Lesley-Anne Down (CBS)

Playing fashion maven Jackie Payne Marone on B&B since 2003, Lesley-Anne Down has certainly had her fair share of juicy storylines. She has fallen in love with Eric, Massimo and Deacon, been pushed off a balcony by Stephanie and was outted as a former prostitute in front of everyone! Lately however, Jackie hasn’t had much to do except meddle in her son Nick’s love life, but according to the content actress, that suits her just fine.

I had the opportunity to talk with Lesley-Anne as she was driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles, and while our phone connection wasn’t the clearest, it was perfectly clear was how happy she is to be a part-time actress and a full-time wife and mom.

When I asked about the petition on her website to garner more storyline for Jackie, she told me she doesn’t have anything to do with it, as she basically lets her webmaster run her site. So in regards to asking Brad Bell (Head Writer/Executive Producer, B&B) for more screen time, this veteran actress isn’t too concerned about it. “I think it’s very sweet of everybody to put their energies into me, but really I don’t need a petition. I am very happy with being the backup person if you want to put it like that. I don’t mind talking about other people and letting the other people have all the work to do. I’m sorry, I don’t. I don’t have that need,” she explained. “Young people particularly have a need that are starting out in their careers and want to be the star; they want to have the fame; they want to have all that stuff that goes with it. I don’t have that need anymore. Did that. In a way I hope it doesn’t work! (laughs)”

Having been a working actress for roughly four decades, Down first came to the U.S. from England when she was seventeen-years-old and hopped back and forth across the pond until she permanently moved to L.A. at the age of twenty-six. She found much success in Hollywood starring in, among other things, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” the TV version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the gloriously soapy mini-series, “North and South” and its subsequent sequels, “Dallas,” where she played Stephanie Rogers, the short lived “Sunset Beach,” where played Olivia Richards and “Days of Our Lives,” where she played Lady Sheraton in 2001. With such a lengthy resume behind her, Down isn’t too concerned about pursuing other projects, as she doesn’t even have an agent. “If [B&B] didn’t happen I wouldn’t work. I’d just be a mom and look after my husband,” she shared.

Taking care of her family, which includes two biological children and two step-children, involves spending a lot of time on the baseball field, as she explained, “I have a ten-year-old who is so energetic. He is so phenomenal. He’s on a little league all-star team and Don (her husband) is coaching. I kind of live at a baseball field. Every night I’m soaking baseball pants in bleach trying to get stains out. I am a baseball mom. The word soccer mom doesn’t fit. I’m a baseball mom! I live, eat and breathe it.”