|Posted by timeaftertime on October 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM|
When it comes to interracial dating in daytime there has been a lot of ups and down over the years. Many of the early pairings were panned by people out there who were uncomfortable with Black/White pairings such as Jim/Carla, One Life To Live (which caused some network affiliates in the south to drop the show.); David/Valerie, Days Of Our Live; & Neil/Victoria, The Young and The Restless (a storyline even Kristoff Saint John who plays Neil stated in a recent interview was bad pairing for reasons that Neil wanted Dru to be home barefoot and making babies,so it was off that he would want to be with a woman who wants to run her father's company) . Although the pairings of a Latino/White were flouring like All My Children's Haley/Mateo & Edmund/Maria.
Most often the pairings of Asian's were of White men and Asian women and the whole Vietnam War love child was the theme that played outon many soaps such as Tom/Lien, As The WorldTurns and Jack/Luanm, Y&R . Although the pairing of Ben and Lien on ATWT was the first Black/Asian pairing in the history of daytime.
In the old days an interracial pairing usually of a White man a Black women was a sign of the end the White actors time on the show. Most often after the pairing had ended thewhite male actor was written off as was the Black actress. So many White actors rejected the notion of an interracial pairing for that reason.
Nowadays in daytime interracial pairings are widely accepted and arguably the only way for actors of color to get a storyline. With that being said I have put together alist of the top 5 interracial couples in daytime and why they made the list.
*Note there were a lot of couples that I didn't mention and they were great too... At least the pairings that worked.
5. Eve and Julian, Passions
Eve and Julian will go down in history as the most used onscreen interracial pairing in daytime. For years as the buildup to this couple's public reunion and their public relationship after the secret was out Eve and Julian best known by fans as Evian were on screen almost every day for over 5 years straight during their tenure on the show. Also as a mature couple over 40 Evian enjoyed the front burner status to fan praise and admiration, something that is rare outside ot say The Young and The Restless.
4. Dainel and Lily, The Young and The Restless
Daniel and Lily smothered together on screen as an age appropriate (sorry I cannot get down with a man who passes himself off as an over 40 year old back from the dead child of Jill in a relationship with a 22 year old) against all odds lovers who went through well written hell and back just to be together. And the fact that both of their mothers were mortal enemies made this pairing so much more exciting. And of Lily's 4 onscreen interracial pairings her best storyline was when she went on went on the run when Daniel was falsely accused of killing Cassie in an alleged drunk driving accident.
3. Jessica and Duncan, As The World Turns
The story of Jessica and Duncan was a love story that addressed the still major issue at the time of interracial dating in America. Jessica was concerned how their relationship make her family feel and Duncan was ready to go for all no matter what. This storyline was played against type asmost often issues came from the other side. Jessica and Duncan enjoyed a wonderful relationship that produced a child, Bonnie and were widely accepted by many fans.
2. Eden and Cruz, Santa Barbara
Eden and Cruz were a wildly popular couple in daytime. You can call them the original against allodds pairing to have existed. When onesays they went through it all to be together that is an understatement. In many ways one could say they laid thegroundwork for future pairings of this type or of any kind to establish a lovethat would be remembered in the hearts and minds of daytime fans forever.
1. Noah and Juila, All My Children
The most widely popular interracial pairing to date has togo to Noah and Julia. This made both actors a star in the soap genre and warranted them several covers of the various magazines that were devoted to soaps at the time. Noah and Julia embodied the essence of a super couple and their tragic love story was one rough with one Shakespearean twist after another. Julia was a prostitute raped by Louie a drug dealer and Noah was the below the law run of the mill thug who came to her defense, which sparked an unusual love affair. Their love was even tested when a jealous Taylor (the black one) set Noah up for the murder of Louie in hopes he would run away with her and instead he escaped and ran away with Julia and they hitched boat ride to the Caribbean Islands to avoid capture. Eventually they were found and extradited back to the states and the truth later came out. Noah and Julia were given the last great lavish wedding in daytime equipped with horse drawn carriages in true super couple fashion.
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