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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.

davlestev1
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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 »

Roxanne Santoro
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Roxanne Santoro

Team Nina and Sonny

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.

Brit Rosha
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Brit Rosha

I love you both awesome the best actor all time best actress all time

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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