Q I love your real-life friendship with Mishael Morgan [Hilary]. What has been your favorite moment between Hilary & Lily?
A I would say when I got to throw water on her face, that was really fun. Hilary was asleep at the GCAC and Lily goes, “Wake up!” and I literally poured a jug of ice water on Mishael’s face. It was great! I don’t remember if Mishael wasn’t looking forward to that, but what could she do? That’s the way it was written [laughs].
Q Hi Christel, I’d like to know if you and Lexie Stevenson [Mattie] spend a great deal of time off-screen and just hang out together?
A Not really; I did have Lexie and Noah [Alexander Gerry, Charlie] over to my place for a little fun-day Sunday, but that’s about it. We don’t really hang out off set.
Q If Lily wasn’t a modeling agent or a model herself, what other job do you think she’d be good at?
G.G., Brooklyn, NY
A She really enjoyed when she was doing marketing at Brash & Sassy, so I could see her going back into that field.
Q What was your most embarrassing moment on set?
A It was when Billy Miller [then-Billy] was first on the show and I was doing a scene with him and Adrienne Frantz [ex-Amber]. I was wearing a spaghetti-strap dress that I couldn’t wear a bra with, so I was wearing these little silicone niplettes. When I bent down during rehearsal to adjust my shoe, I didn’t realize the spaghetti straps slipped off my shoulders and one of my entire boobs came out. That was really embarrassing because it was rehearsal on camera.
Q How long does it take
you to memorize all the dialogue given to you?
A I typically learn all my lines the night before, unless it’s something really intense — then I’ll take two nights. But it doesn’t take very long for me to memorize my script.
Q How do you like the story direction of Lily running a modeling agency?
A I really like it. I think it’s a natural progression for Lily and it seems to suit her really well. Since she was already a model, she pretty much knows the inner workings of the industry but she’s not cutthroat about it. She’s kind to the models.
Q Do you have any siblings or are you an only child?
L.W., Redmond, WA
A I have three older brothers, who are 37, 38 and 39, and one half sister, who is 13, but I didn’t grow up with her.
Q What’s your process in preparing for a scene?
A To get in the mood that’s required for a scene, I’ll usually listen to certain types of music and visualize different things to get myself in that space mentally. Some actors can just jump into what their characters are feeling but I can’t really do that, so I need time to get it together. When I get there, then I’m there for as long as it’s needed.
Q Since you’ve been on Y&R for a long time now, which one of Lily’s romances stands out to you: Lily/Daniel, Lily/Cane, Lily/Tyler, or Lily/Joe?
Cassie H., Chicago, IL
A I would sat that Lily and Daniel really sticks out for me because that was a young love kind of thing. Their romance was so innocent and then they ran away to Malibu, it was such a cute time. I loved their relationship.
Q I was wondering, what is your nationality? You look Middle Eastern or Native American. I have Native American ancestors in my family tree.
A My dad is Pakistani and my mom is black, white and Native American, so, a little of everything.
Q I read in Bryton’s [James, Devon] recent interview in Soap Opera Digest that he’s your son’s godfather. I think that is so sweet, but why did you decide to ask him to take on such an important role?
A Bryton is my oldest and most prominent friend that I have, so it was just a natural choice to me. Bryton has always been there for me and now he’s always there for Caden. Bryton is amazing and he’s the best godfather ever. I wish I had a godfather like him. Those two have the best time together, so I couldn’t have asked a better person to be the godfather.
Q What is your favorite activity to do with your son? What is your favorite activity when you’re just out with friends?
A My favorite thing to do with Caden is going to the movies together. We always have such a great time. When it comes to hanging out with my friends, it’s very simple: I love going to new restaurants and having a great meal, a great bottle
of wine and great conversation, but be home in bed by 10! I don’t like to stay out too late.
Q Who in the cast is the best prankster?
R.M., Warren, MI
A It’s a tie between Josh [Morrow, Nick] and Kristoff [St. John, Neil]. They’re always acting silly. Luckily, they usually like to prank each other.
Q How long have you been acting? Have you ever been in any commercials?
A I have been acting since I was a young girl. Growing up, I did a few commercials here and there, but I most remember one for Taco Bell when I was 5.
Q What surprised you the most about becoming a mother?
A That you never sleep the same way ever again! I expected getting little sleep in the beginning stages, but my sleep patterns are still
so different. Now I wake up to the slightest noise.
Q What is your funniest moment with Daniel Goddard [Cane] on the set?
A I have to say that every moment with Daniel is the funniest. I can’t think of a specific memory but he’s so good at keeping the mood light that sometimes he gets in trouble [laughs]. I love his sense of humor.
Q Are you in touch with Shemar Moore [ex-Malcolm]?
A No. I’ll see him now and then in random places but we’re not in contact with each other. When he was on Y&R a couple of years ago, we had a lot of fun on the set together. I would love if he came back for another visit!
Q I have read in interviews that you have a boyfriend. What can you tell us about him? Is he also an actor?
A His name is Sam and he’s not an actor, he works in private equity. He was born and raised in Toronto [Canada], so it’s been a long-distance thing for a couple of years. I’m pretty much there once a month but he’s moving to Los Angeles, which is amazing.