For as long as Nina has been a General Hospital character, the question of what ever happened to that baby she was carrying when she fell into a 20-year coma loomed everywhere. For nearly three years, Nina knew she had a daughter out there. For nearly a year, we have known that daughter is Nelle. And now Nina knows too — and her reaction to that knowledge led to a standout performance by Emmy-award winning actress Cynthia Watros, earning her our Performer of the Week honors.
Cynthia Watros: Performer of the Week
Not only did Nina learn that her daughter was Nelle (Chloe Lanier), she learned that two people she trusted implicitly kept that information from her for months. The fact that one of those people is the man she’s been falling in love with, cut to her core and Nina let him know exactly how she felt.
And thanks to Watros, we felt it too. Every ounce of rage and disbelief that not only was Nelle her daughter but Jax (Ingo Rademacher) also didn’t bother telling her was on full display. When Nina finally found that photo of Nelle wearing the half-heart necklace as a child and just caressed the image of the little girl who looked so much like her, we wept along with her as Jax watched helplessly knowing she was slipping away from him.
Later in the week, Watros showed us Nina’s strength at Nathan’s grave where she mourned her brother, joined in solidarity with Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), and vowed to know her grandson. This was a determined Nina who chose to not wallow in self-pity over never knowing her child, and over the fact that she may have kept her daughter from her son with her custody testimony last year.
The tearful strength was again on full display when she placed a call to Phyllis to let her know who her daughter was and heard Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) voice on the other end of the call. The look of recognition already tells us Nina might use that voice to her advantage and we can’t wait to see what Watros does with her character next. General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.