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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Reveals Herself To Her Secret Son; Finola Hughes Delivers Power Performance!

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If you watched last week’s episodes of General Hospital, you know that the truth finally came to light.  Port Charles knows that Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is actually Henrik Faison.

In the scenes where Peter aka Henrik and his bio-mother Anna (Finola Hughes) have a showdown on the pier, Henrik wants to shoot Anna thinking she’s trying to dupe him into believing she is his mother.  He is in for the shock of his life when Anna reveals that she actually is! This comes to light as Jason (Steve Burton) finds Anna and Henrik together, and wants to kill Henrik for his role in keeping Jason captive for five years.  Anna doesn’t want Jason to harm her son.

As Finn (Michael Easton) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) all envelop the scene, it is Finola Hughes who once again this week turns in yet another power performance as the emotionally overwrought, guilt-ridden mother, who must face the consequences of her actions with a son who despises her.  Add to that, the lies that she told to her family and friends, and the ramifications of what to do next now that Henrik wants no part of her, and this story point gave Hughes some material to sink her teeth into.

Later, in an emotional scene with Finn, Anna doesn’t understand how she missed all the clues that Peter, who was hiding in plain sight in Port Charles, was actually Henrik.  She finally confesses that is why she pushed Finn away from any romantic entanglement. Then, in a painful recall, Anna explains her past with Cesar Faison, and how she gave up their baby.  She never tracked the baby over the years, and she thinks, if she had, maybe his life would have been different.

In a major showdown, Anna storms into Valentin’s (James Patrick Stuart) screaming at him that she almost shot her own son tonight!  She accuses Valentin of setting this all in motion, because he despises her, and he deliberately gave Peter to Cesar, and put him in the nefarious villain’s path.  Valentin confesses it gave him leverage over her. Anna is outraged that she handed a child to a “monster.” Valentin claims he has been haunted by his decisions his whole life.

All in all, whether you like the story turn …don’t like a rewrite of history … whether you’re on board with the story, (and many fans have not been) … Finola Hughes continues to show why she is one of the finest actresses of this genre, or any other.  Hughes plays Anna vacillating between emotional mother, tough agent, while displaying a vulnerability. And let’s be real … is there anyone stronger than Anna Devane?

So, did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?  Comment below.

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Celia
Celia

Personally, I am not on board with this story. I am not in-like with Anna or Finn, as they are being written. Perhaps, I am the only one, but, this plot, story, whatever, is not interesting.
I do not like Peter….I’d rather have Faison back. The only consolation is Robert, and Drew…..watching Scorpio in action is a plus….and I want Drew to get his memory back.
And, speaking of passe’ actors, how about Laura and Liesl? I want them back….to be honest, more so than Anna….unless her persona goes back to its original form….or at least, the way she was when I joined this group.
Furthermore….let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Enough of the cat and mouse game between Ava and Griffin—let’s talk about Kiki and a baby with Griffin. Hmmmmm. Sort of like Carly—reversal roles…
Let’s talk about how silly and stupid this hush-hush business about Dr. Perv, with which Kiki has begged Michael to keep to himself.
Really? In these “let’s talk” times? How could her job be on the line? She has a cell phone….record the guy!!
This story could be so 21Century and then some; so indulging the times; so relevant with everyday life on the job. It would be great if Kiki, Michael and Griffin set Dr Perv up. Now, that’s a story!!!!!!! Give Kiki some spunk instead of making her look like a helpless girlie-girl. He is blackmailing her…DO SOMETHING KIKI…
I’d be on this perv’s back like ehite on rice….literally pulling his hair and pounding his fithy, sick head.
And…..C’mon, writers—-end this part of Anna’s story….at least, make it short.

Patrick
Patrick

SHUCKS – it’s too much. just after seeing the “thread” how GH has FALLEN to last and/or 4th. the new FEATURE @GH. Drew will align himself with Andre.. and do what it takes to get his memory back. STAT : every since DREW left Sam… he has become MORE watchable… and INTERESTING.. I love his camaraderie with Oscar. his RELAXED mode with Kim. it’s all systems go, isn’t it ?

GAWD : I am truly sick of Alexis by now. why does that not happen… because I enjoy seeing her stupid ?!?! ONCE AGAIN she disses Julian… he shows up dastardly primed and wowzah.. complete with CAlla Lillies ? so far so good.. SHE is the ONE who goes in for the kiss… she balks and ROAR !!!!! ???? she does it again… WHO NEEDS THIS ? for Julian… as he tells her he’s just not complete without her… shows him the door… FORGET ABOUT IT. OVER you Alexis… GH has go to dump Alexis and with dumped Finn. let these two partay till the show has it’s last harrah. BAM! ’nuff said on these dead two

Celia : do we all honestly think – at this point in time… over three years now.. since this regime took over .. after RC left ? that they have the energy drive and bullet to show any thing? I say this because I am also sick… of what may never be for Ava… A solid give and take… surprise surprise for Ava worth… she nurse balled it.. sung and danced a storm

one MORE sick… and this is the best doozy. Laura Wright Carly. IF EVER – THERE IS TIME… TO ACT. Frank Valentini you trudge your #1 act and spokesperson when you think she’s necessary … to get the show sparked. i’m tired of her.. justly so… your mind must be mush… to day in and day out.. FEATURE the twosome you thought… would bring you accolade award and your showmanship SUNK

if this show is in fact in the brink of cancellation… it’s all on “YOU”. you featured Sonny and Carly. these two will go down infamy of killing the show they – trot trot trot – one’s always humbled and the other pom poms so loudly SCREECH i’m sick of Carly.

THIS is your time Laura Wright to enter that mental institution and … oh ….

what will the GH writers parade ?

Harry
Harry

Patrick, Anna is one of my favorite characters but I don’t like her in this story at all. If you told me a year ago I would be fast forwarding through her stories, I would have told you that you’re crazy. And now she’s suddenly in protective Mama bear mode over this cretin? I don’t buy the story, it’s not character driven and it’s full of more holes than Sponge Bob. And I am sorry as I know I am in the minority but I just don’t feel that Parking lot Peter is strong enough of an actor to rise above this badly written story line. Yesterday he was in a scene with Tristan Rogers, and it was clear he was out of his depth. Peter sounded like he was reading and when a stiff reading of lined is juxtaposed against the natural flow of dialogue as delivered by Rogers, the contrast is glaring. He’s just not very good (in my opinion, of course). Now, I have done another complete 180 on Alexis. She has been annoying me with her adolescent behavior but yesterday, while talking to Kevin, she spoke about her proclivity to be drawn to bad boys who are bad for her. Alexis showed her vulnerability and she was quite sweet in her scenes yesterday. I do love her friendship with Finn. I almost feel Nancy asked for this scene and it was badly needed. Her dialogue was well written, well acted and believable. So every now and then GH does get it right.

Patrick
Patrick

harry : thanks for posting… I can’t always be debby downer.. after all .. on any given day… the doling of nuggets every now and then… surprise. I like.. and even appreciate the light hearted juxtapose… with both Alexis and Finn. as I’ve posted.. since GH MUST have these characters in our orbit.. then so be it… I’m just GLAD and even surprised that posts have shared that these two have something. flesh that out more. if posts cannot see JUlian and Alexis; AND think Anna and Finn have something… argh! as you posted.. ie: Heinrick w/Robert. no point… WOAH. seeing Finn with Anna. same difference. Anna was so in her element with Paul Hornsby… AND I see a natural connect with Valentin.

Patrick
Patrick

forgot to add. however, one finds Alexis character.. be it fiction or otherwise… I hate the virtuoso… Alexis ! have some FUN. any way.. I hated the way Ava … groveling back to Griffin… still love the comment from Scotty awhile back… wanted Ava to go out with him for dinner and drinks… Lamented.. Griffin has no personality. Roared. so she shows up naked. I don’t know if Griffin went all the way… as just last night he bedded Kiki. retread.. coming from Ava being stung

Harry
Harry

Patrick, Celia and dmr, we seem to be on the same page here. Griffin is a weak character. He puts on an this pious act and yet, he seems morally challenged. He was a priest when he slept with Nathan’s first wife, Claudette. And now, because he split a whole bottle of champagne with Kiki he jumps into bed with her? Not only can he not hold his liquor, he can’t keep his zipper up. When you couple his morally corrupt behavior with his uppity, pious and judgmental character, what you have is a weak character with not much of a future ahead of him. I agree about Ava and Scotty–perfect match and a whole lot of fun.

Celia
Celia

Great post, Patrick!!

dmr
dmr

Harry, I agree. Parking Lot Peter does not have the acting “chops” to pull of this storyline. That point is proven when he is in scenes with actors such as Tristan Rogers. Wright’s boyfriend acts creepy like Norman Bates while reading Shakespeare. He’s just awful.

Celia
Celia

Oh, how I agree, Harry!!
What’s the point of repeating things over and over again? An effort in futility, I say….so, go with the flow?
And, who says you’re in the minority?
How does a mother ( Anna) suddenly become obsessively protective of a child of whom she did not even know the gender of said child?
Wouldn’t she have confided in someone? Too out there in space somewhere.
I’m glad we both saw Alexis’ vulnerability…..it took me a few years, but, I really, really like her. I finally got into her head. I’ve always liked Nancy, but Alexis, sans Julian, came out as herself and I like what I see.
Now, you, Timmm and Jimh usually have a good handle on what’s to come. I do not like Peter, nor his story and all the trimmings…..
However, we’re stuck with him……who do you think kidnapped him? Faison? Liesl?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And, again, Patrick, I must salute you! Your commentary to Valentini on Carly and Sonny are insightful and spot on!

KM Chiz
KM Chiz

I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve always been a Finola Hughes fan and will forever be. I love the character of Anna Devane and struggle to find any enjoyment with the current storyline. However, I can’t deny how absolutely fantastic Finola’s performances have been and for that reason alone I have developed an appreciation for GH’s decision to take us down this dark and twisted path.

Patrick
Patrick

A – N – Y ; drama ; that could have ensued ; between Anna and SON… has spiraled… LAY blame on Valentin. WITH all the cards stacked up ; for Wes Ramsey.

1. he’s the one who “rescued” Jason. Faison ordered him to kill Jason… alas, Jason was institutionalized and drugged. YAWN 5 years later (etc… etc… etc ) guess we have to read the book on all of his trials and tribulations… I need a hero… I wonder if he’s good in bed

blah blah blah… thereby each character … that coulda woulda shoulda went at it with each other… don’t have to. all the questions all the anger all the reasons to “hate” each other

went out the window as soon as Anna told Heinrick … it was all Valentin fault. Valentin threatened your adoption family and returned you to Faison

when the “arrest” and discovery was going on… ADD the interrogation room at PCPD.. I saw NO eye connect that meant any thing. NO FEELING… can you imagine the same thing going on with Michael Easton… Anna has two sons

theres an interesting article out on the internet:

@SHOWBIZ 411 by Roger Friedman : HEADLINE

ABC Daytime Is Down to Just One Show– “General Hospital”– as “The Chew” is Cancelled, “The View” is Under ABC News
■Media
■Television

by Roger Friedman

EXCERPT: “…Now “General Hospital” teeters on the brink of extinction. After falling to 4th place out of 4 soaps two weeks ago, the show made slight rebound to 3rd place for the week of May 7th to the 11th. But the total viewership, at 2.290 million, is down at least 400,000 viewers. ”

ROUGHLY – ESTIMATED : GH is down 400,000 viewers. SO NOT GOOD. this sickens me. HELP . Frank VAlentini – THINK

I detest when an actor and/or character is so propped. per his article with Laura Wright. it was so bubblegum and
disgust… to show such little regard for this genre… Like I am more likely to say… with FV dullard showcase. simply collecting a paycheck.

dmr
dmr

Laura Wright has to make him look good and successful. He was an out of work actor, dropping her off at work, when he got the job-in the parking lot. It’s embarrassing. She’s 47. Now, she has him on every GH Fantasy Event bill. He’s 40, never been married, no children. He’s wet behind the ears to say the least, and needed a job.

Harry
Harry

I have heard of stage mothers but stage girl friends?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

“stage girl friends”: HYSTERICAL!!!

On a weird tangent, something I have wondered about and now finally put into print: is it at all possible that the character name “Peter August” is a nod to the wonderful Peter Taylor character who had an affair with the great Augusta McLeod character in the 1970s? I personally suspect it’s coincidental as the 1970s are largely forgotten by TPTB. But for this long-ago viewer, it’s a comforting thought…

Shay
Shay

Greetings, Gentleman James! I found your “tangent” anything but “weird!”…CeeCee and I have often surmised upon such matters, speculating over esoteric meanings in what the GH writers concoct…it is a tantalizing notion and harmless fun! Alas, I do believe we give them far too much credit….the main aspects of the show’s storylines are barely coherent these days, hence I fail to see where any spare ounce of imagination could be afforded to the minute details. As for the “Peter August” name, I recall a particular lively conversation where Celia and I opined that it could have been derived from ancient Roman history, as in “Caesar/Cesar Faison” and so on and so forth…given the mention of Peter’s dramatic Shakespearean exploits at his Swiss boarding school, perhaps we were not too far off. Or, as you say, it was just another coincidence!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Who CARES what his personal life is?! He’s an actor! Either like the character or not, but I don’t think whether he’s been married or not in real life is crucial to story!

ABC is a major network and soaps are a dying genre which are struggling to survive. I doubt they said, “hey, Laura’s got a new boyfriend. He’s got some experience. Met him in the parking lot. Think we should hire him and develop a really big story around him?” Ya? Okay, let’s do it!”

You may not like Wes but he was on soaps for years. He was also on Charmed for several. If you look up his IMDB page you’ll see a whole list of his acting credits. Many shows. He dropped her off at work? You take one cute comment from the interview and run with that? People who freelance, consult, take different gigs don’t have a 9-5 schedule. So he drove her to work. LOL…

Harry
Harry

They need to end the Peter/Henrik story pronto but it seems to be never ending. They need to sign on Tristan Rogers and promote the hell about the real return of Robert Scorpio, WSB agent hero and give him a story which doesn’t SUCK! “If you build it, the people will come.” Field of Dreams.
I can only hope the real bas ass, Dr Oberet, kills Peter.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I can hardly remember a time when people weren’t griping about stories. I truly am amazed that some of you keep watching. I’m not telling anyone NOT to watch, that would only hurt me and other viewers who actually like the show.

It’s amazing how differently we see characters, actors, stories. But typical. Look at how differently we see Trump or any other public figure, which is why the country will always be divided and so will our opinions of actors, their abilities, the characters they play, etc. But since we go around in redundancy I’ll add MY redundant comment:

I think Wes Ramsey is doing a great job. There’s an air about him I like. I’m almost mesmerized by his physical stature his quiet demeanor, the earnest look in his face when looks at Maxi, the hurt look in his face when Anna, Valentin, Dante confronted him either with the truth or accusations.

I love the story. I don’t care if “Anna never would have slept with Faison.” Finola has been playing this role on and off for decades. She’s older, more vulnerable, she’s gone thru Dukes death, her cancer, her daughter and grandchild moving out of state, Frisco, Robert, Sean, etc have been gone for years, etc. So, if she’s not kicking ass all the time like she did 20 years ago I’m okay with that. There’s no WSB presence on the show anymore but rather just the mention of it. So if she cries…and cries and cries and cries…I’m okay with that, too. That’s the more realistic, human element of her. Just like when Alexis turned to alcohol. It doesn’t mean these women aren’t strong anymore. It means they’re human and they break just like the rest of us. And, Anna’s had a lot to cry about! And I don’t care if we never heard of her “child” before. It changes nothing for me of her history, just adds to it. I think it’s a fresh story that involves everyone from Anna, Faison, Valentin, Peter to Maxi, Nina, Dr. O, Griffin, Drew, Sam, Jason…and brought back Scorpio!

I’m not anxious to see this story end and I’m hoping they keep Peter on, Perhaps Dr.O will finally get her revenge on Anna, or Maxi`s plan takes a fatal turn. Hope not.

Wish there were more positive viewers on this site. I know they’re out there because I’ve read comments on other sites. But it seems some would rather stay silent then get caught in the crossfire.

Frustrating that soap sites have become critiques of negativity. “All news all the time” is more like “all stories all complaints all the time”.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Correction…would rather stay silent

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Great post, rebecca1!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Abruzz you silent lurker, you! You always just pop up; I guess you “stop in”, 🙂 when you have the time. If you really want to get out the popcorn go to the Madonna/Aretha tribute page.. That’ll keep you riveted!

Hope all’s great with you; I think GH has been really good (though I’m still willing Carly back to Ferncliff.)

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hey Rebecca! I pop in here and there! Thanks for pointing out that post. What a hoot!! Bahhwwaaahhaa! You did good – as usual – fighting the good fight!!!

Changing the subject – Who do you think will be Nina’s daughter? Can’t wait for that story – finally! L8tr!

rose
rose

Rebecca1…I just caught up with this comment. Very good post.

Shay
Shay

@Rose….I’ll say this much….at least when we have our “conversations,” we respectfully express our opposing views and then graciously move on until next we meet…and I appreciate that! It certainly beats calling in the reinforcements to back up the personal bile that some cannot seem to abandon.

rebecca1
rebecca1

You really need to check yourself. There is NO ONE on this site who is as offensive as you. And though you have tried to rile YOUR “reinforrcements” I FEEL your disappointment when they won’t join in the “fun” that you so sorely miss. Whether it’s the three day “bash” or the Alexis drama…or mocking my humor with james and jimh on the Colonel Sanders thread..it IS YOU who cannot control herself.

Get on board or keep trying to reinvigorate animosity. I have no doubt you’ll choose the latter; you don’t seem able to control yourself.

rose
rose

Shay…A place we can agree…I don’t know if you have heard of this, but on NBC news this morning they had a story about one of our favorites, Maggie Smith, and her friends Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright. They have come out in a film called “Tea With the Dames” where they are having a girls day to share stories at Joan’s “house,” she at one time shared with “Larry.” Now just to find where it is showing.

Connie
Connie

Yes she did

ChenJade3
ChenJade3

Amazed at some of the comments below, how did “did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?” become so personal about the actor who plays Peter? Some of the comments I’m sorry, are downright ugly. I’ll answer the question at hand YES Finola did deliver, she delivered in spades! Like the story or not, Finola made it all worth watching, powerful does not even come close to describing it, for me she was amazing. She brings Anna to life each and every time she’s on screen. Love Finola and yes I still love Anna Devane.

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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