Daytime Confidential's Top 10 Most Improved of 2008
No. 5: Jake Silbermann - As the World Turns
Smoking hot chemistry with a screen partner and instant popularity has helped many a soap actor achieve star status, even in lieu of acting ability. Until 2008, As The World Turn's Jake Silbermann (Noah) fit into this category. As one half of daytime's first gay male supercouple, Silbermann was instantly popular and became a pop culture icon overnight thanks to the infamous Kiss Ban. It took a bit of time, however before Silbermann's acting chops caught up to the hype.
In 2008 the actor found himself hitched to an ass of a storyline involving an Iraqi girl named Ameera. While this story arc was universally panned, it provided Silbermann the chance to fine tune a much-valued acting skill, the ability to transform storyline fecal matter into sugar aka The Kim Zimmer Method. Silbermann grew steadily over the course of the year, turning in notable performances opposite daytime and primetime vet Daniel Hugh Kelly (Col. Mayer) and Jon Hensley (Holden). He even began to steal a performance or two from the theater-trained Van Hansis (Luke) as their coupling began to unravel in the wake of yet another disastrous, plot-driven tale, Luke's run for class president. If Silbermann continues at this rate, it won't be long before he's right next to Hansis on next year's Emmy ballot, and who knows, he just might take the gold.