Soap fans can be a pretty vicious group, and right now, there are a bunch of GENERAL HOSPITAL fans attacking Nelle on the reg. Unfortunately, this also means some blowback onto her portrayer, Chloe Lanier, who is dealing with it as best she can. The thing is, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Nelle. She actually serves a vital purpose in Port Charles!
Daytime dramas are nothing without their villains, and Lanier has created an absolutely compelling one in Ms. Nelle Benson. Introduced as Josslyn’s kidney donor, Nelle was all sweetness and light until she drugged Sonny so he’d think they’d slept together and used this as leverage to destroy Carly. You see, it turns out that Nelle is the daughter of Frank Benson, Carly’s adoptive father, and she wanted revenge against her half-sister for getting everything she never had. And some of the blame for Nelle’s behavior can be laid at Frank’s feet. “It’s almost like Nelle grew up in a cult,” Lanier confided to Soaps In Depth, “being brainwashed from an early age.”
It was the slap heard round Port Charles! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
After that reveal, it looked as though Nelle was trying to go straight, repairing her relationship with Michael, but then came the mystery of her former fiancé’s death, which Bobbie and Carly found highly suspicious. And then she got pregnant with Michael’s baby, using that to continue to worm her way into the Corinthos family. But even worse, now she’s torturing Carly by gaslighting her with memories of her late son, Morgan, something fans find unforgivable.
Plenty of GH viewers are eager to get rid of Nelle, some even hoping that she dies in childbirth, which is really kind of an awful thing to say, even about a fictional character. But really, Nelle should stick around Port Charles for as long as she can. As long as she doesn’t descend too far into psycho villain mode and find herself written into a corner, the schemer can continue stirring up trouble for years to come. Heroes and heroines need their villains to fight against, and Nelle is a pretty fantastic villain. Heck, Lanier even recently took home the award for Outstanding Younger Actress at the Daytime Emmys for her portrayal, so she’s clearly doing something right! And if her performance is inspiring such... passionate responses from fans, she really deserves all the praise she's getting.
How far will Nelle go to torture Carly? Only time will tell! (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
So sit back and enjoy watching Nelle plot and scheme because we all know that eventually Carly’s going to catch on and that’s when the fireworks will really begin! And for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
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