Bold, beau­ti­ful and in the city

Cast set to make ap­pear­ance on lo­cal soapie ‘Isidingo’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - AN­DREW ROBERT­SON

THE stars of one of the world’s big­gest soap op­eras, The Bold and The Beau­ti­ful, ar­rived in South Africa this week as part of the megashow’s 30th an­niver­sary.

Amid plum­met­ing rat­ings for day­time soaps in the

US, the daily lives of the For­resters re­mains sta­ple TV view­ing for mil­lions around the world.

Heather Tom, who plays Katie Lo­gan, Ja­cob Young, who plays Rick For­rester and Karla Mose, who plays Rick’s wife Maya For­rester, were in Joburg and Cape Town this week.

The cast said apart from the tour, they would also make a cameo ap­pear­ance on lo­cal soap Isidingo.

“I can con­firm that we will make a cameo ap­pear­ance on Isidingo; I don’t know when it will be aired. It was very sim­ply be­cause we didn’t have a lot of time. It’s a sim­ple scene of us com­ing and learn­ing more about the cul­ture and cui­sine,” said Young.

Speak­ing about what view­ers can ex­pect in the com­ing episodes of The Bold and The Beau­ti­ful, Young said: “There is al­ways some sort of drama that is go­ing to be com­ing down the pipe, whether it’s Brooke or Ridge. As for my char­ac­ter, look for more with the Avant fam­ily and with Ni­cole, who is my sur­ro­gate. There are a cou­ple of curve balls com­ing down.”

Mose, who plays the trans­gen­der Maya, lead model for For­rester Cre­ations, com­mented on the is­sue of trans-rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the show.

“As a black women I un­der­stand the im­por­tance to be­ing able to tell our own sto­ries, so I am re­ally happy that it seems to be open­ing up the door for peo­ple to be able to step in and play those roles.”

“As far as the story goes, I think that it is chang­ing hearts and minds or at least open­ing peo­ple up and ed­u­cat­ing them about what a cer­tain per­son’s life might be like to walk through child­hood with be­ing a trans­gen­der and I am re­ally proud that our show chose to tell that story,” said Mose.

As part of the tour to South Africa, the cast spent their time vis­it­ing tourist and his­tor­i­cal sites in Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town and min­gled with me­dia and fans in South Africa this week as part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

Teresa Spinas, 70, who has watched the show since it first aired in South Africa, was one of the lucky few to have a one-on-one meet­ing with the cast.

“When you first start to watch it, it’s like just a show, but then af­ter a few months and years and up un­til now, it’s like part of my life and I love it and it’s the only soapie that I watch,” she said.

“See­ing the young guys like Ja­cob, re­minds me of my sons. It has been a tremen­dous in­flu­ence on my life in other ways.”

She said one of the most sad­den­ing episodes had been the death of Sally Spec­tra, which brought her to tears.

For Eloise Pe­tersen, 41, the show was in­tro­duced to her by her late grand­mother. It was a cus­tom for the fam­ily to watch the hit show.

“They are part of the fam­ily and you don’t miss it and if I do, I record it.

“I still have an old VHS that I record with. It’s not just a tele­vi­sion show, this hap­pens in real life. I switch off for half an hour, chase the fam­ily out my kitchen.”

Pe­tersen said Katie is one of her most loved char­ac­ters on the show be­cause “she has just re­ally been truth­ful, hon­est”.

“She has been through so much and her fam­ily keep walk­ing over her and you get into her char­ac­ter. When she cries, you cry with her. I have got the most hand ges­tures speak­ing to the tele­vi­sion.

“I would bring back Ronn Moss, be­cause there is only one Ridge For­rester and that’s Ronn Moss, he just plays that role,” said Pe­tersen.

“Don’t get me wrong, the new Ridge is some­thing to look at, but you know when th­ese char­ac­ters leave or die, you die with them be­cause they are part of the fam­ily.”


The cast of The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful Karla Mose (Maya For­rester), Heather Tom (Katie Lo­gan) and Ja­cob Young (Rick For­rester) were in Cape Town last week at part of the show’s 30th an­niver­sary global tour.

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