On the March 24 episode of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, the show will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a special show centered on Katherine Kelly Lang’s beleaguered heroine, Brooke, and the loves of her lives — including Winsor Harmon, who is returning to the soap to reprise his role of Thorne Forrester. “I have such fond memories of my time on the show,” the actor told Soaps.com, “so being back with your longtime friends and meeting new people was pretty fantastic.”
As B&B viewers know, Brooke’s marriage to Ridge — Thorne’s brother — has recently imploded in the wake of her drunken night spent with Deacon. In the standalone episode, the soap will take a walk down memory lane exploring Brooke’s romantic (and very complicated!) history with some of the men who have had the biggest impact on her life. The characters involved in the special show include current cast members John McCook (Eric), Don Diamont (Bill), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), as well as former stars Harmon and Jack Wagner, who is also returning to the soap for the day to appear as Nick Marone.
Although Harmon was the third actor of four actors who have appeared on the soap as Thorne, he is the one most viewers associate with having played the part. And it was during his 1996-2016 run that Thorne and Brooke had a heated affair while he was married to Macy. Harmon admitted that he had some jitters being back in front of the soap’s cameras after six years, but his co-star immediately put him at ease. “As we started to film, I said, ‘I don’t know why, but I’m nervous!’” he recalled. “She laughed and said I’d be fine, and we started to shoot. We’ve always had great chemistry because we’re friends off the set.”
Did returning to his old stomping grounds inspire Harmon to want to make a more permanent return to the soap? Not exactly. “I’m at a place now where I really like my life,” he confessed. “I’ve shot four independent films and have other projects to keep me busy, but for the most part, I’m enjoying my life. I spend a lot of time swimming and cycling and bonding with my son, who is about to graduate high school.
“I would not be interested in doing any show other than B&B,” he added. “I don’t want to go into something new that is that uniform. Daytime is a very, very hard medium. It’s a lot of work. And at this stage of my life and career, I probably wouldn’t find the comfort level I have had at B&B.”
Ah, but Harmon has been around the daytime block enough times to know that the door to making a comeback is never completely sealed shut. “I’ve definitely learned to never say never,” he concludes. “But right now? I’m pretty happy where I am.”
Tune in to see Harmon — and Wagner — in today’s special standalone episode celebrating B&B’s 35th anniversary!