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Clink Boom! The Lilly Melgar Interview: Could Lily Rivera Be Alive On GH? And The Bay's Janice Hops In Bed With Young Peter!

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Our headline says it all, “Clink Boom!”  This past week on General Hospital, the series brought up Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) connection to the Rivera family, after it was revealed that Julian Jerome’s (William deVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is from Puerto Rico.  That left Sonny questioning that he could indeed be related to his late wife Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), who blew up into smithereens years ago.  That event set the course for all the next wives and women in Sonny’s life.  Something cataclysmic always seemed to happen, or was about to happen, when Sonny was set to marry the woman he loves!

On-Air On-Soaps attended the screening of the new season of The Bay this past week and got a first glimpse of the four installments!  So far, fans this past week were able to see the first two episodes released online.  Lilly Melgar is back on The Bay as troubled Janice Ramos, the bitter enemy of Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans)!  And in the first few installments, Janice has slept with the much younger Peter Garrett (Kristos Andrews), which left many in the attendance at the screening with their jaws dropped!

We caught up with Lilly Melgar afterwards at the viewing party to discuss all the “hot bed” issues surrounding her in the soap world right now!  Chief among them, is she coming back to General Hospital as Lily Rivera?  Has she seen what has gone down recently on the ABC soap opera?  And, how did she feel about her character on The Bay sleeping with a young hottie?  Lilly reveals her thoughts in this candid interview below!

General Hospital has been on fire lately, and they brought in the character of Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) who, as has been discussed, obviously could be related to Sonny’s deceased ex-wife Lily!

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LILLY:  So I hear!  For the past four months there is a huge rumor all over Twitter that I am coming back!  I mean, it just goes, and goes, and goes, and God love the fans.  They are writing the storyline!  I mean to the point where I am asking myself, “Am I coming back?” (Laughs)  I have not received a phone call from GH, but man, are these fans convinced that I am coming back.  Now, with this new character of Carlos Rivera, it just took it to the next level.

So last week on GH, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds out the last name of the henchmen of Julian Jerome’s is “Carlos Rivera”. Sonny says, “Carlos Rivera from Puerto Rico.  I knew a Rivera family…”  However, Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) checks out if Carlos is from the same Rivera clan for Sonny!  And on Friday’s episode, Shawn tells Sonny, Carlos is not related to his ex-wife’s Rivera family.  Hmmm.

LILLY:  Yes, I know.  I had one of the GH actors who I worked with back then, who I won’t say who, because I don’t want to get them in any trouble, say to me, “Lilly, get ready!  I am thinking maybe it might happen.  They brought this up on today’s show!”

They are so good at GH under executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, of bringing back characters from the past, or who previously were believed to be dead! (Laughs)  Now it could be that Carlos will still turn out to be related to Lily, and maybe she is alive!  Can you imagine?

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LILLY:  Oh, my God!   Would that not be the biggest shocker?  You know they brought me back once before, and she was a prostitute who got plastic surgery to look like Lily.  It could have been an interesting storyline, but unfortunately it didn’t go anywhere!  To really bring back Lily, whoa!  What would that mean for the character of Sonny?  Her death has molded the character of Sonny Corinthos through what he has experienced to this day!  For that not to be true … the impact of that on the character of Sonny would be tumultuous!

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And you could come back and have a relative in Carlos Rivera played by Jeffrey Vincent Parise!  Have you seen him in the role?

LILLY:  I have not seen him on the air shows, but I hear he is a great actor, and I am all about working with great actors!

Lilly, I just watched you as The Bay’s Janice, have sex on-screen with the much younger Peter Garrett played by Kristos Andrews!  What happened when they said to you that Janice is going to hop into bed with this young dude?

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LILLY:  I experienced a lot of resistance, I am not going to lie, and I will tell you why!  Only because we have really established Janice’s love for her daughter Lianna (Jade Harlow), and that has been such an important aspect of Janice’s character, that it was challenging for me being a mom myself in real life!  But you know what, it happens!  It is loosely based on a true story, which at some point Gregori Martin (creator, The Bay) will talk about.  So once we had that conversation, then I was more comfortable with it.  As an actor, we are always seeking challenges to that degree.  It gives me more layers to work through because I have my love for my daughter, my loyalty to my daughter, and now this happens!

When she ends up in bed with Peter, does Janice just think he’s hot, so why not do the deed?  Or, is there something else going on behind it, such as her incredible disdain for Peter’s mother, Sara Garrett played by Mary Beth Evans?

LILLY:  You have to understand, Janice for as long as she can remember has been in love with Lee (Paul Satterfield).  Now Lee is dead.   She is having an identity crisis of: who am I without that?  That is all she has known is that love for this man, who was the father of her daughter, and then her daughter found out the truth that it was in fact her real father. Janice had to deal with so much!  Can you blame her for wanting to escape? She is turning the bottle as we saw last season.  We know she had one drunken night and possibly made the biggest mistake of her life … or … a new door has been opened!

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Or… a new door has been opened and she is going to fall in love with babe in the woods, Peter?  Tell me no! (Laughs)

LILLY:  (Laughs) You don’t know, and this does happen.  Janice is so lost not knowing who she is, what to believe in, and now she is getting all this attention from this young hot guy.  She is insecure, and she is in a very vulnerable and fragile place.  You put alcohol in the mix … and anything can happen.

So, when they said, “OK, now we are going to film the sex scene,” were you able to get out of your head enough to just go for it?

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LILLY:  Some things you just don’t ask, Michael! (Laughs)  I am just saying! (Laughs)  It was very challenging.

Your Internet radio series co-hosted with Martha Madison (The Bay, Days of our Lives), Soap Box, has really taken off!  Why has it worked so well with you and Martha as co-hosts?

LILLY:  First of all, we want to have you on the show in January when Martha is back from having her beautiful baby girl and being a new mom!  We are total sisters now.  We met on The Bay, but then Jim Romanovich (Executive, ATI)  hired us to do these hosted segment on Planet 360, and that is where our chemistry really revealed itself in that way.  Then they offered me this show on TRadioV and I didn’t want to do it alone. I thought, who better than another Leo, but who is the exact opposite of me!  However, we are both just as outspoken!  We are both just a feisty, and we have become bff’s ever since!  And Michelle Stafford will hate me for saying we’re bff’s! (Laughs)  She hates that term!

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Speaking of Stafford, what do you think of her web series, The Stafford Project?

LILLY:  I love The Stafford Project!  I promote it all the time.  I loved the last episode because Michelle was the voice of so many women.  That was brilliant.

One of your side projects is that you create and direct video content for some of the biggest music acts in the world for their tours!  How did that come about … and what exactly do you do?

LILLY:  I direct video content for major concert tours … like this year I worked on the Jennifer Lopez and M. J. Cirque shows.  My biggest one was the Britney Spears “Femme Fatale Tour” which was actual mini-short films that were seen throughout the concert that I shot with none other than Rudolph Martin (Ex-Anton) from All My Children!  He was the villain that I cast in these and he was amazing!  So it’s these short films that play throughout the concert.  You follow an actual storyline.  Then, my directorial debut was in the Spice Girls Reunion Tour, but with and around that, I direct video that is shown throughout concerts, not always do I get to shoot and hire my actors.  Those are precious little moments like I had with the Spice Girls and Britney Spears.

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Now the big question! (Laughs)  Have you checked out this past week’s episode of General Hospital where Patrick (Jason Thompson) saw Robin (Kimberly McCullough) for the first time in two years?  Big stuff!

LILLY:  Not yet.  I haven’t had the time, but I will admit I am going to go watch General Hospital online, because I heard that Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson were just amazing!   I can’t wait to watch and I’m going to admit this … I am a fan of yours Jason Thompson and Kimberly!  I am a fan!

So GH fans, do you think Lily Rivera could be alive and well and be part of the plot moving forward to bring down Sonny by the Jerome clan?   Would you like to see that story play out?   After all, Robin survived her explosion!  What do you think about Lilly Melgar’s comments on the importance of the day that Lily blew up to the history of the character of Sonny Corinthos?  And if you saw The Bay, were you turned on … or … turned off … by the decision to have Janice jump  into bed with young Peter?  Weigh-in below!

 

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Adam
Adam

I hope she comes back that would bring in so much drama and quite frankly make Sonny a little more interesting outside of the mob.

John
John

As much as I am loving GH…they really need to stop with the back from the dead characters. What’s next…a recast of Edward and Lila Quartermaine…they faked their deaths with their son Alan…and Scotty’s wife Dominique never died…she’s been on the run with B.J…who staged the bus accident? Sorry…went on a rant there! It seems that’s GH’s go to with storylines…and it loses it’s appeal quick!

su0000
su0000

There were no bodies..
When no bodies the door is open for a return, all soap fans know that!!
Now with Robin, there was a body but not hers lol 🙂 ..

Iakovos
Iakovos

I echo John’s comments. People die in real life. So do characters in our stories. Sadly, that is part of our world. The old plot chestnut of returning from the dead is beginning to lose its impact with me on GH. I hope Cartini have used it to restore GH to a point where the ship can set sail with provocative emotional human stories with those now on board.

Baby switches and surprise parentages, too, could be retired with resurrections. There are more stories to tell.

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

I did not watch when Lily was on but maybe if Shawn or Sonny try to kill Carlos he could blurt out he knows a secret that Sonny should know: Lily is alive! but Carlos wont say more unless Sonny agrees not to kill him!

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

I agree…do we really need more coming back from the dead…instead lets have Anna investigate someone who is already dead…the burned body found in the lab that they all thought was Robin!!!

David Evan Smith
David Evan Smith

I love Lilly Melgar, but I don’t want Lily Rivera to be alive. Some characters need to stay DEAD and yes, her death was a very important, shaping event for Sonny’s life, so I don’t want to see that undone. I wouldn’t mind them resurrecting the Marcella Montoya character, the prostitute who had plastic surgery to look like Lily, as a part of a gaslighting story for Sonny, though. That was her original purpose when Alcazar bankrolled her surgery.

It was odd that they would give Carlos the Rivera name, and then establish in the last episode that he is NOT related to the Rivera family. It seems a perfect opportunity, given his mob ties and connection to Sabrina, who is Juan’s cousin by Juan’s adoption into the Santiago family. Juan being Lily’s son via Miguel Morez. If Carlos was “A” Rivera, it still wouldn’t link him to Sabrina biologically, and would make sense if Juan/Lily was a reason Carlos and Sabrina originally came into each others’ circle in Puerto Rico. Why pass up this opportunity by not linking him to the Rivera family. It would give Carlos a VERY personal stake in the war on Sonny. Sonny inherited the mob family Carlos should be running, and he’s based in Port Charles, which the Jeromes consider to be their territory.

Maybe Carlos will scramble once Sonny targets him and will pretend he really is one of “the” Rivera family to try to get his life spared.

TGee
TGee

The Janice / Peter hook-up on The Bay was definitely a jaw dropper. Didn’t see that coming at all. Can’t wait to see where that leads. Lucky Peter!

L
L

Yes bring her back and have brenda come back on the canvas so she can seethe with jealousy..

Babs
Babs

The thought that Cartini is going to reverse CLINK BOOM for the character of Sabrina makes me want to vomit.

MC
MC

Couldn’t agree more. To my mind it would be akin to when AMC un-aborted Erica’s child and gave her a son.

Lin
Lin

What do you mean, reverse the CLINK BOOM for the character Sabrina?

Shay
Shay

Don’t even get me started….talk about beating a dead horse, er, “Sparkle Pony!” (Kudos to whomever first dubbed her as such….) Just give it up, “Cartini”…..the “Sabrina Experiment” has failed miserably and no amount of reworking past history to accommodate her character will make her more popular or palatable!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I couldn’t agree more. I can’t stand the Sabrina character and she makes me dislike just about any character in her sphere. WAAAAY too much airtime for her and the storyline. The only redeeming thing about it to me was Robin reuniting with her family and all the great acting/characters in that part of the story. I wish Carlos would whisk her away to Puerto Rico and take her BFF Felix with them.

sarah
sarah

I agree 100% and take felix with her robin needs to be reunited with Patrick period.

Shawna
Shawna

All I am gonna say is I don’t want Lily to ever be found alive and it has nothing to do with Lily Melgar and everything to do with the fact that the character’s death is an infamous part of GH history and the character of Sonny. I don’t want to see this all undone now or ever.

su0000
su0000

Prove she is dead; no body 🙂

Lin
Lin

robin not being dead (though I’m glad) is somewhat ridiculous. To have an identical storyline, with Lily having survived an explosion, or her death being faked, would be too much!

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

at first i was ok with the idea but after reading your comments it woke me up and i realize you are right…the story would be too identical and too soon…they should just bring back Brenda instead!

sarah
sarah

I agree Brenda needs to come back to be with sonny their love story was one of the best on GH

Gh lover
Gh lover

Lily i believe is Carlo’s mom and yup Sonny’s kid. Its just to perfect…Two sons against him…Lily was preggers with a boy when she “died” and the jeromes might have helped the Riveras..Hense Carlos’s loyauty to them…he may not know about Sonny but its all very possible….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

To me Carlos looks almost as old as Sonny. Then again, he and Patrick appear ancient next to that insipid, childish Sabrina. But I still think Carlos is too old to be Sonny’s child. But I agree that the Rivera name seems somewhat coincidental/convenient not to be somehow related to Lilly.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Then again FrankenTodd being Scotty and Heather’s son seems a bit odd to me too (age-wise). I watched GH back then and I think FrankenTodd is too old to fit the storyline. Talk about rewriting GH history!

LnB82
LnB82

If Carlos were Sonny’s son he would have to be younger than Dante. Sonny was with Olivia right out of highschool. Lily was well after that. Couldn’t he just be a lost brother or cousin of Lily’s Instead?

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Yay, Janice Cougar! lol As for GH, I am for anything she is in! She grew on me, then we became friends and I finally got to meet her. Beautiful inside and out! Besides, Olivia can’t compete with the love they had. Lol

ricardo
ricardo

i predicted this a few weeks ago, i said that lily is indeed alive. sabrina’s father is sonny corinthos, mark my words. i think, i may be right. i hope she comes back at general hospital. lily is alive, sonny will be shocked lol.

boes
boes

She’ll be back. This is a Ron C. staple. And sometimes it works IMO – but it only works well in small doses – and rarely. But as good as Ron C. is in many ways, he also overdoses the audience on his pet projects, pet storylines and pet characters. Current case in point – Sabrina. God help you if you don’t like the character, or thinks she’s on too much cuz Ron C. will force her on viewers one way or another. And it’s not fair, especially to the actors themselves.
Ron C. has said he was a big fan of GH back in the early 80’s and he seems determined to resurrect that period of GH come hell or high water. If that’s the way he’s going, then I wish his favorite period of GH was one that Sonny HADN’T been in, but that’s me.

I wish he would concentrate on the current cast he has – (and he could cut some of those – Lucy Coe, Felix, Brad, Ava, Kiki, etc and I’d be happy) – and not throw in yet one more major storyline with new/returning characters. Right now characters and storylines disappear for weeks on end, and if this resurrection happens then we can expect to lose sight of Patrick/Robin/Anna/Emma for quite some time, the same way AJ has disappeared currently.

And worst of all by far, this will give Sonny another front and center storyline, with Sabrina in it as well. Don’t we deserve better than that??

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

maybe Sabrina and Sonny will have a front and center storyline together…Sonny is Sabrinas Papa like poster Ricardo predicted! I agree that some characters should be dropped…however, i kinda like Ava, her character reminds me of something out of a 1940s film noir movie…im absolutely bored with some of those others you’ve mentioned!!! The show is also better since they havent shown T.J., Rafe, Molly and Taylor…downsizing is needed here!!! other than that the show and Days(the last two weeks was the better soap) are must see tv!!!

su0000
su0000

Lilly Melgar/Lily Rivera will be back if FV can get her..
FV is awesome at bringing vets back to create new stories and thrill the fans..

FV and RC connect the dots of GH history and keep the past alive, so I can see Lilly Melgar back on GH..

boes
boes

You are so right!

Ron C. and Frank V. are even better at bringing back vets and then forgetting to use them for weeks on end.
And nobody can even come close to their ability to bring back characters like Lucy Coe who were bad enough the first time around and make them even more annoying.
As for connecting the dots of GH history, nobody can say they don’t make those GH history dots look like a teenager with a terrible attack of the zits.

I do have to say, though, that rather than have Lily back on GH it would be even more astounding if she was discovered UNDER it.

Dan
Dan

I hope she doesn’t come back. The “Clink Boom” scene is one of the most classic moments in soap opera history. Leave it alone. Some things are best left as they are. I don’t mind a certain amount of rewriting history, cause that happens on every soap, and you learn to accept it. But to bring Lily back from the dead, that would be a step too far.

Dan
Dan

I realize a lot of people have come back from the dead and it’s really pushing my suspension of disbelief to the limits, but someone has to correct the mistakes that Bob Guza and JFP did with this show! I miss the actors so I’m happy to see them.

Andrew
Andrew

A Lily return is inevitable, but I wish they wouldn’t…. her death feels like one of those you don’t screw around with. I usually don’t mind the ‘back from the dead’ trope – glad to have Duke, Robin, AJ back on the show – and am liking the new Julian – but it kind of feels like it’s gotten to be too much (even for this show). I guess I’d rather have Alan, Emily, Georgie back over Lily but partly because I love the Qs and have never really warmed up to the mob – wish that the show treated Sonny as a villain rather than as a hero.

kaffe
kaffe

Sonny ex-wife is alive

WTH are they doing to the show???????

babs
babs

CLINK BOOM is one of those moments that should just be left alone. I can’t believe Cartini are contemplating reversing this so Sabrina can be Sonny’s daughter. He has enough children. It is a total slap in the face to the character of Christina who has roots on this show and there is plenty of story to tell….she even has Cassidine roots. It just once again proves that they only care about their creations…Sabrina, not GH history.

sarah
sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY

janet
janet

I have nothing against Lily. The actress was fine. But this would mean to much Sonny for me. FF would be my middle name if I even bothered to DVR it. They already had a sonny’s unknown son story, Now the dirty cop who is Sonny’s perjury committing son. I don’t like at all. Unless Carlos kills sonny then finds out he was his sperm donor. ReRon may read this and do it. he is great for wash, rinse and re-peat. I just wouldn’t watch it.

su0000
su0000

IF Lily returned the stories that would come from it would be earthshaking..
Years of good exciting stories..
Never a dull moment!! Great entertainment!
I would love to have her back!!

No body reorganized, leaves an open door..

boes
boes

I think it would be awesome if several bodies were reorganized.

Sonny’s body could be reorganized by separating his head from his body.
Olivia’s body could be reorganized by removing her voice box.
Kiki’s body could be reorganized by replacing her completely with a giant potato.
Since Maxie is already a giant potato, it would be earthskaking to replace her with another root vegetable, perhaps a rutabaga?

Then they could use that open door to push Sabrina, Felix and Brad right through it, hopefully right down a 4 story flight of stairs.

And as for earthshaking and years of good exciting stories, perhaps TIIC could actually have story continuity and even MORE earthshaking, do more than try to recreate the 80’s.

I DO like the body reorganizing you suggest, though, a lot.

HahaB
HahaB

Did anyone else notice that Lily’s wedding dress is just like Sabrina’s?

aria
aria

This would just be overkill like the Anna and Duke mask became overkill. Didn’t ABC tell Ron enough on that.? Plus with the rumor of Stefan coming back from the dead, i would say this show has played out their back from the dead card. I know its a soap blah blah blah blah blah but this gimick would make GH a joke. Its not fair for Ron Carlivati to change or rewrite previous writers work, even Rob Guza’s. It would also alter the history of why sonny is the way he is, and change everything about every story that came after that. It would be like bringing back Stone for Robin, it would change everything about Robin. Plus we all know further down the line that Jason is coming back, once Y&R fires Jill and send steve packing, and then theres Stefan, and ect ect ect.

Tea
Tea

Loved Sonny & Lily. But I’m into Sonny & Olivia. I admit I would love more Sonny on the screen. My favorite character of all time.

sarah
sarah

I AGREE TEA SONNY IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER AS WELL, LOVE HIM AND THOSE DIMPLES!!

Lisa
Lisa

my theory. Lily’s father staged the whole thing because he knew he could maybe hurt his daughter and had someone make sure she was not in the car. Then, had one of his goons sacrifice his life in the car. Lily, the baby she was carrying is alive and well! Lily has been kept away from everyone this whole time. Lily and Sonny reunite the way it should be 😀

g
g

I wonder if Simone, Keisha or Taylor is still alive?

dmr
dmr

I read that Lily is now in charge of her father’s empire in Puerto Rico and that Sabrina is Lily and Sonny’s daughter. Interesting twist, considering how loved Lily was by most of Port Charles, not by Brenda, obviously! Oh, how I loved the 90’s and Sonny and Brenda!

sarah
sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU THE 90S WERE THE BEST WITH SONNY AND BRENDA!!

Amanda
Amanda

Lilly has been one of my faves on THE BAY as Janice, And what a way to start the new season, with a steamy love scene with Kristos (peter). Curious
To how that’s gonna continue to play out. I never really watched GH. But to see more of her, I’m
Sure i would love it!!!

Nicole
Nicole

Please no Lily. I hated that character not the actress.

Kathy
Kathy

I think to see Lilly come back as Sabrina’s Mom is a great idea! This would be a great scenario! I hoping you bring her back, it would be so amazing!! Please Please Please!

Nycos Stroud
Nycos Stroud

Lily should come back with Sabrina Satiago as her daughter by sonny Corithos .

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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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