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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks Steffy’s Predicament & Her Future With Liam Or Dollar Bill!

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What a tangled web, The Bold and the Beautiful’s new mom, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) finds herself trapped in!  After giving birth to her baby girl, and making the decision to move forward with a life with Liam (Scott Clifton) on recent episodes of the CBS Daytime drama, she found herself on the receiving end of a blackmail attempt from the man who protests and protests to love her more than any man alive ever could!

With much bravado, Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) has been pursuing Steffy non-stop after their passion was re-ignited and they had sex. That move cost Steffy months of venom and anguish from her beloved Liam; when he found out that his wife slept with his father!  Now with baby Kelly to take care of Steffy wants to move forward, but Bill stops her in her tracks, and she “postpones” her wedding to Liam.

That move could prove costly! As viewers saw on Friday’s cliffhanger, Hope (Annika Noelle) took a pregnancy test, and if she is pregnant with Liam’s baby that could seal Steffy’s fate and she could head straight back into the arms of Bill, blackmail, or no blackmail.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with one of our favorite gals, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to shed light on all the conflict and all the emotions stirring inside of Steffy as she has to navigate through the manipulations and events that could transpire to keep her and Liam apart, and make it possible for the duo known as “Still” to become lovers once again. Here’s what Jacqui had to say about it all!

Let’s start with playing those labor scenes!  What was that experience like for you?

JACQUELINE:  I have so much respect to woman who have done those types of scenes before me, and for woman who have given birth.  It is a toughie.  Obviously, you are playing the scene, and for me, I wanted to make it as real and authentic as possible.  I wanted no make-up in those scenes, and to play it for what it is.  Then, you are pushing, but you can’t push too much.  I mean, you’re not really pushing a baby, but it’s like I could really do this on camera right now!  (Laughs)  Hence, why I respect all the other actresses, because that is a whole other art form in itself! (Laughs)

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What did you think of the name chosen for Liam and Steffy’s baby girl, Kelly?

JACQUELINE:  I like it.  She was named after Liam’s mother, Kelly, I believe.

You have such a vocal fan base; would you say they are rooting for her to be with Liam – #TeamSteam, or are they rooting for you to be with Bill – #TeamStill?

JACQUELINE:  It’s pretty wild, and the fights have gotten pretty revved up online.  I feel like right now, Steam fans have been fighting for this.  Before, I felt it was 60/40 the other way, but right now I think its 60/40 in favor of Steam.  And again, the way things are unfolding with Bill, I think people may be a little quieter about it.  But people are still fighting for Still, but with the scenario of Bill blackmailing Steffy and threatening to put her mom in jail, there have certainly been a few ugly moments that have been questionable. Fans are questioning … is the love real there?  So that’s why Steam may have recently been ahead, but it does go back and forth, however, with the storyline coming up there is a possibility that Still may take over again.

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How are you playing Steffy at this point? Does she love Liam with all her heart, or is she torn in her feelings about Bill?

JACQUELINE:  This storyline has gone on for so long.  Many things have happened that have added on to it, which makes it great, because at one point there is that love for Bill, even though she is not showing it right now.  After he threatens to throw Taylor in jail, that makes Steffy become very protective of her mom.  Right now, her mom is extremely weak and frail, and not in the right head space at the moment.  Knowing that; it kind of disgusts her in what he is doing, and it made her look at him quite differently.  She is also looking at Liam quite differently.  Steffy does not want to be a carbon copy of her mom, and watching her mom believing in her dad about monogamy.  Steffy will fight for her family to be together, but not if Liam is constantly flip-flopping and sleeping with her, and sleeping with Hope.  She won’t put her daughter through that.  She owes it to her daughter to be a strong mother, and that she provides emotional stability for her.  Right now as new parents, there is that love that is going to be there, but again, she is really thinking about her daughter in all of this.

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JACQUELINE:  Right, he was!  Liam put Steffy through hell for the last year.  She is supposed to be OK with the questionable things he does?  There is all of that, but again she has to think and go, “I can’t freak out.  We had this child and she needs a present father and someone constant in her daughter’s life”.  I think for Steffy it’s almost this type of “mob boss” mentality of “I will keep this family.  I don’t care about the exterior noise; we have got to think about this”. To Liam she is like: “I love you, but I need this to work!”

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When Bill says to Steffy words such as: “You know you feel the passion that you have with me that you don’t have with Liam.”  Does she feel that way?

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely!  I mean, the writing is kind of on the wall.  Bill has been so many things to Steffy.  He has been somebody that she loves; and he has been somebody that she has hated.  He has been someone that she can lean on.  So, she cannot deny those times they have been together, even years ago, they still had something.  There was no alcohol involved when they slept together, and so it definitely meant something.  She can deny that all she wants.

With Sally back in town and Hope as well, and Liam bouncing from woman to woman over the past year or more, what does Steffy think of all of that?

JACQUELINE:  That’s the thing; it’s becoming a turn-off to her; wish-washy, flip-floppy, and there are just so many emotions and things going through Steffy’s mind.  One of which is trying to avoid Bill like the plaque, and trying to get him out of her life so she can focus on taking care of her daughter, and being able to take care of her family. She is sleep deprived.  She hasn’t been taking care of herself. Steffy is trying so hard to nurture he daughter, and on top of that nurture her relationship which she doesn’t even know if it is working.  There are moments of her being upset over Liam almost marrying Hope, and moments of her being insecure and questioning things … and then there is what happened before between Liam and Sally!  That is questionable, too.  There is such history.  Steffy was really trying to accept Liam back into her life, but it has to be with a clean slate,

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So when Liam and Steffy are lovey-dovey in the hospital together after their daughter is born, is Steffy feeling the love for Liam?  They certainly looked happy together!

JACQUELINE:  I think she is in love with the moment, but even after she had the baby, she said to him, “You can go be with Hope”   I think for her, everything shifted and she now sees the bigger picture.  Liam is definitively seeing that something has shifted in Steffy.  In reading the scripts that are coming up, it’s a new journey that I am excited to be on.

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If it’s revealed that Steffy actually had Bill’s child down the line, how would you feel about that?

JACQUELINE:  I’m OK with that. (Laughs).

You know, how these tests can get screwed up on the soaps?  (Laughs)

JACQUELINE:  Exactly!  People were fighting on Twitter just the other day about who was the true father of Kelly.  Even Scott Clifton commented, and went “It’s for sure, Liam’s. Whoa, Whoa Whoa Whoa, you never know.” (Laughs)

How do you like working with nuHope Annika Noelle and Courtney Hope as Sally Spectra?

JACQUELINE:  I love working with them.  It’s so fun; they breathe fresh air into the storylines.  The other day, Annika came over to my house, and it can be challenging coming in as a recast and replacing a person, and kind of finding this character, and still being respectful of the character.  At the beginning, you are trying to find that fine line of whether to be respectful of the actor before you, and kind of playing what they did and in their style, or taking risks and doing it your own way.   You don’t know how fans are going to react, especially how quickly we move through story.  I think it’s been great watching Annika now taking on the role and seeing the strength in Hope, and seeing a shift in the character, and in Annika, by really making the character her own.  As for Courtney; she is fun and so vivacious, and such a badass.  I think this show needs that.  There is a lot of our storyline coming up, which I am very excited to see on-screen.

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JACQUELINE:  I’m going to be a cool mom! (Laughs)

Earlier this year, you received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  You had quite a lot of great work to choose from.  How did you go about deciding what you would actually submit for the competition?

JACQUELINE:  There was a lot of material to look through, but there was also the break-up that aired in January, so that could not count, but there was this whole build up to it last year. I was proud of myself, and the work.  To be able to access emotions I needed for those scenes so quickly was on my bucket list, and so I was able to check that off.

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You have one of the best Instagram accounts of anyone I know.   It’s filled with fashion photos, fun videos, and more.   How do you plot out what you are going to post?

JACQUELINE:  I am very in the moment – like one video was, “Let’s go back to Coachella.”  We filmed it in my backyard with a bunch of my friends.  I brought with me a garbage bag full of wigs, and somehow we ended up doing a music video in the backyard!   I love filming things and I love editing.  The “make-up challenge” that myself and Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R) did that came about because we hung out together the day before, and we thought, “Why we don’t do a blind make-up challenge!” (Laughs).   I like to have light and happy vibes on my posts, and I like to also put things on my Instagram where I can be a voice for causes that are important to me.  I think it’s great that if you do have a following to use that platform to help people.

The clothes in your photos are always amazing.  Are many of them from fashion shows, or shoots, or from your own closet?

JACQUELINE:  It is a mixture.  My closet is a little world all of its own and it’s a “sparkle party” in there.  (Laughs)   I go to a lot of fashion shows so that helps, but I love fashion. People always ask me, “What is your style?”  I can never pinpoint it.  I always say; “I am very experimental and I love trying different things.”  I may miss the mark, but I at least like to say, that I tried that look.

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Last week, Steffy told Bill that she does not want to be with him, and her postponing her wedding to Liam is only temporary.  Bill told her Liam will leave her eventually “no doubt about it”, and that he knows her relationship with Liam is doomed.  He goes on to say that, “everything he does, he does for her, and he loves her with all of his heart.”  What’s a girl to do with that info?

JACQUELINE:  When Bill does that, she sees this evil dark side of him, and to do something as disgusting to Steffy to threaten to put her mom in Jail … it is extremely scary!  She knows her mom would not make it one minute in jail.  She sees what is happening with her mother, and now the essence of Taylor is not even there anymore, and so Steffy has to be the mother in this relationship at this point. Steffy realizes she has to come up with some sort of game plan – hence why she needs to postpone her wedding to Liam – because she is still trying to figure out what she is going to do.  Is she going to have to keep pushing this wedding off … or will she finally say, “Screw it.  I love Liam, and I am just going to marry him,” and in turn hope for the best that Bill won’t do what he is threatening to do?

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Does she think this will all work out in her favor?  

JACQUELINE:  I don’t think she thinks it’s going to work out right now.  She wants to work things out with Liam, but she doesn’t know what to think.  No one had quite threatened her and her mom like Bill did before.  She has never been in a position like this.  There, there is another looming threat to her potential happiness with Hope taking that pregnancy test!

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Could this all turn out to be #Steffylovesherblackmailer?

JACQUELINE:  Pretty much! (Laughs)

So, are you rooting for Steffy to end up with Liam or Bill?  What do you think Steffy should do, because of Bill blackmailing her about her mom shooting him? Do you think it will be revealed down the line that Steffy’s baby daddy is really Bill? Share your thoughts on our chat with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in the comment section below.

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Debra Uzzle
Debra Uzzle

I think the story line makes Bill look like a stalker. With the #MeToo movement everywhere today, I find it disgusting to say the least! Liam & Steffy belong together and always have from the beginning. Kelly should remain Liam’s.

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

I AGREE KELLY SHOULD REMAIN LIAM

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

She is Liam’s Scott Clifton said so and so did bell she is Liam’s daughter

Robin
Robin

For now

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

Scott Clifton also swore Liam shot Bill.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I do apologise. I had forgotten all about reading that. I’ll have to pay closer attention now.

Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson

Why can’t they pull a play from back in the day, the way they did Brook, Bridgette turned out not to be Ridge’s baby, instead it ended up being Eric’s, why is it that Taylor’s life and her girls has to be the one’s to always come out on top?

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

She is Liam’s baby

Kim
Kim

I agree

rebecca1
rebecca1

It has nothing to do with the “metoo” movement. He’s not a person in power taking advantage of an employee or a powerful man wielding his influence on a young, innocent woman. Metoo is about sexual violence and abuse. Steffy was with Bill willingly.

He was her lover, she was in love with him at one point and he’s just being Bill; an obnoxious, control freak who seems to never have possessed the ability or concern for doing the right thing.

Threatening to report her mom to the cops is more of a “soapy” thing to do. Blackmail; a staple of soaps. And, in his own warped way he really loves her. Bill thinks he controls the world and everyone in it.

Jeannine
Jeannine

Thank you. Everyone thinks that Steffy is the victim when she willingly slept with her father-in-law. She was ready to leave her husband over kissing another woman. She was disgusting sleeping with her father-in-law.

Judy
Judy

Amen

Lyn
Lyn

I agree

NikkiM
NikkiM

Agreed, Steffy did this… willingly and SONER! All Liam did was try to start over and was about to until he got “pushed” to go back to his baby and make their family whole. He was about to marry Hope, meaning he wanted to be with HER. Now she’s pregnant, and that’s where he belongs. Being forced or guilted to be with Steffy (or anyone) will never end well.

Sandy Towle
Sandy Towle

So true thank u

Robin
Robin

Exactly!
Steffy wanted Bill way before Liam. & she only fell for Liam when Bill dumped her for His wife’s health! If Liam was so much the “love of her life” she never would’ve slept with Bill over a kiss ! Nor would’ve “Steam been married 3 times! Kelly is Bills! Otherwise why have the ONS & steam get back together

ImSo
ImSo

Sounds like the guy in the WH.

Nelle
Nelle

Steffy was in love with Bill years ago but they were never lovers. He even bought the apartment she almost drowned in the tub. Rick later bought it for Maya. That was the beginning of the Liam and Steffy saga. When Katie found out she had a heart attack and Bill decided to not divorce her. Steffy had played Bill along and wouldn’t sleep with him until he divorced Katie. Fast forward to now and Steffy had “revenge sex” with Bill cause Liam kissed Sally. Steffy and Bill have only slept together once, which makes his statement about loving her all these year bogus as hell. What about his “great love”for Brooke. He was supposed to not ever loved anyone the way he loved her. This whole story is unrealistic and needs to end with Bill being confronted by Steffy family on what he is doing. They need to tell him to tell the police and make the call for him. At this point Bill has lied so much about who did shot him (Ridge) and now he couldn’t see them. Why would the police believe him now. Plus Steffy should record him making the threats and turn the table on him. Tell him she will have him arrested for sexual harassment and attempted blackmail. She is giving him to much power and Taylor need never know. But the writer wouldn’t do it because it’s a simple easy fix and they like conflict and bull crap.

Jewel Fulcher
Jewel Fulcher

Its disgusting. Bill is the baby grandfather. just quit qatching when hope is pregnant. Get on with it.

Bupie
Bupie

I agree with you totally. I have decided if Liam and Hope end up together I’m done with this show. I think Brook and Bill should be together because they both are evil

Emily T Autry
Emily T Autry

agree

Super Nanny
Super Nanny

Brook and Bill deserve each other! You’re absolutely right

Esther
Esther

I agree with you completely I’m done if steffy gets with Bill

missie
missie

I toldly agree with you

Robin
Robin

Bell cares about his ratings & right now “The Steffy Show” is tanking

B. Nader
B. Nader

That is because The actress playing Hope is the worst actor on the show. She must be working for nothing. I am quitting this show if Hope continues.
Not even pretty.

Sandra Robertson
Sandra Robertson

Hope is beautiful and the actress playing her is talented and refreshing. Please keep your miserable misogonystic comments to yourself. Like to see you play the part and see what you look like. The comments say more about self loathing than anything else.

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

That i agree with, and ridge should be back with steffys mom.

Bell
Bell

Agree

Lori fraser
Lori fraser

I agree totally

Karen
Karen

Agree with you totally. Don’t like that Hope is pregnant and don’t like wish washy Liam. If Liam leaves Steffy I’m done.
You are right Brooke is downright evil. Ridge is to good for her.

Robin
Robin

Liam has left Steffy many times for Hope!
Steffy even told Liam (shown onscreen) that SHE knew she was seconds to Hope

Demetria L Streeter
Demetria L Streeter

I agree

Sandracouvillon
Sandracouvillon

Ridge has had plenty of indiscretions himself!!!

Von
Von

I agree completely with every word.

Myrtle perry
Myrtle perry

True

Angel
Angel

I agree Steffy and Liam belong together Kelly is his baby

missie
missie

steffy was already Pregnant
when she sleep with bill

Sylvia hernandez
Sylvia hernandez

Yes, they deserve to be together, get rid of Hope she’s so immature.

Bell
Bell

She’s manipulative like Brook

Pamalla
Pamalla

I agree 100% with Debra…

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Yes he do need to be with Stephanie and there baby girl Kelly

Roylene R. Coleman
Roylene R. Coleman

I totally agree please let Steffy and Liam be together I am so sick of Bill they think it’s all about it’s supposed to be the Foresters not the Logans and they have taken over the whole show keep Liam and Steffy together send hope back to Paris I am beginning to really hate this show the way they are I am rooting for Pam to fix it.

Diane wilson
Diane wilson

No like Hope

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

I don’t like hope

Karen
Karen

I don’t like Hope or Brooke. Both conniving.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I feel the same
Way

Heather
Heather

liam will alway love hope no matter what people are staying he love steffy but I love with hope

Ann
Ann

I’d like Kelly to be Liam’s. That being said I wish she would leave them both in the dust ( Liam n Bill ) n find someone who loves her and only her n who isn’t such a nasty guy…. I love Don but hate his character… too entitled and nasty.

Sandra couvillon
Sandra couvillon

He’s changing!!!

Jeannine
Jeannine

Just because you have a baby by someone does not mean you need to stay with that person. Two miserable people do not need to raise a baby. They can coparent. Why should Liam stay with Steffy when she slept wth his father.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Because of the baby

ethel mcilwain
ethel mcilwain

why so the baby can be miserable like the parents are???

Janet Roberts
Janet Roberts

I agree totally the whole storyline is disgusting Kelly should remain Liam’s.

Hope
Hope

Steffy n bill yes

Hope
Hope

Bill’s baby kelly

Sally
Sally

I think Steffy falling in love with her blackmailer seems exciting to me. Still has more chemistry than Steam. They are both in their league…connivers, schemers and not afraid to do anything. I say go for it!

Ally
Ally

Agree!

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Bill needs to be with sally, they look alike. (2 evils)

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Yes he do and hope

Christi Q.
Christi Q.

Steffy was Bill’s first. She loved him first. He only cut it off because Katie had a heart attack when he was dumping her.Bill always kept Steffy in his life and manipulated Hope and Liam so that Steffy could stay in his life too. Liam and Steffy have nothing in common. Bill is 100% right about Liam and Hope being the same. Hope is his true love, Steffy just excites his wild side that fantasy men look for, but they do not share the same business values, family values or life goals past parenting. Steffy was way bettermatched with Wyatt because he is a more honorable verson of Bill. In the end Steffy and hope deserve better than Liam!

Cadrona
Cadrona

Exactly

Cheryl
Cheryl

Bill. Is not the one for Steffy. Find someone his age. No. No, No………

k/kay
k/kay

Okay let’s be honest if you had a choice between Don Diamont and Scott Clifton ??? Don all the way yes they have written horrible for him but he is still one hell of a man at 50

Sharell
Sharell

This so true

Tisa
Tisa

I agree. Liam is too wishy wasy. Team Still!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Liam might be wish wasy but he’s for Steffy

Delisha M Anding
Delisha M Anding

Agree…#still

Debora Frederick
Debora Frederick

Steffy and Liam all the way

Jeanie Thompson
Jeanie Thompson

I agree

Janis
Janis

Me too!! They belong together. They have been partners in crime for years, might as well put them together with baby Kelly. Set Liam free to be with the love of his life. Hope!!

Julieth Thompson
Julieth Thompson

Please do not let steffy end up with bill because I will be tuning out if it does

Shrly pab
Shrly pab

I am with you all the way never with Bill

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

ONCE AGAIN THEY NEED TO PUT AN END TO BILL’S THREAT..WHY THING’S CONTINUE TO WORK IN HIS FAVOR..HE NEEDS HELP..PUT HIM IN AN MENTAL INSTITUTION

missie
missie

yes I agree 100%

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Me too. Liam and steffy have always had a powerful relationship . They r the only reason I watch the show. If he goes to hope and steffy goes to bill I quit

Michelle Sprout
Michelle Sprout

There are the only reasons why I watch the program

Connie Forrester
Connie Forrester

Same with me , I love that couple and Bill needs to leave them alone

Tammy
Tammy

Me too,I hope this show tanks if they but Liam with that pathetic hope!!!I know I will not be watching she is a tramp just like her mother!!!

missie
missie

so true like mother like daughter

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think Liam’s character could be like the man with all the sister wives, and slew of kids,keeping them all happy and satisfied.I can see him every night, trying to decide which door to pick…if he had the stamina!

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

Lol, right

Sandra couvillon
Sandra couvillon

I wish the show was an hour long!!!

Tammy
Tammy

I agree with you! I will quit watching!

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

Omg really! Liam should be with hope. If it wasn’t for stuffy being a hosebag they would be

David L
David L

Liam is quite boring,too conservative and “goody goody “. Bill is quite the opposite and offers that “fire” and spontaneity to Steffy that poor predictable Liam simply can not. And Steffy knows it ! That’s why she is so afraid of Bill

missie
missie

i will stop watching the show if they put hope with liam and steffy with crazy bill

Connie Foster
Connie Foster

I agree,lets leave it alone,steffy and bill do not belong….showing a family is reassuring,that mistakes can be made but can be overcome and forgiven

June Pack
June Pack

I agree, if Steffy and Liam can’t be together then I will stop watching the show.

Von
Von

Agree.

Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson

I AM DEFINITELY WITH YOU ,ANY TIME A PERSON HAVE TO GO AS FAR AS THREAT BILL IS MAKING,IT TRULY IS NOT A ACT OF LOVE.GOING AFTER HIS SON’S WIFE IS SICK.I AGREE NOT WITH BILL.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Me too. I will be so done with B&B if they split Steffy and Liam apart. DONE!!!!!!!

Angie
Angie

I agreed

Darlene Johnson
Darlene Johnson

Me too, Bill don’t belong with Steffy at all.but it’s easy to figure out the storyline I’m tired of this show

Jen
Jen

Right there with you. I refuse to watch a stalker win his prey. It’s disgusting and demeaning to all women who have been victims of this in real life. I can’t believe the show in today’s era is actually considering this to be a romance. Bye bye to my Bold watching days it was nice while it lasted.

Dawn Penner
Dawn Penner

I posted this on face book Steffy should put on a pair of steel toed shoes and kick him where it hurts. Then when brooke says that Liam should be with hope cuz she’s pregnant steffy should tell brooke that she didn’t think it was important for her to be with Liam when she was pregnant why should it be any different for hope

Jacqueline Buchanan
Jacqueline Buchanan

A men

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Yeah!!

Loretta Parker-butler
Loretta Parker-butler

Right

Felicia
Felicia

Exactly…I can’t stand Brooke znd then Logan sister…I did like Wyatt with Katie

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Hope is just like “such mother, such daughter”

Amira Gomez
Amira Gomez

I can’t take hope and her mother so I’m done with this show

patti
patti

I absolutely agree with you I believe Brook just stay out of it turned back to pages in her life what all the things she’s done

Angie
Angie

Yes she is nasty anyway she slept with Brigdette husband. Liam and Steffy.

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Liam and Steffy, Liam and Hope are boring. Bring a new man for Hope and make her character exciting, this is repeat of Ridge and Brooke, sick of it.

Angie
Angie

Right

H.means
H.means

Brook looks at this like a game she always won Ridge over Taylor no matter what Taylor did to try and keep him. So she doesn’t want Steffy to be the love of Lliam life she wants her daughter to be that. Taylor needs to wake up and give her daughter a hand.

Angie
Angie

Yes

Vanessa Patrick
Vanessa Patrick

It’s disgusting even thinking about Steffy being with $Bill if so I’m tuning out she made a mistake now move on from it

Angie
Angie

Yes I’m going to quit watching too.

BJ Faries
BJ Faries

Agree!!!

cheryl cross
cheryl cross

agree. I really dont care for Hope and Liam . There is no chemistry. Steffy could carry the whole show . The same cannot be said about any other person on that show . Especially Hope . The woman cannot act . She needs to decide whether shes a grown up or a spoiled mommies girl. Hope being PG is a joke !!

Heather
Heather

Them you need glasses for there is so much love in liam and hope eyes for each. Other

Angie
Angie

I agreed

Beth
Beth

Steffy needs to end up with Bill because Kelly will end up his child AND they belong together just like Liam and Hope with their new baby BOY (or twins)!!

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

The baby is Liam’s

Lady L
Lady L

Hope should not be happy with being second choice and if she ends up with Liam that is what it will look like

Bammie
Bammie

Thatsbso true. Bill and Stephanie belong together it’s more fun to watch them together because they make a REAL CUTE AND GOOD COUPLE.

Lorraine Hardy
Lorraine Hardy

I hope so too Liam and hope need to get together

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

I hope the baby is Bill’s. Steffy and Bill are cut from the same cloth. They belong together just as Liam and Hope do.

Marcia A Whitley
Marcia A Whitley

Hope and Liam are so boring. Steffy and Liam is exciting. Hope it’s just a boring character trying to come off as so sweet and want to do the right thing. She should never have accepted Liam’s proposal because it was obvious he was was upset about Steffy. Instead of just coming out with what Wyatt told him, he jumps to conclusions.

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Bill to old, need to take his and sit down, should never been allowed to sleep with his daughter in-law, writers stop letting family sleep together, don’t look good for this young generation. Disgusting!

terrell
terrell

No the hell she doesn’t how would you feel if your daughter was dating an old man old enough to be her grandpa

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

@ Terrell, I would freak out. That’s disgusting

Debora Frederick
Debora Frederick

How can this trick preach abstinence and she is pregnant

Robin
Robin

The same way Steffy preaches blackmail to Bill when she blackmailed Bill first

Pamela Spearman
Pamela Spearman

I agree!

Robin
Robin

I believe Hope will have Liam Jr.

And we all know Kelly is Bill’s. The daughter who will be like her parents & run SP lol

Amy D
Amy D

I think once Steffy finds out Hope is pregnant it will ruin things between her and Laim and for Ridge and Brooke. That little philly Kelly is Bills baby. He paid someone or changed the paternity test himself. He wanted her to be happy bc she wanted Laim but now Bill can’t hide his love for her. Their night together is etched in his mind. It was a hot love scene!
Good luck to all the characters!

Lady L
Lady L

The so call love making between Steffy and bill was not hot it was sick. Steffy was messed up and hurt by Liam and bill took advantage of his son wife yuck what kind of father would do that to his on son. If the writing allow bill to get away with what he did to Liam that means bill can do the same to Wyatt and little will when he gets older. It’s sick

Amy D
Amy D

So was it sick when Ridge stole, slept with and married Caroline his brothers wife and Brooke’s daughter in law?
Steffy and Bill had a history and love that went way back. There was no alcohol no one was drugged. He didn’force Steffy.
Regardless of who was in that love scene, right or wrong in your mind it was fricking hot. And so is Bill!!!!

Nehemie Sylvestre
Nehemie Sylvestre

Agree with you. That’s immoral. I think teen need to stop watching this show because there is no moral lesson watching it. I know it’s soap, but at less the writer needs to remember that people with different background, view, are taking note of what you as a “writer is offering the public. I would like an answer from the writer: What do you thing about “ethic” when you are writing these stories? Is that what you teach your own daughter or son?

Sandra palmer
Sandra palmer

Bill will never do that to wyatt because wyatt is with sally and i can’t see bill sleeping with sally in the story lines.

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

She wanted Bill,just like years ago, she knew what she was doing so don’t put the blame on Bill that’s bullshit

June Pack
June Pack

That the the worse thing that the writers could ever come up with. Disgusting for them to have Bill and Steffy sleep together and then have Bill harass and blackmail her during and after her pregnancy. There’s no love in any of that. Infact, this entire storyline is just pure nasty and sick.

Tawnya R Jennings
Tawnya R Jennings

@ Lady L, absolutely, I’ll let bb go if that goes down with Bill and steffy.

Demetria L Streeter
Demetria L Streeter

It’s not Bills kid its all ready been confirmed by the writers

BRENDA COVINGTON
BRENDA COVINGTON

Being with the father in-law, I beg the difference, wow family sleeping together, SMH

Linda Perry
Linda Perry

I do NOT want Steffy to end up with Bill, and I don’t want Liam to end up with Hope. If Liam continues to be so wishy-washy I wish Steffy would cut him loose, too. If she could find a man worthy of her I’d like to see her with someone new. I hate what the writers have done to Taylor’s character and how they won’t let Steffy and Liam have any happiness for longer than five minutes. Stop it with the three-ways!

Lady L
Lady L

I agree Linda this stuff with Liam and hope is so boring and I like to see Steffy stand up to Liam about his back and forth behavior and how she can’t allow him to do this to their daughter Kelly. I wish she tell Liam to grow up and don’t be like her dad ridge because the writing are having Liam do the same thing ridge did to Taylor and Brooke. I like Steffy to be the woman that gets Liam to get his shit together and have Liam the right kind of dad for Kelly. And don’t let hope pregnancy be real. And B&B needs to bring some additional men and women old enough for bill, ridge and Brooke and hope I’m so sick of see the other same people get involved with each other. Plus I’m so tired of seeing bill and Justin getting away with everything.

Amy D
Amy D

That ain’t going to happen! Steffy is going to be with the stallion! Not the whimpy Laim.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I agree too

Christi Q
Christi Q

Lol. you mean Ridge who stole his fathers wife, Stole his son’s son and tried to pass it off as his son and cut thomasout all togethet? Or Ridge who flip flopped between Brooke AND Taylor, but never took the blame? Brooke always got slut shamed. Most women on theseshows are not role models for women. Steffy and Hope have matured but liam has not. Dump him ladies and raise your kids to expect better out of a man! Sorry Steffy and Liam won’t make it because eventually Bill is right about his assessment of Liam as a flip floper.Hope sees to accept it but a strong more self confident woman wouldhave cut him loose. Wyatt is the best match for Steffy. He was great for Hope too but rather see Steffy with Wyatt or Bill. Liam has no dignity how will he teach Kelly any self worth? Ridges flip floping is clearly why Steffy hasn’t kicked Liam out yet, but she should. Women deserve better than Men like Liam.

June Pack
June Pack

I agree 100% with you Lady L. because no one should get away with things like Justin and Bill has done and still doing.

Susan Lawrence
Susan Lawrence

Amen to that hun

Ted
Ted

I agree Liam needs a rude of Awakening

Kim
Kim

I totally agree Linda.

Karen
Karen

Totally agree…The Bill storyline is sick!!

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

I totally agree.

LISA P
LISA P

I completely agree with you Linda Perry!!

cheryl
cheryl

totally agree. If Liam does not end up with Steffy just put him with Sally .I cant stand Hope . The PG storyline with Hope is a joke However, I hope that she struggles even more then Steffy did when she was pregnant . Hope did her best to put Steffy thru hell . Hope will never be good enough. She cannot hold a candle to Steffy . B&B you also better take the #Me to movement into a count # when writting . Its time to show women can fight back . What Bill is doing to Steffy is creepy .

Soapstef
Soapstef

The history with Bill shouldn’t be ignored. She truly loved Bill. She gave him everything and her biggest hurt came when he went back to Katie.
She rebounded by shifting her focus to Liam. Its never felt like a healthy relationship. She’s always known that he loves Hope. She just keeps overlooking things to make it work. Steffy is supposed to be stronger and I hope being a mother now means she will dump Liam and take charge of her future.
She’s headed down Taylor territory at the moment. She will have 3 kids and Liam will still leave her in the end for Hope. Its brilliant but a sad fate for Steffy.
STILL could set fire to this town…let them. Steffy has only been able to count on one man her whole life…and it wasn’t Ridge..it was Bill.

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson

I agree with you! The STILL combo would be hotter than fire and ratings would soar.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

No way

Kelly Larrimore
Kelly Larrimore

Preach!!!

Melissa
Melissa

No,no,no! Not Bill.

Lady L
Lady L

You forget at the time when Steffy was with bill way back Steffy was upset with her dad ridge. Steffy hated Brooke because ridge was with her so Steffy was acting out by going back and forth with hope and when her dad made her stop Steffy knew ridge didn’t like bill and so she flirted with bill and don’t forget Steffy was even younger and bill was that older Father figure image that Steffy wasn’t getting from ridge. And when bill took Forrester creations from her father Steffy set Bill up to get her family company back so Steffy has never been in love with Bill. And regarding Liam wanting to be with hope not true. Liam likes hope for being this young girl that cares about the world and wanting to make it a better place so he loves hope but he never been in love with her. Because that day Liam was looking for hope in Aspen he could have told Steffy no and not married her but he didn’t he chose to marry Steffy 3 times and the only time he chose hope was when Steffy left him when she loss Liam first child. Hope has always been Liam second choice.

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Yeah!

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

You have no idea what u r talking about! He was in love with hope first.

Karen
Karen

You are so spot on!!

cheryl
cheryl

You are so right . Liam loves Hope innocents but its Steffy who has his heart. FACT . Hope will never be able to hold on to him. She just doesnt have it . Dont let this Pregnant story be real .

Robin
Robin

Evidently Steffy don’t “have it either” cause Liam keeps going around Hope, even has begged her to marry him in front of everybody in his underwear! Made out with Hope on Steffys clothes!
Now Hope is pregnant with Liam Jr.
Seems Hope is “holding” just fine
If Steffy HAD Liam, only would of been 1 marriage

Robin
Robin

You are so wrong on all of it!
Steffy fell in love with Bill, wanted him to leave Katie. He dumped Steffy over Katie’s health! Steffy rebounded on Liam! Steffy even told Liam b4 she slept with Bill that She knew she was seconds to HOPE! Only reason Liam married the skank cause either Hope dumped him, or the Skank Steffy was pregnant!
Hell the skank even watched Lope make out on HER clothes! The skank also took Hopes used wedding ring. ! If they were the lovebirds meant to be, Steffy never would of cheated with her FIL. Liam never would’ve slept with Hope when she came back!
Maybe you need to re-watch

Amy D
Amy D

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Christi Q
Christi Q

100% AGREE!!!

Melissa Barela
Melissa Barela

I agree Steffy and Bill are more alike and exciting together this could be the great love story both of them have been waiting for great storyline

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

AMEN, Bill has always been the man for Steffy. Bill has shown Steffy more love, loyalty, commitment and devotion than Liam ever has and ever will.

Robin
Robin

She still has him coming in her house & is still touching him

Peggy
Peggy

I would like to see Stephanie and Liam together to raise Kelly. They have tried to be together for a long time things keep popping up. I don’t like Hopes character being pregnant now it puts another loop hole with Liam and Stephanie. Why can’t they just get married and be a happy family. I guess it’s just a soap lol

Beta pierce
Beta pierce

If you go to Bill I am through with B & B. It is sick to not marry Liam! I am just about over Bill too bad te lived! Too bad Fake Hope cane vavk

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Liam need to married Stephanie and leave hop alone

Linda Lou
Linda Lou

LIAM IS TOO SISSYISH CAN’T MAKE UP HIS MIND TOO WASHY WASHY/ BILL TRUELY LOVES STEFFY……WANT BILL & STEFFY TOGETHER…….
LOVE SALLY & WYATT TOGETHER YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Resa
Resa

Bill doesn’t love Steffie, he just doesn’t want to lose. Not to long ago he was in love with Brooke and had to have her. Steffie is a challenge and Bill likes challenges, he likes to possess and own things and people.

Bhl
Bhl

Marry Bill let it be his baby

Lady L
Lady L

So you are good with a father going after his son wife? So that means it will be cool with you if bill does the same with his son Wyatt and when his son Will grows up it’s ok if bill goes after his woman. This is so sad and sick

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

That’s because the writers seem to think we loveee that I don’t

Christi Q
Christi Q

Steffy’s dad Ridge did this to get Brooke and again with Quinn. Liam loved Hope FIRST. She wanted to wait for marriage to have sex. Steffy was mad Ridge took Brookes side and fired Steffy after a tribute to Brooke was Sabotaged and it was humiliating to Brooke. It came from Steffy’s computer, Justin accessed it while Liam was fixing the computer. Steffy fell in love with Bill but dumped her because he was afraid Katie would die after he tried to divorce her for Steffy. To get back at Brooke, Ridge and Hope(who only found out Ridge wasn’t her father by accident of ridges big mouth)Steffy kept trying to tempt liam into a girl who “wasn’t saving” herself aka Steffy.
She went after Liam to prove she could get him, she only “loved” him later. Steffyand Liam just do not fit together just like Ridge and Taylor never fit together. Please end this STEAM thing. Put us out of our misery. Both young women deserve better than Liam.

Robin
Robin

Ridge has done the same & worse!
Steffy has been with dad & both sons, so maybe Will is next for her

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No Stephanie is going to married Liam so bill need to married hop

Tricia
Tricia

I want Steffy to stop walking on egg shells around Liam. When she finds out Hope is pregnant she should show Liam the same mercy and kindness he showed her….not! Time for him to man up or get out. Bill has been right all along about Liam, but Steffy needs to protect herself and her daughter with a giant pre-nup and a loop hole free contract giving her 51% of Spencer Publications! Time for Bill to put his money where his mouth is!

Cynthia lewis
Cynthia lewis

Ihope that it’s Liam child but i think the baby is Bill

Beverly Montez
Beverly Montez

Steffy is a strong young woman and doesn’t “need” a man to fulfill her life now that she has Kelly. Hope, on the other hand, is needy and very immature, still looking to mommie for answers. I want Steffy with Liam ONLY because that seems to be what she wants and she’s my girl. But if she decides Bill is the man for her, (after an amazing, knock yourself out courtship where he gives her the world on a platter) then I am okay with it. I think she could be the one to give him a heart and make him a better person. Ridge may freak, but let’s face it, he has never been father of the year. He left Steffy and siblings in the dust to be in Brooke ‘ s bed. I hope the disagreement over their girls splits up Brooke and Ridge forever. Let him take Taylor under his wing and help her to heal. Reunite their family. No one ever loved him like Taylor (except maybe Caroline). All things considered, Steffy and Bill could become the super couple of the show and be front and center. Liam is weak, Wyatt is the better man in that family. Steffy should have stayed with him!

Rosetta
Rosetta

I cocur with you. I stopped watching it for the fact that Bill keep coming around. This should be a happy time for the new parents. Hope is so self rigthous why she can find her owm man.

Brenda B Meeks
Brenda B Meeks

Why do people keep forgetting steffy and bill stopped liam and hopes wedding every time liam and hope tried to get married someone stopped it.Steffy does not respect the kind of man liam is.She ask him to keep the fact that Caroline was not dying a secret.something that Bill came up with.Staffy and Bill have a long history and are more similar in personality.Does anyone remember that steffy nearly made Ivy die by being electrocuted.Liam repeatedly ask her to stay away from Ivy.They just don’t make a good couple.Liam is to laid back for Steffy.she needs someone with an edge to there personality.

Christi Q
Christi Q

Yep!

Nessy
Nessy

Why do people keep forgetting about Quinn and Wyatt’s interference in Lope’s relationship also? How quickly Hope married Wyatt because Liam was saving Ivy thanks to Quinn. So if she wanted Liam so bad why didn’t she wait on him even if it took another day. She married his brother instead. Hope is another Brooke.B&B needs new Characters. Hope, Brooke, and Bill need new love interest. Steffy needs to tell Liam,Ridge and the Forrester family about Bill blackmail so they can put a stop to him for good and help Taylor heal. Who better to help Taylor than Ridge, Thorne and Eric. Ridge and Taylor need to be back together.

Robin
Robin

Steffy married Wyatt also when Liam was ADAM. Steffy lived w/Liam while married to Wyatt. So is Steffy lovessss Liam so much why sleep with her FIL over a “ Kiss”, why is she still keeping secrets from Liam?!?
Why has Steffy had to marry Liam 3 times?!?
Pregnancies, lies & manipulations is how she has gotten Liam

cheryl
cheryl

This new Hope has no chemeisty with Liam . Hope acts like a little girl . She even had braided pigtails . Not a good look for a grown woman . Sorry

Christi Q
Christi Q

Lol….Liam was Hope’s first. Please do some Google research. Also both women deserve better. Wyatt fits Steffy and Hope but they both dumped him over his mom.Liam deserves Liam. Steffy always loved Bill first. Also Ridge slept with Taylor and accidentally knocked her up while married to Brooke. Who he stole from HIS FATHER!He felt guilty so he annulled his marriage to Brooke even though he did notlove her to raise their baby Thomas. Taylor was dead he married Brooke and she helped raise Taylor’s kids and loved them. Taylor came back from the dead and Ridge went back out of pity (see a pattern) then when he found out his mom lied about Taylor cheating on him with James it was back to Brooke till he left the show. Ridge always loved Brooke and if he had stayed put all that pain Taylor had and caused out of jealousy wouldn’t have happened. It is these men who need to be men on this show. Plus why hate so much,itisn’t REAL people.

Cindy Savoy
Cindy Savoy

Liam was with hope first, stuffy should have found her own man

Lady L
Lady L

Bill and Steffy together is disgusting. The sight of a father going after his son wife is sick. So how can bill say it’s sick for his son Will to call his brother Wyatt dad but it’s ok if Bill grandchild to call him dad. Bill is a jerk and it’s about time for Bill to get caught and taught a serious lesson from Liam, Steffy and Ridge joining forces now that would be something to see.

Robin
Robin

Ridge also married his sons wife
If Steffy was a “strong woman” she never would’ve settled being seconds to Hope.
She herself admitted to Liam b4 she slept w/her FIL

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

That baby Stephanie have is not bill it is Liam baby and hop is no pregnant

Staci
Staci

wow! I’m a Steam fan! Too hard for me to think of Steffy with Bill. After all he’s done. Bills the reason Liam even entertained the idea of Hope again and slept with her. I think Liam will lose his popularity and Still would not be an ideal couple. Feels ad though ratings will drop soon. Was so looking forward to a real STEAM chance. Sad how this storyline yool the turn it has.

Gracie
Gracie

Wonderful Interview! Answers so many of fans questions! thanks Mr. Fairman.

Ginger
Ginger

Leave both Waffle and his dad. Take her daughter and go be happy.

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

I hope the baby is Bills.you can see the love in steffys eyes when he speaks to her about their past and the night they made love

Jacqueline Buchanan
Jacqueline Buchanan

I am a true Steam supporter and if that is not going to happen then I will need to cut my ties with B&B. Steffy and Liam are the only couple I have liked being together on this show. So I truly pray that is the direction it’s going….full STEAM ahead!

Jean Brooks
Jean Brooks

I just hope the baby is going to be Bill Steffy has always been so mean to Hope so I hope Liam and Hope will find they love together and we know Hope we baby is Lam

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

I hop and pray that hope is not having a baby I don’t want her and Liam together

Micki
Micki

They waited too late to reboot STILL. Now Bill is no longer the man she respects and leans on. They had a good ride or die friendship. It’s ruined. Now I just want Taylor to shoot him again. Storyline is not entertaining, it’s offensive to many female viewers.

Rita
Rita

Agreed! The women on this show can’t go one second without being married, and they let the same men walk all over them. Steffy has never been mad at Liam once even when she knew he was sleeping with Hope while they where still married. Disgusting

Susiesangus
Susiesangus

Steffy deserves Bill. She is as conniving and lying as Bill. Liam is a good guy who deserves a good girl . Plus, we are gonna find out tbar baby is Bill’s. Hope will have Liam’s baby and that will just kill Steffy ! Haha

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No hope is not going to having a baby by Liam he his a baby girl

Lisa Kent
Lisa Kent

Scott said Kelly is Liam’s father, so that’s what I believe. Bill is going to do some horrible stuff. Why would steffy want him.

Krystal S Walker
Krystal S Walker

Scott also said Liam shot Bill.

k/kay
k/kay

Why wasn’t the baby named Phoebe after her twin sister? Hey Steffy take another tumble in a bath tub maybe you will get your brains back and remember you were never into Liam !!! This show Taylor would never have shot Bill and she sure would not have let Steffy be black mailed over it!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I eant Steffy to be with dollar Bill and Liam with Hope they are more compatable.The fire between Steffy and Bill is hot and theove between Liam and Hope is true

cheryl
cheryl

no fire between Liam and Hope. There boring.

dmr
dmr

NuHope is very boring and lackluster. Today, the actress did her best to show emotion and fake cry during the pregnancy test results, but it just fell flat. She doesn’t have any oomph or pizazze-IMO.

Mary Morgan
Mary Morgan

I think bill & steffy are good together they think alike and she could have so much more with bill Liam Love’s steffy but he loves hope more and he will protect hope and that’s is going to come in between him and Steffy and I think the baby is Bill’s and bill is going to use it as his last Resort

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

Again that baby is Liam baby girl she look like him

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Now , thats really Scarey! You do know that the actor, Scott Clifton, is only acting, right?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Sorry, I was wrong.The baby is Scott Clifton’s child.I had fogotten reading about that being the case.

resa
resa

Bill could pay to have the paternity test say there was an mistake and he is the father, but I don’t believe he is,or he would have played it already.

Chrissy
Chrissy

Before Limabean existed onscreen there was Steffy and Bill,that’s what I’m waiting on a decade later.

Jenna
Jenna

Same. I have been waiting forever and besides Liam has his chance with her for years. It’s STILL time.

jennifer
jennifer

I really hope that steffy finally realized she loves Bill and they will find out the baby is Bill’s also. I want to see them become the next power couple on t.v.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

She do not want bill she want Liam I can not stand hope bicth ass

Connie
Connie

I love Steffy, she and Liam have something special! I won’t them to have a happy life together! The writers have really screwed with this show, much more of hope, I will not watch it anymore’ why mess with a good thing!

Roma
Roma

Steffy and Liam forever marry him and be happy with Kelly

Edie Warner
Edie Warner

I loved the article and hope she and the baby will be with Bill

James Ijames
James Ijames

I think that Bill should get a life and lose some time.

June M MORTON
June M MORTON

I would love to see her and Bill together, They have chemistry and we need to see that when people scheme, lie and cheat, they don’t get their happily ever after. Liam and Hope should have been together years ago but Bill and Steffy kept them apart. Let Liam and Hope be together now and Steffy and Bill.

Lavisha Smith
Lavisha Smith

No Liam and steffy should be together forever and hope and bill should be together forever

Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson

Steffy and Bill are a smoking hot couple because they are strong, aggressive people. They belong together! Let the wimps(Liam and Hope) have each other. Bill should have never left Steffy years ago,for Katie. He regrets it, and deep down, Steffy knows Bill is really better suited for her personality. When the baby news comes out, I want Steffy to clear her head and run right into Bill’s arms!

Lila
Lila

I want Steffy and Liam together. Bill has blackmailed her. He almost caused another miscarriage. He has been harassing her for months even though she turned him down every time. He is a sick perverted and obsessed man. He tried to kill Ridge, and planned to push a pregnant Amber off a cliff. Liam is a waffler and Hope was his first love, but he sincerely loves Steffy and he is a good person. Steam has the best chemistry!

Ivhocke
Ivhocke

I hope not Liam and Stephie belong together!!!!

Dee
Dee

This is completelydumb. What kinda chick would end up with a man that has lied onyou, Slut shamed you, blackmailed you, stalked you and on and on and on? Dafuq? The character I ROOTED FOR would get EVEN with someone who threatened her happiness and her mom.. Not sleep with them! So I’m order to get Steffy, all you have to do is treat her like shit. Great! Well, it’s she ends up with her STALKER I’M DONE. In the times of the #MeToo movement, to even consider it is disgusting and appalling.

Sylvie
Sylvie

Steffy has been jn love with Bill for a loooonnng time, back when she was his mistress while he was with Katie, so it’s only logical that she would end up with him!!

Carol
Carol

I think it’s a really bad idea to give the idea of loving your blackmailer to young women watching the show, or to young men that they can get what they want through force, physical or mental.

Snooper
Snooper

I like Hope and Liam, but don’t want Steffy to be with Bill. And I love Wyatt with Sally!!!

Dekisa Denning
Dekisa Denning

I think she should be with Liam they have a baby together and for bill he make me sick it’s time for him to go

Tasha
Tasha

I am still rooting for Steam! I hate Bill and I pray that Kelly is indeed Liam’s. I hate that the Logan’s always get their way with everything. It’s annoying

Cecilia
Cecilia

Just go back to Bill, leave Hope & Liam ALONE, especially after everything you have done to Hope

Vickg
Vickg

Bill and Steffy gross me out!! Sorry: but when I see them together it’s like she’s with her daddy!!! Yuck!!! I’d have to fast forward!!!

Rose
Rose

Although its not the best way to end up. I think Bill and Steffy have more chemistry than Steffy and Liam.Steffy will get bored with Liam. Bill probably will turn out to be Kelly’s dad. Then throw Taylor into the mix it can make for some intetesting shows. Usually the happy couples get noring on the soaps.

Maxine
Maxine

Stay with Liam

Amy Blais-Virden
Amy Blais-Virden

I want Steffy and Liam together and be a happy family. They both wanted this for so long. It’s not right to split them up when there is baby Kelly involved. I love Steffy and Liam together. The chemistry is there. I really don’t want Hope to be pregnant. I want her in a triangle with Wyatt and Sally or date officer Sanchez. I would love one couple to be happy with no negative in their life. What it boils down to is the only victim in this is baby Kelly. It’s sad to see this happen with a baby involved.

Lorna Sullivan
Lorna Sullivan

Time to end this story line. Let Steffy be happy with Liam and Kelly, let Hope find a new love of her own (a new character would be good) and let dollar bill disappear for a while!! There will be enough drama with Ridge and his situation

D Dunning
D Dunning

Steffy shoot and kill $ Bill and No Hope does not need to be pregnant

Ddeese
Ddeese

I think the show should have at least one couple who stays together forever like Nicki and Victor. Let Steffy and Liam live that happy life quote going from person to person.

Interviews

Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson and Greg Rikaart Talk On The Return of Chloe and Kevin

Fans of The Young and the Restless were overjoyed to learn a few months ago that Kevin and Chloe played to perfection by Greg Rikaart and Elizabeth Hendrickson were headed back to the CBS Daytime drama following the regime change at the top.

Rikaart had previously with the series for 14 years before he was taken off-contract, and then journeyed to Days of our Lives to take on the role of Leo, while Hendrickson went to General Hospital to take on the role of Margaux Dawson, only to eventually head back to Genoa City.

Michael Fairman sat down with the popular on-screen duo recently on the set of Crimson Lights at CBS Television City for a special conversation via The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

When discussing what happened behind the scenes that led them back to Genoa City, Liz expressed: “It was definitely a surprise to get the call. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere because I saw Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) was coming back and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) was coming back, and it looked like they were getting the gang back together.  I wasn’t sure if I was next on the list, but when I did get the call, I was really excited, and so I chimed in with my better half (Greg) and he was too, so then I was like, ‘Well, let’s do it.”  Greg related: “I had a conversation with Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) and expressed that it was nice being back in the building. and a little bit later, I got a phone call inviting me back.”

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If viewers have followed recent developments on Y&R, Chloe and Kevin kidnapped Billy for is own protection (Jason Thompson) to a cabin, after he tried to kill Adam.  In the ensuing scenes, Kevin injects Billy with a syringe filled with a drug to knock him out.  Rikaart shared, “Doesn’t it make sense, that if anyone had something on them to knock someone out it would be Kevin .. on the ready!?”

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Liz said of Billy’s deteriorating mental health state and working with Jason Thompson (and Billy’s revenge against Adam): “Chloe also knows that Delia would not want her father to take revenge.”  As far as working with Jason Thompson, Hendrickson shared: “Jason is really, really wonderful.  I have known him personally outside of the soap world from mutual friends.  And in getting to work with him, Jason is just great. He is a really solid guy, as well.

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Later, Liz and Greg weigh-in on their favorite all-time scene together.  Greg admitted, “The first one to come to mind is our New Year’s scene, because that is when we first got together. and the build-up to that was a really long time coming. I thought it was so beautifully played where Kevin had finally given up on the idea of them being together, and he is out with spray tan girl and it’s New Year’s Eve and all he is doing the entire time is complaining about Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe is home in her pajamas eating ice cream with Esther – it was very much a throwback to a John Hughes 1980’s rom-com.”

On their return to Y&R, Greg concluded:  “I think the fans are excited that we are back, and I think that fuels my excitement too, because when I was gone I really missed this place and knowing people missed having me here, I realized I wasn’t crazy …. this was something special.”

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So are you happy to see Liz and Greg back on Y&R? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first check out their video interview!

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Scott Clifton & Annika Noelle Chat On Liam and Hope’s Long and Winding Road To Their Reunion With Baby Beth

“The wait is over” were four of the happiest words for fans of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful when they learned, and then watched, after agonizing months, how beleaguered parents, Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Annika Noelle) finally were reunited with the baby girl they believed had died at birth, when they were victims of a heinous baby switch plot.  To make their journey all the more agonizing, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) had ‘adopted’ baby Beth along the way and was also duped in the process.

In this story arc, several characters learned of the secret, but for one reason or the other chose to keep mum about it, thus not letting long-suffering Hope and Liam know the truth! Chief among them was now bad boy, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), who is still legally-married to Hope and in wanting her all to himself, blackmailed others along the way to keep quiet, and even ran poor Emma (Nia Sioux) off the road because of what she might spill!

However, Liam, with a major assist from little Douglas, was able to figure out how he and Hope had been lied to and manipulated this whole time.  To think, this string of events all started on that fateful night in Catalina when Hope delivered Beth into the corrupt hands of Dr. Buckingham (Wayne Brady), who needed cash to pay off a gambling debt.

Fast-forward to just a few weeks ago, and viewers witnessed the emotional reunion between Liam and Beth, and then Hope and Beth, in a sweeping epic soap opera tale that delivered in so many ways.  But is there more trouble ahead?  From the looks of it, and with Thomas going over a cliff, we would say so! For now, B&B set a ratings record for the show during the big reveal, while Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle delivered gut-wrenching performances that will be remembered for some time to come.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Scott and Annika, who were at the epicenter of this exhausting, twisted, frustrating tale to get their thoughts on: playing out the key scenes, how they got through it month after month, what they think might happen next, and some behind- the-scenes insight on how several of those major moments came to life on-screen.

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When you both went into play the scenes where Liam puts two and two together and is reunited with his daughter, and then Hope finding out that Beth was alive, did you feel added pressure that you had to get the performance, and the payoff just right, because the audience had been waiting so long for this?

SCOTT:  Annika had a bigger job to do there than I did.  I have been doing this long enough to know that to get in my head about it having to be just right, it’s not going to be, and so, I was pretty good about that.  It turned out pretty well, but I think Annika had a lot of pressure on her as well.

ANNIKA: I think the payoff was even bigger with Scott, because Liam was the one who figured it out and had that revelation.  It unfolds a little more slowly in regard to Hope finding out the news.  When she initially finds out she is not with the baby.  I was more nervous about the baby in the key scenes. They are not actors, and they’re teething right now, and they’ve been working so much lately, that sometimes by the end of it, they are kind of cranky.  The main thing I was concerned about in my head was, “I hope the baby really likes me today, so we can have that magical moment.”

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The Bold and the Beautiful  is known for delivering the culmination of an emotional storyline on a large scale, but not before having plot point after plot point where none of the characters are quite figuring out what transpired, and thus the story drags out for a time, and thus can frustrate the audience.  For you as actors where you like, “When will this end?” or “Please end this! Now!” (Laughs)

SCOTT:  Oh, pretty early on. (Laughs)  It takes about a week of crying before any actor is like, “Let’s move on,” and I think Annika was crying for – what was it?  7 months?  8 months?

ANNIKA:  I think it might have been 8 total.  (Laughs)

SCOTT:  That is a sort of interesting kind of philosophical question you posed that I have been asking myself lately.  We have gotten so much pain and grief from fans on the story – not personally at us.  They understand and are very complimentary of our acting, but I get people coming up to me in grocery stores going, “When is this going to end?  My God, I can’t take it.  It’s just been months of this.  It’s the same thing over and over again.”  For a long time, we had no answer for them, and it was just, “Yeah, I know.  I hear you, but it’s going to pay off.  Trust me.  Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) knows what he is doing,” and he did know what he was doing, and he did pay it off.  It makes me wonder if we hadn’t made our fans suffer right along with the character for 8 months, would the exact same payoff that we got had been as profound?  I don’t know.  I wonder if… it needed to be that long.  It needed to drag, I think, for this moment, and here we are with the highest ratings we’ve had in forever!

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Yes, and that is a fantastic news!  In fact, looking at the ratings on the strength of the ‘Phoebe is Beth’ reveal, B&B finished #1 of all daytime shows (that includes soaps, talk and game shows) in the 25-49 womens demo for the week of August 5-9, which was a first in the 32-year history of the series.  In addition, B&B finished #1 in the key womens 18-49 demo (ahead of all the other network soaps) for the weeks of July 29-August 2nd, and August 12-16th.  A big “congrats” to everybody at B&B, and of course, the two of you, who were instrumental in playing out the story on-air. That’s pretty amazing. 

ANNIKA: It is wonderful and amazing.   When fans would ask me, “When will the truth come out?”  I’d answer, “Trust me!  Nobody wants that more than me.”  They would tell me, “Oh, my God!  I’m going crazy, and I’m just so depressed watching this happen,” and I’m like, “I’ve had to live it.”  (Laughs)  I agree with Scott, though.  I do wonder, as well, if the reaction would have been as strong if it the reveal had been sooner.

I don’t think so, because I remember watching it, and I wrote about this.  It was such a heart-tugging moment when Liam realizes that Phoebe is Beth, and they have that first moment together as biological father and daughter. The payoff was so big with the slow motion of the scene, accompanied by the music underscore.  I think, you had to have the story drag out to get to that moment where it was so emotional and touching.

SCOTT:  I think that is probably true.

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When you saw the scripts that contained within them that the truth was going to come out … did you call each other up, and go, “OMG! I think this is finally coming to a conclusion!?”

SCOTT:  It was kind of a slow burn.  There wasn’t any particular announcement or memo to the cast or anything like that, and it is not like it all comes out in one script, either.  At first, there were kind of whispers.  There were kind of rumors like:  “Sounds like Brad might be wrapping it up soon.”, “Really?  You think Brad might be wrapping it up?  Is this the light at the end of the tunnel?”  “I don’t know.  Maybe it is.  Maybe, it isn’t.”  Then at the wedding, when Liam overhears Flo and Thomas kind of arguing about it, to me, that was when I started to think, “This might actually be close to the end now.”  It still could have easily not been the end, but that was a qualitative change in tone and pace for the story that kind of tipped me off, but even then, it was still another month before the actual truth came out.  It just had to start somewhere.

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Annika, were you just done crying? (Laughs) I can’t recall such a long stretch for a character, or an actress, having to cry month after month, scene after scene!  And to top it off, you have this epic moment on the rooftop where Hope and Liam connect, and in a way, celebrate that Beth is alive against all odds.

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ANNIKA: The cinematography of that episode on the roof was beautiful, and I was so happy we got a drone up there to capture it, and the timing of when we got up to the roof … the sun was setting … and it was just a beautiful moment.  To get all of those shots, Scott and I had to do that scene – I don’t even know how many times, and there was lots of crying there!

SCOTT:  It was probably like twenty times that we had to do that wide shot with the drone, and we are used to doing one.  So, it took a lot out of us, but it was so worth it!

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It was worth it, because it was that kind of spectacular, sweeping moment that The Bold and the Beautiful executes so well when they get to a climactic point their storytelling.  So, let’s talk about Matthew Atkinson who comes in and plays Thomas, and his character becomes unglued, and obsessed.  What has it been like working with Matthew in this story, and how Thomas’ character flipped from when the character was previously on the canvas?

ANNIKA: I was saying that we needed it, because he was a catalyst for all of the actions to unfold and all of these domino pieces to start toppling.  It’s been nice having a bad guy on the show again.  I’m just kind of curious now about what is going to happen to Thomas.  I’m also curious, and we will have to wait and see how this is going to unfold with Thomas, because Hope is still married to him, technically.

Scott, you had to have that fight scene with Matthew, as Liam was trying to tell Hope that Beth was alive!  How was that to pull off?

SCOTT:  That was really, really fun.  I think Matthew and I both really enjoyed that.  The show was really nice in giving us a lot of creative input in that.  I went into it having this idea that I really, really didn’t want it to be glamorous.  I really wanted it to be raw, and kind of dirty, and asymmetrical.  I wanted them to be on the ground, and tired, and sluggish; I didn’t want them to be Kungfu fighters.  I didn’t want it to look like a beautiful dance, like a lot of fight choreography does look.  We are not martial artists.  We are two guys, who don’t really know how to fight, just beating the shit out of each other, and that was my pitch.  I got a little bit of pushback on that.  They were like, “Well, it’s still a soap opera, Scott.  It has to look kind of sexy, you know.”  I was like, “Aw, man,” but Matthew and I got to kind of choreograph it along with our stunt doubles, who helped us and were amazing!

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Scott, weren’t you glad that they didn’t make Liam a doofus and that he was the one that did put everything together and figure out the baby switch?  Sometimes, the guys on soaps are made to be not-the-brightest-bulbs in order to facilitate story for the female characters. 

SCOTT:  Well, (laughs)… I think a person in real life would have figured that out sooner.  I’m really glad Liam figured it out.  There were a couple of episodes where Liam was doing detective work and shining flashlights on old documents, and making phone calls, and asking questions.  All of that was really, really fun.  There was a period before that happened where, just the way the pieces were falling together, when I thought, “What if Wyatt (Darin Brooks) figures it out?  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Oh, my God! Maybe Wyatt is going to figure it out.”  I thought this because Wyatt and Thomas really hate each other.  Wyatt stole Ivy from Thomas.  So, I just thought that would have been kind of interesting.  Kind of the analogue to that is Arya killing the Night King instead of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.  You’re like of like, “Woah, I didn’t think she’d be the one.”   But I get it though, it had to be Liam.

ANNIKA:  In a way though, it was Douglas (Henry Joseph Simiri), which I love that they did from the mouth of the baby.

SCOTT:  Well one of our writers, Michael Minnis, said he really wanted it to be out of the mouth of the babes.

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I got blasted on Twitter because I said, “Liam figured it out! He is the hero!” Fans pushed back and said, “No, he didn’t!  It was Douglas who figured it out!  You are wrong!”  I get it.  Douglas was key.  I was just trying to publicly give props to Scott for his outstanding work in those scenes.  (Laughs)

ANNIKA: Henry has been doing such a good job.  I loved the scenes, Scott, with you and him together when Liam was figuring it out.

SCOTT:  You know, I still haven’t watched those scenes. There is no self-consciousness or anything like that.  That’s never been an issue for me.  When we lost the baby, or when we thought we lost the baby in the delivery room, I never watched those scenes, and then I realized, I didn’t want to.  I don’t know if this is that situation where I will just never go back and watch it.  I don’t know what it is.

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You should watch it, and I would certainly suggest that if you do submit yourself for the Daytime Emmys next year, that this is a great scene for you to choose for your reel.

SCOTT:  Thank you!

ANNIKA:  It’s hard.  I did watch it, though.  I remember watching the baby episode, I had to mentally prepare myself for it, and watching it, I was almost reliving it again.  I was crying right along with the episode because I had forgotten.  That episode came together beautifully as well.  There was something cinematic about it.  It almost felt like film, the way that they shot it.  I have to give credit to Cindy Popp, who directed that episode.  I get it.  It’s the same thing, watching yourself.  I’m my biggest critic.  It’s a blessing and a curse.  I learn from it, but at the same time, I can’t stand watching myself.

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What’s interesting now is that we are seeing Hope taking control of the situation after learning of everyone’s part in the cover-up of baby Beth.  Last week, she even bitch-slapped Flo (Katrina Bowden).  Is Hope going to want payback and retribution on everyone who wronged her?  What is she thinking at this point? 

ANNIKA: I think the main thing was that she had to be so lost in her grief that she was making these decisions that were completely illogical and had to be in a place, where she felt so out of control in her life that this is now the moment where she is seizing that control back.  Hope has the strength to do that, and she has the renewed confidence to make the choices she needs to make.  So, it’s kind of like the phoenix rising from the ashes.  I really do hope this is a true moment of growth for her and she isn’t as naïve anymore; that she isn’t as prone to being gas lighted in a way.

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SCOTT:  Now, she will just be completely distrustful of everybody.

ANNIKA:  No babysitters.  Nobody is babysitting my kid!

SCOTT:  Never again.  “Can I hold your baby?”  “Nope.  No, you can’t.  Nope.  Sorry.” (Laughs)

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What can you say about working with your ‘Best Supporting Actresses’, who play baby Beth?  They are pretty cute, and the timing and the facial expressions they make works in the scenes so well!  

ANNIKA: I was saying that we have set baby goals.  We have set child actor goals.  What we have been getting, and the fact that we have captured them (because there are two of them, there is Madeline Valdez, and then, there is River Davidson) saying “Mama”, saying “Dada”, or clapping, and crawling over to my wedding dress, or pulling on my wedding dress, what we have gotten is so lucky for us.  I know for me, the scene where I was watching Scott as Liam finding out for the first time it really hit home, because Scott was crying, and she says “Dada” when he comes into the room.  Then, Scott is like bawling holding her, and she just reached up and touched his face at one point.  I have to give the parents credit, and the babies, who don’t even know that they are acting.

SCOTT:  Those kids are amazing.  The one you see the most is Madeline.  She was the one in the scene with me and in the scene where Hope is reunited with her as well, but we also have River, who is a little sweetheart too.  She also does some very interesting things.  They both just do something interesting in every single scene, and it’s an actor’s dream because it forces us to be present.  You know, we have to react in real time to whatever it is they are doing, and we were just very, very lucky to find them.

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What do you think all of these revelations means for the future of Liam and Hope, and Liam and Steffy? 

SCOTT:  I don’t know.  I think we have got to be back-burnered at some point.  People have got to be getting sick of us (laughs) because it’s been Hope and Liam, and baby Beth all the time.    Brad knows that, so I’m guessing that there has got to be some break for Liam and Hope.  After that, there is no way they are going to live happily ever after.  We don’t want that.  We want more drama.  We want something to go wrong.  I don’t know what it could be, but if I value my soap career, I want something else to go wrong for Liam.

Annika, how were those scenes to tape with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood where Hope has to tell Steffy that Phoebe is Beth … and that she is taking her biological child and leaving with her, knowing how that would affect Steffy?

ANNIKA: Getting to play scenes with Jacqui is always such fun.  There is a beautiful give and take that happens, and in that moment, Hope is still very empathetic.  She understands what it is like to lose a child, but at the same time, there is no way that she is walking out of there without her daughter.  Also, it’s just a moment where you have to step back and go, “Aww,” and just watch Jacqui do some amazing work, and to let her have her moment to shine, because she did such a beautiful job.  Those were pretty stressful days because the babies were in every single scene, which means we have a certain amount of time to get those takes.  So, those were actually really difficult scene to shoot.  We had a lot of pressure to get them done, and also, having to hold a baby who is now, I think almost 20 pounds.  My arms just started going and I am thinking, “Wow! I need to go to the gym to work on my upper arm strength.”  At one point, I literally was like, “I can’t hold this baby right now.”  They wanted me holding her so that Steffy sees another woman holding “her” child.  You’re about to see Steffy go on a bit of a vengeance with all of this soon.  I hope they tie-up the loose ends before they move on with everyone’s story.

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Hope is this long-suffering heroine, and last Friday, Thomas came to try to talk to her to explain why he did the things he did, and then he went over a cliff!  Is there any happiness ahead for Hope, really?

ANNIKA:  Hopefully, if she gets that annulment!

SCOTT:  When Hope is standing over Dr. Buckingham’s (Wayne Brady) dead body, then she will find her happiness.

ANNIKA: If we could just bring Wayne Brady back just for a scene, please! (Laughs) We can only hope for Hope. (Laughs)  I know Thomas certainly isn’t going to make it easy to get an annulment, and I hope that we solidify that Beth is legally Hope’s, and that the marriage is annulled and never happened.  Maybe she and the baby can get a few moments of happiness and joy, but I’m sure that a wrench will be thrown in.

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What would you want to say to the viewers who were put through the wringer with this storyline, and yet stayed glued to the story?  What could you tease is yet to come?

SCOTT:  We put our viewers through hell.  We tortured them.  We tortured them for 8 months, and the fact that the ratings are what they are shows that our viewers are the exact gluttons for punishment they we hoped they would be. (Laughs)  They’ve stuck with us, and I hope they feel rewarded.  They certainly tuned in for their reward, but the payoff is not over yet, and we hope to keep making it up to them.

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Annika, you get the final word.  What would you like to say to the B&B audience?

ANNIKA: Thank you for joining on this emotional rollercoaster ride with me, and thank you for all of the support.  I’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback, and I think a few new fans from it along the way.  I’m just very grateful that they stuck with us and the story, and echoing what Scott said, hopefully now there will be a lot of beautiful, fun, juicy, awesome moments for the fans to enjoy after the fallout.  With a soap opera, the ride never stops.  Now there is a corkscrew instead of a loop de loop.

SCOTT:  That’s a good metaphor.

ANNIKA:  We’ll see what happens with crazy Thomas, and Flo, and now that Sally is back in town, what is Wyatt going to do, etc,  So there’s lots of fun stuff coming the audiences way, for sure.

So, what were your thoughts on the climatic episodes where Liam and Hope are finally reunited with their daughter, Beth? What did you think of the performances of Annika and Scott?  What do you think will happen next with Thomas, and with Steffy?  Can Hope, Liam and Beth have a respite from all the drama? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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