There is so much more ‘meat’ to play with when you’re a baddie. It seems to be those types of roles that always get the recognition/awards. The only exception I can think of, right now, is Hope’s exceptional scenes after Zack was killed (I don’t watch any other soaps so can’t say what they might have experienced).
I think it’s just because there is so much more to work with than when you’re casted as a goody-two-shoes. Deidre Hall mentioned in an interview once (while she was playing the Salem Slasher) how much she enjoyed using some of her nasty side.
I know that now I’ll get a lot of exceptions to the rules with this post. One beginning with Maggie’s up-coming story. I know she’ll hit that one waaaay over the ballpark.