Bold, beautiful and in the city
Cast set to make appearance on local soapie ‘Isidingo’
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.