young and the restless

Peter Bergman enjoys a moment to reflect.

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By Malcolm Venable

Peter Bergman of The Young and the Restless shares some external traits with cosmetics heir Jack Abbott, the character he’s played for more than 30 remarkable years. Both are polished men of good taste, and you’d never see Bergman or his character on Instagram having a beer in flip-flops. But offscreen the father of two who’s been married for more than three decades could not be less like the womanizing, enemy-destroying, and chair-hurling Jack Abbott.

Outside of the fictional Genoa City, Bergman enjoys a drama-free life that prioritizes physical fitness, family gatherings, and, of course, preparation for Y&R. His three Daytime Emmy wins for the role—and an unmatched 23 nominations for outstanding lead actor—solidify him as one of the best of all time.

“I’m the most grateful actor you will ever meet,” Bergman says of his 2022 Emmy nomination. “The Emmys have been very kind to me in the past, and I’m very excited about going this year. It never gets old—23? That’s a crazy number! I look at it as my peers in the industry saying, yes, he’s one of the good ones. That feels really nice.”

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Men of Good Taste

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Bergman joined Y&R in October 1989—a date that’s never far from his mind because it coincided with monumental life changes that still inform the gratitude and discipline with which he approaches every moment on set and at home.

Tell us about how you became Jack Abbott.

It’s an extraordinary tale of how it happened. When [the role as Dr. Cliff Warner on] All My Children came to a sudden end in 1989, it was pretty bleak. My wife was seven months pregnant with our second child. We had just bought the apartment next door and blended the two. I was heartsick. My agent said, “The Young and the Restless wants to know how tall you are. Should we call them?”

I said, “Do they have something to offer me?” They called again and said, “We’d love to have him come [to Los Angeles] and audition for a character.” I said, “What character?” They wouldn’t say. I blew them off again. But my wife’s pregnant. I’ve now been unemployed for just long enough. So they sent me the script and it was two scenes: Jack with his father, and Jack and Jill. It was great.

At the time, I was on the cover of every magazine: “Peter Bergman gets fired.” Melody Thomas Scott was traveling in Canada with her husband, Edward J. Scott, the executive producer of [The Young and the Restless], and she had a magazine in her bag. She turned to Ed and said, “That’s Jack Abbott.” So that’s how it started. Was he tall enough? Isn’t that wild?

Three Decades of Jack Abbott

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It wasn’t long before fans and critics took notice of Bergman. In fact, he earned back-to-back Emmy wins in 1991 and 1992 for his work on Y&R.

You’re now in your 33rd year as Jack. What’s on your mind?

One of my favorite memories is the first year I won [an Emmy] for The Young and the Restless. That was a crazy and exciting time. It was the No. 1 rated show in America that week, and the following day, I was getting on the bus in New York City when a police officer stopped me to congratulate me. It was just a unique experience. I had been on the show for about a year when the first one [Emmy win] came. Then, the second one came the following year. That was a giant surprise and a wonderful time.

I’ve been very fortunate. Every day I have been here, I have given them my all. I go for broke every single time.

Workout Routine

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Turtleneck by Sandro.

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How do you get into character?

People make a little fun of me in the morning. We come in at 7 in the morning, and your job in that first half hour is to get in makeup. I go down there fully dressed. I’m already halfway Jack ad then I wrap myself in it. It’s not a switch. It’s a gradual exercise.

What do you do before you get to work? What’s your pre-work routine?

Before I get here, I have already broken a sweat. I get up very early. I start the morning with some yogurt, a banana, and I get my exercise ... [maybe] a spinning class.

You’re in great shape.

I was a runner for 28 years. I ran the New York City Marathon in 1983, and I didn’t stop running until my knees gave out a couple of years ago. Some, I crawled over finish lines, but I survived them. Running was a great calming influence for me; it slowed me down. I’m not going to be best remembered for my relaxation skills!

I tend to be a busy person, and I have chores and things and lists I want to get accomplished. You can’t get anything accomplished when you’re out running. I was not one to listen to music while I ran, so my brain would just turn off.

Hidden Talents

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Speaking of music, we know you’re a gifted pianist ...

I definitely wouldn’t call me gifted. No one here knows I play, but it’s one of the great joys of my life. I started when I was 20 years old. I was in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and there were rehearsal rooms upstairs with pianos in them, and I sat down at the piano and started fiddling around with it. I’ve always been a musical person; I like getting lost in it. I had sung in countless choirs before and played the clarinet as a kid until junior high school. I had been in rock bands.

I learned at a pretty critical age that discipline comes naturally to no one; discipline is something you learn. People develop discipline. So in my 20s, I started disciplining myself to sit at a piano and play those scales to get where I wanted to get. I practice probably four days a week. At Christmas, with my extended family, at some point I play and we all sing Christmas carols.

Conflicted Character

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Let’s talk about Jack Abbott. He’s so complicated. Do you consider him a good guy or bad guy, and what parts of Jack have you incorporated into yourself?

I think he’s a conflicted guy who wants to be a good guy. His mom walked out on him at a very critical time—he was a 15-year-old guy with two little sisters, and it changed his life. Just went crazy. He got very selfish. He broke his father’s heart more than once being a cad, being thoughtless, being a real prick. Jack learned something from all the women he was with too: Nikki was something he could not ultimately have, and she was with the man Jack has just pure loathing for. He’s everything Jack doesn’t like: He’s a bully; he’s new money. Jack learned empathy, patience, and kindness from that marriage. Phyllis—from the other side of the tracks—is a grifter, a manipulator, a tough cookie. Phyllis was the next giant, giant chapter for Jack because it was delightful to see somebody who was exactly who they said they were, unapologetically herself, and that was intoxicating to Jack, who never had that absolute assurance of who he was. Sharon was a brief marriage.

But each of these women brought more depth to Jack. Underneath, there is still a guy screaming at the stars for his unfortunate luck. He’s never been lucky in love; he’s a damaged man because of his mother. Now she is back in his life and he can’t scream at her; he can’t tell her what she did to him. He has to look out for her. Talk about a complex! I spent a lot of my life thinking or feeling, “Is this jealousy? Am I still carrying around anger?” I ask all these questions of myself. “What am I feeling right now?” Jack doesn’t have that problem. Jack knows exactly what he’s feeling and he acts on it. He’s gotten in a lot of trouble, but I’ve learned that from Jack, and I tried to take on more of that in my own personal life. You know what you’re feeling; trust it. You know what this is: You’re pissed off at this, so say you’re pissed off. Jack’s good at that, and I’m growing to be better at it.

Great Performance

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You’re a man of classic tastes and traditional values. I couldn’t find any social media profile for you. Why’s that?

I have no social media presence. I was too old for it when it happened, and a guy my age suddenly going on Twitter to sell myself just sends out all the wrong messages. My son and daughter are in their thirties. I ran all this stuff by her. She said, “Yeah, it gets a little creepy.”

I was so determined that my kids were not going to be in this business that I didn’t bring them around for the glamour moments, because if that’s all you see, why wouldn’t you be an actor? They didn’t get to [hear] my friends crying on the phone, friends with incredible résumés who can’t get an audition for something they know about. My kids wouldn’t see that; they’d see just the glamour, so I didn’t introduce them to this. So I’ve never done any of that.

I also have held very strongly to what I owe CBS, and that is a great performance. I come in and I pick [scripts] up as soon as I get in the room. I can’t wait to find out what happened to Jack. I don’t ask the writers to tell me what’s going to happen. In fact, I asked them not to tell me what’s going to happen so that when I open these things, I find out. I love doing this. My job is to make [the material] as good as I can make it and go home and have a completely separate life. I have a life at home with my wife and stay in touch with my family, and that’s important to me. Those are two different things.

Extraordinary Role Models

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What do you think shaped you to be the man you are professionally? Did you have models for how you saw yourself as an actor?

I had extraordinary role models. James Mitchell [on All My Children]. What a terrific man. He had considerable success as a dancer, as a Broadway actor, as a film actor. He knew jobs don’t grow on trees. He knew that you don’t come to work unprepared. David Canary ... it was just stunning the work he did. When I got to play Jack Abbott, who was a bit of a cad, a bit of a jerk, I had David Canary in my back pocket. Those were my real examples that shaped my career.

You’re in the Daytime Emmy history books. Do you want another one?

I would love to have another one. I’m always very flattered to be welcomed to the party. I have three and I’ve been nominated a bit. Each was significant in its own way. They share a shelf on a bookcase at home. I don’t sit and hold one or something like that. They’re pretty mementos from fun chapters in my life.

You’ve been in one of the longest TV rivalries of all time. How have you maintained that?

My rivalry with Victor [Eric Braeden] is the greatest gift in the world. We’ve learned to respect the fact that we have the longest standing rivalry in television daytime—or nighttime! We are both very proud and very grateful for the longevity of that and the ease with which we work with each other.

Acting Thrills

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What’s one of your fondest memories of attending the Emmys? Any pre-ceremony rituals?

For the first 12 years at Y&R, every night of the Emmys, David [Canary] of All My Children and his wife, Bob [Robert] Woods of One Life to Live, Susan Lucci and her husband, and Mariellen and I would go to dinner before the Emmys. It was a tradition. Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark [Consuelos] were there one year, and one time Wayne Gretzky and his wife, Janet, joined us. We had these wonderful dinners before going to the Emmy Awards, and those are treasured memories.

What still thrills you about your job and the Emmys?

Unlike any other acting job, I do scenes with people I’ve worked with for 25, 30 years. There is so much stuff underneath that girds your performance. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

I’ve been in this industry for a very, very long time, so I know many people who will be in that room—just from my years of going to the Emmys and working in daytime. It’s a smaller world than when I started. Back then, there were 11 soap operas, so I was competing against a lot of people. Now there are only four. Sometimes it’s my only chance to see them in a year.

As far as competition, you’re in good company in this year’s category for outstanding lead actor. Any thoughts on your fellow nominees?

Eric Martsolf and James Reynolds, who work on Days of Our Lives, are both fine actors and terrific guys. There’s also Jason Thompson, who plays my brother Billy on the show. He’s a great guy and one of my favorite human beings. His presence in my professional life is a giant gift, so to be nominated with him feels wonderful. Last of all, the legendary John McCook [of The Bold and the Beautiful]. John, in my second week here at Y&R, passed me in the hall and said, ‘Hey, I’m John McCook. I work over here, and I just wanted to say welcome.’ What? Who does that? That was fantastic.

In the years since, we have watched each other’s families grow up, vacationed together, and spent countless Christmases together. The McCooks have an annual Christmas party that’s a part of our calendar. Laurette and Mariellen—John’s wife and my wife—are very good friends. He taught me an important lesson about reaching out, saying hello, getting to know people, and showing interest. I’ve carried that with me for a long time. Now I get to go to the Emmys with John.

Updated from an article originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland celebrate four decades of Y&R surrounded by their cast mates

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By Michelle Darrisaw

As much as we enjoy the dramatic storylines unfolding among the Abbotts on The Young and the Restless, it’s been equally rewarding watching the bond develop between the show’s core siblings: Ashley and Traci Abbott.

This year marks the 40th anniversary since Y&R fans were introduced to the pair (played by Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland). In honor of CBS’s special tribute episode devoted to the Abbott sisters—airing June 17th—Davidson and Maitland reflect on some of their most memorable Y&R moments, their lasting legacy, and the show that changed their lives.

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Beth Maitland

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Beth Maitland in theY&R 40th anniversary special celebrating the Abbott sisters

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“As Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) so sweetly told me, to achieve 40 years of service in ANY business is a big accomplishment. To do it in entertainment is unheard of, and to do it as a woman, is even more special. I am so honored to have been Traci for every moment of these 40 years.”

Eileen Davidson

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Maitland and Davidson with Peter Bergman

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“I never would have guessed walking through the doors of the Artists Entrance [at CBS] in 1982 would have such a tremendous effect on my life. I’ve been able to work with such incredible actors. I will always be grateful to the fans for their loyalty and love for The Young and the Restless and the Abbotts!”

Love for Y&R Fans

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Davidson and Maitland with Bergman and Don Diamont

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“Truly, I can’t imagine what my life would look like without being an Abbott,” says Maitland. ”Traci has been through some things. The viewers who have lived those stories with her are part of her successes and DNA. Our fans are what keep our world spinning in its orbit, and I am so grateful to everyone who tunes in.”

Three of Hearts

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Nikki, Victor, and Ashley


“Classic triangle with Mel [Melody Thomas Scott] and Eric [Braeden]! So fun to be a part of it,” says Davidson. ”Not sure why I look like Sweetums [the Muppet] in this shot, however!”

Life Saver

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Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and Traci


“Danny (Michael Damian) saved Traci in so many ways in the early years of my time at Y&R. He and ‘Cricket’ (Lauralee Bell) literally saved her from suicide and taught her to have self-confidence by letting her sing in those historic rock concerts,” says Maitland. “Michael Damian is one of the funniest, silliest, and most adorable co-stars I could have wished for.”

Family Ties

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Maitland, Bergman, and Davidson


“People use the word ‘iconic’ to describe the Abbotts. I don’t know about that, but I do know I hit the lottery with these two,” Maitland says. “Eileen is sassy and wickedly funny, obviously gorgeous, and a lovely actress with range. Peter wrangles us all; he’s an actor’s actor. He organizes running lines and group meet-ups and keeps tabs on our lives. He is the most thoughtful and committed friend, and there aren’t words to describe how very blessed I feel to work with these two.”

Table Talk

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Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway) breaks bread with Traci, Jack, and Ashley Abbott


“The iconic Abbott breakfasts! So much fun, conflict, and FANTASTIC food, too,” according to Davidson.

Maternal Instincts

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Dina and Traci Abbott


“The shy, insecure, and fragile girl that was young Traci was perhaps created by Dina’s selfish abandonment of her children,” Maitland theorizes. “Years of feeling left behind and unloved were hashed out with the lovely Marla Adams in the role. My nickname for Marla is ‘Mutti’ [German for mother], and we are still close. Dina’s illness and loss have had powerful and long-lasting effects on all the Abbotts, especially with Traci, who is now a matriarchal figure in the family herself.”

Best Frenemies

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Miatland with Tracey Bregman


“Lauren (Tracey Bregman) was Traci’s archnemesis and best friend. She arrived in Genoa City about six months after Traci came home from boarding school. She was the classic mean girl—sly, beautiful, jealous, talented, plotting—and poor Traci fell for it for years. We laughed together, sang together, and fought over men … literally,” Maitland recalls. “Tracey Bregman is one of my life’s greatest gifts. She is my lifelong friend and partner in crime, so talented and the bravest actress I know. One of the brightest treasures to come out of my time at Y&R.”

Love Triangle

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Ashley, Brian Matthews (Eric Garrison), and Dina


“Of course, Ashley fell in love with her mother’s ex lover. LOL! Another fun storyline,” says Davidson.

True Romance

Brad and Traci in wedding clothes

The wedding of Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) and Traci Abbott


“Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) is the love of Traci’s life,” Maitland says. “He was the one who got away, the one she will always regret losing, and the one she dreams about at night. Don Diamont made that magic with me, and it’s a longtime dream to somehow work with him again … that would be epic!”

Memory Maker

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Jerry Douglas and Davidson


“Awww! Seeing Jerry [Douglas, who portrayed John Abbott], which turned out to be for the last time, was such an amazing gift,” says Davidson. ”He was so kind and loving when Beth and I first started. I love Jerry!”

Father Figure

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Jerry Douglas and Maitland


“Jerry Douglas was the first actor I worked with at Y&R in my screen test and my first scenes on the show 40 years ago,” Maitland recalls. “He was a father, an advisor, and an example for all the Abbott children on and off-screen. He loved to tell stories. He was a strong and beloved father figure as John [Abbott], probably because he was a single dad in his own life and raised two families. He is missed terribly.”

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Watch spoke to cast members of The Young and the Restless past and present on what they think of their characters. Whether heroic or villainous, the residents of Genoa City are undeniably compelling—and complex. That's what makes actors (and fans) adore them. Robert Newman politely describes his own character Ashland Locke as “ethically challenged.” You could say that about a lot of Y&R characters!

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Melody Thomas Scott on Nikki Newman

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“She can be cunning. She can be so much worse than that. She can step up to the plate and be whoever she needs to be at that moment. She’s not anybody I would want to be friends with. I wouldn’t trust her for anything. She grew up in a very rough, abusive environment. Yes, of course, Victor [Eric Braeden] has taught her a lot. She’s catapulted into this whole other class of life and married well, but you still see the tough Nikki come through. I don’t think she’ll ever lose that.”

Robert Newman on Ashland Locke

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Robert Newman as Ashland in business attire

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“I don’t want to characterize Ashland exclusively as a bad guy. I don’t really believe in that idea. I always talked to the writers at Guiding Light [Newman’s previous Daytime role] about not putting Josh in the box of a good guy because it’s not interesting, and it’s not real life. With Ashland, I think he’s more ethically challenged than Josh ever was, but I think he’s a good businessman who is very driven to get the result he wants.”

Richard Burgi on Ashland Locke

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Richard Burgi in his Y&R days

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Before Robert Newman took over playing the character of Ashland Locke, Richard Burgi played the character. Here's what he had to say about Ashland:

“He’s cagey. He’s worked hard. He’s gone through some tribulations and trials in his life, and I think he’s arrived at a place where he’s enjoying the fruits of his labors and the little quiver of arrows that he can throw at people insofar as psychological manipulations in his world of big business.

“He’s a terrific, personable, charming, intelligent, kind person … who, like many characters that have been labeled as nefarious, is just misguided. I think Victor Newman was castigated as a bad guy for a while. He’s just misunderstood!”

Jason Thompson on Billy Abbott

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Jason Thompson suits up for The Young and the Restless.

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“Billy is a pretty reckless dude. He’s kind of all over the place all the time, which is super fun to play. I’m excited to go to work every day. My character has had a big couple of years. He has a gambling addiction, then fell off the wagon, and had to get his life back!”

“He lives on the edge and is reckless at times with his heart, but I don’t think he wants to be a bad guy.”

Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra

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Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra, circa January 2017

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“Sally is very feisty, very determined, and very artistic. But given her last name, people have a tendency to not expect a lot from her. She and her family have quite a patchy reputation of being tricksters and causing a little bit of … what’s the word? Nonsense! So people don’t totally take Sally seriously, which makes for fun, but also makes her want to try harder to prove herself and get people to like her.”

Joshua Morrow on Nick Newman

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Joshua Morrow shows off his physique.

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“Nick has always had a real eye for the ladies and a real lack of judgment.”

Brytni Sarpy on Elena Dawson and Devon Hamilton

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Brytni Sarpy flashes a megawatt smile.

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“Elena met Devon when he was going through so much tragedy. Everyone was rooting for him to finally have something positive. Elena’s character represented that. Still, I didn’t think people would fall that hard for them, because I saw what a strong fanship there was for Devon and [his late wife] Hilary.

“In a way, Elena could have been just another distraction before Devon ended up with [Hilary’s doppelganger] Amanda. But there’s an honesty and a true connection there. There was so much drama surrounding Devon and Hilary, which was great. But it was a lot! With Elena, it feels like a seamless love story.”

Melody Thomas Scott on Nikki and Victor Newman

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Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden

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“[Nikki and Victor] did indeed have … something. That very rare spark that, for the lack of a better term, entices our souls into dancing together.”

"Together, our souls become one. May the two of us always be one."

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By Michelle Darrisaw

Mishael Morgan plays Amanda Sinclair on The Young and the Restless. But that wasn't Morgan's first appearance on the show.She previously played Hilary Curtis (Amanda's twin) who was in a car accident and later died from her injuries.

Let's take a look at 7 things that bring a smile to Morgan's face.

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1. Trinidadian Heritage

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View of Castara Bay and beach from above. The Caribbean Sea makes Tobago a world class travel destination.

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What brings me joy is being born in Trinidad and the homeyness of the island. Trinidadian cooking is some of the best in the world.

When I go back, my favorite treat to eat is “Trini Doubles,” a street food made with curried chickpeas, tamarind sauce, pepper sauce, and cucumber or mango chutney sandwiched between two fried doughs. You can’t get it in a store; you can only get it from a cart on the side of the road.

2. Cocktails

A pink margarita with a pepper garnish and large salt crust

Mishael Morgan loves a spicy marg.

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A spicy margarita is my favorite. It can fix every problem.

3. Growing Up In "The 6"

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The CN tower in Toronto.

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I was raised in Toronto. What I love about the city is the diversity and multicultural experience I had there. I have friends from different ethnic backgrounds, and we feel a unity as first-generation immigrants.

4. Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth

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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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It changed my way of thinking and got me to a place of mindfulness and meditation. It helped me realize that so much of what we hold on to and what holds us back is the negative story we tell ourselves.

5. My Family

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Mishael Morgan celebrating with her family.

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Whenever I’m not having a great day, all I need to do is spend five minutes with my kids. They remind me to not take life so seriously.

I’ve been with my husband for 18 years. It’s awesome to come home to that person who knows the many sides of me. I’ve come full circle, from wanting to be a lawyer to now playing one on TV, and he’s experienced the journey with me.

6. Traveling Like a Local

Mayan Temazcal- traditional steam sauna bath at the end of a gravel path

Mayan Temazcal- traditional steam sauna bath of Mesoamerican cultures.

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I love engulfing myself in the culture of other places. When I was in Mexico, I did a temazcal—a traditional steam bath that promotes physical and spiritual healing. We live on this incredible planet; everywhere you go is different and beautiful in its own way.

7. Shoes

A very spare but high-heeled light green shoe yellow embroidered balls.

Leafy shoes from NET-A-PORTER.

Photo Credit: NET-A-PORTER

My husband thinks I’m crazy because I have a million pairs of shoes I don’t wear, but I need the right color for the right occasion. You can wear all black, but slip on a colorful pair of shoes and you stand out.

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