Actress Mishael Morgan is always full of intention and fire as Genoa City’s legal eagle on The Young and the Restless (Y&R), so it shouldn’t surprise viewers that she grew up dreaming of becoming a criminal lawyer.
Yet as she shares with Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, a life-threatening accident while visiting her home country helped her pursue two passions at once.
“I went back to Trinidad and Tobago when I was 19 and broke my neck in a car accident,” Morgan recalled.
“We were visiting for Christmas and my sister and I went out with my cousin,” Morgan continued. “My cousin was driving and we had been out all day and I fell asleep in the back seat because I was so exhausted.”
“When I woke up, I was in the hospital with my neck broken.”
Facing some traumatizing health repercussions, Morgan used those long days and nights in the hospital to reevaluate her life.
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“I had wanted to be an attorney my whole life but I just felt that it was also just my parents’ path too,” Morgan explained. “I always had this hidden love for acting, and I realized I would regret not doing it if I really was paralyzed.”
“I talked to God and what I said is, ‘If you give me another chance and I get to walk again, the one thing I’ll do is try,’” Morgan continued. “Because I literally heard a voice that said, ‘You never try.’”
From those dire circumstances, Morgan had a successful surgery and flew home to her adopted home of Canada to audition for TV and film work. She would eventually land the role of Hilary Curtis on Y&R and later return as Hilary’s twin sister, Amanda.
“So my dream did come true. I’m a lawyer — but this way it’s more fun because I don’t have to worry about the consequences of losing a case or doing all that paperwork,” the star laughed. “I just have to act like I know what I’m doing.”
Looking back on the accident that changed her life, Morgan is full of gratitude. “It’s like I was born in Trinidad and reborn in Trinidad.”
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