Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Obba Babatundé & Anna Maria Horsford Are Fantastic New Additions to 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatundé play Vivienne and Julius Avant.
Monday's episode of CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful ended with a powerful scene between Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) and her parents, Julius (Obba Babatundé) and Vivienne (Anna Maria Horsford). Mosley has been giving Emmy worthy performances all year as Maya, who revealed she was transgender after her sister, Nicole (Reign Edwards), came to Los Angeles. The additions of Julius and Vivienne have added a whole new dimension to a story now about the entire Avant family.

While it's common to hear complaints about "newbies" on soaps taking airtime from beloved vets, watching Babatundé and Horsford as parents struggling to accept their daughter has been compelling viewing. To be honest, I have enjoyed their scenes in recent days more than those from actors I have been watching in the same role for decades on other daytime dramas. Both the new B&B actors were perfectly cast and bring a fascinating depth to their roles, and new point of view to a storyline that was already fresh, entertaining and educational.

The writing for Brad Bell's team at B&B has been outstanding as well in recent months, including standouts Patrick Mulcahey, Adam Dusevoir and Michele Val Jean.

"I'm not asking you to be different," Maya told her father on Monday, in an excellent Mulcahey script. "I'm not asking you to march in the transgender pride parade or read books about people like me or even to agree with all of the choices that I've made. I'm just asking you to respect the fact that I had to make them... and that I have a right to be happy."

Vivienne and Julius started to leave but Julius stopped when he saw how hurt Maya was, and walked back over to her.

"Stand up. Stand up, Maya," Julius told her. As she stood, he gave Maya a reason for hope. "Look in my eyes. I will try. I am set in my ways, in my thinking. But the one thing...that I will never stop being...is your father. So I will... try to get to know the woman that you've become... and... the life that you've created for yourself. I'll try and find a way to -- to fit in. This... I can promise you. What do you say? How 'bout some sugar for your old man?"

Maya could do nothing but cry, saying "Daddy..."

I cried too.

Watch the powerful scene below:


  1. Replies
    1. Me too! I have enjoyed the hopefulness of the past two episodes, trying not to think about what other motives Julius might have, like cashing in.

  2. Regardless of where these characters and their motives are in this story, Babatundé and Horsford are playing the hell outta these roles! This scene is so reminiscent of the great serial (aka soap) storytelling that hooked me as a kid in the 1980s. That kind of 'heart' is what I find severely lacking in soaps like Y&R right now, I'm glad at least one show can show us some heart sometime.

  3. These actors and characters have added so much quality to the show. I wish B&B's other stories and characters (and in some cases, actors) were nearly as compelling! The last two episodes of B&B have been great television (when focused on The Avant Family.)

  4. I don't think Julius is sincere at all but that could make for compelling storytelling. Plus, if he was immediately accepting, his part in the story would be over and he'd be back in Illinois!

    1. He definitely seems insincere now but that probably makes for a better story, and means the characters will be sticking around for a while. We'll likely see his journey to real acceptance over time.