Zoe’s introduction is going to be shrouded in mystery as the episodes roll into September. Viewers will be left guessing about who she’s connected to, what she wants and why she’s in town. But Kiara’s life has been a lot more in the public eye where everyone can see her – no skulking in the shadows for Kiara.
“I’ve been recognised for both sides of my work, as an actress and a model. I still get shocked, like I’ll be out grocery shopping and people are like, ‘Oh Zoe, I saw you in that scene and are you really that evil?’ But a lot of people remember me from the Apple iPhone commercial. The Bold & The Beautiful has definitely put me on another level of recognition, though. You don’t always remember that your face is being broadcast to millions of people 5 days a week around the world.”
Kiara started out with guest roles, “Just a small one in the background to see what it (acting) is all about. At the time, I had wanted to get into modelling. I went out to New York for two years and did it and it was great, but I didn’t feel fulfilled. Acting is a lot more engaging for me, I feel like I have to be a lot more present and it gives you the opportunity to be really creative.”
The Bold & The Beautiful viewers in South Africa are only seeing Kiara now in her role thanks to Eva channel, but she has been a part of the cast since 2018 in the US and being cast was huge for Kiara. “Wow! That first day on set was just wow! There was a whirlwind of things happening – they (The Bold & The Beautiful cast and crew) work incredibly fast. I always say this when people ask, it’s not like any normal form of filming because of how quickly we have to get things put out. I was feeling overwhelmed, a little ‘woah!’”
Kiara adds that while there’s always fighting between characters and a lot of head-butting and catfights, the actors are a family when the camera isn’t rolling. “From my first scene, from rehearsals even, Courtney (Hope) and Darin (Brooks) as Sally and Wyatt were great. They helped me and told me not to get too stressed if I flub a line. Any feelings of anxiety or nervousness were washed away pretty quickly,” says Kiara.
But while Kiara, Courtney and Darin are pals during breaks, their characters aren’t on the friendliest of terms, starting on Friday, 28 August when Sally and Wyatt try to find out more about Zoe. “Like I said earlier, she’s a mystery woman…” teases the actress, adding that her role has been welcomed at home. “My nana is a die-hard fan and has been watching The Bold & The Beautiful since day 1, and seeing these people (the main cast) was crazy. But everyone really is down-to-earth and kind. I feel like I always say positive things, but that’s the truth – we’re very family oriented.”