‘The Young and the Restless’ Taps ‘Greenleaf’ Star Sean Dominic for Nate Winters Recast; Brooks Darnell to Exit

Brooks Darnell, Sean Dominic
Pictured: (l) Brooks Darnell/Credit: CBS; (r) Sean Dominic/Credit: Lauren Toub

The Morina-Griffith era of The Young and the Restless continues to materialize with another casting shakeup. Brooks Darnell (pictured left) will exit the role of Dr. Nate Hastings after less than a year, with Greenleaf star Sean Dominic (pictured right) taking over next month.

Soap Opera Digest reports Sean Dominic assumes the role effective Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Nate Hastings, an extended member of the Winters clan, returned to Genoa City last summer and hasn’t really done much of anything other than spreading his favorite Pinterest quotes of the day, failing to save Hillary Curtis-Hamilton’s life and meddling in Devon’s life since her death. The decision to recast, rather than write out, shows a commitment from new head writer Josh Griffith and executive producer Anthony Morina to salvage a character tied to a core family.

The Young and the Restless marks Sean Dominic’s first foray into daytime soaps but is no stranger to the genre. He starred in the OWN Network primetime sudser Greenleaf. Dominic played Jabari Johnson, a music producer who romances Charity Greenleaf (Deborah Joy Winans) after the collapse of her marriage to Kevin (Tye White). Additional credits include Makeup x Breakup, Running out of Time, and Situationships.

Photo by Lauren Toub

With a fresh face in the role and new energy behind the scenes, will Nate ascend to a more prominent role on Y&R? That’s certainly our hope. Sean Dominic is a charismatic, charming, gorgeous actor with serious on-screen presence. It’s time for some pairings (that hopefully materialize this time)…

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS.