After Admitting He Wants to ‘Choke Liam’ as Much as Fans, Bold & Beautiful’s Scott Clifton Shares His Mom’s Hilarious Voicemail
Viewers may be mad at the character, but they love his portrayer.
Scott Clifton has been playing The Bold and the Beautiful’s Liam long enough to know that sometimes, the guy is… well, kind of a jerk. He also knows that when Liam makes one of his more boneheaded moves, viewers want nothing more than to smack some sense into him. So he wasn’t exactly surprised when Liam sleeping with Steffy left the audience fuming.
In fact, he totally understood their frustration.
“For the record,” he told his Twitter followers, “of course I want to choke Liam as much as y’all do. He’s become a terrible person. But my job is to find a way to motivate and humanize Liam’s choices.
“I can’t change the story our writers want to tell,” he added. “I can only try my best to make it evocative and real.”
For the record: OF COURSE I want to choke Liam as much as y’all do. He’s become a terrible person.
But my job is to find a way to motivate and humanize Liam’s choices. I can’t change the story our writers want to tell; I can only try my best to make it evocative and real. ❤️
— Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes) December 4, 2020
What followed was an outpouring of support from followers, nearly all of whom went out of their way to make sure Clifton knew he was being loved and supported at least as much as Liam was being mocked and reviled. “You know you’re doing your job when viewers want to strangle you,” tweeted Cheryl Williams, while Miss Gracie suggested, “Maybe you need to buy really nice holiday presents for the writers… ’cause they sure have written Liam into a tough spot.”
But it wasn’t only fans who were on hand to show their support to Clifton. Co-star John McCook (Eric) chimed in with a bit of praise, too. “No one could play Liam as well and as believably as Scott,” the soap vet shared. “I think he could rise to any challenge.”
After responding that he would “throw out all my Emmys if I could put [McCook’s] tweet on my bookshelf instead,” a humble Clifton expressed gratitude for the love fans had shown. “I did not expect the cascade of encouragement and kindness,” he wrote. “I promise I was neither fishing for compliments nor asking to be defended, but I’m so grateful for all of you nonetheless.”
Perhaps best of all, however — and serving as a perfect reminder that soaps are a wild and wacky world — was Clifton’s mother, who showed her support in… well, in a uniquely “mom” way. After seeing the scenes in which Liam realized that Thomas had been kissing not Hope but a mannequin, Mom called and left her son a voicemail. As you can hear below, she found the expression on Liam’s face so amusing, she could barely speak through her laughter.
— Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes) December 5, 2020
“I, uh… I guess I thought I was filming a dramatic scene, but… thanks?” Clifton responded, adding the hashtag #motherknowsbest.
Feel free to show the actor some love in the comment section, then visit the gallery below in which we look at the life and times of his often-misguided character, Liam.
<p>Liam’s journey in Los Angeles began with, what else, but a “who’s the dad” mystery. He discovered that Bill Spencer Jr, and not Thorne Forrester, was his biological dad. Bill had hooked up with his late mother, Kelly Cooper, who was a model back in the day.</p>
<p>Liam and Hope Logan fell for one another shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, however, Steffy Forrester took an interest in him as well. This was the beginning of the love triangle that has spanned years and as many, if not more, flips and flops than Ridge has made between Taylor and Brooke. </p>
<p>Liam got drunk and wound up spending the night with Amber Moore. Though he passed out, Amber told him they’d had sex and that she was pregnant with his child. As is wont to happen on soaps, it turned out the blonde was duping him, and her baby was fathered by Marcus Forrester.</p>
<p>Liam was engaged to Hope, who broke it off after he kissed Steffy. Liam married Steffy in Aspen as she and Bill schemed to keep Hope at bay in a gondola. He later found out, but they stayed married as Liam ultimately tore up the annulment papers.</p>
<p>After the wedding in Aspen and before Liam tore up the annulment papers, Hope planned to marry him, but he showed up and explained that Steffy refused to sign the annulment papers. Naturally, Steffy and Hope got into a soapalicious catfight…in the chocolate fountain!</p>
<p>Liam and Hope traveled to Italy to get married. The ceremony went ahead despite behind-the-scenes manipulations, including Bill getting her biological dad Deacon out of prison, that were designed to keep them apart.</p>
<p>Liam and Hope’s paperwork wasn’t filed after the Italian wedding so they planned a new one. However, Liam spent a wild night with Steffy beforehand and showed up with dyed hair and tattoos. As you might have guessed, Hope was totally unimpressed and the wedding <em>didn’t</em> go off with a hitch.</p>
<p>Hope and Brooke planned a surprise wedding for Hope and Liam on the cliffside, but in true soap fashion, Steffy showed up with Taylor to put a halt to the proceedings. She had to tell Liam she was pregnant with his child. Yet <em>another</em> wedding didn’t happen.</p>
<p>Finally, a wedding that actually went ahead as planned! Liam married Steffy, who was expecting his child. Steffy rode up to the ceremony on a motorcycle and was dressed in black.</p>
<p>Liam and Steffy were bereft when she lost their baby following a motorcycle accident. Liam struggled with complex emotions in the wake of the death, but suppored his wife. The tragedy ultimately tore them apart and Steffy left for Paris.</p>
<p>After Liam’s half-brother Wyatt turned up in Los Angeles, he had new competition for Hope. Wyatt married the blonde, and later became involved with, and wed, Steffy as well.</p>
<p>Liam agreed to marry Ivy Forrester in name only to keep her from being deported. After she began blackmailing Steffy with a video following Aly Forrester’s death, he dumped her at Aly’s memorial. The marriage was annulled.</p>
<p>When Liam hit his head in the Forrester parking lot, Quinn — who had previously tried to kill him to keep him away from Hope spirited him away to a cabin. Liam, suffering from a concussion and amnesia, was led to believe he and Quinn were a married couple named Adam and Eve. The twisted chapter in his life ended when Wyatt showed up.</p>
<p>Steffy and Liam got married again in Australia. This time she came in on a zipline rather than a motorcycle to thrill her groom. This photo was captured during the exchange of rings.</p>
<p>Liam and Sally nearly died after being trapped in the rubble when Bill demolished the Spectra building thinking they were out. They shared a kiss, but the relationship never progressed beyond friendship after they were rescued.</p>
<p>After Liam split from a pregnant Steffy upon learning she had spent a night with his father, Bill — and that the child she was carrying could be his he accepted support from Hope, who had returned from overseas.</p>
<p>Liam and Steffy meet their daughter. Steffy suggests naming her Kelly after Liam’s late mother and he’s touched.</p>
<p>Liam supported Hope after they were told their baby had died during a stormy night on Catalina Island. Hope insisted he go to be with Steffy, Kelly, and Steffy’s adopted infant, Phoebe, who unbeknownst to them, was actually their baby, Beth.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam got Beth back once the truth about the deception surrounding her birth came out. They also took on Thomas’ son, Douglas Forrester, as Hope got partial custody of the boy following his mother, Caroline’s death, and his father’s obsession with her. Douglas ‘married’ Hope and Liam in their cabin.</p>
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