B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks to Soaps.com
Steffy says goodbye. (Soaps.com)
Hot on the heels of Steffy’s devastating reaction to Phoebe’s death on The Bold and the Beautiful, I had the chance to talk with her portrayer, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, about what it was like to channel such grief.
The aftermath of Phoebe’s death made the majority of the audience reach for a hankie, or two, or three, and that is due in large part to Jacqueline’s performance. To help prepare her for the scenes, the actress did a little research on the connection between twins. “I definitely talked to people who are twins and heard of stories of a twin being sick and the other one feels it. I can never really imagine what it would be like, but I tried my best,” she explained.
Since she had to portray Steffy’s devastation for several episodes, I wondered how she called up such emotion in order for her to continually cry on cue. According to Jacqueline, she just tried to put herself in the moment.
“I was in the morgue [on set] and you just look around and it was just a really eerie feeling to put yourself in that situation and you see Mackenzie (Phoebe) who’s tiny and pale and it’s freaky! And you see her with all the makeup done and it looks so realistic,” Jacqueline recalled. “It is hard, but you just try to understand the script and put yourself in the position and hopefully the emotions come out.”
She also drew on her feelings about her own family members and what it would be like if she lost them. “I have a half older sister from my dad’s side so I used her…and my mom’s my best friend and we have such a close bond. Honestly she’s like my sister as well because we’re so close, so I put myself in that position too, like what if I lost her? It’s just that gut wrenching feeling.”
In addition to the scenes where Steffy said goodbye to her sister in the morgue (read the recap of the episode here), Jacqueline shared some heavy and touching moments with her onscreen father Ronn Moss (Ridge), as their counterparts mourned their loss.
On sharing scenes with Ronn, Jacqueline had nothing but wonderful things to say. “It was great working with him. With every cast member it’s cool because they bring out something else in you and I think Ronn and I really worked well off each other. We both got ourselves in the moment and you know, you see this grown man cry and he’s my TV dad; you don’t want to see that and that makes you cry,” she shared. “Like I say, it was great working with him and we just fed off of each other…He was cool. He is completely down to earth and I feel comfortable with him.”
Even though acting out Steffy’s response to her sister’s death was emotionally taxing, as Jacqueline admitted she was drained from all the crying at the end of each day, she confirmed that this has been her most challenging and favorite storyline to date. However, there is one aspect of the story she was disappointed with.
“I’m upset that we had to lose Mackenzie Mauzy (Phoebe) because she was awesome and it would have been great to work with her more and open up the whole girl talk and all that fun stuff. But yeah, it was definitely challenging, but I enjoyed it,” she stated.
Soaps.com and the fans were certainly impressed by her performance and can’t wait to see what Jacqueline brings to the role of Steffy in the future.
To find out just what is to come for Steffy, check out the rest of the interview on our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog.
- Lori Wilson