Daytime fans have been fortunate to see two major talents really getting the opportunity to strut their stuff this week on Days of our Lives and General Hospital. And, we predict that these two performers will have careers beyond the soaps, if and when that time should come. But again to the naysayers, that tell us that soaps don’t have A+ caliber acting look no further than Days of our Lives, Chandler Massey (Will) and General Hospital’s Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie).
In a riveting, touching and heartbreaking performance on Tuesday and Wednesday’s Days of our Lives, Will blurts out to his parents, Sami and Lucas, that he is gay. What followed was some of the best writing in the telling of a coming out storyline that we can remember on daytime or nighttime television. Chandler Massey’s raw, understated, and realistic portrayal had us reaching for the hankies! Ably supported by Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) who did a great job as Will’s father trying to come to terms with the revelation while trying to hold the family together, and Alison Sweeney (Sami) as the mother in denial, who runs away from the whole situation. Give credit to the writers, and give a huge credit to Chandler Massey. It is hard to imagine anyone could play this part better than he has. He has been given the ball and run all the way for a touchdown!
And in a startling, intense, heartbreaking tour de force, GH’s Kelly Sullivan is showing what she is made of playing the complex DID storyline and making it fresh, when many said it couldn’t be done! With her magnificent scene partner, Maurice Benard (Sonny) playing the beats of a heartbroken lover who deep down loves Kate, he watches in shock and sadness as Kate talks to her alter Connie who is trying desperately to deduce what happened the night Anthony Zacchara’s tires were shot out, which in turn killed Cole and Hope. Then, when Sonny meets Connie for the first time, Sullivan really pulled out all the stops! We loved when Connie imitated Kate when she said, “Oh Sonny. I have to see Sonny” Then the line that followed (which we also loved) was Connie telling Sonny about Kate not being able to stay away from him, “She’s an addict and you’re a big hunk of crack.” It was drama at its best and Sullivan and Bernard made this work!
So with all that said, On-Air On-Soaps names Chandler Massey and Kelly Sullivan this week’s Power Performances of the Week. Now after the jump, watch their power performances and let us know what you thought of the scenes and if you agree with our picks!