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Elizabeth Hendrickson To General Hospital In New Role!

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Breaking casting news this morning out of Soap Opera Digest, has that none other than Elizabeth Hendrickson, coming off her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Chloe on Y&R has been signed on over at General Hospital!

Liz, who left Y&R last year, is set to begin taping her new role in Port Charles this week! As viewers know, we first saw Liz as Frankie then Maggie on All My Children, and have followed her career on the soaps as one of the most intriguing actresses who embodies her roles full-on.

When Michael Fairman caught up with Liz on the red carpet at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys, she never let on that she has landed in Port Charles!

Watch the red carpet interview with Liz after the jump, where she talks about her nomination, if she would ever go back to Y&R and her thoughts on her former co-stars, Justin Hartley and Greg Rikaart.

Then let us know, what do you thin of Liz coming to GH! Who do you think she will become involved in story on the show? Comment below!

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Timoteo
Timoteo

I can’t wait to see her on my screen again.. however, the words “new role” make me cringe a little. Love her, nonetheless!

Jimh
Jimh

Finn’s thought dead wife…

Celia
Celia

Good one, Jimmy……you cannot imagine how happy this new role makes me. I love Elizabeth.
Does this mean Chloe is gone for good? Will she ever return to GC?

davlestev1
davlestev1

Because it better NOT be a Hayden/Budding recast. But why does it seem it may be?

Jimh
Jimh

I like her too…just hope her role is interesting and tied to someone already on the show!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I love her too! Y&R kind of literally wrote off her and Kevin so I’m okay with her being on GH. New role? Maybe Nina’s daughter or maybe Valentin was correct in telling Anna that she did indeed have a daughter and its Liz’s new character? I hate Henrick!

Shay
Shay

Once again, our opinions are diametrically opposed, my dear CeeCee! Geez Louise, this is supposed to be GH, not a show which attempts to be all soaps to all people! I am so tired of these “gets” from other daytime dramas usurping the spotlight from Port Charles’ vets…we’ve already had more than enough of that with Ava, Nina, and too many AMC/OLTL alums to count…all with very mixed results! We’re now down to a skeleton crew of legacy characters as it is…please spare us any more of these stunt castings and instead put Genie Francis back where she belongs! By the way, I finally answered both of your previous posts to me on the other threads…do check since the Emmy one didn’t have a direct link to you. Later!

Celia
Celia

@Jimh, Timmm and Shay.
Hey, guys,
J & T,
As you can see some are not too happy introducing a new character. I guess it depends on the viewer and how much said viewer ( such as ouselves) likes the protagonist.
She could be all of the above—-someone’s daughter, sister, long-lost love….yet, I think she will be Drew’s lawyer….and, who knows; she may be all of the above, as well…obviously Elizabeth’s character will be linked to someone.
Shay, my love….we do differ here. I am all for new characters on a soap….it is a living, breathing revolving and ‘evolving’ door.
Vets retire, characters become stale….every vet started out as ‘new’……And, what of young actors/actresses who are just starting out? They, too, deserve a chance……I would love to see characters who are in their twenties and thirties….not enough of them. None of us would have a job if new blood was cast out, LOL.
Legacy characters may not want to stick around any longer. However, I will grant you Genie…..I do agree, unless the actors/actresses choose to leave, then they should stay put.
The way I see it? One has nothing to do with the other. Old and new can co-exist. LOL.
Bye, you guys….

Celia
Celia

@davlestev.
Hi, dav,
You think she will be recast as Hayden? I’m with you….I hope not. I simply cannot see Elizabeth with Finn/Michael.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….My objection has nothing to do with the youth of this newbie character or actress! It’s due to Frank’s habitual castings of his “gets”—-and often “buddies”—-(of all age ranges) from other soaps at the expense of the history of GH, which he neither respects nor reflects with such additions. It’s a constant thing and wholly predictible….the only way he can accomplish expanding his ongoing collection of his chosen ones is to fire/demote vets and put the kibosh on their storylines, hence there really is no “coexisting” to be had! This show is still called “GH,” though quite frankly, I often wonder why, since it’s totally lost its longtime identity. We are now down to a handful of characters with whom I grew up, and most are not even the best and the brightest of that bunch, save for the currently featured Anna and Scorpio—-who shall not be a long-running act——and Monica with her more recent, resurgent presence. As you have stated, you’ve only been with this show for four years, so you never experienced the full flavor of what the soap was all about “BF” (Before Frank….) Of course, you cannot understand why so many of us are absolutely up in arms over yet another favorite soap actress of yours being thrown into this God awful mix….but let me ask you, you have stated that Y&R is your “touchstone” in terms of childhood soap memories, so how would you feel if someone like FV suddenly took over the Genoa City canvas and decided that there was no longer a need for Victor, Nikki, Ashley, Jack, Dina, Lauren and Paul, and instead replaced them with a load of strangers from, say B&B, which you do not watch. Would you happy with that decision? I think not….Or rather, how about if the Horton, Brady and DiMera clans were unceremoniously deemed unnecessary on DOOL? Would that soap still entertain you like it now does? I very much doubt it…..When I tune into GH, I do so to see Port Charles characters…not an influx of new inhabitants portrayed by those who have fled from Llanview, Pine Valley or Genoa City ”en force” to impose themselves upon an audience who expects to see some semblance of the soap they have always known and loved. Why we are supposed to be delighted with the total destruction of our traditional daytime institution when other soap fans wouldn’t dream of it with their own programs is truly beyond me.

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hi, Shaybelle,
Once again, your ‘full-of-heart’ and impassioned writing floored me.
I could sense though and between the lines how much the disruption of your beloved soap, GH, affects you.
I suppose, sometimes, I write without thinking because I do become very exuberant over seeing a favorite player again. It, sort of, makes me appear as an hypocrite since I do remark on the useless intro of characters on both Y&R and DOOL…..such as Stefan ( Tyler Christopher/DOOL and Tessa ( Cait Fairbanks/Y&R)…..I do, emphatically, resent their intrusion.
Thus, I get it…..absolutely—-I see the light, Shay, LOL.
It’s as if the new roles take a piece of history away. It is happening on Y&R as we speak…..where Jack may, suddenly, not be John’s son……we, the fans, are all devasteted over this supposed new revelation ( I believe it’s to prove the pull Kyle has towsrds Victor) ….we shall see.
Thanks for straightening out the difference between newbies and preserving what is/was ‘what’, albeit I did say that I don’t like to see the elimination of vets, at all ( well, except Sonny), LOL.
Losing Genie, also one of my faves since DOOL and Y&R, left me wanting.
Soon, cara.

Celia
Celia

@Hay.
Hi, again, Shay,
Oopsies….I miswrote…I confused Genie with Leann Hunley (sp.) (Anna) on DOOL)….. I completely adored Genie, in a second, when she appeared as Genevieve on Y&R.
Although her tenure was short, I felt her heart and witnessed her superlative acting skills.
I think that my grandmother’s adoration of her from DOOL, rubbed off on me.
Actually, she started watching GH when Genie returned.

Jimh
Jimh

Just so she isnt Robin’s faternal twin who claims to be the real Robin like they done at OLTL with Natalie and Jessica…

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Thank you for understanding my point-of-view and realizing that I wasn’t personally taking you to task for your own perspective on this latest GH casting “coup,” since that was certainly not my intention! All of my disdain was squarely aimed at Frank, et al, and their nearly total destruction of this once-grand soap! Despite the complaints many have about the other remaining three daytime dramas, I don’t believe that their favorite shows have been so torn asunder as has GH….it’s become a virtual lab experiment for creating some hybrid mega-soap that incorporates all of the mad scientist showrunner’s pets from his network’s previous show and then some. It hasn’t worked in the past and it’s not going to work in the future either….no matter how many failed newbie characters he forcefeeds us, too much is never enough! Will he ever get a clue? (The Emmys certainly should have provided some sort of hint….)

Timoteo
Timoteo

Is she too young?.. I’d buy it anyway because I like her so much. I’m hoping she’s tied to Drew or that they end up together.

Celia
Celia

Well, Timoteo ( italiano?)—you may be right. Jimh has the most interesting ideas, yes….but, you point out a great fact, as well. Elizabeth may be too young to be Finn’s ‘dead’ wife….
So many possibilities….I was actually thinking Drew, as well. That phone number Curtis gave him ( as a divorce attorney?), could very well be Elizabeth in the ‘new role’.
Wouldn’t that be something? Billy ( Billy Abbott) and Elizabeth ( Chloe) back together again!!

Jimh
Jimh

Not really…the actress is near 40

Timmm
Timmm

I like Drew and Kim rekindling their relationship.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Timoteo,
I would love a mother-daughter thing going on, as well. I am really not into Kimberly/Robin because I don’t know her. I haven’t been watching long enough…I didn’t get a chance to ‘acquire a relationship’ with her.
Therefore, if Elizabeth takes Kim’s place will not be a drastic change for me. But, Timoteo, I’m sure the Robin/Kimberly lovers will display a few ruffled feathers, LOL….most fans have watched Kim grow up on GH.
Also, I don’t like Peter August—not yet, anyway….I may change my mind as the character evolves.
I do like your idea, though….Valentin’s son. Oh, Lordy Lord, Timoteo…..imagine Nina’s reaction??
Considering her distaste and distrust for Peter, it would not be a good day in her world. LOL.

Celia
Celia

Another thought, her, Jimmy….
What if Anna did, indeed, have a daughter?…,. What if Peter August is the isdue of another woman?
Elizabeth does have sort of an ‘Anna look’…..

Timoteo
Timoteo

Celia – I’d love for her to be Anna’s child! I always wanted Elizabeth to be reCast Robin, should Kimberly ever opt to not return full time if the show needed/wanted Robin full time. I like Peter August, but don’t want him to be Anna’s. He’d be better off as Valentin’s.

Patrick
Patrick

soap heaven

open up and take this – i’m not sorry; Wes Ramsey is not bringing it.

@soaphound… FUN’ny. Peter August is seriously on… more than Sonny.

All the gushing Maxie is going on about. over kill.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as Anna daughter !!!! absolutely I can believe this.

Finola Hughes – is – GOLD. to stick her with Michael Easton AND Wes Ramsey. poo poo poor.

when their is little to uphold as far as stories go ?

I wonder what – the “writers” – plan on doing with Drew ? seeing as how their is so much chemistry w/Kim and Julian.

Drew and Liz
Drew and Kim
Drew and EH’ character

what a bonanza is this

as long as Julian is not left out.

it’s the oddest thing… do the writers and Frank Valentini watch the dailies ? it’s so clear Peter August is NOT even generating with lulu AND Maxie. they certainly are not my go to ditzichicks.

I ALSO really like the idea of someone for Chase. this guy acts. PLUS doosy. yikes he’s a lot

Jimh
Jimh

Peter is dull…so hopefully you are right and its a girl for Anna!!!

Timmm
Timmm

BINGO!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Thank god you posted, Celia. I need your opinion: Is it just me or is this ridiculous Peter August/Anna mystery dragging on longer than the Iraq war? And those Switzerland scenes with Sam “Spadeless” and a catatonic Jason uncovering (?) more red herrings than an Agatha Christie film festival? I was trying so hard to suppress laughter I nearly broke a blood vessel! Anna deserves better and, frankly, having Nina being the suspicious voice of reason is the only aspect of this that I like. Maxie is vulnerable, granted, but she’s never been clueless as she is now. I want this twisted tale brought to a head NOW, preferably without Sam, Jason, or Spinelli getting any credit.

Celia
Celia

@Soaphound.
Hiyah, my friend,
Too funny, Soaphound…..The notion of Sam and Jason, as the great savants of ‘sleuthdom’, is almost profane. Such an injustice to Dick Tracey and Peter Gunn ( my grandfather loved that show—so much so, he has a collection)…..Jason is more like klutzy Inspector Clouseau’s Peter Sellers ( Pink-pant-her, LOL).
I wonder if Sam, since she’s such a refined PI, “and a good one, at that”, speaks the four official languages of Switzerland?— Romansh, French, Italian and German. ‘Tis a joke!!
Speaking of Maxie…..what happened to her spunk? She had lost most of it before Nathan died. She’s almost unrecognizable. I miss the ‘real’ Maxie.
More importantly, I think Heinrich has the hots for her—how gross!! I like Amy’s brother ( forgot his name)…..maybe? Given time? He and Maxie?
Nina—-my fave of all time—right-on!! You said it, Soaphound. The voice of reason. More, please!!
I am just as sick as you are of this story and the marionettes dancing madly from their strings..let’s just hope the curmudgeon box explodes in their faces. Ha!!

Jimh
Jimh

Hope so…i find Peter boooooring…

Iakovos
Iakovos

Because no is ever dead. Sigh.

Jimh
Jimh

Especially on Dark Shadows!!!!-lol

PennySoap
PennySoap

That would be great!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Jimh, I’m fed up with Finn. Especially his wimpy relinquishing of Anna and his heartless treatment of that sweet Chase. I mean it takes a really hard, selfish person to treat a kid brother that way, particularly such a sweet and sincere (also off-the-charts gorgeous) one.

mike
mike

My thought is that Finn is Chase’s father not his brother.

Celia
Celia

Oh, I get you, Soaphound….the distance between Finn and me is widening. LOL…like he cares?!?!
It’s not Chase’s fault things are the way they are between them….no child is ever to blame for his/her parents’ misdeeds. I really like Chase, myself… there must be a story to tell there, I’d say.
But, you know it, Soaphound, Port Charles is as Orwellian as it gets….everything is centered around Sonny’s totalitarian power, it seems….how dystopian!!

Jimh
Jimh

I am tired of Finn but im sticking with my guess!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Finn is an asshole!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Say it ain’t so, Soaphound. Love my Finn! And, it’s Anna that gave Finn the runaround. She was into it/out/into/out. Each time he tried to speak with her and told her he was willing to take the risk, she bowed out. Stammered. Chickened out. Tried to protect him/protect herself. Doesn’t even matter. He tried numerous times. I also don’t like what’s going to happen if he and Anna decide to make a go of it. I know Alexis will bow out gracefully but she told him not once, but like four times, to make an attempt to speak with Anna; to tell Anna how he felt. She then told him, not once but I think three times, they should just stay friends. She then told him that she told Julian that the two of them were seeing each other but then followed up by saying I’m going to tell him the truth. And then, Finn told her not to. He said, “what if we turn the lie into something real?” (Okay; not verbatim) But he told her he like for them to start actually seeing each other and give it a try. What did Alexis then do? She went and checked with Anna to see if that would be okay with her. Told her if she still had feelings for Finn or if it would be uncomfortable she’d step back. Anna assured her to “go for it.” So now that Alexis and Finn are getting comfortable with each other, now that Anna came to Alexis’s house to ask for legal advice and SAW Finn there and KNEW that they’d just slept together, what does Anna do? She asks Finn to meet her the exact same day to finally tell him how she feels. I was so disappointed in Anna. She had so many opportunities and now that Alexis is in a new relationship with him she decides to have a heart-to-heart? Goes from telling Alexis she “trusts her” and wants her to be her lawyer and goes behind Alexis’s back to try to get back with the man Alexis is now seeing? It doesn’t matter to me if Alexis still has feelings for Julian and Finn for Anna. It’s about honesty and friendship. Finn could have kept it casual with Alexis and not told her he wanted to try an actual relationship; Anna should have spoken up sooner. When she decided, as ill-timed as it was to reach out to Finn, she went to Alexis about legal advice and she had every opportunity to give Alexis the same respect Alexis gave her and ask Alexis is she had actual feeling for Finn; would it hurt her if she attempted to reconnect, etc. As for Chase, gorgeous, gorgeous Chase (model in real life) there’s more to the story, obviously. Finn is harboring some anger or hurt from his father and somehow seeing Chase drags it up for him. It’s not Chase he’s angry with; he seems to be putting up a… Read more »

Donnie Synder
Donnie Synder

She has no ideal what she is in for at GH!

Steve
Steve

Wasn’t his wife Asian? He referred to her as Reiko on numerous occasions.

Jimh
Jimh

Blair on OLTL started out as asian but then her recast wasnt s anything is possible!!!

Celia
Celia

Peter is not just boring, my Jimmy….he’s a blockhead–literally!!

Jimh
Jimh

they should had named the blockhead Charlie Brown-lol

Shay
Shay

@Jimh…..Wasn’t Zeman a trashy nurse on OLTL, too? Seems to me that I vaguely recall her as a tart with the hots for Brad Vernon….talk about being typecast!

Timmm
Timmm

Its great news! She is talented and likable. Y&R was done with her so I have no hard feelings about Liz not being on Y&R and being on GH. Now, I love Kimberly McCullough BUT she has other plans in her life now SO Elizabeth should be a Robin recast. Her and Finola would be great together. BUT, they say she will get a new role. So, I think she will be connected somehow to Nelle. Or maybe she will be Chase’s ex? She could also be a sister to Sam, another child Alexis didnt tell Julian about? A lost Q? Whatever, just hope she isnt attached to Sonny or Jason. She is a Valenti creation so I bet she will be attached to one of his original non-GH attached to history characters! Who will she shack up with? Chase or Griffin? Maybe she is an ex-victim of Bench’s? Good to have Miss Hendrickson, regardless.

Celia
Celia

Wow, T….another great idea!! Robin. Yes, that works….
As I said above, so many possibilities. Where will Elizabeth fit best? I hope and pray with you, she is not linked to Sonny, Timmmy. All roads lead to Sonny…even Griffin is getting on my nerves. Maybe he may have had another ‘stepping-out’, with whatever role Elizabeth is playing?….not just Claudette?
Imagine this sanctimonious, albeit gorgeous ex-priest, who looks down his religious nose ‘pon Ava, yet acclaims Sonny in front of her….he is appalled by her lies? Oh, please!! Griffin, Sonny and Carly are in no position to pass judgment on anyone….even Ava.
Soon, the residents of the Sonny caliphate regime (PC) will need to genuflect each time they pass by him. LOL. I’m on a roll, my T….

Tucker
Tucker

I liked the character of Chloe Mitchell/Kate Valentine, but Jill Farren Phelps & Chuck Pratt ruined the character – where else was there for her to go??

Celia
Celia

I know, Tucker….I wanted Chloe back so badly. One never knows on soaps, though…..wide-open field…

Steve
Steve

If any new characters are needed, GH has a gaping hole in the 20something range.

Since it’s a new character, I’ll rule out Sarah Webber, who Hendrickson would be ideal for.

Perhaps Frank ran into her in the parking lot after the show?

Richard
Richard

I was thinking Sarah Webber as well! Wishful thinking! Ugh.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Guess that means she is signed to a contract.
The “gaping hole” is the absence of Genie Francis!

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s gaping with more than Laura; Mac, Felicia, Scorpio, Scott. It’s just ridiculous. They’r pushing out all the vets and just interweaving new characters on a constant basis.

As for a recast Robin? No way. I’d rather Robin off the show than recast her.

Shay
Shay

I was thinking the same thing, Steve!..God only knows what newbie GH characters could be coming down the pike given all the soap refugees with whom Frank must have mixed and mingled at the recent Emmys and its afterparty! At this rate, we’ll be lucky to have any vets left by the end of the year….

Jimh
Jimh

I have mixed feelings…did you know Jackie Z-Bobbi was also on OLTL in the 70s-lol…i do wish they would use the vets more and bring Genie back full time…I remember how Another World dropped vets and constantly hired newbie after newbie until the show became unrecognizable to the point it became a whole new show…but if they are going to hire a newbie i rather see a soap jumper with soap experience than those who can hardly act!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Great news!!! As to what she might be doing on GH, I thought she might be a wrench in Nelle trying to land Michael. Of course there are other possibilities for her character but so far, this is what I came up with.

Timmm
Timmm

Liz is way too talented to be weighed down by vanilla Michael!

Celia
Celia

You go, T…agreed. Michael needs some laugh lines….Michael needs a life….Michael needs to learn how ro have fun…..Michael needs to shed the apron strings ( can you see them peeking out of his pockets?).

Joe
Joe

I’m tired of recycled actors. Either hire new actors or use the ones you currently have. GH is getting way out of hand with the hiring and firing thing. Stop already. No structure or direction over there.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Use the ones you currently have.” Good advise, Joe.
And TPTB could “currently have” their gem: Genie Francis!
A reveille for her return!

Jules
Jules

I’m predicting another Rebecca Budig/Bree Williamson/Jessica Tuck situation: bringing on a big name in the industry like a new toy, only to toss it away in a few months.

I’m sure Elizabeth was hoping to book a pilot when she left YR. Unfortunately I just don’t see an ever lasting future with GH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

My thoughts exactly.

dmr
dmr

YUP. What’s the point?

Shay
Shay

I concur, Jules….and actually hope you are right! The never-ending stunt casting spree for which GH has become known is not a recipe for success…it only breeds contempt from longtime viewers who want to see less newbies/more vet-centric storylines and disappointment on the part of those more recent fans who follow their favorites from other soaps to Port Charles…both are left feeling used and abused! (For the record, I liked Jessica Tuck’s Cassandra…she was the rare exception to my rule of enough already with the mass infusion of ex-OLTL-ers….)

Patrick
Patrick

FIRST : of ALL

how hotted OUT is Matthew Ashford !!!!

that is him isn’t it? LOL. just missing him. who’s that HOT guy

Liz Hendrickson: my gal

YOUR Line : “…one of the most intriguing actresses who embodies her roles full-on”

FULLY

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

She is so much fun. Truly nuts. Good catch, GH.

Celia
Celia

I agree, Robert….just as Jenn Lilley on DOOL. so happy to see her….I guess this Matteo guy must have a harem goingnon, LOL.
I know Elizabeth will do any role justice.

Patrick
Patrick

Rebecca Herbst – Tamara Braun – Elizabeth Hendrickson

BE STILL my Heart

at this point – whatever it takes to distract from Kelly Monaco and Laura Wright

has to be done

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genie could do it–and DOES–when/if she is onscreen.

dmr
dmr

True. I had the show on during lunch, and Kelly Monaco almost put me to sleep. She just bores me to tears-with her monotone! #MonotoneMonaco

Mateo
Mateo

Maybe Sonny has another long lost daughter…HAHAAH….*sigh*..let me guess Jason had a girlfriend in the clinic and she has his child. Cause God knows if it isn’t Sonny it’s gotta be Jason……I love me some Hendrickson but how can I get excited about this “new” character? It’s bad enough I am two episodes of GH. I will try to get excited and be supportive. GH does have an amazing cast made up of a lot of dearly departed actors from Y&R. I will try. Congrats to Elizabeth Hendrickson for her new role and return to our screens.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Mateo, if this terrific actress is bogged down with Sonny/Carly/Michael or the catatonia twins Sam & Jason, I’ll be really disappointed. Let it be Drew or Anna or that gorgeous Chase that she lands with, please! Elizabeth & Billy were so great together on Y&R. Their daughter Delia’s death was a triumph of great acting for them both…that kind of emotionally involving story is what they deserve.

rebecca1
rebecca1

“Catatonia twins” hahahahaha!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Could Elizabeth H. be a love interest for Chase?

Mo
Mo

Why couldn’t she and Kevin come back to Y&R????!!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Because, Mo, Y&R is TOO busy wasting time with this new, repulsive Kyle and week after week of the Devon & Hillary Hour. I almost wept when they let beautiful, talented, funny Greg Rikaart go; I hope he’s happy on DAYS. Of course, who wouldn’t be happy romancing Freddie Smith? Still, I want him back ASAP, even without Chloe. His raising Bella as a single dad would have been a terrific story for Kevin…and for us. Another bad move.

Mo
Mo

I’m sure Greg would like to return to Y&R. I’m sure he’s having fun on Days. He’s working with Louise Sorel!!!!

Celia
Celia

I know, Soaphound….I miss Kevin so much…..’even without Chloe’…..you said it !!
Greg/Leo, on DOOL has started out as dubious ( for lack of a more suitable description) as Kevin did…..
…..so, I hope Leo does straighten out and extricates himself from Vivian’s claws, albeit she may not survive ( and off the show she goes—too bad, love my Vivian).
I think Sonny has more chemistry with Leo than he had with either Will or Paul.
Needless to say, I still wish for his return on Y&R.

Debra m
Debra m

Another Y &R cast member?!! Why doesn’t GH give better stories to the huge cast they already have? So sick of this long drawn out Hendrick story. Peter August is on more then Sonny now.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

“Peter August is on more than Sonny now.” That sounds like a reason for me to start watching again! 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, why DOESN’T GH give better storoies to the hugh cast they already have????
My question, also.

dmr
dmr

Gotta prop-up Laura Wright’s boyfriend. UGH. #fastforward

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like him, dmr! 😉

Soaphound
Soaphound

Elizabeth Hendrickson is a wonderful actress and I’ve no doubt she’ll infuse some needed spark to the show. How about rekindling her great chemistry with Billy Miller? Their scenes on Y&R were electric and they’d blow the beautiful couple meter off its hinges. If Kim and Drew don’t click, that’s my wish. ANYTHING to stick it to that bubbleheaded Sam, running around playing Sam Spadeless instead of appreciating how great she had it with Drew. Can’t wait for Elizabeth to start!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Sam Spadeless”? Like that! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

I do like Drew and Kim but you make a good point, Liz and Billy were super hot on Y&R!

Sparker50
Sparker50

She could possibly be playing Drew’ s divorce attorney.
Curtis just gave Drew the phone number of a woman
Drew asked if Curtis was trying to fix him up. Curtis daid, “yea, with a really good lawyer.”

Celia
Celia

Yes…that’s what I said, as well, Sparker50. I guess we’re the only two who noticed that exchange. Hmmm.

Justin
Justin

Oh good, just what this show needs, a new character. Let me guess, no ties to the shows history or any veterans. Yet another smack in the face to longtime viewers that want respect.

K/kay
K/kay

Frank got put in his place at the Emmy show just keep on sooner or later you will indeed implode but my dear Genie Kin etc etc had a good run we live all of you ! Life goes on

K/kay
K/kay

I saw Tristan can you say Wow he will always be lived no one can take that way from him

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

We are on the same wave link, Justin!

dmr
dmr

EXACTLY.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Justin! Less vets, more newbies….thanks, but no thanks!

Watsontml
Watsontml

I’d rather have Laura Weber Collins back. Loved her and Kevin and their relationship. We don’t need additional characters, let’s get back the ones that were used and tossed to the curb!

su0000
su0000

I’m SHOCKED!!
No one is groaning that no more characters are needed- the cast is too large now– no new anyone use the vets! etc etc.. we all know the (no new characters the cast is too big use the vets ) routine LOL

I like new characters, I like new everything, it helps kill the same old boring stuff..

moviegal
moviegal

I love her – she was great on Y&R as crazy Chloe. I was hoping that either she (or Melissa Clair Egan – another great actress ) would end up on another show.

aria
aria

If i was casting directer for the show i would cast her as sarah webber, get Rebecca Budig back and have a storyline revolving around the webber sister, or i would cast her as Anna daughter, and drop Peter August being her offspring. although i hear she worked w/ billy miller on y&r it would be pointless to have them be connected especially since Tamara was cast already in the role of someone from drews past. either way, i think she will fit in, GH does have a great cast, and as long as they spread the love and not let the show become just about Jason and sam or sonny and carly show, then i’m all for a newbie,. since i’m here writing about this new newbie, i want to give a shout out to the actor playing finns, brother and the new cop in town, he’s really hot, a great replacement for nathan whom i miss, i think he’s fitting in nicely.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree; he’s gorgeous. And can act.

Timmm
Timmm

The Weber sisters, great idea!

Alan
Alan

Maybe she’ll be a SORAS-ed Avery who turns her back on Ava in total support of her wicked awesome daddy Sonny and super amazing “mother” Carly…

Celia
Celia

Do I detect a tinge of sarcasm there, Alan? LOL.

MB
MB

Fantastic! More actors from other soaps! Pretty soon there will be no GH Vets left. But who needs them, these actors bring ratings right? Just look at all that Howarth, Easton, Stafford, Miller, all of them have done for GH! Lol! Frank is a joke and ABC, Sherwood, Dummer(appropriate) Varni, all of them are a bunch of clowns.

Shay
Shay

Amen, MB! You’ve hit the nail on the head!!!! Even though I personally don’t mind either original “Port Charles” resident, Michael Easton, or Billy Miller, despite their hideously inadequate storylines, it’s the rest of “Frank’s (Ever-Expanding) Gang” who’ve really done nothing positive for this once-top-notch soap! The never-ending stunt casting and hires from (mainly, but not exclusively…) defunct ABC daytime dramas have totally drained the heart and soul from GH to the extent it’s no longer recognizable…or desirable to watch.

Timmm
Timmm

Shay, I get your vibe but Liz is a great casting scoop. She can act and will add to the show IF they cast her correctly! Now, to side with you, I get it, another new character and no Jimmy Lee or Grant Putnam. I’m with you. BUT, its Valenti and he wants to write new characters and get paid so we have to live with it. BUT, lets at least drain the GH swamp and get rid of Peter, Finn and Nina! All his characters who suck!

Lew S
Lew S

Maybe she will be Sarah Webber? Good news!!

Carrie
Carrie

She will be the lawyer Curtis referred to Drew.

robert
robert

i like her,but the last thing they need is more people

su0000
su0000

She will be for Drew ..
somehow someway she and Drew will be !! 🙂 ((perhaps his wife perhaps not)

and I hope Sam has her heart ripped out, heh..
I’ll be over overjoyed to have Sam out of Drews life ..

Patrick
Patrick

oy

I just don’t get the writers

Sam and Jason are “having” a conversation

she tells him she’s divorcing Drew

yet in the same breath… tells him she’ll sit behind the desk for now… @Aurora

and in the next breath…. how she felt like a school girl all senses heightened as she tells Jason… “any time” you need help in breaking another bank , don’t hesitate to call..

bwaa bwaa bwaa

hit the road sweetie … pull up your britches

Soaphound
Soaphound

Thank you, su0000! Sam practically JUMPED on RobotMan Jason in Switzerland and couldn’t wait to don her faux-chic white outfit (Grace Kelly she ain’t) and start throwing threats around. I mean, she and Spinelli were practically high just to be clowning around with J-man again. Meanwhile, Drew is moving on AND up with his life, mending fences with Elizabeth and Franco, spending quality time with adorable Oscar, and bonding with Curtis and Kim. Miss “Find Myself”, meanwhile, goes back to the same old tired dullard. Talk about missing the boat…and the plane, too.

Celia
Celia

Yup!!!!!! His attorney, su.

Shay
Shay

Sam may not possess the elegance and bearing of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, but she’s still head and shoulders above the sorry Markle-sque spectacle being foisted upon the British people!

Rodd
Rodd

If bitching about everything that happens on GH were directly tied to the ratings for the show, GH’s rating would be through the roof. Enough said.

rpm
rpm

great actress wrong show look at our poor michelle stafford our great phyliss being wasted with sub par stories

dmr
dmr

UGH. No thanks. & please, do not allow this character to become involved with “Parking Lot Pete.” The entire cast has been pimped out to prop up this useless character. Have his girlfriend bring him back to the parking lot and wave “Adios to Port Charles.” BTW, Port Charles does not need another new face. We barely see the faces that we actually want to see.

Celia
Celia

Hurraaahhh!!!!!!! I’m with you, dmr. …..Cannot even look at Peter August. If only the name matched the persona….but, it does not, thus far.
Well, I guess ‘Peter’ fits him, but ‘August’? Naaah!
Why was he brought on board? I don’t think he’s Anna’s. I still think Griffin is her son. Ahhh, well…..I am most likely well-off the mark!?
What I don’t understand is how any issue of Faison could turn out to be a good guy?
What’s even more bewildering is how an offspring of BOTH Faison and Liesl, such as Nathan, could ever have been had!!!!!!!!!!

Shay
Shay

Tell me about it, CeeCeeGirl! Our Liesl is one smart cookie! How her birth son could have not a scintilla of the Westborne guile and cunning is beyond me…even by osmosis, he should have learned it from his presumed Momma Magda! Speaking of, will we ever see the abominable Dr. O. again? Miss her much! As for Peter, I am so on the same page with you on how I hope he. is not Anna’s actual son…Griffin would be a far preferable choice in terms of looks and demeanor, although if the truth be told, he has lost a lot of his luster since his dalliance with Ava.

Satan
Satan

Another newbie?

For Hell’s sake… enough with this dragonshit.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Would much rather have them spend their budget on Mac, Scorpio, Felicia; actual GH characters.

peter
peter

I wonder if Jordan has any sisters or cousins that could enter her life, it’s must be lonely for her.

Alan Harding
Alan Harding

Didn’t she play Maggie on All my Children who was always fighting with her deranged brother…and wasn’t he played by Billy Miller? Can’t remember the brother’s name on the show – so, in a way, wouldn’t this be a re-matching of two actors from ALL MY CHILDREN?
I like these two actors, so…I may have to start watching General Hospital.
Haven’t watched General Hospital since…..oh I don’t know….since Dr. Joe Hardy would give advice to Nurse Jessy….LOL….so yes it has been a while.

Celia
Celia

No, Alan….Richie ( Billy Miller) played Annie’s brother ( Melissa Claire Egan, who, also, played Chelsea, Y&R).
Maggie ( Elizabeth Hendrickson) was Bianca’s girlfriend —she and Bianca ……one of AMC’s supercouples.
Glad you like…..welcome back. I’ve only been watching GH for four years.

Sandy Pasteur
Sandy Pasteur

Thank you for clearing that up – I wonder if ‘soap actors’ ever get a little tired of going from one daytime show to another – often playing the same “type” of character – the slightly demented brother, the good girl, the bad girl, the evil doctor, the cad, the Long-suffering mom, etc. It seems they get locked into usually the same kind of role on a different show.

Celia
Celia

@Sandy.
Hi, Sandy….
…..nice to meet you. I was an avid fan of Elizabeth during her tenure at AMC…..Other than Ryan Lavery/Cameron Mathison, I loved everyone on that show.
You are right, Sandy, most soap actors/actresses get stuck playing the same one-trick-pony-kind- of role. Billy Miller is one of the exceptions…..he played the devil-may-care Billy Abbott on Y&R, but he was generally a good guy…not a fiend. The same may be said for Drew ( GH)……
….not so Richie….he was the ‘baddest’ of the bad, LOL.
There is something to be said about money, Sandy. Acting is the actors’ bread and butter. Most do accept where there is a job to be had, albeit there have been some actors/actresses who have bowed-out of a role due to their beliefs. One such actor was the original Adam on Y&R; Chris Engen.
Personally, as yourself, versatility is a gift…..so, I like seeing actors in different roles.

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Yes, acting becomes easy for them especially soap opera actors and actresses, I can imagine… because a lot of them have been doing this “acting” for so long, that it just becomes natural to them.

su0000
su0000

As I said above–
It’s all good..
She will be tagged with Drew ,,
Whomever she will be, she will be with Drew…
And that is a very good thing..
Drew is too great to be with Sam she is a Zero.
Throw Jason and Sam in the Same Old Been There Done that for Decade’s Yawn Pile ..

su0000
su0000

Soap writers have a couples fetish ..
They need everyone to be to a couple.
(( couples are boring- watching them is as tiresome as watching hair grow on a statute.

Single, active, Dating people are intriguing because they actually have a life outside of their mate.

knowing the writers and their fetish of coupling everyone that breaths will, without a doubt, tag Drew with her YAWN,,’
Men need to be freelance, have interesting lives, date search for the one and that takes time.

This is the 21st century and people Do Not put themselves in relationships with everyone they meet and date… Marriage is less popular than it was in the 50-70’s..

((my neighbour, while we were talking of mating everyone up, told me of a Tad the Cad, and he dated even their mothers! That guy rocked!!
I’d bet he never ever bored anyone.

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Speaking of “Tad The Cad”, I really think that TPTB at “GENERAL HOSPITAL” should “snatch up” Michael E. Knight and have him play / portray a recasted Jeff Webber! And then pair him with either Monica or Bobbie!

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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