‘The Talk’ Host Natalie Morales Explains ‘Young & Restless’ Role

The actor hopes she can use her new role on The Young and the Restless to parlay more viewers into watching ‘The Talk.’

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Natalie Morales wants to parlay her role on The Young and the Restless to expand The Talk‘s audience.

Natalie Morales told Soap Opera Digest in an interview published Tuesday that her part as an investigative reporter was “a symbiotic fit.”

“Soaps are huge for us because our audience are fans from Y&R and Bold and Beautiful, so we build from their lead-ins,” Natalie Morales told Soap Opera Digest. “Soap actors come on our show all of the time, so it was kind of a natural opportunity for us to cross-promote. Y&R approached us and asked, ‘Would you guys be interested in having Natalie come over and do something?’”

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Natalie Morales is also a journalist who used to work for NBC News and Dateline. She said she immediately agreed to the ask from The Young and the Restless.

“I was floored,” she said. “I mean, I never thought I would get a chance to be on Y&R, yet here I am! And it’s not just a cameo; I actually have a story arc, which is an incredible honor for me.

“I love this character that they’ve created for me,” she continued. “She’s an investigative reporter named Talia Morgan, so she’s not that far of a stretch from what I’ve done in my career. It’s a real fascinating storyline because I’m not [just] in one episode, so I get to build with other characters.”

Morales saw how much work goes into creating a daily series, she said.

“It makes me appreciate the soap world that much more because of what they,” she said. “They are so prepared and so good at what they do. It’s unbelievable.”

Natalie Morales also previously anchored Today. In fact, she was a colleague of Matt Lauer who was stunned to learn about the allegations that led to his dismissal from the show.

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