By TV LINE’S Michael Ausiello
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
In March 1996, Brown, 21 at the time, auditioned for the role of Bobbie Spencer’s long-lost Daughter, Carly, on GH. Casting director Mark Teschner, who saw hundreds of actresses for the part, recalls that the relative newcomer made an indelible first impression. “She had a presence and a complexity that was perfect for the role of Carly.” He says.
But even Teschner could not have anticipated the talent that he was about to unleash on the world. From the moment Brown first appeared on-screen, jaws dropped and people talked. You could almost hear a collective “Wow!” Emanating from living rooms across the country.
“Within 22 seconds of her first appearing on-camera, I thought, “Hey, this girl has something,” recalls noted soap columnist Alan Carter. “She has whatever that thing is that makes you want to watch her and tune in tomorrow.” Adds TV Guide’s Michael Logan, “She was amazingly riveting from the get-go one of the rare young ones who hits the ground running.
It didn’t take GH long to recognize that it had a Carl Lewis in its midst. Before you could say Erica Kane, Carly became the show’s preeminent story catalyst.
A marvel of talent guts and intensity, Brown, in her three short years portraying wanton wrecking ball Carly Benson, has turned in one mesmerizing performance after another.
With the remarkable mood-swinging capability of a Bette Davis, the deep, sultry voice of a Kathleen Turner, and a knack for playing hunger that rivals Joan Crawford’s. Whether playing angry, happy, or hurt, Brown brings to Carly such a depth and complexity that the pure genius of it makes critics (not to mention her colleagues) giggle like children seeing snow for the first time. In fact, the actress has become such an attraction among her co-stars that when they’re not showering her with honors amount them two back-to-back Daytime Emmy’s - they’re lining up around the block to work opposite her.
WHAT WILL SHE DO FOR AN ENCORE?
“I think that inside I’m a character actress with a good enough face. I don’t see myself as being drop-dead gorgeous - I’m definitely not the standard mold. I have a different look to me that’s not classical beauty.
TV Guide’s Logan believes that her unique look will prove to be an asset. “…when she gets that role that will make it happen, she will be absolutely killer,” he says. There’s a place for her that a lot of young actresses can’t possibly fill”
Brown’s ideal career path also has her taking a more active role behind the camera. And owning to her “Go get it” mantra, she has in the works a venture in which she would act as both director and producer: “They’re little vignettes that will be played on the internet,” she says of her hush-hush project. “They’re not about soap’s, they’re about romance.” “[And] I’d love to start doing some directing at GH if they’d be open to it,” she says. “I have to expand.” “The creativity in me doesn’t want to play the same character for the rest of my life,” she says. “It’s too limiting. “It’s just not my nature as an actor.”
But not just any actor. “She is the best actress in daytime, hands down,” clarifies Steve Burton (Jason, GH). “There’s no comparison.”
“SHE IS JUST TRULY IN THE MOMENT — I NEVER KNOW WHAT SHE’S GOING TO DO.”
— Maurice Bernard (Sonny, GH)
“SHE WARP-SPEEDS YOU TO PLACES YOU RARELY GO WITH VILLAINESSES.”
“A SUPERB FEROCIOUS ACTRESS OF UNPARALLELED COMPLEXITY.”
— Michael Logan, TV GUIDE
“SHE’S THE BEST ACTRESS IN DAYTIME.”
— Billy Warlock (AJ, GH)
“SHE’S A BORN TALENT.”
— Jonathan Reiner, TV GUIDE ONLINE
“WHEN I MET HER, I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY HER TALENT AND I CONTINUE TO BE AWED BY HER EVERY PERFORMANCE.”
— Wendy Riche, GH executive producer
“SHE HAS EXTRAORDINARY CHOPS, EXTRAORDINARY TALENT AND EXTRAORDINARY TECHNIQUE.”
— Bob Guza, GH head-writer
“SHE’S TALENTED, DANGEROUS, SPONTANEOUS, AND DEEPLY EMOTIONAL.”
— Linda Dano (Rae, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)
“SHE’S THE BEST THING TO COME ALONG ON GENERAL HOSPITAL IN MANY MOONS.”
— Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GH)
“…SARAH BROWN IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO SOAPS SINCE THE INVENTION OF TELEVISION.”
— Michael Ausiello (TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, TVLine)