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Flynn Shoots For The Moon

RomeFlynn.jpg The phrase "Go big, or go home," is an apt description for how THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rome Flynn (Zende) approaches life, but when he came to Los Angeles several years back, abandoning a basketball scholarship to pursue his dream of acting, "going home" to his native Chicago simply wasn't ever an option.

"I sometimes wondered if I made the right decision, but either way, I knew I would never leave California," he says. "It was a choice between sunshine and cold, and, I mean, come on!"

Flynn recently sat down with Soaps In Depth to talk about the journey that led him from wannabe to working actor, including the surprise twist that helped spur him on to success! He may be B&B's newest heartthrob, but that's not at all how he sees himself.

"My angle was never to be a 'sex symbol,' though I will admit I've been working out more, because I pretty much live [shirtless] in that Forrester Sky Lounge on B&B!"

Check out our feature interview with Flynn in our latest issue, on-sale now!

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Better Together!


Kristoff St. John (Neil) and Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) were once magical together on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now the dynamic duo is working together on a series of original films about the tight-knit Chandler family for the UP network. Their next, A Baby For Christmas, premieres Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. EST and will move their characters' romance forward. "I was more than surprised," St. John admits of learning that he'd be reunited with Rowell in the films. "It had been so long since we took the stage together."

In the last film, UP's ratings juggernaut Marry Us For Christmas, Rowell's character, Stephanie Chandler, was scrambling to plan her daughter's (Malinda Williams) wedding while trying to maintain the family's treasured holiday traditions. This year, she's got a pregnant daughter to look out for, a new romance of her own to balance, and a continued desire to keep their holiday on track. "She's competing with everyone else's lives and new interests and circumstances," Rowell previews, "and also dealing with the digital age... she doesn't like that."

Live tweet with the stars during the premiere at @victoriarowell and @kristoffstjohn1. For more details on the film and the actors' reunion, check out their exclusive joint interview in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale now, and in the next issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, November 30!

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"MAJOR" Role For Rikaart!


Greg Rikaart (Kevin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) did a little moonlighting recently with a role on TNT's law series MAJOR CRIMES. He debuts tonight in the show's regular time slot at 9:00 p.m. ET as Bobby G. Monroe, an anti-death penalty attorney who is defending Slider, the young man awaiting trial for the murder of Alice Herrera.

"Unlike Kevin, [Bobby] has a very clear moral compass and has very black and white ideas about right and wrong," Rikaart tells Soaps In Depth. "It's been really fun to play a departure from Kevin who has moral and ethical fluidity to him."

The Emmy-winner had been in to read for a role during a previous season of MAJOR CRIMES, but while that one didn't work out, producers kept Rikaart in mind and felt he was right for the role of Bobby. "It's extremely flattering," he says. "I've never just been offered a role in my life [without specifically reading for it]. It's pretty cool."

For now, Rikaart is set for four episodes. Might we see more of Bobby? "That I don't know," the actor responds. "My character doesn't go away or die or anything like that."

Thanks to some fortuitous timing and cooperative scheduling between the two shows, Rikaart was able to complete his primetime role without having to take any time away from Genoa City. "It's been a great year for Kevin at Y&R," the actor says. "I had a busy year and have been heavily involved in a bunch of different stories. I'm incredibly grateful."

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Gaskill Is CASTLE Bound!


For "Cool Boys," the Monday, November 9, episode of ABC's CASTLE, Brian Gaskill is playing a character more in line with AS THE WORLD TURNS' psycho B.J. as opposed to his roles as THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar or GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan. He's appearing as a dangerous man who heads up a heist crew. "He has a big scene with both Nathan Fillion [Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE] and Adam Baldwin [THE LAST SHIP], who is returning as Detective Ethan Slaughter [from season four], that you do not want to miss," previews showrunner Terence Paul Winter.

For Gaskill, reuniting with Fillion, whom he'd met while they were both soap stars, was an intriguing prospect. "I'd done stuff back with him in the 90s for ABC Daytime," Gaskill reveals. "He was Joey [on ONE LIFE TO LIVE] when I was Bobby [on ALL MY CHILDREN]."

However, Winter says their interaction on CASTLE might leave an even bigger impression. "I think it's something that people will be YouTubing and watching over and over and over again," he suggests. "I don't want to risk spoiling it by saying more, but it's wonderful!"

During the week leading up to shooting, Gaskill enjoyed spending time on set. "You know, when you're on the air eight seasons, you're not just successful, you're probably good people," he surmises of the CASTLE crew. "Not only were the costume people great, but also, they immediately sent me down to production where they were shooting and brought me to set to meet with the hair and makeup people. I don't think I've ever been on the primetime show where they took that kind of time with a guest star. It was great."

Tune in to catch him at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more about the episode, don't miss the CASTLE Primetime Preview feature in next week's ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Spencer For Hire


If you were surprised that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Bill didn't go for Wyatt's proposition to launch a Spencer fashion house earlier this fall, you're not the only one.

"I would have loved that idea," says Darin Brooks (Wyatt). "It would have pitted the Spencers against the Forresters so perfectly and created some good drama. I get that we've done the 'rival fashion houses' before, but hey, if it works, why not try it again" Brooks says Bill's refusal was yet another example of how Wyatt has been getting short shrift in the Spencer family, and he's itching for the shoe to end up on the other foot — Liam's, to be precise!

"Bill's always doting on Liam," says the actor, "but I'd love to see the tables turn, where instead of Liam getting everything he wants all the time, Wyatt gets it. That would be an interesting change of pace!"

Could his new gal, Ivy, be key to Wyatt's ambitions in life, or might his meddling mama, Quinn, be the one to further his career and personal goals using the sort of duplicity she does best? Brooks ventures a few guesses in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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The Force Is Strong With Fodé!

PiersonFode.jpg What do Superman and Luke Skywalker have in common with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Pierson Fodé (Thomas)? All three were raised on farms from which they ventured to fulfill their destinies. Soaps In Depth recently chatted with the soap newcomer about his humble origins and how he was inspired to pursue an acting career.

"I wanted to be able to be one of those people that made it, who could inspire other kids to get off the farm or out of their little neighborhoods and change a little piece of their world," he explains.

While Fodé's journey to stardom wasn't always easy, he credits his hardworking parents with instilling in him the drive and determination required to achieve his dream. In fact, his first name means "rock," which he likens to having been given a strong foundation.

"On the farm, my parents had a rule: if you want it, you can work and earn the money to buy it," he says.

Today, Fodé's life seems worlds away from his agrarian upbringing, but he couldn't be more proud of his past.

"I love being able to share my story, to say that I cam from raising cows and selling asparagus on the side of the road."

Want to read more about what makes Fodé tick? Then check out our feature interview with him in the next issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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What's Next For Maya?

KarlaMosleyGal.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Maya wasn't always sure marriage for her and Rick would be in the cards — especially after her transgender status was plastered across every Spencer publication in the world! But all's well that ends well for the newly married Mrs. Rick Forrester... or is it?

Karla Mosley (Maya) acknowledges that there's still a lot of potential drama that could threaten her alter ego's newfound bliss. Take Maya's conflict with her father, Julius, for example.

"He's trying to [accept her]," the actress admits, "but the things he said to her on her wedding day... those were things no child should have to hear."

Speaking of children, could having a family of their own be Rick and Maya's next goal, or will career ambitions keep them wholly distracted as the rest of the year unfolds? Mosley admits she's just as curious as the rest of us to find out! In the meantime, catch up with the actress by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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"Golden State" Of Mind

katherinekellylang.jpg From palaces and pristine beaches to five-star hotels and fashionable European capitols, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) has been lucky enough to visit some of the most gorgeous and glamorous spots on earth as part of her job. But it's her native California that she will always feel fortunate to call home.

Having grown up living in both Los Angeles and Northern California — she lived for several years in the coastal community of Carmel as a teenager— the actress says the West Coast is definitely where her heart is. "It suits my down-to-earth style," says Lang, who recently shared a few secrets about finding her bliss in the midst of a very busy life.

Want to know where — and with whom — she feels most content these days? Then check out our latest fun feature with the actress in the new issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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Y&R Actor Will Crack You Up!


If you saw Ignacio Serricchio's (ex-Alex, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) side-splitting turn as Edmundo, the faux gay wedding planner on The Wedding Ringer, then you got a hint about just how funny the actor can be.

Currently, he's in Atlanta preparing to give fans even more evidence of his comedic chops with his role on the new BET series, ZOE EVER AFTER. In the sitcom, the ex-wife (actress/singer Brandy Norwood) of a famous boxer (Dorian Missick, SOUTHLAND) juggles motherhood, dating, and her start-up cosmetics business. "I play Miguel," Serricchio reveals. "He's a contractor that Zoe's ex hires — they own a lot of property, so he's the go-to guy to fix everything."

Might having the handsome hunk underfoot be an unwelcome distraction for the struggling woman, or just the distraction she needs? Viewers will have to wait until the January premiere of the romantic comedy to find out. For more details, check out Serricchio's Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Ramirez Protects And Serves


On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Marisa Ramirez did her best as cosmetic executive Carmen Mesta to try to straighten out the troubles at Newman Enterprises' Beauty Of Nature. Now she's working to eliminate a big problem in the city where her current show, CBS' BLUE BLOODS, is produced.

"Trying to provide affordable and safe housing in New York City is not easy," she says. "So there are about 25 teams of 10 women each raising $250,000 to $500,00 to build homes for local single mothers [via a Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity]." Amongst those teams is a seven-member one from BLUE BLOODS, The Bricks & Sticks Chicks, which the actress is a part of.

"We have a make-up artist, someone from the wardrobe department, our script supervisor, and also myself and fellow castmembers Amy Carlson (Josie, ANOTHER WORLD), Vanessa Ray (Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Abigail Hawk," Ramirez says proudly. "I've gotta get some steel-toed shoes! We have no idea what we'll actually be doing, but we are excited and looking forward to it." With just weeks left until the Saturday, September 26, build day, the actress is fundraising for the BLUE BLOODS team. Click here to pledge your support.

For more from Ramirez, whose TV series returns Friday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. EST, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Is "Good Rick" Here To Stay?


Love will do funny things to people. In the case of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rick, it's turned the onetime tyrant into a regular teddy bear! Six months ago, no one could have anticipated the change that would come over this headstrong businessman as a result of his love for Maya, least of all, his portrayer, Jacob Young! Why was Rick so readily able to accept Maya's secret past when he gave his last wife, Caroline, her walking papers for hiding her secret attraction to Ridge? In Young's mind, there's a clear distinction:

"When someone cheats on Rick, his whole house of cards comes tumbling down around him," explains the actor. "Maya wasn't sleeping with somebody else or fantasizing about somebody else [the way Caroline was]. It was an entirely different scenario, in which she was holding something back that was very personal."

Has falling for Maya taught Rick any lessons about the right way to treat another human being, or will his history of power-tripping at other people's expenses eventually resurface? Young weighs in on that topic in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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DAYS' Jade Harlow Visits The ZOO


Jade Harlow (ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) guest stars tonight on ZOO, the CBS summer series based on the James Patterson novel of the same name. "The shortest way to describe it is to say it's an 'animal apocalypse,'" Harlow says of the show's premise. Anissa, Harlow's character, plays a pro-animal advocate who has always valued animal lives over human ones. Not surprisingly, she comes into conflict with Jackson Oz (played by James Wolk), the zoologist who is trying to uncover the reason why animals have been behaving so strangely.

"I got to work with almost everybody in the cast," Harlow enthuses. "It was a blast! There are a lot of great one-liners that point out Anissa's way of thinking and why people don't agree with it." Coincidentally, the actress had read the Patterson novel prior to being cast on the show. "The book is very different from the show," she reports. "The producers have taken the story and made it even better. They really enrich it."

The show was shot in New Orleans, which Harlow says was "awesome. The people there are so production-friendly and savvy. The cast was great. The chemistry you see among everyone is real."

Don't miss tonight's episode of ZOO, titled "Emotional Contagion," airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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GL's Jean Carol Gets "Promoted"!


Emmy-nominated actress Jean Carol, who played Harley and Frank's irrepressible mom, Nadine, on GUIDING LIGHT, can be seen now in the feature film Promoted as an upscale and entitled socialite. The movie's premise deals with three junior account executives who are pitted against each other as they try to climb their way to the top of the corporate ladder at an advertising agency.

"I love my character's name — Eliza Fox," Carol enthusiastically shares with Soaps In Depth. "She's the mother of the main gal in the movie — Marissa, who is played by Justine Wachsberger (Twilight). Eliza is very entitled and unaware of what's going on with her kids. She's very snobby and thinks she can buy her way through life."

One of Marissa's competitors is Cody Longo (ex-Nicky, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). "He's a sweet kid," says Carol, who shares that Promoted is available now on Google Play, Amazon, ITunes and Vudu and also on DISH Network.

How does the actress feel about all the different platforms on which today's content can be viewed? "For actors, the big pro is that there are more opportunities," says Carol. "A former acting teacher of mine, Richard Lawson (Lucas, ALL MY CHILDREN), says that now Hollywood is a second option and that [actors] can go out and create their own stuff!"

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Gaston Moves In!


Who could forget Jesse Katsopolis, aka the front man for Jesse & The Rippers and the beloved uncle of the adorable, motherless children on ABC's long-running comedy, FULL HOUSE? Certainly not Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who grew up watching the show in syndication. Now, he's starring as the iconic character's portrayer, John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), in the Lifetime original movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story, airing Saturday, August 22, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

"I was a fan of the show — the writing was really good — and I thought that other stuff like the hair and the catchphrases made Uncle Jesse a lovable character," Gaston relates. "Even though in the beginning, he was a really rough, biker/musician, the way he interacted with the girls [showed] his sweet, soft side, which was really funny."

While on screen, Jesse found love with Rebecca (played by UnREAL's Stephanie Bennett in the film), behind the scenes, Stamos' love life played out famously in the media. It's a situation that Gaston, who is now wed to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Ordway (Abby), can relate to. "It's about the cast's rise to fame," he says of the movie, "while dealing with their personal lives and juggling the success of the show at the same time."

More than anything, the film is about the friendships, both on camera and behind it, and the memories they created. "It's really positive and well done," Gaston suggests. "If you were a fan of FULL HOUSE, you'll really enjoy this."

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No-Drama Mama

Thumbnail image for AshleighBrewer.jpg Having been bested by Steffy in the "Who Will Win Liam?" competition, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ivy has found a none-too-shabby consolation prize in his brother, Wyatt. And after what she's been through this summer, she deserves it, notes her portrayer, Ashleigh Brewer!

"It definitely got to the point where I'd read the script and my heart would break for her a little bit," says the actress of her alter ego's rough go of things with Liam, who, in the eyes of many fans, disrespected the brunette by tossing her aside in favor of her overtly sexy cousin. "Even as an actor, it's upsetting when a relationship like that ends," adds Pearce. "You build a nice, solid working relationship with a co-star, and then you're like, 'Awww — we're not going to be working with each other as much!'"

Soaps In Depth recently caught up with Brewer to chat about what makes Ivy different from the other "Forresters" on the show, and whether or not the jewelry maker might ever rethink her insistence on taking the high road in life. We've got it all in the latest issue, on-sale now!

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Diamont's Mission: Make 'Em Laugh

DonDiamontGal.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont knows his alter ego, Bill, can be crass, cocky, impudent and arrogant, but does he make you laugh? If so, then the actor is confident he's doing his job right.

"I recently got a text from my cousin saying that a friend of hers on Facebook told her she laughed-out-loud at my scene," he says. "I think that's why audiences love Bill. He's entertaining, he's fun, and he brings everybody in on the joke. He's very multi-dimensional in that way." Diamont recently chatted with Soaps In Depth about how humor is the most important component of his character, and why it makes him immune, in many ways, from being boxed into storyline corners — a fate that can sometimes befall other daytime villains.

"Bill just really has fun messing with people," the actor says with a chuckle. "I see him as a sort of pirate, but the pirate that people love. He's an antihero."

Check out the latest issue, on sale now, to find out which legendary characters in film and television history have inspired Diamont's portrayal. (We guarantee a few will surprise you!)

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Thorne Comes Home To A Crisis!


After more than a year away, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Thorne returns on Thursday, July 23, to discover that while he's been holding down the Forrester fashion fort in Paris, his daughter, Aly, has been spiraling out of control!

B&B vet Winsor Harmon (Thorne) tells Soaps In Depth he's thrilled to be back for such an emotionally intense storyline. "Thorne has been living in Paris running International," explains the actor. "While he generally knows what's been going on at Forrester on a day-to-day basis, as far as personal things relating to his family, he's not fully aware of what's been happening."

Aly's erratic (some might say psychotic) behavior in recent weeks is something Thorne's going to have to deal with as a concerned father, but exactly how he'll help resolve his daughter's troubling behavior remains to be seen. "It all stems from her issues with Taylor," he explains. "Aly's always going to have issues surrounding the death of her mother, and Thorne is going to have to keep close tabs on that."

Thorne's homecoming, consequently, isn't likely to be a happy one, but Harmon says reprising the character has been nothing short of amazing. "B&B has been my home for eighteen years, and that's not something that's easy to walk away from or turn your back on," he says. "I never take it for granted. It's always a privilege to be involved with this show, and I'm smart enough to appreciate it!"

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A "Million" Reasons Bring Chappell Back To DAYS!


In the upcoming film, A Million Happy Nows, Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as Lainey Allen, a popular soap opera actress, who exits her daytime drama after finding out she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She and her publicist/partner Eva, played by Jessica Leccia (Natalia, GL) move to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the couple deals with the devastating diagnosis. Chappell, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the film's soap opera scenes were shot late last year at her old stomping grounds — the DAYS studios in Burbank!

"First, we were going to build a soap opera studio in another studio, but I told [DAYS' co-executive producer] Greg Meng about this film and that I needed a studio," the Emmy-winning actress/producer tells Soaps In Depth. Another co-executive producer of DAYS, Albert Alarr, directed the film, and was helpful in securing the studio space, too. "It was totally fun shooting there," Chappell declares. "Everyone was so accommodating. We could have shot it elsewhere, but filming at DAYS gave us an authentic vibe."

A Million Happy Nows both sheds a light on Alzheimer's and tells the love story of how Lainey and Eva deal with this tragic twist of fate, which, it turns out Lainey knew there was a 50/50 chance of happening. The film's cast is jam-packed with familiar faces from the soap opera world including Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS; ex-Joanna, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Robert Gant (David, Y&R), Hillary B. Smith (ex-Stacy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Margo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), and Michael Corbett (ex-David, Y&R).

"We needed someone to play Lainey's rival and someone suggested Susan," says Chappell. "I reached out to her and she said yes. We did some good old soapy catfight scenes that you'll see. It was so much fun. She is so talented."

As a fan of GL's "Otalia" storyline, the film's writer, Marisa Calin, specifically wrote the movie with Chappell and Leccia in mind. "That's really flattering," notes Chappell. "It's important to not only bring more awareness to this disease, but to also show that it can [afflict] same sex couples."

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Chappell in the magazine for more on the project, but In the meantime, you can check out a preview of the film here.

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Welcome To Candy Land


In the whimsical new Internet drama, WINTERTHORNE (premiering Thursday, August 27) star Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is set to find herself in some truly sticky situations -- and they don't come from the sweet treats that her powerful clan makes. "The family [and its business] is run by its women, and they've reached a crossroads," explains creator Michael Caruso (DEVANITY), who also plays Madison's husband, Victor, in the show. "Martha's complicated character, Miranda, is taking over, and we'll see over the course of four episodes where she started from and some of the good and not-so-good choices she's made in order to control her family."

Look for Madison to turn in the kind of dark performances that match her gothic wardrobe and to play opposite fellow soap veterans Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS), GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Gordon Thompson (DYNASTY), and John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).

For more on the new series, check out Madison's Catching Up feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale now. For more on the unique production, which used 5,000 marshmallows in a scene, pick up the issue that's on sale beginning Monday, August 17, for exclusive, behind the scenes photos!

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Jennifer Gareis Gets Back To Basics

What is beauty? THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Jennifer Gareis (Donna) thinks it has very little to do with waistlines and wrinkle creams and much more to do with inner peace. The actress has found just that in recent years after becoming a mother to 5-year-old Gavin and 3-year-old Sophia, two cuties who have thrown their mama's beauty regimen on its ear!

"When you're a mom, you don't have time to think about any of that stuff," she chuckles. "I think when you're younger — especially being an actor — there's a lot of focus on looks, but it's not so important to me anymore."

Catch up with Gareis as she chats about how motherhood has changed her for the better in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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B&B's Zende Makes A Fresh Start


Having been living in Miami with his parents, Kristen and Tony, in recent years THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Zende returned to L.A. on Monday, June 29. Actor Rome Flynn says his alter ego will make a cautious foray into the family business when he applies for an internship at Forrester Creations. Though he's connected to the company's top brass, he'll be reluctant to name-drop on his first day in town.

"He's one of those guys that likes to get it done without using the clout of his name," Flynn explains. "I'd describe him as reserved. He speaks when he needs to. It's not that he doesn't have opinions, but he knows when not to talk. He's definitely wise beyond his years."

Eric's grandson gained a preternatural wisdom and maturity as a result of being orphaned in Africa when AIDS claimed the lives of his biological parents. Flynn agrees that the character's early history (prior to his adoption by Kristen and Tony at age 10) makes him more introspective than many of his outspoken relatives. "There's still a lot of pain there," he says of his childhood. "It's still very present on his mind."

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They're Having A Baby!


Soap opera veteran Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her husband, Scott Bailey (Sandy, GUIDING LIGHT) have announced that they are expecting, and they did it in the cutest way, with a candid YouTube video. "Yes, I'm pregnant!" Frantz confirms excitedly.

But what prompted the video? "I was watching a commercial," Frantz explains. "It was about what you should know before becoming a parent and I started sobbing profusely." Bailey was so taken by his wife's intense reaction that he couldn't resist recording it. "After the struggle we've had trying to have a child, we thought we might just post the video as our way of showing people that yep, we're gonna have a baby."

"At first, I wasn't too thrilled because I thought he was making fun of me," Frantz admits. "But at the same time, you've gotta be able to laugh at yourself, and it was funny. Life is an adventure that way." Now safely into her second trimester, Frantz says that she's feeling well and that they are both eagerly anticipating their daughter's December 1 due date. For more from the happy couple, including news about the upcoming Lifetime movie they made, check out their joint Keeping Track feature this summer in Soaps In Depth.

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Girl Power

JacquelineMWood.jpg Like her alter ego on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) doesn't back down from anything. Thanks to her travels around the globe in recent years, she doesn't turn a blind eye, either.

"When someone asks me what my goal is for this year, I would say I just don't want to stick my head in the sand with regard to what's happening socially and politically," says the actress, who chatted with Soaps In Depth about her new mindset, one she hopes to share with her fans.

Wood's B&B alter ego is hoping to effect some big change, too, now that she's back in L.A. both on the home front and the heart front.

"The way Steffy sees it, this is her town," quips Wood.

In other words, if Steffy has her say, neither Rick nor Ivy will come out on top this summer! Find out what else Wood and her daring alter ego have up their sleeves by checking out the latest issue of the magazine, on sale now!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Wyatt may be a bit of a wild card, but he's nothing compared with Alex Moran, the other outlandish character Darin Brooks (Wyatt) is known for playing outside of daytime. In anticipation of the release of Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland, which was filmed late last year after being funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, Brooks chatted with Soaps In Depth about the movie he predicts will leave his mother feeling a little squeamish.

"When she started watching the TV show, she said, 'Yeah, it's funny... um... but, don't you want to do something like a... a romantic comedy? Something nice?' I said, 'Mom, this is nice, this is funny. It's like Animal House.'"

Find out more about the puerile production of which Brooks couldn't be prouder by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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No Moss Under His Feet!


If you've been missing seeing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) on your screen, now's your chance to see him in person! The multi-talented performer is hitting the road this summer with his band, Player (best known for their 1977 hit, "Baby Come Back") as part of the Rock The Yacht 2015 tour.

"We've combined Player with Ambrosia, Little River Band, Robbie Dupree and Stephen Bishop," he reveals. "It's the kind of relaxing music you'd listen to if you were cruising." But don't expect the crowd for this bill of 70s artists to be full of baby boomers alone — Moss says it's more of a mixed bunch. "People bring their kids, and they love it too," he offers. "My daughter is 16, and she plays the old rock 'n roll stuff as much as anything."

Also this summer, Moss is headed first to Europe and then to US clubs where he'll be performing with two of his former Player band mates as the more melodic group, Ronn Moss And The Muscle. "What we're going for," he explains, "is a real musical, intimate, coffeehouse atmosphere." It's been nine years since Moss released his solo album, Uncovered. If you've forgotten how great he sounds, check out the music video below that he made for his Web drama, THE BAY using his song, "You're My Addiction." For more news about Moss, look for his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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Send Me An "Angel"


Frank Runyeon (Steve, AS THE WORLD TURNS) makes his THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS debut as a helpful character named Angel on Thursday, May 28 . The soap vet says he received an invitation to play the spiritual force who interacts with Nikki and Victor from Y&R's executive producer/headwriter, Charles Pratt, Jr., who was his former boss on SANTA BARBARA, where he played Michael.

"It's always fun to come in and do this stuff," Runyeon tells Soaps In Depth. "Chuck comes up with something and says 'How am I going to get anyone to do this? Then he goes, 'Oh, I bet Frank can do this!' It's always fun."

Ironically, Runyeon was given the dressing room belonging to his former ATWT co-star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael; Kirk, ATWT) during his brief visit to Genoa City. "I knew Eric Braeden (Victor) from the Daytime Emmys, and I knew Peter Bergman (Jack) back in New York from ALL MY CHILDREN [where he played Cliff]."

In addition to touring across the country in religious shows, Runyeon is writing his autobiography that has the working title Escape From Hollywood: An Actor's Journey to Faith. "It's the story of my life," he says. To learn more about Runyeon's work, check out his Web site

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Mr. Write

ChuckPratt.jpg Given the fact that Y&R is the No. 1 soap in daytime — and has been in that spot for decades — it's not surprising that the decision to hire Charles Pratt Jr. six months ago as Y&R's executive producer/headwriter came with a lot of scrutiny. And some negativity.

"Right away when I came in, I got the usual hate stuff," admits the scribe. "For a second, it kind of affects you! People don't realize it, but they're attacking my confidence. And if I start doubting myself on day four, we're in real trouble! The viewers that have watched Y&R every day for years are entitled to a strong opinion, but I don't like the personal stuff about other shows. Quite frankly it [ticks] me off. This shouldn't be about other shows, it's about this show. And if I do a good job, and please [the fans], ratings will go up. If I don't do a good job, I won't be doing the job long."

Pick up Soaps In Depth for more of this candid Q&A!

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GL Star Visits GC!


As previously reported, Lindsey McKeon (Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) will appear on THE YOUNG & THE RETLESS for two episodes starting Thursday, May 7, as Felicity.

"She's confident, definitely a strong female character who is supportive in an odd way," McKeon cryptically previews of her Y&R role. "It's been fun for me to come back to daytime to play this character."

McKeon had blonde hair when she played Marah, but these days she's sporting a darker mane. "It was fun being blonde when I was young but then there were roles I'd audition for that didn't feel like me because they'd lean more towards being ditzy," she candidly shares. "I definitely prefer more serious, dark [parts]. There's a lightness and naiveté towards blondes. This [darker hair] feels more like me. It's wonderful."

Though the pace of shooting soaps has quickened since her days in Springfield, the Emmy-nominated actress says that her time on GL was invaluable when it came to doing this latest role. "I think because I'd been on [GL] I was able to get back into the flow," she says. "Daytime is its own machine and, thankfully, I can fit into it."

McKeon admits she's open for reprising Felicity, but, currently, the actress is waiting to hear if the primetime pilot CODE BLACK, in which she has a role will be picked up for series by CBS. "It's set in an LA County hospital.," she says of the drama which stars Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden. "There was a documentary done on this and now there's a [scripted series] based on the documentary."

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Meet Maya's Pal, Nick!


Scott Turner Schofield debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, May 8, as Maya's transgender friend, Nick, and he'll continue to recur on the show in the weeks to come.

An activist, playwright and public speaker who has toured the country sharing his own story as a transgender individual, Schofield says the soap role answered a request he'd recently made of the universe. "I knew I wanted to make a career change [and focus on acting], so I asked for abundance," he explains. "I said, 'Let this change be big. I want to be an artist, but I want so many more people to be affected by that.' And, um, I got it! I got one of the biggest audiences on earth!"

Though Schofield has performed to crowds of more than 1,200 people - and reached many more viewers online as a prestigious TED speaker - the actor tells Soaps In Depth he was shaking like a leaf during his B&B audition. "I had the jitters, to say the least," he says. "I left the meeting and thought, 'I blew that, man.' When they later called to offer me the role, my legs lost all functionality. I literally fell to my knees!"

Fortunately, Schofield says his nerves were instantly allayed on his first day of taping when he met Karla Mosley (Maya). "It turns out, we have a very close friend in common, and that put me right at ease," he says. "I knew we were going to be friends from that moment. Right before our first take, I took her hand and said, 'You're participating in my dream coming true.'"

While transgender characters are becoming more prevalent in the entertainment industry, they've predominantly been portrayed by cisgender (that is, not transgender) actors. "It's been one of the transgender community's biggest beefs," says Schofield, noting examples like Jared Leto's character in Dallas Buyer's Club and Felicity Huffman's portrayal in Transamerica. "While I will say those actors have done an astounding job, it's also like, 'Why can't we get a job?'" It's one of the reasons the actor can't say enough about B&B's decision to give him this opportunity. "It's a step forward, one I hope all production companies will take," he says. "There are a lot of us out here that can do great things and are available!"

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Spice Girl

MishaelMorgan.jpg Y&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!

"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"

Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Morgan Is Expecting!


Mishael Morgan (Hilary) tells Soaps In Depth exclusively that she and her husband are expecting their first child in August! "We were actually thinking about planning a family this year... and it happened a little earlier than we anticipated," she smiles. "But I'm the kind of person who wants things to happen when they're supposed to happen, and am open to it. So it was a happy blessing!"

At the moment, the actress doesn't know the sex of the baby. However, that will change in May when she flies home to Toronto for her baby shower, which she has combined with a baby reveal ceremony. "The only person that knows right now is my baker, who is baking me a cake," she shares with a laugh. "Inside it's going to tell me whether it's a girl or a boy, so when we cut the cake at the baby shower, we'll all find out together! I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate that moment when we are all together, because not everybody is going to be there when the baby is going to be born."

Morgan confesses that she and her husband would be thrilled if the inside of the cake turned out to be pink! "I do have a preference because I want my girl to be older than my son — so for that to happen, it has to be a girl!" she laughs. "When I was growing up, all the boys that I liked and was attracted to and who always treated women amazingly were the ones who had older sisters! So I wish my girl would be first, but it doesn't really matter. If I have a boy and he becomes an older brother to protect her, that's good, too! I'm just very excited!"

The actress' pregnancy will not be written into her storyline on Y&R, so look for Hilary's collection of oversized purses to expand in the near future!

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Mosley Opens Up About Maya's Past

KarlaMosley.jpg It takes empathy and understanding to get to the heart of Maya's transgender journey on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, and if anyone possesses those qualities, it's her portrayer, Karla Mosley! The actress recently chatted with Soaps In Depth about the whirlwind she's experienced since embarking on the story that sent shockwaves through the daytime sphere and beyond. Find out how Mosley prepared to tackle such sensitive material and why she's proud to be part of such a groundbreaking storyline. It's all in the latest issue, on sale now!

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Goss Hits Primetime With A BANG!


Kelli Goss met an untimely end as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Courtney, but fans can catch the actress guest-starring on tonight's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY as Chelsea! "It was a nice buffer, and gave me something else to put my focus on rather than, 'Oh, I'm leaving!'" she says of the role. "And everyone there was super-nice. It was a really cool environment!

"Y&R really opened my eyes to the soap world," continues Goss. "Before that, I had the typical, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to do a soap.' Then I got there and it was so great! Seeing the actors that have been on there for such a long time, and how good they are, it was really cool. I've had people say, 'You could be picked up by another soap.' You never know [but] I am definitely open to that!"

The episode titled "The Communication Deterioration" airs Thursday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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How Scott Clifton Missed The Emmy Nominations!


While everyone else in daytime was celebrating the Daytime Emmy nominations when they were announced on Tuesday, March 31, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam) was a little late learning he was once again up for Outstanding Supporting Actor!

"I actually didn't find out until a couple days later," he confides, "because I'd been on a camping trip in the woods. I'd even forgotten when the nominations were going to be announced! On my way back down the mountain, my phone picked up a signal and suddenly a barrage of congratulatory texts and voicemails hit me all at once. I couldn't ask for a better, more fun way to find out. What a perfect welcome home surprise!"

Although Clifton has been nominated before for both his work on B&B as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and taking home two trophies over the years — this year's nod means a lot to the actor. "The episode I submitted this year wasn't a strategic choice," he says, "as it didn't seem to fit any of the usual criteria — it wasn't necessarily the most realistic or emotional or nuanced — it's classic soap, like a choreographed dance.

"It's a performance I'm very proud of," Clifton continues, "and it tells a story about these two men and their relationship that really resonated with me both on the page, thanks to the poetic wisdom of [writer] Patrick Mulcahey and on the screen, thanks to the masterful precision of Darin Brooks (Wyatt). So to be nominated for this is such a reward, and I'm incredibly grateful."

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Is Quinn Still Dangerous?

RenaSofer.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rena Sofer (Quinn) relishes playing the soap's borderline sociopath, but is there more to this multi-faceted character than simply holding swords to people's throats? The actress certainly thinks so.

"The last thing I want to see is for her to actually murder somebody," says Sofer. "You can only go so far with that. Not that I want to see Quinn become 'good,' or 'nice' in any way, shape or form, but I think she really does strive to be better."

Striving is one thing, but can she really stay on the straight and narrow path, worried as she is about her fiancé Deacon's affiliation with his old flame, Brooke?

"In spite of trying, she is who she is, and she makes mistakes," Sofer coyly notes, "but I'd love to see some people give her the benefit of the doubt, and then maybe she can get into trouble in different ways. It doesn't always have to be about murder — even though she's definitely comfortable with that!"

Find out what else Sofer has to say about Quinn's world, and her own, by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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LeBlanc Can't Wait For Emmy Night!


Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 10 times before this one — and taken home three of those trophies — but he insists that it never gets old!

"I'm amazed!" he enthuses. "It's a celebration for all of us. It's our business card. It's an interesting process. You hate it or you love it. If you're nominated, you're not by any means the best actor in the world or even of daytime. You are there celebrating the community of daytime along with the rest of your peers."

To earn the nod, LeBlanc submitted the episode where Michael tells Lauren he has cancer, but he forgot when the nominations were being announced and was actually at the gym when he got a text! "Steve Burton (Dylan) of all people, which was very sweet," he recalls. "And then it all came in a bunch [of texts]. I was on this running thing and I went flying into some gym class behind me to show everyone my text, 'Hey look!'"

He's also excited that the ceremony is being broadcast on television again, and from Warner Bros. Studio. "I think it's a brilliant idea!" LeBlanc smiles. "I like the old Hollywood aspect of it, I like having a long red carpet again. It will be interesting. It's a first. I was ready for something different. The red carpet [last year] was a [disaster] and we're trying to make it better. It's a historic soundstage. It's up to them to make a really great show."

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Ehrich Reacts To Third Emmy Nod In A Row!


Max Ehrich (Fen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was in North Carolina shooting the primetime series UNDER THE DOME when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, so he was checking Twitter to see how Y&R fared in this year's contest! And when he was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor, his DOME co-stars Mackenzie Lintz and Grace Victoria Cox were eager to share the good news!

"They went to set and must have told everyone," he recalls, "because when I came to set, they told the director Peter Weller, who is an Oscar nominee, it was a cool, surreal experience because he pulled me out and was like, 'Congratulations' and made a big announcement of it. It was very cool."

This is the third year in a row that Ehrich has been nominated in this category, but he insists you never get used to it. "Because there is such a high caliber that you are up against," he says. "I honestly had no idea what to expect. I already feel blessed to be doing what I love for a living, but to be recognized by my peers, that's what puts me on cloud nine."

Ehrich earned the nomination for the episode where Fen learned that his father, Michael, has cancer. "I did that scene because I know a lot of people, including myself, who have lost loved ones to cancer, and I thought it had a strong impact," he explains. "I felt really emotionally connected to those scenes, and finding out. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael], Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] and Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] were all in those scenes, and everybody was outstanding. I feel like I owe it to them, because I was just reacting off of them."

And while LeBlanc is in the running for Lead Actor this year, Ehrich is disappointed Bregman didn't receive a nomination of her own. "I'm truly saddened by that," he declares, "because she's phenomenal as an actress and the scenes that she's had, they were amazing. She has my vote!"

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Heinle Surprised Again By Emmy Nomination!


Amelia Heinle (Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is currently in the mountains of Georgia visiting her sister, so she found out she had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actress category via a text message! "I'm so honored," she declares. "This is cool!"

Last year, the actress admitted to us she was surprised to earn the nomination that led to her eventual win because she didn't feel she had a lot of material to choose from, and this year seems no different for her. "I didn't know how the whole things works," Heinle confesses, "and now being involved in the process and voting and everything... this is my second year voting and I'm starting to understand how it works. This year I don't have a lot. the pickings were slim. So I'm even more surprised this year!"

To earn the nomination, Heinle submitted the show featuring the anniversary of Delia's death. "It was a complete show so I just picked that, because I couldn't find anything else," she admits. "When you look back at a body of work over a year, sometimes you have a lot of great work and sometimes you just have to listen to your instinct and what that tells you.

"I talked to [my husband] Thad [Luckinbill, ex-J.T.] about it," she adds, "and he picked something totally different. I was like, I am not submitting that!"

Heinle is thrilled to see former castmate Billy Miller (ex-Billy, now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jake/Jason) earn a nod for his part in the Delia storyline as well as Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe), even if they're competing in the same category again. "If she wins, I will be extremely happy," Heinle insists. "She did such a great job and she's such a sweet, sweet girl. And that was a tough competition last year. I'm shocked that I won. I thought she really deserved it!"

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Hendrickson Returns To Y&R For Emmy Night!


Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe) hasn't appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since last May, but has earned herself a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the Supporting Actress category. "I was so close to not submitting," she confesses. "Because I was gone, I didn't know how that would be received. I never know how to deal with that. But I felt like my last year was my best year, so why not give it one more shot?"

The previous year, Hendrickson had submitted Chloe's reaction to the sudden death of her daughter, Delia, but this time the actress opted to submit her farewell episode. "I usually tend to submit on the lighter side, but this was my most honest work that I had of a full show," she says. "The Delia stuff was pretty much done with and I'd already been there, done that. It was really all about one scene with Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] and saying good-bye to him. I still get chills thinking about it. It was really fitting. Last year, last day, last submission."

Hendrickson is looking forward to seeing her old Y&R castmates again at the ceremony, and laments those who won't be joining her as an Emmy nominee. "I was bummed that [Greg] didn't submit," she confides. "I think everything he does is gold! I was really bummed not to see Missy [Melissa Claire Egan, Chelsea] get nominated. I was really proud to see her submit in lead actress. I think that was an awesome, bold, well-deserved move. So I was bummed not to see her up there, because I think she deserved it. You never know how these things work!"

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B&B's Young Shares His Emmy Nomination


Jacob Young (Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) had set THE TALK to record so he could see the Daytime Emmy nominations, but he had the news of his own Supporting Actor nod spoiled by Twitter! "My curiosity killed the cat," he admits. "I was happy that I could follow along on Twitter. It's great, because on Twitter, you can see what people say."

And the actor insists that the nod is not just for him. "This nomination is everyone's," he declares. "All the people who worked with me. Everybody's been so fantastic, from John [McCook, Eric] to Thorsten [Kaye, Ridge] to Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke], too."

Naturally, Young submitted the episode where Maya dropped the bombshell about Ridge and Caroline to earn the nomination, and plans to submit the same episode for the final judging. "There's no reason to change it," he muses. "Let's go ahead and keep it. I'm happy it was the right episode. It's great to be nominated."

Of course, while actors from B&B can submit two half-hour episodes to equal the submissions from the actors on other soaps, he opted to just go with one. "It's nice to have that option," Young says, "but at the same time, if you don't have to... It's like presenting a sizzle reel — you don't want to bore the audience. Less is more, my friend!"

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B&B's Godfrey Will Be At The Emmys!


Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) totally missed the announcement of the Daytime Emmy nominations because she was in physical therapy! "I got a call from [B&B executive producer and headwriter] Brad Bell," she recalls. "And then I got text messages from another producer. I checked my messages really quickly. They said 'Congratulations.'" She laughs and adds, "I said, 'For what?'"

Due to B&B being a half-hour soap, the actors were allowed to submit two episodes to make the same hour as the other shows, so she submitted the scenes where Rick found out that Caroline kissed Ridge. "I wanted to do a different episode, but it aired four days after the cut off!" she laments.

In fact, Godfrey wasn't really involved in what was submitted to the committee, since it occurred just after her accident where she was struck by a car. "I was in the hospital," she reveals. "I felt so bad they had to call and ask. I was not really paying attention. I was just like, 'Oh, I don't care. Just submit what you want!'"

With the ceremony coming up in less than a month, she's already looking at potential gowns, but isn't quite sure how well she'll be able to get around the venue. "I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to be out of these 'moon boots,'" Godfrey says. "I think I'll be out of at least one of them, but I'm hoping I'll be out of both. I don't think I'll be able to wear heels. I'm hoping my gowns are long enough that they cover my feet. But I'll feel so short!"

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Kristoff St. John Prepares For Emmy Night


THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kristoff St. John (Neil) missed seeing his name announced live on television for his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor! "I thought I'd find out today on THE TALK," he says, "but then I heard it came out East Coast time."

The actor was also taking the nod with a grain of salt. "I've been in the business a long time," St. John muses, "and it is a wonderful feeling to be part of the elite pack, but the truth is all the actors and actresses, the people who work behind the scenes, we're all doing it for the same reason. We're all part of that elite group, but for this brief shining moment, there are five in a category and one will be singled out and be able to hold the gold trophy."

While St. John had lots of good material to choose from, he earned his nod with the episode where Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) returned for a brief visit. "The second one I considered as well," he admits, "but I thought the first one had a little bit more meat and substance to it. There was a consistent, steady back and forth between these two brothers, and I felt it had a better chance than the other episodes."

Although thrilled for his fellow co-workers who are also in the running for awards, St. John confesses he's surprised his on-screen son isn't with them. "I'm very disappointed that Bryton [James, Devon] didn't get a nomination after he did such really raw, moving emotional work last year."

A two-time Emmy winner, St. John says he's never prepared an acceptance speech in advance. "I'm going to cast my fate to the wind," he declares, "and if I should be so lucky and walk up on that stage... we'll see what happens. I'm in a tough category. I'm honored to be invited to the dance!"

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