The Young And The Restless Star Brytni Sarpy Talks Leaving GH and Joining Y&R
It’s been a busy few months for The Young and the Restless star Brynti Sarpy. She said goodbye to General Hospital and debuted on Y&R in a matter of a few days. To say it was a whirlwind is the understatement of the year.
After four years playing Valerie Spencer, she decided to soap hop to Y&R in a contract role as Elena Dawson. It has been a huge change for the California native. So far, she is enjoying the soap swap and she is excited about what’s ahead.
TV Insider sat down with the actress and she revealed what it was like to soap hop, compared Elena and Valerie, and teased what’s ahead for her on Y&R.
Sarpy Wasn’t Expecting Such A Whirlwind
When Brytni agreed to swap soaps, she wasn’t expecting it to be as big of a deal as it was. She thought since it was still a daytime role, she would walk on and it would be the same as her GH gig. Boy, was she wrong? It was a huge change for her.
“The fans have seemed to embrace that change really, really well…It’s just opportunities, a change of pace for me. It’s like when you are trying on a new shoe and seeing if it fits,” Sarpy revealed.
Even though the change has been difficult, the former GH actress said that she is content with her decision to join the Y&R cast.
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“They are very similar and very different. They run the same way. My transition was pretty seamless. I knew what would go on and the timing of everything. I was aware of how the soap world works, but it was also different with new faces,” Sarpy said.
“CBS has this huge lot and Prospect Studios where I did General Hospital, it was a bit smaller and little more intimate. All-in-all, both places have a lot of people I love and care about.”
Brytni Compared Valerie To Elena
Sarpy thinks that Valerie was greener and much less mature than Elena. But, as she pointed out, Valerie was a much younger character. She feels empowered by the fact that both roles were strong women – a police officer and a doctor.
”I think Valerie was a little greener and a lot less mature. She was a younger character. Valerie went through her traumas on the show whereas Elena has already developed from her traumas and is a little more seasoned. I’d say a little more mature. Her moves are a little more measured as opposed to Valerie, who we got to see work through her trials and tribulations,” the actress added.
As for what’s ahead for Elena and Devon Hamilton (Bryton James), she teased that the fans will see the beginning of something special. She added that it will be a roller coaster of emotions as Devon works through his grief and moving on from Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan).
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