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B&B’s Rena Sofer Talks The Life of Quinn: Her Rival, Her Love, Her Son, Her Machinations

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No one can cause quite a stir on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful like Quinn Fuller Forrester! After all, she managed to marry the patriarch of the top fashion house clan, and has not been the most popular person with digs at the mansion.

Recently, Quinn’s claws came back out as she wanted nothing more than to put that thorn-in-her-side, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) in her place. And what better way to do it then to ensure that the incriminating video of Brooke lip-locking with Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) was seen by Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and all the attendees at Bridge’s “recommitment”soirée. Wouldn’t you know? Quinn’s plan worked, quite successfully, and a few relationships were rocked to their very core in the process.

Since 2013, Rena Sofer has played Quinn for all she is worth and then some on the CBS Daytime drama series. No stranger to the genre from her early days as GH’s Lois Cerullo, fans welcomed Sofer back to soapland with open arms, especially with her delicious portrayal of the often devious Quinn. But as B&B viewers know, Quinn can also be a loving, yet overbearing mother to her son, Wyatt (Darin Brooks), and we can only imagine what she would do if she found out that Sally (Courtney Hope) has been feigning illness to win her son from his longtime sweetheart, Flo (Katrina Bowden). Will Quinn end up concocting a plan to rid Sally from Wyatt’s life? We wouldn’t it put it past her.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Rena to get her thoughts on: living the life of Quinn and her on-screen relationships, the lengths she would go, or not go, against a sworn enemy, and to learn what some of her favorite moments have been since she became a key part of The Bold and the Beautiful family which recently celebrated its 33rd year on the air. Check out what Rena had to say below.

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How have you liked the ferocity and the toe-to-toe scenes between Quinn and Brooke over the last few months? They’ve been some of the high points for the viewers.

RENA:  Well, I love them.  It makes me happy, because it’s the first really good stuff I’ve had to do in a really long time.  So, for me, it’s been really fun.  I love sparring with Katherine.

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We haven’t seen Quinn be back to her manipulative ways in a long time and she kind of stuck it to Brooke.  She certainly, ruined Brooke’s ‘recommitment ceremony’ to Ridge.  I loved those scenes because there were close-ups of you as Quinn, and Quinn’s looking like, “Oh, yeah, I did it,” without hesitation. What did you think of her maneuver to expose Brooke’s kiss with Bill to all the attendees?

RENA:  I think my favorite part of it all was that she took full responsibility.  It wasn’t like she tried to hide it.  She was like, “Oh no, I did this.  I stand by what I think she is, and I exposed her, and I am not sorry at all.”  So, I like the honestly of it all.

Does Quinn really like Shauna (Denise Richards), or, does she just want to hurt Brooke so bad that she is pushing an agenda to get Shauna and Ridge together?

RENA:  No, Shauna’s her best friend.  She was her family in Vegas.  They raised their kids together.  This woman is her life.  This is her family as much as Eric (John McCook) is her family.

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How has it been working with Denise Richards?

RENA:  Great.  She’s a wonderful actress, a really great person, and I have a great time working with her.  I had known her previously to B&B.  We’ve been in audition rooms for years with each other.

There was a scene a month or so ago; when Quinn spiked Brooke’s drink with alcohol.  What did you think of that moment, and were you hoping she would continue to spike her drinks and be responsible for Brooke’s downfall?

RENA:  Well, I didn’t think much of it because it didn’t go anywhere as of now.  I think it was Quinn’s first breaking point.  It’s not really Quinn’s style to push somebody into addiction like that.  Quinn is the kind of person who shoves you off a bridge, you know.  She’s not the kind of person who pays someone to shove you off a bridge.  I think Quinn would be more the kind of person to say, “You want a drink, don’t you?  Here, take this drink!  Take this drink!  Why don’t you drink?  Take this drink,” and basically pushes the person to drink by making them do it.  So, it felt very un-Quinn to spike the drink.  It would have made more sense if Quinn spiked somebody’s drink with a drug to make them fall asleep so that her son could be with somebody.  That makes more sense, but to throw them into an addiction, I don’t think that’s her.  I’m glad that didn’t go anywhere because I don’t really feel like that is who she was.

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B&B just turned 33-years-old.  What has it been like to know that you are still a part of the fabric of this iconic show?  What have you enjoyed the most about this experience as opposed to when you were on GH, or other shows that you’ve appeared on?

RENA:  First of all, the production schedule of this show is better than any other.  So, it has really allowed me to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom; which is the best thing that I could have ever asked for.  The thing that I love the most about this show is that it allowed me to be everything that I wanted to be personally and professionally.  Being a part of this show is just such a gift because it’s iconic, and people love it, and I’ve loved being a part of it.

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Did you think Quinn and Eric would have stayed together as long as they have, or did you think Quinn would have permanently messed it up by now?

RENA:  I don’t know.  I think the way that it started out and how beautiful it became, I knew we’d stay together, but I don’t think I knew that in the very beginning.

Could you ever see Quinn straying from him and rekindling things with Bill and their old ‘sexual’ ways?

RENA:  No.  It never was for her.  Since I’ve been on the show, there wasn’t even a moment of Quinn and Bill being together; except in the very beginning for him to introduce me onto the show.  I think she feels for Bill the way she feels for Deacon.  It’s done, you know

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Do you think Quinn would ever set her sights now on another man?

RENA:  Would she set her sights on another man?  Well, she did.  She had her sights on Ridge for a minute, but every other man on the show she has either slept with or it’s her son.

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John McCook is a mainstay of the The Bold and the Beautiful, and one of only two original cast members, the other being Katherine Kelly Lang.  What can you say about working with him?

RENA:  It’s my favorite part of the day.  I love working with John.  He is my favorite person to work with, and I adore him.  I feel for him as if we were married without the sex part.  He means everything to me.

John has told me he loves working with you too, and that he’s grateful that they brought you into his sphere.

RENA:  Yes and that we were brought into each other’s storylines!

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Who do you think has been Quinn’s biggest nemesis since you’ve been on the show? 

RENA:  It’s been Brooke.  It’s been Brooke, always.  I think when Quinn looks at Brooke, she sees somebody who is pretending to be something that they’re not.

How do you get through the bitch-slaps, bitch-fights, and those types of scenes between you, Katherine Kelly Lang, and Denise Richards?  Are there times when you just have to laugh while on set just to get that out before you perform the scenes to tape?

RENA:  No, we are not laughing.  We are doing our jobs.  We enjoy them pretty much, but sometimes we are saying the same thing day after day, (which is normal in soaps) and those are hard to get through because you’re remembering lines from days ago that are just barely worded differently.  So, those are hard to do ….so we’re not laughing through that; we’re struggling.

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If Quinn knew the number Sally was pulling over on her son, Wyatt, what would she do to her?

RENA:  Oh, she’s so lucky that Quinn doesn’t know what she is doing to her son, because Quinn would expose her.  Quinn would take her down, and she would get her fired.  In addition, Quinn would make her leave town, and Quinn would destroy her!

Is that something that would be in Quinn’s playbook; pretending to be dying to keep her man?

RENA:  Never!  She would never do that.  Quinn would never pretend to be dying to get somebody.

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Is Quinn, then ‘Team Flo’ for her son? 

RENA:  Quinn was always ‘Team Flo’.  Flo was her son’s childhood sweetheart.  She’s her best friend’s daughter.  Of course, she is team Flo.  She has never been ‘Team Sally’.  She has never liked Sally.  Quinn has always disliked her.

How do you think Quinn’s relationship is now with Wyatt because she had been so overboard and overbearing with him? 

RENA:  He’s her be-all-end-all.  He’s the most important thing in the world to her, always will be.

So, can we expect Quinn to continue to meddle in Wyatt’s life?

RENA:  Yes, and she will always put him first.  She probably would even put him before Eric.

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When you first met Darin Brooks, and they said, “This is going to be your son,” what was your initial impression of him?

RENA:  Well, I felt like I was too young for him to be my son.  In reality, I am, but it’s a soap opera, and I was grateful that they said that Quinn was 16 when she had him.

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Has there been a favorite moment or storyline since you have been at B&B that still resonates with you now?

RENA:  I think the whole love story with Eric is my favorite.  A close second is my story with Liam (Scott Clifton) in the cabin.  But with Eric – the whole love story, the marriage, the wedding, that all to me was the most wonderful part.

Within a very short time, your castmate Alley Mills (Pam) lost her beloved husband, Orson Bean.  Then, B&B mourned the loss of its co-creator the legendary Lee Phillip Bell.  It’s been an emotional time for everyone at the show.  Have you spoken to Alley?

RENA:  I saw her at Mrs. Bell’s memorial, but we were all supposed to go to Orson’s memorial, but it was canceled because of COVID-19.  I’ve spoken to Alley and it’s all sad… it’s very sad.

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Do you think you are better actress now at this time in your life?

RENA:  I think the more you act … the better you become.  I will just say that the younger of an actor you are, the less secure of an actor you are.  The more time you put behind you, the more secure you become.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently affecting everyone, you see a lot of actors, influencers, and people staying active and in the public conscience by posting a lot more on their social media accounts.  I know you are not on Twitter, but you are on Instagram.  What’s your take on it all?

RENA:  I try to fill my Instagram with positive things, happy things: my dogs, charities I love, things I work on or am building or creating.  There are actors out there who do the TikTock thing, or put on lots of makeup and all of their stuff is about them, but that’s not me.  I’m not here to perform for people when I’m not on camera.  I have a normal life, and I have a child who is school at home, and I’ve got 5 dogs, one of whom I am fostering at this time,  For me, I am just trying to take care of myself as much as anybody else is.

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In closing, what is the best part of playing Quinn for you?

RENA:  I like playing somebody who is somewhat evil because it’s fun.  It’s fun to do things that you would never do in real life, or want to do in real life, or think about in real life.

So, what did you think of Quinn’s rivalry with Brooke? Do you want Eric and Quinn to be together forever in the mansion? What has been your favorite moment of Rena’s performances over the years as Quinn? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I love Quinn and Rena. I love Quinn and Eric together. Loving having more Quinn on the show. Rena is doing a great job!!!

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My favorite era of General Hospital included Rena Sofer. I loved the 90’s: Sonny and Brenda, Ned and Lois, Stone, the Q’s. Claire Labine and Wendy Riche were incredible.

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Ok i cant stand her character, even from the start, so I guess that means she is doing a good job.

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More fights with Brooke. Two grand dames fighting it out to the death. Thats what soaps are all about. Again, let Quinn have another child. One she gave up or abandoned which would explain her creepy craziness with Wyatt. Quinn having a second child ( with Bill?) and having a vindictive Brooke find out and expose her secret would be one for the ages.

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Keep Quinn with Eric!!! Anything else is not acceptable!! Let her be the end of Brooke. Everyone is sick of Brooke!!!!!!

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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GH Co-Head Writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor Interview – “Soapmakers of the Year” Honors 2020

In a year which saw production of your favorite soaps shutdown for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone in daytime had to pivot.  As original episodes aired, they eventually ran out, giving way to rebroadcasts, while the audience eagerly awaited the return of the current stories.

At General Hospital, once production resumed over the summer, head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’ Connor had teed-up: surprising homecomings (Dante, Britt) shocking twists and revelations, the conclusion of what will become an all-time soap classic, the Alzheimer’s storyline, dipping into the rich 57-year history of the iconic soap to tie story to the present (Laura, Cyrus, Martin), and crafting stories for its A-list cast which gave 2020 some of its finest on-screen moments.  GH became can’t-miss television again, coming back even stronger than its pre-pandemic self; which also kicked the year off in high-style with the reveal of Nikolas to his family, alive and well, and the long-awaited truth about baby Wiley.

Chris and Dan’s depiction of Mike’s heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer’s gave viewers many tears through its unrelenting and realistic storytelling, plus their commitment to air the standalone episode to honor the passing of the 19th amendment of the women’s right to vote in November.  Both were noteworthy, and illustrated what daytime can do best.

 

Each year, Michael Fairman TV gives our highest honor to a creative or creatives who most delivered to its audience and whose quality of work continues to keep us engaged, on the edge of our seats, or reaching for the hankies. That is why this year’s Soapmkers of the Year honor goes to GH scribes: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor.  Shortly after receiving their acknowledgement, the duo spoke to us about some of the 2020 highlights in Port Charles, and how they work so well together to bring their stories to life.  Here’s what they shared.

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First, and foremost, I want to commend you for the Alzheimer’s storyline  As I’ve shared publicly, my mother died of Alzheimer’s, and I have seen the progression of this disease and the effects it has on a family and loved ones, and the person afflicted with it.  You did a beautiful job of telling every beat of the story within the context of what you could do within a soap opera.  What can you tell me about crafting that and seeing it through to the end?  You never abandoned the story, which at times, can happen on daytime.

CHRISNo, we didn’t abandon it.  Soap operas have a power that I am sure we have acknowledged before, to allow audiences to really get to know characters in a deeper and more profound way than I think most other mediums do.  We get to see characters’ lives day in and day out.  For us to tell a story about Alzheimer’s, which is a disease that is devastating in so many ways, not the least of which is the fact that it can take years to develop and years to finally claim a life, we felt that among our audience, there had to be many people who had experienced this in an up-close and personal way.  So that to tell the story too expeditiously would really deny their experience and would take away from their appreciation of the show as a reflection of reality.  Of course, soap operas don’t do that in every sense on every episode, but when you’re telling a story about a disease that people experience every day, you have an obligation to reflect the real-world experience.  So, by bringing it to a close too fast and by doing it in a way that didn’t honor what at times is the horror of the disease, felt like it would be a cop-out.  We wanted to do our best within the constrictions of the medium to depict that; while at the same time, of course, not wanting to leave people so depressed as to not want to tune back in.  It was a really delicate dance.  We are very grateful to have had the support of the network and Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, GH) ingenious production team as well as a great repertory of actors who were willing and able to give their all to this story.

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) did some of his finest work of his career in this story, and you gave him the ball to do it, and Max Gail (Mike) was amazing.  Two standout episodes included: when Mike passed and was taken to heaven by Courtney (Alicia Leigh Willis) and Mike’s funeral episode.  Did you realize when you were writing it, the impact it would have on the audience?

DANAs for the funeral, I’d say that we knew as we were writing it that not only did we want to give the characters and the audience a chance to say goodbye to Mike, but we also wanted to give the performers a chance to say a goodbye to their relationship with the actor, Max Gail as well.  Max is a fantastic, phenomenal actor, and he formed close relationships with many of our performers.  So, when we wrote the episode, yes, we did want to give the audience a chance to say goodbye to the character, but we also knew that because of the close relationships that these performers have made with each other that the actors were going to bring their all, and it was going to provide the audience with some powerhouse performances.

Did you get emotional seeing it? 

CHRIS:  Oh, personally, I cried.

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I know you both love and appreciate the soap genre and understand that the audience often wants a good cry and is invested in these characters.  So because of that; what’s it like for you when you see these emotional moments play out that start in your mind, go to the page, then to the stage, and now are out in the world for people to see and experience?

CHRIS:  I can’t speak for any of the other writers, but I’m not crying when I’m writing it, but I’m crying when I see it realized and how the actors, and the producers, and the directors realize it.  I personally am always surprised by the nuance and the beats that they find that we, in our first draft kind-of-lifestyle that we have as soap opera writers; where we are writing six or seven episodes per week, we don’t have the time or the luxury to really sit with an episode and mine it for every single beat and every emotion. That’s why we have great directors and great actors who take these scripts and find these extra moments.  So, it is really gratifying to watch – yes, to see something that we’ve imagined be produced and personified, but then to see how the production then takes it in other directions, that’s the best.  I think that’s the most gratifying part of writing for a show, not seeing what you’ve written produced, but seeing how it was parented into life.  When you have a baby, I think you have all sorts of ideas about what the baby will be, and then the baby becomes something else as the result of its environment and of the people who are influencing and guiding it along and that may be a bit of a stretched metaphor, but it kind of feels relative.

As co-head writers of General Hospital, how do you work together to come up with long-term story?  What is your process?

DAN:  Chris and I will meet regularly and discuss the long-term stories that we are telling, and plan to tell, and maybe some adjustments that we have to make along the way.  We get to meet with our writers several days every week as we figure out the best way to tell that story in the form of however many episodes we write a week.  Chris and I also write episodes along with our great breakdown script team, and every week we figure out the best way to either stay on the path of the story we are intending to tell, or find new opportunities or new twists and turns we can take along the way.

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Do you get into friendly, creative disagreements? Is one of you more protective of a certain character than the other? 

DAN:  Chris and I have known each other for close to 15 years at this point, and we are not just colleagues, we are also friends.  There is a certain amount of shorthand that we have with each other which is just invaluable in telling story.  What’s great is that we sometimes come at the story from different angles or we have a different point of view, much like any two fans of the show wouldn’t agree on necessarily everything, but in our discussions about the show’s needs, wants, and haves, and the story trajectory, we ultimately get somewhere better than where either of us could have come up with on our own.  At the same time, there are those moments where we both come to the same idea at the same moment, and that’s definitely when we go, “Okay, we’re onto something good.”

CHRIS:  I can add as a partial translation that I can get really snippy, and Dan has the patience of a saint.  So, often times, I need 24 hours to go away, and sleep on something, and wake up, and say, “Oh Dan, you were totally right about that.  I’m so sorry I was snippy the other day,” and he doesn’t seem to hold it against me.

Do you ever get a writer’s block; as has to happen often with scribes in the unrelenting medium of daytime drama, and if so, I would think having a writing partner would be an asset during those times?

DAN:  I think it’s the nature of the beast.  At a certain point, you might hit a roadblock somewhere, but that’s why having a partner is so valuable that there is somebody else that you can bounce ideas along with, and just as, if not more importantly, our team of writers are always there to sometimes give us even better ideas than what we would have come up with on our own.

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This year you utilized and delved back into a lot of GH history.  How did the idea come about to bring back the character of Jackie Templeton and have former All My Children and NYPD Blue favorite, Kim Delaney, take on the role?

DAN:  Jackie Templeton is a character who has been an Easter egg on the show for many years now.  Whenever we needed to namedrop a famous journalist, she was always our go-to.  It always felt like the character was in the ether of Port Charles for awhile, and we were excited to bring this take-no-prisoners character back and explore her history with Robert (Tristan Rogers), and at the same time, we were finally teed up to tell the story of Finn’s (Michael Easton) falling out with his father and step-mother, and we realized we had a great opportunity to have the character serve both stories and collide with not just Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn, but Robert as well. Those three played wonderfully with each other. When we heard that Kim Delaney was interested in playing with us, we were just over the moon.  .

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You have also been delving back into Laura’s childhood past and her history. I love that you brought up the death of David Hamilton and her teenage years, which hasn’t been discussed for a very long time on the show while tying it into the present.

DAN:  We were always aware of the story just because we love General Hospital and we love the character of Laura, and there is nothing else like daytime drama, and one of the great things about it is that you can reach decades into the past and expand on stories and themes that the audience actually witnessed. Long reaching history is a tool in our toolbox that not many other series have.  Chris and I love honoring and using our characters’ histories to propel the show into the future with some serious momentum.

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You created and brought the character of  Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) on to the canvas. Was it originally a case of, “We need an uber-villain to come and shake things up,” and then you decided to connect him to Laura?  It’s been an intriguing shocker for viewers.  Jeff is playing the multi-levels of Cyrus with great finesse, and whenever you give Genie something, the fans go nuts, and she, in turn, delivers every time.

CHRIS:  The story of Cyrus has a couple of phases to it.  We wanted to bring on a villain who would not only be an adversary to Sonny, but someone who we could use to really test Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) and Curtis (Donnell Turner), and we knew going in that the first phase of this story would really hit the Corinthos family and also the Ashfords, and as we developed it, we thought about what the act two would be, and we knew that we had an opportunity to really engage Genie Francis and to expand her sphere and expand her footprint on the show, and by connecting her to Cyrus, who is not your typical face or presence for a soap, but is also not your typical person who I think Laura would encounter in her daily life.  So, we knew, as we really developed Cyrus as a villain, that for Laura to find out that this man is her brother, would really allow us to play with Laura in a different context and in a different light and really give Genie a new kind of challenge.

Speaking of Genie, what did you think when you watched back her performance in the episode where you wrote that Laura has to say goodbye to her comatose daughter, Lulu (Emme Rylan), before she was sent off the canvas to a long-term care facility?

CHRIS:  I mean to me, that’s vintage Laura.  I came to General Hospital personally in the late 80s to early 90s, so my experience of Laura really only begins with her, and Luke (Tony Geary), and Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) at the Triple L Diner.  I think that what we’ve gotten to see with Genie is really reflective of the high emotion that she is capable of delivering.  At the same time as the high emotion, you’re also seeing really small human moments that she really breathes a lot of life into.  I can speak for Dan and myself when we say that we are just really thrilled with what she has been able to bring to the screen.  Thrilled, but I guess not surprised.

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Nelle (Chloe Lanier) was such a great interloper and threat throughout the year in story; whether it’s hatching plots to gain custody of baby Wiley, or her “death” scene and confrontations with Carly (Laura Wright).  However, through all of this, when was it decided to make Nina (Cynthia Watros), Nelle’s biological mother?

DAN:  There are very few things that are as exciting on a soap as a character that makes you wonder what they are going to do next, and Chloe and Nelle provided that role with just gusto.  The truth is, the idea that Nelle was Nina’s daughter has been a part of the conception of that character, and over the last few years, the story evolved, and we ultimately got to reveal the truth to the audience.

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As writers, there has to be characters that are just so delicious and treacherous to write for that you have to get a kick out of it! Chloe Lanier is so good that she makes the audience want to slap Nelle when she takes the dialog and then brings it to the screen.  

CHRIS:  It is tremendous fun.  Yes, yes, we love writing for these characters who are willing to do and say anything to get what they want.  We are constrained when writing for characters who have morality.  It takes a moral character a lot of really difficult circumstances for them to make a decision that might go against the grain, but when you have a character like Nelle, who is not shackled by certain societal norms, then you really get to live out the worst impulses that a person could have, and it’s really fun, especially when you take a really great performer like Chloe and see her as Nelle unleash all of the poison that she’s capable of.  At the same time, she can turn on a dime and rip your heart out a little bit when she turns on the water works.

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Ava Jerome’s (Maura West) story this year had her moving into a relationship with Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).  We, the audience, didn’t know how that was going to go – if they were just going to use each other, or ultimately fall in love.  Was that the plan all along … that they would develop deep feelings for each other, or did you want to see how it progressed and played out on-screen, and then make that determination?

CHRIS:  I think that once we saw the chemistry between the two actors, we knew we had gold. So, we wanted to take our time, especially the way that it was constructed.  These were two people who had little use for each other emotionally, and in fact, probably wanted to see one another’s downfall, and that’s what makes it so great to write – that these are people who, in a similar vein as Nelle, don’t live by the same rules as most of the rest of us, and therefore, they might do things to each other that the rest of us would not do to anyone let alone whether we like them or not.  That’s what makes Ava and Nikolas so delicious is that from one moment to the next, you don’t know if they’re going to hatch a plot against each other or fall into bed and ravish each other. That’s what I think we hope to continue to play as we go forward because they certainly have very strong, passionate feelings for one another.  When you’re talking about Ava and Nikolas, these are two people who do not have a lot of fans necessarily in Port Charles, and there are a lot of people who don’t necessarily want to see them achieve happily ever after.  Knowing that there was so much initial mistrust and suspicion between the two of them could really provide the foundation for their own undoing or their undoing from someone who does not want to see them happy.

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Back in November, GH made good use of a standalone episode spotlighting the history of the women’s right to vote and the suffrage movement; just as the presidential election was happening.  What made you decide to write this special show, and how do you feel it turned out as it also spotlighted the female cast?

CHRIS:  We had long intended to honor the one hundred years of American women’s suffrage with a special episode to air on the anniversary of the 19th amendment’s passage, but we missed the date due to the pause in production.  We realized we had a second chance as the election neared.  Going forward was a no-brainer. The biggest challenge was in distilling such an epic story into one episode. We think ABC would do well to consider a spinoff: “Port Charles, 1920”

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You have such a powerhouse cast to write for.  It’s loaded.  It’s got to be a challenge for you to construct the story for GH when you’ve got to front burner people and back burner people, and then you’ve got these huge daytime stars all in one show.

DAN:  It’s an embarrassment of riches to have a cast as talented as we do quite frankly.  We are fortunate enough that we know that we have these amazing performers that we can trust with whatever stories that we throw their way.

CHRIS:  I will say that we do have a great cast.  They’re all wonderful, and when you have a show that is only approximately 35 minutes of airtime on any day, it’s a real balancing act to make sure that everybody gets a story that really is worthy of their talents, and we’ve got one for everybody.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of which story takes precedence in which moment, which is why occasionally some characters aren’t featured on a daily basis, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be.  If you were to ask me, “Who are the standouts?”  I would say all of them.  You saw this year: Maurice Benard, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Maura West, Genie Francis, and Laura Wright (Carly) to name but just a few.  They’ve all done such fantastic work, and we can’t wait to give them more material to give them more moments to shine.

DAN:  A priority of ours is every week, we meet up and look (well, it’s virtual now during Covid-19) at the big board of our cast photos and we go through each character and always make sure that they have some story percolating even if it’s not on the air at the moment.

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As we close out 2020, and look forward to 2021, any parting thoughts, and perhaps a tease of what GH fans can look forward to in the New Year?

CHRIS:  In general, I would just say that despite all of the challenges of the year, we are really grateful to our cast and the crew back in Los Angeles for realizing and improving the show that we imagined, and we are so excited for everything that is coming in 2021.  We hope to continue to throw a lot of surprises at the audience, and at the same time give them a lot of moments and stories of heart and love and excitement.

So, what did you think of the year in story on General Hospital in 2020? Share your thoughts on Chris and Dan’s comments and their year-end honors via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stephen Nichols and Lucas Adams Talk Salem Longevity, Tripp’s Predicament and Their Co-Stars

Days of our Lives stars Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson) and his on-screen son, Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton) are in the middle of plenty of drama on the long-running NBC daytime drama, which recently celebrated its 55th anniversary in November and its 14,000 episode milestone in December.

In a new chat with Michael Fairman on the Michael Fairman Channel, Stephen reveals his surprise at still being with the iconic show. while Lucas talks about how his first run on DAYS came to an abrupt end, but now he is deep in-story involving Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and the brother he is yet-to-know he has, Charlie (Mike Manning), who is Allie’s actual rapist.

Both Stephen and Lucas discuss having the opportunity to work with Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun (Ava) again, as well as James Lastovic (Joey) in recently aired scenes. In story, Ava has returned back-from-the-dead and realizes she has major trouble brewing with her two sons, Tripp and Charlie.  How will it all play itself out?

 

Check out what Stephen and Lucas shared below.  Then, be on the lookout beginning this week, as Steve and John (Drake Hogestyn) work together to figure out who is responsible for Allie’s rape and just who is the biological father to her child, when it is not Tripp!

Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by Stephen and Lucas in the interview via the comment section.

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