DC's Top 10 Male Entertainers of 2011
No. 1: Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John, One Life to Live
Two powerhouse actors and one incredible storyline brought One Life to Live and its fans to another level in 2011. Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John battled to be the Real Todd Manning, and in the process earned their spot as Daytime Confidential’s Male Entertainer(s) of the year.
Trevor St. John has undoubtedly been giving us top-notch performances for as long as we can remember, and his role in A Tale of Two Todd’s was no different. As Trevor’s Todd struggled to hide secrets from his family, St. John flawlessly portrayed a conflicted man who only wants to know the truth, before his family finds out. However, we knew the truth before he did, when Roger Howarth (complete with scar) appeared on our screens. Somehow, Howarth managed to shake off all that phoning in he did in Oakdale and get back to business as usual in Llanview. Through the summer, Roger’s Todd was hell bent on getting his family back from “Todd Manning”. His persistence eventually paid off as Roger and Trevor’s Todds met face to face, leaving their family in a state of shock. Before anything could be sorted out, Roger’s Todd ended up in jail.
While in the big house, Roger’s Todd finally spoke to his sister Viki (Erika Slezak) and daughter Starr (Kristen Alderson). The scenes with Viki were great, but it was Todd’s scenes with Starr where Howarth truly shined. It was like his version of Todd had never left. Eventually, Llanview’s only crime solver John McBain (Michael Easton) came through and found Todd Manning’s mustache twirling mother, Irene Manning (Barbara Rhoades), who was believed to be dead for well over 30 years, to name the true Todd Manning. She announced Roger’s Todd as the one and only Todd Manning, and Trevor’s Todd was his twin brother Victor Lord, Jr.. Howarth and St. John were so devastatingly good at feeding off each other’s every move during the big reveal. Victor didn’t take the news well and tried to lie to his immediate family about his true identity. The moment when Victor reluctantly admits the truth to his family was absolutely gut wrenching.
Shortly after, Victor was murdered and all fingers pointed to Todd. Tea (Florencia Lozano) managed to get him off for the murder, but internally, Todd began to remember that he actually murdered his brother. Howarth is doing a bang up job of portraying a vengeful, but slightly remorseful Todd Manning these last few weeks of One Life to Live. Our only wish is that Trevor St. John’s Victor was somehow still around to add another layer to the Todd saga.
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