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Brooklyn Rae Silzer Chats On Her GH Goodbye, Final Scenes With Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough & How She Would Write Emma Back Into Story!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, there could not have been a dry eye in the house if you were a longtime fan of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough), and their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer).  Viewers watched as the Drake family said farewell to Port Charles to start their new life in California.  With that, it not only meant  the final GH episode of Jason Thompson (who is now on The Young and the Restless) but for now of Kimberly McCullough, and talented young star, Brooklyn Rae Silzer.

In touching scenes during her final show, Emma watched as her parents remarried, then says goodbye to her beloved grandma Anna (Finola Hughes), and more.   In real life shortly before Thanksgiving, Brooklyn finished her final scenes that aired today with her longtime scene partner, Jason Thompson.   Together as Patrick and Emma, the actors created a unique and special bond, and relationship.

Tonight, following us watching the episode, we hopped on the phone with this little scene stealer to get her thoughts on the big Scrubs ending, her time at GH, her relationship with Jason Thompson,  how she hopes she will come back to the show for a visit and even a storyline that she thinks would be quite interesting for a return!  Taking her final bow (for now) with On-Air On-Soaps, here’s what Brooklyn had to share.

During Patrick and Robin’s wedding that aired on Thursday, each of them actually made some special vows to Emma during the ceremony.  What did you think of those moments?

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BROOKLYN:  It was really sweet.  I almost cried when they were filming it, but I know Jason really meant it because it was the last day.  It was our last scenes together as a family, and it was my final scenes with Kimberly and Jason.  I kinda didn’t want that scene to come, because I knew I was going to cry.  I’m happy for Jason, and I am just happy that I got to be there that day.

You spoke at Jason Thompson’s farewell and cake cutting ceremony that GH had on set during his final tape day.  What did you say?

BROOKLYN:  I just said how much I loved him, and that I’m happy for him. It was also very sad because it was our last day together, and our last day working together also at General Hospital.  I’m thankful for all of the shows that Jason helped me with, and that Mr. Frank (Valentini) gave me a chance to be on GH for such a longtime, and thankful to the writers that they wrote for me.  Everyone is so sweet there, and I’m going to miss them so much.

Can you believe what a cool experience this has been for you to be a major and beloved character on a television show for as many years as you have?

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BROOKLYN:  It was amazing!   I started out as little girl in pre-school.  It was just one scene I was supposed to do on the show, and it turned into four and a half years.  I am just so grateful that everyone over at GH took good care of me.  Jason Thompson felt like a real dad.  I felt like the Drakes were another family of mine, because I kinda grew up on the show.  It’s been half of my life.  I was really happy to have the experience with everyone there including: Mr. Frank, and all of the camera guys.   They are all so nice. 

Another touching goodbye scene was between Emma and her grandma Anna, played by Finola Hughes.

BROOKLYN:  Yes. Grandma helped me (Emma) get an airline ticket, so I can come visit at General Hospital some time.  Maybe, I can come visit Anna’s house sometime.  Maybe, I will cause trouble for my mom and dad, and they have to send me away … so I have to go to grandma’s! (Laughs)

So, you want Emma to become a real troublemaker?

BROOKLYN:  Yeah!  My mom and dad can’t handle me anymore and so they go, “You know what?  That’s it!  We are going to go on an island, and spend the rest of our lives without you and have a real good time.  So, you just go live with your grandma!”

Well, you know how this works on a soap opera … people always come back!

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BROOKLYN:  Right.  I’m not even dead either! (Laughs)  Some people come back from the dead!  So for me, there is more of a chance I can come back.

Fans of GH always tell me that you feel like a very special part of the family to them.  What has it been like when you meet the fans, or hear about their reactions to you, or Emma?

BROOKLYN:  I would like to say they are all very sweet.   I am so glad I get to meet some of them, and sometimes I meet them at the mall.  Sometimes they hug me, or want to take pictures with me.  They make me feel very special, and they think it’s special.  I am so thankful that they watched me on General Hospital, and that they like Emma, because I really like Emma, too.

You actually will be appearing on another TV show soon!

BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I filmed that in the late fall.  It’s a part on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.  I think the series begins to air in March.  I’m in one episode.

I bet you will be back sooner than later on GH!

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BROOKLYN:  Maybe they will have me back for the Nurses Ball, or something.  But it really won’t be the same without Jason.  As I said, he was like another dad to me, and he always protected me.

Speaking of Jason, when you look back on your time together, what was one of your favorite scenes with him?

BROOKLYN:  One of my favorites was when I talked to Jason when I started playing the guitar.  I thought we could do a song together.  We told Mr. Frank and then Jason wrote the song for the Nurses Ball.  He helped me practice guitar, because I was just starting to learn then.  Jason taught me a few notes and we started singing and practicing together.  I couldn’t believe we got to do the song!   It was such a magical moment for us.  I didn’t know Jason was going to be leaving at that time, so now it’s even more special to me, because I can remember it forever and ever.  I have some pictures of it in my room as well.

Jason is a good songwriter!

BROOKLYN:  Jason is a great songwriter.  He needs to write some more songs so we can start this little band of ours!

So wait.  You’re going to start a band with Jason?

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BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I will talk to him about it.   He will probably say, “Yes”! (Laughs)

How do you feel about Jason going to Y&R?  Will you watch him in his new role on it?

BROOKLYN:  I will watch, but my mom will only let me watch Jason’s scenes. (Laughs)

How was having Kimberly back this time where Robin was not being kidnapped, but was actually acting in scenes with you?

BROOKLYN:  When I saw the script for the Christmas Eve scenes, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to do them.  Now I thought Kimberly and I were going to be together on the phone call scenes, but it was the stage manager talking to me.  So, it wasn’t the same as talking to Kimberly. (Laughs).  But then I was happy that I finally got to work with her.  I missed her so much.

What do you want me to tell all of your fans on social media tonight who are sad because today was the final show of Patrick, Robin, and Emma together?

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BROOKLYN:  Tell everyone thank you for me!  I don’t have social media so I can’t post messages.  I want to thank them for all of their love and support.  I have so enjoyed playing Emma.  It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly and Jason, and everyone there on the show.

Are you going to watch the final episode tonight?  I needed a box of Kleenex through it, so I’m just giving you a heads-up.

BROOKLYN:  I am going to need two boxes of Kleenex, but I have to watch after I finish my homework.  I can be a big crybaby!

What did you think of what Brooklyn shared about working with Jason Thompson? Her favorite scenes? What did you think of today’s episode, and watching Emma during the the Scrubs wedding? Share your thoughts on our chat below!

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Sandy
Sandy

What a wonderful interview, Michael and Brooklyn. It has been such a pleasure watching Brooklyn these past four years on GH. She’s grown into an amazing young actress on the show, and a beautiful young lady. I loved her duet with Jason at the Nurses Ball. That was the highlight of the whole ball, without question.

Today’s show was fantastic, and it was so wonderful to see Robin, Patrick, and Emma have a happily ever after to end this amazing story that started back on December 7, 2005. I loved Robin and Patrick saying vows to Emma, and watching Patrick give Emma that sweet kiss when she came down the aisle was just heart melting because you could tell it was so Jason and Brooklyn, and not just Patrick and Emma. This whole wedding was wonderful.

Congratulations to Brooklyn on her upcoming role in the new Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and the very best of luck to her in everything she does.

Thank you both for the wonderful interview, Michael and Brooklyn!

Denise Pettit
Denise Pettit

Brooklyn you are such an Awesome Little Actress Sweetie youll go far in Life just keep that Sweet Spirit about you Im going to miss you Honey you are one of the BEST!!! on Soaps Love you Denise Pettit PS I have 2 Daughters and a Grandaughter about your age

Amy
Amy

Sweet, precious, awesome, kind. Polite and thoughtful

Steve Sehnert
Steve Sehnert

Brooklyn is quite the amazing actress. She had so many memorable moments that blew me away! I will miss her!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A lovely little lady–love the relationship between her and Jason and Robin and Finola–very genuine. I wish her much happiness and good luck!

Sheryl
Sheryl

it was a great show even though it was so sad to see them all leave . We wish them good luck in whatever they do next. We will definitely watch Jason on Y&R and hoping to see Brooklyn again very soon. Thank you Michael for sharing your great interviews as always we enjoy them very much.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I think I’m going to miss Brooklyn more than Jason. At least I can see him on YR. I’m all for Emma returning to live full time with Anna. Brooklyn is such a talented and beautiful little girl with a bright future.

Tristan
Tristan

What a delightful, intelligent child she is! I had long held out hope that the audience would be able to see Brooklyn grow up on GH as we had seem KMc. Indeed, a part of me wishes she were staying. But getting that happy ending trumps all!

GH has intimated that Brooklyn will be back from time to time to visit “grandma.” I want to hold them to that. This young lady so lights up the screen, that there should always be a place for her at GH.

The loss of the Scorpio-Drakes leaves a huge, really unfillable hole on GH. Gone is the normalcy and reliability and genuine goodness that their characters brought to the show. Without them GH will become even more of a moral black hole, as “family” is now represented exclusively by the mobster clans Corinthos and Jerome. The loss of this family, then, is a major loss to the fabric of General Hospital. Considering the light that the Scorpio-Drakes brought to the otherwise relentlessly dark GH, they are probably not only irreplaceable, but will not be replaced because the show’s runners will continue to traffic in darkness and depravity.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

So well said Tristan.

Brooklyn was amazing–and today they all made me cry.

The wedding show was excellent–so emotional on so many fronts

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ITA, Tristan is supposed to return for another adventure, but it will probably be short-lived. Then what’s left? Mob, mob and more mob. Awaiting Tristan’s return is about the only thing holding me to GH right now.

Tristan
Tristan

Maddie, seriously, I don’t really have that much of a reason to watch, though I love FH and always hold out hope that Genie Francis will get a story. But think about it: the major families are now JUST the Jerome-Davis clan and the Corinthos clan. We lost the core of the one morally-centered family on the show. Anna now has no one, so she isn’t “a family,” and we know Mac and Felicia won’t be seen. As for the Q’s??? Michael gave his allegiance to the Corinthos clan, and we know where the Borg stands. I don’t think people really realize the devastating impact of the loss of the Scorpio-Drake family to GH. This is huge, and without some goodness somewhere, why watch?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Definitely another nail in the coffin, to be sure.

Dawn
Dawn

OMG!!! This little actress’s is brilliant tell her I said so I hope GH does not lose this girl the scenes were so touching I can’t believe they’re gone!! God willing they bring back Kimberly and Brooklyn it will be their (GH) mistake

Nancy
Nancy

Brooklyn was so quiet and always smiling when she first came on as Emma. A huge change from the little girl that briefly played Emma before (as cute as she was, she was distracting). Over the years she has really grown as a person and an actress. I’m glad that she was the daughter of my favorite soap couple and I can’t wait for her visits in the future.

aria
aria

i miss her already, i can’t stand it, i wish their was a way for her to come back without it being tragic, like robin and patrick dying or something like that,its nice to see a couple go off into the the sunset happy. still i’m going to miss little brooklyn rae. maybe she can come back as another member of the family that happen to be a spitting image of emma, like cousins, maybe anna’s twin alex little girl, something like that. The show needs to add some new members to the devane/scorpio clan. I feel t the show could bring in another offspring of robert and anna, another daughter born after they were pressured dead, she would be in her 20’s now and the backstory would be that when Robert and Anna were on the run anna was pregnant, as we all know, GH never really gave an explanation for why when Robert and Anna were presumed dead along with cesar they separated. we know Anna showed up in pine valley all my children with amnesia, so it could be explained that she forgot she had a kid and that since robert wasn’t around he never knew she was pregnant. She could have a “memory” now that she’s in therapy. okay back to Brooklyn Rae, we need to find a way for her to come back, so maybe a lookalike relative wouldn’t be so off. just saying!

Fanny
Fanny

Wonderful parenting has gone into raising this thoughtful, kind and
beautiful little girl up. What a gem…Bring her back soon!!!

Timmm
Timmm

You said it all Fanny, this little sweetheart is a product of her parents! Good job folks.

Michael
Michael

That is one articulate 9 year old!

Ron Klimmek
Ron Klimmek

I really enjoyed Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma Drake . I hope she could come back to General Hospital . It’ll be such a loss to losee her . She really is an excetional little girl . She reminds me of Natalie Wood when Natalie Wood was her age . She really has a special quality. She is a gifted little star .

Cathy
Cathy

Thank you Michael. ..such a sweet little girl who brought many wonderful memories..so happy we got our HEA but will not only miss Jason and Kimberly but a character like Emma! Brooklyn will always have a special place in our heart! Like she said she’ll be back!

tsyent
tsyent

What a sweetheart!! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they do bring her back! She will be missed. The show is changing so much each year. The original n families that started the show are almost gone, so sad. It would be great to see more original’s…

lovesam1122
lovesam1122

She is such a grown up little girl for her age. I am fascinated by the fact she would like to work again on the show contrary to a lot of adults who just want to think about them being this happy family I would love to see her back and living with Grandma Anna. I think there are big things ahead for her, she is just too good of a little actress

Alan
Alan

Great interview.

The show really dropped the ball not having a scene with Spencer and Cameron telling Emma goodbye. And what was with mute Felicia as set decoration? Stellar writing GH.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Exactly what I was thinking. Such a shame that Spencer and Cameron weren’t there to tell Emma goodbye. I guess they are off camera with Jocelyn raising themselves.

Melissa
Melissa

Absolutely right. The boys should have been there to say goodbye to their friend.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She’s a keeper!

Shari
Shari

Such a mature and intelligent girl. I will miss Emma and I hope she does come back to see Anna. The only thing I had hoped for was a goodbye scene with Spencer. We haven’t seen him at all –even after Nik fell and is in the hospital. I was hoping they’d have had Uncle Sonny bring him to the wedding though for a goodbye.

Lois Welch
Lois Welch

I will miss Emma. She is a great actress.she a a bright future. Sad to see them leave. Will miss the scrubs snd the family.

Gerr
Gerr

Great interview! So polite and thankful! She has done an excellent job on the show and will be missed. I hope she gets to use that plane ticket soon.. ❤
Port Charles won’t be the same!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I remember the first time I saw her, Sonny & Jax had a shootout in Robin’s living room! And poor little Brooklyn walked out looking sad and scared. Little did we know that little tot was going to become as beloved as Kimberly became to GH watchers. So glad GH gave us the Scorpio-Drake family and the special love they all shared, so reminiscent of Robert, Anna and Robin. I hope Patrick & Robin will give Emma a baby brother or sister very soon! And I’m very much looking forward to Emma’s visits to Grandma Anna. 🙂

Kelley
Kelley

Such good actor and actresses that family will be miss on ghost that was sad

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Robin and Patrick can no longer take care of her …Brooklyn has been found taken Flintstones vitamins and staying out past her noon curfew…just recently Robin caught Emma taking more than one free sample at the local deli…the Drakes can no longer control their troublesome kid…its off to Anna she goes!…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Anna is on assignment so Emma goes to live with Sabrina and Emma kills herself! THATS HORRIBLE!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lets make Emma the hero…she knocks off Sabrina and she is rewarded a medal for help curing all of us of our misery…lol

Erica
Erica

I would just like to say that I miss Brooklyn on GH already so much. I wish her all the best and hope to see her soon on GH with Kimberly and Jason soon! I’m looking forward to her one episode stint on the new show and I hope that some day in the future that she can get social media so that we can stay up to date with everything that she is doing. I also hope to see her at the GHFCW this year and hope to see her again some day (possibly at the mall)! Lol. Best of luck in everything you do Brooklyn and hope to see you on GH soon! Lots of love and luck. Xoxo

Karen
Karen

I am going to miss you

James
James

What a wonderful interview. Brooklyn did a fantastic job as Emma. This girl has a bright future in the business.

Merry
Merry

I love GH Emma is so beautiful and smart played her really well.i hope she will come back to visit her grandmother. Patrick why are you leaving give my love to Steve. Kimberly will be missed also.she always come back. No one can ever replace Jason.

Joe
Joe

Sounds like a GRRRR EAT idea on Brooklyn s part. She is such a tremendous young actress and should come back ASAP!

Mister Media
Mister Media

Watching Brooklyn as Emma was always a bright spot in my day. Her old soul shines through her beautiful little face and she is able to portray emotions as well as, if not better than, most adult actors. The powers that be have to realize the enormous affection that the audience has for her and find a way to get her back to Port Charles as soon as possible. It bothers me to think that her role was sacrificed due to the other casting circumstances.

Al
Al

Such a beautiful & talented little girl and will be missed on GH

Mister Media
Mister Media

Here’s a story idea for Emma: After a month or so in California it becomes obvious to Patrick and Robin that she is having difficulty adjusting. Now that the family has reunited she is starting to come to emotional terms with all the craziness that they went through. She has had her security stripped from her so many times that she interprets their happiness as merely a set-up for the next big calamity. She isn’t acting out through bad behavior, but she is emotionally troubled. Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Franco has helped Elizabeth get to the bottom of the issues with her troubled son, Jake. She tells Patrick that Franco has worked wonders through his art therapy and actually relates well with children. Patrick and Robin agree that Emma can return home and stay with Anna and be treated by Franco, as long as Anna keeps a close eye on the proceedings. Viewers of OLTL know that Roger Howarth as Todd had an amazing relationship with Kristen Alderson as Starr when she was a child. I would love to see Roger and Brooklyn in scenes together. I think they could create soapy magic.

Deidre
Deidre

I Loved it….I was tearing up as I was watching the final episode of Jason, Kimberly and Brooklyn…..I wish that neither one of them was leaving……..I Loved watching them all of these years…….They all will be missed……They are such AMAZING actresses and actor …..I just hope that they all will visit Port Charles from time to time but of course with the original people playing the parts…….I will be watching Jason on Y&R…….I also watch that soap everyday too so I will still be seeing him do his thing…..But the final GH episode with the 3 of you was a happy one as well as a sad one….And I will miss you all….Hope to see you all in the near future together again…..Thank you♡♡♡

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

What a special little girl! She is so mature! She’s going to grow up to be just as extraordinary as Kimberly McCullough and Kristin Alderson. You can tell she’s been raised properly and has a great head on her shoulders even at such a young age. She’ll be terribly missed on GH, but I think I can speak for most GH fans in wishing her continued success and a long, wonderful career!

Lauren
Lauren

I will miss Brooklyn the most. What a special, beautiful, talented young lady. It will be a major loss to GH in her absence! This was Jason’s choice to leave to go to another soap, too bad it had to impact Brooklyn’s role:(

Liz
Liz

I will miss Emma and Brooklyn very much. I too feel like she’s family. I hope she visits her grandma Anna soon and often. She is a great actress and her work this year has been outstanding. I hope she gets an Emmy. I’m sure she will be successful in whatever she does.

Xoxo, Brooklyn Rae. Peace and love.

Kelly
Kelly

I will miss all the Scorpio-Drakes. The were my only reason for watching GH. Have to say that Thursday’s scenes with Anna, Robert, and Mac were perfect. Anna’s heartfelt goodbye to Robin and Patrick made me cry. I adore all of these actors. They brought the family to life and there is hole in show without them. I hope Brooklyn and Kimberly both return to visit Anna at least once in a while. GH would be remiss to let these wonderful actresses go.

Debb Linke
Debb Linke

I think Brooklyn is amazing. Beautiful and talented. The entire package. Can’t wait to see her again.

Elhu
Elhu

Excellent interview. Talented, sweet, smart, beautiful, young girl. I look forward to her return visits to GH. Maybe at some point they can work her back into a contract role again. Wishing Brooklyn much success in all she does. She is so talented, I would not be surprised if she gets picked up by another soap or evening series quickly.

Ellen
Ellen

This little girl is phenomenal. While I would love to see her back on general hospital, I would be nice to see her work with Jason again on the young and the restless!

Rodd
Rodd

What a sweet little lady! Her parents have to be so proud of her.

I will miss Emma on GH and hope they bring her back soon or at least often for visits with Anna. I really enjoyed the little theatrics Emma had with Spencer and Cameron. They were all good little actors. And, of course, when you watch a young actor grow up on a show they kinda become a part of your family.

I wish well in whatever she does next.

Thanks for the great interview, Michael!

Alyssa
Alyssa

My husband and I adore her. We can live without Patrick (like him very much, sorry he’s leaving) but losing her is crushing. We vote for any plot that brings her back. Or we’d adopt her.

judy
judy

I really think Jason Thompson and Brooklyn rae silzer should be nominated they both did a hell of a job when Sam and Patrick broke up….and Billy Miller should be nominated as his own version of Jason morgan

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Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns tomorrow night on Thursday, August 16th with its season premiere broadcast beginning at 10PMEST/7PMPST.

Join Michael and his in-studio special guest co-host General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) for this 90-minute live podcast series kick-off.  Soap Nation Live! will stream live once a month with all-new episodes.

Special guests include: The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson, who is on tap to chat about the latest drama in the life of his soap alter-ego, Billy Abbott, General Hospital’s Michael Easton, who will be previewing the 20th anniversary edition of his book, 18 Straight Whiskeys, and dishing on Finn’s love life and predicaments on the ABC daytime drama series, and Days of our Lives Stacy Haiduk, who is about to make her Salem debut shrouded under much mystery.  Plus, you never know what surprises may be in store during the broadcast!

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Nurse Bobbie Spencer and legacy star of General Hospital, Jackie Zeman, will be getting the chance to bring to viewers another one of her passions besides acting, that of interior design and creating beautiful surroundings for her loved ones.

Zeman is set to co-host TLC’s new series, Make This Place Your Home.  Celebrity Chef and lifestyle guru, Jaime Laurita, who has traveled the world cooking and creating homes on the road for rock stars such as Sting and Steven Tyler, will be Jackie’s hosting counterpart.

The series will debut on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am ET/PT.   The half hour show will introduce innovative products for every area of the home, indoors and outdoors.  From the latest in Smart Home technology to handcrafted designs, fitness equipment, new green and sustainable products and more.

Make This Place Your Home will offer audiences an inside look at how new home products are made, how they can be used in any size or style of home, and often how they improve the lives of real people in need of design help.

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Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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