DC's Top 10 Male Entertainers of 2011
No. 10: Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful
Our fondness of Scott Clifton goes all the way back to his debut role in daytime as Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital. We enjoyed his performance as Schuyler Joplin on One Life to Live, but wish the character hadn’t ended up in such a state of disarray. When he arrived at The Bold and the Beautiful in 2010, Clifton quickly established Liam as one of B&B’s must watch next generation.
However, it was in 2011 that Clifton’s Liam was really front and center. Whether being told lies by Amber (Adrienne Frantz), falling head over heels in love with Hope (Kim Matula) or manipulated into marriage by Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), Liam was one in-demand man. While we didn’t buy Liam’s turn-on-a-dime willingness to abandon Hope in favor of Steffy, Clifton did his best to sell it to viewers.
It wasn’t just opposite the young adult cast that Clifton excelled. He held his own with The Bold and the Beautiful’s heavyweights and even did some of the heavy lifting in scenes with other B&B veterans. We can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for this talented actor.
No. 9: James Scott, Days of Our Lives
James Scott has been helping drive story on Days of Our Lives since his SORASed EJ arrived in Salem in 2006. Since then, he’s both impressed and disappointed us, as his acting choices swung like a pendulum between emotionally powerful to over-the-top. In 2011, Scott seems to have found much more of a balance. With Taylor, (Natalia Livingston) we caught a glimpse of EJ’s softer side. With Nicole, (Arianne Zucker) he conveyed EJ’s humor and passion. Not unexpectedly, Sami (Alison Sweeney)–the mother of his children–brought out both the best and worst in EJ, which was right up Scott’s alley. Delivering a convincing performance during the Fake Rafe (Galen Gering) storyline proved more challenging for Scott than Alison Sweeny. While not his best work, Scott was successful in avoiding many, but not all of the opportunities to detour into the over-the-top world, of which he's been a victim in the past. Through everything Scott still maintained EJ’s devilish bad boy persona he's perfected.
As 2012 dawns, we look forward to seeing whether-or-not Scott will be able to continue walking the fine line he balanced in 2011.