At 57, Kather­ine Kelly Lang is run­ning her own race – from com­pet­ing in Iron Man Cham­pi­onships in South Africa to start­ing her new role as a glam-ma. We caught up with the in­ter­na­tional soapie star in Jozi re­cently and talked giv­ing back, go­ing the ex­tra


she'sseated at the op­po­site end of a re­gal bed­room in a pala­tial villa. Her eyes are closed, but she con­fi­dently di­rects the makeup artist on her likes and dis­likes. To­day, it's full-on glam­our. Then her green eyes sud­denly open, meet­ing mine in the mir­ror. I brace my­self. Brooke Lo­gan For­rester Marone Spencer is known to make those who cross her wither with a sin­gle glance.

‘Hey sweet­heart, come in, we're just wrap­ping up in here.' She gets up and en­velops me in a warm hug. This is not what I ex­pected. I've watched Brooke wreak havoc on the For­rester clan for decades. Wasn't I at least go­ing to get a snappy one-liner for in­ter­rupt­ing her glam ses­sion?

But this is not Brooke – it's Kather­ine Kelly Lang. We've watched her por­tray the fiery, fab­u­lous Brooke on The Bold & The

Beau­ti­ful for 32 years, so it's lit­tle won­der we can't tell them apart. Along with John McCook (Eric For­rester), Katharine has been a fix­ture on the world's most-watched soapie since it first aired in 1987.

‘It was so mag­i­cal,' says Kather­ine of her first time on set. ‘I never imag­ined I'd be there for so long. My first con­tract was for four years; at the time, that felt like for­ever.' To­day, B&B is watched by 25 mil­lion view­ers ev­ery day.

Be­fore join­ing the soapie, Kather­ine had roles on TV's Happy

Days, Mag­num P.I. and Mas­quer­ade and starred op­po­site Pa­trick Swayze in the roller-disco com­edy,

Skate­town USA. Her Cal­i­for­nia girl looks also se­cured her a spot in two Beach Boys mu­sic vids. But play­ing Brooke has been a spe­cial jour­ney, she says.

‘I wouldn't want to play a good­i­etwo-shoes, that'd be too bor­ing.'

‘I wouldn’t want to play a good­i­etwo-shoes – that’d be too bor­ing.’

‘Brooke feels like a real per­son; she’s com­pli­cated. In her heart, Brooke means well. She does bad things, but she’s a good per­son. And she’s suf­fered the con­se­quences of her mis­takes. Brooke is so much more than her mis­takes, though.’ ut who is Kather­ine away from Brooke and her love er, hexagons? ‘I love be­ing a mom,’ she says. ‘I love spend­ing time with my kids. I do triathlons as they em­power me. I love feel­ing phys­i­cally strong, and that mo­ti­vates me to try harder and bet­ter my­self. I also love to give back in any way I can.’

Kather­ine’s pas­sion for phi­lan­thropy is per­sonal. Her in­volve­ment in Break­away From Can­cer, a can­cer aware­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion, stems from los­ing her own fa­ther to colon can­cer when she was just 13. Three of her grand­par­ents also died of can­cer, she says. ‘I love Break­away be­cause it’s not only about preven­tion and aware­ness, but it’s also about sup­port and sur­vivor­ship and walk­ing peo­ple through the en­tire process from the time they are di­ag­nosed. Peo­ple need that kind of sup­port.’

An ac­com­plished ath­lete, Katharine has com­pleted three Iron Man com­pe­ti­tions. Re­cently she par­tic­i­pated in the 2018 IRON­MAN 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in PE, and posted her fastest time ever for the marathon leg of the race – thanks in no small part to the sup­port of her SA fans, she says.

‘So many peo­ple were stand­ing along the side­lines shout­ing, “Go Brooke!”. You can’t ex­actly stop run­ning and rest when so many

peo­ple are watch­ing and cheer­ing!'

Why does she think peo­ple keep tun­ing into B&B? ‘So many view­ers tell us they don't want to lose the his­tory and core sto­ry­lines of the show,' she says.

Thou­sands of fans lined the streets of PE to wel­come her when she landed, and her ap­pear­ances across the coun­try drew thou­sands more. When I tell her that Brooke Lo­gan has found new res­o­nance for mil­len­nial women as a sex-pos­i­tive fem­i­nist icon, she laughs:

‘Re­ally? You know, I try not to think about all the peo­ple who watch me, who watch the show ev­ery day. You get too in your own head.' atharine's been mar­ried twice be­fore, and is in a long-term re­la­tion­ship with Do­minique Zoida. ‘I feel lucky to have found some­one like him,' she says. ‘When the two of us are to­gether, we feel stronger. I re­ally love his “take-things-in-hisstride”, pos­i­tive per­son­al­ity.'

Away from the cam­eras, Kather­ine's lat­est role is that of grand­mother to baby Zuma. ‘It's so won­der­ful, I just want to be home and watch her grow up and be part of her life,' she says. She is known to stop par­ents to coo over ba­bies in super­mar­kets. ‘[My daugh­ter] Zoe used to hate it. When she was about nine, she'd get re­ally up­set if I was giv­ing at­ten­tion to other ba­bies. Now she's re­ally happy that her mom is a “baby per­son”.'

Spend­ing time with Zuma and her four chil­dren – Jeremy, Ju­lian, Zoe and Danyelle – is a core part of her ‘me time'. The one les­son she hopes to im­part to her kids is to find hap­pi­ness. ‘If you're not happy with what you're do­ing in life, noth­ing else will be happy. I want them to sur­round them­selves with pos­i­tive in­flu­ences, find their pas­sion in life and be true to who they are.'

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