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Y&R’s Jess Walton Dishes On Her 30-Year Milestone As Genoa City’s Jill!

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August has been a month of celebration for The Young and the Restless enduring star, Jess Walton.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actress has played the one and only Jill for now 30 years in Genoa City.  Not an easy milestone to reach, or feat in the world of soap operas.

On Friday, August 18th, at a gathering in her honor: cast, crew, CBS and Sony executives, and Y&R creatives came together to praise and thank Jess Walton for her outstanding performances and efforts as a legacy member of the number-one daytime drama series.  From Y&R’s executive producer and now head writer Mal Young, to Sony’s Steve Kent and Jason Clodfelter, to Walton’s cast mates, Peter Bergman (Jack), Kate Linder (Esther), and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), everyone shared fond memories, and their love for Jess, and her one-of-a-kind brilliance, that has made Jill a character soap fans have either loved to love, or loved to hate for over three decades.

When it was her turn to speak, Walton noted those along the way who helped her and meant so much to her with some touching and humorous stories including those of her longtime scene partner, the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). In a surprise for Walton, Y&R producer, Jimmy Freeman put together a clip package of memorable Jill moments through the years illustrating the series love for Jess. 

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Jess following the tribute in her honor to get her thoughts on the 30-year celebration, and her fantastic series run.  To kick things off though, here is what a few of her co-stars had to say about Jess on her big day.

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Peter Bergman (Jack): “People always ask who my favorite person to work with is, and I always say Jess Walton, because I have so much fun history with the character of Jill, and our scenes just play themselves.”

Sharon Case (Sharon):  “Jess is amazing.  I have watched her work over the years.  My favorite storyline with Jess was with Jerry Douglas as John Abbott, when they were having a custody battle over baby Billy!  That was just so well-written, and performed so well that it was one of my all-time favorite storylines on Y&R.  Jess is a really powerful actress, and she is so talented that she can play anything. 

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Jess, you mentioned when you got up to address those in attendance, and to make your speech that it’s hard for you to speak publicly.

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JESS:   Yes.  I don’t like public speaking.  I hate it!  It was harder than I expected and I didn’t know where to begin, because I had so many ideas in my head and so many memories. When I got up there to speak, I thought I couldn’t possibly fit all of this in; people are waiting for their lunch. (Laughs)  So, I just did a hodgepodge of memories.  I remember one of them was Ed Scott (Ex-EP, Y&R) running down the stage to me a million times at the beginning.  I then remember going to Bill Bell (Creator, Y&R) and saying, “Do I have to cry when it says in the script to cry during a speech, because it would always make me freeze up?”   Bill said, “No. You don’t.”    I went to Ed Scott and told him that, and then Ed said, “I’m going to kill him” (Laughs) Ed did not want me to have permission not to cry, because Ed loved seeing the actors cry. (Laughs)

When you watched the stroll down memory lanes in the clip package that was shown featuring those memorable Jill moments, what was your reaction?

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JESS:   I loved seeing me when I was younger.  I loved the Jeanne Cooper scenes, and I know it would have been magnificent if she was here with us for this, but I know she is watching. Jeanne shaped me so much, and she was such a strong person, that she made me strong.

I don’t know if you are aware, but so many over the years have told me how phenomenal they think you are as an actress, and many out there, who are your peers,  revere you as one of the penultimate actresses of the genre. 

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JESS:  I can’t believe that, and I have never felt that!  That’s amazing to me and makes me feel very humbled, because all of that makes me uncomfortable, but I am very proud that people think that.  It’s funny, one of the great things and gifts on being with this show is that you could be really mediocre one day, absolutely feel bad about your performance the next day, and then do a kick-ass job on Thursday. So, you always have another chance. It used to be if you were a guest star on a weekly primetime show, if you blew it during your one shot that was it.  I remember when I felt that.  I would want to kill myself for the next month! (Laughs) Now, the crew and the cameramen at Y&R have seen me be good, bad, and indifferent.  I don’t have to prove a thing to them.  They know what I can do.  You can always do your best work when you feel comfortable, and I feel comfortable when working in front of them. 

In your 30 years, which were the storylines you disliked, or you thought were real stinkers for your character, Jill?

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JESS:   I didn’t like when they sent Jill off into the witness protection program with Bobby played by John Enos. I did not like that; to leave to be the nanny to their baby?  Jill hated Brittany Hodges (Lauren Woodland), who was the mother of the baby, and Jill had worked all her life to be an executive at Jabot.  So when Jill says, “I will just go off with you two and be your nursemaid”, I thought, perhaps, that wasn’t the easiest scene to play.  A similar thing happened when I was in scenes with Michael Nouri (Ex-Elliot Hampton), and his character came in to steal Jabot.  Jill was supposed to run off with him and leave all of her family, friends, and everything she worked for behind.  That was another one where I went, “I don’t think so!” (Laughs)

On the flipside, what has been some of your favorite storylines?

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JESS:  I particularly liked when Jill has both John Abbott (Jerry Douglas) and Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker) on a string, but they did not know about each other.  I thought that was hilarious, because Jill always had to back herself out of a corner, and it was really a lot of fun.  There was also the storyline with David Kimball played by Michael Corbett.  It wasn’t that long, like maybe two years of the 30 years, but Michael is one of my dearest friends to this day. 

You replaced Brenda Dickson in the role.  What do you recall about that time, and coming on to Y&R as the new Jill?

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JESS:  I did not know much about The Young and the Restless at all, but Nicolas Walker (Ex-Trey Clegg, Capitol) who was my co-star on Capitol, had been on the show for a little bit.  He had come over for a day and filled me in on the story. Nicholas would run lines with me and play Jeanne Cooper’s part as Katherine.  He truly filled me in on a tremendous amount of stuff! 

In closing, you know live in Oregon.  However, when all is said and done, do you want to continue coming back to Y&R, and being part of the fabric of the show?

JESS:  Oh sure, yeah.  I wouldn’t want to do it day in and day out anymore, but I like to come down in chunks.  It has been an amazing run for me on Y&R, and yes, I would like to keep coming back.

Share your congratulations to Jess Walton for her 30 years as Jill Foster Abbott Atkinson in the comment section below.  Then let us know what has been your favorite Jill scene over the three decades, and let us know your thoughts in subjects shared in our conversation with Jess.

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Mateo
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Mateo

Jess Walton is always a breath of fresh air. I love her gritty determination that she shows in each and every scene, be they big or small. Her storylines always true and most often are performed with precision and pure talent. Congrats on 30 years Ms. Walton, I am grateful for each and every one!

Brenda klyce
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Brenda klyce

Jess/Jill thanks for all the tears, the laughter, the love and the tension you so eloquently portray when you come to the show….I’ve watched the Y&R since the beginning and you are one of my favorite charActers. I live in a small southern time and am widowed .. Watching the show I can live vicariously and get a piece of the star lifestyle I would never get without you and the show I really have been enjoying the private pictures of Oregon and you dog. That’s all I have when I come home now and they are just like your… Read more »

diane
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diane

I always loved to hate Jill..lol

Ray
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Ray

Two words: Class act!

JK
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JK

CONGRATULATIONS TO A REAL CLASSY LADY AND WONDERFUL ACTRESS. FROM THE TIME I STARTED WATCHING ,YOUR SCENES WITH JEANNE COOPER WERE AWESOME……TODAY YOU ARE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND I HOPE YOU WILL RETURN OFTEN…. THANKS FOR SOME OF THE BEST SOAP MOMENTS EVER.

Paul
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Paul

The show needs Jill but not as a baby sitter for Billy or Cane but as the tremendous talent the actress brings to the character. She could fly in and take down Hilary in one clean swoop, put Victor in his place and even Cane.
I miss the character and the actress

Celia
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Celia

Love you, Jess. You are Queen….the epitome of grace, and in-your-face, savoir faire acting.
Wishing you the best of the best in life……and more Jill, please!!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Totally miss her on a day to day basis. The show isn’t the same without her. Yes, a class act!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I love watching Jess own her scenes. She can really give a powerhouse performance when she has to rise above it.

Helen
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Helen

Jess is the total package! I enjoy every scene she is part of and sincerely hope her presence continues. Living a short distance from Jess, it would be neat to pass her on a sidewalk or spot her out shopping ~~ but alas, no such luck. She deserves privacy and peace and I believe she has found that in OR.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I have always loved Jill. She has always been my favorite character. I loved the cat fights she had with Katherine. Classic soap opera at its best. Also the scenes with Jill and Esther have always been priceless. I am hoping we can see more of this class act in upcoming shows. Especially now, that her bbeloved Cane got himself into such a mess. Here’s to hopefully seeing more of the wonderfulness that is Jess Walton in future episodes. And on a side note, and I know what I am about to say has nothing to do with the abovementioned… Read more »

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Soapqueen, I am loving Wyatt and Katie together, wonderful paring and YES, for sure they have chemistry…

Judith
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Judith

I still miss the dynamics between Jeanne Cooper and Jess. What great characters they played. Hopefully Jess can turn up from time to time on Y&R. It always makes me feel good when she’s on. Miss the old days of Y&R.

Celia
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Celia

Yeeeessss, Judith!!!!! Everything you said!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

CONGRATULATIONS on 30 years…and here’s to MANY MORE!!!!! CHEERS!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

See, this is the problem, Jess only wants to come in and work in chunks. NO! Y&R needs that character full time! Jess has earned the right to do what she wants in her life BUT when a production calls for Jill to be front and center, you have to be there. Imagine if Tome Brady only wanted to play 5 or 6 games a year! Its time for Jess to walk away. I love and respect her but they made a mistake not recasting Kathrine and they shouldnt do the same with Jill. Its about the show, not one… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Recasting Katherine Chancellor in anything but a short-term stint, a-la Michael Learned’s tenure, would be a major mistake and insult. As for recasting Jill, it’d be a daunting task, but it would be done. Though, I’d rather see Jess Walton continue her portrayal, even if it is in chunks. But more consistent chunks, than pieces here and pieces there, much like Traci Abbott.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Amen to that, Timm. Can you imagine the memories Jess Walton must have after 30 years? The scenes with Jeanne Cooper alone must make her proud. I wish we had more flashback scenes of their best tender and/or explosive moments. Not more of this insane Charlie & Mattie takeover!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Everyone deserves a happy retirement. She clearly enjoys hers.

She’s needed. She’s a great actress. But – and I hate saying this – either they retire the character or they recast.

Mo
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Mo

Congratulations! Can’t wait for you to return to Y&R.

damien
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damien

still waiting for tricia cast to return as nina and reignite the jill vs nina feud!
after katherine , nina was jill s second arch nemesis…now that cane s single and broke and a snake maybe he can cozy up to nina?! this could amp up the chancellor war again!
the newmans are tired, give the chancellors some love
…give lily and cane a break, they re better apart. bring back redaric as tyler who had real chemistry with cristell.this jordan characters not cutting it. his lame history with chelsea who is also lame without adams pointless

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I like Walton and congratulations on the milestone. That being said, Walton has barely been on screen for the past 5 years (averaging about 10 shows a year) that I’m having a hard time with the significance of the event. Mal Young has been with the show for less than 2 years. Anyone else wonder exactly what “memories” Mal Young shared about his time working with Walton on Y&R?? I bet Walton hasn’t been on the show for a total of 30 episodes since Young has been employed there. I like Walton and hope that she is enjoying her (clearly… Read more »

janet
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janet

I do not watch Y&R .Can’t stand eric B, But I loved Jill on Capitol. She was great with Nickolas. She is a very talented actress.

Ann
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Ann

Congratulations Jess – I have enjoyed your portrayal of Jill Abbott over the years – especially your scenes with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor).

Ann
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Ann

I have also enjoyed the smartalic comments that use to go back and forth between Jill and Jack Abbott when she was married to John Abbott

Gia
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Gia

I miss seeing Jess Walton, Excellent actress.

Jerry
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Jerry

She’s amazing and always has been!

Sara Ouzts
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Sara Ouzts

We love Jill…she is such a professional!

Marita Lilley
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Marita Lilley

I doubt that there is an actress who could fill Jess Waltons’ shoes as Jill! She was/is inimitable in that role!

Joy Tew
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Joy Tew

I have watched Y&R since Jess was a manicurist on the show. Jess is one of the greatest actress and miss her a lot. Wish she was on more often. Love that she shares with us on face book. A beautiful lady!

vickie jean spiars
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vickie jean spiars

My favorite schene was the time Kathryn and Jill’s mom was dying and didn’t know at the time about Jill’s mother whom was actually Kathryn Chancellor. When the time they told Jill, I thought she was going to have a heart attack or just have a moment without words but she was just Jill and said you got to be kidding me. But it was true and Jill’s mom whom raised her all those years wanted Jill to know, because, sorry, can’t remember Jill’s mom at this moment but she like and loved Kathryn and wanted Jill to know and… Read more »

Daiana
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Daiana

Congratulations you are a focal point on Y&R and your bubbly personally can always be felt!! Well deserved !!!

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