Soap Opera Digest: First of all, Jacqui, congratulations on your second Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood: Thank you so much! I have to say it feels so, so good. I’m really enjoying this moment.
Digest: Tanner, how was it watching your scene partner take home the gold?
Tanner Novlan: It was awesome to have been there and see her work while we were shooting. [Steffy’s opioid addiction] was a very difficult storyline, and her talent just came shining in. To see it from the shooting perspective, then see it air and how great it turned out — and then to see her get recognized for it? It was the icing on the cake. I’m so proud of her. It’s so well-deserved.
Digest: Going back to the beginning, what were your initial impressions of one another?
Novlan: She was a spark plug! I immediately could tell she was wonderful. It was just so easy with her.
Digest: Jacqui, did you know during the audition process that Tanner was the one for the role?
Wood: We meshed really well together. I liked what he brought so when we all spoke about it afterward, he was definitely my choice.
Digest: This relationship blossomed during the lowest point in Steffy’s life. What did you think about that?
Novlan: I wouldn’t want it any other way. The intimacy due to the situation bonded them on a deep level very quickly. They have been through so much in such a short amount of time.
Digest: Your first love scene was memorable. Jacqui, you shared a funny story on our Digest podcast. Will you share with our readers?
Wood [laughs]: Oh, my gosh! The love scene was hilarious because they had me, and also they had Kayla [Ewell, ex- Caitlin/Novlan’s real-life wife] come in, which was great. The two of them basically played the love scene and then, it was my turn. I was in lingerie. I was almost nine months pregnant. I remember I was on all fours on the bed, having to pretend like I’m kissing Finn but I’m just kissing the air, and then we had a tight shot of me and I had to toss my hair from side to side. It was hysterical trying to keep a straight face. I’m so proud [Director] Cindy Popp made that work. She edited it, and it looked great.
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