Soap Opera Digest|October 28, 2019
On screen and off, Y&R’s Jason Thompson is striking a good balance
Devin Owens

Through the years and different actors, Y&R’s reckless Billy Abbott has lied, cheated, embezzled, been arrested, knowingly bought a black market baby, dealt with addiction (both alcoholism and gambling) and had numerous affairs, including with his brother’s wife. Jason Thompson, who assumed the role in 2016, is happy that he finally got the chance to delve deeper into his alter ego recently, when Billy developed an alternate personality determined to kill Adam. “I haven’t really been able to explore this side of Billy in my almost four years of being here,” he points out. “I was looking forward to unearthing some of these things that were inside the character and I feel like I have a better understanding of him now. There’s more for me to carry forward, which is always good. You talk about this kind of stuff with writers or other cast members, but until you really emotionally go through some of it, you don’t necessarily know how it’s going to come at you. I had a good time with it. It was fun to do something different.”


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October 28, 2019