Victoria Rowell Speaks Out on "Difficult" Label





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.


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Right y/r is definatly not in good standing with me the show is a train wreck.Michael Logan siad it best in a interview with Tracy Bregman this show is becoming passions 2.0.These suits over at cbs daytime need to get a reality check asap.Being a minority in the usa were clamoring and have been waiting for a african american storyline.Push your damn pride aside and bring Vicky Rowell back as drucilla winters.As of right now this soap is just a mess.Poor Bill bell the soap he crafted and created is literally in the gutter.Hey wishful thinking Laura lee bell as new headwriter.Maria your first year was great bring vicky rowell back.....

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Subtle words with a razor sharp edge! Victoria knows exactly how to throw down without taking off her earrings and slicking back her hair. Lover her! 

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She is a good actress but could she sell herself anymore. Whenever she has something that she is t rying to get sold, her books, she comes out and does these interviews. I tend to believe that when the majority of your co-stars have trouble working with you then the fault does indeed lie with you. She shoots her mouth off about people she doesn't think should be on the show. She got angry because she wasn't allowed to begin writing scripts, etc. Do your job and act. You are a phenomenal actress, just shut up for 5 minutes.

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who cares i was not there so it seems to me that they both was mean to each other let move on 

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First of all, I love Victoria Rowell, but I can totally see her as a Brenda Dickson type woman when she gets older, lol!

She's a little bit crazy, but still brilliant.

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Vicki needs to stay FAR away from this tragic mess which has now become Y&R, at least until the show improves, which I hope happens before they lose their coveted 20+ year spot as America's #1 soap in the ratings!!!! The level of incompetent writing and general buffoonery that is going on over there has become impossible to justify, ignore or understand. Some call it "creativity" or "groundbreaking".....I can offer no such optimistic terminology!! It's FOOLISHNESS, pure and simple!!!

As Jamey said in the CBS podcast, Vicki needs to develop, write and produce her OWN soap opera, either on BET or online!! This woman is too talented to be on a show that doesn't allow her to utilize her creative and literary talents. This woman is a LEADER, not a follower or a puppet that can be brainwashed into "shutting up and coloring"!!!! If Maria Bell and Paul Rauch were to be smart enough to allow this woman to join the show as a WRITER, I am sure she could help these people get back to their character-driven roots, but of course, PRIDE reigns supreme in this industry!!

People never want to ask for help, or admit that they have lost their way until it's too late----and they are in the unemployment line. Just look at Ellen Wheeler!!!!

Anyone who considers Vicki to be a "bitch" has never had to overcome racism, prejudice, being talked down to, told that your contributions don't matter AND----having to sit there and grin and bear it because you signed a contract!! Not everyone can walk away from their jobs when they are undergoing this kind of discrimination. When you have to stay, what do you do? You try to change the situation and inspire unity and upliftment, which is what she did. If that's being a bitch, then I guess we need MORE bitches on Y&R to help encourage more diversity and stories for black folks!!
 

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richalan67 wrote:
She is a good actress but could she sell herself anymore. Whenever she has something that she is t rying to get sold, her books, she comes out and does these interviews. I tend to believe that when the majority of your co-stars have trouble working with you then the fault does indeed lie with you. She shoots her mouth off about people she doesn't think should be on the show. She got angry because she wasn't allowed to begin writing scripts, etc. Do your job and act. You are a phenomenal actress, just shut up for 5 minutes.

Ok first of all. Victoria Rowell's book comes out May 4th which is Tuesday.  When you have a book come out you do a press tour.  Very similar to what actors do when they have a movie come out.  They hit up every talk show.  Victoria Rowell is doing nothing different than any other author.  She is out promoting her book.  Of course we are going to see several interviews with her for the next couple months.  As she has stated she will be doing a book tour as well. 

The coworkers that you speak about that have difficult time working with her are only Christel Khalil and Michelle Stafford.  Peter Bergman rarely shared a scene with VR.  Kristoff St. John, Bryton James, and Tonya Lee Williams have always had nothing but rave reviews for VR.  Why doesn't their opinion count in regards to working with VR?  Eric Braeden as well speaks highly of working with VR.  OH wait the only opinion that matters are those that have issues with her...go figure.

As we have stated many times on each VR related thread VR had done a lot of creative consulting with Y&R without every being acknowledged or compensated for her input.  Is it wrong that she wanted to be a writer or director for the show?  Hell no it isn't.  I'm so sick of some of you having all this negative crap to say about VR.  Give it a rest already.  You all spout off the same bull everytime.  VR is a phenomenal actress and a successful writer.  I believe she is getting the last laugh with Y&R.

As a black woman I'm sure VR has had to endure a lot.  I'm sure her and KSJ, TLW, and Shemar Moore could give you an earful of what they have had to deal with as a minority actor on the number 1 soap.  Hell I'm sure there is lots of drama that isn't even reported on.  Heck read Nelson Branco's blind items each week.  There seems to be a better soap opera going on off set than on most of our screens.

VR you are one of the best actresses in DAYTIME EVER and this is nothing but Y&R's lost.  Good Luck with the book and I can't wait to get the book on May 4th!

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I wish VR would learn how to say what ever she wants but diplomatically.  She is another Brenda Dickson.  She is a GREAT actress but I don't appreciate working with difficult people and I'm sure her former co-stars didn't either.  I truely get tired of the race card being thrown out every time something isn't going the way one would like things to go. There are many individuals that have had to overcome social issues. ie;  native americans, jewish people, currently the gays and I could go on and on. Accept responsibility for your own behaviors and stop making excuses to justy being difficult.

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ooooooooooh she's difficult! Well grow up and get over it! Great artists are often difficult. I am tired of daytimes moaning and groaning over an actors being difficult. If you are difficult and can't act well thats one thing but when your very presence ellevates any scene and you are miles more tallented than the other people you are around, being difficult should be put up with and even admired. If they are difficult to another person just think of the pain in the ass they are to themselves!
Let's list difficult people here:
Robert Kelker Kelly
Constance Ford
Victoria Rowell
Marcy Walker
George Reinholt
just to name a few. Great tallent that should have been fostered and was mostly discarded or under appreciated. (with the exception of Marcy, I think they knew what they had in her).
Instead of hating them, why not admire them?

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Toscanti wrote:
I wish VR would learn how to say what ever she wants but diplomatically.  She is another Brenda Dickson.  She is a GREAT actress but I don't appreciate working with difficult people and I'm sure her former co-stars didn't either.  I truely get tired of the race card being thrown out every time something isn't going the way one would like things to go. There are many individuals that have had to overcome social issues. ie;  native americans, jewish people, currently the gays and I could go on and on. Accept responsibility for your own behaviors and stop making excuses to justy being difficult.

It's so funny how ppl try to discredit something when it's about race.  As an African-American we face many trials and tribulations that other races can't even begin to understand.  We have been treated shitty since we were brought to America against our own will.  Give me a break Toscanti.  This response is a slap in the face to MLK Jr., President Barack Obama, Dr. Dorthy Height, Malcolm X, and Clifford Smith (better known as Smitty!).  Don't belittle the struggle that African-Americans have to go through on a daily basis.

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I would like nothing more for Victoria Rowell to be back on Y&R too but it's just not happening. When I started watching Y&R, Dru had just come on and was being helped by Nathan so I feel a special connection to the character and actress. Victoria Rowell is a dynamic actress.

I appreciate her wanting to look out for the good of the entire show. That work ethic reminds me of myself except with her she's looking out for the good of the show and for me it's my office. Unfortunately, that type of mentality isn't always welcomed. I know that personally.
I remember she once said she wanted to have the color of the paint on the walls in the Winters' home changed because of the contrast with the skin tone of the Winters' family. As I said, I appreciate that type of mentality because I understand it.

In recent months, I have read of her being critical of the show in the press. The Malcolm recast, Neil/Ashley's relationship, and in this current interview she mentions Barbara Bloom and says Bloom can deny what she said about VR's request at directing all she wants.
I am all for free speech but it's usually frowned on by your former co-workers for this type of thing. To be critical where you used to work and expect to be taken back? That's not racism. That's just common sense. I am not surprised by Y&R's resistance.
She would be better off trying to land on another daytime show and creating a new character.
No one on this board is a CBS employee (we're all fans) so what has really happened at 7800 Beverly Blvd when Victoria Rowell worked there....we don't know.

I don't see Drucilla climbing out of that ravine ever at this point and that saddens me.

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I'm going to guess that every "difficult" person would defend themselves exactly the same way as VR just did.

And when she says things like "When you reflect that you care about the whole production — not just your scenes..." that tells me she's sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong. It's other people's jobs to concern themselves with the whole production.

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Victoria Rowell has more fans than all the haters on this page combined.  So go ahead, VR, do the damn thing.  Y&R has a few years left anyway.

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Personally, I would love Victoria to return as Drucilla. She is without a doubt one of the strongest actresses out there, and her absence has, in my opinion, no silver lining. That said, I find the comments she continues to make about personal problems with other cast members do nothing to endear her to me, nor do her comments above, which come off a bit like "I'm the best and should be the boss of everything." To me, these things she says paint her as unable to move past things that happened years ago, and rather egotistical to fit into an ensemble, as required to truely make a sucessful show. I realize there are elements to the situation which I know nothing about, as well as elements I have no basis for understanding, but based solely on the way I keep hearing the same (type of) comments practially every month for years now, I feel like Victoria comes off as a bit petty, and certianly bitter. I would prefer she show some more tact and "be the bigger person" because I find the drama simply overshadows what I really care about, her talent.

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VR seemed like she concerned enough about the show to be the executive producer, rather than an actor.  Since she wasn't the executive producer (or the writer, casting director, hair, makeup, wardrob stylist or the set designer), I can understand how she earned her title.  I'm not saying that her concern was a bad thing, but it's conceivable that her message was lost in the delivery.  If I had been one of her peers and read this interview, it would've made me bristle.   Especially this part:
 

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.
 

Perhaps anybody who has ever been a project manager or personnel manager can understand how these types of comments can upset-the-apple-cart in terms of team cohesiveness.

I hope VR doesn't become the next Brenda Dickson... or Baby Jane Hudson...  perhaps she really should take all of her brilliance (both real and perceived) and start her own production.  That way, she can drive everything from start to finish without having to ask anyone for their permission. 

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yr is beyond the pale at this time. perhaps if more people cared like vr, this wouldnt be happening. 

did anyone read the entire interview? she seemed as if she genuinely cared about the show, which she worked at for 17 yrs.

had eric braeden came out and said such things - oh, wait he did. i guess that was a different story to most here tho.

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Careerwise, Vicki and Brenda Dickson are in COMPLETELY different ballparks:

One is a best-selling author who I am willing to bet money has more movies, TV shows and various other projects on her resume than most of the actors over 40 on Y&R have, and the other one is an actress whose career ENDED after she left Y&R back in 1987 and never saw the light of day again. Victoria Rowell is not gonna be one of those actresses who fades into obscurity and is never heard from again........she still has a thriving career.
 
BTW: I do hope that Brenda Dickson resurfaces SOMEWHERE again soon, other than "Celebrity Rehab." She's not the best actress out there, but she seems like a nice lady who just let bad romantic decisions ruin her career prospects.

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I think the comparison to Brenda Dickson is unfair. Let's think about this here. VR came on to Y&R and was immediately treated like crap by her peers.  Bell sees her potential and mentors her, which I am sure garnered jealousy. She was allowed to help with other facets behind the scenes by Bell without getting much credit for it.  She was groomed to do that...but Bell leaves and her "shield' is gone. She immediately goes from a valued employee and contributor to a trouble maker?  She should stay out of things that don't impact her? Doesn't anyone find that odd? She tries to do the same things that she did with Bell, but all of a sudden, it can't be done?

VR has a right to her voice and I appluad and admire her for taking the wrath that comes with it. If you don't speak up, nothing changes and she is doing her damdest to speak up.  It is not a race card, it is about equality in ALL aspects of life. It is about asking the hard questions.  It is about pushing for change, because change never comes without someone forcing the issue.

Why is it that she is always blasted for stating her opinion?  She has as many friends on set as she has enemies. TPTB don't want her back because it is about more than Drucilla, it is about VR.  VR won't walk in those doors without making note of changes that need to be made, and Y&R would rather hide behind the shower curtain than be exposed for what they really are.  YOU GO VICTORIA!

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Let's talk minority and finding work. As a white, Anglo-Saxon male I don't stand a snowballs chance in hell of getting hired. By the time all of the affirmative action crap goes on I lose out of jobs to less qualified people./ I had a HR person tell me unofficially that if I could get a sex change in a hurry I could be hired. Let's start getting ahead based on merit and not race or sexual orientatioin. It's getting worse because of people always pulling the race card and bad it is.

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Implying that if Eric Braeden had said all this same stuff it would be a different story is kinda funny since a LOT of people, including myself, find him to be about as abrasive and arrogant as they come. NOT  a good person to compare VR with in my opinion.

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What's most interesting is her reveal that Bill Bell wrote loved to write for her and Drucilla, w/c obviously led to jealousy and petty rumor mongering from her "professional" cast members.

How rude, crude and uncivilized for her colleague to refuse to do a line reading with her. I'm guessing it was Don Diamont. LOL!

Also, she is very articulate as usual. She's savvy.

How biased of Barbara Bloom to take the sides of these cast members of hers on Y&R who did not want her to write for Y&R. Yet she was a WGA member and writing for Diagnosis Murder! Those evil Y&R bitches! Rowell showed that she wouldn't be biased in her writing for Y&R since she allowed Dru vs. phyllis to continue even after the spitting incident.

Although it's odd for her to write that August Barringer Sr. had a rumored affair w/ Calysta Jeffries. Her book's an art imitating life imitating art/spoof/skewering of Y&R. She'll take creative liberties w/ storylines, but there will be many aspects of the book that I assume are insider info on what really went down at Y&R. So it's strange for her to write that abt Augustus and Calysta. Perhaps Y&R's petty cast members made up those rumors to besmirch her since they were jealous that Bill Bell favored Victoria Rowell!

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Love Victoria rowell glad she's getting support on this post unlike some pompus pretentious assholes that attack people they don't know because they decide to support Victoria rowell I was a huge passions fan and yes it was crazy cartoonish and that's what yr has become but passions started like that they knew they were silly they didn't take themselves too seriously but yr always did an amazing dramatic show and for the to be cartoonish was horrendous but passions was better than yr is right now because passions cartoonish was entertaining ridiculous hilarious yr cartoonish is stale dead and boring from some poor actors horrible looking scenes and boring characters passions had vibrant scenes and was watchable in fun not to take serious ur cartoon they are treating it serious and it's just not watchable at all

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 When Bill Bell was on the show, most of the grumbling, complaining and behind-the-back talks of playing favorites was reserved for Bill Bell's obvious nepotism in hiring his daughter (who wasn't pretty and who really wasn't an actress) to play a model on the show.   Then, he went on to place her in every major storyline for years.  It's the whole reason why Terry Lester left.  

I never heard of anyone grumbling and complaining about anybody else.  The show, with the exception of Cricket, was much more of an ensemble back then. 

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There have been many reports from media outlets in the past that there are several actors on Y&R that are difficult to work with why shoud Victoria be the minority on this being deemed as difficult! Victoria is a fav of many in the black community Y&R has a strong viewership of black people whom have grown to love this caharacter (Drucilla)as well the likes of Victor, Nikki, Ashley, Jack, Katharine and Jill so why is Victoria the odd man out. Y&R needs to stick with the formula that made this show and listen to the fans opinions instead of hiring famous faces for ratings!

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There have been many reports from media outlets in the past that there are several actors on Y&R that are difficult to work with why shoud Victoria be the minority on this being deemed as difficult! Victoria is a fav of many in the black community Y&R has a strong viewership of black people whom have grown to love this caharacter (Drucilla)as well the likes of Victor, Nikki, Ashley, Jack, Katharine and Jill so why is Victoria the odd man out. Y&R needs to stick with the formula that made this show and listen to the fans opinions instead of hiring famous faces for ratings!

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Darling Vicki there's nothing classy about a woman your age mocking and discrediting a coworker.

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 she seems very bitter, it's time for her to move on and stop talking about Y&R, not everyone wants her back at the show, I personally am glad she's gone for good 

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Victoria is speaking out about the racism and inequality of black actors in daytime and the fans know what is going on.  So keep on VR for speaking the truth.

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Hell Yes,, CLAP CLAP to everything VR said, I just adore this woman, can’t wait for her book, funny how those that hate this lady for speaking truth to power are some of the same naysayers that don’t have a damn thing to say against certain Y&R cast/Sony favorites whom have been rumored in regards of telling Paul/MAB along with the other chalk scribblers how to rewrite their scripts and complaining to the directors etc’….VR isn’t missing anything because at the moment this soap is Stir Fried Shyt, hence another reason why people are always wanting VR take on Y&R because her commentary alone is more entertaining than what’s currently being shown...

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First of all I did get my hands na copy of VR's New book  at the local Barnes and Noble  I dont know if they messed up and put it out early or what but I grabbed my copy. Second I have read VR's first book and now i am almost done with "Secrets" and I have  say this woman can write it is sad that Y&R is acting so petty and not calling her back. I never laughed so much while reading a book as much i have while reading this girls book. I have loved VR's portrayal of Dru since the day she stepped on stage and she was one of my favorite actresses. But you know Id be happy just reading any book She puts out maybe she shoudl stick with writing  a series of Soap opera novels  because i am sure alot of her fans would gobble them up like hot cakes. BTW DC staff  there is a surprise in the book for you guys   so make sure you geta copy of it.
So what if she is difficult she can act and thats alot more than i can say for some "Bubblers" on the show,.