Skip to main content

LISTEN: Victoria Rowell Reminisces on The Young and the Restless' Drucilla

Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters, The Young and the Restless) recently appeared on with KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand podcast. She looked back on her fan-favorite role and shared why she remained hopeful about daytime.

When asked why so many loved Drucilla, Rowell shared:

The character name, it's actually in the Bible. The character became iconic because she was so relatable to so many people across a variety of ethnic groups. I learned this because I travel. … From Greece to Turkey to Africa — wherever Sony distributed the show — this character really resonated with especially populations of lower socio-economic environments. Not exclusively so, but the character is a pull-her-up-by-the-bootstraps character.

We watched the evolution of this character from being illiterate to an adult literacy program. I asked the powers that be to consider a foster care adoption storyline inspired by my own experience in foster care, and to include classical ballet, hence bringing my alma mater American Ballet Theatre into the fold. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Related: Victoria Rowell Muses on Drucilla's Fate, Calls Scarcity of Black Writers "an Abomination"

Rowell added:

I think with the sweeping changes over at ViacomCBS for diversity, we are beginning to see some wheels change over there. I hope that daytime [television] is included in the conversation. Oftentimes, nobody pays attention to that silly little genre called soap opera. Nothing silly about a $50 million a year budget.

Listen to the full chat below.

DAYTIME CONFIDENTIAL ON: TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM