Jacque­line MacInnes Wood (St­effy)

Jacque­line MacInnes Wood cel­e­brates a decade as THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s St­effy

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THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s Jacque­line MacInnes Wood won’t ever for­get where she was when she got the call back in 2008 that she’d landed the role of St­effy. “I was in the chang­ing room at Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret at The Grove [an L.A. shop­ping mall],” she ex­plains. “I was a scream­ing, squeal­ing girl in a dress­ing room!”

The news meant Wood would need to hus­tle back to her na­tive Canada in or­der to get her work visa pa­per­work lined up to start the job in less than a week. A whirl­wind, to be sure, but by the time she was back in Los An­ge­les for her first day on set, she was feel­ing calm, con­fi­dent and to­tally in con­trol. “I was ner­vous but not as much as you’d think,” she re­calls. “What made me most ner­vous was the fact that my first scenes were with [Hunter Tylo’s] Tay­lor and [Ronn Moss’] Ridge. I grew up watch­ing B&B, so I knew these faces.”

Tougher Than Ex­pected

It wasn’t un­til the fol­low­ing week that Wood fi­nally started to feel that dreaded sense of doubt kick in. Learn­ing her first day’s scenes had been easy be­cause she’d had more than a week to

mem­o­rize them, af­ter all. “They were the same scenes I’d au­di­tioned with, so I felt good,” she ex­plains. “But then they gave me about eight or 12 scripts for the fol­low­ing week, and it was just like, ‘Holy… !’ I had to keep my head above wa­ter.”

Thrown into a sto­ry­line that in­volved both a ro­mance with Mar­cus and a feud with Brooke, Wood felt as if she’d been thrown into the deep end of a pool! “I think I blacked out for, like, three months af­ter that,” she laughs. “There was a lot go­ing on and a lot that I was learn­ing about my­self as an ac­tress. That’s when I got ner­vous.”

Growth Spurt

It’s been 10 years since then, and while in many ways, it seems like just yes­ter­day, Wood ac­knowl­edges that if she were to look back at those early scenes, she’d prob­a­bly have some cri­tiques. “Ab­so­lutely,” she says, “but I also know not to be too hard on my­self.”

While she learned how to mas­ter lots of ma­te­rial in a short amount of time, the ac­tress says the show still keeps find­ing ways to out­pace her. “We’re work­ing at an even faster speed now, if that’s even pos­si­ble,” she says, not­ing that it’s the big­gest change

she’s no­ticed with re­gard to the gig since she started. “I would kill to have the days like we used to!”

When she de­buted on the show, the ac­tress was a 21-year-old with a blank-can­vas fu­ture and no strings at­tached. To­day, she’s a more grounded busi­ness­woman and re­cently mar­ried Hol­ly­wood agent Elan Rus­poli. “I’m such a dif­fer­ent per­son than I was then,” she says. “It feels so long ago, and yet it’s gone by so quickly.”

For­tune Fa­vors The “Bold”

Though Wood took a hia­tus from the show from 2013-’14 to trot the globe as host of the E! se­ries PARTY ON, she’s con­tin­ued to get her wan­der­lust sated on B&B, call­ing the travel op­por­tu­ni­ties one of the big­gest perks of the gig. At the same time, she’s equally con­tent in her adopted city of Los An­ge­les with the sort of con­sis­tent sched­ule most ac­tors can only dream of. Be­sides her new hubby, “I have my dog and my home, and so this is where I want to be,” she says. “I feel very for­tu­nate, hum­bled and hon­ored to live in this beau­ti­ful city and still get to film all over the world. We have one of the best shows on the planet!”

Ten years in, Wood still loves com­ing to set and laugh­ing it up with her co-stars, and she’s grate­ful to view­ers for go­ing the dis­tance with her as well. “The fans have been so loyal and ded­i­cated, even dur­ing the two and a half years that I was gone,” she mar­vels. “It’s such a won­der­ful feel­ing to have peo­ple go through my ups and downs, both as an ac­tress and as St­effy. They’ve been there, and it’s re­ally hum­bling.”

Wood gave Donna the stink-eye in one of her early scenes “be­cause she was a hot blonde dat­ing St­effy’s grand­fa­ther!”

Work­ing with An­nika Noelle (Hope) “has been great,” Wood says. “She’s very down to earth, and she fits in per­fectly here.”

“They’re so cute and sweet, but be­ing around ba­bies is a new world for me,” says Wood of the in­fants who play her daugh­ter, Kelly. “In the be­gin­ning, I was ner­vous, I’m not go­ing to lie.”

Wood orig­i­nally worked a lot with MacKen­zie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe), though St­effy’s twin was killed off not long af­ter the brunette joined the cast.

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