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The Young and Restless Angell!

 

Angell Conwell

“The Young and the Restless” Interview

with Kam Williams

 

Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on August 2, 1983, but raised in nearby Columbia. At 17, she made her big DSC_3752 22screen debut in the gritty, John Singleton drama Baby Boy opposite Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg.

She followed that outing with well-received supporting roles in such feature films as The Wash , Soul Plane and 24 Hour Love. More recently, Angell enjoyed a starring role on the TV-One hit series “Family Time” with Omar Gooding, as well as a recurring role as Kevin Hart’s ex-wife on the hit BET series “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

Her TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as “NYPD Blue,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Moesha,” “That’s So Raven” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” She has also appeared in the music videos “Batter Up” and “Ride Wit Me” and Usher’s “Confessions.”

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 justcelebrated 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!

 

KW: In your upcoming movie, 4Play, you share the screen with a couple of former child stars in Jaleel White and Wesley Jonathan. How was it working with them?

AC: Jaleel has fantastic comedic timing. He is clearly such a pro. Wesley and I worked together on the NBC morning show, City Guys. We’ve been friends since, but haven’t worked together in over 10 years. It’s great being able to be on set again with him.

 

KW: What message do you think people will take away from the movie?

AC: It’s a great movie about maturing in life. We all come to a point where we realize we need to change in order to become better. This movie highlights that we either remain stagnant in life and love or face our fears and grow.

 

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

AC: Um… who let the dogs out? [LOL] No, not that I can think of.

 

KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?

AC: I’m happy in this moment, but I feel that happiness comes and goes. Joy and peace may be more valuable because they’re with you no matter the weather.

 

KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?

AC: About an hour ago with a friend and make-up artist, Tai.

 

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?

AC: Carbs upon carbs upon carbs.

 

KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

AC: The Four Arguments–for the fifth time. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1878424319/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20

 

 

KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to? 

AC: Something by Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

 

 

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

AC: I make a mean grilled cheese.

 

KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you?

AC: Work! Travel! To love and be loved.

 

KW: The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer?

AC: That’s tough. I don’t have one yet. I’m in love with the clothes I design in my imagination.

 

KW: The Mike Pittman question: What was your best career decision?

AC: Sticking with it.

 

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

AC: My parents’ child and my grandparents’ granddaughter.

 

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

AC: Everlasting joy for all.

 

KW: The Jamie Foxx question: If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend the time?

AC: Huggin’ up on folks.

 

KW: The Kerry Washington question: If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

AC: A lion!

 

KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

AC: I remember a lot from my younger days, but granny giving me a bath in the sink is a vivid memory. I couldn’t have even been a year old.

 

KW: The Melissa Harris-Perry question: How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

AC: It taught me that the world keeps on spinning. No matter how you feel, the show must go on.

 

KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

AC: Healing power.

 

KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? 

AC: Perseverance.

 

KW: The Gabby Douglas question: If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?

AC: Teacher.

 

KW: The Harriet Pakula-Teweles question: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

AC: Anything that has messages of strength, struggle, and triumph.

 

KW: Thanks again, Angell, and best of luck with the show and the movie.  interview.

ACThank you, Kam.

 

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