Wednesday, September 19, 2007
ATWT: KATIE GROWS UP
When Terri Colombino (then Conn) joined the cast of As The World Turns in 1998, she was a character in search of a story.
TPTB had been so impressed with Terri's audition for the role of Georgia (not so impressed that they actually gave her the part, but impressed nonetheless), that they hurriedly aged the character of Katie Peretti (born on-screen in 1989 and played for five years by the real-life daughter of TV mom Anne Sward).
It was only after Katie was already airing that they began looking for something for her to do.
First, Katie fell for Eddie, then into a lackluster triangle with Chris Hughes (whom she accused of stalking her). It wasn't until Katie hooked up with one Henry Coleman to advance her career that her character acquired some motivation to go with her generally bitchy attitude. And when, Halloween Eve 2000, a drunk Katie lost her virginity to an even drunker Simon Frasier, that's when Ms. Peretti really found her place in Oakdale.
Since then, Katie's wed Simon (several times), Henry and Mike. But she also seemed somewhat stuck in time. For the first few years of the 21st Century, Katie had clearly outgrown the teen set, but didn't seem quite ready to join the grown-ups, either.
All that changed when, smarting from their respective betrayals by Simon and Carly, Katie and Jack Snyder fell in love.
Jack was Katie's first adult relationship. And he made Katie an adult, as well.
Now, as Jack's ex-wife faces the fight of her life, will Katie manage to remain adult about the tragedy -- or will she revert to type and resort to childish tricks to hold on to Jack's attention?
Find out this Fall, only on ATWT!
Posted by Alina Adams at 3:33 AM