Interview: Jordi Vilasuso talks about “The Young and The Restless” on CBS


Jordi Vilasuso. Photo credit: Sonja Flemming, CBS

Emmy-winning actor Jordi Vilasuso chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about Rey Rosales’ role in CBS’s # 1 daytime drama “The Young and The Restless”.

“The young and the restless”

Vilasuso is drawn to the role of Rey Rosales for many reasons. “I like Rey’s moral constitution,” he admitted. “Rey, as a character, the way it’s written makes me a better person. The character enriches my humanity.

“I’m grateful to be on a show that’s been # 1 for over 32 years,” he added. “It’s a good thing to put on my CV, and it’s a good thing to tell my kids. It gives you a sense of pride, especially working with talented directors and actors. “

He had nice words about his on-screen actor partners Sharon Case and Mark Grossman. “It’s fun to work with them,” he said. “Sharon has been on the show forever and she always makes me feel comfortable. Sharon and I really like working together and I really enjoy that.

“This is my third year there and I am grateful for the show,” Vilasuso said. “I’m excited, I just signed for three more years, and I hope I can work more with Mark Grossman. I just watched the show today and saw Mark’s work and he killed it. Mark did a great job.

Right now he’s enjoying the current storyline since Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) returned to town. “I think she’s going to create a lot of problems and shake things up in Genoa City,” he hinted.

Work with veteran actors of the series

He spoke about working with the veteran cast of “The Young and The Restless”. “The key to longevity is getting the job done, which takes discipline,” he said. “I am so grateful that veterans still care so much from Eric Braeden to Peter Bergman. I have had the privilege of working with Eric and it is very inspiring that he cares as much as he does. There are no divas on this show, which I really appreciate.

“With every show that I’ve done, it gets a little easier,” he said. “This is my fourth show so I feel like I’ve earned my stripes. I really enjoy doing this job. Hopefully COVID is coming to an end and we will return to some normalcy. “

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Vilasuso replied: “With 40 comes reflection and more ambition.”

If Vilasuso wrote, produced and directed his own short film, he said it would be “a coming-of-age story involving children and their addiction to electronic devices.” “It should be part of a bigger story,” he explained. “I’m a parent and have two daughters, and they have access to my phone, so anytime I don’t know where my phone is, it’s usually in their hands. My short would be to make sure the technology serves you.

YR Fantastic Events

On February 19 and 20, Vilasuso will be part of the YR Fantasy events in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. “I look forward to these events, of course. I’m always having a blast, “he said.” I have great memories of Pittsburgh and can’t wait to be there. I love these appearances and being able to meet the fans and hang out with them. .

For more on these upcoming in-person fan events, check out the Fantasy Events Inc website.

Star Image Entertainment

He was happy to be a part of Star Image Entertainment’s virtual events, the proceeds of which are donated to Cedars CanSupport, which helps cancer patients and their families. “The Star Image Zoom events have been great,” he said. “It was great doing one with Galen Gering, who played my big brother in ‘Days of Our Lives’, because I love this guy. I also enjoyed doing the Zoom with Greg Vaughan. Surprisingly, j got Greg [Vaughan] and Ari Zucker for dinner last week.

“Samantha’s Friends”

In May 2022, he is also delighted to be one of the “Friends of Samantha”, which benefits guide dogs in the south-east. “Samantha and Alice are doing a great job. The Southeastern Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity. How can you look at these dogs and not see the amount of love they have? I am so grateful to be a part of it. Samantha and Alice have become like family to me. They are lovely people, ”he said.


With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching this year, Vilasuso said he is thankful for health this year and that his children and family are healthy and have job security. “And also, being able to do what I love,” he said. “I am very grateful to my family. I feel very lucky and blessed, and that goes a long way. “


Vilasuso defined the word success as being able to provide for his family and being more selfless. “I try to take care of more than myself. It’s about doing it for my daughters as well, ”he said.

To his loyal fans, Vilasuso concluded, “Thank you for being there for me from the start when I was Tony Santos on ‘Guiding Light’ and for following me. 2022 is going to bring some major excitement, I can already feel it in the scripts. Stick around and I will continue to bring it daily.

To learn more about “The Young and The Restless” or to stream the show online, check out the official CBS website.


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