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GH's Chad Duell & Andrea Bogart Interview: Michael & Abby's romance, ELQ, and working together!

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On-Air On-Soaps recently caught up with General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and Andrea Bogart (Abby) to discuss the intriguing romance between two of Port Charles’ most emotionally damaged, but loveable residents. As many know, Michael Corinthos has recovered from a bullet to the head that put him in a coma for over a year, but then was sent away to prison for the murder of Claudia Zacchara, only to wind up being raped during his time in Pentonville! Abby, the stripper with the heart of gold is trying to better herself, and get out of the life she leads, which usually ends up having her on the receiving end of abusive men!

Drawn together through their deep understanding of each other’s complexities and pain, and underlying goodness, Michael and Abby look to have a viable romance! But will it be tested? Of course, this is soap opera!  We can tell you to look for some possible game-changing moments the week of August 22nd on GH!  Will Michael and Abby’s love endure no matter what forces may try to come between them? We hope so! Here’s what Chad and Andrea had to say about it all!

What can we look forward to in early fall between Abby and Michael? We know conflict might be a-brewing! Isn’t that what makes for an interesting on-screen dynamic?

ANDREA: They are really playing up the age difference between us and it’s a constant struggle because of where we are in our lives. I honestly think it’s always a big surprise with us, and I don’t know what to expect. I know we just continue to find those great moments that we have together and hope the viewers will see that and continue to love it and maybe we will stay together, but I don’t know!

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Do you think there is going to be a spoiler in the relationship? I do! Like another man for Abby? That would crush Michael!

ANDREA: Yeah, at some point I think so too, but it may not be another man for Abby.  Maybe it will be another woman… a younger woman for Michael!

Hey Chad, how many women would you like to have fawning over Michael on the show?

CHAD: Give or take…nine or ten! (Laughs)

But Chad, you work with the sexiest girl on the show in Andrea!

CHAD: Yeah, and she works with the sexiest guy on the show! (Laughs)

ANDREA: Let’s remind everyone that every time we have a make-out scene, this one never fails to get in, “You’re Welcome”.  And, I have never thanked him for the make-out scenes! (Laugh)

You say to Andrea, “You’re welcome?”  This is good to know. (Laughs)

CHAD: I am not serious with it, well, not fully serious. Yes, I often give her a “You’re welcome” after our kissing session. (Laughs)

Do you think Abby and Michael are truly in love? Or, are they just drawn together from the terrible tragedies that they have endured in their lives?

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CHAD: Yeah, they both have a common ground with each other.  Michael went through something really awful and she has been through abusive stuff. So it’s obvious that they have a connection from that standpoint. But on top of that, he does above all else love Abby. They do have that special deep connection that not many people have.

ANDREA: And, I think the things that hold Abby back are her guarded ways of being a little bit older and having some more years under her belt than Michael. It is really her insecurities that keep Abby from letting herself go 100% with Michael. But I think that she is definitely there and wants it, but she is trying to keep a realistic perspective on it as well.

We are worried about Michael.  Michael has everything in life happen to him that is so horrific, and that is why I think because Chad is so great to watch in these emotional situations, that maybe he will lose the girl and just be so devastated.

CHAD: Maybe Abby will die in a car-crash or something!

So you want your gal killed off the show? (Laughs)

CHAD: To have a “to lose the girl scenario” though would be a dramatic thing for Michael.  It is nice to play if it makes sense… to do heavy emotional stuff, and it is fun to do, if it is well-written.  I hope there is nothing really bad that comes between Abby and Michael, because I like our relationship. But again, you never know with a new head writer, new stuff can happen.

Speaking of the new GH head writer, Garin Wolf did the two of you immediately notice a different in the scripts once you started taping his episodes?

CHAD: Yes, a lot of dialogue, next question. (Laughs) It is very well-written, but with a lot of dialogue. When we came back from our recent break we had a whole 46 page day which is the most we ever had, times two. It was tough, but it was well-written and flowed really well. And, I am not saying it did not flow well before, but you know what I am saying.

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ANDREA: It was a tough day, but Chad and I got their early and really wanted to get re-acclimated on our first day back.

CHAD: Yes, and that is what we have to do with the new writing, we have to get to the set early and prepare it and that is a good thing.

Are people more on their toes now at the set of GH?

CHAD: Yeah, I think so because time is a little tight. So we have to make sure we get to the studio on time and if the dialog is long, you got to make sure you have it down pat.

Michael working at ELQ just seems to be something he may be doing to try and stay on the straight and narrow, and help his gal.  But something tells me, he is longing for the mob!

CHAD: Right now he is working at ELQ and one main reason he is there is for Abby. So for Michael it is about trying to have a respectable job there and that Abby wants to be a paralegal!

A pole stripping paralegal?

CHAD: Yeah, a pole stripping paralegal!

ANDREA: I am on my way up!

CHAD: Everything Michael is there for is for Abby.  Michael is not having a lot of fun. I don’t think he knows what he wants to do. He wanted to join the mob, but he landed at ELQ and he wanted to get Abby a job. And, he actually found it to be positive too. He did some business dealings where he realized, “Oh, I could actually work here.”  But it is not really want he wants to be doing.  Michael is sort of stuck there for her.  But it is not what his heart desires, if you will.

At the end of the day Andrea, what does Abby truly want for her life?

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ANDREA: I think she is looking at this right now as like an “eager beaver”. She has this opportunity that has fallen into her lap and we are like the packaged deal at ELQ. Abby is the go-getter and she wants to prove that, “I deserve to be here.” So I feel I am pulling out all the stops trying to work as hard as I can… to earn my mark! (Laughs) She just wants her life to be better than what it was and she is on a certain path. She is really committed to making a better life for herself and she really wants Michael to come with her.

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aria
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aria

They’re so cute together. I like them.

DCCowgirl4Eva
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DCCowgirl4Eva

I am so glad Chad admitted that Michael loves Abby. I am not so glad that Andrea did not say Abby LOVES Michael. Insecurities are different from loving someone. But, in the end, I love Michael and Abby together as played by Chad and Andrea.

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DCCowgirl4Eva

I forgot to thank the Interviewer. THANKS A MILLION TIMES. I and a lot of others love Chad/Michael and Andrea/Abby together on screen. My favorite couple on GH right now.
🙂 Good interview all in all.

Lily
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Lily

So adorable! I love michael & abby! they’re my favorite GH couple:) I hope the writers let them stay together.
Thanks for the interview:) Love it!

Isa
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Isa

Thank you SO much for this interview! Michael & Abby are my fav couple. At first I started watching GH less and less but then their growing relationship snuck up behind me and captivated me without me realizing. Sure enough that ‘s when I began watching GH more and more again. I really think Abby loves Michael but maybe is scared she’ll have said it for nothing and end up losing Michael anyway. Just like she probably told her abuser she loved him but he still beat her anyway. Hopefully she can learn to trust Michael and he continues to… Read more »

DCCowgirl4Eva
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DCCowgirl4Eva

GMTA! Mabby snuck up on me too. And then, WHAM, like a ton of bricks. It was like, wow, I really love them together. They kept me watching GH and I didn’t realize it in the beginning.

Isa
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Isa

🙂 I think this the first time a couple just snuck up on me and then slowly sidetracked some of my attention away from a couple that I thought I was MORE interested in. AB & CD have an extra special magical chemistry.

Eva
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Eva

I love my Supercouple Michael and Abby. This was a great interview and so fun to read. And Chad and Andrea are simply adorable. Can’t wait to see what GW has in store for my fave GH pair. Thank you MF for the great interview. 🙂 Rock on Mabby!!!

Trisha
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Trisha

Great interview! Love Michael n Abby on GH!

nikkijo
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nikkijo

thanks for this interview!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks a million! I adore Michael and Abby! Their love has been written so beautifully! More so than any romantic movie or any other soap couple in my opinion! Their love is CLASSIC:)

you
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you

Yuck!!! Her voice is annoying and so is her face.

danna
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danna

Perhaps your senses are compromised or impaired because you can’t see what the rest of us do.

you
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you

Oh My! I must agree with everyone else because my opinion doesn’t matter. Get a life D. Micheal & Fugly Abbey don’t work for me. Michael & Someone his own age does.

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Superficial and shallow views like yours aren’t, thankfully, shared by everyone. It’s obvious it’s mostly all about looks for you: you don’t like how they LOOK together and you don’t like Abby’s LOOKS. They’re both adults (I think Michael’s nearly 20) and were more attracted to each other’s heart & soul. At the end of the day it’s the inside of people (adults) and they feel together that that should determine things, not how they look to the outside world.

you
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you

LOL, you can go skiing on that girls nose.

Jenna
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Jenna

Thank you for the cute Andrea/Chad interview

bonnie
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bonnie

I love Michael and Abby There connection was there from the begining Great interview I hope they keep Michael and Abby hot and heavy.
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danna
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danna

A hot couple who are an asset for GH–together or individually.

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I’ll admit Michael was more mature than now earlier in the year. I know when I was 16 working with a bunch of other teens at summer jobs, we knew you couldn’t play hooky like an idiot. So the “Sooo young” excuse doen’t work for that either. And I have friends & family who have or had older bf/gf yet some acted more mature than the bf/gf. I hope Garin doesn’t keep regressing Michael for the sake of harping on a 7-10 year age difference. It’s not such a huge thing to keep freaking over. Michael was more mature before,… Read more »

SS
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SS

Michael and Abby are unfortunately a poorly recycled version of Lucky and Liz from back in the 90’s. I don’t think they are even near super couple status it takes good writing, talented acting, and off the charts chemistry to be a super couple and between the first meeting and a year you know. If they don’t break up within the year then I’ll be surprised if the show is still around.

Terry
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Terry

Totally disagree…they had more chemistry than most other couples on the show–right up there with Robin and her husband. this comment to me sounds like someone from the “inside” of GH and not from someone who loves GH…

Trina
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Trina

no they are not they are bettter together they heal eachother and they are realy in love

mimi
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mimi

Those two (in my opinion) lack chemistry, they are very boring to watch, I always fast forward their scenes.

amy
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amy

I love them together! Chad duell and Andrea bogart have amazing chemistry. I fell in love with them in their very first scene together.
I really hope the new head writer doesn’t break them up. Mabby are a beautifully written love story and I hope he continues that.
Thank you for the interview! Enjoyed reading it:)

Doe
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Doe

Love ABBYand Michael, because their story is always on the edge. For instance, the evil Anthony Zaccaria plotting against them behind their back. So, you have to figure he will try anything to get Michael and Abby separated. Or, something to shake up Sonny and eliminate him. Bruce Weitz is brilliant in this role of Anthony. It is always fun to see how outrageous he can become. But he wants to harm and manipulate Michael by enticing him into his mob. Therefore, causing a real showdown with Sonny. I don’t think the writers will keep Michael and Abby together for… Read more »

Jenny
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Jenny

Not a big fan of Michael & Abby, maybe if the actress playing the role could act I could get pass all the other boring stuff between the two of them.

coleen
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coleen

I love Michael and Abby. Hope this couple stays together for a long while. Love both Andrea and Chad together. They have great chemistry! For those who posted the negative comments….. shame on you!

Jay
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Jay

I love this couple (played by these actors) but I’m worried they might not last much longer. Abby is seldom seen and Michael spends most of his time worrying about his mother’s relationship than his own. I hope Abby doesn’t leave (or get fired from) the show.

coleen
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coleen

Unfortunately and sadly, the character of Abby died on today’s show. I’m really hoping this is a set up by either crazy Anthony Z or Franco and that Andrea comes back to the show. I really like her character and will miss her! She always did an excellent job and I wish Andrea the best in any of her future projects. Keeping my fingers crossed that the new writers at GH will reconsider this ridiculous storyline of killng off Abby and will find a way to bring her back to GH! It has been done before!!!

Terry
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Terry

I think it’s really too bad that they let Andrea Bogart go. I thought she was a beautiful, budding actress, and added a needed dimension to the show. I’ve wondered about the politics with the producers or management of various shows. It seems to me ( I hope you will publish this, because I think it needs to be said) that those who write the scripts and make the decisions, play around with the lives of the actors and actresses–like they are on some kind of power trip. I’ve noticed it with Spinelli’s character over the past few months, and… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

Definitely a bad move on GH’s part to kill Abby. These two have great chemistry and the main reason I watch the show. Hope they bring her back.

Trina
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Trina

They are so great together it is so sad they killed abby off Michael and her were so perfect.

Annie Wile
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Annie Wile

Here we go again. Killing a great character off to make way for who cares. It never makes sense to me why they let go of the best characters and people. I loved Abby and Michael. Can this character please have some fun in his life instead of murder and loss.

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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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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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