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General Hospital Casting Middle Eastern Female For Recurring Character: Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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General Hospital has put out a casting call for an actress to fill a new recurring role.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the ABC daytime drama series is looking for  a female “27-34, Middle Eastern, beautiful, courageous & tenacious.”

The part would begin taping in early March.

As to what storyline the new character will be involved in … mum’s the word at this time.  So it’s time for you to put your casting director hats on!

Who do you think might be a good fit from daytime, primetime, stage, or feature films, that might be a good fit for the part? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Joe E Nelson

Cue the comments about already having too many characters. I think the girl who played Greenlee for awhile Sabin Singh(?) would be a good addition.

Michael

No kidding.

Tammy

Sabine Singh ex GreenLee AMC after Rebecca left.

Celia

Yes, Tammy…until Rebecca returned. Singh was no match for Budig, in my opinion. Sabine never worked for me.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The actress who played Rama Patel on OLTL…

Celia

Hi, Jimmy,
Shenaz ( Rama) , albeit a bit older, would be great. But, she is Indian, not Middle Eastern. Big difference in appearance. The only actress I can think of is Alia Shawkat (sp).
Well, how about Khloe Kardashian? Double LOL.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

But she could had been born in the middle east why not?….and NO KARDASHIANS!!!!-LOL

Celia

Sure, why not, Jimmy. It is a soap, afterall. LOL.
I’m so glad you haven’t lost your special kind of sense of humor, Jimmy. Good for you…stay strong and keep smiling!!

Shay

Thinking of you this Valentine’s Day, jimh….Take care!

su0000

waving!
me me me!!

Celia

I would love that, su. Go audition!!

Celia

Ps. But, I thought you were Indian?

Angela Marrs

Reshma Shetty

Bonnie Jean Milroy

The was an actress who took over the roll of Greenlee for a short time when Rebecca took some time off and was replaced by Sabina Singh from 2007-2008.
She would make a perfect cast as a Middle Eastern beautiful And courageous !
She was that when she played Greelee so in my opinion she would be the perfect one.

Veronica Bottini

Me me me me. 🙂

heidi

She’s a a bit older but she’s great Nasim Pedrad.

scott

Archie Panjabi – ex Kalinda from the Good Wife…..She is beautiful and very talented and would make an excellent addition to GH…although she is a tad older than 34….like 10 years older…..but that is who I would choose…

Celia

Archie is one of my most favorite actresses, Scott. But, again, she is Indian, not Middle Eastern.

Shay

And too talented and busy for GH, CeeCeeGirl! I just hope Archie is back in Shetland when the fourth series commences….By the way, Happy Valentine’s Day, mia amica…I guess you survived your Boston victory weekend and all the wicked winter weather the East Coast has had to offer as of late!

Boo Suzy

She stars on “Blindspot” on NBC….no way would she does a soap.

Tre Masaud

My daughter I think would be great! She’s a model and has had some acting lessons! How can I send in her photo?

Timmm

Send it to:
Never going to happen
666 shot in the dark lane
Hollywood Ca 00000!

No, unless you are friends with Frank and a former AMC or OLTL cast member, FORGET ABOUT IT!

Celia

Awwww, Timmmy, you just squashed someone’s dream. LOL.
I think Tre should try. There must be something online.

Shay

Always my “Funny Valentine,” Timmm…Hope it is a fine day for you!!!!!

Celia

Oh, yeah!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day, guys!!

Celia

Hi, Tre,
I just looked it up for you on my ipad.
I simply typed , and it’s right there for you.
Good luck. TRY!!!!! You have nothing to lose.

Celia

Oops…I typed, “who do I contact in sending a letter to a Genetal Hospital executive?” The wording sounds weird, but it works.

Celia

@Shay.
Thanks, Shay,
Boston was fulfilling…mostly for my husband. He is from Boston and sharing the Patriots’ win with his family and old friends is always an ‘experience’.
Snow days are a nightmare. All the kids end up here, without fail !!!!! I am that much of a pushover when it comes to my own kids, nieces and nephews.

Timmm

Celia made me feel bad! I wish you well. I was joking because of Frankie Boys favorites always getting the part and your daughter would have a one in a zillion chance BUT its a chance! Good luck.

Celia

I know you were joshin’, Timmmy….I was just answering in the same spirit. I’m in a fantastic mood, today.
I was listening to Michael Fairman’s tribute to George Michael, again, for the umpteenth time. The music does wonders for me!!! Who knew he had that voice? Did you?

Shay

Thank you, Timmmbo!!! What’s new pussycat???? Whoa oh whoa oh whoa…

Jeff Bailey

That chick that played Vimal’s wife on OLTL Rama

aria

how bout nazanin boniadi , just bring her back to GH, she’s really beautiful, and or nadia bjorlin if she’s not on contract at dool.

Celia

Now we’re talking, Aria. Both Iranian….both beautiful….both talented actresses.

Mister K

The most beautiful girl from One life to live, Teresa Patel. Wow, she was all that and then some! I Hope that the powers that be can bring her back.

KansasGuest

She be a few years outside the age range, and currently employed. But, isn’t Nadia Bjorlin part Persian?

Celia

Yes, she is half Iranian, KansaGuest. The Shah (Reza) changed the name of Persia to Iran.

Celia

I just wonder why a Middle Eastern character? Please, Lord…let’s not get political….no more spy stories…
Is this character involved with the Valentin/Anna intractable mystery?
Or, Olivia Jerome’s virulent drama? ……which brings me to ask; is it only moi, or does it seem that Olivia ‘engaged’ Buzz to appear specifically to ‘ recognize’ Ava’s voice in order to steer away from her?
So, okay…Buzz has now become a major participant? Or just a patsy?
The entire precinct scene was so transparent and awkwardly executed….these cops, especially Jordan, act like infantile tyros……chickens with their heads cut off.
However, Maura West did not disappoint. Ava’s in-your-face ‘tude saved the day.
Of course, Julian is the martyr here…oh, be still my heart! Is he a hero or a martyr….confused, LOL. All this to promote Julian to ‘good guy’? Awwww!
I hope this story dies fast.
Let’s go back to Anna and Valentin. That seems to have more promise…sans Lulu.

Shay

Just another instance of politically-correct casting, CeeCeeGirl….that ‘s one of the reasons that GH fails to grab me anymore. Instead of creating characters that appeal according to intriguing storyline purposes and clever connections to the canvas in a logical, meaningful and historical perspective, it always seems to be about targeting and satisfying one particular demographic or another….as if “representing” is the most important aspect to the show, instead of just making a great soap with absorbing plots and players regardless of their personal characteristics….Port Charles already has too many unnecessary bodies cluttering its canvas simply for the not-so-subtle purpose of “being there.” Instead of focusing upon the more superficial, obvious points of its individual “residents,” I just wish GH would put forth a more concerted effort to right itself with an increased emphasis toward its apparently under-valued legacy characters….that’s about the only thing that could lure me back to being a regular viewer, since quite frankly, I’ve totally lost patience with the failed formulas the showrunners have repeatedly utilized to try to create buzz and interest for GH.

Celia

Agreed, ma belle. Considering the turbulent wind circulating our world, one would think the last thing to do is to engage specific ethnicity. I am not saying this will pan out as I suspect; but, the idea does cross the mind….if so, I find it insensitive.
I do say it, Shay, even at the risk of getting bombarded…’tis my opinion, mesdames et messieurs.
I am last to opine on GH, as it once was….but, so many long-time watchers on here, as I read their sentiments, would love to see GH vets engaged in some storylines again. I suppose there are many reasons why it would not be possible,..but, for those actors/actresses who would love nothing more than to return, then they should.
Of course, in general, a soap is constantly a work in process, but, it seems that the coming and going does not sit well with many.
Also, it is presumptuous of me to jump the gun? Is it done for diversity? Fine….I do have an open mind;, but, allow the ‘nucharacters’ to remain ….case in point: what the heck happened to Aaron? I sneezed and he was gone. What did I miss? It’s stuff like this that drives me up the wall.
As I was researching Brenda Barrett, I had read that he may have been her son? So, what happened to that? ….sounded so interesting to me. I never ‘met’ Brenda ( love Vanessa M), and I was looking forward to that.
I love GH, but, the fantastical ( and the weird science) becomes too much for me. Yes, it does not, seemingly, jive with my persona, as I am a physicist. But, soaps are a ‘feel-good’ medium for me, not a lesson in cryogenics, ‘Frankensteinism’, or the ‘ Invasion of the Body Snatchers’.
As always, an informative, well-written post. You and Alan put my writing to shame…LOL…Later.

Celia

Sorry…that should read work in progress.

Max Daddee

Well said, Shay. What’s up with GH doing casting calls for people of certain ethnic backgrounds and short runs? GH needs to stop focusing on the passer throughs and the actors whose roles serve no purpose. Amy the nurse is annoying, that role is a waste of $. Nelle, I think we’re all tired of and she doesn’t generate enough energy to likely stay awake thru the end of her storyline. All the legacy regulars just seem to pop in and pop out periodically. Exception is Finn (can he just get off the drugs already so we can move on??) and Sonny and Carla. Might as well change the name to General Mobsters unless the writers can get things back on track.

Shay
P,S. To further illustrate my point, please allow me to add that too many times on GH, the mere fact that a character with a particular “pc” quality is brought onto the canvas is considered enough to justify their existence, even if there is precious little evident rhyme or reason for them to otherwise be there, when a bit of truly creative forethought and effort could prove immensely valuable to their roles. I will use the examples of Lucas, Brad–and even, Felix—to elaborate. As a member of the Spencer/Jerome clans, Lucas should have been a major player in a multitude of storylines, and the same could have been said of Brad after his own family tree reaching back to the Asian Quarter plot was revealed with far too little fanfare and subsequent exploration. Instead, we were treated to the most minimal, silly little love games with these two—or three, if you count Mr DuBois—then finally a quickie marriage—when their potential for seriously dramatic future participation was all but totally squandered. (In other words, their place on the canvas was simply to provide beefcake, but there was no beef….) Ditto for Felix….he was primarily the water-carrier and chief prop-artist for Cinderbrina’s ongoing fairytale, when he should have been Epiphany’s next of kin, a nephew, cousin, whatever, who simultaneously assumed the Amy Vining mantle of chief hospital gossip/busybody, which would have enabled him to mix and mingle with one-and-all instead of being Sab’s solitary all-purpose go-to-guy, stylist, party planner and shoulder-to-cry-on….again, just an absolute waste of time and talent for an actor who could have been a deeply engaging and meaningful longstanding addition to the GH canvas. This practice of mere “representation” happens with alarming regularity in Port Charles….like Val as the mysterious mixed-race Spencer whose background was never clarified or even questioned…awkward! And just another huge missed opportunity for some sort of satisfying story surrounding a character for whom “being there” (and almost wrecking the Falconeri marriage) was deemed adequate. Perhaps I simply expect more because of my yen for foreign dramas which do a far better job of incorporating what could have been mere pc characters into the real thick of things, making their roles substantial, truly inclusive and integral to the stories told. Take Thomas of Downtown Abbey, whose Machiavellian footman/underbutler often stole the show….he was a classic villain, and even though his oft-repressed sexuality was in large part blamed for his underlying meanness, he could have just as easily been motivated by class envy and been equally effective as a simply nasty straight man, but, he wasn’t…Then there is the highly-effective James Bligh in the “50’s period piece, “A Place to Call Home”…the oh-so-handsome heir-apparent to the family fortune who tried to fit the mold by marrying and producing a son to follow in his footsteps, even though he was hiding his own proclivity for men….a truly soapy detail which has provided countless moments of high drama for the past four seasons….Another great character is the endearing and… Read more »
Timmm

Oh Shay, you always have your claws in perfect position to make PURRfectly, spot on observations! Happy Valentines Day my dear!

Timmm

What new pussy cat? Rumor has it Sir Tom Jones is dating Priscilla Presley!

Celia

@Timmm.
Key word here, Timmmbo is: Tom….the feline kind.

Rose

I’m not worried about the reference to casting a Mid-Eastern character. That takes in a lot of different countries of origin. If anything it’s like Ravi (?) on Y&R. I feel like they are catching up with our continual melting pot kind of world. And it’s happening in many places. If you watch local and national news for instance, or even Big Bang Theory, journalists, hosts, actors come from everywhere and have for some time.

If I have any problem, it’s that I just hope it’s not a character who doesn’t make sense to the story and is just temporary. No matter what nationality/male/female this seems to be frustrating for most MF soap commenters/fans.

Shay

I hear you about the “blink and you’ll miss them” comings and goings, CeeCeeGirl! These “Port Charles’ Drive-By Players” are too large in number…first you get the casting news carrot dangled in front of you, then a huge fanfare with those first sightings on the GH canvas, along with the inevitable questions and tantalizing red herring clues—upon which we so breathlessly speculate and discuss here—that never seem to amount to any definitive conclusions….It’s the same old big tease and ultimate letdown, and it’s definitely not a formula for success. As for the chiding we received for our “pc” comments, I’d just like to further expound that I personally don’t see the value in parading around the latest trendy “get” like a prize pony if there’s no genuine intention of providing a more meaty role for the person, no matter who or what they are….not only does it do a disservice to an already overcrowded GH by introducing yet another unnecessary, dead-end character devoid of possibilities for development and a suitably sufficient storyline, but it smacks of exploitation to me….perhaps making “politically correct” casting choices satisfies certain demographical demands, but in the end, does it really benefit anyone if the additions aren’t meaningful and integral to the plots so as to make the show a better, more absorbing viewing experience? I say not, but then, I don’t necessarily subscribe to the adage that “it’s the thought that counts.” For me, it’s all about the final product….good intentions aside.

Celia

Unfortunately, Shay, I did not watch the British Awards. Sorry I missed it.

Shay

Oh, I didn’t watch them either, CeeCee….As we’ve previously discussed, I avoid these award shows like the plague….and this one was every bit as bad as those on our own shores…..it’s just that in addition to the Trump-trashing, there was also a healthy dose of Teresa May/Brexit-bashing!…No, I read about the George Michael tribute in an online British daily and it carried numerous photos of and a link to the event. Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie were most dignified in their presentation, although a musical salute with Goopy’s ex singing along with footage of George himself performing missed the mark….I think it would have been far more fitting if some of his ’80’s contemporaries had taken part instead…Boy George, Spandau Ballet and especially Elton John…these were people who knew George way back when and had strong personal ties to him. What could have been better than one last duet of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me???”

Timmm

Does Priyanka Chopra have a sister?

Celia

Priyanka is sooo beautiful, Timmmy. She doesn’t have a sister, but I see that she has a model cousin, Mannara.
….. again, they are Indian, not Middle Eastern. The Middle East, I think, stops at Iran….

Timmm

Michael Fairman should contact Andrew Ridgeley and its WHAM all over again! Good voice, for sure! Did you see Bruno Mars tribute to Prince? What a talent!

Celia

I did watch Bruno Mars. Love him. Love Prince. I was very selective this year, watching the Grammys, Timmmy.
No matter where I turn, it’s all about protests and bashing. I feel imprisoned in my own body having to be confronted with so much hate. Rebels without a true cause.
So, I only watch that which deserves my attention.
Michael Fairman just blew me away. Love his voice. I would certainly buy his music.

Timmm

I taped the Grammys. I to am tired of all the hate. I wouldnt pay a nickel to see Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, HELLDonna or the movies of Streep, Baldwin or Tarantino. ALL haters. ONE Hollywood actor had the class and reason ability to say hey, its a done deal, give the president a chance and thats the handsome, talented and classy Matthew McConaughey!

Shay

Amen to both CeeCee and Timmm! I’ve become so “selective” in my viewing that I can barely stand to watch any American-based programs and many so-called performers anymore….nearly every entertainment offering is heavily-laced with negative propaganda. Other than a bit of early morning/late night news from certain providers, that’s pretty much it for me. All else comes from carefully chosen sites on the internet and/or foreign sources, which sadly enough, are often less-biased than their US counterparts. And as if it weren’t already difficult to find neutral ground upon which to enjoy one’s self, now “shopping until one drops,” is pretty much a moot activity, as well, thanks to all those retailing giants and their vicious, politically-motivated merchandising decisions and commentary. Fine!….Over 90% of my closet consists of classically-styled shoes and apparel I have yet to wear even once….I can last a lot longer than all of those un-American companies that feel the need to force their biased views on the consuming public…if you don’t respect our right to support the candidates of our choice without being vindictive, then we just won’t buy whatever it is you are selling. P.S. I always found Matthew McConaughey to be a pretty patriotic, if not conventional, sort of dude, Timmm, but I did have to go “hmmmm” when he participated in that God-awful “I Will Survive” video….it seemed a bit out of character for his usually independent image, but then he did try to redeem himself later when he stated that President Trump deserved a chance to prove himself….soooo, I am reserving my disappointment in him for the time being!

Celia

@Shay.
I know, I know, Shay. Pathetic, eh?
I watch my soaps, HG-HD ( I think I missed my calling, LOL), and Spongebob Squarepants. HaHa. I think I must know every episode by heart. My son watches episodes of that cartoon over and over.
Try ME TV, COZI, LAFF, ANTTV….Love the Carol Burnett repeats, Johnny Carson, “Night Court”…love all the ‘old’ programming.
Late last night we watched an episode of “Twilight Zone” , ‘Living Doll’. I guess that’s how the “Chucky” concept was born. LOL.
Well, ma belle….there are, also, books I could read….and I do…on many sleepless nights.

Shay

@CeeCeeGirl….Yes, I have my moments with retro-tv, as well…not just ME, but AntennaTV and even Decades, upon occasion. All great choices when one wants to see the “way things used to be….” (I’ve caught “Living Doll,” and I happened upon another creepy doll-based tale just last evening…did you see it???? Lately, I’ve been watching some “Mannix” episodes, too….starring that recently-departed good guy actor, Mike Connors…He was such a fine, well-dressed, handsome gentleman detective of the 60’s/’70’s with brawn, brains and a great moral code!) I’m also a huge fan of historical documentaries, mysteries and period pieces, primarily from the UK, but there are so many other wonderful international offerings these days, I truly have no problem finding something to satisfy my interests, although I must admit I’m still really missing “Downton Abbey!” Honestly, I’ve viewed hundreds of series and movies in the same dramatic vein, but there is something so uniquely special about that particular show….it remains unparalleled!

Shay

Hey CeeCeeGirl! I did receive your response in my inbox, and I thought I would add that if you enjoy the ’60’s-themed programming, check out “Endeavour,” the prequel to Inspector Morse….Season 3 and 4 were particularly centered upon the more psychedelic aspects of the decade in terms of fashions and storylines. If you are interested in the earlier years replete with white gloves and pillboxes, then by all means look in on “Call the Midwife.” I just viewed the sixth season, which is set in 1962–the earlier episodes encompassed the late ’50’s and early ’60’s–and there is one ongoing character that is especially appealing named “Nurse Trixie!” She has a very “Maxie” vibe…dressed to the nines, same perky personality….just not quite as ditzy, since she is a medical professional, after all, but she is cute as a button in that same angelic, porcelain, white-blonde retro-sort of way! Whilst I don’t mind watching shows from that era, I’m actually pretty glad I missed it as a living, breathing formative experience….I’m really not into militancy in any way, shape or form…maybe that’s why I so felt at home in the 1980’s….it was a very peaceful, prosperous and patriotic period in which to exist, rather like the 1950’s….As for me, my favorite historical times in terms of fashions and drama are the Victorian, Edwardian and Jazz Age years….the clothing was so luxe, elegant, feminine and detailed….just beautiful! I can never get enough of them…..

Celia

Thanks, Shay.
I see so many missing replies….that’s ok. I just don’t want you to think I ignore you.
I will check those shows out, albeit pillboxes are not my thing, LOL. I am not a hat girl, per se. I love big, floppy hats and berets.

Shay

Hey, CeeCee (and Timmm, too…) Did you see the touching salute to George Michael on the recent BRIT Music Awards???? It featured an extremely now-staid Andrew Ridgely who looked more like a distinguished Oxbridge don than a former popstar…he has well and truly left that crazy life behind! Joining him were the WHAM back-up girls, Shirlie and Pepsi….Pepsi still has got the major mojo going, but Shirlie reminds me of a dowdy little EastEnd housewife….then again, she always struck me as kind of plain and mousy, yet she still managed to snag that oh-so-dishy Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame…and oddly enough, later of “Eastenders!” He remains quite luscious to this day, in all his “silver-fox” glory, and those two have had a very long and happy marriage, so good on them!

Rose

Timmm, Shay, Celia…we’ve had our interesting discussions on soaps over the years. But I want to say I, and I assume many others, are as frustrated as you. While all info coming at us, from all sources, has to be questioned, what you call propaganda is truth to maybe 50+% of the population. Or at the very least what some have called “fake media” has served us well over the years. Until, IMO, social media’s unvetted sources, and technic verified/un-verified ” leaks.”

As for shopping retail…in my experience over the years, $’s ultimately rule. If it’s selling it stays. However, there may be some concern from some retailers that the also don’t want to discourage the full spectrum of their larger shopper base who may have felt marginalized recently. Just a thought. And like you, Shay, I still have a stash of what I consider better made clothing before all the cheaper quality outsourcing started. And get compliments on it. But that”s another story, and would hope it does come back to manufacturing in the USA.

Celia…Love Carol, Johnny, Twilight Zone. 🙂

Timmm

Rose, I do speak my mind and have opinions. However, I dont mean ill will just because I believe in something or someone. For instance, I am not a fan of the Patriots. [Sorry Jude] BUT I tip my hat to Tom, Bill and that organization. They win! Not always fairly BUT they are the greatest team of at least the 21 century. Its a fact. I dont like it but its true. ANYONE would love to have Tom Brady on his or her favorite team because he wins. Our nations quarterback [The current president] is not to popular. He has offended many. BUT, I believe he is the better choice. He sits in the White House as our president. Give him a chance. Maybe he can keep the rapist and drug dealers out of our country. [We have enough!] Maybe he can keep jobs in the USA. Maybe we can buy something from one of our own tax payers in this great country? Maybe we can bring our men and women home to their families. Maybe HIS healthcare plan will work? The last guys did NOT! Eliminate the hate and lets be great, black, white, yellow and brown. What has our president done to you, the American citizen that marches down main street and bitches about a guy who has had a month in office. Imagine if you were given ONE month to figure out something so big, so new, being president! NO president walked into office and had all the answers in ONE month! God bless Rose and this great country. Buy America, be an American!

Shay

Hello, Timmmbo!!!! Did you perchance send me a response about the late, great Mannix ( Mike Connors) and his “Fair” secretary, Miss Peggy—aka, Gail Fisher? I received a message in my inbox and it sounded like something you would say, so I figured I’d take a stab that it was indeed from you! By the way, did you know that the lovely, but also sadly departed, Miss Fisher did a guest spot many years back as a judge on GH? That how I mainly remember her….holding court…in a Port Charles court!!!!!

Timmm

Sweet Shay, you know me! Yes, that was me. O loved Joe Mannix, his car and his wise and wonderful secretary. I want to buy the episodes but I just dont have the time to watch them! I wish Mike would have done more in his later years. I do not remember Gail on GH. What year? Who was she, like all the other judges in PC, NOT going to send to jail! Well, except Blackie Parrish, wow did he do his time!

Shay

BINGO, TIMMMBO!!!! So glad I called it correctly….I was not all that familiar with the Mannix show….rather before my time, yet I do recall watching some late night reruns some years back, although they were from the end of the program’s run. I never saw the early days until MeTV recently began broadcasting the show at 2am on weeknights. (I had not even realized that the first season featured Joe working for an investigative firm headed up by Joseph Campanella…that was, um, interesting….) My only vague recollections were that Mannix was a suave, well-dressed gentleman detective who was smart, polite, principled and not of the coarse, skirt-chasing, hard-drinking, law-bending variety of private dicks that were often portrayed in dramatic series….That the unforgettable Mr. Connors passed away shortly after his show finally made a comeback to the tv airwaves after so many years away was a sad coincidence….Oh, I do remember he reprised his famous role on Dick Van Dyke’s “Diagnosis Murder” once or maybe twice…that was about the only time I saw him in his later years, although he had quite a long and varied career according to his obit….As for Gail Fisher’s stint as a wholly-credible judge on GH, I cannot state the exact time period—it had to be sometime in the ’80’s, but I do know it was when the show was still really hot and the courtroom scenes actually bore some resemblance to their real life counterparts, and were not of the insane kabuki theater-like atmosphere we see today!!!!!! Yes, Mr. Parrish is the Port Charles’ posterboy for “Do the crime, do the time….” Unfortunately, that may end up being his character’s greatest claim to fame on the GH canvas….especially if we are not treated to an update and subsequent cameo appearance by John Stamos on one of these anniversary shows! Free Blackie!

Tim Tim

PRIYANKA CHOPRA!!!

Celia

Ouch!!! Deafening. LOL.

k/kay

Great voice Michael !!! Kudos!!!

Boo Suzy

How about bringing back Dr. Saira Batra or Nurse Leyla Mir? While they’re at it, they should bring back Dr. Leo Julian.

Those of you who are complaining about them bringing in too many “pc” characters – it’s the 21st century, so get over it. No one wants to see an all-white TV show any more except for racists. It’s not realistic.

Celia

Why do you spin words, with all due respect? No one said anything about having an all-white cast.
I could care less what character is brought in. White, black, yellow, red or purple. I, for one, just wondered why they are being so specific? Did you read the intro? We certainly did not bring it up Middle Eastern. What does it have to do with racism?
But, of course, there is always the odd poster whose name is so unfamiliar, to stir the proverbial pot.
It ain’t working on me, mon amie!!

dmr

No one, the cast is bloated as it is and needs to be deflated.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime

actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2018 Conclusion: Anna Learns Henrik Is Her Son, Maxie Has Her Son, Ava Wows, Mike & Sonny Duet!

In the most moving and exciting episode of this 2018 GH Nurses’ Ball, all roads lead to the truth about Henrik and how he is really living his life as none other than Peter August (Wes Ramsey).  First, Robert (Tristan Rogers) who has punched out by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on stage drags him outside of the ballroom for his part in the cover[up.  Robert is worried about Anna’s (Finola Hughes) safety. Nina (Michelle Stafford) confronts her husband about how long he’s known who Henrik is.  She later figures out why he has been trying to whisk her and Charlotte out of the country.

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Onstage Mike (Max Gail) takes a mic, and makes a moment of saying he has Alzheimer’s and then launches into the song he remembers,“The Summer Wind.” As he sings, he imagines being accompanied by a big band as he proceeds to deliver a showstopper.  Suddenly, in reality, Mike is lost and disoriented … scared he stares around at the audience.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets up to the stage to help his dad by cluing him into the lyrics.  Sonny sings with Mike and gets him through the song.  They receive a standing ovation.

Ava (Maura West) who is preparing to perform her number comes across a moment between Kiki (Hayley Erin) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) backstage where they are in a hug.  Little does Ms. Jerome know that Griffin was consoling Kiki after her lewd run-in with Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).   Then it is Maura West, who truly brings down the house for this year’s ball with her Ava’s rendition of “You Don’t Own Me.”  That tune was certainly a nod to all those that Ava feels have wronged her.  Yup! Sonny, Griffin and Kiki we think are some on her list!   Dressed in a white pant suit and accompanied by a bevy of male dancers, West knocked the interpretation of the song out of the park, to make it work for her character and the Nurses’ Ball.

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Elsewhere, Maxie (Kristen Storms) has gone into labor, and Peter is right there safely delivering her baby boy. Maxie is taken by paramedics to the hospital, while Peter calls Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) at Maxie’s urging to let him know what happened.  Spinelli has just found out, through Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) that Peter is Henrick!

Anna is walking into a trap on the pier as she waits for Henrick. When he appears, he has no idea that Anna is his mother, and thinks it’s all been a set-up.  He points a gun to eliminate her once and for all, but Anna says she has something to tell him.

The Nurses’ Ball concludes with a touching finale of “Champion” featuring: Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and the other nurses.

So, what did you think of the final episode of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2018?  What did you think of the musical performances? Do you think Maxie’s baby will be OK? Will Anna be able to tell Henrik that she is his mom? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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