“Performers of the Week,” Stephen Nichols & Mary Beth Evans, Soap Opera Digest, July 25, 2006

Performers of the Week Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans Soap Opera Digest, July 25, 2006 (Steve and Kayla, DAYS) Nearly 16 years have passed since Nichols and Evans appeared together as Steve and Kayla, but even if you didn’t watch the pair ascend to supercouple status in the ‘80s, their first scenes at the church showed why they did. In a word?  Chemistry.  Yes, it’s an overused term in daytime, but these are two actors who have it.  They just click.  They didn’t force anything or try to make moments.  Their scenes were effortless, fluid, like not time had passed.  To be fair, they’ve had some practice working together since DAYS as GH’s Stefan and Katherine, but they never recaptured the magic in Port Charles that they created in Salem. Steve has amnesia, which means Nichols isn’t just putting on his old cowboy boots and rolling with it.  Gone is the cocky swagger of yesteryear.  In its place is a reserved, still rough-around-the-edges man calling himself Nick Stockton, with the same sly smile and telltale eyepatch.  Evans’s Kayla is emotional, but with a brittle shell that came from years of dealing with the grief of losing her beloved husband.  But in the graveyard, she summoned all of her strength, desperate to prove to him that they were once a loving couple. “How could you not know me? You...

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