THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Mishael Mor­gan has no trou­ble em­brac­ing Hi­lary’s in­ner bad girl

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Julie Mcel­wain

Mishael Mor­gan is ready and will­ing to get Hi­lary’s hands dirty!

Noth­ing sends a shiver down the spines of Genoa City denizens these days quite like hear­ing the ap­proach­ing click-click-click of the stilet­tos worn by THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Hi­lary. Since her di­vorce from bil­lion­aire Devon, the vixen has been claw­ing her way to the top of the ca­reer lad­der by ex­pos­ing the pec­ca­dil­loes and petty ar­gu­ments of towns­folk on her own self-named TV show, THE HI­LARY HOUR, and push­ing peo­ple’s but­tons just for the fun of it.

“I love play­ing a bitch!” laughs her por­trayer, Mishael Mor­gan. “In my real life, I over­think ev­ery lit­tle thing that I say and do. I’m an­a­lyt­i­cal and re­served. I al­ways have been that kind of per­son since I was a lit­tle kid. So to have an op­por­tu­nity to play this kind of char­ac­ter… Hi­lary says what she wants and does what she wants, and is com­pletely un­apolo­getic!

“But I love that she can do these crazy things and say these in­sanely rude things,” the beauty elab­o­rates. “I can en­joy be­ing in the mo­ment, so I’m hav­ing such a blast play­ing Hi­lary!” (con­tin­ues)

Girl Power

In par­tic­u­lar, Mor­gan rel­ishes play­ing a wo­man who re­fuses to feel guilty about her am­bi­tious na­ture, whether that means go­ing after the same com­mer­cial Lily had au­di­tioned for or tap­ing Vic­to­ria’s ar­gu­ment with Ben­jamin to boost rat­ings on her gos­sipy show. “If a man did what Hi­lary was do­ing, no­body would even ques­tion it!” she in­sists. “A wo­man who is strong and am­bi­tious is con­sid­ered a bitch, but a man is just con­sid­ered am­bi­tious.”

Mor­gan says that she found her own re­ac­tion to her al­ter ego’s ruth­less­ness fasci- nat­ing. At first, she wor­ried about how Hi­lary would be per­ceived by view­ers. “I talked to some of my male ac­tor friends — telling them what Hi­lary was do­ing — and they didn’t see any­thing wrong with it. Things that I thought were ap­palling, they thought were funny. They re­ally didn’t think she was be­ing that much of a bitch. That’s when I re­al­ized that a [male] ac­tor wouldn’t have any reser­va­tion about play­ing this char­ac­ter, but ac­tresses worry if our char­ac­ter is go­ing to be per­ceived as bad. To me, as an artist, that re­al­iza­tion was a turn­ing point!”

Life After Hevon

Of course, chan­nel­ing Hi­lary’s in­ner vixen doesn’t mean Mor­gan wants to ignore her

char­ac­ter’s more vul­ner­a­ble side. “Hi­lary has al­ways wanted to be suc­cess­ful… but now she’s at a dif­fer­ent chap­ter in her life, where she has the suc­cess, but she’s re­al­iz­ing there’s more to life,” re­flects the beauty. “That’s where her con­fu­sion comes in with Devon and Jor­dan. Does she want a fam­ily or not? I don’t think she re­ally knows what she wants. A lot of things are pay­ing off and a lot of things are fall­ing apart. The only thing she knows to do is push for­ward. It’s an in­ter­est­ing thing to play!”

As far as which man she’d like to see her char­ac­ter end up with, Mor­gan is firmly on Team… Hi­lary! “I feel like she is go­ing to try to ma­nip­u­late Jor­dan, and she’s just buy­ing time with Devon un­til Mariah gets out of the pic­ture and she can pounce! But I also feel,” she says, “like when Hi­lary plans… God laughs! So we’ll see!”

“I feel like Jor­dan is not try­ing to soften Hi­lary, whereas Devon comes at it from a dif­fer­ent an­gle,” says the vixen’s por­trayer. “He wants her to be bet­ter!” Mor­gan ad­mits that when she gets “a script, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t be­lieve Hi­lary...

“Hi­lary looks at Mariah like a lit­tle sis­ter,” laughs the ac­tress. “In her mind, she’s teach­ing Mariah things so she can have a bet­ter fu­ture!”

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