Inside Zuleyka Silver's life from being homeless to joining Y&R cast

Darcy Rafter August 19, 2022
Inside Zuleyka Silver's life from being homeless to joining Y&R cast
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Talented actress and model Zuleyka Silver has been cast as a new character on The Young And The Restless and she’s testimony to following your dreams…

Genoa City’s business world is about to get turned upside down as an elite executive with a lot of power walks on the canvas – Audra Charles, aka Zuleyka Silver.

Let’s find out more about the Mexican-born actress as she shares her past with the world.

Zuleyka Silver announces she’s joining Y&R cast

Silver will make her debut as Audra Charles on Friday, September 23. While further details on her character are sparse, the official release statement reveals she’s “lured to town by one of Genoa City’s business icons.”

The actress shared the news she was joining Y&R with her 174,000 followers on Instagram. It appears she has been keeping the announcement under wraps for quite some time but she “can finally share the great news!!! So excited and grateful to join the cast of The Young And The Restless (excuse me WHAT?!!!! )”

Silver thanked CBS “for always embracing me” and the producers for “trusting me to be on this legendary show.” She then thanked her team including @a3artistsagency, Todd Eisner, her manager @fillinblank and acting coach Jeff Witzke.

The actress also thanked “amazing boyfriend” Nate Peterson for reading lines with her “during all hours for what seemed like endless self-tapes.”

She added: “This has been an amazing ride thus far, and I can’t wait for you all to meet Audra Charles” with the hashtags “#pinchmemoment #theyoungandtherestless and #imanifestedthis”

New Y&R actor’s previous credits

The actress has a wealth of credits under her acting belt including Young Sheldon, Hawaii Five-0, Code Black, and The Mentalist.

Other roles include Big Time Rush, 90210, Real Husbands Of Hollywood and 9-1-1. She’s also set to appear in at least one episode of Freeridge, the upcoming Netflix spin-off of On My Block.

The actress has had a recurring role on late-night series Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2015, where she plays Mrs Guillermo in comedy sketches alongside Guillermo Rodriguez. She has also appeared in a segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Zuleyka Silver opens up about being homeless and broke

The actress has come a very long way and is an inspiration. Silver got her high-school diploma two years late and enrolled at her local community college aged 24. Four years later, in 2020, she graduated from UCLA and completed her studies for free thanks to scholarships and grants.

In a heartfelt and inspiring post, the actress shared she has been “homeless, broke, suicidal, depressed, but I always kept going.” Silver encouraged her fans “to go for it” and follow their dreams, just as she has done.

The scholar is now pursuing a career in acting and you can look forward to seeing her on your screens next month. Silver has the brains, the beauty, and is a brilliant actress.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist working on GRV Media’s audience team across The Focus, Reality Titbit, and HITC. Darcy studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and whilst there she completed a work internship with GRV Media. After gaining a first-class BA (Hons) degree, Darcy joined the team full-time. Since then she has become a social media specialist and her expertise lies in tracking trends. With five years of experience in media, she is particularly passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. When she’s not writing about The Kardashians, she’s binge-watching it!