June 14th, 2008  |  Leave a comment

THE TEXAS BATTLE AND JENNIFER GAREIS INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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TV SOAP:
Jennifer, what did you think when you found out that they were going to bring in a son for your character on the show?

JENNIFER:
It’s really funny. Someone at the show said to me, “They are bringing a guy on for you!” And I go, “Really? Is he hot?” And they say, “No. You really don’t want to know.” I don’t like to know storyline ahead of time, but they did tell me they were going to bring someone on ahead of time. I am like, “Am I going to like him?” Then, when they describe that he is my son, I was like, “Oh, my goodness. I had no idea they were going in that direction!” I thought it was a love interest or something. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
This seems like such an amazing time for you, professionally. Jenn, they are really giving you the ball and letting you run with it.

JENNIFER:
Exactly! This is a dream storyline, trust me! We can’t tell you, but trust me, it’s a dream storyline, and it’s awesome.

TV SOAP:
Texas, did you have any idea that you would be playing the son of a very young and sexy gal at “”B&B”?

TEXAS:
No, not at all! When I first got the call that “B&B” wanted to see me, I was under the impression that I was the new young leading man, and in the audition process we read scenes from a previous episode. I did not know at all what was really going on until it got closer to booking it, and they go, “Oh, by the way, you are going to be the son of one of our leading ladies on the show, Jennifer Gareis!” And I go, “Oh, that’s cool.” Then they say, “But, she is your mother,” and I go, “My mom? Well, that’s good to me!”

TV SOAP:
Did you know Jenn previously?

TEXAS:
I knew Jennifer was on “Y&R”. The funny thing was when they told me I was going to play her son. I actually went online first, because I could not put a name to a face. I was saying to the casting director, Christy Dooley, “Which one was playing my mom?” Of course, I was looking for an African-American female. Then, she pointed to Jennifer and I was like, “No way! She is so young and beautiful. How?” Hey, we will make it work, though.

JENNIFER:
I have had twenty face-lifts, babe. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
So, as the story goes, Donna gave up her son, correct?

JENNIFER:
As a teenager, Donna gave up her baby for adoption and Texas is 20. I won’t be disclosing my real age, but if you do the math, it all kind of works out. (She laughs)

TV SOAP:
Did you have a hand in Texas landing the pivotal role of Marcus?

JENNIFER:
I auditioned everyone in the room together, and there were three guys in contention. I felt that Texas had the most passion behind the role, and had a lot of different levels to his performance. He yelled at me, scared me, and made me sad, and he has all of this and the softness and strength, as well. I was sure he was the best guy for the part.

TEXAS:
When I came in to read, I got the respect from Jennifer so fast, because she was working that day. When I got to the audition she was off script and was ready, and she gave me something to go on. The first time, I did a rehearsal with Jennifer, once I booked the part she said, “I just want you to know it will be better once we get on set.” I go, “Excuse me? That was rehearsal?” It was a good experience with her. I felt automatic chemistry. Jennifer has been doing soaps for years, and I have to follow her lead. I know I have to follow it.

TV SOAP:
What scenes of your storyline, thus far, are both of you most proud of?

JENNIFER:
I really liked the part when he pulled out the birth certificate, and I come to the realization that this is my son. On another episode, there was this odd chemistry at Storm’s funeral. Marcus gave Donna this apology for the tragedy that happened to the Logan’s. There was this moment with this stranger that had such an effect on Donna. But as far as the pinnacle point, it would be her realization that, “Oh My God, this is true! He really is my son!”

TEXAS:
I did like the feeling she gave me when I gave her the birth certificate. I felt she was accepting me as my birth-mom, and that now we are established as mother and son. I like the scenes we are doing now, because she is now doing more of a motherly thing. It’s nice to hear. I am responding back as a son would. Now, I am protecting her against the Forresters. I like that. It’s natural and good, and she is my mom.

TV SOAP:
Does Donna regret what she did all those years ago?

JENNIFER:
I think it’s a secret she carried around for years and years. The first time Donna lets that secret out is with Katie, and that was a very traumatic moment with tons of regret and pain. Now, it’s not as much since we found each other. This boy can be part of Donna’s life from now on. I feel the regret will disappear over time as they bond and the relationship grows.

TV SOAP:
How does Marcus feel about his mother’s original abandonment?

TEXAS:
At first he had resentment for her. He had so much going on, because his birth-mom gave him up in the first place. Then, she tells him the reasons for it, and he sees and understands why she had to keep this big secret, and he is going to protect her. I like the fact that she is protecting me, as well.

TV SOAP:
Have you heard any response about this unique twist for “B&B”?

JENNIFER:
While I am at work, some people have told me that the scenes we do together are tremendous. And that this provides the element of incredible softness in Donna to surface, and it’s wonderful. It helps shows her nurturing side, and it will develop her more as a woman.

TEXAS:
I have to say since the show has aired, I went to get a manicure down the street from the studio. A lady that was in there goes, “Oh, my God. You are Marcus. You’re Donna’s son!” And I go, “No I am not. I am Texas.” The lady was real excited to know more about our story. The storyline to me is juicy.

TV SOAP:
Jennifer, wouldn’t you say Donna is evolving?

JENNIFER:
Donna went from this young flirtatious, almost girly type, to this blossoming woman who is nurturing and soft. It’s an amazing transition!

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TV SOAP:
Do we know who Marcus’s father is yet?

JENNIFER:
Not yet. I think he was a very tall and athletic black man!

TEXAS:
Marcus does not know his father.

JENNIFER:
I was thinking Shemar Moore (Ex-Malcolm, “Y&R”) would be a good casting for him.

TEXAS:
People would love that one, if I were the son of Shemar Moore! (He laughs)

JENNIFER:
Shemar Moore… I have always had a crush on him since day one at “Y&R”. He is so great, and his personality is even better.

TV SOAP:
Do you two goof off on set?

TEXAS:
Jennifer’s personality is like mine, but when she is focused… she delivers. When we mess up a line or miss our mark, we joke and laugh. But, Jennifer has this snort that she does, and the first time she did that I went, “Wow, did that come from you?” (He laughs)

JENNIFER:
Are you talking about my snort? (She laughs)

TEXAS:
When we get on the set, we have fun and are ready at the same time. It’s great, and she is definitely one of those characters.

JENNIFER:
At first, Texas’s personality shined through. There were a few days when I didn’t work with him, and then he came back with me on set. I was like, “Wow! He has really learned life here, and I really liked that.” He is very professional; you can tell he is very comfortable on set.

TV SOAP:
To clarify, is Texas Battle your real name?

TEXAS:
My birth name is Texas Quincey Battle. My mom gave it to me, and it was never a big thing until I came to California in the summer of 2003. I had people telling me, “Oh no, that’s your stage name?” I didn’t even know what a stage name was at that time. Now, it’s working out for the best… and it stands out!

TV SOAP:
You both have done modeling. How do you like it as compared to acting? Do you still enjoy doing photo shoots?

JENNIFER:
I liked it when I did it. But when you are an actor, they ask you do to different photo shoots. I do like to have fun with it, but it’s not as fulfilling as acting, for sure. I still am fine doing photo shoots. It’s playtime, especially if the stylist is good and does great hair and make-up.

TEXAS:
I have to say, I like photo shoots as well. That is a time when you can be sexy and flirt with the camera. You move, and it’s about the wardrobe and the sexiness, and all that. I like that.

TV SOAP:
What should we watch for in the coming months from Donna and Marcus?

JENNIFER:
I would say a real bonding. Now that Donna is the lady of the house, it’s appropriate that she has a son. So, I would say more development of her character. I believe Marcus is going to be integrated throughout the characters on “B&B”, not just with Donna. There will be some really good bonding moments between the two of them.

TEXAS:
We just started this and there is a lot more to come between Donna and Marcus, and with Stephanie, the Logan’s and the Forrester’s. I am really looking forward to it.

TV SOAP:
It looks like Marcus has a potential love interest in the returning Steffi Forrester.

TEXAS:
The plan is always to have love on the set, and one of the Forresters is back in town, and that is Steffi. There may be some love chemistry going on there, and I definitely have my eye out on her. She has an eye out for me. But again, I got to get my momma’s approval because Steffi is a Forrester.

JENNIFER:
Yeah, that might be a tough one. I don’t know. We shall see…. (She laughs)

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