Kw-logo-smaller

Christel Khalil Interview (pg. 2)

Christel Khalil plays Lily Winters on The Young and the Restless.
Courtesy of CBS

Sindy: You've been acting since you were quite young. Is it difficult to remain grounded in the industry?
Christel Khalil: If you don't have the right kind of people around you, then it could be because in acting everyone caters to you and they almost treat you like you're not a human being. So I think it's easy for some people to get a big head and think that they're more important than everyone else. But if you have people around you who keep you grounded and you keep things in perspective, then I don't see why you would end up like that.

Sindy:Do you feel pressure to look a certain way? How do you deal with that?
Christel Khalil: You know, I've never had that problem. I know a lot of people who do. I'm very comfortable with who I am and what I look like. I don't really feel that kind of pressure.

Sindy: Do you find that your multi-racial background affects the type of roles you get?
Christel Khalil: Oh yeah! There are a lot of parts I haven't got because they couldn't define my look. "Oh, you're not black enough, you're not Hispanic enough." If it's a role within a family, I wouldn't get it because I didn't look enough like the rest of the family. It definitely has affected my career, but not in a good way.

Sindy: Who is the coolest person you've worked with to date?
Christel Khalil: I'd probably have to say Kristoff St. John, who plays my dad on the show, because he's such a nice person and such a genuine, sweet person. He's always happy, all the time. I don't know how he does it. It's so easy to work with him because he just brings so much to the scenes.

Sindy: Who would you like to work with in the future?
Christel Khalil: Meryl Streep, definitely. I think she's an amazing actress - one of the best of our time. I would love to work with her and see how she prepares and how she works.

Sindy: Where do you see yourself in, say, five years?
Christel Khalil: I'd love to have a movie career. I think every actor would. Or just to be on a hit TV show or something like that. Just getting really good parts where I can do a lot with them.

Sindy: What advice would you give to other kids who want to get into acting?
Christel Khalil: To not give up, and if it's something that you really want to do then try your hardest and work really hard at it. Always be prepared. In this industry, you deal with so much rejection that it's hard to not take it personally, so just try to be confident and sure of who you are.

  • Click here to check out what Christel has to say about her role on The Young and the Restless.
  • Related Stories:

  • Land a Part on a Soap Opera
  • Quiz! That's So Raven Trivia!
  • Raven Symone Biography
  • More of Your Favorite Celebs!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    get more just like it in your email

    F1084559415828

    Where Would You Want to Get Your Start?

    • I'd like to land a part on a soap opera.
    • I wanna go straight to the top - a part in a feature film.
    • I wouldn't mind trying my hand at commercials.
    • It would be cool to get a guest spot on my fave TV show.

    related stories

    latest videos

    Entertainment in the forums

    -Gwen42--
    -Gwen42-- posted in Celebs:
    G Hannelius fans! Calling all G Hannelius fans. All updates included. She started her career with a movie called Den Brother when she was 7. Then she played a girl on Good Luck Charlie named Jo. She did Good Luck Charlie when she was 11. Now she's 13 and on Dog With A Blog. She plays Avery Jennings. Watch new episodes of her show @ 8:00ET on Fridays.
    reply about 1 hour
    Clarity11
    Clarity11 posted in Movies:
    It is a fantastic movie:)If you've read the book,it might have left out a bunch of scenes that may have been great to see but it's still amazing
    reply about 2 hours
    chole459902
    chole459902 posted in Movies:
    If you seen it tell me how it is! don't spoil it please I want to see it so bad
    reply about 2 hours
    chole459902
    chole459902 posted in TV Shows:
    Do you watch "Pretty Little Liars"? if so then lets talk about it on this forum
    reply about 2 hours
    MermaidMagic33
    "Boysrock50" wrote:erm....was I? XD You weren't? :(
    reply about 2 hours

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...

    _thumb_100x100

    We have all played the famous game Sudoku, now play it online with this Classic ...