The Young and the Restless, Eileen Davidson (Ashley) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about her latest novel, the third in a series featuring Eileen’s fictional heroine, Alexis Peterson. This time the book, Diva Las Vegas, kicks off when Alexis shows up at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween Party and murderous mayhem ensures, and while Davidson reveals more about her book, she also discusses: Ashley’s burgeoning romance with Tucker, the fizzled romance with Neil, the Ashley/Adam bizarro relationship and gaslighting, and her thoughts on Victoria Rowell’s recent tweets. Here are a few excerpts of this compelling interview!
Davidson on Rowell backstage claims: “As for all her [grievances against Y&R] on Twitter, I heard that [Rowell claimed that] our [former] hairdresser, Nancy Morrison, never did anyone except the black actresses on our show — Nancy did my hair! She was terrific and I loved her. Nancy was extremely talented. Clothes being passed down? That happens to all of us because the wardrobe people go out to buy clothes for a specific actor — they’d buy for Melody [Thomas Scott], Vicki — but if the clothes didn’t fit, they’d bring it to the next actress to see if it might look good on them. Many times Mel’s clothes have ended up on Michelle Stafford or me. That’s just part of the drill. Some of these things I’ve heard aren’t exactly true. We all got hand-me-downs. And Nancy just didn’t do African-American hair. And this is from my perspective and my experience. Even though she has some valid points, I think it’s all gotten lost [in translation].”
Davidson on being gaslight by Adam in last summer’s shocking storyline: “Can I tell you what I think about that? I think the character really suffered after she stole Victor’s sperm from Diane. Well, she really just took it, she didn’t really steal it, but that was always lost in translation. After that, the viewers lost a lot of respect for Ashley. People wanted Ashley to pay for it. My opinion? Although last summer’s gaslighting storyline was used to propel a lot of other stories, it was also about making Ashley pay. Now we can close that entire chapter because Ashley paid. It was Ashley’s redemption.”