Flash­back AISLE BE

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Dru­cilla wasn’t the only role Vic­to­ria Row­ell played in her re­mar­riage to Neil

CBS Soaps In Depth - - The Young & The Restless - — Kelli M. Lar­son

he folks from YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Genoa City had some­thing ex­tra to cel­e­brate dur­ing the Christ­mas of 2003: Dr ucilla and Neil got re-mar­ried in a lav­ish cer­e­mony on the Ryukyu Is­lands of Ja­pan. The bride’s por­trayer, Vic­to­ria Row­ell, re­mem­bers the event very well. “Our first wed­ding was in­no­cent, sub­tle and lovely. It re­ally fit the tone of where we were on the show,” she re­calls. “The Ja­panese wed­ding re­ally spoke to how much Neil and Dru had grown as char­ac­ters and the im­por­tance of the Win- ters fam­ily in terms of the en­tire show’s par­a­digm.”

Back­stage Se­crets

Row­ell, now a pro­ducer her­self, re­calls the episode as be­ing one of the first times she con­trib­uted be­hind the scenes. “I was very proud of be­ing in-

vited to par­tic­i­pate in that way, so those parts be­hind the cam­era were ex­cit­ing for me,” she con­fides. “In front of the cam­era, ob­vi­ously, to work with Kristoff [St. John, Neil] was lovely, but we had won­der­ful guest stars come in for that episode as well.”

In fact, the mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment for the cer­e­mony — Clint Black’s “When I Say I Do” — was a di­rect re­sult of Row­ell’s foot­work. “I reached out to my friends, Kenny Lat­ti­more and Chanté Moore, and bro­kered them to sing. That was ex­cit­ing!” she ex­plains, adding, “I also col­lab­o­rated on the cre­ation of the wed­ding dress, which was later se­lected for [ a cos­tume ex­hibit] at the Hol­ly­wood Mu­seum.”

The Look Of Love

How­ever, when look­ing back at the pho­tos from that special day, it was Dru­cilla’s un­usual hair­style that stands out. “The pro­duc­ers had hired Nancy Mor- ri­son, who was a wizard,” Row­ell shares. “We re­searched authen­tic Ja­panese wed­ding hair­styles, and she cre­ated the wig. She was marvelous!”

The ac­tress re­calls re­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing that Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion would “roll out their back­drops from the lot,” re­sult­ing in yet an­other mem­o­rable day for Dru and Neil. “We worked re­ally long hours for our first Y&R cos­tume ball where Dru was a fire­bird bal­le­rina and Neil was the Gre­cian god. I loved that,” she says, adding that for­tu­nately, the wed­ding didn’t re­quire as much over­time. “None­the­less, it was spec­tac­u­lar, and we had a lot of the cast there, in­clud­ing Peter Bergman (Jack), Tonya Wil­liams ( Olivia) and Chris­tel Khalil (Lily), for the wed­ding party it­self.”

Of course, for Row­ell, any time that she got to spend a whole day mak­ing eyes at St. John was a fa­vorite, so the Ja­panese wed­ding ranked right up there. “You can’t put a price tag on that kind of chem­istry,” she laughs. “So we al­ways had a good time.”

The ac­tress re­flects fondly on any day that she got to work with her on-screen hus­band.

Row­ell was ex­cited to meet guest star Ge­orge Takei of STAR TREK fame. “He’s a le­gend,” she says, “and was lovely.”

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