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The Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Berman Interview – General Hospital

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The old musical classic, You and Me Against the World, seems like the new theme song for General Hospital’s, Dante and Lulu.  You see, the young couple, played by Dominic Zamprogna and Daytime Emmy winner, Julie Berman, did the unthinkable to their corrupt family members, who had been covering a murder, and lying to the court system for months.  Dante turned in young Michael Corinthos for the murder of the evil Claudia Zacchara.  Thus Dante’s dad, Sonny, gets off the hook from a murder charge and the law, once again!  Poor Michael goes to the lock-up and people want payback.  Add to that, Carly’s utter distaste for what she views as a family betrayal by Lulu.  Things aren’t looking too good right now, and by summer there is plenty more to come!

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the lovebirds.  On Wednesday’s air show, Dante and Lulu finally, after many postponements, made love for the very first time in one of the most highly anticipated love making romps in soap history!  So much so, that the ABC Daytime promo and publicity machine circled it, highlighted it, and lit sparklers for it.  In fact, a new cupcake was created named Lante, as the acronym for the duo and many fans got their first taste of one, in honor of the big day.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Berman to talk love scenes, courtroom scenes, family betrayal, summer in PC, and to find what makes these two the hottest duo on General Hospital.

MICHAEL:

The blessed event happened on Wednesday’s air show, when Dante and Lulu finally made love.  How was that?

DOMINIC:

Does everyone have a camera rolling for their first time? (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

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A lot of times on soaps, when couples hit the sheets for the first time, it isn’t always “called out” to the audience as such an event.   Why do you think GH did it for Dante and Lulu’s?  Was it because there was so much ‘interuptus’ along the way?

JULIE:

I think this is a little bit longer than the average couple, and it gave the fans time to respond to this couple.  We are really well received, so they decided to make this a big event, and it is a big event for the fans.

MICHAEL:

Julie, what happens when your real life husband, and Dominic, your real life wife, decide to watch the episode of the two of you making love?

DOMINIC:

I mean, I wouldn’t want to watch it if it were me, but sometimes curiosity gets the better of you.  Look, I hope my wife doesn’t want to watch it.  She is a grown up, and she knows it’s part of the job.

JULIE:

Yeah, I ditto that answer.  I don’t think my husband, Mike, has any interest in seeing it. But who knows?  He could ‘You Tube’ it in the next day or so, for all I know.  But in general, he does not watch General Hospital. He likes the people, the actors, more than the characters.

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MICHAEL:

So do you at least tell your spouses, “I am going to have a love scene with Julie, or I am going to have a love scene with Dominic tomorrow?

JULIE:

Oh yeah, he knows.  I am eating a lot healthier and cutting back on alcohol!  So, it’s kind of obvious what is going on.  Something is up!

DOMINIC:

And he starts working out more… (Laughs)

JULIE:

You know, if this was a new relationship for me, and if this was a new job for me, then I think this would be a different conversation.  Mike and I have been together for a long time.  He knew what he was getting into when he got involved with an actress, and especially when I started working on General Hospital.  So, this isn’t really anything different, except for the fact the soap itself is talking about it more than some of the other love scenes that I have done.

MICHAEL:

I thought what was interesting, was at times, their make-out attempts were clunky, and something got in their way.  Julie, when it was time to finally tape the sex scene, were you at all nervous?   I know you have done other sex scenes, as you have stated.

JULIE:

I wasn’t nervous.  The only thing I felt a little anxious about was: the directors have a point of view, the editing has a point of view, and there are so many different points of view at work.  You hope it lives up to this hype.

MICHAEL:

You don’t want to disappoint the fans!

JULIE:

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Exactly!  Everything that was in my control, I was totally happy with in the love scene itself.  It’s just more anxiety about the final product.

MICHAEL:

So the Lante Cupcake was created in honor of the physical union of Dante and Lulu, and Wednesday 200 lucky fans walked into Santa Monica California’s, Vanilla Bake Shop at 9AM, and got the mouth-watering, fattening delight. (Laughs)

JULIE:

Yes, there were 200 cupcakes for the first people.  We went to the bakery and made some…

MICHAEL:

And you did decide to go with the acronym “Lante” for the duo and for the cupcake?

DOMINIC:

Well, it’s either that or it’s called DoLu, which sounds like Dodo, and Julie did not like it. (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

As the story is playing out now, Dominic and Lulu have become the town pariahs in Port Charles, thanks to Dante turning Michael in for killing Claudia Zacchara.

DOMINIC:

Oh yes, for sure, and it’s already starting to happen.

MICHAEL:

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So Dominic, how do you see Dante’s rationale when he went to court and had evidence that Michael killed Claudia, which then in turn got his father Sonny off on murder charges?  Did he want to protect his father?   Did he want to do the right thing in the name of justice?

DOMINIC:

He thinks that Sonny might still get off without anyone coming forward.  The jury might have come back and acquitted him.  If Sonny is acquitted, then no one is held accountable for this crime, and if he gets thrown in jail, which is the other option, Michael would come forward, anyway.  So Dante was trying to save Michael from having to do that.  He is not trying to dictate Michael’s life.  But, this is the best way, in Dante’s eyes, for Michael to get away from the family business and try to blaze his own trail, and not follow down the same path his family has.

MICHAEL:

Does Dante want to bring Sonny down, or not, knowing that he is his father?

DOMINIC:

He wants to bring Sonny down, but for a crime he committed.   I mean, it’s difficult.  Everyone is going to say, “Yeah, sure. Why did you do that?  Because he shot ya!”  Dante had his own reasons for that.  He honestly blamed himself for creating that situation, which had that outcome anyway.  And at that time, Dante was sure five or six months ago while working on this case, that it would just cloud the issue.  It created a mess instead of keeping the eye on the prize, which is Sonny, and with Sonny going down for what he thought Sonny did.

MICHAEL:

Chad Duell, as the new Michael Corinthos, performed the courtroom scenes that just aired.  With Drew Garrett (Ex-Michael) leaving and Chad having to step in and deliver the emotional performance and admission in court, he must have had a tremendous amount of pressure on him.  Plus, having to look out and see his cast mates all in a room watching him act.  How do you feel he did, since the two of you were in the courtroom scenes with him?

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JULIE:

I think it’s exactly what you said.  There is a lot of pressure on him.  He worked very hard, and he is learning a lot in a short period of time.  I think he was great.  And for us, we did not hear the rehearsal.  We just went straight to tape on it.  So, as actors we were hearing it for the first time as he was saying it.  All of our reactions were genuine.  It was pretty amazing to do it all in one take without having to rehearse.

DOMINIC:

Everyone was pulling for him, too.   He had five pages that day, and it was unbelievable.

MICHAEL:

Now we are seeing an emergence of a side we have not seen between Carly and Lulu.  Carly is going to make Dante and Lulu pay, and she feels completely betrayed by her own family, namely Lulu.  Julie, how do you like playing this new wrinkle in the relationships for the gals?  You must love it!

JULIE:

I absolutely love it, and I love Laura Wright (Carly) to death.  I love playing anything that is different from the norm.  There is a different dynamic now, and different sides of these characters are going to be brought out and exposed.  It gives her and me some great meat to bite into.

MICHAEL:

There is a twist coming in a few weeks when Brook Lynn is called to Port Charles by Carly.  And that sets the stage for the return of Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn) to GH.  How is working with Adrianne?

DOMINIC:

We have only had a couple of scenes so far.  Dante and Brook Lynn knew each other from back in the day, and he just thinks she is back in town because of prior connections and the people she knows.

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MICHAEL:

So, he has no clue that she could be in town to break up Dante and Lulu?

DOMINIC:

On the contrary, he is happy to have someone from his hometown there, because he only has two people in the whole city that likes him right now, and one more can’t hurt.  (Laughs)  To my knowledge, they never had a relationship in the past.  Brook Lynn has always been like the little sister kind of relationship for Dante.  He can’t fathom that there would be any ill will from Brook Lynn. However, I can tell you over the summer you will see lots of stuff.

MICHAEL:

But Lulu is a smart and savvy Spencer; she will have to have a clue of what Brook Lynn is doing back in PC?

JULIE:

No, nope, nope!  Not at all!  She knew Brook Lynn before she left.  She thinks it’s great that Brook Lynn is back, because it makes her man happy, and all she wants is to keep her man happy! (Laughs)  There is no tie that it would trace back from Carly.

DOMINIC:

But something has to be up, though, because Carly went from super pissed off to being nice to us almost overnight.  If that happened in real life you would have to take it, but also think, ‘Wait a minute! What is that person up to?’

MICHAEL:

Julie, do you feel this coupling with Dominic is thee guy for Lulu, once and for all?  I mean, she has gone through the young men in Port Charles pretty rapidly! (Laughs)

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JULIE:

It’s not something where I can say one is more important than the other.

DOMINIC:

She is just trying to cover her ass, in case she gets put with one of them again. (Laughs)

JULIE:

I am not trying to cover my ass.  I just know there are fans out there for a lot of different couplings on soaps.  I think this one is very well received, hence all the publicity we have been doing just getting to bed together!  We will see!  Talk to me in a year and we shall see.  I think if we are still together, it’s a pretty good sign.

MICHAEL:

So coming up for summer, what can Lante fans look forward to?

DOMINIC:

Like Julie said, more sex… (Laughs)

JULIE:

I think with Brook Lynn, we will see where that goes, and what happens to that.

MICHAEL:

Julie, as pretty much a veteran of the show now, wouldn’t you say GH is in a good place right now, where all the stories seem to be extremely interesting and there is not a weak link among them?  At times in the past, GH has not had things firing on all cylinders.

JULIE:

Absolutely!  But I honestly live in a bubble.  I don’t know when ratings are up or down, and I don’t really follow that stuff.  I think we have strong stories on the canvas.  I think right now GH is a great show.

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MICHAEL:

Dominic, what kind of scenes are the most difficult for you to play since being on the soap?  My bet for you is certain points in the courtroom story.  Am I right?

DOMINIC:

You are right.  I found all those courtroom scenes really tough when you have all those people in there, and time is always of the essence.  You need to come prepared, and you need to know your script like the back of your hand.  I always find scenes when you are with a group of people much more difficult, for some reason.

MICHAEL:

What I thought would be difficult for any young soap actor, is that you have to look out and there is a sea of GH veterans in the cast sitting there during your performances.  I myself would find it daunting.

DOMINIC:

Well, sort of, but it’s in the characters they play, all spewing this hatred toward you that gets you. You just have to stay in the moment.  But it worked out, and I watched the material that aired the other day.  I was pretty pleased with my stuff, and if I can look at not finding a way I could have done it better, then I am pretty happy.

MICHAEL:

Dominic, after being on the show for quite some time, how has it been working as Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Lisa LoCicero’s (Olivia) on-screen son?

DOMINIC:

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They are awesome people!  From day one, I have been blown away with everyone on the show welcoming me, and bringing me into the show.  Obviously, the people you work with the most you get to know better.  We have a lot in common.  We have grown to really love each other, and outside of work, too.  I am lucky to be here and to be with them.

MICHAEL:

Julie, would you love it if this summer Genie Francis (Laura) would return as your mother for another run?  Bob Guza (head writer, GH) is talking about it, again!

JULIE:

I would always welcome her back, and whenever she comes back that means good stuff for me.  And when are they are not saying she may come back?  Yes, of course, I wish she would be here.  It would be wonderful.

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THANK YOU — THANK YOU for doing this interview!!! LOVE THEM SO MUCH……LANTE IS THE BEST COUPLE ON DAYTIME!!!! Julie and Dominic are both amazing actors and their chemistry is off the charts!!! Their love scene was so beautiful and well worth the wait!!!!!

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tayla

omgggggggggggggggggggggg dantes is so fuckin hottttttttttttttttttttt is the cutest boy in the freakin world i luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv you dante

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Christina

I really enjoyed this interview. I love Dante and Lulu as well as all the other castmembers. I’ve been a fan since 1978-79ish. Its very nice to have something fresh and interesting thats going to keep your curiosity up, and that is what they have done with their storyline.
Love you Guys……

Katy
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Katy

Thank you for this interview. These actors are doing such a great job on GH. They have amazing chemistry together. Their love scene was beautiful. I hope they last a long time on GH.

LanteFF
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LanteFF

Love them as a couple on GH! I know that there will be angst with BL but it will only make them stronger. Their love scene/montage was sooooo romantic! Kudos to both JMB and DZ!!!!

jennifer
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jennifer

i think its about time they showed real love story on daytime instead of just having sex it remind me of my first love oan i say to carly bring it on becuse lulu and carly comes from the same gene pool .

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waldo doe

While I have gotten accustomed to JMB ( although I can’t wrap my head around the fact that she is Laura’s daughter ) and she has done an admirable job as Lulu.

DZ is a very appealing guy, but I think his acting is too affected with the east coast tough guy thing ( maybe because I am from the east coast and grew up with these types ) and everytime he comes on screen I want to get my scissors and CUT THAT HAIR!

emeraldhearted
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emeraldhearted

beautiful couple !!!!Definitely worth all the wait
Nice interview

laura
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laura

LOVE Lulu and Dante….best coupling since the old days of Luke & Laura. GH writers — you have a lot of talent to work with here…don’t mess it up.

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semaj

love dante and lulu they are such a cute couple

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DominicZamprognafan

Love love love Dante and Lulu. They are the best thing to happen to General Hospital since Luke and Laura. Please keep them together. Maybe Laura can come back and the 4 of them can go off on an adventure together.

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kara anderson

I like this site so awsome

amy W.
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amy W.

I love love Dante and Lulu. They ARE the best couple since Luke and Laura. I want them to stay a long time on GH. Maybe see them get married and have at least one kid.

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brittany hill

Whats the named of that pretty song that aired on 3/12/2010 when Lulu And Dante make love for the first time? I don;t know who sings the song i try looking for it on youtube but it don’t shows who sings it.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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