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GH's Carolyn Hennesy on the key to writing "The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli!

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General Hospital’s and On-Air On-Soaps Podcast co-host, Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about the upcoming release next week (April 5th to be exact) of  the book, The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as told to Diane Miller, but written by Hennesy herself.  The suspenseful and mysterious book will include most if not all of your favorite GH characters in gripping and enveloping short stories that also honors the show’s history.  So what was it like thinking in the mind of Damian Spinelli? Here are a few excerpts from the interview!

Hennesy on if she had to dig deep to figure out who Spinelli really was: “I did not. Spinelli is very complex and intricate, but to me, Carolyn the actress — and Carolyn the actress watching Bradford Anderson play Spinelli — Spinelli’s voice was very easy to find. The biggest compliment I have had thus far on the book was from Bradford, who said I had Spinelli’s voice down and as finely tuned as the writers do. He said, “You understand the character as I do.” Again, Spinelli is a dual personality. He is the quintessential computer genius and he’s Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart. I’m such a film noir fan so I love that quality in him.”

Hennesy on if she thinks Spinelli is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome:  “No, I don’t believe that. I think he’s the smartest person in the room wherever he goes. He’s very much like a Robin Williams, like many of the great improv artists. Robin makes no secret of the fact that he was alone a great deal as a child so he created his own fantasy world where he had to create all the voices, create all the scenarios and play all the characters. I doubt anyone would say that Robin suffers from Asperger’s. I think Spinelli is the same way. Spinelli’s IQ is simply just off the charts. His IQ is simply too large for the rest of the world. And because he’s been alone so much we still don’t know his parentage. We just don’t. I think he’s come to Port Charles looking for his parentage. I think there have been clues along the way … this way lies your parents. I allude and indicate that in the book. He’s not a foolish man. The fact that Spinelli got Maxie simply dumbfounds him. No one is more shocked that he got the girl.”

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I think Spinelli is a pretty smart geeky kid. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However I do think TPTB enjoy writting Spinelli as a characature of who he could be. Spinelli character is being written so OTT that other characters either make fun of him or ignore him altogether. I love that Diane can honesty see who Spinelli is and likes him for who he is. Everyone should have a “Secret Life.” Spinelli and Diane have a mutual respect for one another thru writting this book. Diane and Spinelli’s relationship is quite beneficial for both of them. Diane… Read more »

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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