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Soap Hub Performer Of The Week For GH: Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros plays Nina as a vulnerable and loving mother on General Hospital.

cynthia watros nina reeves general hospital performer of the weekCynthia Watros as Nina Reeves.

Nina Reeves is in a great deal of pain these days on General Hospital as her estranged daughter Willow is dying. However, the storyline has given Daytime Emmy-winner Cynthia Watros another opportunity to shine as a vulnerable mother desperate to connect with her long-lost child.

Cynthia Watros – Performer of the Week

Nina and Carly won the Soap Hub Award for Favorite Feud in 2021 and the two characters show no signs of slowing down when it comes to playing scenes filled with antagonism. The specifics over what the feud entails have changed over the years but each time the two talented actresses are put in the same room together, viewers can expect the fireworks to fly.

Their most recent battle had to do with Sonny (Maurice Benard) attending Michael and Willow’s wedding; Nina, however, has been excluded. Also, Nina’s daughter Willow is dying and Nina blames Carly because Willow might be healthy if not for Carly’s silence.

Nina had issues with Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) dating back to before anyone knew that they were mother and daughter. Carly only too happily reminded Nina of those incidents to bolster her argument as to why Carly didn’t inform Nina that Willow was her child. Watros made the dramatic choice to play that Carly wasn’t 100% wrong. (Nina sure went after Willow when she was Charlotte’s teacher.)

“It’s not that I’m just missing my daughter’s wedding,” a vulnerable Nina said in front of her nemesis. “But I’m missing what could be her last days — the daughter I’ve never been able to really know and that is your fault.”

Carly continues to throw up Nina’s mistakes and her thoughts on Nina’s selfishness in her face. As her tirade continued, we saw Nina’s eyes well up with tears. “I’ve made mistakes,” she conceded. “I own my part — but it’s your fault that I don’t have a chance to earn Willow’s forgiveness because we’re running out of time. My daughter’s dying and it is your fault, Carly.”

Carly maintained that she didn’t give Willow leukemia and she didn’t kidnap Leisl (Willow’s aunt and bone marrow donor). “Of course not, but if you told the truth about the DNA test Willow would have gotten that bone marrow transplant months ago…if Willow knew that I was her mother, whether she accepted me or not, when the whole possibility of a bone marrow transplant came up she would have come to me immediately…I was here! All along!”

Watros combined a compelling blend of passion and vulnerability as she blasted Carly. It may be true that Nina wasn’t always the nicest person to Willow; however, Nina’s 100% correct in asserting that Carly’s silence and wanting to control things have contributed greatly to Willow’s predicament.

Carly re-iterated Nina’s mistreatment of Willow as the reason she kept silent, suggesting she look in the mirror if she’s looking for someone to blame. “I should have the rest of my daughter’s life to make it up to her but I don’t…” a defeated Nina responded. She blames Carly for robbing her of the time she and Willow have left.

Alone in her car, Nina flashbacked to Carly’s most recent hurtful words. Ironically, she was facing a mirror (as Carly suggested) — her driver’s side mirror — but that didn’t change Nina’s mind. “Sanctimonious bitch!” Nina snarked. “Nothing’s ever your fault, is it Carly!”

The battle between these two is far from over. Nina flash-backed to a conversation she had with Ava (Maura West) about some potentially illegal business dealings Carly was involved in with Drew (Cameron Mathison). If Nina pulls the trigger in an effort to have Carly face some consequences, we have no doubt that Cynthia Watros will play those scenes to the hilt!

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Port Charles, check out all the latest GH spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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