The doctor is in! Brooks Darnell is joining the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in the role of Dr. Nate Hastings, Jr.! The character is the son of Nathan Hastings and Olivia Winters, born back in 1995. After a series of child actors, the character was aged to an adult and played by Walter Fauntleroy in 2011, which was the last time viewers saw him.
The new Nate, Darnell, may be familiar to TV viewers from his role as Charlie Cooper on Freeform’s supernatural drama SHADOWHUNTERS. He has also made appearances in primetime series like BONES and NIKITA as well as films like Total Recall. According to his IMDb biography, Darnell put off his interest in acting to continue his education as a pre-med student on a football scholarship. But after being sidelined due to an injury, Darnell signed with BMG Models in Chicago and studied acting.
Darnell as Charlie on SHADOWHUNTERS. (Photo Credit: John Medland/Freeform via Getty Images)
Nate was involved with drama right from the moment he was conceived. Olivia was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but refused to abort her baby to save her own life, and in 1992, Nate Jr. was delivered early but healthy. However, after Nathan cheated on her with a woman who could have exposed them all to HIV, she threw him out of the house. They all tested negative, but Nate was so desperate to see his boy that he kidnapped Nate! After several weeks on the run, Nathan returned his son to Olivia, but was killed in a hit-and-run shortly thereafter.
As Nate grew up, he grew very fond of his new father, Malcolm, and was upset when Olivia broke things off with him and turned to his brother, Neil. Malcolm was further upset when Olivia changed her will so Neil would raise Nate if anything happened to her. After Malcolm was presumed dead, Nate finally grew closer to Neil, but since he was drowning his sorrows over his brother in alcohol, Olivia tried to keep her son away from him as well.
Nate was there to support his cousin, Lily, when Cane was presumed dead in 2011. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Nate eventually went off to boarding school and in 2008, Olivia mentioned he was now in medical school. Then, in 2011, Nate resurfaced in Genoa City as Ronan Malloy’s specialist, treating his liver ailment. He reconnected with his family, including Neil, Malcolm, and his cousins, Lily and Devon, but that was the extent of it.
Darnell made his debut in the July 3 episode and is the doctor secretly treating Victor Newman. But what other drama will he get mixed up in this time around? You'll have to stay tuned to find out! And for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!