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The Young & The Restless Mishael Morgan talks with Prestige

CLICK HERE to read Prestige Sept/Nov 2014 Issue   SYLVIA:  How did you hear about the role of Hilary Curtis and what was your initial reaction? MISHAEL: At the time, I had already done quite a few things in Canada and I was working quite a bit right before Y&R, I had just done some…

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SYLVIA:  How did you hear about the role of Hilary Curtis and what was your initial reaction?

MISHAEL: At the time, I had already done quite a few things in Canada and I was working quite a bit right before Y&R, I had just done some other series and some features that I was doing, and I was then engulfed in just pilot season when Y&R came about. And it was just one of those auditions and I think I was doing something like two, sometimes three auditions a day. Four, five days a week. I don’t even really remember the audition until they asked me, they started talking about it and then I had to go and look the audition up. Because it was just so much going on at that time. So my agent just sent me the audition and I put it on tape, and after I saw the audition, I remembered it was one of those auditions that I was putting something else on tape, like for a different show, and right after that, my agent called me and said, “Oh, we just got another audition, can you put this on tape? We need it back in four hours.” I was like, “Okay.” So I just read the lines and I threw it on tape and I set it to him and yeah. There was quite some time that passed before they actually called to talk about me actually coming down and playing Hilary Curtis. I think it was about three, four weeks, almost a month before I actually heard anything else about it, so I totally forgot about it. It was a while.

SYLVIA: Your initial reaction was one of more of surprise because you had forgotten it.

MISHAEL: Yeah, it was really, really surprising when I got it. I was also a huge fan when I was growing up. So my mom watched Y&R since before I was born, and I just remember being five years old being annoyed by Y&R because it was on the same time as Sesame Street and I really wanted to watch Sesame Street, but by the time I got into high school, Y&R, me and my sister were huge Y&R fans, and yeah, when I found out actually booked a role on The Young and the Restless, I was actually just super excited to tell my family because I was acting and I was going to do something totally different before that, which was I was going to go to law school. I was always this academic girl, like it was all academia my whole life. So like, I always felt like I was doing what I loved to do, but my family would never really understand it or appreciate it, and then when I booked Y&R, just knowing how much they are such huge fans, I was so excited to tell them because I finally knew that they would see my work. I would actually be on a show where they would actually be able to see what I do.

SYLVIA: Yes. Okay. Can you tell us a little bit about your character Hilary Curtis and how it feels to portray a character that transforms from victim to villain and then back again?

MISHAEL: Mm-hm. Oh yeah, Hilary came on the show as a vindictive young woman with a vengeance, and from then, she started to just get to know, I guess, the Winters family, especially. And other people in general in the city, and she just started to heal as a person. And it’s really empowering to play a character that’s going through so much in their lives because I feel like even my transition from going from academia to the arts just overnight was a huge transitional process for me over the six years that I started acting, and it was such a struggle and I feel like so many things change in your life and I feel like I can bring a lot of that to Hilary, because she’s going through so many changes and she’s meeting so many different people and her entire life is changing before her eyes and because of that, she’s changing and she’s transforming. It’s been a blessing to be able to explore that because it’s something that happens to you, but you never really think about it, you know, so it’s nice to put some of my own lessons that I’ve learned in my life into my character.

SYLVIA: Thank you very good. How is the chemistry between you and the Y&R cast? And which one of the Y&R cast members has been your favorite to work with so far?

MISHAEL: [laughs] I think my chemistry with everybody on Y&R has been awesome. I love working with everybody I don’t want to choose any specific one because it’s just too difficult. I love working with everybody for all different reasons. You know, like Peter Bergman, he’s so professional, and he’s just such a mentor. He has a mentor quality to him, and I’ve learned so much just working with him. But then Kristoff St. John, he is just so funny and he’s just an awesome person to work with inside and out. He makes you feel so comfortable and he’s so real and it’s so hard, and then Bryhton James, I feel like we’re just the same age and we click on that level where we’re both doing our thing, working in the soap world, but trying to navigate our lives at the same time because we’re both still really young and we’re looking up to all these great people like Kristoff St. John, Peter Bergman and working with Christel’s awesome, because she’s always giving 110 percent and she’s just a great artist through and through, so I can’t choose. I just name great qualities of each one.

Read the full interview of Mishael interview in PRESTIGE SEPT/NOV 2014 ISSUE

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Lizzo Trying to Manifest Banging Drake After New Song Name-Drop

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Lizzo says she name-dropped Drake in her new song to turn the tables on an age-old trope of rappers doing the same for women — but it seems she’s actually trying to bang the dude.

During an interview with Zane Lowe, the singer mentioned Drake on her new song with Cardi B, “Rumors,” because she felt it’d be fun to give society a taste of its own medicine — and in this context, that means flipping the script on rappers/male musicians name-dropping fine women in their tunes.

If you didn’t hear the bar yet, it goes … “Last year, I thought I would losе it // Readin’ s*** on the internet // My smoothie cleanse and my diet // No, I ain’t f*** Drake yet (Ha).”

The Drake thing seems to have come out of left field … but Lizzo explained further in the ZL sit-down, jokingly saying she hasn’t quite been able to manifest some bedroom boom with Toronto’s Certified Lover Boy — even though it sounds like she’d love to take a dip.

All kidding aside, Lizzo says she included the line as a way to turn what rappers have often done in music — namely, name-dropping ladies/would-be sexual exploits — upside down on its head. It’s true … fellas have done that for a long time in the genre .

As far as their real-life relationship … Lizzo says she kinda knows Drake, and that he’s super cool.

Still, it seems she does, in fact, want some of what he’s got — at least based on her Twitter activity shortly after this interview aired. She tweeted right at Champagne Papi for the whole world to see, writing … “Hey big head @Drake.” Classic “wyd” vibes for modern dating.

Aubrey hasn’t publicly responded yet … but wouldn’t that be something if he did??? Unfortunately for her, he seems to have his hands full with
Johanna Leia and other things these days.

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Boxer Gervonta Davis Involved in Minor Plane Crash, Documents Aftermath

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Gervonta Davis just, miraculously, walked away from a plane crash relatively unscathed — and it sounds like what’s hurting him the most in the aftermath are his feet … and his caboose.

The professional boxer went live Saturday to document a terrifying encounter he says he and his crew had just gone through after boarding a private jet … which apparently failed to properly take off and crash landed back down to the airport grounds it was trying to leave.

Thankfully, it doesn’t appear the aircraft got very far up before coming back down to Earth — because Gervonta and other passengers seemed more or less okay … with their health and bodies intact.

That’s not to say Gervonta wasn’t feeling some hurt afterwards — on his live feed, he noted that his booty was aching like no other … this while he wrapped his feet in gauze. He’s pretty jovial about the whole thing, which is great to see, but this could’ve easily been way worse.

Gervonta also was able to get some shots of the downed plane, and it sure looks like something went wrong internally. There were also fire engines that showed up on the scene to evaluate the damage and tend to anyone’s injuries. Again, though, most everyone seems to be fine … which is absolutely incredible, because it appears there were even children aboard, based on a photo Gervonta posted shortly before getting on his flight. His video doesn’t capture any kids, though.

It’s unclear what exactly caused the malfunction — but you can hear Gervonta and his friends speculate on what happened … seems like there might’ve been some overheating of some sort. They also appear to be discussing some of the flight maneuvers the pilot(s) were using in the air … and the group seems to think that may have attributed to it going down.

Stay tuned while we here at Prestige try to get a hold of Gervonta’s team for more answers.

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Drake Takes Shot at Kanye in New Verse, Calls Him ‘Burnt Out’

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Drake is stirring the pot again on his rap beef with Kanye West — taking a new shot at the guy in a song he just dropped with Trippie Redd … and it might be the ultimate insult.

The rapper is featured on TR’s new track, “Betrayal,” and at one point in Drizzy’s verse, he brings up Mr. West by name … acknowledging that they are, indeed, still apparently beefing — while also going so far as to call Kanye “burnt out” … and noting it’s irrelevant to him.

Here’s how the Kanye bar goes … “All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know // Forty-five, forty-four (Burned out), let it go // Ye ain’t changin’ s*** for me, it’s set in stone.” He adds … “Rollin’ stones, heavy stones (PinkGrillz) // Precious stone, let me make my presence known.”

The “Ye” reference could possibly be interpreted as “they” or “you” — but based on Drake touching Kanye’s exact age (44) … it seems clear he meant the former with some clever word play. The folks over at Genius heard it too … they wrote out the lyric as “Ye.”

Now, for some analysis — as to why Drake is randomly bringing up Kanye again after years have passed since they beefed, with Pusha T in the mix, is anyone’s guess at this point.

However, some people have a theory on these old foes — there’s been speculation of late that Kanye is, perhaps, trying to set up his “Donda” release so that it lines up with Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” album … which he’s on record as saying would be out by the end of summer at the latest. That’s just a few weeks away … and neither project has dropped.

There’s no evidence to prove it one way or another … but the fact that Kanye continues to delay the release date — with seemingly no end in sight — is curious in this context. That, coupled with the fact that Drake’s going after him anew, is even more eyebrow-raising.

In any case, we’re always here for some new beef. And, if it means more music from these two in the process … we’ll take it and then some. Ball’s in your court, Ye (we think).

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