Interview with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is known best for her role of Steffy Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”.  Jacqueline is also co-starring in “Final Desination 5”, her character is Olivia Reynolds.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Jacqueline about her role in the film as well as her show.

Mike Gencarelli: What can we expect from “Final Desination 5”, how does it up the ante for the series?
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood: With Steven Quale as the director (James Cameron’s assistant director for over a decade), adding his intensity for detail and creative vision, all of my expectations for this series were over-amped! Being a fan of the series myself for many years, even I wondered how they would top the past four. Well, get ready to sink your teeth into Steven Quale’s vision of “Final Destination 5”, he will not let anyone down.

MG: Tell us about your character Olivia Reynolds and what we can expect from her?
JMW: She is a straight shooter, a girl you want to know. She is very honest, perhaps a little too honest sometimes. However, she doesn’t say to thing to intentionally hurt anyone. She just doesn’t have a filter. She walks the talk, and is the kind of gal every man and woman would want as their BFF.  She looks at life like a front line soldier: she would rather fight to the death, rather than hide in a hole.

MG:  Tell us about the 3D in the film, was it a difficult shoot due to that?
JMW: It was very complex to film, but once we grasped the concept of the ultimate effect, we understood the power of each movement. If you are going to shoot in 3D, this is the only way to go. The 3D aspect of the film was not an after-thought. The audience will feel as tied-in to the story as the characters are on the screen, because we will literally be on your lap. So sit back and enjoy!

MG: How was it working with the rest of the cast?
JMW: Every day was outstanding. We all had our fears with certain scenes, but at the end of each day we were like, “Wow! Did we just do that?”.  It was like a triathlon of extended fear.  We grew very close and we all still hang out.

MG: You worked on “The Bold and the Beautiful” for over three years, tell us how it compares to film?
JMW: On the daily “The Bold and the Beautiful,” we can shoot up to 90 pages, that’s 8 to 12 episodes, in 4 days with sometimes no rehearsal! In films, you shoot 100 pages in 4 months. If you do a prime time show, it takes a whole week to film one episode. In a big screen film like this, I had to learn to slow it waaaaaaaaay down. It’s all about the perfection of the shot.

MG: What do you like most about playing Steffy Forrester?
JMW: Steffy is a rich bitch [laughs]! I love playing her and developing her character. She is so different from me. It’s rather cathartic, and it allows my alter ego to come out on “The Bold and The Beautiful” set five days a week.

MG: What do you have planned next? Any films in works?
JMW: I am still contracted on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but when my schedule allows, I am able to work on other projects. So, we will see what the future brings. I have several irons in the fire and music is one of them!

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