When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS‘ fans think about the show’s all-time greatest baddies, Sheila Carter’s name is always near the top of the list. But, despite the fact that the evil nurse roofied married man Scott to have sex with him, stole wife Lauren’s newborn to pass off as her own and plotted murder the way some people do their vacations, portrayer Kimberlin Brown told Soaps In Depth her alter ego didn’t start out as a villainess with a capital V. “Lauren didn’t want Scott and then only wanted him when Sheila did,” she pointed out. “Sheila was doing everything she could for a man that she fell in love with… And that’s when the big V hit: when Lauren pushed her over the edge.”
Some would say that Lauren was the baddie in that case — and Brown agreed! — but then again, Sheila’s nemesis didn’t have homicidal tendencies that needed to be kept in check. “I almost drowned her [in a Jacuzzi when we crossed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in the early 1990s],” the actress recalled in character. “There were also all the fights int he lab and the fights at the cabin… Even our small confrontations were something.” Even if it was as simple “as knocking a teacup out of somebody’s hand.”
Of course, for all the bitter words and threats that were exchanged between Sheila and Lauren, there were as many shared only with viewers. In Sheila’s case, that often meant being a version of Snow White’s Evil Queen. “There were so many shots that were superimposed, where you had to be so still while looking into the mirror and talking to yourself and then the mirror talked back as evil Sheila,” Brown laughed. “And Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] was a part of all of that. I relied on her reality to help my reality work as well.”
In fact, the actress maintained that Sheila and Lauren’s ongoing battle was “one of the most successful storylines in daytime.” Why? “Because Tracey and I believed what we were doing. We both came up with our own reality that made our characters so convincing in those storylines. I look forward to more of those days ahead.”
Behind the scenes, Brown and Bregman were much more friendly than their alter egos and remain so today. “We talk periodically, catch up on Instagram and that kind of thing,” Brown revealed. “I don’t live in Los Angeles, but when I’m in town [to shoot B&B, where Sheila makes appearances], we definitely run into each other in the hallway and scream and hug. I wish nothing but the best for Tracey, and I know that she feels the same.”
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