Every long-standing soap opera succeed with one main theme: very, very handsome leading men that could draw in a large following. That did not factor into the equation when I started watching Young and the Restless because it was less of a choice. I started watching the soap opera when there were only three television channels and our house had only one television. So, whenever I would come home from school – at all ages – if I wanted to watch television I had to watch what my mother watched. One of those shows happened to be Young and the Restless.
I didn’t object, I would grab my favorite afterschool snack and intensely watch the character’s drama unfold as if they were my next door neighbors. Despite the handsome choices of leading actors, I would choose my favorite based on their outlandish personalities and as I grew older it then sort of became about the looks. So, who are the two most favorite Young and the Restless men of soap opera past and present? Might not be who most think.
Number one would have to be Victor Newman – of the 80s! Victor played by Eric Braeden was able to appeal to both the young and the older audience with his mysterious and mature ways. His character was the most genuine despite all of the chaos that arose around him. The real life actor brings a mystery to him, for instance his German accent makes him standout from the rest in a good way. His voice takes mundane lines and makes the characters and audience pay close attention.
For the younger set like myself who watched him from the beginning, he represented a cool father figure and for the women he was the ideal man to marry. The character Victor had a lot of his human flaws, but overall, everything he did was with class and respect. That was the Victor I had grown up with and even though it is the same actor, his character has changed in several ways to keep up with today’s audience.
Then there is Jack Abbott, Genoa City’s other tall, dark and handsome character that brings flames to the set and is a must watch for soap opera fans. Why do we love to watch this character? I believe he brings out the
hidden want for the bad boy within every woman. The character everyone loved to hate, but still loved to watch.
Without Jack’s scheming and school-boy challenges, the series may have not been as exciting. Just as Victor’s character had once exude charm and old-world class, Jack, played by Peter Bergman, is thankfully charmed
in a different way, more like a cobra. Ever since Jack rolled on the scene he would find a way to betray every person in his path. Most of his screen time is spent creating a scandal or putting out the fires of an old one. Of course now Victor plays the field just as much even in his 70s, so I miss the old Vic.
These two characters are just the top of a whole list of handsome and interesting actors that make up the delightful series. However much the characters have changed over the decades, there have been these two strong totems that add fiery and complicated situations to the Young and the Restless series. If the series survives another 10 years, audiences are happily assured that these two characters will still be around to continue their fun revengeful plots against one another.