‘Young and the Restless’ Grade Mark Grossman’s Performance as Adam Newman

The Young and the Restless spoilers know Adam Newman returned to Genoa City in May 2019 with a new face, actor Mark Grossman. Chris Engen, Michael Muhney and Justin Hartley played grown-up Adam since the character introduction.

Mark had some pretty big shoes to fill, but he has done a great job making the role his own. Soap fans are notoriously hard on recasts. However, Mark Grossman’s edgy dark portrayal of the prodigal Newman son has won over more than a few fans along the way. Take a look at how he’s doing on the CBS sudser.

Young and the Restless: Mark Grossman’s Got the Looks as New Adam Newman

Y&R spoilers say that not only is Mark Grossman a talented actor, but he’s a master of facial expressions. With his perfectly coiffed hair and power suits, he can show disdain, arrogance, and intimidation without uttering a word. Most of these looks aim at his brother Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow). In their current battle over Christian Newman (McGuigan Twins), Adam’s glared at Nick with contempt often.

He saves stares of haughty derision for his sister and business rival Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle). A withering glance silences Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart). And Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan) cowers under his angry looks. Especially now that she’s turned to Nick. Whether he’s curling his lips or staring malevolently, his expressions are worth a thousand words on Young and the Restless.

Y&R Spoilers: Is Adam More Angry or Hurt?

Young and the Restless spoilers hint that underneath Adam’s cocky exterior hides lots of pain. He’s been an outsider in the Newman family from the start. Plus, Delia Abbott’s (Sophie Pollono) death will haunt him forever. Love of his life Chelsea refuses to have anything to do with Adam Newman. And Nick and Chelsea deny him his sons.

Only two people, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and Sharon Newman (Sharon Case), were glad he was alive. Now they rejected him. It hurts him that his own father has turned his back on him. Especially after The Mustache dragged Adam back to Genoa City. He was living his life in Las Vegas blissfully unaware of his past. Now all he’s got left is a sketchy alliance with fellow outcast Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) on Young and the Restless.

Young and the Restless: How Does Mark Grossman Stack Up Against Past Adam Actors?

Every Y&R fan has their favorite Adam. When word cropped up that CBS was recasting the role, there was an outcry from one fan faction to bring back Michael Muhney. He’s got a niche of hard core followers who won’t accept anyone but him in the role. Muhney’s version of Adam Newman was dark and tormented, and we’re seeing a lot of that darkness in the recast Adam.

As for Young and the Restless watchers that adore Justin Hartley, they know he won’t come back but miss the sweetness he brought to the role. Even when scheming, Hartley’s Adam didn’t have the edge that Muhney’s did. And we see occasional glimpses of that softer side with Mark Grossman when he interacts with Christian and Chelsea – until he’s upset.

In fact, it seems like CBS daytime did a pretty good job casting the new Adam Newman because he’s almost a hybrid of the last two actors that were well-loved in the role. He can be sweet like Hartley and edgy like Muhney. But Mark Grossman definitely brings his own spark to the role. How are you feeling about this new Adam? Grade him in the poll below.

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