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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

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If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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All of the performances this week were phenomenal, but Genie Francis really stole the show. Laura is the beating heart of GH and Genie turned in one powerful performance after the next. Stories like this are made for her acting chops, and I really hope she wins an Emmy for her work this week. No one brings the tears, heartbreak and rage like she does.

I’m also very thankful they aren’t killing off Lulu. I’ve never been a fan of Emme Rylan in the role, and the way they’ve written the character these last few years has gotten on my nerves. Hopefully they’re able to lure Julie Berman back to the show, but if not, maybe they can bring in Stephanie Gatschet as a recast?

So agree, Jimmy! Genie is the beating heart of GH–and a luminous actor.

JMB will give me a reason to fast forward some scenes. I was not a fan! I preferred Emme in the role.

Thank you!!! I like JB juat fine….but she was very overrated!!

Jimmy
Stephanie Gatschet? What a surprisingly good choice. Loved her on GL, but I wonder about her age, will have to check, she might be a little older for the role of Lulu.

Jimmy, just checked the ages, Stephanie is 37 and Emme is 40.

Does anyone know why Emme left the show? I never did read any explanation.

It wasn’t her choice to leave, she was let go.

Wasn’t her choice.

She was let go. From what I understand, it was not her choice.

It is my understanding she was fired. Terrible way to treat the daughter of Legacy parents!

Emme was let go, they fired her.

There was really no reason given other than ABC amd GH brass probably wanted to free up money that all 4 actors had. Again, just speculating.

I think it all comes down to money. Fire Emme and then at a later date hire another actor to take on the role of Lulu for less money.

Genie Francis was phenomenal in her scenes. I’ll miss Emme especially since they brought Dante back. In all honesty, I don’t understand the number of people that were let go. Is it $$$ or a change of direction? Disappointing.

It was budget related. An overinflated contract cast of 32 is tough to maintain in normal times, let alone Covid.

Ryland and deVry are the only 2 contract players dismissed so far. With Lulu gone, there is no need for Dustin on the canvas. And Dev was a character that was never fully explored, despite being on the show for 2 years. Neither Mark Lawson, nor Ashton Arbab were on contract, so there’s no real savings there (as recurring, they have no guarantee, benefits and only get paid on the episodes in which they appear.)

As for Dante, Lulu’s departure opens up storyline possibilities along with new romantic interests.

When more contract performers are eventually let go, the character of Lulu can return, be it Ryland, Julie Berman (most likely) or a recast.

Wow! Just when I thought GH couldn’t get any better than what it did with Mike’s death, the last couple of episodes proved me wrong! Outstanding performance and writing all the way around. Not sure why she is leaving, but wish her well. Side note Genie Francis and Maura West you need to enjoy them because these kind of daytime actresses come along only one in a lifetime.

Give me Genie: West, not so much! A bit strident.

For me Maura West is the only reason to watch GH.

I like them both, as for Maura West I believe she has won 3 emmy’s and been nominated for about 6 or so. She too me will always be amazing and can play any range. She was great on As the World Turns too!

Now pls return to y n r where you are very missed as Abby Newman

NOOOOO! I didn’t like Emme as Abby. I like Melissa Ordway as Abby!
I haven’t heard anything about MO leaving Y&R, have you?

I doubt she will go back there. Maybe she could join DAYS

Story mentioned Ryan Paevey (Nathan) sent an understanding tweet to Emma since GH killed him off, too. For those of us who watch the Hallmark Channel for feel-good relief we see him there as he has bounced back as the love interest in many of their stories.

Just to be clear, Paevey made the decision to leave GH. Emme was let go.

And yes, he has established quite a nice niche as a Hallmark regular.

Gawd, I don’t think that I would’ve gotten thru those final scenes just laying there like Emme did.

I’m sure covid has a major influence on the budget. They’re cancelling shows because of production costs. I was kind of surprise they left Liz out of this. She’s known her since she was a child and was her sister-in-law.

How about Kate Mansi as the new Lulu if Emme or Julie don’t return. I think Mansi definitely has the spunk to be Lulu Spencer

Please no! I didn’t care for her as Abby. That said, last I read she doesn’t want to do a soap full time.

Genie is everything, the fact the show is not centered around her and her family astounds me. Sonny and Carly are not the heart of the show

Fantastic performances! Emme will be missed! I hope they bring her back quickly.

Rodd
Don’t hold your breath. If they wanted her bad enough, they would have kept her and not let her go.

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. What an absolute thrill to watch. They ought to just give her the Emmy now. No one has or is going to come close to that performance.

Dominic Zamprogna was great too. His face conveyed so much in those scenes. I like the dark, pained Dante he is bringing.

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. She is an absolute joy to watch and so talented. Give her the Emmy now – no one has done/will do better this year.

Sorry, I will not miss this version of Insipid Lulu. However, I do wish that the Parking Lot Poet was comatose instead.

Genie Francis gave an acting master class in this week’s episodes. What an absolute thrill to watch. They ought to just give her the Emmy now. No one has or is going to come close to that performance.

Why on earth would they let her go, she has been a long time favorite on the show. They bring Dante back just do do this?? That is wrong on so many levels. Terrible what are the writers thinking. They leave Scott Baldwin on. He is the worst actor & take Lulu away. I have been watching this show since the beginning. Yes I am older than dirt. I have seen people come & go however this shouldn’t have happened bad timing. Where Dustin was eliminated and Dev too.

It was a sad scene but a great one. I just hope they’ll bring her back in the future the same way they did Michael.

The Powers That Be need to listen to your real fans. The fans that will tell you when you make stupid decisions like letting go of Emme and Will. Trust me when I tell you, the harpees that are already talking recasts will watch whatever drivel you write for them because they are sheep. But if you start letting go legacy characters and established actors for less expensive (lets just say it: cheaper) then you get what you get. Soaps are not the powerhouses they used to be. As fans we have made concessions for cost cutting measures. Keep cutting and you’ll cut your fans out too. If you cut too many beloved actors and introduce too many rookies we might as well just try a new show with that many new characters. You want to save money? Get some better as sales reps and some less expensive writers looking to cut their teeth in daytime. At this point, you could hold a reality show contest to write for your soap and make some money there. Think out of the box Fairman and get it done without ax’ing your talent.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.

 

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