THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

B&B Alum Kiara Barnes Goes Back to Work!

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The good news is that Kiara Barnes is back on set shooting new episodes… the (kind of) bad news is that it’s not as Zoe on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. On Feb. 16, the actress shared a selfie from her trailer on location for season two of FANTASY ISLAND. “I’m so happy to be back in Puerto Rico!” she declared. “Who’s ready for more Roarke, Ruby, Javier, and lots of new adventures?”

Barnes joined the cast of B&B as Zoe Buckingham in July 2018 and got mixed up in complicated romances with Xander, Zende, and Carter as well as finding herself part of the baby swap storyline instigated by her father, Reese. By July 2021, however, the actress had exited the soap and landed herself a role on the new FANTASY ISLAND reboot on FOX!

Ruby first appeared in the premiere episode of FANTASY ISLAND as an elderly woman with a terminal illness looking to reconnect with her husband before the end comes. But instead of accepting her ultimate fate, Ruby got a tattoo that secured her a place on the island as Elena Roarke’s right-hand woman — and making Barnes a series regular. (Essentially making her this show’s Tattoo.)

Currently, there is no air date for the first episode of FANTASY ISLAND’s second season, which is understandable as they’ve only just started shooting. However, the first season aired over the summer (aside from a holiday two-parter that aired at Christmastime), so it’s likely that the second will follow suit and premiere sometime in August.

With Carter currently mixed up in a complicated relationship with Zoe’s sister, Paris, and the girls’ mother, Grace Buckingham, now on B&B as well, Zoe is missed on the canvas. But with Barnes having found success with her new primetime gig, the soap would have to recast if they wanted to bring Zoe back. Keep checking back at SoapsInDepth.com for the latest updates!

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