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By Nate Millado

We know you've been restless to return to Genoa City, but good news, The Young and the Restless fans—the wait is over. Daytime's No. 1 drama is back on CBS with all-new episodes, starting Monday, Aug. 10! After the coronavirus pandemic halted production, Y&R started airing vintage episodes—most recently an entire week of OMG moments.

But here's what to expect when the beloved sudser returns. Victor and Nikki's family is threatened by a secret. Billy and Lily navigate their new partnership with a shocking scandal brewing. Phyllis and Abby's rivalry heats up. And Sharon's family rallies around her during her brave battle with cancer. Here's a day-by-day sneak peek at the new installments.

The Young and the Restless airs Weekdays on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Monday, Aug. 10

Jason Thompson as Billy and Christel Khalil as Lily sit down for a serious conversation

Billy (Jason Thompson) and Lily (Christel Khalil) in The Young and the Restless..

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Lily (Christel Khalil) and Billy (Jason Thompson) interview Genoa City residents as they celebrate the anniversary of Katherine's dedication at Chancellor Park, sparking guests' memories of the recent past.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Alyvia Alyn Lind as Faith wraps comforting arm around Sharon Case as Sharon

Sharon (Sharon Case) and her daughter (Alyvia Alyn Lind) in The Young and the Restless.

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Sharon (Sharon Case) struggles with her new normal following her surgery, Billy (Jason Thompson) and Lily (Christel Khalil) disagree on a potential hire for Chancellor Communications, and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) has a bone to pick with Abby (Melissa Ordway). This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis embraces Joshua Morrow as Nick

Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) in The Young and the Restless.

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Victor (Eric Braedon) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) put their differences aside to help Adam (Mark Grossman), Summer (Hunter King) reveals her true feelings about the Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) reunion, and Amanda (Mishael Morgan) puts the brakes on her budding romance with Nate (Sean Dominic).

Thursday, Aug. 13

\u200bPeter Bergman as Jack Abbott stares pensively into the distance

Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott in The Young and the Restless.

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Jack's (Peter Bergman) parenting advice strikes a nerve with Victor (Eric Braedon), Adam (Mark Grossman) searches for clues to prove he didn't commit a decades-old crime, and Esther (Kate Linder) helps Kevin (Greg Rikaart) prepare for fatherhood.

Friday, Aug. 14

Bryton James and Brtytni  Sarpy on The Young and the Restless

Bryton James stars as Devon Hamilton and Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson in The Young and the Restless.

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Devon (Bryton James) bonds with Amanda (Mishael Morgan), Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) attempt to keep the peace in the Newman family backfires, and Jack (Peter Bergman) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) are reminded of their family's checkered past.

The Young and the Restless airs Weekdays on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS (Khalil); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (Kaye and Lang); Sonja Flemming/CBS (James).

By Deanna Barnert

With the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards airing on CBS this Friday June 26, Heather Tom, Jason Thompson, Thorsten Kaye, Katherine Kelly Lang, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, and more nominees from The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful share their feeling about the big night!

The COVID-19 pandemic brought Hollywood to a standstill and delayed the 47th Daytime Emmy® Awards show, but The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) found a way to celebrate the 2019 season and honor the year's big winners. In an interesting turn, CBS' 2-hour special also marks the awards show's exciting return to primetime!

With the Daytime Emmys coming home to CBS, the network also just happens to boast the most nominations, with 57 contenders in this year's race. While both CBS soap operas have actors in the running, Y&R is hoping to maintain its winning streak and take home Outstanding Drama, Directing and Writing yet again this year—but B&B will surely have something to say about that!

Watch spoke to the CBS contenders to find out how their preparing for this very unique event. Don't miss the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards this Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Outstanding Lead Actor Nominees

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), The Young and the Restless

Jason Thompson of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Thanks to Billy's battle with his inner demons, this could just be the year for Jason Thompson. While the soap-hopper earned five nominations during his run as General Hospital's Patrick Drake, this is his first for playing Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless. If he takes home the gold Friday, he will be the third "Billy" to do so, following in the footsteps of portrayers David Tom and Billy Miller.

Jason Thompson in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"This feels really wonderful, because it's my first one playing this character and getting to represent Y&R and the network," Jason Thompson says. "That's exciting in one way, and in another way, there's a lot going on! Learning I was a nominee was a bit of a nice moment in a time that's been very confusing and weird. It was a nice reason to celebrate. It brought a bit of joy into the household. And I was blown away by all the people who reached out to me from our show. You have to put it into perspective with the bigger picture out there, so you come back to reality pretty quick. But all in all, it's another year that I'm excited to be mentioned!"

"I will probably end up watching with family. I'm really glad and excited at CBS stepped up to air the show in primetime. I think they're going to do a great job bridging new territory and figuring out how award shows could potentially work. But I kind of hope this is the last time we do this way, because one of the best things about the ceremonies is seeing old colleagues and old friends and making new ones. That'll be different, but I'm sure CBS will do a great job."

Watch Jason Thompson's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"It's an interesting time for a Daytime, and one of the reasons it's great to be back on primetime is we are part of the network. We're not an orphan child that stays to the side. We're part of the CBS family and it's great that they want to represent soap operas in this way and that we get to show the quality show we put on on a regular basis. This has also been an interesting time for people to check back into Y&R, again. I've had people reach out and say it's also really cool to see old storylines and how they make sense with what's going on now." — Jason Thompson

Thorsten Kaye, (Ridge Forrester), The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Smith. Courtesy of Bell-Phillip TV.

A lot has come between Ridge and Brooke over the decades, but Thorsten Kaye earned attention this year by sinking his teeth into the drama created by a baby swap involving their children. This is the soap hopper's fifth Lead Actor nomination, and his first for playing Ridge Forrester in The Bold and the Beautiful.

"I try not to think too much about the nomination," says Kaye. "I show up every day to stage and do the best work I can. If I manage to entertain one person with my performance, then I'm good. And all the gentlemen in my category are wonderful actors who have been delivering outstanding performances for many years."

Thorsten Kaye in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"As for the rest of B&B's nominees, I can't say enough about them. All great actresses. Heather is absolutely phenomenal and Katherine, well she hasn't been acknowledged for her work on B&B for 33 years! We were scene partners for most of 2020 and I can't say enough about what a great talent and a lovely person she is. Annika knocked it out of the park this year with her performance as Hope. I wish them all love and Emmy luck!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Thaao Penghlis (Tony), Days of Our Lives

Steve Burton (Jason), General Hospital

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), General Hospital

Watch Thorsten Kaye's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you, to the fans, for your loyalty to B&B. We love bringing this show to you. And, thank you for watching all the soaps. I definitely appreciate our fans!" — Thorsten Kaye


Outstanding Lead Actress Nominees

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Katherine Kelly Lang of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Katherine Kelly Lang.

After 33 years of fighting for (and with!) Ridge and giving Taylor a piece of her mind, many fans would argue this Daytime vet is way past due to take home the gold—and not just because no one drops a tear like Katherine Kelly Lang can!

Katherine Kelly Lang in episode ofThe Bold and the Beautiful.

Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I am very excited about my nomination this year. We put in a lot of work last year and some very intense scenes for awhile. I am thrilled for my castmates and their nominations too. They are all so deserving! And I admire all the actresses in the best actress category. I have so much respect for people who work in Daytime. We are all very dedicated and hard workers."

"I honestly haven't even thought about what we are doing on awards night. Are we dressing up? I am not sure yet. Since we will be at home, I am sure I will want to be comfortable. Maybe in silk pajamas and eating popcorn!"

Watch Katherine Kelly Lang's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I just want to thank the fans for their amazing support! It means so much to all of us. Without you, where would we be? We love you all as much as you love us—and maybe even more! Keep on watching! Virtual hugs and kisses!" — Katherine Kelly Lang

Heather Tom (Katie Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Heather Tom.

In a storyline about love and forgiveness, Katie faced her mortality, made peace with her family. Sudden renal failure and finding a miracle kidney donor helped this CBS vet earn her 19th nomination. If Heather Tom takes home the gold again, this will be her third win in the category—on top of her Supporting Actress win for B&B in 2011and two Younger Actress wins for her run as Y&R's Victoria!

Heather Tom in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Heather Tom as Katie Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I'm always thrilled to be a part of the conversation," says Tom. "I've known all of these ladies for literally decades and I think they are a group of incredibly talent badass women! This is going to be a lot of fun—maybe it will be a pajama party! I think we'll definitely do some sort of Zoom with castmates and friends."

"It's exciting that it's going to air on CBS this year. It's going to be a fun night. Daytime knows how to throw a party, quarantine or no quarantine!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Days of Our Lives

Finola Hughes (Anna), General Hospital

Maura West (Ava), General Hospital

Watch Heather Tom's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thanks to all of our fans for supporting our shows through all of this. We love all of you so much." — Heather Tom


Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominees

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton), The Young and the Restless

Bryton James of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

2019 saw Bryton James honor the loss of onscreen father Kristoff St. John and his beloved character, Neil Winters. Having survived big heartbreak and found new love as Devon Hamilton, this could be the year for this 8-time nominee and 2007 Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

Bryton James in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

"I like getting to see everybody in person and hanging out afterwards," James says of the annual show. "That's part of the whole night—getting to see the whole daytime family. But I'm excited and happy to know that the Emmys are moving forward and we're going to be able to celebrate and get to see them on primetime. It's nice! It's a great little distraction from everything that's going on. All these important and serious things are happening in the world. But it's good to take a second, and to know that my peers think highly of what I do is always a great feeling."

"I'm probably going to have my mom over for the show and I think Brytni Sarpy's (Elena Dawson) mom and grandma are going to be in town. So we'll probably have a little family get-together. Knowing my mom, she'll also come out with something decent and I want to put something nice on and dress up a bit for the show. I can't just stay in my pajamas all day. They should have a digital red carpet!

Watch Bryton James' Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I'm thankful the fans are sticking with us and enjoying what Y&R has been showing with these classic episodes. We're eager to get back to work—just as much as you're eager to see some new episodes!" — Bryton James

Mark Grossman (Adam Newman), The Young and the Restless

Mark Grossman of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

This recast hit the ground running and road his character's daddy issue right into a nomination. Mark Grossman could just take home the gold for his first year in Daytime playing Adam Newman on The Young and the Restless!

Mark Grossman in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Mark Grossman as Adam Newman in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: JJ Johnson/JPI Studios.

"It's been quite a year," says Grossman. "I'm very thankful I got the opportunity to take on the role, and to get nominated in my first year is such an honor."

"It's great we get to see the awards show in primetime this year. I'll be watching with some friends, most likely. And I'll be pulling for all the nominees at Y&R."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Wally Kurth (Justin), Days of Our Lives

Chandler Massey (Will), Days of Our Lives

Paul Telfer (Xander), Days of Our Lives

James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), General Hospital

Watch Mark Grossman's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you to all of the fans who have supported and accepted me as Adam. You have been great. One of the actors told me when I first started that our job is the entertain people, and I sure hope I have done that!" — Mark Grossman


Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominees

Annika Noelle (Hope Logan), The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

Thanks to an epic baby switch storyline, this actress had a deliciously devastating 2019. In the end, her character finally learned the baby she'd mourned was alive, but the heartbreaking arc helped Annika Noelle garner her first nomination.

Annika Noelle in episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Annika Noelle as Hope Logan in The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"It is truly an honor to be nominated alongside these incredibly talented performers," says Noelle. "I am just grateful to have been recognized by my peers for all the hard work I put into this past year and everything else is just a cherry on top."

"On Emmy night, I think I am going to have a quiet night at home with my loved ones and pets. Maybe order in a nice dinner and have a glass of wine. And pajamas or ball gown? That is the question, isn't it! Ha ha, I guess we'll have to wait and see which option wins."

Watch Annika Noelle's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you for supporting Daytime television! The cast and crew pour their hearts into these productions and we try our best to keep you entertained. We are looking forward to the stories we will bring you in the future. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the show!" — Annika Noelle

Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), The Young and the Restless

Christel Khalil of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Like Bryton James, Christel Khalil put it all out there to honor their onscreen father, Kristoff St. John, and his character. With a 2012 win for Outstanding Younger Actress, this marks her first year as an adult contender.

Christel Khalil in episode of The Young and the Restless.

Christel Khalil as Lily Winters in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

"I kind of feel like my nomination is an ode to Kristoff," says Khalil. "It's honoring him and shows we did right by him. So this nomination definitely has a bittersweet touch to it. And I'm excited! I'd completely forgotten about the nominations with all that was going on—and I haven't had so much good news in such a long time! So it was cool."

"I'm sad that the show won't be in person. The Emmys are the one night a year that all of us from all the shows get together, get to say hi and hang out. Now we don't get to do that, but you gotta roll with the punches. We don't need another excuse to party! And now I can wear my sweatpants! Plus, it is great for fans that it's going to air on TV. And I guess that's all that matters, at the end of it."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Days of Our Lives

Tamara Braun (Kim), General Hospital

Rebecca Budig (Hayden), General Hospital

Watch Christel Khalil's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"I'm just so happy that people are still watching Y&R, even during this time when we're not able to release new episodes. I just want to say thank you to everybody for all your support during this time." — Christel Khalil


Outstanding Younger Performer Nominees

Sasha Calle (Lola Rosales), The Young and the Restless

Sasha Calle of The Young and the Restless.

Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Last year, an epic love triangle saved her character's life, but then left her heartbroken as she worked to rebuild that life. The romantic fiasco caused enough drama to earn Sasha Calle her first Emmy nomination!

Michael Mealor and Sasha Calle of The Young and the Restless.

Michael Mealor as Kyle Abbott and Sasha Calle as Lola Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I feel incredibly honored," says Calle. "I can't express the gratitude and light I felt when I got the call about the nomination! The news truly hit my family, friends and team with a bolt of joy. Hearing their happiness over the phone has been the best part about the nomination."

"I'm very excited to root for all the wonderful nominees and truly honored to be beside them. I don't exactly know how I'll be watching! Definitely hope to have some loved ones around me. I thought about buying birthday hats and wearing them… I think it'd be funny. I'll also probably be on a Zoom call with my mum and little brother."

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire), Days of Our Lives

Thia Megia (Haley), Days of Our Lives

Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), General Hospital

Eden McCoy (Josslyn), General Hospital

Watch Sasha Calle's Daytime Emmy Submission Reel

"Thank you to the fans for watching and supporting me along the way. It has meant the world. We walk out winners, regardless of the outcome!" — Sasha Calle

Outstanding Guest Performer Nominees

Elissa Kapneck (Sasha), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actress Elissa Kapneck

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Elissa Kapneck.

This newcomer proves the Daytime Emmys are about quality, not quantity. Her stint was just a few days, but she's in the running thanks to her performance as mother who almost gave up her baby.

"Honestly, this is a dream come true," says Kapneck. "Since I was 5, my dream has been to work on soaps and be nominated for an Emmy! I grew up watching soaps with my mom and that was always our thing. I have been studying acting and working towards this for my whole life. To see it come to fruition is absolutely everything. It's a good reminder that hard work and dedication pays off and dreams do come true."

Eva LaRue (Celeste Rosales), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actress Eva LaRue

Photo Credit: Russell Baer.

Daytime vet Eva LaRue made her name as All My Children's Dr. Maria Santos decades ago… but her summer in Genoa City could just earn her very first Daytime Emmy win!

"This nomination has been an amazing bright spot in an extremely difficult year," says LaRue. "I can't help but feel like John Callahan (ex-Edmund, All My Children) has a big hand in it somehow, because I got the nomination only weeks after he passed. I was so green when I started in daytime, I learned to act with John as my partner. This nomination, at this particular time, is a beautiful full circle tribute to him."

Eva LaRue on the set of The Young and the Restless.

Eva LaRue as Celeste Rosales in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"I will watch from home with my daughter Kaya, some family, popcorn, cocktails and a couple of friends via FaceTime. I am so excited for all the fans, me included, to be able to watch the Daytime Emmy's back on Primetime on CBS! It will be a welcome temporary distraction from the tough times in which we are all living."

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Simon Black), The Young and the Restless

Portrait of actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeffrey Vincent Parise.

This soap hopper is known for starting delicious trouble in both Daytime and Primetime. While this may be Jeffrey Vincent Parise's first nomination, it's no surprise to fans that his stint as a charming but dangerous man from Chelsea's past garnered it!

"It was such a welcomed piece of good news in a world where there hadn't been a whole lot of good news to speak of," Parise says of receiving the nomination. "It is a much-needed fun and happy distraction."

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Simon Black in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

"The show will be different for sure! I will be camping with friends for a few days leading up to it. We are scheduled to come back on Friday. I was told my category is going to be announced on the web only, so we're going to have a Twitter refresh party when we get home! I will also be popping in via Skype to my parents' Emmy party. They are having a 'black tie' party with some friends—complete with Emmy-related games made up by my mother. She's adorable."

"I'd like to say thank you to Y&R fans for giving me such a warm welcome to the show, even though my character was so unsavory! And thank you to the General Hospital fans for their continued love and support!"

OTHER CONTENDERS:

Chrishell Stause (Jordan Ridgeway), Days of Our Lives

Michael Knight (Martin), General Hospital

Outstanding Drama Writing Team Nominees

Bryton James, Kristoff St. John,  and Christel Khalil of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton, Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters, and Christel Khalil as Lily Winters in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

The Bold and the Beautiful's Head Writer Bradley P. Bell leads a team that includes Co-Head Writer Michael Minnis; and Writers Patrick Mulcahey, Adam Dusevoir, Shannon Bradley, Michele Val Jean, Rex M. Best and Tracey Ann Kelly.

Josh Griffith is the The Young and the Restless' Head Writer. Other nominees include writers Mal Young, Amanda Beall, James Harmon Brown, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Lynn Martin, Janice Ferri Esser, Sara Endsley, Anne Schoettle, Mellinda Hensley, Michael Conforti, Jeff Beldner, Teresa Zimmerman, Christopher Dunn, Natalie Minardi Slater, Annie Compton and Daran Little.

"We chose to submit episodes related to the passing of Neil Winters, as tribute to our good friend and iconic actor Kristoff St. John," share Griffith. "We miss him dearly."

Outstanding Drama Nominees

The Young and the Restless

The cast of The Young and the Restless.

The cast of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Y&R has taken home Outstanding Drama 10 times, including in 2019. Led by Executive Producer Anthony Morina and Co-Executive Producer Josh Griffith, the sudser has been nominated for a total of 22 awards for the 2019 season.

"The shows we submitted for Outstanding Drama were the episode where everyone finds out about Neil passing, and then the memorial," says Morina. "As powerful as the memorial was, I loved the first one because it kept everybody on edge. It was so close to when we lost Kristoff St. John that it was raw for us. It just dragged you into this emotional upheaval. I also loved that it had such a clear beginning, middle and end.

What was fantastic about that memorial was that everybody involved felt like it was the real memorial for Kristoff. It was gut-wrenching, and we went right to tape. No rehearsals. People were so raw and pure. Christel Khalil's performance was heart-wrenching. They all were! Those actors blew me away."

"These awards shows are always unpredictable. All I can say is, whether we get the Emmy or not, I just feel so positive about these two shows. As long as people saw them, I was happy. Because they were really something for us to be proud of."

The Bold and the Beautiful

The cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.

The cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

B&B has taken home Outstanding Drama 3 times. Led by Executive Producer Bradley P. Bell and Supervising Producers Edward Scott and Casey Kasprzyk, the most watched serial drama in the world is nominated for a total of 13 awards for the 2019 season.

"This should be a very exciting year," says Bell. "We submitted two of our favorite episodes from the 'Baby Beth is Alive!' story. I was very happy with those episodes on every level. I am especially thrilled for our nominated actors. They all delivered some of their finest work in the scenes they submitted. It was a great year for all four soaps, so the competition will be intense.

"I am thrilled the Daytime Emmys are airing in primetime on CBS this year. And they'll be even more wonderful as they are being hosted by the incredible ladies of The Talk. I will be watching with my family and at the same time, in close contact with my cast, crew and staff, ready to celebrate any wins.

"Many thanks to the fans for their loyalty and ongoing enthusiasm. Please cheer us on at home. You are the motivation behind everything we do at The Bold and the Beautiful. Go Team B&B!"

Don't miss the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards this Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

By Deanna Barnert

The Young and the Restless airs Weekdays on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Daytime may be known for its divas, cat fights, and soapy turns, but Brytni Sarpy adores playing the grounded and caring Dr. Elena Dawson on The Young and the Restless. Sarpy has also enjoyed being part of the sweet Y&R love story between characters Elena and Devon Hamilton—and not just because she ended up falling for co-star Bryton James in real life!

Actors Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James in soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson and Bryton James as Devon Hamilton in The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

In addition to her Daytime work, Sarpy is set to begin an explosive arc on The Have & Have Nots when the show returns in Fall 2020. She also crossed with the dark side in the thrillers Truth or Dare and The Wrong Husband and went for laughs on sitcoms like New Girl and My Crazy Ex.

Watch spoke with Brytni Sarpy about her CBS romance, her character and the Black Lives Matters movement, and how yoga keeps her centered during these turbulent times.

Thanks for talking to Watch. How are you doing with sheltering in place?

For the most part, I'm doing really well. A Virgo like me, I like to create structure. So I've been hard at work at creating my new normal, being indoors all day. And I'm super old school. I still have a planner, where I write things down. Having a list and being able to tick things off every day gives me peace of mind.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brytni Sarpy.

I have had a few mopey days. But what's cool is, I've taken this as an opportunity to tackle some things I haven't been able to do due to lack of time. I've been writing. I've been able to do yoga full-time. I've been going on longer walks with my dog, Charli. Because why not?

I've been cooking a lot. I've been designating times to do these things. I now even schedule when we're going to the grocery store!

\u200bBrytni Sarpy and Bryton James of soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James of The Young and the Restless.

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

Is that "we" you and your on and off-screen beau, Bryton James (Devon Hamilton)?

Yes. We actually just bought a condo together and moved in about a month before quarantine, so thankfully, we weren't in the middle of moving or anything. Now, we have the opportunity to really get used to the walls around us. [Laughs]

If there was ever a test, I guess we go hard. "We're going to move in together and spend 24-hours a day together!"

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brytni Sarpy.

You actually share your yoga workouts daily via Instastories, with the handle @brytni. What inspired you to start doing that?

Well, in a class setting, I'm not really able to set my phone up and record! Had I been able to, I probably would have posted more before. I got into yoga three years ago and when all the gyms closed, my Equinox teacher switched over to Zoom. Now, I'm able to go five to six days in a row and the classes are longer.

I'm actually hitting poses and doing inversions I've never done before. It's really exciting. I used to be a trainer, so fitness is kind of my thing. But since I haven't been doing yoga my whole life, I need structure and class and somebody to push me.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brytni Sarpy.

I am also a visual learner, so I started recording my practice so I could see my progress and self-correct my poses. Then I started posting them because I want to inspire people—especially in the beginning of this. We were all just sitting in our houses staring at the walls.

I've gotten so many messages from people wanting to start yoga or even start this particular class I'm in. I'm glad it's inspiring people—even if it's just to walk outside for 20 minutes.

How have you been using social media to connect with your audience/followers, especially with what's happening in the world today?

Social media can be such a beautiful device in helping to raise awareness, educate, and share perspective. It is an incredibly helpful tool for those of us who have a platform to directly engage and positively influence our audience. I have always understood this about social media and really appreciate the ability to utilize this kind of reach and connectivity.

Honestly, it is always my first instinct to go inward when I am faced with emotional turbulence, injustices, and anything that really attacks me to my core. I think because I feel things very deeply, sometimes exposing those tender places within myself is tough.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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But today, it is more important than ever to rise above my personal insecurities and emotional limitations, and use my words and my perspective for the greater good of my home and my community. I do not claim to know everything, but what I do know is that energy and intention are a language that we speak innately, and when that energy and intention is in alignment with love and standing up to fear, it is imperative to spread that to a community of people who don't relate or understand, and to a community of people who are hurting and not sure which way is up anymore, because of the fear based tactics and actions that have been used to keep them (us) down for so long.

What I do know for sure is that my heart is in the exact right place, I am and will forever be, an advocate of love and celebrating and elevating our oneness. It is my duty to impart that knowledge, humanity, and compassion to anyone who needs to hear it, feel it, understand it.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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Have you found your regular meditation practice a lifesaver or a challenge during this time?

The yoga has actually elevated my meditation experience, because it's a practice in focus and not allowing myself to get too worked up or too overwhelmed or worried about time. It's taken it to a different level. But I have found meditating more difficult—mostly because this is also my first time living with somebody else! I take my time to do my yoga alone, but then we have to eat and do this that and the other. So it's been a little tougher to just have that quiet space that I had when I lived alone to do it.

Actress Brytni Sarpy practicing yoga.

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Brytni Sarpy Yoga At Home

Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character Elena Dawson on The Young and the Restless.

The great thing about soap characters is that because they're continuous and because we shoot daily, they're more reflective of who we actually are. So Elena's super reflective of who I am, right now. She's a fierce woman and she's passionate. She's caring, she's strong, and she's in love. She's incredibly protective of everyone in her life.

She also is a doctor. She started a new health clinic. I can't even imagine what poor Elena's going through during all of this. She'd be in the trenches during this pandemic. I wonder if they'll write it in ...

Actors Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James in soap opera The Young and the Restless.

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Y&R has always been in forefront of tackling social issues. How would you feel if your character Elena Dawson examined Black Lives Matters and racial injustice?

I would be honored beyond measure to tackle a story as poignant and important as dissecting and understanding the Black Lives Matters movement, and reflecting on and working to resolve the racial injustices my Brothers and Sisters have suffered through in our country. A storyline like this could help reach viewers who do not relate or understand the plight of the Black Man and Black Woman in America.

Tackling this issue on a show as loved as Y&R would allow those viewers a chance to open themselves up enough to gain perspective and empathy from a show and a character they have learned to trust and love. It can also help heal a lot of pain from those who have suffered and are suffering, to see situations they are overcoming, being both discussed and highlighted. This is what art is meant to do, give us a chance to process our emotions, heal us, it is our therapy.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James.

Brytni Sarpy and Bryton James at a Y&R press event.

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Fans immediately fell for Elena and started shipping her with Devon. Why do you think your character and this couple resonate with fans?

It was really nice to be embraced and to play a character that's so aspirational. People resonate with things they can relate to, and they can see themselves in Elena. She wears her heart on her sleeve and she's a kind person.

Elena met Devon when he was going through so much tragedy. Everyone was rooting for him to finally have something positive. Elena's character represented that. Still, I didn't think people would fall that hard for them, because I saw what a strong fanship there was for Devon and [his late wife] Hilary.

In a way, Elena could have been just another distraction before Devon ended up with [Hilary's doppelganger] Amanda. But there's an honesty and a true connection there. There was so much drama surrounding Devon and Hilary, which was great. But it was a lot! With Elena, it feels like a seamless love story.

What was the first day on the Y&R set like?

It was cool. It was familiar, in that I knew a good handful of people there, already. When I got there, I saw Camryn Grimes—who I've done some charity work with over the past two years. I saw Jason Thompson, who I worked with on General Hospital. And Melissa Ordway, who I did the project with like 9 years ago!

After my first day on set, the entire cast and crew clapped for me. I thought that was the sweetest, nicest thing ever. I thought that would be indicative of my time there, and it has been.

Bryton James, Brytni Sarpy, Jess Walton, Beth Maitland, Melissa Ordway, and Sasha Calle on the set of The Young and the Restless.

Bryton James, Brytni Sarpy, Jess Walton, Beth Maitland, Melissa Ordway, and Sasha Calle on the set of Y&R.

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Tell us about your TV family and co-stars Bryton James, Mishael Morgan, and Sean Dominic.

Obviously, Bryton and I never got along. No! We hit it off, literally from day one. I showed up for my screen test and didn't know where to park. That was just the beginning of me getting lost at CBS! And he happened to be the person that I asked for help. I didn't know he was the one I was going to screen test with until we went upstairs. We laughed and just had great chemistry and became fast friends.

And I started working with Mishael Morgan before she came back as Amanda, because we still had her coming in for Hilary's ghost scenes. She is just such a force and such a beautiful person with a beautiful smile. I like her a lot. Sean Dominic came a little after me—so it was kind of nice to not be the newest kid on the block! And he's amazing. They all are.

Bryton James as Devon Hamilton and Brytni Sarpy as Elena Dawson in The Young and the Restless.

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Who fell first: Elena for Devon or you for Bryton?

It was around the same time. Their "I love you" scene is really poignant because it was right around the time we also it said "I love you." So it was so very very real and so vulnerable. Bryton's awesome.

Who is your inspiration?

The human connection is my inspiration. My inspiration is the scientific study of who we are as humans and why we do the things we do. I love being able to step into roles where I can say something that doesn't make sense to everyone.

Actress Brytni Sarpy in a white jumpsuit.

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If I get to play someone who killed someone, there's something cool about getting into the mindset of that person and looking 5 steps back: How did they get to the point where they wanted to do something so tragic? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to experience these ranges of emotion that bring you to these places? I just love exploring and understanding what it means to be human.

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By Deanna Barnert

Since taking on the role of The Young and the Restless' Chloe Mitchell in 2008, Elizabeth Hendrickson has found love with Greg Rikaart's Kevin Fisher, battled with Melissa Claire Egan's Chelsea Newman, delivered two babies, and played her share of paternity games.

Not only did she fake her own death, but she killed someone who came back from the dead, himself! Hendrickson, who got her start in soaps opposite All My Children's Susan Lucci, has played it all. But nothing could prepare the actress for delivering her baby during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Watch spoke to Elizabeth Hendrickson about the challenges—and the joy—of welcoming her baby girl to the world during this chaotic time.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson in The Young and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell in The Young and the Restless.

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Congratulations on your new bundle, Josephine James, born March 27, 2020! How has motherhood been so far?

It's kind of everything I expected it to be and more. It's like the greatest love you'll ever have… and there are such challenges. Some days are so hard, and then some days are just easier. It's like the best, hardest job you'll ever have. The crazy thing is that it is flying by. I didn't expect it to be going by so fast. Everybody keeps saying in the blink of an eye, she'll be 16.

But I'm happy it's all moving so quickly. Because when everything started to change and get kind of scary, the thought of having to bring a child into the world at a time like this was really daunting. I was really scared and there was so much unknown, and there still is, about babies and pregnant women with COVID-19. I was just afraid I might have it and could I give it to her.

Soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson with her newborn baby.

Elizabeth Hendrickson with newborn daughter Josephine James.

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Was this because your onscreen husband, Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), was sick with COVID-19 in March?

The thing was, he started getting symptoms the day after I worked with him, but he couldn't get tested. So I was just sitting there as scared as he was to see whether he had it. His symptoms sounded so much like coronavirus and then when they said he had pneumonia, I knew he had it. Josephine was due the day that Greg found out he tested positive. If I had delivered without going through the 14-day quarantine, I would have had to deliver alone. So I was just trying to keep her in there as long as possible. And thankfully, she listened to her mother for the first time and didn't come! And then, on day 15, we went for it. We induced.

When I checked into the hospital, they had just changed the protocol. So Rob was allowed in the delivery room, but I had to be in postpartum alone. So I had my first night by myself. There are nurses, but the nurses are busy. You're left there with a baby that's just a few hours old. It's hard.

\u200bElizabeth Hendrickson with onscreen husband Greg Rikaart.

Elizabeth Hendrickson with on-screen husband Greg Rikaart.

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Was it a relief to bring her home to your husband, Rob Meder?

Well, I was worried about how we were going to do when we got home, because we weren't able to add any of that postpartum care I'd been gearing up for! During my whole pregnancy, everyone asked how I felt about having a baby. And I kept saying, "It's going to be a breeze. I'm going to have all this help!" And then, instead, it was just us, left to our own devices. And it's just always changing.

The only thing to do is take it day-by-day. Anytime I got ahead of myself, my husband would slow me down and bring me back to reality. He'd say, "Listen, we got to go moment-to-moment here. We can't be thinking about tomorrow or a month out. We just got to take it day by day." That's how we've been dealing with it.

Newborn baby pic of soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson

Pretty in pink!

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Would that be your advice for fans stuck at home right now—potentially with kids—for channeling strength and patience during this time?

Just trying your best to carve out some time for yourself—even if it's just 20 minutes of your day. My time is in the morning. I set myself up my garden and I have my coffee. I just sit in peace for 20 minutes. But I have a newborn, so she sleeps a lot. I know it's really hard for a lot of parents at home with multiple kids or even one to find that 20 minutes… but it's important to do that, if possible.

Soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson with her newborn baby.

New mom Elizabeth Hendrickson bonds with her daughter.

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Your Y&R character Chloe Mitchell is still expecting her baby. What was it like to go through your pregnancy with her?

It was so awesome. It was so wild. I've been pregnant on the show a couple times and it was wonderful to not have to PLAY pregnant, but just BE pregnant… and then realize that you were playing it all wrong, the whole time! When I was in the throes of active labor and in the most excruciating pain in my life, I looked at the nurse and said, "I've done this on my show two times… and I just feel like I'm a horrible actress!"

I am so looking forward to getting to shoot what delivering was really like, whenever that happens. Although now, I just remember all the amazing, incredible parts. I've blocked out that couple hours of excruciating pain.

Pregnant Elizabeth Hendrickson with TV husband Greg Rikaart in The Young\u200b and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell with TV husband Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher in The Young and the Restless.

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You filmed Y&R right up to your due date and your castmates threw you a real-life baby shower. Tells us about that.

Greg Rikaart, Missy Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers), and Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) all threw me the most beautiful baby shower. I couldn't believe how many people came—cast, crew, wardrobe, casting, and even some of the guys came. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) came. That was the best surprise!

Tony Morina, our executive producer, came. I felt so loved. There was this whole onesie station and everyone decorated these adorable onesies with Y&R-themed designs on them — "Young and Restless" and "Soap Diva." It was such a great party!

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell in The Young\u200b and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell in The Young and the Restless.

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Any last thoughts before we let you get back to Josephine?

I was so scared… and now, I'm just so thankful that this has been one of the most beautiful experiences. It's really given me a lot of time to just quiet my mind, be with my family, and be appreciative of my health. My heart goes out to those who are on the frontlines, those who are sick and mothers that are being separated from their babies.

Newborn baby pic of soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson

Isn't she the cutest bundle of joy?

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Elizabeth Hendrickson.

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