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

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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

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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.

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That's way all of them should be off our screens, LOL.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Nelson really should do an (dis)honorable list.
I am sure there are plenty more of hair models he can think of!

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Kyle Lowder should be right on there with his screen partner Ron Moss. You can't have ham without cheese. Ham and Cheese, that's who they are!

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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.

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Shelly Hennig should be on that list.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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"

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Shelly's working some hair too now. Farrah is walking that hair out these days.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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?'

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Yeah forgot, Eva the Diva is TEARING DOWN some hair! *LOL* Oh lord I tried to give her some some slack but her ass needed to be called out.  

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.