The Young and the Restless viewers know that Adam Newman has struggled with darkness for years. He feels like the black sheep of the Newman family, but it seems as if he might be moving past that. For his performance, Soap Hub Performer of the Week honors for Y&R is presented to Adam’s portrayer, Mark Grossman.
Mark Grossman — Y&R Performer of the Week
This week, Grossman truly nailed some serious scenes that turned light-hearted between Adam and Sharon (Sharon Case). She tried to “therapist” him, and the moment turned less intense when Adam started talking about other places in Genoa City to get coffee and then, he asked Sharon for a map. The actor’s smiles and tone of voice really made these playful moments, which could have a double meaning for viewers since we rarely ever see Crimson Lights, stand out.
Another moment where Grossman shined this week was when Adam and Nick (Joshua Morrow) sat at the bar at The Grand Phoenix, talking about how to keep the peace for Sally (Courtney Hope) and the baby’s sake. It’s rare that these brothers share a…well…brotherly moment. In this scene, Grossman conveyed just how uncomfortable Adam was with the whole thing, but he also warmed up to Nick as they explored what they had in common.
Even Adam’s interactions with Victor (Eric Braeden), which can also be filled with anger, were less so this week. Mark Grossman peeled back the layers of the character, with softened body language and facial expressions, revealing a different side of Adam. He altered the tone of his voice so that it was less harsh than it often is when Adam talks with Victor, creating more nuance to their rocky relationship.
Congratulations on an excellent performance! We look forward to seeing more of Adam’s new direction in the future.
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