By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalcqua Hayman
Before we begin, I’d like to thank the many of you who wrote in with good wishes for my continued good health. I’m feeling much better now and was greatly bolstered, not just by notes from so many readers but also by the shout-outs from long ago friends and former soap world colleagues. It’s great to know that good feelings of friendship persist despite the fact that we haven’t been in touch in years. Cheers! And now to business:
Ivy from Down Under
I’m greatly cheered by the appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful of a truly 21st century independent and strong woman character, who doesn’t owe anything to anyone and exists solely because she is intelligent and strong. She’s Ivy Forrester, the Aussie Forrester cousin and jewelry designer who has been slowly introduced on the show of late. She’s played with great vivacity and savvy by Ashleigh Brewer, a veteran of Australia’s Home and Away soap opera.
When Ivy first appeared on the scene, brought in to take over the jewelry arm of Forrester creations from that liar and cheat Quinn Fuller, she faced the chore of getting to know all her Forrester relatives, most of whom worked at the firm. She got to know Hope for the Future designer Hope Logan and through her one of Hope’s suitors, Liam Spencer. Hope has been ricocheting between Liam and Wyatt Fuller, Quinn’s son, for what seems like years.
Ivy liked Liam, but instead of stealing him, she concentrated on making him a good friend. It’s Liam who rescued Ivy when Quinn pushed her into the Seine in Paris and that good deed has created a special bond between the two. Ivy listened patiently as Liam bewailed the sudden marriage of Hope and Wyatt, and consoled him on Hope’s pregnancy.
Ivy expressed her growing romantic interest in Liam with impressive subtlety. She threw Liam an Australian-style barbeque and invited him out to dance when he felt low. As of now, with Hope being pregnant, it looks like Ivy has a clear shot at Liam. But you never know, as the Liam-Hope-Wyatt triangle seems like an eternal storyline on B&B. But whatever happens, self-confident and brainy Ivy will still be standing there. At last, a soap heroine who can truly take care of herself.
Caroline in Conflict
Speaking of soap heroines, another B&B actress, Linsy Godfrey, has been terrific of late playing one who is in a sticky position. The heroine is Caroline Forrester, wife of Forrester son and exec Rick. She is a designer at Forrester creations. Since Ridge’s accident in which he lost the inability to draw and design, Caroline has been helping him out by collaborating on designs. But Ridge and Caroline have slowly been developing romantic feelings for each other, forbidden since Ridge is engaged to Katie and Caroline is married to Rick.
Godfrey has done a wonderful job of playing Caroline’s inner conflict, which isn’t easy because the handsome and charismatic Ridge is a very attractive man to Caroline. For now, Caroline has chosen to stay with Rick. But now that Maya has publicly spilled the secret that Caroline and Ridge have kissed in the past, that relationship should grow more complicated. We’re always hooked on forbidden soap romances!