Elena Dawson on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is a new face in Genoa City, but portrayer Brytni Sarpy is a familiar face to soap fans who watched her as Valerie on ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL. Elena made her debut in March of 2019 when Sarpy swapped networks to explore a new character.
Elena opened the door to Devon Hamilton when he followed his sister, Ana Hamilton, to a motel. After initially slamming the door in his face, the young woman was later revealed to be the nurse to Jett Slade, a former R&B musician who also happens to be Ana’s father. Devon invited her and Jett to move into the penthouse with him and Ana so she could be with her father. Elena was uncomfortable with the situation and insisted she wasn't looking for a handout, but agreed. She's treading carefully because it's clear Devon is still hurting from losing Hilary, but there's definitely chemistry between them that could lead to something more.
Sarpy made her daytime debut as GH's Valerie Spencer in March of 2015 and was thrown straight into a major storyline as a long-lost member of the Spencer family who then developed feelings for her cousin’s husband and nearly destroyed her marriage. Valerie then went on to become a member of the Port Charles Police Department, but was dropped from contract to recurring in December of 2016. Although this gave her the opportunity to appear in primetime TV series like NEW GIRL and movies like Truth or Dare, Sarpy did also continue to play Valerie occasionally on GH.
While Elena already has given off sparks with Devon, as a doctor, she could also encounter Nate, who hasn't had much luck in love since returning to Genoa City himself. Stay tuned to see how Elena's story unfolds and for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!