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The Young and the Restless Star Melissa Claire Egan Opens Up About Chelsea Newman’s Life Falling Apart

The Young and the Restless viewers will know that life has been anything but grand for Chelsea Newman in recent weeks. In fact, she almost took her own life, much to the surprise of the soap’s fans. The character’s portrayer Melissa Claie Egan recently opened up about Chelsea and what might have went through her head throughout the entire ordeal. Here’s what you need to know.

The Young and the Restless Star Melissa Claire Egan Opens Up About Chelsea Newman’s Life Falling Apart

Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, Melissa opened up about how she began to prepare for this storyline. She said, “Our head writer, Josh Griffith, called me into his office a couple of months ago and told me that it gets really dark for Chsela and that she really starts to spiral, then attempts suicide. He thought it was important I know, which I really appreciated, so that I could play the bigger and smaller things contributing to her depression that eventually lead up to her feeling so hopeless that she would contemplate taking her own life.”

Melissa added that her reaction is one that you would certainly expect. She said,”I was shocked and saddened to hear what my character would go through, but I was also incredibly honored to tell this story because it’s important and relevant. So many people these days are struggling with depression, anxiety and mental health issues, and I’m proud that we are shining a light on that. Josh wanted this to be a real story and not sensationalize such a sensitive subject.”

The Young and the Restless Spoilers: What’s Next For Chelsea?

The actress also said that she’s looking forward to playing the next chapter in Chelsea’s story. She put it this way, “I love that Chelsea doesn’t immediately bounce back. We are definitely showing her recovery at a slow, responsible pace. She’ll be talking to her doctor for several episodes as she tries to rebuild her life. It’ll be a process, and I appreciate how our writers want to make this as realistic as possible. We are really hoping to help people.”

Of course, The Young and the Restless fans will have to tune in each and every day to find out what will happen next! In the meantime, let us know what you think by leaving us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below. The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on the CBS network. Check your local listings for times.

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