Y&R Newbie Tyler Johnson Sounds Off on Playing Abbott-Adjacent Theo

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The Young and the Restless head honchos tweaked Dina Abbott Mergeron (Marla Adams)'s backstory in a major way. Jack (Peter Bergman) and Traci (Beth Maitland) discovered their runaway mama had a secret son with Stuart Brooks (Robert Colbert) and that son had a son of his own: Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor)'s frenemy, Theo Vanderway (Tyler Johnson)!

Johnson talked to TV Insider about his character's new clan and playing in a quad with Kyle, the Abbott heir's bride, Lola (Sasha Calle) and his ex, Summer (Hunter King). Chatting about Theo's try-hard ways, Johnson reflected:

"I think Theo, while living in New York, developed a resentment towards the elite [which includes Kyle]. Now, Theo’s finding himself being that which he grew to detest. He’s finding all the tools in his toolbelt are no longer effective. The scrappy underdog is no more."

We will also see Theo bond with his long-lost grandma, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The burgeoning relationship will tug on the heartstrings, Johnson promised:

"Marla is such a fantastic actress. She brought me to a place where, I felt, there were no cameras or sets or lights – only the interactions between us. Marla has the ability to do that, and in between scenes, she’s making wisecracks. But as soon as the [camera rolls] I couldn’t help but be completely taken in to those moments."

Read Johnson's full chat with TV Insider here.