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The Darin Brooks and Kim Matula Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful

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For the last few years, the fans of The Bold and the Beautiful have been watching the love triangle play out with every twist and turn … and wedding imaginable  … between the characters of Hope (Kim Matula) Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).  Well, things are about to get a royal shake-up!  With the departure of Wood, the powers-that-be at B&B decided to bring in a new man for Hope, thus setting the stage for a new love triangle, only this time Hope is in the middle and Liam will be vying for her affections!  Just how will it all play out?  How many years might this go on?  No one knows for certain.

Enter Daytime Emmy winner Darin Brooks, formerly of Days of our Lives, where he played the loveable Max Brady.  Brooks left the soap world a few weeks back to move into primetime television, where he landed his first series as a college football quarterback in Blue Mountain State.

Now Darin is back on daytime and on B&B as the mysterious and sexy Wyatt Fuller, who has already crossed paths with the beautiful Hope in an “interesting” encounter out in the woods!  Yup, after Hope tells Liam they can’t be together right now, the confused Liam (who has Steffy on the brain even though she hightailed it to Europe) heads back to Los Angeles.  Meanwhile, Hope takes a walk in the woods in Big Bear only to come upon Wyatt, naked and taking a shower!  Ah, love at first sight?

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Darin and Kim to get their thoughts and insights into the burgeoning relationship between their on-screen alter-egos, what secrets Wyatt brings to the canvas, especially who he could be related to, and much more. Read our interview for some clues! Here now are self admitted goofballs, Darin Brooks and Kim Matula!

MICHAEL:

Kim, are you relieved that you are playing scenes with a potential new love interest, and a new guy on the show?

KIM:

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I am so relieved, and this is great!  Now it came at a very sad price, because Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is not with us as much anymore, and that sucks.  I love her and miss her.  I am so stoked that the love triangle has changed, and now Hope maybe gets to have a little fun!  She gets the attention of somebody else, instead of being the one to chase all the time.

MICHAEL:

Darin, it was very repetitive for her!  Thank God for Kim’s sake you have arrived at B&B!  (Laughs)  How did it all come about?

DARIN:

I met Kim and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) on the first day and they were joking around.  I thought, “Oh, I can fit in here.”   They were awesome and very welcoming.  And not to toot Kim’s horn, but she is a sweetheart.  It was great.  I got the call on a Monday that said, “We have a screen test for you with one of the actresses on The Bold and the Beautiful on Wednesday.”   I thought, “Yeah, sure why not.”   I went in for it and met everybody and Kim.   I had taken a couple of meetings previously with Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B).  I guess they were trying to figure how and where to fit me in, and all of that stuff.   It kind of happened at the perfect time.  Then they called me back on that Friday to run scenes with Scott Clifton who is also awesome and super welcoming.  I think Friday at around noon, after that second test with Scott, they said, “Let’s do this …and by the way you’re working Wednesday.”

MICHAEL:

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Was the outdoor “naked” shower scene, which is when viewers first see your character of Wyatt Fuller, shot on your first day?

DARIN:

No, thank God!

KIM:

That may have been his first shot that viewers saw on air, but I think that was shot two weeks after his first day.

DARIN:

Exactly! I got this call from Ed Scott, our producer, saying, “This is going to be great, and ah, in two weeks, ah, you’re going to have your shirt off. So, hit the gym.”   I went, “Oh, OK”   So they gave me a two weeks to try and get in the gym and buff up a little.  So the “naked” outdoor shower scene was not on the first day, thank God!

MICHAEL:

Kim, did you have any idea of who a Darin Brooks was, before he landed on B&B? Did you know he was a Daytime Emmy winner from Days of our Lives?

KIM:

I did not know who Darin was, and I felt terrible.  I met him and he is so silly and funny. Then I knew he would fit in perfectly at B&B.  We are so dumb together on set.  He can give it right back.  We will throw a stupid joke at him and he can add to it, and so I thought, “This is perfect. This is good!”

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MICHAEL:

How has it been getting back into the daytime grind?  How many episodes have you shot so far of B&B?

DARIN:

It’s been crazy.  I think I have shot about 25 episodes, and I have been here for two months already.

MICHAEL:

We had talked that if you came back to daytime, you would like your character to be a sort of badass … and not a good guy … and so I am expecting the other shoe to drop with Wyatt soon! (Laughs)

DARIN:

The thing was that on Days of our Lives, the character of Max Brady that I was playing was a nice guy and hero.  Max was very family oriented, and this character of Wyatt is more of a playboy.  He likes to flirt with Hope and see how far he can take it, and stuff like that!

MICHAEL:

Kim, we can now add the character of Hope Logan to the “Peeping Toms” of daytime soaps, with her taking pictures with her iPhone of Wyatt taking a shower naked in the woods!  What did you think of that?

KIM:

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(Laughs) Oh, my God!  I read that scene and I went, “Oh, my God, Hope!”  They are just changing my character and taking her in a new direction.  She likes the attention from Wyatt, because she is not getting that from Liam right now, who is so caught up with Steffy.  Hope is like, “I thought we were the great love, not you and Steffy?  I don’t understand why we’re not together; I don’t understand why you keep talking about her!”  Then Wyatt is giving her all sorts of attention, and it’s fun.  She wants to flirt for a change. It’s nice to have happen to her.

MICHAEL:

The scene where Hope talks to her mom, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) explaining how she took a picture of a naked guy showering in the woods was hilarious.  Hope basically said, “I am sure you understand, mom” or something to that effect! (Laughs)

KIM:

I said, “Where do you think I learned it?”  (Laughs)  That line was actually not in the script. When Katherine and I were running the scene though, that just organically came out of my mouth.  So Katherine started laughing going, “Oh, my God. You have to say that.”  So we did!

MICHAEL:

Darin, your on-screen mom Quinn is going to be played by another Daytime Emmy winner, Rena Sofer, who was very popular at one time on General Hospital!  Tell me about working with her?

DARIN:

She is great, and a pro.  She jumped right back in the first day and got into the thick of things.  Rena is awesome to work off of, and a sweetheart.  She always gives a lot in a scene.  She always has a lot of subtext going on underneath in her performance.

MICHAEL:

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So, we will learn soon about the mother/son dynamic?

DARIN:

Oh yeah, and a lot of the relationships of Wyatt and Mom.

MICHAEL:

When you came to B&B, is there anyone else you had not met yet that you sort of clicked with right away?

DARIN:

I would say I enjoyed meeting Don Diamont (Bill), Katherine Kelly Lang, and John “McCookie” (Eric)!

KIM:

Everyone is in love with “McCookie”!

DARIN:

Oh, I love “McCookie!” (Laughs)  I came in on a Monday to pick up some scripts before I started taping my first episode on that Wednesday.  And John was checking out scripts, too.  He saw me walk in and he goes, “So, are you the new guy?”   I go, “Hi, I’m Darin.” And he goes, “Yeah, yeah.  I know who you are.”   He was so cool.  (Laughs)

KIM:

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I love the John McCook accent you are doing right now!

DARIN:

That’s just it!  He’s got the crazy suave, “hey baby “ … that old school Las Vegas thing going on.  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

How do you want to see this story between Wyatt and Hope play out?  Do you want them lusting after each other for two years? (Laughs)  Do you want them to hit it off and have the relationship move fast?

KIM:

I would like there to be some sort of story arc … that would be nice. (Laughs)  I honestly don’t know where they are going to take this.  Hope and Liam are engaged.  But Hope has made it very clear, “I am not interested, because I am marrying Liam, so get out of here” to Wyatt.  But you know, that is going to change! (Laughs)

DARIN:

I kind of like the dynamic.  Before, it was the Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle and this guy deciding between two girls.  Now Hope kind of has the decision of choosing between two guys.  I would personally like to see how much fun Hope can have doing what she does, and having that kind of power, and exploring, and maybe taking a chance on the new guy who has been giving her all of this attention, and her kind of being torn between the two. You are going to come to find that there are a lot of opposites between Liam and Wyatt.  I think that is the interesting part of the story.

MICHAEL:

When do you think the viewers will pick up on who Wyatt really is, and how he is truly related to the canvas?

DARIN:

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I think it comes up very soon.

KIM:

I think it unravels very slowly though! (Laughs)  It’s not going to come out all at once who he really is.  You will learn more and more about him, though.

DARIN:

That is the thing Brad Bell said to me about my character, “We are sort of figuring it out as we go along.”  That is the cool part and the frustrating part as an actor, because you think, “I want to know everything about him!”

MICHAEL:

Was there an outline for the character of Wyatt that you worked with at the beginning of getting into the role?

DARIN:

We did not have much.  We had the description of who Wyatt was.  Brad asked me, “What kind of character would you like to play?”  And I said, “Kind of a bad boy, because on DAYS I was so nice!”  He was like, “OK, I like that stuff.”   So he kind of took it and ran with it.  Then he came up with a little bit of back-story that he gave me and it was great.  We are sort of piecing it all together as it is unraveling.

KIM:

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Brad likes to watch scenes as we shoot them, and then he finds things in the chemistry that we have, or the way that we say a line, and that will spark an idea for him.  He really likes to observe the way that we act together and the way the scene goes, because that is going to spur on his creativity.

DARIN:

… Which is the best…especially for someone who is so hands-on, or should I say, eyes-on.  It then gives some flexibility to the character, and then Brad will run with it.  It’s great to be able to have, and to play, a well-rounded character for people to see.

MICHAEL:

What was Scott Clifton’s reaction when he found out he was going to have an on-screen competitor vying for Hope’s affections?

KIM:

I think Scott was stoked that he was finally the one not in the middle.  I looked to Scott about how he played indecisiveness for so long and said, “Teach me everything you know!”  (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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“How to Win Two Daytime Emmys for Playing Indecisive” should be the title of Scott Clifton’s master class in acting!

KIM:

Exactly! (Laughs)   How can you love two women and not make it look like you were lying to either one of them?

MICHAEL:

Which he did!

KIM:

That is why he has got two Emmys!  I think he was excited that he was going to not be playing the man in the middle.  The hat has been passed.  When Darin was cast, I actually thought that he and Scott, to me, are very similar.  You guys are both super quirky, attractive guys, so I look at Darin and think, “You two could totally play brothers!”  You seem very similar as people.

MICHAEL:

Did Scott saying anything to you, Darin, like, “Oh thank God, you’re here!” (Laughs)

DARIN:

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(Laughs) That is exactly what he said.  No, I am kidding. (Laughs)  But he did say, “I am so glad it was you who got the part.”  There were three or four other guys reading for the part that day with him.  Scott told me everyone else was kind of reading it the same way. We actually did the scene that he and Don Diamont were doing that was actually on Scott Clifton’s winning Emmy reel.  It was the scene after Liam embarrasses himself in front of the family with Hope at their supposed wedding.  Later, Bill takes Liam aside and says, “What are you doing? You are a Spencer!  Man up!  Are you going to let this girl walk all over you?”  So we did that scene.  Obviously, instead of us playing father and son, it was sort of like a brotherly scene.  I was saying the exact same thing, but the intent this time was that it was coming from brotherly love like, “C’mon man, you are a Spencer. You can do this.”  But it hurt me to say it, now whether I was an older brother, or younger brother, I was playing this with this hurt of like, “I have been there.  I know what it feels like.  Don’t do what I did.  Don’t make those same mistakes.”  As opposed to yelling at him, which I think a lot of the actors were doing.  Scott said I brought a very loving and hurt quality to what I was saying to him.  He later said, “Thank God, it was you.  You were the only one who came in and did that.”

KIM:

Quit tooting your own horn! (Laughs) I am totally kidding!

MICHAEL:

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In closing, since you have now gotten to know each other over the last few months, give me three words to describe each other.  Kim, let’s start with you. Give me three words to describe Darin?

KIM:

Silly … witty …dedicated.

MICHAEL:

Darin, your turn.  Give me three words to describe Kim.

DARIN:

I would say, goofy…a pro… and sweet.

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keren
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keren

Aww love the interview. Can’t wait to see how it unravel!

Mary Mary
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Mary Mary

NO LOPE ENGAGEMENT!! Keep Liam away from Hope and with his wife. Anymore LOPe and I am G O N E!

penny
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penny

liam and hope deserve a chance at true love after everything they have been put threw. bill steffy decon and others have done everything to keep them apart. its time for them to pay for what they have done to hope and liam. and its time to REUNITE HOPE AND LIAM THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG.

Mary Mary
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Mary Mary

For Hope’s sake she needs to be with this wonderful new man. A fresh start, in a grownup relationship would be wonderful for KM.

Gloria
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Gloria

I would love to see Hope and Liam finally together with Steffy completely off his mind, they were robbed of their love for each other, and this is what I want to see happen, if not, I won’t be watching anymore, she loves Liam but feels he is stringing her along, so I hope he wakes up and after his divorce is final with Steffy that him and Hope just elopes without telling anyone so no one could sabatage their love again!!

Cubsfan3
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Cubsfan3

Just love the interview – thanks again.

knighthawk
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knighthawk

Thanks for this, Mr. Fairman! I’m with Kim, happy to see the triangle changed up! I don’t miss Steffy, she ruined Liam for me and makes it hard to get excited about a Hope and Liam reunion…thank goodness for Wyatt stirring things up!

Nai
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Nai

Steffy made it interesting. This show is becoming a borefest right now. I can assure you the show will loose viewers because of this crap especially since all the main characters are gone all the Forrestors.

My Girl Hope
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My Girl Hope

I disagree. There seems to be quite a bit of excitement since Wyatt was introduced as Hope’s ‘new guy’. Looking forward to getting to know more about him – and his mother.

Trina
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Trina

Lots of new excitement!! Love the Logans.

Nai
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Nai

Yea but what is the point of him if Hope and Liam are going to be engaged. They are not the same as they were before. yea the new guy might bring in something new, but what is the point os beating on something that has no chemistry anymore. Hope and Liam have been played out and they have no chemistry anymore.It’s a waste especially when all the Forrestors are gone and the show has become the Logan show. Totally one sided.

Nai
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Nai

And sorryt o burst your bubble Michael but Steffy has bought on more ratings and fanbase than Hope. Why do you think the actress who plays her has been nominated twice because she brings excitement to the character. I respect KM but she can be boring most of the time, she doesnt really bring much to her role. And Steffy does in fact have a much larger fanbase internationally than Hope because whether you want to admit it or not, she did in fact brougy excitement to the show.

Nai
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Nai

I can assure you, not everyone love the Logans, especially considering how much of a whore Brooke is!!! The Logans by themselves cannot carry the show and thats a fact people like Stephanie and Steffy and even Sally made it interesting, not that they are gone and all that’s left are the Logans the show will have no variety, IT’S GOING TO FAIL. LETS NOT FORGET SOAPS ARE A DYING BREED THESE DAYS!!!

Cubsfan3
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Cubsfan3

I agree. I think the show has been really great and looks to be great from all angles. The Liam/Hope/Wyatt and the other stories are going to make this a really great summer on B&B! Not one actor makes or breaks a show and I think B&B has a great cast and can’t wait for all the action!

Nai
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Nai

No it wont, Maya and Rick are boring as well. They are not going to make the show at all. Maybe Wyatt might bring something but whats the point of him if Liam and Hope get engaged again for the 6th time. it is played out and done. GET OVER IT, THEY SUCK AS A COUPLE NOW BORING AS HELL!!! BB is not going to do well this summer, it’s already reported that the ratings for this summer are much lower than the previous years what does that tell you, the show is not doing well!!! Nobody wants to see… Read more »

Helensrz
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Helensrz

Totally agree!! So sick of the whole Hope and Liam back and forth!! I can’t even try and get excited abt those two after everything Liam has put Hope thru because of Steffy, I mean enough is enough, what is a deal breaker to Hope anyway? If those two get married and stay together after everything Liam has put Hope through, and cute sweet Wyatt, who’s done nothing but devote himself to Hope gets kicked to the curb again, I’m going to be seriously disgusted!! Wyatt and hope deserve their chance without Liam interfering, and without what’s mom messing everything… Read more »

Diana
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Diana

Yes, I could’ve said it better myself Helensrz 🙂

Tori
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Tori

I think that the new triangle will be great as well. It will certainly make Liam think twice. I personally want to see him grovel and compete because he’s had it so easy for so long. Both girls fighting for him–vying for his attention. He’s never once had to be alone. This will serve him right..

I think I’m a hopeless romantic though.. I would still like to see Liam and Hope reunite at some point and without any manipulations and interference from Steffy & Bill and the rest of the B&B staff.

Nai
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Nai

Hope Liam do not have the same chemistry as they did before. I mean 6 engagements?? The people have had enough, they just dont work anymore, either have Hope be with the new guy or have them single for a while. Dont be around a dead horse by trying to force the public to like them together again, it has been played out and they have nothing anymore. Beside if Steffy does come back Liam is always going to go back between her and Hope, typical BB so why go thru all that crap again?? IT’S STUPID AND BORING AS… Read more »

Mary Mary
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Mary Mary

I totally agree Nai! I never want to see Lope again, ever. It is totally played out. Let Hope be with Wyatt! She needs to be allowed to have a grown up relationship. She will never have that with Liam!

Mary Mary
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Mary Mary

I totally agree Nai! Very well said

citygirl
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citygirl

Liam and Hope everyday all day.. LOVE THOSE TWO PERFECT COUPLE… its about time. Liam and Hope have a life together…

Nai
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Nai

And guess what?? Like all Soap couples, they are not going to last!!! even you have to agree with that, and no Hope fan wants her to go back to someone who treated her like crap. Dont worry they wont last, he will look unto another girl or even better Hope will look unto another guy and then the so called marriage will fail again for the SIXTH TIME!!!!

LD
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LD

@ Nai:

Do you really need to jump on every comment and repeat the same thing over and over again? If I may say so, you come across as very obnoxious and immature. Everyone is entitled to their faves.

“Get over it” as you say and while you’re at it: GROW the hell UP. Get some perspective as well. Jeez.

And just so you know, I’m not a Lope fan. Hell, I’m not even a B&B fan, let alone a soap fan. But I came here out of curiousity and your childish, petulant comments rubbed me up the wrong way.

Kathy
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Kathy

The Lope ship has sailed; Bradley Bell, the writing staff & the fans need to realize that & move on, already. The chemistry between KM and DB on & off screen is undeniable. Besides, it looks as if Steffy’s doctor just may have made a misdiagnosis on Steffy’s medical condition; therefore, you know Lope will not happen (thank goodness). Besides, JMW is not off the show entirely – she is merely taking a break as she has said in numerous interviews. She will be back very soon. So I believe we can’t count STEAM out just yet. I wish we… Read more »

shirley
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shirley

no one has to force me to watch. I love watching bb. have you not checked the ratings? all the soaps are up especially bb. and all this after steffy left the show. tell you anything?

Diana
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Diana

This is so true Nai.

Nai
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Nai

Well guess what LD, well not sure why you changed you’re name but this is a forum, so anyone is welcome to make an opinion. If you have a problem with it, either dont reply or delete your post or dont post at all. But the fact that you call me childish and told me to grow the hell up when i haven’t disrespected you all in my posts. shows that you’re the immature and the childish one not me. And if you’re not a soap fan, why bother post anything at all. as for me, I was a BB… Read more »

lexxy
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lexxy

I miss Steffy and Brad Bell for heaven sakes try writing something other than a triangle, didn’t your father teach you anything?

My Girl Hope
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My Girl Hope

How I loved this interview with these two. They sound like a breath of fresh air and just what the show needs. The Hope/Liam/steffy triangle was so old and tired. I’m looking forward to Hope being pursued by two goodlooking guys. Good to see her smiling and enjoying herself with Wyatt, and the fact that Liam is going to be jealous and possessive is icing on the cake. Time for him to have to work for Hope’s attention for a change.

arpikay
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arpikay

Thank you Mr. Fairman for keeping your promise (about Kim Matula interview). It’s great that Kim is the one to choose between two guys!

Sylvia cobersy
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Sylvia cobersy

I liked the interview, I think in real life KM is a lovely girl, but in the soap I want Liam and Steffy to be together, and maybe hope will be with new guy

lea
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lea

yes ! if liam and hope are engage that’s mean steffy give liam a divorce and doesn’t reunite with him next week when he goes to Paris to annoy her . steffy deserve so much better than liam and i’am sure she’ll be back by the end of august and i hope bell will put her with a man worthy of her . i will not watch until she come back full time and for those who think a hope triagle going to bring rating keep dreaming , i predict the show will be free falling by the middle of… Read more »

citygirl
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citygirl

Really… and where did you get that Hope/Lope does not have a large fan base…. apparently you have been miss informed. But Hope is a Logan, and she also stand alone Hope, and she as already established that she is very talented and has many movies and production to prove it. KIM is out there. Another thing, many of Lope fans are excited to see the two back together.

Sophie
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Sophie

Thank you. What a fun interview!

I am SO over Liam. He is ruined as a character, has lost all credibility. How are we seriously supposed to root for him to be with Hope or Steffy, when he treats both like dirt? That said, they can stick him with Steffy for all I care, preferably off screen!

I am LOVING Wyatt, he is such a breath of fresh air. And I am LOVING him and Hope! Go HOTT!

Helen
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Helen

Couldn’t agree more, I said almost the same thing in a very long comment above, but u said it better than even I could, short and sweet 🙂

citygirl
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citygirl

Love Love Love the interview, it was very light and fun. Love Liam and Hope together.. glad Mr. Bell cast Darin Brooks as Wyatt Fuller to shake things up especially in the Liam and Hope relationship. We have watched an indecisive Liam for years.. know we get to see a Liam who actually make a decision. .. and stand up for himself and Hope. Loving the new storyline. LIAM and HOPE FANTASTIC COUPLE. Can not wait to see more .. the summer is going to be MELTING HOT.

Moniqua
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Moniqua

Triangles? Is that all B&B can give us is triangles???? Booooorrrrring. I said it once and I’ll say it again. Bell must have flunked preschool. He’s too fixated on triangles.

Mel K.
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Mel K.

I like KM actually and I wish her the best of luck with keeping ratings up -while Hope enters yet another stupid triangle on the show.She’s gonna need it.

DawnElicia
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DawnElicia

Thanks for the interview. Love Kim glad she is getting her time to shine. Im torn I love Hope and Liam but I do think that Liam needs to get his head together. I am really liking Wyatt so happy that Hope is getting the best of both worlds.

Katy
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Katy

I’m so excited. I love Hope and Wyatt already. His character is so charming and witty. It’s about time! I just love it!
It will be exciting to see their story unfold. And Rena Sofer as his mother. This is going to be interesting.
I can’t get enough of Darin Brooks and Kim Matula

j
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j

Good interview. However, ONE line in this long interview sums up the entire problem plaguing this show. It is the line where Brad Bell Told them “we are figuring it out as we go“. This indidcates that there is no long term story planning here, and this always undermines and ultimately dooms any new characters and stories to failure time and time again. This is why we get storylines like menopausal Brooke‘s 17th pregnancy. This show consistently hires some of the top flight talent in the business and squanders them in pointless, throw away roles, and within 6 months to… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

B/B does not do long term story I can not believe he is William Bell’s offspring. It is pages upon pages of actors & actresses he has squandered away. I was out of town and just watched Hunter Tylo’s last episode disgraceful I hope she never comes back this was a character who had been on for 20 years off and on. Ronn Moss lousy exit storyline.

k/kay
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k/kay

He may last for a while but it is the kiss of death for DB if he even remotely gets into KKL’s element can you say poor Thomas & Oilver had storylines with her and both are in outer space. You know everyone is crazy for a 50 year old horny teenager and sorry Kim Matula just acts like a giggly schoolgirl maybe that is because her resume was waitress at Hard Rock Café and we still have not seen an acting coach.

Sandy
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Sandy

The article brought out a lighter, carefree side of Hope that was refreshing. Gone was her slightly boring ways and lack of confidence in herself. It will be energizing to the show to give her and Wyatt and chance to have a love interest . I would also like to see a new partner for Liam as Steffy is away and the trio of Liam, Steffy, and Hopneeds a rest for the summer. Fall would be a great time for Liam, Steffy, Wyatt, and Hope to reunite.

shirley
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shirley

I love liam and hope together but wyatt might be just as good. have to wait and see. bb is my favorite soap opera out of all of the soaps. very good intervies. thank you.

Jessie
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Jessie

Liam has shown that he loves Steffy and was willing to adopt children therefore if Steffy did not run he would have wanted a life with her.He has expressed that he did not marry her because of the baby so we see some conflict here. He does not deserve Hope. HE should be left stranded. Hope on the other hand, is just longing for their reunion but she is too naive. She should not not accept left overs.

shirley
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shirley

left overs are pretty good after you warm them up.

Allan
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Allan

How can you say that Liam loved Steffy and was willing to adopt children. He didn’t even know that steffy couldn’t have kids. And he didn’t even know why she just up and left to Paris. Man girl get with the program here and see what happens.

Tasha
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Tasha

I love Liam and Hope

Allan
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Allan

I do too Tasha

Bonnie Gilbert
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Bonnie Gilbert

Great interview! I am all in favor of the Hope, Liam, Wyatt triangle. I used to be a die hard Hope and Liam fan, but not any more! Wyatt is the man for Hope, and I “hope” it all works out for them, sooner, than later. Darin Brooks’ portrayal of Wyatt is mesmerizing!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

More and more, Wyatt (the new B&B HUNK) is such a much-needed breath of fresh air. Unlike Liam…who (at this point) is nothing but snooze-filled and fast-forward material…BORING…LOL!!!!! And, as for that virginal and ANNOYING Hope…blah blah blah blah. Also, as for the character of Quinn (aka Wyatt’s mom)…I am very impressed…so far. One last thing (for now): This so-called Caroline/Carter/Maya/Rick love quadrangle is getting so stale and DUMB AS HELL!!!!! Maya needs to give Caroline a much-needed beat-down!!!!! Caroline…who is nothing but a one-dimensional and annoying ice-princess GONE TOO WILD!!!!! Caroline’s childish antics are so annoying and high school-ish.… Read more »

sybil
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sybil

I am so happy that Darin came on the show, because Hope and Liam is very boring. I had enough of them two. Love Darin personality, (no nonsense guy). please bring back steffy and Ridge to spicy up things on B&B. Writers the show is way to short. Best soap opera ever!!

Tasha
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Tasha

ugh Darin , he’s a weirdo ! look at the way he looked at her, so perve

Stacia
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Stacia

hi brad i am in south africa,i watch B&B everyday.my family and i would like to see hope and Liam together.please don’t make the soap to bore the millions of people out there!!!

Tasha
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Tasha

of course team Hope and Liam !

Eseta
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Eseta

I think wyatt and hope should be together blessed the beautiful loved ones love you wyatt and hpoe

Tasha
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Tasha

please, this better be good 🙂 Liam and Hope ~ its wat she always wanted ever since from the beginning, but if she actually had given up on him than i guess there’s no use ! i still remembered what Hope told Steffy when they were fighting over Liam. “Its game on” and which means that she still loves Liam eventhough Liam likes Steffy but with this new guy, Wyatt, his attitude is inappropriate and he will do everything he can to break this wedding off even his MOTHERRRRR !!!

Pam
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Pam

It would have been nice for Liam and Hope, but the problem is after a 3 plus years history, Liam is still clueless about Hope and what she needs to be happy with him. She has spent all that time being mostly miserable and left to feel second best. He’s cheated on her so many times with this Steffy girl. Why is he making a video of the love they shared days before marrying Hope. How special was the video he gave to Hope if he’s making one for his wife. Maybe he made it for Hope because she was… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

I’d like to see Quinn snag Eric and get half of the money all these woman on B&B got from marrying rich men. Hopefully it would be real and last. Get some shares in the company. I don’t see her as a Brooke Logan, but it seems like that’s how they all made it up that Beverly Hills mountain in mansions. The kids all are benefiting from it and don’t have to do much now. Brooke sure worked hard for her money and is still laying around with another billionaire even if it’s her sisters husband. I’m surprised her little… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

it’s really nice hearing /reading ur side of the story but were NOT actually sure if the chapter stops there…i know how much Hope Logan has gone through all these pain throughout the years because of Liam and Steffy. Its not like Liam is the only one making mistakes the whole time, i know for sure that Hope makes mistakes and so does everyone..and that is not the end of the world. Well, Hope respects Liam after marrying Steffy, and of course paper has been signed. This love drama is sometimes making me confused , it’s all about attraction and… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

WHAT! No no no. Quinn is not Jealous of Liam. Liam pissed her off when he tried to get her contract with FC canned. He was messing with her money because he wanted to get Wyatt away from Hope. You don’t mix business with your personal life. He needed to deal with Wyatt only but, he involved Quinn when he went crying to Hope to dishonor their contract. Now, Wyatt fell for Hope before he new he had a brother. Hope was interested but was put on hold by Liam to starting a relationship. When Liam notice Wyatt hanging around… Read more »

Wendy C.
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Wendy C.

I agree all the way with Pam! Hope and Wyatt together, married even! Quinn and Eric together! Bring Steffy back her and Liam are suited for each other. Hope and Wyatt all the way!!!!!!!!!!

Allan
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Allan

Wyatt and Hope together?…bad idea. And Liam will eventually get the best of that total b….! Quinn. I can’t believe that she is just lurking around when ever someone is talking ALL THE TIME. Who writes these stories anyway? Some of it is a little far fetched but that’s a soap opera for ya.

Tasha
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Tasha

TEAM HOPE AND LIAM ! YAYA !!! DONT CARE THEM HATERS

Pam
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Pam

Liam is history. He needs to go find himself before he tries to be in anymore relationships, and stop wasting money on weddings when the marriages only last 5 minutes. Liam is not marriage material. He should be in Paris comforting his wife who just lost their baby.

Tasha
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Tasha

wasting money, who doesn’t ? and speaking about comforting their baby, didn’t Steffy just denied him for some reason? well, if it wasn’t for Steffy, he would have still taken good care of her

Tasha
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Tasha

oh well, seriously Pam, i didn’t post my comment just to argue at the first place but i posted my comment because i am predicting of what exactly is going to happen next and besides how i feel about this love triangle that they’ve been through….and i am also being honest with how the Quinn reacted. ok, if she’s really not Jealous of Liam than why did she send that video to Hope’s page? i mean, she should just stay out of it..i mean, come on, this is only between Liam, Hope and Wyatt not her. So yea !

Pam
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Pam

First of Tasha I really don’t take this as an argument. I welcome your opinions andI respect your point of view. With that being said, hasn’t both parents, Bill meddle in Hope, Liam, and now Wyatt’s relationship? It’s no different. In fact Liam asked Bill to meddle only when it benefited him of course but Wyatt never asked his mother to meddle. I think Quinn is upset that Wyatt is Bills son as well, and has never done a thing for him. Liam possibly reminds her of the younger Bill that left her barefoot and pregnant that did not take… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

Wait, slow down there !!! argument ?!?!?! This wouldn’t be an argument if it weren’t for you comment on my status I posted earlier last year. There are so many things I needed to correct you, first of all, I know that this is JUST a drama, so I don’t take it that far, but how you reacted and commented on my status made it even worst. I wasn’t the ONE who made it a big deal and turned it into an argument if it wasn’t for you. But hear me out, like you mentioned before about the love triangle… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

There will be a show down between Ms. Fuller and Liam coming up soon when he realizes that she EXPOSED him for being a creep that made love scenes on video of him and Steffy days before a wedding with Hope. I wonder did he make the love scenes and memories for both girls at the same time. This should be interesting.

Allan
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Allan

Yeah and Liam will expose that nasty manipulating and arrogant b….!! if he has the proof about that diamond heist which Wyatt set up. That is if charlie man’s up and quits hiding in the corner like a meek little thing because of that nasty Quinn. And we all know how Hope hates lying. What is gonna happen when she finds out that it was Wyatt that set up the diamond heist. They might be too involved by then and Hope will probably shrug it off. Pity. I hope it turns out otherwise but I have a feeling that Liam… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

To Pam, WTH? stop the madness with Liam…u crazy ? u comment on my post and im not sure exactly if your’re trying to support Wyatt and his mother or you are always right that Wyatt is the perfect match for Hope. I think that what Quinn had done was wrong, how did Wyatt react when he knew that his mother was the reason why Hope cancelled the wedding? He was all blown up and told his mother to not ever do it again because i know for sure that he still likes Hope no matter what the situation is.… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

Say what! Are you kidding me. Liam decided to try and get Hope to cancel the contract with FC over some personal bs with Wyatt. Quinn decided that two can play that game. Liam got the worst of it. He gave Quinn the opportunity by making that love video for Steffy. I really don’t believe that Liam needs to be with Hope at this point. He had 3 years to get his act together and because Steffy isn’t there YET, he’s hanging on Hope for dear life. As for Wyatt, he’s the reason for Hope’s line being so successful now.… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

At the Bikini Bar Wyatt and Hope are suppose to get hot and heavy before Liam drops his discovery about who sent the email. Like really. He needs to stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility for making the video in the first place. Of course Hope will get mad, even though last week she claimed she didn’t care who sent the email of the video. Whatever.
One has to be perfect to be in Hopes perfect world. After everything Wyatt’s done for her, if she hurts him Quinn will mess her up.

Pam
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Pam

Is it just me or did Darin Brooks lose a lot of weight. He looks really good. I just hope he doesn’t get too thin. His clothing is more fitted now and not so layered. I love his style today. He looked like he smoked something. Just a feeling. It’s all in the eyes. Could be wrong or maybe he’s really tired from doing so many episodes per day for the last few months. I think these guys work their butts off. Anyway, leave it to me to try and see through these characters. Brooke Logan, yesterday looked really old.… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

Haha…IKR ? wrinkles , i guess makeup wont suit anyone at that age ! but oh well, the thing is , today, the thing that gets pretty messed up is that NOW Hope is feeling down again because she found out about the video. Remembered what you said that Liam always lied to her about everything, well, I guess Liam is not the only one. If Wyatt knew about what his mother had done that breaks Hope’s heart, that how come he still didn’t tell her about the truth ? I mean, c’mon he knew about eho sent the video… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

And again, what happened IF Hope never met Wyatt ? Are you willing to seat in your comfortable chair and watch this boring love drama without handsome Wyatt ? we never know !!

Pam
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Pam

You know what, if she goes back to Liam I’m done with her. The two of them are extremely boring. If she stays with Liam I would enjoy Steffy returning and sleeping with Liam while she watches through the window at the love shack up at big bear. Blame it on Postpartum like Katie did. By then Wyatt would have moved on with someone else mature that appreciates him and she goes back to popping pills. I’ve had it with her. I don’t know how on earth Wyatt is this patient. It just seems like the writer is turning her… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

No I’m not will to watch this crap without Wyatt. He makes this show forth watching. He goes, I go.

Pam
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Pam

Wyatt makes this show worth watching. He goes, I go. If Hope messes with him, I’m done with that tramp.

Tasha
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Tasha

i mean i didn’t mean to be harsh or whatever but it’s how i feel/predict of what will happen next or how will they cope with the fact that this is actually something difficult to deal with. I just hope that things will go back the way it was, they should live a normal life and do what they are eager to do. I mean, gosh, be happy with your life and move on, it’s not the end of the world, but the fact that Hope is NOW in between and dont know what to do next, well, i mean,… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

Wyatt didn’t know his mothers’ plans about sending Liams video. He found out after the fact. He and Hope were busy with entertaining buyers and the success of the line that he didn’t think about. He had moved on from the video thing. He figured who cares since Hope said it didn’t matter who sent it. As well, Hope did not make Wyatt her man. As far as I can see, she’s leaning towards Liam still and telling him she loves him and even kissing the fool. Wyatt does not owe her every single explanation of every thing. They’re not… Read more »

tasha
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tasha

why do you hate Liam and Hope when they are meant to be together???????????

tasha
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tasha

well, i just hope things will get better NOT worst just the way it was before. so if Hope used Wyatt just to make Liam jealous than what’s the point? Hope’s mother was also involved between Liam, Steffy and Hope and so as Steffy’s mother, but the point is , they shouldn’t, they should all stay out of their personal / private life. they are just making it more complicated for them to understands what to choose. I mean, I am also an adult , but if someone would tried to do something like that to me, I would just… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

To answer your question. I don’t really hate Liam, I just think he had 3 years to make things right with Hope. He has hurt her for years to the point of her popping pills for anxiety and depression. I’m coming from a place of concern more than anything else. I don’t think Liam is capable of resisting Steffy when she returns. I don’t think he’s sharp when it comes to attractive women and will be easily manipulated. I see Ally going after Liam and him not realizing what’s going on, while Hope watches and falls apart again. I don’t… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

WHHHHHAAAAATTTT??? seriously ?! Liam hurt Hope’s feelings? well, i disagree on that one, but here’s the thing, the first time I saw Wyatt with Hope, I think that he’s a good guy, knows how to respect a girl, shows passion, love, so generous but as the drama still continue from one episode to another, I found him more rude and he’s like being aggressive all the time when Hope is with Liam. I didn’t mean to hurt or saying awful things to your precious Wyatt but it’s how he treats someone else fiance before Liam and Hope broke up. But… Read more »

Allan
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Allan

I agree with everything you said Trish. and I wish they would write that manipulating nasty Quinn right out of that show but we know that isn’t gonna happen anytime soon. Hope and Liam belong together but I really don’t see that happening either. Sad.

Tasha
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Tasha

I have a better suggestion, I would say that Quinn should leave her nose drop out of these. Wyatt was there in the Forrester Creation when his mother told him to go to Mexico and steal Hope away from Liam just to make Hope fall in love with him. Now, as far as I concern, the only reason why Wyatt and his mother make it to the Creation was just to get to know Hope better and make her fall for him and his jewelry designs. And when Quinn knew what his son wants , she knew exactly what to… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

From one tale to another, crush all this first love high school bs. Wednesday hot steam room Wyatt whips it out. Hope forgets her name. Liam who? Stallion number 1-Brill, stallion number 2-Wyatt-HOTT. Liam watch out. Wyatt has some tricks up his sleeves. Liam as usual has no clue. Hope can’t walk. Wyatt carries her out of the steam room dripping wet. Remember, Wyatt told Hope he can do things to her that Liam can’t. By the time Wyatt is through with her she won’t give a damn about a video or some bs heist. As far as I’m concerned… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

well, heres the thing I dont believe in fairytale…..

Pam
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Pam

Will Wyatt ever find happiness with Hope and live his life without this constant struggle? Now Bill wants to interfere with his efforts to win Hope because Liam asked him to. What kind of crap is this. Wyatt is so smart in his response to Bill. He indirectly told Bill he hopes his choice to pursue Hope doesn’t ruin their relationship and that he was glad to have found Bill. This time he didn’t blow up. He stood up to Bill but in a touching way to not destroy any chance of a relationship with his father. Lets face it.… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

Now you got what you wanted rite ?! Like i said Wyatt and his mother are up to No good , so prepare for the worst gurlfren……

Tasha
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Tasha

Ok, to all the Wyatt fever here, now guys see the real him and his mother. no matter how much guys hated Liam when his with Hope but now you guys are BLIND by how cute, hot and sexy Mr. Wyatt Fuller but you guys can’t even tell if his good or not. Liam might do all these crazy things that make Hope wanted to disappear and get out of his life but Liam will not steal anything that will cost more than a car to impress Ms. Logan. Now, I believe that most of you guys >>WISH<< that Liam… Read more »

Allan
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Allan

I agree again Tasha. That Quinn IS evil just like Liam says. She hasn’t been caught in her little lies and manipulations yet but hopefully that will change as the lies get a whole lot bigger. And as I have stated before, I hope that Cahrlie man’s up and exposes Wyatt and is nasty mother. Anmd hope is very much right about trusating that evil Quinn. Notice those little beady eyes of Quinn’s too.

Tasha
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Tasha

Oh look who’s talking, blah bah……you are so out of your head right now, not to mention mentally illness over this hot, crazy, arrogant, rude guy Wyatt that never respected Hope engaged to Liam in the first place…that is B******* and you said that He didnt even know what his mother was up to, well, of course he knew, he supported his mother when she told him about the trip to Mexico in order to steal and to take Hope away from Liam…oh gosh ! there, i said it and from mt POV, what could possibly happen if Wyatt had… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

well, Like I said before , Quinn is acting so strange ever since she decided to stick with the FC, and why ? well, let’s just say that she just wanted to jump into bed with Eric and to start a new life there again, well, guess what ? now people who work there long enough than her new a** finally came to realize that she is nothing but trouble !!!…(that nite) when they were having Thanksgiving Dinner with the whole FC workers, frens and families, now Donna started to realize how evil Quinn is and i think that for… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

How do you explain this, “Quinn encourages Wyatt to plan their next big move to keep Liam and Hope apart. Wyatt comes up with the perfect plan to win Hope over. Facing an uncomfortable ultimatum from Liam regarding Wyatt, Hope has to choose between the brothers. Wyatt uses his charm to gain a bold advantage with Hope by planning a special celebration; Quinn turns to Eric to secure her future at Forrester Creations; Hope makes a confession to Brooke. Wyatt is stunned to learn that he and his mother are no longer working with Forrester Creations; To protect Quinn Artisan… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

I mean, s*** , is she crazy ? what is her problem with Liam and Hope??..everything was much better but not for long ever since she came into the FC with her son, Wyatt. Now, like i said before, I don’t hate Wyatt but ever since he started to disrespect her at the same time Hope is engaged, I started to have that weird feeling, “like, WTH????, is he Crazy?” he can’t just be welcome into someone’s home and pumped into other people’s lover. well, Liam respect Wyatt, he gave him a home to stay, he welcome him into his… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I so want Liam and Hope to marry. I am tired of this Liam/Hope/Wyatt plot line. Let Hope and Liam marry and be happy for awhile. Happiness on soap operas don’t last long, so they an get divorced later. But I have been waiting forever for them to marry and perhaps have a baby. It is time that they get to be happy for awhile.

Tasha
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Tasha

TRUE!!!!1

Lala
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Lala

True!

Tasha
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Tasha

yup…true as always

MSSpahr
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MSSpahr

It is long past time for Hope to discard Liam in the old rag bag. How many weddings or missed weddings have they had so far? And still not married! I want Hope and Wyatt to fall madly in love and get married after a lovely courtship in which B&B fans are witness to the growing and undeniable chemistry between them. A side by side comparison of an indecisive Liam and a headstrong Wyatt leaves no doubt in my mind as to whom Hope should stake her future. A physical comparison would work just as well. There is Wyatt the… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

well, i guess you are wrong about that! and can’t you hear urself??! discard Liam ? i guess ur jealous that Liam always convincing Hope to marry him rite ?- well guess what ? ur wrong ! Wyatt disrespected her in the first place while she is engaging to Liam, so get real and snap out of it! the only thing Wyatt want is to jump into bed with her ! I mean, that’s what he told Hope…wanted to be the guy that she deserves and have kids??…he is forcing her out of her shoe! gosh ! and the mother… Read more »

Jt
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Jt

I thank that Hope is turning out to be worse the Stephine. She has always played the role of the sweet girl, but she is showing her true clothes know. If this keeps going I will just find something else to watch. Hope and Liam make a good cute couple. That ugly ass Wyatt needs to move on. But I have to say Hope acted as she is Liam deserves someone better than her. O I know everyone is like it’s just a show and look he Liam done Hope. And I would agree but that guy playing Wyatt doesn’t… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

IKR?—the episodes this week, well, i have to say that i find it a bit weird because everything has turned out the way it’s not suppose to be..why? well, I’m a HUGE fan of B&B and i watch it like everyday and I know how a person is good or bad the way they move, talk, comprehend with others, communicate and how to be socialize with each other but ever since Wyatt ans his mother stepped in the Forrester Creation everything has ruined and I guess the ONLY person that stand up for both of her and the son is… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

Oh no ! wow, this does not look good to me…..If Hope found out about the Diamond that Wyatt stole, she would be real surprised and decide to dumb his a** for gud…now, I have to say that Hope is blind when it comes to relationship, she does not even know that Liam tried so bad to convince her about Wyatt and his mother but she wont even listen. well, lets wait and see where this live triangle will lead her to her future, rather listen to Liam or Wyatt, lets just wait and see who she decide to marry.

Allan
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Allan

Tasha…do you rerally think that Hope is gonna marry wyatt? That might happen. You never know what these writers are gonna write. But what is gonna happen when Hope finds out that it was Wyatt that set up the diamond heist (that is if Charlie ever man’s up and tells that nasty evil Qionn to take a hike). We understand why Hope hates lies but she might be too involved with Wyatt to put stock in the facts about the diamond thing.

Tasha
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Tasha

wait, what ? and your point is, are you on Liam/Hope side or Wyatt/Hope ? bcuz i am too sick and tired watching Hope falling for Wyatt and the fact that she keeps on saying that Quinn is still innocent. Ever since I started watching Quinn and her role in this drama, i kinda feel annoyed watching it and i said to myself that she ruined everything. so its either Liam Hope chooses or Wyatt ?

Allan
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Allan

Tasha…Oh I am definitely on Hope and Liam’s side. Make no mistake about that. I only wondered if it is gonna be wyatt that marries Hope. I get tired of watching Hopw and Wyatt too. But one thing you have to remember…this is a soap opera so expect some far fetched stuff to happen. But now I wish they would write that nasty b….!! out of the show but we know that isn’t gonna happen any time soon. And what I mean by far fetched…example is that nasty thing is ALWAYS lurking around when people are talking. That to me… Read more »

DOTTIE
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DOTTIE

I DONT LIKE HER WITH WYATT..SHE FOUGHT TO LONG AND TO HARD TO LEAVE LIAM NOW ..AND I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING SHADDY ABOUT WYATT FROM THE START…THATS NOT GONNA WORK AND QUINN I THINK SHES A WACK JOB ..SO HOPE BETTER WATCH OUT FOR HER ..THERE PROBABLY SCAM ARTISTS WYATTS NOT HER SON ..OH WELL I REALLY WANT HOPE AND LIAM TOGETHER

Allan
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Allan

I agree Dottie. Hope and Liam have been through so much crap and now Wyatt is romancing Hope. I figured something was up with that b…. Quinn anyway. And now Charlie is gonna go along with giving wyatt a second chance until Pam said they were gonna tell. I smiled when she said that. but what is nosey Quinn gonna come up with now? I am sure something. Watching hope and wyatt is making me sick. All they are doing is kissing and now it looks like Hope and wyatt have taken the next step. that is why I wonder… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

Exactly ! At first, I was surprised how Wyatt treated Hope while she was engaging to Liam….and now, watching this week episode made me realized that Wyatt now confronted Hope that he was jealous of Liam. WTH ?!?! Is he crazy ?! all he wanted to do was to make it worst in the first place with the (Help) of his mother, and I dont like that. bleh ! I just wish everything will go back to normal just the way it was. Well, to be honest I am a HUGE fan of Liam and Hope , ; NOT Wyatt… Read more »

DOTTIE
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DOTTIE

oh im so happy i knew pam wasnt going to go along with quinn ..quinn has no idea how nuts pam can be to so she dont wanna mess with pammy..i cant wait for liam to get to hope ..only thing is we have no idea how long that might take…lol

Tasha
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Tasha

I’m excited too because Pam knew form the beginning that there’s something fishy going on with Quinn when she wanted to have lunch with her as her treat. And than she said , heres to “Friendship !” and than from that time Quinn is still up to NO gud ~ _~ and also she was the reason why Liam got stuck in the elevator….and I wonder, how did he get out again ?….i missed that episode. ugh

Allan
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Allan

Tasha…Liam got out of the elevator because Oliver (the picture guy) just opened the circuit breaker box and flipped the switch so the elevator started again and Liam got out. How did he know to do that anyway? Speaking of Oliver did you see that Oliver put the make on Maya. He kissed her and she didn’t seem to mind. Oh boy here we go with another relationship going bust with Marcus and Maya I bet. And Pam is no dummy. she knew something was up with that nasty when she called Pam her friend. And now it just so… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Oliver and Mayo were on their way to another floor. The elevator was jammed. In the interim, Oliver initiated a kiss to Maya. She smiled and said she is with Carter. Oliver had complimented her beauty, and he said he was glad she came back to Forrester to model. He said he missed her. Anyway, she decided to take the stairs, as the elevator was still jammed. Afterwards, Oliver decided to reset the circuit box nearby, and the elevator unjammed. That was what they showed, and Liam who was just about to melt down, was elated. Liam hurried to the… Read more »

Lana Carter
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Lana Carter

I like Hope Logan And Liam Spencer together.

Tasha
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Tasha

To Allan, OMG, Liam actually said that ?!?! well, too bad that I have classes and it starts @8ish ! and i have noooo time to watch the episode but if that really happened well good for Liam. But as for Wyatt he should go find someone else better than Hope, Hope was Liam’s first lover so he should go look for someone else.

Tasha
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Tasha

Oh my god, Allan , you should see the look on Wyatt’s face…..(puppy face) and good for Liam, standing up for himself, showing how much he cares for Hope and wanted to protect her from Wyatt’s lies. but from my own perspective, what Wyatt did to Hope was unforgivable and everything was based on lies. Now, she said it. And to Pam (Wyatt’s fan), well i guess ur man Wyatt does not deserve Hope anymore, he is hot but he is full of crap !!! soWyatt is not perfect for Hope, so back off !

Allan
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Allan

Tasha…yeah and I hope that Hope sticks to her guns and ends it with Wyatt. And I bet you when that nasty Quinn finds out she will be beside herself….lol. Liam finally got a victory . I am sooooo glad and hope they write that Quinn and Wyatt right out of that show. And guess what else? Bill found some dirt on Ridge. That dude is gay Tasha……lol. Have a good weekend……go Seahawks!

Tasha
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Tasha

Oh yea, IKR?? !and now, Ibelieve all Wyatt’s fan are NOT happy about it….but I knew it, I was rite in the first place, Wyatt just trying to find his way into the FC not bcuz he wanted the job but all bcuz he wanted Hope..man, that guy ! -_- and now everyone knows that WYatt is NOT a hero anymore, he’s just a guy that wanted to bump into FC and destroyed everything but I am glad that Liam risked his life to support and protect Hope….but anyway #goSeahawks 🙂 #favoriteteamtoo

Allan
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Allan

Tasha….what does IKR mean? Today’s episode brings Wyatt into Rick’s office and Hope is there too. Rick is not happy with Wyatt at all and says he is gonna terminate their contract. But he asks Hope about it and he says “what’s it gonna be Hope”? That is how today ends. But earlier Bill has showed Brooke the pics of Ridge with that other dude. I think Brooke refuses to believe it. I think he is either not gay or maybe he is bi because he has eyes for Katy and I am not sure that Bill or Brooke realize… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

oh wait, what?!?! so ur saying that Hope cannot do anything about that, I mean does she still love Wyatt or Liam?!?!?! what the hell ? caroline on Wyatt’s side eventhough he betrayed Hope ?!?! that is bull****…..Liam tried his best to get Hope back but if Hope still wanted to be in Wyatt’s life than that is sooooooooo wrong. Oh and “IKR?” means, I know right !!! and I am happy that Seahawks won the game. yay 🙂 ^_^

Tasha
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Tasha

not feeling the episode this week, I mean, I cannot Believe that Hope would actually give him a second chance even though what Wyatt did cost more than what Liam had done..How would Loam react when Hope already forgave Wyatt?!?!?!…i mean what the hell ?!?!?! Liam got stuck in the elevator all because of Quinn, but the reason was that liam wanted to see Hope before they leave , and now Liam fought so hard to protect Hope but I guess, if it wasn’t for WYatt and his mother liam and Hope would have a perfect Life together………….all fans of… Read more »

Allan
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Allan

Tasha…geez i just typed a book to you about today’s episode and I didn’t put my name in as author and somehow it all went south. Hope caved to Wyatt like I thought she would. And she also caved on her and Wyatt’s relationship by giving him another chance there too. Liam doesn’t know yet and he is gonna be super pissed I bet. And remember when Caroline pulled all that crap when Rick was seeing Maya? Well why can’t she do the same here for Liam and Hope? But she seems to be kind of on Wyatt and Quinn’s… Read more »

Tasha
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Tasha

sorry, Allan, I have class tomorrow, that starts @ 8 oclk and I wont be able to see it tomorrow and that’s for sure, the only time, i watch B&B or the only day I watched it is on Tuesday and Thursday…ugh, shuxx but what’s that book you typed to me about ?!?!?!?! :/ just curious but I never knew how stupid it is for Hope to give Wyatt a second chance and why him ?the only reason why Wyatt didn’t want Hope to break uo the contract with them is bcuz of Hope, he likes her and that is… Read more »

Allan
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Allan

Tasha..well i got my unit back in time to tape B&B at that time in the morning. Too bad you can only watch it on those 2 days. No way of taping it? Yeah your right about Wyatt not wanting to break up with Hope is because of their relationship. And guess what? that stupid Hope caved into Wyatt just like i thought she would. I am losing respect for Hope I tell ya. And she told Liam about the second chance and he wasn’t really pissed as opposed to just being disappointed. Hope thanked him for looking out for… Read more »

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Y&R’s Peter Bergman Talks On Dina’s Death & How It Will Impact Jack, His Final Scenes With Marla Adams & Taping During COVID-19

The Abbott family is reeling from the death of their mother, Dina Mergeron, who passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the end of last Friday’s episode; signaling the end of an era for Dina’s portrayer, Marla Adams.  In a pivotal and heart-breaking scene, Dina shares one last goodbye with her children: Traci (Beth Maitland), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and of course, Jack (Peter Bergman).

Today, the drama continues as the Abbott’s grieve Dina’s death and its aftermath while they remember the life of their flawed mother. This puts Jack at the epicenter of the family, and like it, or not, the new head of the clan.  What does the future hold for him now?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Peter Bergman, who has embodied Jack for over 30 years on the top-rated CBS Daytime drama, to get his thoughts on: how Y&R needed to handle Dina’s death within the confines of the coronavirus pandemic and its safety protocols, what he felt about playing those final scenes with Marla Adams and the significance of the ‘teardrop of love’, and a preview of what fans can expect in the coming days as the impact of Dina’s death will be felt by the Abbott children and extended family.

 

An actor’s actor, you can always expect a conversation with Peter to be forthright, candid and enlightening, and this one was no different.  Here’s what one of the genre’s absolute best had to share about the significance of this story and more.

How has it been returning to Y&R during the pandemic?  I bet you never thought in all of your years in daytime, that you would be doing your scenes socially-distanced, sitting or standing, so far apart from your castmates.

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PETER:  Just getting back to work felt great, loved that.  I wasn’t involved really in romantic scenes at this point, so that I didn’t have to do.  So, all in all, I was very happy to be back, and socially-distancing didn’t really bother me at all, and then Dina died.  Doing that from six feet away was just awful.  You saw the limits at a time where not any of us could be within six feet of each other; where you would usually hold a hand, stroke a brow, and talk softly.  So, I think the writers did what they needed to do to make it work for Dina’s exit.  We are in the middle of COVID, in case anybody forgot, and so you have to ask, ‘Does America really want to watch an elderly woman die in the middle of the Abbott living room or anywhere else?’  So, we had to have Dina’s exit without looking at a dead body, out of respect for the times we are living in.  We had to do a strong, powerful, pivotal scene with our hands tied behind our backs.

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It’s so interesting that you say that because that’s how I felt watching it, knowing what it would have been like, if Jack, Ashley and Traci would have been with Dina at her bedside, up till the end, for instance.  But all of that said, Peter, I got so choked up in your last moments with Marla.  Jack is just sitting there and Dina is telling him how much she loved him and you’re doing the thing that only Peter Bergman can do as the tears well-up in your eyes.  As we have talked about previously, my mom died from complications from Alzheimer’s, so these are always tough types of scenes for me to watch.  I am sure it was also for those in the audience, who have lost a loved one to this disease, many of whom reached out to me on social media following its airing.

PETER:  It’s got to be tough for you to watch.  I get that.

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Yes, so I felt for Jack and Dina in the moment as a son and his mother.  But what did you think about how the scene was written, and what Dina was saying to Jack and his sisters as her final goodbyes to her children and their reactions to it?

PETER:  As written, something in this necklace triggers something in Dina that brings her out of a stupor, brings her out of the murk, the fog for a brief instant to tell the people who she cares the most about that she loves them in slightly different ways.  I have, with everything in me, a struggle to always add in there, “I have a complicated relationship with my mother.”  I’ve added that line in there so many times over the years, you have no idea.  It was a complicated relationship because by the time she dies, there is no kind of straightening that out, there is no kind of Jack looking for answers. The depth of what Ashley is feeling, what Traci is feeling, what Jack is feeling, were kind of lost because of the way we had to do it. The writers had to do it, so I’m not blaming anyone, but because of the way we had to do it, there was no, “Wow, why isn’t Ashley crying?  Why is she just so stoic that this isn’t touching her at all?” because she can’t go there. Traci feeling like she found her place in the family simply by Dina saying, “You’re the beating heart of this family,” and Jack, who is doing the right thing, “She should leave peacefully, she should leave feeling loved, we should all be here, we should give her nothing but love,” damn, this is complicated.  You couldn’t have any of those things.  .  Hopefully, some of that slid in there and we wedged some of those complexities into it, but it was hard to write a complex scene with the situation as it was.  We needed to get it done it one day.  We did not need to drag this out.  Again, were it not COVID time, sure, let’s drag it out.  Let’s spend some time on this.  People die.  Let’s watch the family process a death.

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I just think of what it all means for Jack moving forward.  Dina basically tells him, “You’re in charge of the family. Look after the family.” That’s kind of where it’s been going for Jack this whole time.  I don’t know if that’s what Jack wanted, but that’s where he is ending up.

PETER:  Right!  That’s where he ends up, and you know, this has been a long time coming.  Dad dies, and it is pretty clear that he’s got to step up, and his mom comes into town, and she’s not just his mother.  She’s Ashley’s mother; she’s Traci’s mother, we’ve got to look out for her and give her the dignity and things like that.  Now, there is just no getting around it.  Jack is the head of the family.  That’s the way it fell.  Twenty-five years ago, was Jack ready to be head of anything?  Absolutely not, but I think enough has happened to Jack now: enough heartache, enough growth, enough introspection, enough losing people, that Jack might just be ready for this job.

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When Marla Adams came back to Y&R 2017, and they started telling the Alzheimer’s storyline, it brought up such abandonment issues for Jack and rightfully so, about how a mother could just leave her family and children,  Throughout all that,  you did such poignant work.

PETER:  I wanted that to be in there at the very end.  One of the powerful parts in this whole thing is that Jack wanted to scream at Dina every bit as much as he wanted to hug her.  That was there for quite a while, and Jack had to kind of come to terms with, “Hey, you’ve been leaning on this excuse for quite a time.  She’s here.  She can’t do you any harm.  She feels bad about what happened.  What do you want, Jack?”

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One of the highlights of this storyline was when Y&R explored the history and relationship between the siblings, Jack, Ashley and Traci.  We saw their younger versions as the show flash-backed to when Dina left John and the Abbott family.

PETER:  Between the writers and Peter Bergman, we built this story that the night that Dina left, Dad was upstairs with the girls, they were weeping inconsolably, there was no fixing it, there was no telling them that everything was going to be all right.  He didn’t want to lie to them and say she will be right back, he told them, “She’s not coming back,” and he comes downstairs, and Jack is fourteen-years-old, and a little confused, but decided to say to his dad, “Hey, can I help?”  He looks across the room, and his dad is weeping, first time he had ever seen that.  His father is weeping, and he said, “Jack, you’re going to have to help me with the girls.  I can’t do all of this,” and it changed Jack’s life forever.  Jack was a parent to Ashley for a good part of their relationship.  So, all of this stuff with Jack’s identity, all of the fighting with Ashley, all of the Jabot madness is Ashley finally getting to say, “I don’t need a father!  You’re not my father.  Stop talking to me like you’re going to fix things for me!  I’m sick of it.”  All done by Dina … all truly caused by Dina.

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In my interview with Marla, she told me that at the end of her last scene, you and many others came back to the set to pay tribute to her.

PETER:  We did.  The show had arranged it, and Tony Morina, the executive producer, stepped out on the soundstage with a microphone, and Marla sat on the sofa in the Abbott living room. Tony began telling a lovely, lovely story about how far back his relationship with her goes because Marla and Tony wife’s, Sally Sussman (Ex- head writer, Y&R), also had a long-standing relationship.  Tony was just so grand and gracious in saying that there are some people who, if they weren’t an actor, they’d be this or that or the other thing, but that Marla was born to be an actress.  That’s what she is, and it was so generous.  I think she got three and a half years that she didn’t expect to get out of this.  It was supposed to be a six-month storyline, and four years later, she was still there, and it was a good thing for her, and a unique story turn for the rest of us.  It really was.  It was a powerful thing, and now the Abbott family has a new shape.  There are three adults there: Ashley has established her independence, she is not around as much, she is back and forth between Paris, and Genoa City, Traci is trying to be as supportive and kind as she can be, but essentially, Jack is in the big house by himself.

Yep!  Well, now we’ve got to find Jack a good woman.

PETER:  Yes, or a bad woman.

… Or a bad woman!  I’ll take him in a relationship with someone to stir things up.  I also hear coming up, there will be the reading of Dina’s will.  Is there anything you can tease about that?

PETER:  There is a will read, yes.  No one knows what to expect, and Dina … in the end… comes through for almost everybody…

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Well … that ought to be good.

PETER:  Yep… really comes through for almost everybody, and you know, the Abbott children are wealthier, and all three of them are alone, and in no small thanks to Dina for that.  These are three adults who have been very unlucky in love.  Of course, this is the next challenge.  I don’t mean to assume that I have any idea of what you went through in losing your mom, but there is a point at which you also have to let go and say, “Okay, now it is just me, and what do I want to do with this life?  I’ve used this as a reason not to move forward for a good while.  What am I going to do now?”  I think the next turn in the Jack Abbott story comes pretty organically.  Dina’s death frees Jack to be just as alone as he has ever been.

No matter what Jack does, including the bad things, you always see the inner-pain that is very palpable within him, as you have portrayed him.

PETER:  Yes, but he really has grown in the last 30 years.  Jack is hungry for more right now, and he couldn’t really be that way with Mom in the house.  He didn’t have time for that.  Now he has all of the time in the world.  So, we’ll see what he does with that.

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I understand there is a funeral for Dina, but it will be off-camera?  I guess, because of COVID, it is better that way.

PETER:  That’s true and it’s off camera, that’s correct.  What’s important at most of these things isn’t what happens at the gravesite, it is what happens at the reception afterwards, and that is also a fun turn.  So, they all agree as a family they are going to do it at Society, and they kind of close the joint and make it their own little party, and someone shows up who isn’t expected, and it throws a really, really different vibe into the whole thing, and everybody has to adapt.  It’s actually fun, what it turns into.  It turns into a memory fest with crazy stories of Dina.

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Do you have a favorite moment, or memory, of a scene you played with Marla?

PETER:  I think I had a day where Jack tried to get through to her and tell her, “Do you realize the damage you did?  Do you realize?” and she wasn’t able to take it in, and he went to Traci, and he said, “I want to shake her.  I want to yell at her… and I want to protect her.”  I thought there was something just so rich about that.  That was my favorite moment, my favorite part of it, when Jack finally said, “She’s going, man.  We’ve got to get this conversation done now.  We’ve got to talk this through,” and he was too late.   She was too far along with Alzheimer’s.  She wasn’t up to it.  She couldn’t do it.

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And now here is Jack; and his parents are both gone.  There is no Jerry Douglas or Marla Adams on the show as both John and Dina have passed on within the history of The Young and the Restless.

PETER:  Again, you were generous enough to share your own personal experience, but isn’t it amazing?  Wow, you’re the grownup now.  Isn’t it amazing?  That’s what the Abbott’s are going through: just what you went through.  There is no older generation to turn to for anything.  We are the older generation.  It’s powerful stuff, and I’m really, really grateful for anytime that Ashley, Jack, and Traci are together talking about those things, talking about, “Wow, okay, that just happened… where do we go from here?”  It’s going to be really interesting.  If you asked me, “Over the last 30 years that you’ve played Jack Abbott, have there been many times where you’ve thought, ‘I’ve got no idea where this is going!’”  I would say, “Yeah, right now.”  I’ve got no idea where we are going with this.

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There has been much speculation that the “teardrop of love” necklace will lead Jack to a new romance, or some new adventure in his life.  They spent a lot of time mentioning it in short order, that it would seem it’s not just to bring Dina some closure.  What are your thoughts on it?

PETER:  I think it has legs.  I think you’re going to hear about it again. There is something in there, and I don’t know if it’s the teardrop’s magic charm or that its history is not what it was, or it gets stolen.  I don’t know, but I think we have spent enough time saying ‘teardrop of love’, that there could be a story there.

In Dina’s final moments where Jack brings her the ‘teardrop of love’, wasn’t it symbolic to her because it was her acknowledgement of having her family back together and with her at all times? There is a back-story to that piece of jewelry as well.

PETER:  The point of the necklace is, “This was when I was truly happy, when I had this necklace, when it is all back together,” and maybe we are to know something more about the teardrop…?  I don’t know.  So, this was a gift to her before Jack was born.  She wore it home from the hospital when she brought him home, but we don’t know exactly what year she got it, and we don’t know exactly what year she lost it.  It was stolen, and it was on the black market for a while, and Victor (Eric Braeden) was looking into it.  It was clear that it was very important to Dina.  So, Jack, against his own wishes, said, “No, I’ve got to do the right thing.  I’ve got to try to trace this thing down.  It clearly means something to her.  Maybe she is trying to tell us something.  God only knows.”  So, he did the right thing, not because, “I want to make Mommy happy,” but because he forced himself to do the right thing, to find the damn necklace, and to see what this is about.  Then, we saw the affect it had when he gave it to her.

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It’s always good to chat and check-in with you during these key and historical moments in the life of the character of Jack Abbott.  There have been many throughout your time on Y&R, and it will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

PETER:  It will be, and I’m telling you, this is a real moment.  Normally, we just go from one story into the next, into the next, and this one has been hanging for so long that, “Okay, now that it is over, wow, what is going to happen to Jack?”  I’m just as curious as everybody else.

So, what do you think will happen next for Jack?  Did you reach for the hankies in Peter’s final scenes with Marla Adams?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Marla Adams Talks Her Final Scenes As Dina Mergeron, The Alzheimer’s Storyline, and Her Touching Farewell

Today on The Young and the Restless marks the end of the enduring run of Marla Adams in the role of Dina Mergeron. In story, Dina passes away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a storyline that started four years ago when the CBS Daytime drama brought back the character and Adams; and one that has deeply affected many in the viewing audience who have also had their own personal experience of losing a loved one to this dreadful disease.

If you have not seen today’s episode yet, you may not want to read any further, but needless to say, make sure you have the hankies ready for Dina’s final moments with her children and how she leaves this earth, which will be remembered for quite some time to come.

Marla originated the role of the rich and spoiled Abbott matriarch back in 1983 and portrayed the role on and off for what amounts to five decades. Her classic scenes with Jerry Douglas (Ex-John), Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and so many more from the iconic soap, always made for great and complex stories.

 

With this her final airdate on Y&R, it also puts an exclamation point for Marla on an incredible daytime career having also appeared on: The Bold and the Beautiful. Capitol, Days of our Lives, Generations and The Secret Storm

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Adams in this very special conversation where she shared with us how it was to play these heartbreaking last scenes, the importance of the ‘teardrop of love’ necklace to the story, how Y&R gave her the most overwhelming and beautiful send-off, and her ‘thank you’s’ to all of you, who have been her extended family and are sad to see her go. She is one-of-a-kind …and now, here’s Marla.

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Marla, I am so glad we have the opportunity to chat in this full-circle moment as you have brought the character of Dina to a close.

MARLA:  It’s such a joy to talk to you.  It seems like yesterday and an eternity as well.   I thought of you so much, and I remember talking to you specifically with all of the different interviews over the years, when I was at the studio.  But I will always remember the interview you did with me and Beth Maitland (Traci), my darling soul sister, and you talked to me about your mother who has since passed on from Alzheimer’s.  I’ll never forget what you had to say all those months ago

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Yes, and when as audience members we watch these stories unfold with characters we have loved, or watched on our screens for years, and there is a death, we feel connected to them as well.  And in this case, as a child who has lost a parent to Alzheimer’s, like many in the audience, you ask yourself first, “Can I watch this?” It hits very close to home, but I’m sure when people watch today’s episode of Y&R and see Dina pass away, they will be extraordinarily moved.

MARLA:  Oh, my gosh.  Wait until you people see Friday’s show.  I know they will be moved.  They should be!  I’ve got friends who I’ve already said to, “Get your Kleenex box out.”  It’s so beautiful what happens at the end of the episode.

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How did you feel about playing Dina’s final scenes?

MARLA:  It was wonderful because it showed her lifetime of sorrow and regret, and what was so wonderful was the fact that the hero of the whole thing is the kindness and respect that she really did have for her whole family.  They had the most beautiful sendoff for me.  They sent me a limo!  I went to the studio, and dear Patti Denney (Make-up artist, Y&R) was there, of course with all kinds of makeup and everything else, and she looked like she was entering the ER room for Covid-19, because of all the safety protocols we must have.  It was unbelievable, the kindness that was served to me.  After we finished taping my final scenes, I came back to the soundstage and they totally surprised me.  Dear Tony Morina (executive producer, Y&R) and Sally Sussman (Ex-head writer, Y&R) were there, and Tony spoke about me, and so did my Y&R extended family and on-screen children: Peter Bergman (Jack), and Beth Maitland, and Eileen Davidson, and much of it was put on tape (see excerpts in video below).  Afterwards, Tony gave me beautiful flowers.  I was driven back home after this, and I felt really special, and it was just amazing to me. I had written Josh Griffith (Current head-writer and co-executive producer, Y&R) a ‘thank you’ for writing the show with his wonderful people, but I never heard back, but when I walked in my apartment, the phone was ringing.  Guess who?  It’s Josh!  He said, “I waited until I knew you would be home to thank you,” and I felt so lovey-doved up, I couldn’t believe it.  I want to read something to you that I received in the wonderful flowers that came the next day from CBS Daytime executive Margot Wain and others.  The flowers were so big that they didn’t fit on the bar!  The card read: “Thank you for bringing the amazing force that is Abbott matriarch, Dina Mergeron to countless fans of The Young and the Restless.  Your vast contribution to Y&R and CBS for more than five decades is unparalleled.  We are forever grateful for all you’ve brought to Y&R as both a consummate professional and a cherished co-worker.  All our best wishes.”  I was just so touched by the sentiments.

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I also want to share something with you.  When it was revealed in the promo that came out last week that this would be your last show, I received so many notifications on social media, saying, “Oh, my God!  We love Marla!  You have to interview her!”  You are loved by the Y&R fans.  I hope you know that!  They’re sad to see you go, because you’re a legacy character to them, and soap fans have deep connections to characters that have been on their favorite soaps for decades.

MARLA:  Five decades!  My God!  I’m eighty-freaking-two.  I can’t believe it.

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In story, Jack was on a mission to get the ‘teardrop of love’ necklace back to Dina before she died, hoping that she would have one last moment of lucidity and would recall it and it would hopefully make her happy.   He moves heaven on earth to get it, and does, and brings it to her and viewers saw her reaction. 

MARLA:  The necklace had never been anywhere before in story except recently, but I said to myself that I would play it ‘quietly and graciously’, because it made for such a beautiful moment for Dina with her children.

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For Dina, the necklace was a symbol of remaining connected to her family and her children, even when she was not with them all of those years.  In your final scenes, Dina had these moments to say goodbye to each of your children.  Do you remember looking at Eileen, Traci, and Peter taping those highly emotional beats?

MARLA:  Yes, they were so there for me.  They are an extended family that is so precious to me, and playing this iconic character has been, too.  I remember when Sally Sussman told me a few years ago, “ I’m going to bring you back on The Young and the Restless, but you’ve got Alzheimer’s,” and I said, ‘What!?  You’re bringing me back so you can kill me off?’ and she said, “Oh no, it’ll be about a year.”  That dissolved into four years, and now five decades had passed and I was still on Y&R.  I am beyond grateful.

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As an actress, was it hard to play Dina’s final moments when she goes to the light to join her beloved, John?

MARLA:  It was heart-wrenching for me.  In the story, Dina died when she went outside and to the front door of the Abbott home.  They did not tell me before-hand, and that’s why it was so wonderful.  I hope they came in for a closeup of that because I had no makeup on, it was beautiful, and then, Dina said, “Oh, John.”  I’ve done everything from movies, to daytime, to nighttime, to Broadway, but that was the iconic moment for me, to do this gig with wonderful, wonderful actors and friends, and to do this particular storyline.

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It was 1983 when you first appeared on Y&R.  And through the years, Dina did not do such great things! She had an affair with Brent Davis who was the biological father of Ashley that caused such a rift between mother and daughter for years.  She abandoned the Abbott children and walked out on them and her marriage to John, and that’s just for starters! Dina was a complicated character. Did you love the fact that she could be very selfish at times?

MARLA:  You think?  That’s why I loved her.  Of course!  I can be very selfish, too.  You have to be selfish if you’re an actor, good God. (Laughs).

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It was great that The Young and the Restless brought you back four years ago so that through the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline that Dina was able to somewhat repair her relationships with her children.  Obviously, over the last many months the audience could not witness the more day to day progression and toll the disease took on Dina and her family in its final stages, but unfortunately with the way COVID-19 has affected shooting daytime soap operas, and all of our lives, including safety protocols, I am sure plans had to be altered,

MARLA:  Of course.  As an actress, this was the most important role of my life, and to have her final moments spread out in one day really is because of all of the fans who have been writing in and wanting to see Dina again,

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People were rooting for you to win the Daytime Emmy back in 2018 when you were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. That must be a nice moment to carry with you from playing Dina’s final storyline.

MARLA:  Yes, and I should have won!  Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) was furious. (Laughs)  He said, “What do you mean, darling, you should have won!  Goddammit!” He’s a wonderful man and a good friend.  He came to pick me up several times to go to the studio for my last few shows, and that’s the kind of mensch he is. So, I feel just so blessed and I feel great love and loss.  I would like Dina to come back as a ghost, but I have no idea, if that will happen or not. But if the fans would be interested in seeing Dina as a ghost … make sure to write in to the show and tell them!

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Speaking of the fans that have followed you for decades on Y&R, what would you want to say to them now that Dina has passed on?

MARLA:  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for all of the love, the support, and the chance to play Dina out… and I’m thankful that you cared, and loved her, up till the end.

So what did you think about Dina’s final moments on today’s Y&R? Will you miss Marla Adams?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first check out the special behind the scenes tribute for Marla, followed by The Michael Fairman Channel’s interview with Marla and Beth Maitland from Y&R’s 45th anniversary celebration referred to during the above conversation.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks Steffy’s Opioid Addiction Storyline, The Emotional Scenes & Adjustments Made Due To COVID-19

If you have been watching CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful over the last two weeks, you have witnessed the compelling and important storyline unfold with Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) at its epicenter.  In a harrowing tale of opioid addiction that can so easily happen to anyone given the circumstances, the daytime drama took on a social issue prevalent and rising in our society today.

This story gave Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood another chance to shine in some of the most deeply affecting episodes and scenes in soaps of 2020.  In story, after Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) accidently hit Steffy with his car while she was on her motorcycle; she became hospitalized to treat her injuries. Once there, she met new love interest, Dr. Finnegan or as the show calls him “Finn” played by newcomer, Tanner Novlan. Finn prescribes pain medication for her. But before you know it, once Steffy is out of the hospital and back at home she struggles with the pain and the isolation of her life, and the losses she has experienced over the last many months, and before you know it, she is addicted, and no longer getting the pills from her doctor, but by any means possible.

Last week, we named Jacqui’s work the ‘Power Performance of the Week’, but we are also giving it to her again this week for her masterful performance on Tuesday’s episode, where Steffy breaks down after being confronted by Finn, Liam (Scott Clifton) and her father, Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and finally coming to the stark realization that she is an addict.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood after all the key scenes had aired to: get the inside Intel on what went down taping those moments, and how the show made some important decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic about the telling of this storyline. Here is what Jacqui had to say about: her co-stars, herself, and what she learned about those who struggle with addiction.

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How did you feel about being handed the ball to tell this important story, and how much were you told ahead of time?

JACQUELINE: Originally, I was told that we were going to tell this story, and that was before Covid-19.  So, it was literally the week before we went into lockdown, and we were about to dive into this story. Obviously, I am so grateful to be able to tell this story because traditionally The Bold and the Beautiful has a long list of social stories that we are known for telling.  It is something that that we need to talk about because it is happening, and it is happening everywhere.  Someone knows somebody – it is in our family, or our friends are dealing with this, and I didn’t realize how close to home it was for so many people.  I think that with our show, the way we balance drama, and romance, and real social issues that really touch people, is special.  I noticed that throughout this week with so many people reaching out to me.  People who are police officers, to people who actually work with people who are addicted, people who were addicted have reached out to me.  There have been a lot, but I’m very honored, again, to dive into this story.

A lot of fans and viewers remarked along the lines of “Wow, Steffy got addicted very fast,” because it felt like the story kind of accelerated itself, and some people are like, “Well, they just told it too fast.”  I wondered how you felt about that, knowing what you know about soap operas and research you may have done on addictions.

JACQUELINE:  I did some research on YouTube on opioid addiction from first-hand accounts of addicts and the effect on just them, but also on the grief it had caused their families. I originally had mistakenly thought, “It must take years to become addicted,” and I was very surprised by how quickly and easily one can be trapped in pain management, and many cases are heartbreaking.  You always think, with opioids, “Oh, this can’t happen to a lot of people,” but it’s not just, “Oh, the ‘crackhead’ down the street…”  It could be a mom, or these people who have a surgery, or an accident, and then they just get on these pills, and it happens so quickly.  Yes, the storyline happened extremely fast, but there is truth to it because addiction does happen very quickly in this world.  The other thing I have to say, I think what Brad Bell (executive producer and head writer, B&B) did so elegantly, is that we were going to tell this story, and we were going to tell this story for a very long time.  I love that he was very perceptive to this – that we are in a dark time right now.  It’s a dark world, and I think that it is important, again, to shed some light on this, but we didn’t want to necessarily drag it on too long because it’s like, you watch every news outlet, and it’s depressing, and it’s depressing everywhere.  Before Covid-19, this story would have been a lot longer, and I think it was kind of realizing, “Let’s take it back.  But, let’s dive into this.” I think we were also being mindful of the viewers because we are shedding light on this, but also, opioid addiction had now skyrocketed through this pandemic, and this quarantine.  I think, again, it’s important to tell this story, but we didn’t want to be another show that is just so depressing right now during such a depressing time.

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Right, so the story won’t be as elongated , but obviously, she will always have this addiction now, which is always great as a character, to delve back into, that Steffy will have in her physical and emotional make-up now.

JACQUELINE:  Absolutely.  She will always have that.  She will always have to be mindful of it.

What did you think about Dr. Finn in all of this?  Do you think that he should have caught on earlier that this was happening to Steffy?

JACQUELINE:  (Laughs) Yes, absolutely.  I think, Steffy was pretty good at hiding it from him, especially the last time when she invited him over, and she said she didn’t need the pills.  However, on Tuesday’s episode when there was that huge explosion, and he really got to see that visceral side of Steffy as defiant and angry, that was a lot for him to take in.  Tanner has been doing such an incredible job of diving into this and telling this story, but yeah, you wonder if Finn noticed, but again, I do think Steffy was pretty good at hiding it.

She was pretty slick, but when she got the pills from Vinny, I kept thinking, “What did he give her?”, because they seemed awfully strong, or laced obviously with another drug. 

JACQUELINE:  When Steffy got the pills from Vinny, that was the first thing I said, “Is this just opioids?” Now, she’s getting it off the street, and we just don’t know.  It’s laced with God-knows-what.  She has no idea because she’s not getting it from an actual doctor; she’s getting it from Vinny.

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So, when Tanner came to the show, did you read screen-test with him?  What was your initial thought of him and Steffy finally having a potential new relationship?

JACQUELINE:  He is absolutely wonderful.  It’s funny because we have a lot of friends in common, and he is a fellow Canadian, and we bonded over that.  He originally screen-tested, I think, a few days before we went into lockdown.  So, who knew that we were not going to be able to work with each other for months and months and months, but he has been completely added to the group, and it is a different world that we are navigating, especially with how we are filming on set and the 8 feet apart rules, and you have these emotional scenes, and you feel like you just want to grab someone, and hold them, and cry.  I have so many fans going, “My God, I just wanted one of the characters to hold you!” and then you’re like, “COVID,” and nobody can really touch me, so…

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Isn’t he kissing his wife though as your stand-in?  B&B alum, Kayla Ewell?

JACQUELINE: Yes, yes he is!  I just thought it was priceless that, how long have I been on the show, that Steffy has just been pining away for Liam for years, and years, and years, and finally gets the go-ahead, and she’s going to get a new love interest, and I’m like, “Woo-hoo!” and then, COVID happened, and I find out, “Your love interest is going to be a doll!”  So, he gets his wife, which is great.  My husband has been completely supportive, but my husband has not come in.  I don’t think it would work playing opposite him as Tanner, but his wife actually has a very similar look to me, which is great.  So, she’s been in a few times, which has been amazing!  I get the foam doll. (Laughs)

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I was just thinking it’s so funny, too.  Steffy FINALLY gets a new man, but she is with a doll! 

JACQUELINE:  I know, I know.

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What’s great about when you get to play these kinds of emotional levels in an addiction storyline … or anything that kind of flips the character’s mental state, is that you get to see the anguish.  You know, we’ve never seen Steffy discuss or really say anything about having Beth taken from her, whom she raised her as ‘Phoebe’, and then losing Liam to Hope, and this is kind of addressing her pain through this story arc, which I thought was really good, that it wasn’t just swept under the table.  The characters, the audience, and Steffy were realizing that she had emotional baggage and distress over those losses.  How did you feel when taping those scenes with the confrontation where she pulls out a switchblade on Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Ridge, Liam and Hope (Annika Noelle)? Those were great scenes. 

JACQUELINE:  Thank you, thank you.  We didn’t know how we were going to be able to do these scenes.

Because of the social distancing?

JACQUELINE:  Well, yeah, social distancing!  We did it in one take.  It was a long 10-12 page scene.

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Well, the final 7 minutes of that episode were just a riveting; which included that knife scene, which in itself was gut-wrenching to watch, as I assume it must have been to play?

JACQUELINE:  It was a big scene, and it was a big, emotional week for all of us, obviously, and I couldn’t have done it without my cast.  They were so phenomenal as well.  We were trying to think, “How are we going to do this?”  Thorsten Kaye came up with this idea that Steffy should have a knife because Ridge would want to go to her and grab her, and the only thing that would maybe keep him away.  She is so angry, and she does have so much emotional baggage, and yes, she is in pain from her motorcycle accident, but I think that a lot of people saw in that phone call from Hope, where Hope said, “Oh, Kelly wants to spend another night,” that was that whole mental shift of, “Oh, my God, this is my worst fear.  It’s finally happening.  My daughter doesn’t want to stay here.  I am truly alone.  I don’t have anybody.”  Her life up to now has been about raising Kelly, and then that was that whole baggage unload – the pain of all of the years of what the Logans had done to the Forresters – it was just a domino effect. She obviously is not dealing with the pain in a pragmatic way.  I think Steffy was using the pills to mitigate her misery, physically and emotionally.

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I think there were two turning points … after the switchblade incident, when she finally realized, “Oh, my God, what am I doing?  I’ve got this knife,” and she gets rid of it.  She does seem to have these moments (in that episode and the one that aired Tuesday) where she realizes, “Oh, my God, I’m messed up,” which were heartbreaking moments.  Do you remember playing that moment of, “Oh, my God, I’m an addict,” where Steffy admitted it out loud?

JACQUELINE:  Yeah!  It was extremely difficult.  I’m really good at being able to work on set and being able to leave it behind.  That’s the one thing that people will say to me, “What is it like off of set?  It must be so emotional for you!”  Once we say cut, I’m done.  I don’t mentally check out from the scenes, but I’m just able to let go because we just have so many episodes and so many emotional scenes, but I have to say this took a little while to shake.  I had to get into my car, and I was still emotional, and I had to put some good music on, and blare it, and drive home.  To know that these things are happening in the world and it is happening to so many people, it just breaks my heart, and I still get emotional about it.  It is gut-wrenching to know that this happens.  When I have those emotional scenes, (especially like that) I can’t fake it.  That’s just not who I am.  I can’t just fake cry to get through it.  Yeah, I’m an actor, but even though we film so quickly, even though it’s usually just one take, even though we are crying all day with all of these scenes, I really like to emotionally get there.  Obviously, over the years, I’ve learned to get there quicker, and I am really proud of myself for that, but what you see is what you get.  Those are real emotions.  I am just as present as I possibly can be in that scene and just listening to Ridge, and Liam, and Finn and just taking it all in – then Steffy realizes that she is addicted, just that moment of everything breaking down; her whole world was falling apart.  I think it was an important moment, but we were just really there for one another in that scene.

 

Scott Clifton, I just really want to say, throughout that week, had to play annoyingly holier-than-thou with you as Steffy.  People were annoyed with Liam.  He was the perfect annoyance to get her really pissed off!

JACQUELINE:  Yeah, I know!  It was actually funny at one point because so many fans were like, “Steffy was out of her mind!  She was clearly on drugs!”  I love the Steffy fans who were like, “Liam is so wrong!”  You could see how loyal the fans were.

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They were!  It was great, but Liam was super annoying. That being said; did you watch back last Friday’s episode where after Steffy runs out, the camera pans to Scott, and Liam breaks down and cries?  So good. 

JACQUELINE:  Yep, yep.  I know, it was so good, and that was him!  That’s what I find so beautiful is that when you are in that scene, you don’t know what the reactions are going to be, and I know that was so true and authentic of Scott.  It was a genuine emotion that came out of him. I hadn’t seen him break down in a long time, but it was so unexpected, but I was glad to see it, really glad.

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We haven’t seen Bill Spencer come to Steffy yet.  How does she feel about that?

JACQUELINE:  That’s a good question.  I don’t know how Steffy is going to feel about that.  I think, obviously before the addiction happened, she would blame him for hitting her on her motorcycle, but you never know, things could change coming up with Bill and Steffy.

Well, he will probably blame himself now for the addiction, I would think, because he hit her.

JACQUELINE:  I think so, too.  That’s one of the things he may be playing in those scenes.  So, we shall see.

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Talk to me about Thorsten Kaye in those scene with you as the dad, because in the episode we saw Tuesday, there was a powerful moment when he just sat beside Steffy, but not holding her at the very end.  I thought that was a very nice touch given also Covid-19 protocols.  At that point they weren’t dragging Steffy out into a rehab facility.  We just watched him sitting there quietly while Steffy had this reckoning to herself. 

JACQUELINE:  I really liked it.  I liked that we had a lot of those chill moments of taking each other in. Thorsten and I get along so well.  We’ve just always had a bond, and I love working with him because in rehearsal, we do something one way, and then, again, when you’re filming, it’s always so unexpected, you don’t know what he is going to throw at you, which makes you be even more present.  It’s a tough scene.  I was feeding off of him and vice versa, and I’m sure he was putting himself in that situation of God-forbid if his daughters were in this situation, and you know, I’m looking at him in that father-daughter moment and seeing him become emotional for his daughter.  It just kills you, it really does, but it was a heartbreaking moment, but I like how we ended the scene: with something as very simple as sitting beside each other.

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Your fans and the soap pundits are saying that obviously you have your Emmy reel for next year, it’s done.  It’s right there.  This may just make you a two-time Lead Actress Daytime Emmy winner.

JACQUELINE:  Aw, that’s so sweet.

It is great for you because you have an arc of a story there to tell, and we’ve talked about this before – an arc of a story for a submission in Emmy competition seems what many of the judges like to see and can understand because they watch the performer in scenes from the progression of a story.   

JACQUELINE:  Definitely, and it was nice to know that I was going to do this story and that we were going to tell this story, but once we came back months later, I didn’t know that we were still going to dive into opioid addiction with Steffy, because again, with our show, and with a lot of soaps, storylines change all of the time. I am very grateful for it.

 

So, what can we tease?  Will Steffy get Kelly back, or will she be estranged from her for a little bit?  What do you think?

JACQUELINE: I think that Steffy is a strong woman, and I think she will come back stronger than ever, and I think she will get her daughter.

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You should be very, very proud of this work, Jacqui!

JACQUELINE:  Thank you.  I am.  During the week, when we had all of the dialogue to do, and it’s a different world now when you’re taking care of a toddler, and then with the Covid-19 protocols, and then you get the story, (and again, so grateful for it), but it was so much dialogue, and going back and forth, and making sure you’re bringing it emotionally, and it was extremely challenging, to say the least,  But, I am really proud of myself that come that Friday I was like, “Oh, my God, we did it.  We did it!”

What have you thought of Jacqueline’s performances in the opioid addiction storyline? Were you glad to hear the show decided not to drag out the story due to the times we are all in? Do you feel this storyline was powerful and could help those in need of help? Share your thoughts on the interview with Jacqui and more via the comment section below.

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