Genoa City received an additional helping of sexual chocolate this past season in the form of Angell Conwell. As take-no-prisoners barrister Leslie Michaelson on The Young and the Restless, Conwell has gone up against some of the most powerful performers on daytime's top soap, and from where we're watching, she's definitely held her own.
I caught up with the veteran of primetime (City Guys, Moesha, NYPD Blue), stage (There's a Stranger in My House) and music videos recently at the Daytime Emmys, where we dished about what was next for her popular character. What was it like for Conwell playing Leslie during the recent, emotionally-charged storyline where her alter ego successfully won custody of Baby Lucy for Phyllis (Michelle Stafford)? Also, will Leslie and Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) ever get their party fully started? Keep reading to find out the answers!
Daytime Confidential: We are loving us some Leslie! What's next for her in Genoa City?
Angell Conwell: Leslie is continuing to handle her business in Genoa City. She's going to keep putting it down and being able to represent for Vance [Abrams] (Eric Roberts).
DC: She definitely represented her employer well when she went for the jugular during the custody battle for Lucy!
AC: She was trying to get that win [Laughs]! That's what she's supposed to do; that's her job. Clearly she found the perfect angles to go in on Billy (Billy Miller), Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Daniel (Michael Graziadei). Those scenes were fun to play.
DC: They were fun to watch too, even though you were taking my favorite, current Y&R couple's baby away!
AC: I'm sorry [Laughs]!
DC: It's okay, I'll forgive you [Laughs]. Speaking of couples though. What's up with Neil and Leslie? Kristoff St. John hasn't had the kind of chemistry he shares with you since Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) left. Will we see more of that pairing?
AC: You never know [Smiles]. We may bump into each other. You know, Genoa City isn't that big of a town [Laughs]! I'm kind of in the dark too, but hopefully we'll be working together more. I think they have good energy.
DC: You've done a lot of work in primetime, plays, videos. How does all of that compare to daytime?
AC: One difference I've noticed is definitely the work ethic. You have to be a lot more prepared in daytime. There's not a lot of time for lack of preparation. Of all the actors I've worked with, I'm most impressed with daytime actors, to tell you the truth. I like daytime a lot. It's definitely a challenge.
Check out Angel Conwell on The Young and The Restless, airing Mon–Fri on CBS Daytime. Check your local listings.