Former ‘Days of our Lives’ star Crystal Chappell will join the cast of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ next month for the soap’s first ever same-sex storyline.
As Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice exclusively reports, Chappell will play Danielle, one of Caroline’s (newcomer Linsey Godfrey) mothers. Caroline was introduced last month as Karen Spencer’s (Joanna Johnson) never-before-mentioned daughter. Apparently Caroline will reveal the news of her other mother to Thomas Forrester and her uncle Bill Spencer. No word if Joanna Johnson will return as well.
Chappell’s new role on B&B is the actress’ first daytime role since she was let go from Days of our Lives last year. This marks the second time Chappell is playing a lesbian (third if you include her role on her web soap Venice). During the final years of Guiding Light, Chappell was involved in a heavily promoted storyline in which her character Olivia fell in love with Jessica Leccia’s Natalia. Dubbed ‘Otalia’ by fans, the couple would go on to become one of the series’ most popular couples.
My Take: What? This is so random even for The Bold and the Beautiful. Smart move on B&B’s part to hire Chappell but isn’t this a little bit of typecasting? Kudos to the show for going forward with a same-sex storyline, especially after changing their minds about making Thomas gay. Chappell is a phenomenal actress with a major fanbase and would be a welcome addition to any soap opera. Kind of looking forward to this…a lot.