Y&R fave Mishael Morgan (ex-hi­lary) is ready for baby.

As she awaited the birth of her sec­ond child, Y&R alum Mishael Morgan checked in with Di­gest.

Soap Opera Digest - - CONTENTS - By Devin Owens

Soap Opera Di­gest: Since you were a fan of YOUNG AND REST­LESS, look­ing back, you must have been re­ally flat­tered to go out with such a big bang.

Mishael Morgan: Yeah, I re­ally was. I know a lot of peo­ple had mixed feel­ings about Hi­lary leav­ing, but I re­ally was happy how they ended it be­cause it re­ally was kind of an epic end­ing for this char­ac­ter. I was quite flat­tered that the whole team at Y&R took the time to re­ally in­vest in Hi­lary’s death in­stead of just let­ting her fall off a cliff or some­thing. I was re­ally happy, ’cause at the end of the day, as much as it’s hard for the fans to watch it, it was just an ac­tor’s dream to be able to play some­thing. I re­ally got the op­por­tu­nity to play a lot of dif­fer­ent lev­els and a lot of dif­fer­ent emo­tions and do a lot of things I wasn’t able to do for the five years I was there. I was happy to leave on that note.

Di­gest: Did you ever worry that you were play­ing such big emo­tions at the be­gin­ning of your preg­nancy?

Morgan: Yes, I did a few times, but def­i­nitely more with this baby just be­cause this time around, it was a lot of dif­fer­ent emo­tions. I did some vis­ual work to help me with the loss of los­ing a baby, but while a baby is grow­ing in­side of me, it feels kind of funny — ’cause you want to dive right into the work but you don’t want to dive too deep. I re­ally do feel like your mind is so pow­er­ful that you can kind of man­i­fest or make things hap­pen, so be­ing that type of per­son and then do­ing imag­i­na­tion work of los­ing your child cre­ated such a huge con­flict within my­self that it was def­i­nitely re­ally hard. But I think I did my best.

Di­gest: Both times Hi­lary mar­ried Devon, you were preg­nant.

Morgan: I was very up­set about it be­cause I was like, “I just want to walk down the aisle in, like, a beau­ti­ful wed­ding dress just look­ing and feel­ing beau­ti­ful.” The first one, I was like nine-and-a-half months preg­nant and the sec­ond one I was preg­nant, but Hi­lary was dy­ing and I was trapped in a hos­pi­tal bed! She’s so mad at the world. And then when she had her other wed­ding with Neil, it was in the park and she was wear­ing a busi­ness dress. Come on! Can any­one give Hi­lary a break? Can she have a reg­u­lar wed­ding?

Di­gest: Not only did they give you this big death scene, but your char­ac­ter is still fig­ur­ing into story. Your death cre­ated a lot of story for those left be­hind.

Morgan: Ac­tu­ally, Mal [Young, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer/head writer] made a joke with me right at the end and said, “You gave me so much story and so many dif­fer­ent direc­tions to go in. I’m so sad to see you go, but we have story for like the next year!” I was like, “Awe­some!”

Di­gest: Are you tun­ing in at all?

Morgan: Now and then a lit­tle bit, but to be re­ally frank, I’ve been so busy. I didn’t no­tice how much you do as a stay-at-home mom. This is a lot of work! I’ve been su­per-busy and just kind of get­ting the house ready and get­ting pre­pared for the baby that I re­ally haven’t had that much time. I have checked in on a few episodes just to watch Chris­tel [Khalil, Lily] and Bry­ton [James, Devon] and watch what’s go­ing on since Hi­lary has been gone. I’ve been hear­ing such amaz­ing things. I wanted to see some of the dif­fer­ent episodes, like the court episode and when Lily got sen­tenced, and stuff like that. I’ve

tuned in a few times, but not as much as I prob­a­bly should.

Di­gest: When is the baby due? Morgan: I’m due any minute now! I am 38 weeks; any­time af­ter 36 weeks you’re pretty much con­sid­ered full-term. My baby is due at 40 weeks, which is Novem­ber 8th. I had Niam at 39 weeks, so ba­si­cally I had him next week ... so, we’ll see when this one de­cides to come.

Di­gest: You’re hav­ing a girl? Morgan: Yeah, I’m hav­ing a girl. We’re re­ally ex­cited. I wanted a girl first, be­cause I wanted my girl to be able to stand up for her­self and not have “two dads”, which is what a lot of my friends felt like. Un­for­tu­nately my daugh­ter is go­ing to have two dads, but she’s go­ing to have a real strong mama, so she’ll be okay. Af­ter I had Niam, I kind of was okay with hav­ing a boy or a girl be­cause that brother bond would be so awe­some for him to have. Now I feel like I have no pres­sure to have any more. This is def­i­nitely it for me!

Di­gest: Did this preg­nancy feel any dif­fer­ent?

Morgan: A lit­tle bit. With Niam, I would say I didn’t re­ally have any crav­ings, and if I did it would be mainly cit­rusy fruits and things like that. It was not re­ally any­thing at all. I don’t know if it’s also be­cause I’m home and I’m not work­ing any­more and I can let go a lit­tle bit, but with this one, it’s like desserts and sal­ads. I can lit­er­ally eat a salad and have ice cream or choco­late or baked goods ev­ery sin­gle day and I will be to­tally fine. A lot of sugar! Not good. I had ges­ta­tional di­a­betes with my son and I don’t have it with her, but I’m eat­ing all this sugar. It’s so bad.

Di­gest: How has Niam been with a sec­ond on the way?

Morgan: I’ve been so for­tu­nate be­cause I have a lot of friends and fam­ily who have been hav­ing ba­bies the whole year, so he’s seen a lot of big bel­lies. He started to kind of pick it up. My girl­friend is around him so of­ten and he re­ally regis­tered it where he looked at her belly and just looked at me, like, in shock. He fi­nally got it. He was like, “Oh, the baby is gonna come out of there!” Even the other day, I was talk­ing to him and he kisses my belly a lot. He’ll be like, “My baby sis­ter is com­ing!” And then if my hus­band tries to touch my belly he goes, “That’s my baby sis­ter.” I think he’s start­ing to get used to the idea. We’ve been try­ing to kind of in­cor­po­rate my belly or the baby sis­ter into things right now, so at least when the baby comes, it doesn’t feel like all of a sud­den the at­ten­tion gets shifted. It kind of feels like she’s al­ready work­ing her way in. Hope­fully, it helps!

Di­gest: Do you have a name picked out?

Morgan: I feel a lit­tle guilty be­cause we just can’t think of an­other one. We had a backup girl name for Niam and we’re kind of like, “Well, let’s just go with that one!” But there’s a part of me that feels like it’s just us be­ing lazy and not want­ing to think of an­other name. Ev­ery­body’s been telling us it’s a beau­ti­ful name and to just go with that. I might think of one more to hold in my back pocket. We’re pretty sure it’s gonna be an­other “N” name for my hus­band. He gets the first name and I get the mid­dle name, and he ob­vi­ously gets the last name, too!

Di­gest: Did you have a baby shower? Morgan: I didn’t have a baby shower this time around. I feel to­tally okay with it, but there’s a part of me — be­cause I was the sec­ond child and I feel guilty al­ready — where I’m like, “Oh, maybe I should do some­thing. I have all these pic­tures of my first baby shower and I won’t have any- thing for my daugh­ter’s.” We re­ally have ev­ery­thing we need. I have such amaz­ing fans that sent me so many gifts. I have so many friends and fam­ily that have had girls, so they gave us so many hand-me-down clothes. What are we gonna do a baby shower for?

Di­gest: What col­ors did you choose for the nurs­ery?

Morgan: Gray, white and pink. A nice pale pink. Some­body gave me one of those big wall stick­ers that’s a tree. That’s the big fo­cal point in her room. It’s re­ally sweet.

Di­gest: Has Chris­tel been check­ing in on you?

Morgan: Yes, we were ac­tu­ally just at Soho House to­gether on Sun­day and we took the boys to watch a movie. I was talk­ing about how we never, ever take pic­tures. We just get so caught up in the mo­ment that peo­ple prob­a­bly think we’re not even friends any­more! We hang out all the time.

Di­gest: I bet she’s ex­cited.

Morgan: Oh, yeah. She’s re­ally ex­cited. Ev­ery­body is pretty ex­cited. They’re like, “You needed to have a girl, ’cause you have to wear those match­ing out­fits and dress her up,” so I’m look­ing for­ward to all of that.

Di­gest: Do you have a mes­sage for your fans?

Morgan: I just want to thank them for be­ing so sup­port­ive on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els with all of my dif­fer­ent en­deav­ors, in­clud­ing my preg­nancy and ev­ery­thing that I do or that I post out there. I put out a post re­gard­ing some kid­ney dis­ease stuff that I was in­volved in re­cently for the Cana­dian Kid­ney Foun­da­tion. I painted a pic­ture and they were get­ting do­na­tions for the pic­ture through ebay. All of my fans kind of came out of nowhere and they bid on my pic­ture. It went for quite a good amount of money. It was re­ally awe­some just to see their sup­port in ev­ery­thing that I do. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that I not only got fans from the show, but I got fans who are re­ally in­vested in me and my ca­reer, and I’m hop­ing to con­tinue mak­ing them proud.

Three’s Com­pany:“The one thing that I think is amaz­ing about those pho­tos is how calm we look as a fam­ily,” ob­serves Morgan. “Niam even thanked the pho­tog­ra­pher, Lola Miche, for tak­ing him to the beach, be­cause he re­ally thought he went to the beach to play. He didn’t un­der­stand why we were there at all.”

Bump Watch:“He kisses my belly a lot,” shares Morgan of her son.

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