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B&B’s Rena Sofer Talks The Life of Quinn: Her Rival, Her Love, Her Son, Her Machinations

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No one can cause quite a stir on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful like Quinn Fuller Forrester! After all, she managed to marry the patriarch of the top fashion house clan, and has not been the most popular person with digs at the mansion.

Recently, Quinn’s claws came back out as she wanted nothing more than to put that thorn-in-her-side, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) in her place. And what better way to do it then to ensure that the incriminating video of Brooke lip-locking with Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) was seen by Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and all the attendees at Bridge’s “recommitment”soirée. Wouldn’t you know? Quinn’s plan worked, quite successfully, and a few relationships were rocked to their very core in the process.

Since 2013, Rena Sofer has played Quinn for all she is worth and then some on the CBS Daytime drama series. No stranger to the genre from her early days as GH’s Lois Cerullo, fans welcomed Sofer back to soapland with open arms, especially with her delicious portrayal of the often devious Quinn. But as B&B viewers know, Quinn can also be a loving, yet overbearing mother to her son, Wyatt (Darin Brooks), and we can only imagine what she would do if she found out that Sally (Courtney Hope) has been feigning illness to win her son from his longtime sweetheart, Flo (Katrina Bowden). Will Quinn end up concocting a plan to rid Sally from Wyatt’s life? We wouldn’t it put it past her.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Rena to get her thoughts on: living the life of Quinn and her on-screen relationships, the lengths she would go, or not go, against a sworn enemy, and to learn what some of her favorite moments have been since she became a key part of The Bold and the Beautiful family which recently celebrated its 33rd year on the air. Check out what Rena had to say below.

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How have you liked the ferocity and the toe-to-toe scenes between Quinn and Brooke over the last few months? They’ve been some of the high points for the viewers.

RENA:  Well, I love them.  It makes me happy, because it’s the first really good stuff I’ve had to do in a really long time.  So, for me, it’s been really fun.  I love sparring with Katherine.

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We haven’t seen Quinn be back to her manipulative ways in a long time and she kind of stuck it to Brooke.  She certainly, ruined Brooke’s ‘recommitment ceremony’ to Ridge.  I loved those scenes because there were close-ups of you as Quinn, and Quinn’s looking like, “Oh, yeah, I did it,” without hesitation. What did you think of her maneuver to expose Brooke’s kiss with Bill to all the attendees?

RENA:  I think my favorite part of it all was that she took full responsibility.  It wasn’t like she tried to hide it.  She was like, “Oh no, I did this.  I stand by what I think she is, and I exposed her, and I am not sorry at all.”  So, I like the honestly of it all.

Does Quinn really like Shauna (Denise Richards), or, does she just want to hurt Brooke so bad that she is pushing an agenda to get Shauna and Ridge together?

RENA:  No, Shauna’s her best friend.  She was her family in Vegas.  They raised their kids together.  This woman is her life.  This is her family as much as Eric (John McCook) is her family.

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How has it been working with Denise Richards?

RENA:  Great.  She’s a wonderful actress, a really great person, and I have a great time working with her.  I had known her previously to B&B.  We’ve been in audition rooms for years with each other.

There was a scene a month or so ago; when Quinn spiked Brooke’s drink with alcohol.  What did you think of that moment, and were you hoping she would continue to spike her drinks and be responsible for Brooke’s downfall?

RENA:  Well, I didn’t think much of it because it didn’t go anywhere as of now.  I think it was Quinn’s first breaking point.  It’s not really Quinn’s style to push somebody into addiction like that.  Quinn is the kind of person who shoves you off a bridge, you know.  She’s not the kind of person who pays someone to shove you off a bridge.  I think Quinn would be more the kind of person to say, “You want a drink, don’t you?  Here, take this drink!  Take this drink!  Why don’t you drink?  Take this drink,” and basically pushes the person to drink by making them do it.  So, it felt very un-Quinn to spike the drink.  It would have made more sense if Quinn spiked somebody’s drink with a drug to make them fall asleep so that her son could be with somebody.  That makes more sense, but to throw them into an addiction, I don’t think that’s her.  I’m glad that didn’t go anywhere because I don’t really feel like that is who she was.

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B&B just turned 33-years-old.  What has it been like to know that you are still a part of the fabric of this iconic show?  What have you enjoyed the most about this experience as opposed to when you were on GH, or other shows that you’ve appeared on?

RENA:  First of all, the production schedule of this show is better than any other.  So, it has really allowed me to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom; which is the best thing that I could have ever asked for.  The thing that I love the most about this show is that it allowed me to be everything that I wanted to be personally and professionally.  Being a part of this show is just such a gift because it’s iconic, and people love it, and I’ve loved being a part of it.

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Did you think Quinn and Eric would have stayed together as long as they have, or did you think Quinn would have permanently messed it up by now?

RENA:  I don’t know.  I think the way that it started out and how beautiful it became, I knew we’d stay together, but I don’t think I knew that in the very beginning.

Could you ever see Quinn straying from him and rekindling things with Bill and their old ‘sexual’ ways?

RENA:  No.  It never was for her.  Since I’ve been on the show, there wasn’t even a moment of Quinn and Bill being together; except in the very beginning for him to introduce me onto the show.  I think she feels for Bill the way she feels for Deacon.  It’s done, you know

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Do you think Quinn would ever set her sights now on another man?

RENA:  Would she set her sights on another man?  Well, she did.  She had her sights on Ridge for a minute, but every other man on the show she has either slept with or it’s her son.

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John McCook is a mainstay of the The Bold and the Beautiful, and one of only two original cast members, the other being Katherine Kelly Lang.  What can you say about working with him?

RENA:  It’s my favorite part of the day.  I love working with John.  He is my favorite person to work with, and I adore him.  I feel for him as if we were married without the sex part.  He means everything to me.

John has told me he loves working with you too, and that he’s grateful that they brought you into his sphere.

RENA:  Yes and that we were brought into each other’s storylines!

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Who do you think has been Quinn’s biggest nemesis since you’ve been on the show? 

RENA:  It’s been Brooke.  It’s been Brooke, always.  I think when Quinn looks at Brooke, she sees somebody who is pretending to be something that they’re not.

How do you get through the bitch-slaps, bitch-fights, and those types of scenes between you, Katherine Kelly Lang, and Denise Richards?  Are there times when you just have to laugh while on set just to get that out before you perform the scenes to tape?

RENA:  No, we are not laughing.  We are doing our jobs.  We enjoy them pretty much, but sometimes we are saying the same thing day after day, (which is normal in soaps) and those are hard to get through because you’re remembering lines from days ago that are just barely worded differently.  So, those are hard to do ….so we’re not laughing through that; we’re struggling.

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If Quinn knew the number Sally was pulling over on her son, Wyatt, what would she do to her?

RENA:  Oh, she’s so lucky that Quinn doesn’t know what she is doing to her son, because Quinn would expose her.  Quinn would take her down, and she would get her fired.  In addition, Quinn would make her leave town, and Quinn would destroy her!

Is that something that would be in Quinn’s playbook; pretending to be dying to keep her man?

RENA:  Never!  She would never do that.  Quinn would never pretend to be dying to get somebody.

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Is Quinn, then ‘Team Flo’ for her son? 

RENA:  Quinn was always ‘Team Flo’.  Flo was her son’s childhood sweetheart.  She’s her best friend’s daughter.  Of course, she is team Flo.  She has never been ‘Team Sally’.  She has never liked Sally.  Quinn has always disliked her.

How do you think Quinn’s relationship is now with Wyatt because she had been so overboard and overbearing with him? 

RENA:  He’s her be-all-end-all.  He’s the most important thing in the world to her, always will be.

So, can we expect Quinn to continue to meddle in Wyatt’s life?

RENA:  Yes, and she will always put him first.  She probably would even put him before Eric.

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When you first met Darin Brooks, and they said, “This is going to be your son,” what was your initial impression of him?

RENA:  Well, I felt like I was too young for him to be my son.  In reality, I am, but it’s a soap opera, and I was grateful that they said that Quinn was 16 when she had him.

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Has there been a favorite moment or storyline since you have been at B&B that still resonates with you now?

RENA:  I think the whole love story with Eric is my favorite.  A close second is my story with Liam (Scott Clifton) in the cabin.  But with Eric – the whole love story, the marriage, the wedding, that all to me was the most wonderful part.

Within a very short time, your castmate Alley Mills (Pam) lost her beloved husband, Orson Bean.  Then, B&B mourned the loss of its co-creator the legendary Lee Phillip Bell.  It’s been an emotional time for everyone at the show.  Have you spoken to Alley?

RENA:  I saw her at Mrs. Bell’s memorial, but we were all supposed to go to Orson’s memorial, but it was canceled because of COVID-19.  I’ve spoken to Alley and it’s all sad… it’s very sad.

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Do you think you are better actress now at this time in your life?

RENA:  I think the more you act … the better you become.  I will just say that the younger of an actor you are, the less secure of an actor you are.  The more time you put behind you, the more secure you become.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently affecting everyone, you see a lot of actors, influencers, and people staying active and in the public conscience by posting a lot more on their social media accounts.  I know you are not on Twitter, but you are on Instagram.  What’s your take on it all?

RENA:  I try to fill my Instagram with positive things, happy things: my dogs, charities I love, things I work on or am building or creating.  There are actors out there who do the TikTock thing, or put on lots of makeup and all of their stuff is about them, but that’s not me.  I’m not here to perform for people when I’m not on camera.  I have a normal life, and I have a child who is school at home, and I’ve got 5 dogs, one of whom I am fostering at this time,  For me, I am just trying to take care of myself as much as anybody else is.

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In closing, what is the best part of playing Quinn for you?

RENA:  I like playing somebody who is somewhat evil because it’s fun.  It’s fun to do things that you would never do in real life, or want to do in real life, or think about in real life.

So, what did you think of Quinn’s rivalry with Brooke? Do you want Eric and Quinn to be together forever in the mansion? What has been your favorite moment of Rena’s performances over the years as Quinn? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I love Quinn and Rena. I love Quinn and Eric together. Loving having more Quinn on the show. Rena is doing a great job!!!

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My favorite era of General Hospital included Rena Sofer. I loved the 90’s: Sonny and Brenda, Ned and Lois, Stone, the Q’s. Claire Labine and Wendy Riche were incredible.

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Ok i cant stand her character, even from the start, so I guess that means she is doing a good job.

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More fights with Brooke. Two grand dames fighting it out to the death. Thats what soaps are all about. Again, let Quinn have another child. One she gave up or abandoned which would explain her creepy craziness with Wyatt. Quinn having a second child ( with Bill?) and having a vindictive Brooke find out and expose her secret would be one for the ages.

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Keep Quinn with Eric!!! Anything else is not acceptable!! Let her be the end of Brooke. Everyone is sick of Brooke!!!!!!

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When daytime fans learned that Brown was returning to B&B, they were very excited to see back on-screen as one of the greats, who’s character has caused so much trouble for the residents in both Genoa City 0n The Young and the Restless and in Los Angeles on The Bold and the Beautiful with her various crimes, deceptions, and plots over the years.

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However, this time, viewers learned that Sheila is the biological mother of good doctor, Finn and her entrance into the story (at the wedding reception for Finn and Steffy) threw disruption into the lives of the Forresters and for her the son she never-got-to-know that she gave up at birth.

During this entertaining and candid conversation, Kimberlin and Tanner reveal many behind-the-scenes tidbits including: what went down during the  taping of the scenes where Finn learns Sheila is his mother as she steps out of the shadows, the confrontation at the wedding when the Forresters learned this shocking bit of intel, how Sheila plans to continue to manipulate and weave her way into her grandson and son’s life, and how she sees her vendetta with Steffy as an off-shoot of her vendetta with her grandmother, the late Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery).

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In addition, Tanner weighs-in on Finn’s apparent ignorance of Paris’ (Diamond White) growing attraction to him, how that might trigger a Sheila/Paris partnership, or the possibility that Sheila does the unthinkable and somehow gets Steffy hooked back on opioids, or makes it looks like she has. There were many theories bantered about, and the actors share their speculative thoughts.

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Now below, check out the interview with Kimberlin and Tanner.   For more celebrity interviews make sure to subscribe and check out the Michael Fairman Channel here.

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Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

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The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

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