Actors in soap opera stories don’t often get much credit in Hollywood (or anywhere else) as comedians, though many are certainly trained as such. But for some, in a profession defined by rejection and uncertainty, the real and perceived loss of a bit of industry prestige is fair trade for a regular role in a popular daytime drama that secures steady work. and a regular salary. It’s better to be a working soap opera actor than an aspiring movie star, isn’t it?
Just ask Christel Khalil, whose 20-year role as Lily Winters in nearly 1,600 episodes of “The Young and the Restless” earned her an NAACP Image Award (plus half a dozen additional nominations), a Daytime Emmy Award (plus four other nominations), and, at age 34, the pecuniary means to spend $2.15 million on a modern, multi-level Mediterranean villa sequestered privately behind dense hedges and thorny bougainvillea on a high ridge above Malibu’s rugged Latigo Canyon.
With picturesque mountain, canyon, and coastline views, the nearly 2,800 square foot home was built in 1989 in a generically Mediterranean fashion that has since been transformed into a designer-designed architectural retreat with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a main room. bathroom on the ground, spread over three floors.
Guests pass through a walled courtyard filled with lush tropical plantings, then through an arched, vine-encrusted loggia before arriving at the elegant steel and glass front door. Throughout the boldly painted interiors are honey-colored, knotty wide-plank wooden floors and high ceilings, some of them clad in wood, while remnants of late 1900s Mediterranean revival roots 1980s, if they can be called that, include a traditional clay tile roof, spindly wrought iron accents and polished terracotta cobblestones.
The main floor features a large room with intimate scale living and dining areas and a kitchen equipped with updated stainless steel appliances, custom Shaker cabinets and tile countertops Stone. Upstairs, where they are positioned to take advantage of the view, is a small office and an airy family room with a three-sided brick-lined fireplace, complete with terracotta hearth. French doors lead to a huge two-level deck filled with potted plants.
The owner’s suite on the ground floor includes a small private terrace and a bathroom covered in stone tiles, with a whirlpool tub next to a huge picture window that frames a meditative view of the mountains.
Outside of the two lower-level guest bedrooms, overlooking the shrubbery, the casual gravelled backyard offers a sunken flagstone-trimmed spa, outdoor shower, and fireplace lined with reclaimed French firebrick in a rough – dressed stone wall.
The property was listed with Madison Hildebrand and Jennifer Chrisman of the Malibu Life team at Compass; Khalil was replaced by Mackenzie Stone of TRG Realty Company.
The soap veteran, who also voiced a character in the animated series ‘WITCH’ and appeared in the indie comedy ‘We Need To Talk’, remains the owner of a charming 1940s cottage with a self-catering guest house in a quiet and green area. of North Hollywood which was salvaged over seven years ago for $750,000.
See, people. While those who wish to be the next Will Smith toil through years and decades of big missed breaks and rejection, Khalil now owns over three million dollars in real estate.