“I have tremendous respect for Brad and the Bell family, so when Brad said that he wanted to create a character on the show for me I was intrigued,” recalls Mascolo, “and his vision for the character was extremely appealing.” After several conversations, the character of Massimo Marone was created and a storyline that literally rocked the core of the 15-year history of the show.
Soon after his arrival, it was discovered that Massimo was Ridge Forrester’s
real father, the result of a brief affair with Stephanie Forrester, whom he had
been attracted to for many years. As if that wasn’t enough of shock
to the family, it was also revealed some time later that Massimo had another
long-lost son, Dominick Payne-Marone, the son of Jacqueline Payne, and the show
now featured two powerful families, the Forresters and the Marones.
After shaking things up with families for five years, the character of
Massimo Marone said goodbye and left on a business trip. Will he return
one day? Only time will tell.