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Andrea Bogart talks about her exit from General Hospital!

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

As every soap fans who watches General Hospital knows by now the character of Abby Haver played by Andrea Bogart since October 2010 was killed off this week, leaving Abby’s on-screen love, Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) grief-stricken.

The beautiful  and sexy Bogart, spoke candidly with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now about her thoughts on GH’s decision to get rid of Abby from the canvas.

Bogart stated, “As an actor you can tell when something’s going on.  I felt a shift in the writing and I know soaps. You can feel when there’s a struggle about what to do with your character.  I haven’t worked much in the last month or two. There’s been less and less and less screen time for Michael and Abby for a while now.  So, on my last day, I went around and paid gratitude to everyone who was a part of my being there.  I’ve never felt anything but love from the fans and everyone here. I know it was story-related and nothing I did (Laughs).

Honestly for Chad Duell (Michael), I just pray that something good comes for Michael because he’s gone through so much (laughs)!  This business is a giant roller coaster and General Hospital was truly a gift for me.”

So how do you feel about Abby being killed-off?  Who could you see in Michael’s future now? Let us know!

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Linda
Linda

I feel the waterworks coming on this show. With Abby dead, Robin ill and Sam recovering, the halls of General Hospital will be decked with used tissues this year.

Trisha
Trisha

Hate that GH killed Abby I loved her and Michael together.

lisa658
lisa658

I’m afraid that Michael will know become totaly involved this Sonny’s organization. He and Sam can now relate to each other, and will not feel so alone & isolated (that is a positive for both); however, Michael’s anger might get the best of him if he keeps blaming himself for Abbey’s death.

Emily
Emily

I liked the Abby/Michael pairing. Seems like a waste to kill her off. I know that there is too much talent floating around at GH for them to not be able to come up with more story ideas than killing off Abby. But GH sure has been going through a lot of new people lately.

amb2kool
amb2kool

i absolutely HATE that abby was killed off. i dont see anybody in michael’s future.

Deb
Deb

Michael gave an awesome performance when he saw Abby dead. The actor was awesome. Puhlez let this character grow & change and become a better human!!
Good luck to Andrea!!! I seen her on some primetime shows and she is very good.

PaulaKate Prince-Meserole
PaulaKate Prince-Meserole

Gosh! I didn’t see that one coming.
Whatever we didn’t know Abby’s upbringing, was cleared up in no uncertain terms with the phone call to her mother that Michael made.
It was a sad commentary on Abby’s life of neglect by her mother and the desertion she suffered at the hands of her father. That call was quite succinct in filling in all the gaping holes for any questions we the viewers might have had about her childhood.

I will miss Abby. Not knowing before last week the relationship or lack thereof that she had with her mother, I have always seen her character as a great example of a young woman coming from what I figured must have been an impossible situation and one who really gathered up her life-lemons and turned them into something positive and productive.

Amanda
Amanda

I wish Andrea all the best, she is so gracious and a wonderful actress. Her character and pairing with Michael is one of my favorites and I feel as devastated as Michael. I hope with the new head writer coming to GH, that they will find a way to bring Abby back — her death could’ve been orchestrated by Franco or Anthony Zacchara or even Helena if she remembers that Michael is a Spencer and wants to start a new war. Michael’s been through so many ups and downs over the past few years, that to lose his best friend and woman he loves is going to leave him spiraling.

kay killgore
kay killgore

With her death please don’t tell me they are putting Michael in between Jason and Sam. I heard there was going to be a 3rd party come between them and it is not Liz. Big mistake if they do this. What little I have watched I felt Abby was leaving also. But was she ever a contract player?

Karen Sue
Karen Sue

Hello???? 3rd party….FRANCO! He raped Sam and Sam will probably be pregnant…

Keyanna
Keyanna

It sucks that GH had to kill her off. They could have done so much with her character and Mabby but they choose not to. Hopefully a change will come with the new writers.

Karen Sue
Karen Sue

I never thought that the relationship between Abby and Michael should have happened in the first place. It just wasn’t realistic for me…I can see Michael giving in and going away to college, earning a Business degree and coming back in a year or two and taking Sonny’s business over and running it in a more civilized manner…if THAT kind of business can be civilized. They are fashioning Michael’s character too much after Sonny’s…it needs to stop…I can see Morgan coming back and his and Michael’s relationship being too much like Rick and Sonny’s…

Dan
Dan

I’m sure Andrea Bogart is a nice person, and I wish her the best, but I couldn’t stand the character of Abby, and her annoying, whiny voice. So I’m glad they killed her off.

Her and Siobhan were two of the new characters that GH tried to shove down our throats this year, and I didn’t connect with either one of them. And I think a lot of viewers felt the same way, judging from the people I talk to. I’m glad GH recognized that and decided to move on.

Plus, this hopefully means more air time for the characters that we actually have something emotionally invested in.

Brian T
Brian T

I never cared for Abby but the actress is great. I think she was a pointless character. The show needs legacy characters that are connected to the canvas and related to the core families.

Gail
Gail

I really liked Abby, although I was hoping she would move on from Michael and maybe be paired with another GH character at some point. I was even hoping her “death” was part of the Franco mind games and she wouldn’t really be dead. I am going to miss her. She was a really good actress and I LOVED her voice, by the way! I wish her all the best.

Sun45
Sun45

I’m sure Andrea Bogart is a good person, but I nerver connected with her character and I just wasn’t invested in Abby emotionally like with other characters. I always thought Abby was a pointless character who should have been gone along time ago but I do wish AB much success in her career.

aria
aria

I’m sad they killed of Abby, it was depressing, no more killing off people, this show needs to be more fun/happy

April Neilson
April Neilson

I was shock to hear she died, but I guess that’s just the soaps for you! I liked Abby.

JustSaying
JustSaying

GH’s loss.

Doe
Doe

I think the new writers had already in place where they will be going with some of the characters. So, they have already kind of showed us who will be gone. I would suggest that police woman who can’t decide which way to wear her hair, should be gone. I’m not liking the Ethan story with the woman at Windermere floating around. I don’t care about that story. The writers should do a lot of trimming of people. Too bad it had to be Abby. It will be interesting what happens now that Sam has told Michael about the rape. Personally, I would like the Franco story to be over.

Amy
Amy

GH is so depressing and killing off abby was absolutely pointless. I love the character and there was so much story to tell with her. If they didn’t want to write for mabby anymore they could’ve paired her someone else. Andrea bogart is so talented and beauitful and General hospital was so lucky to have her. They always get rid of the good ones. There are so many other useless characters that they could’ve gotten rid of instead of abby. I hope the new writers bring her back!

lily
lily

Bring Abby back. They bring “dead” characters back all the time so it’s not unrealistic for soaps. I don’t even want to watch GH anymore. Abby grew to be a favorite of mine.

Lisa
Lisa

Really sad that GH pointlessly killed off a Abby, and the Mabby couple whom have countless of fans, the vocal and nonvocal. Was this the really the best creative idea that the PTB could come up with?? Abby could’ve been paired with someone else as well. Andrea couldn’t have been costing GH big money and fans, and she was hardly even on anymore during the big ratings dive. Just another, again, unwise decision by GH for thinking all the new people they showcase now are so much more important than Abby, Mabby, Andrea Bogart and countless of fans.

I thought more than enough characters many fans like were needlessly or unceremoniously let go of. I’m hoping the new people in charge can be counted to do better creatively and bring back Abby. The character was a highlight and a bright light for me and others when tuning to GH. Those attributes definitely came through because of Abby’s portrayer.

Lisa
Lisa

Really sad that GH pointlessly killed off Abby, and by extension, the Mabby couple whom have countless of fans- the vocal and nonvocal. Was this really the best creative idea the PTB could come up with?? Abby could’ve been paired with someone else as well. Andrea couldn’t have been costing GH big money and fans, and she was hardly even on anymore during the big ratings dive. Yet another unwise decision by GH for thinking all the new people they showcase now are so much more important than Abby, Mabby, Andrea Bogart and the countless of fans.

I thought more than enough characters that many fans like were already needlessly or unceremoniously let go of. I’m hoping the new people in charge can be counted to do better creatively and bring back Abby. The character was a highlight and a bright light for me and many others when tuning to GH. Those attributes definitely came through because of Abby’s portrayer.

aria
aria

Lisa i agree and to answer you question, Andrea wasn’t a contract player so she only got paid when she was on the air, so i doubt it was about costing money, sounds more like a creative decision by the now fired Jill phelps or the demoted Garin Wolf.

Lisa
Lisa

Thank you, Aria. 🙂 I knew Andrea wasn’t on contract but I wasn’t sure how things worked for non contract players. So that means she wasn’t costing them much money and she obviously wasn’t costing them fans. She’s gotten more fans! It’s really a terrible “creative” decision to get rid of her. So uncreative. If it was Phelps and Garin’s decision, I’m more than happy they’re gone now. I hope the new guys care more about fans and bring Abby back.

linda
linda

big mistake killing her off. they lost a good and new refreshing story line. whats up with those writers? she will be missed.

linda
linda

I totally agree

auotb
auotb

please new writers bring back Lucky,Nicholas & Jax get rid of that new cop get rid of the Zacharras & PLEASE transfer John McBain to Port Charles. Maybe then GHs ratings will go up and the stories would be watchable again

heidi
heidi

I like auotb’s idea of transfering John McBain to Port Charles! I also share bringing Nicholas and Jax back. I would love to have them find a way to keep JJ. I will miss the Michael & Abby relationship I wish Andrea the best! I still hope they don’t kill Robin off… rather send her to a clinic that is doing experimental treatments in some far off place. I love GH and want it to succeed and stay on for years.

aria
aria

heidi i agree with you on everything.

Brenda
Brenda

I love Abby and Michael together. They are the main reason I watch the show. Now Michael will be miserable and end up joining the mob. I don’t like this story line at all. Bring back Andrea.

Summer
Summer

🙁 GH continues to be so disappointing! I love Abby and andrea bogart. The character and mabby had so much potential. The writers are uncreative idiots. I hope they find a way to bring her back

Jeff
Jeff

Well let’s hope that ron carvolti and frank valenti can do a better job!

Marye
Marye

I agree. Bring her back, please. she was a fresh young actress that gave the show engery. now Carley is the same , all the time. she needs to live her life & leave those men alone. please bring Abby back.

aria
aria

isn’t it kind of funny that a show thats was run by a women (jill Phelps) love killing off women(lisa, abby) and or raping them( sam ?) I pray they don’t do this to Robin, it would be just to hard to take, and unnecessary. I prefer if Robin just disappears.

Nancy Jenkins
Nancy Jenkins

Absolutely sickening that GH would kill off Abbey, she and Michael were sweet together. Whenever someone is finally happy on this show, why do you have to ruin it? Abbey and Michael were so cute and suppoertive of each other. I hate that you would kill her off. Michael has had enogh crap.

linda
linda

What a disappointment GH is becoming, I have watched since before Luke and Laura and to kill off Abby just is stupid!!!! What are they thinking, it was a great story how she got out of stripping and now killed off…… Ugh….

Jeff
Jeff

Well it would be nice if they would give micheal and her fresh original story i’ve said it once i’ll say it again the mobster stuff is like beating a dead horse. While it was a good story in it’s conception about the rape of micheal in prison once again it just fizzled out they could have done some really good story with it but instead they have micheal follow in the steps of dear mob daddy sonny.. I think that it was Jill Farren Phelps that wanted the show to focus on the mob but i think it took away from other good characters. It would be a shame for ABC to get rid of all of it’s soaps but with General hospital it won’t be a suprise. I mean people want different stories to get into and well The mob is old to me and alot of other people.

lisa
lisa

It’s too bad. Abby and Michael were good together.
I wonder if they’re going to link her death to Franco.

Marye
Marye

I am very upset with the new writers. Abby was good for the show. beautiful and a great actress. they could have taken the story line much further. especially with her new job and paralegal. She & MIcheal were good together. bring her back .please

Tammy
Tammy

Abby was good for Micheal, they were good together.What is wrong with the writers? GH needs new storylines and HAPPIER storylines.

Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent

Andrea Bogart is a loss for the show. She co-stars in our movie Life’s An Itch. I just want to says she is one of the finest actresses in the business. Her performance in our movie is second to none. We’re back to shooting in January and will wrap by the end of the month. The movie starring Andrea will be out in Spring.

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"Candie " Haver
"Candie " Haver

Ron Carlivotti et.al. will not do a better job. He and the new regime will quickly sink the ship. He is a big part of the demise of OLTL. These executives do not have a “heart” for the soap opera genre; it really translates to dollars and cents for them. While that is a given business practice, in order for the medium to “work”, one has to really understand the core of soap opera storytelling. To kill “Abby” ?????????? this is beyond comprehension of the rational, sane mind. The depths and heights that “Mabby” could have gone are innumerable. I saw them growing together spiritually, financially, moving out of an apartment into a home. I mean really making a life together. Abby could have grown and spread her wings within the Port Charles community (so many options for her). It would not have been farfetched. I mean it is soap opera afterall.

barbara t
barbara t

ron carlivotti did the best writing for oltl,its the best soap on ,if anything he will make gh better than it is now. and I dont think he started writing for gh yet,or anything we are seeing at this time.I wish he was still writing for oltl,he is not the demise of oltl he was the best writer.abc killed the soaps ,they choose to put crap tv shows on and kill the soaps ,and katie couric will be the demise of gh not ron carlivotti.

Gloria
Gloria

I could not agree more. OLTL is the best show on tv period. Ron & Frank & everyone associated with that show did a great job. Every single day this show is GOOD. I laugh out loud, my eyes well with tears, it is such a good balance of serious & funny. Everyone is connected to Viki in some way & this show is just pure pleasure to watch & my heart breaks to think of losing it. I keep up with GH for old times sake but do not watch every day. It is pretty awful right now. And yes, Katie Couric will kill GH. It is just a matter of time before we hear the announcement. I mean her show starts in September. What will be her timeslot? And how much are they paying HER? Wouldn’t it be great if the Chew/Revolution (ugh) fail & ABC begs to get our soaps come back?

Susan
Susan

I think killing off Abby was a really dumb move she wasn”t on General Hospital that long. her & Michael just started their relashionship she never even told him she loved him. There was definately more time for a great storyline. I think it was cut way to short. I love Abbey she will be missed alot.

Christine
Christine

I definately didn’t see this coming & without any kind of warning! GH could have done this better. I liked Michael/Abby together. They/Abby deserved a better storyline! GH was dumb for doing this!!! 🙁 🙁

mkm
mkm

I loved watching Abby and Michael evolve as a couple and people. I was looking forward to Michael”s growth and healing with Abby. I love the realistic portrayals of young adults at GH. I have encouraged many teens to watch the show. Abby will be missed.

bonnie
bonnie

I think its a shame that gh got rid of Abby. Michael and Abby where my fav couple and they had tons of chemistry . I hope the new staff will have the imagination and the ability to use talented actors. They need to develop characters not just keep on bring in new people every month . I feel gh drop the ball on this one by letting such a talent go

donna
donna

I hate that they killed Abby off. Really liked the actress and the Michael and Abby relationship and where it could have developed into.

Gina
Gina

I never liked the Abby/Michael thing. By the way, I remember when Michael was born. He was 11 when he was shot and in a coma and woke up at age 17? I know, it’s a soap, but Michael doesn’t work for me either. Both good actors but boring on GH. Jason is #1!

Leslie
Leslie

I didnt see that coming killing off Abby(Andrea Bogart) I hate that they killed her off Michael and Abby were good together. Please bring her back now Michael is out of control Im not liking him write now. Trying to get back into the mob bussiness. You can still bring her back, it can be Franco sick games Michael and Abby are good together bring her back

Angelique
Angelique

I am so sad that they killed her off. I wish they wouldn’t have done that. There was a lot of different stories they could’ve done.

Dawn
Dawn

Abby (Andrea Bogart) played a great part and grounded Michael (Chad Duell). I hate to see her leave GH. They could’ve gone in a different direction.
It’s the soaps so maybe she is just hidding out to protect her from Franco, Bring Abby Back!!!

Miranda
Miranda

They were cute together, but come on. They HAVE to get Michael into the mob business! Sonny and Jason are getting older. The only mobster left would be Johnny, and then it just wouldn’t be General Hospital! Not that I agree with cute young men becoming mobsters lol, but that’s kind of the point of the whole show!

brielle
brielle

I love Michael and Abby even if they wanted to break them up they should have kept Andrea she was great and I loved her character. Miss Abby alot

penny
penny

I am disappointed that Abby was killed off. There is lots more that can be written about her charcter! She needs to be brought back, telling that the accident was staged! You can take it from there.

barbara
barbara

yea ,great ideal there penny, bring abby back ,

coleen
coleen

I loved Mabby! I was so stunned and saddened that the show killed off Abby. She was my favorite character on GH. I watched their relationship develop and turn into a great love story. Andrea Bogart and Chad Duell had such great chemistry together – they just heated up the screen! I was so upset over the show doing this and considered not watching GH, but I’ve decided to hang in a little longer to see what happens with Michael. I am seriously hoping the new writers will correct this horrible storyline mistake by bringing Abby back, whatever it takes. Maybe have her “death” be a set up by someone and she’s being held somewhere against her will. If GH is indeed ending soon, the end game should have Abby returning to PC so she and Michael can have their happy ending! Good luck and best wishes Andrea, can’t wait to see your movie “Life’s an Itch” this spring. You rock!!! 🙂

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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