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Anders Hove Returns To GH As Faison!

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Such fantastic news for General Hospital fans, the uber-villain of them all, Cesar Faison will be back on screen next week, when Anders Hove makes another triumphant return to the ABC daytime drama series.

Hove has returned to the canvas a multitude of times from his native Denmark beginning in 1990-1992, 1999-2000, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  With the hunt for Faison in full throttle mode, his bio-son Nathan (Ryan Paevey) determined to find him, another Faison son out there, Jason (Steve Burton) wanting retribution for Faison “killing” him and dumping into the pier, the whole Jasoning of Drew (Billy Miller), and of course, Obrecht’s (Kathleen Gati), and Faison’s ultimate nemesis and obsession, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), so much is about to go down in Port Charles.

In a new interview in this weeks issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale on newsstand now, Hove talked from Denmark prior to coming to the States to film his episodes of GH.  He weighed-in on what he thinks will happen with the revelation that Faison has two sons!

Anders expressed: “It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be strange.  I have only met Nathan in scenes when I really didn’t know he was my son at that point, and I don’t know for sure who the other son is, and I’m sure I haven’t met the actor, either. It’s going to be interesting.”

So are you ready for the exciting return of Cesar Faison?  Who will eventually capture him, or will he once again escape and live to see another day?

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Delia
Delia

So excited!!! Anderson is so creepy as Caesar. He truly is one of the great villains.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh, no!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

It’s always good to have Faison on the canvas to scare people. He is GH’s deadliest villain after all. Tony Geary said that a long time ago and I do have to agree with him.

Nik
Nik

Well, I never liked this character but the COO of Aurora, I think is Faison’s son but I could be wrong. Great to see Obrecth get hit in the head for once.

K/kay
K/kay

Just love when they bring actor back but have no clue what the story is yep beating my head against a wall!

Celia
Celia

Ok, K/kay….don’t you know, my friend? Why else do you think we are getting such a healthy dose of Sonny and Jason? This is the only reason I get irritated at this…seeing more and more of Sonny!!
It seems that Faison’s other son ( not Nathan) seeks revenge on his dada….everyone thinks it’s Peter….
Faison returns to claim his son, Nathan and do harm to Liesl ( he clocked her outside at Anna’s doorstep) and anyone in his path. I had suspected as much even before Nathan’s paternity was disclosed….that Liesl needed to run for the hills…
I have waited for Faison for a long time….I am happy!! Maybe he will go after Sonny this time…..on Pier 54?

heidi
heidi

YES! Welcome back Anders! Can’t wait!

Lisa
Lisa

Can’t wait !

Rodd
Rodd

Let the mayhem begin!

Jimh
Jimh

Finn=Faison=more trouble for Anna…if they go there???

Jimh
Jimh

Finn as his son please….

rebecca1
rebecca1

naaaa…I think it’s the new publisher at Aurora. (He almost looks like Ryan Paevy. Well, not really but they could definitely play brothers!) And it fits; he’s in publishing (and the son is a writer), he’s taken an interest in Lulu’s mode of bringing Faison out of hiding, etc.

It’s probably him. And yet, it seems so obvious that maybe it’s not. Maybe…Britt is really a boy and she’s his other son! Too much? 😉

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Is it time for February sweeps yet? Cuz this is one hot storyline, strap yourselves in for a wild ride when Nathan is forced to team up with his half bro Peter (aka Heindrich) to bring down the bio daddy or evil. Not sure how Kim fits into this but I was certain she would play into the 2 Jason’s reveal. Will Robert show up to protect his beloved Anna from the clutches of Caesar? We can only hope Tristan Rogers comes along for the ride. Smart to pull Drew and Sam from the canvass for a few weeks while this drama plays out. Now that we know Brit is safely tucked away, perhaps she has met Peter and has pertinent information behind why Faison is back to torment the residents of Port Chuck once again. Welcome back, Mr. Hove. We have been waiting for your triumphant return.

AJ
AJ

I recall some things Tristian said that would seemingly make it unlikely that he’ll return if Frank is still in charge.

Satan
Satan

Frank will not be in charge much longer. He just made a huge mistake…

His former partner Ron paid the price for messing with Luke. He will pay the price for screwing over Laura.

Steve
Steve

Tristan rightfully complained that Robert was written poorly during his last few appearances. Frank would need to apologize and promise that Robert would play a prominent role in the storyline.

K/kay
K/kay

And everything he said is true I truly pulled it will not watch another episode you treat Genie Francis the icon of this soap the way FV did he is no better then Guza and sorry MW is not all that great you just proved what we knew you treat women like dirt under your finger nails and SB and MB and the spitter LW can truly stuff it go sell some food drin Steve gosh I am livid that Genie got treated this way again

K/kay
K/kay

Genie has a legit gripe so enjoy I saw my last episode and I talked to two journalists and no Genieis deasted

AJ
AJ

Did I miss something? I just assumed Genie was going on one of her vacations and Spencer breaking his legs was the way to write her off the canvas for a while?

K/kay
K/kay

Sorry devasted shame on me ! I have to get off this site before I say things that should not be said.

Satan
Satan

This is my beloved son Faison, in whom I am well pleased! Time to raise a little HELL in Port Charles….

Steve
Steve

Give it a rest. Go to heaven

Satan
Satan

Oh, believe me that bridge was burned a long time ago. My Former Employer still holds a grudge over that bet we made concerning the mortal named “Job”.

And no, that was not an “Arrested Development” reference, though that show was a big hit here in Hell.

Mateo
Mateo

Okay, let me be clear: Faison with Anna is magic. They both portray the vulnerabilities so well with each other. With the news that Ryan Paevy is leaving GH as Nathan West, I tend to think he will be a casualty of Faison. Anything with Obrecht I am down for because I adore watching Kathleen Gati. The only thing I am not up for watching is boring Burton with his monotone voice and deadpan expression whining about how his life was stolen. BooHoo. Please Faison, take him out too. Or if not put him in a coma for three years , we won’t notice, watching him act is like watching someone in a coma anyway. GH is trying to get some thunder back. They have their work cut out for them. In case you haven’t noticed, DAYS is slaughtering you in stories. I love GH and their cast but someone made a bet on one actor who isn’t skilled at carrying a story on his shoulders. I LOVE the fact that they gave Maura West a stand alone episode. It was great but the writing was not good. Maura deserves greatness. Billy Miller has no where to go in this role as Drew. I mean he has no background. He has some woman he was intimate with who got pregnant. Oscar is a great partner to Drew. They work well together but the story is not interesting enough. They have turned Carly into an irrational crazed stalker of Jason Morgan. I’m sorry but if I was married to any one who loved another man more than myself, see ya later! Carly says she loves Sonny but she certainly seems to be all lusty for JM. It’s a little upsetting to be honest. I want to see GH get it together. I love the cast, always have, they are talented for sure. We just need stronger stories. Fingers crossed with this Faison story but if my gut is telling me one thing they are going to take it in the JM direction and that would be all wrong. Okay my connection is dying here so I will sign off and say…..bring it GH give it your best

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ryan isn’t leaving GH; he’s taking time off to be in a film.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love it! Faison is one of GH’s best baddies and he’s one of the few, if not the last, of the remaining evil characters from days of yore.

I’m hoping they don’t kill him off. It’s nice to know he may come back for a diabolical visit every now and then.

Annnnnnd…is it possible that Peter (his assumed other son) is Anna’s? I don’t remember them ever sleeping together but who knows how they may explain that away. I can see them having Anna or Alex, give birth to a son and like Dr. O…hide him from Faison. Crazy; but could be crazy interesting!

Tim S.
Tim S.

The Best New from all of these is the we get to see more of Kathleen Gati’s acting. She is great.. I hope we hear her sing a love song to her beau!!

Dan
Dan

I assumed it was only a matter of time with how often his name has been mentioned on the show as of late. Faison is the best villain in GH history, in my opinion, with Helena Cassadine being a very close second. So any chance to see the wonderful Anders Hove on screen again is a real treat.

My only regret is that his returns to the show are never long enough, and it sounds like this time will be a short visit again. I’d love to see him hang around for a while, and really wreak some havoc on Port Charles. But I guess it’s difficult schedule wise with him living in Denmark, so I’ll take whatever I can get.

Looking forward to seeing what they have in store. Really enjoying GH lately since Chris Van Etten took over as co-head writer.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I’m not surprised that the character of Faison is coming back because he could play a part in a lot of stories.For example he was the one who shot Jason in 2012 and pushed him into the water.So Faison may have answers that Jason needs.Plus Faison has history with Anna and Obrecht.For example Faison may not be happy with Obrecht keeping the fact that Nathan is his son from him.

dan
dan

He’s a great actor and Faison is a great soap villain. But the best part will surely be more great scenes with Finola! She brings it every second she’s on screen! She’s perfection!

Shay
Shay

And with Dr. O.!!! Kathleen Gati’s latest scene with Finola’s Anna got that ball rolling off to what shall be an undoubtedly raucous finish when they finally encounter Liesl’s once-beloved Cesar!!! Seems like Obrecht’s magnificent obsession with this brilliant criminal mastermind will at last come to an end when he finishes off their son….with that brutal act, the spell this “Maniacal Dane” has held over Liesl to keep her in thrall over the decades shall be forever broken! Better late than never…..

Timmm
Timmm

Do you thing Liesel and Faisy will do the Romeo and Juliet thing?

Shay
Shay

Not this time, Timmmbo! I think Liesl’s going to be spitting fire when it comes to her once-dear Cesar!!! He’s finally gone to far this time, even for Dr. O.!!!!

Sue M.
Sue M.

Never liked him!!!

Remy
Remy

1990s storyline reintroduced again?

Lets see whom departs with faison this time. Was this why Gene’s status was bumped from contract to recurring??????

Meryl
Meryl

Anders Hove is a great actor. I wish his character wasn’t a villain & he could get to know Nathan & Maxie & be a grandfather to their baby.

Timmm
Timmm

My three favorite villains of all time on GH, Faison, Anthony Zaccharo and Grant Putnam.

Reed
Reed

Agreed, and while we’re lucky to have Grant weighing in periodically on various threads, it would be great to spring him from the sanitarium.

Timmm
Timmm

Anna has her hands full right now but it would be nice to have Grant back on the show. He was so good!

Reed
Reed

Timmm, you’re fast becoming one of my favorite posters. Your “#Genie’s Times Up!” from the other thread was a classic and I’m sure it was said for comedic affect, supporting your earlier posts which I couldn’t necessarily disagree with. But make no mistake, this was a cluster-f of epic proportions. Genie Francis finally gets a story at the end of her 3-year contract and then Frank, in his infinite wisdom offers her recurring status? I so wanted to inject a testosterone-based analogy into the Genie thread, but I didn’t think the readers would appreciate the Eli Manning comparison. P.S. both the coach and GM were fired two days after sitting the Giants QB, ending the 210 consecutive games started streak of this 2-time Super Bowl MVP and future Hall of Famer. Disrespecting a legend is never a winning strategy and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks Reed. I love the Eli Manning comparison. Brilliant! So maybe Frank goes? I dont know, he seems like a weasel who kisses up to ABC to do their dirty work. In other words, ABC didnt want her to stay.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

No offense to the actor, but I am sick of Faison. What more can the hairball sociopath do that he hasn’t done before? Only difference is this time Frau Olbrecht is not enamored with him.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

The recycling of Faison represents another attempt to get up ratings for a short-term period of time. That’s how GH manages this show now. Brings back this one or that one for a bit of time. Now it’s the guy with bad hair. If a troll would be willing to speak to Faison, perhaps something could be done with his hair. Seriously, I’ve had my fill with GH’s recycling characters. I thought we were seeing some stability with Genie Francis being put in the forefront. Now, with their decision to let her go, I’ve become totally disgusted with this show and its antics with casting and its desire to focus on storylines of violence.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

As I watch today’s scenes with Anna and Faison, I have to wonder WHY the writer’s feel the need to continue to torture and haunt Anna with the sociopath. You can literally see her quaking as he touches her. It is akin to watching Sigourney Weaver in ALIEN with that thing above her. Why do women have to be continued to be mentally tortured? In light of the state of things, you would think that the writers would stop torturing Anna with this monster.

And back to my original comment, what more can Faison do? The last time that Anna and Robert had him in the barn that should have been it. What more can they do? That is what I don’t understand. Just let the character die/leave already and come up with a new one.

Donna
Donna

I hate to see the acotor Anders Hove (Cesar Faison) leaving GH he has been playing a bad guy for so long and made the soap very entertaining always a clever guy that covers his tracks he is like a fox or a wolf.He has been on General Hospital ever sence I was a young girl I do hope their is away they could bring him back threw false death do to a son wanting him dead and maybe someone helping him but we shall see.General Hospital is always full of surprises and lots of drama and action it is never boring this show has more action than any of the soaps and has been airing for many years ever sence my moms time that she remembers.Keep up the good work to all you good actors on GH I am you’r greatest fan.

Donna
Donna

Please keep Anders Hove (Cesar Faison) playing his role he makes General Hospital exciting even if his death was a fake do to a son wanting to kill him do to a revenge and hoping that they can have it as someone helping him out cheating death.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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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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