That's ABC Daytime superstar Eva LaRue playing Celeste Rosales on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS! She made her debut in the June 26 episode, and while LaRue only signed on for a short-term stint, who knows what the future might hold? "Thanks everyone for the warm welcome," she shared on Instagram shortly before her first appearance. "Love this character and really great working with my new daughter."
Celeste is the mother of Lola Rosales and showed up at her bridal shower at the invitation of Abby Newman. While Lola was thrilled to see her mom again, her appearance complicated things as she worried she wouldn't approve of her and Kyle Abbott living together before the wedding. As Celeste began butting her nose into not just the upcoming nuptials but also other aspects of her daughter's life in Genoa City, Lola bristled under her constant criticism and eventually asked her mother to leave.
Moving out of Lola's apartment and back into a hotel, Celeste tried to get Rey on her side, but he continued to support his sister. Eventually, a frustrated Celeste returned to Miami, but as the day of the wedding neared, Lola changed her tune and Jack went to Florida to convince Celeste to return with him for the ceremony. Everything was going well until Celeste's ex-husband, Adrian Rosales, crashed the wedding looking to reconnect with his estranged family!
LaRue is best known for her role of Dr. Maria Santos Grey on ALL MY CHILDREN, which she played from 1993-97 and again from 2002-2005. During this time, she received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. First, in 1997, for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and then in 2004 for Outstanding Original Song for co-writing “Dance Again With You,” used as a love theme for the supercouple Edmund and Maria.
After her successful run on AMC, she left daytime to join the cast of GEORGE LOPEZ and then star on CSI: MIAMI. More recently, LaRue has appeared in FULLER HOUSE and MACK & MOXY as well as the films Urban Cowboy and Orphan Horse.
Stay tuned to see how Celeste's story continues, and for more Y&R casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.