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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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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

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.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was Victor, not Jerry…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

Rodd
Rodd

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

su0000
su0000

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 … !!!

Cindy
Cindy

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

GH50
GH50

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.

Patrick
Patrick

@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

Charday
Charday

I love Dr. O!!!

Lin
Lin

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.

k/kay
k/kay

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

bring not ring…lol

Lin
Lin

Who is Nina?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I meant Monica, not Leslie…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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!!!

Lin
Lin

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.

SZima
SZima

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!

Lin
Lin

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.

Charday
Charday

I miss Monica Q, too!

SZima
SZima

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! 🙂

stefano cute smooth gay guy
stefano cute smooth gay guy

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

Phil
Phil

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!

DEEDEE
DEEDEE

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.

Patrick
Patrick

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

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

Beth CP
Beth CP

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.

Patrick
Patrick

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

Lin
Lin

What is FIYAH?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

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?

Lin
Lin

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.

Shay
Shay

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

Michael Cahn
Michael Cahn

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

heidi
heidi

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

missellie
missellie

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.

Lin
Lin

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.

Patricio
Patricio

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!

Callie
Callie

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.

Beth CP
Beth CP

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

Harry
Harry

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

Beth CP
Beth CP

@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).

lll
lll

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

Beth CP
Beth CP

Ditto.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Ditto. Truthfully never have felt it.

Harry
Harry

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.

Patrick
Patrick

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

Marisa
Marisa

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

Matthew
Matthew

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 Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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