DC EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Rowell, "I Have Yet To Be Invited Back To Join Tonya"
This weekend I caught up with none other than Young and Restless actress-turned-author Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla). Rowell was in my new ATL stomping grounds for a Barnes and Noble book signing for her New York Times best selling memoir The Women Who Raised Me. I informed the daytime legend that TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco had broken news of her former on screen sib Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia) returning to the CBS soap this month. Could Rowell and Drucilla be far behind? Here's what the hilarious and always thought-provoking Rowell had to say.
Daytime Confidential: So how was the book signing?
Victoria Rowell: Unbelievable! I have been out on the road for 17 months and it has been great to meet so many fans face-to-face.
DC: That does sound like quite the experience. Have you heard the news about Tonya Lee Williams returning to The Young and the Restless as Olivia?
VR: She is? Wonderful!
DC: Nelson Branco broke the story this weekend.
VR: Wow, well first of all, I want to say that it is great that Y&R finally has the presence of mind to bring back a member of the Barber family, because that family was completely obliterated. The Barbers were the first true, cohesive black family on The Young and the Restless and shortly after we were introduced, the show went to number one, where it still is to this day. Who knows, maybe now they will bring back Mamie? They really should bring Veronica (Redd) back. She was the matriarch.
DC: It would be great to have Mamie back, but what about Drucilla? Would you consider a return to the show? Have they contacted you?
VR: I love the character of Drucilla and my fans, but I have yet to be invited back to join Tonya.
DC: Tonya gave Nelson a few of her storyline ideas for Liv's return, being that you are a successful writer (in addition to The Women Who Raised Me, Rowell wrote scripts for her hit CBS primetime series Diagnosis Murder and is working on a novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva), how would you write Drucilla back in?
VR: I really see Liv throwing a bungee cord over that cliff and pulling her sister right on up! Or, why not have Liv out berry picking and come across a familiar woman–wearing a straw hat–and it's Drucilla! But she doesn't recognize Liv because she has AMNESIA! Since she fell off that cliff, she's been eating pine nuts and fishing!
DC: (Laughs) Tonya also mentioned that she wouldn't be signing a contract with the show because of her busy schedule (Williams founded the Reel World Film Festival), but that she would recur indefinitely. Would you opt for a similar situation?
VR: I would definitely consider recurring as long as Y&R knew that it was part of my M.O. that I am able to do independent films and my books. I've always been an entrepreneur.
For more on Victoria Rowell, be sure to look for Daytime Confidential's upcoming podcast interview with the actress for our 300th episode.