Do you ever find yourself feeling sorry for some of the peripheral characters on soaps?
I was thinking about that as I watched Leyla and Jax on General Hospital.
Nurse Mir (played by Nazanin Boniadi) is lovely, smart and likes to laugh. But it’s hard to focus on her positives when the show keeps throwing her in as a third wheel to some other couple.
Remember when GH practically fed her to the wolves (i.e. Scrubs fans) by having Leyla get involved with Patrick soon after his breakup with Robin?
Talk about a no-win situation.
Then she was “pity dated” by Spinelli (although he worships every woman, so it wasn’t like he was dragged kicking and screaming). Leyla was touched by The Jackal’s kindness and gallantry; she even seemed to be developing a true crush on him. (Check out their scenes below. Very sweet.)

Too bad GH has him enamored with Maxie.
Even if Leyla were to pursue something with Spinelli, it would probably only be as a foil for the developing Spixie relationship.
Now, here Leyla is again, plopped smack dab in the middle of Jax and Carly’s ongoing dysfunction. At least this time Leyla was wise enough to bow out before it got too far.
It’s a shame she has become some sort of “go-to girl” when the show needs to cause friction between a couple. How’s a character supposed garner audience support that way?
I think, if given the chance, Leyla (and her portrayer) could be part of a successful pairing of her own, one that has nothing to do with being “the other woman.”

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One thought on “Ease up on Leyla, GH

  1. Michele
    September 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    You know, Kara, I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the Jax/Leyla scenes. I am so-o-o glad that she walked away from being the other woman again.
    Leyla deserves a man of her own and a good storyline, too!