David Tom is living proof you can in fact go home again. After a 12-year absence from The Young and the Restless, Tom is slipping back into the role of Billy Abbott come Feb. 3. Billy Miller departs on Jan. 30.
The actor is diving head first into the end of a huge storyline, with Billy having learned Adam (Michael Muhney) was the culprit behind his daughter's hit-and-run. TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan spoke with Tom on what's next for Billy.
TV Guide Magazine: How do things shift for Billy once he knows Adam killed Delia?
Tom: There's certainly no closure, but there's a change in the depth of his anger. Sooner or later, the healing process will have to begin. But, for now, he's furious that Adam did what he did and — even worse — kept it a secret. I can't even imagine what it would be like to deal with something like that yet, at the same time, I can relate. I'm an uncle now in my own life and if somebody did something to harm my little nephew, well…I would definitely want to make that person suffer as much as possible.
Tom also confesses the brass over at Y&R made him audition for the role in which he won a Daytime Emmy Award.
TV Guide Magazine: They didn't make you audition for your old job, did they? Tom: Actually, yes! But I was fine with that. I was in New York when they were holding auditions, so I put myself on tape and sent it in. The Billy recast was supposed to be a secret so they first told me I was auditioning for Paul's son. I said, "Won't that be kinda odd for me to come back to the show as someone different?" And they were, like, "Naaah…don't worry about it!" [Laughs] Now we know why. They finally told me what was really going on the day before my screen test because they had to — it was a scene with Billy and Victoria talking about Delia.