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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
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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
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Margie

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

Robert
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Robert

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

Margie
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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
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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
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Brian

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

Joe
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Joe

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

MikeT
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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
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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
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Rick

I’d love to see her continue on GH!

Robert
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Margie
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Margie

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

boes
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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
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cathy trinque

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

SoapFan1
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

todd
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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
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Sheryl Postin

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

jagger
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jagger

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

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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Frank

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

JLH
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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
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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
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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
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MBmomof3

Agreed!

Nikki
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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
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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
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Margie

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

Charles
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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… Read more »

Renee
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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
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Blake

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

Christy
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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
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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
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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.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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