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GH's Tyler Christopher & Rebecca Budig Interview: From Nikolas & Hayden's Twisted Romance, The Jason Reveal, To Their Co-Stars!

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Who knew that two characters that have wanted to seemingly just rip each others clothes off and hit the sheets, and who have done despicable things to others, and each other, could fall head over heels in love!  But that now appears to be the case between the dark prince, Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher), and the cunning Hayden (Rebecca Budig)!

This week on General Hospital, it’s been a big week of reveals, as finally after more than a year, Port Charles learned that Jake Doe is actually the beloved Jason Morgan (Billy Miller)!  Chief among the list of conspirators, who kept the true identify of Jason hidden to his loved ones and family has been Nikolas.  Then there was the plot that brought Hayden to Port Charles in the first place … pretending to be “Jake’s” wife for money, and duping him.  After Hayden’s plans were foiled during the Nurses Ball she ended up staying at Wyndemere, and thus began her twisted relationship with Nik.  When Hayden learned of Nikolas and Liz’s (Rebecca Herbst) plans to keep “Jake” from knowing he was really Jason, she planned to meet up with the man who can’t remember his past, and Sam (Kelly Monaco) and divulge the truth!  But alas, Nikolas ordered a hit on Hayden, and stopped her in her tracks.  And, for weeks Hayden then languished in the hospital in a coma, and with “amnesia” when she awoke.  But bombshell!  This week Hayden reveals she remembers quite well that Nikolas knew about Jason’s identify this whole time!  Now Hayden has her own co-conspirator in a revenge plot against Nikolas, while trying to learn more about the night she was shot.  Meanwhile, Nikolas has his hands full with Jason coming after him, and navigating Liz, Laura (Genie Francis), and Hayden all knowing the truth and being part of Jason’s identify cover-up.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with two longtime daytime favorites and MVP’s, Tyler Christopher, and Rebecca Budig to get their thoughts on: the complicated relationship that is developing between Nikolas and Hayden, what will happen when and if Nikolas finds out that Hayden knows he ordered the hit to silence her, and what revenge plot is Hayden concocting with Tracy (Jane Elliot) to bring down Nikolas. Will she help Tracy get control of ELQ again?  In addition, Tyler and Rebecca dish about working with their co-stars: Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst.   Always the consummate professionals who deliver compelling performances, and who definitely bring the heat into their scenes with one another … here’s Tyler and Rebecca:

Fans of General Hospital witnessed that after Elizabeth’s busted up wedding to Jason, and that once back at Wyndemere, Hayden reveals that she knows that Nikolas has known “Jake” is Jason all along; etc.  Clearly, there is a lot of double-crossing going on.  Next, there is a moment where there is this push/pull seduction happening between them, and then Hayden stops it.  Ultimately, she leaves the room and makes a secret phone call.  So, Tyler: where is Nikolas at with her at this point?  Worried she knows too much, while falling head over heels for her?

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TYLER:  I think at this point, Nikolas has already fallen for her and given her a long leash.  There are so many secrets going on between them that he is just trying to figure her out from his perspective.  In the interim, he didn’t expect to have these sorts of feelings for her.  Nikolas thought that once he tried to have her killed that would be a means to an end.  Once that didn’t come to fruition, now he is being forced to rethink his position.  He didn’t expect to fall for her, and that is kind of where he is at right now.

Rebecca, is there this questionable fine line that she is just using Nikolas, developing her own revenge plot, yet she is smitten with the dark prince?

REBECCA:  She is angry for what he did, and she does have another motive, but at the same time she can’t help falling in love with him.  I think she is conflicted.  It’s a constant conflict for her.

Do you think it’s that these two are truly “in-love”, and not just about, “I’m so attracted to you, I just want to jump your bones?” (Laughs)

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REBECCA:  Well, I think there is that. (Laughs)

TYLER:  Then, why don’t you already? (Laughs)

REBECCA: (Laughs) I know!  I think she wants him, but not just for sex.

Next week, Hayden is about to try to gather more information on happened to her the night she took a bullet, thanks to Nikolas.

REBECCA:  Yes, she does.  Hayden already overheard Nikolas talking, and so she knows he ordered the hit, and so that is why she wants revenge on him.  However, she is falling for him in the process.

What have you thought about the Jason (Billy Miller) reveal, and the scenes that viewers began to watch play out this week on the air shows?  Are you glad that the secret of his identify is finally out?

TYLER:  Oh, thank God!

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REBECCA:  Oh, hell yes!

TYLER:  If I had to say “Jake” was Jason one more time, I was going to shoot myself. (Laughs)

It was very interesting watching Tyler’s performance when the truth came out at the wedding.  Nikolas looked pretty calm and cool when “Jake” revealed to Elizabeth and Sam (Kelly Monaco) who he truly is.  Then, of course, Jason attacked him.  What are your thoughts on how you played Nik’s reaction to it all?

TYLER:  We can’t get into this chest-bumping contest, if Nikolas is going to lose every time.  That is just not fun to watch.  My take on the whole thing is … its ‘Batman Vs. Joker.’  If Nikolas is going to come up against Jason every time, let’s at least make it interesting, and have it be wit against brawn, money against Jason’s relationship with Sonny, and make it about something else.  For lack of a better phrase, “a pissing contest” is not very fun to watch.

When we talked several months ago, and Nikolas had turned more to the dark side, and became more Cassadine-like, you were trying to find the motive behind some of his behavior.  What are you then playing into the scenes now to justify it?

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TYLER:  I am playing that Nikolas is baiting Jason into all of these confrontations.  As history would dictate, the Cassadines don’t need to go around and beat people up.  They have enough money, and power to influence things in their direction without having to do that.

On Monday, Jason is going to confront Nikolas at Wyndemere.  He wants to have it out with him once and for all, for Nik’s duplicity, and his lies.   It could become quite an explosive situation for Mr. Cassadine!

TYLER:  Well, I got my ass kicked two times already.  The first is when he puts me up against the wall outside of Wyndemere.  The second was at the church.  And now we will see if Nikolas’ ass gets kicked again! (Laughs)

It looks like Nikolas always is able to side-step any real collateral damage thus far from his showdowns with Jason.

TYLER:  Nikolas has to come out OK.  He has got to have his strategy, too.  Jason’s strategy has always been to go take it by force.  Nikolas has always used his family legacy, power, and money to get what he wants.

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Also, fans don’t remember Jason and Nikolas being at odds back in the day.  So, is it strange to be playing that, given the character’s history?

TYLER:  They were not enemies.  They were friends.  They were good friends, actually.  This is something that is definitely a turn.

Rebecca, Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman are the new head writers of GH, and you have a long history of working with Jean on All My Children, especially since she created the Leo (Josh Duhamel) and Greenlee love story.   What are you noticing in the scripts and the dialog under their tenure, so far?  Are you still enjoying what’s happening with Hayden?  Will we ever learn more about her background?

REBECCA:  I am still having fun, and I would love to do more, and learn more about my character.  I feel with Shelly and Jean writing the show there is a little less exposition. I know we have to do that as part of the medium, but I have noticed a little less of that now, which has been nice.

On Friday’s episode, viewers learned just who Hayden has been talking to during her mysterious calls, and thus who she is working with in a plot against Nikolas.  When you found out that it was going to be Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot) that Hayden was conspiring with, what did you think?

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REBECCA:  I was excited about who she was working with, and who I got to work with in the story.  I don’t know how the fans will feel about it, but I like it. (Laughs)  Hayden is working on a plan against Nikolas.

Tyler, you had a touching scene with your long-time co-star Rebecca Herbst shortly before Liz wedding started.   In it, the two mentioned Nikolas’ late wife, Emily, who was also Liz’s best friend.  They relate that no matter the steps they took to ensure their happiness, they deserve it.  You see that Nikolas truly and deeply cares for Elizabeth.  What were your thoughts on those moments?

TYLER:  We sometimes forget to mention things that have gone well in the past.  It was nice to murmur Emily’s name.  We have not done so in quite some time.  For fans who have been long-time viewers, you just say someone’s name who was a big part of the canvas ten years ago, and they go, “Oh, that’s right!  That was so great!”  It brings them right back.  I know from speaking with fans, that they love those kind of moments, and mentions of characters.

Can Nikolas continue being this ruthless?  Will viewers get back to seeing the tender side of him?

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TYLER:  I think you are starting to see it now, and in the week coming.  You will start to see that Hayden is the one person that can bring him out of his “evilish funk”, if you will.  And through that, you will see the softer side of him that you have seen for the last 20 years.  I don’t think characters that are just pure evil, or pure villains, are that interesting to watch. I don’t think that kind of behavior really exists.  So it’s at least nice to have it 80/20, where he is out manipulating the world in business, and with Jason.  But, when he comes home he has this woman who he can’t wait to be with, and she is holding this thing over him, and he can’t quite figure her out.

REBECCA:  She keeps him on his toes, too!

TYLER:  There is a tit-for-tat going on. They want each other so bad, but they can’t really figure out if one is playing the other, and that’s kind of interesting.

REBECCA:  Hayden and Nikolas really don’t trust each other yet.

Rebecca, is it hard for you coming into this iconic daytime drama with not much to go on with the back-story of Hayden?  Did you get any more information that you can keep close to the vest about what Jean and Shelly’s plans are for her, and how they will integrate her more into the PC canvas?

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REBECCA:  It is hard and challenging to know where I am coming from sometimes.  Like Tyler said, it’s not interesting to just be sassy or mean, or whatever your personality is.   There is a reason behind everything.  Our head writers: Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman did give me some idea of Hayden’s background, but you know that can always change.  However, I don’t know if that’s changed since I met with them (laughs) so I will just have to wait and see if it comes out in a script.

Fans are hoping that Hayden will be tied to a family in Port Charles.  Would you like that?

REBECCA:  I would love to be tied to a family, and become a Cassasdine … and become Nikolas’ wife!

Every General Hospital wedding over the last several years falls apart dismally at the altar … when someone walks in with a secret, there is a shooting, or there is a wife or husband who returns-from-the-dead.  Would the two of you like to be the on-screen duo that gets hitched for real, and see the consequences of that marriage reveal itself after the “I do’s”?

TYLER:  It would be nice.  For years, we have been playing this royal wedding, and it’s never happened.  She who takes the throne has some control, much like Helena (Constance Towers).  There is a lot at stake there.  It would be kind of nice if we actually pulled it off.

Rebecca, now that you have worked with Tyler a bit more, what can you say it’s been like working with him, and was there anything you were surprised to find out about him in the process?

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REBECCA:  There is an easiness with Tyler that you don’t get with everybody.  I don’t know if he feels the same way.  But, I feel very at ease, and that we both want the same things.  Oh, and he’s hot, and he’s funny!

TYLER:  I do feel the same way.  I put it this way: at the speed in which we work it’s difficult to try and have fun.  That’s why I got into this whole thing to begin with, to have fun.  Since we have both been around, between us like 40-plus-years in the business, we know what we’re doing.  We spend less time trying to figure out what we want from each other in the scene, and more time having fun.  That’s why I love it.

REBECCA:  Right!  That’s a very good description.  Also, Tyler is smarter than me.   It was just weird, because I worked with Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan, AMC) for so long, and Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo, AMC) for so long., so it’s a new leading man for me to work with.  I only knew Tyler from ABC Super Soap Weekends, and I never talked to him!

TYLER:   I was much more reserved then.

REBECCA:   That’s right.  We didn’t ever have a conversation.  So coming to GH to work with him; I did not know what to expect.  I thought Tyler was very serious, and I was a little intimated.  But then I got to know Tyler, and I thought, “Oh, my God! He’s amazing!”

What can the two of you say about working with Rebecca Herbst?  Nikolas has this enduring relationship with her, and was so in love with her.  Has Nikolas truly moved on from Elizabeth romantically, and put that behind him?

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TYLER:  I think Nikolas has conceded that, and he held on to that for so long.  I think he started to look quite foolish; like he was following Elizabeth around like a lost puppy.  That is why I was so excited about the turn in the character, because we should have done that a long time ago.  I think he has conceded their relationship to friendship, but still it’s at the point where he would do anything for Elizabeth.  Our characters have the oldest history on the show right now.  Rebecca Herbst was 19 when she started, and I was 22, and here we are in 2015.  So much has happened since then, and for long-time viewers they get jazzed about that, because they remember everything.  People that watch every day, and have for years, they remember everything.  We go to fan events and fans will say thing like: “Do you remember when ….?”  And I will go, “No.” (Laughs)  And then they will continue to let me know how they remembered it letter by letter.  It’s fascinating.

Rebecca, you get to play this antagonist to Becky’s Liz … that must be fun!

REBECCA:  I have known Becky for a long time since “Super Soap” going back to 1999/2000, and it’s great to work with her.  I love that Elizabeth and Hayden are so different.  I like that my character can ruffle the Elizabeth character!

Do the two of you want the secret to come tumbling out about Jason, so everyone knows about all of it once and for all, and so we can get to another part of the story, or something else?

TYLER:  Yes, it is out.  We either move on, or dwell on it.  I certainly hope all the characters state their positions and deal with it, and deal with the consequences, and move on.  I think it’s time.

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Tyler, you had some terrific material, and performances throughout this year.  What scenes did you decide to submit for the pre-noms for Daytime Emmy competition?

TYLER:  I am submitting the scenes following when Spencer (Nicholas Bechtel) went a blaze during the fire at Wyndemere.  When you have children of your own, it’s not difficult to draw on the terror one would go through feeling that you are about to lose your son.  That was a hell of a day to tape.  Certainly, no one was going to slow down and wait for me to prepare myself to do the scenes.  That was a pretty difficult day to come in to, and then later to step away from.

Speaking of Spencer, how has it been for you Rebecca, coming in to the show and working with little Nicholas Bechtel?

REBECCA:  Ah!  Nicholas Bechtel is like a 40-year-old man in a 10-year-olds body.  I know I have said that before, but it’s so true! (Laughs)  He’s a piece of work, and so cute.

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If you were to place your bets: What do you think is coming up next in the relationship between Nikolas and Hayden?

REBECCA:  I would say consummating the relationship again.

TYLER:  We will get back there!

REBECCA:  Yes, that’s the goal. (Laughs)

TYLER:  It can’t be the same now.  We have been there, done that.  It’s like, that’s great and the fans loved that, and now it’s time to move the relationship into something different.  Thinking of the circumstances, it’s gotten to be different.  For God sakes, Nikolas tried to have the woman killed!  In order for us to sell that we are in fact in love, and I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but there has got to be some incredible level of forgiveness and trust that the fans are actually going to believe, or they are going to think it’s b**s.

You do understand for some viewers it will be hard to fathom how Nikolas and Hayden would get together in an ongoing love match when he had her shot.  Even if she has the “hots” for the guy, why would she forgive such a horrific moment in her life that he was responsible for?

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TYLER:  Here is our defense: the greatest soap love story of all-time is Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis), and that started as a rape.  I would argue that it’s worse than what Nikolas did to Hayden.  Laura fell in love with her rapist.  You can fast forward 30 years, and we are still talking about it, and nothing until the soaps die will ever top that.  So, that is how I justify it, and if the fans can get past that – and at the beginning they were outraged at the Luke and Laura story – but Tony Geary and Genie Francis were so powerful together that slowly they began to win the fans over.  Time is the only thing that made that story work.  So, if we rush ourselves into this, because we want to hurry up and get this Jason stuff over with and move on, and have our story, and all that stuff, then it’s going to fall flat on its face no matter how good of actors we are.

Tyler, you have worked with Steve Burton (now Dylan, Y&R) as Jason, and now Billy Miller.  How has it been to work with Billy, and his compelling interpretation of the character?

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TYLER:  It’s a completely different energy than Steve Burton.  I hate to compare the two, but I have to.  They are the only two people to play the character of Jason, and Steve played it for over two decades.  Billy has a more aggressive approach, which is an adjustment.  I am not saying if that is a good, or a bad thing.  Steve had a more subdued approach to this Jason Bourne type identity story that was going on for a long time.  It’s nice to have contrast: Billy is a great actor.  He has won Emmys, and Steve has won an Emmy.  You have to respect what each of them gave the character, especially Billy, no matter how long Steve has played the character.  Steve was great.  He made Jason who he is.  When Steve first played Jason he was wearing reindeer sweaters at Quartermaine Christmas parties.  Back then, he was a back-burnered character, and no one cared about him.  Steve was itching and chomping at the bit to do something of substance.  Then they gave Jason the memory loss, and the character was born. We then saw what a great actor Steve was.  So, he planted the seed, and now Billy is doing it his way.  We all have to adjust to the way Billy is doing it, and respect what Billy has accomplished as an actor, as well.

And Rebecca, you worked with Billy on All My Children.  It must be cool to have him around, and to play in scenes with him on another soap, no less.

REBECCA:  I did work with Billy on All My Children.   I enjoyed his company then, and I enjoy it now.  He is definitely very playful, and he’s Billy … I love him.

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In closing Tyler, another iconic character is back on the canvas as Kimberly McCullough makes another return as Robin.  I know the two of you are close.  What can you say about her being back on GH?

TYLER:  Kimberly was part of the crew when I first came on the show.  We had a great story way back when, where my character had a stroke, and had to relearn how to speak.  Those are the kinds of stories I really want to get back to, where it’s not just some insane outside influence trying to break-up a friendship, or a relationship.  It was simply about two friends looking to help one another get through a very difficult time.  It was great for me as an actor, and probably great for as well.  Robin is a legacy character who can come back, and then we do get to have scenes together, it’s wonderful.  Those types of characters are so important to the canvas of this show.  I don’t know if Kimberly will creep into Rebecca and my story, or not.  I sure hope so.  Kimberly and I have remained friends, even for years after she left GH.  I am so excited to have her back.

So, what do you think about the relationship between Nikolas and Hayden?  Are they the perfect match for each other, or will they fizzle?  How do you think Hayden will exact her revenge on Nikolas for ordering the hit on her life?  Who do you think will be the first character to admit, or be forced to admit, they knew “Jake” was Jason all this time?  Do you hope Nikolas returns to his kinder self …  or do you like the current darker version of the Cassadine prince?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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79 Comments on "GH's Tyler Christopher & Rebecca Budig Interview: From Nikolas & Hayden's Twisted Romance, The Jason Reveal, To Their Co-Stars!"

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Lia

I love Nik and Hayden. I hope they never lose the passion between them, and I’m not talking about the sex only. There is something dynamic about those two that I just love. And yes, can we see Nik knock Jason on his ass for a change? Lol

Patrick

thank you

I am so tired of seeing Sam and “Jason” break in to Windemere… and berate Nicholas because “his” loyalties are not up to par what they once were… he readily admitted the Cassadine fortune is not what it once was… and if he readily justifies his care for… albeit

who gives a hoot!

Tyler Christopher is acting !

oy! i’m so sick of Sam , when you are ready to be my cousin again.. I will judge you accordingly

seriously!

she’s one of the dullest characters on GH

it’s so obvious.. that Billy Miller, the actor, is not reeling with kelly Monaco… all I needed to read in a SOD issue.. when he bespoke about Rebecca Herbst… how she’s the bees knees.. and her porceline.. presence with… REALED his reel

what more proof does one need?

history, fan recall… vet pull? would it have worked if Steve Burton returned? heck yah.. with Kelly Monaco… ride this out.. for all it’s worth…

to see her talking… acting… leading lady’ing her act ? LOL… woah… i’m done

throw in Laura Wright! Carly has been long gone MIA… every since Jax was fired

LOL.. an article in SOD.. as she’s lauding her own acting… that her character got to be the one to reveal to all… entirity… it was me, me, me…

give me an expletive break! watching Maurice Benard’ Sonny… compensate for his stance… imobile in wheelchair… “share” how sensitive he ACTually is ?

LOL… i’m glad his character lost custody of Avery… that way Ava always has something to one up

so there you have it… smug full of it… Sonny and Carly “Cornithos’ ” laud themselves bigger and all that…

LOL… lame treats

go their GH… give us Kelly Monaco and Billy Miller… the reveal and inroads to coupledom… with these two… will sputter and fire none

Liz will fire and move onward and upward… thereby leaving “Jason” a path of ole…
a lonely self righteous fastidious killer ? kowtowing to … Sonny

venting readily

Jaz

STFU.. you used a lot of words to say nothing, take off your fandom glasses and watch the story for what it is

Lia

Billy and Kelly are dating from what I understand, so I doubt he’s sick of her. And Liz is a self-righteous, slimy gold digger who bounces from Quartermaine prince to Cassadine prince depending upon who’s writing her. She’s going to lose, and she knows it, because whether now or later Jason and Sam will reunite. Hayden was right about that, and that’s why Liz wanted her to shut-up.

Tristan

Venting readily, and brilliantly. I am on board your soap box.

CeeCee

Patrick…I follow your poetic heart completely. That’s saying a lot for a Physics teacher, where my only concern should be matter and energy…LOL. We are kindred spirits, Patrick. However, Jason is on a mission. He knows Nik holds the key to something….not sure what. Sam is as dull as heck, but, regardless of that, she does feel a kinship with Jason. We cannot blame them for breaking into the Cassadine mansion looking for anything that might be a beacon to Jason’s identity.
So, I think this will take time for him to come to know himself; then he can start his life over again….not the same life, obviously, but a newly refreshed one. I will, tentatively assume, Jason will not be pestered by those who WANT, WANT and WANT Jason to come back to them….Quartermaine or Morgan. But, I know they will track him like the pestilence they are. I liken these ‘expectant’ ruminants to the living dead….all wanting a piece of him.
You did say a lot, Patrick, but unlike what some may think; every word you write has purpose. Later.

Elaine

wow ,a lot of words to say absolutely nothing of importance.Sam is not dull that is word one would use to describe Liz..excuse me for a moment I am yawning here just at the mention of her name.Oh and maybe you should pay more attention when you watch the show and then when you post/comment you will have something to give your words substance.

CeeCee

So, you want Nik to overtake Jason physically, Lia? You can’t be meaning mentally since he already has. Nik’s knowledge is holding Jason hostage. I am sorry, I don’t follow. For a change? Should it not be the other way around? Nik is the perpetrator, not Jason. Make me understand the logic, please, Lia. I’m a little slow. Lol.
Furthermore, what does Hayden’s and Nik’s physical attraction/passion and ‘other’ things have to do with Nik kicking Jason’s arse? Yes, admittedly, these two sizzle, in bed and out…..more fool Nik for not realizing Hayden’s rivalry. She measures every breath she takes. She knows exactly where she’s going. …..which means he is the one deserving more than a browbeating. Nik needs ‘woops upside da head’ and then some. With all due respect, Lia, you make it sound as though Jason were the thief and liar here.

Harry

Well said, Cee Cee.
I like it when Lizzy and Hayden go toe to toe. Those two have some kind of rivalry going on which sparks a sistrance (the girl version of bromance).
What I am liking is that Hayden brings out the real Lizzy, not the sweet little domestic Madame Ovary she has been pretending to be for the last ten years or so.
When we were first introduced to Lizzy, she was a fun, scheming bad girl who had an ear for mischief. Hayden brings out that side of Lizzy and it’s fun to watch.

CeeCee

@Harry.
Lol, Harry….and so it goes, my friend. Rebecca is playing the bad girl to the hilt. Her beauty makes my distaste for the character that much more poignant. It is such a laborious process for me to dislike her for copious reasons. But dislike her, I do. Something is inherently wrong for anyone to be this monstrous. Later.

CeeCee

@Harry.
Hi, Harry,
I apologize for Post Scripting you, but after rereading my comment, I realized that it is not clear to whom I am referring. I am talking about Rebecca’s Lizzie, as the bad girl. I think there is so much more to Lizzie’s rivalry towards Hayden. There exists all kinds of jealousy and interwoven with that, the fear of being discovered.
I wish I knew these characters (the vets) as well as I would like. Case in point, Liz. I had no clue she’s always been this devilish. Also, it is not clear to me ( or it was at one point, and I forgot) why Nik is so adamant about having kept Jason’s identity a secret. Did Jason have a stake in ELQ? Now that he is ‘alive’, assuming he’s a share holder, does it mean that Jason can oust Nik? Inquisitive minds want to know.
It is always good getting a response from you, sir… You, Among a few others, simplify ‘things’ for me without boring me…lol…..later.

su0000

Nikolas and Hayden have what it takes to be a super couple.
However; super couples died in the late 80’s, now it’s simply an amazing couple.
I really like their lust.. lust can play better than sappy love at times.

I will be very disappointed and mad as can be if they mush up Nikolis, again..
I love love love the bad boy, and Tyler brings Nik to life when his Cassidine DNA is dominate ! He is soooo hot and alluring when he wears his Cassidine hat!

I need some hard drama, an intriguing plot is badly needed to hold me in and on edge..
All the kissing kiss kiss and love-in stuff is far from intriguing, no real enticing stories, I need a helluva good plot that will make me go WOW!!!

Patrick

you make me laugh

LOL

I couldn’t love your para… #2 any more

the three leading ACTS GH; has…

Tyler Christopher, Rebecca Buddig… and Rebecca Herbst…

’nuff said

rebecca1

Hello again, Su…sigh….

The term super couple, relating to soap couples or other popular couples, did not “die in the 80s” along with other elements and characters of-in soaps that you keep informing us did. You can see the super couple description still referred to in many types of media as they discuss TV and film couples from the past to the present. Have a “super” or “amazing” day! 😉

Harry

Heh, Rebecca. You’re funny.
Super couples still exist in soaps–it’s just the terminology has changed.
Awesome couples?
A rose by any other name…

elm51

i agree su0000 – super couples did die in the 80’s & early 90’s – tptb/tiic don’t keep couples together long enough to be considered “super”……………………jmo

CeeCee

Lol, Su. Agreed. But, lust and love are irrevocably interchangeable. Lust is good; very good. A little lip-licking never hurt anybody. But love, …oh, su….love makes it all worth while: the closeness, the intimacy; the whispered sweet-nothings……unabashed passion.
I hope that after all is said and done, Hayden and Nik will come together sincerely….without subterfuge and ulterior motives, yes? Later, susu.

CeeCee

Hey, Su,
I must agree with you here. Although the infatuation of the ‘super couple’ still exists in Primetime; Daytime has lost its luster of the ever-so-venerated notion of the ‘super couple’. And, I quote, “The ‘super couple’ started vanishing in the early 2000’s, around the same time the genre itself began its next phase of deterioration.”
That is exactly the time I started watching Y&R avidly….as a freshman in High School. So the notion never took root with me. Good call, susu.

Above quote taken from…..RETHINKING THE SOAP OPERA SUPER COUPLE.

rebecca1

Hi Harry…I try… 😉

Well, my response regarding the super couple is twofold.

Yes, a rose by any other name us still a rose, but there are specific terms used to define aspects of a genre. The term super couples is still used when describing longstanding couples viewers love and root for, both in primetime and soaps. And while you can find an article that states the super couple is dead, you can find another that points to couples thAt fit the bill…or couples that COULD do so.

I’m not so into Patrick and Robin…but shrubs fans might dub them a super couple. I actually see Jason and Sam in that light. Anna and Robert…they’re not gone…they’re not extinct…but they’ve been ignored.

So I don’t think they died out as Su stated, I think the term and the potential for these types of couples are there…waiting to resurface to the forefront.

Lol…I KNOW this will drive you mad but I can actually see Franco and Nina become one. Their combined pathos, need, us against the world stance can unite them deeply and have us rooting for them if written properly. And then there’s always Emma and Spencer waiting in the wings…

rebecca1

Scrubs not shrubs! Lol…

Harry

Rebecca, you know I like and respect you which is why I am going to have to go now before I say something we will both regret.
I am going to go scream into my pillow now.

rebecca1

I can hear your muffled cries Harry but alas and alak, I must reiterate…I LIKE FRANCO AND NINA! 😉

Daisy Day

I would like to see a kinder, gentler Nicholas. I like him and Hayden.

kent

I actually like Hayden and Nikolas together. Super excited KMc/Robin is back!!! I feel the same as Tyler. I hope Robin & NIk have some scenes together. He needs a true friend right now.

Patrick

yeah… with all the coniption… all of Port Charles denizen are firing… toward

the best acts… going… @ Nicholas and Liz

Hayden! I’ve been ready to smack you upside the head!

YOU are IN love with Nicholas… get with the program

take over!

take over Port Charles… feature the Cassidine empire.. and lead with… the hottest man that snagged your heart…

Nicholas and Hayden need to support Liz

i’m over all the coniption…with the denizons of…

fire away my threesome… take not prisoners…

Tristan

And Genie!

CeeCee

This couple has SEX APPEAL. It’s raw, Kent. I always loved Rebecca Budig; en par with Michelle Stafford for me. Rebecca as Greenlee brought the AMC audience to its knees with Josh as Leo. Now she is doing it again with Tyler as Nik. This fact only proves that when you’re good, you’re great. It does not happen often that an actress/actor can find her/his perfect counterpart multiple times.
They work in perfect accord; in unison…sing like violins. What body language!!!!!….to die for…..very rare!!

Patrick

“well said”

“…It does not happen often that an actress/actor can find her/his perfect counterpart ”

If I could wish Kelly thiebaud… and her mom Dr. O… a return and more airtime

heck ya

lightening struck and passion reignites the Cassadine

come on, Laura… don’t be perfect

CeeCee

@Patric.
Thank you, my friend.
That’s very philosophical of you…..”come on, Laura…..don’t be perfect”.
I must return the compliment, Patrick. I, myself would like to see the mysterious femme fatale emerge from Laura’s bosom.

SW

Thanks for a great interview!! Would love to see Nik come out on top for once–he’s a legacy character, and Laura’s son!! For Pete’s sake!

Patrick

LOL

I’m just so happy

because these are the best actors portraying all that serial begets

the best show going… ( with Liz)

Nicholas ! steer Laura… she even admitted she has corporate experience… ie: with Edward Quartermaine

lead with; backbone stamina mindset… you and yours… an alignment that takes

Laura… Nicholas, Hayden, and Liz

force and magic…

Tristan

Patrick, we are totally on the same page. The scenes with Laura, Hayden, Liz and Nick were gold! Luscious cat and mouse with crackling dynamics. Laura can’t trust Hayden as far as she can throw her. The dynamic between the four was great. Becky and Tyler totally underrated! Hayden is upping everyone’s game. And Genie Francis!!! A soap queen if there ever was one! Sam and Jason? Zzzzzz.

Harry

I agree, Tristan and Patrick.
I love that the mothers, Laura and Monica, are back on the canvas administering their tough love to their grown children. They are needed!

Patrick

“…Tyler and Rebecca dish about working with their co-stars: Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst. Always the consummate professionals who deliver compelling performances, and who definitely bring the heat into their scenes with one another … ”

magical read

Patrick

“I don’t think she’s conflicted”

“…she can’t help falling in love with him. ”

’nuff said

pure stuff

Patrick

I am going to be so done.. if the writers act… Sam and jason… all that and self rigteous… how boring! aren’t they

what a funny poignant response :

“..We can’t get into this chest-bumping contest, if Nikolas is going to lose every time. That is just not fun to watch. My take on the whole thing is … its ‘Batman Vs. Joker.’ If Nikolas is going to come up against Jason every time, let’s at least make it interesting”

i’ll take that pissing contest any ole time : Nicholas wins by a handful

I don’t know about Rebecca Buddig constant hype for her character evolve.. since it needs Tyler Christopher… and her need to exact revenge… oh wait… she’s falling love! to bring Jane Elliott’ Tracy in ? character flow… and notwithstanding.. the demise of fallout?

expletive! calm the f down… if I was near Nicholas.. and getting… i’d love and catapult this twosome… far and away… give me a f’ing break

with regard to Nicholas and Liz… even though their characters never found their way… the love and side by side these two share… stratosphere! on fire

will Hayden bring Nicholas out of the bad side… : ??? why? you own ELQ ! own it…

I just want Rebecca Herbst’ Liz to toughen

LIVE!

rebecca1

I have no idea why you love Jason and Liz together. She’s been so duplicitous I can’t even watch them together and feel anything but frustrtion. Perhaps the beginning…before Liz knew the truth j felt a gravitAtional pull between them. Haven’t for a while.

Its been obvious for some time that “Jake” and Sam are drawn to each other, whether each admitted it or not. From the time he rode her o. The back of his motorcycle, to their meeting together to solve his identity, to his being with het at their place e on their anniversary…the way they looked at each other and pull back awkwardly…going home to their current partners…

I think Kelly and Billy as Sam and Jason have great chemistry. I won’t feel bad for Liz when-if he leaves her…but I will for Patrick.

Harry

I just wish Lizzy had never known about Jake’s true identity. What I hate most about Lizzy’s actions is that she sacrificed her ethics for a man.
She lied time and time again and emotionally blackmailed Laura into keeping her silence and withheld telling Monica that she does have one remaining child still alive.
How can a girl that beautiful be so desperate to keep a man?

crimson151

Yeah I love NIkolas but him and Hayden make zero sense. Unfortunately GH ruined it with him having her shot. Yeah I know about Luke and Laura but that would not fly in 2015 IMO. It’s a different time and different morality. I can understand a really strong sexual attraction but love NO just No lol.

I love Rebecca Budig. I was a huge Greenlee fan but Hayden just seems all surface and no depth so far. So there is edge and sometimes humor but no heart. I want to see her show some layers, I guess. So far I haven’t been really impressed in the ‘new’ Hayden.

CeeCee

Lol, Crimson (is that your real name? I looove it!). Of course Nik and Hayden make no sense. It’s done to rile us. To make us shake our heads in disbelief….but, ahh, what a gift this couple is. This love and hate relationship is so sexy, so hot, so salivating, we can’t help but root for it. Reminds me of the movie, WAR OF THE ROSES.

Rebecca1

Great interview.

Interesting answer regarding Steve Burton vs. Billy Miller’s Jason. I never completely understand comparisons that are made under these circumstances because the actors are acting their lines as well as getting direction of how the character should be played.

Much of Burton ‘s Jason was the product of his brain trauma from the crash. Supposedly his ability to feel, relate, was greatly diminished. He had to have emotions and appropriate reactions explained to him for a long time…and thus his “strong, silent” type was played brilliantly. Little by little his Jason opened up as he fell in love with Elizabeth, then Sam… Grieved over his son and Emily, Alan…even AJ. When he laughed or teased his eyes smiled…and conveyed all he needed to. I loved his version.

I wasn’t familiar with Billy before. I like him. But the role is written differently. They seem to have ignored his previous brain damage, his limited ability to express or animate…thus THIS version of Jason allows Biily to be more animated, expressive and use his lively persona that it seems he’s noted for by fans more familiar with him. What I continue to notice is how well Billy has studied Jason Morgan ala Steve Burtons body language. If you notice the ways he puts his hands on his hips, holds his head, covers his eyes…his mannerisms remain Jason’s.

As for Nicolas, he has become his uncle Stefan…who was a mix of goodness and danger. Stefan could be a formidable enemy…yet never ruthless or crazy like Stavros or Helena. He loved deeply; Nicolas, Alexis, Laura, Katherine. Nicolas can never go back to being as pure as he was after ordering a hit…but he can return as the man capable of great love, compassion and rationale…

LG

Rebecca is Killing It! If she wasn’t so Good, I’d be inconsolable. Reason- Hayden is a Gia Campbell knock off. Her whole storyline with Nikolas is uncomfortable to watch having been such a Huge NIA fan. Its literally Nik & Gia (NIA) minus the sincerity & magic. Check the receipt. GH circa 2000-2003.

Keep Hayden around, but recast Gia’s charmed & fly character with like Meghan Markle already, and stop this Imitation NIA #SideEye .Gia made Nikolas a better man, and he needs that balance about now. Lies & games with Hayden were a good transition from Brit. But only True love heals, and I want that for Nikolas. Love the Bad Boy thing, but #Nikolas was committing casual felonies with Gia all the time back in the day, yet maintained being a good person. And Gia was Alexis’ protege, so, an Attorney now, I’m just saying.

Jenny Brooks

I do like Nikolas and Hayden together but I am still missing the ‘how’ part after he tried to have her murdered. Tyler compared it to Luke and Laura’s history, which is has always been hard for me to buy also. At least Luke showed many times how sorry he was. Nikolas has shown no remorse for having Hayden shot. I think he needs to do this.
And as for getting ‘beaten up’ by Jake? A real beating would have landed him in the hospital.

KansasGuest

That’s a good distinction between Luke & Nikolas – remorse. Also, Luke put his own life on the line many times not just for Laura; but for the citizens of Port Charles. He & Robert risked a lot to bring criminals to justice while Nikolas IS the criminal – rigging elections, putting hits on people, blackmailing board members for their shares, etc. As much as Christopher would like to think Nikolas is an anti-hero, right now he’s acting more like the Cassadine who wanted to freeze Port Charles than Luke, who was risking his life to save it.

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I absolutely Love Hayden and Nicolas sparing. I’ve watch Rebecca on All My Children, loved her than and now. I am 67 yrs old and have watched General Hospital since I was in High School in the 60’s ugh !!!!!!!!! I am addicted. Tyler is a good partner for her, the tit for tat is fun to watch, and their chemistry is awesome.

Robyn

Love Nik and Hayden as a couple!! I look forward to the slow burn of passion they have between them but want to see deeper feelings develop than just wanting a physical connection!! Hayden will need to expose his sins and then forgive……that will be quite the task for both. I will enjoy their journey together as they except each other’s flaws and still fall in love!! Rebecca and Tyler definitely have the onscreen chemistry for their characters to be quite the force in good ole PC!! Can’t wait for more with these two!!!!!

Bawoman

Absolutely, positively love these 2 together. They are truly the first couple I have been excited for in years. Their chemistry is off the charts. There is a darkness and dysfunctionality to them, but also, an underlying sweetness between them. That being said I need to see Nik truly fall for Hayden and most importantly start feeling some guilt and regret on his part for what he did. I just feel I cant properly “ship” those 2 until that happens.

Aden

I still,wish us viewers could receive a plausible reason for turning so evil. I know that Ron Carlivati was not much for plausible, but overnight, The Nikolas we had watched for 18 years just disappeared and was replaced by some deranged would be murderer. Him being a Cassadine was a weak motive….I have weird hostile materialistic people in my family, and I am not like them, and I dont feel tormented or conflicted to become like them either.

Chip

Great interview. I really loved these two together and think they have good chemistry. I’m still a bit confused by Nik’s transformation to the dark side, I think it could have been explored more and done more gradually, but it is giving Nikolas some of his most meaty material in years so I can’t complain much. I think RB’s Hayden is an amazing fit on the show and look forward to learning more about her character.

john

I personally like Rebecca Budig but I don’t see the need for Hayden. She was brought on as angst for Liz/Jake and that was exposed by Carly. Then I thought she would expose
the Jason lie but Carly did that too. Now she’s suppose to be in the ELQ story. Why? All they have to do is get Lucy to change her vote and that story is over. I’m still hoping for
Nik and Elizabeth because they truly have everything it takes to be a real couple and I finally want to see that instead of the constant teasing I’ve gotten since he’s come back.

Timmm

John you must be watching a different show! Hayden has her prints all over the show. Friday we saw her being a thorn in Liz’s side and that will only get worse. Plus, her and Tracy are working together. Hayden is a newer character, one of the few, who actually is fitting into the show!

Shay

Timmm….Now that Liz and Sam have renewed their vicious rivalry over Jason, Nurse Webber will need no other “thorn in her side!” All of her energy shall be devoted to hanging on to her “fiancée!” Just another reason that Hayden is superfluous……

Shay

I’m with you, John! I also see no good reason for Hayden’s continued presence….she was bad enough with her limited initial appearance….when she was shot that should have left this character done and dusted, end of story. Along with too many other superfluous “newbies” like Nina, Sappy, Jordan, Val-Chops, etc. there is no true justification for her to be hanging out in Port Charles….these roles simply do not integrate in a naturally seamless manner within the tapestry of the show. She especially looked very much out of place in this past week’s scene with Liz, Laura and Nik…it could have been much more effectively accomplished with just those three powerhouse vets….it was more a case of her being on the outside looking in. Furthermore, “Brazen Hayden,” as I call her, makes me gag with her disgusting innuendos—she is nothing more than a smug, self-satisfied guttersnipe and all she has managed to do for Nik is make him look like a sleazy creep leering at his tawdry plaything. He was a far better match with Britt….she needs to return whilst Hayden makes a hasty retreat…for good!

CeeCee

Hey, Shay.
I agree that I loved Britt and Nik much better. But, Hayden’s appeal is undeniable. Plus, Nik turned sleaze all on his own ( not talking sexually here) when he decided to criminally take over ELQ. I do not like this transformed Nik….so, I want to see his head roll (figuratively speaking) from Wyndemere to the ELQ offices; just as much as I would love to see Sonny’s roll to AJ’s crypt.
Yes, Hayden is brazen, but she must be affiliated with the Q’s somehow. Hence her purpose. Where did this ‘sisterhood’ with Tracy come from? Is Hayden a long lost Quartermaine daughter? Granddaughter?

Shay

Oh, CeeCee, I do hope you are wrong that Hayden could somehow be aligned with the Q’s in a familial sense….such a link would permanently connect her to the GH canvas, and that just will not do, because along with my arch-nuisance Sappy and your beloved Nina, I am counting the days until Ms. Barnes is finally banished….she’s quite simply another character that I find completely insufferable, not to mention, highly dubious in terms of actual value and importance to the scheme of things. (The current Port Charles landscape is rife with such people…..) Moreover, the way this chick initially came to town, as a ready and willing rent-a-skank courtesy of Sick Ric, makes her such a random choice to suddenly be a long lost Q. See, this is what I have been saying about too many of the newbies….they are brought on with little to no forethought and backstory, and months—sometimes years—later, then an identity is frantically forged—or even reinvented—for them as an excuse to exist, no matter how implausible their ongoing presence may be. (Witness the Sapster as the primary example, not to mention numerous others, and now Hayden, too????) That is no way to ingratiate a character to the audience…..it’s lazy and has become a far too common practice on GH. As for Nik, you are correct when you note his downward spiral of sleaze preceded the appearance of Hayden, but she really is the icing on the cake (or more precisely, that proverbial “butter” on the muffin) that seals his now-totally tarnished reputation…..seeing these two lusting after one another is utterly gross, and not one iota sexy in my view. Lastly, should a suitable explanation for this now not-so-princely Cassadine’s sullied behavior not be shortly forthcoming, then I’m with you that he should join Sonny on the list of those who deserve a fast track to Hades! P.S. I also heartily concur with your post on “supercouples.” Having grown up with the likes of Luke and Laura, Frisco and Felicia, and so many other true “dynamic duos” of the ’80’s, what we have today is merely an extremely pale imitation….whilst GH may have later struck gold with the pairings of Scrubs’ Patrick and Robin, as well as “Jasam,” these really are the last best examples of what I would refer to as mild supercoupledom….now it’s been mainly reduced to just hookups, breakups, wash, rinse, repeat. No comparison whatsoever to the heady romantic heydays of “Love in the Afternoon.”

Timmm

Shayster, I cannot believe your lumping Hayden in with the Sapinator! BUT, I do see your point with Liz having enough problems WITHOUT Hayden BUT I am intrigued by Hayden and Tracy’s meeting on Friday.

CeeCee

Yes, John. I agree. Elizabeth and Nik make the perfect couple. They both share the same low moral and spiritual values.
I was so proud of Sam today. The kitty’s stuck her head out of the bag, in full regalia and form. …so glad how Sam put Elizabeth in her place. The gall of Nurse Lizzie, turned Borden, defies all sense of dignity and decency. I wonder where she keeps her axe. You go Sam!!!!! I love it when she shows spunk. The tides are turning for me. Keep it up.

Harry

I like Hayden up to a point, but I clearly remember this actress dominating the last years of AMC.
And while I can fast forward through Nina, Franco and Ava (OH MY!) I cannot fast forward through Hayden scenes because she seems to be connected to every character I care about.

Shay

I hear ya, CeeCeeGirl! I was also thrilled by Sam’s dramatic, energized emergence as a woman in love fighting to regain her marriage and resume her rightful place beside her long-lost husband. She was forceful, passionate, yet still displayed a delicacy and fragility beneath her steely, determined exterior. And she totally obliterated any argument Liz could lamely muster as to her claim on another’s already spoken-for man…..it was a divine contrast between two very different types of females….the fallen angel of mercy vs. the one-time bad girl turned well, almost good! It were almost as if these two vets had switched their traditional roles! Totally mesmerizing! Me thinks that Sammy should have the edge here….as she stood before Jason in all of her sex-kitten glory, willing him to remember their life together, you saw a lady with a mission who refuses to give up….and a very attractive one at that! How Jason could have no recollection of life with a chick as hot as Sam is a true mystery….that body! I certainly hope that there will be many more memory-prompting “sessions” between these two beautiful people….the chemistry of Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco was palpable and undeniable!!!! Liz who????? LOL.

jeremy

Loving Nikolas and Hayden… The next GH SuperCouple 🙂

Ces

Big fan of this couple. I wasn’t happy that GH hired another actor on the show but pairing Rebecca with Tyler has been golden!! Their chemistry is crazy magnetic – as a couple should be – and they look like they’re having fun with each other.
I don’t mind them both being little troublemakers as long as they do it together!
They are a lot of fun to watch!
Thanks for the interview Michael! 🙂

Timmm

Tyler is the best! He has so much respect for the show, his character and the fans. It seems he wants to tell stories again and not be so over the top. They both seem happy with the new writing team and that works for me. He gives a lot of credit to Steve Burton and seems to be warming up to Billy Miller. Oh yeah, I like how he asks the fans to open their minds about him and Hayden, reciting the history of the show. Class act, great interview.

Scoma60

TC/RB say Nik/Hayden are already in love? GMAFB! I’ve seen nothing but Nik once again being governed by his penis. Hayden just Britta #2. I really resent new characters who come on with biased dialogue against long established characters. Hayden doesn’t know jack about past history yet she tries to slut shame Liz ? Take a damn seat. Hayden came on this show lying and pulling a scam while selling her hoohah to the highest bidder yet she hypocritically bad mouths Liz? Nik needs to off the bitch and get it right this time.

Shay

You are oh so right, Scoma60! Hayden is nothing more than a cheap little gold digger whose instant living arrangement with Nik and intrusion into GH’s established history and order of things just plays completely wrong…..she does need to be dispensed with tout de suite! About the only place we part company is on our view of Britt….despite her mucho mistakes, Dr. Westbourne was still a professional career woman, surrogate mom for Spencer and in a genuinely loving relationship with Nik, plus she had family in Port Charles. She was an established favorite in the Port Charles landscape. The character of Hayden has none of those positives on her side….she’s just a tacky tart for sale who’s only looking out for number one!

CeeCee

Hayden is not in love with Nik. I think she may fall for him against her own will, Scoma. Hayden makes no excuses. She is what she is and admits it; just as she did, in a roundabout way, to Jason. I do not adhere to her cheating, deceiving heart, but I do admire her telling it like it is…..unlike our gorgeous, but thorny rose, Miss Lizzie. I know Hayden is the kind of character we want to hate, lol. I just can’t . I actually get a kick out of her nonchalant attitude.
Shay and I go at it, once in a while, about other characters as well, but we love our benign banter. She’s my pal. Later.

Harry

I will take Hayden over Nina. My feeling is Stafford is trying so hard to be anti-Phyllis, that her performance meanders between being child like and insane.
Last time I saw her she was flapping her arms like a bird around that black colored apartment with FATHER Franco chasing her with a net.
And Franco? He is trying so hard to be anti-Franco that he ends up acting like one of the dads from Full House to both Nina and Kiki,
Kiki is growing on me, however. I enjoyed her sardonic, yet, bored expression, when Dillon played the confession scene for everyone. I fully expected Kiki to start filing her nails during that scene–Kiki served as some kind of Shakespearean chorus during that scene.

CeeCee

@Harry.
I tried replying earlier, Harry. But, I seem to be having ‘technical’ difficulties. I am in transit.
Lol, you depict the perfect Kiki picture. In my mind’s eye I can see that nail file you mention going, back and forth within her fingers, as Kiki looks askance at her surroundings in haughty tedium. I am starting to like this new Kiki. She enforces this almost assumed ennui as smoothly as butter on toast I see her languor, her lackadaisical attitude as a silent sign of rebellion. This girl is developing a style of her own which both surprises and pleases me. Now, as I questioned when we first realized she hit Carly with Franco’s car, will she come forward and extricate Franco from this mess she created? Kiki needs to do that to gain the audience’s admiration. But, Morgan is like a black cloud descending upon her. His has a dark, nebulous aura about him….like a bad omen. On the other hand, will Franco sacrifice himself for Kiki’s sake?
I am trying to remember what I wrote about Nina……I love both Michelle and Todd. But, I cannot dispute your words. These tow gems are reduced to nothing but a couple of pagliacci. Very disturbing. I suppose we can take the actress out of Y & R, but we cannot take Phyllis out of Nina. The same could be said about Gina Tognoni. Her take on Phyllis is completely wrong. Where is the real Phyllis? Here she is, suddenly a reformed she-devil with homicidal tendencies (ran over Cricket and Paul intentionally….with murder in her eyes) throwing stones, with the rest of the milling crowd, at Adam. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the ‘later’ Phyllis/Michelle. But Gina’s Phyllis is unrecgnizable.
I am still hoping Michelle and Roger will be given scripts that will do their talent justice. But, I am beginning to think their roles were doomed from the get-go. However, Harry, putting your distaste aside, as judicious as you are, you do see their talent, yes? Yet, I don’t know if the writers can dispel this infantile image the viewer has of this duo.

CeeCee

Corrections: there should be a period after ‘toast’; He has a dark; two gems, not tow gems; recognizable.
As we all seem experience, autocorrect takes our words and runs with them.

lovesgh

I am curious as to why the character of Liz is getting so much hate when it was Nikolas who knew before her and ordered a hit.
As for Sam , has everyone forgot she didn’t blink an eye when she slept with Liz’s husband, Lucky?

not needed

nik and hayden have zero chemistry. i don’t get it. they barely have caught the attention of the gh audience. and the constant need for the actor who plays nik to push them shows that something is clearly wrong with this couple. if they were organic, there would be far more response to them, than mostly apathy, disgust or just a simple meh.

nik was interesting as he went dark, but hayden has actually ruined the progress the character made. he is a fool now, and the cat and mouse game isn’t working because the actors don’t have the chemistry to pull it off.

to add to it, on screen nik since seems to be doing anything he can for liz. so it puts any other possible pairing of his in a bad position.

Tristan

Hayden and Nick are currently the best couple on GH. And, heaven help me, Finola Hughes and Richard Burgi have real chemistry. So…why did they make this male catch a murderer?

CeeCee

You know, Tristan? You are so right! I saw that myself, but did not put too much stock into it. The constant bickering is a tell-tale sign….there is current there. Anna doesn’t know it yet, but Paul does. Unless I am completely naive and off the mark, I agree.

Shay

I see it, too, CeeCeeGirl! Paul and Anna sizzle….she’s got that love-hate thing going with this virile power player and he’s turned on by the fact he (temporarily?) has the upper-hand over this usually formidable alpha-esque woman. They make a visually-arresting couple, that’s for sure! Much better than Paul’s current alliances—sexual and otherwise— with Tracy and Ava!!!!

tlove
I have to say that I am loving General Hospital right now! It has been a long time since I was able to say that. I am thrilled that Becky Herbst is top billing as she should be. I love the chemistry she and Billy Miller has on screen. I don’t know if the show is going back to Jason and sam but I pray not as that would be a waste of both Becky and Billy. I’ve woven so many story ideas for them to play out once the rest of JasonReavled is out in the open. I am loving this take No prisoners Lizzie back in action. Becky is playing so many layers to Elizabeth right now. I love that She navigates Elizabeth with perfection but I’d be really happy when the lie is exposed and She and Jason move past it. I honestly believe that they should and will. Elizabeth had a break down in 10 and for the most part Jason wasn’t around. In 2011 Elizabeth voiced this after being hospilatized for pneumonia when crazy Lisa tried to kill her. He was as her bedside and she reached for him. I am rambling on and I can’t help it. Also I am loving Jason appaerent disdain for the killer he was on. I loved Jason Morgan up until 2009 when I stopped watching faithfully and complelty stooped in 2011. Apparently he became the Borg and when I did return to GH for a few shows in 2012 the Jason I’d loved with Liz was gone. He was a shell of his old self. Gone was the bad boy who’d started to fall in love with the girl grieving her 1st love. The man who ultimately did fall deeply in love with. I am so hoping that he returns to the Q’s. I absolutely love Nik and Hayden I’ve said it before on here that They have a really soapy start. Tyler and Rebecca B had smoking hot Chem. I though before hand it was Tracey that Hayden was working with. I’m so glad that it was thusly as I didn’t want anything more sinister for the pair as we already have a failed assisanation attempt. The Corinthos I am all the story potential there with this clan. I forsee Michael taking over the business. However it would be more dramatic if Dante did. Not saying that’s what I want! Morgan I was hoping they were doing away with the bipolar storyline but apparently we are revisiting that this week. Mores the pity! I think Morgan should have taken a small step into the dark side of the Mob as he could have eventually upsrped Michael in future story lines. I don’t think his character should be saddled with this at such a young age as the character isn’t fully developed yet. I will wait to see how this plays out. Hoping that the baby is Michaels as he has to deal with the ramifications of his… Read more »
Charday

I miss Britt and Nicholas.

Timmm

The Britch. Funny how Nick rode her out of town for being a baddy and now Nick is walking in those same shoes! Yeah, bring her back and let her and Hayden fight it out!

Shay

Well, you know what they say about karma, baby!!!! LOL. Oh, how I would love to see Britt return to reclaim her prince—if she’d even still want the sleazy loser Nik has become! Perhaps just a triumphant “I told you so” from “The Britch” would do!!!! She was clearly the one for this Cassadine and he was just too stupid to know it! My how the mighty have now fallen…..maybe the current Nik deserves no more than a trashy trollop like Hayden!

Ari

Well I’m a HUGE Tyler and Becky fan and was hoping that Nikolas and Elizabeth would be the next big romance. I’m a long time viewer and believe that the history of Liz and Nikolas is what makes them the best romantic pairing. I also like Rebeca, Hayden, but she is not the woman I want to see with Nikolas. Now that the Jason reveal has happened, it looks like we will get jasam as a couple and Nikolas and Hayden as a couple. What about Elizabeth ! she is one of my favorites outside of Tyler, and these two are the reason I now watch GH. I hate to have to walk away from GH, but looks like there won’t me much for me to tune in if these are the couples we are going to get, Darn this sucks for this NIZ fan 🙁

Newmanwins

This is the most watchable interesting couple on any show right now. The cat and mouse game, the push and pull game, and the big stuff that will soon hit the fan. It certainly helps that they are really hot together and can be funny together as well. I beleive this storyline has some good potential and will give this couple so many layers so they will be even more entertaining in the future.

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GH Preview – Week of May 28, 2018

GH: Will Drew Discover His True Past?

Coming up on General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) searches for his memories and decides that he wants Andre (Anthony Montgomery) to prepare to move ahead with the high-risk request to strip him of Jason’s (Steve Burton) memories so that he can retrieve his own.  Will Drew be able to get his life back?

Then, though Carly (Laura Wright) did not intentionally push Nelle (Chloe Lanier) down the stairs, Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) convinces her that her best chance at freedom is to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.  As a result, Carly expects to be sent to a mental institution rather than prison, but what will happen? Here are more teasers for next week’s General Hospital.

Monday, May 28

An encore presentation for Memorial Day.  Episode 14035. Original air date: 4/13/18

Tuesday, May 29

Carly snaps

Wednesday, May 30

Peter has leverage

Thursday, May 31

Valentin tries to defend himself

Friday, June 1

Jason offers words of encouragement

So, do you hope Drew regains his memories once and for all?  Has Carly got herself in so much hot water that the only place for her to go is straight into a mental institution when she’s perfectly fine?  Share your thoughts on the most intriguing storylines on General Hospital via the comment section below.

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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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