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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks On Her 15th Anniversary as Steffy, Finn & Liam, and Being a Supermom

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What a ride it has been for The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester). Since her arrival to the CBS daytime drama series, 15 years ago this month, she has: become a fan favorite, won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress, became a mom of three, soon to be four, got married, and landed on the TV show she watched growing up with her late grandmother.

Now, as she awaits the birth of her fourth child, Jacqui is still key in story on B&B, especially since Hope (Annika Noelle) is not too happy with Steffy after she blabbed to Liam (Scott Clifton) the sparks she witnessed between her brother, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) and his wife, Hope, while citing that this was all Hope’s doing.

With B&B’s Italian remote about to kick-off and this being the 15-year milestone for the talented Wood on daytime, Michael Fairman TV chatted with the actress to get her take on: being a working mom, the recent 9000th episode of B&B with Steffy at its center, and of course, just what’s in store romantically for her character.  Will she stay with the Finn, or will Liam’s troubles with Hope draw him back towards Steffy … again, causing trouble in paradise? Here’s what Jacqui had to say about it all.

You debuted on The Bold and the Beautiful in early June, 15 years ago. Time has flown by. Now, you are one of the leading ladies of the most-watched show in the world.  How does that make you feel?

JACQUELINE: Being on The Bold and Beautiful for 15 years has been a surreal and a rewarding experience. Working with such a wonderful cast and crew, who have poured their hearts and souls into this production since 1987 is an honor and a privilege.  It’s a humbling milestone and a tremendous privilege. I will be forever grateful for this journey.

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In real-life, you’re pregnant for the fourth time. Were you planning for this baby?

JACQUELINE:  Yes, we were trying. We wanted to have another child.

On your recent appearance on The Talk, the hosts were discussing with you, that fact that you’re a mom of three, and you were explaining being a mom doesn’t mean you still don’t have a good time … and that you are a ‘lit’ mom.

JACQUELINE: I still am a ‘lit’ mom. Oh, my gosh. I am still having a great time. I think that as moms, we just go a hundred percent in everything we do because we don’t have time. So, if we’re going to go out with our friends, we’re going to have a good time because we don’t know when we’re all going to be able to be together again. So, I level up!

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You have three boys. So, are you hoping for a girl this time?

JACQUELINE: Everyone says that, but no. I don’t really care. It’s funny, because we just want a big family. I do hear, “You’re trying for that girl, right?” I think four children is nice and even, and this will be the last one … I think so … I think we’re good. It’s funny, because I’m technically an only child. I have a half-sister, but she’s 20 years older than me, and my husband’s an only child. So, we are now diving into this big family, and it’s so cool. We never got that. So, it’s really exciting.

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How do you figure out balancing the workload at B&B with being a mom?

JACQUELINE: The show has been extremely accommodating. I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love being able to work in Los Angeles, close to my home. As for the schedule, it is like bootcamp. It is trial by fire. We are working nonstop. It’s not something we just ease into as you know. So, it is bootcamp for the days that we’re doing it, but they’ve scheduled me in a way where I can just hit it and quit it and go back to being a mom.

For this pregnancy, you have been clearly hiding behind bushes (laughs). They are not writing your pregnancy in this time.

JACQUELINE: They’ve been doing certain shots and body shots.  I know it’ll be that time where it turns, and I’ll really pop and they’ll be having full close-ups on me again to cover me up. It may already be happening.

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How was it being the epicenter of B&B’s 9000th episode, where it was all about Steffy and her birthday and yours was actually a few weeks later.

JACQUELINE: It is so crazy.

… And two daytime Emmys later …

JACQUELINE: Keep going! (Laughs) It was a huge honor. I’m being real when I say, I’ve watched this show growing up. I can’t even believe that they made this episode, that’s lighthearted and not too dramatic. It was just a nice walk down memory lane about family and they threw in a birthday celebration and I thought that was so sweet. When I was younger, whatever situation I was in my life at the time, B&B was always a place that I could go back to watching. It was familiar faces, it felt like home, and now I can say that this is my home.


When you are in scenes with Sheila (Kimberlin Brown), and they pan to a reaction shot of Steffy, it is so funny, because she has this look of terror across her face. Do you not die laughing when you have to hold those tags? Do you hope there are more scenes between the two of you coming up?

JACQUELINE: Yes, yes! I die! Well, I die, because I used to be such a fan of Kimberlin growing up, and I still am. She’s my everything.  I love those moments. She’s so great to work with. I do hope there’s more fun stuff to come with us.

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Are we going to see Steffy bouncing back between Finn and Liam? Clearly, it seems like now she’s having conversations with Liam, especially where Hope and Thomas are concerned.

JACQUELINE: It could possibly be a transformative year. I don’t know what’s going on, for sure just yet, because again, you just don’t know. We will do a storyline, and it’s not like years ago where you could write in and be like, “I don’t like a storyline.” Now, we’ll do a storyline and you think it’s going one way, and then we end up pumping the brakes and go another way. So, I really don’t know what we’re going to get. I know there’s a lot of fun stuff coming up. It’s interesting, because Steffy ultimately feels safer with Finn. She loves Liam, but she doesn’t feel as safe.

She also has ‘sexy time’ with Finn.

JACQUELINE: She has ‘sexy time’ with Finn. She can lean on him. I think with Liam, she loves him, but she wears the pants in the relationship.  I think she’s more feminine with ‘sexy time’. With ‘sexy time’ she feels safe and she knows that Finn is not going to leave her. However, with Liam, she never knows, but there’s always going to be that love for him. It is a different version of Steffy when she’s with him. I’m not saying that that can’t change. Like I said, it could be a transformative year. I never know. As far as “bouncing back and forth”, you’re the one that said that. So, I’m okay with that, too.

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You landed a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the upcoming 50th annual Daytime Emmys, too! Congratulations.

JACQUELINE:  I am so thankful for the nomination. It’ll be a good time whatever happens.

So, what do you think will happen next between Steffy, Finn and Liam, given that Hope and Thomas could end up in the throes of passion? What has been your favorite storyline of Jacqui’s during her 15-year-run as Steffy on The Bold and the Beautiful? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Hopefully, it remains Steffy and Fimn. They have gone through so much, to get to where they are now. But, it’s B&B.

I don’t want Steffy and Liam. She and Finn are good together.

Steffy’s never been happier than when she’s with Finn — Finn’s her person! That’s not even up for debate. He didn’t take a bullet for her so she could just go back to Liam on a whim. Like, make it make sense.. If that happens, their reunion in Monaco will have all been for nothing. Even considering Liam and Steffy as an option at this point is such an insult to the audience.

I know what you mean that episode in Monaco was one that I wanted to happen steffy and finn belong together the kids just love finn they are a complete family Liam should not even be coming to steffy for anything please leave finn and steffy alone.

When Steffy has everything she has ever and could ever want with Finn, why would she ever want Liam again? Please don’t do this.

B&B does everything possible to humiliate Taylor and her kids. Rick has done far worse things than Thomas in the past. Rick’s mother didn’t die traumatizing a child. When Thomas didn’t want Brooke around, Brooke and Ridge ignored his concerns. Thomas has mental health issues.

Hope’s lusting after Thomas and lying to her husband. Brooke knows the truth and still playing her Thomas is the Problem card, knowing, aware all cards in her deck are Hope is the Problem or Hope Logan has Finally Claimed Her Rightful Throne,

Steffy and Finn are beyond boring mostly because Finn is so bland and a total snooze fest. I say bring back Steam! JMW and SC still have the chemistry and they are much more fun and exciting together than Sinn.

I am curious about what is so “fun” and “exciting” about Steam? Liam has spent all this year having a whinefest in regards to his marital woes to Steffy. All Steffy and Liam give off in their energy is a therapist and their patient. No chemistry there.

Meanwhile, Sinn can’t keep their hands off each other when they are together, romancing one another, and are truly connected with each other, and their communication is effortless. Their chemistry is palpable. They have it in spades.

So glad that Steffy and Liam will get another shot. Their chemistry is great and the story is a lot more interesting. Unfortunately, Finn is an underdeveloped character and because of that, Sinn gets very little story outside of Sheila.

Steff kinda didn’t give Hope a chose really
Picking Thomas for head designer. She told hope more or less her line was getting canceled if she didn’t choose thomas.Im am about sick of hearing that word !Destiny ). Ridge should stay single for awhile. Choose himself tell Taylor and Brooke like they told him, let them stew for awhile, that way NO ONE IS getting hurt for awhile and then the lady’s will be worrying if they’ve went too far with their rivalry , z Brooke says Taylor back stabbed her tryd to set her up and seduce Ridge BUT!!!!
What about her prancing around in front of Ridge in her skimpy nite,?? Brooke acts like that never happened,Taylor never heard about that one, Brooke went to Italy to see her daughter on stage. Taylor has both her children, I’m sure she would love to see them being praysed

I totally agree.

Keep Finn with Steffy!!!! Liam is just pushing Hope and Thomas together with his whining!

I think Steffy and Finn is the idea of a supercouple. I don’t want her to fall back in a relationship with Liam. She needs to stay focus in her marriage to Finn and forget about Hope fantasies of her and Thomas. It’s Finn 100%. I do think that Ridge and Brooke belong together. Katie belongs with “Dollar Bill”. I like Donna and Eric together. I wish that they would show more of Charlie and Pam together. Taylor needs to find a man and forget about Ridge, or she needs to go back to Paris where she was before.

I agree! Steffy and Finn are the supercouple, no doubt! They just need to continue to be written as such. Liam is a little nothing..

I would love for Steffy to stay with Finn. They look good together.

Liam needs to remember who Finn’s mother is. The apple don’t fall to far from the tree especially when pushed to far. Sheila found that out when she pushed Finn to far. He turned on her. Liam needs to take his whimsy butt somewhere and sit down. He believed everything hope told him about steffy until he left her for that lying hope. I say like mother like daughter (Brooke and Hope)

I hope it stay Steffy and Finn I don’t sorry I don’t wont Liam

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(WATCH THE REPLAY) ‘A Tribute to Jackie Zeman’ Featuring General Hospital Co-Stars

Several of the late Jackie Zeman’s (Bobbie Spencer) former General Hospital co-stars gathered together last Thursday night, to honor the beloved actress during a special livestream event on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Joining in remembrance of Zeman, who passed away in May following a short bout with cancer, were several of the loves of Bobbie’s life including: Rick Springfield (ex-Noah), Brad Maule (ex-Tony) and Sam Behrens (ex-Jake).  In addition, Kin Shriner (Scott), Jackie’s longtime GH co-star and dear friend participated, as well as Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH, now Ava Days) and Tristan Rogers (Scorpio).

Throughout the hour, love was sent Jackie’s way, not only from the stars, but the fans participating in the live chat.  Each actor recalled their first meeting with Jackie, and in Rick Springfield’s case, how it was Jackie who told then GH-EP Gloria Monty, that he was her pick to play Dr. Noah Drake.

Later, Brad Maule shared heart-tugging moments when working with Jackie and how he was pretty much in awe of her throughout their time together on the soap.  When the talk turned to the iconic B.J. heart transplant storyline, Brad says it’s still difficult for him to watch even to this day, because of how emotional it was.

Tamara Braun, who was the second actress to play Carly, Bobbie’s daughter,  revealed how she tried to, and did find peace in Jackie’s passing, as Kin Shriner gave us the back-story of his over 45-year friendship with Jackie, and Tristan revealed his special connection to her.

In case you missed it, you can catch the replay below.  Then let us know what you thought of our tribute to Jackie featuring some of her GH co-stars, who showed up to give us some insights on their time working with Jackie, and to be a part of our special remembrance.

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Days of our Lives’ Suzanne Rogers Talks 50 Years as Maggie: From Farm Girl, to Becoming a Horton, to Picking Up the Pieces After Victor’s Death

Days of our Lives enduring favorite, Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Simmons Horton Kiriakis), recently chatted on some of the high points and low points throughout her journey, as she looked back on 50 years on the long-running soap opera.

Rogers was interviewed by Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel during a virtual discussion, which covered a lot of ground including: her debut as a young farm girl who couldn’t walk and on crutches, to becoming a Horton, to more recently, losing her beloved husband, Victor Kiriakis (the late John Aniston), and everything in between.

Suzanne first aired on Days of our Lives back on August 20th, 1973. Throughout her time, she has been “killed-off” the show, only to ultimately return nine months later, after it was revealed her on-screen ‘death’ was part of an overall PR stunt and story arc.

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Rogers has also had her real-life chronic autoimmune neuromuscular condition, myasthenia gravis, written it to the show, even though she was originally against it.  She has been married on-screen to two of the more complex men in the history of the show, John Clarke (ex-Mickey) and John Aniston (ex-Victor). As well, through the years, Maggie learned that she had more children that she thought! In addition, Maggie is an alcoholic, who has been known to have her battles with the bottle throughout the years.  It was her performance in Maggie’s original bout with alcoholism that won her the very first Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category back in 1979.

Here are just a few of Suzanne’s comments on some key subjects throughout her five decades on DAYS.

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On filming the recently aired scenes, where Maggie learns Victor has perished in a plane crash, and how it brought back emotions of John Aniston’s passing: “It was hard. I think right back to the memorial service (for John Aniston). That was a hard day. All I kept thinking in my mind is he’s not in any pain anymore. I kept saying that. So, I had to play the scenes. It was all surreal. It really was surreal. The fact that he was no longer gonna be there. There’s a tribute to him on the set. I just look at that all the time and I’m right there with him.”

When addressing her fears and concerns about being seen with myasthenia gravis, and being asked to come back to the show: “The producers, Al Rabin and Wes Kenny, said, ‘We would like for you to come back to the show.’ I said, ‘I think you ought to see me first.’ I just didn’t want to shock anybody. We met at Du Pars (coffee shop). It didn’t register on their face that I looked any different, but I did. I really did. They said, ‘We’ll work around you, whatever you need. If you need to come in at noon, that’s fine. We’ll put a sofa in your dressing room so you can lie down.’ (Fast-forward) Then, the audience started seeing me on camera.  The first day I saw myself on camera, I turned off the TV, and I started crying. I thought, ‘Well, I guess God wants to see me, see myself like this. So, I put it back on and I forced myself to watch … and it didn’t look like me, to me. Then the audience, of course, got a hold of it, and they said, ‘What’s the matter with her? Is she drinking? What is wrong?’ So, they figured they had to write it (myasthenia gravis) into the show. I said, “Only if it has a happy ending, because I plan on beating this. That was the criteria that we went with – that they would write it in the show, but they had to have a happy ending.”

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When recalling being killed-off the show in 2003, after Marlena clubbed Maggie over the head with a whiskey bottle, only for Suzanne to return to the show months later: “I thought I was gone and then to see yourself 10 feet tall. I mean, it was at least 7 feet tall that (movie) screen. It was more than I could handle. I really thought that was the end. I thought, ‘Well, this is a big sendoff.’  Marlena hit her with a bottle and smashed her in. I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness gracious’. It wasn’t a pretty scene.  And no, I didn’t know (I was coming back). I had brought my mother out here, and I had added on to my house, and I thought, ‘I’m going to lose this house.’ It wasn’t a joke, you know?  But then, we were all brought back on April the first. Hello!”

On the audience reaction to Maggie becoming an alcoholic: “Well, I think the first time, I knew the audience right off the bat, hated it. They didn’t like the Maggie character getting soiled in any way. But it led to the Emmy!”

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On her working relationship with John Clarke (ex-Mickey): “Susan Flannery (ex-Laura) told me the very first day that I was on the show, ‘He’s (John) got to fall in love with you, or he can’t work with you.’ I said, ‘Oh, my.’  So, I remembered that in my mind. So, when we were off-stage, he would say, ‘Let’s go out to dinner.’  I said, ‘no’, because I knew Patty, his wife, and all of his kids. I just don’t mix business with pleasure. You just don’t.  That’s just not a good thing. I thought, ‘Let’s just keep the two separate, and that’s what I tried to do.”‘

Make sure to check out watch our full conversation with Suzanne below.

Now let us know, what has been your favorite storyline of Maggie’s through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kin Shriner and Marcus Coloma Chat On General Hospital Departures, John Stamos, Avery Pohl & New Season of ‘2D’s’

Two former stars of General Hospital, Kin Shriner (ex-Scott) and Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas) opened up about their exits from the ABC daytime drama series, their focus on the second season of their comedy series, the ‘2Ds‘, and more on their recent livestream conversation with Michael Fairman on his You Tube Channel.

The first season of ‘2D’s’ was posted to Coloma’s Instagram account, and it featured many of his former GH co-stars including: Finola Hughes, Jon Lindstrom, Carolyn Hennesy and other former GH cast members, Michelle Stafford, Billy Warlock with his wife, Julie Pinson (ex-Port Charles, ATWT and Days) and more.

During the livestream conversation, Coloma, who has Avery Pohl (Esme, GH) guest-starring in episode one of season two of the comedy series, opened up about his diciest plot point to portray while GH, that of Nikolas hooking up with Esme.

Marcus expressed: “That was a very interesting time, because I love working with Avery. She’s just a great actress and super professional. She’s also just a really fun person to hang out with.  And so, sleeping with Esme was very stressful, because for so long I set up this strong relationship with my son (Spencer), and this popped in (the storyline) that, ‘you were going to sleep with Esme’.  It would really stress me out to be honest with you, because I would try to play as real as I possibly could and I would try to justify it on how I would get to that place. On top of that, in real life, I’m 44 and Avery is 21. I’m like, “God, I am going to make out with this kid.” I was stressed about it. At the same time, I really enjoy working with her.”


The actor, who was finished at GH after his three-year contract as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, shared his thoughts on his exit after several months away from the soap opera.  Coloma said, “It really turned into that thing where you go on a date and fall in love with a girl . By the end of the three years, you fall in love with your castmates, you fall in love with the character. You fall in love with a lot of things about it, the fans.  And, I was surprising very sad, when I found out that it was going to end.  I wasn’t sad like, ‘I think we should make this thing work’.  I agree, I don’t think this should continue, but I was really sad about it. Now, I’m very happy because in this silly show the  I have found my happy place.”

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Kin Shriner, who for six decades had played Scott Baldwin on GH, a few months back shared he was not coming back to the soap anytime soon.  However, as we have seen before, Scott has resurfaced.  Shriner weighed-in: “I don’t know what to tell you about that, and I am going to turn back up like a bad penny, and hopefully it’s going to be fun. My focus went from him over to this guy in the black trench coat and I’m having fun. So, I haven’t really thought about Scotty Baldwin … he’s in the closet right now.”

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In the season one finale of the 2D’s comedy series, Shriner’s long-time budding, John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH) made a cameo capping off the story.  Just how did Kin get John to participate? Kin gave the back-story: “I kind of pitched it to him a couple of different ways and getting John to commit to anything is tough, but I think in the end, he probably looked at a couple of episodes (before agreeing).  Stamos has been so busy with his book that I could only get him on this way (with iPhone video), but I think he is going to be willing to let me come to his house and shoot live. So we are looking forward to that and maybe he will be in the finale of season two!”

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John and Kin first met when John started on GH in 1982. Kin recalls, “I took John under my wing when he was merely an 18-year-old kid that showed up eager and I taught him the ropes. He was from Orange County and he was raw, but he was tremendous at comedy. He was funny.  We kind of just had fun, and then we moved to New York and hung out, and then his career took off with Jack Klugman and then Full House. John had innate comedy timing, which Marcus has, and either they have it, or they don’t.”

This weekend starting on August 19th, Marcus and Kin are hosting several fan opportunities in the SoCal area.  Check out ticket info here.

In case you missed it, watch our full chat with Kin and Marcus below.

Now let us know, what did you think about the departures of Scott and Marcus from GH? Are you enjoying the 2D’s comedy series and all of the soap opera guest stars within it? Let us know in the comment section.

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