Desperate Housewives scene stealer Kathryn Joosten talks with TV Guide's Michael Logan on her upcoming guest starring gig on The Bold and the Beautiful. The actress explains what motivated her to take on the role and what viewers can expect.
TV Guide Magazine: Sight unseen, this sounds like great and valuable TV! Talk about the decision to play yourself, rather than playing a character who has cancer.
Joosten: I don't think it would have been as successful if I'd played somebody else. I've been very open about my experiences with lung cancer — no big secret there — and the show is set in Los Angeles, so it made sense to do it this way. It was easy playing myself because I'm so familiar with the subject matter and so passionate about lung-cancer advocacy. Susan (Flannery) and I have some great scenes together, discussing the disease very realistically. We get to talking about the fear of death and how it feels when you wake up in the morning and think, "I may die from this." We talked about so many things — the depression and the anxiety and the importance of getting into therapy. It got a little heavy at times, and I'm sure they're not going to use all of it, but it's still an incredible opportunity to talk about stuff you don't hear on TV.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Desperate Housewives star Kathryn Joosten will make a special appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful. According to the site, the actress will star as herself and interacts with Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and Nick (Jack Wagner). Joosten, along with real-life lung cancer survivors and patients, will speak with Stephanie about their diagnosis and treatments. This episode will mark B&B's 6000th episode. Joosten's scene will air on Feb. 7.
READ MOREStephanie's story is being played with such raw honesty and deep integrity that, regardless of her fate, I can't help but believe that the show will keep important concerns about the homeless on its canvas for a long time to come.
In this week’s Deep Soap, Sara Bibel weighs in on Stephanie’s (Susan Flannery) stage four cancer storyline playing out on The Bold and the Beautiful, calling it “that rarest of daytime storylines: a celebration of female friendship” and applauding its emotional resonance. However, it’s her suggestion “I would like to see: Pam makes Stephanie a batch of her infamous Lemon Bars with Legal-in-California Medical Marijuana” that made me think “I’d love to watch that.”
B&B excels at incorporating the cheesiest of moments into the weightiest of storylines, so why not stir the pot, as it were, and bring one of California’s hottest topics into its storyline? I can just see Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) finding Stephanie after she’s had herself several “enhanced” lemon bars and in the midst of a munchie attack, can't you?
Well paint me green and call me Gumby! The Bold and the Beautiful's showrunner/head writer Brad Bell has done it again with shocking viewers. Bell spoke with TV Guide's Michael Logan on the upcoming story dealing with Stephanie (Susan Flannery) being diagnoised with stage 4 lung cancer. Bell gives insight on what viewers can expect.
TV Guide Magazine: This is as horrible a prognosis as a writer could slap on a character. And for Stephanie to refuse treatment makes it even harsher and scarier. What's your thinking here?
Bell: I wanted to create the biggest mountain possible for Stephanie to overcome. It's the weightiest, most intimate and difficult thing she has ever had to wrestle with and to have to share it with Brooke is torture. This is a story about a highly functioning woman that will delve deeply into issues of self-worth and denial. But it's not going to be morbid or depressing. Stephanie is determined to party right into her grave. It'll be a hell of a lot of fun to watch.