There are a lot of familiar faces returning to Genoa City for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ anniversary, but some may not be as familiar to newer viewers of the soap. For instance, Raul Guttierez, played by David Lago. Let us fill you in on his history with J.T., Mac, Billy, and Brittany that will certainly affect his present and future!
Raul was first seen in 1999 attending Walnut Grove Academy on a scholarship. He befriended Mackenzie Browning, Rianna Miner, J.T. Hellstrom, and Brittany Hodges. He started dating Mac, but she left him for Billy Abbott, ruining the friendship between the guys. Raul then turned to Rianna, who stayed by his side when he suffered from a seizure because of his diabetes. After awakening from a diabetic coma, Raul tried to break it off with Rianna, but she convinced him to stay with her.
Raul and Rianna used to hang out with Billy and Mac at the Abbott pool. (Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/jpistudios.com)
However, when he pressured her for sex, Rianna dumped him. Overwhelmed by his illness, relationships, and school, Raul began lashing out at everyone around him and when his grades slipped it ruined his dream of being the first person in his family to attend college. His older brother, Diego, arrived in town, but Raul resented him for abandoning the family.
Eventually, Raul got his act together and began dating Brittany. He even agreed to be Billy’s best man when he married Mac. But when Brittany began stripping, it was the beginning of the end for them. After she fell for Bobby Marsino, Brittany dumped Raul, who left Genoa City to attend Pemberton College in Boston.
Brittany’s new career made things awkward with her friends. (Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/jpistudios.com)
Raul was last seen in 2009 when it was revealed that he was now dating Mac. Billy wasn’t crazy about his best friend from high school dating his former wife, but Raul expressed his desire to make Mac his wife. Unfortunately, the more time Mac spent with Billy, the more she doubted Raul was her Mr. Right and she eventually called off the engagement. Heartbroken, Raul returned to Washington D.C. to make a fresh start.
Back in town for the reunion, Raul will catch up with all of his old friends, including Billy and Brittany. And there’s a lot to catch up on, so stay tuned and don’t miss any of the drama! For more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.