While Bryton James is celebrating his Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series this week, his character, Devon, is re-living the joy he felt over being officially adopted by Neil and Dru in today’s classic re-airing on The Young and the Restless episode.
Bryton James On Devon Getting A Family
While Devon was in his late teens when he was adopted by Neil (the late Kristoff St. John) and Dru (Victoria Rowell), it still meant the world to him to know that he was going to belong to a family. “It showed commitment,” James recently told TV Insider.
“It showed someone following through with their word. Devon had encountered families that ‘talked the talk,’ but didn’t ‘walk the walk.’ He dealt with a lot of emotional insecurity. To have the Winters family commit to him meant a great deal. It showed that they were in for the long haul with him even though he’d put them through a lot.”
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With Neil having passed away and Dru being presumed dead (her body was never found after falling off a cliff), it’s up to Devon and his sister Lily (Christel Khalil) to continue on the legacy of the Winters family. “There would be no Winters family without Kristoff and Victoria and also, Shemar and Tonya [Lee Williams, ex-Olivia],” James notes.
“They made that family what it is. Christel and I try to live up to that. I think the show and the writers have done a phenomenal job of integrating us and elevating the family being right up there with the Abbotts and the Newmans and the Chancellors, of which Devon is a member. For him to have established his own company with Neil was a big thing.
“Now, Lily’s involved in Jill’s [Jess Walton] media company. It’s in the writers’ hands to keep the legacy going and it’s in the performers’ hands to keep it believable. I think we’ve all done a great job. The fans are loving it.” The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for air times.