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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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Liam has been all flip-floppy and was going to marry Hope!  What does Steffy think about that “almost” event?

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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

Mishael Morgan Talks on Her Return to Y&R and Tackling the New Role of Amanda Sinclair

So, just how did The Young and the Restless lure back one of the series most powerhouse actresses to take on a brand-new role? Mishael Morgan, who earlier this year was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her gut-wrenching final performances as Hilary Curtis, reveals in a new interview with Michael Fairman TV, what went down to bring her back to the CBS Daytime drama.

As fans know thus far, after appearing as ‘Ghost Hilary” through the late spring and summer, Y&R’s creatives worked behind the scenes to get Morgan back on screen without tainting Hilary’s ultimate demise.  That is when they came up with the role of the sexy yet tough lawyer, Amanda Sinclair.

So, enter Mishael in a new wig and style that defines Amanda as her own character.  Question is, since Amanda is a dead-ringer for the late Hilary, are they related? And, what will ultimately be proven to be in her DNA?  In story, Amanda entered the scene as the often-mentioned Chance Chancellor’s attorney.  She shows up in Genoa City to contest the legitimacy of the late great Katherine Chancellor’s will and the fortune she left to Devon (Bryton James).  With Devon directly in Amanda’s line of fire it sets the stage for potential fireworks down the line.

We sat down with Mishael backstage at Y&R for this informative and entertaining chat as we officially welcome back this truly kick-ass performer.  Here’s what Mishael shared below.

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What transpired behind the scenes to make it possible for you to come back to Y&R?

MISHAEL:  Tony Morina (executive producer, Y&R) kind of gave me a little bit of a heads up.  They called me back to come in and do the ghost episodes as Hilary, and it happened really quickly.  It was like, “Hey, Mishael, do you think you can do this?  Yeah?  Okay.  We’ll work it out with your team.  Alright.  We’ll see you tomorrow.” (Laughs) It was really, really fast.  I was hesitant for a second about the whole Hilary ‘ghost thing’, because I felt good about how we wrapped up Hilary’s storyline.  I’d only left for a couple of months, and I still felt funny about it, but I was like, “I’ll do it.  She’s a ghost … so she hasn’t returned from the dead.  So, it’s fine.”

Originally, I was concerned that they were going to have you as Hilary keep popping up as a ghost to Devon for an indefinite amount of time; when the show has already done that with Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and his father, John (Jerry Douglas).  Because of your previous performances, and Emmy-nominated performance for the final arc of Hilary’s story, I thought, in the end, it might detract from that.

MISHAEL:  Yes, and I think that’s how I felt too, but I agreed to do it because they said that it was going to be a max of seven episodes.  So, while I was doing that, Tony was on set watching the scenes.  Next, he just called me up and said, “Well, how do you feel about coming back?”  I was like, “Coming back?  Hilary is dead.  Like, Hilary is dead-dead.  Is this going to be an alternate universe?” (Laughs) He said, “Well, no.  You’d be coming back as a different character.”  That was really intriguing to me, because one of the reasons why I left was because I felt like creatively I’d played a character from beginning to end, and it felt like it would just be nice to go off and play somebody new.  I never in a million years thought that I could come back to Y&R and actually play someone new!  That was weird to wrap my head around when they said, “You’d play a new character,” but then when they said she was going to me a lawyer, my ears really perked up! I’ve always wanted to play a lawyer, because I have the background where I wanted to be a lawyer in real life.  So, then I’m like, “OK. Now I get to play a lawyer on TV.”  They really got their hooks in to me with that … and just hooked me in from there.  Then, I got open to the idea and the story that Josh Griffith (head writer, Y&R) wanted to tell.

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Once you learned the idea of the story from Josh, it seemed that things happened very quickly!  We all found out about your return via a social media post where you got to tell the fans yourself that you were coming back … but as a new character.

MISHAEL:  It happened relatively quickly in terms of me tentatively coming back, but then they still had to write the story.  So, everything wasn’t really confirmed until a couple of weeks before I started taping again.  We were in talks for about two months, and we worked it all out.  I said, “I’d do it,” and then it was 100% confirmed around August of this year, and I was airing in September.  It was kept was very, very quiet.

Are you still figuring out what Amanda’s back-story is?

MISHAEL:  I am.  I feel like every writer is a little different, and I feel like Josh likes to keep things very close and tight to his chest so that you kind of don’t know what’s happening.  Josh gives you enough information to play a little bit of something that is coming down the pike, but he doesn’t really disclose everything.   I’ve gotten little hints, and I kind of know where we are going, but I still don’t know the whole back-story of Amanda.  I’m still trying to figure her out.  If she’d been the polar opposite of Hilary, I think it might have been easier, but if you read her description, she’s very much like Hilary: A-type, strong, driven, all of those things.  Hilary had this very malicious, unscrupulous side to her, but I don’t know if Amanda has that.  In terms of the general description of the character, they’re very similar, which I was happy about just because I like playing strong women on TV.  If they had said, “We’re bringing on this character, and she is homeless” … or somebody who was super quiet… that would pose a different set of things for me as an actress.  I think seeing strong women of all different colors, shapes, and sizes is so important right now on TV, and it is very relevant.  I am happy to be a part of that.

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What was it like playing all of these entrance scenes as Amanda where your former and current scene partners had to suspend belief? There’s Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Daniel Goddard, Jess Walton, and you, and Amanda walks in like, “Hey there!” (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  We just laughed about it.  It’s one of those things that is so funny, and it can only happen in the world of soaps.  A lot of the fans said, “This is weird,” in the beginning, but the fans love the show, and they accept it, and they do suspend their disbelief, and then it becomes normal.   We just had fun with it.

You’re like, “Hi, do you like my new hair?” (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  That was the thing too.  (Laughs) I don’t even think Christel even saw my hair until she came to set, and she was like, “Oh wow! I like your new hair.”

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What happened when you and Christel taped the scenes where Lily sees Amanda for the first time, after the former contentious relationship of Lily and Hilary that ultimately changed the course of both their lives?

MISHAEL:  For me, it was super fun and easy because I don’t know any of the Hilary/Lily back-story.  I just play very oblivious like,“Hi, I’m just here.” (Laughs)  So, it’s very easy for me, but I almost envy a lot of the other characters who have to play all of these layers because Lily does have that back-story because she was charged for Hilary’s death, and the guilt associated with doing something like that, and also the hate that she had for Hilary.  Then overcoming that hate, and then going on that entire beautiful journey that they had together as women.  But now having that as a layer, and adding on top of it this woman who looks exactly like Hilary, but is a completely different person, is really interesting. Even for Bryton, I feel like he has a golden opportunity as well, because to have that love of your life, and then a new love of your life there in Elena, and then see a woman who looks just like your ex-wife is, I’m sure, really difficult.  Your mind would just be exploding!

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How did Bryton find out that you were coming back, and what was his reaction to the news?

MISHAEL:   Well, I came in for the ghost episodes, and I just couldn’t hold it in any longer.  I told him before we finalized this new deal.  He’s a friend of mine.  I wanted to get his opinion, and he was like, “You should do it!”  I was like, “Really?  It feels so weird because I just left a year ago, and I was so happy and content with leaving, so it feels weird to come back.”  He was like, “No, it will be fine.”  He’s like, “The fans will love you either way.  They’ll want you back.”   I was worried about how the fans would feel because it is such a quick return.

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What is the feedback you’re getting from the fans thus far on your transformation from Hilary to now Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I feel like it’s pretty positive for the most part.  There are always going to be a couple of fans who are skeptical … or who don’t like the storyline … and even if they don’t like it they say, “This is kind of weird to bring her back as a different character.  We miss Hilary, but we love that Mishael Morgan is back, so, that kind of makes it all OK.”

The story that brings Amanda to Genoa City revolves around the legitimacy of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) will, and she comes in and says there was a counterfeit will etc.  She’s the messenger at this point and her client is Chance, correct?

MISHAEL:  Yes, Amanda’s client is Chance.

Isn’t she starting to question the legitimacy of her client?

MISHAEL:  Yes, but I think she still believes that it was Chance.  She’s kind of wondering now … because she even accuses Jill (Jess Walton).  She’s like, “It’s your grandson.  He’s all out to lunch.  He’s not getting back to anybody.”  Jill is very much in the headspace where she is like, “Well, this is probably not my grandson.”  Amanda is like, “I’m pretty sure it is.”  So, I think Amanda still thinks that it is Chance, even if he is a criminal, and even if he is doing something tricky.

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How did Amanda get contacted by Chance in the first place to take this case?

MISHAEL:  It was an email, and then Amanda spoke to him on the phone …  or at least to who she believed was Chance.  He signed the papers, he scanned them over, and he forwarded Amanda the retainer. She had no reason not to believe that it was him.

So, when Amanda came to see Devon and company, she had no idea that there was this lookalike of her that was intertwined with this family?

MISHAEL:  No, but then after Devon tells Amanda about all of this, she sees pictures of Hilary online, but this is all done off-camera.

Does Amanda now suspect that she could be a twin? 

MISHAEL:  I think so.  I’m kind of playing that or keeping that there.  I’m kind of playing that as part of the reason why I want to stay in town because Amanda is intrigued by this other person who looks like her.  This could possibly be family.  I think it adds an extra layer as to why she wants to stay on Genoa City.  It is not just because she likes this person, or that person.  I think it is because she wants to figure out her connection to this person who looks just like her.

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We’ve seen Amanda be a little shifty.

MISHAEL:  Maybe a little bit. (Laughs)

What do you think we, as the audience, should be feeling at this point about Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I think we just have to wait and see.  Hilary had a lot going on before I left, and this is a new character who is slowly building.

I think that one of the things that daytime shows often have done wrong is that when they bring in a new character, they shove them down the audience’s throats too fast that they get sick of them.  I don’t know if that’s the tactic for the emergence of Amanda, more of a slow burn?

MISHAEL:  I feel like they are definitely doing a good job of building her character slowly and adding layers.  It’s not all coming out right away.  I feel like people should be feeling excited to try and figure out who this woman is because that is what it is eventually going to be leading to.  Right now, we are all just together in trying to figure out who she is.  I feel like everybody is really excited (and I am too) to get going, but even when Hilary came to Genoa City, it took about a year for her to catch her stride.  I think it’s going to take a while to really understand the meat of this character and how she fits into everyone’s lives.

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Do you think Amanda feels badly about what is going on with Cane and Devon with the will, and how it would change both their lives forever?

MISHAEL:  Yes.  I definitely think that she feels badly about that.  In the beginning, it was very much her job.  I think when Devon is contemplating giving over his fortune, it makes Amanda see him in a different light, and her empathy for him starts to increase because she sees that he is a good guy, and that there wasn’t anything that he did that was malicious.

I think there is an attraction brewing here between Devon and Amanda.

MISHAEL:  Possibly.  I mean … Devon was attracted to someone who looked like Amanda.

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Will she like him if he has no money, though?

MISHAEL:  I don’t know… I mean, Hilary definitely wouldn’t. (Laughs)

What do you think about working with Brytni Sarpy (Elena)? I see a triangle or quadrangle brewing and I see catfights in your future!

MISHAEL:  I love Brytni.  I definitely see that because Elena is definitely in the state of mind where she can’t stand this Amanda character.  The second she walked through the door, she couldn’t stand her.  I’m sure there are going to be some catfights coming.  I’m sure that it is going to be very entertaining for everybody! We’ll see.

Because you were considering being a lawyer … wait until you get into the courtroom set for some scenes!

MISHAEL:  I know, I’m excited for that!

Christian LeBlanc (Michael) always loves the courtroom monologues because he says it’s like doing a stage play.  Will you be up for that?

MISHAEL:  I think it’ll be ready for it.  I had a little one already to kind of warm up.  I won’t tell you what it was about.  I was like, “I can do this,” and I think it would have been even more fulfilling if there were an actual jury there where it feels like you’re performing.

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What kind of lawyer is Amanda?  Does anyone know? (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  Well, right now she specializes in estates and trusts, but the one thing that I do know about attorneys is that technically with your license you can kind of do anything.  It is just that your experience will be in a specific area.  So, certain people may not want you to defend them, because you’ve never defended people in these cases.  I feel like it is not the same as a surgeon.  A surgeon specializes in the heart, and they don’t really do anything else, but as an attorney, you can kind of do anything.  You can defend anyone if the price is right and you feel confident.

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When you were thinking of being a lawyer, did you think of the kind of lawyer you wanted to be?

MISHAEL:  Well, when I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to be an international human rights lawyer.  So, something very different.  I wanted to save the world.

You know what they should do?  Maybe Amanda could have a courtroom show.  Instead of Judge Judy, it could be called Judge “Mandy”!

MISHAEL:  Put people in their places.

That’s if Amanda doesn’t get a talk show gig on the side, like Hilary did with GC Buzz! (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  With the courtroom cases, and the talk show, that would be a lot.

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We talked about Hilary and taking her through everything she had gone through, and it really was the perfect ending when she passed.   Do you look back on that time and that work which we all loved so much?

MISHAEL:  Yes, I do.  I still look back on it, and I feel so blessed to have gone through that journey with her and to have created such a great character.  There are times when I’m like, “Yeah, coming back as Hilary would have been a lot of fun,” because I read the lines, and I know how Hilary would say everything, and now I have to figure out how Amanda says it – and it never feels the same, because I got so used to this being Hilary’s home.  I feel like Amanda is a little more like me, so there is a little less playfulness happening.

You want more of that which is reminiscent of Hilary, or not as much with Amanda?

MISHAEL:  I feel like naturally there is not as much now with Amanda, but I do want more of the playfulness to happen. It’s fun to play that on camera.  I feel that’s the fun of acting and pretending in that you get to be less of yourself, and more like a character.  Hilary was so different from me that it was just so fun to play her.  I feel like I’ve got to find those things in Amanda that make her unique and different that I can indulge in.

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In real-life you’re now a mom of two.  When you leave your kids to come to work, is it hard for you?

MISHAEL:  It is, but it’s okay because my husband stays at home with them.  We bounce back and forth.  He doesn’t work when I am working, and the days when I am not working, I am at home, and I get to enjoy time with them.  Then, when I am working, he stays home, and he gets to enjoy time with them.  It sucks to leave them, but at the same time it’s great to know that they are getting to spend time with their father, and I’m getting some ‘me time’.  I think that is necessary, because being a stay at home mom was a lot harder than I thought.  It is exhausting, and you are always on call.  You feel like you’re a surgeon.  It is just too much at times.

You always have the best Instagram photos with your kids and their outfits.  Are you going to have them dressed for Halloween?

MISHAEL:  Oh, yes.  They are going to dress up.   My son is going to be a firefighter, and I am going to be the fire, and my husband is going to be the fire hydrant, and my daughter is going to be the fire dog, the little Dalmatian!

Were you thrilled that you had a daughter this time, after previously having a son?

MISHAEL:  Yes.  At the time, I was okay with whatever the gender turned out to be.  I know everybody says it, but as long as they’re healthy, that is the most important thing.  I even thought about if I did have another boy, there would be that brother bond.  I grew up with sisters so to give him a brother would have been great, too.  Everybody always wants to have one of each because you want to be able to see what a boy would look like, and what a girl would look like, and their temperaments and all of that.  So, it’s nice that we got one of each.  We are happy.  We are good.  No more kids in my future.  (Laughs)  I shouldn’t say that too much because what if I do get pregnant, and my kid is like, “I was definitely an accident, Mom?” (Laughs)

We don’t know who Amanda has ties to at this point, but would you like to see her in another romantic relationship with some guy who is not Devon?

MISHAEL:  I would like to see that just because it would be something that kind of defines her as her own kind of person with her own journey and her own likes and her own dislikes.  I even feel that if she just ends up with Devon, it would be kind of weird.  We don’t know if Hilary and Amanda are related, but if they are related somehow, you would not have the same experiences, you would not have the same connections as this person.  As far as who I would want to work with, I don’t know.  I don’t know how to judge.  Well, Sean Dominic (Nate) has been awesome.  It would be kind of cool to be with Sean character-wise, because if Amanda ends up with Nate, that’s a relative of Devon, so Devon would have to see that all of the time … so that’s interesting.

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How is working with Sean?

MISHAEL:  Lots of fun.  He actually has the same birthday as my dad.  He’s a really cool guy, and we get along great.  That is half the battle because every now and again (and you rarely hear about it) you can’t stand the person you’re working with, and every time you get into scene work with another character, you’re always wondering, “Am I going to get along with this person?”  I love Bryton because we definitely have a special connection when we are on camera and when we are working together.  We’ve known each other for so long, and we’ve done so many amazing scenes together, and I think there is a lot of trust there.  It’s easy to just work with him.  That being said, the challenge of working with another character would be great as well.  We’ll just see where the chips fall.  Either way; I’m going to have a blast.

So, Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and you obviously have this great relationship together on-screen.  Mariah was Hilary’s dear friend.  Did you ever see her performance after Hilary died and her heartbreaking monologue on the set of GC Buzz?

MISHAEL:  Yes, I did.  It was amazing.  She’s an amazing actress.  She’s an amazing person.  I was so happy to work with her, and I am so happy to be back, because we are such good friends.  My first day back on set when I walked in, Camryn was the first person I saw.

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Did Camryn know you were coming back to the show as Amanda?

MISHAEL:  Yes, she knew I was coming back.  We had a big hug and everything like that, and we were laughing about the fact that she’d come back to Y&R too as a whole different character.  So, I was like, “What pointers can you give me?” I would really love to figure out how Amanda and Mariah can work together.

The big question … I wonder if Amanda will have friends in Genoa City? (Laughs)

MISHAEL:  I think she would.  I mean, I know she is a little uptight, but I think she’ll have friends.  I hope so.  I don’t know who though. Guess everyone will have to stay tuned to see.

So, are you happy to see Mishael back at The Young and the Restless? What do you think of the character of Amanda Sinclair thus far? Do you want to see her with Nate, Devon, or someone else on the canvas romantically?  Do you think it will turn out that Hilary and Amanda were twins? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson Talks On Thomas’ Vendetta With Brooke & Playing The Manipulative Bad Boy Of The Forrester Clan

Since coming to The Bold and the Beautiful earlier this year, Matthew Atkinson is making his mark in the role of Taylor (Hunter Tylo) and Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) son, Thomas Forrester.  But while Matthew was a recast for his predecessor Pierson Fodé, his Thomas is quite different.  The new Thomas is a bad boy capable of horrific manipulations to get what he wants, and a young man who has caused so much suffering already for the Logans, Spencers, and the Forresters  But is there a heart underneath that often volatile exterior?

After all, Thomas went to great lengths to keep Hope (Annika Noelle) in a relationship with him and for her to be a “mother” to his son, following the death of Caroline.  So, what did he do? He covered-up and blackmailed many people to keep their mouths shut to the truth – that his sister Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) little girl, Phoebe, was actually baby Beth, the child Hope and Liam (Scott Clifton) believed had died at birth!

Following the big reveal, and getting a bit of comeuppance, Thomas landed in the hospital with a questionable push from Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) after a fall.  After promising to change his ways, looks like Thomas is back to scheming and conniving – this time to make sure Brooke gets payback and that her marriage to his father blows up to smithereens.  Meanwhile, Thomas needs to be a better father to his little boy, Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri), but will the Logans and the Spencers come between father and son?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Matthew Atkinson to get his take on: the emotional make-up of his incarnation of Thomas Forrester, what his ultimate takedown of Brooke would be, and how he thinks Thomas can find a way back into the family good graces, and more.  Here’s what Matthew had to say about it all.

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Thomas really has a vendetta with Brooke.  The scene where Brooke slaps him illustrated just how deep-rooted his issues apparently are with her. What did you think about what Thomas said to Brooke that came to a boiling point with the slap, and what was it like performing the material with Katherine Kelly Lang?

MATTHEW:  Katherine rocks every chance I get to be around her.  She is such a sweet human being and so fun to work with and takes her job seriously and puts a lot of work in, and I think it shows.  As far as the scene goes, every chance that I get to work with her is fun.  She’s just a great actress.  Brooke basically had this vendetta against Thomas for a while now, and she was the one who unjustifiably went a little crazy about Thomas before anybody knew Thomas was off the rails.  So, it’s kind of this interesting culmination of having that where she has built herself up to hating Thomas at this point, and she is just scared of him and what he could possibly do.  Then you have Thomas, who has hated Brooke ever since she came in and destroyed his family.  There is so much emotion there and so many levels to it.  It’s just so much fun to play around with, and in those scenes especially, it is kind of like neither one of them really has a filter.  They are both just going at each other.

He is punctuating his plan by telling Brooke that she may, “Have his father tied around her slutty little finger, but her reign of terror ends with him!”  I was just like, “Uh-oh.” (Laughs)

MATTHEW:  Yeah, and that’s how Thomas sees Brooke.  He sees her as this slutty woman who came in and kind of giggles her way into his dad’s life and flirted with him and destroyed his entire family.  Thomas sees her and all of her sisters as these air-headed women who are kind of just family-destroying kind of people.  They come in, they do whatever they can to get what they want, and he doesn’t care about them at all.  I think he has kind of gotten to this point, especially with Brooke … considering what happened with Hope and that he has this genuine love for Hope.  Brooke won’t even accept that, or think about that as a possibility with how she views him.   It’s that crazy dynamic and those scenes were definitely an emotional peak for both of them.

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Thomas seems to become obsessed, and laser-focused on people like Hope, and now Brooke.  What has happened to him?  How are you playing this behavior pattern of his that we are seeing established?

MATTHEW:  Some of the most successful people in the world are people who obsess over things.  I think Thomas is like that, but I think that since Caroline’s death, his obsessive nature has been so focused on things other than fashion.  They aren’t his job and what his talents are, which is where he should focus all of that energy, but instead it’s been on his son needing a mother.  So, getting Hope in his life was key to him, and with Brooke, it’s a woman who has destroyed his entire family.  He wants his dad to be better off.  He wants his entire family to be better off.  He honestly feels that they would be better off without Brooke in their lives, and so that is what he is focused on.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad attribute to have when it is focused in the right direction, but for Thomas, since the death of Caroline, his focus has been on things that are a little abstract and are not necessarily objectively sound decisions.

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What was interesting was that I did not know how they were going to be able to save the character of Thomas on the B&B canvas after all that he has perpetrated.  But then, there were scenes in the hospital where he is recovering from his “fall”, and Thomas is having big emotional scenes with Ridge and Steffy.  In those moments as the viewer, you say to yourself: “Oh, they’re going to redeem him,” but then they don’t.  He goes right back to a new vendetta.  What did you think of those plot twists?

MATTHEW:  The interesting thing about this character is that I don’t think this guy is a bad guy.  I think he is a guy who is doing a lot of bad things, but I think a lot of people can relate to him and the struggles that he is dealing with: being a single father and having a rough childhood with his family being broken up.  This is a guy who wants his father to approve of him and respect him and he has never really felt that way.  I think a lot of people out there know what it’s like to have a parent who they just want approval from but can’t get it … couple that with the fact that he let his sister down.  Everybody knows what it is like to think that they are making the right decision and end up making the wrong decision and possibly hurting someone in the process … and the kind of shame that you feel from doing something like that.  I think this makes Thomas an interesting character where viewers could say, “Well, he is doing bad things, and I don’t agree with anything that he is doing, but I can relate to him, and I want him to be better, and I want him to get better and become the good person we all know he can be.”  Yet, Thomas just keeps making all of the wrong decisions.

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I predict that in short order, Thomas will be in cahoots with Shauna (Denise Richards)!

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MATTHEW:  Okay, we shall see.  (Laughs)  They have aligned interests; especially at the moment, when it comes to removing Brooke from that situation.  I think with Shauna, it’s fun that Denise Richards has come into this role and what she has done with this character.

Denise Richards is doing a great job in the role.

MATTHEW:  She’s amazing, but I think that behind the thought process she has is this woman, Shauna, who is not so dissimilar from Thomas, and is willing to blur the lines of what is acceptable and morally sound to make sure that she gets what she wants.

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When you were taping those emotional hospital scenes where Thomas admits he has lost his way, and reaching out to his dad to try to find forgiveness, how were playing those scenes with Thorsten Kaye?

MATTHEW:  I respect Thorsten a lot as an actor.  I just love having scenes with him because I feel like we play off of each together so well.  When we enter a scene together, we are both in it.  When you are both in it, something real happens from that, and those real moments are kind of magical in a way, and it makes you feel great about the work that you do.  Thorsten shows up, and he’s prepared, he knows what he is doing, and at the same time, there is this connection between father and son.   I think Thorsten and I have definitely done that as father and son, and Jacqui and I have done that as brother and sister.

Since the show usually has you shirtless or sneering in scenes (laughs), I was so happy that they finally let you have some crying scenes.  It was at the point that the audience was able to see you bring another emotional level and dimension to the character.

MATTHEW:  I think he is not a guy who breaks down and cries very often.  It takes something very serious (especially for him) to get to that point.  For Thomas, the most important thing in the world is family, and he has kind of destroyed his relationship with his own family with what he has done, and I think that from the inside out is what breaks him.

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Speaking of shirtless scenes; in a short amount of time you have been with the show, I think you may have set a record there.

MATTHEW:  (Laughs) Yep.  It’s all the time because the wardrobe sends me mostly pants – no shirts (Laughs).

Obviously, there is the issue of Thomas’s son, Douglas … and will he lose him because Hope and Liam want to gain custody of him. Brooke wants Thomas out of Douglas’ life for good.   This poses a major obstacle for Thomas moving forward. Agree?

MATTHEW:  Sure.  However, Brooke has no legal right to stand on.  You can’t just take a guy’s son.  There’s no legal way to do that, but they can try their hardest to either sign adoption papers or sign over custody, or something like that, but there’s not a legal way they can go and just take his son.  There are a lot of people who I understandably think Douglas would be better off with being raised by Hope and Liam, but I think Thomas has a point of view too, and just because he is going through a bad part of his life at this time, doesn’t mean that he is unfit to be a father.  I think Thomas will prove that he is fit to be father and all the while, a great force to be reckoned with,

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But, Thomas hasn’t been so great to Douglas, either.  Hasn’t he yelled at his son, manipulated him for his own gain, etc?

MATTHEW: Right, this was kind of right before the truth about Beth came out, and Thomas was on this massive downward swirl where he wasn’t thinking clearly; he wasn’t himself. I  think in reality, you have a person who went off the rails, he wasn’t being himself, he found the person he wasn’t, and I think that the “accident” of Brooke pushing him off a cliff, the slip, kind of clarified his intention in life to be a good, standup person from here on out.  So, I think his priorities are straight now, and I think he is thinking clearly.  I don’t think he is in the same mental state that he was before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be manipulative and that he won’t get what he wants, because he will.  There was a time that he went through a headspace when nothing was really clear for a minute, and he didn’t really have any moral backbone, but I don’t think that moving forward you’re going to see a Thomas Forrester that would hurt his son.  You’re going to see a Thomas Forrester who will stop at nothing to protect his son.

How does Thomas feel about Hope now, especially since Hope wants to raise Douglas? 

MATTHEW:  Well, here is what I will say; I think that Thomas has always had a love for Hope. I think he respects her as a person, I think he has seen her be a mother to his child, and that is undeniable … how much of a connection that she has to Douglas, and she is incredibly important to him.  Thomas can basically discard any Logan except Hope.  Hope is kind of his kryptonite.  So, going forward, I think you’ll maybe see a guy who wants to discard Hope as a person who he cares for (her and the rest of the Logans), but he may not be able to do that, because she has got a place in his heart that he can’t compartmentalize and leave behind.

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What can you say about working with Annika Noelle, because you as Thomas had been terrorizing Hope for many months?

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MATTHEW:  Well, she’s a sweetheart, but also, secondly, she is a badass.  She could kick my butt any day of the week.  So, I just had to make sure that in between takes I said, “You understand that I wouldn’t do this to you.”  She’s so sweet, and she was actually one of the first people to talk to me about taking over a role on the show, because she had been one of the most recent people to take over a role, and that was something that was really hard for me.  Coming into a character that has already been there for 30 years, you have a lot to live up to.  She was amazing from the beginning just helping me through that process.

On that note, what did you think of the epic fight scene on the rooftop opposite Scott Clifton; right before all the truth came out to Hope that Beth is alive and Thomas was lying to Hope and up to no good?

MATTHEW:  So much fun.  The shots they got were incredible.  Shooting those fight scenes was so much fun and I love Scott to death.  So, every time we get to work together it’s fun, but just getting outside and literally pretending to beat the crap out of each other is a blast.  We got to go out to Malibu, and I got to fall over a cliff.  What else can you say about that? (Laughs)

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There is another interesting relationship Thomas has on B&B, and that is with his friend, Vinny.  How has it been creating the on-screen dynamic with Joe LoCicero (Vinny) as these two scheming dudes?

MATTHEW:  I like it, and I love Joe.  This dynamic between these two guys is really funny because you have this shrewd, alpha male, Thomas Forrester, who is extremely driven, and insanely smart, but also very manipulative and he has got a thousand things going on.  On the flipside, you’ve got Vinny, who is just this guy who he has been friends with for a really, really long time, who just kind of lives life.  He is living in his apartment in Venice, he sells some not so legal substances just to his friends, and he’s a decent guy.  It’s just fun when we have these scenes together, because essentially you’ve got him looking at me like I’m an alien creature, and thinking, “I don’t understand this guy.  I don’t know why he is acting this way, but who cares; I’m going to eat my Chinese food.”  (Laughs) I think it kind of grounds some of those scenes especially when you see Thomas going off that rails, and his friend doesn’t even seem to notice. (Laughs)

I know! (Laughs) Thomas has got his own sidekick.

MATTHEW: I think Vinny wants to give sound advice, but he gives all the worst advice.  He’s like, “Well, the way you described it Thomas, it sounds like a good idea, so yeah, go ahead with that,” but maybe doing a little behavioral cognitive therapy and questioning would be good for Vinny.  He just kind of goes, “okay,” (laughs) but I think that’s what makes those scenes so much fun.

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Having appeared on The Young and the Restless previously you know how soaps go.  There is always this fear of: “Will they kill me off if my character has gone too far?” Did at any point in Thomas’ storyline, and as you got the scripts and read all the terrible things Thomas was doing, that the character might get murdered, kicking off a murder mystery, and you’d have to make an exit?

MATTHEW:  I’d had discussions with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) and I kind of knew where the character was going, so I kind of knew that he was going down a rabbit hole, but that Thomas wasn’t a lost cause.  I knew that he would at least be present for the upcoming short future that I know of, that Thomas wasn’t going to find his demise, which was very nice of Brad to give me that insight into the character to not only know what was coming up, but also know where his head is at by this point.  It helps me with the character work that I do for each scene and prep for each day; because I know where Thomas’ head is going to be at two weeks from now.

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Have you had any interactions with fans, or are you checking out on social media what the viewers are saying about Thomas?  Do they love him?  Hate him?  Is there a great debate going on?  What is your take on where Thomas sits with the audience?

MATTHEW:  Oh, yeah.  I definitely pay attention.  The fans are the reason I have the job that I have.  All the feedback that I have seen is positive, and by positive, I mean that it is emotionally effective.  Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people are happy with Thomas because most people are not happy with Thomas.  They don’t like what he is doing, and that obviously gets them angry or sad or whatever, but that is kind of the point of the show.  If you’re watching a bunch of characters who are all great people and who all do nice things, then it wouldn’t be that much fun to watch.  You’d be watching 40 Liam’s talk to each other, and it would be like, “Yeah, it’s just another day in Happy World.”  (Laughs)  I think that Thomas especially has been such a driving force in the last couple of months and caused a lot of drama.  I think there are a lot of storylines that people have connected to in the past that are really making people enjoy the drama happening now. You have the people who hated Ridge getting together with Brooke in the beginning that are happy with what Thomas is doing now.  You have the people who are pro – Liam and Steffy.  Thomas has been a big advocate of that since the beginning.  There are some people who just can’t stand Thomas and don’t like him, and he makes them mad, but the reality of it is that there is a thin line between love and hate.  So, as long as they love me or hate me, I’m happy.

So, have you been enjoying Matthew’s portrayal of Thomas? Do you think he will rip Brooke and Ridge apart for good and succeed in his plans? Do you think he should somehow pay for his manipulations? Share your thoughts on the current B&B storyline involving Thomas via the comment section below.

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Eileen Davidson & Vincent Van Patten Talk ‘7 Days to Vegas’, Their Relationship and Y&R, DAYS & RHOBH

Today’s the day for the highly-anticipated film, 7 Days to Vegas which bows in selected theaters. The motion picture which stars Vincent Van Patten and his real-life wife, two-time Daytime Emmy winning actress Eileen Davidson (Y&R’s Ashley and former Kristen/Susan Banks, Days) is a comedic gambling romp, centering around the character of Duke (Van Patten), an out-of-work actor turned poker player who makes a prop bet that he walk from the San Fernando Valley in California to Sin City, Las Vegas in 7 days.

There are some catches to this bet that make it even more challenging  … Duke has to wear a suit the entire time in scorching heat.  The events in the movie are loosely based on Van Patten’s Hollywood Poker game nights.  7 Days to Vegas features a fictional gang of betting entertainment industry bigwigs, who are hardcore gamblers and of course, jealousy strikes.  Davidson plays Duke’s wife, KC.

Michael Fairman sat down with Eileen and Vincent at their home, and at their famed poker table for the Michael Fairman Channel, to chat about the making of the movie, their relationship and some intriguing tidbits for fans of Eileen’s work on The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and her time on Bravo’s hit reality franchise, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In 7 Days to Vegas, Eileen says that Vincent fashioned her role of KC after their real-life relationship adding, “They are in it together. This is a lifestyle that they both enjoy.  That is what somebody does when there is a home game; you call people up, and make sure who is going to be there.  Van Patten said, “There is a host of the game, and that is her role in the movie.”

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As to the scenes where Duke is walking to Vegas, Van Patten shared, “We shot the film in Santa Clarita, California in the hills and the mountains and all of that, and then we out five days after with a second unit shoot and shot with drones in the desert.  So, I must have walked 10 miles a day, shooting, sweating, but you don’t feel it, because when it’s your baby, it’s a labor of love.”

When asked if she would go back to daytime, Eileen shared she would be back for more Ashley on Y&R: “I am supposed to go back to Y&R in a couple of more weeks. So I am popping in and out at this point.”  Davidson also shared she wishes nothing but the best to Stacy Haiduk who inherited her roles on Days of our Lives as Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks. Eileen said she does not watch the episodes of the show anymore, because it makes her feel sad.  The roles of Kristen and Susan were so close to Davidson’s heart.

In speaking of her time on RHOBH, Van Patten shared, “I think she (Eileen) did a great job. It went by real quick. I think she did like three years on it.  I was in the background carrying her purse, going, ‘Yes, yes, here I come.”  (Laughs)  Davidson expressed: “Listen, reality TV … it’s a crazy, wild, Wild West.”  When Michael asked about the time a drink was thrown in her face, Eileen explained:  “I think Brandi (Granville) felt she needed to be relevant to be on the show, and her role was to be a troublemaker. I understand more of it now.  At the time, I was a deer in the headlights for the first couple of years.”  Vincent shared, “People always ask if this stuff is scripted, and it’s actually not, but you can spice it up”   As to if ‘Housewives’ makes up the drama, Davidson elaborated, “Before the season starts they will ask, ‘What is going on in your life?’, and maybe there is some of that behind-the-scenes stuff.  It didn’t happen with me.  I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it is a reality show, but it is also entertainment, and if all we did was sit around, how fun would that be?”

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Watch the full interview below with Eileen and Vincent and make sure to “subscribe” to The Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interview features.

Now let us know, will you be checking out 7 Days to Vegas, which will also be available on iTunes and VOD come September 24th? Do you hope there will be more Ashley on Y&R? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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