Soap Opera Weekly: Blogging With Mala

Last week, I had the worst case of writer’s block. I could not, for the life of me, think of what to write for my Soapbox column. And for anyone who knows me, me being out of things to say about soaps is downright freakish. I always have an opinion about something. My colleague Joe even went, “Wait, you don’t even want to talk about babies? You always want to talk about babies!” “No! Not even babies!” I whined, thumping my head against the doorframe.

Fortunately, inspiration eventually struck and the words poured forth. No, I did not talk about adorable soap kids. So, that’s what I’m going to do right now!

WARNING: If you don’t want saccharine, goopy, baby-induced squee all over your computer screen, stop reading now.

I tuned into GL this morning mostly to watch Dinah’s scenes with the wonderful Zuzanna Szadkowski (aka Dorota from GOSSIP GIRL) and Bill and Lizzie’s Orlando adventure, but guess who ended up catching my attention? The bright-eyed sweethearts who play Henry. I couldn’t stop watching them! Especially during the custody trial scenes in the courtroom, where Henry was chewing on a pen. Then, with two sets of shots for reverse angles, the scenes changed so his little blue hat kept appearing and disappearing. I was mesmerized! He even makes Mallet and Marina interesting! Yay for Henry and His Amazing Toque! There is nothing like a cute soap baby to lift one’s spirits.

ATWT’s Eliza is another one who always gets me smiling, and the babies seem to adore Roger Howarth. She’s always so talkative and responsive. I guess if they’re not going to put Paul in therapy, putting a cute kid in his arms is the next best thing. I also think GH’s Emma 2.0 is just as sweet as the previous portrayers, the Romero twins, and when Robin and Patrick are hashing out their endless postpartum issues I just watch Emma chew on things and admire how she’s got great posture for such a little tyke. A few weeks ago I tuned into DAYS, and a pink-clad baby Grace was so freaking cute with Rafe and Will that it made my day!

I think it’s safe to say babies are my soap kryptonite. It doesn’t matter what’s going on, put one in a scene and I go weak. I mean, hey, a scene with Emma made me like Sonny for the first time in years! And my biggest complaint about Y&R’s Billy storyline right now is not that he’s out sleeping with everything that moves, but that I’d probably tolerate it more if they stopped using a blanket to play Delia.

The funny thing is, despite my love for babies, I actually don’t like baby stories. I find them incredibly tedious. But that’s a blog entry for another day…


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