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Soap Hub Performer of the Week for Y&R: Susan Walters

Susan Walters The Young and the RestlessSusan Walters The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless viewers know that Diane Jenkins did her fair share of dirty deeds before she “died.” However, now that she’s back, she’s seemingly on the straight and narrow and willing to do whatever it takes to win a place in her son Kyle Abbott’s life — even squeal on Ashland Locke. For her performance, Soap Hub Performer of the Week honors for Y&R is presented to Diane’s portrayer, Susan Walters.

Susan Walters — Y&R Performer of the Week

This week Walters brought her A-game as Diane with several strong scenes. First came the moment between Diane and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) at Crimson Lights. Nikki had nothing nice to say to her foe, and Diane gave as good as she got.

The actress used self-assured body language and forceful line delivery to have Diane let Nikki know that she wasn’t at all intimidated. As always, Diane continued to insist her only reason for being in town was Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor), and Walters’s performance is beginning to convince us of Diane’s sincerity.

Then, at Chancellor Park, Susan Walters employed some great facial expressions and body language to convey Diane’s conflicted feelings at tipping off Michael Baldwin (Christian Le Blanc) and the Newmans to Ashland Locke (Robert Newman) breaking Kyle’s restraining order by talking to Harrison Locke (Kellen Enriquez). Ultimately, she threw Ashland under the bus, likely building some more goodwill for herself with Kyle and perhaps even the Newmans, but it didn’t come without some inner turmoil, which Walters portrayed perfectly without words. Kudos on an excellent performance.

The Young and the Restless (YR) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Genoa City, check out all the latest that’s been posted on Y&R spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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