Leigh-Ann Rose Talks Joining Y&R, Imani and Nate and More! (EXCLUSIVE!)

Leigh-Ann Rose Talks Joining Y&R, Imani and Nate and More! (EXCLUSIVE!) Read more here--->>

 



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Leigh-Ann Rose plays the beautiful, smart, successful attorney Imani Benedict on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. We were excited to have an opportunity to interview one of the newer additions to our soap opera family!


Hi Leigh-Ann! Thanks so much for the connect! We love getting to know more about members of the soap family! We’d like to start at the beginning. Please tell us a little about yourself.


Rose: I was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and I grew up in a three-generation household with my mom and my grandparents, I had a great childhood. I was spoiled with love, Mommy’s little girl!

 

"Spoiled with love,” how wonderful! Was acting the thing you always wanted to do or did you have plans to do something else? How and when did you get interested in acting?


Rose: Actually, I studied retail marketing in undergrad, and I was an associate assistant buyer for Bloomingdale's for two years. I thought I would work in fashion, but while I was in college, I discovered my love for acting, but I couldn't change my major at the time, so I decided to stick it out. Then I went back to school for acting after I finished two years of working at Bloomingdale's,  and here I am. (All smiles)

 

Love the dedication to your dreams. Let’s talk soap. You portray “Imani Benedict” on The Young and the Restless. You came on canvas as Amanda Sinclair’s (Mishael Morgan) biological sister who at first wasn’t so happy to discover she had a sister. Fans had been waiting to learn more about Amanda’s biological family, so we were happy to see you! How was it for you, with your character being introduced in a way where Imani wasn’t, let’s say all smiles? (Laughs)

 

Rose: I had an interesting, great time being introduced as Amanda’s sister. It was fun to play that troubled, conflicted character in the storyline. I understood her journey of wanting to protect her family, especially her mom.


Absolutely. It’s been a little over a year since Imani first came to Genoa City and since then Amanda and Imani have become close. They have even opened a law firm together. How was it as an actor making the character shift?


Rose: Imani's character shift was a genuine transition, it felt natural, the way Imani and Amanda progressed in their relationship. It wasn’t easy, it took some time, the relationship became stronger because of their journey with Sutton’s betrayal.

 

We enjoyed watching Amanda and Imani’s journey. Imani has her eyes set on Nate who is already spoken for by Elena. We know you can’t give us “the goods” but tease us with what we can expect from Imani in relation to Nate.


Rose: Oh, as far as Imani and Nate, you know it's hard to say because when Imani has her eyes on the prize, she's going to pursue it, by any means necessary. It really depends on Nate at this point because Imani is very sure of what she wants.

 

That is one of the best things about Imani, she is a woman who knows what she wants! If you had one wish for her in 2022, what would it be?


Rose: My wish for Imani in 2022, is that she continues to build a loving relationship with Amanda, finds a partner and flourishes in her law career; ok, those are actually three wishes, but I'm going to round them into one.


Ha! Co-sign! How was the transition for you coming to work in daytime versus other genres?

 

Rose: The transition of me coming into daytime television versus other genres is different in the sense that it's a very quick pace, I love that!  It takes some time to get adjusted, but once you're in it, it's a new muscle you're growing and it's strengthening every time you work. I really appreciate the quick pace.



Thanks so much, Leigh-Ann! We love Imani and are all in to see what is next for her! What do you want to see for Leigh-Ann? Who would you pair her with?



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Soap Opera News: Leigh-Ann Rose Talks Joining Y&R, Imani and Nate and More! (EXCLUSIVE!)
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