Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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Chandler Massey as Will Horton, Days of our Lives

Chandler Massey literally gave Days of our Lives life this past year. His portrayal and journey as Will came to terms with his sexuality was one of the few bright spots on this show.  Massey’s ability to play off of his scene partners is nothing short of flawless. He has chemistry with every single person, sometimes inappropriately so – can we say EJill anyone? – but we absolutely love him for it. From Massey’s delivery, to showing us his vulnerability, and strength, we definitely think Massey is someone to keep an eye on in the coming years.

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Kim Matula as Hope Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful

Kim Matula’s portrayal of the love-stricken ingenue who longs for that happy ending with her true long secured her this win. She plays Hope with a deep and painful vulnerability and the more obstacles she faces in her quest to be happy, the more layers she infuses into a character that has loved and lost a lot. 



  1. ‘This is a female driven storyline – Liam isn’t the one “choosing” between the women, it’s the women who are choosing him.’

    Really? I cannot fathom finding this storyline anything but completely offensive to women. You’re absolutely right that Liam isn’t “choosing” between the women, because he wants to have it both ways AND THE WOMEN LET HIM. Both of those women should want and demand better for themselves, and yet it’s a torturous, never-ending merry-go-round that is wildly demeaning to the characters of both Hope and Steffy. I wish they’d both kick him to the curb that he deserves to be dropped on and then go out and find someone worth their trouble.

  2. Your choice of Melissa Claire Egan as best supporting makes me realize why I agree completely with the naming of Y&R as most disappointing soap. I’ve been a major fan of hers since forever, and love her work. I only wish the show’s writing was worthy of her. It managed to make me despise her character, and that is so frustrating! I wish I could’ve seen Chelsea and Adam’s chemistry and instantly forgotten how she came on the scene, but I needed a whole lot more than that to forget everything she did. The writers constantly opted to take the easy way out with her, and her redemption and entry into respected GC circles happened overnight – totally unbelievable, and now it’s too late to rectify that in my eyes. MCE’s acting is fantastic as always, but the character is a fail for me, and the writers are entirely to blame.

  3. Totally agree with one of the choices for Best Couple: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakas of Days of our Lives (Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith). In my opinion, these two actors are simply amazing in their portrayal of a young couple who start out as friends and end up in love. They portray Will and Sonny as a real couple with real problems and struggles, just like any other couple. This is a true love story between these two characters, and Chandler and Freddie are both talented actors who make this relationship seem real.

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