“Young and the Restless” (Y&R) star Amelia Heinle talks working with her real-life ex-husband Thad Luckinbill in the JT Hellstrom storyline. She said the Y&R fans have given her good feedback on the tense storyline.
The JT Storyline
Amelia admits that she loved the storyline where Victoria suffered PTSD after JT’s abuse. She said she also appreciates how they are writing her alter ego to be struggling with guilt over JT’s death. She said she feels terrible about how it happened, even though he was being abusive to her.
Another thing Heinle loved about the storyline is how they showed the abuse to be hard to pinpoint. It was mostly mental and it caused Victoria to feel unsafe. No one really knew how bad it was with him behind closed doors. Heinle suggested that is how it is in real life living with an abuser.
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Amelia said her favorite part about the storyline was the Y&R fan response. She heard from viewers who loved the storyline as it was a very real topic. She heard fan’s personal stories, many who experienced abuse like Victoria.
“Some of the feedback was that some fans were actually experiencing this and they could relate to someone on our show who was going through the same thing. That meant the world to me,” Amelia said.
Even though Thad and Amelia are divorced, they are still very close friends. They both enjoyed the storyline and working together again. She has reassured the fans multiple times that it was weird at all working with her ex.
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