Soon soap fans! Circle November 5th when The Young and the Restless finally gets the character of Adam Newman back on the canvas, and you will see more than just “Hands Newman”, but the whole Newman in none other the very popular Justin Hartley! Justin takes over the pivotal role last played by Michael Muhney.
In what some fans of the show feel is a daunting task to replace the talents of Muhney, Hartley weighed-on in on being a recast for a role that the last actor left an indelible mark on the part in a new feature with The Wrap. But have no fear, Mr. Hartley is more than up for the challenge and will make the role his own: having played memorable roles on primetime’s Revenge, Mistresses and Smallville and soap turn on Passions, he’s ready to rock and roll.
Below are a few excerpts from the interview and a preview of the fact that Adam is somehow involved with Sally Kellerman’s wheelchair bound character … Constance Bingham!
Justin on stepping into a role played by another actor, in this case Michael Muhney: “Let’s give credit where credit’s due. A lot of this stuff that I’m going to be doing and a lot of the great story that I’m sort of inheriting only came about because the people ahead of me had done a great job with the character. If he went in and stunk up the character, there’d be no reason to have the character — it wouldn’t even be there, it would be gone. I have a little bit of experience going in and playing a character — I played a character on “Smallville” that had been established for decades and decades before I took it. People are going to have their opinions, which I think is great — I welcome it, and I love it. As long as people are talking about it, you know? I am having a blast doing this. “
Justin on working with TV and film veteran Sally Kellerman in her new Y&R role as Constance Bingham: ” It’s totally different dynamics because of the generational gap, so it’s not the typical, ‘Here’s the guy, here’s the girl, they’re dating, and they get it a fight and then they make up. It’s a totally different thing. I’m sort of going behind her back and doing something that she’s unaware of, and she’s this sweet older lady and she’s playing this sort of frail, very lovely woman. She’s right in the wheelhouse of Adam’s shark jaws. So we’ll see what happens. I think he’s gonna be kind to her — I hope he is. I hope they end up working it out. I hope he doesn’t end up destroying this sweet older woman, but that’s not up to me.”
So are you ready to see Justin Hartley’s Adam? What do you think the connection is with Adam and Constance (AKA Sally Kellerman)? What do you think of Justin’s comments of carrying on from where Michael Muhney left off as Adam? Share your thoughts below!