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General Hospital's Marc Anthony Samuel Talks About The Love Life Of Felix Dubois And More!

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It was quite a week for General Hospital’s nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel)! First, he had to get himself resigned to the idea, and psyched up to have a three-way with Lucas Jones (Ryan Carnes) and Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).  How did that all come about?  Felix at one point dated Brad, while Brad ended up hooking up with Lucas.  Then after that, Lucas dumped Brad after finding out his part in Cousin Lulu’s (Emme Rylan) embryo debacle/switch!  Next, as Felix and Lucas spent more time together, they enjoyed each others company.  Felix and Brad got terse with each other over Lucas, and then Lucas suggested a threesome as a solution!  And now it was all set to be a re-imagined, shall we say, “Three’s Company!”

But the three-way never happened, thanks in part to Magic Milo (Drew Cheetwood) who happened upon good friend Felix, as he was about to leave the hospital and meet up with Brad and Lucas for their scheduled ménage a trois!  Milo told Felix that he desperately wanted to admit his feelings for someone, but could not muster up the courage.  Felix thought Milo was referring to him when it was actually Nurse Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) that Milo had the “hots” for.  An emotional Felix then realized he wants to wait for the right man to come along that wants to be with him, and only him.  So Felix bows out of the proposed three-way with Lucas and Brad.  It seemed that Felix knew that Lucas and Brad wanted to be with each other all along.

Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) delivered a nuanced and touching performance on this Friday’s episode of the ABC soap opera, and On-Air On-Soaps caught up with him at the recent GHFCW 2014 to ask him about: Felix’s moral standards, what he thinks Felix truly feels for Lucas and Brad, where he sees the story going from here, and the return of Felix’s bff Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), and how several fans have not been kind to the duo.  Here’s what Marc had to say!

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Many in the audience want Felix to loosen up.  Is that tough for you having to play him when he has such strong moral values?  Do you feel as an actor in some way trapped by the character, where you can’t really break away from the “good guy” nature of the character?

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MARC:  I don’t feel trapped, and what I do is take the parts of my own personality that can empathize with what Felix is going through, and I kind of dial him up a bit.  And at some point in life, you feel different ways about different things.  I remember when I was a little bit more reticent in my own personality, and wanting to find something special, and not doing what all of my other friends were doing.  So, I believe I have something in common with Felix in that way.  Never trapped.  It’s always fun to put together these composites and make a human being.

So, does Felix truly like and have feelings for Lucas (Ryan Carnes)?

MARC:  I think he does like Lucas a lot.   I think he is discovering that his feelings took him by surprise.  Felix wants to find that special someone, and when he found that he thought he had that kind of Kismet with Lucas … stuff started flowing.

In working with Ryan Carnes, what were you most surprised to find about him?

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MARC:  Ryan is such a vibrant personality, but he has a side to him that is just so mellow – how shall I put it – he takes people in, and studies them for a bit, before he says anything.  I did not expect him to have that degree of being so extremely wise, like an old soul, which I love about him.  Ryan and I get along really well, and I think that’s one of the reasons.  He is not quick to just blurt out opinions. Ryan thinks about what he says.

Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) recently returned to tape all-new episodes of GH since the birth of her real-life daughter, Victoria.  I know you two are buds.  How was it to get to work with her again?

MARC:  It was so good to see Teresa Castillo again.   I got to work with her when she first returned to GH, but of course, I stayed in touch with her while she was on maternity leave.

Sabrina and Felix often time gets some hardcore fan bashing from GH fans.  How do you feel about the negative heat given to the characters?

MARC: Whenever you are in a public forum, you are going to get the gamut of opinions and people are going to be saying, “We want to see more of them!” Or, “We DON’T want to see anymore of them!”  All you can do is do your job, and we happily do it.

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MARC:  Oh, of course! You have your people in your life, period.  You want them to succeed as they want you to succeed, also.  I am sure Felix and Sabrina will again, have each others back.

On General Hospital, The Golden Girls has been in many a line of dialogue of late as the go-to show for gay guys to watch together, as well as Knots Landing!  What do you think of that analogy?

MARC:  Well, I know that the writers seem to have an affinity for The Golden Girls.  (Laughs)  And all we can do is celebrate it. (Laughs)  And honestly, The Golden Girls is a fun show.  Who doesn’t love the face of Bea Arthur when someone says something to elicit that response from her?  You just go with where the writing takes you.

Did you originally think that you and Parry Shen (Brad) would end up being the romantic couple on the show as Brad and Felix?  It looks now that Brad and Lucas are the item … with Felix odd man out!

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MARC:  It’s funny, I did!  I thought he was going to be the love interest.  Now what I have learned from spending more time on this show is … you can’t take any of it for granted.  You don’t know which way anything is going to go.  But when you are doing what’s on the page, you just gotta go for it and make it happen.  So I have no idea where ultimately everything is going to go… and that’s the truth!

So, what did you think about Felix’s decision to not join Lucas and Brad for their proposed three-way?  Do you hope Felix finds love with the right guy? What did you think of Marc Anthony Samuel’s performance this week as Felix in the scenes with Drew Cheetwood’s Milo?  Are you glad that Sabrina and Felix will be in each others orbit again? Or, are you not a fan of their on-screen friendship?  Weigh-in below!

 

 

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su0000
su0000

As all sopas go..
wait for the turn..
I think Lucas and Brad are great together
but
it will turn and then I see Filix and Brad being the end game..
wait for it 🙂

(Brad will want and need more than sex)

Mark
Mark

He is so cute. I love all three of the GH gays!

Phil
Phil

I like Felix! I think he is the least annoying of the three and I actually like his friendship with Sabrina. I am rooting for Brad to be the odd man out, no disrespect for the actor, but Brad the character annoys me!

soapbaby
soapbaby

I would like to post about my deep disappointment in the development with Felix in the 8/15 episode. From the posts I read here (and other soap opera message boards) I gather that Felix is not very popular. I like Felix but completely understand why he would be disliked by many. 1.) he’s been woefully underdeveloped and 2.) deeply attached to Sabrina who is shallow and propped-up. When introduced, Felix was fun and funny. The character was lively and joyful. The past year Felix has been written as unhappy, miserable, desperate and morose. Sadly, Friday’s episode exemplified how pathetically written Felix is. I felt that Felix was the “butt of the joke” of Milo confessing his sudden crush on Epiphany. In the scenes of Milo’s confession, Felix (superbly performed by Marc Anthony Samuel) vacillated from confusion, hope and despair in one scene. It was crushing and heartfelt. I’m glad Felix wasn’t broken by the development and hope for the return of the fun and bold Felix I loved, but I am not confident in the writers’ abilities.

I felt embarrassed for Felix but also angry that the Lucas would be so callous and cruel as to invite Felix and Brad into a “threesome” if Brad was the one he wanted to be with. He knew that when making the arrangement!!! I had no problem with the proposal of a threesome but I do have a problem that Lucas is written as a cad and Brad a buffoon while Felix is left out in the cold. As underdeveloped as Felix is, he’s more developed than Lucas and Brad! I also think Marc Anthony Samuel is the superior talent of the trio (sorry.)

Why is a show called “General Hospital” unwilling to write quality stories for the nurses, Liz and Felix? If they are not on the periphery of poorly written “triangles” they are relegated to propping up Sabrina Santiago (whenever she’s onscreen.) Not once has it been written that Sabrina supported Felix or Liz in the way they have supported her. Sabrina has never asked Felix or Liz about their lives or offered them advice.

In the case that Mr. Samuel has read this comment, I would like him to know that I think he is a brilliant performer but I am a critical viewer of daytime for over 30 years and will call it as I see it.

su0000
su0000

geez they are telling stories for entertainment..
And GH stories are very entertaining..
I am happy with GH.. it’s all pretend and written as so.. nothing to get upset over lol
some expect way too much from a soap ..
and should just enjoy the stories and don’t be so serious like the soap is theirs alone..and has to be the way they want it to be.. not going to happen… lol
It’s not going to prefect for one person when it is being written for millions
who love it the mostly the way it is 🙂
Felix rocks!
A great character and he is being written awesomely cool ..
Love Felix!!
(millions love Felix! (he has fans 🙂

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

Enjoy the stories…nothing to get upset over…dont be serious…its not going to happen the way you want(you dont think that when it comes to Robin…lol)…a lot of people can say the same about Y&R which you find fault with so its no different if someone finds fault with the other 3…as much as you like GH and im glad you do and showing enthusiastic support…others may feel about the show the way you feel about Y&R…sometimes i like GH and sometimes i dont…there have been times ive agreed with you and sometimes i dont…its just like the real world…not everything is going to be perfect for me and for you all the time…and believe it or not i often enjoy reading your comments and even more so when Harry responds…both you and Harry would make interesting characters on any soap…id like that…lol

Curacaoman
Curacaoman

Excellent analysis, absolutely agree

su0000
su0000

Hey jimh ..
We should have a soap opera about the soap opera fans!
There are some lunaticks that would make for a laughs- I like to laugh..
I can see them now..
Ohhh Victoria is having a baby I have to knit booties for it or it’s Patricks birthday I have to make him a cake, they get that overly involved in the fiction haa
Yah that would be cool..
I could be the gangsta stripper standing guard at the GH threshold..
Anyone who stomps my GH gets cement booties.. heh..
Gotta love the soaps.. they are entertaining and fun, for sure..

ohh Y&R deserves to be slapped against the wall.. It is gutted, empty of all that once made it great..
and for gawd’s sake they are going to have its’ fans watch Neil stumbling over chairs walking into walls and pouring coffee on the table, shaving half his beard off and staring at the directors thumb for a year while depressing everyone or boring them to death…
didja ever notice Y&R runs its drama on death and near death stories, all the time death or dying.. They kill people/children for year long stories and then the following 10 years they celebrate their deaths (no humor..LOL

At least with GH they blow them up or shoot ’em dead and throw them in the river or freeze them and later reanimate them in cryo lab and is it dark drama with a touch of humor lol .. an GH has the Dunkelman!
And GH now has a sweetheart gorgeous hunk guy dating an older african american woman who is very over weight, and its awesome and doesn’t get any better than that!! I’m loving that ..(Y&R couples are boring, truth)
GH is just cool stuff LOL 🙂

Also- I am Packers fan .. someone disrespects my Packers we rumble LOL that is what a true fan is sports or soaps .. 🙂

Now, lets make a soap about soap fans !! I’m in !!

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

Agree…

Shay
Shay

Agreed, soapbaby!! Felix never stood a chance of being liked for himself, because from literally the moment he first appeared, he had no opportunity to forge his own identity since he was constantly attached to that irritating nurse. Sappy has managed to poison every character with whom she has come into contact: Patrick turned into a morose, girlie-man, Emma became an intolerable brat after those babysitting sessions and Car-LOS! a sad (yet comical) parody of a hot-headed, gun-wielding gangsta who lost his nerve when he thought his precious ex was in danger.

tank
tank

I agree with you 110% soapbaby! All soap fans have favorites and if their fav character was getting the short end of the stick their opinions would match yours. Unfortunately the writers seem to find the same old storylines with the same old characters entertaining and pleasing to the same old fans.

soapbaby
soapbaby

Thanks Shay and tank.

Also sad is that I will have a very hard time watching Lucas because of how he handled all of this. I get being torn between two suitors but I don’t get Lucas inviting Felix and Brad into a threesome when he wanted to be with Brad!!! What hell is that? Lucas has been written as aimless (no job, no reason to stay in Port Charles) not being loyal to his family (Brad conspired in the kidnapping of Lulu’s baby!) and completely fickle (exhibited by his treatment of Felix and Brad.)

Lulix
Lulix

He has more fans than Brad and Lucas. I’m still betting on Felix and Lucas being end game.

su0000
su0000

,
General hospital holds the action and all the controversy exciting things happen on GH..
The GH threads are many in comparison to the other soaps which usually have a feature/thread here and there that get about 36 replies..
But!
GH has many threads because it rocks with a variety of shockers or controversy happenings to get talked about..
The GH threads get 100-200 replies, a very good thing..
The other soaps are pale in comparison to GH shockers and out of the box writing!!
Milo and Epiphany!! what a wonderful awesome unexpected shocker surprise; love it!!
And the gay three are excellent and always something new and exciting..
And now Carly and Sonny! Nina and Franco..
Jason being reanimated and the Dunkelman and Fluke !!
I like the bombs and the shooting lol
WOW!!!! GH gathers no moss !!
It moves fast, it rocks, it’s out of the preveriable soap box.. !!

Filix is awesome and will find love 🙂 looking forward to it..

candy
candy

I am really really hoping that the powers that be reverse the milo and epiphany thing. They should have hooked milo up with Felix. This was very cruel writing for the actor (felix) to play and he became a joke to many fans. The script was obviously a bait and switch stunt that general hospital has been pulling for the last two years. Who would ever believe that milo wanted epiphany. I also think that the milo and felix relationship was stopped because so many homophobic people do not want to see a good looking macho white man with a black guy.

Lulix
Lulix

It will be Felix and Lucas end game.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I absolutely love “Felix.” This character has become the (one of the few) heart and soul of GH (for me.) I liked him from the beginning. Loyal, funny, warm, creative, sarcastic, moral…just adore this character and I hope they keep him on. Whether he finds his way back to either Brad or Lucas, or they bring on someone new for him, I do hope they involve him in a relationship.

I am so happy with this interview! Marc Anthony comes off completely genuine, intelligent and wise (two separate things in my book). Great answers to the questions you asked. I like him even more now!

Lulix
Lulix

These guys are just fillers!!!
Still think Lucas and Felix will be end game if Lucas remains on the show. Him and Brad last scenes were almost like there swan song. I think they would have paired Lucas and Felix just to create drama and a SL involving Brad.

Nananes
Nananes

I love Marc’s portrayal of Felix and I hope his character finds true love with someone who shares his desire for a committed relationship and not just a sexual encounter. Felix deserves better.

Timmm
Timmm

Perhaps they cast an “Oscar?”

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I think Felix not joining Brad and Lucas was right for his character. Felix is more about finding a real relationship and not just about the physical attraction. I do hope he gets to be happy and find the relationship he is seeking . I was sad for Felix when he thought that Milo wanted him and then it came out that Milo wanted Epiphany.
I like Felix and Sabrina’s friendship a lot! It’s nice the way they always have each other’s back.
Marc Anthony Samuel is a good actor and I’m glad he is on GH! I also love his friendship with Carly.

I love gh
I love gh

I agree!

candy
candy

Once again the milo and epiphany thing is a total sham.

Virginia
Virginia

I say good for Felix,stand your ground.

Madalyn
Madalyn

Sabrina and Felix are a great example of true friendship. That one person you can talk to about anything and not judged for anything you’re going through. They are perfect and who knows…Sabrina may just be Felix’s matchmaker, she knows him better than anyone. <3

candy
candy

I think it is very stereo typical when a gay man attaches himself to a straight woman. I wish that Felix were more independent from Sabrina. He needs to move out of that apartment and live his own life. All felix does is live his life through straight women. Realistically most straight women do not really like gay men since they consider them to be competition. They are afraid that he may go after a man like milo or Nathan.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Candy! I’ve never understood Felix’s obsession with the “Sobby One.” He seems to be the one doing all the giving in that friendship since everything is ALWAYS about that self-centered nurse and her issues. It’s high time he stopped acting as if the world revolves around her…it’s totally detrimental to his own life!

Charday
Charday

Great interview. I love the Felix character and his relationship with Sabrina and also with Lucas and Brad.

Timmm
Timmm

Marc seems like a good guy but the interview was hollow. What did we really learn?

Michael
Michael

Bravo! Finally a depiction of a gay men who turns down a sexual escapade because it’s not what he believes in. Thank GH for showing this side of spectrum.

Lulix
Lulix

I am still thinking the writer are going to have Lucas change his mind and admit to Lulu that he was going to chose Felix. But brad was agreed to the 3 way.

Carole Nelson
Carole Nelson

I like Felix! I was hoping Milo was into him. That’s the way it should have been. I also like the friendship between him and Sabrina.

candy
candy

Amen on the milo comment.

David
David

Felix is awesome! His recent performances have been good. He has been growing as an actor.

Kathryn
Kathryn

LOVE Felix!! enough said!

Dan
Dan

I loved the scenes with Felix and Milo on Friday’s show. Great performances by Marc Anthony Samuel and Drew Cheetwood, and a clever story.

It actually seemed like they were building to Milo coming out to Felix, and then for him to reveal that his feelings were about Epiphany, I thought that was a cool swerve and I didn’t see it coming. I hope they do something with it too, cause I love Sonya Eddy as Epiphany, and she hasn’t had her own story in quite some time.

Then for Felix to turn down the three-way, I had to laugh at that after all of the outrage and hand wringing that a number of people expressed on here over the idea of *gasp* a gay three-way. I thought it was a well written story, and the acting was well done by everyone involved.

Parry Shen as Brad in particular, who has managed to take a character I couldn’t stand, and turned him into someone that I wanna root for, even if he does scheme and do bad things from time to time, lol. Between this story and all the drama involving Levi and Maxie, and Mac getting shot, it was another exciting week of GH!

Andrew
Andrew

I did not care for Felix when he first started – but have warmed up to him and the actor. Not crazy that he’s the Gladys Kravitz of the show (butting into everyone’s business) but like that there is at least more hospital staff and that he’s neither tied to the Qs or to the Mob.
Thank you Ron for ditching his icky sister and her secret (a big helping of “whatever”).

Timmm
Timmm

He is the new Amy Vining and all hospitals have them! Thank God they ditched his sister. I forgot all about that!

candy
candy

It would have been better if they had cast marc as tom and simone’s hardy’s gay son. Then he would have had some connections to Audrey and past characters. The writers just do not think.

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

I’ve moved on but i still cant believe some of the rude response some get when they express anything negative someone else likes…like i wasnt against the Lucas/Brad/ Felix triangle…to me that one episode felt like a filler…fillers id be ok with but not for almost an entire show…im no prude i dont mind some sex talk but that one episode felt more like a talk show…much of the episode with all that talk felt more like i was watching Maury or Springer…just my opinion folks…some liked it and some dont…so why attack someone if they think differently…just give a simple civil rebuttal…it didnt help that i was having a bad week so maybe i shouldve took time off but still my response would have been close to the same…Anyway, Milo and Epihany was a twist i didnt see coming…maybe a better one wouldve been Alice…i could see Milo and Alice at the Q Mansion: Alice chasing Milo around…Milo predictably shirtless of course…when Tracy and hopefully Monica walks in../but even a Milo and Epiphany could have some humorous moments but i feel we wont see much of them…that Milo’s appearance was more likely to help move Lucas/Brad/Felix triangle along…jmho!!!

Shay
Shay

@jimh…There was absolutely nothing wrong with your posts, as always they were respectful and very well put….you are as entitled to your opinions as anyone else. Should you ever again have the misfortune to receive the sort of uncalled for and unfortunate replies that we all were privy to, just consider the source and ignore them…they do not deserve the dignity of your response! I’ve had the occasional idiotic post sent to me as well…my last one featured redacted profanity and a personal insult. Needless to say, those remarks still have not been answered and never will be.

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

I plan too ignore most of them unless it goes way overboard or i need a rebuttal…Micheal Fairman did post that we can have our opinions neg. or pos. and warned posters about replies that intentionally hurt and will be banned from this site…i just had a horrible last week with some improvement this week as you are aware of…those rude replies came unexpected and i had to respond…im here to stay God willing…p.s. i read your reply to Johnny and hopes he stays too…several posters like him, yourself, Harry, Mary, GH50, Rebecca, Patrick and many more are often more interesting and entertaining when reading their comments than watching our soaps!!!

candy
candy

you are right. they will more than likely have a sham relationship off screen.

Shay
Shay

I’m just glad you are feeling better, jimh! You are so right when you speak of all the interesting, fabulous people who make this website truly unique and fun…(yourself included, of course!) I don’t always make it here every day, but when I do, the wait is well worth it! With so many great posters to enjoy, there’s no need to give the insulting few any attention whatsoever….it’s what they are craving, and I say starve the beasts!!!! ; )

C
C

I really dislike Michael’s bias that anyone who doesn’t like Sabrina and/or Felix is in the wrong.

mike
mike

I would like a Felix/Lucas pairing but I wish they would make Lucas a more solid character, don’t like his player side. Lucas and Brad together doesn’t work for me.

Timmm
Timmm

I would have rather seen Milo come out to Felix than have Epiphany be his love interest. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, and shades but this is stretching it! Bring back “Casey the Alien!” More believable!

Shay
Shay

I’m just relieved that “Magic Milo” isn’t being moved into Sappy’s orbit (again…..)

Veemee Fleming
Veemee Fleming

I am Felix…..in so many ways, even the part of working in a hospital…but as an xray technologist! I loved and so understood Felix’s plight. I totally relate to Felix’s moral choices about waiting for the right thing for him, and I was so glad he didn’t compromise his promise to himself by participating in a three way! My mom used to have this saying as she watched how other women would chase after men, “If you don’t want me for me, then I don’t want you to have me!” That ‘s me in a nutshell! Some people realize that they aren’t just a piece of meat! Sex lasts for a brief interlude! Some look for what goes past the afterglow! Marc Anthony, your performance was flawless…thank you!

Dee
Dee

Lucas and Brad have great chemistry and a deep connection because they have VERY similar upbringings/backgrounds. How often do you meet someone who shares that special connection with you? They really need to go back to that and develop this relationship. I like Felix better when he isn’t Sabrina’s sidekick.The character has potential. I actually feel that Felix had better chemistry with Brad than he did with Lucas and at one point I actually thought Felix and Brad could end up together.

candy
candy

You have got to be kidding. Please give Felix a better looking man than brad. He needs a hunk of a stud like Milo or Nathan.

Alex
Alex

Felix is likable when they don’t make him a busybody. When he finally gave Brad a chance he continuously put Sabrina first. Can’t blame Brad for looking elsewhere. I am team Lucas and Brad all the way. It’s not just the chemistry, I like the idea that these guys are something of kindred spirits. I do hope Felix finds happiness and I think Marc is an awesome dude, but the writers need to stop making the character live through others and start living his own life. Just my two cents.

Ulonda
Ulonda

I watch GH for escapism, and on that front I’m never disappointed. I absolutely love the character of Felix, and I’m patiently waiting for the powers that be to give him a strong love interest because he deserves it. Those scenes with Milo were flawless and just reminded me why I think we all deserve a friend as cool as Felix. Please writers give Felix someone worthy. He deserves to be someone’s only choice, not second choice like he was with both Lucas and Brad.

TMac
TMac

I’m really surprised that Felix seems to be an unpopular character among many GH fans. I love him. It may be boring to some but it makes sense for the character to be waiting for “Mr. Right” IMO. Felix is Southern and he hasn’t been out for very long. Unlike Lucas and Brad, he is not comfortable sleeping around. I like that about him. I also enjoy seeing his friendships with Sabrina and Carly. I hope Felix finds love soon and that he is a part of GH for a long time to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

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

Together you can conquer.

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

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

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

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

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

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

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

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

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

See, now I get how movies are made!  

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

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