Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) is a lead male character on The Young and the Restless. That’s undeniable since he’s shown in Genoa City seemingly every day, which begs a question. Is Y&R overplaying Rey?
Y&R Introduced Rey Last Year
Vilasuso was a fine addition to an already strong cast when he joined the show last year. As part of the developed Rosales family, Rey followed his brother Arturo (Jason Canela) into Genoa City, as Y&R created its first entirely new family since Michael Baldwin’s (Christian Le Blanc) was expanded in 2003, through the addition of Kevin (Greg Rikaart), who was then followed by Gloria (Judith Chapman) in 2005.
Rey’s sister, Lola (Sasha Calle) and then Mia (Noemi Gonzalez), rounded out the Rosales clan last year. While each character has had his and her own backstories and current storylines developed, Rey, has become a central figure in GC affairs.
It was smart of Y&R to invent a new family, as this group brings a fresh take, while also offering plenty of new opportunities for existing and in many cases, legacy characters to be written in varying directions. But it is fair to wonder if the audience feels that an outside detective brought in by a police commission would seemingly supplant Paul (Doug Davidson) as the most important law enforcement officer at the station, also become involved with Sharon (Sharon Case), and be trying to take Victor (Eric Braeden) down, among other plot points?
— Jordi Vilasuso (@JordiVilasuso) January 9, 2019
Too much, too soon? Maybe.
Is Rey On Too Much?
It’s still unknown as to why Y&R apparently wrote-out Davidson and didn’t offer a send-off, having actually reduced him to recurring status last January. But that decision resulted in Rey’s prominence, though he still only has a desk and not an office at the station house.
Creating a classic brother battle, where they vied for the same woman, then established the ongoing Mia tension between Rey and Arturo. Add to that the potential for ‘Shey’ to form in the future and a legacy character, Sharon, could easily become Rey’s next significant other.
Rey has also been positioned as Victor’s latest nemesis, which establishes a long-term fight with Y&R’s still-reigning lead male character no matter when the J.T. arc ends.
It’s been fully evident that this particular character has been purposely written into simultaneous storylines. Whether that’s wise is something Y&R’s audience can digest.
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