The Worse The Better For Mary Beth Evans, LA Times, February 12, 1995

The Worse The Better For Mary Beth Evans Los Angeles Times http://articles.latimes.com/1995-02-12/news/tv-30923_1_mary-beth-evans February 12, 1995|NANCY M. REICHARDT Mary Beth Evans takes an unabashed delight in her role as bad girl Katherine Bell Ashton on “General Hospital.” During one brief conversation with the actress, it is obvious that she is totally at home in the character’s shoes. “I love getting into Katherine’s cattiness and standing up to everyone in Port Charles,” Evans says with much enthusiasm. “Katherine thrives on confrontations. She’s funny and gets into all kinds of predicaments. I’m having a great time.” Yet, Evans admits this was not always the case. “At first I was nervous playing Katherine,” she says. “I always felt like I was winging it. It took me almost a year to feel comfortable, to accept being bad, and to realize that it was OK.” “I think I was afraid of it at first,” she confides. “I don’t know why. Maybe I was afraid to have people think that I wasn’t a nice person.” Considering Evans’ initiation to daytime–her six-year gig as sugary sweet Kayla Brady on “Days of Our Lives”–it is easy to understand her plight. “Kayla was definitely much more like me,” says Evans. “I’m a pretty nice person, but I have some chutzpah. So that was very easy to play.” Evans, who joined “General Hospital” in May, 1993, was ready to get...

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