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Access Hollywood Chats It Up with General Hospital's Emme Rylan and Kathleen Gati!

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Access Hollywood’s Sharon Spaeth was on the set of General Hospital earlier this week for the 13,000 episode celebration and had a few moments to pull none other than Emme Rylan (Lulu) and Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) into the GH wardrobe department to get some face time in this video interview with the two talented ladies from Port Charles!

During the conversation, Kathleen reveals how she first found out that none other than the evil Dr. O was going to end up being Chief of Staff at General Hospital!  Plus, Emme discusses the difficulties she faced replacing Julie Marie Berman in the role of Lulu Spencer Falconeri!

But, what of that dark secret that Dr. Obrecht is carrying around?  That Britt’s (Kelly Thiebaud) baby Ben is actually the bio-child of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and  Lulu, whose marriage fell apart because they thought they lost the only baby they can ever have, when it was revealed baby Connie, now baby Georgie, was actually Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms)!   Oh, what a tangled web!

Watch this very cute and engaging interview with Emme and Kathleen after the jump!  Then, let us know what you thought about their comments!

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I know some fans arent but im ok with Emme as Lulu and Kathleen Gati…a Star is Born…she is my favorite Queen Of Mean!!!

Meanwhile, is Jerry Jax going to kidnap Robin again? If Luke is buried in that grave…wouldnt he have suffocated by now…where does Carly go potty being tied up so long;she’s going to need a change of undies, lol…i see Victor Cassidine comes back Fri!!!

LOL– I always think the same thing when people are held captive on soaps– like Robin when she was in that lab for or when Duke was tied up with Dr. O in the cave at Nicholas’ home— where or how do these people go to the bathroom.? Now I do realize soap time is different than our time, meaning what might play out on screen over days our time in their reality might be only a few hours, like Nicole and Fr. Eric in the basement but still??? And have you noticed for the most part their hair remains clean and neatly brushed– oh well– just be glad our television sets don’t have a smell feature.

It was Victor, not Jerry…

Then if not Luke…since he is at sanitarium…then may Carly will be buried in that grave like i originally thought and this is when Shirley Jones guest stars?

Victor head of the wsb does explain how Dr.O became head of the hospital…Victors sinister plot to take control of PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So Victor kidnaps Robin to have her attempt to bring Helene and Stravos back from the dead!!!!!!

What a great interview! Loved it! Love them! Love GH! Love this site! Love you, Michael! Love, Love, Love!

great!

Kathleen Gati (Dr.Liesl Obrecht) and Roger Howarth (Franco)
are the two most exciting, intriguing, intense, awesome characters with General hospital !!
I can’t get enough of either of them..
both portray their characters with excellence… BRAVO !!

luv.. DrO and FrancO … !!!

I agree 100%, we need to see more of them.

I don’t know how you could compare a talent like Kathleen Gati to Roger Howarth. She is a total pro with so much range of emotion and so much nuance to he performance and she elevates the actors around her.
Howarth is a one note actor who has one tool in the tool box. Twicth, tick, stutter, physically flail around and chew the scenery. He gives other actors no room as he lights his hair on fire in every scene. There is no comparison between the two.

@GH.

I’m noticing that… more and more… his physical ‘ ity… emoting… and he drudges out his dialogue….

it’s kinda like huh? where is this coming from? why?

he’s cute, sexy for his sake… and it’s a little long in the tooth.. if you will… how he’s soapbox ing…. I would never hurt Carly… and LOL…. poor Carly.. is it worth cheering for her at this point?

for the sake of her kids… damn them… for getting in the way… it’s her way or the high way… yawn… carly being carly… girl gets what she wants….

at least… we’re not seeing her scream.. about her kids….

even ditzy Heather… with her ruination… is still alluring and captivating enough… that she’ll talk circles around… ” but , it’s Carly”

there’s no comparison… Kathleen Gatti’ Dr. O… is mainstream… and has brought so much potential… with her all that

what to do with Franco… watching him and silas … with conjoined jail cells….

ugh! i’m certain… Kiki will rally these two….

Yikes… ! the three amigos… fool us again

I love Dr. O!!!

Great interview. I had no idea the actress who plays Obrecht was not German. My only complaint (not about the interview or the actresses) is that the writers/ producer etc are being very unfair to Leslie Charleson. Why can’t they give her more of a part. I’m surprised she does not quit. And though it’s rather funny having Obrecht as the head. How stupid is that? It’s not a comedy show, but that’s what it’s become. Everything is implausible.

The female joker! What a sad joke GH has become.

I like Dr.O…my current favorite daytime villain…i do agree that ‘seems’ stupid she is head of the hospital but there is more to this story than her just getting a job…just gotta wait and see how it plays out!!! I do wish they give Leslie more of a story…hope they ring on Nina’s father and it turns out he was an old flame of Leslie’s before she came to Port Charles…Leslie became pregnant by him but put the baby up for adoption…he and his wife adopted that girl and it turns out to be Nina but he never told his wife he is really Ninas father and Leslie was the mother…i would love Oltl actor Jerry Dorn to play the father!!!

bring not ring…lol

Who is Nina?

I meant Monica, not Leslie…

MONICA! not Leslie…ok Leslie C. plays Monica…i meant Monica…dont want some to think i meant Leslie played by Denise Alexander, who by the way could be doing more too…like in scenes with Lulu instead of just bein Spencers babysitter!!!

I agree, Denise Alexander could do more too. I don’t know if she just wants to work once in a while or wants more work, but I get the impression Leslie Charleson wants more work. Having Obrecht the head of GH is beyond stupid. And I hate Cassadine story lines (meaning the evil ones, not Nicholas) So I guess that guy is going to kidnap Robin. Stupid, but not as dumb as Obrecht at GH. While the actress is talented and funny, I think spinning her off in a comedy soap would be better. Some humor on a soap is good. Cioming from Luke, fine. TRacy fine. But having the hospital itself the comedy, then you have to change the type of show. Maybe we can get OLTL and AMC back on ABC if they become funny. Maybe Obrecht can become a neighbor in Pine VAlley. A competitor of Adam’s company or take over Erika’s empire. Maybe she could start another newspaper i Lllanview. But head of GH = no.

Well, Leslie’s not on contract, so she could do other projects if she wanted to. I’m sure she appreciates having the job, at this stage in her life, even though she’s not on that often. But I agree…they haven’t been fair with her. I’d love to see her in a different S/L away from the hospital, maybe getting involved at ELQ with Tracy, but the show is juggling so many stories right now that they’re not doing justice to half of them.

And I agree…this whole COS storyline is THE most implausible I’ve seen in a long time!

I don’t know if the writer is male or female from your users name, but “I’m sure she appreciates a job at this stage of her life..” What about Tony Geary who does whatever he wants on GH and is on or off as he chooses. They just brought in some new Cassadine guy. I have seen his face and heard his name in soap magazines but have never watched anything he’s in. He looks older than Leslie Charleson. Just because she’s not young there are many story lines good writers could manage. I don’t know what COS means. This writers PTB do not respect older women.

I miss Monica Q, too!

Lin…I’m a woman just a couple years younger than Leslie, so I know of what I speak when I said she must appriciate a part-time job at her age, and a good one at that.

FYI, Leslie Charleson and Thaao Penghlis are both 68 and Tony Geary is 66…same as me.

I know I wouldn’t want to be working full time at my age and consider myself lucky to be retired! 🙂

I love dr. o. I’m so happy, she is staying on gh. she is a wonderful actress.

Love Emme as Lulu! I hope fans start to warn up to her! No she is not Julie Marie Burman, but that is fine with me! I liked JMR, but loving the feminine touch that Emme has given to Lulu! Now if only she and Dante could reunite! Oh, and Dr. O is one of my favorite daytime villains tied with DAYS’s Nick Fallon!

If people haven’t warmed up to her in a year it’s not going to happen. BTW the feminine touch? really? JMB dressed way better than ER does.

JMB… has the bodacious… “BOD” to pull off ANY thing…. man… woof! through the roof HOT! when she gussies up and make ups her hot to trot!

recall her this past year at the emmy’s: when she won… that dress… hair up with make up…. dang!

you know how it goes…. Fans.. have no choice… but.. to let the shows… carry on… recasts are

I have accepted emme rylan as

she’s by all appearances more feminine and dolled up….

she’s smaller, petite… and wheres those puffy sleeve shirts alot… to hide her stick arms

I just wish… the mindset of our lovely females…

please gain some weight…. it’s OK

I agree Phil…that’s what I said on another post…Julie Berman was more of a tomboy.

Kathleen Gati’s beautifully crafted Dr. Obrecht has proven a worthy opponent for Finola Hughes Anna. Not only is she a wonderful addition to the cast, she is a warm and genuinely charming woman in person. Definitely a keeper.

what a delight… to see how animated… Ms. Gatti is

as she, and others have coined…. it’s truly a symbiotic relationship

when a newbie takes off and helps FIYAH our shows…. I couldn’t be happier that she enervates herself… as an actor… and the audience feasts

trust us, Kathleen! you as well… are a highlight of General hospital

————-

Emme Rylan… hang in their… trials and tribulations abound….

Newbies are to be commended, when your acting contributes… some more than others… but… it all comes together

What is FIYAH?

Hope your the same Lin who asked me who Nina is…i dont know if you have or havent been watching lately but Nina is currently the unseen wife of Silas Clay who is accused of allegedly putting his wife in a coma…some of us believe its his lookalike brother Stephan who is responsible for Nina’s coma…Stephan is Silas’s brother who was on the show over a year ago who may or may not be a vampire?

Thanks. Yes, I am the same Lin. I guess I’m stupid as I still don’t know what FIYAH is. My understanding is that Leslie did want to work full time. I didn’t think of his wife in a coma when she was just referred to as Nina, but yes, I do know who she is now. I’m not a fan of the Stephan Clay/vampire/or not story line. I stopped watching whatever that show was they were on (can’t remember right now) when the vampire storyline started. Not into it at all. The character of Silas is not acting like an innocent man. I’m not a big fan of Silas. He’s not very likable or lovable, though had been improving until this storyline. He is not acting the way most people would act, faced with that situation. His reactions to me are not believable, especially for an innocent man.

@Lin….That would be “fire”…..fueled by the highest octane!!! Kind of like sizzling to the nth degree….at least that is my interpretation!!!! ; )

Some of the best soap actors were at one time a recast of their characters.

Fun interview!!! Liked them together! Kathleen is a delight off screen as is Emme (I’d seen her interviewed before)!

I am a big fan of Dr O but was not happy to see her as Chief of Staff. I wish that TPTB could have found a better way to keep her on GH. KG exudes so much charisma and warmth. I am a fan.

I totally agree. The actress is totally different than I expected. There is room for humor in a soap. But I don’t see this character in the hospital. Perhaps in a David Hayward (from AMC) role where she develops crazy things but not as head of the hospital.

Replacing Lulu was going to be difficult but in the hands of this talented actress was done with ease! Ms. Gait is a find! A villain that they just don’t make anymore. Glad she is sticking around!

It seems Ms. Rylan is trying way too hard to convince the audience that she has chemistry with Dominic Zamorogna. It’s just not their, IMO. Hoping Frank and Ron move Lulu in another direction AWAY from Dante.

I had that distinct distinct impression also. Thanks for confirming my thought.

The actress is doing the best she can but she’s just not Lulu. I understand she didn’t even audition for the role.

@Harry-Regarding the current occupant of the role of L. That is correct. The recast did not go through the audition process nor was she required to do a screen test with Mr. Zamprogna.He informed us at a fan event the weekend of March 9, 2013, he had not even met her in person. The first time they met face to face was their first day of taping together on March 18th (as I remember from an interview published later).

Agree. When I heard that I was like “what chemistry?” I certainly didn’t feel it.

Ditto.

Ditto. Truthfully never have felt it.

Dr. O was fun as Faison’s side kick but a little Dr. O goes a long way. She’s like a jalpeno pepper that way.
Over using her is like over using Fonzie, and hence begs the over used phrased, they’ve jumped the shark. Having her become a cartoon villain ruins the character’s mystique. I am glad Ron is having a lot of fun playing Batman with his characters, but he’s entered the land of cartoons and doesn’t seem to know how to write a daytime drama.

I agree.

her “MEAN”ingful looks… and shrill caricature… is villian’ness… and intent

but… let’s not get too cartoonish…. i’d hate to see Ms. Gatti go by the wayside… like the ruination… of Heather Webber

I love you Robin Mattson

these two… are meant to savor and stratosphere witty

I love them still

Love, love, love Kathleen Gati!!!!!

I like Emme Rylan a lot more after that interview and hearing her express her excitement and dedication to the character of Lulu. I thing she’s doing a great job, I’d wondered if she was really giving it her all, now I think she is but that being said Julie Berman is a much stronger, emotionally charged believable actress and if the show ever had the opportunity to have her reclaim LuLu, I think they should jump on it. Just saying… I know this is off topic but I have to throw it out there every so often, Sarah Brown. Never stop calling her GH!!! Create a new character and make an offer that she can’t refuse.

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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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You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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