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Wyatt Fuller
The Bold and the Beautiful
Portrayed by Darin Brooks
Created by Brad Bell
Duration 2013–
First appearance June 21, 2013
Classification Present; regular
Profile
Family Spencer
Occupation Template:Ubl



Wyatt Spencer[1] (né Fuller) is a fictional character from the original CBS Daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, portrayed by Darin Brooks.[2]

Created and introduced by executive producer Brad Bell in 2013, Wyatt is the previously unknown oldest son of Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and Quinn Fuller (Rena Sofer).[2] In addition to expanding the Spencer family, Wyatt immediately becomes a rival for his half-brother, Liam Spencer for their father's affections and the affections of Liam's longtime love, Hope Logan (Kim Matula). Wyatt is raised by his single mother Quinn and becomes accustomed to doing anything to survive. However, it is his relationship with Hope that helps him change for the better. Despite Wyatt trying to live the best life he can, those around him, specifically Liam, consistently throw his past in his face and accuse him of being bad for Hope and bad for businesses.

Creation

Casting

On May 15, 2013, Michael Logan of TV Guide exclusively announced that Darin Brooks, known for his Emmy winning portrayal of Max Brady on Days of Our Lives had joined the cast in the newly created role of Wyatt.[3] Brooks filmed his first scenes on May 8, 2013, with his first airdate slated for June 21.[4] Ironically, Brooks's first airdate coincided with the anniversary of his first appearance on Days of our Lives.[5] Brooks revealed told Soap Opera Digest about how he got the job. "It happend super-quick," said Brooks of his casting. He continued, "On Monday, my manager called and said, 'We've got a chemistry test for BOLD.' On Wednesday, I went in, met people; it was great. They called afterward and asked me to come back on Friday to chemistry read with somebody else. I went in and did that, and by about noon on Friday, they were like, 'Okay, let's do this." Brooks also revealed that he was in talks to reprise his role of Max on Days of our Lives but said, "the timing just didn't work out." However, when it comes to Bold, Brooks said, "The opportunity presented itself." Brooks also met with executive producer, Brad Bell before, and previously worked with supervising producer, Ed Scott during his tenure at Days.[6] Brooks tested opposite Kim Matula who played Hope, for his first chemistry read. The second test was with Scott Clifton, who played Liam.[7]

Characterization

"With Hope, he's that nice guy, the boy next door, but he's also a little bit dangerous, a little scary."[8]

Brooks on Wyatt's appeal.
A representative for the series described Wyatt as "clever and mysterious." Wyatt is the kind of man "who will stand up for himself" Brooks revealed. "He's a badass" Brooks stated to TV Guide.[9] "He's a take-charge, powerful kind of guy," Brooks said of the character in an interview with CBS Soaps In Depth. "He's strong, he stubborn, and he's ready for anything," Brooks continued.[10] Brooks also described Wyatt as a "charmer."[11] According to Brooks, it is Wyatt's charming personality that makes his such a good business man.[12] However, Wyatt's has a "dangerous charm."[8] In an interview with On-Air On-Soaps, Brooks said, " Wyatt is the type of guy who goes after what he feels, and he doesn’t care!" In this way, he is very much like his father, Bill Spencer (Don Diamont). Wyatt has that "bad boy-ness" in him.[13] According to Brooks, Wyatt can also be a "nice good-natured guy."[14] When compared to the heroic Max on Days, Brooks described Wyatt as being "more of a playboy."[15] Wyatt is a very "strong stubborn character," and he is willing to "take on any challenge -- or he'll at least try to."[16] Brooks compared the character to many of Jack Nicholson's role where he plays a villain, but "he's so likeable. You hate him, but you love him."[8]

Development

Introduction

The character's introduction came on the heels of the announcement that Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who played Steffy Forrester had decided not to renew her contract and would depart from the series (she later agreed to sign on recurringly). Wood's departure would take away from the show's major romantic triangle featuring the characters of Hope (Kim Matula), Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy.[9] Brooks had quite a few meetings with Brad Bell before he booked the role of Wyatt which led the actor to believe that the producers were trying to figure out "how and where" to fit the character into the canvas.[15] Bell told Brooks that they would figure out the character as the storyline unfolded. Brooks himself suggested that Wyatt be a bit of "bad boy," and Bell "took it and ran with it." Bell crafted a back-story for the character and presented it to Brooks. Brooks said of the character's introduction, "We are sort of piecing it all together as it is unraveling."[15] "As the story unfolds, he moves into that whole fashion-industry world and you'll find out his connection to everything" Brooks said to Michael Logan.[9]

Paternity reveal

"When Wyatt found out about that he has a father, everything sort of came crashing down on him at that moment. He has been told all these lies, and it can really put your mind in a tailspin, and then you find out you have a brother, and all these families’ members, and this hidden life that has been kept from you. So he is angry, and he wants to know why? Then he finds out that Bill had given Quinn money for the abortion, and that hurts, too."[13]

Brooks on Wyatt's reaction to his paternity revelation.
Just five days after it was announced that Brooks had joined the cast, it was also announced that Rena Sofer, known for her portrayal of Lois Cerullo on General Hospital was cast in the role of Wyatt's mother, Quinn Fuller.[17] According to Brooks, Wyatt's world is "rocked" by the revelation of his paternity. At the time, Wyatt has just "poured his heart and soul into pursuing Hope," only for her to reject him for Liam. What hurts the most is that Quinn lied to him about his father. Wyatt views the situation as "We've been struggling as hard as we can to get our jewelry business off the ground and you've been keeping a billionaire from my life? This is crazy!" He sees the revelation as a potentially good thing. However, when Wyatt learns that Bill gave Quinn money to get an abortion, "He's torn between his lying mother and a father who didn't want him in the first place." Had these secrets come out over a period of time, Wyatt may have been able to take them in stride, but because everything comes out at once, Wyatt is left feeling like, "Nobody wants me. My parents are heartless liars. I'm related to a wishy-washy guy, and my girl doesn't want me."[18] Though Wyatt initially comes off as a nice guy, Wyatt's reaction to being Bill's son "keeps people guessing what is he going to do next?"[13] Though Wyatt is able to overlook Bill not wanting him, he clashes with Bill again when after learning he has "abandoned" his youngest son Will with estranged wife, Katie Logan (Heather Tom). According to Brooks, "Wyatt is disappointed to see his new family already coming apart." Wyatt may have gotten "overly excited" about the idea of a family. And because he sees so much of himself in Bill, it scares him to see what Bill is doing to his other family. Though Bill puts distance between himself and his son for Wyatt's judgement.[19] Of the storyline, Brooks said that Wyatt experiences so many emotions that he doesn't know how to react "so he is lashing out." Brooks said, " Wyatt has always wanted love from his father, and he feels after all this lost time, he wants to prove himself and be loved."[13]

Feud with Liam and romantic triangle

Wyatt immediately becomes a rival for his brother, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) for the affections of Hope Logan (Kim Matula).[20] Brooks said Wyatt's introduction sends Liam "reeling with the realization that Hope's heart, may not, in fact, be perpetually on hold for him!" Wyatt does not shy away from the challenge of battling Liam for Hope's affection.[11] Of Wyatt's competitive nature with his brother Liam, Brooks said, "[Wyatt] has always wanted a love from a brother, but he finds it fun competition for him right now in trying to get the girl! So it’s kind of power and love at the same time." According to Brooks, challenging Liam is Wyatt's attempt at testing the "boundaries" to "see if Liam is a worthy adversary."[13] Wyatt relishes in "getting under Liam's skin," Brooks said of Wyatt convincing Hope to accompany him to Mexico.[12] Besides Hope, Bill seeing so much of himself in Wyatt, also causes tension between the brothers. While Bill considers some of Liam's behavior to be "un-Spencer like," but when he meets Wyatt, according to Don Diamont, Bill thinks, "Hey, look at this kid, he's great! Built in my own image!"[13] Hope and Wyatt's business relationship serves as a catalyst to advance their personal relationship and Liam is very much threatened. Wyatt enjoys to pulling Liam's strings and "[giving] him a run for his money." According to Brooks, Wyatt continues "turning the knife," in an effort to get a reaction from Liam. Brooks said, that there would always be "some kind of sibling rivalry between [Wyatt and Liam] and fighting for someone's affection, whether it's their dad's affection or Hope's affection." Though they are both generally nice guys, Liam's at times comes off as a pushover and "Wyatt's hoping that [Liam] does step up to make it a challenge."[14] With tensions high after the paternity revelation, Wyatt thinks he can help Liam by showing him some "tough love" and forcing him to be a "stronger person."[21] In a joint interview with Soap Opera Digest, Brooks and Clifton discussed Wyatt and Liam's dynamic as the feuding brothers. According to Brooks, regardless of any kind of "animosity and jealousy" between the brothers, there is an "underlying love that anybody would have if they were an only sibling and now they have somebody." When asked to describe the relationship, Clifton said jokingly, "Liam no like Wyatt." He continued, "I would say layered, dialectical, and in some ways paradoxical." Brooks said, "Obviously competitive, jealous, but there's also a huge need for a brother's love that they've never had, for both of them."[7]

Relationship with Hope

Wyatt is immediately "smitten" with Hope explained Brooks.[9] Wyatt has no problem challenging Liam for Hope's affections nor is he put off by her complicated romantic past.[16] Hope initially rejects Wyatt's advances because she is engaged to Liam, but she enjoys the fact that he only has eyes for her, while Liam is consistently torn between her and her stepsister, Steffy Forrester.[15] Later, Kim Matula commented that Hope is "super intrigued by this Wyatt guy," so the moment she finds an out with Liam, she takes it.[22] The partnership between Forrester Creations and Quinn Artisan forces the duo to spend more time together and allows them to get closer.[14] According to Brooks, Wyatt legitimately adores Hope. The actor revealed that he intentionally tried to portray the best in Wyatt when he is with Hope. Hope is the only person besides his mother that Wyatt seems to be completely "genuine" with.[13] Despite claiming he doesn't have an ulterior motive, Wyatt views their business trip to Mexico to see the Hope Diamond as his chance to finally win Hope's affections. The diamond is a "Romancing the Stone-type of thing, where [Hope and Wyatt] go off to a foreign land in search of this diamond. It's sexy and it's Latin and it's great," Brooks said of the duo's Mexican adventure.[12]

Storylines

Hope sees the mysterious Wyatt taking a solar shower, and takes his picture. However, he catches her and a chase ensues which leads to her falling and hitting her head. Wyatt is immediately taken with Hope even going so far as to kiss her to wake her up.[9] Wyatt finds Hope's cell phone and returns it to her in Los Angeles where she invites him to accompany her to a 4th of July party. Hope's estranged ex, Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) is unsettled when he finds them together at the party. They share another kiss as Hope spots his sword necklace, which is identical to Liam and his father, Bill (Don Diamont)'s. Thanks to Hope's machinations, Wyatt discovers that Bill is his long lost father and that his mother, Quinn (Rena Sofer) actually designed the original sword necklace.[18] Angry about Quinn's lies, Wyatt moves in with Liam and Bill. However, Wyatt continues pursuing Hope and kisses her again which leads to Liam hitting him.[21] Liam wants to put Wyatt out of the house, but Bill convinces them to try and work through there differences. But when Wyatt berates Bill about abandoning his wife, Katie (Heather Tom) and youngest son, Will, after his affair with Katie's sister and Hope's mother, Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang), Bill kicks him out of the house anyway.[19] Wyatt reconciles with Quinn and moves back in with her. However, Brooke comes to Bill's defense and explains the extenuating circumstances allowing Wyatt to soften toward Bill. However, Hope decides to use Quinn Artisan as the jewelry designer to tie to her fashion line, Hope For the Future and Wyatt continues pursuing Hope.[14] Liam feels threatened and tries to convince Hope to cancel the deal, but Hope decides against it. In October 2013 at Quinn's encouragement, Wyatt takes Hope to Mexico to see the Hope Diamond as he plans to integrate the diamond into the jewelry line.[12] Wyatt tries to get Hope to leave Liam, and be with him, but she refuses. Hope calls off her engagement to Liam after she receives an e-mail with Liam's romantic video of his life with Steffy. Quinn admits to sending the video, and Wyatt eventually comes clean about his mother's interference, and she forgives him for keeping the secret. To impress Hope, Wyatt stages a jewelry heist and manages to disarm actual jewel thieves. Liam convinces Hope that they should get married and pressures her into severing all ties with Wyatt. Abiding by Hope's wishes, Wyatt says goodbye to Hope on her the day of her wedding to Liam as he plans to go to Hawaii. He is however shocked when Hope leaves Liam at the altar after seeing him with Steffy again and travels to Hawaii with him. Liam follows soon after and reveals that Quinn set them up and convinced Steffy to return from Paris after finding out that she can now conceive again but Hope decided to start a relationship with Wyatt putting Liam in her past. However there happiness is short lived when Liam reveals that Wyatt took the Hope Diamond and it almost ends their relationship but Hope forgave Wyatt and they reunite. Hope than has a pregnancy scare and after months of exclusively dating Wyatt, Liam persuaded Hope to share equal time and make a final decision on who she wants to be with. Wyatt reluctantly agrees. When Ridge goes missing in Abu Dhabi, everyone starts blaming Quinn for it because she send Ridge a selfie email of her and Bill. During a heated argument between Liam and Quinn at Forrester, he calls her a manipulative bitch, Wyatt enters and punches Liam for calling his mother that. Hope realises what happened and becomes upset at Wyatt for punching Liam and leaves with Liam. She feels guilty for bringing Quinn and Wyatt into the company, so she chooses to be with Liam and they kiss. Liam later proposes to Hope, who accepts. Wyatt and Quinn are fired, but later Deacon and Wyatt learn of Quinn's plan to murder Liam. Wyatt saves his brother, and Quinn decides to check herself into a mental health facility, while Liam decides not to press charges. Liam and Wyatt decide to have a brotherly relationship, and at his urging, Hope rehires Wyatt, who will be working with the newly-arrived Ivy Forrester. But then, Wyatt learns Ricardo Montemayor passed away and willed the Hope for the Future Diamond to him. Shocked but saddened by Ricardo's demise, Wyatt uses this opportunity to win Hope back by gifting her with the diamond. He then throws a big press conference, announcing Ricardo's death and his will, and gifts the diamond publicly to Hope, who accepts, much to Liam's chagrin. Wyatt soon learns his mother is back in LA and keeps it a secret. Quinn tells Wyatt she is better and is an outpatient. He warns her to stay away from Liam, and not involve herself in his love life. Soon, Wyatt gets a call from the Mexican police saying they want to interview him about Ricardo's death. Wyatt asks his mom if she killed Ricardo, but she denies it. Later, Wyatt, Rick and Hope all travel to Paris for a photoshoot promoting the diamond. Hope tells Wyatt that Liam will meet her in Paris to marry her after the photoshoot and she will be forced to return the diamond. Wyatt tries to convince her to dump Liam and come back to him, to no avail. Wyatt tells his mother about his troubles, and warns her to stay away from Liam. However, unknown to him, Quinn follows Ivy and Liam to Paris and sabotages Liam's plans to marry Hope by pushing Ivy into the River Seine, forcing Liam to save her. Hope believes Liam decided not to show up, since they argued about Wyatt and the diamond before the photoshoot. Devastated, she accompanies Wyatt on the Spencer jet to Monte Carlo to be on Bill's yacht. Wyatt tells her that Liam has always failed her, but he never will. He then proposes to Hope on the yacht with the HFTF diamond. Hope, realizing that Wyatt is the man she has really wanted all along and that Liam was just a fantasy for her, marries him on the yacht. Liam later finds out from Bill, and is devastated.

references

  1. ^ On June 16, 2014 Quinn tells Deacon that Wyatt's last name is Spencer
  2. ^ a b Darin Brooks. The Bold and the Beautiful. CBS Daytime. Retrieved on March 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Darin Brooks To B&B. Soap Opera Digest. American Media, Inc. (May 15, 2013). Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Garrett, Tommy "Lightfoot" (May 16, 2013). Daytime Emmy Award-Winning Actor Darin Brooks Joins ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ In Role Of Wyatt Fuller, Highlight Hollywood News. Highlight Hollywood. Highlighthollywood.com. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Kroll, Dan J (May 15, 2013). Former DAYS star Darin Brooks joins B&B. Soap Central. Soapcentral.com. Retrieved on July 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Late-Breaking News"Darin Brooks Heads to B&B". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (23): 7. June 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "A Little Bromance". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (49): 38-41. December 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Helmes, Amy (October 21, 2013). Feature Interview. ""Spencer" For Hire". CBS Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 17 (42): 44-47. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Michael Logan (journalist) (May 15, 2013). Exclusive: Emmy Winner Darin Brooks Joins The Bold and the Beautiful. TV Guide. Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved on May 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Liam's New Rival!". CBS Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 17 (26): 13. July 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Liam Gets A New Rival!". ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 17 (27): 8. July 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Soap Opera Digest. American Media, Inc. (September 30, 2013).
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Fairman, Michael (September 27, 2013). The Don Diamont, Scott Clifton and Darin Brooks Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful. On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved on March 1, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d Late-breaking News"B&B: Wyatt "Merges" With Hope". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (37): 9. September 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d Fairman, Michael (July 3, 2013). The Darin Brooks and Kim Matula Interview – The Bold and the Beautiful. On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Is Hope Gonna Scare Wyatt Off?". ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 17 (31): 36. August 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ Michael Logan (journalist) (May 20, 2013). Exclusive: Rena Sofer Joins The Bold and the Beautiful. TV Guide. Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved on May 20, 2013.
  18. ^ a b Late-breaking News"B&B: Bill Is Wyatt's Father!". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (31): 8. August 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Late-breaking News"B&B: Bill Kicks Wyatt Out". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (36): 8. September 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Fairman, Michael (September 15, 2013). The War Is On, Brother! Who Should Ultimately Win B&B’s Hope’s Heart? Liam or Wyatt?. On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved on March 1, 2014.
  21. ^ a b Hot Plots Preview!"Bold and Beautiful: Liam And Wyatt Come To Blows". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 38 (32): 15. August 12, 2013. 
  22. ^ Fairman, Michael (October 11, 2013). B&B’s Kim Matula Weighs-In On Hope For The Future With … Wyatt!. On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved on March 1, 2014.

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