In a blockbuster new interview with Young and Restless star Michelle Stafford, TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco gets Stafford's side of the now infamous spitting scandal, that former Y&R actress Victoria Rowell first went public about on the Daytime Confidential iTunes podcast in 2008.
TVG: In an interview with daytimeconfidential.com, Victoria claimed that you purposely spit on her face during a scene.
MS: I did a spit take in a scene. Do you know what a spit take is?
TVG: As a gay man, I may have a different definition than you [laughs]! Explain.
MS: It happens when you have water in your mouth and you spit it out after someone says something shocking to you. Before we taped the scene, I told everyone that I thought Phyllis should do a spit take at the moment where Drucilla said something shocking. Everyone agreed. Unfortunately, some of the spit got in her face. Technically, I guess I did spit on her, but it’s not true that I did it on purpose. That’s what happened. You can ask the director. I saw Vicki recently and we had a pleasant talk about my daughter. Before I left the show I even picked her brain about adopting. I valued her knowledge because of her history [with the foster care system]. Listen, I really consider ourselves friends. It’s hurtful to me that she would say anything bad about me now. I don’t understand it because I thought we were OK. She’s a fantastic actress. I loved working with her. There was one point I didn’t like so much, but overall, I thought we worked really well together. If I didn’t like Victoria, I’d probably not go on the record about this and just issue a no comment. Usually no comment means, “Oh, I have a big comment [laughs]! READ MORE
Oh Lord, I can't breathe from laughing! Fans of The Young and the Restless will DEFINITELY want to check out the MVID below (after the jump) from uber photographer Derek Blank's photo shoot with Victoria Rowell. The shots, and companion video clips were taken for the cover of Rowell's scandalous, upcoming novel Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva (think: Valley of the Soap Opera Dolls).
While I'm not exactly sure which Y&R diva may or may not have inspired the character of perennial Sudsy winner Emmy Abernathy (I have my hunches)—arch rival of the saucy tome's lead heroine, Calysta Jeffries (both played by Rowell in the clip)— I can bet that whoever she is, she's one soap opera diva who will be trucking it down to a SoCal Borders to pick up a copy of Rowell's scorching-hot read on May 4!
Also, if you haven't picked up the latest copy of Essence magazine (the one with Jill Scott on the cover), you'll want to. The glossy picked Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva as their latest Essence Book Club selection! READ MORE
Victoria Rowell has added a new career option to her ever-expanding resume. The dancer-turned-model-turned-actress-turned-author makes her debut as a rapper today. Download your copy of Rowell's new single "Stink of Blood With a Pine Sol Chasah" , inspired by her upcoming tome Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, at iTunes today! READ MORE
Jesus take the wheel. Victoria Rowell is on Buzzworthy Radio right now, and my boy Na 'Vell is letting his outrage show about a Y&R-less Dru! Whether you love her or hate her, there is no denying the "sassy" black storyline on The Young and the Restless has not been worth a hot damn since she left. Good get Na'Vell.
Drucilla Barber Winters Winters may have fallen off of a cliff on The Young and the Restless a few years back, but Victoria Rowell is clawing her way back to the top of the publishing game with the release of her second book, and first novel Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva! Watch the side-splitting "webisoap" below, then be sure to check out the chocolate Erica Kane's new You Tube channel and the snazzy official website for Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. READ MORE