“We have some life-like blow-up dolls that have been sitting around here for the past 15 years that we’ve used for various other stories — (like) when people were presumed dead,” Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer, told Forbes.
“We’re dusting off the dolls and putting new wigs and makeup on them and they’ll be featured in love scenes,” Bell revealed.
Bell also said that for intimate scenes the show plans to use a combination of the blow-up dolls and stand-ins, who would be the actors’ spouses who test negative for the virus.
The actors’ spouses will join their partners for love scenes that involve touching.
The romantic workarounds come after the daytime drama resumed production on Wednesday and paused after a single day of filming.
A spokesperson for the show described the show as “very brief” in order to accommodate a high volume of testing for the novel coronavirus, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet reports that the initial plan was to film three days this week, and filming is expected to resume on Tuesday, June 23.
“We have paused very briefly to modify our testing protocol to better accommodate the large volume of testing needed,” the spokesperson said. “Safety remains our top priority as we continue to move forward with the production of the show. B&B filmed with cast and crew today, and it was a successful first day back at work.”
Bell said that the actors will be tested for the virus “at least once a week, maybe multiple times a week.”
“All production personnel will be tested on Mondays, and we’ll be filming Tuesday through Friday,” Bell said.
Crew members must keep six feet apart from each other and wear masks on set. The actors are also required to wear masks if they are not filming a scene.
Actors will also remain at least eight feet apart during filming, Bell said.
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