Gold Star: Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy) & Annika Noelle (Hope)
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’S Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy) and Annika Noelle (Hope) traded civility for sass!
Two great fashion lines, both alike in dignity. But only one could come out on top, and when Steffy’s made the cut on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Hope tried (but failed) to hold her tongue. The ensuing spat kept us glued to our screens as long-simmering sentiments finally bubbled over into a venting of vitriol. Annika Noelle (Hope) and Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy) played this quarrel with queenly contempt, thus earning our Gold Star for the week!
Diva Vs. Doyenne
Unlike their mothers’ recent contretemps, there would be no flinging of frosting in Hope and Steffy’s confrontation. Rather, both tried to keep a level head, but this proved easier said than done. As difficult as it was for Steffy to see Hope sporting her small baby bump, it was equally excruciating for Hope to witness Steffy looking hella sultry in the lingerie that had bested her collection. “I get it,” Steffy
remarked of her decision to market the wares. “It’s not your style. You’d rather be out there saving the world.”
The sarcasm was evident in her delivery, and when she suggested that Hope had a problem with her sense of ethics, the blonde shot right back. “Ethics? Interesting word choice,” she said. “I wonder if you even really know what they are.”
Dispensing With Pleasantries
Their voices never reached a screaming pitch — they were determined not to repeat their mothers’ cycle of feuding, after all. Still, calmly cutting words managed to fell their repeated attempts at playing nice. When Hope insisted to Steffy that she respected her in so many ways, the brunette replied, “But what you don’t respect, you judge. Constantly.”
Hope fought to maintain her cool, but her voice cracked as she sadly reflected on her loss. “It hurts,” she admitted. “And it’s tough, because this doesn’t just feel like business; this feels personal.”
She went on to call Steffy a daddy’s girl (them’s fightin’ words!), prompting her rival to double down on her “I am woman, hear me roar” spiel, a pointed dig at Hope. “No woman should ever wait around for a man,” she said. “I’m certainly never going to do that again.”
Though the ladies never quite veered into catfight territory, their finely-whittled barbs, with all their resentment-filled subtext, packed a wallop nonetheless!
Wood and Noelle’s insults were thinly-veiled enough to reveal Steffy and Hope’s animosity.