About the only thing missing in Rowell’s life is a steady man. Rowell isn’t dating anyone at the moment, but her onscreen romantic life is certainly busy—especially in her steamy on-camera relationship with her Y&R costar Kris-toff St. ” For now, Rowell is just happy to get on with her career and motherhood.As Maya comes back into the room, she is holding a white Barbie doll in one hand and a black Barbie in the other. Her instructors demanded that the 5’7″ Rowell keep her weight below 100 lbs. “They didn’t want you to have breasts or bullocks,” she says.“You’d be surprised how some of us could go all day eating nothing but string beans.” After graduating in 1979 from Boston’s private Shaw Preparatory School, where she had a scholarship, Rowell won another scholarship to attend New York City’s prestigious American Ballet Theatre School.Victoria has never seen her father, nor does she know his name.She says she “never asked” her mother about why she chose not to raise her.Victoria didn’t learn of their existence until she was a teenager.Then, with information supplied by Dorothy, she tracked them down, and now they are in regular contact.
“Listen,” she says, “I’ve had to have a sense of humor about my life, or I would have been lost long ago.” Now, finally, Rowell, 29, has plenty to smile about.“She might have been pressured by her white family,” Victoria says.“I knew she loved me, and I didn’t want to make her feel guilty.” Victoria didn’t meet her two sisters until, at age 2, she left her first, white foster family to join them in a black foster family, the Armsteads.That exposure, and her emotional range, earned her a spot on The young and the Restless.
“She could be tough one minute and tender to the point of tears the next,” says executive producer William Bell.
Her own skin is light brown, but her blond, blue-eyed daughter looks as Caucasian as her father, Rowell’s estranged husband, Tom Fahey. A., and the stewardess assumed that Vicky was the nanny,” says Fahey.