Jacqueline MacInnes Wood brings strength, class, and a sense of honor to her role as Steffy Forrester Finnegan on The Bold and the Beautiful. There’s no one better to have on your side in any kind of situation. For her portrayal of a woman willing to put honesty and integrity ahead of her own happiness, Soap Hub bestows Performer of the Week honors upon Wood.
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood – Performer of the Week
It appeared as if all of Steffy’s dreams were going to come true once she learned her parents — Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) and Dr. Taylor Hayes (Krista Allen) — were once again going to tie the knot. However, Steffy, a devoted aunt to nephew Douglas Forrester (Henry Joseph Samiri), gently got the troubled boy to open up as to what was bothering him after witnessing him in distress. Yep, Steffy’s brother Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson) was behind Ridge suddenly dumping Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) in favor of his ex, their mother.
It didn’t take long for Steffy to believe that Douglas wasn’t fibbing. Few have doubted the boy’s word after he blew the lid open on the Baby Beth is alive secret. Nobody knows you in life like your siblings so, Steffy accepted quickly that Thomas was once again up to no good. Wood’s motherly instincts kicked in as she recognized that Douglas was afraid of incurring his father’s wrath. She agreed with him that this situation wasn’t right. “Don’t you worry about your father, okay?” Steffy assured her nephew. “I’ll take care of him.”
As Steffy was busy steeling herself to confront her brother, Thomas walked into the room, demanding to know what Douglas had done. “No, Thomas, what have you done,” Steffy replied. “Stop lying…and don’t you dare take this out on your son…he shouldn’t be punished for telling the truth…” Steffy added. (Hey, Douglas, we’re guessing Liam isn’t looking so bad right now, huh?)
Once Douglas was excused from the room, Steffy laid into her brother over what he did. Thomas countered that their father really wants to be with their other. “So then tell the truth! Tell the truth!” Steffy suggested to her brother. When he wouldn’t agree to that, she dared him to try to stop her! Just then, Taylor entered and Steffy was faced with giving her mother some shocking news on an otherwise happy day.
Wood never breaks character or forgets who people are to Steffy. At one point, she and Thomas were squabbling over whether or not
Taylor Mom would be told the truth as only siblings can. “Don’t, you’ll run everything,” Thomas demanded of his sister as if he was a little boy trying to convince Steffy not to tell Taylor that they’d played a prank on the babysitter. “Me?” Steffy marveled back at him. “You did this!”
Steffy assured her mother that she believes that the call to Child Protective Services is not the reason her father wants to remarry her. But she feels the truth still needs to come out. Steffy armed her mother with the information she needed to have and urged her to do the right thing.
Wood brings great strength and compassion to her role as evidenced by how firm Steffy is with her brother and how sensitive she is with Taylor and Douglas. It’s easy to do the right thing when all eyes are upon you but Steffy does the right thing when nobody’s looking. She cares about family just as much as her late grandmother Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) did.
Would Stephanie have told Taylor about Thomas’s stunt with the voice-altering app? We’re going to go with a big N-O on that one. But that’s what makes Wood’s portrayal of Steffy so unique and compelling. She possesses many of the same qualities as her father’s mother — but Steffy is still her own woman, her own unique character. One that we suspect just may end up doing the right thing at the altar next week. Either way, our eyes will be on, of course, the bride, but also on Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.
Honorable mention: It may fly in the face of logic that Bill Spencer can profess his love for two women in the same set of scenes but his portrayer, Don Diamont, somehow manages to sell it. Bill truly believes he loves both Logan sisters and can lay claim to Katie even though Brooke is in first position. Kudos also to Heather Tom (Katie Logan) for gently and tearfully pointing out to Bill why they can never work. The look on Katie’s face when she stood at the top of the stairs and overheard Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor) and Bill going at it is a reminder that Tom does more acting in a single camera shot than some stars can do with a whole monologue.
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