Young & Restless Exclusive: As Rey’s Fate Is Revealed, Jordi Vilasuso Reflects Upon What Had Once Made Him ‘Super Excited’ About His Role
As the end draws near, the Emmy winner flashes back to the beginning.
It took Jordi Vilasuso a minute to really “get” The Young and the Restless’ Rey. When Soaps.com spoke with the actor not too long before the news broke that his character was being written off, he admitted that Rey’s turn-the-other-cheek attitude required an adjustment of him. Can anyone say that the Genoa City PD detective didn’t put up with more of Adam’s presence in his marriage to Sharon than we would’ve?
“Even as an actor playing this role, I had to kind of swallow my pride a little bit and be like, ‘Why is he being so understanding?'” Vilasuso said. “I really had to do some soul-searching.”
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The Good Fight
What the daytime vet decided was that Rey’s past dictated a lot of his behavior in the present. “Growing up, he had to deal with a lot of stuff and kind of put his own stuff aside and take care of other people,” said Vilasuso. “I think that speaks to him in terms of how understanding he is with Sharon — the patience that he has with her and the fact that he’s able to a certain point to tolerate the situation with Adam.”
In his own way, Rey did battle for Sharon, standing up and showing her an alternative to her ex that was honest and forthright, dependable and open. “I think a lot of my strengths as an actor lie in telling passionate storylines, with characters fighting for what they believe in,” Vilasuso summed up. “I was super excited to be able to do that. It’s got so many layers.”
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One of those layers was the sense of pride that Rey took in “saving” Sharon from Adam. At points, their war of hearts was “almost very ego-driven” for Sharon’s husband, Vilasuso observed. “‘I’m not going to let him have her, she loves me.’ There’s this drive to get him out of the way completely.
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“Rey’s gotten to know a lot of these women in various relationships, whether it’s his mother or seeing it in cases he’s worked and seeing how manipulators and con men use these women to get what they want,” he continued. “For Rey, it’s winning this battle.”
Prepare to say goodbye to Rey by reviewing his life in Genoa City in the below photo gallery.
<p>Back in 2018, Rey Rosales came to Genoa City investigating the disappearance of Victoria Newman’s suddenly abusive sometime husband, J.T. Hellstrom. Immediately — awkward handshake be damned — the detective made friends with folks like Nick Newman. And by “made friends,” we mean had Nick arrested when he learned that Victoria’s brother had used J.T.’s credit card. For some reason, Nick took offense to that. </p>
<p>From the start, Rey hit it off with Nick’s ex, Sharon, after he fixed her, er, plumbing. She gave him a month’s worth of free coffee at Crimson Lights, and it wasn’t long before they were stripping down. Was it love or caffeine? We feel like they spent the next few years trying to figure that out.</p>
<p>Just like the Mounties, Rey always gets his man. Eventually, he did what he came to do, solved the mystery of J.T.’s disappearance (OK, J.T. did that for him when “the dead man” popped up again to terrorize the ladies who thought they’d killed him) and cleared Sharon’s name. Now he was free to be a man about town!</p>
<p>The good news about Rey’s new life in Genoa City was that it meant he could reconnect with little brother Arturo and little sister Lola while in town. The bad news was… well, they didn’t stick around nearly as long as Rey did. Also, roll your eyes back into your head, Abby Newman; this hottie was the rare one that wasn’t for you!</p>
<p>Though Rey and Sharon got together pretty much <em>right </em>away, they never really managed to smooth out their relationship. How could they when he found her unending obsession with former husband/perennial bad influence Adam Newman utterly maddening, and she found it — and we’re paraphrasing here — “Just look at him!” Adam’s response to Rey’s discomfort? “Go ahead, look. She’s not wrong.”</p>
<p>When Rey’s estranged wife Mia showed up after having cheated on him with kid brother Arturo, Sharon amused herself by picturing her new rival taking a swan dive off a cliff. And once Rey declared that he was going to make a go of it with Mia, Sharon removed the imaginary water below her.</p>
<p>Rey was about to leave Mia for Sharon when his missus told them that she was pregnant with his child. Which was true… except for the fact that she was actually pregnant with Arturo’s child. Which meant that they’d cheated on Rey. Again. So, yeah, they hightailed it out of town fast.</p>
<p>Sharon and Rey were still on the outs when the guests at Abby’s hotel opening downed drinks spiked with party drugs. Oddly enough, though, Sharon falling asleep mid-story did not discourage Rey from getting back together with her! <em>Or</em> from finishing his story! “And then I said to him… ”</p>
<p>At the Genoa City PD, Rey and Paul Williams worked together to bust Zoe, aka the woman who had spiked the drinks. But more often than not, the two cops were butting heads for one reason or another. So once the older crime-fighter kinda vanished into the shadows, Rey… Well, let’s just say that his investigation of the disappearance wasn’t the most thorough.</p>
<p>Hardnosed gumshoe Rey Rosales was hot and cold with his ditsy dame. Up, down, Adam, Rey, it would drive any flatfoot out of his mind, see? OK, this is from Halloween, but we thought we’d spice things up a bit. </p>
<p>Sharon and Rey <em>finally</em> tied the knot on New Year’s Eve 2020. Adam was lurking on the sidelines, as usual, but he never intervened. Which all but assured that Sharon would continue obsessing over him and getting drawn back into his orbit again and again and again!</p>
<p>By now, Rey was just exhausted with “Adam, Adam, Adam.” Stick a fork in him, because he was done! At least, that’s what we were thinking. Really, he’d been poisoned by thallium and almost died. But again, he was pretty sure that was from Adam! The Newman family’s black sheep was simply the person to whom all bumpy roads led!</p>
<p>It turned out that it wasn’t Adam that had poisoned Rey but his babymama, Chelsea Lawson, who had by that point morphed into a Bond villain! She’d been faking her paralysis and slowly killing Rey to frame Adam. Even worse, Sharon was right about Adam’s innocence!</p>
<p>Well, if <em>that</em> isn’t the look of two people madly in tolerance of each other! By this stage in their young marriage, Rey was pretty much only hanging around to see stepdaughter Faith through her kidney crisis. But since it took a little while for her to bounce back, he ended up staying put longer than he expected. </p>
<p>What’s a little poisoning between friends? Because that’s what Chelsea and Rey became! After all, they’d both been fighting nausea after years of riding the Sharon/Adam merry-go-round. They were getting closer and closer, and then… we learned that Rey was going the way of the rest of the Rosales family and leaving the canvas. Bummer.</p>
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