BEHIND THE SCENES…AND UNDER THE COVERS AT
THE COVER SHOOT WITH STEHEN AND MARY BETH!
Soap Opera Update, September 11, 1989
By Rosemary Rossi and John A. Penzotti
TAKE TWO ASPIRINS AND CALL ME….
When I arrived at the studio at 10 a.m., I expected to find both Stephen and Mary Beth in make-up, prepping for the shoot. Mary Beth was there and greeted me with her characteristic warm smile, while she informed me that Stephen had the flu and would greatly appreciate it if we could call him at the last possible moment before the shoot began. With this to start off my day, I thought there was only one place for our shoot to go from there….down.
THE FLUFF AND FOLD
To my surprise, things started to look up with each passing moment. The photographer was busy preparing the bed (a large futon-like pillow, set to a grey wall, that was spackled white), and was in the process of applying double stick tape to the wall to hold the satin pillow shams in place. He was also readying the lights and making last minute adjustments to the set. In the meantime, the make-up person was getting Mary Beth ready for bed (as it were). Of course, for our purposes, cold cream and rollers were not required.
A REAL TROOPER
At 11 a.m. in walked Stephen. If someone could have been blown over with a feather, it was him. In his grey sweats and top, wearing high top sneakers, carrying a large black duffle bag slung over his shoulder, it was apparent that the cold he was fighting was trying to get the best of him and he was not about to let it.
A LITTLE BED REST IS WHAT YOU NEED
We got Stephen into hair and make-up as quickly as possible. All the while he was drinking watermelon juice and popping garlic pills (which he says are the only ways for him to get rid of a cold). When bedtime came, Mary Beth, who fought a terrible cold the entire time she was shooting the South Carolina remote, was a bit leery about snuggling up to the sniffling Stephen. Trooper that she is, she got into bed despite his cold.
The burning question in the minds of all you Patch and Kayla fans must be, “What were they wearing under those covers?” Well, unlike Marilyn Monroe, the radio was not the only thing they had on. Stephen, whom we wanted to keep as comfortable as possible kept on his sweats, and Mary Beth wore black shorts. Sorry to disappoint you.
Once Stephen and Mary Beth got into the setting, they seemed so comfortable that they needed no prompting to create whatever feeling or mood we wanted. The two of them seemed so comfortable with the scene and with each other that it all looked very natural. Stephen climbed in first, and as he placed a loving arm around Mary Beth, she seemed to find that one spot where Kayla always finds protection and solace. The only problem was keeping that pose on satin sheets held in place with needles and pins. He had a little more trouble holding onto her than usual.
Along with the watermelon juice and garlic pills, Stephen kept his cellular phone in his duffle bag. Periodically, the phone would ring and he would have to get up and answer it. After many interruptions, we thought it best to place the phone by the bed. It seemed to ring on cue and feeling a little upstaged by it, Mary Beth began pretending to be annoyed by the time he spent on the phone. She made funny faces, stared at her watch, and our photographer who found this amusing, decided to snap a few photos of it all.
TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME
We decided to give Mary Beth, Jonathan’s (the photographer) cellular phone and play a little telephone tag. At this point it seemed that the shoot was turning into hysterical bedlam. However, being the professionals they are, Mary Beth and Stephen recognized their task at hand, composed themselves and carried out the rest of the shoot with skill and decorum. The fabulous results that you see here are proof of everyone’s hard work and effort.