‘The Bold and the Beautiful’: Kayla Ewell Officially Set as a Jacqueline MacInnes Wood for Stand-In for Steffy-Finn Love Scenes

Kayla Ewell is back at The Bold and the Beautiful. However, this time, the actress isn’t playing Caitlin Ramirez. She actually won’t really be playing a character at all. An idea tossed around earlier this summer is coming to fruition. Ewell, the real-life partner of actor Tanner Novlan, will stand-in for his on-screen love interest, Jacqueline MacIness Wood, for romantic scenes. Novlan plays a new character, Dr. Johh “Finn” Finnegan, while Wood is is a longtime legacy character, Steffy Forrester.

Tanner Novlan and Kayla Ewell in 2015
Tanner Novlan and Kayla Ewell in 2015 | Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Kindred Foundation for Adoption

The idea first came around this summer

Because of production restrictions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, television shows have to shoot their scenes much differently in an effort to reduce unneeded contact.

In now-viral interviews with Forbes and The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s head writer, Bradley Bell, said that they would use blow-up dolls in intimate circumstances to comply with safety guidelines. He also said that another option would be for the real-life partners of the stars to be used for kissing and romance scenes.

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In an earlier interview Soaps in Depth, Novlan previously said that Ewell was down for stepping into the role as a body double. From 2004-2005, Ewell portrayed Caitlin Ramirez on the show. When she exited The Bold and the Beautiful, Ewell moved on to primetime. Over the past several years, she’s appeared in several projects like The Vampire Diaries and Me and My Grandma.

“I’ve pitched it to her and she is definitely game,” he said at the time. “It’s a fun little trivia question for years to come for that scenario to play out. If we end up going down that road, it’s gonna be pretty cool.” 

Ewell is confirmed to appear

Soaps in Depth recently confirmed that Ewell would officially be on the show. Fans clocked the news before the official announcement due to a post that Ewell made on Instagram. She posted a picture with Novlan in a car and captioned it, “When Mom & Dad get to work together ❤️.” Many thought this meant she was set to appear on The Bold and the Beautiful as a Steffy stand-in.

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“Can’t wait for all that smooching,” commented one person.

“Omg..she is a Steffi [sic] typ as it is. Wonderful for her,” said someone else.

Another fan added, “It’s going to be tough to spot the difference. There is a very strong resemblance to JMKW.”

Ewell would be the second person to stand-in in a scene for their partner. Katrina Bowden, who plays Flo Fulton, had her husband, Ben Jorgenson substitute in for her on-screen husband, Darin Brooks, who plays Wyatt Fuller on the show.

“He was great,” Bell said to Soap Opera Digest. “He is very close to the same build, same hair color and look as Darin Brooks. When you dress him up in matching wardrobe and shoot over his back shoulder, it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. You’ll never know the difference.”

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.