When most of us experience an identity crisis, we wonder who we might be if we didn’t have our jobs, our families or our friends to define us. But on the soaps from
ABC Daytime, identity crises have been taken to whole other levels. Sometimes characters have taken on aliases — at times unwittingly, for Pete’s sake! — that made their lives even more complicated and confusing than they already were (and let’s be real: Their lives were already complicated and confusing — they’re soap characters!). In the pages that follow, Soaps In Depth reviews four particularly curious cases that make us pretty glad we’ve got only one persona to put forth.
GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Ned/Eddie
Usually, it’s the high-priced call girls who shed their regular workwear in favor of something, shall we say, more comfor table for their night jobs. However, ELQ businessman Ned Ashton also had a knack for transforming into a different person when he became rock star Eddie Maine, the frontman for a band called (ironically) The Idle Rich. Ditching his welltailored suits for even tighter leather pants, he’d take to the stage and make the ladies swoon! He’d begun this double life in order to win the heart of a pretty record producer, Lois Cerullo, whom he didn’t want to know his true net worth. The schemer fell hard for her but was also in a tough spot: He was being blackmailed down the aisle by Katherine Bell. In the end, he wound up hitched to them both! It wasn’t until much later that Ned managed to make Lois his one and only bride.
ALL MY CHILDREN’s Noelle/Silver
Admittedly, the amnesiac calling herself Noelle Keaton didn’t know much, but she did feel certain that the connection that she felt to Erica Kane meant something. Or at least more than what one feels for most celebrities! As it turned out, her gut was right. Noelle was discovered to be Erica’s half sister, Silver, who’d been hypnotized by her mother, Goldie, to kill Erica and prevent her from inheriting Cobbler’s Island from their late dad. Instead of seeking answers, Silver sought treatment for her memory problem. However, the doctor turned out to be both the person responsible for causing it as well as her husband. D’oh! Worse yet, he’d been colluding with Goldie to get the island for themselves. By the time Silver had regained her memory, she was on the verge of losing her marbles, and was killed while trying by any means necessary to remove rival Natalie Marlowe from the life of her obsession, Jeremy Hunter.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s
When you’re a charismatic cult leader, it’s challenging to slip seamlessly into society. So it made sense that the man known simply as The Messenger would use his real name, Mitch Laurence, to do so. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just any society that he wanted to infiltrate; he wanted to hook up with Tina and together get their hands on the Lord fortune. Sure, he’d have to push her unstable half sis, Viki, over the edge to do so. But hey, that’s child’s play when you’re already a mental manipulator… or so he thought. Mitch subse- quently returned — years after being presumed dead — using yet another name: Michael Lazarus (which really should have been a tipoff!). This time, he’d planned to seduce Viki’s newfound daughter, Natalie (the twin that Jessica didn’t know she had). Alas, he didn’t change his face, so it was no surprise when Viki ID’d him right away. However, the man once known as The Messenger did indeed have major (if not seemingly impossible) news to impart: He, and not Clint Buchanan, was Jessica’s biological father!
What did the gumsmacking, brunette bimbo calling herself Denise DeMuccio have in common with the presumeddead, sophisticated, blonde art-gallery owner known as Ava Jerome? Absolutely everything, given that they were one and the same person! Angry that Dr. Silas Clay had secretly saved her life (after all, she was still on the hook for murder) yet also eager to reunite with her daughters, Ava had reinvented her- self as that well-worn soap staple, the long-lost twin, and returned to Port Charles. She even kicked up the sparks with former lover Morgan Corinthos, only to regret it and need an out. Fortunately, outcast Franco needed to fake being in a relationship, and Denise was just enough of an odd duck to be a good fit. Of course, the truth has a way of coming out in court, and after Silas was murdered, that’s exactly what happened when Scotty placed her on the hot seat during the trial. Oddly, once Denise was exposed as Ava, that hot seat got even hotter!
Buttoned-down Ned (above) rocked his role of a singer (right).
Further complicating matters: Before Silver arrived in Pine Valley, an imposter claimed to be her.And afterwards? Jeremy’s girlfriend wound up, as youcan see, being recast!
At first, Viki was at a loss trying to explain to Natalie how she and her twin had different dads. Then, she onlywished she was at a loss.
Silas managed to keep a straight face when Kiki told Denise that she could feel her mother’s presence in the room.
There was something about Denise that Morgan just couldn’t resist. Probably mainly that she looked just like Ava in a black wig and made love just like Ava.