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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?

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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Is Steffy going to get to be more of a badass again, or be more of a stay-at-home mom with child?

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.

Grand Hotel

Denyse Tontz and Lincoln Younes Preview Forbidden Romance & Intrigue As ‘Grand Hotel’ Premieres

When Grand Hotel opens its doors to its audience tonight on ABC (10PMET/PT), it will have a very familiar feel to soap fans for several of its series regulars and its executive producer all come from the world of daytime or serialized storytelling.

Executive Producer, Eva Longoria (Ex-Y&R, Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Telenovela) brought to the screens a provocative drama with Miami Beach as its backdrop of the last family-owned hotel (by the Mendozas) with a contemporary take of an upstairs/downstairs story of 2019.

Former General Hospital’s Bryan Craig plays Javi, who is joined by two other soap notables; former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Australian-born actor, Lincoln Younes (Ex-Casey, Home and Away) who’s characters are interlocked in some very sexy and mysterious ways.

Tontz, plays Alicia Mendoza the strong-willed daughter of the Mendoza clan, who is fresh out of business school… and who will make a huge discovery about her dad, but is also set to embark on a romance with a new staff hire!  And that staff hire is Danny played by Younes, whose character Danny is not who he says he is at all … and he has one goal in my mind which brought him to the hotel … but things get complicated for him when he feels a massive attraction to the hotel owner’s daughter … Alicia!

Michael Fairman TV took part in a press roundtable discussion with Tontz and Younes to get some teasers of what’s to come when Grand Hotel premieres.  Here’s what they shared in some questions posed by us and others below.

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Danny and Alicia definitely have an instant attraction in the season premiere. Where can you tease that it might go?

LINCOLN:  Well, it can go in a number of directions, but hopefully towards a positive one.  They each have their own motivations for why they’re at the hotel.

DENYSE:  Alicia’s main goal, or at least from the beginning, is to prove herself, just having graduated business school and sort of step into her mother’s shoes a little bit. She’s had a lot of pressure on her for most of her life to sort of fill that role and keep the family together.  I think it’s really tough to have to juggle that and the desire to explore this potential romance with this person who is so intriguing to her.

LINCOLN:  I think with Danny, his reasons are kind of unknown as to why he’s at the hotel.  He comes in as a new employee, but there is something off about him.  It is complicated by the arrival of Alicia and the chemistry the kind of ensues between them.  I think that’s kind of the interesting thing to watch is them navigating their priorities and their initial motivations with the inevitable chemistry and dynamic that has appeared.

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The main family in Grand Hotel is Hispanic.  And what is intriguing about the premise is that their ethnicity is not the backdrop of the story, it’s just who they are.  Would you agree?

LINCOLN:  Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way because this is about the story of a family, and a hotel, and the guests, and the employees, and the employers, and all of the different things these people go through.  It’s not so much the color of their skin and their background.  I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and really look at what is going on inside, that’s a step in the right direction.

DENYSE:  I think that even though we are really a diverse cast and crew, that really has nothing to do with the actual premise of the show, and I think that’s really cool even to just see that.  To just play a character who happens to be Hispanic, and that’s not the central theme of this character, I think there really are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.

LINCOLN:  It’s the perfect melting pot of culture, and the fact that it is set in a hotel where anyone from any part of the world can come into, it creates this show that I don’t see anything like this on TV, and that’s very exciting.

Do you see Danny and Alicia as a duo to root for with their dysfunction and all throughout the series?

DENYSE:  I think there is this sort of allure to the forbidden romance aspect of it all.

LINCOLN:  They have these obstacles in front of them.

DENYSE:  But you want it to happen. (Laughs)

LINCOLN:  You want it to happen, and it’s just against all odds.  That complicates things.

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You have such a great cast to work with; chief among them Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids)!

DENYSE:  Oh man, working with Demián and Roselyn and Eva Longoria was a dream.  They’re each so special in their own way.

LINCOLN:  Three powerhouses.

DENYSE:  Yeah, three powerhouses and very different.  They each have their own way of approaching a scene.  Demián is mostly a movie actor, and it really shows in the way he approaches scenes, and the way he is not glued to the lines, and it’s kind of cool to watch him and learn from him in that way.  He’s so funny too.  He makes it a really comfortable environment, and you feel safe to try stuff.   Eva … same thing.  She has a clear vision for what she wants.  She can direct in such a way that I think a lot of directors can’t, because she has been on the other side of the camera, and she has got a really good perspective.  I think she’s really great at articulating what she wants you to do.

LINCOLN:  Yeah, she’s very meticulous.  I think the thing about all of the people who you’ve just mentioned is that they all have levity.  They are all very specific, but they are all very authentic.  That carries through in both their acting and how they carry themselves off set.  That was really great to kind of learn from them.

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Many in the cast are from daytime dramas, or soap operas previously, including both of you!  Was that a coincidence in the producers casting choices, you think?

LINCOLN: I think, just knowing Eva so well now, and Brian and Ben, the creators behind it, they searched long and hard for the people they wanted to play the roles.  So, it might just be a happy coincidence.

When the scripts came out, how did the cast handle the twists?

LINCOLN:  There was a lot of speculation going on.  There was a lot of gossiping on set and off set.

DENYSE:  Lots of gossiping, stealing scripts… a lot of bombshells though.  There really is no shortage of plot twists.  A lot of these characters you think are going to start out a certain way, and then you find yourself completely changing your opinion of them halfway through the season. Without giving too much away, nobody is really who they appear to be.

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How do you both feel about the fact that the wait is over and Grand Hotel is finally premiering?

DENYSE:  It’s super exciting.

LINCOLN:  It’s very surreal.  This is my first American show, so I have no idea what to expect.  I just go to Denyse for advice.  I’m like, “What do I do?”  (Laughs).  It’s all very exciting.  I think when you love a project; there is another element when it is released to the public.  Everyone on the show loves it.  Everyone is so passionate about it.  So, I just hope that the audience feels the same and that we get to keep doing it.

So will you be checking out Denyse, Lincoln, Bryan, Eva and more on Grand Hotel?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this promo for the kick-off tonight!

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GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On Taking Over The Role Of Nina & Ingo Rademacher Dishes Jax’s New Love Interest

Today on June 3rd, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros is set to begin taping all-new episodes of General Hospital as she steps into the role of Nina Cassadine, last played by Michelle Stafford, who has left the ABC daytime drama series and headed back to The Young and the Restless to reprise her signature role of Phyllis Summers.

Watros, best-known for her delicious portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, and who was last seen on daytime on Y&R, is back to the grind of the soaps taking on the complex Nina.  Add to that, it is clear that GH is setting up a potential love triangle, or new love interest for her, now that Jasper Jacks is back in Port Charles with GH fan favorite Ingo Rademacher returning to the show.

Last month on the recent GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, we saw Nina (then Stafford) lock eyes with Jax, and the two demonstrated an instant attraction to each other.  Add to that in story; Jax was revealed to be the new 50 percent owner of Aurora Media, which Nina’s Crimson Magazine falls under, putting them in each other’s path in more ways than one.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Cynthia and Ingo along with other members of the media at last week’s ABC Summer Press Roundtable junket, and here were some intriguing and insightful moments from the conversations below.

When we asked if Cynthia had a conversation with Michelle Stafford on taking over the role of Nina, Watros responded: “I did.  We had lunch together, and I have to say, Michelle is an amazing, lovely, giving woman.  Just to be able to sit across from her and talk about Nina and to talk about the show, I was just in awe of her generosity.  I will always be a fan of Michelle’s.  She actually reached out to me and said, ‘If you ever want to call or text…’ and I said, ‘Let’s have lunch!’  So, we found and afternoon and spent like three hours just talking about it.”

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Since Watros has brought the cray-cray to her best known role of Annie on GL and is so adept as an actress to go from that to playing grave reality, Cynthia weighed in on how she sees Nina and the challenges of being a recast in a soap role: “Nina has all of this stuff that I can’t wait to play.  She’s got stuff that she hasn’t explored for a long time because her life is going pretty well right now.  What happens though when your life doesn’t go really well?  You start exploring those things that you thought were sleeping a little bit, you know, that weren’t necessarily bubbling up to the surface.  So, I like it all: when a character’s life is going well and when a character’s life is not going well. Because I’m playing Nina now, it’s going to be different.  It’s going to be challenging.  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken over a role that someone else has played.  I don’t want to totally go off, so people go, “Wow.  Nina’s totally different,” but of course, I want to make it my own.  Again, I’m an actor who likes to use all of the tools.  I like it all … the funny, the not so funny, the playful, and the crazy.”

As to the timing of Watros returning to the soaps at this time in her life … and how it went down that she landed her new gig at GH, she revealed: “It sounds not very dramatic, but I got a phone call.  Just a phone call asking, ‘Would you be interested?’  Guiding Light will always be in my heart because I had such a good time doing Annie, and I was on Young and the Restless and Another World for half of a second.  So, daytime has always been in my life and in my world.  My last show was in Atlanta, and my daughters were in high school in LA, and it’s hard to go back and forth for them, for me, and for my life as a mom.  So, I kind of took my acting and said, ‘Well, I’m going to slow it all down until they graduate high school.’  They graduate high school June 2nd and I start GH June 3rd.  So, it just seemed like it just made sense.”

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As to what the future holds for Nina as she takes over the role, Watros shared: “I can tease that I get to play with this guy (Ingo) a lot, and Nina is trying to find a stronger role in the magazine where she is really going to step up in making that a success and her love for the magazine , and trying to navigate her relationship with Jax.”

Cynthia will also get to work with Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal.  I love his character.  I love how he is this sort of like bad guy, but it seems like the women really dig him.”

Watros says she is excited to work with Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Billy Miller (Drew) from the cast.  She has previously worked with Laura and Billy in her soap career. As to her nerves for her first week at the ABC studios where GH is taped, Cynthia shared that she is: “Less nervous, more excited. I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps.  I remember Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light) back in the rehearsal room, and I was off script, and she was on the show for a long time before me, and I was new. I was yelling my lines, and she goes, ‘Excuse me! Can you tell this actress not to act so early in the morning?’ (Laughs) I feel like I’m going to do that again.  So, I’ve got to tone it all down.” (Laughs)

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For Ingo, he certainly has a view as to how Jax fits into the canvas of Port Charles: “Jax is to me, and I’ve only just been able to put it into words now that Captain America came out, but he’s ‘Captain America’.  He’s all about fairness.  If he sees a bully, he will stand up for the person who is being bullied.  So, that’s who he is.  He’s the white knight.  He’s the person who will always do the right thing.”

Now that Jax has big time ownership in Aurora Media and thus Crimson, does he see the sparks flying with Nina? Ingo reveals: “Yeah, basically he walks in, and she goes, ‘What are you doing in my office?’ and he goes, ‘Actually, it’s my office.’  When I heard about him doing that magazine, I was a little surprised because that’s usually much too small for Jax.  He’s more of a Richard Gere in Pretty Woman character, corporate leader, takes corporations apart, sells pieces … this is, I think really for his daughter, Josslyn (Eden McCoy).  He’s thinking about the future.  Also, to keep him busy in an actual job that he might be good at.   I think it’s a big change in lifestyle for him where before it was about businesses which were much more global.”

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As to what is behind Jax’s attraction to Nina, Ingo summed it up by sharing: I think Jax is attracted to Nina the first time he sees her.  I have a feeling he already knew who she was the first time he sees her at the Nurses’ Ball, because he’s been studying Aurora Media before purchasing it.  He’s done his background work, and to piss off a Cassadine is just a bonus.  Also, I think what is interesting for Nina’s character is the two different guys.  She’s engaged to this more mysterious character, and then, you’ve got this jolly, upfront one going, ‘Hey!  How’s it going?  Everybody having a good day?’ (Laughs)  He’s very confident as well, but in a different way.  I think it’s nice for the story for Nina to be tugged between two completely different men.”

So, excited to see the debut of Cynthia in the role of Nina? Are you up for a triangle between Jax/Nina/Valentin? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch Cynthia’s Emmy-winning moment as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 7-2-2019

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