Marla Adams and Max Shippee as Dina and Graham. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Initially introduced as Dina's companion and business associate, Graham began insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, making her children, Jack and Ashley, very suspicious. Though Graham claimed to be an orphan, Ashley soon discovered that he actually was paying for an expensive nursing home where his mother, Mryna Bloodworth, was currently residing! Ashley shared the information with Dina, who confronted Graham about it, but he claimed that Myrna was really his aunt! Questioning his trustworthiness, Dina regretted her slip when she told Graham that John Abbott isn't really Ashley's dad, fearing he might spill her secret.
Interestingly, Ashley also discovered that Myrna Bloodworth is from Genoa City, meaning Graham has a past there as well. But what she didn't know is that he is secretly working for his mother to take revenge on Dina for something she did to them in the past! The mystery deepened when Traci remembered Graham from school and found his yearbook photo where his last name was Davis! This tied him to Ashley's biological father, Brent Davis, and led to an explosive confrontation!
Although the characters were suspicious of Graham’s motives from the moment he first appeared in Genoa City, the actors welcomed Shippee with open arms on the set. He was thrilled to attend the CBS Daytime Daytime Emmys after party this year and shared a lovely photo of himself with co-star Adams at the bash. “So glad I found Marla at the party this weekend,” he wrote. “She’s welcomed me with such warmth, as has the whole cast, and I am so grateful.”
The daytime newcomer even discovered that he and new castmate Melissa Ordway (Abby) both grew up in Maine (as did fellow Y&R newbie Lexie Stevenson (Mattie)), and the pair shared stories of the small town of Sherman and their memories of it growing up!
Shippee has previously appeared in primetime television series like NIP/TUCK, HOT IN CLEVELAND, ROSEWOOD, and MAJOR CRIMES as well as the films Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and Mr. Blue Sky.
The length of Shippee's stint on Y&R may depend on exactly what Graham is up to in Genoa City. If he's doing anything too villainous to Dina, Jack and Ashley will run the guy out of town and make sure he never returns! But if it's not too bad, perhaps the handsome businessman could stick around and romance some of the town's eligible bachelorettes? Especially if Graham turns out to be connected to an established Genoa City family? Stay tuned as the storyline unfolds!