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    The Young and the Restless - NEWS ROOM

    In our 'The Young and the Restless' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    Breaking News! Soaps.com's Exclusive Chat With Victoria Rowell!

    Monday, April 14 2008


    Victoria Rowell (CBS)
    Soaps.com was contacted today by Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla Winters), who wanted to get a message out to her fans with regard to the recent rumor that Y&R is looking to recast the role of Dru. With the character of Lily (Christel Khalil, Dru's daughter) discovering that she is pregnant, and mentioning her mother often in the past few episodes, it was a hope of many Y&R viewers that the show was building to a return of the missing and presumed dead character. However, it's safe to say that most everyone expected that Victoria Rowell would return to the role! News that Y&R had put out a casting call for a Victoria Rowell look-a-like broke over the past weekend, and Victoria told me that she herself saw the cover of a popular soap magazine on the newsstand today, which refers to a 'mystery recast'! Here is what Victoria had to say to me today:

    Soaps.com: It's great to talk to you! Do you have any news for us?

    Victoria: "Well, I've been on the tail end of my book tour for my hardcover book, "The Women Who Raised Me". I've been all over the south, and while I've been touring I've been given a lot of information. People have said to me, "Madame Chauvin is back on the show", and so on. Today, I stopped by the newsstand and saw on the cover of Soap Opera Digest, "Mystery Re-cast." (referring to the character of Drucilla). I haven't had a lot to say in the last year - I've been very busy, but I felt that (in light of this news) I needed to protect myself, as a performer, and protect the audience; the fans, who have blessed me year after year, not only as an actress, but now as a writer! It's that daytime audience that put me on the New York Times Bestseller List!"

    Soaps.com: Right! We've all been following what you have been doing!

    Victoria: "I have to tell you that I was hearing a lot of questions as I criss-crossed America, you know, people asking, not if I'm coming back, but when I'm coming back to the show! What I want to say to them now, is, "I don't know anything about the recast. I've never been invited to return to the show. Drucilla is alive and well in a ravine, I'm sure. But no one from Y&R has sent a rescue crew or a lifeline to bring Drucilla back up the side of that cliff! God knows we want to see her claw her way back up!""

    Soaps.com: We most certainly do want to see Drucilla come back!

    Victoria: "So I have no idea what this 'mystery recast' is about. I don't know anything more about this than the public does, and my representative hasn't heard anything conclusive from Y&R. It's all very mysterious to all of us. I'm certainly willing and able. I've never said that I would never go back."

    Soaps.com: Certainly the majority of Soaps.com readers would want to see you in the role of Drucilla!

    Victoria: "I have over four million hits on my website, and I want to protect this audience that has served me so well. They want an answer. I put a message on my website today, because they are asking, "Why aren't you coming back?" "Why don't you want to come back?" When the people started asking me these questions, I didn't want them to feel betrayed. I want them to know that it's not that I'm not willing to claw my way back up that cliff - I've not been invited to do so. All I can say to the fans is, "Thank you for supporting me on and off the stage, but the ball is in Y&R's court!"

    Soaps.com: So if Y&R does contact you, you are completely open to coming back to the show?

    Victoria: "Absolutely!"

    Soaps.com: Awesome! We hope that's what happens, then!

    Victoria: "Well, we'll see what happens! It's been interesting being on the book tour and interacting with the fans who have supported me for 20 years. The character was introduced in 1990, so, they feel very strongly about Drucilla. Time will tell whether Y&R is testing the waters for bringing on a recast Drucilla, that's their call, but I didn't want to leave my fans in a lurch. I wanted to address it before going back out on the road."

    Soaps.com: So you are going back out on the book tour at this point?

    Victoria: "Yes, you know the book sales have been fabulous, and Harper Collins is releasing my paperback version of "The Women Who Raised Me" on May 1st. Advanced sales are being advertised on Amazon. It has a new cover, it's really fresh. The paperback book party is in New York City on May 8th. And for the fans who are in New York City, my official book signing will be at Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue, Yay! 5th Avenue and 18th Street. It'll be at 6:00 PM, and it's gonna' be a blast! If people want to find out information about more locations, they should log on to victoriarowell.com."

    Soaps.com: Aren't you in the process of writing another book?

    Victoria: "Yes! "Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva"! This book has been a tremendous amount of fun! A lot of work! But I have to say that I have been having a ball creating this fictitious world of some real colorful characters!

    Soaps.com: Are you still working with the Hillary Clinton campaign?

    Victoria: "Yes, I'm still a part of that campaign. I'm planning on going to the convention in Denver. Also, May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so there is a lot of excitement surrounding the paperback coming out so quickly. I've been very fortunate - I've been taking theatrical meetings for my book - so that's really exciting!"

    Soaps.com: Well Victoria, we'll get your message out to the fans for you, and please be sure to let us know if you do hear from Y&R about a return to the show.

    Victoria: "Thanks so much, and I will let you know. Stay tuned. We're all in this mysterious boat together!"

    Candace Young
    Y&R News Writer
    Soaps.com


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by pdames4 at Monday, April 14 2008 05:04 PM

    Thanks a lot for this article. I am very happy VR thought enough of her fans to contact the best soap site on the web.
    pdames4

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Monday, April 14 2008 05:14 PM

    Nice interview, Candi. I'm glad that Victoria had a voice in Soaps.com to open up.

    Yay us!

    Best,
    Christine

    Posted by Chrissi_Soaps.com at Monday, April 14 2008 05:20 PM

    Hey she's putting it 'out there'. I hope they take her up on it. I'd like to see "Dru" back and frankly, I'd like to see her studying ballet again and having a good storyline. I didn't care for how they wrote her during her last months. Totally not the "Dru" we know!

    Cheers!

    Christine

    Posted by passionsobserver at Monday, April 14 2008 05:21 PM

    I am so happy to hear that Dru is open, willing and able. Y&R, It is now your call!!! 1-800-DRU-CILA

    Posted by ThinLine at Monday, April 14 2008 05:29 PM

    Thanks candace,Never Know What In store for dru whether she comes back or not....I have no doubt her character will do a good job...if only someone do play her role I wish Her/The new dru Good Luck!

    Posted by CantgetenoughYandR at Monday, April 14 2008 05:32 PM

    Victoria Rowell IS Drucilla Winters! There is no one, absolutely NO ONE else who could ever portray Drucilla as well as Victoria Rowell. Y and R would be making a HUGE...yes HUGE GIGANTIC MISTAKE to attempt to recast the part.

    Victoria, if you are reading this interview, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to contact soaps.com! We miss you so much and want you back on the show.

    Y and R executives: ARE YOU LISTENING??? Call her!!!!!!

    Posted by ThinLine at Monday, April 14 2008 05:33 PM

    I agree cangetenoughYnR, No one can't take Victoria Rowell she will always be the real Dru on YnR.

    Posted by vernonda2n1 at Monday, April 14 2008 05:59 PM

    Y & R, please let Victoria Rowell come back to the show.
    We need her back as Drucilla Winters.
    Miss Rowell, shouldn't be re-cast ever!
    - --------------------------------------------

    Lily and her family, really need Drucilla back in to their lives now, but Karen isn't Dru!
    Lily, took some of Karen's suggestions to actually keep Cane all to herself.
    Now if Karen, wasn't in the picture; maybe Lily wouldn't be pregnant now and still would be getting good grades in college.
    If you ask me, Karen only helped Lily so she could have Neil to herself!
    Yes now modeling is starting to suit Lily, but Chloe needs back off of her seriously.
    Then again may Dru's spirit could slap Chloe for messing with her daughter if Devon doesn't do it first! [lol]
    - ------------------------------------------------

    Candace,
    Thank you for bringing this interview to the four front, with Miss Rowell being so loved and missed from Y & R fans- as am i.

    Posted by jcrobinson at Monday, April 14 2008 06:04 PM

    Wonderful interview Candi! Incredible that she sought us out to speak to her fans. Y&R had better take that ball and run with it, don't you think? Drucilla is definitely one of the characters in soaps that would not work as a recast!

    Posted by LMarie234 at Monday, April 14 2008 10:04 PM

    Y and R Executives, Please bring Dru back!

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