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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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WATCH: GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn, James Patrick Stuart and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford In ‘Soaps In Quarantine’ Episode 1

Leave it to General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) to be enterprising, and creative and providing social commentary at this time in our new reality.

Grahn has teamed up with her former GH Now partner, comedian and podcast host, Kaore Bonell for what looks to be on-going You Tube series, while we are all at home experiencing social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first episode of the series aptly titled, “Soaps In Quarantine” Nancy and Kaore welcome GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and The Young and the Restless Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as their very special guests.

Topics are wide-ranging, and entertaining from some interesting tidbits about their soap characters and their individual times on different soap operas, to if they have each gone to the grocery store and what they are experiencing from items being MIA and flying off the shelves and more.

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Check out “Soaps In Quarantine” episode 1 below and let us know what you thoughts of it via the comment section below.

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 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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