Highlight Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Gold Standard Goes To Jacqueline MacInnes Wood And Michelle Stafford, They Are Young, Beautiful And Darn Great Actresses

This week’s Leading Ladies Gold Standard goes to Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who portrays Steffy Forrester on CBS’s three-time Emmy Award-winning drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Michelle Stafford, who portrays scheming Phyllis Newman on CBS’s number one-rated soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Both women play schemers, who put their heart first, only to have it destroyed eventually by others. Steffy is fighting valiantly for her husband Liam against younger and more naïve stepsister Hope, while Phyllis is fighting fires on all fronts; from Cricket and Danny’s return to Ricky’s obsession to destroy her. Only Ricky has found an ally that can become extremely lethal to Phyllis’s efforts to move on with her life.

Jacquie is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. A classy young lady, who knows what to do and how to do it, when it comes to her gift and craft of acting. The trained Thespian hails from Canada, but she’s far from frosty or chilly in her work. She’s smoldering hot, not just sexy and beautiful, but a force on the screen to be reckoned with. She holds her own against iconic legends like Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo and the powerhouse Susan Flannery, who portrays her meddling and often supportive grandmother Stephanie Forrester.

This week Jacqueline managed to play it hot and bothered on all fronts. She kept Liam lusting after her, which isn’t hard for a red-blooded guy to be doing, and she also stood her ground against stepmother and sexpot Brooke, and kept Hope worried and off her game, while being told by Steffy, “I’m not worried, Liam’s going to pick me, Hope!” Viewers may not know where this is all going, but the one thing they do know, is that Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is a dynamic leading lady, and my choice, as well as millions of others for the Emmy Award this year for Best Younger Lead Actress. She may be young, but she is definitely Bold and Beautiful, baby! Both on screen, off-screen and in her amazing work!

Give Bradley P. Bell a little breathing room fans. Please don’t lose patience yet. This storyline is heating up for a trip to Italy, and if it’s one thing we know; Brad’s a talented writer, Jacquie’s a screen idol and any man who makes the mistake of not choosing Steffy is going to find her in some other man’s arms!

Phyllis Newman’s decision decades ago to run down Cricket and Paul with a rental car was not the smartest or brightest move on her part. The old Phyllis was guided by passion and obsession, the same type of behavior that her nemesis Ricky has exhibited lately, and she knows that the walls are closing in on her. But does she know how soon it’s coming? Michelle Stafford is a rock of Gibraltar when it comes to great acting. This week Phyllis’s shock when she realized someone (Ricky and Daisy) had been nosing around her home and possibly found evidence to bury her was chilling to watch. Michelle’s incredible performances on “The Young and the Restless” are legendary. Her innate ability to know when to give high drama, when to reign it in, and when to blow away the competition is uncanny.

Be on alert! Phyllis’s deeds are about to explode and come back to haunt her, while fans and viewers know that when Phyllis’s back is against the wall, she normally comes out fighting mad. This time around we’re going to see a side of the beauty that we’ve never seen before. Perhaps a bit of vulnerability, but we know whatever Phyllis’s emotions are, her portrayer will be dynamic in showing us what she’s feeling. And God help Ricky when Phyllis puts two and two together and realize  they equal her destruction. When has Phyllis gone down without a fight? And when has Stafford never given 100 percent in her acting? NEVER!

Stay tuned to “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which air weekdays on CBS.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Jaquie’s Gilles Toucas/Bell Phillip TV Prod. Michelle Stafford by Denise Duff
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