For the first time since their characters parted ways on “The Bold and the Beautiful” after being shot by Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) in an alleyway, actors Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Tanner Novlan reunited on-screen during the Friday, July 29 episode of CBS’ “The Talk.”
The pair discussed Steffy and Finn’s emotional reunion that will air next week on the daytime drama series in scenes that were shot on-location from Monte Carlo during last month’s annual TV Festival. They also shared insight into their personal lives as both Wood and Novlan’s families recently expanded.
Teasing what’s to come on the soap, Wood told the co-hosts, “Steffy is heartbroken. She’s grieving. She has to try to move on with her life and try to heal. She can’t be in Los Angeles anymore…just everything reminds her of Finn and she has to raise their son on her own, so yeah, she is truly broken so she decides to go away, go to Monte Carlo… beautiful place, and just try to move on the best way she can.” Meanwhile, Novlan points out, “It’s nice to see that Steffy is kinda mourning because usually she kinda takes off with another man, so I think Finn’s like, ‘I gotta get to Steffy in a hurry, you know what I mean? We got a reputation around here!’ [sternly said in a joking manner], but no, their love is so deep and so connected, and I think they have a really mature relationship and he’s doing everything he can to get back to his family.”
When Sheryl Underwood pointed out how much she was looking forward to the reunion between the characters, which will likely include music and slow-motion reactions, among other things, Novlan promised her, saying, “It’s gonna be epic.” He added, “This’ll be one of the ones that I think they play the reels and the highlights over the years. It’s so good.” Chiming in, Wood revealed, “It’s romantic, it’s passionate and raw too. There will be real emotions so the SINN fans will be so excited to see how we reunite.”
“I got to meet a prince!” Novlan said when asked about the experience of being in Monte Carlo. “I’m from a small town. I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to do. Do you bow? I don’t know… [they were like] ‘No, you just shake his hand. It’s fine. He’s normal.’ He was cool.”
As for shooting scenes in Monte Carlo, Wood said, “It’s incredible, it’s so amazing that we get to film there, and the 35th anniversary was just such a moment for us especially when we haven’t been back in years, but to know that the show has been on for 35 years and we all got to celebrate. It’s really, really special.”
Welcoming her third child in May, Wood shared that the experience has been amazing. “I guess you could say I’m dancing in the chaos right now because technically it’s like three under three, but I just tell myself to enjoy this moment because it goes by so quickly and just to appreciate the little achievements. I think we all try to get everything done all in one day and we’re so hard on ourselves, and if I can get three laps around my kitchen island and get dishes done, laundry…yes, great!”
For Novlan, his second child came in early June. “Our little guy came a little early. He surprised us seven weeks early which was pretty crazy at our house. He’s happy, he’s healthy and very grateful. He had to stay in the NICU for five weeks and so much gratitude to the nurses and the doctors and those kinds of people when you really need them, they’re there…it blew me away. All through his rehab at the NICU was wonderful but now he’s home with us, and he’s beefing up and he’s healthy.”
Natalie Morales noted to Novlan that he and his newborn son, Jones, are birthday twins as they were both born on June 6 and that she really liked the name. Novlan shared that he and his wife Kayla Ewell named their son after the title character in Indiana Jones. “A little nod to Indiana Jones… my wife’s a big Indie fan.”
Check out Wood and Novlan’s appearance on “The Talk” below.