‘The Bold and the Beautiful’: More on How the Show Will Coordinate Its Intimate Scenes During the Pandemic

The Bold and the Beautiful nearly broke the internet when it was revealed mannequins and body doubles, as well as the actors’ real-life partners, would be used for romantic scenes. Now, in a new interview, head writer Bradley Bell is speaking more about what all of this will look like and why. How will the show navigate this new normal? What will it look like?

'The Bold and the Beautiful' star Kathrine Kelly Lang in 2017
‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ star Kathrine Kelly Lang in 2017 | VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images

The show is back filming

The soap opera resumed production recently. By doing so, it became the first major U.S. scripted drama series to go back to shooting after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first started. The series kicked things back off on set with guidelines in place due to the worldwide health situation. Before returning to set, all of the guilds in Hollywood had to be onboard, as well as the city and county.

After the announcement, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s sister soap, The Young and the Restless, as well as the only soap opera on ABC, General Hospital, set returns to resume filming as well. The Young and the Restless will resume in July and The Bold and the Beautiful will resume in August.

Actress Denise Richards, who plays Shauna Fulton on the show, recently talked about how actors and crew have to take coronavirus tests weekly. “Every week, we are tested,” she said. “And when I showed up to the studio, I had my temperature taken. And we have to wear a mask throughout the studio, hair, and makeup as much as possible.

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How the show will highlight ‘family and intimacy’ in the new episodes

In an interview with TV Insider, Bell spoke more about how these close scenes will be coordinated. He spoke about not only the romantic scenes but just also the family scenes that just require the actors to be close together than usual

“We’re really trying to highlight at this time family and intimacy, love and connection at a time when the world is disconnected through social-distancing,” he stated. “While we’re social distancing on stage, we’re using all our resources with our writers, actors, and directors to create a place where there is no social distancing – where love and family is still functioning fully.”

Bell also spoke to the publication about the soap winning the Daytime Emmy for Drama Series Writing. He said, “It was so exciting! I never expect [to win] so it makes it all the more thrilling when you hear your name. I go into it thinking that we won’t get the win, but we did and it was spectacular. I want to thank…the whole cast. They all amaze me every day. And I want to thank the whole production team. They’re just spectacular.”

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.