Look Who’s Back: Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Tristan Lake Leabu will be returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to reprise his role as Reed Hellstrom beginning on Monday, December 10. It’s safe to say that Reed will find himself back in Genoa City to look for answers about dad J.T.’s disappearance, which Rey now has deemed a murder investigation.
The character was played by Leabu from January of 2017 until April 2018, and the actor earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for his work. Before Reed was aged into a teenager, he was played by child star Max Page from 2009-2016.
Reed was born in 2007 to Victoria Newman, but it wasn’t until after his birth that they confirmed that J.T. Hellstrom was his father. However, a few years later, the couple divorced and J.T. fought for custody because he didn’t want Reed to grow up under the influence of Victoria’s father, Victor. Unfortunately, Victoria was arrested for murder just before the hearing, and she lost her child, even though she was later cleared. When J.T.’s fiancée, Mackenzie Browning, got a job offer in Washington, D.C., they moved away from Genoa City and took Reed with them.
Reed and J.T. in happier times. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
In 2017, Reed returned home now grown into a teenager. He’d run away from home because J.T. wanted to move to Warsaw, Poland. He wanted to live with his mother, but Victoria reminded him his father had custody. But Reed was allowed to remain with his mother, and he attended school and developed a budding relationship with Mattie Ashby. Although that hit a sour note when he drove drunk and Mattie refused to keep his secret, landing him in a whole mess of trouble.
J.T. returned to Genoa City as well, looking to reunite with Victoria and Reed was thrilled at the idea of having his family back together again. Reed and his father also bonded over their shared love of music. But J.T. had his own secret plans, and was also abusive towards Victoria. After J.T. tried to kill Victor, he got violent with Victoria and Nikki accidentally killed him trying to protect her daughter. The women buried the body and covered up the crime, leaving Reed to believe that his father had abandoned him.
Sadly, Reed’s dream of reuniting his parents was never meant to be. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Distraught, Reed made the decision to go to boarding school and get away from all the drama in Genoa City. He promised to get his life together and come back one day, and it seems he's now making good on that promise!
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