DC's Top 10 Female Entertainers of 2012
No. 7: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital
Kelly Monaco was one busy lady in 2012. In addition to her front and center role on General Hospital, she entertained millions by returning to Dancing With the Stars.
In new GH headwriter Ron Carlivati, Monaco finally found a scribe willing to flesh out the character of Sam McCall beyond simply existing as Jason Morgan's (Steve Burton) ride-or-die chick. When Jason began to pull away from Sam, following her rape and the pregnancy they believed resulted from it, Monaco was allowed to display a range of camera-ready emotions. The shock, disappointment and fury Sam felt for Jason—impressively conveyed by Monaco—was enough to win over even DC's most ardent Sam haters.
By the time Sam's son was switched at birth, we were already shocked to find ourselves rooting for her, but it was the explosive connection the character and her portrayer made earlier in the year with Michael Easton's John McBain that cemented Monaco's spot on our Top 10 Female Entertainers of 2012 list.