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General Hospital’s Nicholas Chavez and Tabyana Ali Talk on the Magic of ‘Sprina’

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They are drawing comparisons to a young Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis), soap opera’s most-famed couple.  Now in 2023, the duo known to General Hospital fans as Sprina are daytime’s newest ‘Power Couple’ and now have been deemed so by PEOPLE, who has a feature on the young actors who play the romantic pair.

Speaking with Nicholas Chavez (Spencer) and Tabyana Ali (Trina), the young stars dished on what makes their on-screen dynamic so palpable and popular to viewers at home.  But of course, like any soap opera couple, there are constant obstacles that pull them apart, so that when they do reunite, it’s a magical moment for the fans and the storyline.  Look no further than in recent episodes when fearing Spencer died in Greenland, and seeing him alive, Trina leaps into his arms and the two share a kiss.  Now for all of Sprina history, we are certain that moment will play on any sizzle reel for the duo.

So, why does the on-screen relationship click? Tabyana shared, “I think they’re actually twin flames. And there’s a period of time before twin flames can be together.  They have to go through this up-and-down tumultuous ride to have the calm waters. They must have the thunderstorm before they get to the sunset.”

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As to similarities to the mighty Luke and Laura, Nick Chavez expressed, “They are drawing a pretty direct comparison and they’re not being super subtle about it. But we love it, and we think that it’s super smart. It’s the greatest compliment we could ever get.”

Nick also weighed-in on the actress change when original Trina, Sydney Mikayla decided to leave the series and Tabyana was the recast. The Daytime Emmy-winning star and a nominee again this year, said, “What amazes me is that we went two for two in creating something beautiful and connecting with people. It’s getting everyone excited and it’s a testament to how good [General Hospital executive producer] Frank Valentini and (casting director) Mark Teschner are at their jobs.”


As for their off-the-chart scenes together, Ali shared: “I think now our chemistry is so much stronger because of the connection we have outside of work. Our dynamic is really special because we understand each other on a very deep level.”

So, what makes GH’s Sprina so magical to you? Let us know in the comment section below.

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It’s that palpable chemistry and the ease at how comfortable they are with each other in their scenes! The story is there even though I’m not a fan of these obstacles. I know they happen but as long as Sprina is always at the center and together that’s what will sustain them as this shows only current Super Couple!

There is no magic—there is a zero connection between them. Prehaps, it’s the fact that compared to Avery, nuTrina is not as effective as Sydney was—I wish she’d make a comeback. The girl had oomph and style.
Spencer is too hot for this homely girl. I actually mute her. Now, we find that she and Joss plan to sabotage Esme. WOW–Joss is her mother’s daughter—she and Trina lower themselves to Esme’s pre-amnesia level?
I hope Esme never regains her past memories. What would a very true to form, soapy soap be without twists and turns? A Spencer-Esme falling in love storyline would be a pleasant shocker for moi.,Hot couple. Far cry from wishy-washy nuTrina.

***** < 5 stars !!
((how are you doing?)

Hey, SusieQ–long time…I’m well and I see you are, too–as usual, we both tell it like it is–
-I don’t get it, Su. Spencer does look much older. —and she looks too adolescent for him. He is a grown man!!
I also don’t get all the accolades on her beauty. Where? Cheshire cat-smile with huge teeth. —you are so right—these two are being pushed together to promote them as a couple. —big mistake.
The same goes for Joss and Dex. Please keep his shirt on. He’s better fit for nuTrina. So puny. Joss is stunningly beautiful—I hope Cameron comes back.
Good to hear from you, my friend.

Celia, I don’t see you a lot..
Good to see your spicy self postings..
The way I see it; the writers are attempting to create
another Carly and Jason, using Dex and Joss..
The writers are struggling for good stories, for sure.
And- Trina needs to be recast….
(perhaps get Spencer a pet/dog to love him- that would at the least be watchable LOL..

Someone on Twitter refers to Dex as Tiny Jason. They had Joss singing,” Hold me closer Tiny Jason” to the tune of Elton John’s “ Tiny Dancer.” Now I have song in my head whenever I see Joss and Dex.

HaHaHaHaHa—A perfect description of Dex—He is kind of puny with a head too big for his shoulders. The same could apply to Elton John. Have you ever noticed ( especially when playing those keys) how tiny his arms are compared to the rest of him? I am so mean, Harry. Not nice of me. Right?
Then again, I always compare every guy to my husband, which is something else I should not do. LOL. No one person is perfect.—well, except him.

Well, I think she’s beautiful. But you know what they say,” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Oh Celia, our poor Spencer. He seems to be maturing by the minute (and getting even better looking), while Trina actually seems to be shrinking, even as a character. What to do? I hate the Eddie (horse’s?) Mane story, Anna and Valentin bore me and ALL OF Sonny & Carly’s many tales are strictly fast-forward. Even Tracy’s venom seems misplaced (picking on the divine Chase? Really?) I guess it’s summer doldrums, not helped by those silly pool scenes. Oy vey. Well, Happy 4th to you, my friend!


Agreed, amica mia—-Spencer can’t even demonstrate his sexual prowess with this nonentity. I am stunned!! He needs a , “do what you want with me”, kind if hottie.
Valentin and Anna? Oy vey!! Accipicchia!! Sacrebleu!! I’m waiting for a Valentin/Nina reunion.
Not that I find very intriguing, but what is Tracy up to? Flimsy plot, at best. Nonetheless, call me weird but i love her. I get such a kick out of her–And, she looks great–even with gray hair. It suits her and dies not diminish her goid looks. This character, at least, has personality. Isn’t there a song about personality? I know I heard it somewhere. LOL
Esme is not anyone’s favorite, I know—but, Soaphound, I’ve always like Avery’s acting skills and savoir faire, and flair.
I truly hope she keeps this new persona–She and Spencer are it—I feel the the sexual vibe just under the surface–When they do get “together” . Look out!! An explosion!!
Pardon the typos–

Celia, SuOOO and Soaphound,
Hope you don’t mind my acknowledging your great comments together. I can’t stand that small person with Spencer. She ruins every scene they have together. Actually the other day with Esme, the baby and Spencer looked so right together, but I guess only a miracle will clear Esme of her wrongdoings, which I can’t even remember anymore what she’s done.

Hey, Violet—Esme did a lot of bad stuff, but her acting skills make up for all her misdeeds LOL.
Yes—I got the same vibe, albeit it’s kind of weird, conduct Nik is Ace’s father.
I lauded Esme constantly—I actually thought she was a goner after she threw herself off the turret. I guess ye gods must like her—We shall see what unfolds.

Silly pool scenes? You mean
Like Toddler Ned falling into the pool? Clearly, he wasn’t paying attention to the “ No Running by Pool” sign. Toddler Ned probably runs with scissors too. And the other day Merry Martin fell into the pool. Do you think they’re trying to get as much bang for their buck for the expense of building that pool set?

#Sprina we support them period and bo one wants esme gag with Spencer at all yukkk

Che Che,
Speak for yourself kiddo!

Spencer and Trina are the best couple this show has had in years and years. They’ve written them as a true Supercouple overcoming many obstacles to find their way to one another. I love the chemistry and clear trust that Tabyana and Nicholas have as acting partners. I mean, how else would that amazing leap and kiss happen unscripted?! So fun to watch! Reminded me of old school soap moments. They are giving everything a good soap couple needs to give! Congrats to the actors and GH on getting recognition from PEOPLE magazine!

What kiss?? There was no passion. Just lios touching–too many teeth, I guess. She does not know how to kiss back. Cringe-worthy. My opinion is as worthy as yours.

Celia, cringe worthy is an understatement, yuk!!!

It’s not PEOPLE magazine which makes the impact. It’s the viewer—and, most here, do not think she’s a good match for Spencer and his, “kiss me quick, take me now” sensual aura— No spunk. No heat. No nothing.

Any positive PR is good for GH and the soap genre in general. I’m glad People magazine featured this couple on their cover. I don’t see this couple lasting too long because Nicholas Chavez is quite a find and is bound for bigger things.

Yes, Harry–I thought the same thing. Chavez is destined fir bigger and more challenging ventures—The money “ain’t” bad either.
Nonetheless, I still think this girl is not a ‘find’–no connection with anyone. Not even Joss—their friendship seems articial and surreal. —a completely different energy and tenor which Eden and Sydney had.
Aside—does this autocorrect “thing”, completely changing my words, only happen to me?
I hate going back rereading my comments. I see words I don’t even recognize. . LOL

Celia…It’s AI. Scary, it’s already taking over. Humans beware. It’s been happening to me for a long time.

I just noticed this—Double LOL—-You can join Soaphound and Violet taking turns cracking me up. Too funny!!
Actually, Rose—I was thinking of getting a robotic therapy pet—it’ll help with my autocorrect-problem.

Hours after we posted these comments, it was announced that Nicholas Chavez was cast in a hit Netflix series. Onward and upward!

Auto Correct does the same to me drives me crazy!

I am so glad you’re not the casting director. Such negative comments.

Of all the commenters, you pick me. Thank you. You must truly appreciate me—-I am soooooo glad you are glad, oh Holy one—check that halo, ya hear? Make sure there are no dents. We wouldn’t want to spoil your pristine self.

There is no magic–
There is no chem, especially sexual chem-
They are a horrible couple..
Spenser looks like her big brother..or worse
Spenser looks like an adult man with a child, a pedo..
If ever there is a hot sexy scene or sex,
Spencer should be arrested for molesting a
She is over 18 but–she looks like a 14 yr old teenager..
The worst casting, the worst..
Spenser needed an equal to him in all points and appearance..
It’s beyond reason, and me why they are being overly promoted in hopes
of hiding their horrible casting mistake.
aaahh felt good to put it out there….
To all their fans enjoy….to others FF .. 🙂 🙂
To each their own..different strokes for different folks, it’s all ok.

I fast forward through every scene with them. Enough said. Comparing to Luke & Laura? In what universe? I am over Trina. GH has become the Trina hour. I don’t get it.

You mean the Joss hour and sex scenes with Dex real love there ha

I think what you’re picking up on is Nicholas started weightlifting and he’s bulking up. So, the height and weight disparities between the two are amplified.

I’m rather apathetic about this couple. I don’t hate them, don’t love them. I think they’re kind of cute but wish Spencer wasn’t always babysitting his baby brother. It’s kind of a buzz kill.

I totally agree. I FF, cannot see them together, it makes me cringe. I particularly dislike all the comments on the GH groups of how beautiful she is. Spencer is what we used to call a Hunk, he needs someone of his own caliber and it’s not her. Plus she’s a terrible actress, can’t even kiss – arrggghhhh

I wondering if your real problem with Trina is that she is the first black actress that skin complexion is darker in tone that was cast to be in a relationship with Spencer who is a white male actor on General Hospital. Since, typically this types of roles have gone to black female actress that are lighter or fairer in skin complexion and from reading your post you seem to prefer Esme who is a white female who you deemed to look better with Spencer or should I say whiter, lighter, fairer in skin complexion, because to me if you are honest with yourself she is no beauty and can be considered by a majority of people as being plain and not a well dressed actress like Joslin. So stop making racial comments about Trina being not the right actress that cast for this role.

WRONG!! Just because your thinking is obscured by your obsession with skin color dies not mean others think like you.
I loved Spencer with Sydney. Is she black or white? Perhaps, you should READ before insulting others. However, since Sydney unfortunately is not available, Esme is the best “mate” for Spencer. NuTrina dies not exudes any kind of aura or personality. She’s a dilettante —-no experience and no acting skills. She’s just there. Just like new Molly. They do not have the IT factor.
Pardon the typos.

We wanted #SpringFor Sprina , Fall For Sprina yet all I see is Esme checking Spence out gag do not do it wtiters just don’t you will lose

Spenser and Essme will reunite…
Then Nik will return–
Then it will be father and son and Esse tringle drama..
and throw in who’s the daddy drama..
Trina will be put aside, wait for it..

Yes, SusieQ—You took the words right out of my mouth!! Spencer and no-personality, nuTrina are headed to Nowhereland. There’s no spark, no sexual tension ( not a single sexy bone in her body), —more importantly, no storyline–This non-couple is at a stalemate, pardon the pun.
Just picture the unfolding “drama” and juicy entertainment of what you have just suggested!! Soap Heaven.


The Best soap couple ever no not Luke and Laura’s weird get together … a real cute couple taby is doing great as Trina # Sprina

I have watched General Hospital since the late 1970s and I still watch today. Luke and Laura were my first supercouple to watch faithfully. There have been others that I have enjoyed, as well. But none come close to Spencer and Trina (Sprina)! The chemistry between Nicholas Alexander Chavez and Tabyana Ali is amazing. When they look at each other, it’s magic. For a couple to have just had their first kiss just a few short months ago and not yet had an official first date, they have extreme rooting value. Nicholas and Tabyana make you feel their chatacters’ yearnings for each other. That takes talent, that takes chemistry, and that takes a connection – things that the actors work to bring out in each scene. There was no doubt about their abilities and chemistry after their amazing work with the Haunted Star storyline.They both talk about working together beforehand to create strong scenes, which is apparent. I look forward to Sprina’s romance continuing in the very capable hands of their wonderfully talented portrayers.

Sorry to disagree–“To each his/her own”, I suppose. This girl is not a good actress, she looks twelve, she is not sexy, she’s not up to par with a phenomenon such as Nicholas/Spencer, and she needs to start acting herself. I think this is the problem. She cannot assume an acting persona. I wasn’t watching during the Luke and Laura era–I don’t think i was born yet—but i was a ore-teen when I became enchanted by Nick and Sharon ( Y&R)—no way do this Trina and Soencer come even close to any other soap couple. They get a big, fat zero. Perhaps, if Nicholas were to be coupled with Esme again? —or anyone else other than Tabyana—Joss has all the trimmings needed for a hot other half. My opinion.

NOPE! Cannot invest in this couple since they replaced the actress who previously played Sabrina!

Do you mean Trina? Sabrina was that obnoxious Sparkle Pony who almost married Dr Drake.

Look at how built that man is. What a body. Sizzle no doubt and Trina whew what a hot little spitfire she is. They make a great couple on this show. General Hospital I’m hooked on now. It’s awesome. I just hope the writers don’t don’t have Esmay break Trina and Spencer .

For the people that think that Trina is unattrative bet you arent either.always hate the dark skin girls …depends on what you think beautiful is..the standard!!!;:”#&$…bs…She beautiful to me…and love their chemistry…The show is cool right now need more Luke and Laura style stories…Gooo Sprina….Haters eat …

C-B —I find your comments unsavory. You do not know what race or creed any of us is. Personally, if I turned my nose up and “hate dark skinned” girls, I would not have called Curtis a hunk, Jordan sexy eyes or the previous Trina spunky and beautiful. I think you owe many here an apology—why must some people make everything about race? Shame—I hate no one.
Plus, as you stated Tabyana is beautiful to you—more power to you. I am allowed to disagree. My opinion.

I think that they are beautiful together this world is so cruel now when is the day going to come when we see people for who they are and how they look and the color of their skin for all of you haters about Trna look up her back GROUNd and see how will educate she is she can go a long way with she have am no scholar my self l am no haters if you can see the beams in my eyes look in the mirror at yours LOVE ALL

I gotta say, some of these comments are disgusting; just like I remember from years ago, and it comes from the same source. Years ago it was about Alexis’s “sagging boobs,” and now it’s about Dex’s head too big, he’s too puny, Trina is “homely,” too much teeth…what a bunch of self-righteous, superficial, moronic, insulting comments coming from a site where no one has to show his or her face. So easy to rip apart another human being’s looks as if they’re not actual people. It’s good you can vent on this site because there’s probably not one administrator of a Facebook group who wouldn’t boot you out of his or her group for comments about an actor’s looks; so enjoy the free pass you get here to be horrible.

With that said, I can’t stand Trina and Spencer, but race is all the rage on Twitter with this couple; so I don’t see the writers ever splitting them up. Too much “pressure” because Trina is black. The slightest soapy thing that could and has happened to many characters before her is now seen with a race slant. Every slight the character suffers the writers are accused of being racist or have written it that way because she’s black. It’s too bad, because like a few here I really like Spencer and Esme…not if she goes back to being evil, but I’d be okay with Esme with an edge to her personaility.

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Kelly Monaco Celebrates 20 Years on GH and Sam’s Evolution: “All the Pieces Don’t Fit Perfectly Yet, But It’s Certainly Not Broken Anymore!”

Sunday, October 1st will mark the 20th anniversary of Kelly Monaco’s debut on General Hospital as Sam McCall.  And as the story goes, when Kelly finished her run on Port Charles as Livvie Locke (2000-2003), and the show had been canceled, the three major networks were all interested in her to join their soaps.

In the end, GH won out and fans of the ABC daytime drama series have been the lucky ones to have Monaco join the A-list cast of the iconic soap. Throughout Sam’s journey in Port Charles, viewers have seen quite the character growth. Sam started on the show as a con and hustler, and bloomed into a bonafide heroine and a private investigator.

Kelly shared with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue, how she viewed the Sam of old, to the Sam of today: “Sam came on to the canvas only having herself and her brother, always taking care of someone, and never being taken care of.  I think the biggest evolution for her is starting from being a really lonely, scared woman and becoming a woman who is still really independent, but is protected by family and friends and love and relationships and loyalty, and she never had that before.”

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In a very poetic way, Monaco added on her character’s development: “She came in bent and broken, and I feel like there’s a lot of her that’s still broken, but she’s constantly sort of putting the Rubik’s Cube together. All the pieces don’t fit perfectly, yet, but it’s certainly not broken anymore.”

Throughout Sam’s two decades in Port Charles she has been in love, suffered terrible lost, found family members, had children, and has been involved in some of the most dangerous and criminal cases involving many a villain as she tried to help bring them to justice.

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Currently, Sam is involved in a romance with Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna).  Viewers wonder if Lulu ever wakes up out of her coma, would that spell trouble for their relationship, and in turn, give Kelly some great meaty story to work with?

Now, in the comment section below, share your congrats to Kelly for her 20-year-run on GH. Then let us know, what has been your favorite Sam story over the years?

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General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Featured in Film ‘What Doesn’t Float’ Hits Theatres

General Hospital and daytime drama favorite, Roger Howarth (Austin), can now also be seen in the independent feature film, What Doesn’t Float, currently premiering in limited release in New York City this weekend, and then on to Los Angeles next on October 6th.

On Howarth’s Instagram account, the talented actor shared some photos from opening night of the film with his co-stars and said: “What Doesn’t Float has conquered lower manhattan!! Thanks to these amazing creatives. Next is Los Angeles! They are beautiful talents and cool sweet people.”

What Doesn’t Float is dark comedy and anthology that follows seven stories in one city. In it, a group of characters, New Yorkers, are at their wits end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by unforeseen conflict, each character must make a decision. While the outcomes vary, a unified sense of the city emerges: New York becomes a mirror to the ego reflecting our true character, while the rest sinks to the bottom.

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Howarth takes on the role known as “Paddle Boarder.” Along with Roger, the film stars: Pauline Chalamet, Cindy De La Cruz, Joel Nagle, Larry Fessenden, Declan Eells, Joseph Longo, Chanel & Dior Umoh, Keith Poulson, Lily Sondik, Amir Royale, and Alexra Templer.

What Doesn’t Float comes from the Creative Collective and Gummy Films: Executive Producers David Tedeschi, Bernadette & Michael Fitzgerald, produced by Rachel Walden & Pauline Chalamet, written by Shauna Fitzgerald, directed and edited by Luca Balser.

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For more on screenings in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and more click here.  But have no fear, if you can’t catch a showing you can pre-order a DVD copy here.

Check out the trailer below featuring Howarth, and then let us know if you will catch a screening in an upcoming city or get the DVD, for a chance to see Roger in another intriguing role in his ever-growing list of TV and film credits, via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: ‘Sprina’ in New York Part Two: Trina and Spencer Make Love

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it what every Sprina fan has wanted and waited for in what seems like an eternity – a love scene between Trina and Spencer where the fan favorite duo finally find themselves between the sheets.

In story, the New York City romantic adventure continued for Trina (Tabyana Ali) and Spencer (Nicholas Chavez) as the shared an intimate dinner, following the theater. Spencer is happy to see Trina so happy. She thanks him for such a beautiful night, and then tells Spencer she loves him very much.

Spencer can’t believe it’s taken Trina so long to say those three little words. He shares that he knows he is not the most patient person. Trina laughs, and says, “You?”

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Next, Spencer tells Trina that he’s loved her since the very first day he met her.  Then, Sprina fans received a heartfelt montage of some Spencer and Trina moments from the history of their relationship. Coming out of the flashbacks, Spencer says, “The best is yet to come.”

When the waiter asks Trina and Spencer if they would like dessert, they both decide to skip it, so they can head back to their hotel to be together. Next, upon arriving back to their room, Trina is touched by all the rose petals strewn across the bed that Spencer arranged before they came back to the hotel.


Now, alone together, Spencer and Trina make love for the very first time.  Afterwards, they cuddle up and Spencer admits that he’s the happiest when he’s with Trina. They kiss and Sprina fans rejoice!

So, what did you think of part two of ‘Sprina in New York’? Was it everything you had hoped for? ICYMI: check out the montage from today’s episode below, and then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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