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!
TVG: What’s your relationship with Y&R executive producer and head writer Maria Arena Bell?
VR: We have high respect for each other. We both served on the Americans for the Arts advocacy and preservation board, and she still does. She was the best chair we’ve ever had. I enjoyed working with her very much. Like [Y&R creator] Bill Bell, she loves artists. Maria will do what is best for the scenario at hand. She’s very adept at kicking things up a notch and kicking things into gear. Maria and I work very well together. We have similar interests above and beyond daytime. She would always attend my high teas. We care a lot about children’s charities. Maria is also an engine in helping ensure art programs are still in schools and teachers are paid properly. We often collaborated in those issues, including working with the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan. I would love to work with her again as the executive producer of the show because I like to believe it’s as close as I could possibly come to working with Bill Bell again. And that’s a high compliment.
Want more of Rowell? Check her out on Buzz Worthy Radio Aug. 24!