Christel Khalil (CBS)

Welcome to Part II of Soaps.com’s chat with Christel Khalil, the actress who plays the beautiful Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless! If you missed Part I, read it here!

Soaps.com: One of Lily’s major turning points in life was discovering that Malcolm (Shemar Moore) was her father – so as of right now, both of her biological parents are out of the picture. Would you welcome a return of either Malcom, or Drucilla (Victoria Rowell), or both?

Christel: Oh, yes, of course! That’s my mom and dad! (laughs) I mean, Lily definitely thinks of Neil as her dad, but that would be great if they were able to come back to the show!

Soaps.com: What is your perspective on the recent events in Neil’s life – his infidelity with Tyra? How will this affect Lily and her relationship with her father?

Christel: Lily’s really disappointed in the whole situation, but she’s going to be there for her dad no matter what – she loves her dad. She just can’t believe that he would do something like that – it’s completely out of character – but she still loves him and cares about him.

Soaps.com: Viewers haven’t actually seen Lily find out yet – is there a confrontation between Lily and Neil?

Christel: Not so much confrontational, as, “Why would you do that?” But nothing too serious.

Soaps.com: Of course, Nia Peeples has been let go, as have many actors in Daytime – what’s your take on that?

Christel: I think it’s really unfortunate, you know, but there is a recession and it’s affecting the entertainment industry, not just other kinds of jobs. So, it’s unfortunate, because it’s great to know these people, and they start becoming your family, and then all of the sudden they’re gone. It’s a sad thing.