Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva author Victoria Rowell, as well as her fabulicious alter ego Calysta Jeffries, paid a visit to The Mo'Nique Show last night. In perhaps one of the best TV interviews Rowell has given, the actress revealed to Mo'Nique how her foster care background shaped who she is today, and also explained in great detail why her determination to see diversity behind and in front of scenes at The Young and the Restless saw her branded "D" for Difficult. Watch the interview after the jump.
Help me Holy Ghost.Two of daytime's biggest divas came together on today's episode of The Wendy Williams Show. Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva author Victoria Rowell appeared on Wendy's chatfest to promote her dishy, new tome and also defended the Obama dress she wore at last year's Primetime Emmys. Rowell then answered questions about whether or not she will be appearing on the next season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Take a peek after the jump!
She's baaaaack! That's right Daytime Confidential listeners, Victoria Rowell returns to the podcast to dish with Luke and Jamey about her scandalously-hilarious new novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, in bookstores today. The former star of The Young and the Restless shares what it feels like to finally have her long-awaited roman a clef (think: Valley of the Soap Opera Dolls) about the behind-the-scenes drama of a daytime sudser into the hands of the adoring fans who have supported her during her 25 years in daytime.
Rowell gives DC listeners a sneak peek into the fictional world of Calysta Jeffries, the sexy, mocha starlet, who appears on daytime's top soap, The Rich and the Ruthless and answers if Calysta's panty-less arch rival Emmy Abernathy is patterned after anyone soap fans may know.
Rowell also reacts to having her New York Times Best Selling memoir The Women Who Raised Me cited in the 10th Anniversary issue of O Magazine and shares her joy at Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva being selected an official book club pick by Essence.
Then Rowell gets real, once again about the lack of diversity behind and in front of the screens of daytime television and weighs in on former costar Michelle Stafford's recent revelation to TV Guide Canada that the brass at Y&R knew all about Stafford's plan to spit water on Rowell in a scene, which The Staff refers to as "a spit take". If you guys thought Vicki was frank the first time around, you ain't heard nuthin' yet!
Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva author Victoria Rowell has spoken out in an interview with TV Guide Canada about what she thinks about being called "difficult" by her former Young and Restless costars.
TVG: The word difficult has been bandied about when your former co-stars describe you.
VR: Let’s examine the word difficult, shall we? The word difficult is often misconstrued — along with all the other “isms.” Apparently being desirous, fly, fearless, classy, intriguing, and having direction is synonymous with being difficult. When you personify these character traits and strengths, as I do, you are deemed difficult because I reflect what a lot of people lack. I’m a businessperson, and let’s remember that this is show business. When you reflect that you care about the whole production — not just your scenes, but that you care about an actor looking like yesterday’s news because there is no one to do their hair and their wig is on sideways, that you care enough to bring these issues to production, that you care enough to discuss equality even before your scenes begin, that other people are looking to you for leadership because of your tenure — apparently, that amounts to being difficult instead of being a team player. When those things are on my plate before the director yells, “5-4-3-2-1-action,” the easy answer, the easy aspersion is to label someone difficult because what else can you say to try to discredit the person who is doing things far beyond that person’s myopic imagination? If someone wants to deem me as difficult, I deem him or her as dizzy. READ MORE