FIRED UP!

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Inter - — Amy Helmes

THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s Sally Spec­tra has over­come ob­sta­cle af­ter ob­sta­cle in her fight to re­vive the Spec­tra Fash­ions brand, but her lat­est road­block — see­ing her of­fices de­stroyed in a hor­ri­ble con­fla­gra­tion — looked more like the end of the road than a mere set­back. Cou­pled with Bill’s de­struc­tion of her ro­mance with Thomas by telling a damnable lie, Sally has had to with­stand a lot of bad news, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally, in re­cent weeks. “She has worked so hard, and it’s like she just keeps get­ting clubs swung at her face,” says

chances As THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s Sally

strug­gles to rise from the ashes,

Court­ney Hope weighs in on her

por­trayer Court­ney Hope with a sigh. “It’s pure tragedy. The sec­ond she feels like she’s made some strides, she just keeps get­ting pushed back.”

That’s Gotta Hurt

Watch­ing the Spec­tra of­fice set ablaze was emo­tional for Hope. Though she’s only been tread­ing that set for the past nine months, it hit her hard to see it go up in smoke, know­ing all the his­tory it’s been part of. “It was so vis­ceral to all of us [in the Spec­tra gang] to see it burn,” she ex­plains. “We watched from a video feed and all started to cry. That set had seemed so real, and we’d spent so much time there.”

While film­ing a scene where Sally tried to re-en­ter the burn­ing of­fice to save her de­signs, Hope ac­tu­ally got in­jured, cut­ting her an­kle on the door! “At the time, I didn’t no­tice be­cause my adren­a­line was go­ing,” she shares, “but af­ter­ward, some­one was like, ‘You’re bleed­ing.’ ‘Ow! You’re right!’”

A New Man?

Though many won­dered if this lat­est tragedy would be the fi­nal straw for Sally’s pro­fes­sional am­bi­tions, Hope doesn’t think that her al­ter ego could give up, even now. “That dream,” she re­minds, “has been her goal since she was a child.”

Though the re­cent exit of Pier­son Fodé as

Thomas spells one more heart­break for Sally, who had fallen head over heels for the dash­ing de­signer, we’ve al­ready seen hints that her new “sav­ior,” Liam, could end up turn­ing into much more than just a busi­ness part­ner. “Yeah, that would pretty much be the ul­ti­mate blow to St­effy,” Hope ac­knowl­edges with a laugh. “Talk about a ro­man­tic ri­valry!”

At press time, Hope wasn’t tip­ping her hand about what might tran­spire be­tween Sally and Liam, but fans have no­ticed a def­i­nite on-screen chem­istry be­tween her and Scott Clifton. “You never know what will hap­pen,” the ac­tress teases. “Liam’s a great guy, and I think at this point in time, just to have some­body who is sta­ble and who cares is im­por­tant for Sally. He sym­pa­thizes with her side of the story.”

Fight On!

From what we know thus far about Sally, it isn’t likely that she will bow out when the chips are down, but it re­mains to be seen what lengths she’ll go to in or­der to claw her way back. Though she has re­sorted to mis­chief in the past, she has since vowed to walk the straight and nar­row path, a fact her por­trayer ap­pre­ci­ates. “I’m glad they’ve kept her gen­uine at heart,” she ad­mits, “even when she’s do­ing some­thing that’s a bit off-the-cuff.”

The red­head will in­vari­ably sol­dier on from th­ese re­cent dif­fi­cult weeks, but to pre­dict smooth sail­ing ahead would be ut­terly fool­ish. Sally’s so dis­as­ter-prone, “I def­i­nitely have th­ese mo­ments of ‘Oh, here we go again,’” says Hope with a laugh. “But we need th­ese ob­sta­cles.”

Hope says co-star Pa­trika Darbo (Shirley) keeps her in stitches on the set. “She’s got a sense of hu­mor for days,” she notes, “es­pe­cially when it comes to her lit­tle South­ern say­ings. I’m al­ways like, ‘Is that a thing, or did you make that up?’”

Hope ad­mits that she would love to see Sally give sabo­teur Bill a run for his money. “Ab­so­lutely. I have a lot to say to Bill,” the ac­tress chuck­les. “That would be fun for me, es­pe­cially be­cause I have a blast work­ing with Don [Di­a­mont, Bill].”

Hope and boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael, GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL) ex­plored the City Of Lights this sum­mer. “Paris has al­ways been

No. 1 [on my bucket list],” ex­claims the ac­tress. “I have to go back. We didn’t have

enough time to see ev­ery­thing.”

“I think I made some dumb joke like, ‘Is this sup­posed to pro­tect me from sharks?’” quips Hope of the un­usual crino­line Sally rocked in Monte Carlo.

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