ICYMI: B&B’s Scott Clifton and Annika Noelle Interview

B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) and Annika Noelle (Hope) look again on their emotional journey to the reveal

Cleaning soap Opera Digest: Whenever you have been first instructed about this story, what was your response?

Annika Noelle: As soon as I noticed it, it’s one of many few instances I’ve ever talked to Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] and simply form of was like, “Okay, so what’s your imaginative and prescient?” However they actually do maintain it near the vest; they don’t give us lots and so they don’t inform us an enormous arc. We’re form of discovering out because the characters discover out. I feel there’s a technique to that in a means as a result of we have been, in some methods, not realizing what was coming subsequent. And then you definitely see it and also you go, “Okay, I’ve received to justify this,” or, “She’s making this selection. What sort of headspace is she in to make this sort of resolution?” That’s form of the enjoyable of it and the problem of it. I didn’t anticipate it to be this loopy roller-coaster experience that it’s been.

Scott Clifton: I’ve an anecdote. After we first form of received scripts for this storyline and we have been going to suppose the infant was lifeless, however it was truly switched and it was Wayne Brady [ex-Reese] and all of this, that week, Darin [Brooks, Wyatt] and I received to go have drinks with Brad. That is all the time such a privilege and such a pleasure. He’s simply the right boss. I stated, “Oh, my God. This storyline is loopy. How did you provide you with it?” At one level I stated, “So how lengthy are you gonna do that? How lengthy earlier than the reality is gonna come out?” And he stated, “My father [William J. Bell, B&B’s co-creator] all the time had a rule about storylines like this.” And I don’t keep in mind the precise quantity that he gave, however he stated one thing like, “It’s received to be at the very least eight months.” And my jaw hit the ground. I went, “Oh, my God. You’re probably not gonna try this, are you? Is it gonna be eight months of story?” And he form of stated, “I don’t know. I’ve to see. I’ve to really feel it out as I am going after which I’ll know. However keep tuned.” And positive sufficient, that’s principally what he did, and it paid off completely.

Digest: Followers spent the 12 months saying, “Hope deserves to get her child again.” It’s not such as you guys can do something about that. Was it exhausting so that you can see their response?

Noelle: Yeah. Truthfully, those that have been essentially the most touching have been ladies who reached out to me personally and privately messaged me, or shared their story with folks on my social media concerning the loss they’ve skilled and the way this storyline has affected them in constructive methods. Truthfully, I’ve to thank these ladies who reached out to me with their private tales. It meant a lot to me that it had that form of affect and why I do what I do. So, thanks to all of the moms on the market.

Digest: Scott, I keep in mind you saying you felt unhealthy on the fan occasion in June since you couldn’t say something about it.

Clifton: Yeah, however that was totally different from the early months of it when folks have been going, “Oh, my God, that is so painful. Is that this gonna finish? Please inform me there’s a light-weight on the finish of the tunnel.” I’d simply shrug and go, “I don’t know any greater than you do, man. Good luck to each of us. I do not know.” However by the point the fan occasion rolled round, I had this smug look on my face. They might say the identical factor, however this time I form of received to lift my eyebrows and say, “You simply wait and see. You simply hold in there. Belief me, it’ll be good.” And I received to say that realizing that I wasn’t b.s.-ing them, in order that was good.

Digest: What stands out about enjoying the precise second of the reveal?

Noelle: It was nice. I might say my face harm a lot by the top of that day from all of the crying. I additionally keep in mind how a lot we have been smiling as soon as we came upon the information. I used to be smiling but additionally crying. By the point we have been finished, I used to be like, “Scott, my face hurts a lot!”

Digest: After enjoying all of that emotion, do you are feeling a weight has been lifted off of you? Do you miss it?

Each: I’m good.

Noelle: Like, a lot in order that once I got here again from hiatus, one of many producers was like, “Annika, oh, my God. You’re glowing. You look so superb. What’s up? What are you doing?” I used to be like, “I actually simply haven’t been crying for a month.”

Clifton: Yeah, that’s all it took.

Digest: Do you could have any significantly memorable moments of that story?

Noelle: For me, truthfully, particularly as a result of he’s not on the canvas anymore, however Wayne Brady throughout these hospital labor scenes. That was the second he and I received to know one another. He was so good in these moments of including levity in between takes as a result of it was such troublesome, severe material. In order that’s form of a enjoyable second to suppose again on. We’d sit there and discuss comedian books and musical theater and improv and all these things in between takes. It was this sort of yin and yang of actually humorous, glad levity and him making me snicker so exhausting after which having to modify again into heavy, severe scenes. And likewise I actually miss Oscar, the pet. I liked him a lot.

Clifton: Aw, yeah.

Digest: Scott, what about you? 

Clifton: I can form of undergo the highlights. The pet that Annika simply talked about was actually enjoyable. However truthfully, I feel essentially the most rewarding moments all through the entire eight months of story or no matter it was, have been moments the place I’d go into work pondering, “God, I simply don’t have the emotional fortitude or the curiosity to do that and actually put myself on this house once more.” And I needed to do 1 / 4 of what Annika needed to do, proper? So think about that instances no matter, from her viewpoint. However there have been days that we’d go in and I’d simply really feel like, “God, I received nothing left.” After which we’d sit down and we’d do like a very quiet form of refined, conversational scene with a husband and spouse mourning their child. And tears would come. There have been moments the place Annika would shock me or I’d shock myself. A scene initially of the day that felt like it will be like the entire others that we had finished simply popped like magic. After which we’d return and begin it yet again. However little moments like that have been actually rewarding and shocking to me all through the entire course of.

Digest: Towards the top, the story began to embody much more characters on the canvas. What was it wish to work with different folks?

Noelle: I feel it was nice as a result of there was a catalyst for all this momentum of the story and the motion for this closing reveal. It was good to see how totally different characters explored discovering out the reality, hiding the reality and their causes for that. I do know I take pleasure in having a nasty man on the canvas once more. I feel it’s a number of enjoyable to have somebody like Thomas manipulating folks. And Matt [Atkinson] does that. He brings this depth to the position that form of enhances the story in so some ways. It’s been enjoyable to play with and he’s been enjoyable to work with. And I’m so curious to see how that relationship between him and Hope goes to be going ahead now that the masks has form of slipped off.

Clifton: Brad casting Matthew saved the story. Or perhaps Brad casting Matthew and seeing Matthew in motion and going, “Oh, I do know what I can do with him,” perhaps that’s it. However nonetheless you shake it, Thomas has an ingredient within the cocktail. He actually freshens it. I imply, I’ve heard from numerous followers, coming as much as me in particular person or on social media saying, “I by no means thought I’d be enthusiastic about this story once more, however having this unhealthy man is so invigorating. It simply makes me actually need to root towards somebody. I’m all in once more.” However to the spirit of your query, by the top of it, it did change into extra inclusive and we did get to work with folks that we actually weren’t working with a lot. Katrina [Bowden, Flo] kicked ass. You’ll be able to take a look at her and you may really feel sympathetic for her, or you may take a look at her and have the precise reverse response. I imply, who is that this chick feeling, “Poor me. Poor me,” however but she’s not saying something? She simply created this kind of petri dish of various fan reactions. After which Adain [Bradley, Xander] was one other one. He had some very nice work with each Matthew and Katrina and a few of the different characters. He received to stretch a bit bit. So did Kiara [Barnes, Zoe]. I didn’t get to work with Kiara that a lot, however simply to have the ability to watch all of those actors on our forged form of convey their A sport as a result of they got this good materials was actually, actually rewarding.

Noelle: And I’ve to say, with the subsequent chapter going ahead, it’s been so enjoyable to observe Thorsten [Kaye, Ridge] and Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke] and Don [Diamont, Bill] and Denise [Richards, Shauna] and the way the mother and father are reacting to this information. I’ve been actually having fun with it.

Digest: The Beth reveal yielded large scores for the present. How did that really feel for you?

Noelle:  I didn’t anticipate it. It was a pleasing shock, for positive, that every one of our exhausting work paid off.

Clifton: I comply with Selection and Deadline and some of these leisure publications on Twitter, so it simply confirmed up in my Twitter feed. I used to be like, “Oh, wait, that’s an image of Annika and me.” After which I learn the article. I needed to learn the article twice as a result of I used to be constructive that I used to be misunderstanding it. I used to be like, “Oh, this should be identical to one actually small demo. There should be some caveat to this that I’m not getting. There’s no means we’ve got the best scores that we’ve had.” It took me a very long time to grasp what that information meant. However yeah, it was unbelievable. It was so validating and rewarding as a result of we spent so lengthy attempting to reassure followers that their struggling wasn’t in useless, to know that they believed us sufficient to tune in was very nice.

Digest: Are you able to be glad for a short time on display? What would you wish to see in your characters subsequent?

Clifton: I’m able to be glad off display! I hear from followers on a regular basis saying, “Hope and Liam higher keep glad. They higher dwell fortunately ever after.” And I all the time reply to them like, “You don’t need that. That might be horrible. That’s a loss of life sentence. You need extra drama. You need this story to proceed. You need extra obstacles and battle.” So yeah, being glad for the second is sweet for us behind the scenes as a result of it’s a break. However quickly sufficient, if we’re fortunate sufficient, then Hope and Liam are going to have issues once more; that’s the way it works.

Noelle: I would really like Hope to proceed exploring the power that she present in herself after the reveal and to perhaps be extra of a power to be reckoned with, to not be so simply manipulated and brought benefit of, however nonetheless sustaining that essence of actually believing the most effective in folks and being a constructive particular person. I feel it will be cool if Hope and Liam took on some challenges collectively, ’trigger Thomas definitely isn’t going to make their lives simple arising. I wish to see how they collectively face this new problem, if you’ll.

By Tom Stacy

Filed Underneath: Daring and Lovely, Annika Noelle, Scott Clifton

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