No. 10: Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri, General Hospital
Icy, fashion bible helmer Kate Howard (Megan Ward) wasn’t in town long before everyone figured out she was really round the way girl Connie Falconeri from Bensonhurst on General Hospital. Connie had changed her name and history decades earlier to forget about the old neighborhood and her childhood sweetheart Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). The re-christened Kate did a great job keeping the past in the past, until she became involved with Sonny again as an adult. Unfortunately for Port Charles’ answer to Anna Wintour, no one informed her that dating the dimpled don meant you might need to invest more in bullet proof vests than the latest couture!
After being shot on her wedding day—and later finding out that Sonny had slept with his four-time ex-wife Carly (Laura Wright)—Kate ended things with the corrupt coffee importer. Flash forward to 2011, when Kate returned to Port Charles just in time to help a post-Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) Sonny pick up the pieces. READ MORE
(No. 10) EJ DiMera, Days of Our Lives
Who would have ever guessed someone conceived by an Elvis-impersonating Stefano (Joe Mascolo)—inseminating sperm into his adopted daughter’s toothy doppelganger—would one day grow up to be so snooty and entitled? Don’t get us wrong, we love some EJ DiMera (James Scott) on Days of Our Lives, but he can be a bit of brat!
From coercion to kidnapping, EJ has done it all to prove himself to his beloved, bazillionaire “Father”. Now that EJ’s DiMera lineage is in question, we wonder if he will keep that upper lip quite so stiff? As long as another part of his anatomy stays stiff anytime he’s in the presence of one Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney), we’ll still be watching this poor little (not so) rich (anymore) boy tale play out. READ MORE
Santa Barbara alum and former Without a Trace star Eric Close is the latest actor with daytime roots to join the cast of the ABC pilot Nashville. According to Deadline, he will play the husband of fading country superstar Rayna James. Former Guiding Light and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere and ex-General Hospital star Jonathan Jackson have already joined the pilot’s cast.
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According to Soap Opera Digest, former Santa Barbara actress Gina Gallego will appear on Days of Our Lives as Warden Smith. Gallego will take over the role Stacy Haiduk was slated to play. This move will reunite Gallego with former onscreen rival Robin Mattson, who played Gina to Gallego's Santana on SB. No word on her first airdate.
EW.com is reporting that Wanda De Jesus, who played Santana Andrade on the much-missed Santa Barbara, has just joined the new Dick Wolf drama, Law & Order: Los Angeles. She will play the captain of the Robbery Homicide Division, Arleen Gonzales. De Jesus joins the previously cast Regina Hall, Skeet Ulrich, Corey Stoll, Alfred Molina, and Terrence Howard.