‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

kwilliamns@tri-statedefender.com | 12/21/2013, 9:48 a.m.

In her spare time she enjoys reading inspirational books, days at the beach, walks with her dog Xeena and giving back by helping to serve at MyFriendsHouseLA.Com. Here, she talks about her upcoming independent movie "4Play" with Wesley Jonathan, and about playing Leslie Michaelson on the daytime drama, "The Young & the Restless," which just celebrated its 40th anniversary on the air.

Kam Williams: Hi Angell, thanks for the interview.
Angell Conwell: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: What interested you in doing a soap opera?
AC: Being on a daytime drama never crossed my mind until the breakdown for the character "Leslie" was released. She was described as a strong, spitfire legal shark. It's rare that an opportunity comes to play such a character, and being that The Young & The Restless is not only the #1 daytime drama overall, it's also the #1 daytime drama within my family. They've all been watching since before I was born. After considering all these things, it made complete sense.

KW: Tell me a little about your character, Leslie.
AC: Leslie Michaelson is an attorney. She has a passion for what she does. She's a stand-up woman who has been through many terrifying situations in life, but has turned them to her advantage. She loves her younger brother, Tyler [played by Redaric Williams], with all of her heart, and she stands by her man, Neil [played by Kristoff St. John], without being smothering. She's quite a lady!

KW: How did you prepare to play a lawyer?
AC: As far as the legal lingo, I Googled most of the terminology and started to try to use it on a daily basis so that it would begin to sound normal coming out of my mouth. It's not every day talk for me, so I had to get used to that. Once I learn the material, it's mainly all about helping to give Leslie some spice and life. The writers put it all on the paper. My job is to bring it.

KW: Are there any upcoming developments you can share about Leslie and her love interest, Neil?
AC: Plenty of Neil and Leslie's relationship has revolved around Gus, Rose, a mysterious blogger, and figuring out the different connections. So, I'm hoping that we may get to see another dynamic to their relationship soon. Maybe more romance and passion, but honestly, I have no idea.

KW: "The Young and the Restless" has endured on TV for 40years. Do you feel any pressure to live up to that record of success and to honor the show's long legacy?
AC: I used to feel pressure, but as time goes on, I realize that all you can do is do your best at any given moment.

KW: You're also on another hit show, the Real Husbands of Hollywood, where you play Kevin Hart's wife. How is acting on a fake reality show different from appearing on a soap opera?
AC: Two words: one take! For the most part, we shoot everything in one take on The Young & the Restless, which makes it unlike anything I've ever worked on. It's a great adrenaline rush!