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General Hospital Casting New Young Female Contract Role! Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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Another new character is coming to Port Charles very soon!  According to Soap Opera Digest, General Hospital is casting a contract role for a young female.

The casting call that has gone out relates that the ABC soap opera is looking for a gal described as “complex late teens Caucasian female who is beautiful and dynamic.”

The role is to start to shoot brand new episodes of GH two months from now.  Thinking late teens or early twenties, who do you think the character will be brought in for? 

Let us know your thoughts … and who would you like to see on GH from daytime or primetime to fill this part?  Comment below!

 

 

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Thomas Procaccini
Thomas Procaccini

Yes GH needs to increase 18-49 demo. Someone for Morgan. Loved the actress who played Langston on OLTL.

Matilda
Matilda

You don’t think a woman blackmailing a 70 year old man for sex is going to increase the 18-49 demo? 🙂

I don’t think you need to add more young characters to attract that demo. And 18-49 year old viewers aren’t necessarily looking to watch teenagers or characters in their early twenties. GH has young characters already on canvas who they don’t write for and give real story to.

TJ’s recent story was a plot point so Jordan can owe Sonny. He’ll get involved with Sonny now but will be MIA soon enough. Molly is non-existent. Morgan and Kiki are useless fools. They just keep adding cast, piling on, underutilizing the cast they have and are incapable of telling engaging stories.

They have enough younger characters already if they would write properly for all of them and integrate them properly. As mentioned TJ and Molly who are very young. Morgan and Kiki (although she’s totally useless and I’d be for a new character if she replaces her).

Then you have Maxie, a little older, who is reduced to hanging out in bed with Nathan (also replaceable) and being the character who catches viewers up on what everyone else on the show is doing. Michael and Sabrina are young and have good chemistry, they actually are getting a story now.

Then you have Liz, Jake, Sam, Patrick, Nik. All attractive, all mid to late thirties. Young enough to engage the 18-49 demo; they are in the 18-49 demo. GH doesn’t need new characters to attract viewers. GH needs better writing and storytelling to do that. And casting more actors from other soaps has not been an answer either.

Also, there’s another casting call out for a late 20’s male as well. TPTB just seem to be spinning in it with no real direction.

Justin
Justin

You nailed it Matilda! You’re exactly right.

Beth
Beth

I believe there is a Tony Geary interview somewhere (can’t remember how old it is) and he was explaining writers get residuals with every/any new characters they bring to the canvas. I got the impression “character creation” was a competitive thing among the writers. Heaven forbid they focus their time on and receive residuals for “character development” and good story telling among the existing characters. It sounded like the staff writers turnover in droves and don’t stay longer than a few years. I read something where Tristan Rogers explained soaps today are owned by such huge corporations now but in the 80’s and 90’s and earlier, soaps had more freedom and better budgets. Not in so many words, Tristan was saying there have been too many cooks in the kitchen for a while now. “Art by committee” never works well. Tristan also explained social media has taken the place of tv ratings. He explained a crappy show can stay on forever as long as people are commenting about it on social media. Whether the comments are good or bad doesn’t matter to them. Pre social media, bad comments forced tptb to take a hard look at their show before it got cancelled. Now all they care about is if people comment at all.

Rose
Rose

Agree on most of your points.

Rose
Rose

Beth…really interesting comment. I’m sure Nancy Dillingham will agree with many of it’s points.e

CeeCee
CeeCee

Perfect, Thomas!

Lindy
Lindy

Hey, can anyone out there tell me who the actress is that is playing Jennifer Smith? She seems familiar, but I can not place her.

smoochie
smoochie

In the mid 80s Holly played the roll of Ivy (recurring stat) on DOOL and then moved on to play Cassie in OLTL(she took over the roll) for a few years. I believe she was on Baywatch for a year and has appeared on many other television shows throughout her pretty extensive career, which also includes work on the big screen in the 90’s.

Claire
Claire

I’m surprised RC hasn’t written Valerie and Dillon hooking up, yet. But clearly they want to create a new character or bring in Serena finally. So, the girl who played Langston would be a good choice.

But they really need to bring back Kristen Alderson because this new Kiki still isn’t any good. And the bad writing isn’t helping any.

As a writer, it’s frustrating to see so many formerly intelligent characters turned into instant idiots. Prime example is Silas Clay. A Doctor who managed to have Sam investigated and proven unfit to raise his nephew then has a slimy affair with the scam artist herself.

Why? What was the point of putting those two characters together when it was a bad joke the first time around when they both appeared on Port Charles? Michael Easton is a fantastic actor but looks decidedly out of place with KM who obviously needs cue cards and a teleprompter to recite her own lines.

The writing is just as bad no matter who he gets paired with lately. I was surprised he decided to re-sign with the show. It’s been going downhill and is only a matter of time before it gets canned with FV and RC in charge.

denisefan
denisefan

The writing is just as bad no matter who he gets paired with lately. I was surprised he decided to re-sign with the show. It’s been going downhill and is only a matter of time before it gets canned with FV and RC in charge.

Agree!

Kalle
Kalle

Yes, Claire! Yes, Denisefan! The writing is very bad. I watched GH regularly. I stopped – there is not even one storyline that interests me. I wish that Jean Passanante, the writer that moved from YR to GH, will make a difference.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

Ghlover
Ghlover

The writing is not bad!! I love Ron and we should be gratefull to him because if i remember correctly not that many fans were happy with Guza or JFP and under them GH had less than a year… So I say Thank you Ron and Frank for the return of vets, of the nurses ball, the Jeromes and thank you for Lucas and Brad.

I love gh
I love gh

KM is not a bad actress – I love her! She was great with Easton on PC, though I didn’t enjoy her character with Silas as much as John. She can act am with pretty much anybody, including Tracy – really enjoyed those scenes.

C
C

I hope it’s one of Lucy’s daughters.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I had no idea Lucy had more than one daughter.
You may have something there, C. It could be that due to this Nikolas/Quartermaines/Lucy imbroglio regarding ELQ, there is a good chance Lucy’s daughter also comes into the picture. Perhaps Lucy ceded some control (share) to her daughters? Ergo, the need for a new actress.
On the other hand, it could be Tracy’s granddaughter.

Laurie
Laurie

CeeCee, wasn’t it you that was such a big fan of young Patricia on the anniversary show, Chloe Lanier? I was too and would love for her to be a regular cast member. GH needs this demo bad!!

Rose
Rose

To the best of my knowledge Lucy had two miscarriages, and became the surrogate Mom to Dominique and Scotty’s baby…who became known as Serena. Since Dominique died, I think Lucy considered Serena as her own.

Lucy has had so many sides to her personality on GH. She started out as a understated librarian, and “oh” the places she’s been and trouble she’s caused. She’s a real survivor and far more interesting, funny and “clever” than just the over enthusiastic organizer of the Nurses Ball or Ms. Van Helsing with the vampire story. So looking forward to a good Lucy/Nik/ELQ story. Just hope writers keep her in the loop after she voted for Nik.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Laurie.
Yes, Laurie, I was one, among others, who loved young Patricia. She moved me. I had forgotten about that. And, yes, I agree….she would add ‘heart’ to the show…..something that is become rarer and rarer….

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

Rose, and others….

Lucy was Serena’s surrogate mom, and I believe adopted her, but I’d need to research that, cause Serena’s custody was tossed around in 1997/1998 when Rex Stanton used Serena to try to get Dominique’s estate.

But Lucy DID also adopt Christina Devlin, the biological daughter of Julie Devlin and Frank Scanlon (on Port Charles). Christina was born to Julie while she was convicted of the General Homicide murders (in partnership with crazy Dr. Greg Cooper, based on the murder mystery penned by Kevin Collins). Julie broke out of Ferncliff and Chris Ramsey delivered the baby, who Julie named Christina after Chris. I believe the baby was originally abandoned, found by Lucy and adopted and raised by her and Scott while they were married around 1998/1999. Julie eventually left the show and kidnapped Christina when leaving Port Charles. Lucy was devastated. During the Miracles Happen story arc, Julie returned to reveal to Chris that she was terminally ill, and she returned Christina to Lucy’s custody, with Christina reappearing for Lucy’s wedding to Kevin at Christmastime. Since then, Christina was little-seen, and eventually faded away, said often to be off-screen with Scott, but never appearing with Scott while he was appearing on GH. Christina MIGHT have appeared in a holiday episode of GH at the Brownstone while Scott was on GH either dating Laura during her divorce from Luke, or dating Bobbie, I can’t recall. But on Scott’s frequent trips in and out of GH, Christina never appeared again, but by then Lucy was off-canvas because PC was canceled and she didn’t return to GH. It’s been unclear ever since what happened to Christina.

I also don’t know whether they would introduce Lucy & Scott’s Christina Baldwin to the canvas, when Alexis and Sonny also have a daughter Kristina off canvas, but more recent and fresh in the audience’s minds. I hate when soaps (ANY two soaps) reuse character names because conflicts like this come up. LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@davidevansmith.
Thanks, David. Your synopsis certainly helps. If truth be known, I could never keep those details straight in, my head. LOL.

Linda
Linda

Carlos. in a wig anyway we can get him. 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love it! Carlos was another interesting character totally wasted. Why do the writers insist on writing all characters into a corner, hooking up EVERYONE, IMMEDIATELY, and making all women stupid and helpless/hopeless. If they do that with the new contract player, what do they have? Another dead-end storyline.

Harry
Harry

Nancy, yes couples hook up immediately and yet, they’re isolated from Port Charles society.
No one’s stories link up to one another anymore.

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

Hopefully related to someone on canvas…Nik will probably have a long lost daughter or God help us if its Franco…best if she is Scotts daughter!!!

Patrick
Patrick

“i” hope it’s Serena Baldwin

Scotty Baldwin has been so funny lately… this would only add to his layer

Laurie
Laurie

I wouldn’t mind Serena. The actress who played her is just as beautiful still & I don’t know why they wouldn’t just cast her if available, but if they couldn’t get her I’d have to vote for the actress who played young Patricia Spencer on the April 1 Fluke/Luke reveal show. She was soooooooo good.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Scotty. He is comical, you’re right….sardonically so!

Timmm
Timmm

I think it will be Lila Rae Q? If its Brooklyn I would hire Victoria Justice. Maybe look at a former young soap star who is out of work? No Kardashians PLEASE!

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I don’t being rude to ask u.. Who is the heck is that? I watched Gh when the evil girl named Jennifer snow, enemy of spencer ..who played the part for her? I never seen her in the past, I just came back to 2005 when Jason Thompson was introduced debut being dr. Patrick drake

CeeCee
CeeCee

If you are asking who Victoria Justice is? She is a remarkable young actress with a “superlicious ” voice…LOL. that is what my nine-year old niece call it. She is/was on Nickelodeon’ ZOEY101 and VICTORIOUS.

Harry
Harry

Good Lord, they need to reduce the inventory of actors, not increase it.
Please, there is already an over saturation of characters whom I do not care about.
Get rid of Kiki, Morgan, Nina and Valerie. And while Maura West is a good actress, the writing for Ava and Denise has been deplorable and I wish they’d get rid of her too because I don’t see how they can fix that character.
GH has become the hoarder of all soaps. Someone call in 1 800-Got-Junk?

Patty
Patty

Could not have said it better myself especially the part not to increase because all the good actors have less storyline! 🙂

su0000
su0000

Patty..
GH has a revolving cast..
It does not use the same 11 characters year round, as Y&R ..
GH rotates its’ characters.. many have other projects they need to tend to and ABC/GH allows them to have other projects..
The GH rotates stories/screen time..
If GH had a smaller cast there would be no stories because most would be busy LOL
GH needs a larger cast because of their formatting..
Also– Not having most on contract then they can be called when a story for them..
GH is not like the other soaps.. It does not run as the other soaps..
Y&R has the same characters on screen 24/7, not a lot variety there.

su0000
su0000

ohh my!
Harry, are you having a bad hair day?

I think they should have never brought Laura back and she should be let go, she no longer fits into GH.. and she’s just not all that good..
I’m not having a bad hair day, just telling it like it is 🙂

ok-
there was an actress with the online AMC, she was Todd’s daughter?
She was very good!
I’d like to have her with GH.. yuppers she she was/is powerful ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

SU, are you talking about Dani Manning (Kelley Missal)? I love her. Yes, good idea. Also, Brittany Underwood who played Starr’s best friend, Langston, as Thomas suggested, would be perfect.

Rose
Rose

Su…On reading your “revolving cast” comment it reminded me of how I see a lot of jobs.
I’m at a stage where opportunities in my major professional life aren’t available anymore. So I’m lucky to have part-time job in a bookstore which keeps the doer in me active, and the social and intellectual stimulated.

As with most other retail jobs, it’s very rare to see full time jobs…just part time. Won’t get into the bottom line reasons. Part of the brave new, bottom-line world…insert alarm bells here.

But getting back to the rotating GH cast comparison with retail, when you have a larger turnover because of part time only, and no guarantee of a “contract” depending on the ratings/economy, you lose a sense of continuity and familiarity between store staff and customers. And there is also a lose of staff commitment to the show, and vice-versa. Maybe that’s part of what some of us are sensing in in our moments of discontent with GH.

Mary SF
Mary SF

O let’s give Sabrina a sister then she can hang out in the apartment with Felix’s sister who went to her room one day and just disappeared—LOL.

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

There are several characters i wish would enter that same room and disappear: Nina, Franco, Sabrina, Jordan, Nathan, Maxie, Rosalee, TJ and Alexis…hell, dump half the cast!!!…lol

Shay
Shay

Bingo, Jimh! And don’t forget Val-Chops! Ric and Molly, as well! (Although I can tolerate Maxie and even Nathan….he is after all, Dr. O’s son!!!! LOL….)

mike
mike

Hope it’s a recast for KiKi

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, mike. That is the best suggestion, yet! I wish !!!!!

Rose
Rose

I’m hoping when Tony/Luke leaves there will be some sanity about who and how many come and go. But GH definitely doesn’t need to add ANY newbies right now. First they had some great actors come on for whom they are writing lame stories. Franco/Roger and Nina/ Michelle come to mind. Then they bring on others with great fanfare, and just as quickly they are gone…Rebecca/Hayden. And then there are the cameo appearances. Fun once in a while, but they don’t add long term…just gimmicks. And as far as the teen+ actors they already have, wouldn’t it be great if they wrote story lines for them where they did more than nothing. They might even surprise some critics if they had something to work with.

Patty
Patty

Thank you for your great comment, I could not agree more! Looking forward to reading more of your opinions. I am a big fan of GH and I will be watching no matter how the stories are played out 🙂

Rose
Rose

Patty…Oops! I sent my reply to Laurie that was intended for you. I wanted to thank you back. Also wanted to add Michael Easton/Silas to list of actors who have been under used since coming onto GH from OLTL.

Laurie
Laurie

Chloe Lanier-the actress who played young Pat Spencer on the 52nd Anniversary show, April 1st. She was fantastic!

Rose
Rose

Thanks Laurie. Add Micael Easton/Silas to the list of under utilized actors since coming over from OLTL. And like you, I’m a big GH fan and will keep watching.

Bobbie P
Bobbie P

I’m leaning at this casting call could be for aging Joss(Jax & Carly’s daughter)!

Everything is better with Franco
Everything is better with Franco

I think you’re right

kathy weber
kathy weber

I think the role will be for Scot’s daughter Serena.

Cacky
Cacky

I imagine that the new young female is being cast as a possible love interest for the character of Dylan. Chrishell Stauss might be a good fit, and certainly would be a good addition to Port Charles.

steve
steve

Madonna’s daughter. THat could be cool and interesting…

kathryn63
kathryn63

MELISSA ARCHER NEEDS TO COME TO GH AS CLAUDETTE ASAP

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The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

Photo: JPI

Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

Photo: ABC

If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

Photo: JPI

Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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