Top 25 Shirtless Soap Hunks of 2013

Some soap operas dish up a buffet of shirtless soap hunks on nearly a daily basis, like General Hospital. Other soaps provide fans with a smattering of shirtless beefcake throughout the year, like The Young and the Restless. Here are Daytime Confidential's Top 25 Shirtless Soap Hunks of 2013. Share your favorites in the comments!

INTERVIEW: Days of Our Lives’ Kate Mansi on “Giving Up” Birthday For Charity:Water and Abigail Losing Her V-Card

How many salacious stories have we read online, or in the tabloids about some young, hot-mess starlet having a debaucherous birthday party, solely for the purpose of exposing her unmentionables to ready camera lens and/or hooking up with the latest rapper, boy band member or troubled Hollyweird matinee idol? It's a good thing Days of Our Lives' Kate Mansi isn't your typical Hollywood starlet.

The popular actress chose to celebrate her big day by bringing awareness to a cause she believes in — getting clean water to countries lacking the critical resource. I caught up with Mansi to find out more about the organization she's involved with, charity: water.  We also dished her alter ego Abigail Deveraux finally losing her V-card on DAYS.

Is Mansi sad to see leading men Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Nathan Owens (Cameron) leaving the serial? How does she feel about working with Casey Moss—who plays Abigail's bad seed brother JJ—and veteran actress Melissa Reeves, as their long-suffering mother Jennifer Horton? Keep reading to find out!

Daytime Confidential: Happy birthday! It's cool that you used your big day to bring awareness to a charity you're passionate about. How did you become involved with raising awareness about issues concerning water?

Kate Mansi: I found out about the water crisis on World Water Day this March. Upon more research I learned that charity:water was one of the leading nonprofits bringing clean water to underdeveloped countries for the first time. They also pioneered a nonprofit model that allows donors a unique experience of getting media, GPS coordinates and photos with information on where their donations are being used. I saw that people were "giving up their birthdays" to raise money for water projects and I felt called to join. Additionally, the most powerful element of charity:water that encouraged me to start a birthday campaign of my own was learning about how they tailor each water project to the chosen community, to allow for a system that can sustain itself long after it is implemented. Ultimately, I realized that there are simple solutions to get water, our most basic and essential resource, to the 800 million people in the world suffering without it. charity:water determines carefully which locations are most in need, which system—of nine possible systems such as hand dug wells and rainwater catchments etc.—will be the most efficient and effective solution that the community can sustain.

Because I received such outstanding support and feedback from friends and fans during my birthday campaign, charity:water has offered to continue my campaign until Dec. 31 so we can reach our goal of $20,000! Therefore, what started as a month-long campaign is now going to be a three-month champion fundraiser to raise $20,000 for Orissa, India in order to give the communities latrines to aid the water crisis there. People can find out how to get involved in the next events and how to win more fun prizes and packages from DAYS via my twitter @Katemansi.

Summer’s 10 Worst Soap Couples

 No. 10: Adam and Melanie, The Young and the Restless

Can someone please explain why anyone at The Young and the Restless thought having Adam (Michael Muhney) sleep with a newbie lucky charm like Melanie (Erin Chambers)—who then accused him of rape—would provide riveting television? Anyone? Anyone? We didn't think so.

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Kristen Isn’t Giving Up on Brady on Days of Our Lives! (VIDEO)

Was Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) really foolish enough to believe Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson) would give up on him without a fight — and/or a straitjacket? On Monday's episode of Days of Our Lives, the Kiriakis heir's unhinged ex turned up next to him on the couch at his grandfather's mansion. Henderson's behind should be fired for not locking the front door!

Across town, Brady's stepsister, Sami (Alison Sweeney) was meeting with her Aunt Hope (Kristian Alfonso), while chatting on the phone with her honey sugah, EJ (James Scott). Glad to see EJami isn't letting the nasty break-up of their respective siblings' relationship interfere with their renewed love affair. Now if Samantha Jean will just stop worrying about Kate (Lauren Koslow) being pounded by Rafe (Galen Gering).

Cameron (Nathan Owens) put Chad (Casey Deidrick) on notice about his intentions for Abigail (Kate Mansi), while Chad stood there rocking his bitchin' new hairdo. I have to say, I am much more interested in the storyline involving Jennifer Rose's (Melissa Reeves) other tyke. Jack Jr. (Casey Moss) is a bratty hoot. Get him a girlfriend, STAT! Watch the DAYS recap video after the jump.