It was a 2020 storyline on «The Young and the Restless» that Michael Mealor believes created the most growth for Kyle. In an interview with Soaps, the actor said, «Kyle was a spoiled kid for a long time. Now, he’s a husband and a father. He’s much more responsible now than he was when I first stepped into the part. He was not always the best version of himself, especially where some of the situations with Lola and Summer were concerned. In some ways, finding out about [his son] Harrison made him take a hard look at his life and say, ‘It’s time to step up.'»
Life doesn’t necessarily imitate art in show business, but in Mealor’s case, he sees a lot of Kyle in himself. The same growth experienced by the character on screen has transferred into his personal life. Mealor noted, «As Kyle evolves, so has Michael in a way. You get a little older, and it’s time to choose to be the man in the room. I have a great relationship with my dad, and so does Kyle with Jack.»
Mealor briefly exited the series in 2021, but in big news for Kyle fans, he returned to the role full-time in early 2022. Kyle’s story is just beginning, and at the rate things are happening for him — like selling out his family company to expel a rival — there’s a plethora of possibilities for Mealor’s next five years.