Katherine Kelly Lang from Bold and the Beautiful

January 29, 2008, 3:26 pmwhomagazine

Playing Brooke Logan on popular daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful for the past 20 years has ensured that Katherine Kelly Lang is a soap-opera icon. Despite this, the busy mum of four insists that the bright lights of Hollywood are far less enticing than her old jeans and a day with her kids. She sat down with WHO in Sydney to chat about the show's popularity and how she manages all those crying scenes.
by Olivia Bishop


(Read our interview with Kelly's co-star Kyle Lowder here)

Why do you think the show has remained so popular, especially in Australia?

Maybe because it's a half-hour show, it's easy to watch, and it goes by really fast and people want more. It's based in Los Angeles around the fashion industry and I think that's always exciting because it's glamorous and beautiful and people are always interested in that. And also the relationships, because it's really a show about relationships. That's always interesting.

Do you have any say in what your character does?

You can make suggestions, it doesn't mean that they're going to follow them but maybe they'll use part of them. I usually like to leave that up to the writers. I trust them and whatever they do is fine with me. But if I have a concern about something I will definitely voice my opinion and then we can work with that and change it. I know my character quite well and I know the things that I can get away with and the things that I can't. There's people that love me, there's people that hate me, but it's still following that line where she can get away with things and not just be that boring straight good girl character, or just that bad character. She's kind of got a little bit of both, so to me it's an interesting character to play.

What do you like about your character Brooke Logan?

I like that she doesn't give up, no matter how depressed she may be or the bad things that she may be going through, she always bounces back. I think I like that she is learning from some of her mistakes because you have to. You can't keep making the same mistakes over and over and just say 'Oh well'. I think she's starting to get a grip on things, even though she still doesn't have her love life under control, but hopefully that will come together too.

You've been with the show since 1987 - have you ever gotten tired of it?

It's been a long time and sometimes you're like 'Oh my gosh, I can't do this one more day', but it would be like anything that you do for 20 years. You just have to say 'OK, I'm feeling like this', and whenever I feel like I just want to quit and leave it behind I just need a break. So you take a trip or you take some time off to do a movie. I've done a movie here and there, and I went and did a play a long time ago - more in the beginning - but I would take time off to do other things so that I didn't feel like so monotonous. You just have to take a little break.

With so many crying scenes, what's your secret to not looking like a puffy, bloated mess?

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I look and think 'My God, look at my eyes'. There was one time that I counted because I was like 'Oh my God, I'm crying again' and 'I'm crying again'. It was something like a month and a half and every single day in a row - that was the longest I cried in a row. Usually I have a couple of days in between and then I cry again but this time by the end of that month I started looking pretty bad, I mean my eyelids were puffy and red and bloodshot and I just had to stop crying. I said 'Look, I can't cry anymore, you've got to stop it.'

Do you actually watch the show, or are you sick of it by the time you finish filming it?

I like to watch it because sometimes it's hard to know what you're doing when you're actually playing it. Until I see it on screen and how they edited it and everything, then the whole thing comes together for me and I'm like, 'Oh, OK, that makes sense'.

Is it hard to not get caught up in the whole Hollywood thing?

I don't like it. We don't have a ranch right now and I would love to have a ranch and live out there, but it's too hard to go into work everyday so we have a house on the other side of the hill. I like to go home and put my jeans on and my t-shirt and deal with the kids, ride my horse and have a normal really low-key, down-to-earth kind of lifestyle. I don't like all the parties and the glamour and all that stuff. I really don't. There was a time in my life when I enjoyed that but I was never really into it. I'm kind of just a homebody.

How do you hope Brooke ends up?

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