Vanessa Who? Victoria Rowell is once again the most talked about soap alum on the web! Thanks to an item on Mr Brooks Genoa City News, rumors and speculation about Rowell possibly reprising her signature role as street urchin-turned-supermodel-turned-corporate exec-turned-cliff diver Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless has soap fans all lathered up!
Rowell recently chatted with TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco, where she discussed the rumors, her recent nuptials to famed artist Radcliffe Bailey, her Summer 2010 steamy beach read: Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva and so much more! Check out what Rowell told Branco about the reaction fans had to her interview with Luke and I for DC's 300th podcast episode:
TVG: What was the reaction from your daytimeconfidential.com podcast interview last year?
VR: My website, www.victoriarowell.com, was overloaded! The fans appreciated my candor and honesty. They were surprised to learn everything that went down. They now understood why I left the show. I don’t think a lot of people know this but before I left Y&R, I went upstairs to talk to the executives. I informed them that I wasn’t planning to renew my contract — and everyone just hid under his or her desk. After that, my manager and I never heard back from Y&R. They didn’t try to keep me on the show. Alas, I miss performing for my fans. I loved growing with that character so much. That’s what I miss the most. I also miss working with the likes of Jeanne Cooper [Kay] and Eric Braeden [Victor].
What, little old Luke and I caused a ruckus? Never! Rowell also revealed her charitable past with Y&R showrunner Maria Arena "Auntie Ri Ri" Bell to Branco! READ MORE
The Twitterverse has been abuzz today with rumors of Victoria Rowell possibly reprising the role of Drucilla Barber Winters on The Young and the Restless. The speculation arose from a blog post on Mr. Brooks Genoa City News ,stating Rowell was reported to be in talks with the CBS sudser.
The fervor was spiked when Rowell herself tweeted the link from Mr. Brooks' website with the following teasing statement.
a little gossip for you guys. dru's still hanging on that cliff.
Daytime Confidential contacted Rowell to see if she could shed any light on the situation.
"All I can say is there is a lot goin' on," Rowell responded via email.
Thanks Jorpa for the tip!
The family of one of daytime's most beloved, presumed dead antiheroines may be experiencing one romantic heartache after another on The Young and the Restless, but the woman who created the legendary role of ghetto urchin-turned-fashionista Drucilla Barber Winters couldn't be happier right about now.
On June 27, Victoria Rowell married famed, Atlanta-based, mixed media artist Radcliffe Bailey in Dublin, New Hampshire. The couple was surrounded by the women who raised Rowell, as well as numerous superstar friends, including Alfre Woodard and Samuel L. Jackson, the latter of whom gave Rowell away. Rowell and Bailey's wedding is featured in today's New York Times style section. Click here to check it out. Rowell's second book, the highly-anticipated novel Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, is due to hit stands in 2010.
Photo by Bob Lapree for the New York Times.
In a time when the world is correcting itself [racially], I hope the ‘Snub Club’ at Y&R realizes what it feels like to be snubbed by your peers. Some of us can’t even get on the pre-Emmy ballot. Maybe Y&R knows what it feels like now. Thank God Debbi Morgan will be representing the shrinking and invisible casts of African-American actors in daytime dramas.