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B&B’s Annika Noelle Talks Hope’s Behavior, Thomas and Liam, and Keeping a Straight Face in Scenes with Lil Nas X & James Corden

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This week, The Bold and the Beautiful is celebrating their 9000th episode milestone. On Tuesday, the daytime drama aired a special Steffy-Centric show marking the occasion, and served up an on set gathering at their CBS soundstage filled with speeches, cake, and photos to preserve the big day.

Then on Wednesday, none other than Grammy Award-winning superstar, Lil Nas X, and talk show host, James Corden made their B&B debuts in their hilarious highly-publicized cameos.

During the B&B 9,000th presentation, Michael Fairman TV caught up with series heroine, Annika Noelle (Hope) to get her take on the latest in the life of her soap opera alter-ego. From the looks of it, Hope and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) can’t seem to stay away from each other, as Hope appears to be giving her reinstated top designer more than just a third or fourth chance at turning his personal and professional life around, much to the protest of her husband, Liam (Scott Clifton). So, where does Annika think Hope’s story is going from here? Read below and find out.

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First of all, what was it like being in the scenes with Lil Nas X and James Corden that just aired? Hope was having lunch with her dad, Deacon (Sean Kanan) at Il Giardino, when the two of them show up as the busboy and the waiter. How did you keep a straight face when the cameras were rolling?

ANNIKA: It was amazing, I’m such a fan of Lil Nas X and to watch him and James Corden together was so entertaining. It was so hard to keep a straight face and not laugh. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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Is Hope really falling for Thomas? What do you think is going on with her?

ANNIKA: I don’t think so. She is in love with Liam and he has always been her be-all and end-all.  However, Hope has been so controlled about not wanting to be her mom (Brooke) and so she is so tightly-wound in regards to that.  The feelings she feels towards another man (Thomas) …  I can say, she is feeling something.  However, it’s totally throwing her for a loop.  She doesn’t know how to reconcile that.  It’s really triggering a lot of repressed issues that she dealt with about her mom, and growing up in Brooke’s shadow, and all of that judgment that kind of got past down to her.  All because of her mom’s actions.  Hope is kind of spiraling a little bit right now. She’s having a hard time, but we will see where it goes.

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How do you and Matthew Atkinson continue to play the scenes where Hope and Thomas end up in rather comprising situations or positions and get through those? For instance, Hope trips on her dress and falls on top of the guy on the couch, or the times she puts on a dress to model it for him, and it gets very flirty and seductive?

ANNIKA: I am sure there is a blooper reel of Matt and I somewhere, because you know you have to hold and sustain eye-contact for a very long time on a soap when they want the scene to go on for a while, and before they yell “cut”.  There have been quite a few moments where we just start laughing hysterically. I’m hoping our supervising producer, Casey Kasprzyk can put those together and do something fun with them.

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Liam and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) seem to be spending a bit more time together as of late. What do you make of it?

ANNIKA: They are having a few solo talks of late, so I don’t know what will transpire with that, but it’s a soap, so you never know.  I do like Steffy and Finn (Tanner Novlan).  I think they are a hot couple and I think they balance each other really well.

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What do you want to happen to Hope next?

ANNIKA:  I saw some people theorizing. I would love Hope to develop Dissociative Identify Disorder (DID) because I think it would kind of justify the subtle change in her after everything Thomas has done. Finally, that rebel inside of her that she forgot to express, that she has repressed for so long, and that kind of freedom, could get put in that other personality. I think that would be a fun thing to play – the good girl and the bad girl.

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Would you like to see Hope develop DID? Do you want Hope and Liam to stay together?  Would you like to see Hope in a relationship with Thomas as twisted as that would be? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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She has made Hope her own I think she has a subtle beauty and a subtle way of acting that to me is refreshing . I hate the writing for the show but she is indeed a treasure

Completely agree

Leave Hope & Liam be. If you want her to have some kind of meltdown, her & Liam should somehow,someway have another baby of THEIR OWN that’ll be more bonkers than D.I.D.(&YES,I know exactly what I’m talking about).
The writers started to go in a great direction w/ Dollar Bill, Ridge then Deacon but now, they really want to screw it all up again-NO. BROOKE & TAYLOR writing is abt time✌️

Leave Thomas out of lope relationship Thomas and Douglas be PROPPING them since 20189 why can’t Tom MOVED on hope is so spoil AN say hope in love with Liam then why couldn’t Thomas àccept a date with that model hope be controlled Thomas life and it gross Liam cheated on her over a doll

It is Thomas’s problem that he didn’t accept the date. Hope wasn’t trying to stop him. The “doll” was Thomas’s problem, Liam didn’t know it was a fake. They need to stop using Lope to PROP Thomas. Let him change somewhere else.

Absolutely keep Hope & Liam together, I love them and their love story. I think they should have another child together as well.

I totally agree. The story lines sure could use a fresh thought or two. But most everyone are truly fine actors.

This is so well put. Shes a real one for sure.

Hope and Thomas together would be the most disturbing and disgusting thing this show did after making Bridge destiny after Ridge raped Brooke

I NEVER want to see Hope in a relationship with Thomas. He did terrible things to her. He kept her child from her and even before that he used her grief over still birth to convince her her only chance to be a mother was Douglas. I don’t even like her giving him another chance, she’s done it too much and he is never sincere.

Same girl, same

Oh please don’t have Hope and Thomas have an affair. He has done horrible things to her. I wouldn’t trust Him at all. He is so vile and always plotting to get Hope to love him. Don’t do it. Liam still pines over Steffi. Get some new stories. Oh yeah, please finally kill off the evil devil who lives on and never dies.

I wish that the writers would bring Caroline(Jr.)back. This would reveal how much of a liar that Thomas really is. Thomas forged the letter to make Hope believe that Caroline wanted her to be Douglas’ mother. I am wondering why that storyline has not been addressed to catch Thomas in another lie to show how deranged and obsessed that he is to Hope.

After watching BB daily since the first day it aired in 1987, April 19, the day the evil guest appearances were on BB, was my last day ever watching. Great job alienating your viewers for life!

She should be with Thomas and leave their son out of it, enough drama for the poor kid.

If they hire the old One Life To Live writers it would be great…these guys can’t do it

Hope and Liam are beyond boring and only have brother/sister chemistry. Meanwhile she and Thomas have passion and intensity and loads of chemistry. So I say bring on Thope and bring back Steam too!!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Hope snd Thomas could liven up this soap.

No absolutely not

I’m ok with her & the DID , but not for long, and please do it without sleeping with Thomas & cheating on Liam ! Same for him, NO MORE HE & Steffy please! We love The Hope she’s always been ! Let her finally put Thomas in his place !

Hope is discussting there is no woman that would be attracted to someone like Thomas after he stole her baby made her think he was dead many other countless things it’s just gross that she would dream of being with him in any shape for my way

Thomas didn’t steal her baby. Hope and Liam are boring with a capital B.

Keep hope & Liam together! PLEASE

There is definitely an attraction she feels for Thomas ,but it’s not sustainable because it may be more of a lust not love factor. And in the end I think Hope is who she is and she will choose Liam over Thomas.

I would love for B&B to show another side to her LOL not necessarily an identity disorder because that is a very serious disorder. I think that instead of going to the extreme, that B&B could actually just show another side to Hope. I’m tired of the good girl stuff and hope always being the victim. That’s not real life! Even the best people make bad choices at some point in life! They always have hope on the straight and narrow and it limits her storyline. And why does it have to be that she pursues Thomas and Thomas is still the bad guy? Why can’t she pursue Thomas because she finds the new Thomas attractive and she’s drawn to this new side of him? Hope and Thomas were a couple at one point years ago,if I’m correct. So why can’t they just take the past and use it to create something real between her and Thomas?

I agree with Leslie

I agree 100%

Hope fought so hard to get Liam when he was dating her and Steffy, and now she is doing to mess that all up with Thomas. I would NOT like to see her fall for Thomas. Leave her with Liam.

Why does Hope dress so “boring” for a big time fashion icon? They could make her a bit more trendy!

I would like everyone to stop flipping and flopping from one partner to another for a while, it’s exhausting to watch. There’s nothing [reality] about that !

I would like to see hope be that bad girl with Thomas see were this storyline can go she with Liam during the day then she goes out at nite secretly with Thomas for some steamy nite .

Please do not have Hope leave Liam for Thomas. That is so messed up on so many levels. Can we just leave a good relationship alone for once and have hope and Liam be amazing together!!’n

Michael, I think Annika made comments because of Lope fans, People have their panties in a bunch. I am tired of plain vanilla and that is what she is. I love JMW but when does Annika gets her time to shine? Don’t she want Emmy consideration at all. For once Hope made me what to know more about what makes her tick. I want substance from her. I am tired of everyone on the shows singing her praises like she is so good, forgiven, loyal. she sounds like a pet. Annika is a good actress I loved her in True 2 the Game. I want her to have a more powerful voice. I want her to come into her own. How far will Hope go.JMW is pregnant again and I refuse to see the same mundane storyline between Hope and Liam. All these years they have been together and this was the best sex Liam has had with her. We know cause he went to tell everyone about that night, Made me wonder has this poor girl ever had an orgasm? Being Brooke’s daughter and Liam’s wife this girl repressed. Her comments in the article made no sense.No fandom should dictate how they want their fave to have same boring storyline. If the love the character so much they should want her to grow. If they don’t like it keep letting JMW and Heather Tom to be only female emmy winners currently on the show.

I forgot to add I do not character with Thomas period. I do not believe that a fine ass man would be this obsessed with a girl who detests him and if the show make something happen, Thomas would be the bad guy manipulator. Hope and Liam relationship and Liam running around like chicken little made me sick

I’d like to see Hope and Thomas together. They’d be really hot

Hope stay with Liam!

Connie,,,I think she should be with Thomas .they make a much better couple ,can’t stand laim ,all he does his winne, and Thomas is hot

Looks like Thomas is getting into cahoots with Sheila per the shadow with facial hair.

I would love for hope and Thomas to be together and I think it would be fun to see annika noelle play split personality but be with Thomas because deep down her subconscious wants him and a baby thope I’m liam and hope are boring we need new adventures and new stories I said what I said I wonder how she would play DiD Personality disorder like Jessica on oltl if they did that.

Keep Liam & Hope Together !!!!!
We need ONE SOLID RELATIONSHIP
we can enjoy. As for Douglas since
when does a child get to call the shots in Adult Relationships. Please
LEAVE IT ALONE ALREADY…..
Hell Bring Caroline back and throw
a MONKEY WRENCH INTO Everything !!!!!!

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown Teases to Fans: “There’s Something Coming Up, But It’s Not What They Think”

Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) is now a married lady! Yup, after a small, very small intimate ceremony she married Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) on recent episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Deacon’s daughter Hope (Annika Noelle) showed up for the nuptial to support her father, but Sheila’s son, Finn (Tanner Novlan) happened by Il Giardino, to pick up some food only to stumble upon his mother’s wedding, causing more trouble in his marriage to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).

All of this, after Deacon figured out that Sheila didn’t really die at the hands and butcher knife of Steffy, back in February of this year, but it was really her lookalike Sugar who had plastic surgery to look like Sheila many years ago ( one of Sheila’s more heinous acts) who was killed. Thus, setting the stage for Sheila’s return.

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Kimberlin Brown visited You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for an exclusive livestream one-one-one chat where a myriad of “Sheila-esque” subjects were discussed.  Here are a few of the more intriguing excerpts below.

After Kimberlin was informed she was exiting the show, did she have any idea, if or how, they were going to bring her back via the Sugar connection? Brown shared “I didn’t. As a matter of fact, when Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer B&B) called me asking if I would come back to the show, I said, ‘Well, how are you gonna pull this one off?’ And he goes, ‘we’re researching it right now.’ So, I guess that’s where their research took them to Sugar, and Sugar was on The Bold and the Beautiful at one time with me as well. Remember, when we had all of the Forrester boys, and we were holding them against their will and and at the foundry? Robin Mattson played that part brilliantly, and then back on The Young and the Restless is when she ‘unfortunately’ had the surgery to look like Sheila, unbeknownst to her.”

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With Sheila being married to Deacon, does she think it will last more than a month, before her vendetta streak against others takes major hold of her? Kimberlin weighed-in, “I think for the first time in Sheila’s history, she has found a man who truly does love her. And yes, she does love him. Sheila desperately loved Eric Forrester too, but there were too many people around her that would never allow that to happen. And even though there are people around Deacon that prefer that this doesn’t happen, he’s actually stood up to them and said, ‘No, this is who I want to be with. She makes me happy. There are a lot of things that  make me a little crazy, but I go crazier when she’s not there’.  Sheila has finally found true love, I believe, and it’ll be interesting to see if she can hold onto it, and it’ll be interesting to see if a good man in her life can truly make a difference in hers.”

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Everyone has waited and hoped, that when Lauren makes cross-over appearances to B&B she will bump into Sheila, but still years later that has never happened. Brown feels it’s just a matter of time, sharing, “I believe that they will cross paths one day. It’d be too good to not have that happen. Tracey Bregman and I, really did create something fabulous together. It was at the time, villain against really not a good girl, but a girl that never wanted what she had until Sheila wanted it. So it’s definitely a storyline that I think could resurface, there’s no doubt about it.”

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Finn’s adoptive mother Li played by Naomi Matsuda may not be what she appears to be either. Might we look forward to the two moms going at it again?, Kimberlin teased, “Working with Naomi Matsuda is great. She’s fun a lot of fun to work with. But let me tell you what, Li has a mean streak. She really does. I have a feeling it may come out, or it may not, but she’s no angel herself.  She may be one calling the tea kettle black, you know?”

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Fans of B&B have come up with many scenarios of where Sheila’s story is going, from an attempted murder mystery of her, to a plan to get Hope and Finn closer together to put the screws to Steffy. Kimberlin previewed, “There’s some big stuff happening on the show coming up that. I wish I could say more.  I got the script and when we were filming it, I was going, ‘Oh my gosh, this is just too good.’ There are a lot of characters involved in it. There’s something coming up, but it’s not what they (viewers) think.”

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It’s clear that Finn wants to appease his wife, to stay away from Sheila, but seemingly can’t. “I mean, he definitely has Sheila in him. It is her son,” shared Brown.  But, I think it’s really difficult for him to be in that position. I believe that he wants to give Sheila an opportunity and wants to get to know her. He feels a pull towards her and being he doctor that he is, he wants to explore that and figure out why, be it good or bad. But, Steffy is just not going to allow that to happen. So for Finn to always being stuck in the middle is definitely going to cause conflict.”

Watch the full conversation with Kimberlin below.  Then let us know, based on Kimberlin’s comments, what do you think is the big story coming up on B&B she previewed? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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