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Aaron Phypers is Denise Richards’ ‘Bold and Beautiful’ Love Scene Stand-In, Plus Other Post-COVID Filming Secrets

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Denise Richards sees her share of drama on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But her daytime job on The Bold and the Beautiful is bringing the drama to a new level. COVID-19 level. After months of production shut-down, cameras are rolling on set again. However, the show has strict guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Denise Richards Details The Bold and the Beautiful Safety Precautions

Two weeks ago Denise shared a photo of her on-set at the CBS soap. In the photo Denise is wearing a mask and holding up a script. She wrote in that caption that she had the script with her to run lines during the virtual RHOBH reunion the night before. However, her plan to memorize her lines “in the middle of housewives drama” didn’t happen. 

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48 pages of dialogue @boldandbeautifulcbs after taping #rhobh reunion yesterday. Silly me to have the pages close by thinking I could memorize them in the middle of housewives drama. Got through today though!! Two full weeks back at work after 4 months off, very happy & very grateful 🙏🏻 episodes airing soon!!

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The caption also reveals that she had been back to work for two weeks at that point. A month now into production resuming, Denise was a virtual guest on Access Hollywood earlier this week. She spilled some backstage secrets on how soaps are keeping actors safe during the increase in coronavirus cases countrywide. 

The Wild Things actress reveals that the actors get a COVID-19 test “every 2 to 3 days.” In addition. They have to stay eight feet away from each other at all times. It is quite a new environment for the actors and the viewers. 

As any soap fan knows, the characters usually stand close together so both actors fit in the shot. And, of course, soaps are famous for their steamy love scenes, which are an impossibility right now. 

Among the safety precautions B&B is taking is having the real-life partners of the actors step in for the love scenes.

Aaron Phypers Serves as a Stand-In For Love Scenes

Not only did Access Hollywood talk to Denise, they also got a glimpse at the filming precautions first hand. The video reveals that during scenes where social distancing is not possible, mannequins are used. 

Social distancing clearly won’t work during love scenes. B&B is using a combination of real-life partners and the magic of editing. For example, a scene might have Shauna (Denise Richards) kissing Ridge (Thorsten Kaye.) Denise’s husband, Aaron, will stand-in and kiss Denise. 

Then the editing department will take the footage and do their best to hide his face. Eagle-eyed viewers can spot the difference in the clip below. 

Soap Fans Have a Field Day on Social Media Over Obvious Blow-Up Doll

One storyline on the returning soap is Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) hospitalization following a car accident. Steffy is Ridge’s daughter, so of course he’s visiting her in the hospital. But the actors can’t get that close. 

So B&B is using a blow-up doll in Steffy’s place when the scene focuses on Ridge. And fans cannot get over how obvious it is. One Twitter user, @isntdaveone suggested that Aaron stand-in for the Steffy mannequin as well because it looks “weird af.” 

While fans may be poking a little fun at B&B’s unusual tactics, they are happy their daytime drama is back on their screens. And Denise’s drama on RHOBH is far from over. 

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays on Bravo. 

Jennifer Havener

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