On Guiding Light, Coop (John Driscoll) and Ashlee (Caitlin Van Zandt, pictured) may not be a supercouple yet, or even an actual couple, but they are well on their way.
This unique pairing is what good soap opera is all about. Their budding relationship is being portrayed in such an agonizingly realistic fashion that it is almost hard to watch at times.
“Coop Cooper,” as Ashlee affectionately calls her beloved, is a strapping young man from a good family. He’s everything a girl could want: intelligent, charming and extremely good looking. Ashlee was raised by the single mother from hell, is younger than Coop, and overweight.
She’s also sensitive, self deprecating and pretty in an untraditional way. Her brand of pretty is not Hollywood stereotype size two pretty, but rather real woman in the real world pretty. She looks like someone we know.
Their romance on Guiding Light has been depicted believably with the two starting out as friends before Ashlee developed a crush on Coop. Their friendship deepened and Ashlee eventually fell in love with Coop. They shared a tender kiss, but Coop still held back his true feelings.
It was clear to everyone but him that he was in love with Ashlee.