Gold Star: Bryton James (Devon)
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Bryton James hits all the right notes as Devon’s mourning sends him spiraling downward
Grief can take on many forms. For THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Devon, it has meant throwing himself into a mindnumbing slew of parties. Of course, we knew that could never be sustained. Still, we were not prepared for how emotional the billionaire’s journey would be when he was finally forced to face the loss of Hilary and their unborn child. Bryton James skillfully plucked at our heartstrings as his alter ego cycled through anger, resistance, panic and despair… earning this week’s Gold Star!
The Party’s Over
Devon’s hard partying caught up with him in an unexpected way when Shauna decided to return to her parents’ home rather than stay in the penthouse, where she’d recently discovered drugs. Instead of acknowledging his part in her departure, Devon turned his ire on Cane. “I have been responsible enough to take care of her this whole time, and
I have been able to keep my promise to Hilary up until today, thanks to you!”
When Cane urged his brother-in-law to stop living his life for his late wife, a bitter fury flashed in Devon’s eyes. “So Lily took her away from me, and now you’re trying to erase her from my memory.”
Yet soon enough, Devon was the one trying to erase his own memory by attending another drunken all- nighter. When he finally stumbled home, clearly hung- over, his sister, Ana, had had enough and sat him down for a heart-toheart that finally had Devon opening up. “It’s been months, and I haven’t fully absorbed or accepted the fact that Hilary is gone,” he admitted, tears glittering in his eyes. “Every time I turn on GC BUZZ… or every time I roll over in bed and she’s not there, it’s literally like she’s dying over and over again.
“I don’t know how I’m going to cope,” he added, “because it feels like I’m losing her over and over again.”
Ana convinced Devon to see a therapist, who prescribed anxiety medication. The widower may have talked to the shrink and accepted the pills, but he still pushed his emotions down… until they blew up later in a full- on panic attack that left him gasping, “My heart is racing. I can’t breathe.”
It was a tipping point for Devon to come clean about his feelings. “When you go through something like I did with Hilary… you have all these people around you… to lift you up. But when it’s over, they go back to their lives, and you’re left alone,” he shared quietly. “I thought I could handle it… but then the walls started closing in on me, and I couldn’t breathe. I just wanted it all to go away.”
Devon’s terrible pain put us in a dilemma. We wanted to reach for our hankies, but we needed our hands free to applaud James’ pitch-perfect performance!
As Devon acted out, James acted the hell out of the material.