With Crystal Chappell assuming her ground-breaking role on The Bold & the Beautiful, I am reminded of the interview I did with Jill Lorie Hurst, co-Headwriter of Guiding Light's "Otalia" love story, for my book, Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, regarding how that couple came to be.
JLH: The tale of Natalia and Olivia was a classic, timeless love story. Two people are thrown together by circumstances beyond their control. They start out pretty much hating each other, but slowly start to depend on one another. They start to trust. A friendship develops. They laugh and cry together, protect and defend each other. As time goes by they realize – are shocked by – the fact that they have fallen in love. There are a million reasons for this love story not to have a happy ending but Natalia and Olivia overcome the obstacles and end up happily together at the end. It’s classic. The only twist was the fact that the two romantic leads were women, something that hadn’t yet been done on Guiding Light.
Read more from Jill, as well as All My Children's Eden Riegel on Bianca's coming out, and academic Sam Ford on As the World Turns' Luke and Noah, here.
Jill's entire interview can be found in Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.