Young & Restless Exclusive: Brytni Sarpy Weighs In on Devon and Elena’s Future — Plus, Why Her Character *Really* Slept With Nate
The actress knows that Elena’s bad behavior is going to make for really good story.
Although The Young and the Restless‘ Elena is currently being eaten alive by the guilt she feels for having slept with Nate, portrayer Brytni Sarpy is not exactly having the same reaction. “I’m here for the drama,” she tells Soaps.com with a laugh. The shocking twist upset some fans, sure, but it also gave the actress strong material to sink her teeth into.
Truth be told, Sarpy might have preferred that Elena and Nate’s encounter at the clinic stop at a kiss, if only because she’s a fan of seeing how couples deal with everyday issues as opposed to the type which tend to have massive consequences. “I think with what we’ve built for Elena and Devon, it would be beautiful to expand on that further before they start to have trouble in their relationship.”
For example, she thought they might deal with something like fostering Jared… or Elena’s issues regarding not having grown up with a father. “Things that you deal with in a relationship,” she expounds, “but you don’t necessarily see a lot of on soaps. You see a lot of breaking up and getting together again in the storylines, but what you don’t see a lot is situations where fans don’t have to wonder if the couple is going to stay together. What they have to wonder is how they’re going to get through things. Those are the lessons people grow from.”
Seeing couples deal with realistic issues can also, she points out, be almost therapeutic. “Hopefully, a lot of people are trying to stay in long, committed relationships, not switching things up as often as we sometimes do on soaps,” she laughs. “Of course, we’re all going through things and trying to figure them out, so it gives people an opportunity to watch a couple and learn from them as opposed to the audience saying, ‘Well, you either break up or stay together!'”
The drama set to unfold for Devon and Elena, however, seems to be far bigger… especially if she winds up carrying a child which might have been fathered by her beau or her lover. Despite the high-stakes nature of the situation, Sarpy says it’s still very grounded in understandable human emotions. “Elena’s only able to see the worst-case scenario, which is, ‘What if this time [Devon is drawn to Amanda]? What if we can’t get through it?’ These are things I feel like people do in real relationships. When you get over one earthquake, and then another earthquake comes along later, it sort of takes you right back to that place where you feel it. You feel where you were stabbed, you feel like you were wounded all over again, and you react from that place instead of dealing with what’s actually happening in that moment.”
From Sarpy’s point of view, it’s important to look at Elena’s motivations. “I don’t think of her as vindictive or someone who does things out of spite,” she insists. “On a subconscious level, the amount of time that Devon’s been spending with Amanda, she’s been equating to the amount of time that she’s spending with someone.” Of course, that equation was knocked all out of whack when Elena — in a moment she will never be able to take back — slept with Nate. This being a soap, it’s only a matter of time until Devon finds out what really happened… and the drama kicks into high gear!
Do you think sleeping with Nate will cost Elena her relationship, or will Devon be able to forgive his girlfriend? Before sharing your thoughts in the comment section, relive happier days for Devon and his girlfriend by visiting the gallery below!
<p>When Devon learned that half sister Ana was paying for dad Jett’s medical bills, he insisted that the ailing musician move into the penthouse that seemed so big and empty since wife Hilary’s tragic demise. Oh, and why didn’t he go ahead and bring along his doctor, Elena, too? Yeah, <em>that</em> would be cozy!</p>
<p>While Devon and Elena got to know one another — and liked each other the more they did — he began seeing visions of his late bride, Hilary. But, whether his subconscious was ready to move on, his lips were: Upon being awakened from a dream, the teary-eyed widower mistook his beautiful houseguest for Hilary and kissed her!</p>
<p>When Jett embarked on a comeback tour with Ana in tow, Devon opened his heart to Elena to keep her from closing her suitcase and leaving. Unfortunately, in no time, they hit a rough patch: Upon finding out that he’d paid off her student loans, she hit the roof when really a thank-you note would’ve sufficed.</p>
<p>Only after Elena staged an intervention on behalf of the man with whom she was falling in love did Devon confess to the difficulty that he was having letting go of Hilary. Finally, he found the strength to rip off the Band-Aid, got rid of his wife’s belongings… and moved Elena into his bedroom for good.</p>
<p>New questions about the validity of grandmother Katherine’s will became the least of Devon’s concerns when he got a gander at the attorney in charge of the whole mess: Amanda was a dead ringer for Hilary. Well, a <em>live</em> dead ringer!</p>
<p>As their romance intensified, Devon and Elena teamed up to provide low-cost medical care to the residents of New Hope. (Good karma never hurts when you’re getting serious with someone.) But Amanda was still around and proving to be not <em>so</em> bad after all. And Elena was working awfully closely with the conspicuously handsome Nate…</p>
<p>Having ultimately forgiven Amanda for her role in almost costing him billions, Devon asked her to provide legal aid to the clinic. Which was all well and good if they remained just friends. But anyone with eyes — and Elena has two — would have to wonder if when he looked at the attorney, he saw the one who got away… at least in appearance, returned to him.</p>
<p>The discovery that Amanda is, in fact, the twin sister that Hilary had never known she had only further bonded her with Devon. He never performed an experiment to see if she not only looked and sounded like his late wife but kissed like her, too, yet Elena panicked.</p>
<p>Fearful that she was losing Devon to Amanda, Elena acted on the attraction that had been simmering just beneath the surface between her and Nate. She immediately regretted doing so, of course. But it was already too late. She’d done the kind of damage that gauze and stitches just can’t repair.</p>
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