New Canadian 'B&B' star not afraid of a little criticism
TORONTO — Web-savvy soap opera star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood tells CTV.ca that she's not afraid of what "The Bold and the Beautiful" fans have to say about her online.
"Good, bad or indifferent, fans have helped me out so much -- I love it," says the Windsor, Ont.-born star, who admits to reading fans' blogs everyday.
"I know a lot of actors who say they don't, but they all do... I'm just admitting it!"
Wood is the newest addition to the cast of daytime soap as Steffi Forrester, daughter of Ridge Forrester and Taylor Marone, who are played by Ronn Moss and Hunter Tylo.
The half-hour series debuted in March of 1987, and according to a study released earlier this year, is the most watched soap in the world.
In the show's latest plot twist, Steffi returns to Los Angeles after attending school in London in order to help with the family business, Forrester Creations.
"Steffi's a straight shooter, and she's straightforward," says the blonde-haired actress with an illuminating smile.
"She's rebellious and she has strong morals and values... defiantly spunky and fresh."
Wood began her acting career at the age of 18, appearing in a national commercial campaign for First Choice Hair Cutters. The actress then went on to host the series "Gamer Girlz," and guest star in the series, "M.V.P."
After a whirlwind audition process that occurred in under a week last May, Wood has been thrown into the world of "The Bold and the Beautiful" and isn't looking back.
Recalling her first day on set, Wood says she was required to shoot three episodes with the show's stars, Tylo and Moss.
"I was so nervous -- but the great thing about them is that that even though they've been there so long and have such a huge fan base, they are so down to earth," says Wood.
"I wasn't intimidated, and I didn't feel like that if I needed help, I couldn't knock on their door. They were so helpful."
According to Wood, the veteran actors made sure she knew the golden rule: "Know your lines."
They also encouraged Wood to experiment with her part.
"One of the cast members told me that because the show only shoots one take, to try the lines differently if I feel it."
The actress also plans on taking all the help she can.
"It's crazy to get on a show like this. I like to act and I'm still honing my skills and learning, and shooting that many episodes, and learning all your lines, and going out to events, and interviews -- I'm learning it all," says Wood.
"I'm taking it day by day, step by step -- I'm not going to run before I can walk. I love where I'm at right now and it's an amazing training ground to start off from."
But despite her newfound success south of the border, Wood still has plans to return to her homeland.
"I love Toronto, It's the best city," says Wood.
"I love coming back here. Something about Canadians and everyone makes you feel good, they are friendly."