'The Young And The Restless': Bryton James And Christel Khalil On Meeting During 'Family Matters,' Working Together For Decades
Photo Credit: Y&R Insider / Getty Images
Clickables , Television

'The Young And The Restless': Bryton James And Christel Khalil On Meeting During 'Family Matters,' Working Together For Decades

The Young and The Restless stars Bryton James and Christel Khalil talked with Shadow And Act’s Trey Mangum about what it’s been like to have a prior working relationship from Family Matters during a January 2021 episode of Shadow and Act Live.

James and Khalil first worked together on “Karate Kids,” the eighth episode of Family Matters, Season 8, a fact James recounted during the live. Both of them had nothing but praise for each other.

“I first met Bryton–I think I was nine and you [James] were ten, and we did that episode together. We didn’t talk in between that time; we weren’t friends, we didn’t really know each other, but we remembered each other when he screen-tested for Young and the Restless,” said Khalil. “At that point, I was 16 and you [James] were 17…He loves to make fun of me because I didn’t know my lines on the screen test. And I really wanted him to get the role. I thought he was the best actor, I thought he really fit the part, and of course, we developed this huge friendship on the show and off the show, and now we’re the best of friends…It’s a nice feeling to know you always have someone who…has your back.”

"We really don't have to act too much these days, spending that much time together on and off-screen," said James.

“She’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a real sister. She’s my best friend [and] it makes it easy, it makes it fun.”

He also said that he reunited with someone else from his Family Matters days.

“…It felt like a homecoming doing the screen test…Not only did I find out I was screen testing with Christel, but the studio teacher was a woman named Linda Stone who was our studio teacher on Family Matters and mine from three years old until Family Matters ended. She’s been on Y&R for years now,” he said.

You can watch the full interview below:

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2023 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.