Michelle Stafford started out modeling but quickly found a passion for acting. Since then has been in the soap opera canvas for over 16 years, a correspondent and blogger for NHL and recently left her double-Emmy winning role as Phyllis Summers on The Young & the Restless to test the web world waters.
She recently launched her new web series The Stafford Project. It's a comedy shot in reality show format, in which cameras follow the soap star through her every day life. Whether she's picking up her adorable daughter Natalia, having a disastrous first lunch date or getting locked out of the hair salon with foils as Paparazzi click away, it's all out there for everyone to see!
As an avid web series viewer, I have seen my share of incredible and not-so-incredible online serials that just had me shaking my head. However, The Stafford Project has a very realistic feel to it, much like Seinfeld did as we followed Jerry, Elaine George and Kramer through their crazy everyday mishaps. Michelle Stafford definitely has the same type of quality in her comedic timing as Jerry Seinfeld, with the ability to pull you into her world and make you feel her humiliations! I mean, how many of us have had that horrible first date from Hell where a goodnight kiss is EXPECTED when all you want to do is vomit? Audiences can identify with Michelle, which is why the show is so endearing.
Fans took to twitter to show their love:
N Bonilla @NicB1203 11 Sep@TheRealStafford @JoshuaMorrowYR Finally got to watch Ep. 3... OMG I laughed and laughed. Thank you. You are both AWESOME!
LVL @LemonVodkaLover 11 Sep@TheRealStafford DUDE! Im totally jonesing for the next epi! What've you done?!? #thestaffordproject is like a freaking drug...I'm addicted!
Lucy Pozek @LucPoz88 10 Sep@TheRealStafford u were in my dream last night and I took it to mean that I needed to rewatch all the eps from the @StaffordProject! #love
Michelle's motto: "Doing it as a single chick". The sassy just-turned-48-year-old actress addresses the notion that life is over for women after 40 and had this to say on her website:
"Society "teaches" us life is pretty much coming to an end for a woman who is in her 40's. Do you know what I say to that? Bullshit, and oh, um, bullshit again! Seriously my daughter was conceived when I was 42. Enjoy being a woman who's life is really beginning again and say a big PISS OFF to anyone who tries to tell you it's over because you're 40! They're just jealous because you're such a HOT BITCH!"
Not only do fans love "The Stafford Project", so does TV Guide who called the new series, "terrific and audacious". Thus far it's received 20,000 views in the first 24 hours and has broken the 200,000 mark overall.
With guest stars like her Y&R buddy Joshua Morrow, who showed up in episode three and just couldn't stop calling her 'Francis' (soap character name), the series has already set the course for success. Episode Four looks to be just as hilarious when Kelly Preston guest stars as a rival soap diva! Let's just say old rivalries bubble to the surface and Michelle just can't help but get a little revenge! What does she do? You'll have to wait until September 16 to find out, but Entertainment Tonight had a little sneak peek.
With this new media called Web Series, anyone can put anything online with no limitations, but it is the people behind these series that make it or break it. In my opinion, in a mine of diamonds in the rough, The Stafford Project brightly shines and even if you've never seen her in action on The Young and the Restless, you'll fall in love with her in this amazing new comedy.
Be sure to check out Michelle's website that gives you her take on many favorite subjects such as Men, Style, Beauty and Parenting: http://www.michellestafford.com
Watch: The Stafford Project Follow on Twitter: @TheRealStafford; @StaffordProject
*Don't miss my chat with Michelle Stafford on Storytellers On The Net, September 19, 2013 at 10pm (ET).