“I think that’s great,” Justin Hartley told Soap Opera Digest during a recent interview when asked about the possibility of his daytime alma mater “The Young and the Restless” recasting his role as Adam Newman, a devious businessman with serious daddy issues. “They should. Adam is a great character,” the actor added. Of course, Hartley himself has a rather full plate these days as one of the stars of NBC’s “This is Us,” so if Adam were to return to Genoa City, it might need to be with a new face.
Hartley actually got his start in daytime. He joined the cast of NBC’s “Passions” in 2002 as Fox Crane and stayed with the show until 2006, after which the role was taken over by Mark Cameron Wystrach for another year and a half before the character was shot to death by his girlfriend’s niece — don’t you hate it when that happens?
After “Passions” Hartley had primetime roles on “Smallville,” the short-lived “Emily Owens M.D.” and the evening soap “Revenge,” but he returned to his soap roots in 2014 as Adam on “Y&R.” Hartley himself was a recast of that character, which had previously been played by Chris Engen (2008-2009) and Michael Muhney (2009-2014). Hartley only stayed with the show for two years before Adam was blown up in a cabin and presumed dead — don’t you hate it when that happens? But he did get a 2016 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Actor out of the deal. A few months after that nomination he popped up on “This is Us” as Kevin Pearson, and the rest is TV history.
So who is best suited to fill Adam’s nefarious shoes if and when he does come back from the dead, as soap characters are prone to do? Play fantasy casting director by voting below from a list of past soap actors who are around the right age range below, or if you have any suggestions of your own, don’t hesitate to let us know in our comments.
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