The Bold’s psycho Sheila is back
Kimberlin Brown Pelzer talks about her return to The Bold as the villain everybody loves to hate
SHE’S baaaack . . . and this time she promises she’s a changed woman. Bold fans are still reeling at the shock return of Sheila Carter, the show’s resident psycho who for years has wreaked havoc on the Forrester family.
From baby-snatching to murder and faking her own death, she’s done it all and more. In fact, the last time we saw her on our screens – more than a decade ago – she’d kidnapped Ridge and Brooke on their South American honeymoon, but disappeared again soon after they were rescued.
But this being soapieville, no one ever really goes away forever. Bold’s favourite super-villain is back, having spent time in jail where she re-evaluated her life and decided she wanted to become a better person. You’re kidding, right? Nope, says Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, the 57-year-old actress who’s played Sheila on and off since 1992. “She’s done her time and now she’s trying really hard to rehabilitate herself.”
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of craycray left in her to keep us entertained. For starters, she’s still obsessed with Eric Forrester, her ex-husband. But he’s now married to Quinn (Rena Sofer) – a bad girl herself – so expect plenty of drama there.
“Between Quinn and Sheila it becomes a face-off to see which is the most purehearted reformed ex-criminal,” Kimberlin says. So how come she’s back? Kimberlin left The Bold in 2003 to pursue other ventures but after a chance encounter in 2016 with Brad Bell, the show’s executive producer, she decided to return to her beloved TV family.
“I was asked to be in the 30th anniversary of the CBS Daytime Programming group photo. At the shoot I ran into Brad and we started talking. Two weeks later I got a call asking if I’d come back. You know the old saying, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’? Maybe seeing me again after all those years was all it took to get me back in front of the camera as Sheila.”
YOU catches up with Kimberlin in Los Angeles in the USA where she shares everything from her undying love for her character to how she keeps wrinkles at bay – and how she’s entered the world of politics in real life.
Q&A WITH KIMBERLIN
What was it like stepping into Sheila’s shoes again after so long? Like slipping on the comfiest pair of slippers I’ve ever owned. You’ve done other TV and film work but always seem to return to The Bold.
Are soaps a genre that you just love? It’s the character I love. I’ve been blessed with one of the most interesting roles in daytime television. There’s no “wrong” when I’m playing Sheila. I can push the envelope as much as I want to. Actors playing other characters can’t. You’re known as one of the most popular female soap villains in the world. How does that make you feel? Wonderful! People tell me they love to hate Sheila, but sometimes I get people coming up to me who actually think I’m her. That can take some wriggling out of. Is Sheila really so evil at heart? She’s definitely played the part of evil, but was she born that way or is she that way because she doesn’t know how to go about getting love like a regular person? She’s trying to find love. She just wants desperately to be loved, but she always goes about finding it the wrong way. Why can’t she let go of Eric? With him it was the first and only time in her life she experienced true love so she’s desperate to feel that again. What’s Sheila’s ultimate goal now? To be happy and lead a normal life, and she’s making strides in that direction. What’s your chemistry like with John McCook (Eric)? It’s great. He’s a dream to work with. There are some incredible scenes coming up that you don’t want to miss. You’ve done so many crazy scenes – are there any that stick out? Two. In one I had five minutes to change a baby’s clothes and kidnap the kid. The camera kept running the whole time. It’s really hard to change a baby in five minutes – I was sweating. Another was when I jumped off a roof when I was seven months pregnant. You’ve also done plenty of catfights and your latest one involves Quinn and a fire poker. Are they fun to do? Hell yes! There’s a lot of giggling going on between takes. Viewers love catfights because they get to see two characters go at it, which is so inappropriate and something they’d never do. On a personal note, you’ve been married to Gary Pelzer since 1991 and run several businesses together. Tell us more about your relationship. He’s my best friend and business partner. We have a boating and marina business, a bait and tackle business, a sports fishing business and an avocado farm. I also run my own interior design business. What’s your secret to keeping your marriage alive? It’s what I say about Sheila: a happy person makes for a happy relationship. I’ve known my husband since I was 13 and in all that time I can count the arguments we’ve had on one hand. We don’t hold each other back. Where’s home and what’s an ideal day off for you? We live in Palm Springs, California. My idea of perfect downtime is taking a bike ride into town with Gary and our kids [Nicholas and Alexes, both in their early twenties], going for lunch and maybe a nice glass of wine. Then barbecuing on the patio at home and watching the sunset. You look fantastic for your age – what’s your secret? Thank you. My two dogs are my excuse to get out and go walking every day. I eat right. I’ve never been one for junk food. A lot of looking youthful is about how happy you are, how much sleep you get, how much water you drink, whether you’re physically active. And, of course, the skin products you use. You’ve also gone into politics and are running in the elections for the house of representatives later this year. Why? I’d like to make government live by the same laws and regulations they apply to the people. If they did so, their eyes would truly be opened to what they’re doing and have done to our wonderful country. It can no longer be a country of “do as I say, not as I do”. It’s a country for the people – not only the people who run it. I want to see that they’re held to account.
‘I’ve been blessed with one of the most interesting roles in daytime television’
LEFT: Sheila, who has a chequered past in The Bold, is still in love with ex-hubby Eric Forrester (Eric McCook). His new wife, Quinn, won’t like it. ABOVE: In 1997 she married her psychiatrist, Dr Warwick (Ian Buchanan). RIGHT: In 2003 she kidnapped Ridge (Ronn Moss), who was on honeymoon with his wife, Brooke.
ABOVE: Kimberlin and a supporter hold up her campaign poster for the November US elections. LEFT: At home in Palm Springs, California, with daughter Alexes and husband Gary Pelzer.