Daytime Confidential's Top 10 Soap Newcomers of 2009
No. 10: Shenell Edmonds, One Life to Live
One Life to Live made the wise decision to give Todd's (Trevor St. John) bulky bodguard Shaun (Sean Ringold) a family of his own to protect and spar with in 2009. As Shaun's straight-shooting kid sister Destiny, daytime newcomer Shenell Edmonds has proven to be quite the refreshing departure from the stick thin, fair-skinned teens who populate most daytime soaps. The chemistry Edmonds shares with Ringold and the rest of the actors who make up the Evans clan is a ready one, not to mention the fact that Destiny's heartbreaking devotion to Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson) makes you remember when love was young, surprising and oh-so-bittersweet.
No. 9: Evan Alex Cole, As the World Turns
When Hunter first appeared in Oakdale, the far-fetched character not surprisingly inspired a few groans from the As The World Turns watchers on the Daytime Confidential staff, who have long been on newbie overload where this particular soap is concerned. Imagine our collective surprise when Hunter's protrayer, Evan Alex Cole, managed to win us over? The handsome, talented Cole made the clutzy, awkward Hunter an endearing addition to Oakdale's dysfunctional Stewart clan, managing to find a kindred spirit in Hunter's newfound sister/aunt Alison (Marnie Schulenburg), and eventually common ground with bio Emily (Kelley Menighan Hensley). By the time Hunter started crushing on fan fave Maddie Coleman (Alexandra Chando) we found ourselves quite pleased with the addition of this refreshing Stewart man.