US soap brings in cast's real-life partners to help film love scenes

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By digital spy
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) poses a number of problems for the entertainment industry, but a US soap thinks outside the box when it comes to maintaining social distance on the set.
British soaps like Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale have faced the challenges of social distancing in different ways, be it by filming special two-hand episodes or by completely stopping production.
While the workarounds in Soapland still produce addictive drama, there are some staple foods that need to be avoided - for example kissing.
Fortunately, a US soap has found an ingenious solution to the problem of love scenes during the Corona Virus era, with Bold and the Beautiful recruiting the partners in their cast.
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Related: 10 major corona virus changes for Coronation Street, EastEnders and other soaps when they film again
When production in California resumed, soap opera executive Bradley Bell explained the show's contingency plans for these important steaming moments and told The Hollywood Reporter that they would use "a love scene double".
"In some cases, we also bring in the actors' husbands and wives as substitutes for the other significant ones of their [characters]," he said. "So when you see how hands touch faces up close, instead of a stunt double, we have a love scene double in which the husband or wife does the actual touching.
"Then when we edit it together, it looks like our couple on the screen."
In cases where a "love scene double" is not available, Bradley announced that Bold and the Beautiful will dive into the box of "old fashioned tricks" from the soap opera.
"We're also likely to use some of the classic, old-fashioned soap opera tricks that when things heat up, we wave to the fireplace or candle to indicate that it's getting hot," he added.
Ah, we just love a tedious metaphor, don't we?
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