Daytime Confidential's Top 10 Most Improved of 2008

No. 5: Jake Silbermann - As the World Turns

Smoking hot chemistry with a screen partner and instant popularity has helped many a soap actor achieve star status, even in lieu of acting ability. Until 2008, As The World Turn's Jake Silbermann (Noah) fit into this category. As one half of daytime's first gay male supercouple, Silbermann was instantly popular and became a pop culture icon overnight thanks to the infamous Kiss Ban. It took a bit of time, however before Silbermann's acting chops caught up to the hype.

In 2008 the actor found himself hitched to an ass of a storyline involving an Iraqi girl named Ameera. While this story arc was universally panned, it provided Silbermann the chance to fine tune a much-valued acting skill, the ability to transform storyline fecal matter into sugar aka The Kim Zimmer Method. Silbermann grew steadily over the course of the year, turning in notable performances opposite daytime and primetime vet Daniel Hugh Kelly (Col. Mayer) and Jon Hensley (Holden). He even began to steal a performance or two from the theater-trained Van Hansis (Luke) as their coupling began to unravel in the wake of yet another disastrous, plot-driven tale, Luke's run for class president. If Silbermann continues at this rate, it won't be long before he's right next to Hansis on next year's Emmy ballot, and who knows, he just might take the gold.


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Pleasantly surprised to see Jake Silbermann on here. I get flack from friends for saying that he's gotten a lot better than when he first started on the show (they still say he's wooden). I like him and I think he does a good job portraying a character with stunted emotional growth. I just with TPTB would take him off the back-burner and put him in a decent storyline along with Van.

Nice to Arianne Zuker on here too. She was terrible when she first started on Days but she's grown tons since the return. Too bad her current storyline stinks.

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I think that Judith Chapman could act, but her character was simply irredeemable until today's episode. It was the best work of her career and made me and the fans sympathetic to her. I wanted Gloria gone, but I am loving her now.


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Thank You for putting Brandon Buddy on the list! I'd put him #1 on my most improved list. The kid has come a loooong way. Not only has he improved but I think he's turned into a terrific actor who brought me to tears several times over the last year. I haven't watched recently (my own private Tarty Boycott) and BB is one of the few things I really miss...

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SO glad to see My girl Mandy Bruno on here. She really did do the Damn thing this past year. I'm just happy to see her get the credit she deserves!

Brandon Buddy, Lawrence St. Victor, and even Judith Chapman have all improved leaps and bounds this past year as well!

Nice list, y'all!

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You guy's really hit the mark on the head about
lawrence St Victor & Mandy Bruno...they really have been amazing in a very turbulant year over at "Guiding Light". I do have to say there seems to be more interest in the show as of late for many reasons...let's just hope we can save the LIGHT.

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While some actors transcend mediocre to bad writing, it seems like Judith Chapman needs it on the page; when it's there, she brings the heat.

Good picks all the way around... Wink

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i would just have to say that picture of star and cole rivals any hollywood golden era movie poster. they have chemistry and energy and knowing their story makes the picture even more amazing.

awesome choices - i bow to your listmaking! keep them coming!

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i'm glad that DROOPY DAWG lady won, i like her!