Gold Star: Greg Rikaart (Kevin)
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Greg Rikaart takes alter ego Kevin for a last spin through high drama
When we learned Greg Rikaart (Kevin) would be departing THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, we anticipated a heartfelt performance. Still, we got a heck of a lot more, with Kevin sinking into grief over Chloe’s tragic suicide, spinning into shock at her resurrection and soaring into a hope that they might find their happily ever after. Rikaart’s effortless ability to traverse Kevin’s highs and lows reminds us of his talent and earns him this week’s Gold Star!
Life After Death
Dealing with a loved one’s death is never easy, but Chloe’s “suicide” presented a different sort of challenge for Kevin, who was sensitive to the fact that she was regarded as a murderess by many Genoa City denizens. While he promised Michael that he’d keep his emotions under control at the funeral, Kevin’s grief morphed into fury when Nick and Chelsea arrived. “How
could you show your face here after what you did? You were relentless!” he accused. “You tracked Chloe down like some sort of animal because you had to make her pay! She was so scared… she killed herself!”
Kevin may have blamed Nick publicly, but privately, he blamed himself. Alone with the coffin, the computer whiz accepted full responsibility for what had happened to his ex. “If anyone should have seen that you still needed help, it was me. We were together, but you were suffering alone… I was holding on so tight to this fantasy that didn’t exist while the world was crumbling around me… I’m so sorry, Chloe,” he whispered, only to reel back in shock — and faint dead away — when the casket opened to reveal a not-so-dead Chloe!
A Different Good-bye
We all want more time with our dearly departed, but let’s face it, having them pop out of their coffin might be a tad disconcerting! Rikaart played his alter ego’s freak-out brilliantly, eyes darting around the room as though expecting to see the camera crew of GC BUZZ punking him. It took time to calm down and listen to Chloe’s explanation that Victor had devised a scheme to fake her death. It also took time for Kevin to tell everyone he needed a vacation when, in fact, he was saying good-bye.
“I owe you so much, Paul… Your faith in me changed my life,” he told his boss. And to his sister- in- law, he admitted, “There were so many times when I would look at Chloe and think, ‘Wow, I found my Lauren.’”
Later Kevin shared a moment of peace while in the park with Michael. “I always appreciated ever y single thing that you’ve ever done for me. I don’t say it often enough, but you are the best brother — and the best friend — I could ask for.”
It was a wonderful full-circle kind of moment for Kevin, made even more powerful by Rikaart’s spot-on performance. Swan songs don’t get better than this!
Rikaart didn’t make it easy to see Kevin leave.