Elena Dawson on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS may be a relatively 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. Elena found herself drawn to Devon, but he overstepped again when he paid off her student loans.
Elena and Devon's relationship got off to a rocky start, in no small part because he was still haunted by the death of his wife, Hilary. But the couple grew closer and she was there for him when his father, Neil Winters, passed away. Elena also befriended Nate Hastings, and off his suggestion, interviewed and got a job as a new resident at the hospital.
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 before moving over to Y&R.
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