The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out on April 30, but the winners in the soap opera acting categories have already been decided by blue ribbon panels that viewed sample performance reels. In the race for Best Supporting Actor, Jeffrey Vincent Parise (“General Hospital”) earned his first Emmy nomination for playing dual roles: criminal Carlos Rivera and his twin brother Dr. Joe Rivera. Parise left the show in late 2016. In his Emmy submission, Parise is shown as both characters, including a scene where Carlos appears as a ghost. Watch his reel above.
The reel begins with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) coming face to face with his sworn enemy Carlos, who is disguised as a priest and brandishing a gun. A tense stand-off occurs, with Carlos promising that Sonny will not walk out of the church alive. Then we cut to Carlos in a room with Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) going into labor with Carlos’s child. Carlos promises to take care of Sabrina and their child, assuring Sabrina that he will give them both a life free of danger and crime.
We then see Parise as Carlos’s twin, Dr. Joe Rivera, a successful researcher who has come to General Hospital after receiving a special fellowship. Sabrina is suspicious of Joe’s sudden appearance, but Joe assures Sabrina that he is only there to work and that he is happy for Sabrina’s good fortune.
In the final scene, Carlos, who has been murdered by Julian Jerome (William deVry), appears as a hallucination to taunt Julian. He warns Julian that his wife Alexis (Best Actress-nominee Nancy Lee Grahn) is a liability and needs to be eliminated.
Will Parise win Best Supporting Actor with this performance against John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”), Steve Burton (“The Young and the Restless”), Chad Duell (“GH”) and James Reynolds (“Days”)? Let’s consider the pros and cons.
Playing dual roles has won Daytime Emmys for numerous actors — including Anthony Geary (“GH”), Martha Byrne (“As the World Turns”), Erika Slezak (“One Life to Live”) and David Canary (“All My Children”) — because it shows off an actor’s range, which works in Parise’s favor as he plays two very different characters.
Even when he’s just playing Carlos, Parise shows a great deal of range, giving us different facets of the character’s personality. At the beginning and end of the reel he plays the devilish villain, giving the kind of scenery-chewing performance that voters often love. But in his scenes with Sabrina we see a tender side of Carlos, who regrets his life decisions and promises not to pass his mistakes down to his child.
“General Hospital” has been victorious in this category 11 times, far more than any other soap. That includes wins for the last two years, which could give Parise an advantage.
Despite the dual roles, the reel is book-ended by extended scenes of Carlos’s villainy delivered in broad strokes. Voters might choose to reward a more sympathetic and subtle performance.
Voters may find the last scene a bit confusing. It isn’t immediately clear that Parise’s character is a ghost, and that revelation may undercut the emotional impact of the confrontation, and the off-kilter camera work may further distract from his performance.
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