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Devon is still very much with the lovely woman he has chosen to share his home, his life and his love – Elena. This story gave Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood another chance to shine in some of the most deeply affecting episodes and scenes in soaps of 2020. I think, obviously before the addiction happened, she would blame him for hitting her on her motorcycle, but you never know, things could change coming up with Bill and Steffy. MARLA: It was heart-wrenching for me. But if the fans would be interested in seeing Dina as a ghost … make sure to write in to the show and tell them! Wait until you people see Friday’s show. Still trying to get used to her playing Amanda. PETER: There is a will read, yes. They did not tell me before-hand, and that’s why it was so wonderful. I can be very selfish, too. PETER: Just getting back to work felt great, loved that. Of course, this is the next challenge. I just play very oblivious like,“Hi, I’m just here.” (Laughs) So, it’s very easy for me, but I almost envy a lot of the other characters who have to play all of these layers because Lily does have that back-story because she was charged for Hilary’s death, and the guilt associated with doing something like that, and also the hate that she had for Hilary. MISHAEL: I think we just have to wait and see. It was a genuine emotion that came out of him. Now, there is just no getting around it. Isn’t he kissing his wife though as your stand-in? So, who knew that we were not going to be able to work with each other for months and months and months, but he has been completely added to the group, and it is a different world that we are navigating, especially with how we are filming on set and the 8 feet apart rules, and you have these emotional scenes, and you feel like you just want to grab someone, and hold them, and cry. MISHAEL: Well, when I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to be an international human rights lawyer. JACQUELINE: Originally, I was told that we were going to tell this story, and that was before Covid-19. Mariah was Hilary’s dear friend. Dina’s death frees Jack to be just as alone as he has ever been. What was it like playing all of these entrance scenes as Amanda where your former and current scene partners had to suspend belief? JACQUELINE: That’s a good question. We are good. I’ve got friends who I’ve already said to, “Get your Kleenex box out.” It’s so beautiful what happens at the end of the episode. In other words, Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care. I think it was an important moment, but we were just really there for one another in that scene. Marla originated the role of the rich and spoiled Abbott matriarch back in 1983 and portrayed the role on and off for what amounts to five decades. No more kids in my future. How did you feel when taping those scenes with the confrontation where she pulls out a switchblade on Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Ridge, Liam and Hope (Annika Noelle)? We all know that breakups and partner switching… Read more ». Bad news for “Hevon” fans: Mishael Morgan (Hilary, Y&R) is exiting the soap she’s called home for five years. I’m actually sick of all the complaints of writing and writers. MISHAEL: Well, I came in for the ghost episodes, and I just couldn’t hold it in any longer. In a harrowing tale of opioid addiction that can so easily happen to anyone given the circumstances, the daytime drama took on a social issue prevalent and rising in our society today. It feels so weird because I just left a year ago, and I was so happy and content with leaving, so it feels weird to come back.” He was like, “No, it will be fine.” He’s like, “The fans will love you either way. Would you like to leave a congratulatory message for Morgan? He came to pick me up several times to go to the studio for my last few shows, and that’s the kind of mensch he is. He didn’t have time for that. It is also said that Morgan signed a 3-year contract. So, they all agree as a family they are going to do it at Society, and they kind of close the joint and make it their own little party, and someone shows up who isn’t expected, and it throws a really, really different vibe into the whole thing, and everybody has to adapt. It’s fun to play that on camera. That’s one of the things he may be playing in those scenes. Funny enough, Morgan's Genoa City alter ego is also pregnant -- though it's a mystery at this time whether or not viewers of the CBS soap opera will get to know Hilary and Devon's child. So, it was literally the week before we went into lockdown, and we were about to dive into this story. He’s all out to lunch. So good. JACQUELINE: I did some research on YouTube on opioid addiction from first-hand accounts of addicts and the effect on just them, but also on the grief it had caused their families. There is no Jerry Douglas or Marla Adams on the show as both John and Dina have passed on within the history of The Young and the Restless. It was amazing. MISHAEL: For me, it was super fun and easy because I don’t know any of the Hilary/Lily back-story. He didn’t want to lie to them and say she will be right back, he told them, “She’s not coming back,” and he comes downstairs, and Jack is fourteen-years-old, and a little confused, but decided to say to his dad, “Hey, can I help?” He looks across the room, and his dad is weeping, first time he had ever seen that. A surgeon specializes in the heart, and they don’t really do anything else, but as an attorney, you can kind of do anything. (Laughs). They are an extended family that is so precious to me, and playing this iconic character has been, too. That was there for quite a while, and Jack had to kind of come to terms with, “Hey, you’ve been leaning on this excuse for quite a time. I am. I don’t mean to assume that I have any idea of what you went through in losing your mom, but there is a point at which you also have to let go and say, “Okay, now it is just me, and what do I want to do with this life? Yes, and when as audience members we watch these stories unfold with characters we have loved, or watched on our screens for years, and there is a death, we feel connected to them as well. She has no idea because she’s not getting it from an actual doctor; she’s getting it from Vinny. I even feel that if she just ends up with Devon, it would be kind of weird. She is one-of-a-kind …and now, here’s Marla. I’m kind of playing that or keeping that there. His father is weeping, and he said, “Jack, you’re going to have to help me with the girls. It’s not as if the writers haven’t already teased a… Read more ». Here is the last seven minutes that featured Emmy-winner Wood at her best. MARLA: Five decades! I even thought about if I did have another boy, there would be that brother bond. In terms of the general description of the character, they’re very similar, which I was happy about just because I like playing strong women on TV. JACQUELINE: Yep, yep. We were in talks for about two months, and we worked it all out. Never. There are always going to be a couple of fans who are skeptical … or who don’t like the storyline … and even if they don’t like it they say, “This is kind of weird to bring her back as a different character. I still look back on it, and I feel so blessed to have gone through that journey with her and to have created such a great character. We have had several writers in the past 8 years and complaints galore with all of them. JACQUELINE: Yeah! I think there is an attraction brewing here between Devon and Amanda. I’m sure there are going to be some catfights coming. You couldn’t have any of those things. So, I think the writers did what they needed to do to make it work for Dina’s exit. That’s the one thing that people will say to me, “What is it like off of set? She will return; and, to quote Devon when she left, “I will be happy when you come back home.”. Your vast contribution to Y&R and CBS for more than five decades is unparalleled. What have you thought of Jacqueline’s performances in the opioid addiction storyline? Traci feeling like she found her place in the family simply by Dina saying, “You’re the beating heart of this family,” and Jack, who is doing the right thing, “She should leave peacefully, she should leave feeling loved, we should all be here, we should give her nothing but love,” damn, this is complicated. I can’t do all of this,” and it changed Jack’s life forever. I see Nate falling for Amanda and jealousies and problems arising in Devon and his girlfriend’s relationship because of it! It was a powerful thing, and now the Abbott family has a new shape. It was great, but Liam was super annoying. You saw the limits at a time where not any of us could be within six feet of each other; where you would usually hold a hand, stroke a brow, and talk softly. MISHAEL: I am. MARLA: Oh, my gosh. This could possibly be family. A lot of the fans said, “This is weird,” in the beginning, but the fans love the show, and they accept it, and they do suspend their disbelief, and then it becomes normal. I’ve got this knife,” and she gets rid of it. Let’s watch the family process a death. When it was revealed in the promo that came out last week that this would be your last show, I received so many notifications on social media, saying, “Oh, my God! It’s funny because we have a lot of friends in common, and he is a fellow Canadian, and we bonded over that. Last month- I said to my friend- Niana had…, BWAA! Guess who? I’d only left for a couple of months, and I still felt funny about it, but I was like, “I’ll do it. Yeah? (Laughs). JACQUELINE: Thank you, thank you. I wanted to save the world. (Laughs). JACQUELINE: He is absolutely wonderful. Do you have a favorite moment, or memory, of a scene you played with Marla? Abby needs a strong, maybe older type. I am beyond grateful. She does seem to have these moments (in that episode and the one that aired Tuesday) where she realizes, “Oh, my God, I’m messed up,” which were heartbreaking moments. You always have the best Instagram photos with your kids and their outfits. MISHAEL: Yes, and I think that’s how I felt too, but I agreed to do it because they said that it was going to be a max of seven episodes. MISHAEL: I love Brytni. MISHAEL: It was an email, and then Amanda spoke to him on the phone … or at least to who she believed was Chance. I just think of what it all means for Jack moving forward. There has been much speculation that the “teardrop of love” necklace will lead Jack to a new romance, or some new adventure in his life. I liked that we had a lot of those chill moments of taking each other in. Well, now we’ve got to find Jack a good woman. I’d actually would love to see Adam and Amanda hook up they would be explosive! Marla, I am so glad we have the opportunity to chat in this full-circle moment as you have brought the character of Dina to a close. Of course! Well, the final 7 minutes of that episode were just a riveting; which included that knife scene, which in itself was gut-wrenching to watch, as I assume it must have been to play? MISHAEL: Oh, yes. I have watched these shows for 100 yrs. It was extremely difficult. I was so happy to work with her, and I am so happy to be back, because we are such good friends. James Scott Comments: “I Will Never. MISHAEL: Yes. My first day back on set when I walked in, Camryn was the first person I saw. It was supposed to be a six-month storyline, and four years later, she was still there, and it was a good thing for her, and a unique story turn for the rest of us. Hilary had a lot going on before I left, and this is a new character who is slowly building. In story, after Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) accidently hit Steffy with his car while she was on her motorcycle; she became hospitalized to treat her injuries. Now, a very close friend of Soap Opera News is confirming that Morgan is indeed returning to work on the CBS daytime sudser this month. I think Mishael is a very talented actress. Is this going to be an alternate universe?” (Laughs) He said, “Well, no. Did you ever see her performance after Hilary died and her heartbreaking monologue on the set of GC Buzz?