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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna and Alex Showdown, Carly Gets an Eyeful, Will A Smug Ava Get Her Comeuppance?

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital is setting the stage for the drama to unravel at the Nurses’ Ball, when the daytime drama Emmy-winning series, begins its annual event next week.

Finally viewers were treated to some answers as to the mystery of twins Anna and Alex Devane (Finola Hughes), the Chimera and Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), while bringing back up the late Morgan’s battle with bipolar disorder, and Ava (Maura West) sticking it to Carly (Laura Wright), because Carly is out of Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) life.  But will the Nurses’ Ball episodes reveal to Sonny and Carly that Ava switched Morgan’s meds with placebos which led to his demise? Will Ava’s deceit come to light? Fans have waited for this moment for a long time, which will put Maura West at center stage.

Meanwhile in story, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) have arrived in Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball and are at the airport.  They run into Alex, posing as Anna, but quickly figure out something is off.  Enter Anna off of her plane back to Port Charles, setting the stage for her family to know that Alex was posing as her.

Once Nathan (Ryan Paevey) handcuffs Alex and takes her to the PCPD and they go to a private interrogation room.  Anna begins questioning her sis! Alex says years ago she was being recruited by the DBX to seduce Valentin, as Anna.  She botched the job and somehow he took off with the Chimera after she convinced him to steal it. Alex claims she cared for Valentin and tipped him him off about the “kill” order.  Anna demands to know who she is working for since the Chimera is a deadly “weapon”.  Alex tells her she’ll have to be the one to get the Chimera back, and that she wants Anna to get Valentin to tell her who he sold it to.

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Carly comes upon Ava with Avery in the park and is puzzled how Ava has seemingly extra visitation rights.  Ava says it’s none of her business and that Carly’s time with Avery is over.

She then accuses Carly of using Avery to compensate for losing Morgan. Carly says she still has the tape of Ava and Paul having sex. and will turn into the cops. Carly surmises that Ava must have something on Sonny, and intends to find out what it is.

Martine is in bed with Sonny before she is supposed to leave town.  Later the two talk where Sonny admits to her that Morgan was bipolar and recounts the last several tragic months of his life including: the decision to put Morgan in an institution to get help.   Martine comforts him and the two hit the sheets, yet again.  Only this time, Carly walks in on two glasses of wine in the Cortinthos home, a dinner for two, and heads up the stairs where she catches Martine and Sonny in bed together.

So, what did you think of the Alex and Anna scenes performed by Finola Hughes? What will the Chimera do to all who attend the Nurses’ Ball if its unleashed?  Do you hope the ball spells trouble for Ava, and that the Corinthos family will finally understand why Morgan was acting so erratic before his untimely death?  What should Carly do to Martine? Comment below!

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Patrick
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“Will Ava’s deceit come to light? Fans have waited for this for a long time.” I UNDERSTAND fans bemoan these facts I had hoped that when… Olivia messed with “Olivia” baby meds.. that this would be the answer to Ava switching Morgans meds WHICH after all this time… I just do not care … the outcome any more.. but I do when it comes to high brow talent.. like Maura west… constantly playing 2nd fiddle to the lame embarrassment the Sonny and Carly show.. GH is. it just galls me.. that more people do not get this… I certainly see… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hey Patrick ..

Sonny and Carly’s crap baggage would sink the Titanic ((if it hadn’t already sunk))

I’m tired of the defunct couple of Sonny and Carly.. They truly are zeroed out.
Their entire relationship has been nothing but a blame bitch whine and moan fest.
I can live happly not having to see their love gone wrong woes.

Michael and Nelle are like stale moldy bread. Worthy of FF .

Truth…
the couples of GH are horrible, absolutely horrible godawful horrible.
with the exception of valentin and Nina
— and the only story I’m into is the Valentin story.

Timmm
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Timmm

Hey su0000, we agree, the couples suck! I remember when Luke and Laura fizzled and Frisco and Felicia grabbed the wand, then Sonny and Brenda, Stone and Robin and to a degree Alexis and Julian. [JELLY mucked that up!] But now on the show, who do you turn to? I like Ned an Liv but either are on FT. ANY women with Michael is a disaster! Kiki and Dylan are okay and I dont mind Sonny and Martina but thats it, any other possibilities are ignored! Kevin and Laura were interesting but dropped and my pick that would be great… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Love the way you write, Patrick.
I like Sonny with this new lady. He suddenly goes back to lighting up the screen when he’s with her. Carly also seems to thrive when away from Sonny.
I say that they are each other’s ball and chain in more ways than one.
It is time to end this un Super Couple once and for all. If there ever was a thrill, it’s gone now….baby.

Michael
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Michael

Patrick, I love ya Buddy, but I couldn’t make heads or tails out of what you wrote.

Anthony
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Anthony

Like me, Patrick, you have a great deal to say – and you’ve said it well. I will simply agree that I detest the holier-than-thou Sonny/Carly characters and the fact that they headline so much story. I’d gladly see them gone. As for Maura West and her Ava character… magnificent… stunning… worthy of top billing and top storyline on GH. I hate that she is always used as a punch line for Sonny/Carly. The writers need to get slapped around a little and maybe put together some intriguing stories.

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah… eeeww… the one time I start talking at the tv… is when either or start dissing Ava.

LOL.

all in good fun… yeah… bitch slap… 2 year contract…. 2 year contact… 2 year hitch

what’s it all about; Frank / Jean / Shelley

the stink starts here. mine does too

soap god channel … are you their

they were last renewed , September, 2016

that gives this trio… 3-4 months tops to channel

Celia
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Celia

You said it, Anthony. This childish back-and-forth posturing between Sonny and Carly has been going on, as I understand, for decades………It has been beaten to death.
What’s worse is their ‘oh, so touching’ ( not!!) shared flashbacks. I was not moved….plus, are Martina’s words to Sonny, ” ….she still loves you….” a baaaad omen? Do they signify a reconciliation between Carly and Sonny? I want to barf!!!! Who, in Hades, cares? Will this book ever be finished? All the chapters are consistently the same; with varying characters; but, the same old substance.

Jake
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Jake

I just love Maura West, since the day she walked on the canvas I have loved Ava. I could not imagine her without her flaws and heart. She plays the hell out of the character…even with some of the lamest writing. I hope that TPTB will wake up and give her a great leading lady story that this excellent actor should be driving.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m glad that we are seeing Ava and Scotty, together. she looks like she just delights in sharing scenes . whew !

I’m just over the beating Ava “takes” from Sonny and Carly. so one note.

as I’ve posted prior… THANKFULLY … Kiki is OUT of the Corinthos’ orbit

I LOVE Avery.. and surprise surprise Sonny is actually good

I need to just grin and bear it… that Ava is stuck… I wonder if Seth Baker could have been a love interest

Steve
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Steve

MW is a fabulous actress and captivating to watch. However, how many deaths can one character be responsible for before having to “pay the piper” ? Connie (directly murdered), AJ (egged Sonny to pull trigger) and Morgan (withheld meds). And don’t forget Jordan never revealed it was Ava who caused the Jason’s disfiguring accident.

Many will correctly point out Sonny and Jason have done their fair share of misdeeds. At least both of them were convicted & spent time in Pentonville (albeit briefly).

Celia
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Celia

Very well put, Patrick. ….As far as Ava, I think everyone gets it. Maura is spectacular, but her talent is held back for one reason—-to bolster Sonny’s and Carly’s predominance. They are kept supreme by lessening other characters’ relevance; in this case, Ava. I am not a long-time watcher, but it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out. TPTB will keep Carly and Sonny on a perpetual pedestal…..indefinitely. Perhaps, I am outnumbered, but I love Hayden and Finn….and, I adore Nina and Valentin. I would love for Nina to have a baby with Valentin. I, also, like… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“TPTB will keep Carly and Sonny on a perpetual pedestal…..indefinitely” thank you… I’ve long thought this you know… for all the love lorn… that Sonny and Carly are the end all and be all. ( it didn’t work ) that Carly was that able to bed, another man… Jax that… from what I’ve read.. has already… easily bedded Martine, again… were you watching GH when Dahlia Salem was on? that is the one and only time.. I’ve ever seen a connection – for, Sonny – yes I can go their. she needs to return. she could be his private lawyer.… Read more »

Joy
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Joy

Maura West is a fabulous actress but GH has not given her very good material.
If you saw her Carly on As The World Turns, you know she’s an amazing talent.
Give her real emotions built on real stories and she will deliver.

Jenny
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Jenny

I am so impressrd with the writing on this show lately!! Jean and Shelley have taken a lot of flack for a very thankless task…being the duo who had to clean up the disastrous mess left behind by Ron C! I think, finally, some of their vision is being allowed to play out.

PF
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PF

You’re too easily impressed. BTW, Jelly didn’t inherit a mess, they created one. But, with rumors swirling that they may be on their way out if their numbers don’t improve, that mess may be getting cleaned up soon.

Steve
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Steve

Is the show perfect now? Of course not, but to say they didn’t inherit a mess is to ignore the aftermath of Fluke, the Denise Demuccio debacle and Silas’ murder.

su0000
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su0000

Jean and Shelley are the Queens of Snooze ..

Timmm
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Timmm

No one should step on your opinion. I wasnt a huge fan of Ron. I thought JELLY would bring more romance? My biggest gripe with them is mismanaging GH history and leaving too many stories unfinished.

Celia
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Celia

Well said….yeees! Go Timmm, go su!!

Celia
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Celia

A while back I had suggested to explore Ava and Scotty as a couple, but, that suggestion was met with some resistance, LOL.
I’m glad you and Patrick, also, see the potential, T.
I love Ava; she rocks any and every scene as nobody else. And, she can rock with any male counterpart thrown her way!! Even Nathan…yeah!! Now, THAT would be HOT!!

Jenny
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Jenny

It is really time to reveal that Avery is actually Morgan’s. If we recall…Carly was left alone with the blood tests. It would make sense that Morgan’s swimmers knocked up Ava, not Sonny’s 60 year old dried up batch. This show needs to find Ava a viable storyline and love interest or just cut her loose. You dont keep an Emmy winning actress around to play the same mundane scenes for a year. As a glorified day player, Maura is not really bringing anytthing to the show. Its a shame….because she does romance so well. Why not have her and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hmmmm….I had forgotten all about that, Jenny; Morgan as Avery’s Daddy? What a legacy that would be, if Morgan were really dead and never to return!! Also, stick it to quick-as-a-rooster, Sonny, at the same time. How regrttablevwould it be if Sonny-a-go-go’s “dried up batch” impregnated this latest fling?
Perhaps, this is why Carly feels so drawn to Avery. She’s the girl’s grandmother. Makes sense.
And, Carly would have much more of a chance, if it came to battling it in court.

Shay
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Shay

Oh, CeeCee! Your non-stop “Sonny” observations are tooooooo much fun! LOL. Just when one thinks they’ve exhausted all creative means of describing the “Corinthos Crown Jewels” and their frequent pursuant activities, aftermaths and other related matters, well, you come up with at least six new ways from Sunday to do so! My compliments, mia amica!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

@Shay… I hope you read this

but yes… if I have to find balance… for my bat

@Celia… PLUS help me see the light.

it’s just an odd feel… when Sonny mob man and rote.. mix.. with men folk.. he’s not forefront.. but with the women.. he comes off as all he man.. and Ava looks like she just wants to punch him in the face

his physicality .. is not there. and when you add in the budget.. it’s not HBO Soprano

c’est la vie

ASHLAND CRIPTON
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ASHLAND CRIPTON

Oh wow. Interesting. Because that would also make Bobbie Spencer (Jacklydn Zeman) Avery’s GREAT-Grandmother…. !

Andy G.
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Andy G.

But Sonny has super sperm! He’s the male equivalent of a “Fertile Myrtle.” He impregnates everyone–Carly, Olivia, Alexis and most recently Ava. Plus, it’s one of the primary laws of soap opera: The more random, inappropriate and unlikely a sexual coupling is, the greater the likelihood that pregnancy will result.

Shay
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Shay

I’ve often wondered if Maurice’s contract stipulates the character of Sonny must impregnate at least one character per given time period…..it has seemed to work out that way!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

OH JENNY I just – roared – with laughter Sonny’ – old batch. WOW just read all your post. I would LOVE it found out.. that Avery is Morgans’. YES – Wallah – end of story; OUT of the Corinthos orbit. thereby your idea that Carly and Ava could bound with Avery about Morgan. Bam ! end of this tired threesome… and a new beginning.. to see if Carly has it in her to have a BFF. and truly enjoys being a grandmother… and shucks the best yet… I so LOVE Jacklyn Zeman ( Bobbie).. that’d make her a great… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Duly noted, Patrick!…Portraying Sonny as the dashing ladykiller—aka, Port Charles’ version of Valentino—whilst still maintaining his signature wiseguy mafioso muscle, is more than a bit ridiculous, not to mention, incongruous…he is at his best–and most credible—when he is a ruthless powerbroker dealing with the underworld, not racking up numerous notches on his seriously worn out bedpost! Moreover, making this character the nearly universally-beloved centerpiece of Port Charles society really does beggar belief….it’s quite one thing to have him mingling with the “menfolk” in his own gangster milieu and perhaps, even beyond, but to buy into this notion that he’s every… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Carly could reveal this if Ava gets full custody.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Oh my God!!! Oh my Lord have mercy!!! I haven’t seen the episode yet but it sure sounds like an episode I am going to get adrenalized for. Just reading this got my heart pumping faster!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

This Martine…a lame plot driven device just to give Ava a way to blackmail Sonny…GH knows no such word as comeuppance so Ava will continue to run free just like most of this shows villains!!!

Celia
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Celia

You are right, Jimmy. I find myself torn between Carly and Ava. I like them both….on one hand, Carly has no rights to Avery….on the other Ava survives through manipulation. Carly is not a better mother than Ava….nor is Sonny. They have all proven, time and again, their ‘needs’ and wants come before their children. Who is trapped here, and suffers the most? Avery……being thrown around like a football does not a happy child make. In a twisted way ( LOL), I did derive a certain satisfaction when Ava told a presumptuous Carly to, more or less, ‘stuff it’. Will… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oops… I meant Sonny not a better parent, not mother.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

As for Anna and Alex-im just glad its not a mask story…as for Avery…take the child away from Ava, Sonny and Carly and give sole custody to Kiki…

Timmm
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Timmm

If there was a drinking game with the word “Chimera” and or “Morgan”, AA would be turning people away!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I hope she does…only to spite Carly.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i hope Kiki ends up with sole custody of Avery. and so Ava, Sonny and Carly get what they all deserve!!!

su0000
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su0000

hi Jimh .. how you be? I want Ava to come out this a winner! Carly has turned into a bitter old hag bitchin about everything and for that she has to die by fire ant death! WHOA!! Sonny got himself some sexy hot strange ((and a bottle of Viagra) good for him! If I were Sonny I’d stay with hot sex Martine and put snaggy sherw Carly to the curb. life is too short to put up with Carly’s crap.. ((sex isn’t complicated love is)) live free, Sonny! It would be good for Ava to have an upper hand… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

By now you would think Sonny would have worn it off…lol

Celia
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Celia

You called it, su…it must be some magic potion-Viagra. I hear it has a longevity of four hours? HaHa.
No way could any normal guy, even a young one, could go at it, several times, consecutively…..little swimmers need to regroup.
Sonny sexy? Nah!! Keep it going? Oh, su…please!!…it hurts my eyes. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

She is a good actress and brings Sonny to life! Carly is old news!

Celia
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Celia

Also, with Alex on the scene, so many possibilies arise. As I said, Auntie Charlotte had a lot of influence with the Devane siblings, mentally–so far as to brainwash them– so, Griffin may be Valentin’s or Duke’s, where Alex impersonated Anna.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Jimmy. You’d think Sonny’s pride and joy would be exhausted by now, after a life-long exercise in debauchery. He needs to be exorcized. LOL…… but, the malandrino that is Sonny, will raise hell in hell. Skirts will be eternally a’lifting as he eye-balls his new domain…..no pun intended. Ha!

Shay
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Shay

Oh, CeeCeeGirl! You have perfectly encapsulated the eternally roaming sexual beast that is Sonny C.!!!! Applause, applause! LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Well, CeeCee, even though she’s now quite a bit older, I do recall Alexis in her younger days as another lawyer called Julia (on SB) and there is more than a passing resemblance to Martina…I noticed it right away…not that I’m necessarily impressed with this newest legal eagle either. The fact she hopped right into the kip with the slimy Sonny hardly ingratiates her to me, but as I said, I did see some similarities with Ms. Davis–right down to the apparently loose morals! Hah! (Albeit there is a marked difference in their respective choices of “professional apparel!”) As for… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Anyone else think Martina comes off as a taller, younger, sober and far less neurotic version of Alexis? Wonder if she could be the product of another one of her anonymous “backseat liaisons?” Perhaps that hit-it-and-run pregnancy thing was a regular m.o. of Ms. Davis.

Celia
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Celia

Too funny, Shaybelle. I don’t know….for one thing, Martina dresses professionaly, albeit I do not like her. Her acting is not all that; compared to Nancy. Martina’s irrational anger with Carly does not make sense….she barely knows either her or Sonny, yet here she is insinuating herself in their life and issues. …not a very endearing character. And, Martina ‘s face is not very becoming when she scrunches it up to make her pointless point. Nope, do not like her. I hope she soon goes away. I’ll take Alexis over her any day. LOL, Shay. Nontheless, I will admit that… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

The truth of the matter – be it lame or not – is that I will watch Maura West do ANYTHING. She is that good. I agree that Ava has not had a solid story line in a minute but every time she is on screen I pay attention. Her scenes with Lucy Coe were spectacular. Ava needs to run into Nina again and throw some terror her way. Ava is a villain but a villain with heart. Her scenes when Morgan died were out of the world. She portrayed the pain and humiliation at her role in it so… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I never saw Billy Miller on Y&R but whatever he did or didn’t do there has no bearing on his role as Jason. Flirty, funny, crying…however well he depicted those emotions, whatever charm he exuded…isn’t the character Jason Morgan. And though Jason is supposed to be different to some extent…one would have hoped he would have reverted back to Quartermaine to pick up the slack…he’s still “stone cold” to some extent and he’s taken that direction with his acting. In that sense I think he plays it well. Still doesn’t seem like Jason to me…they had him as “Jake” for… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Your take on Billy Miller’s version of Jason is exactly what I’ve been thinking. Burton thought Jason Quartermaine was dull and embraced Jason Morgan. With Miller in the role, Jason Q would be a lot more interesting – and fun to watch – than Jason M.

cooks7570
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cooks7570

If Sonny gets away with his crimes, Why can’t Ava get away with her crimes. I loved that Ava put Carly in her place. I wish the name Morgan would go away. Morgan’s has been dead seven months, So why are we still hearing about him. I wish the show was still mentioning Nikolas like they mention Morgan a lot.

Patrick
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Patrick

“thank you” on the … bygones be bygones… Sonny vs Ava. FLATLINE . i’m so done in.

” I won’t rest” till Ava has her daughter back… i’m just no longer interested in listening to Sonny or Carly dissing Ava about – Avery –

I miss Tyler Christopher ( Nikolas )

Timmm
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Timmm

They will both get away with their crimes as long as they are under contract!

dmr
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dmr

GAWD, I wish that we could just forget the on-slaught of Morgan Corinthos. What a useless character. Like nails on a chalkboard. A narcissistic, spoiled character who just whined and whined.

Shay
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Shay

Amen, dmr. The latter-day Morgan was just one majorly pointless, perpetual screw-up of a character…it was always something wrong in life with that dude. Hence I certainly I don’t miss him and have no desire to see him return. And to think he was such a cute, nice little kiddo way back when…really sweet!

Celia
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Celia

LOL.

su0000
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su0000

Anna/Alix story ;

Their story has no core their story is empty of sense.
The story is meaningless there just isn’t a whole lot of anything meaningful. ..
It’s not even exciting or intriguing.
Not to mention it doesn’t even have a bit of awareness of the sisters history they are Twin sisters and there is not even an emotional connection shown.

— The only awesome thing about the Anna/Alix story is— Finola Hughes !!!

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, i’m barely keeping any thing in…. upchuck at “Anna” wanting to picnic with Valentin. LOL that same eppi… Curtis is telling Nina about the “microphone chip” or whatever that “Anna” has been using Valentin all this time. this banter on feelings … I agree with Celia… Anna wouldn’t do that. overboard. I was getting the heebie jeebies… OK FINALLY with the REAL ANNA back from London… NOW we will see the real Anna combust and reel everyone in. which may again .. include the chemistry every one is talking about… with the real anna and valentin…. and then… i’d… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Agreed, su0000. As much as I love Finola, this ridiculous storyline of characters (Franco/Jason) chasing a scarecrow in the woods and doodling figures on a roll of paper is DUMB! I think the entire storyline is STUPID!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah, su. The writers ran around in circles with this Chimera stupidity….but, as I intimated to you, personally; the end result would be Helena. Any off-the-wall, cryptic, down-the-river-Styx, always involves Helena….dead or alive!!
Thus, the circle is now closed for me. As soon as Valentin disclosed to whom he sold the illogical “Chimera Project”—- the ultimate destroyer of humanity, at the Nurses’ Ball, no less–I was done with this schoolroom game.
No matter what happens from here-on-in, personally?…. my interest is now nonexistent.

Steve
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Steve

It’s time to let Morgan Rest In Peace instead of dragging this tiresome storyline on and on.

FH was golden this past week. April belonged to Jane Elliott, May to Finola Hughes. Keep hope alive for a glorious June for Genie Francis.

BTW, it’s the DVX – not dbx.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t think he’s resting in peace because I don’t think he’s dead. Bryan Craig has expressed an interest in coming back…so he probably will be…alive or in flashback. As for “dragging the storyline on”…I find a lot of fans complain when characters grieve too long. Some felt Anna did. Personally, I find it realistic. Not many get over the deaths of those they love so quickly. If the show JUST centered on loss I’d agree. But these are just parts of a revolving number of characters and their stories. Losing a love, losing a child, parent, etc…one goes through… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

From what I’ve read, V&V have turned down BC’s offer stating they want Morgan to remain dead. Of course, this being a soap, as soon as we hear Dillon & Kiki are getting married, Morgan will start his journey back to PC.

I’m fine with showing characters grieve, but be fair about it. I’d love to see GF knock it out of the park mourning Nikolas or LC lamenting AJ’s demise rather than painting a saintly picture of Morgan, who was far from it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh…I agree, Steve, with your opinion about the lack of grief displayed by Monica and Laura regarding their sons. That’s exactly what I mean. Completely unrealistic (which is why I appreciate the more realistic reactions of Anna for Duke and Sonny/Carly for Morgan). The fact that neither displayed anything other than what amounted to a momentary sniffle is completely unrealistic and breaks the fourth wall of realism. For that matter, Alexis, too. She and Nicolas were incredibly close and yet the writers completely removed her from reacting to his “death.” Alexis and Nic had been each other’s confidantes from the… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

Yes, I was SMH about that, too…

Tristan
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Tristan

Finola Hughes has been wonderful in this dual role. As an actor she is clearly enjoying this challenge, and as a viewer I am enjoying it along with her. Glad to see that Alex still has layers and is being written not as good or evil, but as more complex and “sisterly.” Fun scenes with the twins , and I look forward to more. Over thirty years later, FH still is — to me — GH’s best leading lady. And, as far as GH”S leading ladies go, it is a status she shares — for me — only with Genie Francis.… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Finola got ripped off at the Emmys and they wasted GF AGAIN!

Tristan
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Tristan

We are on the same page. FH is just so stellar. And Genie IS GH!!!! They both should be driving story, as they are the hearts and souls of GH

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Tristan! Now that Tracy has departed Port Charles for “greener pastures” in parts unknown, it would behoove GH to place Genie and Finola’s characters as the featured centers of the show. Nobody else remaining on the canvas possesses the gravitas and historical perspective of these two ladies—save for maybe the now-relegated to minor status, Monica—not to mention the fact that these highly-regarded, seasoned actresses know the difference between delivering subtle, effective performances that stir the “heart and soul,” as opposed to the OTT scenery-chewing antics we too often witness from other so-called GH female leads. Enough already with the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Perfect post, Shaybelle….as usual, we are in sync. ( well, excrpt gor Nina and Ava, lol). I love Finola and Genie and the characters they play, but, to me, soaps are a revolving door. New blood is always needed…, not necessarily fresh blood, lol……but, Ava and Nina have brough a distinct style and purpose to main storylines. I love Rebecca/Hayden, as well, but, at this point, I see no story……not unless her bio dad ( and Lizzie’s) shows up. Meeting Dr Weber would be a treat for me, and Hayden, LOL. Oh, yeah…the pregnancy. But, as it is a standard… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oops…except; for Nina—always in a rush….later!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think one of the biggest flaws most soap writers have these days is not thinking long term. Yeah, it was a dramatic twist that Ava changed Morgan’s pills– and that indirectly lead to his death– but long term– if the characters are to be true to who they are– the minute Sonny finds out he should kill Ava– they stopped him after she killed Connie with the whole I am carrying your child or grandchild stunt– but this time– honestly if Sonny doesn’t kill Ava for what she did, then they basically make this mob boss — laughable– and… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I am loving GH these days. I still think writing for a daily soap is an impossible feat and yet…they somehow manage to keep us coming back for more. As far as soaps go GH, for better or worse, always manages to interject several stories and characters simultaneously and though some might be dropped for a while they’re usually picked back up at some point. Yes, I miss many of the vets. I think for a lot of us that’s a given. But I really appreciate how quickly Valentin fit into the canvas, how natural the relationship between him and… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I don’t think writing for a soap is impossible — Agnes Nixon, Bill Bell, Douglas Marland, Bridget and Jerome Dobson, Gordon Russell, Peggy O’Shea, Claire Labine, and Pat Falken Smith are examples of writers who understood the genre, how to plot long-term intertwining stories, and deliver emotional pay-offs that resonated and propelled the characters forward for years. No doubt writing a successful soap is hard work but clearly there are decades of proof it can be done (and done brilliantly) so I don’t buy into the notion of giving a pass on lackluster material because a job is hard. As… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL…I don’t think the chimera will be cut short after the nurses ball. I think it will have repercussions…I think perhaps Charlotte and lil Jake (both subjected to Helena’s machinations…are perhaps part of the “project.” Perhaps they’re “twins” in some way. I think we’ll see a teaming up between Anna and Valentin…I don’t think their relationship will suddenly falter after the story. Whether it be friends, lovers, enemies… Nicolas? Will he be a part of it? I think just the fact that I’m wondering makes it an engaging story. As for the list of soap writers and soap’s history…it was… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I loved Claire Labine and Agnes Nixon. Claire, loved her work on General Hospital in the 90’s. Agnes, loved her work on AMC in the 80’s.

Timmm
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Timmm

Women always think that men will change or they can change them. NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! Carly needs to find herself a young stud and be done with Sonny! He is a powerful loser! I like him and Martina together. The women is beautiful and can act! Ava needs to lay low and hook up with Scott. Finola is great! I am impressed and surprised the writers flushed out the twins as quick as they did. Kudos to Emma! Can we please kill off Finn, Franco and Lisel and have Nathan move to wherever Maxie is and have them off… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Be still my heart!!!! Timmmy….you cannot wish to take my Adonis (other than my husband, lol …Nathan) , off my screen. Long live Nathan West!!!… and, oh, yeah; Griffin, as well. Forever perfect male specimen!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Nathan is handsome, Griffin took his shirt off last week and looked like a Dollar Store male plastic “Ken” doll!

k/kay
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k/kay

Tyler Christopher was not worth Franks time he will put GH in the ground because he is nuts about let’s hire everybody I see at the gym? Ugh

dmr
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dmr

Agreed. The on-slaught of characters is ridiculous, and this has been a problem for a while now. Many viewers forget storylines because they are dropped, only to be reintroduced weeks to months later. Other storylines are rushed and don’t have a chance to grow, and viewers do not have a chance to feel a connection to a character, couple, or storyline. The stupid, fake storylines (chimera) need to stop. Why can’t the writers focus on what viewers can relate to-friendships, couples, rivalries, etc.

dmr
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dmr

I wanted Carly to date Griffin, haha.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my Lordy, Lord!!!! I am on the floor, kicking my legs, with laughter, LOL.
That is sooo funny… Griffin a plastic Ken? HaHaHaHaHa!!

Do you know that my son took all the Ken’s heads off my niece’s dolls and put them on all her Barbies’ bodies? He switched heads!! The little rascal. I think he may be a comedian, as you, Timmmy!!
Seriously, Griffin’s face is so gorgeous —almost unreal and too good to be true.
I watched him on CRIMINAL MINDS:BEYOND BORDERS, last week….he killed it!!

Shay
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Shay

Sounds more like your brilliant boy may have a future in the medical field as a doctor who performs transgender surgeries, CeeCee! Given the current growth potential of this particular specialty, I should think the demand will grow at least ten-fold by the time your son is of career-age!

Patrick
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Patrick

@Timmm that was classic line

fan applause

“Nathan is handsome, Griffin took his shirt off last week and looked like a Dollar Store male plastic “Ken” doll! ”

truth be told… Nathan is doing more than Griffin… hey… I stand by that

Griffin (granted) has yet to be given a story line.. outside of being Duke son.

Nathan… after 3 years.. is still affecting.

so… both handsome.. both NEEDED and value. each turn

i’d give Nathan prop and first in line.

YES YES YES.. I want Ellie Trout to return. Nathan loved her.

Steve
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Steve

Male/female friendships are an important, enjoyable part of soaps. Griffin and Anna, Scott and Ava, heck sometimes even Jason and Carly are more fun to watch than some of the romantic pairings.

Yes, Griffin needs a romantic interest, as does Ava — but do they really “work” together? When Maxie returns, it will be interesting to see the dynamic between KS & RP. And while the chemistry between FH & JPS is apparent, both are phenomenal performers who would work well with almost anyone.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Steve, agreed. Your opinion also applies to the women and men on these soap sites.
We have some very close and friendly male-female friendships, right here. All platonic, LOL.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

So, could Anna and Alex sing a duet at the Nurse’s Ball? Please???

Celia
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Celia

Very interestingly weird, but entertaining, I’m sure , Mister Media. I’d love to see that, myself.

Shay
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Shay

I’ll leave the technical details to the professionals, CeeCeeGirl, but it would have been a real kick to see Finola do a “Doublemint Twins” twist on the dancefloor!

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…I was referring to the iconic chewing gum and their longtime incorporation of female twins in their adverts…I don’t know if that song had anything to do with the actual product and their “spokes-twins,” as I’ve never heard of it…before my time, too!!! Hmmm….

Shay
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Shay

Given that Finola’s forte’ is dance, I think a pas de deux would be a more fitting choice! And a fabulous one, too!!!!

Celia
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Celia

How can ‘they’ make that two-step happen, Shay? It’ll take the magical hand of a Chimera to work the optical, elusive-illusion of/with the camera. LOL.

Celia
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Celia

HaHa, Shaybelle….had to google ” Doublemint Twist”….released in 1962. Well, the tune would certainly warrant some intricate steps a’ pas de deux.

dmr
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dmr

Friday’s episode, was one, that actually made me look forward to Monday’s episode, a “Cliff-Hanger Friday” type of episode. I watched a little of Monday’s episode while home for lunch. As usual, Sonny takes absolutely no responsibility for the demise of his marriage and the implosion of his life. I had to laugh, while watching last week’s episodes-the “Dimpled Don” at work again with the wine, the pasta, etc. The only thing missing was the dress in the box (perfect fit, too) on the bed and the jet to the private island, lol.

Celia
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Celia

The chimera story is a project. Ok….so, what exactly does the name imply? That the project has many faces? ….as in spies? Double agents? Was it devised by Valentin? It seems that way; the reason why Alex was on its trail. Calling 007……Sean Connery where are you? When I think of a chimera, a maelstrom of images come to mind……that of evil witches and femme fatales in the guise of damsels in distress in golden tresses, adorned with crowns of flowers, dressed in flimsy, airy, white shifts blowing in the wind. Helena just doesn’t fit that visual; unless she is… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

No, make that Sir Roger Moore-RIP, CeeCeeGirl! His witty, urbane and sophisticated Bond was always my favorite! So sad to see him go. He was quite the gent! Same for the lovely and gracious Dina Merrill…..a coolly elegant blonde in the same vein as our dear, classy Helena and one of Mar-a-Lago’s original dwellers! Oh, and Mr. Powers Boothe, too…a real American, rugged individualist of an actor….they don’t make enough men like that anymore. I shall miss them all….the world will be a much lesser place without them in it!

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Alan
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Alan

The entire Anna/Alex plot is a total waste of Finola’s talents. The evil twin story is one of my three favorites soap opera tropes (baby switches and multiple personalities being the other two) and Jean and Shelly managed to make it about as boring as it could get. With the exception of not knowing Nathan’s name, there were basically no errors on Alex’s part to nearly trip her up and barely an episode after Anna was revealed to be in a London hospital, she escapes and confronts Alex in an airport. Seriously? I can’t believe the writers threw away the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

B – E – A – U – T – I – F – U – L

” she escapes and confronts Alex in an airport. Seriously? I can’t believe the writers threw away the opportunity to have two Anna’s running around Port Charles confusing the hell out of people and leading to a real confrontation with them dressed alike to confuse everyone. ”

so many posts slay.

WITH good writing… sigh ( the trio of F / J / S ) have lost steam… no muster

Finola Hughes is the best

Celia
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Celia

PS. Patrick…It’s called ‘kindred spirits’. Yes?

Celia
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Celia

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! You did it, again, Alan. Love your succinct post. Firstly, the word, or idea of a Chimera is not new to me. Being married to an Italo-American, whose parents and cohorts are from Italy, the culture in enmeshed in “Chimera” ( Key-meh-ra——not, ky-meera, as is pronounced by the characters) folklore. There are a myriad of Italian and Neopolitan songs dedicated to Chimeras, LOL. So, its definition in Italian is: Desiderio irrealizzabile—translating to: irrealizable desire. Very elusive, is how I tranlate it……our minds’ creation, where websee what we want to see. So, if we are to incorporate this… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

hollah

is this not the F / J / S recipe

” I hope I will be able to embrace a decent and understandable outcome—satisfying my skepticism…..or are we to simply accept the nonsense?”

billboard

Celia
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Celia

Correction:
Since the word chimera is feminine; its plural form would be chimere; not chimeras, as in the English pluralization.

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

Just a simple guy. You had great characters in Julian and Ava, but crippled them. I am so sick of all the crimes hanging over their heads. I used to enjoy the characters, but now it’s just…now long before Sonny is “gonna kill them” again. It is so unfortunate that the new head writers believe making it the Sonny & Jason show is the key to GH’s salvation. And BTW, the day the emotionless Steve Burton returns as Jason is the day I stop watching.

Lin
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Lin

I do not think the current writers are doing a great job. The Chimera story is boring. I agree with those above that Carly and Sonny are two immature people who do the same things over and over. The current writers should have sent them to marital counseling (or something) before they agreed to go back together, or while they were together. They are both sluttish. No one mentioned that on this show none of these characters use birth control- discuss birth control or practice safe sex. We’re talking right before the Nurses’ Ball which is put on for AIDS/HIV… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Can a certain, smug mobster get his comeuppance? haha

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

Photo: ABC

What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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