Bald and Beau­ti­ful

Herald Sun - Switched On - - News - ERIN McWHIRTER

FE­LIC­ITY Huff­man baulked at shav­ing her head when her char­ac­ter, Lynette, was en­dur­ing chemo­ther­apy on Des­per­ate Housewives.

The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful’s Lesli Kay, how­ever, bravely took the plunge with a ra­zor when she learned her char­ac­ter, Feli­cia For­rester, would have colon can­cer.

Mother-of-two Kay had lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in mak­ing the sto­ry­line as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble.

The one re­quest she made in agree­ing to the trans­for­ma­tion was that pro­duc­ers would sign her to the show un­til her hair grew back.

‘‘Be­cause they were go­ing to keep me and give me a con­tract it was not hard (to say ‘yes’),’’ the 43-year-old says from the Bold set in Hol­ly­wood.

‘‘If I was go­ing to be sent pack­ing with a shaved head out into the world to get a job, then ‘no’. I at least needed the guar­an­tee that I would be around un­til my hair grew back. I needed to have some job se­cu­rity.’’

Since join­ing the long-run­ning soap in 2005, Kay has been ex­plor­ing a char­ac­ter that was once played by some­one else.

Feli­cia is the black sheep of the iconic de­sign fam­ily, the For­resters. She’s the daugh­ter of Stephanie (Su­san Flan­nery) and Eric (John McCook), sis­ter to Thorne (Win­sor Har­mon) and half-sib­ling to Ridge (Ronn Moss), Rick (Kyle Low­der) and Brid­get (Ashley Jones).

Un­like most of the char­ac­ters on The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful, Feli­cia hasn’t been cen­tral to sto­ry­lines. Through the years she has come and gone and was pre­vi­ously por­trayed by Colleen Dion-Scotti.

Now set­tled into her role as Feli­cia, soapie world vet­eran Kay hadn’t seen any of Dion-Scotti’s scenes be­fore tak­ing over.

‘‘I never saw Colleen play her and all I knew is the his­tory that was given to me,’’ Kay says.

‘‘When I came on Feli­cia had left be­ing this leather pantswear­ing de­signer, the black sheep of the fam­ily. That is re­ally all I knew. More of that was go­ing to come out on screen with the re­la­tion­ships be­tween Su­san, John and Ronn. The big­gest change I’ve seen with Feli­cia is she has had this up and down, side­ways re­la­tion­ship with her mother.

‘‘It wasn’t un­til she (Feli­cia) got this life-threat­en­ing dis­ease, where her mum saved her life, that she feels for­ever in­debted to her. So now her re­la­tion­ship strain is with her dad.’’

The Emmy Award-winning star, whose youngest son Alec has ap­peared as Feli­cia’s baby on the show, has a re­sume´ that in­cludes the best of soap.

She’s had roles in shows in­clud­ing Gen­eral Hospi­tal, As The World Turns and Bold’s sis­ter soap The Young And The Rest­less.

As with any tele­vi­sion pro­gram, there are long, un­pre­dictable days on set, but the thrill of hav­ing a job far out­weighs any neg­a­tives.

‘‘I am happy to have a job and have a pay cheque ev­ery week when I have a lot of ac­tor friends that don’t know when their next one is com­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘Also, work­ing with Su­san has been the high­light of my day­time ca­reer. I will say that be­cause we have a sim­i­lar work ethic where she pushes me and she will sur­prise me. You never know what you are go­ing to get.’’

Hair ap­par­ent:

Lesli Kay shaved her head be­cause her char­ac­ter was hav­ing chemo­ther­apy.

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