Bold and the Beautiful starts filming new episodes this week, and it’s about to get weird taping love scenes with Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and other characters. The showrunner did an interview this week and rattled off some strange methods they’re using to keep the romance alive in the time of COVID.
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At first, it sounds like he might be kidding, but no, showrunner Brad Bell was serious. Since the actors are supposed to stay at a social distance, kissing and intimate scenes are a huge problem. So, he’s getting creative and one answer they found is blow-up dolls.
It seems Bold and the Beautiful has a bevy of inflatable lovers lying around in dusty corners of the storage closet. They’re planning to drag them out, dust them off, slap a wig and lipstick on, and go to town. How weird will that be? Anyone else seen the movie Lars and the Real Girl?
Not only will Bold and the Beautiful use inflatables, but they’re old ones. So, let’s hope the crew has a patch kit in case Bill Spencer gets overly frisky and flattens his rubber lover. Will the Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) doll get passed around to all the Forresters? Will Bill be the first to try this out?
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The other notion mentioned for Bold and the Beautiful love scenes is to bring in the actors’ partners to play the roles. For some of them, like Bill Spencer, that’s no sweat. Don Diamont’s wife, Cindy Ambuehl, has worked on B&B before. But, she’d be a better stand-in for Brooke than Katie Logan (Heather Tom), given her height and looks.
Courtney Hope’s (Sally Spectra) boyfriend, Chad Duell (Michael on GH), could stand in for love scenes as Wyatt based on their similar build and hair color. Bold and the Beautiful could gray up Rena Sofer’s (Quinn Fuller) husband’s hair and stick him as a substitute Eric Forrester (John McCook).
As for Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester), she has no current love interest, so she won’t need to drag her hubby onto the Bold and the Beautiful set. And if Flo Fulton (Katrina Bowden) is back in the sack with Wyatt, her musician hubby Ben Jorgensen could also pass as the Spencer son. And Darin’s wife, Kelly Krueger’s also been on B&B in the past.
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One of the weirdest facets of shooting contagion-free romance they listed in the Forbes interview with Bell is about kissing. So, if they bring in a spouse or significant other of the actor, that’ll be easy peasy. Slap on a wig, shoot from the back of the partner’s head. Bam.
Otherwise, Bold and the Beautiful plans to shoot each person kissing separately. They’ll suck face with the camera apart – then edit them together. First, ick for the camera operators. Second, can we get some outtakes of those scenes? Who doesn’t want to see them trying not to laugh while kissing a camera?
The producer said the actors would shoot kiss scenes just a few inches from the camera. Will Bill be cam-kissing soon? Let’s hope the Bold and the Beautiful crew can hold in their giggles, because this all sounds weird. Of course, love scenes aren’t romantic for actors – it’s just business.
But, the Bold and the Beautiful actors need to make it look romantic for us. So, it will be very interesting to see how they pull this off. With new episodes coming by mid-late July, watch for the kiss-cam action. Plus, inflatable lovers, and lots of antics to disguise the social distance on set.
We have to wonder who gets the first very strange love scene – will it be Dollar Bill Spencer – or Wyatt and Sally? Wait to see on B&B on CBS daytime.
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