Fans haven’t seen Winsor Harmon as Thorne on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL since March 2022 when he made a special appearance in a stand-alone episode where Brooke reminisced about her past loves. But starting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the actor will be reprising the role he first began playing in 1996 for a very emotional storyline. Even if he didn’t what it was going to be when the soap first contacted him about coming back!
“They didn’t tell me anything,” Harmon admitted to Soap Opera Digest. “[But] it was great timing for me because I was set to do an independent film, which just completely fell apart with the writers’ strike. I had really been looking forward to doing this movie. It was going to be about a five-month shoot and the writers’ strike just killed it, so the B&B gig was just a perfect timing thing, where it was like one door closes and then all of a sudden another one opens.”
Once back at the B&B studio, the actor found himself overwhelmed by the shooting schedule. “I was nervous about being able to retain all of this information,” he confessed. “Getting on set, getting your blocking, knowing your cues when there’s a bunch of people in the scene. I was used to doing three pages a day for the last six years and you forget how grueling the daytime schedule is. I mean, it’s by far the hardest medium out there. So when I got the first seven scripts and was looking at all of them, I was like, ‘My God.’ But you just gotta take your MCT brain octane fuel oil and start studying!”
It also helped that there were plenty of familiar faces at the studio to welcome him back to the soap. “It was great,” Harmon declared, “because I walked straight into makeup and there were some new faces but [makeup artist] Christine Lai was still there and so were the guys in the control room, and of course seeing [Katherine] Kelly [Lang, Brooke] and the actors, there was no anxiety or anything like that. It wasn’t like going to a new show and being there for the first time and being nervous. I fell right back into it and it was great seeing [supervising producer] Ed Scott again. I’ve always loved working with Ed.”