Rey Rosales on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS made quite a splash when he first appeared in Genoa City and has continued to bring the drama ever since. Jordi Vilasuso debuted in August of 2018, and he’s a familiar face to some CBS Daytime fans as he played Tony Santos on GUIDING LIGHT from 2000-03, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on the soap. And he’s proved just as talented on Y&R! Sadly for his fans, Vilasuso announced his exit from the soap in March 2022, and by April, Rey had met a tragic end.
Rey first appeared in Genoa City to investigate J.T. Hellstrom‘s disappearance, and quickly began rubbing people the wrong way. He reconnected with his younger brother, Arturo Rosales, and baby sister, Lola Rosales, but the brothers had some animosity between them because Arturo had slept with Rey’s wife! Rey grew close to Sharon Newman, helping her out with some repairs at Crimson Lights and moving into the upstairs apartment. The detective also persuaded Sharon to take a job working as a victim liaison at the GCPD.
His budding relationship with Sharon hit the skids when Rey’s wife, Mia Rosales, arrived in town hoping to reconcile with her husband. Rey agreed to distance himself from Sharon in order to work on his marriage. Mia even convinced Rey to agree to a special ceremony to renew their vows. However, he remained concerned about her lingering feelings for Arturo.
While investigating J.T.’s disappearance, Rey first arrested Nick, who had been using the guy’s credit card, but it was a dead end. He then turned his attention to Victor Newman, and Sharon shared a recording of a conversation between Victor and Nikki that implicated The Mustache in J.T.’s death. Nikki confessed to killing J.T. to protect Victoria, but in the end, it was revealed that J.T. was actually still alive.
When Lola was attacked and almost died, Rey was shocked to investigate and discover that Mia had been the one to push her into the pool, believing her to be Abby. Realizing that his wife was still obsessed with Arturo, Rey was about to turn her in when she stopped him by lying that she was pregnant. Not wanting to see his child born in jail, Rey agreed to keep quiet. Then, much to Mia’s surprise, she learned she actually was pregnant! Unfortunately, she had also slept with Arturo, and it was eventually revealed that he was the babydaddy. So that was the end of the marriage and Rey dumped Mia to finally go be with Sharon. (Dumped by Abby for the same reason, Arturo left town with Mia to start a life together.)
Rey cemented his relationship with Sharon by moving into her home with her, but things got a little tense when Adam Newman resurfaced and he split up with her after feeling like second best. He also managed to beg Paul to give him back his job at the GCPD. The arrival of his mother, Celeste Rosales, caused a stir as they don’t always get along, but that paled in comparison to his relationship with his father, Adrian Rosales, who crashed Lola and Kyle’s wedding!
After reconciling with Sharon, Rey was a solid support system for her as she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment. This also bonded Rey and Nick as the two men in Sharon’s life formed a united front to keep her spirits up. Unfortunately, Rey got jealous as Sharon helped Adam recover repressed memories from his past and things got even more complicated as the cop was tasked with finding the person who tried to shoot Adam and hit Chance by mistake!
Eventually, Sharon professed her love and she and Rey planned to tie the knot in a beautiful ceremony on New Year’s Eve as they rang in 2021. But their happiness was short-lived as Sharon was once again drawn into Adam’s orbit as he asked her to help Chelsea Lawson recover from her paralysis. Fed up, Rey issued Sharon an ultimatum, warning her to stay away from Adam or their marriage was finished! She promised she loved Rey, but after a heated counseling session, he became so dizzy that he suddenly collapsed! He insisted that it was just a bug, but Sharon worried it was something more serious, so when he passed out again, she quickly called an ambulance to rush him to the hospital!
Although Rey’s symptoms were unusual, both Elena and Nate came to the same conclusion, that he was a victim of thallium poisoning! Nate quickly ordered a treatment to be delivered to Genoa City and Adam was suspected of trying to kill Rey, but it was eventually revealed that he’d been framed by Chelsea! Rey was stunned to learn she’d hidden her recovery so she could take revenge, and agreed she should be institutionalized instead of imprisoned, but still suspected she had help but couldn’t prove it.
Rey was assigned to be Chelsea’s police escort when she took Connor to visit her mother, Anita, as she recovered from surgery, which led to the two later becoming friendly. Next, he found himself investigating Mariah’s disappearance and helped find evidence against Stitch that led to her rescue. Rey continued to be annoyed that Sharon kept involving herself in Adam’s drama and later found himself feeling like an outsider as Sharon and Nick spent time with a newly-returned Noah.
The cop was happy to have Chance back on the force, but after his PTSD kicked in on a stakeout, suggested Chance wasn’t ready to come back to work and convinced him to open up to his wife about his troubles. And eventually, Chance got the help he needed and Rey welcomed him back to the GCPD. Rey agreed to take Connor to a hockey game in Chicago when Adam couldn’t go, and Sharon was a little concerned when Chelsea decided to join them. However, the trip never happened because tragedy struck and Rey was killed when he got into a car crash with Victoria! Although she feared she was responsible for the accident, an autopsy showed that Rey had actually suffered a fatal heart attack and he was the one who ran the cars off the road.
Keep watching Y&R to see how Rey’s loved ones move on following his death.