Top 10 Reasons To Watch Guiding Light Right Now
3. OTALIA: It's no secret that the potential romantic pairing of Olivia & Natalia has many GL fans buzzing with joy and for good reason. What fans are responding to is the fact that the chemistry between Crystal Chapell (Olivia) and Jessica Leccia (Natalia) is off the charts! Not only that, but their story — "complicated friendship" or potential love interest, whatever label one slaps on it — has been organically building for about a year, following Gus' death and subsequent heart transplant to Olivia. It also makes an interesting bit of sense for these two women, whose lives have been wrapped up in men, to fall for each other: Olivia has been an incredibly self-destructive force in her relationships and Natalia has had good reason to suppress or not even know her feelings because of her religious beliefs.
What really makes this story sing is its true secret weapon: the absolutely adorable, dynamite Jaqueline Tsirkin who plays Emma Spencer, the daughter of Olivia and the soon-to-be returning Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander). This young actress is a better performer than many grown actors on daytime! With her wide eyes and easy smile, Emma's cheering for Olivia & Natalia anchors the two women as a couple and let's us cheer for them, too. Given that the few gays & lesbians on daytime are somewhat younger than Olivia and Natalia and with Frank (Frank Dicopoulos) hovering to complicate matters, there is a wonderful opportunity to tell this story from the point of view of two mature women who discover who they are inside and what they mean to each other. If I were Ellen Wheeler, I would have Otalia snorkeling every other day!