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CBS has been billing Sheila’s re­turn to THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL as a sum­mer event that will knock view­ers’ socks off — but does that mean that her por­trayer, Kim­ber­lin Brown, will be done once Septem­ber rolls around? Soaps In Depth went straight to the actress for an­swers!

The In Depth Story: Brown, who is cur­rently on con­tract with the soap, didn’t tip her hand as to how long Sheila would be rais­ing hell (or, at the very least, eye­brows). But she did ad­mit that she’s ready to set­tle in for the long haul! “Re­mem­ber that when Sheila was first brought on [to THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS in 1990], I was told it would be a max­i­mum of three months,” she says. “Three months turned into 20 years, so I think a lot de­pends on how the sto­ry­line un­folds. And of course, I’m avail­able [longterm] — I love play­ing this char­ac­ter!”

Al­though Sheila’s last sto­ry­line — on Y& R in 2007 — led many view­ers to be­lieve that the she-devil had been killed after un­der­go­ing face-trans­form­ing plas­tic surgery to look like Phyl­lis (then Michelle Stafford; now GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’ s Nina), Brown wasn’t one of them. “In my mind, I al­ways thought, ‘ No, it’s not Sheila,’ only be­cause it wasn’t me; the role was be­ing play­ing by another actress,” she says. “I thought that if they re­ally wanted me back, they would come up with some­thing bril­liant [to ex­plain it]. And I def­i­nitely think [B&B ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and head­writer Bradley Bell] has done that!”

Step­ping back into the role came eas­ily to the alumna of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and PORT CHARLES even after all these years. How­ever, she does feel as if this is a slightly dif­fer­ent Sheila than the one fans had long loved to hate. “Wi t h this spe­cific sto­ry­line,” she says, “there are changes to her.”

Another new development is the fact that Lauren’s long­time tor­men­tor may fi­nally have a foe who is as darkly for­mi­da­ble as she is! Sure, Quinn aban­doned her more ma­li­cious ways ever since hook­ing up with Eric, but who’s to say that his fear­some for­mer wife won’t re­mind her of the more das­tardly mas­ter­mind she once was? Then again, Brown has her own theor y about what might tran­spire be­tween these two im­pos­ing women. “Don’t you think they could be gr eat friends?” she asks with a laugh. “Sheila might fi­nally find a per­son she could go have a cof­fee with or a glass of wine!”

“Don’t you think [Sheila and Quinn] could be great friends?”

When Sheila was last on B&B in 2003 (in­set), she kid­napped Ridge (then Ronn Moss) while he and Brooke were on their South Amer­i­can hon­ey­moon.

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