When THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL producers informed Jennifer Gareis (Donna) back in 2008 that they wanted her to be part of the audition process for a new male character on the show, the actress assumed that meant her alter ego would be getting a new love interest. “My first response was, ‘Are they hot?’” she laughingly recalled to Soaps In Depth. “They told me, ‘Believe us, you’re not going to think of them that way.’”
The remark left Gareis feeling a little perplexed until she finally became aware that they were looking to cast Donna’s long-lost son, Marcus! Texas Battle ultimately landed that role, but ironically, the audition process ended up taking an interesting twist! “Brandon Beemer initially auditioned to play my son, too,” she explained of the actor who’d wind up playing Owen, “and they thought I had a lot of sexual chemistry with him.” So ultimately, Gareis walked away from the process with both a new “son,” and a new “flame” to contend with!
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