Jennifer Lynne Gareis
has seen her character, Donna, come out of the corners and emerge right smack in the center of controversy on The Bold and the Beautiful
. For several weeks now, Donna has gone from living out her dream, to having it yanked from her by a scheming, manipulative evil witch.
The actress spoke with Soap Opera Weekly
about the painful choices her Bold and the Beautiful
alter ego has had to make, in the name of love.
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“It's quite a dilemma!” Gareis said of the string of circumstances Donna has found herself in over the past several episodes. “She finally gets everything she wants and now she has to give it up.”
As the middle sister in the Logan family, Donna has always struggled under the shadow of her smart, talented and beautiful older sibling, Brooke. After paying her dues and waiting patiently for a long time, she finally thought she was about to live her dream life, at the side of fashion mogul, Eric Forrester (John McCook
), as his new wife. Of course, as with practically all fairy tales, there had to be a wicked witch ready to pounce on the promise of Donna's happily ever after. In the world of The Bold and the Beautiful
, this could only be Stephanie (Susan Flannery
), all-powerful queen of the Forrester clan.
“It's definitely a terrible decision to make. But I hope Donna gets what she wants,” Gareis remarked. “When I first started working with John, I didn't realize the kind of chemistry we would have. I know he's a wonderful actor, but I didn't realize the chemistry we would have would be so sweet. I like watching it myself.”
She also went on to elaborate on a particular storyline where Donna tried to sell the notion that she was a sex addict, to Eric.
“It's kind of ridiculous, isn't it?” the actress said, laughing. “When I first read it I started laughing. I think she went with that because she was desperate to find something that she thought for sure would be a [deal breaker] for Eric. It sounds like maybe a turn-on at first, but not if it means Donna being with other men all the time. But I think it ultimately comes down to Eric sees it as, ‘She trusts me enough to be vulnerable to tell me these terrible dark fears that she has.' So it kind of proves to him just how much she really does love him.”
“I don't think she was prepared for the reaction she got,” Gareis continued about how Eric's response made her plan backfire on her. “Had he reacted in disgust, she maybe would have been able to follow through a little better. But when he tells her he will always love and forgive her no matter what, how would she possibly be able to fight that? It's every person's dream situation.”
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly
(Image Courtesy of CBS)