The "stunt acting" is definitely a great way to win Oscars, but Lexi Ainsworth is the first actress in twenty years who will actually get me out of my chair and into a theater to watch a film on its opening day.
Lexi was "liberated" (fired) from General Hospital last year becuase the writers didn't think her boobs were big enough, or that she could play a convincing romantic lead opposite Nathan Kress (Ethan). This was ridiculous, given her looks, and they even tried to get her back to GH but she refused to go on contract. Very smart girl.
About six minutes after she was fired from GH, she landed the lead in So This Is Christmas. She's also done an episode of Criminal Minds, and will be on the season premier of Cougar Town in January.
While soap actors get rightfully bashed, it's one reason she stood out so quickly on my television set. Unlike the over-the-top stuff that wins Oscars, Lexi just delivers incredibly deep, nuanced, absolutely flawless performances much more often than not, though she's not yet been given material that will showcase her true talents.
I've seen many scenes on GH where other actors would have chewed the scenery to bits, but this actress knows how to let the character and script do the talking, something very few actors know how to do. Soap fans like her a lot since talent is so rare on those shows, and I think she's got a very bright future in Hollywood.
Someone in another thread trashed Eric Roberts, but I've always been a big fan of his. That's a guy who takes abominal scripts and makes them watchable. I particularly liked "The Ambulance," one of his better B-movies.
I know she probably won't win, but the category is *best* supporting actress, not most popular, most A-list, or whatever. At some point she's going to cross path with a great script and the world will see what the soap fans were raving about. I'm hardly connected or can do much for her career (she doesn't need help anyway), but I think she deserves some props, and she is technically eligible for this award, so that's my vote.