‘Young and the Restless’: Eva LaRue Joins ‘Y&R’ – Jack’s New Love Interest Is Rey Rosales’ Mom?

Young and the Restless spoilers say Eva LaRue was cast as Celeste Rosales. Will Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) fall for the fiery Latina? The character canvas is shifting again in Genoa City, particularly when it comes to the Rosales family. It’s more than a month from her debut on the CBS soap, but already, chatter wonders what she’ll do in town, why she’s coming, and whether she’ll be a romantic interest for one of the men in GC. Here’s the latest casting scoop.

Young and the Restless Spoilers: Eva LaRue To Be Celeste Rosales

Soap fans should recognize gorgeous Eva LaRue from her days on the ABC soap All My Children where she played Maria Santos Grey off and on from 1993-2011. Back then, her character was a neurosurgeon who relocated from Miami to Pine Valley. This time, LaRue relocates from Miami as Celeste Rosales – no word yet if she’s a physician of some sort on Y&R. If so, that would be an interesting tribute to her AMC character.

Eva LaRue certainly has the soap acting chops to pull off whatever Josh Griffith has planned for this character. On the ABC sudser, the doctor she played suffered amnesia, had to deal with swapped paternity tests and twisted medical experiments including Project Orpheus. Maria fell in love, cheated, struggled with infertility, adopted, fought over children, men, and rivals. So, she should be set to deal with the action in Genoa City.

Y&R’s Newest Face Eva LaRue Has Impressive Career

Even if you didn’t watch AMC, you might recognize the newest Young and the Restless actress from her other work. After wrapping the ABC soap, she spent seven years on CSI: Miami as Natalia Boa Vista. It seems all her characters are written as natives of the South Florida city. On the CBS crime-solving show, she was a lab tech, so she was already part of the network that produces Y&R.

Since that CSI franchise ended, Eva LaRue went on to make a string of made-for-TV movies including Hallmark Channel romance holiday movies. She was also featured in a remake of Urban Cowboy which was a pilot for a potential Fox series. Most recently, LaRue was in the movie Orphan Horse starring Jon Voight. The actress already tweeted AMC costar Melissa Claire Egan (Y&R‘s Chelsea Newman) to share her excitement at working together again.

Will Rey’s Mom Catch Jack Abbott’s Eye?

It seems strange to some fans that Young and the Restless is ousting two Rosales characters then adding a new one. This week, Mia Rosales (Noemi Gonzalez) learns she’s carrying Arturo Rosales’ (Jason Canela) baby. So, they pack his battered truck and move back to Miami. Then a month later, Arturo and Rey Rosales’ (Jordi Vilasuso) mother hits town. Her oldest son and youngest daughter Lola Rosales (Sasha Calle) remain in Wisconsin.

Already, there are hints that Mama Celeste Rosales has a complicated relationship with her kids. Her entry onto the Y&R scene also seems to confirm that Rey and Lola will stick around for a while. But since she’s gorgeous, there’s bound to be question about who she might romance. But there’s not a lot of age-appropriate men in Genoa City that are single. Jack Abbott is the prime choice though, right?

Young and the Restless: Jack Abbott Needs a Woman – Celeste is Gorgeous

Of course, Jack Abbott should be one of the people Celeste Rosales interacts with in town. Because their kids are dating. Y&R spoilers promise despite Summer Newman’s (Hunter King) meddling, Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) sticks with Lola. So, their parents meet and perhaps sparks fly. Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E Bregman) already has her eye on finding Jack a new woman, but the pickings are pretty slim right now. But wait a month and Celeste arrives.

Then again, many Young and the Restless fans hope to see Phyllis Abbott, recast with role originator Michelle Stafford, back in Jack’s arms. But, Jack Abbott is sick of Phyllis’ lies, games, and corporate espionage, so he’d likely prefer a fresh face in town. And dating the mom of his son’s girlfriend is just the thing the CBS soap might do since it would be utterly awkward. Wait and watch for Eva LaRue’s debut as Celeste Rosales in late June.

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