Young Brittany Underwood has really hit home for me lately in her portrayal of Langston Wilde on One Life to Live.
I’ve liked Langston from her 2006 entry into Llanview as the strong, free-spirited and slightly quirky best friend to feisty Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson).
But it’s been the recent revelation of Langston’s big secret that has showcased Underwood’s acting talent.
Langston had been keeping such a painful secret – one that the teen wouldn’t even admit aloud to herself.
That is, until Starr’s Aunt Dorian, played by Robin Strasser, discovered the truth: that Langston’s beloved parents were dead.
And they had been for a year and a half.
Langston’s parents were killed in an accident overseas and she was an only child with no relatives.
So she did the only thing that she could.
She hid the fact that her parents were dead – from everyone.
She went back to high school.
She ran the household.
She acted like everything was normal.
But it wasn’t.
When her secret finally came out, the ensuing scenes – as Langston told those closest to her – were powerful.
And when the one thing she sought to prevent – being picked up by children’s services – happened, it was heart-wrenching to watch Langston taken away.
The power came in Underwood’s performance.
She had the right amount of emotion without overacting.
There were tears, but they weren’t overdone.
She was real. I felt it. I felt every raw emotion.
I felt it, because I was her.
My parents died when I was young.
So I have experience with those emotions.
And although I was an only child, I had aunts and uncles who took me in and raised me as one of their own.
So I was lucky. Very lucky. And I know that.
But I think Langston’s lucky too.
She has Dorian in her corner. Dorian….who’s acting like a mother bear protecting one of her cubs.
And Blair (Kassie DePaiva) delivered a moving performance as she stood up to the social worker and declared she would take Langston in because Blair, herself, was a product of foster care.
So things are looking up for Langston.
And I’ll be right there rooting for her.

One Response to “I’m Looking in the Mirror, Langston”

  1. I missed these scenes, I’ll have to see if they are on You Tube, but I always wondered where her parents were!
    I love the possibilities in this storyline! I’ve always liked the Langston character & wanted her to get a storyline of her own, separate from Starr’s constant drama.
    I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this unfolds. Langston will be a perfect additon to the “Kramer women” & possibly the Manning family. She is fierecly loyal & they already treat her as a member of the family.