I had a confab with my Soap Opera Digest colleagues Lee and Naomi this morning about how Ethan and Kristina are the most riveting story on GH right now. We must’ve blissfully rambled for at least ten minutes about why the pair’s tale works for us. A few of our assertions were that they’re “classic soap” and that they just “sparkle” together (but not in the Twilight way!). So why exactly is that?
First, one has to tip a hat to Nathan Parsons and Lexi Ainsworth, who have a very sweet, genuine vibe. They’re absolutely adorable together. Just check out the June 14, 2011 cover of Soap Opera Weekly — it’s the cutest thing! And, as a baby-and-puppy enthusiast, I know from cute! Then, there’s the fact that Ethan and Kristina’s friendship bloomed from a dark, harrowing twist. Him carrying her out of the lake house, after she’d been beaten by her boyfriend Kiefer, was such a powerful moment. And her pointing to him as her abuser was the kind of thing that can make or break two characters. Thanks to careful writing and sensitive acting, both of them were able to emerge from that storyline stronger. Far from shrugging off the ramifications of her lie, a healing Kristina apologized — and kept apologizing months later. Ethan forgiving Kristina was a big turning point for the character — particularly on a show where the men are quick to slam the women as liars and sluts. Lee noted that he hadn’t really liked Ethan before those moments, and I have to agree. I began looking at Ethan with new eyes, too, amazed that he continued to support Kristina.
Time is also a huge element of why Ethan and Kristina has appeal. On soaps, the average pregnancy lasts — from conception to highly dramatic birth — around five months. Couples go from strangers to lovers to exes in a matter of weeks. Nothing moves slowly anymore. But Kristina and Ethan have known each other since the fall of 2009. Kristina’s accusation took place during March of 2010. And, aside from Krissy’s crush and Ethan’s gentle teasing, in the past 13 months there’s been no rush to make things romantic. Their interaction has been sweetly platonic — largely, I suspect, because Lexi Ainsworth was under eighteen. Whatever the reason, I’m glad for it! Because anticipation, a slow build and an organic journey to romance… that’s what good soap is about!
We’re just now seeing Ethina’s story take off — almost literally, as they jet to the Dominican Republic this week in order to obtain a divorce for Ethan. And I know I’m on board!