Heather Tom looks back on some of her favorite B&B moments


The best thing about landing the role of Katie from B&B: “Oh my God, so many things. I don’t know if I can, I can put a ‘best’ on one here. First of all, it was like coming home. I was walking into a building in which I’ve been walking since I was 14 [as Y&R’s Victoria]and second, he was starting to work with Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer]whom I have also known since the age of 14 [laughs]. Just being able to be part of a truly amazing cast…. We hang out outside of work. These aren’t relationships that end when they say “Cut!” and so it’s really nice to be part of it, to be part of it in a real way as a family. It really is a dream gig, so I can’t name a better thing.

Best thing about being a Logan girl? “I love being a Logan girl! The best thing about being a Logan girl is working with Jen [Gareis, Donna] and [Katherine] Kelly [Lang, Brooke]. I think it’s clear that we have an off-camera brotherly relationship that comes across on camera. When we have scenes, you can sometimes think that they might seem like the most mundane scenes in the world, but I think they’re so fun to watch because each of these characters has a very specific point of view. It really feels like these are people who have known each other for a very, very long time, which we have, and we have this organic chemistry. Being part of this trio is really special – and it reminds me of what’s so special about the day, that we don’t have to make anything up. It’s right there. We already have our story as characters, so when we’re in a scene, we can just have fun.

Best thing about playing the Katie/Bill/Brooke triangle? “Twice! Again: It’s happened twice! The best thing is that I’m working with two people I trust and really like, and so those emotions can come easily. Part of Katie’s ordeal, yes, it was a betrayal by Bill and it hurt and brought up all kinds of insecurities, but it was her relationship with her sister that I think devastated her the most…. It wasn’t two women who hated each other fighting over the same man, it was two women who really loved each other, who found themselves in love with the same man. I thought it was great dynamic and unique and fun and juicy to play.

Best On-Screen Adventure: Ridge or Wyatt? “Oh my God, I think the Wyatt stuff was so much fun because Katie had to be a little crazy and let herself go and do things she didn’t expect to do. It was a romance really I don’t know if it was even meant to go anywhere, but it was definitely something she needed at the time.

Laugh In: The romance with Wyatt (Darin Brooks) brought out a fun side to Katie.

Best Screenplay: “Honestly, it would have to be a coin toss between heart transplant and postpartum. The heart transplant was a moment that really defined this character. It changed her forever and gave her a different view of the world – and then, postpartum…. I thought that was a really important story to tell, just in terms of how we as a society deal with postpartum — or not, as the case may be — and the show was willing to explore that from very thoroughly. It wasn’t a story of two weeks and, ‘Oh, now she’s fine.’ They really went there and I really enjoyed that.

Best Wedding Katie: “Hands down, the first marriage to Bill. I loved this wedding. It was so sweet. I loved the way it was shot. Hi, Patrick Duffy [ex-Stephen; ex-Bobby, DALLAS] walked me down the aisle! »

Best Outdoor Shooting: “I have to say, because it was a bone of contention with me, everyone would go to all these beautiful places [in Europe] and I was still at home saying “Wait a second”. Why am I not in these fabulous places [laughs]?’ But I will say that Brad has more than made up for it over the years. I have to go to amazing places. Clearly the trip to Australia [for the show’s 30th anniversary] was simply stunning, and South Africa, Italy and Amsterdam weren’t too shabby either. The best part was seeing our international fans and filming in all those places? They were each a once in a lifetime experience.

Best plot twist: “Right now I didn’t see the Carter thing coming, but I have to say when they decided to kill Storm and give Katie her heart, it was shocking. I didn’t see it coming from the everything.

Best Emmy Moment: “I don’t know if I have a record. When we get those stories and you think, “Wow, I’m really proud of that,” and if you win something for that, great. But, the work really is the most important and rewarding part, and I know it sounds corny and cliché, but it’s actually the truth – Being able to walk into the studio and think, ‘I can’t wait to pour my teeth in these scenes today I’m on fire. When you leave the studio on those days, you can’t beat that feeling.

Best guest star: Well, I don’t know if you would call him a guest star, but I have to go back to Patrick Duffy. He was pretty awesome, especially since I’m a huge fan. I grew up watching DALLAS and here he plays my dad. I had some very nice scenes with him. I Can’t really compare anyone else to this, although we also had Betty White [ex-Ann] on the show. I didn’t get to work with her, but it was pretty iconic. She’s epic!”

Best Overall: “I love the Forrester lounge, especially when they expand it and we have the dining room or the piano there. It’s adorable. I love feeling like I’m sitting in a real room.

Best Stage Partner of the Past: “Susan Flannery [ex-Stephanie] is my answer to that! I loved working with her. I learned so much from her. I watched her work before I even came on the show, she…. I love a woman who won’t let you off the hook [laughs]. You better show up because if you don’t she’ll eat you alive, and I find that exciting. We spent some good things together. I would welcome a ghostly return from Stephanie of some sort. I think that would be great!”

Best memories of working with Don Diamont (Bill): “Oh, there are so many good things to say about Donald. I’ve known him since I was 14, again, and it seems so simple when you have a past with someone who makes you feel so safe. I can trust all these people, and I trust Don implicitly. It allows me to be able to go there without feeling vulnerable, although feeling vulnerable is good when you’re working. I love his sense of humor. He’s crazy [laughs]. But, I find him very funny – and I love that he cares so much. He cares so, so much about the character, the story, the work and the show. Everyone here does it, but he really cares about it and honestly, I think that’s the most important part of this business. If you don’t care about what you do, it shows in your work and two, it’s just not fun working with someone who doesn’t care. Don shows up every day wanting to make it as good as possible, and I really appreciate that.

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