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Y&R's Phelps on Steve Burton Get: "Steve Loved The Idea of Playing a Character Very Different From Jason Morgan"

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The Young and the Restless' executive producer Jill Farren Phelpsfinally broke her silence on scooping up General Hospital fan favorite Steve Burton. Phelps sat down with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan and spilled the tea on how she convinced Burton to join Y&R as Dylan McAvoy.


TV Guide Magazine: It's no shock Steve Burton is joining Y&R, given your relationship. But how'd you make the magic happen so soon?

Phelps: We didn't start talking seriously until about five weeks ago. We put out the character breakdown for Dylan McAvoy and we were seeing actors for the role. I just kept thinking how great Steve would be in the part but, at first, it was just a dream. I talked to his manager and we were able to make it work out so that Steve could continue to have the life he wants in Nashville. Plus, Steve loved the idea of playing a character very different from Jason Morgan.

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Phelps also shared with viewers what they should expect when Dylan hits Genoa City.

TV Guide Magazine: Back to Burton, what can you reveal about his character?

Phelps: Dylan is a war veteran who was greatly traumatized by what happened to him in Afghanistan. He was severely injured and was rescued by a family who helped him recuperate. He's not been heard from for a couple of years, which is why people think he's dead.

TV Guide Magazine: Will we be seeing any of that in flashback?

Phelps: No, but we will use flashbacks to bring the audience into the history of the Dylan-Avery relationship. Avery was the great love of his life, though I'm not sure she quite had the same feelings for him.

Dylan sounds a smidge like Jason, minus that pesky mob enforcer thing. To find out what Phelps had to say about Stephen Nichols' (Tucker) departure click here!