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GH Casting Two Female Roles: Is One A Recast For Sabrina?

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General Hospital sent out casting notices for two female roles according to Soap Opera Uncensored, and one of them is fueling the possibility that the ABC soap opera may be recasting, or temporarily recasting, the role of Sabrina, currently played by Teresa Castillo, as the actress is slated to begin her maternity leave shortly.

The casting breakdown details: “Hispanic. 27-33. Beautiful, passionate, dynamic. Originally from Mexico, she has come to Port Charles to pursue a career in medicine. This is a major recurring role.. Please only submit actresses that are open to the possibility of a Contract Role as well.”   Now as GH viewers know, the one thing is that Sabrina is originally from Puerto Rico, not Mexico.   So take that as you will.

The other role is for the part of Noreen:  “Caucasian, mid 40s, a delicate beauty with strength and fire underneath her initial frail presence…CONTRACT ROLE”

So what do you think; is one a recast a Sabrina and the other a possible new love interest for Patrick (Jason Thompson)?  Or, could it be the much talked about Nina?  Who do you think should be considered for these roles?   Who would you like to see on GH that could fit the bill?  Weigh-in!

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Kelly
Kelly

One can only hope. TeCa never worked in the part of Sabrina. The definition of what they want is the TeCa Anti-Sabrina. Her Sabrina is not dynamic or passionate. I would love to see someone in the role that would light a fire under JT that is simply missing in Patrina scenes.

Michael
Michael

Please higher “Lindsay Hartley”

FAS
FAS

Wow, I’d like that, Michael. I think Lindsey would be perfect for this role…she does have spunk and is an excellent actress…good idea!

Moviegal
Moviegal

Lindsey Hartley is the actress that first popped into my head as well.

Susan
Susan

I agree Lindsay would be great in the role. She has fire too.

Elhu
Elhu

Michael, I think you are spot on, and I totally agree, Lindsay Hartley would be a PERFECT hire in the role described above, whether it is a Sabrina recast or not !!!!!

Michael
Michael

I hope they take our advice and hire her whether to replace Sabrina or not

a10000ceans
a10000ceans

Noreen=Nina

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

Thats what im thinking too…

Timmm
Timmm

Hopefully the new Sabrina doesnt roll her R’s for only one character! “Noreen” hopefully its Michelle Stafford and her and Ned fall in love.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Teresa Castillo is Spanish in real life. Most all Hispanic speakers roll their “R” ‘s.

Timmm
Timmm

I understand that BUT she only does that when she speaks to Carlos and none of her other dialogue is spoken in her native tongue.

FAS
FAS

So do Italians, roll their r’s that is. My nonna(grandma) rolls her r’s because she is from Italy and immigrated as an adult….hard to lose the accent. My parents and we, the children, do not roll our r’s…..it seems that only those of Hispanic heritage, wether they are born here or not, acquire that accent. Spaniards ( European) do not. Ms. Castillo’s heritage may be hispanic, but she is American. However, I think she only rolls the r when she says Carrrrrlos. Lol

FAS
FAS

I don’t think she is Spanish, ….I think she is Hispanic….there is a big difference between Spain, which is in Europe, and other countries that share a modicum of the language. Spanish = Spaniard= Castilian= European.
Hispanic means having a hint of Spanish heritage. Just because Hispanics speak the language does not make them Spanish.
French is spoken in Haiti…this does not make the people French.
French is also spoken in Quebec, …this does not make the people French…the same goes for So. Africa, US, Canada and all other English speaking countries…does not mean they are English.

FAS
FAS

Oh, man…I have been saying that and hoping it could be Stafford. I love her…perhaps Y&R’s loss will be GH’s gain…yeeeeesssss!!!!

oltlfan
oltlfan

Sounds like Sabrina and Nina to me.

FAS
FAS

Michelle Stafford as Nina and as Michael suggested, Lindsey Hartley as Sabrina.

Allison
Allison

I think it could be a temporary recast for Teresa’s maternity leave to keep the story going.

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

I agree…

Paul8148
Paul8148

I wonder if it a temp recast?

andrew hass
andrew hass

I don’t think the show would recast Sabrina while Teresa Castillo is nearing maternity leave.However i’m wondering if the show will recast Sabrina while the actress is on maternity leave because it wouldn’t be the first time a soap did something like that.As for the character of Noreen i thinking that’ll eventually turn out to be Silas’s wife Nina that they are casting.

k/kay
k/kay

I have watched this show twice in 6 weeks once to see Donna Mills stunt casting and the other to watch the three Carly’s. If the actress who plays Sabrina is leaving I do not blame her with all the bashing of her and her character I would run to the nearest exit door. I only hope she stays off social media I would hate to be having a baby and putting myself thru this kind of misery!

FAS
FAS

I know..I feel really badly for her.

harry
harry

Woah, I don’t feel bad for her at all. She isn’t going through anything worse than what other soap actors go through. I never saw anyone bash the actress personally.And there is nothing wrong with bashing a fictional person. Sabrina was an ill conceived, one dimensional character, badly written and badly acted and she was force fed to the audience.

lovesgh
lovesgh

No one could replace Sabrina, Teresa Castillo shines in this role.
It may be a temp move, look for her to be back and with Patrick’s baby.

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

I totally agree with lovesgh… I love Teresa Castillo as Sabrina…. I want her back with Patrick & their baby

Ces
Ces

oh gawd, more characters??? isn’t this show bloated with newbies as it is? Does anyone give a rats a** about Nina, Silas, James or Oily Lipped Donna Mills? I don’t. BORING!

mfarris70
mfarris70

I do.

Tasha Jones
Tasha Jones

I do as well. I love the way this story is playing out. I watched yesterday in shock that the bomb shell about Nathan/James came out so quick. The writing for GH is hot as hell right now. Not to mention the men..now this is daytime…welcome back soaps :0

KarenB
KarenB

I do. Would get kinda boring with just 1 or 2 people…dontcha think?!

FAS
FAS

Hey, Shay…are you reading this? And you call me clairvoyant? LOL. …. Your dream of never seeing Ms Castillo on GH may come true. Aahh, I know she has that whine in her voice, but it like the actress. She seems sweet. I wish her a safe delivery and a healthy newborn.

Shay
Shay

Indeed I am, FAS….but my criticisms were never simply aimed at the actress alone. I don’t know how far back you read my postings, but I have had issues with the poorly defined nature and juvenile aspects of the character and the Disney-esque storyline, too. As far as I was concerned, it was always a three-pronged problem…. and I tried mightily to make that understood. I know some TC fans thought it was a personal thing, but I just felt that “Sabrina” was a total disaster in every way possible..an epic fail. Hence,.I don’t know that simply changing the “face” of the character is the solution…particularly if the thought is to continue placing her with Patrick. As a couple, they simply do not work….and switching actresses really doesn’t remedy that fact! But I guess we shall have to wait and see what this is all about…at any rate, I wish all expectant mothers safe deliveries, healthy newborns and happy lives. TC is no exception.

Jules
Jules

Oh….she’ll be here. Shay wouldn’t miss news like this for the world!!! She’s probably just out buying party hats and pinatas right now ;).

Jules
Jules

Oh but I just wanted to add, yes the actress has always seemed sweet and I do share your sentiments about her real life baby. I really do think she is a lovely person who has had an extraordinarily tough job.

That said, her fake character can take a tumble down the stairs tomorrow. That would be super.

FAS
FAS

I like Teresa, but that fact does not mean I like her acting. Perhaps in a different role…who knows. I do see Shay’s point. Patrick and Sabrina are not a good fit. I agree with Shay…..that the writers should not have given the role to such a passive actress. I think Sabrina isn’t able to fill Robin’s shoes. It is sad, but true. Most viewers compare these women. I am not saying it is fair, but subconsciously, many do that. Sabrina was introduced specifically to take Robin’s place. It is not working…she cannot seem to fulfill the viewer’s expectations….not her fault….poor thing. I believe Sabrina will not be recast. She will simply go on maternity leave. If she is coming back, she should not be with Patrick. I really believe the baby is not his.

Shay
Shay

P.S. That has to be the BEST post of the year thus far, Jules!!!!! My compliments! I’m still laughing about it….. : )

charleathea
charleathea

no one can replace sabrina she is the best actress and the best love interest for patrick

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

YES!…. CHARLEATHEA I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU…. I LOVE PATRINA FOREVER!! IF THEY TEAR THEM APART, THEY WILL LOSE MORE VIEWERS LIKE ME & MY WHOLE COMMUNITY & GH RATINGS WILL GO DOWN THE DRAIN…..HONESTLY!!

Michael
Michael

Another contract role? Oy vey.

Cathy
Cathy

Just. Kill off the Sabrina character. No recast is needed. GH needs to work with Kimberly even in recurring and keep Robin and Patrick together. I am not interested in seeing Patrick move one. I saw Patrick with enough women on GH. It is old now. Patrick can get story but doesn’t need a woman. I could never see Patrick with anyone but Robin. Their love and bond is too strong.

Jules
Jules

AGREED!

pat
pat

I love the way you put that Cathy. That is so true.

BERNADETTE
BERNADETTE

GH SHOULD KEEP ROBIN OFF THE SHOW… KILL HER OFF ALREADY… I’M JUST SO SICK & TIRED OF HER COMING & GOING USING GH AS HER REVOLVING DOOR…. COME BACK WHEN SHE’S FINANCIALLY BROKE & LEAVE WHEN SHE GOT ENOUGH SAVINGS IN PURSUING HER DESIRED CAREER-DIRECTING…. C’MON ENOUGH IS ENOUGH… LET THE SHOW MOVE ON WITHOUT ROBIN ON THE SHOW…. PATRICK NEEDS TO BE A MAN & MOVE ON…..!!!

BTripp
BTripp

I think they should bring in Lindsay Hartley to fill in for Teresa Castillo and the other role is most likely Nina and I am really praying that they hire Julie Pinson for that role. I miss her in daytime.

Jenna
Jenna

Julie Pinson is a bad actress, her acting puts me to sleep. LMAO. Lindsay Hartley, great choice as Sabrina. Lindsay is a wonderful actress.

Reagan
Reagan

I like Julie and probably liked her best as Eve on Port Charles. I thought she had chemistry with Scotty, so bringing her on & throwing her in the mix with Scottie would be fun. I also think of Susan Haskell when I read that description. She would be great.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Castillo is going on maternity leave and they might want a back up in case she decides to not come back. Who could blame her with the endless amount of crap that gets dumped on her on a daily basis by the internet trolls?

Kelly
Kelly

She gets no more dumped on than anyone else.

babs
babs

Because I am not a fan of her character or her portrayal that makes me an internet troll? Really? This character has been a non-starter since day one and has been propped time after time to make her work. Give it up. Move on. Find someone who really fits the description of passionate and dynamic.

Shay
Shay

Really….look at poor “Robocop”…..he’s been taking quite a beating here since day one!

harry
harry

I know, Babs–I do not understand the persecution complex! Has any one read the vicious comments people have made about Kimberly?

KarenB
KarenB

Boy I agree with you on that point mfarris70!

andrew hass
andrew hass

We don’t know for sure if the character the show is casting is a recast Sabrina but even if said it would be in poor taste to do it while Teresa is on maternity in a way it could be a smart move by the show.Sabrina will probably be off screen for a couple of months before the new actress starts airing.So it won’t be an immediate recast in that TC is playing Sabrina in one episode and the recast starts airing in the next one.Also maybe Teresa wants to focus on being a full time mother right now and not have to juggle been a mother and been on GH at the same time.

Aria
Aria

Hope Teresa isn’t being recast as for a contract mid 40 s actress makes no sense unless they are casting a big name daytime actress like crystall Chappell or the actress from y&r r who played Phyllis . And as a love interest for Patrick ?? Makes no sense if they’re going to put someone in that age range with Patrick they mine as well put Patrick with Anna .

FAS
FAS

No way…they can’t cast Michelle Stafford as Sabrina. Stafford is almost 50. She is closer to Silas’ s age…perhaps, Nina?

Aria
Aria

Yes Michele stafford for Nina and no to recasting Sabrina. Michael fairman made it look like this new charater in her mid 40’s could be a possible love interest for Patrick ?? Or am I just reading that wrong? If Patrick is being giving a totally new love interest. ? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

SilasandSam
SilasandSam

Silas belongs with Sam damn it! Why oh why do they have to break up Silas and Sam!! Uugh!!! Love Silas and Sam. Don’t care about Nina or Jason!!!

Sheila
Sheila

I could never see Michelle Stafford as a “delicate beauty.” I was hoping or Melissa Archer as Nina, and she could fit the description, but she’s too young.

FAS
FAS

Melissa Archer is pretty, but not a delicate beauty. She’s is not reedy enough …too curvy…with all due respect. Are you trying to re-match her with Michael?…lol

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

love Teresa hope they don’t recast her. She is amazing hope they put her and Patrick back together,

lovesgh
lovesgh

Patrick, Sabrina, Emma and baby=family…<3

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Love Michelle Stafford as well. I don’t know that she fits the bill as a ‘frail beauty’ though!

Pearl
Pearl

With these writers????? Even I’m not that stupid to take a roll on this poorly written show.

Jimmy
Jimmy

“Initial frail presence”…”strength and fire”… sounds a lot like Nina. I personally think Tamara Braun would be great in the role, but she just aired as Carly so that might be a bit weird. Maybe Gina Tognoni or Florencia Lozano?

As for the other role, I don’t see a purpose for recasting Sabrina. I would prefer they just write her off the show. If this is indeed for a new role, I think Lindsay Hartley would be a good choice.

However, the show really doesn’t need anymore new characters. Nina Clay has been mentioned so much recently, it wouldn’t surprise me if they brought her on, plus it would be a good move story wise. But recasting Sabrina, or creating a whole new role, is not what the show needs right now.

cimarrongirl
cimarrongirl

I would like to see Jamie Luna (Liza Colby) from All My Children. Ms. Luna has a fire in her belly and she shows it in the characters she plays!

FAS
FAS

Tasha, Nathan’s parentage had to be disclosed quickly before the siblings ended up in bed together.

FAS
FAS

Timmm, Sabrina/Teresa’s native tongue is English. She was born in the US of A. We are not talking about the spoken language, but rather the accent. Teresa does not have the typical Hispanic accent ….I think she has worked at it and succeeded. The same can be said for Carlos. He assumes the accent as an affectation, only when it is convenient to him.

louisa
louisa

Sabrina needs to go, and Nina needs to stay dead. GH has many great characters to focus on. No need to add more, just for the sake of adding new people. It doesn’t even feel like Port Charles anymore.

Priscilla
Priscilla

I agree that Sabrina does need to go and they should bring Robin (Kimberly M.) back. We should all stop watching GH if they do not.

FAS
FAS

Seriously? Well, I love this soap, regardless. KM left of her own free will. I do not care one way or another if she comes back, albeit I can appreciate the fans that have watched her grow up on GH wanting her back. But, I doubt anyone will stop watching if Sabrina stays or if Robin remains gone. I wish sleazy, lashless Luke would go far, far away to unknown parts, though.

pat
pat

I already have stopped. Not because of Sabrina. I want Robin to return. Even if she is with Jason and Sabrina with Patrick. I know Patrick will be jealous. But I really want Patrick with Robin. I will ever be the same if Patrick, Robin and Emma is not a family again. Sabrina can stay on the show but they need to put her in someone else orbit.

Tina
Tina

I think it’s casting for Nina. Don’t believe she’s dead. Is TC’s contract expiring? If it is, maybe that’s the reason for a recast if she decided not to renew. TC’s a young actress, wife & soon to be a 1st time mom. Clearly, her life’s taking on much greater meaning than a gig on a soap. She may have gotten what she wanted (& a lot of what she didn’t) out the exp. & is ready to move on, or maybe GH is… I don’t know if recasting the role is a good idea. I liked TC/Sabrina & was cool w/Patrina for what it was, while it lasted, b/c from the beginning I understood its purpose to act solely as a vehicle to move the primary s/l of reuniting scrubs, whilst simultaneously promoting TC. Mission accomplished. IMO it’s time to move Patrick on w/his own s/l. Give him something more to do than cry in his beer for Robin or be endlessly rubbing Sabrina’s tummy!

FAS
FAS

Thank you ! My sentiments, exactly.

lovesgh
lovesgh

Robin abandoned her family, she left on her own. It had nothing to do with Sabrina.

FAS
FAS

I agree. But, I still don’t think she and a Patrick belong together. …especially if the baby is Carlos’s,….I just have a feeling…I may be wrong. It will not go smoothly. In true, soap form, something will happen.
I am still a bit confused about their past relationship in Puerto Rico, where Sabrina was sent after her adoptive mother died. Supposedly Carlos and Sabrina met in High School? Seriously.?…he’s 12 or 13 years older in real life, and he looks it. TPTB are trying to pass him off as a 28 pr 29-year-old? Am I assuming this correctly? I suppose it doesn’t matter. I hope Carrrrlos is carted off to jail. It is always amazing to me that the writers think we are that stupid. Why not use an actor close to Sabrina’s age?…boy, Carlos must have been really dumb to have graduated High School at age 30 or so. Lol

Darly
Darly

while Lindsay Hartley is a good actress, she’s a bit old to replace the very young Teresa …

FAS
FAS

I beg to differ…they a re only a few years apart.

FAS
FAS

They are only a few years apart…as I stated above, TPTB don’t even look at that.

Darly
Darly

i dont know how old either is .. but Lindsey looks more mature .. and i am not arguing, simply stating my personal view

FAS
FAS

I know, I apologize if I gave the impression I though you were arguing. It was not my intent. I am sorry. Yes, Lindsey is much more mature, …maybe that’s what the character needs…a dose of maturity….peace. 🙂

Cassie
Cassie

Speaking of “too many newbies” in the cast – what about that Australian guy with the bad haircut that came back with Maxie? Couldn’t Maxie just come back alone – independent – fired up and rejuvenated with a new outlook?!

I know – off topic – but that guy is wasting air time that could be used for the established actors/actresses in the cast.

Ms. Jackson
Ms. Jackson

I read that they’re not going to recast Sabrina. But I think the roll of the caucasian, mid 40’s roll is for a recast of Robin. I read that they were going to recast Robin and possibly Jason. I’m ready for them to bring Jason back but not as the old Jason. I’m still mad at him for leaving the show saying he wanted to spend more time with his family in Tennessee and less then 3 months later he’s on another soap. Screw the old Jason!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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