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‘Y&R’s’ Justin Hartley on Adam’s Return: ‘There’s Damage Control To Be Done”

Steven Bergman Photography
Steven Bergman Photography
Steven Bergman Photography

Now that “’” newest castmember, , has been given the all-clear to start commenting on taking over the role of Adam Newman, he’s letting ‘er rip! First, he spoke about filling the shoes of previous portrayer , and now he’s spilling details about Adam’s return to Genoa City, stating: “There’s damage control to be done!”

In a new interview with TV Guide, the former “” star says that Chelsea () is to one who brings his new alter ego out of hiding. “Chelsea finds the surveillance cam he put in their son’s nursery and she disables it,” he says. “Now he can no longer be a creeper. He can’t spy on his family anymore so, even though he’s not fully recovered from his accident, he must get back to town quickly, especially after he hears Chelsea talking about Billy [] moving in. The control freak in him can’t stand it. So, basically, Adam had a five-step plan to get back his life that would have played out over the course of a couple of years, but now he’s jumping right to Step 5.”

As for how he plans to get viewers back on Adam’s side (considering the character did kill a child in a hit-and-run and kept it a secret), Hartley says it might be an uphill battle. “I’m leaving that problem to the writers! There’s definitely damage control to be done. Adam has massive issues but such a huge heart that you can actually find yourself rooting for him — then you get mad at yourself because he’s such a d–k. But this is a culture of forgiveness. We want people to learn from their mistakes, don’t we? That’s what I preach to my daughter all the time.”

For more from Hartley, check out his full-length interview here.