Mishael Morgan talks Y&R drama, eye surgery, and making her dream come true!

Mishael Morgan of The Young & The Restless is thrilled to star in the big family drama as Amanda Sinclair – aka Hilary Curtis’ twin. After being taken out of the game due to emergency eye surgery in March, the actress goes back to bed with Bryton James’ Devon, in the ring with Eric Braeden’s Victor Newman, and hopefully in the courtroom soon!

Long before Morgan joined Y&R to create Hilary Curtis Volatile in 2013, she was on all of the Genoa City dramas. “My first memory was crying because I wanted to put Sesame Street and my mom wanted – needed! – watch Y&R», Explains the Trinidadian-Canadian actress. “It was in the depths of all my childhood and my teenage years, I got into it myself. So I’ve been watching since I was five years old, it’s crazy!

That’s why Morgan – who had already made his mark on the Canadian teen series’ The best years and Family affairs and did her fair share of guest gigs when she landed on Y&R – admits that her Genoa City debut has put her to the test in an unexpected way.

“I had never had this experience of being a starstruck – so I met Eric Braeden,” she cries. “And Kristoff St. John (Neil) too!” But Eric really got me. I couldn’t speak. My eyes were starting to cry. I didn’t know what was happening to my body.

This newcomer energy served Morgan well in the creation of his first more volatile character. “With Hilary, I really got into the fact that I still wasn’t sure what I was doing,” she explains. “If I had a scene with Eric there would be nerves and I would use that – and Hilary would try to get over those nerves in a ridiculous way!”

Cut to today, however, and the actress who once froze on meeting “TGVN” (The Great Victor Newman) has become a fan favorite who buried a beloved character and introduced her secret twin. more anchored. Thanks to the big adoption reveal and the expansion of Amanda’s family, Morgan now finds herself welcoming wide-eyed newcomers!

“I was so honored by this story and to meet the amazing people they have chosen to play as Amanda’s mother, grandfather and sister”, enthuses Morgan of Ptosha Storey (Naya), Jack Landron (Sutton) and Leigh-Ann Rose (Imani), respectively. “This genre is not easy for any actor to come in and pull it off. When I arrived, Kristoff, Christel Khalil (Lily) and Bryton James (Devon) were so open, respectful and patient. Kristoff a walked across the set and just took you under their wing. I tried to be that for every person they brought in for my screenplay. But that sounds a little crazy! “

She adds that after Hilary’s desperate machinations, she almost missed what was to come for Amanda. “It was funny, because when the family story was building, I was more concerned with the question, ‘Am I going to be with Nate? Or Billy? or Devon? ‘ Morgan remembers. “With my history on the show, it was weird for me even to adjust to the fact that THIS is my script!

“But then I leaned into it, and it allowed me to dig deeper into Amanda’s psyche and define her, as a character,” Morgan adds. “And I think it’s beautiful for the world to see that sometimes, no matter how much time has passed, the blood is so thick you can’t deny it. The link will always be there.

Real world drama

Last year, as Morgan braced for his new character, the Covid-19 pandemic halted production – and the world -. Luckily, she and her partners were back and adjusting to safety protocols just four months later.

“I was so lucky to be one of the few people working in my 40s,” agrees Morgan, who has dug into building her new character, while also building a new dynamic with Devon.

Thanks to the fandemonium on the former “Hevon” supercouple, however, Amanda wasn’t just in the ring with Brytni Sarpy’s Elena – she was competing with Morgan’s former character! “It was strange,” she admits. “But Bryton and I have faith in our abilities, so it was fun to find out together. If the fans really see a glaring difference between Amanda and Hilary, but are also still excited to see Bryton and I at the whole screen is gold!

Then, in March, as Amanda began to dig her toes into a new mystery surrounding her biological father, Morgan was arrested again in his tracks – this time, because she was rushed to surgery for a retinal detachment. With The daring and the beautifulKarla Mosley stepped in to play Amanda, the procedure itself didn’t take long… but Morgan’s recovery was another story.

“I thought ‘isolation’ was the four months I was off work last year, when we had to be stuck in our house and scared of the pandemic,” she says. “But then I found myself confined to a chair! For seven days, I had to be face down for my retina to heal properly. I had a ten minute break every hour, so I was always looking for my 10 minutes! Yes, it was a new level of containment.

Morgan was cleared to return to work in April. “I was like, ‘Can I still remember the lines after being stuck in this chair for so long? “”; “I was worried that my eye was red or watery. It took me off the stage a few times, but as soon as I refocused my energy and started doing what I love to do, I totally forgot about it.

Disorder at Court

These days, Morgan can’t wait to dig into this murder mystery – especially since he should finally push Amanda into the courtroom!

“My first dream was to become an international human rights lawyer, because I wanted to fight for women’s rights and justice all over the world,” reveals the actress who dropped out of law school just two weeks before the start classes, but still fighting the good fight in his own way.

“I’m a storyteller and the stories I’ve been told have transformed me,” she explains. “They touched my soul and changed who I was, from the inside out. I realized that as an actor in front of or behind the camera, I can change the world at lightning speed just by creating and telling stories.

That said, Morgan can’t wait to finally enter the courtroom – via Amanda, of course. “It’s my dream to be like ‘I’m against this!'” She smiles. “I have to say this once in my life… and I think it’s going to come.”

Morgan is also thrilled that her drama in Genoa City has her sharing the scene with the man who left her speechless. “I love working with Eric Braeden,” she exclaims. “He’s very unpredictable. He’s going to throw a little line in there and it forces you, as an actor, to stay present. It’s exciting to work with someone who keeps you constantly on your toes! “

As for romance with Devon, Morgan is happy to be back in the thick of it with James, but she insists the self-confident Amanda doesn’t care about the competition. “She’s so focused on her family, this business and all these other crazy things that she doesn’t have time for other women or other dramas in her life,” Morgan sniffs. “I don’t think she’s thinking about Elena… at least not now!”

You can follow Morgan by following @mishaelmorgan on Instagram.

Also, click on the link below to see Morgan’s “I Have a Dream Project,” featuring various actors reciting a poem by Maya Angelou. Morgan produced and directed this very special piece:

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