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GH's Jon Lindstrom Talks On Working With Genie Francis In The Kevin & Laura Romance!

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On General Hospital it has been rumored for a long time that soap icon Genie Francis (Laura) would have a new love interest after years of being in a romantic entanglement with Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) or Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Whatever leading man would be Genie’s next on-screen flame would follow in the footsteps of those iconic pairings.  Enter GH stalwart Jon Lindstrom, who for decades has been on and off the long-running daytime drama series as Dr. Kevin Collins.   Since Kevin and Laura have found themselves in a set of circumstances that has brought them close together and a first date was at hand, many fans have begun to give their stamp of approval for this most unlikely, but sweet and genuine pairing.

On-Air On-Soaps recently got a few comments from Lindstrom during GHFCW on what he thought of his new leading lady, being back at GH with more story, and the latest on his real life wife, soap favorite Cady McClain directorial efforts.

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Lindstrom expressed joy at being back at GH, and the exploits of the Cassadine Island adventure: “I always enjoy coming back … what’s not to like?  I got shot, I’m working with Genie Francis, and I traveled half the world and back already. (Laughs)  I love coming back to GH. I have so many friends there and the crew.  So, it’s always like a party to me when I return to the show. e so many friends there and the crew.  So, it’s always like a party to me when I return to the show.”

As for being teamed in a romantic story with Genie Francis, Jon related: “Working with Genie is awesome.  When I found out I was going to be working with her I was like ‘What? Me!?  But Genie wanted a storyline and somebody to work with, and I have known Genie off and on for 20 years.  However, I have never had the opportunity to work with her.  I’ve always liked her and we have always got along.   She has been one of my favorite people on the set, but on top of that she is a phenomenal actress.  Genie is so talented, and an actress of real depth.   All I have to do is learn my lines and shut up and listen.   That’s all I have to do.  I’m having a great time.”

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Would Jon like to see Kevin and Laura be a lasting long-term duo on GH? “You know, at my age, if you’re not Kevin Costner or Bill Paxton, your happy to have a gig.  This is a gig that I have always liked, so I will probably take whatever they throw at me.  If they pitch, I will catch.”

Proud of the other lady in his orbit, real life wife Cady McClain, Lindstrom shared news on her latest project, which is very famous to soap fans: “Cady just finished directing some episodes of Venice the Series.  She was asked by Crystal Chappell to act in the new season, and she said, ‘I would love to, but I would really like too direct!’  So, she and Crystal basically shared directing duties on the first half of the fifth season.  And I have to say, Cady did an amazing job.  I went out on location and watched it for a while, and Cady is a gifted director”.

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McClain who created and performed the social media character of  Suzy F*cking Homemaker, and posted several hilarious videos, Lindstrom revealed he gets the biggest kick out of:  “Ah!  I wish Cady would do more of those.  I would sit there and watch her do her thing.  I would be the one holding the Iphone capturing it.  A lot of them she would just do by herself and hold the phone …. by herself.   It’s so hard for me not to laugh when she is that character, but I go, “That’s my wife!” (Laughs)  She just cracks me up!”

So, are you enjoying the Kevin and Laura romance on GH?  Do you like the on-screen chemistry of Jon and Genie Francis?  What did you think of his comments on his co-star, and his real life wife?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Ellen
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Ellen

Love Genie and Jon

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Ellen….they’re so cute together….and fun. I enjoy their interaction so much.

Helen Conboy
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Helen Conboy

They are Fabulous together never thought I would love anyone else with Jon Lindstrom except for Lynn Herring but I was so wrong! Genie & John are incredible together! Hope it’s a long term romance!

Celia
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Celia

I really love Lucy, as well. I wish she’d me more present and relevant.

Frank
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Frank

I love Lynn Herring, but Kevin belongs with Laura. They have great chemistry together. Lucy needs a new man, sorry no Scotty Baldwin. bring back Sigmund the duck lol.

Jhill
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Jhill

I so agree with you, Helen Conboy! I NEVER thought that I would love anyone else with Laura but Luke. I was wrong. Genie and Jon ARE incredible together. It’s not Luke and Laura nor is it Kevin and Lucy. If you go into it comparing, then you’ll be disappointed. THIS is a second-chance, mature love on GH. THIS pairing is what that looks like. They are doing this relationship “old school” and I like that. They started as friends. There is genuine caring and a spark has lit. I hope it’s an enduring relationship too. Genie and Jon both… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Me too!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So great to watch masters at work . They are obviously having fun and I am having fun–what more can I ask?
I notice the timing of their lines for maximum effect–it’s just so great. The pregnant pauses, the looks, the raised eyebrows, the underplaying of it all. Wow! Am I impressed (and in hog heaven–one more time)!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree Nancy!

Jhill
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Jhill

Yes to all that you said, Nancy Dillingham! Perfect description: MASTERS at work. THAT is the two of them. Their feelings are subtle at this point. It takes time to hit the mark of YOWZAH! However, I’m at the “WOW” point! Never would have believed I could move on from Luke and Laura, but Tony’s very vocal feelings about all of it helped me lay the dream down of a HEA on-screen for the couple. Now, I just want Genie to have a good story and a wonderful love affair. I think she’s found that in Kevin. I truly enjoy… Read more »

Taylor
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Taylor

FAB actor, FAB human…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Kevin and Laura are one of the shows best moments…now if Laura marries Kevin she will be Laura Collins-on Dark Shadows Diana Millay played Laura Collins…on GH, Laura was married to Luke Spencer…on Days Laura Horton’s maiden name was Laura Spencer…so two of Genie’s character names (if she marries Kevin)were character names on two other soaps as well-lol

randy
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randy

not really feeling the laurkev yet,,,hopefully when the relationship turns a lil romantic sparks will fly,,,genie has ben at her best even in this rediculous cassidine plot,,its ben done and done,,,why couldnt the writers come up with something a lil more real and alluring for genie,,,maybe they get pass theis cassidine plot ill be able to move on with them,,,just nice to have genie on my screen so ill shut up and stop complaining,,,

Gloria
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Gloria

I am very happy to see Jon back at GH, with hopefully better material than they’ve given him in recent years. I would love to see him and Genie have a love story, but I hope the writers give it some meat, some edge. These are two talented actors – don’t turn them into a stuffy old couple!! I watched him on TRUE DETECTIVE 2 and it was cool to see him in a different role. Dr. Collins aways plays the good guy, the square!!

jlh
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jlh

Well…not always. Don’t forget that he played Kevin’s serial killer twin Ryan Chamberlain! I won’t be a happy viewer if he turns out to be the hospital serial killer… 🙁

Gloria
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Gloria

He was with Laura when Valerie got knocked out, so I’m guessing he’s covered on that front! I wasn’t a regular viewer during the Chamberlain days. There was a point I had to choose one soap to focus on (for lack of time to watch all three!), and that was OLTL. Once that tanked, I came back to GH. It helped bringing several of my favorite actors over too.

jen
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jen

Wasn’t he in CI when the murders happened?

Gloria
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Gloria

I really don’t think he’s the guy. I’m leaning toward Paul Hornsby since they added the cufflink clue.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Yes! Was surprised to see him on True Detective! What a departure from the good doc…he was graeat. I didn’t see Kevin at all. Good for Jon. Fine actor!

And yes to jIh. was just thinking about his dual role. I don’t remember watching back then…maybe caught a few episodes but I do recall he played two roles! Whatever happened to his twin? If he’s still alive you may be right! Great guess! And if there are still two…we wouldn’t lose Kevin…his brother might just be impersonating him!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Just looked up the background. So Kevin’s twin is dead…and Kevin had also gone through a stalker phase after being injected with drugs…hmmm. Could his twin be alive? Can
Kevin be having some sort of dual personality split? I think it would be great if his brother is somehow alive and lurking around…if it was Kevin that means he and Laura are just a tease as would be Jon’s return.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Gloria, I don’t think Tue.’s performances turned them into anything resembling “stuffy and old,” do you? And wasn’t it nice to see Genie(Laura) turn the tables on Kevin–and egg him on? So funny and sweet and romantic!

Gloria
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Gloria

Oh, I’m not caught up yet! Good I hope they have chemistry!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I hope it’s not Paul. I’ve grown to really like him!

Shelly
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Shelly

Love them! One of the few bright spots on GH right now!

su0000
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su0000

Kevin and Laura are not having a romantic anything..
They are ok, but not romantic..
everything on Cassidine Island was not near romantic nor was their 1st date …
GH has been so rotten that the slightest hint of anything gets a big whoopie lol ..
but– it is still to come for the wouldbe couple.
and— with a lot of luck perhaps they will become intriguing and interesting, time will tell..

(( nothing on Cassadine Island was inester/intriguing, so it’s ok …. lol))

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

Jon Lindstrom: still Hot after all these years

BTW: why do you watch?

su0000
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su0000

hi RichInIowa
Why do you watch the soaps?

Celia
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Celia

He’s hot. Despite the fact that he’s old enough to be my father….still, he’s hooot!!

Jhill
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Jhill

Simple, RichInIowa: Genie Francis. It’s been that way since 1976, SHE brought me to GH. I leave when she leaves. I can’t watch the show without her presence on the landscape. So, I’m thrilled that Laura is back home, and I get to see Genie regularly. She has been sorely missed! For me, Laura is the heart and soul of GH, and the show desperately needs more positive energy/light. Laura is THAT element!

Celia
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Celia

They seemed to be going at it hot and heavy to me, in his hotel room today, SuzieQ. What else do you want? Fouble LOL.
I must admit, though, that ‘Devil’s’ island could be put on file as one of the worst few episodes I have ever seen on GH.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…OH, MOST DEFINITELY!!!!! I think that Jon Lindstrom is a very, very attractive man. His wife Cady McClain is a very, very lucky woman…TOTALLY!!!!!

Later.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Bite your tongue–again!–su0000! “They are ok, but not romantic”????? Are you watching the same couple that I am watching? No one on GH currently comes close to them in the romantic departtment.
Su0000, put on those glasses and watch Tuesday’s episode again–do it for me, please! LOL! 🙂 🙂

MissySnow
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MissySnow

What an excellent article, Michael.

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the amazing Genie and Jon front and center in this storyline and hope the two fall in love. It is nice to see two veteran characters of a certain age (me, too), enjoying life and moving on to the next chapters in their lives.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

LOL. I mean the characters fall in love and not the actors!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Love is timeless, ” right?

Les
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Les

Yes, absolutely!

Sissy
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Sissy

I’m loving Kevin and Laura! They are precious!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And saucy and sexy and sweet!

Stacy
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Stacy

LOVE Kevin and Laura!!! One of the very few couples I actually like together at this point.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

In spades!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Laura and Kevin are one of the best parts of GH right now. Not only are Genie and Jon both fantastic actors who can handle the deep, raw, meaty material, but the characters are such staples to the canvas, and I’m happy they’ve been paired together.

It’s much more interesting for me to watch their scenes rather than Nathan and Maxie or Jordan and Andre. There are very few couples on the show right now, and Laure and Kevin are by far the best.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I completely agree. I like most everyone in the free world got caught up in the Luke & Laura craze. I then stopped somewhere in the mid eighties. I came back to it for the 50th anniversary show and got hooked on the Patrick, Brit, Sabrina storyline. Stayed hooked for a couple of years, but now I could take or leave it. I am enjoying the Laura storyline tuough. My only regret is they are not showing her enough. What a waste of excellent talent. I tuned in a couple of weeks ago and caught Franco with Heather and I… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I agree with you that there are too many boring characters put on the front burner, while much more interesting characters are sitting on the sidelines without much screen time – and some without any real story, like Scott, Lucy, Bobbie, etc.

As for the kidney donor story, I think the reason it was so front and center is because it was teased last year when Jake was found alive but never built on until now. It was also the catalyst for Jax returning and Chloe Lanier getting a new role to play, so I’m not complaining.

Gloria
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Gloria

I am wondering if Nelle is going to turn out to be Nina’s daughter. The character is the right age and certainly looks like she could be related. Maybe that witch Madeline gave the baby away since Nina was in a coma, and of course, would never want Silas to have it.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Jimmy, you say it so well!

Lucinda
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Lucinda

I love Kevin & Laura together as a couple. this coupling took me by surprise to say the least. though I have been a fan of Genie sense she guest stared on FAMILY. I also have my favorite movie LISTEN TO ME & Jon Lindstrom played the reporter in it along with the late Anna Lee. So I’m along for the “Kevin & Laura” Love Story may it continue on & on!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Me, too, Lucinda–I saw that episode of Family also–and I’ve been watching and loving and admiring and enjoying Genie ever since.

DropOut
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DropOut

Love this pairing. They are soap gold. The boards are loving them, too. I hope tptb don’t mess it up, it’s a little concerning that Jon doesn’t know how long term the relationship would be. Maybe the writers are surprised how well this is working. I’m surprised at how much I like them together, but they are such a sweeeeeeet surprise. Please keep this going. Jon is a wonderful actor and Genie is truly a queen in the soap world. They are so well matched.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Soap gold”–you are the winner of the best phrase yet to describe the couple. Bravo!

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

So, long time fan of GF. I thinks she’s just an excellent actress which was shown during somenheavy scenes she’s had of late. She elevates whoever she shares scenes with. Loved the ones she shared with Tracy and Liz and Ava and Hayden. And those ladies are talented also. The only one I’m surprisingly not that excited about is Kevin. On paper, one would say yes, let’s bring them together romantically. They’re both attractive people but they lack chemistry and it’s on Kevin’s side. He’s flat. Genie sparkles and is great in every scene. I mean my eyes are on… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Genie surely sparkles–but I have to disagree with you re Kevin–for me, he is anything but flat–he is deliciously underplaying it to my delight. And the chemistry, for me, is electric.
Yes, TG? Who he? LOL! LOL! (Yes, we DON”T need him.)

Patrick
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Patrick

“whew” thank you Nancy

Dr. Kevin Collins… is any-thing… but flat

he may be playing to supporting… but he’s every bit as electric

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

i do love seeing Laura and Kevin together but I still can’t get over Luke and Laura being apart. Back in the day, they were that storybook fantasy that we wish all our characters had. Splitting them up seemed like an unimaginable thing to do and I say this after more than 34 million people tuned in to see Luke and Laura get married. I get that we are supposed to believe that ship sailed a long time ago but there are some things on my stories that do rub me the wrong way even if the new direction is… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

James R.,
I never thought I could EVER get over Luke and Laura either–but TG helped me to do just that with his ugly, unprofessional re Genie’s being on the show–and his callous “killing” of the sweet, funny, romantic, impulsive Luke that I always loved.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Hey Nancy – I read that Tony Geary sold his house in LA last month. We may never see him again…

Mary
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Mary

Nancy, I agree with everything you’ve said. But the truth is that Tony Geary had been trying to put an end to the sweet, funny, romantic, impulsive Luke for a long time. Tony Geary wanted Luke to go darker and edgier. I also believe Tony Geary had also been trying for a long time to put an end to Luke and Laura. From what i’ve head Tony was more than happy being Bill Eckhart in the early 90’s. They had to offer him a sweetheart deal in order to get him to agree to a return of Luke and Laura… Read more »

Les
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Les

I am really enjoying this pairing! Please, please, please do not mess it up TPTB! I am actually tuning back into the show on a regular basis which hasn’t happened in quite some time. As a big Luke and Laura fan, who found it hard to see one without the other, I would now be rooting for Kevin over Luke if he ever came back. THAT is quite the seismic shift for me…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And, as I said above, a “seismic shift” for me also. It was SO hard SO long to get over Luke and Laura–their story was so indelibly played in classic GH, but I loved the way “Laura” explained it in previous days’ dialogue–and now I’m with you: “Please do not mess it TPTB”! Laura and Kevin, a “classic” pairing!

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t Tracy Looking HOT

love the new hair color

she’s sexing it up and glammed OUT

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: the conversation Laura and Tracy had about Luke at the hospital.

argh! it pains me that the scripts even include mention of : AG

does any one think that Dr. Finn and Tracy should… combust ?

i’d be OK if Hayden and Finn give it an around the world

better she move on… than pine and wait for Nicholas return

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I think Tracy’s been looking fantastic too. I think she either had a neck lift or lost weight which slimmed her face/neck too. She looks great!

As for Dr. Finn I think he’s headed to Hayden and Ava may be headed to Nicolas…but I’m pissed and confused why Ava would betray Liz and side with Hayden…unless she thinks Hayden will reward her with a diamond…like that might ever happen…or would it??? 🙂

Mary Lou DeVriendt
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Mary Lou DeVriendt

I am loving the Laura & Kevin romance. Genie & Jon are such great actors, and the screen lights up whenever they are on. So glad to hear that Cady is directing and keeping busy. I loved her on All My Children. Tad and Dixie were one of the best supercouples of all time. I will never forget.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Romance,” yes, “romance”!

Terry
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Terry

Well, my preferred pairings are Luke and Laura and Kevin and Lucy, but Laura and Kevin are ok, I guess. Nothing special. I miss special.

Patrick
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Patrick

this is : with equal measure… a – HOT – pairing fans have clamored to the gills… Genie Francis Jon Lindstrom… isn’t it fun to dream again these two actors have so much presence… together and as their own characters that’s saying a lot ! neither actor outshines or pushes the envelope. what’s wrong with a mature sexual relationship ? hey! i’ll have one no need to push the envelope… all the staples of supercoupledom are on the horizon like I once posted… let’s see these two…. alone… cooking dinner and drinking wine I think their is a lot of… Read more »

Laura Champlain
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Laura Champlain

Are you kidding me,I love Kevin & Laura together & I’m loving all their scenes together. Their both nervous but you can see a much stronger Laura then when she was crying after Luke. Thank god AG left so that Genie can finally stand front and center without him constantly having to over shadow her. I love it when she told Tracy if you want Luke then go after him,I’m done with that. She wants a man she can count on to be there for her and allows her to stand on her own to feet. Kevin makes her laugh… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m a vet lover, also!

Tivette
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Tivette

LOVE Laura & Kevin! They could be a great anchor couple on GH and I too pray they write “Levin” a really long and solid romance and eventually get them married.

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

I am loving the pairing of Kevin and Laura, one of the few bright spots on GH these days. (I would like to see more interaction between Kevin/Laura and Scotty/Lucy.)

Rodd
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Rodd

Wouldn’t have thought of putting those two together but it’s working for me. Great actors and it’s a sweet story.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This romance and these actors are bright spots on the GH canvas. I want to see more. By middle age, we have painful and complicated histories but love can prevail anew. This should be a couple for the ages and made part of the show’s core. Frankly, I want more of their dynamic and less of the over-the-top shenanigans and mob messes.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Amen! “Love CAN prevail anew.”

jen
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jen

Love Laura’s storyline with Kevin! Kevin is such a step up from Luke or Scotty. Jon needs a contract and a long term role. Bring Mac back and renew that friendship.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, and yes, bring Mac back!

mike
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mike

Never would have thought of them together, but they work very well.

Andy G.
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Andy G.

Also loving the Kevin & Laura romance! It’s wonderful (but sadly rare) to see depicted a romantic relationship between two emotionally mature, intelligent adults. The fact that they’re being played by two of the most versatile, subtle, talented actors in the genre doesn’t hurt either!!

DropOut
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DropOut

You said it best! The maturity and intelligence is refreshing. Its like a smart rom com. They can do so much with these actors and characters!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree–rare, but so wonderful!

rose
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rose

I just wish the writers didn’t speed the relationship up so much, too soon. Not so interested in “getting it on,” and their first misunderstanding on first date. Rather have been able to bask in the building up of their romance a little while longer. But making up is nice.

Daphne
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Daphne

I would rather see Lucy and Kevin!

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

Now they just need to give Laura a career. Am I imagining things or did she go off to Paris to study to become a chef? If that’s the case, let her open a restaurant or have Carly let her run the Metro Court restaurant.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, Laura definitely needs a career.

JMER
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JMER

Nice interview. I love Scott with Lucy and Laura with Kevin is turning out to be good too.

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Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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