A Genoa City hunk got a new face when actor Tyler Johnson made his debut as Theo on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in June. Theo Vanderway first appeared in the episode that aired on May 9, though at the time, he was played by actor Nic Luken, best known for playing Jonah on NASHVILLE. While this is Johnson’s daytime debut, the actor has made primetime appearances in shows like GOSSIP GIRL and 30 ROCK, and can be seen in films such as The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
Theo is a colleague of Kyle Abbott’s from his time in New York, and works in publicity. Summer Newman and Kyle met with him in Manhattan, and he then followed them back to Genoa City where he introduced them to an internet influencer who could help them. However, this being a soap opera, it took no time at all for business to turn to pleasure! Summer immediately invited the hunk into her bed for some no-strings-attached fun, but their lighthearted relationship took a dark turn when he realized she was still seriously hung up on Kyle.
At Devon's request, Theo began working with Ana as she struggles to navigate the world of online promotion to bring Tessa's musical career to the next level. He also admitted to Summer that he couldn't stop thinking about her and they gave their relationship another try. Theo also continued stirring up the past he shared with Kyle from New York City, something Kyle definitely wanted to keep under wraps. But Theo confessed to Summer that he and Kyle had been partying with a young woman who had to be rushed to the hospital and turned out to be underage so Kyle paid off her father to keep the whole thing quiet. Then, to rub salt in the wound, Theo brought the girl in question — Zoe Hardisty — to Kyle's wedding as his guest!
Currently, Theo has been trying to put down roots in Genoa City, insisting to Devon that he would be better at running Power Communications than Mariah. Of course, he and the redhead clashed, and Devon very quickly realized Theo was all talk and fired the guy. Theo then befriended Lola Rosales, which was odd since he's been out to get her husband for so long. Then it turned out that his father, Eric Vanderway, was Dina's illegitimate son with Stuart Brooks, making Theo and Kyle cousins! This all just got a whole lot more complicated...
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