Last August television director Sanford Bookstaver cast girlfriend Rena Sofer in a romantic bit of playacting—totally unbeknownst to her. Bookstaver, 29, who met Sofer, 34, in 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel series The Chronicle, set up the former Ed star by picking a fight with her over not spending time with his friends. He then mailed home an invitation to a supposed party for one of his pals, which she eagerly accepted. But when they went to the hotel suite specified on the invite, “I threw the door open and in the room were 100 lit candles and dozens of roses,” says Bookstaver, who on bended knee offered Sofer a 3-carat diamond and platinum ring. The next day Bookstaver presented a tiny silver version of the ring to Rosabel, 6, Sofer’s daughter from a previous marriage. “He asked if she would be his stepdaughter,” says Sofer. “I was blown away.”
She replaces Melissa George (“Thieves”) in the pilot, based on the British hit about six friends entangled in current and former romantic relationships with one another. The change in casting means the pilot will be reshot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Breckin Meyer (“Inside Schwartz”), Colin Ferguson (“Cover Me”), Lindsay Price (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Jay Harrington (“The Division”) and Emily Rutherfurd (“The Ellen Show”) are also in the cast.
LOS ANGELES – Actress Rena Sofer has a busy schedule to maintain. In addition to her recent role in the upcoming NBC remake of Stephen King’s prom-gone-wrong movie “Carrie,” she will be joining the cast of “Just Shoot Me” as a fashion consultant.
She also has a wedding to plan, according to her publicist who tells the AP that she will marry director/producer Sanford Bookstaver (“Fastlane”) next year.
Sofer, 33, was previously married to her “General Hospital” co-star Wallace Kurth and has a six-year daughter, Rosabel. She also starred on the Sci Fi series “The Chronicle,” and managed to temporarily turn Ed’s head away from Carol Vessey on “Ed” as sultry attorney Bonnie Hayne.
“I have been offered a role without having to audition, which I am excited about,” Sofer beams. “I play a good friend of Amanda’s from the past. We share a secret. At this point I know that I’ll be working with Jack Wagner [Peter] and Heather Locklear [Amanda], but that’s about all I know.”
Sofer is in the dark for good reason. “The funniest thing about this whole experience is that I have not talked to – nor have I met with – anybody from MELROSE PLACE except for [Executive Producer] Aaron Spelling. He liked what I did in the pilot [GLORY, GLORY] and if he likes you, he likes to use you. So, here I am!”
Just the Facts
BIRTHDAY: December 2 * PREVIOUS SOAP ROLES: Lois, GH; Rocky, LOVING * MARRIED: Wallace Kurth (Ned, GH) on March 31, 1996 * TATTOOS: Five * TATTOOS SHE WANTS REMOVED: Three * DOES SHE REALLY SING ON MP? “God, no. I’m lip-synching.”
DIGEST: How is MELROSE PLACE?
RENA SOFER: I love it. Love it! I never thought I would work with a crew that I loved as much as the one at GENERAL HOSPITAL until I got here.