- We spoke to the award-winning costume designer Glenda Maddox from the Bold and the Beautiful.
- Things on the set of the popular soapie have changed a lot for her department due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- She found out over the phone that she won her fifth Daytime Emmy award.
- Her favourite group of costumes are those she created for Sally Spectre.
Things are definitely different on The Bold and the Beautiful set for award-winning costume designer Glenda Maddox in these strange times.
"It's been very frustrating for our department," she says, "because there are lots of new steps. You have to sanitise everything overnight, including the clothes. We have to just hang garment bags on doors, and no longer set things up in the room the way we did before, with jewellery and other accessories. Now the actors just grab things themselves."
Only people designated as Zone A are allowed to be on set when filming takes place, so Glenda's department has been dramatically reduced.
"I have a tailor, and he would usually be there to measure and fix things, but now I do this myself," she says. "Everyone's workload has increased dramatically." She's not complaining though – like the rest of the team; she's really happy and grateful to be working again. "And we are finally getting to understand the new system; it has just taken a while."
Glenda won her fifth Daytime Emmy while under lockdown, and it was a crazy experience. "It was so exciting and a wonderful bit of news to get in this time, but it was also very strange, because we were Zooming the main awards on TV at the same time the technical awards were announced on Twitter."
Glenda's supervisor had to tell her over the phone that she'd won. "Unfortunately it was a bit anti-climactic because I was at home with my five-year-old son. I looked over and said: 'Mommy won, mommy won' and he was like, 'ok'."
After eight years on the show, Glenda's a big part of The Bold and the Beautiful family, although she says there are people who have been there so much longer – many of them 16 years and more. "It's really great to work on a show that is consistent," she explains.
"You really all get close, and you learn everything about each other, whereas when you work on a film, once you start getting used to each other, the film is over and you move on to the next project."
It has been a dream job for her, especially since the whole show revolves around fashion. "But it's even more than the fashion lines and wedding dresses," she says. "I've been able to do some fun Halloween-themed shows, and even one that had a medieval theme. There are always so many things to create and do." Her favourite group of costumes are those she created for Sally Spectre.
One of the most challenging things for Glenda is making sure that each character maintains the look of who they are, and yet keeps with current trends. There are a lot of layers to the job, and with eight episodes a week, that equates to plenty of outfits. Sometimes these are tailored and designed specifically, but a lot of the looks are sourced from department stores like Nieman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, which luckily enough are open again, so Glenda also spends a lot of time shopping. (Did someone say, "dream job"?)
She collaborates closely with the actors, to make sure they are comfortable in what they have to wear, and most times this all runs smoothly, although Glenda says there are times when there is a clash between her thoughts and those of the actors. "You learn to pick your battles," she says tactfully.
Glenda's looking forward to a massive resurgence of fashion once lockdown is finally over for good. "I think you are going to see an explosion. Things are going to become even more over the top, and we'll all be so excited to dress up that you are going to see some real escapism fashion."
The Bold and the Beautiful is on weekdays on Eva (DStv 141) at 17:30 and 23:30 with a binge-worthy omnibus on Saturdays at 16:00 and Sundays at 23:00.