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General Hospital's Jason Thompson Chats On Patrick's Paternity Pickle With Britt And More!

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Oh what a tangled web we have weaved …. Britt (Kelly Thiebaud)!  On today’s General Hospital, events go down that seemingly bring Britt and Patrick closer.  What’s a good man and good father like Dr. Drake supposed to do when faced with the prospect that he is a “father” once again?  That is the subject of part of our chat with the popular Emmy-nominated actor, Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) who has had quite the plethora of young ladies to work with during his recent times on General Hospital!

Following the departure of fan favorite, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) Patrick hooked up with Britt, and then ended up falling for Nurse Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo).  After an emotional and heart-tugging 2012, when Thompson was carrying the story of Patrick’s grief over “losing” Robin, now GH had to open up Patrick’s life somewhat to allow the character to move on without Robin.  In the process, we have Sabrina, and bestie Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) digging up proof that Britt is lying about the paternity of her baby, and evil Dr Obrecht (Britt’s mom) lurking around Port Charles, too … and who has been integral to Robin’s captivity and inability to return to Patrick and their daughter, Emma!

So how does Jason feel about Dr. Drake’s latest plight?  How does he make the scenes believable where the audience knows what’s going on, but his character, Patrick, is in the dark?  Read on for some insight from Mr. Thompson!

Does Patrick still truly believe that Britt is carrying his child?  Do you at all think he is being a complete doofus? (Laughs)

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JASON:  The only way I can justify it is … Patrick doesn’t see all the other stuff.  So, he sees her being pretty cordial with him, and he sees her being compassionate with him.  And, I think Britt really felt bad when that whole baby barbecue thing happened.  I think the way that I have to connect with it is that I am more worried about the baby than anything.  If I take the test that says it is my baby, then that’s enough information for me to make sure that everything calms down.  Personally, I feel very frustrated with Felix and Sabrina running around trying to do all this stuff to prove he is not the father, and at the end of the day, it’s none of their business.  I bite my tongue every time these scenes happen.  Inside I feel like, “Leave it alone.  It’s none of your business.”   It personally makes me want to believe it, and prove them wrong.  (Laughs)   I know that might not make sense for some people, but I can only go off of what my gut feels.  I try not to bring myself into it, but in my world, if I can kind of connect to the material and what Patrick is going through, then I would tell them to butt out … and in less words than that!  (Laughs)

Patrick seems to warm up to Britt at moments, much to the chagrin of many fans!  (Laughs)

JASON:  Well, Patrick is not aware of all the shenanigans going on behind the scenes.  I still believe Patrick and Britt had a couple of nice moments.  But he is not sure she is the beast that everyone says she is.  We will see!  I am sure I will be proven wrong.  I always am! (Laughs)

Recently, Patrick operated on Franco’s (Roger Howarth) brain tumor, and we got to see Dr. Drake spring into action!  Do you like playing the doctor material when it gets to happen? You are quite convincing as a neurosurgeon, I have to say.

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JASON:  I love the doctor stuff, and I love that kind of character.  I can have all the other things running underneath, but I still have to be professional and a doctor, and it is the same in real life. You can have all these crazy things going on in your life, good or bad, but you still have to do your job, and be professional about it.  I love it, because I could have one scene where Felix might be in the room. I might not have one line, and I might not say anything to Felix, but I will look at him knowing that he is doing something behind Patrick’s back.  So they can write whatever they want, but I don’t have to feel what is being written.  I try to bring that sometimes to the character, because it’s fun for me to play something else. For me, I can get frustrated when I play exactly what is on the page, and I know it.  I can get caught up in that.  So, I have to say to myself, “I have to find something else to play,” or I can get frustrated as an actor.

You had such massive story in 2012, up till the spring of 2013 with the Nurses Ball.  Is it hard going from Robin’s death, and the fallout with his drug problems, and falling for Sabrina, to not having as many emotional stakes to play currently?

JASON:  I just feel there was so much depth for a year, like we talked about previously.  I absolutely trust that we will get to those moments, and there are always those middle areas where you ask yourself, “What is going on?”  And it takes awhile to build, and so it’s hard.  I was so there, and in-tune with what I was doing at work.  So to go home and have so much work to do and to learn, and then to go back and perform it, you kind of let it all purge. When there was all that heavy material, it still feels wonderful, as an actor, to go there, and to those places.  It is a really great release.  For me, of course, you always want to do that caliber of work.  I always have to try and find something interesting to do when it might not be quite as heavy, or I am not doing my job.

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Do you think Sabrina and Patrick are working as a couple?  I know you have faced a lot of pushback, as has Teresa Castillo (Teresa) because many GH fans long for Patrick and Robin, and knowing all the while, that for all intent and purposes, Robin is alive somewhere out there!

JASON: I have not watched air shows of GH in a while.  I just don’t want to watch, because then I see the other stuff that is going on in the storylines and then it colors something different for me, and then I will look at a character differently.  Realistically, Patrick wouldn’t know that.  Most of the time as actors, we want all the information we can get about the story, and when it pertains to us.  Like if our executive producer, Frank Valentini says, “This is happening, and this happening…”  I want to know that because I like to gauge where I would like to be in a scene.  So, if I have to fall head over heels over somebody, and then have to marry them in a week, I have to be able to make that decisive choice of where it happens.  It might be the smallest choice; whether it’s Sabrina walking through the pub, or helping an old lady walk into the elevator, if that’s a moment that I can find that I can fall in love with her right there … then I need that information so I can make my character fall in love, so in a week from now that changes the characters’ life.

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You just know Robin will come back into this.   Patrick, by then, might be a polygamist with the way things are going with Sabrina and Britt! (Laughs)

JASON: (Laughs) He will be married to one, and one is living in the basement.  But the door is open.  She can come up whenever she wants, but no creepy shit!

So what do you think of Patrick’s reaction to Britt’s pregnancy?  Do you want him to wake up and smell the roses and get a clue? If you watched today’s episode of General Hospital you will see some news about the sex of Britt’s unborn child.  Do you think Sabrina and Felix have meddled to far into the baby business trying to catch Britt? Do you want all the lies to come out?  Do you think Britt is carrying Dante and Lulu’s child?  Share your thoughts on our interview with Jason below!

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Marcia
Marcia

I think that Britt is carrying Dante and Lulu’s child. I wish that Dr. Drake would get a clue. I am tired of all this manipulation that Britt and her evil mother are doing to him. I really want Sabrina and Patrick together. I think though that there will be heartache for Sabrina when and if Robin comes back to Patrick and Emma. What will probably happen is that Sabrina and Patrick will marry and she could end up pregnant when Robin returns from the dead. I have seen a storyline similar to this one on OLTL back in the day.

trish bradshaw
trish bradshaw

I dont like Britt but i am learning the girl does have a consciene. especially when she told her evil mother that she was not going to kill Sabrina, she is starting to feel bad that she lied to Patrick and I think she will tell he truth or something will be wrong with the baby that it has to have blood and the truth will come out

Gerri Rossetti
Gerri Rossetti

Wow he didn’t even answer the sabrina question!!!

Shay
Shay

Their entire coupling has been a complete disaster since day one, and for some reason, the ptb’s simply will not admit to this epic fail and cut their losses to correct this mess. The brightest moment of this week’s episodes (thus far….) was when Dr. Strangebourne proposed the elimination of “Nurse Santiago”…..yes, pleeeeze put us all out of this misery!!!! Every show that she appears in is ruined by her presence, and the addition of her nosy little buddy Felix makes the intrusion even more excruciating. Their constant surveillance of Patrick and his business is so childish, it is beyond belief…ever since that silly, insipid senorita got her hooks into Dr. Drake (via his obnoxious daughter) she has been pushy, possessive and dominating….it’s ridiculous that a grown man would submit to such immature high school behavior!!!! With each day this storyline has become more grating and preposterous…it simply needs to end NOW, with or WITHOUT Robin, it makes no difference, just make it stop already!!!!!

Jill
Jill

Yep, yep and yep. Sabrina keeps getting voted least favorite character of all time. She is an interesting as bowl of Cheerios and she has no chemistry with Patrick what so ever. Making her so one dimensional and perfect has made her boring as hell. She’s like a Disney cartoon blowing fairy dust out of her butt. Clearly, Jason doesn’t see Patrick with Sabrina either and that is self evident in their scenes. Patrick just doesn’t seem to be that into Sabrina.

Shay
Shay

Hey, at least Cheerios have a purpose in life….I am at a complete loss to explain what Sabrina’s is, except to unite most loyal GH fans in complete, utter hatred for her character and storyline!!!!!

Ariel
Ariel

I don’t know Why Jason thinks its none of Sabrina and Felix business, I mean Briitle is living under their roof. Come on his ex or whatever you want to call her is no living under your current girlfriend roof, that’s pretty much her business.

judith
judith

In a way it is ber business because she did everything to make it her business like proposing for Britt to live with her and Felix (ridiculous plot point by the way..) but in another way it is FAR MORE Patrick’s business and HE should be the one sleuthing/investigating Britt’s schemes, shenanigans..not Sabrina and her sidekick.while Patrick is the passive one. JT seems above all frustrated to be so passive in this story whereas he is in the center of it, he would like to have the proactive role..On soaps it is like for the ‘damsel in distress’ roles or the doofus male hero..which sadly the Patrick’s character seems to be in this story. I totally get his frustration..to say the least..

judith
judith

‘by’ not ‘like’ sorry.

Harry
Harry

that’s none of your business

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m more frustrated that Jason didn’t understand exactly what you (Michael) were asking about the backlash his relationship with Sabrina and that you (Michael) didn’t clarify whether Jason’s thinks the Sabrina/Patrick relationship is working!

rebecca1
rebecca1

correction: the backlash “regarding” his relationship with Sabrina…

Kely
Kely

I want TPTB to see that Patrick and Sabrina just aren’t working already! They’ve tried, but they just don’t have chemistry and look awkward together, they were much better as just friends!! Can we see more of Sam and Patrick, they look great together~ now that would be HOT!

judith
judith

i bet Jason Thompson would agree with you…

Susan
Susan

OMG – when asked at a recent fan event, Kelly Monaco said the person she crushes on the most is JT! But, she wouldn’t want to be paired with him on GH, because then she “couldn’t tongue kiss him”- and she REALLY wants to “tongue kiss” him (but then said that it would never happen because he is all “girlfriended up”). So there is REAL chemistry on Kelly’s end!

Patrick
Patrick

oh good lord….

thank you…. i’ve been relishing these thoughts… for so long now.

they both have so much in common…

both… soul mates…. MIA and/or dead. Jason/Robin.

both single parents.

both… languishing without their respective mates….

they are kindred spirits… that it would be heartwrenching to see these two meet in the middle and see two actors playing the heck out of their parts…

Cathy
Cathy

Patrick needs to get a clue and find Robin and get away from BOTH losers. Robin belongs with her husband and child. Not interested in the forced propped immature nurse Sabrina. I don’t anything about her no matter what RC does to force her on viewers. That is ROBINs HUSBAND AND CHILD not anyone else. I don’t want Robin coming back and getting screwed by these writers again. Reunite Scrubs and Emma. Work with Kimberly’s schedule like they were supposed to do from day one. Robin doesn’t need to be on all the time even part time would work. I want to see Robin and Patrick with another child not a child nurse or Britt. They should have made Britt with Patrick until Robin returns and then Patrick finds out Britt knew about Robin. Patrick looks like a dope with a child nurse and her idiot friend Felix who is also ruined around her.

judith
judith

The problem..the REAL problem is not Robin’s absence..imho.. it is just that this Patrick/Sabrina pairing doesn’t work and this story is totally a boring, contrived plot point and cliche mess.. If they find the right gal (and actress..chemistry need to be here) and a good story for Pat everything would be fine..from this interview..i am pretty sure JT would agree with me…

donna
donna

they are working with kimberly.you dont see her there,do you? they are giving her what she asked for.sabrina is far from an immature ,child nurse and fits well with patrick.

Jill
Jill

Judith is absolutely right while Donna is absolutely wrong–Sabrina is a little immature busy body who is devoid of conflict–I have had paper dolls with more life in them. Since Sabrina is one of the most hated GH characters of all time, I don’t see her with Patrick in the long run and I doubt they are going to renew her contract either. Sabrina and Patrick are a bust.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL.

that’s a classic line.

“I have had paper dolls with more life in them.”

Mariam
Mariam

Finally! Someone who likes Patrick with Sabrina! I think the months of him being clueless to her crushing hard on him. We waited so long for the makeover. She and Emma are so sweet! For Patrick this relationship is not just about Patrick, but it is about the three of them. I hope they will stay together and get stronger.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Patrick needs to wake up and see that Britt is lying about the unborn baby I believe that Britt is carrying Dante and Lulu Baby it would be a great storyline to have Robin come back and Patrick have marry Sabrina and she was having his child and to watch Patrick be in love with both ladies to see what he would about both ladies. Can’t wait till Patrick find out the truth That the baby not his.

Wendy
Wendy

JT looks miserable on screen. Patrick and Sabrina are a major fail. So, even taking into account Britt is lying, at least Patrick seems awake with her. And really, this is what the story should have been: Patrick having fallen for Britt, unaware of her parentage.

Then Robin returns only to find her husband is with the daughter of her parents’ arch enemy.

Sabrina is a waste and is pointless, and was never needed here.

Emma
Emma

I agree Jason does look miserable onscreen. He has no fire with the Sabrina actress. It’s sad that he never gets any material beyond that bland & boring Sabrina. I remember when he came on, he was great from day one. That actor no longer exists on GH. He’s sleeping through his scenes.

judith
judith

Yep this idea would have been more interesting..still the Patrick/Britt option is not much more interesting as we saw at the beginning of the story.. i don’t know.. another female character would have just been better (Sam, Lulu, Maxie, Liz, another gal..take your pick all just better than these two Sab/Brit ladies) although i agree the idea of him falling for the daughter of his love’s parents worst enemy is really soapy.

fd
fd

ROBIN is who Patrick should be with. There is not one woman on GH I would want to see him with. NONE of them can compare to Robin.

judith
judith

It is a soap, Patrick can’t stay a monk all his life because Robin disappeared and the actress playing her left ! Get real..even in real life people don’t stop living (well the majority) when their significant others are gone. Patrick should just be with an interesting character in an interesting and exiting story, that is all.

OLTL fan
OLTL fan

I love that JT is as annoyed with Sabrina and Felix as many of us are.

judith
judith

yep..poor guy..this storyline is not his cup of tea it is pretty clear..lol

Cynthia
Cynthia

I want all the lies to come out. I love Sabrina and Felix,but Patrick should be the one figuring all this out. He is a smart man and he sure hasn’t acted smart where Brit is concerned. I’m glad someone is investigating it because he isn’t doing anything. I hope Sabrina/Teresa gets to stay on the show even after Kimberly finally decides to return. She and Felix have a great relationship and I am sure the writers can give them another story. I am tired of waiting for Robin, however. I’m glad Patrick still has a story.

jmoon
jmoon

I agree with you. I’m getting sick of the whole thing, it has been going on for so long, that it is time it stopped. I feel the same way with the Maxie story too. Maxie should tell the truth and be able to keep her baby, that you can tell she wants to keep. Then they should figure out that Brit is carrying lulu and Dante’s baby, and they get to keep that baby. Also do not take three weeks to have it all happen. Then PPPlease move on to another story line. When things are dragged out for too long, you do not feel like watching it.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Well Maxie and Brit have to give birth soon as big as they have them now. It just depends on how much longer they drag the mysteries out. I hope they get them over with. I’m ready for Anna, Duke and the Jeromes.

Jules
Jules

I just want Robin back. I want Scrubs reunited with Emma.

Yeah yeah yeah…Kimberly’s directing….blah blah blah…..It’s her choice. I know. If someone writes some condescending reply with this gist I won’t hesitate to respond back in kind, only not-so.

I would love to watch GH again. I think I’d even teeter on being ok with being a fan again. But I simply will not turn back on until I know that Patrick will lay eyes on Robin and they can be a family. I will not accept anything else. I know FV and RC want it. I think even KMc wants it too. But I won’t stand for the garbage they’re feeding the audience now with Sabrina and Britt. My heart will just not allow for it.

Other than the first answer he gave, which I really liked and even agreed with coming from the position he/Patrick is in, I didn’t particularly understand some of his others. I wish JT was more straightforward because instead of answering the q’s I felt he beat around the bush a lot. I liked the q’s you asked, Michael. I wish I could understand the points he was trying to make in the answers. Maybe it was just me….?

Cynthia
Cynthia

Well I watch every episode and it is very good, even when I don’t like every storyline or things don’t always go my way. If everyone did like you and quit watching, there wouldn’t be a show now would there?

Jules
Jules

I’m not advocating for anyone to stop watching. I said nothing of the sort. After I was burned so badly time after time in the Guza/Phelps era, my last remaining thread holding me to GH was Scrubs, and they held onto me good. Yes now there are more likeable reasons to watch again, but that’s what the power of the couple did to me. I was more a fan of the couple by 2005-2012 than the show itself, so there’s no part of me that feels compelled to tune back in again. I will not even toy with the idea of watching again knowing Patrick is with someone else while his wife is being held captive. My heart will never let me watch in peace until it’s resolved. This is just what it is.

Cynthia
Cynthia

If you aren’t watching you don’t know if you are a fan of the show or not. I was a big fan of Kimberly too, but she left. There are plenty of other people to watch. I won’t let her leave ruin my enjoyment. A lot of people who left that I wish were back, but it was there choice and there is nothing I can do. I don’t understand how a whole show can depend on one couple. I like Patrick and Robin, too but it isn’t the Robin show. The show must go on. Thank God it is still on the air and entertaining me every episode. I do get irritated at some stories but it is still compelling and interesting. To each his own.

Jules
Jules

No. I DO know I am NOT a fan of the show. I turned in that card YEARS ago and have never asked for it back.

Good for you. You still enjoy and watch. I’m not asking you or anyone else to stop. Please read my posts. Your arguments in response to me are incongruent with what I’m actually saying.

The only reason they had my viewership at all during the last Guza years/short Wolfe era was because of the couple. So yes, MY show depended on ONE couple. Like it or not, understand it or not. There was so little to draw me in during those years I only had them to rely on. Frankly, they should be thankful they had that one reason at all otherwise they would have lost me 7 years sooner. And now, there is still a substantial hole missing in the show, not by Robin’s/KMc’s absence alone, but by the fact that there has been absolutely no movement forward in her story, other than Robert finding her only to be put into a coma, essentially stunting the story once again. The show must go on? How about this story move SOMEWHERE!? You don’t even need KMc on screen to do it- send Patrick a mysterious note. Give Olivia a vision. Make Anna’s spy/cop intuition better, who already had doubts, maybe by tracing the call Emma received from Robin in “heaven” and seeing something is awry. I will not sit back and watch “in the meantime” when my heart knows it’s being fooled around with while my brain has to sit through watching another couple get stuffed down my throat. I can not enjoy the rest of the show knowing a plot so big for me is STILL unresolved and no signs of it ever happening (though I am aware that FV/RC want it to happen, there really has been nothing on screen to indicate it to the audience that they do…which as I’m trying to explain is the crux of my problem). If they’re waiting for KMc to have more time available to give the story more weight for her return, fine. But there will be no “until then” for me. I will continue to gripe and vent and show no support.

I hope my point was made clear.

fd
fd

Well said Jules and I totally agree. Bring Robin back to Patrick and Emma.
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Cynthia
Cynthia

You know what phone calls have or have not been made? You sure know a lot for somebody who doesn’t watch this show!!! Obviously they are planning for her to come back eventually or they wouldn’t have showed that she was alive and kidnapped. have a good day.

Jules
Jules

Not that I owe you an explanation, but knowing what’s happening because I come across articles, headlines, reviews, comments by fans and youtubing clips knowing they will involve Robin/Patrick/Emma is NOT the same thing as committing one hour of my life every day at the same hour to watch firsthand. Coming across information ≠ watching the show.

I’m more or less abreast of what’s happening with those 3 whether I watch or not because I have some interest still, but I haven’t followed Patrick’s debacle with Sabrina or Britt, or know what’s happening with the OLTL 3, or any other character for that matter. I literally could not tell you a single thing that’s happening and would rather not know and leave that space in my head for things that matter and that I care about. But thank you for your concern.

And thanks fd!

Sarah
Sarah

Jules, totally get your point–I feel exactly the same way. And I too get tired of the plaintiff wail,”If you no longer watch the show, how do you know it’s horrible?” The answer is as you said, you read GH fan’s complaints, articles and maybe you tune in from time to time just to reaffirm that it’s still awful. That’s what I do, anyway.

Jules
Jules

Thanks Sarah! I hear it all the time! I may have never in my life watched an episode of the Real Housewives of Whatever, but if I go on entertainment or gossip sites (which I have been known to do), I will learn about their shenanigans through osmosis whether I intended to learn about them or not. The same goes for soaps, where I visit multiple sites to get information, read interviews etc and just naturally pick things up. Is that really difficult to understand, or is just much easier for people to think “we’re lying” about not watching when we supposedly really are?

Barbra
Barbra

I think he’s reaction to her pregnancy has been non-existent . Only in the last few episodes has he shown any kind of feelings towards this baby. He has been sleep walking through this storyline so far. I certainly see why he would think/want Patrick to let Sabrina/Felix know to mind their own business. He has accepted this baby as his own and other than Sabrina assuming Britt is up to mischief, there is really nothing showing their motivation for trying to catch Britt in a lie. But on the other side of the coin, Patrick has asked Sabrina to be there in his life to support him and the baby. I have a strong hunch that Britt is carrying my Lante baby! I would like to hear more of his thoughts on his relationship with Sabrina. He rarely mentions anything regarding this in any of his interviews. As a Patrina fan I would like to hear what his thoughts are on his current partner on screen. Without discussing Britt and her baby all the time.

Emma
Emma

His thoughts are pretty clear, he has no interest in Purina or Patrick being turned into a shell of his former self for a newbie he has zero chemistry with. You couldn’t get the man to shut up about his love for Scrubs & KMc. Read between the lines, it ain’t that hard. LOL!

judith
judith

I kind of agree..i think he really enjoyed the Scrubs pairing and working with KMc but also doesn’t mind exploring other relationships for Patrick ..the problem the pairing (s i guess with Britt) the show chose for his character after Robin’s exit suck and he is frustrated by that.

Patrick
Patrick

Emma.

high five.

oh… it’s painful to ‘watch’…. Patrick and Sabrina… are about as dullsville… and It pains ‘me’… to say…. and this couple is just as bad… as DAYS, Daniel and Jennifer….

I don’t get the writers… it should be required to watch the daily’s… and keep up with fan attention span.

YES… I LOVE – bubble – Net – Protective … etc…. the Drake Family.

they’re unlike any day time couple… they were their own show.

if they’d just give Jason Thompson some other story line… to keep him interesting… and he’ll always have that interest… but… sometimes it’s too draining to bear… the demise of his character.

anyway… this topic has been mulled over to the gills… and then some… back and forth… fan epic.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

This baby drama feels like its gone on for 9 months…lol…Meanwhile, why cant Patrick at least be a wee bit suspicious, and Sabrina and Felix trying to prove Britts lieing…imo…is written more like two school children trying to prove another student has cheated on a test…its gotten old fast. This part of the storyline is a bit boring and predictable…and in this day and age it would be easy to prove paternity…all they had to do is take the tests at a different hospital where Brad couldnt change a thing. But the rest of the show is real good again. I thought Dr. O was funny and the best part of GH today…also Maxi was good too…need more Mac and Felicia.

donna
donna

it may seem like 9 months but if you remember britt only announced her pregnacy in april at the nurses ball. babies will be coming soon. hang in there

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

i know…i was joking around…GH is real good again.

Sarah
Sarah

Right, and Britt was suddenly HUGE! She was way to here when she was only in her first trimester. I think someone on the GH set needs a lesson on the human gestation period.

Pegi
Pegi

I want the truth to come out about the baby not being Patricks and want Britt to move on or out! I would love to see Sabrina and Patrick get together permanently.

Carolyn Cooledge
Carolyn Cooledge

I agree with Marcia. This sounds logical.

natalie
natalie

I think Jason fully understands the scope of the fans reaction regarding Sabrina or as I like to call her the #DisneyPrincess but chooses to be diplomatic which speaks volumes to me where his opinion lies. He understands that his character is being under utilized and being thrust into a storyline which makes no sense what so ever. My hope is that when KMC does return everyone will see what fans of scrubs have always known Jason and Kimberly are pure magic on screen. It is not forced it flows so effortlessly that it is a joy to watch unlike the forced scenes with Patrick, Sabrina & Britt that are being forced down our throats. As a long time viewer my hope is that this injustice is fixed before it does damage to both GH and the character of Patrick Drake.

Cynthia
Cynthia

At least he still has a story. I’m still glad to see him.

Emma
Emma

He doesn’t have a story. Playing a cardboard cut out to Sabrina ain’t a story.

Cynthia
Cynthia

He has a story with Brit as well and he could never be a cardboard cutout.

des10261991
des10261991

Well It has been over a year! Hope it comes out soon.. Waiting for one person to return is crazy, they knew Kimberly was directing. This show was always 6 weeks behind.I’m sure it’s 6 months now 🙁

Emma
Emma

Jason never seems to want to talk about his Purina pairing. He goes out of his way to avoid answering or even talking about them. I guess he’s trying to go with the old adage “if you don’t have anything nice to say…don’t say anything at all.” When are TIIC going to realize this pairing is beyond boring? Patrick has turned into a shell of his former self. He can’t seem to go to the bathroom without Sabrina there to wipe his butt. Where is the Patrick that thought he was god? I loved him. This Patrick bores me to tears. Bring back the real Patrick!

Li
Li

I agree! I felt like he just doesn’t connect with the pairing of him and Sabrina.

Shay
Shay

“Purina”….love it!!!! That says it all……end of story!!!!!!

heidi
heidi

Great interview Michael! I thought one of the more interesting answers was about why he doesn’t watch the show. I actually never thought about it that way. He can’t really answer all the questions about his castmates/characters. I thought he did the best he could. Yes… agree the baby thing needs to end soon. Of course I would rather have Patrick with Robin… but Sabrina is doing a fine job in the mean time and yes she will be the casualty.

Antonetta Nocito
Antonetta Nocito

Patric. Wake up and listen to Sabrina and Felix, That baby is not yours,

Sarah
Sarah

Oh brother

Patrick
Patrick

LOL.

hit me over the head… my brain hurts….

it’s a real travesty… i’m sorry… me too…. wake up!

it’s one of those stories that’s on and all GH fans are in transition with.

hold on JT… and KM….

su0000
su0000

lol

I knew from near day one that the Britch would be turned into a decent character and all would at some point in time pity her, feel for her, understand her, and then love her..

but- this story is going on and on and on and on and on and on and on..
…….. nuff already!!!

geezus RC, just get it over ….

Li
Li

I would like to see Patrick with Sam or Elizabeth. He is a hottie!!! He is a great actor and is stuck in a dumb storyline that is taking toooooo long!! I am losing interest. He is also always awesome with Emma- those moments are priceless and well done! Bring back Robin- get rid of Sabrina and Felix (they are pointless).

Cynthia
Cynthia

They can’t bring back Robin until Kimberly is ready to come back unless you want her replaced and someone new to play Robin. I like Felix and Sabrina. I hope they get another story.

Em
Em

Kimberly has said time and time again that she’s ready to come back. Look at her Twitter and video posts on Instagram. You can even see a video that MF posted from the Paley Center event. JT said in another interview that they’ve been in talks for a while to bring her back. It’s these hacks for a writer and EP that are keeping her away.

Shay
Shay

TOTALLY POINTLESS!!!!!! And they have been since the beginning….it’s about time to correct this egregious mistake and clean house. Believe you me, the applause will be deafening, and apparently, not just from the audience! Sounds as though the castmembers will be celebrating, as well….

Stacy
Stacy

Sabrina is such a boring chemless drag of a character. Even Jason can see that. It’s why he talks so much about Britt and the baby. At least they are semi-interesting compared to the complete bore that has the emotional depth of a piece of cardboard. Please TPTB, as a longtime Jason/Patrick fan, I am begging you to get him out of this dull pairing.!!!

Felicia Busby
Felicia Busby

Yes it’s not Patrick’s baby

judith
judith

Well one thing i can say : from this interview Jason Thompson is not really a fan of his current storyline ( i totally understand Jason by the way..lol), not sure he is fan either of this Sabrina/Patrick fairytale..lmao..Poor guy, even during his interview with Kristen Storms he did somewhat express some interest for a potential Maxie/Patrick pairing whereas Kristen was not really into it, did not even think about it..almost like he wants everything, everyone else in order to get out from this storyline..
And don’t get me wrong i kind of neutral in Patrick pairings or potential pairings although this story as a whole just bores me, it is just the vibe i got from JT’s interviews..

fd
fd

Patrick belong with his true love and soulmate Robin. I just want Robin back with her hubby and baby girl. She should come back to Patrick waiting for her not him with another. There is NO one on GH That Patrick belongs with except Robin. After six years this couple Scrubs has been through hell and back and they deserve happiness. Besides I don’t care what woman RC tries to out Patrick with, No one has the chemistry that Robin and Patrick do. Kimberly and JT are amazing together and you can’t match that. I don’t even recognize this Patrick. I bet GH would get all the viewers they lost with Robin leaving and with how RC is botching Scrubs story,

Cynthia
Cynthia

Ron had to do the best he could after Kimberly left. If she hadn’t left, we would still have Patrick and Robin. it’s not Ron’s fault she left or Teresa’s (Sabrina’s). She has done the best she could with the story she was given.

sarah
sarah

I wouldn’t be to confident in that when it comes to Ron. If Robin was here she would be in a triangle with Sabrina just like all the other couples on this show, Luke/Laura/Scotty, Laura/Luke/Tracy, Anna/Duke/Dr. O, Patrick/Brina/Britt, Sam/Silas/Ava, Connie/Sonny/Olivia, Michael/Kiki/Morgan, Ellie/Spinelli/Maxie, Molly/TJ/Taylor/Rafe, Nick/Liz/AJ, AJ/Carly/Liz…………., so far the only couple who is not tangled in a web is Lante thanks to the removal of Milo/Stavros…..RC doesn’t do romance,he like them messy….

Cynthia
Cynthia

Either way, if she were there, we would have a totally different story and I doubt there would be a love triangle, but maybe so. There has to be some drama. One good thing is that Brit and her mom were introduced.

Enrique
Enrique

Interesting it’s like Jason doesn’t really care for the Sabrina/Patrick pairing or having Sabrina and Felix all up in Patrick’s business, seems like he really would love for Kimberly to return

diane
diane

britt needs to come clean and not be like her sick mother even thur britt is as bad like Sabrina and patrick

Kate
Kate

Thank God JT realizes that his character has been a non-presence in this Disney fairy tale since day one.

I’m glad he also realizes that Felix and Sabrina are completely out of line. Those two losers should be hanging out with Morgan and Kiki in the wading pool, because they are two of the most immature, tedious characters I’ve seen in a very long time.

Shay
Shay

Soooo true!!! Whenever one of those annoying characters is on, I pray that they will soon be written out….particularly Sabrina and Felix. They have been useless since their debut, and really are a waste of space. Ditto for Taylor, TJ and Shawn. It’s time for all of them to go….would like to see Morgan leave as well, but alas, we are probably stuck with his whiny, pathetic, self-centered personality for quite awhile. Kiki honestly has yet to make her mark…..thus far she has only served as an object of desire for the Corinthos Bros and a cashcow for her mother…..she needs to develop her own niche and persona. I keep thinking if she could just become a bit more high-maintenance, spruce up her wardrobe to something more respectable and change her hair to blonde, she would be a lot more appealing…the brunette look really doesn’t work for her! Oh, and a name upgrade would definitely help, too…..I’m sure “Papa Silas” would agree…..

Kat
Kat

OMG – you just described KA’s former character on OLTL, Starr Manning! High maintenance, well-dressed and blond. There are a lot of OLTL fans who wish she would go back to Llanview and resume her role as Todd and Blair Manning’s daughter.

Patrick
Patrick

I like that Jason Thompson said in defense of his character….

“at the end of the day”…. Patrick cares about the baby… and that it’s really none of Sabrina and Felix business.

you know… if I had that busybody mixing in with my relationship… ie: felix… i’d bop him some and tell him … i’ve had it… would never have that in my relationship…

it must boggle JT’ some.. that his character has to act this….

i laughed at your comment… ie: sabrina and felix belong in the kiddie pool…. with the most boring story of the summer…. kiki, michael, and morgan. they can take this teen angst and go back burner…. and stay!

I have to give props to DAYS teen story… JJ… he’s far more interesting than these three combined.

Shay
Shay

@kat….Close but not EXACTLY. Maybe a hybrid, a happy medium between the charmless, unkempt Kiki and the blander but much superior Starr???? I feel sorry for KA being burdened with her current GH character, she’s just not likeable, attractive or well-developed. It’s really not the actress’s fault, as I don’t see her as having been handed much to work with. The fact that Cartini is already changing the nature of her biological makeup indicates that another direction may be in the works for “Kiki,” perhaps that was the intention all along, just enough of a departure from Starr to permanently divorce her from our memory, not to mention satisfy the ProspectPark peeps? I would simply like to see the current role transform into a bit more classy and becoming one, and be christened with not just a glossier look, but a proper name that doesn’t sound so sleazy!!!! “ReStarr” doesn’t have to be a singer, an unwed mother, and she won’t have RoHo as her daddy, so there are enough basic changes to give her the necessary reboot, particularly if Michael is her endgame, and he probably is. (Can you just imagine how priceless it would be to see his…and the rest of PC’s…. doubletake if she were to emerge with that new/old style?) As for OLTL, sorry, don’t watch it, don’t care. Think the ptb’s over there shot themselves in the foot by tangling with the GH gang. None of this disruption was necessary for either soap, and now viewers of both are paying the price….and the actors are, too!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Britt is definitely carrying Dante and Lulu’s baby. (A boy for the Falconieri’s!)

I really liked the beginning of the Patrick & Sabrina story – but once they actually ‘got together’ they fizzled. I like their friendship better. And the baby really is none of Sabrina or Felix’s business – but I am SO glad they’re sticking their noses there anyway!

And Jason…you are an actor – so even if you don’t like where the story is going, you still have to play it as well as you can.

Cookie
Cookie

I don’t want Patrick to be a waste of a man, I want all the lies to come out, I want Patrick to get ENGAGED to Classy Lady Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), and BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FOR 2014 Daytime Emmys: Felix DuBois (Marc Samuel) but, at the end of the day RATING MAKES THE DECISION.

Harry
Harry

Classy Lady Sabrina? Ba ha ha!
It’s clear the Patrick/Sabrina storyine is not working but it’s not working because their love story was badly told and the two actors have no chemistry. Sabrina was thrown at the viewers with no introduction, not character build up and we were expected to deeply care about her. Most viewers did not care about this Disney cartoon come to life.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

wow, that’s it! you just hit the nail in the head: sabrina is a disney cartoon character!!!

Patrick
Patrick

OH! TPTB….

this is the time for Jason Thompson’ to redeem his character, for HIS Fans…

and believe me… he has so many.

course, it may be too late… but… knowing that GH films only 6 weeks….

him… getting back with Britt… would give Patrick back…. somewhat… at least showing the Patrick of old. back to his single wanton lustful, partyboy, i’m single… and down for my own needs….

you know… he just gets tired… of the safe Sabrina…. and Britt offers some sexual distraction… and reminds him… ie: the child…. the son… he thinks is his… of his former life… ie: Robin and Emma…. that he falls all the way in to Britt’s clutches…. and Patrick plays the part…. and… further down the road… the truth will come out..

and…. PRESTO… Patrick loses it… becomes what we know him to be… that single guy again….

and… KM will be ready to come back to port charles…

judith
judith

Euh No, Patrick being totally gullible and falling even more he already does for all Britt’s schemes and lies would not be great either for the character, as for the ‘lust’ ‘sexual’ factor sorry but although Britt is the vixen, schemer in this story the chemistry between Patrick and Britt is flat..almost in the same level as with safe and nice princess Sabrina..so NO THANK YOU for your scenario.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

I love this interview and I love Jason Thompson’s replies, even if some didn’t appreciate them. The truth is his storyline SUCKS and he’s being honest (in a diplomatic way) about it. Sabrina is a flat character. I’m sure the actress is nice, but she’s one of the more boring characters to ever be on screen. I love Patrick and was deeply invested in his story, even after Robin’s “death”. But his scenes with Sabrina and Felix and even sometimes Britt make me wanna tune out. His scenes with Robin, of course, were great. But to stay int he present, I adore any scene between Patrick, Anna and Emma. I don’t know why the writers are killing Patrick’s watchability. FREE PATRICK!!!!!

Randall
Randall

When it comes to knowing what’s going on around him, Patrick has all the sense and awareness of a drugged up mannequinn. An 8 year old could pull the wool over his eyes quite easily. He just doesn’t see the whole picture which makes this story and other GH plots very frustrating to watch. Patrick is a very likeable character, but his stupidity really ruins him.

As far as his chemestry with Sabrina goes, I feel there is none. However, in my opinion, Sabrina is a very likeable character!

shari barnes
shari barnes

I absolutely love Sabrina and Patrick together,tey ae so beautiful and amazing together.ive read all theae negative coments about them,well I love them,and I know when robin comes back Sabrina will get her heart broken and that’s just sad.sabrina is so beautiful and amazing.i hope Sabrina apatrick together forever I hope they get married and have a baby of their own and he needs to quit being so naïve when it comes to britt,shes lying right to his face.dnas are messed with all the time,i love Jason and Patrick but he needs to open his eyes.

Joanne
Joanne

I believe that Britt is carrying LuLu and Dante baby not Patrick – this way Patrick can have a life with Sabrina – they are great together.

Joanne

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I see what Jason is saying in all his answers. Bottom line: Kimberly is returning and all is right with the world!

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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