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GH’s Kathleen Gati on Liesl Learning Britt is Sick: “This Was the Most Painful and Profound Episode I Have Filmed in 10 Years”

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This week in a preview of a heartbreaking episode of General Hospital, Liesl (Kathleen Gati) will learn her daughter, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), now has developed symptoms of Huntington’s Disease and its progression is making Dr. Westbourne very sick.

In story, look for Britt to confide in her mother, noting that that the disease is beginning to overtake her body.

Liesl’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati shared with Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstand now), just how mutter will react to the news.

Gati expressed: “I have to say this is the most painful and profound episode I have filmed in 10 years.”  Kathleen has played the role of Dr, Liesl Obrecht since 2012.

She goes on to say, “Liesl puts her doctors hat on to give hope to herself and to Britta, encouraging her that they are both well-trained doctors and can find a way to help Britta.”

However, that’s not what Britt wants to hear.  She needs her mother, and the support and comfort from her, at this devastating time in her life.

Kathleen shares it’s at that point that Liesl realizes she needs to stop all the medical talk and just be there for her daughter.

So, are you looking forward to the scenes between Britt and Liesl?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sadly, it looks like we’re nearing the end of Kelly’s current run as Britt. So talented (a well deserved Emmy) and beautiful, she has the potential to go far in the entertainment world. Wishing her much success on one hand, but selfishly not too much so she comes back to Port Charles in the future.

How can she come back if you’re killing her off. So absurd.

Where does it say they’re killing her off? Right now, they’re just saying Britt has started to show symptoms. It doesn’t mean an eminent death.

There’s almost always a way to bring a character or a performer back. I’m reminded of Whoopi Goldberg’s line in Soapdish when the producer told her they were bringing back a decapitated Rod Randall – “how am I supposed to write for a man without a head?”

Exactly!

Right on, Steve—-I feel confident Britt will be back—I have this gnawing suspicion Dex is a medical doctor–military, perhaps? A most jarring twist would be that he will combat Britt’s disease and win–pardon the pun.

I’m going to miss Britt.

I hope they don’t kill off Britt. Kathleen Gati is a powerhouse actress but they’re destroying her family.

Doubt they will kill Britt. She’ll likely go out of town for treatment. They can always bring her back (Kelly or recast) and say Victor was behind a false diagnosis and she had symptoms close to Huntington’s, but not the disease.

As for Gati… Who would have thought that a character who kept beloved Robin Scorpio captive and put Robert in a year’s long coma would become a fan favorite. Pairing Liesl and Scott was a great decision by the writers. Nina’s not going anywhere, and she’s likely to need Aunt Liesl once the truth about Willow comes out.

She may not die off but she’s leaving the show. She’s going to one of the night time crime shows

Love Britt and hope that this storyline does not end in her dying but instead brings her to a medical facility in Switzerland to help her manage her health condition as Kelly pursues additional opportunities.

Margherita
In case you and others don’t know Kelly has already started appearing on this season’s Station 19, Thursday nights, playing a fireman’s widdow.

Hi Violet – I am aware of her current role on Station 19, thus my mention of pursuing additional opportunities. I just don’t want Britt to die in case Kelly would like to reprise her role later in the future.

Margherita
I guess I thought you meant additional opportunities in the future. I miss her already, she interacts so well with every character she’s involved with and now I’m especially liking her with Dr. Austin Holt. He and Maxi are a disaster.

Britt is one of the most entertaining characters on the show thanks to Kelly Thiebaud. She has made so much of this role since her return. Perfect partner with Kathleen Gati, who is another gem. Happy for Thiebaud but very sad to see Britt go.

I think she goes off screen to a medical facility, recommended by her mother and along the way she eventually finds Jason and returns. It might not happen for 2 or 3 years but it could happen and thats how I would write Britt off.

Timmm
Makes sense, there’s always that word remission that covers just about every illness. It’s saved many a life on the Soaps!

Yup– soap writing 101
been there and done that, so it’s most likely..
I just said much the same..
A great many see that coming, for sure.

You are hired!

Honestly, the writers are idiots. Yet, I can’t stop watching. I just keep hoping it gets better and right when it could They drop the ball. Some things are just drawn out too long. They didn’t have to kill off Jason. Loved him but just replace a close looking match. Why kill off Franco to bring him back to the same show as someone else. Just idiotic! They write things like they forgot what they wrote in the past. I was waiting for the truth to finally come out that she really didn’t have Huntington’s disease because Victor arranged for the fake diagnosis. Now, they’ve taken it for a turn for the worse! I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop and it better on the fact that hopefully the new doctor was working for Victor also because he has a vested interest in that necklace as well. Maybe she’ll make a phone call to Victor and say it’s done. I don’t know but they need to bring the storyline back to the original which is, her disease is not really that Huntington’s disease. I swear sometimes I look at this show and just feel like I am watching a ton of high school to college kids writing scenes. I know soap operas can have unrealistic storylines and situations but General Hospital is just driving me bananas with their writing. Holly over acts, Jordan feels like she’s reading from a script with a little extra feeling added. Very little. Let me stop because entertainment is my world, and I think I’m being too critical here. So, let me jump off my soapbox. Do not kill Britt off of the show please!

Perfect! That’s how it was headed and then they switched things up. I still think Victor has set this all up. I’m also thinking Austin and the new doctor are part of it. Hope so. Kelly and Kathleen are awesome.

Kathleen and Linda
A lot of wishful thinking here. Although we can attribute a lot of things to that old buzzard Victor I don’t think he can work magic! Britt has been having physical symptoms for a few years now and progressing. She’s a Dr.herself, and knows what’s real or not. Austin is a good guy, and is only being blackmailed by the so called cousin to treat bad guy’s gunshot wounds, etc.I hate losing Britt too, but she’s already started her new show, and I guess this will be the start of her exit shows at GH.

Hi Violet–
I doubt she will die..
When it comes to soap people many were to die from their illness but are still breathing..Y&R Victor’s heart transplant they don’t last forever..
Nikki and her MS seems to be gone..All cancer near-death people are alive.
And the list goes on and on. Sure someone knows the list lol
Missdianosious is common in soaps, also.
Anyways, time will tell if she will actually die.
Perhaps she will go to Switzerland for a new miracle cure..
Therefore she’d be gone for a season..

SuOOO
Hey! Hope you have/had a great Thanksgiving! Iam going out this year with a friend, just couldn’t handle the hustle and bustle of some family and their friends, in-laws, etc. Maybe that’s cold, but this year I needed something more quiet.
About Britt, sorry I got off track. I don’t think we will see her die on the show, that would be too final. Whatever happens I hope we see her again, she’s a wonderful character. What makes me most upset is that we lose Brit and have to have that horrible Victor shoved down our throats.

Hey Ghost

Not going to deny the writers make some boneheaded decisions but in the case of Jason and Franco, there are other circumstances…

While Jason could have been sent to prison or put in a coma (like Lulu), a recast wasn’t possible. Jason is a high-profile role that commands an experienced actor. Most would probably pass on the role after seeing how the show treated the last Jason recast (Billy Miller). Somewhere down the road, Steve Burton will come back and the other actor would be cast aside.

As for Franco, the writers (and Frank Valentini) had planned to bring Roger Howarth as Todd Manning. The network nixed that idea as they want to remove characters associated with sexual assault. Thus, no Franco, Todd, Harmony (helped facilitate Shiloh), and apparently Luke. Since he was such an integral part of the show for decades, I assume they’ll bend and have Tony Geary make an appearance for the 60th anniversary in the spring.

Ohhhh that was so painful to watch, but what brilliance from those two ladies!! Knowing Kelly is leaving breaks my heart, but I pray there is some sick twisted plot, where Britt doesn’t have Huntington’s (one can wish folks!) and it’s all a set up for some crazy reason that will bring Kelly back to us! UGH, my heart can’t take this!

I love the chemistry between Kathleen and Kelly! They are my favorite parent/child combo on GH. Their scenes together make you feel as if they are mother and daughter!

Alex…I so agree with you on Kathleen and Kelly’s chemistry. I will really miss that.

I really like Britt. I was still holding on to the possibility of Jason coming back, and he and Britt getting together. The writers really did a number on those two. I am going to miss Britta. PS. Please writers, don’t kill her off

This scene was heart-wrenching for me—Kathleen and Kelly are two formidable thespians—-there is no other pain which can compare to that of a mother losing a child.
I will miss “Britt”—-Let’s hope she will return —miracles do happen on soaps—it’s a constant.❤️

KT is an absolute rock star and those scenes were amazing. Hopefully, she will get submitted for leading actress nomination. Goingto miss Britt, but if I was stuck with a horrible character/actor playing Cody, I’d leave too..lol

Dont like her and I’m not smitten with her ..She @#$ Jason and everyone went crazy for but it was dumb to do. They @#$” up Jasam for a taller and brunette!!! I say they should have expanded Jasam relationship!! And their children!! I hope she doesn’t come back!!

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.

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Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?

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Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Asher Antonyzyn Shares, “I Think That If Jason Doesn’t Get Sent Away Again, He and Danny Will Have a Really Great Connection”

It is clear that Danny Morgan (Asher Antonyzyn), as of right now, has the most character traits of his father, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). When Jason returned to Port Charles and was hiding out at the Quartermaine boat house, viewers saw that Danny wanted to help out his dad as much as he could.

When the two shared a heart-to-heart about Danny’s passions and Jason learned he is turning out to be a sort of adrenaline junkie like himself, the father and son shared a bonding moment.

‘Asher Antonyzyn spoke to Soap Opera Digest about Danny having a lot more to do in story now that Jason is back, and how it has been working with Steve Burton and where he thinks the on-screen relationship can go.

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When speaking of how Danny is drawn to adrenaline and danger like his father, Asher expressed: “I can’t keep count of all the times that people say, ‘Danny, he’s just like his dad!’ I think that if Jason doesn’t get sent away again, he and Danny will have a really great connection.”

On his screen-time with Steve Burton, Antonyzyn added,  “When Steve Burton was coming back as Jason, I was like, ‘Since Danny never really had storyline with him, maybe I’ll come back out here a lot more and be able to do that with him.’ And then it happened! So that was pretty cool.”

So, do you hope that Danny and Jason’s connection is explored further? Do you think we will watch Asher grow up and become Jason Morgan 2.0? Comment below.

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