Brad Bell Reveals Bold & Beautiful Will Use Stars’ Real-Life Partners to Safely Film Intimate Scenes
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Bold and Beautiful will use classic soap opera tricks…and spouses.
Fans were thrilled to learn that Bold and Beautiful is resuming production, and executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell revealed how the soap would proceed in terms of specifics. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “Safety is our utmost concern and will be as we return to production.”
Bell explained that the Bold and Beautiful team had been preparing for a return for the last month and elaborated, “We’ve been modifying our spaces, modifying our studio, our booth, staying up to date on what the most important health and safety protocols are. We feel we’re ready to go.” He went on to say that actors would be tested “at least once a week, maybe multiple times a week,” and that the plan is to film Tuesday through Friday, with production personnel being tested on Mondays.
In giving more specifics, Bell said, “We’ve spread out all of our production people so they’re at least six feet apart and divided by plexiglass.” Of intimate scenes, so integral to soap operas, he stated, “[Actors will] shoot eight feet apart, following all the safety standards, but use the tricks of the business. We’ll shoot one side of the couple in a romantic scene alone in the room, but looking at a spot very close to them, and then shoot the other side alone. When we edit it together, it will look like they’re nose to nose.” He shared, “We’ll probably also be using some of the classic, old-fashioned tricks of soap opera, where when things heat up, we pan to the fireplace or pan to a candle to indicate things are getting hot [laughs].”
When talking to Forbes, Bell revealed yet another plan and confessed, “We have some life-like blow-up dolls that have been sitting around here for the past 15 years, that we’ve used for various other stories — (like) when people were presumed dead. We’re dusting off the dolls and putting new wigs and make-up on them and they’ll be featured in love scenes.”
The executive producer conceded this would increase post-production time, and revealed, “In some cases, the husbands and wives of the actors as stand-ins for their [characters’] significant others. So if you see hands touching faces in close proximity from a wide shot, instead of a stunt double we’ll have a love-scene double, where it will be the husband or the wife doing the actual touching. Then when we edit it together, it will look like our couple on screen.” Other details included keeping scenes down to two to four people and writing out child actors for the time being.
As to how soon fans can expect to see new episodes on air, Bell teased, “I think after a week or so of filming we’re going to turn it around and be on the air within a few weeks. It’ll be quick.”
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