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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

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Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? (You can also cast your vote in our poll below!) Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.   

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This was such a great interview!!!!!

While I wish Sidney was still playing Trina I do think Tabyana is doing a great job with the role.

I really hope they don’t turn Rory into a shady character – it is something that soaps often do when they want us to root for a particular couple, in this case Spencer and Trina (Sprina) – but for me Rory is the better choice for her and Spencer needs someone new.

I do have a concern that the verdict will be ‘guilty’ and that Spencer and Trina will be in prison at the same time ): Here’s hoping the verdict is ‘not guilty’ though!

I particularly loved how they talked about their co-stars, such as Maura West, Vernee Watson, Donnell Turner, Nicholas Chavez… (: (: (:

Hey, Richard—-I ‘ve had that same thought since day one of Rory’s introduction. I can’t form a clear opinion yet. So, I won’t jump into any speculation at this point. We shall see.
I am still very interested in Esme’s outcome—would it not be ironic is she were indeed to be found in the south of France?!

Rory is an unnecessary character played by a bland actor. When you couple that with the vivacious and intense Spencer, Rory becomes background.

There has to be a purpose for the Rory character, and I’m not buying that he’s just a do-gooder rookie cop meant to come between Trina & Spencer.

Still say he’s a relative of one of Sonny’s old mob rival families, planted in the PCPD. Either an Alcazar or Rivera, most likely.

Better yet Sonny and Brenda’s son maybe?

Brenda only has one kid, and that was from Teddy Balkan’s dead son, if a Devil remembers correctly. If Rory was to be Sonny’s kid, about the only way they could pull that off is to say that he was Lily’s kid and they both somehow survived the infamous “clink boom” limo explosion.

Now of course, that was one of the most epic GH scenes ever, and they’re so fond of it that they have copied it themselves twice (most recently at the Carly & Jason wedding) so it’s not likely they’re going to throw that away at this point. Not to mention all the Ghost Lily scenes that were shown afterwards, including a Sonny “near death experience” where he meets Lily up in Heaven and she tells him how happy she & their son are upstairs.

This show seems to be in an early 1990s recycle mode right now with all the “Dominique” stuff, so in that sense, a Lily reference probably wouldn’t be far behind. But I still think it’s more likely that he’s Lorenzo Alcazar’s kid. Remember that we never saw Jason kill Alcazar, and I think they left that “ambiguous” on purpose. Later on, there was some evidence that he was alive and well somewhere in South America, as Spinelli found out that somebody was accessing his bank accounts from there. My theory is that Jason let Alcazar go, for the benefit of his “sister” Skye Chandler-Quartermaine (whatever name she was using at the time) and the deal was that Alcazar would live, as long as he promised to never set foot in Port Charles again, and never contact Skye or their kid Lila Rae.

So the timing of Rory’s arrival in Port Charles is no coincidence. Alcazar surely would have heard about Jason’s most recent alleged “death” and planted his son in the PCPD to determine whether it’s “safe” for him to come back to town. And perhaps he planted somebody in Sonny’s organization as well? Like “Dex”. And the real story there might be that Alcazar found a way to turn one of Sonny’s own children against him, because it’s looking likely to me that “Dex” is really Morgan Corinthos with a case of “Port Charles Amnesia & Plastic Surgery Syndrome”. You may remember that Alcazar was interfering in Sonny & Carly’s life right around the time Morgan was born, and in fact was the reason that Carly was accidentally shot in the head while giving birth to him!

Of course I could always be 666% wrong about all of this, but I doubt the current writers could come up with a better story than the one I just did.

Absolutey, Satan—there is something about Rory that really bugs me—he just happens to be right there at the opportune time—Too creepy, and too good to be true. I’m not familiar with either Alcazar or Rivera—but what you propose makes a lot of sense. Are all the men from these mob families ( on GH) tiny?
I can see Rory and nuTrina as a couple. I definitely do not see her with Spencer. Nope!! Let’s introduce a new girl. Too bad Esme is/was such a badass, psycho—

I agree it’s something about Rory that bothers me. He shows up when Trina was arrested and instantly navigated towards her. This relationship is moving too fast. I do not want to see Trina hurt.

Hi. Lucy—-For some reason I smell a rat—-Rory is definitely a nice guy—but….
He’s either in PC for nefarious reasons or he served as Spencer’s foil, to create friction between Trina and Spencer ( which does not bother me in the least), or as indicated by Satan, put there by badfies.

I absolutely love Rory and do not find him in the least bit “bland”! The actor is terrific in his role too. I am rooting for Rory and Trina and believe that Spencer needs someone new.

Richard w griffin
I absolutely agree with you. Nothing bland about this boy! I just hope he doesn’t turn into a “plant” as Satan suggests.

Normally I would agree, Harry. But this (so far) sweet young man has won me over. It’s such a relief, especially after Esme and Nikokas’ disgusting little romp, to see a genuinely nice character. Yes, I think there’s a story there and, yes, Nicholas Chavez is such a dynamic spellcaster that Rory may seem dull by comparison. But I’m gonna stick with him for now. We may have some pleasant surprises coming our way!

Soaphound
So nice that you agree with me. I love Rory and will be very upset if he turns out other than the sweet guy he’s portraying now.I’m also disgusted with Nickolas and his whole persona, is that the right word? If I was Ava I’d have dumped him a long time ago no matter who/what he was doing. He’s such a loser. Just because they changed actors, they didn’t have to change his whole character.

Has anyone else noticed that this trial has gone on longer than the OJ trial!

Yes, Timmm, I’ve noticed. Boy, have I noticed! I keep thinking I see the judge doing a crossword puzzle. And last week, I was surprised that the “unexpected” witness was Spencer…I was half expecting Kato Kaelin to stroll in.

Ha ha ha, thats funny! And look at her legal team, it is tops! Trina has Curtis, Nicholas, Sonny, Portia and Rory in her corner. Damn what could go wrong? You know she will still take the fall. Her and Nicholas will be at Pentonville together. Awww! Cory is a bit wooden but the rest involved in the story are good. Having said that, its time to wrap this story up!

Timmm
Don’t you mean Trina and Spencer will be in prison together? Spencer give up his lousy Uncle for helping him get out to go to the cemetery that day.

Thanks Violet, yes Spencer and Trina in jail. Nicholas will has his hands filled with Victor. I just love Charles Shaughnessy’s portrayal of Victor. And I hope he puts Nicholas through the ringer. I dont care for Nick. I havent seen anything good in that character since he was with Emily! [Natalia Livingston]

Hellooo, Timmmy—long time no see, my love!! WOW!! Miss the good ole days–you, Shay and I—remember when….?
Ok –so, I know many will vehemently disagree with me, but I am not digesting nuTrina well—I honestly can’t explain it. I am trying really hard to like her—I remember feeling the same way about nuNina, whom I looked upon as an interloper. That is, she could not walk in Michelle Stafford’s shoes, in my eyes.
Now, I’m completely taken by her.
Stay safe—Ciao❤️

Too long C! I miss the good old days, fore sure. Time goes by but you and I are still riding down the same road! 100 percent agree with you on your opinion of the new Trina. She doesnt have the energy and glow that made her and Spencer a good couple. This new girl can act but she has no chemistry with Spencer or Rory. And Rory, to wooden. He needs to have a bit more experience before he gets into a role on a soap. And Nina, spot on, Michelle is Nina BUT I am so glad she is on Y&R playing Phyliss. She is the ONLY actress who can play Phyliss! Do you think if Michelle would have stayed on GH that her and Maurice would have had good chemistry? And speaking of Sonny, Chet has to go! He makes Steve Burton look like Marlon Brando! [I miss Steve]

TCB,
Timmm

Yes!! NuTrina emanates neither spark nor sparkle —perhaps she’s still green? And, Rory? He seems a little too old and mature for these barely-out-of-High School-kids.
More than that, though, T—there”s a tiny hint of something sinister about him. My imagination? Maybe—but, it I’m right, he’s a pretty good actor for demonstrating that quality.
We all want for character we love to remain on screen forever—but, sadly, in life, nothing lasts forever–I have the Momday morning blues!! LOL
Cuao, my love!!❤️

Celia, I’m ambivalent here. I don’t mind nuTrina but the original Trina was unique. She had a fire and a conscience that the new one doesn’t seem to have the energy for. That said, she meshes with Rory much better than Spencer. NuTrina and Spencer would look like Mutt and Jeff, just no spark. And I am SO TIRED of Carly’s self-righteous anti-Nina screed. Someone needs to toss her in the shallow end of that cheesy pool!

Everything you said, Soaphound–the original Trina had that certain je-ne-sais-quoi thing going. In your face, without regret—that’s moi. You bite me? I’ll bite you back a million times more, with words—I may be petite, but I don’t cower!! Ergo, that’s what I believe made her unique.
Spencer!! Ahh, Spencer!! If I were only ten years younger!!–. HaHa!!
Seriously, I am truly into his acting and his persona. He is so alive, no matter the scene or situation. And, he is so sexy–I bet he doesn’t even realize it. And, that is exactly what gives him the allure.
Carly? The purest of queens? Didn’t she shoot someone in the head? LOL. She is the perfect symbol of holier-than-thou. You don’t want to know my grandmother’s adjectives. Double LOL.

I’m right with you on Spencer, Celia. Only I’d have to turn the clock back to the 80s to be in his ballpark. Even watching him THINK is sexy. Chase is still my favorite heartthrob but I’m glad to have them both, since they’ve ruined Nikolas for me. Esme? Really? Did he delouse afterward? I wanted to myself!

Yeah–Chase is Adonis reincarnate—but, Spencer is the quiet, pensive and brooding Romeo and his unrequited love for Giulietta!!
You’re too funny—Esme was a parasite, but i assume Avery is versitile—had she been introduced as a good girl with sass, she would have made a better match for Spencer—NuTrina is simply a garden variety of “good” girls.

Stepping out a bit, Soaphound—but there’s no other site to post this.
Who do you think stabbed Ava? I think it was Esme..

Anyone interested in Michael Blake Kruse who plays Rory can Google and find a whole lot of photos of him, his beautiful wife and baby girl. I was very surprised at his extensive background and experience before GH. I thought he looked a little mature for Trina who’s supposed to be 18-19, right? Well he is 32.

So glad he’s going to Chicago P.D if only just to visit. I hope he’ll stay and take over Jay’s part who will be leaving. Good news to he and his family with new baby coming.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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