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Although it’s al­ways in­tim­i­dat­ing to step into a role for­merly oc­cu­pied by some­one else, THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Michael Mealor says that when he joined the show as Kyle, he got great ad­vice from a fel­low re­cast: Peter Bergman (Jack)! “He said, ‘Ev­ery­one is go­ing to tell you who Kyle is, and they will all have an opin­ion on who Kyle should be, but make the char­ac­ter your own!’” shares Mealor. As it turned out, peo­ple didn’t tell him how to play Kyle or who he was. In­stead, “they would tell me how their char­ac­ter re­lated to Kyle,” Mealor shares, adding that he was grate­ful to have peo­ple fill in some of the blanks for him. “As a re­cast, you do won­der how much you should bring from the last [per­son’s por­trayal] ver­sus how much you should make it your own. But find­ing out your char­ac­ter’s re­la­tion­ships with other char­ac­ters is re­ally an amaz­ing tool to have and opens up ev­ery­thing!”

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