On Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, fan favorite Michael Graziadei begins his guest appearance when he returns as Daniel Romalotti. That will put Graz back in the orbit of his on-screen mother Phyllis, played by Gina Tognoni, and his half-sister Summer, played by Hunter King.
Daniel’s return to Genoa City is timed just as Summer is soon to be married to Luca (Miles Gaston Villanueva), and viewers will have to tune-in to see just what Daniel thinks of the not-to-be-trusted Luca, and just how he figures into the drama that is about to go down.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up recently with Graziadei when he spoke of returning to the set of the CBS Daytime drama series and how the return came about. Michael recalled: “I got a call from Y&R asking me to come back. It worked perfectly with my schedule as I have been shooting a show in L.A, Good Girls Revolt for Amazon Prime, and I told them as long as you guys can work out the dates, I said, ‘Why not?’ They asked me to come back for story surrounding the 11,000 episode celebration.”
This is the first time fans will see Michael in scenes on-screen with Gina Tognoni as Phyllis. The role was previously played by GH’s Michelle Stafford. Michael said of working with the two-time Daytime Emmy winning dynamo: “Gina is wonderful! I knew her before for years, but never had the opportunity to work with her. I got to work with her, and it was great.”
When he returned to Y&R to tape the episodes that viewers will see beginning today it was very special to Graz: “It was like coming home. You see all the faces of the people you loved and cared about all these years. “
Of course, Y&R fans remember Michael paired with Camryn Grimes before Cassie Newman died. When Michael returned to Y&R for this visit he saw Grimes in her newest incarnation as Mariah! He commented: “Wow! They have her playing a whole different character now!
Several years ago, Graziadei make the decision to exit Y&R, and here he tell us why: “It was super tough decision, and as I said being back here felt like I was coming home. This was my family. But at the time I was trying to do guest spots on primetime and movies and what not, knowing that at some point, whether you are fired, or you decide to leave on your own there is a whole other reality out there that you have to face. I tried to prepare myself for it as best as I could. I just felt like I just had really done so much here that I didn’t know what else I could possibly accomplish, that I wasn’t already doing. And I wanted to take that leap of faith and challenge myself, and see if I could have a career in this industry outside of The Young and the Restless. It has worked out really well, and I am living the dream!”
So, are you looking forward to seeing Michael today on Y&R? Will Daniel protect Summer for marrying Luca at any cost? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!