The Young and the Restless star Michelle Stafford struck a pose with her daughter Natalia, 3, at HUB Network’s Halloween Bash in Santa Monica, Calif. last week. The mother-daughter duo dressed up in princess costumes at the afternoon event.
The two-time Emmy Award-winner recently announced her decision to exit her iconic role of Phyllis Newman on Y&R to write, produce and star in her own comedy web series, The Stafford Project.
The soap opera superstar will be poking fun at her clumsy charm, demanding single-mother duties, and wacky dating life. And her costar is none other than her adorable preschooler!
“Initially, my goal was to tell my story about getting pregnant with a surrogate — and all that came along with that,” Michelle told Soap Opera Uncensored.
“But I also just wanted to do something comedic because I’ve worked hard on my skills,” she added. “I mean, the daytime genre isn’t the medium for comedy. Yes, you can be a light, funny character but it’s not a comedic medium. The web show is really based on the shows I like watching, like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Larry Sanders Show’”and anything Ricky Gervais does. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think someone who has done a soap for 15 years is your go-to comedic chick. I wanted to put this out so I could be viewed as a comedic actress.”
As it turns out, critics and fans love the new webisodes.
“It’s wild now, because we have a lot of people interested in the project and it’s gone to another level,” she shared. “Now I’m like, ‘S–t, what do we do now?!’ We didn’t prepare for so many people to take to it. When you’re doing a show like this, you don’t necessarily think of the outcome more than doing something truthful that people can relate to. There are so many people who want to jump on. We have a lot of production companies who want to take us to the next level saying, ‘We want to package it and take it to Netflix.’ We’re like, ‘Huh?’ So, my partners and I made an agreement to finish the 10 episodes. This way no one can come in and f–k with it. We wanted a complete arc for this character, so people can see the season and get who this woman is. We didn’t want anyone to come in and change anything because that’s just the worst.”
Click below to watch Episode 4 of The Stafford Project co-starring fellow celeb mom, Kelly Preston.