Gold Star: Jess Wal­ton (Jill)

THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Jess Wal­ton brings al­ter ego Jill back with gusto!

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When­ever THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Jill pops back into Genoa City, we know that we won’t be bored. How­ever, this time around, as the soap cel­e­brated its 45th an­niver­sary, we got an ex­tra dose of Jill­cen­tric feisti­ness as the beau­ti­cianturned-busi­ness­woman dealt with her own blast from the past, run­ning into her for­mer step­daugh­ters, Les­lie and Lorie Brooks. The phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent of Jess Wal­ton, which could ac­tu­ally make us for­get that she wasn’t the ac­tress who’d played the char­ac­ter when her feud with the Brooks sis­ters be­gan, de­serves ap­plause… as well as this week’s Gold Star!

Tense “Fam­ily” Re­union

Jill was al­ready on the warpath when she re­turned to town, pre­pared to con­front Nikki about chang­ing Chan­cel­lor Park and Kather­ine’s me­mo­rial… so it didn’t take much to get her riled up when she over­heard her name be­ing men­tioned

— and not in a good way — at the GCAC. Still, sur­prise flick­ered across her face when she traced the source of the con­de­scen­sion back to the Brooks sis­ters, who were in town to honor their fa­ther — Jill’s for­mer hubby — Stu­art. It took about two sec­onds be­fore barbs were fly­ing, with Lorie de­nounc­ing her dad’s ill-fated mar­riage to Jill, prompt­ing her to re­ply, “In case you’ve both for­got­ten, Stu­art’s life was ex­tended be­cause of me! I per­formed an emer­gency tra­cheotomy on him. He was chok­ing… I fol­lowed Snap­per’s in­struc­tions to the let­ter over the phone, and it was hor­ri­ble. But by the time the paramedics got there, Stu­art was breath­ing again!”

While Les­lie ad­mit­ted that Jill had been a hero that day, Lorie was quick to mock, “It was all the other days that you were with Dad that were a prob­lem for us.” Im­pa­tience flared in Jill’s eyes as the women re­called her less-than-ad­mirable se­duc­tion of Stu­art, who hap­pened to be then- mother Liz’s boyfriend. “For God’s sakes!” she huffed. “I was a sin­gle mother try­ing to pro­vide a good home for my son, okay? And when the op­por­tu­nity arose, I took it!”

Many Shades Of Jill

There’s no ques­tion that Jill has a ruth­less streak. But she also has tremen­dous com­pas­sion. Later, when Dina at­tacked her for be­ing a floozy who stole John Ab­bott, Jill kept her claws firmly sheathed, rec­og­niz­ing that Dina was in the grip of an Alzheimer’s episode. Still, Jill isn’t go­ing to be nom­i­nated for saint­hood any­time soon. In fact, she couldn’t con­tain her ex­as­per­a­tion af­ter spend­ing time with Dina and her er­ratic per­son­al­ity. “My God, how do you stand the con­stant back and forth with that woman!” she asked Abby, vis­i­bly an­noyed.

Like a flaw­less sculp­ture, Wal­ton has carved out a mul­ti­lay­ered char­ac­ter — one who is un­apolo­getic about her past, iras­ci­ble in the present and sly with her hu­mor. And that’s why, when Jill’s globetrotting ad­ven­ture with Colin con­tin­ues, we will be grab­bing that pen to ea­gerly mark our cal­en­dars for Wal­ton’s re­turn en­gage­ment!

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