, ” ….between your mom and I….”. No need to explain to you. Bad grammar is as much your pet-peeve as it is mine—-and, I do not mean typos ( those don’t count, LOL).

It should be Billy. I am just not buying this forced angle with Cane and Victoria and what happened to his so called love for Lily? It is just horrid writing.

Agreed, Amanda…….This will be another epic fail in a quadrangle-idiotic-love-story.
If Cane and Victoria get together, these writers will make him look worse than the heel he already is. A patsy!! His wife is in jail and here he is having lurid designs on another woman……VICTORIA of all people???? …..why should he be involved with anyone in the first place? His sexual drive must be too insurmountable for him to handle??
Then, there’s Jack and the giant-girl-woman…..every time they make out, my stomach lurches!! Mamma mia; he’s an old man!! Yuck!! Why? Worst writing…..these penners should get some common sense–Jack looks his age. This girl is in her twenties. The willy-nilly writing drives me up the wall……TPTB want Jack to be relevant and involved with someone romantically? Fine! Just pair him with a woman closer to his age….I skip over all their scenes, whether they go at it or not. Their mere presence together is a turn-off.

Cane is now and always has been a lying slime ball. No way he should be with Victoria. Let Billy and Victoria renew their love.

Gram S, I thoroughly agree with you. I can’t stand that lousy Cain. Him whining at the prison, when he went to see Lily today, was sickening. I also don’t like Jill always fawning all over him, like he’s so wonderful. She comes to GC for five minutes at a time, but is always right there to tell Cane and Billy how to run their lives. Too bad she can’t see the real jerk of a con man she married.


BILLY!!! True love never dies.

Cane is kinda a fun distraction but Billy and Victoria are each other’s true North. So Billy

Billy and Victoria they make a good couple and they have children together

Who cares about children ? Two people shouldn’t be together because they have children but because they LOVE each other.

Billy and Chloe had a child too.

With Billy

Cane is not an option he is married to Lily Winters Ashby. I am simply amazed at the number of bloggers and TPTB that be seeing Lily’s life as parts to be portioned off to the next woman in need of a spare part and yes that is what has been done for years use Lily’s life as spare parts. Where is your poll for why Lily should not be in jail for an accident when the real criminals go free and live the high life around GC including getting her husband. I have never seen a poll giving Lily the option to have another woman’s pairing broken up so her husband/partner can be used as a spare part to give to Lily Ashby.

Hi, Ane,
The first thing I said when Lily was sentenced was exactly that!! My parents are both attorneys, and albeit this is a soap……it is amazing how these soap-gods twist the law to the extreme.
Lily should have never gone to jail—it was an accident. Yes, someone did die as a consequence, but it was an accident nonetheless.
My mother said that had Lily been drinking, then the writers could/may have used it as an excuse/reason to sentence her.
Bluntly put; the writing su*ks!! Getting worse and worse….and this my favorite soap!! It hurts saying it…..

Victoria needs to have new man altogether!

i agree

a new man not billy not cane

Good gawd!
Listen up!
It the era of the woman, Strong women.
The woman is rising.
Victoria needs no man.

She can Date, hook-up, check out the stock but she does Not need to have a man in her life messing it up.

What has happened to play the field?
this I need I a man or I’m gonna die is crapola..

Women do well, very well without a man/relationship.
And No respectful woman would take a man back that has screwed everyone in her space and caused her much pain, who in Hades does that!

Victoria doesn’t need Billy back– good lawd he has screwed most everyone she knows..
how pitiful bwahaaa!

highly agree

Neither – I hate the character of Cane Ashby (and not a fan of narcissist Daniel Goddard) and Jason Thompson still sucks as Billy Abbott!!

If Billy Miller came back to “Y & R”, then I’d want Billy & Vicki together – Amelia had great chemistry with Billy Miller!!

victoria needs a new man and sharon should go back to nick they always really loved each other they look better together. Victoria is too high strung and boring for Billy and Cane is very boring and should be taken off the show never the less Cane belongs to Lily.

I have been a follower of the Young and the Restless for years and I am sad for a couple of reasons that I am contemplating not watching anymore. Number 1. To NOT see the Characters such as Paul Williams or that of Lily, Gloria and others of the cast who were good in their rolls no longer are on anymore. 2. I am sorry the acting of Rey, Lola, Arturo and Mia is not of the best. In fact I find the characters they are playing very boring. You need to have some more creative writing to keep the interest in watching the show or you will loose the audience. Getting rid of the people who helped bring the ratings up is not the way to go in my opinion.

Cane and Victoria sitting in a tree…lol.

Don’t want Victoria with Cane. He needs to remember his wife. He’s not drunk this time.

Neither one. Cane has a wife and if Victoria knowingly goes with him while Lily is in prison, I’m sorry, I’ve got no respect for the character.


Having her with Billy is lazy. Like Nick processing his undying love for Phyllis after processing his undying love for Sharon weeks before at the altar.

Get new cast. Finish the JT story and instead of a love story it’s how Victoria as a strong – ER woman now fights to prove her innocence and it was all in self defence.

Not Billy

Cane is such a dumbass… They shouldn’t waste Victoria on him.

Victoria and Cane give viewers something new and interesting. Also, the fact that Billy only showed up on Victoria’s doorstep when Phyllis dissed him. I really think that Billy and Victoria are the super couple but they both need some time to heal!



THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Nikki is Tempted by the Bottle, Victoria & Cole Ponder if Claire Could be Their Daughter

On Monday’s December 4th recap of The Young and the Restless, the Newmans are reeling from the trauma they each endured after being kidnapped drugged, slashed, poisoned and in Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) case, given an IV bag filled with booze and then finding herself giving in to her addiction and downing the rest of the bottle left behind.

It appears the Newman family are not catching the signals that Nikki is tempted to drink again, in fact, Cole (J. Eddie Peck) was talking about needing a bourbon, right in front of her!

As they try to gather themselves, and as Nikki stares at bottles of liquor, Victor (Eric Braeden) reveals he had Aunt Jordan (Colleen Zenk) investigated which, according to his research, Jordan is the half-sister of Eve Howard (the late Margaret Mason).  He goes on to inform the family that Jordan was a traveling nurse and somehow was at the hospital when Cole and Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) daughter, Eve was born pre-mature and eventually ‘died.”


Adding this all up, it casts doubt that makes Victoria and Cole think, could Claire (Hayley Erin) really be their daughter Eve? After Victoria becomes overwhelmed, she walks out on the family conversation.

Cole goes after her and they sit outside Crimson Lights and have a heart-to-heart, where they come to the realization that Claire could really be the baby they grieved for all those years ago.

Back at the Newmans, Nikki is clearly struggling with: the ordeal she has been through, the guilt she feels for not being strong enough to fend off Claire and Aunt Jordan, and for hiring Claire in the first place! She is one step away from taking a drink.

At the end of the episode, Cole and Victoria decide they need to head to the prison where Claire is being held to get some answers from her.

So, what did you think of the fallout from Aunt Jordan’s heinous plot against the Newmans? Waiting for Nikki to fall further off the wagon? Are you convinced that Claire will indeed turn out to be “Eve”, or do you hope there is yet another twist to this story? Comment below.

And make sure to check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s recent livestream conversation with The Young and the Restless’ Hayley Erin below with insight into what’s to come as Claire/Eve’s story moves further along and more, below

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Daytime Emmy Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon; The Tradition Continues

On Sunday, it was Mishael Morgan’s (Amanda Sinclair, The Young and the Restless) turn to host the annual Lead Actress nominee luncheon, for this year’s talented woman who are going for gold at the upcoming 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night, December 15th on CBS.

Morgan took home the Daytime Emmy in this category in 2022 becoming the first Black actress in the now 50-year history to ever win it. In a tradition that was started by four-time Daytime Emmy winner Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful), the winning actress from the previous year has to pick up the tab, choose a restaurant and host a fun afternoon gathering for this year’s crop of nominees.

Attending the festivities were 2023 Lead Actress nominees: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, The Young and the Restless), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Sharon Case (Sharon, The Young and the Restless) Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, The Bold and the Beautiful).

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Taking to her Instagram, Melissa Claire Egan shared: “To be nominated alongside this incredibly talented group of women is a TRUE HONOR!!! Thank you to last years winner, the fabulous Mishael Morgan for hosting an epic Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon today. It’s so nice that they all offered to give me their Emmy if they win!!”

Michelle Stafford took to her Instagram and expressed: “Lead Actress Brunch. This is a real honor. I’m truly honored to be in a group with all of these incredible women. I’ve loved them all for a very long time. We are all so grateful to be working on our shows… to be working in general, as actors. What a spectacular group of women. Mishael (Last years winner) put together a brunch that was BEYOND spectacular with gift bags even!! I mean Mishael, you are an absolute class act. Thank you for the beautiful day 🧡”

Finola Hughes posted her sentiments as well, “Yesterday was the leading ladies lunch for the Emmy’s. It’s a tradition started by the inimitable Susan Flannery. (The previous years winner throws a luncheon for the nominees). Yesterday was a very special lunch. Mishael Morgan raised the bar! The conversation was at once light hearted and deep. This was an amazing group of women, supportive, funny and caring. Thank you all for a brilliant few hours 💕 🌸 ✨”

Posting on their Instagram Stories were Michelle Stafford who gave us a little more behind the scenes of the luncheon, where Mishael also handed out a gift bag to each of the ladies, and Sharon Case who accompanied her photos with the tune “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride.

So, looking forward to seeing which of these talented actresses takes home the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy on December 15th? What do you think about how the tradition has been handed down for many years that the luncheon carries on? Comment below.

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Y&R’s Hayley Erin Talks On the Revelation That Shocks Claire, Vendetta Against the Newmans, and Working with Her Co-Stars

The Young and the Restless recently cast former General Hospital star and Daytime Emmy-winner, Hayley Erin in the role of Claire Grace, who may be proven to be the biological daughter of Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Cole (J. Eddie Peck), who they thought died as an infant and who they named “Eve”. The baby was named after Cole’s diabolical mother, Eve Howard (the late Margaret Mason).

Now as the story has played out in riveting fashion, fans of Y&R have witnessed how the seemingly businessman-minded and trusted new assistant of Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott), is actually a terror with a vindictive streak that knows no bounds. Once Claire lures Nikki to her Aunt Jordan’s (Colleen Zenk) house in Oregon, things take a deadly turn as Jordan and Claire tried to take down the Newmans. However, in the process, Claire learned some shocking news, herself.

Hayley Erin chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel where she discussed all the inner-working of Claire/Eve, the dramatic scenes, working with her new co-stars including ATWT’s beloved Colleen Zenk, and more.

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Erin previously appeared on Y&R back in 2008-2010 as a young Abby Newman, so during the interview she shared how interesting it has been to come back to the show for a second go-round. Plus, she delves a bit about her time on GH working with the likes of Maura West, Chloe Lanier, Robert Palmer Watkins and more.  Here are just some of the topics and Hayley’s responses from the livestream conversation below.

On Y&R, viewers just saw this week how Claire’s motives were revealed, and that she believed she was thrown to the wolves as a baby and her parents, presumably Cole and Victoria, didn’t want her, only to find out Aunt Jordan stole her from the hospital and switched babies.

Hayley shared on the on-screen moment: “I can’t think of anything more shocking than to find out that basically your entire life has been a lie. So for Claire, that is moment that her entire life comes crumbling down. The moment that Jordan said, ‘I took you from the hospital.’ That is just world shifting. Claire was led to believe that she was put up for adoption, basically, and that they (Victoria and Cole) didn’t want her. And now the truth comes out.”

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Josh Griffith, the head writer and executive producer of Y&R, is said to have had Hayley read a few scenes to showcase both sides of Claire to land her the role. Erin expounded on that, sharing, “There were two scenes that I read. I did a test with Melody Thomas Scott, who I just love working with. So, the first scene was very much beginning Claire, assistant, very good at my job business talk, like so many business words. And then the second scene was, ‘I hate the Newmans. I hate them. I hate you all. You’re just like disgusting and so full of yourselves and you think you’re so amazing.’ So, I had done the scenes and then I got note from Josh and he’s like, ‘Can you hate them a little more?’ I was like, ‘sure’.  So, we read the scene again and he was like, ‘That was great. Thanks.’ That was the whole process.”

There was such intense scenes when not only Claire stuck Nikki with a hypodermic needle but set her up with an IV drip of booze and left a bottle behind. It was a horrifying act. Hayley admitted those scenes with Melody Thomas Scott were some of her favorites, thus far.

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“I loved every minute of that. I mean the dark, dark Claire, that was the most fun I’ve ever had,” Erin said. “Particularly the hallucination that Nikki had.  I think, my favorite scene I’ve ever had the pleasure of filming. It was so much fun.  There’s so much going on. Claire’s psyche is such a strange thing. It’s so fragile and manipulated and just playing with those different layers has been a really enjoyable experience for me.”

The pairing of Colleen Zenk as Aunt Jordan and Hayley as Claire/Eve has interjected some new life in Y&R. Erin shared her reaction to working with the ATWT favorite: “I mean, ‘Aunt Jordan, aunt Jordan, aunt Jordan,’ I feel like I said about 70,000 times, planting the seeds.  I knew Colleen, actually, I had met her few years ago at an event in Marco Island called Soap Fest. However, I wasn’t super familiar with her work, but I knew that she was a legend. So now, I’m very familiar with her work I just couldn’t be more grateful for such a powerhouse of a scene partner.  I’m so lucky. The women I’ve been surrounded with at Y&R, I think that’s such a cool thing, too. The storyline has really been female driven.”

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Now the question becomes, if Claire is proven to be Eve, will she form any kind of meaningful relationship with her ‘mother’ Victoria. Erin weighed-in: “It’s hard to say because I look at Claire and I see that there’s so much resentment that has been drilled into her that, how do you undo that?  How do you start fresh? It’s a great idea, it’s a nice fantasy, but that means unlearning decades of  manipulation. So, that’s how her brain was formed. Her brain was formed believing these things.  I mean, I hope there’s a really good therapist maybe in town!”

Check out the replay of the entire livestream conversation below with Hayley. Then, let us know in the comment section, if you’ve enjoyed her performance as Claire/Eve thus far, and what you hope happens next the character in the story? Do you want her to scheme again with Aunt Jordan against the Newmans, or get a new lease on life?

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