There is, of course, a lot more to Ronn Moss than just Ridge Forrester. But when you hear that voice coming down the line from LA, it’s impossible to prevent the fireworks going off in your brain as your inner soap fan squeals excitedly IT’S RIDGE! The man who bestrode the world of high fash like a colossus on The Bold and the Beautiful for 25 years. The man who made an artform out of soulfully facing the camera and delivering powerfully emotional monologues to someone standing directly behind him. The man who has been married so many times to so many different women that it seems futile to even try keeping score – although we’re pretty sure he wed Brooke on at least five occasions.
After Moss left the show, Ridge was recast, but millions will never be able to conceive of any other Ridge but him, and to hear his voice – deep and smooth, as handsome a voice as a throat ever issued – is to fall under a glamorous, soapy spell.
But Moss himself has moved on from Ridge. For a start, he’s got a new soap to busy himself with: The Bay, a frothy concoction of the lives of the rich and impetuous that began as a humble web series before being picked up by Amazon Prime, and is available on Ten Play in Australia. Moss not only stars in the series as the crusading former DA of Bay City, John Blackwell, who is on a mission to right past wrongs, but is also a producer on the show, and performed the theme song. It’s his new baby, and he sounds energised to be delving into a whole new world of soap. “It’s being excited about what you’re doing, being passionate: for the first time in many, many years I’m feeling passionate. It makes a difference.”
There certainly is a difference between John Blackwell and Ridge Forrester. Blackwell is, according to the man himself, “a much more badass, taking-care-of-business kind of guy. He’s not necessarily a perfect, good character, and he’s obviously not a fashion designer. In fact, he only wears black – I told them I only want to wear black until they come up with something darker.”