Heather Tom (FayesVision/Wenn.com)

“It’s far more interesting to watch someone try to stay, than it is to watch someone run.”

Soaps.com recently had the opportunity to chat with Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer) about her upcoming stage role in “The Heiress,” as well as her role on “B&B.” Keep reading to find out how she feels about Katie’s marriage, her rivalry with Steffy, and more!

Soaps.com: You’re currently in rehearsals for the stage production of “The Heiress.” Tell us about the play and your character.

Heather: Sure, it’s inspired by the Henry James novel, “Washington Square,” and it takes place in 1850. I play Catherine Sloper, who is a wealthy girl but pathologically shy. She has a very dysfunctional relationship with her father; her mother died in childbirth, and he kind of blames Catherine for it, so that affects her behavior. She is being courted by this young man, who she falls in love with, but her father feels that he’s just after her money and is not really interested in her, so he proceeds to pretty much make her life miserable! There’s a nice little twist at the end; the gist of it is that she finds her voice through adversity. It’s a beautiful play, one of my favorites actually, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Soaps.com: You are sharing the stage with Richard Chamberlain and Julia Duffy. What’s it been like working with them?

Heather: It’s been wonderful, the entire cast is great. It’s been a fairly easy rehearsal process; everyone just came in ready to hit the ground running and work hard. They’re fantastic. I’ve been so lucky to work with so many wonderful older male icon actors, and Richard Chamberlain is one of them. It’s wonderful to sit back and learn from him, and Julia is funny, and really smart; just a cool lady.

Soaps.com: You’re no stranger to doing theatre. What is it that draws you back?

Heather: Well, in this case it was many things; it was the production itself, it’s one of my favorite plays, one I’ve always wanted to do, and a part I’ve always wanted to play. Also the theatre; I’ve always wanted to work at the Pasadena Playhouse, it’s a beautiful space, and it’s been on my list to work there. I’m so thrilled that it’s not only this space, but this play – it worked out really well.

Soaps.com: When does “The Heiress” open and for how long will it run?

Heather: We start previews on Tuesday April 24, and then we open April 29 officially. It runs three weeks, though we may extend an extra week, and it’s Tuesday through Sunday. [For times and tickets visit Pasadena Playhouse].

Soaps.com: You’ve also taken some guest roles in Primetime television shows – most recently “Criminal Minds.” What was that like, and do you have any others coming up?

Heather: Right now doing double-duty with the play and “The Bold and the Beautiful” has been very busy, and they’ve been so wonderful to work everything out for me – split days where I go to work in the morning there and then go to rehearsal in the evening or early afternoon. It’s great to have that support group. But it’s been great to do other sets, and “Criminal Minds” was a fun part; super-dramatic, and it was great to see Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, “The Young and the Restless”) again. It was lovely to have that opportunity.

Soaps.com: “The Bold and the Beautiful” recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. It must have been pretty amazing to be there for that milestone.

Heather: It was great! They were doing all kinds of things, like a photo shoot for “Vanity Fair Italy.” It’s been wonderful to be a part of this group and hopefully we have another 25 years in us!

Soaps.com: I hope so! You received a Daytime Emmy pre-nomination this year, and with good reason. You’ve done excellent work, particularly in scenes when Katie rages, cries, or becomes intense when in conflict with another character. How do you get yourself there?

Heather: Well, my method is really just putting myself in the middle of the moment; the middle of the situation. The great thing about Daytime is that the stakes are always so high. Very rarely are you dealing with something that’s anything less than life and death [laughs], so if you really commit to the stakes being that high, then it’s easy to just lose yourself in it. I also trust the other actors that I’m working with, and thankfully the scenes that I’ve had like that have been with people like Don Diamont (Bill) and Jacqui Wood (Steffy). I feel very comfortable and very safe in those scenes to just let go, and I know that they’re going to be right there with me, and hitting the ball back. Those scenes are my favorite, they’re fun.