I had tears in my eyes watching Talia and Antonio on Monday’s One Life To Live.
Tears of Joy!
I have absolutely loved BethAnn Bonner ever since she stepped foot in Llanview a little more than a year ago as police officer Talia Sahid – a cop who was a first-responder at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
She came onboard OLTL after finishing third in I Wanna Be A Soapstar, season 3. The winner of season three, Mikey Jerome, got the top prize of a role on OLTL, but lasted about five minutes onscreen.
Yeah, the season 3 judges made a huge mistake not picking Bonner. But it seems that OLTL Executive Producer Frank Valentini rectified the situation by offering Bonner the role of Talia.
Click here to watch a video of Bonner talking about how she got the OLTL role after losing Soap Star.
Bonner is one of those rare, naturally-gifted actresses.
She’s as wonderful and at ease doing serious and sad scenes as she is performing lighthearted, comedic ones.
And she has a great chemistry with Kamar de los Reyes, who portrays Antonio.
Kamar has been on OLTL since 1995 and, I have to say, hasn’t had much good material written for his character in the past few years.
Antonio’s relationship with Keri Reynolds, RJ’s long-lost daughter began on a high note, but ended badly, with her committing suicide and then trying to frame Antonio for her murder – not good.
(Kamar and Sheri Saum, the actress who played Keri, tied the knot in May).
Then there was that whole Santi thing – him being the lost-long son of Manuel Santi and sinking into his dark, dismal, really angry period – not good.
He emerged from that and found his way back to Jessica, only to find that Jess was really Tess – as in multiple personality disorder.
And if that wasn’t enough, Jess – when she was Tess – slept around with everyone on the face of the earth and took up with a wayward guy named Nash.
Yep. You guessed it.
Tess got pregnant…by Nash – definitely, not good.
When all was said and done and Jess/Tess was integrated – Antonio stuck by her through it all – they finally got married.
But not before a lot of drama with Nash pulling out all the stops to get Jess to choose him and Jess insisting she was in love with Antonio.
Of course after marrying Antonio, Jessica realizes that she loves Nash and they begin an affair right under Antonio’s nose – sleeping around all over town and doing it everywhere in town.
But before Jess can tell Antonio, she is stricken with Hepatis C, another gift from Tess when she was running around and sharing needles.
She finally tells Antonio that she wants to be with Nash, while basically on her deathbed, when Antonio is informed he is the only match that can save Jessica’s life as a liver donor.
Of course, Antonio does the right thing, gives her a part of his liver and saves her life. But he is obviously a hurt and broken man.
Now, after all his past heartbreak, Antonio finally has someone who will put him first.
And I say, it’s about time!
Talia has been such fun to watch as her crush grew on her boss. She even made up a fake boyfriend, George, so that Antonio wouldn’t know that it was he who she liked.
It was so cute and she never failed to make me smile during that whole “George” thing.
And when Talia finally admitted her feelings to Antonio, he said couldn’t reciprocate because he wasn’t ready for another relationship yet…He’s trying to put the Tessica mess behind him.
So Talia does what any red-blooded woman who feels her love is unrequited would do – she asks for a transfer to another police department, packs her bags and sits in a bus station on New Year’s Eve, waiting for the bus to take her to her new job.
But in true soap opera fashion, Antonio realizes in the 11th hour that he’s made a mistake and goes to the bus station to get Talia to stay.
“I cannot let you get on that bus without letting you know how I feel,” he says.
Hooray, Antonio!
He continues.
“I know we don’t have time to list all the different reasons why I care about you, but let’s just hit the highlights. You’re smart. You’re funny. My daughter is a terrific judge of character and she’s crazy about you. You’re gorgeous. You’re a great cop. You’ve always got my back.
“New Year’s is a time for new beginnings and all I’m asking is for a second chance and if I’ve blown it then I completely understand But I couldn’t let you go without letting you know how much you mean to me.”
Wow!!!
What woman hasn’t wanted to hear those words from a man who you’re crazy about?

Watch the video here. It’s wonderful.
And I, along with many fans, have been rooting for Talia and Antonio to get together.
I am so glad that they weren’t rushed or thrust together immediately, but, rather, we saw them grow together as friends first.
To me, that’s so refreshing for a soap couple and that also signals that maybe – just maybe – they will be happy for a long time??
I hope that’s true, because after what he’s been through in the past year, Antonio so deserves some happiness.

One Response to “One Life To Live’s Talia and Antonio – Finally!”

  1. I’m not an Antonio fan & it’s probably because of the writing … I was happy the writers finally had him & Talia turn a corner on NYE, so I’ll give them another shot.
    I loved Talia & Sarah’s scenes when they sat in the Vega boys MOTHER’S DINER talking about how hot the 2 were, & then Mrs. Vega basically asking their intentions & giving them advice. great scenes for all 3 women!
    I really like Talia, always have. I hope the writers do this couple justice & don’t put them together only to tear them apart 5 min. later.