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General Hospital's Hayley Erin Talks On: A Betrayed Kiki, Saying Goodbye To Michael Easton, Her Co-Stars: Maura West & Bryan Craig!

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It’s not been a good several weeks, and that is putting it mildly, for the character of Kiki Jerome (Hayley Erin) on General Hospital.  First, her father Silas (Michael Easton) is murdered.  Then it is revealed that her believe-to-be dead mother Ava (Maura West) is actually alive and well, and masquerading as her aunt Denise.  Then her mother is arrested for the murder of Connie Falconeri and sent to jail.  Meanwhile, she learns that her boyfriend Morgan (Bryan Craig) has been sleeping with her mother behind her back, and who does she learn this information from … Franco (Roger Howarth)!

With so much drama going down, On-Air On-Soaps had to catch up for a much-needed chitchat with actress Hayley Erin.  We had the opportunity do so while attending the Television Academy cocktail reception honoring the daytime community late last week. The actress came on to the ABC daytime drama series in not the most enviable position: taking over the role from Daytime Emmy-winner and long-time soap opera darling, Kristen Alderson.  She was next charged with then putting her own stamp on a character that has often proved problematic for the audience, at times, to invest in.

In a delightful and frank conversation, Hayley shared her thoughts on all things Kiki including: working with her co-stars; the incomparable Maura West, Bryan Craig, and having to say farewell to the beloved Michael Easton.  Plus, Erin weighs-in on the new writing regime and what it could mean for her character, and where does Kiki go from here, now that her boyfriend and her mother have deeply betrayed her.  Here’s what Hayley had to say about it all!

So, what was your reaction when you found out that your on-screen father, Michael Easton (Ex-Silas) was being killed off, and it would spur a murder mystery whodunit?

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HAYLEY:  Ugh!  I was like “Ugh” literally that is what I said!  It was so emotional and I was upset.  I gave him a hard time for leaving me. (Laughs)  I took it personally.  He’s my on-screen dad!  But it made for a great storyline and there was a lot of great material for all of us.  So I guess, that is kind of the bright side … if there is one?  But Michael is dearly missed.  Michael is awesome!

Was it hard for you to play Kiki’s reaction to Denise being revealed to be her mother Ava Jerome (Maura West) alive and well in the courtroom scenes during the murder trial?

HAYLEY:  I was trying to think, “Did Kiki have any clue at all that this was Ava, or was it a complete shock?”  I just kind of went with, “It’s my mom. She’s alive.”  That was kind of all I had playing over and over in my head.  But then there is also the level of the absurdity of the situation, and so I tried to bring that into it too.  It was like “Denise? Ava?”  (Laughs)  Bless his heart, Bryan Craig’s character of Morgan is sleeping with this woman, and doesn’t apparently know who she truly is! (Laughs)

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Your reaction as Kiki was emotional to the news that her mother is alive and deceived most people with her alter-ego, while Bryan Craig’s as Morgan was kind of a blank stare and very contained. 

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HAYLEY:  I loved it!  I thought it was awesome … the two of us sitting next to each other playing the reactions to the situation totally the opposite of each other.  I thought it was perfect.  We were having a blast doing these scenes.  That was one of the most fun days on set I have had at GH.  We were all buddy-buddy in the courtroom.  Honestly, we were all joking around, because they brought up the character of Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).  I never noticed it before, but Roger Howarth (Franco) realized that’s the motion picture actor, Bradley Cooper’s name.  So we were goofing around with that before the cameras were rolling.  Then I had hard time when we were taping every time they said the name, “Brad Cooper” and trying so hard not to laugh.  It was hilarious.

Now Kiki has found out that Morgan has been sleeping with her mother.  His cover is blown!

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HAYLEY:  It’s interesting, because Kiki does not know about Morgan being bipolar and that doesn’t come into play at all during the reveal on my end.  She just thinks he is cheating on her, and has no idea there is mental illness, or anything else going on.  There was an episode where Morgan gets all manic and is professing his love for her, and that he is going to get them a place, and they are going to live happily-ever-after.  But that scene started off with an argument and so throughout the argument she is very understanding.  Kiki was really trying to get through to him about Ava.  And then it’s like, “Where is this coming from?,” when Morgan switches into happy lovey-dovey mode.  There is a little bit of a clue there for her, but not enough for her to warrant her to stay with him.  It was horrible what he did to her, just awful!

Then, what does Kiki think of what Ava did to her by canoodling with her boyfriend behind her back?

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HAYLEY:  What a horrible mother!  What is so funny, and I was having this thought today: having Ava as a mother is like the worst thing that could have happened to anyone, but having Maura West as your on-screen mother is the greatest thing that could ever happen to anyone.

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HAYLEY:  I actually didn’t, because I had gone from the The Young and the Restless where then I was 15 years old, and then I was out of the whole soap world, so I wasn’t familiar with it anymore.  But as it turned-out, I didn’t even realize Maura had been on Y&R.  It’s all so funny and karmic the way the universe throws us all into each others orbit.  I love it, though.  It’s like we are all one big family.  Maura is a phenomenal actress, and even if she is given material that might be so absurd, she is able to take it to the next level to where it becomes so real.  It then becomes the reality of the General Hospital universe, because you believe every word out of her mouth.  I love it, because she makes me step up my game.

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Kiki has never really felt to the audience as the most fully-fleshed out character, and that is even from the time Kristen Alderson was playing the role and quickly had to shift from playing Starr Manning to the newly-created character of Kiki.  This was due to the lawsuit between ABC and Prospect Park over former OLTL characters.  Are you at all concerned where the show will take your character now?

HAYLEY:  It’s true … I can understand where it seems not fleshed-out.  I don’t know what the new writers are going to do with the character.  I just got my last couple of scripts from the previous regime and it looks like its going into a different direction.  It seems to be more about Kiki finding herself.  It’s hard sometimes to make your own character, when there is not that much to go on, and you can’t just completely fabricate a character, because you’re not the writer.

What are your thoughts then on head writer Ron Carlivati being let-go and the new head writers of Shelly Altman and Jean Passananate writing for the characters of Port Charles?

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HAYLEY:  I’m fairly new to the show.  I had met Ron a couple of times and he was lovely, and he had done a lot of great work.  I’m looking forward to the future, and I think great things are going to come, and it will be a breath of fresh air.  I think the cast is all pretty excited to see what is going to happen.

So, what do you think Kiki should do now that the truth is out about Morgan and Ava’s affair?  Do you think she would even consider taking Morgan back, if she knew, and the diagnosis was confirmed, that he was suffering from Bipolar disorder?

What did you think about Hayley’s comments about her co-stars and Michael Easton’s departure?  Would you like to see the new writing regime infuse more definitive character traits into the character of Kiki Jerome? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
su0000

I did not care for Kiki Jerome (Hayley Erin) at all.
She was just there, nothing much.
Lately she has come out of her cocoon and is so much better, time and this story has done wonders for the character.

she did say;
” I just got my last couple of scripts from the previous regime and it looks like its going into a different direction. It seems to be more about Kiki finding herself. ”

It is obvious from these past weeks after Lukes exit that Ron was turning more towards characters and family .. RC was fixing things.
((Sonny, Carly, Morgan has been great))

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree. She just thrilled me with her forceful acting today. More power to her…she does have it in her to wow us.
I certainly hope, su, that by ‘finding herself’ means she will finally find her real mother, Nina…..nope, I haven’t given up on that notion. LOL.
‘Nite, su…..today is the first day of school …..need my beauty sleep.

su0000
su0000

hi CeeCee 🙂
Back to school!… exciting!!!

and- you never know. the writers may make your wish come true/Nina, Kiki mother & daughter…
I do see Kiki and Franco going back to a father & daughter relationship.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
Yeah, su. My son started first grade today….a milestone. I cried like an idiot after we left him in his class.
From your mouth to the writers’s ears, su. Nina and Kiki (re)uniting.. And, yes. I would like for Franco and Kiki to resume their special bond as ‘father’ and ‘daughter’. Later.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I keep thinking and hoping that Kiki is Nina’s child also.

Dylan
Dylan

I would like to say that I tuned into GH after weeks of sporadic viewing, and I was stunned!!! I was flabbergasted!!! I dont know for sure, but i’d say Altman and Passanante’s material has begun, and I am over the moon! People talked like actuaL people!!! Not like programmed robots or cartoons. The directing was relaxed ad nd elegant. There was minimal plot development, but the episode was about families! I dont even like any of the characters who were featured in the episode except Michael, but overnight, Morgans bipolar disorder made him human, relatable, and apologetic for all the harm he did. Hayley, as Kiki, proved that with some quality writong, she CAN deliver! I was VERY impressed with her work which I have not been! Roger Howarth must have been told to tone down the Todd schtick in exchange for some good scripts. There was light banter among characters that did not as a plot point for the next scene. There were none of those 1960’s scene tags where two people are talking about someone, and one of them says something like “She can never find out!!!” And then suddenly she walks in and says “What can I never find out?” To which the character replies with the most absurd, non sensical answer like “Ok, you caught me. I was planning to buy you a parakeet!” I loathe the characters of Nina and Franco and Sonny and Carly, but today’s episode featuring them actually making me feel something….I just couldnt believe it! I knew A and P would restore balance and heart to the show, I am just amazed it happened so quickly!! I am completely on board and plan to become a regular viewer again!! It will be SO refreshing to post positive comments about this show again!!!!

su0000
su0000

hi Dylan..
What you have seen since Luke’s exit has been RC..
He was in the process of writing more couples, and family etc.. Ron was doing his thing and changing it up.
Altman and Passanante’s material will air mid Oct.
It was Ron who ” stunned!!! I was flabbergasted;; you 🙂

Ron is a very good writer, he just need a break after the Luke exit stuff which not wholly by his hands.

dylan
dylan

Su, first of all, writing styles do not change that drastically overnight. Ron was let go well over a month ago. GH is not on an accelerated schedule like DAYS. So while Ron may have had long term story laid oit, the day to day writing of the show is firmly out of his hands. It is clear to ANY long term viewer familiar with his writing style. It was a paradigm shift!! He doesnt write character driven, emotionally based stories. You only seem to like murder and mayhem stories….so why are you now falsely praising him for suddenly writing family and emotipnal stories. You dont like those, remember??

SZima
SZima

I think they jumped the gun by firing Ron. He DID have his hands tied while writing Tony’s exit story…and for quite a while before that because of Tony’s illness and being off the show for so long.
Ron is a very capable writer and storyteller, but when you have all these constraints, it limits your abilities.
I was initially happy when Ron was let go, but now realize that this mess was not his fault.

Harry
Harry

No, Dylan is partially right. Jean’s writing started showing up beginning August 1. I think she is a breakdown writer but I am not sure about that.
Ron’s writing is still on screen and will be for another month or so?
I think what Dylan is noticing that perhaps Ron and Jean would have made a great writing team. Maybe her voice of temperate reality anchors his propensity to write disjointed, choppy, campy stories which are out there?
I dunno but glad to hear Dylan and others noticing some improvement.

Spinboy
Spinboy

No, GH is NOT on an accelerated schedule but it is more than 8 weeks’s out. Ron Carlivati was let go the end of July but the show was written through the end of September. Passanante/Altman will officially “take over” the show on the October 7th episode. This is all still Ron’s stuff. Passanante was added back as a breakdown writer the beginning of July. But this is still Ron’s story until next month. I think the Luke exit storyline was really what was holding things up and he was bringing it back to what it was before it got a little out there now that he didn’t have to deal with Anthony Geary and his outrageous storyline demands.

Spinboy
Spinboy

Count me as one person who is very leery about this change. Passanante/Altman do not have a great track record but people like them so they keep getting hired. Don’t assume fan favorites are going to return. A lot of those fan favorites liked Carlivati and saw that the show was being brought back to life under Carlivati and that’s why they came back. If people like Bobby and Scotty start disappearing, I’m going to be very sad. More power to P/A if they can turn it around but I just have seen them ruin too many soaps in the past to hold out hope.

jeremy
jeremy

I totally agree with you 🙂

su0000
su0000

Ron changed direction after the Luke stuff that was not entirely in his hands.
He hear people and acted and wrote more true to his OLTL stories that were character driven, so no big deal Ron he is a very talented writer and since Tony left Ron has been turning GH on fire !!!..
Ron is the only one who can bring it back up. A mistake to let him go.
Past weeks has shown that..
Rons writing goes to mid October, so another month with Ron.

Josh
Josh

I love Hayley, as Kiki Jerome. She has beautiful hair and her acting has improved so much on General Hospital. Beautiful young lady who is a terific actress.

Joe
Joe

Love Harley Erin love her comments across the board she was open some will be made that she say to much about the new writing team

su0000
su0000

Roger/Franco has been outstanding in the Silas story!! BRAVO!
also;
Performer of the Week (drum roll) Roger Howarth in Soap Digest !!
An awesome article about Franco/Roger, great praise for him.

Perhaps, Kiki will go back to substitute father, Franco..

Mandy
Mandy

I hope they kill off Franco for good, taking to much airtime. Gh will fire Roger, sooner than later.

su0000
su0000

Mandy-
Franco is one of GH best characters,,’He is a sweetie with a hidden mystery..
All the soap critics have given Franco/Roger praise.
You should the read Franco/Roger article in Soap Digest, and the tweets are luvin Rogers Franco to pieces 🙂
Roger is going nowhere, he is indeed gold ..

I love gh
I love gh

I really like him with Nina. Their jail scenes were great! He just has to be written less clownish because it’s hard to take the character seriously after everything he did to pretty much the entire cast. Nina brings out his human side, and I’m enjoying that.

Harry
Harry

Does Franco have a job? Does he have anything better to do with his time then to placate all the crazy women in his life?
Where does he live? He seems to inhabit the same island which Silas inhabited and look what happened to him.

FRANCOFAN
FRANCOFAN

Roger is the best thing that ever happened to GH. Are you asleep?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree, Su. Franco has become so likeable. They’ve gotten rid of the infantile personality and he comes across as a man searching for love and willing to do anything for those he does love. He risked himself to save Carly…though she seems to have conveniently and ridiculously forgotten that. I mean, c’mon! He was relentless in his search to find and save her from Heather! Sonny didn’t so much as send his men out to look for her…

Franco has been willing to sacrifice himself for Nina over and over, is quite protective over Kiki and has a charming rapport with Scottie. (I love Scottie.)

Roger has been great! He better not be the next OlTL victim!

Spixiefan
Spixiefan

I have loved Hayley from the start, she brings a sweetness and authenticity to Kiki that is endearing… she made me cry when she was looking at the picture of her and Silas and her scenes with Maura today were perfect… “You slept with my boyfriend” LOL…. my favorite moment of the day. I’m kind of sad, cause I always loved Ava and Kiki’s relationship… I hope Ava gets out of jail, she is so entertaining, my favorite thing about GH right now, I can’t wait to see where all this goes next. Despite the fact that Kiki went back with Morgan (after leaving him for Micheal) I think Kiki hs grown a lot these past several months, I hope that continues, but I hope they keep that sweetness that Hayley has infused into her because I love that about her. Maybe sweet with a touch of crazy, she is after all Ava’s daughter lol

su0000
su0000

OK-
Bryan is going to some great stuff ahead..
I’m sure it will include Kiki along with Carly and Sonny..
Bryan is a great actor with the right material, so is Hayel ..

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su0000
su0000

and-
Anna is back tomorrow/ wed.

Daisy
Daisy

Oh and her acting when she discovered Silas was so WONDERFUL! Emmy time!

Bonnie
Bonnie

I really like Haley also, I met her at fan club and she was just tbe sweetest. She had just come off Silas being killed and got a lot of flack for her emotions. She wanted in tbe room and I cheered her on, as I she was great . HALEY has made me care about the characterm I rhink changing her name back to Lauren will really make it her own.

Michael
Michael

I wasn’t crazy about her at first, but she has gotten much better.

I love gh
I love gh

I agree. Somewhere in the last few weeks I’ve started enjoying her scenes. The character was very flat but is now coming across as multi-layered. I just wish Silas was around for this.

Geena
Geena

Hayley gets a lot of flack but I prefer her much better than Kristen Alderson. I hope the character of Kiki gets to spread her wings out of the Morgan/Ava orbit that she’s stuck in. She is a Jerome so there’s got to be something they can do with that.

Janelle
Janelle

My thoughts are if Hayley’s hair was darker like Kristen’s was when Kristen had played Kiki that Hayley Would have fit in better as Kiki. Hayley is amazing actress and has skill but the hair color is all wrong! That would make a huge difference have Kiki’s hair the same color as she had before they recasted her!!

Janelle
Janelle

I love both Hayley and Kristen they both have serious skills and hope to see them both flourish in there careers as actresses!!!

fginaspy
fginaspy

I haven’t been thrilled with HE until the Silas Murder storyline. I would welcome, as one poster noted, Kiki actually being found out to be Nina and Silas’ daughter. She would forge a new relationship with Nina and she already has one with Franco. The character may leave behind the Corrinthos and move on to new relationships.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think she’s perfect in the role. And, I never thought anyone could outdo Elizabeth Herbst’s flawless skin, lol, but Haley just might have the slightest edge!

Timmm
Timmm

Shes younger so she wins!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Not necessarily Monsieur Timmm! Liz gets points because she’s almost twenty years older…so in actuality it’s pretty amazing that her skin is still flawless at almost 40! Both actresses are adorable…but Haley’s got this round full face like butta! Lol…not necessarily because of her age…Molly, though very pretty, doesn’t have the porcelain doll look. Lucky girls…

Linda
Linda

I didn’t care for Hayley at first but she has become better at the role and I hope she stays.

Timmm
Timmm

Haley is finding her legs now and fitting in. She was so young on Y&R and raw. You could see she had talent, she just needed some experience. She is doing much better than Kristen. The first thing I would do with Haley’s Kiki is turn her into a women. Adopt her real name. Lauren is much prettier and mature than that god awful name KIKI! Secondly, have her move in with Franco and Nina. Franco and Kiki, [Both Portrayers] had/have a special bond. Nina should be her mother. [CeeCee would love it!] Third, have her break away from the Corintho brothers. Let Lauren have a relationship with Avery. I would like to see Lauren with a whole new guy in her life. Maybe someone like Patrick or Dillon? Dillon and Lulu SUCK! Keep up the good work Haley!

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS. Oh, Ti-immm….you won’t believe this!!!! It happened. The scene between Sonny and Morgan? Father and son as they emotionally hugged; Sonny with love; Morgan with a-for-dear-life-grip? I was touched…I had tears puddling in my eyes. Well, now. How do you like that?! LOL.

su0000
su0000

hey CeeCee,
since Sonny has had baby Avery he has been like a teenager in love ahaa!
And he is all gigglyjiggly over Carly and their wedding ..
He is all lite up, his facial expressions are cute .. lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I knew that was you in my inbox, su. I didn’t have to check . Your writing is so unique….love it.
Yeah, I had to slap myself while asking; “is this really the Sonny I’ve come to know?”. LOL.

su0000
su0000

LOL thanks..
A mix of languages.. missing words and some that are not used say Hindi..
did you know; Hindi has no word for sex lol need to use the American word for most all concerning it lol. Some slang for it now.
hey! Sonny has become a trip, a cutsie..
but– he is bad, he better always be bad. 2 sides of the coin.

LOL thanks..
A mix of languages.. missing words and some that are not used say Hindi..
did you know; Hindi has no word for sex lol need to use the American word for most all concerning it lol. Some slang for it now.
hey! Sonny has become a trip, a cutsie.. I’m getting a kick outta seeing him so goofy.. lol
but– he is bad, he better always be bad. 2 sides of the coin.

(( Yadi apa eka acchī posṭiṅga dosta haim angreji ko!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I can see Dylan and Kiki…they’d be a great couple…though if they got married she’d be Michael’s cousin!

Timmm
Timmm

Which is very soapy!

Shay
Shay

Actually, Timmm, I feel for the actress! She came on board to GH in a totally thankless role and was handed garbage scripts from Day One of her debut as a recast for a very popular soap star. (It could not have been an easy task to take over from KA….) However, for HE to turn around her character, she needs to go back and begin where Kristen left off. Have her reunite with Mikey….he’s the one with whom she needs to go commiserate over Morgan’s (and her mother’s) betrayal. Since he’s so willing to forgive just about everyone else on God’s green earth, his ex-girlfriend should also get the benefit of the doubt, not to mention the loving support of someone who’s recently been in a similar situation. This would also unshackle the Q heir from the clingy grip of the God awful Sappy! Egads, Ewwwww!!!! One minute she’s in bossy mama, know-it-all mode with him and the next, they’re making out like crazy teenagers. Basta basta…….I’m running out of barf bags! Michael, reclaim your former lady love! With her redubbed as the much classier “Lauren” (which incidentally, goes very well with the surname “Quartermaine!”) she can turn over a new leaf and become a mature, productive member of Port Charles society. As for the Nina/Franco thing, I’m really not so sure about that, Timmm! First of all, Ms. Jerome–please make that Clay!–is now an heiress. I’m certain that Silas left her a not unsubstantial legacy, so she already has the means to live independently. Secondly, hanging out with those freaky social pariahs is hardly suitable company for a young, wayward girl….she needs real adult guidance, not the influence of two halfwits who together don’t add up to one responsible, grounded, sane individual. I don’t mind Franco’s occasional “fatherly” visits with Kiki, but I would be most loath to see her in Nina’s inner circle…..whether she is truly her bio-child or not. Then again, I’m not in favor of any other GH citizens mixing with MS’s insufferable character either….that seems to be the kiss of death for them. Look at poor Silas, even Ric and Maddie…..they weren’t the problem for most viewers—SHE was—but just look at where their dopey dealings with the Noxious Nina got them!!!! (Stafford has been almost wholly rejected by GH fans, yet she manages to remain on the show whilst other far more desirable players are eliminated….why, WHY???) As for the Dillon suggestion???? I’m thinking now that Maxie is in his orbit, those two just may end up together, and it would be a far superior choice than his nauseating fauxmance with Val-Chops! And fear not, after much marital strife, Lulu and Dante will find their way back to one another…they just work, Detective Falconeri’s appalling affair with his wife’s cousin notwithstanding. (I’m still waiting with bated breath for Olivia to find out what sordid activities her boy got up to in her absence….that should be good! Definitely a smack-him- upside-the-head moment!)

Timmm
Timmm

Seems Michael and Kiki split when Chad’s real life girlfriend, Kristen, left the show. Maybe he didnt want to be in a relationship at that moment. Not sure he has any say so BUT if he did, be careful what you wish for, no hot new Kiki and now he is slurping Sappies! Eww! I love the name Lauren Quartermaine! Maybe Ava will take out the Sapinator and Michael will run back to Kiki?

Michelle Stafford is talented BUT the character is horrible! Just like Roger Howarth, love him, hate Freako!

Maybe ElChoppo will head to Amsterdam to visit Uncle Luke permanently! Lulu will find her way with Dumbte but I hope its with Julie Berman!

See ya Shayster!

Patrick
Patrick

just some factoid:

Michelle STafford : debuts on GH : May 1, 2014 : 16 months later ??? !!!!
Roger Howarth : debuts on GH : March 5, 2012 : 3 years and 6 mo. later?!

i’m LOL …. i’ve posted how I AM patiently waiting… no longer clamoring for front seat

Now… I still LOVE these two

HOW LONG ARE WE going to be held hostage to Nina and Franco… going to and fro Jail and/or Shadybrook?

WRITERS ! please write… these two in love… with Nina getting all her inheritance back… and dare them to live amongst the denizen of Port Charles and ????

wow… it’s been so long… are we sure their is something on the horizon for these two ever?

saving grace, for me… Roger Howarth… dreamy

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ahh, Shay. I think I feel comfortable and confident enough with our online strong friendship to disagree with you. We both know that we will never agree when it comes to Nina…..at least we agree to disagree. It all really comes down to the fact that you never took to Michelle, just as I never took to Donna. But, to blame Rick’s and MadMaddie’s comportment and diabolical scheming on Nina? Do you really think most viewers do not like Michelle. She is taking direction….she is acting as what is expected of her. She has no choice. She is a seasoned, well-respected actress. Furthermore, I do not think most viewers saw Nina as the problem. I did not dub Madeline with MadMaddie without a well-founded reason. Nina has been an heiress from birth. She was a baby whose personality was borne through her upbringing …..a child is at his/her parents’ mercy. Nina was emotionally abused by her mother….I pegged MadMaddie right from the beginning. The problem was never Nina. She has been the victim of her-Grendel-like-mother without no fault of hers. As I said before, being in a come for half her life spared her from her mother’s cruelty…..she is the product of her environment. In reality, what child wants to feel the sting of one’s mother’s resentment ? The problem was/is not Nina. The problem has always been MadMaddie’s greed, later reinforced by Rick’s……what an unholy alliance, that. They put things in motion, not Nina. Their dopey dealings, as you call them, were not brought about by Nina….nor was it Nina’s fault that these two fiendish stooges formed a bond to destroy her. They ended up where they are through their own machinations. Nina’s father left his daughter immensely rich for a reason. Obviously he did not want his wife to get the money. That is very telling . He must have seen Madeline’s madness way back when. It is only right for Nina to be the recipient of her patrimony. Think about this, my friend….don’t you think MadMaddie deserves her punishment? The idea that Nina, as a child, was crazy is all made up by her mother….just to get to her money. If MadMadfie had /has no remorse putting her own daughter in a coma; she has no remorse about anyone….ergo, she murdered not only Silas, but also the pharmacist. Did Nina make her do that? She has complete disregard for human life. How is that Nina’s fault? At least, we now know that Rick drew the line on murder. What these two did is unforgivable…..MadMaddie , the worse of the two. Most mothers try to protect their children….no matter what….to the death. I would give my life for my kids, in a New York minute…. As far as Dillon and Lulu…I don’t see it. I agree with you….I felt something between him and Maxie ….he and Lulu just do not mesh….’there must be a spark to start a fire’. I think Lulu and Dante work…but something has changed…I… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

what seems very “soapy” is this movie within a ” ? … drama / serial”

as Dillan and Lulu get that much closer… because they’re shooting sex scenes, interchanging their mindset and losing all abandon…

Dillan doesn’t get his leading man… and will just have to step in….
Maxie is the only one left to “monitor” and/or jumps right in… menage a trois… she wants an oscar

ps: I think Dillan should dump Valerie and meet Kiki as well…

GH needs to simply let go of that menage a trois… and let Morgan and Ava BE

Timmm
Timmm

Patrick, I hate this movie story line. Its a way. like you said, for characters to bump and grind, legally, lets say. What I would do is put Dante and Valerie together and pair Dillon and Maxie. Send Lulu off to find her father off camera and bring back Julie Berman, next year. As for Nathan, I’ll keep him on the show for CeeCee BUT he and Rosalie hookup. I figure the two of them acting together could become a drinking game!

Patrick
Patrick

it certainly would be a way for Nathan to loosen up… I LIKE Rosalie… so… wherever spark lie… fire her up

who’d have thunk??? Nathan figured out the murder
LOL

perhaps Dante is the one with bi-polar… that’s not a diss… what is … is his infidelity… like Shay said.. he needs a smack upside the head

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Golly Gee, Timmm. I do appreciate that. More time for me to look at Nathan’s gorgeous face. I wish I could see a little more of his backside, though. I think Patrick would agree.
See? It took Nathan’s keen sense of smell that led to MadMaddie. I just knew he had it in him….HaHaHa!!!! So there!….LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Patrick, I don’t think there is a ménage a trois going on…unless they’re doing it off camera….LOL. Did I get Dillon’s idiotic storyline of making a movie wrong? I thought I was caught up. Is this movie about love-triangles and menages a trois? There are certain love-triangles…but, I hope to God never to see a ménage a trois……didn’t Felix, Alex and Brad try doing that? Didn’t go down too well….excuse the pun.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m calling this…. “The lesser of two evils”

Hayley Erin is ACTING pretty good ! congrats to you.

the general consensus seems to be that this character was never fleshed out… Kristen Alderson… was bang up job… when she was STARR, which includes GH. The end.

Haley Erin… is Kiki… I don’t even think of KA any more. I imagine KA in the court scenes and all that Hayley Erin has done… and it’s Hayley that comes out on top. she does flit to and fro… she has a more relaxed disposition… her face isn’t running wild or all over the place.

so kudos to you Ms. Erin : keep on

Patrick
Patrick

MORGAN : give the kid a break… dang it! he’s a young kid making mistakes with libido…

OH NO…. “like father, like son” they try to get Michael to become an alcoholic (ie: AJ) and now Morgan has bipolar.

ugh! if you try to pin a label or ??? illness on and “cure” his wants, woes, and willful, and wild being….

i don’t know… then he wont be his playboy image that … (ok, he’s a sexy man) just needs to be reeled in on his histrionics… that he’s acting out with Carly and Sonny.

??? if MB Thread : the general consensus … it should be done right or don’t do it all all? go their

Momma in your face, in your business, Carly ??? was their a psych consult prior to them hounding him … that he’s just like his father? LOL

woah !!!!!! if posts are accurate : that the new writers are going to be focusing MORE on Sonny and Carly…. GAG ME

I like Morgan just the way he is

Patrick
Patrick

Hayley

* she “does, not” flit to and fro

Mateo
Mateo

Haley did better than ever before but she cracked under the weight of Maura West. You can’t be average with a queen like Maura West. You have to really be solid. She is getting there but it’s gonna take a long time before she can keep up with the queens working alongside of her.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I am a longtime GH view and have seen some great changes lately. As a lot of you have said, Kiki is so much better! I’m really enjoying the show so much more.

su0000
su0000

RC came back after Tony’s exit with new ideals and a new direction.
Ron has turned and is bringing his A-Game!
These past weeks have been vintage Ron..
He remains head writer and his writing goes on until mid-Oct.

laura
laura

Your right, it’s had to warm up to a replacement character, I like the original Kiki because I knew the actress from OLTL, and I want Michael back, I want them to fix this like they fix all the dead actors, I had a cemistry with Sam, because of their history on PC. They wasted his talent. AND I’VE ALWAYS LOVED FRANCO ( TODD) he is a great funny actor. Him and Nina a perfect.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I’m right there with you, Laura.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely still FIRM friends….always, CeeCeeGirl! That was some impassioned defense of all things Nina and MS….well done! Applause, applause! You did yourself proud, and were, of course, inordinately morally correct in your assertions, however, we were on totally different pages when it came to the nature of my critique of the Nina Clay saga. I was not defending the deplorable behavior and motivations of Maddie and/or Ric in my post…rather, I was condemning the ways in which the entire Nina storyline progressed and the major players were defined and employed at the hands of the showrunners, culminating in the unforgivable loss of Michael Easton’s Silas and Donna Mill’s Magda from the GH canvas. THAT is what is at the heart of my immense displeasure. As you will undoubtedly recall, far back when this was still a fresh and shiny tale and Liesl and Madeline were first revealed to be sisters, there was a scene in Liesl’s office where Nina’s condition was discussed between the two of them….in it, Dr. O. stated that her niece had been a disturbed child and the obvious implication was that Nina was a “bad seed” who had some sort of deficiency in her psyche. That was made abundantly clear by the brilliant Obrecht, who seemed to be declaring it as a medical fact in a completely clinical manner with the authority of an expert….there was indeed something terribly wrong with Nina’s mental state, and it surfaced in childhood, long before the coma. Hence, at least at that point in time, Nina was intended to be portrayed as the off-the-wall loon she later certainly displayed every sign of being. I still buy into that educated diagnosis ala Dr. O. Why? Because if Liesl had any sort of scientific cause to doubt otherwise— that instead Maddie was the true impetus behind all of her niece’s emotional woes simply as a result of terrible parenting—-then why would she have entrusted that very woman with the care of her precious son, Nathan? (Who, incidentally, turned out to be a fine, upstanding, well-adjusted individual with the same upbringing! ) No…the original basis was that Nina was an utter whack-job and probably emerged from the birth canal that way!!! In addition, we were teased and tantalized with the promise of various family secrets from the past of the Westbourne siblings that were supposedly the key to this unholy she-beast called Nina. Unfortunately, between then and now, we came up extremely short on details and explanations…as was so often the case with most RC storylines….he totally dropped the ball, left a sloppy trail of red herrings, and reinvented the premise mid-stream, ultimately leaving us with the unsatisfying, predictable and oh so convenient scenario that, in actuality, Maddie was always the wicked one who was solely responsible for creating this sorry situation due to her own greed and Nina, if not good, then was really not all that bad, and merely an innocent, abused waif standing in the way of a fabulous fortune.… Read more »

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
WOW!!!! How impressive is your writing? You put the Brontes to shame. Such sofistcated writing, my dear friend….yet, so simply and thoughtfully put.
I’m sorry my brain went in a different direction. I suppose it’s because I’m always on the defensive when it comes to Michelle.
Also, I need to keep it straight in my head that you are talking about the character. Yes, you said it…I become very impassioned when it comes to her. However, I did say, many times, that I am appalled with what these writers have done to Michelle…and Roger. It is so heartbreaking to watch this thespian whose acting has always rocked my world be reduced to a petulant child. Then again, it does show the many colorful dimensions/facets about/of her. I also said that unless ‘they’ get her out of this trance, as it were, Michelle should step off the stage. She deserves to shine…that’s what I’m used to seeing.
As far as Dr O, she has a few screws loose herself, so one could conclude that insanity is in Nina’s genes. I really do not put too much stock into what a disturbed woman such as she says. As much as I LOVE our dear Dr. O, she has pulled some really crazy stunts, as did her daughter Britt.
I would still argue that MadMaddie fried Nina’s brain with her lack of genuine motherly love. Who knows why Madeline put Nathan on a pedestal !! ….perhaps her motives were sexual…I would not put anything past her sick mind….but, Nina was the goose that had lain the golden eggs. She was the only obstacle that kept MadMaddie from that bountiful nest. As I had said, Lord only knows how this devil- mother conditioned her daughter. There’s much more Liesl does not know…..at the same time, I think she knows so much more that she is saying…..remember the secret she mentioned to Nina?
Assuming, Nina, as a child, manifested signs of not being ‘normal’ or how a ‘normal’ child
would act, Madeline saw dollar signs and made it a lifetime mission to cash in at Nina’s expense.
I wish this story could go further…deeply delve into all their minds and past lives. ….try to bust the travesty that is/was Nina’s past life, at the seams. Perhaps, not all is lost. Madeline is in jail….so what?…..a most challenging story could still be told. Now, that would raptly hold my attention. Especially if Liesl is involved. Hey, this could be Franco’s and Nina’s new adventure. A story told in a sensible and tangible fashion….giving the characters mature personalities, sans the silliness.
Furthermore, it would be such a plot twist if Nina’s father were alive and turns out to be a Cassadine……one who has kept himself unknown and lives in ignonimity. Hey, Nina and Nathan could really be siblings, afterall.
Parleremo presto, bell’amica.

Shay
Shay

Molte, molte grazie, dear CeeCee! Although I certainly wouldn’t dare to dream that any of my GH posts could ever approach the Brontean heights of masterpieces like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, for you to even suggest the comparison with your generous sentiments is highly flattering and much appreciated—to say the least! Furthermore, I’m so glad we now perfectly understand each other where your beloved Nina/MS are involved, since I would never want you to imagine that I have anything but the utmost respect and admiration for your point of view on this actress and her role. Despite our not sharing that same perspective, I do believe it’s quite safe to state that we both harbor extreme disappointment in her character and storyline, even if for totally diverse reasons. (Isn’t it funny how we can so easily agree to disagree on any subject and it’s no big deal whatsoever, and yet, where others are concerned, well, such is SO not the case?—-Understatement!—- Incidentally, I apologize for taking so long to reply here…..obviously, I became waylaid in my response due to that “La Civetta” nonsense on the “Bryan Craig” thread, although you’d never know it, judging by the sparsely posted results of my numerous attempts at commentary. By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed your spirited remarks that did make it online….extremely well put, and oh so true! I swear, that situation’s become akin to “Groundhog Day,” hasn’t it????? In the immortal words of the late, great and still much-missed comedic doyenne, Joan Rivers, I simply say “Oh, grow up!” That, plus move on and get a life!) Anyway, returning to the actual topic at hand, we do have a meeting of the minds when it comes to desiring a more substantial backstory and explanation of all things referencing the “Family Westbourne.” There was so much rich material which could have been mined for the characters of Liesl, Magda, Nathan, Britt (Bring her back…stat!) and yes, even your Nina. The manner in which this saga first lazily meandered—then abruptly ended in such a slapdash effort—-was most unsatisfying indeed, and I concur that one or more nefarious Cassadine connections could have added a morish mystique to this murky brood’s less-than-savory origins and ongoing escapades. Whether we shall ever reach those giddily Gothic heights with a further examination of this far-too-abridged tale of grift and greed is anyone’s guess….with so much unwarranted attention afforded to the current orgy of affection for all things Sonny-centric, it would appear not. Let’s simply say I shall not be holding my breath for any further clarifications. However, I’m still not sold on a continued Franco and Nina coupling….RoHo has such a unique talent and presence, and I feel that MS’s inclusion in his character’s orbit holds him back. I like when he is painted with much broader, outre’ strokes….without them, his exuberance is tamped down, and it’s like he is imprisoned whilst being on the verge of bursting forth with all of his pent-up brilliance. I consider his… Read more »

Rodd
Rodd

Sorry, but if Kiki left PC to “find herself”, I wouldn’t be upset. I was having trouble caring about this character even when KA was playing her and HE hasn’t exactly wowed me except when she’s angry. With so many other characters I’d rather see on screen, I hope the in-coming regime send her back to Grandma Delia in NYC.

Shay
Shay

@Rodd…I’d much prefer “Grandma Delia” relocate to Port Charles to keep an eye on Kiki….that lady’s a real kick! Selecting Ilene Kristen’s classic Ryan’s Hope character as Ava’s bio-mom was the one truly creative twist to Ron C.’s reimagined Jerome family saga!!!

Jane
Jane

I’m not seeing how great she is has but the name Kiki isn’t helping either.
Roger Howarth is something else.

brenda
brenda

I’ve actually started to like Kiki now that Hayley is playing the role and don’t FF the scenes with Kiki in it. I hope she is able to stay on GH now with the new writers.

kg
kg

kiki don’t leave what would happen if everybody blows up again then everybody on gh will get really hurt sonny is the biggest one that could hurt so many people don’t you do it too

General Hospital

GH’s Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson Give The Lowdown on Their New Series ‘7 Questions’ & Their Creative Partnership

What started out as an unlikely on-screen pairing and friendship several years ago on the daytime drama, General Hospital has flourished, and become something even much greater than that. Knowing they struck gold with their characters being the antithesis of each other – one’s a hit man for God sakes, and the other an awkward computer geek, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) began to conjure up how they could parlay their on-screen and off-screen friendship into other creative avenues.

As fans of the popular soap stars know, these guys travel around the country performing their comedy act, Stone Cold and the Jackal to packed houses. They have a weekly podcast, now on the Podcast One network, That’s Awesome and have also been concentrating on delivering even more content to their audience via their You Tube page, with their latest collaboration 7 Questions with Steve and Brad; where the two take on some questions and answer them with some clever elements wrapped up inside of each installment.

Not a week can go by without Steve and Bradford releasing something new to whet the appetite and keep engaged their enduring fan base. While everyone is facing together the disruptions in our normal everyday lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steve and Bradford are using this time wisely to expand their reach while creating even more fun content within their wheelhouse.  So, who know what could be next, right?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Steve and Bradford to get the Intel on their success, their new You Tube series via their page, and more.  And of course, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without putting them in the hot seat and asking our own ‘7 Questions’.  Check out what they had to say below.

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How did the idea originally come about for 7 Questions with Steve and Brad?  What was the inspiration behind it?

BRADFORD: We want to put out as much content as we can and as much entertainment as we can for people, especially during this time.  We’ve done a lot of work on our Facebook page, and we realized that we make so many videos, why the heck aren’t we putting them on our YouTube page?  With that, Steve kind of had this idea. Steve will talk about his inspirations for the visual component of it, and it was kind of a no-brainer.

I just also would like to know whose idea it was to have the MTV-ish voice-over gal for the interstitials of ‘7 Questions’.  That’s one of my favorite parts, by the way!

STEVE:  That’s me! I’m a kid of the 80s.  I love the 80s.  It’s what our brand has been.  We use a lot of colors that are 80s, and that’s our demographic. They relate to it.  With ‘7 questions’, I had no idea what it was going to be, really.  Bradford and I talk multiple times a day, and we are always thinking of ideas. We do our podcast, “That’s Awesome!” and then, we do a bonus podcast now every week that is 15-20 minutes, and that we put it up on YouTube as well.  With the way things are, we want people to laugh and have fun.  Now, usually Bradford does all of the heavy lifting with the technology.  He edits the podcast, he uploads it, he does all of that stuff, and I’m like, “Let me just try it.”  So, I do the sound effects and graphics in these.  I’m laughing while I do it, so I’m hoping people laugh, too.

BRADFORD:  In the beginning, Steve kind of wanted to make it like a morning show, and it my head, I thought he meant like a morning TV show, so I was a little confused by that! (Laughs) What he meant was like a disc-jockey from the 80s on the radio – the kind of show where they use the silly horns when there is a joke, or a lot of ‘whiz-bang’ sound effect, and stuff like that.  It’s fun to see Steve’s creative self come out and play.

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STEVE: The ‘7 questions’ episode out now with Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), is amazing.  Well, it’s amazing because of the sound effects I put in of course, but it’s also amazing because Josh Swickard is on it. (Laughs)

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You guys have been able to get along so well it seems from your podcast, to your YouTube videos, to your regular on-screen relationship at GH, and then, you do comedy clubs appearances around the country together.  Why do you think it works so well between the two of you? 

BRADFORD:  That’s a good question.  I think we have very similar goals.  We understand each other’s instincts a little bit.  So, we can navigate.  Sometimes, I can tell when something is going to frustrate Steve.  I steer that around him, and he certainly does the same thing for me.  He knows what frustrates me, and he’ll take care of that.  The cool thing about us is that neither of us are combative people.  We never bring our outside crap into our relationship.  We’re not that kind of people.  We are very positive people, and I think that really helps.

STEVE:  It’s always dangerous to get into business with friends.  That’s the first thing I can say because in the past that’s happened to me, and it hasn’t worked out.  I think Bradford and I just have a great mutual respect for each other.  I don’t want to say that it’s almost like a marriage, but it kind of is, because we are together so much.  We work together, we talk every day, and we are always collaborating on things.  There are always things that come up.  Most people wouldn’t even know the stuff that comes up with the podcast or with the live shows, and it takes a really special partnership to forge through that and still have fun.  That’s what the key is because I know plenty of people who are in business relationships who aren’t happy.  They’re just doing it for business.  If we ever get to that point, he and I just need to walk away.  It’s just a really great relationship where we are continually pushing each other, and where we are continually growing.  I never have to worry about what he is doing, and he never has to worry about what I am doing.

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BRADFORD:  That’s a really big deal.  I’ve never even thought about that because we’ve never had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment where it’s like, “Hey man, you’ve really got to start pulling your weight here.” (Laughs)

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Ok guys, I have a lighting round of ‘7 Questions’ for you.  Here we go! Question number 1! What one word describes your initial impression of each other when you first met?

BRADFORD:  “Muscle-y”

STEVE:  That’s not a word, dude!

BRADFORD:   It is.  I made it.

Steve, what’s your one-word initial impression of Bradford when you first met him?

STEVE: “Interesting…”  Can it have an ellipsis after it?

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Question number 2: When rehearsing your comedy show, which one of you has the most trouble remembering what comes next?

BRADFORD:  I’m going to say Steve, but there is a caveat.  The way that his set is designed, he does about 20 minutes of just talking.  Mine is song, talk, song.  So, there’s an order for mine… but for Steve, remembering half an hour’s worth of stories is hard.  That’s what I would say.

STEVE:  I would say me, too.  We are both pretty on it with our structure and what comes next pretty naturally, but there’re times when Bradford is like, “Hey, over here.”  What the audience doesn’t see is I go, “Oh yeah!  Hey!”

BRADFORD:  But we’ve been doing this for so long that we’ve both had our senior moments.  Neither of us is immune to a hiccup here and there.

Question 3: You both are super-high energy guys. After your performances, who has more trouble decompressing and coming down to earth after the adrenaline rush of playing in front of a crowd?

BRADFORD:  I can sleep anywhere at any time… so can Steve.

STEVE:  Usually, I can sleep anywhere, but after a show, I’m hyped!  I’m like, “Let’s go!  Where are we going?” Bradford’s like, “Give me a glass of wine, and a nice meal, and I’m going to bed,” and I’m like, “Oh, no, you’re not.  You’re not going anywhere near a bed!  We’re going out.”

BRADFORD:  Part of the problem is that we drink a Five-Hour Energy before the show, and our show is only 3 hours.  There’s that extra 2 hours. (Laughs)

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Question 4:  What do your wives; Kiera and Sheree think of your ‘7 Questions’ and your comedy show? 

BRADFORD:  I was nervous the first time my wife came to our comedy show, because she’s actually a pretty talented comedian.  She knows comedic timing really well.  The first time Kiera ever saw our act was when she helped us do a GH Fan Club Weekend show.  She told me afterwards, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I had kind of low expectations, and you guys are hilarious.”  You know, I was a guy who kind of waited for the phone to ring because that’s what the life of an actor kind of just tends to be, and now what’s been so wonderful for me is becoming a creator, becoming a collaborator, and how it has really just changed my approach to work in general.  So, my wife is proud of me, and thankful to Steve for that.

What does your wife think, Steve?

STEVE:  My wife saw 7 Questions, and she loves that.   She’s seen some comedy bits that I have shown her on my phone, but she hasn’t seen a full comedy show yet.

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Does Sheree like the comedic side of you?

STEVE:  Yeah, I don’t know if most people know that I may have a sense of humor because literally when we go to the shows, people are looking at me like I’m an alien like, “What the hell is going on up there?”

Right! It’s such a departure from what they envision as this image of you from your role on General Hospital to when they see you do something different. 

STEVE:  Right.  I’ve always kind of been kind of high-energy, and I don’t want to say funny, but I at least have a sense of humor and can crack jokes.  That was one of the first things that kind of connected my wife and me.

BRADFORD:  On stage, Steve’s a great storyteller, but what we’ve done over the last couple of years is really try to hone those stories in a specific way, like really make sure that the timing is there, that the setup is there, and all of that.  I think at the beginning, both of us were a little self-conscious about that because it was new to us.  I could sing a song and not be self-conscious about it because that’s what I did for most of my life.  This is new to us, and what I have loved seeing over the last couple of years, is Steve’s growth as a performer.

STEVE:  Thank you, buddy.

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Question 5:  Do your kids understand what you do for a living? What do they think that you do?

STEVE:  My kids aren’t sure.  My daughter who is 16, she gets it.  My son, he hasn’t seen a lot of scenes from GH, but I showed him once he was able to understand some and he was like, “What do you do?”  I said, “I’m the Fonzie of daytime.”  He said, “Who’s Fonzie?”  (Laughs)  My 5-year-old really doesn’t know.  She thinks I go on the road more than I go to work.  She’s like, “Oh, are you doing your thing with Bradford?” She sees me working on my stuff with Bradford, and she’ll be like, “7 questions with Steve and Brad!”  She’ll walk around the house and say that.

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BRADFORD:  My 8-year-old, Juna knows that I’m on TV.  There’s been a couple of times when we have been watching the news over the last couple of weeks, and the California governor will have press conferences, and it will then cut right into General Hospital, and there was one time that it just cut into me.  It’s been a long time since they’ve seen me on the television.  So that was cool.  There are a couple teachers at their school who are fans of the show, so that gives the kids a bit of a chuckle.  Juna will say to my 5-year-old, Finola, “Hey, Finola, come over here.  We’re going to be on dad’s podcast.”  So, anything technical, any video, she calls “a podcast”.  She doesn’t quite get that part of it.  She probably thinks YouTube, and everything is a podcast. (Laughs)

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Question 6: If you guys could go on any late night TV talk show together, which show would it be and why?

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STEVE:  My sensibility would be The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

BRADFORD:  I would probably say Jimmy Fallon too, although I love Jimmy Kimmel because he’s on ABC.  Also, our sense of humor is pretty dumb, and Fallon’s sense of humor is pretty dumb.  So, I think our senses of humor match up with him better than anyone else, probably.

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Question 7: On soaps, do you think more comedy should be injected into them?

STEVE:  Let me answer this, because when Bradford came on as Spinelli, he turned it into the comedy relief in a lot of ways.  We didn’t have a lot of comedy on the show.  Back in the day, you had some people like Steven Kay, who played Reginald, and you had people who had some comedic moments, but Bradford really kind of came in and was that.  People knew that once Spinelli was on the screen, something funny could happen.  Just with his encounter with somebody, or how he was going to try to approach me, or hug me, or how he was going to try to figure something out and spaz out, and people love that.  I think there needs to be comedy on a daytime drama.  There is so much heaviness all of the time usually, and that’s why I think Bradford (obviously he is a fantastic actor) is able to stay on for so long because he brought something new, something different to the table, and that’s what made him so valuable.

BRADFORD:  Thank you, Steve!  I think the best way for comedy to happen in daytime is through the organic instincts of each individual actor because the times where soaps try to be funny is where it doesn’t work sometimes.  That’s kind of a rule anywhere!  The best comedy is where it is found rather than planned.  So, when you look at someone like, for instance, Steve, when he moved the fuzzy balls the other day, that is the best kind of humor in our show because that is something that his character would do anyway, it showed a little bit of Steve’s personality, which I love, and it was just a little moment of levity.  You look at actors like Roger Howarth (Franco), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), or Maura West (Ava, GH), everyone that finds moments in their performance to do something that maybe wasn’t planned; it lets the audience breathe a bit.  That’s where I find that the best comedy is in soaps.

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Bonus question 8! Surprise! Which comedians have influenced you … and which actors have influenced you the most?

STEVE:  Oh, I love Jim Gaffigan.  I love Sebastian Maniscalco.  There are a lot of guys out there.  Acting wise, I’m a huge fan of Tom Cruise, and I’ll tell you why.  From what I know the guy’s work ethic is like nobody else’s.  That’s what always inspires me.  I’m like, here’s a guy who has made 500 million dollars and still gives 120% to this day!  So, there’s a ton of actors that I could pick, but Tom Cruise delivers.  Every performance that guy has done has been amazing.

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BRADFORD:  For me, it didn’t occur to me until later, especially thinking about my comedic influences as a kid.  What I love about GH and the way that they film is that I really can use my whole body.  It’s not just a shoulder-up kind of show.  They have four cameras.  They can catch pretty much anything that you’re doing.  So, I realized that when I think about the way I use my body that I was influenced a lot by Don Knotts.  When you see something on his face (and granted his facial expressions were amazing and huge) you also saw it in his whole body.   Not only do I love Don Knotts, but I also love Donald O’Connor from Singin’ in the Rain.  Now as for an actor, I’ve always talked about Gary Oldman, because I love character actors who, if they weren’t playing a character and they were just themselves, you don’t know what that looks like. You only know them as the characters they play, because every character they play is different.  , If you look at Gary Oldman in The Professional, he is playing a villain there, but he’s this Russian guy with slicked back hair, and then, you see him play Commissioner Gordon in Batman with a flawless Chicago accent, and then, you hear him talk and you’re like, “Oh, he’s from England.  He’s a British actor.  I had no idea.”  That’s what I love.  His physicality, his voice, everything is built from the ground up when he plays a character.  A comic that I love to watch is John Mulaney.  Even though he’s like a preppy little guy that says crazy things, it’s very smart, and I just love his style.

In closing, here we are in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, what would you say to your fans, some of who, may feel lost, isolated, worried, etc?

BRADFORD:  I would say watch General Hospital!  At a time like this, routine is very important.  One of the great things about General Hospital is that it is part of peoples’ routines.  It’s not just a plug to watch our show, but it’s something that is comforting in that it is there.  Then, outside of that, you know, we try to provide not just entertainment but connection too.  That’s what we are there for.  We’ve been going live a lot on our Facebook page, on our YouTube page, and our reason for that is that we know people are available, and people can actually talk to us in real time, and as I said, we are trying to create moments of connection.

STEVE:  The best compliment that we get is, “We had so much fun.” or “Oh, you guys made my day.”  I try to answer all the You Tube comments we get, and many of them are similar right now like, “Man, I needed to laugh today.  Thank you for putting this up.”  Obviously, we are all dealing with something crazy right now with this pandemic, but just to give someone even 10 minutes on 7 Questions where they can laugh 3 or 4 times and then go back to whatever they were doing, that’s really what matters to us.

So, what do you think of Steve and Bradford’s new You  Tube show ‘7 Questions with Steve and Brad’?  Have you seen their live comedy club appearances, and if so, what did you think of it?  Do you enjoy seeing GH”s Jason and Spinelli in scenes and hijinks together in Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Eden McCoy Chats on Tackling the Role of Young Carly, Josslyn’s love life, and Her Co-Stars

The rivalry between Carly (Laura Wright) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) has deep-rooted history in the past, not just the present, as viewers learn today on a special episode of General Hospital.  In it, we go back to the 90s, before Carly stepped foot in Port Charles.  This gave Eden McCoy, who usually plays Carly’s on-screen daughter, Josslyn Jacks, the chance to play a young Carly as fans of the ABC daytime drama series also see that the episode sheds come clues to a story that will play out in the present in the weeks and months to come.

McCoy got the opportunity to work with a different set of players than her normal scene partners in Port Charles in the episode – Cynthia Watros (Nina), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and young Willa Rose (young Nelle), who comprise the Benson ‘family’ in the flashbacks.

However, while Eden got the chance to travel back to the 90s, Josslyn is also in the dark in the present to that kiss shared by her best friends, Trina (Sydney Mikala) and Cameron (William Lipton).   If that lip-lock came to light to Joss, will that finally get her to admit she may feel more than friendship with Cam?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eden to discuss: the opportunity to play young Carly, having Laura Wright as her on-screen mom, and going to battle on-screen with her good friend, Chloe Lanier, plus if she would like to share more screen-time with Josslyn’s dad, Ingo Rademacher (Jax), and of course, the burning question, who has Josslyn’s heart? Is it Cameron? Find out when you read on as to what Eden shared below.

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On today’s April 8th episode of GH, we see you portraying a young Carly.  Tell me when and how you found out that you were going to play Carly, and what the experience was like for you taping those scenes?

EDEN:  It was really one of my favorite experiences at GH, hands down.  I think if I had to choose favorite episodes, this would be this one for sure. My other favorites prior to this have been: the fight scene with Nelle, the dance scenes I did, and the fake drunk scenes with William.  Those were all so great.  I found out that I was going to do this episode and play a young Carly from Laura Wright.  I ran into her on set for blocking.  We weren’t even working together that day, and she’s like, “Oh, I’ve been told that you’re going to play a young me in an episode,” and then she literally walked away – because she had to work.  So, I was like, “What?”  It was kind of this thing hanging in the air, and I rushed to tell my mom, because I was so excited.  I didn’t get the script until maybe a month after Laura told me.  I didn’t want to ask more about it before then, because I kind of wanted to be surprised, too. Then, when I got the script and read it, I was completely blown away.  Then, when I got the news that Cynthia Watros was going to play Carly’s mom and that James Patrick Stuart was going to play Carly’s dad, I mean, I just about had a heart attack! Those are two actors that I’ve watched and admired so much and haven’t worked with a lot.  So, it was this perfectly gift-wrapped opportunity to get to know my fellow castmates and dive into a whole other character.  Everyone was so involved in that episode.  Look at the set design, for one thing.  You can totally tell that it transported us into the 90s.  Everyone did an amazing job with that style of architecture ….everybody had been researching it …everybody pretty much except for me as I lived through the 90s!  The wardrobe was one of my favorite things ever, because the 90s, for me, is my favorite era of fashion.  I feel like my own wardrobe is heavily inspired by the 90s.  I have vintage pieces; my favorite jeans are 90s Levis. I watched Friends and obviously was obsessed with it.  The wardrobe team did an amazing job focusing on all of the 90s trends with the cardigans and the clogs and the jelly shoes and all of that.  I have three outfits in the episode, and we literally named them “Monica”, “Rachel”, and “Phoebe” after the women on Friends.  It was so much fun.

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What’s your take on what happened in the episode; as we learn about Carly’s troubled-past with her adoptive parents, and her past with Nelle?

EDEN:  It starts as a look into a young Carly’s everyday life.  She gets home from a job interview.  She is looking for work, and she gets the job, and Virginia and Carly are talking.  However, the conversation turns into how Carly wants to leave home, and have a very different life than Virginia, but she needs money to do it.  So, she leaves her mom, Virginia, to go find Frank, her dad, who, by the way, is a complete turnoff of a dad.  She thought he was going to have some money, and she could be rich, and get it from him, and move to New York, and see the world because that’s her overall goal.  Carly is a very passionate, goal-driven person as we know, so she goes to see Frank.  It will be a heart-wrenching moment for Carly as a character; and you will see how Nelle factors into this.   All of this in the past shows the internal conflict that Carly has towards Nelle as a person and as a character.  It’s not just that Nelle came into her life and hurt her kids and hurt her family, but it’s because it’s that desperate need for validation that Carly had growing up.  I think, she has had this resentment towards Nelle, because of it.

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How old were you supposed to be in the flashbacks as young Carly?

EDEN:  I was playing like 18-19 years old, and Nelle was around 6.  Willa Rose was such an adorable little actress.  She and James were so cute together, and James was phenomenal.  He just went 110% on this, and it was so, so fun to work against that.  Every take was different.  James was walking at this pace, or he was eating in this scene, and he totally took it to the place that I knew that he would take it.  Same with Cynthia!  Cynthia was amazing.   I’ve watched them together since Cynthia first came on the show as Nina, and I’ve watched James forever, so I totally scored.

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Has Laura Wright seen your portrayal of Carly yet?

EDEN:  I’m super excited to see what she has to say about it.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I were discussing it day-of taping. We were kind of dissecting Laura’s mannerisms so that I could kind of plug them in to my performance. We used when Laura as Carly tucks her hair behind her ear, and Frank was like, “Oh, yeah!  Do that!”  I’ve grown up with Laura, and watching her, and acting against her, and people clearly compare us all the time and are like, “That’s insane.  Do you try to do that on purpose?” It’s like, “No, I’ve just been with her since I was 12, almost every day.”

You realize when working and talking with Laura that she truly gets and understands her art and acting in this genre.  She’s really one of the best there’s ever been in soaps.  She can dissect a scene and understand it from different points of view, etc.

EDEN:  Oh my God, I know.  She’s phenomenal to watch, and I am not immune to that whatsoever.  It hits me every time I see her act.   She’s just been the best teacher.  The comments I get the most are: how much I resemble her looks wise for one, but also acting wise.  So, I’m so excited to see what people have to say following the airing of this episode.

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What do you think about Josslyn’s combative relationship with Nelle?  I loved on today’s episode that we got to see the scenes where Josslyn clocked Nelle again!

EDEN:  I would love to slap Nelle again!  Chloe is one of my closest friends on that set.  Even though we haven’t worked together as much as we used to, we are still very close, and I learned a lot from her.  Scenes with her are always so juicy.

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Where do you think Josslyn is at this point in her love life?  Is she still really into Dev (Ashton Arbab)? Does she truly loves Cameron, but can’t admit it to herself? 

EDEN:  I think that’s it. With Dev, he was an intriguing character with a very different background than Josslyn.  They say opposites attract, and I think that goes along with this story a little bit.  He’s just something that’s new, and someone who she is intrigued by, and I think that’s realistic.  I know that’s happened to me in my love life before.  I’m not sure where it’s really going to go between Dev and Josslyn.  Then for Cam, I think she doesn’t want to admit the feelings that she has for him to herself because that’s a whole big can of worms. I think she feels that once she admits that it might – not necessarily ruin their friendship – but taint it.  Cam is such a safe place and such a home for Josslyn.  I feel like if she were to admit that to herself, she’d be like, “Oh, no.  I’m going to make this uncomfortable and weird, and I can’t lose Cam as a friend.”  That’s always kind of been where her head is at, but I think as she spends more time with him, her feelings become more and more clear.  You never really know what’s going to happen, and I don’t think she’s set on anything.  Teenagers are just all over the place with feelings, and one day they feel this and one day they don’t.  So, it’s always such fun to play because I know some fans are dying to see Cameron and Josslyn get together that and some people don’t want to see that.  It’s fun to hear everybody out and to hear everyone’s opinions on it.  For me, I just hope it can be something fun to watch.  That’s always the goal.

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So now Trina has shared a kissed Cam, and Josslyn doesn’t know that yet.  What do you think her reaction is going to be when she finds out? 

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EDEN:  It will be interesting to see how the writers do that when she does find out, because Trina has been a great friend to Josslyn, and Josslyn wants to be a great friend back, and of course, Joss is a great friend to Cam.  These are her two best friends.  She doesn’t really want to be anything but supportive.  I feel there is going to be a lot of internal struggle with that because I think that action is probably going to make her realize, and come to terms with some feelings that she has probably been avoiding, for sure.

Do you think that Josslyn has truly moved on with her life following her last boyfriend, Oscar’s heartbreaking death, so that she can welcome and accept new love into her life?

EDEN:  I think she’s moved on, at least I hope so!  That’s a pain that she’ll take with her for the rest of her life, and an experience that she’ll always have in her back pocket. That’s great as an actor … to have had a deep, influential experience because you can bring that into certain scenes and make them stronger.  Right now, I think she’s just trying to be normal and feel normal things, and that’s where I hope that her story will continue to go.  Life goes on, and we have awesome teenage characters that I’m happy to be a part of and working with.

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Whenever the fans have seen William Lipton and you together, they have noticed that you get along so well. What can you say about William?

EDEN:   We do get along so well.  William is the best.  He’s really like a sibling.

Would you like to see more scenes between Jax and Josslyn? Don’t you think he should be more involved with his biological daughter’s life?

EDEN:  Yes!  From day one of meeting Ingo five years ago, he just made it so comfortable for me.  We have had a complete connection.  We share so many similar traits.  For instance, we both love the beach and we have a similar drive.  I will say that our relationship outside of the scenes is what makes those scenes what they are and what makes them fun to watch, and why when you’re watching, you feel like, “How is this not real?”  So, that’s why he is one of my all-time favorite scene partners.

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Your mom was, and is, a big GH fan, right?

EDEN:  Yes, she grew up watching GH in her sorority house, and her two crushes were Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), and I’m their kid on the show!  I remember when I auditioned for Josslyn.  I was given a fake script with a fake character name on it, so, we didn’t really know what my family tree looked like, or anything.  When my mom saw Maurice and Ingo in person for the first time, and I remember her freaking out.  I can’t even imagine what it was like for her.  My mom was just as excited as me to have this opportunity.

Are you at home quarantining, and taking care of yourself during this COVID-19 pandemic that we all find ourselves facing together? How’s that been going for you?

EDEN:  It’s going good.  I’m not complaining about staying in bed. (Laughs)  No, it’s been fun just trying new things and spending time with the family. You know, I’m usually so busy that it’s nice to have a little down time for a minute, but I naturally like to stay present and connect with people on social media, et

What are the fans saying to you most on social media that they want for Joss? 

EDEN:  I am hearing a lot about Cam.  It’s a big, “Is that going to happen?  Is that not going to happen?  Team Cam/Team Not Cam.”  That’s always fun because I love to have rivalries.  That means that people are invested in the story.  I get a lot of Jax things, like, “Where’s Jax?  We need more Jax and Josslyn,” and I completely agree.  However my dream, (and I think what a lot of people want to see) is Josslyn’s rebellion and gearing away from the goody-two-shoes person she is for a minute.

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That would be in-line and typical for the daughter of Carly, right?

EDEN:  Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.  When I hear about what Carly had done at my age and in the past, I’m like, “I have that DNA.”   Carly had a very painful upbringing with not a lot of parental supervision and support.  She had no father figure growing up, and Josslyn has had two. That really shapes a person and makes them who they are, but I do feel like with all of the pain the Josslyn has gone through; some kind of off-the-rails moment would be fun to play and will be hopefully in her future.

So, what did you think of Eden’s performance of young Carly on today’s episode of GH? Do you want Josslyn to end up romantically with Cameron or someone else? Do you think Josslyn should display a more rebellious side given that she is Carly’s daughter? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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