On Thursday’s episode of The Young and the Restless (which will be online today, but was pre-empted on network TV) it is revealed that after getting so upset with her husband Colin (Tristan Rogers), for swindling her out of money and more, Jill (Jess Walton) suffered a heart attack.
As the story is told, Jill ignored all the warning signs, as happens so much to women in real life. The show stresses the importance of getting immediate medical attention and the post-care following such a health scare.
A doctor describes everything that’s happened and the lifestyle changes needed to avoid another heart attack – or worse, for cantankerous Jill Abbott Atkinson played by Daytime Emmy winner, Jess Walton. Because February is American Heart Month, Y&R’s executive producer Mal Young, and head writer Sally Sussman perfectly timed the story and made the decision to have the character of Jill be the one to suffer the attack.
Young told HuffingtonPost.com that he considered: “Jill the perfect character to tackle this subject for many reasons: an unhealthy lifestyle (poor diet, frequent drinking, high stress), her age (around 60) and a bullish personality that would deny anything was wrong. Plus, her status as the longest-running character on the nation’s highest-rated soap opera helps ensure the message reaches a large audience.”
Jess Walton related: “My character thinks she’s invincible, super-strong, super-tough and doesn’t want to show any weaknesses. A lot of people are like that. They have ostrich syndrome; they want to bury their head in the sand so they don’t hear anything they don’t want to know. She tried taking it lightly and cavalierly, but then it starts to sink in and get serious.”
So, what did you think about Jill suffering a heart attack? Glad to see Jess Walton with major story? What do you think about Y&R teaming with American Heart Association to portray the situation accurately and to educate the viewing audience? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!