Elena on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS may be a relatively new face in Genoa City, but portrayer Brytni Sarpy is a familiar face to soap fans who watched her as Valerie on ABC sudser GENERAL HOSPITAL. Elena made her Y&R debut in March of 2019 when Sarpy swapped networks to explore a new character.
Elena Dawson opened the door to Devon Hamilton when he followed his sister, Ana Hamilton, to a motel. After initially slamming the door in his face, the young woman was later revealed to be the nurse to Jett Slade, a former R&B musician who also happens to be Ana’s father. Devon invited her and Jett to move into the penthouse with him and Ana so she could be with her father. Elena was uncomfortable with the situation and insisted she wasn’t looking for a handout, but agreed. Elena found herself drawn to Devon, but he overstepped again when he paid off her student loans.
Elena and Devon’s relationship got off to a rocky start, in no small part because he was still haunted by the death of his wife, Hilary. But the couple grew closer and she was there for him when his father, Neil Winters, passed away. Elena also befriended Nate Hastings, and off his suggestion, interviewed and got a job as a new resident at the hospital.
Elena moved in with Devon and helped him through some panic attacks and to finally get over Hilary’s death. However, the arrival of Amanda Sinclair, who bore a striking resemblance to Hilary, turned everything upside down again. Elena briefly left town to check on Jett but returned when his biopsy came back clear. But Devon was caught up in a discrepancy in Katherine’s will that stripped him of his fortune, and she felt left out. Thankfully, Devon made it up to her and she also forged a truce with Amanda. Devon supported Elena when she and Nate opened up a free clinic to serve the underprivileged citizens of Genoa City.
Unfortunately, the confirmation that Amanda was actually Hilary’s previously-unknown twin sister caused problems for Elena as Devon spent time telling Amanda about her late sibling. While opening up to Nate about her problems, an emotional Elena slept with her co-worker! Overcome with guilt, Elena eventually came clean with Devon, which sent him into a rage as he went and assaulted Nate!
Having destroyed her relationship with Devon, Elena nursed her broken heart and gave herself a makeover before finally deciding to see if she could make things work with Nate. It was naturally awkward at first, but things were going well… at least until Elena had an emotional confrontation with Devon that led to them having sex!
While on a romantic getaway with Nate, Elena accidentally called him “Devon” which clued him in that something was up. She confessed they’d slept together and he gave her space to figure out which guy she wanted. While discussing their feelings, Elena and Devon had sex again, and when Amanda found out later, she was furious. And not only did Nate dump Elena, but Devon admitted he wanted to repair his relationship with Amanda. Even Lola’s attempts to reunite Nate and Elena failed.
Elena focused on work and eventually admitted to Nate that she had a job offer in Baltimore, asking him if there was any reason she should stick around Genoa City.
Stay tuned to see how Elena’s story continues!