Ins & Outs
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?”