Adrienne Frantz charmed viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful as soon as she stepped into the role of Amber Moore back in 1997, but she actually began her career in daytime on another well-known soap opera, Sunset Beach. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good experience.
In a new interview with Soap Opera Digest, Frantz recalls that her 1997 gig as Tiffany Thorne on the Aaron Spelling-produced soap was "a nightmare."
"It was amazing that I got the job and I was so excited," she shares of her initial feelings about being part of the NBC soap opera. "It was supposed to be Aaron Spelling's next huge show. I loved the cast but it became not such a happy place for me."
Frantz explains that Spelling tried to exert influence over her personal life, which was an incredibly uncomfortable experience.
"At one point, I was dating Brian Austin Green [who played David on Spelling's show, Beverly Hills, 90210] and apparently Aaron didn't want us dating," Frantz recalls. "Brian and I were in a limo with [Spelling's kids] Randy [ex-Sean Richards, Sunset Beach] and Tori [ex-Donna Martin, Beverly Hills, 90210] and we were going to an awards show. I was super-nervous about walking the red carpet and then Aaron called Brian and said we weren't allowed to walk the red carpet together. Randy walked with me. It just was a nightmare situation for me."
Frantz's run on Sunset Beach ended not long after, and she was fortunate to have B&B scoop her up as Amber just a couple of weeks later.
"At one point in time, [B&B co-creator] Bill Bell told me he knew what happened [with Spelling]," Frantz shares, "And that's one of the reasons he wanted me for his show."
Frantz played the role of B&B's Amber until 2005 and then took the character to The Young and the Restless from 2006 until 2010 (with a guest appearance in 2013). She returned to B&B's Los Angeles from 2010 to 2012.
The actress is married to Scott Bailey (ex-Sandy Foster, Guiding Light), with whom she is currently expecting her third child, due in early March. Frantz and Bailey appeared together in the 2019 horror film The Thing That Keeps You, the 2015 Lifetime film The Perfect Girlfriend, and the 2021 Peacock miniseries Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem.
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