LOS ANGELES – When Denise Richards returned to the set of CBS' “The Bold and the Beautiful" last week after the pandemic shutdown filming for three months, a detailed, specific plan was in place to keep everyone safe.
The soap opera is under a microscope, as one of the first U.S. productions to resume after COVID-19 outbreak that stopped production throughout the TV and movie industry out of safety concerns. Other studios and soap operas are working on restart plans. In the UK, the soap “Emmerdale” resumed filming last month.
Richards wasn’t anxious or worried about returning to work. Instead, she felt “very excited,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s important to move forward and move on. And we have to get back to work," she said.
Bradley Bell, the show’s executive producer, devised a plan with the help of the studio to create a safe working environment.
Before she could be cleared to work, Richards was tested for COVID-19. She will be tested weekly to get the green light to work the following week.
Richards had her temperature taken upon arrival at the studio known as Television City in Los Angeles. A mask was required to enter the set and must be worn as much as possible during hair and makeup. Richards also had new labeled hair and makeup brushes waiting for her. A separate set was put in a plastic bin for touch-ups. Anything else an actor might need to bring to the set, including scripts, water or cellphone, also goes in that bin that they carry with them.
There's a route to walk to the stage and a different one to exit. Before Richards could step on the stage before a camera, she had to answer questions about her health and have her temperature taken again.