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GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On Taking Over The Role Of Nina & Ingo Rademacher Dishes Jax’s New Love Interest

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Today on June 3rd, Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros is set to begin taping all-new episodes of General Hospital as she steps into the role of Nina Cassadine, last played by Michelle Stafford, who has left the ABC daytime drama series and headed back to The Young and the Restless to reprise her signature role of Phyllis Summers.

Watros, best-known for her delicious portrayal of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, and who was last seen on daytime on Y&R, is back to the grind of the soaps taking on the complex Nina.  Add to that, it is clear that GH is setting up a potential love triangle, or new love interest for her, now that Jasper Jacks is back in Port Charles with GH fan favorite Ingo Rademacher returning to the show.

Last month on the recent GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, we saw Nina (then Stafford) lock eyes with Jax, and the two demonstrated an instant attraction to each other.  Add to that in story; Jax was revealed to be the new 50 percent owner of Aurora Media, which Nina’s Crimson Magazine falls under, putting them in each other’s path in more ways than one.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Cynthia and Ingo along with other members of the media at last week’s ABC Summer Press Roundtable junket, and here were some intriguing and insightful moments from the conversations below.

When we asked if Cynthia had a conversation with Michelle Stafford on taking over the role of Nina, Watros responded: “I did.  We had lunch together, and I have to say, Michelle is an amazing, lovely, giving woman.  Just to be able to sit across from her and talk about Nina and to talk about the show, I was just in awe of her generosity.  I will always be a fan of Michelle’s.  She actually reached out to me and said, ‘If you ever want to call or text…’ and I said, ‘Let’s have lunch!’  So, we found and afternoon and spent like three hours just talking about it.”

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Since Watros has brought the cray-cray to her best known role of Annie on GL and is so adept as an actress to go from that to playing grave reality, Cynthia weighed in on how she sees Nina and the challenges of being a recast in a soap role: “Nina has all of this stuff that I can’t wait to play.  She’s got stuff that she hasn’t explored for a long time because her life is going pretty well right now.  What happens though when your life doesn’t go really well?  You start exploring those things that you thought were sleeping a little bit, you know, that weren’t necessarily bubbling up to the surface.  So, I like it all: when a character’s life is going well and when a character’s life is not going well. Because I’m playing Nina now, it’s going to be different.  It’s going to be challenging.  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken over a role that someone else has played.  I don’t want to totally go off, so people go, “Wow.  Nina’s totally different,” but of course, I want to make it my own.  Again, I’m an actor who likes to use all of the tools.  I like it all … the funny, the not so funny, the playful, and the crazy.”

As to the timing of Watros returning to the soaps at this time in her life … and how it went down that she landed her new gig at GH, she revealed: “It sounds not very dramatic, but I got a phone call.  Just a phone call asking, ‘Would you be interested?’  Guiding Light will always be in my heart because I had such a good time doing Annie, and I was on Young and the Restless and Another World for half of a second.  So, daytime has always been in my life and in my world.  My last show was in Atlanta, and my daughters were in high school in LA, and it’s hard to go back and forth for them, for me, and for my life as a mom.  So, I kind of took my acting and said, ‘Well, I’m going to slow it all down until they graduate high school.’  They graduate high school June 2nd and I start GH June 3rd.  So, it just seemed like it just made sense.”

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As to what the future holds for Nina as she takes over the role, Watros shared: “I can tease that I get to play with this guy (Ingo) a lot, and Nina is trying to find a stronger role in the magazine where she is really going to step up in making that a success and her love for the magazine , and trying to navigate her relationship with Jax.”

Cynthia will also get to work with Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal.  I love his character.  I love how he is this sort of like bad guy, but it seems like the women really dig him.”

Watros says she is excited to work with Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), and Billy Miller (Drew) from the cast.  She has previously worked with Laura and Billy in her soap career. As to her nerves for her first week at the ABC studios where GH is taped, Cynthia shared that she is: “Less nervous, more excited. I feel like a 20-year-old back in soaps.  I remember Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light) back in the rehearsal room, and I was off script, and she was on the show for a long time before me, and I was new. I was yelling my lines, and she goes, ‘Excuse me! Can you tell this actress not to act so early in the morning?’ (Laughs) I feel like I’m going to do that again.  So, I’ve got to tone it all down.” (Laughs)

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For Ingo, he certainly has a view as to how Jax fits into the canvas of Port Charles: “Jax is to me, and I’ve only just been able to put it into words now that Captain America came out, but he’s ‘Captain America’.  He’s all about fairness.  If he sees a bully, he will stand up for the person who is being bullied.  So, that’s who he is.  He’s the white knight.  He’s the person who will always do the right thing.”

Now that Jax has big time ownership in Aurora Media and thus Crimson, does he see the sparks flying with Nina? Ingo reveals: “Yeah, basically he walks in, and she goes, ‘What are you doing in my office?’ and he goes, ‘Actually, it’s my office.’  When I heard about him doing that magazine, I was a little surprised because that’s usually much too small for Jax.  He’s more of a Richard Gere in Pretty Woman character, corporate leader, takes corporations apart, sells pieces … this is, I think really for his daughter, Josslyn (Eden McCoy).  He’s thinking about the future.  Also, to keep him busy in an actual job that he might be good at.   I think it’s a big change in lifestyle for him where before it was about businesses which were much more global.”

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As to what is behind Jax’s attraction to Nina, Ingo summed it up by sharing: I think Jax is attracted to Nina the first time he sees her.  I have a feeling he already knew who she was the first time he sees her at the Nurses’ Ball, because he’s been studying Aurora Media before purchasing it.  He’s done his background work, and to piss off a Cassadine is just a bonus.  Also, I think what is interesting for Nina’s character is the two different guys.  She’s engaged to this more mysterious character, and then, you’ve got this jolly, upfront one going, ‘Hey!  How’s it going?  Everybody having a good day?’ (Laughs)  He’s very confident as well, but in a different way.  I think it’s nice for the story for Nina to be tugged between two completely different men.”

So, excited to see the debut of Cynthia in the role of Nina? Are you up for a triangle between Jax/Nina/Valentin? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, watch Cynthia’s Emmy-winning moment as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.

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Phil
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I cannot wait to see her in this role

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I can not wait for Cynthia to become Nina, and that’s due to the fact I don’t care for M.S. I don’t welcome her return to Y&R .but we can’t have everything, right? Also, being shown in her worst drunken Phyllis charactor, will not be easy to watch. You’re just waiting to see whose life she’ll wreck next. I agree with what C.W says about playing opposite Jax and Valentin. I’m hoping Valentin will be out of the picture soon, when she finally finds out what he’s done TO her and not for her. They say Sasha is really Liesel’s… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, my dear Violet! You are preaching to the choir here on the “pro-clean shaven look” for men! I am totally turned off to the hirsute facial trend that seems to be everywhere these days! On most, it simply looks sloppy and grubby….like these guys are just too lazy to be bothered to groom themselves!!! Ugh! Don’t stand so close to me! Hah! I am especially against it when a man is otherwise very handsome…I cannot understand why they would want to cover up the full glory of their beautiful facades with face fur! Of course, there are exceptions to… Read more »

su000
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su000

I do not like beards!
They are dirty– have snot, bad-breath, food crumbs, and critters in them YCK..

Imagine all the crud a beard collects, especially on a hot sweaty day or after eating sloppy Joes AHAA.
beards are dirty!.. They might even stink!

And those guys with the half-butt mohawk hairstyles are NASTY UGLY they look like a drunk shaved half their head..

Just wanted to jump in with my opinion BWAAHA!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
Feel free to jump in any time, especially when we agree, ha! Funny, you bringing up the beards. I don’t really mind a full on beard if it is taken care of and litter free. Yesterday, watching Curtis, I was thinking how attractive it looks on him, but that grungy facial stuff like Shiloh and some others sport these days are disgusting. Oh yes, those haircuts you mentioned are the worst, aren’t they? First of all, they look like convicts or a military recruit, I don’t know, but I hate the style too.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey, Violet! How are you? 😉 Funny you mentioned “Shiloh.” I just posted a comment and I included him in my looks good with a beard list. I think he’s very sexy…twinkling eyes and all for a predator.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Rebecca
Nice to hear from you even if we dont agree. Sorry, he’s just got the kind of face I’d like to run over with a lawn mower. Where you see twinkling eyes, I see pure evil. He’s done such an amazing job of playing Shiloh, I don’t think I could ever like him in anything ever again. I just hope he doesn’t turn up on another show too soon, after he leaves GH.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL; that’s so not nice; Coby Ryan McLaughlin (Shiloh) is an actor and if he’s doing THAT good a job he should absolutely show up on another show asap!
I have seen him in several other things…a few movies…he’s also a good musician; has his own band..sings, plays guitar, harmonica.

LOL! “Like to run over with a lawn mower” Gotta admit..that was rather amusing…even though we “don’t agree.”

Shay
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Shay

Well su, you have certainly expressed yourself on this subject in your own inimitable no-holds barred fashion! I was trying to be a bit more subdued whilst sharing my viewpoint on the matter, but you definitely nailed it in a much more succinct manner! Thank you for going where a lot of dared not tread….despite being in total agreement with you!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Thanks, Shay. Am glad to hear that someone loathes this unshaven look as much as I do. This grizley Shiloh has got to be the worst. It’s like these men do not use mirrors anymore. I love Eric’s looks on Days, but lately, when I watch him, it’s like OMG, do you really not know what you look like? Hopefully Shiloh will soon be seeing his last dawn of days. His minions, followers or whatever we call them are leaving, one by one. Margaux and Nina headed back to Y&R, and am not looking forward to Nelle’s return, but I… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I don’t like beards either but having said that, I detest the hairless, waxen chest look on men too. I say take the hair off their faces and implant it into their chests.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry, I like certain beards as on Curtis, and I like mustaches that are trimmed properly,i.e Tom Sellleck, and I do love chest hair, as long as it doesn’t cover the shoulders and back as was Robin Williams, RIP.

Shay
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Shay

Oh, you definitely struck a nerve with me on that subject, Violet! I’m simply weary of the cookie-cutter look on so many contemporary males (and soap guys, particularly….) who have that same casually-unkempt facial fuzz, hairstyles(?) and wardrobe. I just thought I was the only one who found it unattractive and annoying since I’m all about classically handsome, clean-cut, well-attired men. I’d love to name names……..but I won’t! LOL……

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Aw come on Shay, give us some names.

rose
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rose

Shay, Violet, Su…I also can’t stand beards from stubbly to long, or bushy. Disliked it when it spread to baseball players. And David Letterman. Ugh! I will say there are two exceptions who do wear them well…Gandalf in Lord Of the Rings, and Dumbledore in Harry Potter. But they were appropriate for the roles they played. And British actors of course. Can’t wait for season two of Discovery Of Witches. Found some really good DOW videos on YouTube to try to get me by.

su000
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su000

AHAA! the youtube– 0ohhh my gawd!!
the women of that era of soaps look/acted like out of control crazy wacko women lol
Whoa the women were portrayed as raging crazy.. ahaa!

Ashely acted as if she escaped from a mental ward ..
(they all did, actually)
What an Insult to women !!

* Old-time wako Soap Divas as portrayed in comedy skits in SNL and other in-kind soap skits is that youtube for sure —

Jamesj75
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You’re definitely onto something, su000! I personally don’t care for overacting, never have. It’s almost as though some actors — and it’s not just the actresses — feel that they can grab Emmy gold by screaming longer and louder, or by crying at the drop of a hat and carrying on incessantly, sobbing, sniffing, slobbering… I must wonder whether directors are still on set. I like believability: in plotlines and in acting. You don’t have to knock me over the head with either. Just tell the story. Just convey characterization. Be real. And this comes from a clean-shaven, clean-cut, generally… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Jamesj! Haven’t been around these parts in a while…how art thou?” I see you’re still the clever one…”chinny-chin-chin!” Toupe! Errr…Touche!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Rebecca1! Thanks for your reply! All is going well with me. I hope all is well with you, Friend! My visits to these parts are scarce as well. Yet these parts are clearly enhanced by your presence — sincerely. Thanks for making my day, and please take care.

Shay
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Shay

@James….Thank you for the gracious “shoutout” regarding my take on current trends in male “grooming”…or more precisely, “non-grooming!” Lol…I’m not surprised that you take the task seriously given your own self-described virtues. Kudos! (You sound like one dreamy gent!) On a slightly more annoying note, this is the third reply I’ve typed to you in the past two days….I’m hoping it will be the charm and actually post by keeping it short and sweet. Obviously, it was quite a treat to see you back amongst the denizens of the ever-expanding Fairmanville….(even if navigating its many cyber highways and byways can… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Shay! And you have now thoroughly made my day! Thanks so much for your warm welcome and extremely kind words! You know I respect and think very highly of you as well. Thanks for your continued efforts to reach me here. On to the soaps, glad we agree about the overacting. And you are so wise and enlightened to honor Genie Francis and Finola Hughes. They are true soap royalty — not posers, like some others — they are not only popular and radiant, they are indeed great actresses! I will try not to be a stranger. I know… Read more »

mike
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mike

Frank pulled out a perfect replacement, maybe better than the original.

Harry
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Harry

Mike something tells me I am suddenly going to be a fan of Nina’s.

Alexander Cliff
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Alexander Cliff

I agree, I was disappointed when I found out Stafford was leaving and then more excited that watros wss replacing her. U look forward to this nina.

aria
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aria

I can’t wait to see her debut as Nina, I’m really bummed about Michelle leaving but I think Cinthia will be great recast for sure. as for the triangle, I’m really hoping they do ingo right. I think he’s been giving the short stick in the past when it came to Sonny and company, I really hope they let Jax be more assertive and not this guy that can be made to look like a fool just to make Sonny and Jason look like they always have to be right or win with any one who doesn’t belong to their… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

I know there are a lot of diverse opinions on Michelle Stafford as Nina, but I personally loved her in the role, and I’m gonna miss her. I wish ABC/GH had done more to keep her, rather than letting Y&R swoop in and pull the rug out from everybody. But that’s water under the bridge at this point. I’m excited to see what Cynthia Watros does with Nina. She was fantastic as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light. She more than has the acting chops to come in and not only fill Michelle’s shoes, but make the role her own. Like… Read more »

TVJeff
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TVJeff

I saw a video interview – not sure if these interviews were one and the same, but Ingo seemed to indicate he’s on contract. Can anyone confirm that?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m hoping! I think that’s right!

Timmm
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Timmm

Its a blessing. Staff was horrible as Nina and Michelle is a good actress. She will be a sight for sore eyes on Y&R. Gina is a mean, unlikable version of Phyllis. Staff will be much better with the new Adam. As far as Cynthia, she will make Nina her own and is capable of shinning with Jax.

Rodd
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Rodd

Of course I’ll miss Michelle, but I was a big fan of Cynthia’s when she played Annie on GL. She’s a proven talent, so I can’t wait to see her take on this character. Best Wishes to her.

Peter
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Peter

Cynthia is a wonderful actress, I agree with you Rodd. I loved her as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light. She was cray cray lol Cynthia will do a good job on GH as the new Nina.

Patrick
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Patrick

HOW … Nina managed to be right up their @GH as one of – MY – favorite pairing… w/Shelly AND Chris helming any thing… I don’t know if you look @the whole canvas… I truly think… @Shelly AND Chris , may have found a beading on what makes Nina and Valentin Kick… moreso w/Valentin , than Nina. Meaning, Give Nina MORE backbone… let Nina help, stand alongside, solve, play parenting, passion ensue… etc etc etc for instance … currently, Nina shouldn’t be so “coy” nervous stammer w/the likes of Jax AND Valentin… well not so much w/Valentin.. altho she sure… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^^ THIS THIS THIS !!! Valentin HOT ME OUT per Cynthia ! “…Nina’s present love interest, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), which the actress is also excited about:“I have to say, I have not met him, but I have been watching the show, and he is just phenomenal. ” Oh Cynthia ; are you in for it James Patrick Stuart is – beyond – phenomenal !!! pulse quicken mind stir caught this is thee dance of the show not one man compares – dullard troupe think Sonny / Jason /Michael / Peter / Finn/ Franco you have Billy Miller’ who’s climbing… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

TOP DOG – Jon Lindstrom’ Kevin – no –

that’s shared w/JPS’ Valentin

always Big Mac
W/Scotty just chompin @the bit

Patrick
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Patrick

thee – one – thing i’d advice Ms. Watros’ let’s not take on the addled vice of Nina childlike coquettish manner OKAY we get that Nina spent a good 20 plus years in a coma…. all this meaning her womanhood was coma. hence , all Nina had to draw on was her years , presumably under 21 years of age. no hesitancy no tilt of the head no coil inward … FULL ON STATURE we are talking FULL ON WOMAN charged to the gills because you come from high brow command intellect Passion because the world is yours what do… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh Patrick
J.P.S AND Ingo! The mind boggles!

Clb
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Clb

I love watching her acceptance speech for the Guiding Light Emmy! Guiding Light was the best and the acting was always phenomenal. General Hospital makes another great casting move. Welcome Cynthia! And welcome back to Rebecca Budig, another GL star! Daytime viewers are missing out as GH should be pulling in more than 3 million viewers. Get rid of that awful lead-in show GMA Day. Bring back One Life! Or put one of those prime-time game shows before GH. And why hasn’t GH been renewed yet? Get with it ABC!

rose
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rose

I’m not familiar with Cynthia as an actress, but she’s getting some good reviews here. What I do hope is they change her from a more scatter brained role. I did like her when she originally bought Crimson and took it over. It looked good on her. But she seems to have slipped since then. Don’t like what she’s done to Willow who I really like, and her dress at the Nurses Ball. And for the life of me I can’t see why Valentin is so obsessed with Nina. So I hope Jax isn’t either. Haven’t seen a good mate… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rose, I agree with all you just said, and today watching Nina trying to persuade Ava to do her article for Crimson, I thought she’d make a good contortionist, and was thinking how glad that she’s leaving soon, but then remembered that she’s going to Y&R, and what a bitch she was as Phyllis. Boy, can’t win for losing, huh? At the end, when Nina told Jax about Ava, he did not look happy. Maybe I misread him. Something else bothering me lately. Not to be unkind, but does Maxie/Kirsten not look too good these days, or is it my… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Kirsten has certainly gone from painfully thin to , what now appears to be “bloated” . seriously folks this is with respect. I thought perhaps an overweight gain. there may be underlying issues as well ? no? what really triggered this was when she was working the Nurses’ Ball. hated the extensions.

rose
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rose

Violet,…maybe it’s her hairdo? But “yes” not quite the same. I also wonder about Victor/Eric Braeden. And Y&R’s storyline about him now is not a good one, health wise?

Cid Weinberg
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Cid Weinberg

I am looking forward to Cynthia bringing her energy, verbal tennis & lobbing the ball with her fellow actors. I’m home on sabbatical making time when I can to watch the fantastic 4 soaps through October. Wish all would edit, edit, edit their terribly large casts. Streamline the storytelling & distribute the wealth. Give you a shot GH…you have the goods, need to balance the Sonny/Carly airtime with rest of the town. I know mobsters have been apart of the serial storyline since it’s inception. Watching old clip of many soaps on YouTube, lately. Where is the heart? Who are… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Don’t know her work–but I know Ingo’s–and HE”S a great asset to GH. Love him!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Is Jax the owner of Aurora Media or not? Where does Nina get the right to tell him what or what not to do? I loved every minute of him telling Ava exactly what he thought of her murdering Connie and switching out Morgan’s meds. I also enjoyed Nina’s obvious discomfort watching him do it. I also liked Jordan using her detective skills to figure out how she actually got Ryan’s kidney. I just knew last week, that it must have been an awfully large canary, for those five to all have feathers hanging out of their mouths. I wonder… Read more »

Lynne Sheridan
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Lynne Sheridan

Yeah, but I wished it was the other Nina, because I was used to her, but will see how this new actress plays the role.

Mary
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Mary

All I can say is – boy is she wrong about the character of Jax. She must not have been watching GH too long for her to be able to say that. LOL He is the farthest thing from how she describes him..he is the total opposite of that.

General Hospital

Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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