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Florencia Lozano On Her Time On OLTL: "Tea was a blast to play!"

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Florencia Lozano, who has been doing guest stints as Tea Delgado crosses over to General Hospital from One Life to Live, spoke with Theatremania.com about the experience of playing the spitfire legal eagle during her 15 year run in Llanview!

Lozano stated:  “Tea was a blast to play. People always ask me, ‘Was she good or was she bad?’ And I say ‘She did some questionable things because of her damaged heart.’  Who can’t relate to that? I loved how psychotically driven she was by work and by ambition and by her loyalty to the people she loved. That was really fun to play. She was complex, and we don’t get to see complex women often enough.”

When asked what is next for the popular actress, Lozano had this to say:  ” I have a lot of writing projects right now, and I’m trying to figure out how to do both the writing and the acting — especially coming off working on a soap opera, where I had a real daily structure where I could write regularly. I like structure. And as an actress, I’m excited to be able to do plays again. I want to do more Shakespeare, because that’s one of those experiences as an actor that borders on the religious, and I would also like to do more classic plays like Williams and Chekhov.”

Soapers, would you like to see Florencia still be a part of GH, when the baby-switch drama has ended?  Would you like to see Tea integrated into the canvas of Port Charles,  so the show can play out the return of Victor Jr, who was very much alive at the last episode of OLTL?  Or, do you think Tea and Victor Jr’s story should be left open-ended in fan’s minds forever? Weigh-in!

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Brian
Brian

Please please please let her become a part of the GH cast. Loved her so much on OLTL and so happy when she comes to GH.

Margie
Margie

Oh, I never ever want to see (or hear) Tea Delgado again. Good luck FL. Bye.

Robert
Robert

You are in the minority with your opinion. Which sucks btw! 🙂

Margie
Margie

It sucks that I’m in the minority? I don’t think so. I like the discerning group that feels the same way.

I do know a lot of people that don’t like the shrieking psycho, TeaUgh I have NEEDS Delgado, though.

Carol
Carol

Put me in there too. I like FL, but when Tea starts screeching, I start tuning out. Let her come and go until they prove that her beloved Victor is alive and well and she can eat a large humble pie in front of Todd – and then they can both leave for the South Pacific forever.

Brian
Brian

I am with Robert, not Margie…. just for the record

Joe
Joe

I want VIki, Tina, Dorian, Natalie and Rex on GH! Tea is good a lot better than John McPain!

MikeT
MikeT

I agree,I would love to see the return of Victor (and crazy Allison Perkins–maybe she could team up with nutty Heather) and also Viki Tina and Rex.Since Andrea Evans lives on the west coast,her addition to GH is a no brainer !!

joe
joe

LOVE TEA! LOVE FLORENCIA! Bring her over and bring back Victor already! They can dump the Christina storyline and now that Jason is going we NEED another good character back to cause havoc! Tea against Alexis and Diane?? Oh the possibilties! While they are at it….bring Viki on for a visit!

Rick
Rick

I’d love to see her continue on GH!

Robert
Robert

Yes, ABC take note, your silly replacements shows have all failed. The Chew you will cancel to as it is not bringing in the same numbers as AMC. Swallow your pride and give the people what we want our soaps. I don’t care, pick one of them and bring it back!!!

More Blair, more Tea and for the love of God, put Natalie and John back together ASAP!

Carol
Carol

No offense to the actress, but, no, I really don’t want to see Tea become a permanent citizen of Port Charles. There are enough GH characters to fill the canvas that needs story. The inn is full, IMO.

su0000
su0000

Florencia Lozano, is a great addition to GH,.
She and all that may come to GH, will ”belong” there is room for all talented actors..
I would like to see Florencia Lozano, become recurring, and not totally be gone .

GH Fan
GH Fan

No, after the baby switch story is wrapped up, that should be the end of Tea Delgado on GH. She doesn’t belong on GH.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I would love having her stay on GH as Tea!!! I was under the misconception that she was staying on. I love FL as a n actress and her character Tea is awesome. Very complex and lots of fun, especially with Blaire/Kassie Depaiva!

ricardo
ricardo

listen up soap fans. a big rumour i heard through another website is one life to live could come back in january 2013 or september of next year. it might be a 30 minute show. it depends on the chew. if the ratings fail. abc might consider bringing back one life to live. just a rumour right now. lets hope it happens.

Brian
Brian

I hope the rumour proves to be true. Can you tell us more or even proved the link to the story you saw? I would love to read it.

Thanks

boes
boes

I LOVE FL and think she’s a better-than-fine actor, and the Tea Delgado character was a major reason IMO for OLTL being as great as it was these past few years. And seeing the character again on GH did my heart good.

That said, and the sentiment is heartfelt, I don’t see a place for her in Port Charles once the baby switch storyline wraps up. And also, IMO, they leaned too heavily on Tea’s fierceness, without letting people unfamilar with the character also see the other side of her magnificent character. I can understand those who never saw her on OLTL being put off by a character who in her short time in PC did a LOT of screeching.

I hope she does well and I’d love to see her in other roles. But, at least for now, I don’t think a return to PC would be such a good idea.

Margie
Margie

She screeched even more on OLTL. Tea was always a mess.

boes
boes

Not from my perspective. Tea was one of the best characters OLTL ever had. And FL is one of the best actresses also.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I would love to see Tea come along with the Buchanans!

SoapFan1
SoapFan1

I adore Tea and FL. I wish she would be a permanent addition to Port Charles. She is an amazing actress and has chemistry with anyone. I would much rather have her on the canvas than the other newbies that are being added. I would love her to duke it out with Alexis in the courtroom. Having my two favorite characters on one show would be wonderful!

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I loved having Tea/Florencia visit on GH! I’m happy to see any characters from our lost soaps. We can’t expect GH to be able to accomodate all the characters we’d like to see in the future, however. The only answer is bringing back AMC and OLTL!

Annick
Annick

I am torn. I would love to see Tea Delgado on GH to class up Peyton Place and be part of an epic Victor/Tea reunion. However, after seeing FL on stage, I have come to realize that she and Tea Delgado are to pheonomenal to be subjected to plot point writing and sacrificed by propping worthless puke worthy characters like Sam, Jason, Todd, Blair, John, Liz, and anyone else who benefitted on screen from the senseless death of Tea & Victor child, even if the child is alive. The fallout was soapy and I get it, but it was digusting soapy and I rather the true supercouple of V&T that was formed in this new age soap world be left alone because TPTB is to plot point driven to do justice by the acting genius that is FL & TSJ. I will recommend to anyone to see her live on stage to understand what I am saying.

todd
todd

I would like her to pop back in to wrap up the Victor story, but I honestly think she is too good an actress to stay on GH. Florencia should be a big deal movie or television star and that is what I am hoping for her.

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Bring Tea back to GH, it would great to see all the trouble she can bring to Port Charles.

jagger
jagger

Yes, Tea needs to be a regular on GH. Love her!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I like Tea & FL. The Victor storyline is THE ONE OLTL storyline I would like to see resolved. Now that they have screwed the Jolie HEA I’d rather see Natalie. I’d also rather see several other OLTL characters before Tea. Vicki, Blair, David Vickers….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I should add I’d like to see Tea possibly as a recurring character. That has worked well IMO. I think contracts should be very few & far between because most of the current GH cast is wonderful and budgets are tight. I’m sure losing Steve Burton has freed up some $$$.

Frank
Frank

Please bring Tea to GH full time (not to mention a few Buchanans).

JLH
JLH

It’s heartbreaking to think we may never see Tea Delgado again after her storyline on GH wraps up. I miss my Life to Live…

Anthony R
Anthony R

The character of Tea is tops – love Florencia. Love her even more with Trevor St John. The more OLTL characters that come to GH the better!!! I am so tired of the mob and mob characters.

steve
steve

Tea & Victor still have a huge Story that should crossover to GH but Trevor St.John needs to return as Victor Lord Jr. !

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed!

Nikki
Nikki

I just want Victor and Tea reunited. They had such a large fanbase and were totally stabbed in the back when the writers didn’t give them their well-deserved happy ending. Trevor and Florencia are gold together- I just want to see them on screen one last time, then ride off into the sunset so both TSJ and FL can pursue their others ventures.

MK
MK

Actually I would prefer Tea over Blair! (Blair and Carly are carbon copies) Tea is a strong woman, that is missing from GH. It can’t be just Anna as the strong woman. Tea is even Brighter than Alexis.

Margie
Margie

Tea is unique, that’s for sure. Uniquely horrible.

Charles
Charles

I am bored and sadden by the baby switch storyline.Clearly the writers are stuck in history. Given how they have dealt with RH as Todd.To add insult to injury, the ending tease of OLTL……giving us a live Victor…….Tea’s character has no room to.breathe or live happily, on the mob mess of GH…….i don’t know why everyone thinks that OLTL is coming back in any format…..it simply isn’t. The writing is stretched thin……they are scrambling to aloe characters who are quitting or exiting because of money, the studios greed, and they are simply trying….to hard and doing some of this blindfolded……clearly someof this is not working out……its happening on every drama…….just watch……..

Renee
Renee

I really hope that Tea and Victor fans get a payoff. We need to see a reunion.

Tea deserves some kind of happiness after everything her character has been through and soon will go through when giving back the baby.

TSJ and FL are pure magic and GH would be lucky to get their chemistry on screen. The interview sounds like FL is willing to okay Tea whenever they call. That is good news!

Blake
Blake

I would love to see Tea, Blair, natalie, and Vicki on GH.

Christy
Christy

I’d like to see her occassionally but mostly, of course, I would like to see Trevor St. John make at least a few appearances to tie up that storyline… and then they can go off into the soap sunset together. 🙂

and it would be nice to see Blair some too… Carly could use a gal pal to talk to, especially with this Johnny / Connie fiasco

Christy
Christy

OR hey, better idea, if Todd were to start to figure out about VictorJr being alive and work with John to find him — that would be a nice end to the baby fiasco and would help Tea and then she and Victor could be together and Alison Perkins could be locked up, and then hopefully Todd could go on being a rascal on GH! 🙂

sounds like a soap to me! 😀

Mark
Mark

I love Tea. I hope she stays. If they’re smart they’ll keep her. Also, GH should keep as many OLTL actors as possible. When ABC gets the rights to OLTL back in January, it will be easier to put the show back together.
Adding OLTL characters has only helped GH. I loved both shows, but GH was not nearly as good as it is now.
Let’s hope ABC will bring back OLTL.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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