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

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."

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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.