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For thirty-five years, the dashing Don Diamont has been a familiar face on CBS Daytime Television. As the head of the Spencer Media Empire on The Bold and The Beautiful, actor Don Diamont plays the ruthless Bill "Dollar Bill" Spencer, Jr. Before his 11-year run on B&B, Diamont spent twenty-four years on The Young and the Restless as Brad Carlton.

Along with his powerhouse roles, the actor is also known for his rugged good looks, a trait that made him the first Daytime star to be named in both People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" and "Sexiest Man Alive" issues. He's also been on the big screen in the films Anger Management and Marco Polo. A native New Yorker, today Diamont lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their children. Don is the father to seven sons (yes, seven!), and he's written about it in his memoir My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other.

Watch spoke with Don Diamont about his long career on CBS, his co-stars, his hobbies, and what it's been like for him to be sheltering at home during the coronavirus.

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Don Diamont on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Don Diamont as Bill "Dollar Bill" Spencer, Jr. on The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character Bill Spencer, Jr. on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Bill is a media titan, and he was introduced to the show as the ultimate billionaire playboy womanizer. Through his involvement with Katie Logan, we found out that he did have some heart after all, but over the years he continues to battle with his win-at-all-costs, take no prisoners nature—which often creates conflict with his family.

He's a charming, swashbuckling pirate with a gift for really being able to compartmentalize his life. He has sort of a mafioso sensibility about his family. Loyalty is paramount! He's the kind of guy that can punch his own kid in the face if he feels betrayed, but God forbid anybody else lay a hand on his son. As of late, he's seen the error of his ways, but ... time will tell.

Don Diamont sitting at his office desk on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Bill Spencer, Jr. (played by Don Diamont) in his office at Spencer Media Empire.

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How does it feel to be celebrating 35 years on CBS Daytime television? (11 years on The Bold and the Beautiful and 24 years on The Young and the Restless)?

35 years is mind blowing! On the one hand that screen test for Y&R in 1985 feels like yesterday. But, when I really think about all that has transpired in my life since then, I really have a sense of time. I'm eternally grateful to the late Bill Bell for casting me as Brad Carlton. Same goes for Brad Bell trusting me with the character Bill Spencer, Jr. It's the role of a lifetime.

What was the first day on the B&B set like? First scene you filmed? Any memories or fun stories?

On my first day at B&B I had scenes with powerhouse Susan Flannery. It was brilliant on Brad Bell's part, because it really established right off the bat that Bill was a force to be reckoned with. As an actor I enjoyed going toe to toe with Susan, and Bill enjoyed going toe to toe with her character, Stephanie Forrester. I have a lot of respect for Susan. She was absolutely wonderful.

Susan Flannery and Don Diamont on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Don Diamont in one of his first scenes as Bill Spencer, Jr. on B&B and Daytime legend Susan Flannery (Stephanie Douglas Forrester).

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Tell us about your TV family and co-stars Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, and Heather Tom?

Bill's sons, Liam and Wyatt, came into his life as adults and are from two different baby mamas! Bill would take a bullet for either one of them, but also give them a spanking when they need it. Not to mention a punch in the face. Hey, Liam deserved it! The characters are played by Scott Clifton and Darin Brooks, respectively, and they are wonderful actors, and just as wonderful people. We laugh a lot during rehearsal.

Darin Brooks, Don Diamont, and Scott Clifton of soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Bold and the Beautiful stars Darin Brooks as Wyatt Spencer, Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr., and Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer.

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Bill's youngest son Will is from Katie. Presently he is the apple of his father's eye. He's played by Finnegan George, who does an outstanding job.

Katie Logan, twice divorced from Bill, is played by the one and only Heather Tom. Heather and I go back to our days on Y&R. We've worked together, and have been friends, for the better part of my 35 years on CBS. There's not enough I can say about Heather as an actress and a person. I am blessed to work opposite her.

Heather Tom and Don Diamont in TV wedding for a soap opera.

Heather Tom as Katie Logan and Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr. on their TV wedding day.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

Because I couldn't sing or dance. Yes, a really old joke, but I like it a lot! It's also true. I really kind of just fell into acting, and low and behold, found that I had an affinity for it. I'm really blessed and appreciative.

You have seven sons in real life, and have even written a memoir about being a father to many children: My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other. What's the best part about having a big family?

Big family, big love! We have a blast hanging out together! When we travel, especially now that some of them have long-term girlfriends, it's like moving an army platoon!

Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, Heather Tom and Don Diamont on the set of soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Darin Brooks, Scott Clifton, Heather Tom and Don Diamont on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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When not filming B&Bor when being coronavirus quarantined as we all are now—what do you like to do? (Do you have a hidden talent or passion project that your fans may not know about you?)

Well, I don't know that I would call it a talent, or something I'm necessarily passionate about, but I do enjoy cooking and I'd gotten away from it in recent years. The stay-at-home orders got me back into it.

Working out is something I love to do, and that has of course continued. Our three youngest boys, Luca, 19 (a freshman quarterback at Duke University), and twins Anton (a high school football player) and Davis (a high school basketball player) are home with us. It's been fun for all of us to work out together.

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Don Diamont and his wife Cindy Ambuehl.

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What TV shows are you currently binge-watching or catching up on?

Ozark!

What's on your music playlist right now?

Various 70s music! It's pretty funny, because my sons used to give me shit about it, but now there's tons of 70s on their playlists!

Who's your biggest inspiration?

That's easy. My wife and my children are definitely my biggest inspiration.

Don Diamont and Denise Richards on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Bold and the Beautiful stars Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr. and Denise Richards as Shauna Fulton.

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A former model and known for your abs of steel, you made history by being the first actor from a Daytime drama series to be named in People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" issue. What are go-to ab/core exercises? Any at-home fitness tips for fans?

My at home fitness tip would simply be to keep moving. For people who like to train, they have it figured out. For people who don't, I like to say that doing a little of something is better than doing a lot of nothing. With the oppressive nature of the coronavirus hanging over all of us, that's never been more true.

The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of physical activity are well-documented. Working out is a stress and anxiety reliever. There are all kinds of beginner 20 minute workouts online that you can do in your own home, with no equipment whatsoever. Get moving people! You'll be glad you did!

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The Bold and the Beautiful star Don Diamont gets some fresh air and exercise in his own backyard tossing the old pigskin around with his son Luca, a quarterback at Duke University. Check it out!

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Soap stars Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger in a nursery with their newborn baby.

Oh, baby! Brooks and Kruger with Everleigh, in the office-turned-nursery.

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A new baby might be the best reason to ditch your at-home workspace. "The nursery was my office, but I gave it up for Everleigh because we wanted to create something warm and cozy," says Kelly Kruger, who plays Mackenzie Hellstrom on The Young and the Restless. "We combined offices, even though Everleigh doesn't sleep in her nursery ... yet," adds Darin Brooks, husband, dad, and Wyatt Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful. "For now we're just in here to change her and her outfits," adds Kruger with a laugh.

Soap stars Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger with their newborn baby.

Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger welcome their bundle of joy.

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This past September, the couple (and dogs Charlie and Chance) welcomed Everleigh Jolie Brooks. Her name was inspired by family and the couple's love of Paris; Jolie is from Kruger's Hungarian grandmother (named Jolan) and also means "beautiful" in their favorite Romance language.

So what's the French connection? "It was the first trip we took as a couple, back in 2010, right after we moved in together," says Kruger, who grew up in Montreal and is fluent in French.

Soap stars Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger with their newborn baby.

Proud parents Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger with daughter Everleigh Jolie.

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A few years later, The Bold and the Beautiful was shooting in Monte Carlo, so Brooks decided to hop over to Paris and propose in their favorite city—he smuggled the engagement ring through TSA inside his shoe so Kruger wouldn't find out.

"We asked my mom to paint the mural above the crib and just told her to freestyle something Parisian," says Brooks, whose parents live in Hawaii. "It was something really nice for her to do and it says 'tutu' in the bottom corner, which is 'grandma' in Hawaiian." Other sweet, homespun touches in the room are wooden hearts in a frame, on which friends and family scribed their best wishes.

The nursery of soap stars Kelly Kruger and Darin Brooks.

Magnifique! Everleigh's grandmother painted the Parisian scene that anchors the room.

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The couple also chose to display sweet family photos instead of other baby-friendly artworks. "There is something about being able to show these photos to your child as opposed to just storing them on your phone," adds Brooks, who also did all the framing.

When it came to furnishings, the couple went to Pottery Barn Kids and picked up the main essentials like the crib and changing table, as well as the rose mobile, which spins out a soothing version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." "I found the rocker online, and it was only $200. It's probably my favorite find because others were much more expensive," says Kruger, who has taken off work until April to be home with Everleigh.

Custom Parisian-inspired wall mural for a nursery

Like her nursery's mural, Everleigh's middle name reflects her parents' fondness for France.

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There has also been a steady stream of toys, outfits, and books from friends and family, and they keep coming. "We've already given some stuff away. She was a big baby, so she's grown out of the smallest onesies," says Kruger. "I'm probably more of the hoarder than Darin, but we're really trying not to have too much clutter." One thing she did hang onto? Everleigh's first Halloween costume, a dragon egg, while the rest of the family (dogs included) were characters from Game of Thrones. "I have a hard time emotionally getting rid of that kind of stuff!"

Soap stars Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger in a nursery with their newborn baby.

Kelly Kruger and Darin Brooks are relishing their new life as parents.

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The couple make new parenthood look seamless, and they credit Everleigh's serious love of sleep. "Everyone and their mother have been saying how lucky we are because she sleeps through the night. On days I don't work, she can sleep until 10 a.m.," says Brooks. Kruger is also relishing the so-far relaxed pace of being a new parent. "The biggest surprise for me is how OK I am now with being in bed in the afternoon, just hanging out with her. This is the best thing I've ever done."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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Toys and books from friends and family add a sweet touch.

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Reporting by Malcolm Venable

Known for her role of Grace Turner on The Young and the Restless, and now a fan favorite on The Bold and the Beautiful as middle sister Donna Logan, actor Jennifer Gareis dazzles on Daytime television—and feature films and primetime TV!

Watch interviewed the versatile actor about her inspiration, favorite story lines, and memories from her first day on the B&B set. Here's what we learned about the Daytime veteran.

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Jennifer Gareis in a wedding scene of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan on Daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

Funny thing: I won a beauty pageant on a whim. Then one thing happened after another and it just fell into place.

Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Jill Johnson/JPI Studios.

Who's your biggest inspiration?

Susan Flannery. She was always so amazing, and my mentor when I started the show. She just had this unique outlook on every scene and she set me straight.

Susan Flannery and Jennifer Gareis on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Susan Flannery as Stephanie Douglas Forrester and Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

What's your favorite The Bold and the Beautiful storyline?

I think the best storyline would be with frenemy Pamela Douglas (played by Alley Mills). She's a friend, but all the tricks she would pull on me!

Alley Mills and Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Alley Mills and Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Do you remember your first day on set? Any memories or fun stories?

Yes. I was in lingerie doing a strip tease. How do you forget that?

Soap star Jennifer Gareis doing a strip tease.

Jennifer Gareis in early scene as Donna Logan in Daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

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When not filming The Bold and the Beautiful, what do you like to do?

I'm reading Spider-Man a lot to my son.

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Jennifer Gareis in a red dress.

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