Only Days After Her Young & Restless Anniversary, Camryn Grimes Drops a Big Announcement on Fans
Give ’er some drumroll emojis already!
On March 21, The Young and the Restless’ Camryn Grimes took to Instagram to speak directly with her fans. First, “I wanted to thank you all for your amazing well wishes on 25 years” since her debut, she said. (Read Soaps’ anniversary interview with the Emmy winner here.) “It was truly incredible and a moment of reflection and gratitude.”
After attending so many of her colleagues’ celebrations on set, “I finally got my own, which was very, very fun and humbling,” said the actress, who of course has gone from playing poor, ill-fated Cassie to her surprise twin, Mariah. “Josh [Morrow, Nick] spoke, Sharon [Case, Sharon] spoke, Cait [Fairbanks, Tessa] spoke. And my family got to be there, which made it all the more special.”
Next, Grimes got to her big announcement, which she explained beforehand was “to kinda light a fire under my own ass… [and] hold myself accountable to you guys so I can just get it done and hopefully launch in the summer.”
Launch what, though? Launch what? “I’m not gonna do it unless I see those drumroll emojis,” she teased. Then at last she revealed that — shades of Billy Abbott! — “I’m launching a podcast.
“I know,” she added with a laugh. “Eye rolls commence.”
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Grimes explained that she wanted The Soap Opera Survival Guide “to be a little reprieve. The world is a really tough and confusing place for a lot of us, and this is my way to give back and maybe just give you guys an hour of fun and frivolity once a week.”
The tentative plan is to launch via Patreon and donate a portion of the proceeds to a different charity every month. Grimes expects the show to start as audio-only, but her hope is to have it taped a la State of Mind, the mental-health vlog hosted by General Hospital leading man Maurice Benard (Sonny). Also like State of Mind, each episode will feature a different guest from the realm of daytime. Which all sounds well and good, but we let’s be real — we were already sold at the point at which she said there would be adult beverages.
Hit the comments with the stars with whom you hope Grimes will speak, and while you’re here, check out the below photo gallery that celebrates her 25 years in Genoa City with a look back at Cassie and Mariah’s tumultuous lives.
<p>In 1997, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> cast the freshest of fresh faces — Camryn Grimes, then just 6 years old — as Cassie Johnson, the little girl that heroine Sharon Newman gave up for adoption at birth.</p>
<p>Though Sharon’s “pal,” Grace Turner, tracked down Cassie in hopes of putting the girl back in her mother’s arms, she got so attached to the tyke that she put off doing so for a year. Yes, a <em>year</em>!</p>
<p>Eventually, Sharon gained custody of Cassie with Richie Rich husband Nicholas, who came to love the little girl as his own. Who <em>wouldn’t</em>, right? The freckled mopped was nine kinds of adorable.</p>
<p>In 2005, a tween Cassie attempted to do crush Daniel Romalotti a solid by driving the soused older boy home from a party. It didn’t go well. An ensuing accident left her with injuries from which she would never recover.</p>
<p>Following Cassie’s death, she appeared over and over again to Sharon and Nick. At one point, she even visited her mom while she was carrying her sister, Faith — not that that prevented the baby-to-be from being kidnapped at birth by Nick’s half brother, Adam.</p>
<p>In 2014, Sharon’s sometime father-in-law and occasional husband Victor Newman hired a Cassie lookalike named Mariah Copeland to gaslight her. But it turned out he’d done Sharon a big favor by reuniting her with the twin sister that she’d never realized that Cassie had.</p>
<p>As Nick softened toward Victor’s pawn — and apparently developed his own secret handshake with her — Mariah got the hots for her sorta stepdad. Sharon, as you might expect, did not take it well.</p>
<p>While trying to figure out where she fit in Genoa City, Mariah struck up a relationship with Kevin Fisher. Unfortunately, they served up more comic relief than sexual tension — thankfully, that rabbit never died — and soon enough, she was moved on to…</p>
<p>While sparring with <em>GC Buzz</em> co-host Hilary Curtis, Mariah poured gasoline on that particular fire by dating her frenemy’s ex, Devon Hamilton. But to her surprise, she was more attracted to half brother Noah Newman’s girlfriend, Tessa Porter.</p>
<p>Though obstacles popped up left (Tessa was kind of a schemer) and right (Mariah cheated with a cute bartender), “Teriah” wholly committed to one another. Mind you, what that meant going forward, as with all things on <em>Young & Restless</em>, remained as uncertain as whether Tessa was going to be able to sink that eight-ball in the corner pocket.</p>
<p>Proving that no good deed can ever go unpunished, Mariah’s decision to team up with Devon to give Abby and Chance Chancellor the baby that they so desperately wanted resulted in the surrogate mother being kidnapped by the mother-mother’s off-kilter ex, Stitch Rayburn, and delivering baby Dominic like… well, this. No epidural. No Enya. Nothin’.</p>
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