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GH"S Daniel Benzali speaks on being revealed as The Balkan!

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So, as we all now know and has been confirmed, the hypochondriac patient that wheeled into GH and sought help from Robin, Patrick and Steven is really the international crime lord, The Balkan.  And famed character actor, Daniel Benzali is playing Theo Hoffman aka The Balkan for all he is worth.

In his first interview since assuming the pivotal role, Benzali spoke with TV Guide on his first foray into soaps and more!  Here are a few excerpts below!

Benzali on The Balkan’s theatrical style and if the crime lord is a frustrated stage star:  “[Laughs] We actually created a bit of a back story for the character and decided he probably did have some stage experience in the past in some limited way. He’s very good with accents. As Theo, he’s British. As the Balkan, he has sort of a New York street accent. And then there’s even a third accent coming up. I loved Theo’s introduction to the show as a hospital patient — it was way out there.”

Benzali on what layers of The Balkan might be revealed in his emotional life: “What I liked about playing all that subterfuge in the hospital with Robin is that it provided such a contrast to the real character and his goals and feelings. We just shot some scenes where we will see some very strong emotions come to the surface with him — really relatable emotions concerning his family.”

Make sure to listen to the new holiday episode of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast where we name Benzali as the Power Performance of the Week.

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This man is PHENOMENAL! I was amazed when it was revealed that he was The Balkan & his ability to get you frustrated as a hypochondriac, engaging as a brilliant attorney, hate him in that street sounding voice he takes on as the Balkan and even gaining my sympathy as he hears how Alexander died ( his son ) is indicative of the brilliance of this actor! I hope that he can keep his “Balkan” identity a secret for a very long time to come so we can all enjoy this mans performances on GH. An excellent choice!

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead, although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia, it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles which would welcome a return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating when on Wednesday during inauguration day, Ainsworth shared on her Instagram Story a pic of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports on social media had surfaced that Ainsworth returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those reports on her Instagram Story, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so know telling as to how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH; chances are if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, of course, Kristina would be there to mour her father.  Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

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Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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