I know I've been hard on Christel Khalil (Lily, The Young and the Restless), but the actress really impressed me in her scenes where Lily blasted Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Billy (Billy Miller) about their dirty, little baby secret this past week. For the first time in awhile it felt like Khalil was holding her own and even showed that she has the potential to make the character every bit her late mother's daughter. Finally, I remembered why I enjoyed the character and actress so much during her initial teen storyline stint opposite Michael Graziadei. Khalil further impressed me in a recent interview with Michael Fairman, where she had high praise for new boss Maria Arena Bell, proving she didn't drink from the LML kool-aid and actually knows the difference between good writing and bad writing for her show.
Michael Fairman: Have you noticed a difference in the scripts under Maria Arena Bell and the new regime?
Christel Khalil: Yes, I love Maria Bell. I love what she is writing. Honestly, I loved when Josh Griffith was writing the show, when Lynn latham was gone because of the Strike. It was amazing and we miss Josh. I think with Maria it's great, too. She knows the history of the show, which is something Lynn Latham did not know. So it's great having someone who knows the show and how she writes it."