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CBS Soaps In Depth - - NEWS - — Amy Helmes

Jen­nifer Gareis in­sists Donna is not a home­wrecker! (Good luck con­vinc­ing Quinn!)

In “mom mode” for the past few years rais­ing her chil­dren, Gavin, 8, and Sophia, 6, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’S Jen­nifer Gareis ( Donna) had hoped to re­sume her act­ing ca­reer once both kids were in school full-time. “My pri­or­ity was moth­er­hood, and I thought it was worth that sac­ri­fice,” says Gareis, who ac­knowl­edges she wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find work again after tak­ing a break to be with her ba­bies.

Around the time she was send­ing lit­tle Sophia off on her first day of kinder­garten, Gareis hap­pened to be back at CBS mak­ing a guest ap­pear­ance for a B&B wed­ding. “I went up to [ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and head­writer Bradley Bell’s] of­fice just to say hi, and he said, ‘ Jenny! What’s your sched­ule like?’”

The ac­tress later felt hope­ful when her scenes at Katie’s wed­ding (con­tin­ues)

in­cluded a sen­ti­men­tal flash­back of Eric and Donna’s re­la­tion­ship. “That wasn’t orig­i­nally in the script,” she ex­plains. Bell even­tu­ally re­vealed he wanted Gareis back on con­tract to help stir the (honey) pot where Eric and Quinn’s sto­ry­line was con­cerned. “It’s like the stars aligned,” she says. “The tim­ing couldn’t have been more per­fect.”

A New Rou­tine

Gareis says it wouldn’t have mat­tered what stor yline she was brought back in for, she was sim­ply thrilled to be home again on the B&B set. “It’s the only job I ever re­ally wanted, be­cause it’s a good fit, from the peo­ple who work there to the sched­ule,” she notes. “Ev­ery­one seems to have the same thoughts there to­ward fam­ily and work/life bal­ance.”

Though a lot of the cast has changed since Gareis was last on con­tract with the show in 2015, she never felt too out of sync with things be­cause she’s done so much re­cur­ring work, pop­ping in for hol­i­days and wed­dings over the years. “If I hadn’t done that, it might have seemed like a bit of a shock, but I’ve been on set so many times in the past few years that it feels like I never stopped.”

On the home front, there have been ad­just­ments to be made, of course. “The kids kind of got upset when I told them, ‘ Mommy is go­ing back to work,’ but [hus­band Bobby Ghas­semieh] has re­ally stepped up [to help with the kids], which is kind of cool. It’s been good for their re­la­tion­ship.”

Up For Any­thing

Gareis’ B&B co-work­ers are thrilled to have her back in more ways than one. Hav­ing Donna once again in the mix means an uptick in sto­ry­line for John Mccook (Eric), Rena Sofer (Quinn) and Al­ley Mills (Pam), all of whom will be in­ter­act­ing with the blonde, for bet­ter or

(in Quinn’s case) worse! “I don’t think Donna is a home­wrecker, but she doesn’t be­lieve that Quinn is ap­pro­pri­ate for Eric,” Gareis main­tains. “Donna saw her dark side a long time ago, and even though Eric may be obliv­i­ous to it, Donna thinks that side of Quinn is still there.”

If so, things could end up get­ting pretty in­tense for the mid­dle Lo­gan sis­ter, though Gareis pre­dicts there will still be a lot worth chuck­ling over. After all, Donna’s comedic mo­ments are fairly leg­en­dar y. Re­mem­ber, she’s been doused in goo and glit­ter, got an “ugly make-un­der” cour­tesy of Pam, and was strapped to a chair, cov­ered with honey and left to tempt a hun­gry bear! “I love pok­ing fun at my­self,” says Gareis. “Those were some of the best scenes, and I can’t wait to get back to that. Of course, it could end up be­ing Pam and Donna do­ing those sort of things to Quinn. Who knows?!”

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