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2-Time Dad & 5-Time Daytime Emmy Nominee Bradford Anderson Talks Finola, GH's Spinelli & The Gold Statuette!

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It’s been an amazing 11 days for former General Hospital star Bradford Anderson, and a lot to take in!  First, Bradford landed his fifth Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category for his role of Damian Spinelli! What followed was the birth of his real-life second daughter, Finola!  Talk about getting a double dose of great news!

While Bradford was learning that he had been nominated for the upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmys, along with many of his former co-stars and friends in the same category including Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH), he was also on high alert and ready to take his wife Kiera to the hospital to give birth to their second child, when the time came.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with this now two-time dad and five-time Daytime Emmy nominee for a special interview on: new baby Finola, the choice of the name, the killer performance that scored Bradford a nomination, his decision to leave GH and more!  Here now is what Bradford shared with us!

So you have had quite the last week and half!  First, comes a Daytime Emmy nomination, and then comes a baby within basically 36 hours of each other.  What went down at the Anderson home when you found out you scored a nomination from your peers?

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BRADFORD:  Well, I had a lot of big news!  So the nomination came out last Thursday, but we were in baby watch at that point anyway, because our doctor told us she would probably come a week early.  So we were expecting the baby to come the weekend prior.  I wasn’t anticipating the nominations, because the night before I did not have time to think of what was happening the next day.  It was about making sure the bags were packed, and making sure we were set if we needed to get out the front door at a moment’s notice to the hospital.  Thursday morning, my phone lit up with a lot of alerts, emails, and texts.  I kind of thought …“Why would this be?” (Laugh)   Then, the first texts were from Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) and Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) which was a cool way to find out.

And then next, you are trying to celebrate the news of your nomination … and Kiera goes into Labor that evening?  And then I try to call you to chat about your nomination the next afternoon … and you inform me you just became a dad again!  My timing is impeccable! (Laughs)

BRADFORD:  (Laughs) Thursday night around 9PM Kiera got contractions.  We had a rough night Thursday night and a sleepless night.  We called our doctor Friday morning at around 7AM and she said come in to the hospital …. and the baby was born that day at 3:30PM.  And then Michael Fairman called around 5PM! (Laughs)

You named your daughter “Finola”.  And everyone immediately drew the reference to the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna) of General Hospital.   How come you and Kiera chose “Finola” for your new little bundle of joy?

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BRADFORDIt’s a great aunt’s name, and Kiera’s Irish heritage is very important to her.  The derivative of Finola we had even talked about for our first daughter which was “Nola”.   And then Kiera said, “What about Finola?”  When we realized we were having a second daughter we played with the name … and having a little girl named “Fin” was so cute.  It was interesting.  Sometimes when you name your kid it’s fun to not have any prior association with it.  We talked about that, because we knew people would say we named her after Finola Hughes (Anna, GH).  It’s a family name, but at the same time, if that’s the association people make with our daughter, we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Did Finola Hughes reach out to you after realizing you named your daughter, “Finola”?  Or, did she already know that was a strong possibility?

BRADFORD:  I went to visit GH a few weeks ago and I saw her.  A couple of friends that are at GH knew I was going to be naming our baby “Finola”.  It’s funny because Finola came up to us a couple of years ago when I told her we were thinking of naming our second child her name.  She said, “Don’t, don’t.  It was the worst name when I was a kid, and people made fun of me.”  I think she was being funny.  So I went up to her and said, “Hey, I know awhile back you told us not to name our baby “Finola”, but … our daughter is going to be named “Finola”.  She had a tear in her eyes and it was very sweet. It will be a great moment when they finally meet.

What happened when your now eldest daughter Juna meet her sister, Finola for the first time?

BRADFORD:  She came to visit at 6PM last Friday night, and she was really sweet. Juna brought a teddy bear to give Finola.  She has been keeping tabs on her, and if she is not in the room, she goes, “Where is my baby sister?”  I think she has more of a sister vocabulary now from watching Frozen a hundred times! (Laughs)  One her favorite things to say in general now is, “Please don’t shut me out…” from the song from the movie!  Juna will be three in July.

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Back to going for the gold at this year’s 41st Annual Daytime Emmys.  I looked at this list of Supporting Actor nominees and it’s a great group, and some of your close friends!  How does it feel to be nominated in the same category as Steve Burton?  The two of you made Jason and Spinelli, or the Jackal and Stone Cold, such a unique friendship on GH.  Now you are pitted against each other for a Daytime Emmy!

BRADFORD:  That was one of the cool things.  I don’t get to see those guys very often anymore, and it’s hard to get Steve Burton out of the house!  (Laughs)  The first thing I asked him was, “You’re going to be there, right?”   But also his wife is due around that time.  He gave a pretty definitive, “I’ll be there”.  It’s weird to be pitted against each other.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in a category with Steve.  In the situation we were in at GH, I never thought I would be in the category with him, because he was a leading actor.  Of course, all of us would like to win, but at the same time, it’s really a celebration of the soap community, and being with all of our friends that makes it more fun.

And this is your Fifth nomination!  Could five times be the charm, Bradford?

BRADFORD:  A fistful of nominations, yup!  I figured how many nominations do I get before Susan Lucci gives you a call? (Laughs)

What episode did you submit that won you the nomination?

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BRADFORD: When Ellie (Emily Wilson) tells Spinelli he is the father of Maxie’s baby, while he is outside the nursery window in the hospital watching Dante with his son.  Dominic Zamprogna was my favorite part of my submission!  So Ellie rehashes the night that Maxie got pregnant, which Spinelli deflects because he believes Maxie used a second embryo.  Then Ellie goes, “No.  She didn’t have to get a second embryo, because she was already pregnant with your kid!”  She convinces him, and in the moment that he processes it.  He kind of walks over to the window of the nursery. Dominic gives us this ho-hum wave like, “Why are you staring at us?”  It’s this nice little moment. Spinelli is having this crazy moment in the hallway, while Dante gives this chummy wave!  It contrasts so much with what Spinelli was dealing with outside the nursery, and when we taped the scene I was worried I was going to laugh!

I remember watching those scenes when they aired.   I truly thought it was one of your best performances … ever!  It gave the character of Spinelli an opportunity to really man up, and not let Ellie, or Maxie, or anyone off so easy for their lies, but also offered the contradiction of the knowledge for him that he is a father … which is something he wanted to be.

BRADFORD:  The reason why I liked it was it has a bunch of different colors in it. It’s “Oh, I am a father!” Then, “Wait, why didn’t Maxie tell me?”  Then Ellie is like, “Well, she wanted to keep it a secret?”  But then he realizes Ellie knows too! And then it’s, “Wait! You lied to me to?  What the hell!”  It’s quite the arc. It was fun to play.  Emmy episodes are tough, because it’s a one episode submission for the actors.  This one kind of made sense because it had a heightened circumstance.  It was good material.  I was happy with how I handled it.  I think sometimes, we are ourselves, are not the best judges of our own material.  You fall in love with certain things and you see it from your eye.   But at the end of the day, you have to think about how other people are going to view it.  My wife is a good judge of that, because I showed her a couple of episodes and she watched the one I submitted first and she said, “Yeah, that’s kind of perfect.”  Then we watched a couple others that I thought were charming and what not.  And she said, “You know what?  I get you see this as charming, but the circumstance of the other one is so heightened that you got to go with that.”  This is the biggest storyline I ever had.  It made sense to use that and just not try to find something that was charming. 

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It did have many twists and turns within the episode for Spinelli.

BRADFORD: Yes.  You get to see Spinelli coming to terms with that he is a father, so there is that element to it.  There is the happiness of it and I felt that was interesting, and then the realization that he was betrayed by two people that he cares about.

So to back-up a minute, is it true that you had already made the decision to leave General Hospital, but decided to stay on to finish out this storyline? 

BRADFORD:  My contract was up in May of last year, and so I could’ve just walked away then.  However, I was so grateful that they trusted me with a story like that, and once you have a kid on a soap there is a legacy there.  I wanted GH to know how grateful I was to be given that story.  I wanted to do right by the show, and by Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  I didn’t want her to have to play a shortened version of the story where it couldn’t reach the potential it could go, and she is having a baby and that story directly effects her.  I wanted to do right by my character and I wanted to handle it with respect, but at the same time doing right by my decision to leave.  So it made sense to just go on recurring until the story wrapped-up in the way that everyone was happy.  I felt like we got the most out of it from the time that we had.

In closing, what do you deep down in your heart of hearts really think about your shot to win the Emmy this year?

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BRADFORD:  Ultimately, it’s bestowed upon by your peers, which makes it really special, but at the same time, it’s not bestowed upon by the “acting gods”, which makes this unique.  It’s the outsiders that watch the tapes that aren’t in the circle of actors that can watch the submissions more objectively, and as much as the actors try to watch objectively, these are our co-workers.  And no one can be blamed for that, and no one can be faulted for who wins every year, because every one that is not nominated deserves to win.  So, you can’t take it too personally if you don’t win, and if I do win, I can’t take it like, “Well, I’m the best!”   If it’s my turn, fantastic!  If not, I got nominated again and that’s pretty cool.  It’s also kind of hard to want to win in my category.  I know this may sound cheesy, but I am rooting for others in my category too!  Dominic Zamprogna has done such great work for a long time.  Steve Burton is someone that I admire so much.  Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B) had been one of my buddies for awhile, but I think he has enough trophies (laughs), and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) is a good friend of mine, too.  What a group!

So, what do you think of Bradford’s chance to win the gold?  Did you love his performance when he found out that he was the bio-dad of Maxie’s baby?  What do you think about the  choice of the name “Finola” for his second real-life daughter? Do you miss Spinelli on GH big time?  Let us know!

 

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Hoping that the rumors Bradford is coming back are true! I miss Spinelli and Ellie’s quirky romance and would love for Ellie to be Silas and Nina’s daughter!

theres so much potential… with this possibility

two characters the audience identified with… and easily found there place on the canvas … and we continued to root for

I loved this pairing

should they return… they’d be welcome’d warmly and without question

sometimes I think they overloaded Silas… as he has so much going ON…

but, knowing… that it’s Ellie and Spinelli

Id like to see him return…Ellie as their daughter could work…hopes both happens…fingers crossed!!!

Id love to see him win, Bradford is a very unique actor and Spunelli is a gem!

Bradford just blew me away with the baby story. I thought everyone in it was spectacular (I still can’t believe his co-star Kirsten Storms wasn’t nominated!!!). Dominic was amazing too, but I feel this is Bradford’s year to take the Emmy. The scenes he submitted were great. Fifth time’s the charm.

I love Bradford from the first I met him he is truly a genuine giving person it would be so cool if he
WINS! ★★★★

I hope he wins he was so good in those scenes and he is always good and I hope he comes back for good

That’s funny, cause as soon as I saw the headline where it says Bradford talks about Finola, I immediately thought of Finola Hughes, lol. It’s certainly a unique and beautiful name, and congrats to him and his wife!

I always enjoyed him on GH, so it would be cool to see him finally win an Emmy as a way of tying the bow around his time at GH. He submitted some heavy scenes. I remember that episode very well, cause it was so emotional and the acting was so brilliant from everyone. One of the many stand out shows from GH this past year. It could be Bradford’s year.

Of course, it’s hard to guess when you don’t know what the other actors in the category submitted. I know I’ll be rooting for either Bradford or Dominic to take it home for GH!

I miss Bradford/Spinelli 🙁
perhaps someday when his personal life would allow time for him to return to GH, I hope he will..

Bradford says, “Once you have a kid on a soap there is a legacy there” and “I wanted to do right by my character and I wanted to handle it with respect.” That’s the right attitude for people in the soap world to have. That’s why it is so appalling how TIIC of GH constantly piss on legacy characters. Look at all the “respect” FV and RC have NOT shown AJ Quartermaine and Robin Scorpio.

AJ and Robin, both left ..
again;
// SK and KM walked out .. they walked out on FV and RC and GH and their fans //
They deserve no bowing ..
neither are soap gods..

I would have told them both not to let the door hit their ass on the way out!

And you absolutely miss the point. The actors left, regardless of why, it is about what FV and RC did to their characters that is at issue. The characters of AJ and Robin have been trashed. That is the point. Get it?

I will agree with you that they didn’t do a good job writing AJ after Sean Kanan came back, and I don’t blame him for wanting to leave.

But as for Kimberly McCullough, I think they had a situation where she wasn’t gonna stay long-term, so they had to come up with a story to explain why a woman would leave her husband and daughter after just being reunited with them after 2 years, and think that they did the best they could under the circumstances.

I don’t blame FV and RC for that. I think they did a good job with the storyline of Robin’s return for the short time she was back, but there’s only so much you can do with a character that is only gonna be back for a short time.

GH50 i think everyone including us the fans knew Kimberly McCullough wasn’t coming back to GH full time.So no matter what happened Robin was going to leave her husband and daughter.Plus the way the show wrote Robin off opens the door for future story for when she returns again with her helping Jason.

I do think the show could have done better with Robin and AJ storywise but Sean Kanan asked to be let go from his contract and KMC didn’t want to be on GH full time.I think GH would want Kimberly back as Robin but maybe not if she’s going to leave after a few months.As for Sean Kanan i keep wondering if they didn’t know B&B wanted him back would he have asked GH to let him go?

I have been a huge fan of Spinelli since the beginning. The way Bradford cultivated Spinelli and helped him become such a complex character was brilliant. He went from a bumbling computer geek, to a real leading man with a lovable quirkiness. I miss him & Steve Burton so much on GH. I have been a fan of GH since the beginning, and Spinelli was one if my all time favorite characters. Bradford made him what he was. I hope he wins an Emmy. I wish him great success, but selfishly I hope he comes back to GH someday.

I totally agree with you. I could have written your post myself. Bradford is a phenomenal actor and I’ve lived his work since day one. It’s his turn to win. He deserves it!

Best of luck to Spinelli on the Emmys and looking forward to maybe seeing him pop up on GH real soon – maybe we will get a peak at his life in Seattle with Ellie and the baby! 🙂

spinelli is so much missed, wish Bradford would come back. Love the name Finola, and Fin is a perfect nickname, and of course he should win the emmy, he was really the heart of that storyline.

I think he is awesome and I hope he wins the Emmy. He has a beautiful family.

i’m in two minds about this. i do want him to win, because of how good his performance was. what irks me, though, is that this is a “straight” soap storyline. what anderson proved he could do that i’ve seen not many actors pull off is what he did with the regular spinelli material. i don’t know if people realise how difficult it is what he was called upon to do. his job was to sell not just really text-heavy, but really overwritten material (coming from the way Spinelli talked) – and not showing how overwritten it was, but selling it with such ease and, moreover, using it let us glimpse the spinelli underneath was a huge deal. and he never got recognition for that, even though it’s one of the hardest things to do as an actor. if he wins the emmy this year – and again, i hope he does because he deserves it – he will have done so for doing excellent, yes, but run-of-the-mill soap acting. anyway, rant over.

I hope Bradford wins the Emmy because i think last year he did his best work ever.I also hope he returns to GH and maybe not full time but maybe for visits from time to time when the story needs Spinelli.

As if they dont have enough cast members! Spinelli was Steve Burtons little buddy, Gilligan. Steve is gone and Spinelli should stay gone. The character is a one trick pony. He is annoying and immature. Stay away and keep that fish with you!

For a one trick pony Spinelli was on GH for 7 years.Plus i think Spinelli made a name for himself on the show apart from his connection with Jason.As for bradford Anderson he’s been nominated 5 times for an Emmy in the 7 years he was on the show.Plus as long as he shares a child with Maxie i think there’s always going to be a place fro Spinelli on the show.

I really hope Bradford wihns this year. The reel he submitted was the best moment of that whole story. I also really hope he returns to General Hospital, Spinelli provided a sense of fun and whimsy that the show needs given all the darker elements playing out in many stories. I would really like to see Spinellli return and reunite with Maxie. Those moments at the end before he left finally sold me on that pairing which I was one of the most vocally opposed to for a long time. Spinelli was a different more original kind of soap character who I always thought they didn’t explore nearly enough, remember, we never learned Spinelli’s parentage, so he could return as Neena’s lost child maybe.At any rate, the show needs Spinelli back. I hope I get my wish and that Bradford gets his Emmie.

He BETTER WIN

I hope you win Bradford. You are missed at GH. Hoping you return for more than a couple of episodes in the future.

I adore the character Spinelli. His scenes when He found out He was a Father were amazing. I love Him and Maxie together. I hope He wins the Emmy. He is truly deserving of it . I am hoping Spinelli’s return is long term. I have missed Him.

I hope the Spinelli to come back and stay. He a good actor and an asset to GH.

MY HOPE was always that Spinelli and Maxie would get back together and be a long-lasting couple! Those two played so well off one another and I always enjoyed every one of their scenes together. Having them as parents would have been superb! I still hope for that reunion one day (which means I have to hope for a Spinelli return)! In the meantime I guess I hope Maxie will end up with Detective West and she sends that wacko Levi packing! Come on back to the canvas Spinelli!!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: After Tracy Takes Incriminating Photos of Finn; It All Points to Him Losing Custody of Violet

It’s clear that General Hospital is headed towards really taking Finn (Michael Easton) all the way down to the depths of despair, when his family and friends, while trying to do the right thing and protect his daughter, Violet (Jophielle Love), from any harm, are also setting the guy up for a real punch to the gut.

Thus far, Finn started drinking heavily after his father Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Now, it looks like his daughter will be taken away from him.

In story on the Friday’s June 19th episode, after Finn cuts his hand accidentally on broken glass, he ends up passing out on the floor from excessive drinking. Violet comes upon her dad, and ends up calling Tracy (Jane Elli0t). When Tracy shows up, she calls the paramedics, who inform her that the issue with Finn is he drank too much.

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Once Violet goes over to Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard), Tracy goes back to Finn’s and takes photos on her phone of Finn passed out, a bottle of booze, the glass and the entire scenario.

So, between Brook Lynn, Chase and Tracy, it looks like Finn will not stand a chance at keeping custody of Violet, unless one of them sticks up for the good doc? In true soap-fashion, it would seem most likely, a court will grant temporary custody to Brook Lynn and Chase, setting up some kind of emotional full custody battle down the line? Stay tuned.

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Teasers for the week of June 24-28 on GH indicate the following:

MONDAY, JUNE 24

Tracy issues an ultimatum. Chase and Brook Lynn seek legal advice. Carly plots a bold move. Molly and TJ have a heart-to-heart. Ava gets an earful.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024

Jason and Elizabeth discuss their son. Carly opens up to Brennan. Anna makes a discovery. Valentin makes a proposal. Finn suffers a setback.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Trina delivers bad news. Ava is on the warpath. Mac visits Cody. Alexis makes a revelation. Gio is alarmed. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2024 

Chase supports Finn. Jason and Danny bond. Dante voices his concerns to Sam. Dex surprises Josslyn.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2024

Carly and Jason clash. Sonny and Natalia get closer. Ava seeks out Laura. Brook Lynn and Chase make a big decision. Blaze has some tough questions for Kristina.

So, what did you think of Tracy taking photos of Finn passed out drunk? Are you on Tracy, Brook Lynn and Chase’s side, or do you think Finn will sober up when he realizes Violet will be taken from him? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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