Mirror, Mirror on The Wall, Who’s The Greatest Hair Model of Them All?




TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco has released his list of Soap’s Worst Actors. No surprise, The Bold and the Beautiful— or Passions 2009 as I like to call it— leads the pack with three folicle strutters making the cut.

 

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    AlistairCrane

    *sigh* Even though Passions has been off the air for over 6 months, people still continue to pick on it. Pathetic.

  2. Avatar of gllover
    gllover

    Very accurate list!

    Caitlin Van Zandt is way too loud when she talks. Daisy has became more likable with James, but being Reva’s granddaughter she should be a lot cooler.

    I agree about all of the others as well

  3. Avatar of Smitty
    Smitty

    Ronn Moss is just a shame. He has been on that show for over 20 years. Brooke/Ridge/Taylor was why I loved that show in the 90s. Now I was on youtube this past weekend looking at some old clips and Ronn Moss didn’t seem to be as bad. I mean he was never going to get an Emmy but he was tolerable. Now I quit watching the show about a year ago and tuned in recently around the time of Pheobe’s death and I just couldn’t take it. He was awful! I’M NOT SURPRISED AT Jacqueline McInnes Wood. Well I am surprised she isn’t number one but I haven’t seen a scene of that Molly Burnet since I don’t want DAYS anymore.

    He should of did a list of some dishonorable mentions as well. He only got one from Y&R. Vail Bloom I think she has gotten better. She still needs to loosen up. Maybe take a shot of Patron before her scenes. She is too stiff. I would have put Eva on the list before her though. Eva Marcielle is a perfect example of a hair model. There is just something off about her acting.

  4. Avatar of Smitty
    Smitty

    Oh yeah on the as the world turns. I don’t regularly watch that show. I catch it every once in a while and in my opinion the guys that play Noah and Luke both aren’t that good. I still don’t see the big deal about the couple.

  5. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    AlistairCrane you can’t get mad if our opinions don’t gel with your view of Passions being some great show. The show was campy and that is a nice way of putting it.

  6. Avatar of bonobochick
    bonobochick

    Did I blink and miss no one from AMC making this list? And only one guy from GH. Hmmmm.
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    I disagree about Jake Silbermann. JS finally has someone writing for his character instead of making cameo appearances and he’s been a lot more solid these last few months. Besides, after stuff I heard about the Rock the Soap Cruise, I think there is a serious bias going on that has little to do with objectively critiquing JS’s acting.
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    I have to agree about the others.

  7. Avatar of bonobochick
    bonobochick

    Oh, and where is Cameron Mathison on that list? He may be a nice person in real life but his take on Ryan hasn’t been watchable since he rode out of town on his motorcycle after dumping Kendall.

    I agree with Smiity that Eva Marcille is worse than Vail Bloom. And what about the gal who plays Eden?

  8. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    Ronn Moss should forever thankful to Katherine Kelly Lang that he is for such a long time on this show. He should be ashamed of himself. Twenty-two years … and for me he still is the hair model number 1.

  9. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Shelly? Nah, she’s a hair model, but she’s not one of the worst in daytime. I’d swap Jake Silberman—though I do think he strikes a mean pose and his hair looks flawless—with Kyle Lowder. Kyle used to be good, but he and a couple of his other Last Blasters are phoning their current storylines in across the dial. It pains me to say that, but Farah and Jay Kenneth are modeling some mean hair these days too. Sometimes when the material isn’t there, the actors struggle. Everyone can’t be Zimmer. Crystal Hunt sux as Stacy, but Farah isn’t bringing it either. As an actor, you have to commit wholeheartedly, even if it’s a storyline stink bomb. Katherine Kelly Lang does it each and every single day. So do Alison Sweeney and Arianne Zucker. Do it for the fans!

  10. Avatar of Mark
    Mark

    I disagree about Jake Silbermann. I’ve always liked him, but especially now that he gets more to do than just being Luke’s sidekick.

  11. Avatar of sudsmuffin
    sudsmuffin

    Nelson should be ashamed of himself for including Jake Silbermann in that list. Jake has come a long way since he began, and he’s starting to come into his own as Noah. He finally has been given more than just being arm candy for Luke. His smart aleck remarks during that awful murder mystery s/l were the only good thing about it. Plus, when he and Van are on screen together, they make me believe they are in love, as opposed to every other couple on ATWT. If Nelson wants to single somebody out as a “hair model” on ATWT, how about one-dimensional, goody two-shoes Meg, who is as expressionless as a mannequin? Or what about Alison, who just looks like she’s just had an apendectomy every time she’s on screen? I could name about fifty other actors on soaps who deserve to be on this list over Jake.

  12. Avatar of daisyclover1938
    daisyclover1938

    So many to choose from, how did he manage to narrow it down to just ten?

    I hate to say it, but I would have swapped Crystal Hunt for Farah Fath. I agree CH’s performance hasn’t been good, however her character is completely one dimensional – Stacey is a one-note harpy and that’s the way Crystal is playing her. Farah Fath at least has a more fleshed out character and slightly better material to work with (she gets to *react* to the nutjob instead of being the nutjob, lol), yet she continues to get more twitchy and shrieky as the weeks go by.

    I’m glad Nelson gave a shoutout to Susan Flannery, who I think is the BEST actor on daytime. Oh and I really need to read “Eight Years in Another World: The Inside Story of a Soap Opera”

  13. Avatar of Carol2
    Carol2

    Since when are “film and primetime television actors held accountable” for bad acting? I can’t count the number of bad actors who have had lengthy and successful careers, from Cameron Diaz to Keanu Reeves to Demi Moore.

    Where is Eva Marcile, who has been a travesty in spite of being propped as a “young Dru” and given a starring role on the show for 6 months? She’s much worse than Heather.

    I also think it’s odd that Crystal Hunt is criticized for not working with her “lively dialogue” (which apparently means Stacy being a walking plot device who does and says insane things which not even Garbo could work with), yet he has nothing bad to say about Farah Fath, who was given a story that ANY mediocre actress could shine with and she has instead stunk up the joint. Where is John Paul Lavoissier, who has proven a million times this year that he flails around when he can’t rely on smirks and shouting?

    I’m also surprised to see Harding Lemay so heavily quoted since, from what I remember, he implied in 8 Years in Another World that he thought Robin Strasser was a bad actress. I hope Robin isn’t ever going to end up on a hair model list.

  14. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Shelly brought it yesterday when Stephanie discovered Phillip. It was a looooot better than anything the 20 something women on OLTL are doing when they attempt to emote. She’s no Hillary Swank, but she isn’t a ham. If anything Shelly is boring. I can take boring, but overacting and hamming it up in scenes drives me to distraction and that’s why Jay Kenneth, Farah and Kyle have been doing for the last few weeks. And these are some of my favorites, but they need calling out.

  15. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    film and primetime television actors held accountable" for bad acting? I can’t count the number of bad actors who have had lengthy and successful careers, from Cameron Diaz to Keanu Reeves to Demi Moore.
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    He didn’t say they couldn’t be successful, but they are called out. In daytime it is considered bad form to call an actor out on being bad. It’s like "if you love the genre, don’t say anything bad about it at all’. That’s why the mags never critique performances. They will say "that Melanie gets on my nerves, but it has nothing to do with Molly Burnett".

  16. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    I’m also surprised to see Harding Lemay so heavily quoted since, from what I remember, he implied in 8 Years in Another World that he thought Robin Strasser was a bad actress. I hope Robin isn’t ever going to end up on a hair model list.

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    Well flog me with a wet noodle, because I’ll admit it. I think Strasser is a ham. LMAO I do. I damn sure do. Always have. She is fierce when she actually stops "playing Dorian" and is raw and gritty, like in scenes with Mel or Viki, but generally she’s hamming it up like a cartoon character.

  17. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    I don’t think that boy on GH is a bad actor. I think fans loathe him because they know he is being forced on them, but I haven’t seen anything that denotes him being classified a bad actor. He’s a better actor than Greg Vaughan, not that I want him to replace Vaughan’s role on the show. but Vaughan sits around staring blankly into space. "Who am I? Where am I?’

  18. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Listen some of my all time faves are or were hair models. It isn’t always a bad thing. As long as the story is good and soapy, and they are pretty.

    Kristian Alfonso
    Peter Reckell
    Susan Lucci
    Deidre Hall
    Drake Hogestyn
    Patsy Pease
    Alison Sweeney (the early years, not so much now)
    Carrington Garland
    Sydney Penny

    Yep, all hair models, and I loved them all!

  19. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    There needs to be a special distintion for Eva Marcille. I want to take a fly swat to her behind for even submitting herself for acting jobs. She ought to be ashamed.

  20. Avatar of sudsmuffin
    sudsmuffin

    I’ll just say one more thing before I calm my ass down, lol: Nelson can single out JS or whomever but this is coming from the same man who thinks Nicolas Galbraith (Zac) is the best thing since white sliced bread. Zac just whips off his shirt and Nelson’s all “we’re going to lose this sexy bitch to Hollywood.” Please, Nelson. Nick is fine and all, but he and that Zoe are working that hair like nobody’s business. I guess if JS got naked more, Nelson would take him off the list.

  21. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    The key phrase was "10 years ago". Back in the day, SOW did pioneer soap criticism, but have you picked up a copy lately? You’re libel to find Molly Burnett as Performer of the Millenium or some madness.

  22. Avatar of daisyclover1938
    daisyclover1938

    Hey speaking of soap mags criticizing actors: does anyone remember the J Eddie Peck brouhaha that happened when he was on AMC? The soap mags would regularly criticize his performances and it ended up becoming this “thing”…I think SOW ended up printing some kind of open letter, defending their right to criticize actors and refusing to buckle under the pressures from TPTB in the industry. This was a while ago, and my memory is fuzzy, but I remember the whole thing making a real impression on me.

  23. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    Eva is tweeting in her shit. She needs to get a wake up call ala Eric Braeden. I betcha she’d bring it then. Kristoff must be lighting a candle ala Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald (see I can be nice on Passions) hoping for Victoria Rowell to come home.

  24. Avatar of BrattyNatty
    BrattyNatty

    His list is pretty accurate, but the number could change a bit. I do think Farah Fath should be tied with Crystal Hunt they suck on their own, but together would make you consider eating a bullet. Also those OLTL kids Kristen Alderson and Brandon Buddy. Starr is a beloved character but that girl can’t handle mature acting, and BB has always sucked outside some random scenes of a whacked out pill popping punk.

  25. Avatar of mooney
    mooney

    This list doesn’t suprise me, since these are the people that get the most flack.

    While avoiding work I read an article stating that Eva Marcille’s character was not suppose to be long term, but she caught on with fans. That strikes me as odd since most fans hate this character.

  26. Avatar of lostfan
    lostfan

    omg, Farah Fath is awful. She was mannered on Days and is equally so on OLTL. Same goes for Kyle Lowder–he was terrible on Days and is also awful on B&B. Eric Martsolf is so much better as Brady.

  27. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    Oh please Alistair! You need to get over this thing that you have about Passions being some show that we can’t poke fun of! Hell the actors themselves joke about it all the time as we do with ALL the shows. I love GH and Y&R those are my fav shows but I can crack on them all day everyday if its warrented and need be. Jamey loves him some Santa Barbara and Another World and we crack on that all the time. Luke LOVES DAYS and we take that show to task as well as Mike’s love for the P&G shows.  Some of the actors on Passions were ok but the majority of them can’t even compare to the list Nelson has created.

  28. Avatar of east.west
    east.west

    My eyes rolled so far back when I saw this list. The only ones I agree w/is Ronn & Molly. The rest I can take or leave. But not having Farah Fath on this list is absolutly crazy! But hey once again it’s your opinion, but really LOL!

  29. Avatar of dkellergrl2001
    dkellergrl2001

    Thanks for posting the link. There are definitely some folks on that list that I agree with and others that I don’t.

    Remember, it’s only one person’s opinion. It’s not like it’s supposed to be taken as gospel. I also think that most of those actors won’t have their panties/knickers in a twist over it.

  30. Avatar of hunterforrester
    hunterforrester

    GIRLCALL JOE:

    Nelson here. Jake Silbermann was on last year’s list as well long before cruise, so your conspiracy theories should take a holiday. And we honoured him with an SOS Award for Best Duo with Jake.

    As for the cruise:
    I hung out with Jake and Van all weekend on the cruise; there was no bad blood. We all got smashed together.

    And, I was there on my own dime (yes, I helped out Bob Guiney by writing a few articles to get word out), so I’m not sure what was unprofessional when I was just a passionate about a subject Van asked the audience about. I paid for my cruise and I had every right to speak my mind. It’s just an opinion.

    Anyway, Van came up later and hugged me and apologized for having to tow the company line. In fact, he agreed with me.

    Send a tape of Jake Silbermann’s work to any mainstream TV and film critic and I bet you a million dollars they agree with me.

  31. Avatar of SoapSnob
    SoapSnob

    Stepping firmly out on a very shaky limb… Would anyone agree that Eva Marcille has improved since her Y&R debut almost a year ago? Yes, she still has a LOT of growing to do, but I think she has improved since her early days. (I especially love the way Tyra can cry on cue like Nikki. Or Brooke from B&B.) :-) Eva actually reminds of a 1980s era Melody Thomas Scott and we all recognize that Melody has blossomed into one of the best actresses in the genre. With continued training and appropriate writing, Eva, too, could blossom into a quality actress.

    Also, I think that Eva’s character Tyra has been put in the unenviable position of being “Dru-lite” and that is a big mistake. Drucilla was/is a very unique character whose template cannot easily be redrawn. Yes, make Tyra a spitfire, but a spitfire who has a clearly defined motivation as her through line. Plus, considering her background, I am not sure why Y&R has not seized on the opportunity to make her the “Fresh Face” of Jabot or Beauty of Nature. I imagine a storyline of Tyra as Genoa City’s most sought after model, settling into a “good girlfriend” relationship with Phyllis (after working with her on a Restless Style cover shoot), rebuilding her friendly/familial relationship with Lily and Devon, while enjoying an organic, “do-over”, blossoming love story with Neil when… Drucilla Barber Winters returns to reclaim her man/family/life to which Tyra responds, “Not so fast.” And Drucilla responds, “Game On!” Of course, this story would have to be told sparingly to ensure Tyra does not eat the show. But we all know there is no chance of that happening. :-)

  32. Avatar of brady101
    brady101

    Am I the only one who thinks Molly shouldn’t be number one ? I don’t think she is that bad…

    Shelley is no hair model. She’s no Rachel Melvin but she’s not bad. Boring ? yes.

  33. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    SoapSnob our love affair is OVER! *LOL* Eva bites! Now I tried to cut old girl some slack but she ain’t bringing it at all. I’m wondering if she needs to be paired up with an acting partner that will challenge her in order to have Eva’s A-game stepped up. I’m not knocking KSJ at all I’m just wondering if he’s just being a bit nice with her when they do scenes together. I’ve always dreamed for Y&R to sorta tap into Eva’s history of being a model and writing that in the show some how or some way. I know they’ve done that with Dru but some of her history could’ve been used or have her at Jabot as a chemist or being the owner of a cosmetics firm that they and Newman were trying to acquire instead of making her the social cause.

  34. Avatar of Smitty
    Smitty

    Stepping firmly out on a very shaky limb… Would anyone agree that Eva Marcille has improved since her Y&R debut almost a year ago?

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    HELL TO THE NAW!!! IMO she’s just not a good actress! I have seen her in a couple other things and she is just as bad in the other stuff.

    Kristoff St. John is a very good actor and putting a novice like Eva as his potential partner just isn’t working. It’s already hard enough to by Eva as someone who at the age of 10 decided she was going to raise her sister’s child. (Maybe not 10 but I guess she was like 15 or so)

    I want to see how Eva interacts with the other people. Maybe she will gel better with the rest of the cast…more than likely not

  35. Avatar of Jorpa
    Jorpa

    Am I the only one who thinks Molly shouldn’t be number one ?
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    No. Ronn Moss should be number one. I always wondered if he had something on the Bells to be able to keep his job.

  36. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    SoapSnob that sucker BROKE! *LOL* I am always trying to give folks the benefit of the doubt that that girl right there has been on way too long for her to be acting as if this is her first rodeo. She’s been in other things like Smitty said the girl needs to get an acting coach. Just because its a soap doesn’t mean she can decide not to step her game up. I do think if she were to work with others that would possibly make her decide to play catch up with them.

  37. Avatar of petitejolie
    petitejolie

    I would put Ronn Moss over Molly Burnett in the top position because he’s been “acting” for 20+ years. Granted, the writing on B&B hasn’t been up to par, his work as of late along with Kyle Lowder, Hunter Tylo and Jacqueline Woods has been pure cheese.

  38. Avatar of Norm de Plumme
    Norm de Plumme

    I have no problem with Nelson trashing whichever daytime player he chooses, and often find it leads to his best writing (like Tom Casiello spilling his hot, delicious ink now he’s escaped Ken Corday). However, I do have a problem with a criticism that is personal rather than professional, as here:

    “Silbermann hasn’t brought any nuance or personality to his popular role as of yet. We’ve met the actor in person and alas he’s the same person on and off screen.”

    This feels totally uncalled for and put me off the whole list, which usually I would have loved. With that already in mind, it made me feel uncomfortable about the reference to Caitlyn Van Zandt’s lap band surgery, which suddenly felt more personal and unnecessary than it would have otherwise. I am reading this list for funny, clever observations on performances, not trashing of the personalities of the people behind them.

  39. Avatar of sudsmuffin
    sudsmuffin

    I agree with Norm de Plumme. That comment about JS crossed the line from an acting critique to being personal. Critique somebody’s acting all you want, but taking a jab at somebody personally, however disguised, is not professional or cool. Nelson didn’t talk about how anyone else on the list was “in person.” Who gives a damn how JS is in person when we’re talking about acting? How he is “in person” has no relevance to his acting ability on ATWT, whatever you may think of it (and everyone is entitled to their opinion).

  40. Avatar of shipperx
    shipperx

    Why quibble about who should be no 1 on the list? Let’s just agree that Crystal Hunt, Molly Burnett, and Farah Fath deserve multiple entries on the list!

  41. Avatar of ktuc
    ktuc

    It is of my opinion, Jamey, that she hasn’t held her own against EB, and furthermore, she hasn’t even graduated from the hair model academy either. She’s as bad as Farah Fath and Crystal Hunt and actually, her being in scenes with EB make them both look preposterous!

    The dude from GH is just as horrid and deserved to be in that spot but Eva Marcille absolutely should have been there too!

  42. Avatar of gnkccc
    gnkccc

    I have to respectfully disagree with some of these.

    -Bonnie Dennison was quite good with the abortion scenes she had to play. The writers have done her no favors having her so in love with a murderer.

    -Caitlin Van Zandnt-I love Ashlee. She is a breath of fresh air. She has tons of personality. She can easily play comedy and drama.

    -Jake Silbermann-Yes he used to be a bit stiff, but I think he has come alive recently. Noah is an introverted character. Jake owns the role. He holds his own with Van all the time. Jake was amazing when Luke and Noah were fighting in oldtown and he finally broke down and kissed Luke passionately, leading to them finally making love. He has been holding his own with Paolo. Jake’s performances in the Damian storyline made me understand why he would bond with Damian when a Noah/Damian bond doesn’t really make a lot of sense. In my opinion, he is one of the best younger actors. He is completely underrated. I just don’t understand how anyone can say he’s not good.

    How can anyone think the guy playing Zac is better? Zac was the epitome of over the top gay stereotype. Maybe Noah should stick his tongue out like a 3 year old and act more effeminate?

    How about some examples of actual bad actors.

    The guys who play Rafe and Remy on GL are truly awful. Neither of them can read their lines correctly.

    It seems like Branco seems to want to get Hansis and Silbermann in trouble. Trying make them kiss each other, yelling at them for the way the writers write their own characters. If he doesn’t like the way the Nuke relationship is portrayed, it’s not Van and Jake’s fault. Van and Jake have made it all work. So why doesn’t he use his influence to to bring attention to the real issue in a positive way?

  43. Avatar of dangerous
    dangerous

    I gotta stick up for Jake Silbermann. He has certainly grown as an actor. I also met him and think he’s one of the nicest and funniest guy I ever met. Jake is definitely not the same as Noah. Noah is a lover, a pacifist, and a boy with quiet strength. I feel Jake infuses Noah with heart and a quiet soulfulness.

    Let’s be real. Jake and Van are not the reason for the kissing/sex bans. Besides, they have been kissing since last April. Maybe instead of attacking Jake, Van, Luke, and Noah, Nelson Branco could do some real digging and find out the real truth about that and the whole Otalia/Nuke double standard.

  44. Avatar of hunterforrester
    hunterforrester

    All I was saying is an actor’s job is to play another character and Jake is playing himself as Noah. Call me stupid but that’s not what acting is all about. That’s what Paris Hilton does.

  45. Avatar of girlcalledJo
    girlcalledJo

    Nelson here.
    As for the cruise:
    I hung out with Jake and Van all weekend on the cruise; there was no bad blood. We all got smashed together.

    And, I was there on my own dime (yes, I helped out Bob Guiney by writing a few articles to get word out), so I’m not sure what was unprofessional when I was just a passionate about a subject Van asked the audience about. I paid for my cruise and I had every right to speak my mind. It’s just an opinion.

    Anyway, Van came up later and hugged me and apologized for having to tow the company line. In fact, he agreed with me.

    Send a tape of Jake Silbermann’s work to any mainstream TV and film critic and I bet you a million dollars they agree with me.
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    LOL, that’s your story and you’re sticking to it. Being ‘passionate’ doesn’t give you a green light to berate actors about why a certain scene transpired when and how it did. As I said, it was unprofessional.

    Also, you conveniently avoided the point of my post which was that unlike the others on the list you took it to a personal level with Silbermann. Why? Critiquing an actor’s performance is to be expected, but you went beyond that. Ultimately though, that kind of pettiness reflects only on you.
    The producers are very aware of the extensive and loyal fanbase not just for Luke and Noah, but for Jake Silbermann and Van Hansis themselves. They know it more than ever after last weekend’s ATWT Fan Luncheon.

    You also didn’t address my perplexity at your assertion that JS doesn’t play Noah ‘gay enough’. What the hell does that even mean? Should he be a lisping, flitting, effeminate stereotype? Gee, we certainly don’t see enough of those! Should he be as gay as Zac? Oh, wait, Zac’s not gay! But he is a cliché.

  46. Avatar of sudsmuffin
    sudsmuffin

    All I was saying is an actor’s job is to play another character and Jake is playing himself as Noah. Call me stupid but that’s not what acting is all about. That’s what Paris Hilton does.
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    So you are saying that Noah Mayer and Jake Silbermann are one in the same? That the writers basically say “Yeah, Jake, just go in there and be you?” WTF? I don’t buy that for a minute. He would’ve been gone after three months like he was initally supposed to be if that were the case.

    Again, this is being personal. Critique Jake’s acting, say what you want, you are entitled to your opinion, but by comparing his acting, which you don’t like obviously and find bland and boring, to JS himself is like saying JS is bland and boring IRL. That is taking it to a personal level and a very cheap shot. No other actor on your list was given this treatment.

    And comparing JS to Paris Hilton? Please. I won’t even dignify that with a response.

  47. Avatar of dangerous
    dangerous

    I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree that. I met Jake, he is not anything like Noah. I don’t see how he’s playing himself. Noah is more introverted and not really easy to read. He is quiet and loving. I like that about him. I realize Jake is not everyone’s cup of tea, but Jake compared to Paris Hilton? Paris is fake. Jake infuses Noah with much soul. I can tell you many scenes I loved Jake as Noah in. The scenes yesterday where Noah is tied up with Luke. His scenes with Damian have been some of the best! Jake plays a gay man without coming off like a cliche. Up until recently, Jake hasn’t been given much to do. It seems that is slowly changing and Noah is coming into his own.

  48. Avatar of Agim87
    Agim87

    Does Nelson Branco think he is Perez Hilton? I dont care for Nuke that much, I think Van can overact at times with the yelling and Jake is just poorly and boringly written for. As for not being gay enough, Nelson you are just playing in to the sterotypes of gay men thinking they should all be queens. The Zac character is the biggest queen i have ever seen and is terrible, really says alot about your poor taste. As a gay person, not all gays act like big queens plus Noah is a character that has had to repress his sexuality for most of his life. How is Steve Burton not on this list, how can you call what he does acting! What is with all the Y&R pimping, are you being paid by them Nelson. As a newer viewer i just cannot get into it and think it is overrated. GL is the show that needs help and promotion, not Y&R which has been the number one show for the last 20 years.

  49. Avatar of Jillian Bowe
    Jillian Bowe

    Agim we @ DC praise Y&R because its good to us. We’re not going to, "promote" a show just because it needs help. GL has been good for a while now so we do praise its fine points also. If DC was in the habit of hyping bad shows then hell we’d be loving AMC to bits these days! *LOL*

  50. Avatar of Heidi
    Heidi

    B&B: pretty much half the cast needs to be on this list. The only outstanding actor this show has is Susan Flannery. I’m not looking forward to the day when she decides to retire. She will be sorely missed.

    Ronn Moss is so bad it’s just laughable. But I can’t imagine anyone else portraying Ridge Forrester. Somehow, despite his atrocious acting, RM has made it work for the past 20 years. I think the credit has to go to Katherine Kelly Lang; she has carried RM through all these years. I have to admit they do have great on-screen chemistry.

    Y&R: I agree that Vail Bloom should be on this list. Eva Marcille absolutely should be on this list – her acting is abominable. I can’t believe that Nia Peeples got fired and we unlucky viewers are stuck with EM. I can only pray she goes soon. I would also put Tammin Sursok on this list. She is mediocre at best and has done nothing whatsoever for the role of Colleen except to drag it down. I thought her scenes with Eric Braeden were ridiculous and she did NOT hold her own with him at all. I think that TPTB know this, too, because Colleen hasn’t had a storyline to speak of since the wonderful Adrianne Leon had the role. It’s mystifying to me as to why TS is still on this show at all. It’s clear from interviews she considers Y&R nothing more than a stepping stone to a big movie career and I think this is evident in her acting. There’s no commitment to her character or to Y&R itself.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Okay, where did my earlier comments go??? So anyway let me re-summarize my take re: Jake. I think Jake is an okay young adult actor for a soap. I don’t think he’s great, but I also don’t think he’s among the worst in soaps. He is wildly popular because his fans connect with him, the same way I connected to a young Kristian Alfonso. She wasn’t some major thespian, but she knew how to give good soap heroine. Jake is  just as good as she was at his age, or say Jensen Ackles for that matter, and in my opinion, he’s a lot better than he was when he first premiered, but I do think he and Van are bored with the storylines and sometimes that comes through. Nelson’s list was his opinion, and he is entitled to them. I blame the writers. If they wrote a halfway decent story for these guys, I predict they would both rise to the occasion.

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    bonobochick

    Jamey, I think the problem for some people is they felt that Branco’s comments about Silbermann’s acting were more personal than professional and crossed a line.

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    Carol2

    I’ve seen soap magazines criticize bad acting, they just don’t go overboard. I remember when Soap Opera Weekly criticized Liz Hubbard for her work in the Stenbeck return storyline 10 years ago. Marlena de la Croix used to criticize the trend of the model-turned-actor. SOD criticized some of the bad Kevin recasts after Kirk Geiger was fired. The soap magazines joked around about Drake Hogestyn’s ridiculous performances being the inspiration for Joey’s soap acting on “Friends”. I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the soap press reaction and the way the entertainment press reacts to bad actors. Demi Moore, one of the worst actresses of all time, was called out and held accountable during some film reviews, and yet, in the meantime, she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood for part of the 90s. I think she had an easier time than most bad soap actors get.

    As for Robin Strasser, I agree she can be a ham, but I think she’s proof that Lemay, as much as I admire his AW work and his life story, isn’t the ultimate expert on good or bad acting.

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    girlcalledJo

    I disagree about Jake Silbermann. JS finally has someone writing for his character instead of making cameo appearances and he’s been a lot more solid these last few months. Besides, after stuff I heard about the Rock the Soap Cruise, I think there is a serious bias going on that has little to do with objectively critiquing JS’s acting.
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    You hit the nail on the head, bonobochick. What happened at the Q&A on the Rock the Soap Cruise was ugly and extremely unprofessional and I don’t doubt for a moment it’s a factor in this. If not, why the personal attack on Jake Silbermann and none of the other actors on the list?

    Oh, and I’ll be checking in with my gay male friends to make certain they’re acting ‘gay enough’.

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