Fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL know that actress Heather Tom, who plays Katie on the soap, has also directed some episodes of the CBS sudser. But she has also directed a short film entitled Serenity, which will be available to watch online beginning on Monday, Jan. 8! “I’m really proud of this film,” Tom shared on Instagram. “It deals with the devastating effects of opioid addiction on a family — a subject that too many of us have a connection to.”
Serenity will be premiering on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on the website Indievue.com, and signing up for a free account will allow you to view many different indie films including Tom’s, which will include a special interactive screening immediately following its premiere. “I will be doing a real-time, on-screen commentary of the film right after it airs,” she revealed. “along with a replay. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, so please join me.”
The film stars Vince Nappo as a man who recounts his struggle with addiction and recovery at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting that is anything but ordinary. As he shares his powerful story, he is forced to confront the consequences of his drug abuse. “A very dear friend of mine, her daughter is a heroin addict and I had no idea,” Tom told Chicago Now. “It was so shocking to hear. She said, ‘I watched [Serenity] and I could see my child in that.’ The reaction has been kind of crazy across the board, just how many people have a connection to this subject.”
Tom shot the film in July of 2016 with her crew inside a warehouse during one of the hottest weekends of the year. “There was no air conditioning and it was 110 degrees,” she recalled. “The whole city was on fire. I lost five pounds that weekend. But it was all good. I can’t really complain about anything. Everyone was amazing and really came through for me. I definitely owe them a big, big thank you.”
You can see the results of Tom’s hard work when her film, Serenity, premieres on Jan. 8. And for more on your favorite B&B stars, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!