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ABC Executive Nathan Varni Posts Heartfelt Message To Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough As Patrick & Robin Say Farewell On Today's GH!

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Today is the day that Scrubs have waited for, but it will be very bittersweet.  Viewers will see the final performance of Jason Thompson as Dr. Patrick Drake, and as well for now that of Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma).

ABC Network Current Series executive for General Hospital, Nathan Varni shared some special “thank you’s” in a heartfelt message to both Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough on his facebook page after watching last night the episode fans will see today.  Varni also previewed Scrubs fans will indeed get a montage of Patrick and Robin’s romance through the years as part of the episode.

Varni shared: “Thank you to Jason Thompson for 10 wonderful years playing Dr Patrick Drake on GH and a special thank you to Kimberly McCullough for making this episode possible. Before I started working on GH, I first met Kimberly when she was going through the process of applying for the Disney/ABC Director program. I knew her obviously from watching GH but I found her to be so incredibly warm and personable as I sat on her interview committee in person, I was rooting for her to be accepted into the program and I’m so glad she was as she’s proven to be an amazing director! I’m so fortunate to have reconnected with Kimberly once I started working on GH and I can’t thank her enough with her busy schedule that she still makes the time to return to her family at GH when needed.

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Beyond working on GH, I had the amazing good fortune to work with Jason on our digital series, GH Now! Jason’s amazing positive attitude on set and off was always infectious, one of the nicest actors I’ve met in my career. I’ll always remember Jason having a genuine smile on his face when he would greet me and was always up for anything when it came to pitching him ideas for GH Now! I hope you will join me Thursday in saying goodbye to Scrubs, thank you for the memories and the amazing performances over the years!”

What did you think of Nathan’s message? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, as GH fans prepare for one final episode with the dynamic trio!

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GB
GB

the only thing i can hear in that message is MEMEME!

Maria
Maria

I totally agree with your comments I have been watching GH for 30 years and will discontinue watching after Thursday episode this is anothe Luke and Laura moment
I have had it !

AJQ
AJQ

Lol! Exactly! MEMEME and more ME!

I have never seen a guy so desperate for attention and to be taken seriously. It really is no wonder that GH is where it is.

A manager, self described as there for quality control, basically to keep an eye on the network’s investment, is pitching ideas and doing interviews and PR for the show; making so much of it about him, his fifteen minutes and the minor celebrity he thinks he has with his three thousand Twitter followers.

His accolades and goodbyes to Scrubs are an insult. JT left because he was underutilized and relegated to nothing because the focus of TPTB is to gut GH of its history and legacies for the likes of the continued failures of Franco, Nina, Julian etc. But hey, Varni can get some fans to hashtag Julexis and Nico and show it to Sherwood and Lee as proof they’re popular when the ratings are still terrible.

Today another core/legacy family was dismissed from GH. That’s the bottom line. Not only is Patrick now gone with Robin, but we’ll never see Mac and Felicia again. Why would GH fans want to see them when they can get Howarth & Stafford? When they left OLTL and Y&R respectively, neither show missed a beat, many liking their recasts more, but somehow GH needs them and over popular GH characters like Mac, Felicia, Ric, Ned, Lucy, Kevin and on and on.

There’s nothing heartfelt about Mr. Varni’s goodbye when he makes sure to inform us how important he is and furthers the strategy of dismantling GH.

Tristan
Tristan

AJQ, your assessment of this gentleman’s motives seems spot-on to me. Jamey Gidden’s site is constantly mocking him for pretending to be “the face and voice of GH.” When have we ever known the name of a show runner — essentially the babysitter? And where may I ask were the hosannas for JT, KMc and Brooklyn from GH’s titular head, Frank Valentini? Does he no longer have a voice in the production that bears his name as executive producer? Is show runner Varni now also executive producer and head writer? Who indeed is in charge? And when a show runner works so assiduously to build his own public profile at the expense of the show and its staff, shouldn’t someone at the network be concerned?

Megan
Megan

I could not agree more, that is hilarious –MEMEME! Varni is unrelenting, he is posting on the show on every site that will have him, needless to say it does not include DC confidential. I find his GH unwatchable, I know RC went off the rails by the end, but he was forced to write to meet multiple agendas as well, including those of Geary and others. Varni is one of the problems with the show, he is the next one that needs to exit.

Melissa
Melissa

If he’s so admiring of JT then why didn’t he get GH’s writing staff to write him meaningful, leading man stories rather than placing Patrick on the back burner?

Natalie
Natalie

I couldn’t agree with you more Melissa! GH blew it in not doing a better job to keep JT!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

And now we watch another amazing talent walk out the door….

k/kay
k/kay

I will never understand why they let JFP grab him but they did if RC was still writing they probably would have an exit line where Patrick tells Robin they are headed to Wisconsin. I noticed he is already on the cover of CBS Soaps in Depth with AH.

Natalie
Natalie

I am re-posting a message I just left on GH Facebook in response to Scrubs happily ever after today.

Happy for a Robin and Patrick wedding! I am NOT happy that JT is leaving!!!!! GH you didn’t do enough to keep him! He is a leading man and deserved that on-screen time and storyline! Concerned about your ratings with the actors leaving to work on #1 soap. I do not watch it, but with letting JT go you are giving me less to watch on GH!!!! I am a 30+ yr GH fan, but you are making it sad for me to see less of the GH legacy families and veteran actors!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jason made it clear that he was the one who wanted to leave the soap, and after ten years, he wanted to see what else his career had for him. And I do not blame him. I’m sure the soap must’ve made attempts to keep him, but it’s obvious he just wanted to say good-bye to Patrick.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Thanks for being a voice of reason, Scott (ATWT Fan). Most — not all, of course, but most — actors creatively want a change after a certain length of time in any role. People become actors to try playing different characters. We don’t expect other people to stay in one job their whole life, why should actors be any different? Good luck to Mr. Thompson, and thanks for the memories!

Natalie
Natalie

I am sure GH tried some things, but just wasn’t enough. I read that JT wants to work and provide for his family. You need more screen time to work which usually means bigger storyline. Think back to other GH storylines or this Jason Morgan one and see how much time they get. JT is ready for that and that’s what Y&R offered and GH didn’t. So again I say GH blew it.

Matt
Matt

Jason Thompson had plenty of air time, i am not sure why so much claim that he wasn’t working enough. As others have said Jason Thompson chose to leave he felt it was time to try something different. Even if they offered him to be the main focus of GH and working every day, he wanted to move on. But I guess for some people its easier for to blame the shows producers and writers, and the network then to accept that the actor wanted to move on

Matilda
Matilda

Matt- You should really get your facts straight before you paint viewers as irrational and just blaming TPTB.

You might want to take a few minutes and read the interview that Jason did with Michael Fairman. Michael asked him point blank if Patrick being on the back burner and underutilized played a role in his decision and he made it very clear that it was and that he had several conversations with Frank about that very issue over the past year. That he wanted to have more work, more story, as he said to be trusted with a story and be part of the engine that moved GH forward.

He was clearly unhappy with the role and direction of his character and clearly states that and said it certainly factored into his decision. He even mentioned that he could have possibly waited a couple of more months to see if things changed but he was confident in his decision to leave; he obviously did not see things changing.

So it wasn’t as you say that he wanted to move on and try something different even if they offered him a main focus. It is clear from his words, from Michael’s interview, that wasn’t the case.

Kar
Kar

A bit late for praise. They lost Jason because of how they wrote and treated him.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re right, Kar. But, it’s so sad.
Off the theme, but, Felicia is beautiful. Also, there’s no place to say this….methinks Hayden has something slimy and sticky up her sleeve. It foes not bode well for Nik. OOOOOO, something big is ‘gonna’ drop on his head and squash him……at the eleventh hour. It’s a personal animus for what he did to her. She is on to him, yes?

Jonboy
Jonboy

Actors come and go in daytime. Can’t expect them to always be a lifer.

Kate
Kate

Wow. Varni is making this all about himself and HIS experience with the actors. Yeah, it’s great that Varni remembers that JT always had a smile on his face, but why not talk about the tremendous and valuable contributions that JT made to the GH canvas during his 10-year tenure? The addition of JT to the cast in 2005 arguably helped to revitalize hospital stories and the presence of young and upcoming medical professionals on the canvas. Nightshift was a fairly successful and original prime time spinoff that put Jason and Kim front and centre, and Varni doesn’t even mention this? Jason was also one of the actors who tirelessly promoted GH’s 50th a couple of years ago through engagement with the media and other related events. So thanks, Varni, for making this all about yourself instead of about the actor who invested so much in making Patrick Drake a beloved success.

Stephanie
Stephanie

All these people who are complaining that GH “let JT” get away probably have never left a job in their lifetime. People move on, they get burned out, they need new things. JT was going to leave. He was always working but he needed new challenges. Just because one actor stays with a show for 30 years doesn’t mean everyone has to stay that long. That is life and that is show business. You can’t be front burner day in day out for 20 years. I hope JT is happy at Y & R because GH actors there (besides Burton) don’t last very long. And taking on that character which has become a train wreck. Good luck!

Kate
Kate

This is how to do a proper send-off for an actor who made an incredible impact on the show & the network:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVP5PciuK0I

su0000
su0000

hi Kate,,’that was great fun to watch..
very good!
Thanks for sharing !!!!!

Patty
Patty

I will miss Jason as Patrick and Kimberly McCullough as Robin & Brooklyn as Emma and I hope for the best and I hope Gh never replace them also I want best for them and I know Jason will come to Young & Restless as Billy Abbot but won’t be same without him as Patrick Drake and also beautiful singing voice and I really hope he come back gh sometime and I gh keep us spot open in case he decides to come back they all should come back do family thing in nurses ball that be cool. I love Brooklyn singing voice but I hope she comes back as Emma and see her grandma Anna but You always want best but sad though that today their last scene and breaks my heart. Patrick & Robin & Emma perfect family I will always love that family and miss them.

Timmm
Timmm

That was a nice send off by a net excec. Nothing near that for the departure of Tony Geary from ABC? Maybe he was a pain in the azz after all? Ahh, still miss Luke!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Jason and Kimberly are class acts and thorough professionals–they appear to check their egos at the door unlike Tony Geary–marked difference. I admire Jason and your interview with him, Michael, proved him worthy of my admiration. And Kimberly–what can I say? After all her tragedies this summer, she came back for the storyline, for the fans, for her fellow actors. Classy lady. I wish them both much success. I’ll miss their warmth–and their great love story following the legacy of GH’s most worthy love stories. And TPTB allowed Tony Geary to singlehandedly dismantle the Luke and Laura love story. Boo! Hiss, to you, Tony Geary!

Timmm
Timmm

I love Tony but now I’m seeing with P&R how to leave a show! Someone posted a suggestion I love. Have Laura drift into a montage of L&L and put it to rest and lets let her move on with her “Spanky Buns kind of love like Luke did!”

Wendelyn Sullivan
Wendelyn Sullivan

That was a very nice heartfelt thank You to Jason and Kimberly. I myself as a fan of all three actors. Jason, Brooklyn, and Kimberly will miss them very much. They are all So talented. Brooklyn is So Gifted. Will miss Her Sweet smile on GH. Wishing All much success in Their next Acting Gig. Thank You All. A Devoted Fan.

Lois Welch
Lois Welch

I will miss the scrubs. I wish them the best in the future.
Emma is so beautiful. She has a great future.
Good luck to them all. Goodbye

Fanny
Fanny

For the loyal viewers it is always difficult to see a beloved character leave…
Their a part of our daily life, we become selfish in our need to hold on to
them. As actors it’s only natural that they need to explore different roles as
to become better at their craft…That’s the whole point of being an actor…
their chameleons at heart.

Melissa
Melissa

Very lovely send off today. Weird jumps from the wedding to scenes with Laura and Nik and Tracy, though.

Elaine
Elaine

There send off was sad. I loved all three of them.I think they will all be missed. Wishing them all much happiness with what they choose to do next. I hope they are blessed and have a wonderful great future.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

I am NOT a scrubs fan, couldn’t care less about them not the way I am a JOLIE (JOLIAM) FAN!!!!!! GOOD LORD I MISS THEM SOOOOOOO, SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have no idea who or what JOLIAM i, Kathryn. I do not fare well with acronyms associated with couples. Lol. Is it John and Natalie? (OLTL) if so, I’m with you. I still mourn their ‘passing’, and wish them happiness somewhere in the cosmos.

General Hospital

GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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