Story by Ronda Racha Penrice
Images by DeWayne Rogers
Redaric Williams’ silky caramel skin, seductive hazel eyes and killer abs have more than Lily’s temperature rising on “The Young and the Restless.” Those who aren’t even fans of the long-running soap have been tuning in to see Williams play Tyler Michaelson. The 6-foot-1 looker is making such an impression that he’s been featured in a couple of prime time CBS commercials alongside other resident “Y&R” eye candy. In fact, “Y&R” has already signed him to a long-term contract.
Although he acted as a child, the former college athlete didn’t really start taking acting seriously until six years ago when it was clear sports was not going to pan out. Deciding New York would be his best bet over L.A., he headed east, but quickly discovered his steamy good looks and athletic build generated more attention from modeling agencies. This led to international modeling contracts, and Williams actually became the face of the South African beer brand, Carling Black Label.
When there was an opening on “The Young and the Restless,” Williams’ manager summoned him from his spoils in South Africa. And his manager’s hunch was right and, in no time, Williams was cast as Tyler, the good-looking and cocky brother to attorney Leslie Michaelson, played by Angell Conwell from Soul Plane and The Wash fame. Since making his “Y&R” debut in December, there’s been a growing interest in the relatively unknown Williams.