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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Sits Down with Maurice Benard on ‘State of Mind’

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Om his latest episode of his You Tube series, State of Mind, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Cortinhos) welcomes his co-star Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves) for a highly-anticipated conversation and episode.

GH fans have watched for months on-air as Nina and an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” fell for each other, while everyone in Port Charles thought Sonny was dead, and Nina kept that secret in her vendetta against Carly.

Now, the two powerhouse performers have an intimate chat about Watros’ career highlights, raising twins, and working with each other in their often controversial storyline.

Daytime audiences first saw Watros as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light in which she won a Lead Actress Daytime Emmy – a performance which Benard recalls seeing with Cynthia acting up a storm in scenes on a courtroom witness stand that blew him away.

On her start on soaps, Cynthia shared that: “Soaps are amazing,” because not only do they help you make decisions really quickly, but that as an actor, it also taught her about lighting and finding her mark.

Cynthia related that she had made the heart-wrenching decision to leave New York and the role of GL’s Annie Dutton, because she wanted to go to L.A to work, which eventually landed her the role in the second season of ABC’s hit drama, Lost.

Throughout this State of Mind, Maurice and Cynthia touch on themes of depression, anxiety, and for Watros, raising her two teenaged girls, during this Covid-19 world we have all been living though.

When it came time to discuss working together on GH, Benard expressed that Cynthia has been a “a gem” to work with, after he had initial reservations about the storyline GH was set to tell.

In return, Watros shared that she has loved the storyline adding: “I love the complexity of it and how it’s not neat and clean since that’s how we are as people, we all make mistakes, and we are not all perfect.” And in working in scenes with Maurice, Cynthia expressed that he is “a rock’ who grounds everyone he works with.

Watch the entire conversation between Maurice and Cynthia on the latest State of Mind below. 

Then, let us know if you enjoyed the chat between the two, and if you are rooting for more Nina and Sonny, or are you still Team Carson via the comment section.

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Maureen
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Maureen

I miss Nina & Mike already!!

debi harper
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debi harper

Yes I do too. They had some sizzle for sure! And as good of a actress as Carley is…I am sick of her drama..and her and Sonny don’t match anymore.

Nee
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Nee

Yes!!!!!

Delonjo
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Delonjo

Oh boy! We GL watchers all remember those courtroom scenes after she framed Reva for killing her unborn child by faking that Reva pushed her down stairs and hiding Reva’s sister from her. It was all on the table, and she WON that award hands-down!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Ah Delonjo, what great memories, right? Cynthia Watros was such a find for GL. She held her own with Kim Zimmer, not an easy task! I often wonder if she and Laura Wright, who was playing Cassie on GL then, reminisce about those great days at GL. Two greats still working and bringing us memorable drama. Cynthia is correct — soaps can be, and often ARE, amazing.

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davlestev1

I loved Annie on GL and Laura Wright as Cassie too like the other poster said. I remember following Laura Wright to GH and thinking bad decision. In hindsight now I believe she knew what was coming for GL on CBS. I remember her first episode where the trainwreck occurred on GH and they dropped her into the train like a ninja in a trench coat. It was hilarious. I laughed out loud.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m team Nina and Sonny/Mike. All the way!!!

I’m so over Sonny and Carly.

debi harper
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debi harper

I agree Jeremy!

rose
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rose

I’m for Nina and Sonny/Mike, too. I can see why Nina started her non disclosure to Carly about Sonny being alive. And it went on too long. But it did reveal that Sonny could be a better, happier man when Mike “came out.”

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Cynthia Watroa is a wonderful actor, but for me, it’s Sonny and Carly all the way! Maybe Nina can be matched with Drew when he returns to town?

sandi
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sandi

I agree, KewS! Carly and Sonny all the way!!!

brian
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brian

Nina and Sonny… but Sonny and Carly are pretty central….

I just like Sonny as Mike yelling less.

Sheila
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Sheila

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME Interview

Phil
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Phil

First and foremost, I love Cynthia Watrous! She is one of the best actresses that has hit the genre. Loved her as Annie on GL and love her as Nina here! Unpopular opinion as it may be, I prefer her Nina! That being said, I will always be team Carson! I liked Nina with Jax!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I love and adore Cynthia Watros as Nina. I did prefer her with Valentine even when Michelle Stafford played the role. I was hoping that Nina and Valentine would find their way back together. She loved him deeply and her loved her so deeply and then there was Charlotte, too. They may have to recast Charlotte as the young actress had a bad accident a while back ago. Nina loves Charlotte and without Lulu in the picture… Charlotte is apparently playing with Leo at Quartermaine mansion. Also, I really enjoyed the dynamics and developments of the Nina and Mike pairing… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I like both actors, so I enjoyed the interview. M.B has a way with his interviewing that makes it more like just a conversation between two people.I so liked Cynthia on GL and Lost.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sarah Joy Brown Directs Haley Pullos, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Martsolf in New ‘Red Riding Hoods’ Podcast

What happens when a team of “Final Girls” (sole survivors of horrific mass murders) join forces to hunt malevolent entities while uncovering the apocalyptic conspiracy uniting them? Well, you have to listen to the brand new Horror Podcast Network’s latest offering Red Riding Hoods to find out. But here’s the twist! There are some daytime notables involved in the series.

Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

Along for the ride with Sarah are none other than General Hospital’s Haley Pullos (Molly) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), as well as Brown’s former DAYS co-star, Eric Martsolf (Brady) who all have roles within the story.

New episodes of the series began to roll out this past Monday on October 11th and there will be another installment every Monday thereafter.

Red Riding Hoods is available on all major podcast streaming platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.   You can also listen to the podcast via the Violet Hour Media website here.

So, let us know if you check out Red Riding Hoods via the comment section below or are intrigued to hear the show!

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