When she exited The Young and the Restless as powerhouse Hilary Curtis Hamilton in 2018, Mishael Morgan was immediately missed on-screen. But thankfully, she's now back on our TV sets, this time as a legal eagle - and Hilary lookalike - named Amanda Sinclair. Mishael told all to Soap Opera Digest in an October 7 interview.
When rumors first floated about that she might return as Hilary, Morgan admitted she was stumped:
"I don’t know if they were really serious, but as they kept joking about it a couple more times I was like, 'I think they might actually be serious about me coming back.' But it just wasn’t something that I thought would ever really happen."
Once Morgan made a guest appearance - or two - as Hilary's ghostly-but-gorgeous self, Y&R decided to ask her back full-time. Morgan said she wasn't initially eager to reprise Hilary's role:
"...For sure I could have gone on for 20 years playing Hilary, but it did feel like she had a nice full-circle story. She found herself, she found the love of her life and it felt like a good time to leave."
But head writer Josh Griffith and executive producer Tony Morina pitched Morgan's return as a new character.
Once Mishael sank her teeth into her new role - Amanda Sinclair, a savvy lawyer who would lock horns with Hilary's soulmate, Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) - she was in.
"But now when they brought up me coming back as an attorney, I was like, 'Oh, this is my dream come true,' because I wanted to be a lawyer in real life, but I gave up being a lawyer to be an actor."
Check out the full interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on stands now.