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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

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Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Steve
Steve

Maura West, Jon Lindstrom and Genie Francis have been outstanding throughout this storyline. Do I wish Kristina Wagner had more scenes, of course. But, overall, this storyline is one of the best on GH on a long time!

Ivory
Ivory

Yes!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I was waiting for Ava’s explosion and Maura hit it spot on as always. We are so lucky to have Maura still with us in daytime!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura West is a masterclass in acting, and is the best they truly have in daytime. ABC lucked out in securing her after Maria Arena tossed her aside like she didn’t matter. Ava Jerome is a bad-ass, and I love West’s effortless portrayal.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

As I’ve said, not so effortless in my book.

Rodd
Rodd

Scott, I totally agree with you!

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Great actress, but sometimes can be a bit over the top.

Bradley
Bradley

West is a good actress, and this site usually churns out one of these type articles about her performance annually. Yes, she will be nominated for an Emmy (again). But the award will go to the actress capable of dialing it back and not chewing the scenery (not Maura West).

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What I said, Bradley! Go, Genie Francis!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What I said, Suzie!

Satan
Satan

This whole story was way too much about Frodd & Ava, and very little involvement from the few people still in Port Charles who actually remembered Ryan Chamberlain from his first time Port Chuckles.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You said it again, Satan!

Harry
Harry

I agree with Satan, and I will probably go straight to hell for saying so.

Purisima Fossas
Purisima Fossas

Ava deserves an award for her performance day after day.
She is extremely talented and lives her character to the max.
At the beginning did not care for her character,,,was I wrong,,,,,.
I know it will be a nemorable episode as she get her well deserved revenge with Ryan.
YOU ARE AMAIZING.
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, FOR SURE.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well . . . .

Celia
Celia

I agree, Purissima. While I love and admire Genie, she does not compare to Maura. We are entitled to our opinion, afterall.
I remember when Nikolas died, Laura was stone cold. I suppose she was in shock?….Held back her grief because she’s a lady, as I have heard? I simply do not see it that way—apples and oranges!!
Well, Ava reacted exactly as a mother who just lost a child would …..spontaneously and naturally.
Furthermore, it is a double blow for Ava. Not only was her child murdered in a most gruesome way; Ava took her killer to bed. The guilt is eating away her viscera—something she has to live with for eternity.
Maura West is such a pure protagonist, her pain is palpable—and, yes; effortless!! I atebit all up….I felt her every tear streaming down my own cheeks; her rage; her every nuance!! Not many actresses/ actors are able to draw that from me…….
Maura’s acting is the stuff of which a soap is made—bubbles everywhere—-she delivers…
If Ms Wells, my Bostonian Queen, does not win the Emmy; there’s certainly something rotten in PC.

Scott
Scott

You must not remember or was watching when Lucky “died” in a fire. Genie’s scenes, especially in the hospital morgue, as she lashed out at Luke and Sonny, showed a mother’s visceral rage and contempt for the two “murderers” she allowed into her children’s lives as respectable men and male role models. The scenes were agonizing and jarringly realistic with not much to remind a viewer that this was just a tv show. Laura’s heart was irreparably broken, and I felt it. I imagine a lot of viewers would agree.

Having said that, I’m curious how a nice article celebrating the extraordinary skill of a talented actress, Maura West, became a debate about which actress is the more talented. They are both awesomely talented women, with different styles, who portray DIFFERENT CHARACTERS; and in my mind, I don’t “get” the leap to the binary debate that always seems to end up negative and leaves me confused and disgusted. I usually ignore these things, but I love both actresses, and my naive eyes dared to venture into the comments section, expecting to read positive comments and compliments. But NO! Wrong again, Scott! Holy cow! Even the undebatable fact that two iconic actresses gave the fans such awesome performances during the week can’t be concisely and tastefully responded to with simple agreement and praise.

Celia
Celia

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Scott…as always.
However, I was not the one to discredit one actress to bolster another.
My reply was in response to the comparison between the two by someone else… I merely stated my opinion, after the exagerated adulation over the same actress, repeatedly. We all have favorites, albeit I adore Genie.
No, Scott, I was not watching when Lucky “died”, LOL….which, incidentally, you have proven my point, that no one can understand the pain of a mother who lost a child; nor delve into her deepest desperation. I am one of those mothers. Therefore, I took the “crazy” innuendo personally. Maura’s acting was right on cue; on target—she must have drawn that pain from within over a past loss. It was all too real for me. I cannot speak for anyone else–I saw/felt a pull and a tug!!
People should not make general, banal remarks unless one has walked in dolorous shoes.
When I read the negativity surrounding Maura’s acting….might as well have called her a banshee…..her behavior was compared, in no uncertain terms, to the more composed Laura, I felt the need to express my feelings.
If you have read my past comments on this topic, then you would have noticed how I praised the three principal actors; Jon, Genie and Maura.
Yet, I do hope Maura wins the Emmy– but, I would be just as pleased if Genie won.
I also said that each carried the other.
Stay well.

Celia
Celia

Correction–I meant Maura West.
Believe it or not, One of my clise friends’ name is Maura Wells!! LOL. It just came naturally writing it.

Wavytae
Wavytae

Maura West deserves the Emmy this year no doubt about it from start to finish she has been golden! She’s more deserving of the Emmy this year then her last win for crypt sex scene she destroyed each episode she was in!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Tell me now, isn’t it Laura that has suffered the heartbreak? First, she was living with an impostor (thankfully, not sleeping), her daughter was almost killed, and she, herself, was imprisoned by the serial killer. BUT, she kept her head and played it very realistically, even feeling compassion and empathy for Ava–who thought she was going to marry Laura’s “ex.” Now, you tell me who the real heroine of this story is?
PS “Ava” DID did do a lot of chewing of the scenery! I’ll give her that. But that wasn’t what was required. Kudos to Genie Francis who held onto her dignity throughout the whole fantastical story line.

Harry
Harry

Maura West as Ava is an amazing actress…..for a cartoon character. I agree with your every word, Nancy.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks, Harry!

suzierm
suzierm

I agree. Genie never plays it over the top. She is always overlooked and it is sad and unfortunate

Jimh
Jimh

Her acting was good-i agree-but unfortunately they made her the front and center star of the story…not Genie..not John…and Kristina W.and others involved in the originally Ryan C. story were barely used as background props!!!

Rodd
Rodd

It was totally gut-wrenching to watching Ms. West put it all out there! How could you not be impressed by her?

I also thought that the dynamics between her and Genie have been extremely interesting. They have me hooked.

Melissa
Melissa

Maura is always a class act in my book. Not to mention one of the most gifted and genuine actors in daytime. As she’s said, writers write, actors act. She simply shows up and always puts her 100+% effort into her work. I’d like to see her rewarded for it. Not to mention the kindest person I’ve ever met in my entire life.

Genie has been amazing during this story as well (and Jon). I don’t think you need to tear down one to recognize another though.

rose
rose

Melissa…I’m with you on your comment. I’m not keen on this story, but whether you like her or not, Ava, as her own worse enemy, is still part of Port Charles for a reason. Between Maura, Genie, and Jon, the three have all been excellent, imo. I will even include the meddling Carly, or Lulu as the intrepid reporter. But would have liked more Felicia.

Carol G. Kelly
Carol G. Kelly

Maura West is the gift that keeps on giving. GH is lucky to have her. She has been nothing short of outstanding in the story which is not a surprise as she gives everything to her performances on any given day. I believe as many have said that she deserves and will win her fourth Emmy this year.

Patrick
Patrick

bearing in mind that Jon Lindstrom darker side enveloped Ava … unfortunately and sadly and it’s “sicko” how Ava lost her daughter that much more. the gut wrenching … what does @GH have more in store for ?

can you believe all the kowtowing.. she’s had to do for Carly and Sonny over Avery… believe you me Ava will do that to be near her daughter.. it just spells lame nevertheless… AVA is thee standout @GH who PROPS the dullard and thee show, if you will

just saying after watching this tour de force with Jon and Maura.. notwithstanding Genie . kudos to these actors…. KUDOS PEEPS of these three standout who are always sidelined for the dullard . get a clue @Shelly and Chris. Frank Valentini NEEDS to be fired.

DebD
DebD

I loved Maura’s and Genie’s performances. It actually gave me chills and I watched twice. Was Maura a bit over the top?, yes, but for crying out loud this is a soap opera, not an academy award winning film. Most of the storylines are over the top, so j’y not the performances?. Genie’s performance was beautifully matched with Maura, both shining in different ways. Laura was so compassionate and generous, in light of her own loss, which was a tribute to the way her character is drawn. Ava on the other hand is a completely different character. Deeply flawed, spiteful, self-centered, but also so eager for love and acceptance she feels she does not deserves. Not only falling in love with a serial killer, but the man who murderd her daughter because she was mad at her at the time for taking Griffin away from her. Completely heartbreaking and I loved that the powers that be let Laura care for Ava, recognizing that her loss was far deeper than her own. Kudos to all. Well done.

Patrick
Patrick

I also , truly , liked the scenes w/ Scotty , Ava, the real Kevin. God cannot any one else see just how much Scotty is in love w/Ava ?! at the very least try again at showing these two with more scenes… lord knows she needs that much more comrades without Kiki. any way… the way Ava contains herself… and equals her match play with Kevin .. and any one else… is sublime to watch .. as she exits her scenes .. just to get out of them.. is masterclass. then she falls apart or her vengeance is riled up.

WHAT UP ? a wrinkle in their marriage still ? as Kevin tells Laura that he knew about “RYAN” from May, 2018. and started treating him. why didn’t he share this w/Laura ? the thing that interests me.. is that , from the guilt, from the twin treatment(s), that kevin , himself is going to metamorphose in to ??? I hope a more daring festive player !!! just to keep him sparked and amped up. surely, Laura does need a better bff than Lulu to share her innermost secrets… letting lil’ momma smurph in to too much detail.. well, you know

I AM SO HOPING THAT @Shelly – AND – Chris have taken note… and are going to reverse Anna and Alex memories… and that it’s Alex who is Peter Biological mother !!!! AND that it’s Alex libidinous behavior that will fall for any thing.. and Anna DUMPS FINN. oy! the memory of watching Anna coy coo and we cringe at Finn every whimsical one liners plus… was too deadbeat… Robert had fun at their expense, surely

OH MY GOD !!!! just kick me to the curb… CRINGEWORTHY !!!! Shiloh is falling that fast for Sam !!!! ???? God she’s so , well, “boring” . what a wasted character. it will all be wrapped up that quickly .. for our near the edge , dingbat , Kristina will never know the difference ? Shiloh has magic for the TV… @Shelly and Chris are wasting this doozy

Linda
Linda

the
ava/ryan story has kept me watching and both actors deserve an emmy.

Jerelene
Jerelene

I hope Ava gets a Emmy for when she saw Keke body on that strecher… performance of a lifetime!!!!

Dan S
Dan S

Maura’s performance throughout this storyline has been brilliant day after day. While there may be a few flaws in the storytelling and way too little airtime for Felicia and Mac, this has been one of the best umbrella storylines in recent GH history and it has delivered in every way. Everyone, especially Ava, Laura and Carly hit it out of the park. And Ryan is still out there so there is more to come and I can not wait.

Celia
Celia

You are a thoroughbred, Maura—-more power to you for having Jon and Genie working alongside with you!! Creme de la creme!!
On another note– is Willow a victim or a foe? Is Shiloh Willow’s deceased baby’s father?—–

Ann
Ann

Maura West’s performances were very heartfelt. I had to rewind several times – brought me to tears each time. Awesome performances for sure.

aria
aria

Maura West is always good, so are her co stars, no one is good alone, so I always cringe when someone gets single out.

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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