On yesterday’s episode of The Young and the Restless viewers witnessed basically a one-man show from two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Billy Abbott).
As Billy finds his daughter, Delia (Sophie Pollono) at the side of the road after being struck by a car, (Was it Adam… Or Nikki … who was the true culprit?) he calls 911 and waits for what seems like an eternity … five minutes … for the ambulance to get there.
This provided the dramatic back-drop for Miller to strut his acting chops, which surely will be his Emmy reel for the 2014 campaign. Billy Abbott, fearing for the worst that his daughter will die conjures up images and scenes of what Delia’s life would be like as she grows from a young child, to a teenager, to adulthood, to becoming married herself, to having a child, and finally moving out of town clear across the country to California and away from her dad!
Many have taken issue with the writing of this story, the Miller episode script, and the hit and run of another child and all of the controversy surrounding the decision to do so. What we are merely trying to do here is separate out Miller’s performance from all of that. Here is an actor that takes the material given to him, runs with it, puts his own very unique “style” into every moment, and rises to the occasion and surely improves what is written on paper, which if you talk to any director, or writer in show business is what they can only hope for when a talented performer gets a hold of their material.
Special kudos also go to the grown-up Delia played by Christina Scherer, who for coming into this story and playing against Billy Miller, did an excellent job in the touching scenarios and holding her own.
So, what did you think of the performance of Billy Miller on yesterday’s episode of Y&R? If you are unhappy with the story, can you look at the performance of Miller an isolate it as a great actor at work? Share your thoughts below!