A new face arrived in Genoa City when Brytni Sarpy joined THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! Although she’ll be a familiar face to some soap fans who have been watching her as Valerie Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Y&R announced that Sarpy will be joining the cast in the newly-created role of Elena Dawson, and will mad her debut in the March 19 episode.
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.
Sarpy made her daytime debut as GH's Valerie 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.
So far, the soap is remaining mum on details regarding Elena's character, but she's already showed off some sparks with Devon. And as a doctor, she could also encounter Nate, who hasn't had much luck in love since returning to Genoa City himself. You'll just have to stay tuned to watch Elena's storyline unfold and her secrets be revealed!
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