DC's Top 10 Female Entertainers of 2011
No. 10: Kim Matula, The Bold and the Beautiful
Kimberly Matula has moved up the ranks on The Bold and the Beautiful as someone you can't relegate as just a pretty face. Since her 2010 debut on the fashion world sudser, Matula has proven she can roll with the best of them, regardless of the storyline. While dealing with the retread of B&B's teen storyline, featuring Amber/Liam/Hope/Oliver, Matula's skills in acting were so palpable opposite Adrienne Frantz; it felt as though the storyline was focused on her character, instead of Scott Clifton's Liam! Unlike some of her co-stars, Matula dished out amazing performances with powerhouse Katherine Kelly Lang, as Hope blamed Brooke's vixen ways for being the cause of her frigid about sex. She also showed off her skills while chastising Hunter Tylo's Taylor for her bratty daughter Steffy's (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) behavior. Matula is proving B&B has a next generation heroine already in place to take over the mantle.
No. 9: Alison Sweeney, Days of Our Lives
Days of Our Lives’ Sami Brady Hernandez has come a long ways since being Salem’s No. 1 teen hellion, but through it all Alison Sweeney has been a trooper. 2011 proved to be no exception. In the first half of the year, Sweeney didn’t flinch as she tried to make the Fake Rafe storyline believable. Even though the storyline felt repetitive, lasted too long and was at times boring, Sweeney never wavered.
DAYS 2.0 wiped Salem’s slate clean and with it brought the return of Sami’s mother, Marlena (Deidre Hall). With just a sentence, a gesture, or look, both actresses capitalized on their past and stepped up to the plate as years of history spilled out in their scenes. It wasn’t just in scenes with her onscreen mother or husband that helped Sweeney earn a spot on our list. The way she conveyed Sami’s often-strained relationship with son Will, (Chandler Massey) and her always present explosive chemistry with EJ (James Scott) as they went toe-to-toe provided some of the year’s most remarkable moments.