Weekly: How flattering is it that your were snapped up right away by Y&R after your role as Angie ended with AMC?
Morgan: That was quite flattering. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. People always say, “Oh, when one door closes, another one opens,” but in this life that we lead, you feel like when one door closes, another door may not open for another year or longer. It’s the life of the the actor.
Weekly: When it was announced that you were coming to Y&R, the rumors were flying that you would be playing Drucilla. Did you ever hear from her originator, Victoria Rowell?
Morgan: Actually, she sent me an e-mail and asked me point-blank if I was going to be taking over her part. I told her in no uncertain terms, “Absolutely not,” I wouldn’t even think about trying to step into her shoes. I know her fans would be so angry about that. I told her, “Vicky, I would not want to be handed that baton.”
Weekly: Do you know why Yolanda now goes by the name of Harmony?
Morgan: Maria [Arena Bell, executive producer/head writer] said she never really cared for the name Yolanda. And Harmony sounds more balanced and even keeled. She’s started out fresh and new and wanted to put her past behind her, so I understood where that came from.
Weekly: What are the differences between Harmony and Angie?
Morgan: There are lots of differences. Physically, her look is so totally different from Angie. Harmony is not pulled together at all like Angie. These two woman have led completely different lives. Maybe eventually, Harmony will come through some transformation, but for right now, she’s from the streets. She’s spicier than Angie and I’m really excited to play this character.
Weekly: Do Harmony and Angie have anything in common?
Morgan: Both these women have a love for their sons, as Angie did for Frankie and as Harmony has for Devon, but the dynamic of those relationships are completely different because of her not being a parent when she should’ve been, because Devon ended up in foster care. I don’t think it was something that Harmony would’ve chosen to do, but that’s how her life went. She’s trying to make up for it and I don’t know how easy that’s going to be.
Weekly: What has your experience on Y&R been like so far?
Morgan: Wonderful. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. In fact, Stephen Nichols [Tucker] called me and said how excited he was about us working together. I also got two wonderful e-mails from Michelle Stafford [Phyllis] welcoming me to the show, which I thought was so nice. She said what an honor it was to have me here and that meant so much to me.
Weekly: You used to work with Kristoff St. John (Neil) on Generations as Chantal and Adam. Where you thrilled to be on the same show with him again?
Morgan: Oh that goes without saying. I’ve loved Kristoff for years, but I’ve only had two short scenes with him, so we really haven’t had a lot of play together.
Weekly: Have you been able to reconnect with Peter Bergman (Jack: ex- Cliff, AMC) since you’ve been on Y&R?
Morgan: I saw Peter when he came to the All My Children wrap party. My second day on the show, we had this scene at the G.C.A.C. where I’m coming through the revolving door and he’s going out. Of course, the characters don’t know each other, so we just passed by. We both thought that was funny.
Weekly: Have you seen Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC) now that he’s across the hall at B&B playing Rick?
Morgan: My very first day at CBS, I heard someone say, “Debbi!” It was Jacob and I just ran and jumped into his arms.
Weekly: Shortly after debuting on Y&R, you took a well-deserved break, so we won’t be seeing Harmony for a little while. What did you do during your time off?
Morgan: I slept until noon every day. My trainer wanted me up at like 7 in the morning and I said, “No freaking way.” I just relaxed. I wanted to see my sister, who I haven’t seen in two years, and I told her, “You’re going to have to come here.” So she did. She stayed about two weeks.
Weekly: With AMC set to go online, would you be okay if they got a new Angie?
Morgan: Hell, no! I would have a hard time with that. They better send Angie off to Africa to help starving children or something that and Jesse goes over to visit her every couple of months.
So just in case you all were wondering why she hasn’t been on for a little while it’s because she needed a break. I was about to start wondering if Y&R was already screwing with her, but now I see what the deal is. (LOL!) It looks to me Debbi is doing damn good over at CBS. Still hard to see her as this woman, but damn it she has been playing the hell out of her scenes. The little bit we have seen her. Can’t wait to see the rest of this story!
I also agree with her when she says hell no about Angie and her being replaced. Hell to the NO! They better not replace my girl, we’re going to have a serious problem if they do.
Anyway, that is all for the moment. Love ya daw’lins!