For B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) And Annika Noelle (Hope), It Was Like At First Sight
Cleaning soap Opera Digest: Let’s begin originally. When did you two first meet?
Annika Noelle: It was throughout the audition course of at one of many producer classes, and so they had been doing a number of chemistry reads. That’s actually when it was like, “Oh, it’s getting severe!” It was additionally a bit intimidating as a result of I used to be the one brunette within the room; often in auditions lots of people can’t see previous that and also you’re sort of at an obstacle.
Scott Clifton: Yeah, that’s true. However I might additionally guess you not less than two of the opposite ladies auditioning had been clearly not pure blondes, both.
Noelle: Nicely, no. And now I’m part of that membership. However I feel that labored in my favor. I used to be like, “Nicely, because the brunette, this most likely received’t go my manner, so let’s simply have enjoyable and revel in it.” I truthfully suppose it really freed me up within the room and I used to be extra comfy.
Clifton: I feel you’re proper. You had been most likely essentially the most relaxed one who auditioned. You appeared essentially the most comfy, and that could be a actually huge take care of Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer]. He likes to rent people who find themselves fulfilling and he can speak to and who’ll have enjoyable on the present. That’s sort of a giant deal to him, and I feel you probably did have that.
Noelle: Studying with Scott additionally put me comfy. It was evident at first the rapport that Scott and I’ve. We’ve got a really comparable humorousness, so once we bought within the room, we had been instantly giving one another a tough time.
Clifton: Yeah, I kicked her within the shins. She spat in my face.
Noelle (laughs): To not that excessive! However we had been joking round and he made the audition course of comfy.
Noelle: He simply made it proper.
Clifton: Aw. Aw … My voice is now going to maintain getting increased and better now! I had such an intense story occurring at the moment [when Liam learned Steffy slept with Bill], however I bear in mind pondering in these preliminary scenes that we had good chemistry. We had been in a position to work collectively and memorize collectively. I bear in mind Annika had executed a powerful quantity of analysis concerning the historical past, too. There have been issues that I might inform her and she or he already knew them. She was like, “Oh, yeah. I find out about that. I watched, like, 40 hours of YouTube movies for this.” It was a pleasure to see that and it made me excited as a result of I actually get pleasure from curious folks, and Annika was interested by every part immediately. She needed to know what every part meant and the way every part labored. She would textual content me at midnight saying, “What does it imply within the script when it says this?” I’m pleased with what all of us do right here, and I bought to introduce her to that and I feel that was infectious as a result of I feel Annika began to really feel delight, as effectively. Annika, I’m completely projecting onto you proper now. You may appropriate something I’m saying.
Noelle: We actually hit the bottom working. They threw me into the deep finish as a result of it was a whole lot of story from the get-go, which was nice as a result of I used to be both going to sink or swim. I’m so grateful for that as a result of it set the tempo for me.
Clifton: That’s true.
Noelle: And Scott and I made it a degree to get to know one another exterior of the studio beforehand. We grabbed dinner with our respective companions in an effort to get to know each other exterior of labor. After which we did some social media posts joking round, the place we minimize one another’s face out of the body.
Clifton (laughs): I forgot about that!
Noelle: When our story did begin, he single-handedly was the particular person I spent essentially the most period of time with once I began this present, so Scott actually confirmed me the ropes. I’m indebted to him.
Clifton: Nicely, she’s going to Venmo me later, so the debt isn’t going to final an excessive amount of longer.
Noelle: See? Once more, comparable humorousness.
Digest: Annika, what did you suppose if you had been watching the movies on YouTube?
Noelle: Nicely, I used to be a curious little cat as a result of once I initially auditioned, I feel the character’s identify was Lauren or Elizabeth [on the sides], and there was all this speak about a gondola and I used to be like, “This appears actually particular.” So, I did go on YouTube and actually searched “gondola” and “BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL”, and lo and behold, I found out which character I used to be stepping into for and is likely to be portraying.
Clifton: Very intelligent.
Noelle: However I particularly regarded for vital storyline factors — these big, life-changing moments in Hope’s life, like that occasion the place her mom slept along with her boyfriend.
Clifton: Ooh, yeah!
Noelle: So, there was the gondola second, leaping off the yacht with Wyatt after they bought married, and the battle with Quinn when she fell down the steps and miscarried the primary baby and Liam took her to the hospital. After that, it was simply determining the household tree and who has interacted with whom.
Clifton: Which isn’t all the time simple to trace.
Noelle: Proper? Scott all the time stated I inherently had comparable qualities to Kim [Matula, ex-Hope], however I by no means felt strain to be her. What I might by no means do is impersonate somebody — until it was one thing like taking part in Marilyn Monroe.
Digest: Extra not too long ago, you two had been on the middle of the present’s eight,000th episode. No strain there, proper?
Clifton: I used to be shocked once I learn it as a result of they had been setting it up prefer it was going to be this huge, stunning, milestone delivery of this Logan/Spencer child, and a brand new technology being born, and that’s what we had been celebrating. Nope! I assumed it was such a cool, dangerous, controversial transfer. They punched the viewers within the intestine, threw them out of the automotive and went, “See ya!” There’s a sick, nihilistic a part of me that liked that.
Noelle (laughs): Nicely, that’s Scott to a T, proper there. For me, it was such an honor that they had been trusting us to painting this story. I used to be principally involved with doing it justice and placing apart no matter nerves or insecurities or over-analyzation that I’d do, and be as truthful and real as attainable.
Clifton: She was so guttural. You may really feel her crying from her intestine. It was nearly onerous for her to cease herself after they known as minimize. She was shaking,
Digest: What did you suppose if you watched the episodes?
Noelle: I didn’t understand how a lot it was affecting me till I got here again from Finland and watched them. Scott stated he didn’t even watch as a result of it was tough to undergo it once more.
Clifton: I hold telling myself I’m going to take a seat down and watch them in some unspecified time in the future however each time I’ve a possibility, I simply can’t.
Digest: You will need to should inject some levity in between the heavy scenes, sure?
Clifton: Yeah, however pay attention, we’re not Christian Bale. You may’t be a Technique actor on a cleaning soap opera. That’s inconceivable.
Noelle: It could destroy you. I personally want the levity between these darkish scenes. It helps to not carry it residence with you. I can get a bit Technique-y at occasions.
Digest: We all know you’ll be able to’t tip story, however do you suppose Hope and Liam’s love can overcome such a devastating loss?
Clifton: Nicely, it helps to reiterate that neither Annika nor I’ve a clue as to the place they’re going. Generally we expect we all know, if we get a touch, however then it modifications. Even the writers are usually not that far forward when it comes to the scripts we’re studying now, so it’s all the time onerous to inform.
Noelle: I definitely wouldn’t wish to see them finish with out a battle. I personally suppose they’re soul mates and so they’ll battle for one another’s love, however generally folks drown in grief, so we’ll see what occurs.
Clifton: I like that when it comes to philosophy, I see Annika saying a whole lot of the identical stuff that I might say, too, and that’s enjoyable. It’s like she’s a part of the Borg now. That was a STAR TREK reference.
Noelle: And I completely bought it! Sorry, we’re Trekkie nerds. Borg humor.
Noelle: Oh, Scott. We are able to’t take you
Filed Beneath: Daring and Stunning, Annika Noelle, Scott Clifton