Two-time Emmy® Award winning actress Michelle Stafford starred in the #1-rated “The Young and The Restless” viewed by more than 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 1994 and developed her role of “Phyllis” into one of the most popular and vivacious characters on daytime to date. Continually honored by her fans with the distinction of “favorite actress,” Michelle also has the critics’ full support and agreement.
Michelle’s career began when a modeling opportunity presented itself, taking her to such far-away destinations as Japan, France and Italy. After living in Italy for a year, which, in her own words “brought me out of my conservative shell,” Michelle discovered within herself a previously dormant desire to act. So back to the U.S. it was for this now Italian-speaking beauty where she wasted no time submerging herself in the Hollywood auditioning process.
Michelle’s first job, the teen afternoon soap opera “Tribes,” was followed by several commercials and TV show guest appearances and culminated in her starring in two plays directed by Academy Award® nominated and Tony Award® winning actor Charles Durning. And in one of his plays, “Savage in Limbo,” the Los Angeles Times touted Michelle as “the sensational Michelle Stafford.” But it was when Michelle nabbed the role of “Phyllis” on “The Young and the Restless” that her career took its biggest stride. The producers initially intended the character to come and leave quickly, but after only one month, Michelle had created such a stir that they knew they could not let her go. And within her first two years on the show her talent had earned her an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actress and two consecutive Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Michelle went on to star in Aaron Spelling’s drama “Pacific Palisades,” guest starred on Dick Wolf’s “Players,” “Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place,” “JAG,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Judging Amy,” “Frasier,” and had a recurring role on Pamela Anderson’s “VIP.” She also worked opposite Ashley Judd in the popular film “Double Jeopardy,” directed by the acclaimed Bruce Beresford and starred in the psychological thriller “Attraction,” opposite Tom Everett Scott. And it was when Michelle returned to “The Young and the Restless” that she won her second Emmy®, this time for Best Lead Actress.
As an ardent sports fan, it seemed only appropriate that Michelle serve as the “Best Damn Stanley Cup” correspondent on Fox Sports’ “Best Damn Sports Show Period” – much to the hosts’ delight. And more recently Michelle has contributed her commentary as a celebrity blogger on NHL.com.
Now after a successful career in daytime drama for 16 years, Michelle has turned her energy to comedy. Her new web series ‘The Stafford Project” highlights a side of the actress we have never seen before, and shows that Michelle’s beauty and talent gies far beyond the soap opera arena. Here “The Lab NYC’s” Arthur Kade chats #InTheLab LIVE with the stunning Michelle Stafford via Spreecast about her career transition, exciting and hilarious new project, and so much more!