Rena Sofer breaks down Quinn’s evolution — and her complicated feelings!
There was a time when THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’S Quinn would stop at nothing — including attempted murder! — to see that son Wyatt ended up with the woman he loved. Not only did her plans all backfire over time, but they also left her portrayer, Rena Sofer, searching for something more in the role. “When Quinn was always scheming about which woman her son should be with, it got boring. I know it was all part of the process, but I really got to this place of, ‘Is this all I’m ever going to do?’”
Those questions have vanished over the past year as the soap’s powers that be have gone to great lengths to transform Quinn from onetime sociopath to mostly-reformed socialite, a woman who has tossed aside her hell-raising schemes in hopes of being the person husband Eric believes her to be. “I’d say the absolute happiest I’ve ever been on this show is the day I read the script where I ran my hand up some mysterious man’s leg and it turned out to be Eric’s,” says Sofer. “I remember that moment so specifically, and who knew it was going to change everything for Quinn?”
Her Own Worst Enemy?
On a personal level, the actress admits that she was a little bummed late last year to find out that Quinn was going to jeopardize her good standing with Eric by kissing his son, Ridge. “As a fan, I went, ‘Noooo! Keep them happy!’” she admits. “But, obviously, it’s good story, and you want to play it, so I was excited about it in that respect. “And listen,” she adds, “to be able to work with John Mccook (Eric) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge)? I’m the luckiest person on the planet!” Despite the longing stares, flirtatious banter and lip-locks Quinn has exchanged with Ridge, Sofer believes her alter ego when she maintains that there’s no fire beyond all that sultry smoke. “She’s not in love with Ridge,” says the actress. “She has this weird, childish infatuation with his machismo, but she’s in love with Eric. That’s real, and that is what’s important for viewers to understand.”
Theory Of Evolution
As Quinn attempts to walk the straight and narrow path and, she hopes, hang onto her husband, her past — namely, her darker, more twisted tendencies — could come back to trip her up. Sofer admits it’s a possibility — especially given that people like her nemesis, Katie, would have no problem driving her back to that level of desperation. If and when Quinn resorts to (continues)
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’S Rena Sofer (Quinn) weighs in on the transformation that’s left her reinvigorated
her duplicitous skill set, Sofer hopes it will manifest itself more subtly going forward. “I don’t want to go back to the ‘murderer’ or the ‘dangerous schemer,’” she says. “Hypothetically speaking, I could see her with a more sophisticated duplicity. Something more elevated.”
For example, if Steffy were to someday need help combatting her own rival, Sally, Sofer imagines Quinn would be a ready ally. “I can see Steffy saying to her, ‘I need such and such to happen. Can you help me?’” she suggests. “And Quinn could say, ‘Oh, yeah. I can definitely help you do that.’
“I think we’d see her go to a place
where you know she’d be capable of anything, but,” she hastens to add, “it comes from a different level.”
The More Things Change...
For as much as her character has evolved over the past year, don’t think for an instant that Quinn has completely changed how she operates, cautions Sofer. “Wyatt is still her be-all, end-all, and I think it will always be that way,” the actress theorizes. “He had to let go of Stef fy, and he’s focused on other things right now, but if there was a woman that he wanted and some other guy was standing in the way, I am sure that would be Quinn’s main focus!”
In the meantime, Eric may have been the first person to see the good shining through in his wife, but Sofer has a feeling that even Quinn is starting to believe that it’s really true, despite all her foibles. “It’s because of Eric that she’s gotten this far, but I think she finally has gotten a taste of who she can be,” says the actress. “I’m hoping that [keeping this secret from Eric] doesn’t end up sending her into that full-on tailspin, but we’ll see!”