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GH’s Kirsten Storms Chats On: The Emotional Impact Of Nathan’s Death & Who Could Be Maxie’s New Love Interest

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2018 has been a difficult year for Port Charles’ beloved Maxie Jones. She became a widow and a single mom following the untimely death of the love of her life, Nathan West (Ryan Paevey).  Maxie’s portrayer, General Hospital fan favorite Kirsten Storms delivered in scene after scene, tearjerker after tearjerker, as viewers experienced the grief of losing a good man, a good cop and her husband, and the father of her child.

Complicating things was Maxie’s friendship with Peter August (Wes Ramsey), who came to town with an agenda and who was revealed to be Henrik Faison, Nathan’s half-brother. As Maxie soldiered on with life after-Nathan, she formed a bond with Nathan’s sister, Nina (Michelle Stafford). Through various (and one nefarious) twists and turns, the two women have grown closer always trying to have each other’s back, and to be there for one another in their times of need.

This past Labor Day, ABC and General Hospital aired the encore presentation of Nathan’s funeral, which reminded us all of great soap opera storytelling, and Storms’ powerhouse performance in this storyline.

Michael Fairman TV recently chatted with Kirsten where we found out: how she handled this 10-hankie inducing storyline, who she thinks the ultimate new love interest for Maxie will be – with Peter and Chase (Josh Swickard) in the running, and how she has stood up for herself on social media when she has had to set fans straight on their often misperceptions. There is no question that Storms contributions to making the character of Maxie come to life, make her one of the standout MVP’s of daytime drama.  Here’s what Kirsten shared.

Nathan’s funeral has been one the standout episodes of the year thus far in soaps. Every aspect of it was beautifully executed from the performances, the writing, the directing, camerawork, etc.  What were your thoughts of the storyline that followed with Peter (Wes Ramsey) being kidnapped by Nina (Michelle Stafford) and Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)?  Maxie did not originally have a clue as to what was going on to avenge Nathan’s death. 

KIRSTEN:  I have chats with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) occasionally about storyline.  He and I have a very good relationship.   He’ll talk to me about things I have coming up, because he knows I’m not the type of person who talks to other people about it.  I’m literally the last person on the gossip train.  I’m always the last person to find out about things.  It almost makes me feel stupid. (Laughs)   So, it’s nice because he’ll say to me, “This is going to happen: Nathan is going to die, and Maxie and Peter are going to become closer, and Nina and Obrecht are going to kidnap him and start breaking his limbs ….”   I thought, “Oh cool. We’re going back to crazy Nina,” who is one of my favorite characters.   I love that we always forget the stuff that Nina has done in her past.  It’s not brought up, but it’s there!

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They have balanced the character of Nina out since her beginnings of the show, which has made her a more fleshed-out character with many dimensions.

KIRSTEN: They have!  Nina’s job with Crimson really leveled that character out, and the relationship with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), although he’s crazy himself so it works!  Michelle has built up such a great character, and Kathleen Gati always brings one hundred and ten percent.

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I love the bond between Maxine and Nina, because Nina has been the grieving sister, and Maxie gave birth to Nathan’s son, and they were trying to help each other through their despair.

KIRSTEN:  Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that Maxie was following Nina around in steam rooms begging her to take her back with her jobs, and now they’re inseparable.  (Laughs)  She jokes that Nina’s transferred her love from Nathan to Maxie in a creepy way. (Laughs)

Maxie has worked for Kate Howard and Nina. Who does Maxie think is a better boss?

KIRSTEN:  Selfishly, I think she’d probably say Nina, because I think Nina takes into account her opinion a little bit more.

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How did you get through the amount of crying leading up to, and following Nathan’s death, that was called upon for you as an actress to play in so many tragic and heartbreaking scenes?   Were you able to get through it, and not take the emotional toll that was hitting the character home with you?  

KIRSTEN:  It’s always difficult to have emotional scenes, but to have so many of them felt like it went on for a long time.  There was a good two and a half weeks where I had to be sobbing going into work.  I had recently been reminded of what it was like to lose somebody that you care about.  I remember when I was breaking down my dialogue (because there’s a whole huge process that I go through) thinking, “Oh! I remember what this felt like, and I have to remember to try to portray that when doing this.”  The moment when Nathan flatlines, and Maxie goes outside, and she hears it … he’s dead.  That unexpected turn, because they woke Nathan back up that’s what killed me.  Nathan gets shot, he has surgery, he wakes back up and starts talking, and then he dies moments later.  I remember thinking, “Oh, my God!”  Having Nathan wake up, and giving Maxie that hope and then just taking him away … from that moment on I knew I would have to be just crushed completely… while playing pregnant.  I felt that there were a lot of days after work when I would stay for an extra hour and just decompress, but I was happy when they started to move on from that a little bit, because it was a heavy couple of weeks.

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Did you watch any of those performances back?

KIRSTEN:  I did, and I never usually do that anymore.

So, you’re going to submit yourself for the Emmy this year, right?  If you don’t, I am going to do it for you myself! (Laughs)

KIRSTEN: (Laughs) Yes, I plan on submitting.

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Where do you see Maxie’s relationship going with Peter now?  Will Chase (Josh Swickard) be in her life?  How many cops can she have relationships with if she were to date Chase? (Laughs)

KIRSTEN: (Laughs) I know, right?  I was kind of hoping for that fact alone that she wouldn’t end up with Chase, but then I worked with Josh.  Not only did people like it, but I liked it!  I worked with him the day after I came back from two sick days that I took, and I felt terrible.  I was there pretty much because I didn’t want to let Frank down, and Molly Burnett (Maxie sub, GH) was working on something else, and she couldn’t work one more day for me.  I remember being on set and I kept saying, “Josh, I am so sorry.”  We had already had our scenes in the police station, but they were so brief.  This was the first real set of scenes with him that I had.  I just felt that it wasn’t the first impression that I wanted to make on him for who I am as an actor, but he was so supportive.  Josh didn’t let it alter his performance.  I could barely look at him and I could barely look into the lights!   I just felt like I wanted to be at home in bed, but he made those scenes fantastic.  They wouldn’t have been what they were.  If I had walked on set, new to a show, with someone who had been there for a long time… and now, knowing that he was a Zenon fan, he probably had all of these other expectations, and I’m like, “I can’t even look at you!”  (Laughs)

(Laughs) So you would be okay with a Maxie/Chase pairing?

KIRSTEN:  One hundred percent.

And as far as Peter goes?

KIRSTEN:  I have a soft spot for Wes.  I really do.

He’s been given a tough time by many fans of the show on social media.

KIRSTEN:  He has, and I think that’s unjustified.  I have really high expectations for my scene partner, because I know that when I’m going in there, I’ve prepared my dialogue, and I have a good sense of what I am going to bring to the table.  You should do that too as my or anybody’s scene partner,  because there are lots of soap actors out there who are not working anymore, who would be willing to put that type of work into this part.  With Wes, he respects acting so much that never in a million years would he not go to the set with that same mindset – if not more so than I have – and I think we have this mutual respect for each other on that level.  We are committed to our scenes, and kind of don’t really care what else is going on in the storyline at that moment.  For example, when he tells Maxie that he’s Henrik in the hospital and she is in a wheelchair, there were four or five other people in that scene who didn’t have dialogue, so there was chatting and laughing going on.  He just completely zoned in to what he was doing.  He was able to bring emotion and cry.  I texted him and was like, “I don’t even think I’m going to be noticed in those scenes.  Great job!  It’s good, because I didn’t like the way I looked in the wheelchair!”  I just adore him, and he and Laura Wright (Carly) could not be a cuter couple with each other.  She’s happy. They both are very happy, and they both are genuinely good people, and to anyone who has anything to say about the reason why Wes was hired, or his part in the show, I’ll say that he has a better work ethic than a lot of people who I have had the opportunity to work with throughout my career.   He’s earned his place on the show, and if people just gave him a chance and step back from what they know goes on behind the scenes as far as his relationship Laura, they’ll be able to see how talented he is.

Does Maxie give Peter a pass for what he’s done, and his lies and deception?

KIRSTEN:  So many people have given Maxie a pass for stuff she’s done.  I’d have to say, “Yes”.   I do like that he’s Nathan’s brother.  I feel like that has got a weird thing to it that I can understand Maxie’s draw to him, but he’s also a different person than Nathan.

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You’ve recently been great at shutting things down on social media when fans make assumptions about what is going on in your personal life and explaining the situation.  Can you talk to me about that?

KIRSTEN:  I guess motherhood changed me so much.  There’s no time for the b**s anymore.  Going through everything I did last year, I had to really accept that I am human.  The things that I go through and experience, or that have happened in my life are no different from somebody who is sitting at home watching the show.  I’m a person, too.  I can’t be ashamed of the things that happen to me.  I just have to own it and move forward, because owning it is how you get better with something.   Last year was a very rough year for me.  I think a lot of things came to a head for me personally.  I’ve never been the type of person to kind of slink back and let that take me over.  I’ve always been like, “Nope.  I want to get back to work.  I love my job.”  As much as I love it, I take it that seriously.  I know the emotional and mental condition that I have to be in to be able to be prepared and work as well as I want to.  So, I don’t want anyone to be confused about what my time away from work has been for.  I pride myself on the work I have done on myself, and I want to be able to acknowledge that.

So, what have you thought of Kirsten’s performance throughout her storyline following Nathan’s shocking death? Would you like to see Peter, Chase, or someone else as Maxie’s new romantic interest?  Share your thoughts on this and other points and views shared in this interview via the comment section below.

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Jennifer
Jennifer

I still hope for the love of Maxie’s life to return & Maxie reunites with her husband. But if not then I want Maxie & Chase.

Lisa
Lisa

Admittedly Maxie Jones was never a character I tuned into GH for.
Having said that,the last few years I find myself liking her and rooting for her.
I loved her with Nathan,and Spinelli too (though I don’t see them as long haul).
I love her sisterly bond with Nina – it fits (as they have both lost a sibling,and someone in common in Nathan).
Not too sure who I would want to see her paired with at this point – it’s still too soon.
I think a year in mourning is sufficient in reel time (it would be longer in real time).
She does have a relationship of sorts to Peter already,though it is damaged and needs serious reparation.I don’t know about Chase yet, I haven’t seen Maxie/Chase interaction to make a call on that one.

I’ll say this though, Kirsten definitely should make submission for her work – it’s been fanastic.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Lisa, you summarized my feelings exactly. Nina and Maxie are a formidable and fun pair. I do NOT want to see her, or anyone else, with Peter (whom I loathe) but Chase and Maxie don’t click with me either. I see him with Kiki or someone new. Either way, she needs healing time.

Patrick
Patrick

thee only way… Maxie and Chase WOULD WORK… is if they brought in Molly Burnett.. who stole the show , when she was temporarily cast. @GH: hire Molly Burnett and you’ve got a huge opportunity to trigger all the audience… bring her on AS A NEW character. snore.. Maxie is better left propping and keeping Peter august out of our site.

wendy
wendy

with all due respect, there is only one Maxie Jones and it’s KIRSTEN STORMS .I’ve watched this character since she was played by Robyn Richards . Kirsten is the best actress to ever play maxie!!

Mary
Mary

I just couldnt rewatch the scenes of nathan dying. I wish they would find a way to write nathan back in where he didnt really die. They was so good together and he would of been a great dad. If they cant bring nathan back somehow some way i would like her to get with Chase.

wendy
wendy

the first time they aired Nathan’s funeral , was hard enough ..I refused to watch the encore airing of it !! didn’t want to go through it again !!

mike
mike

Maxie and Chase

keren
keren

I absolutely love KS.

My issue with Peter is that he’s so forced on us. WR isn’t the greatest actor too (and I am sure he’s a nice person). I rather see maxie with Chase. Chase is really growing on me and becoming one of my fav characters.

Janell Wood
Janell Wood

Great interview. 🙂

I’m rooting for an Amy/Chase pairing. I love Risa and want to see her featured more on the show.

Becky
Becky

I like that!

Lucy D
Lucy D

What a great idea

Sandra John
Sandra John

Yes, I had forgotten about Amy. Amy and Chase might have some good chemistry together. I like the IDEA OF Peter and Maxie as a couple on set.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Terrific idea, Janell. I’d love a “Chamy” pairing.

Steve
Steve

Um, no. Chase will not be paired with a non-legacy character. After the truth comes out about the baby, let Chase be revealed as bi and pair him with Lucas.

Timmm
Timmm

Chase just doesnt become bi!

Steve
Steve

Didn’t say “become”. I used the term revealed since he’s still new and we don’t know his entire backstory.

Timmm
Timmm

Amy? HELL NO!

Cindy Maun
Cindy Maun

Love Kirstien’s Maxie. Enjoy her relationship with Nina! I’d like to see Naxie with Chase. Nathan first, if he comes back. If not Chase.

Reed
Reed

I hop it isn’t chase I liked her scenes with Micheal

Reed
Reed

Ordinarily, this “Reed” would not have had an opinion on this thread–and he definitely would have used spell-check. But, as long as I’m here, I might as well…you can’t pair Maxie with another cop, can we please try something new? Peter would be the logical choice, since the chemistry is there, and the story is already primed for it to unfold further. And how very gracious of Kirsten to stick up for her co-star, Wes, the actor and the character he portrays whom have been under siege, and viciously so, since he first stepped foot on set—or in the parking lot, as it were. I registered my own objections early on as part of a “no room at the inn” argument, as the regime was once again foisting the new at the expense of the established characters and stories longtime fans want to see. But clumsiness and force-feeding (of this story and character) aside, Wes, the actor, IMHO, has done yeoman’s work in converting this skeptic, so props to him for so deftly navigating this ill-conceived, affront of a story line.

Delphinia Littlejohn
Delphinia Littlejohn

I think Maxie should hook with Micheal

Steve
Steve

That would be the ultimate legacy pairing, with Quartermaine, Spencer, Corinthos, Jones and Scorpio relations involved.

Theresa
Theresa

Maxie is the best ever!!! Everything she had to go thru felt like everything was real. She is so cute she is strong. I love them giving her the chance they gave her with Nathan. I’m sick of seeing Sam. No matter what she does. I usually just fast forward thru her scenes.

Gail Dryden
Gail Dryden

Maxie and Chase make a great couple, since Nathan is gone, Maxie and Nathan were a great couple and it was sad when he died

lari walter
lari walter

I personally feel Wes Ramsey is an excellent actor. Having been a theater actor for years, I can honestly say unless you have acted you will never know how much depth you need to act with your eyes only. Wes has it in spades. You not only see his emotion, but also feel it. Love to see him with Maxie

Lucinda
Lucinda

I think Maxie should be with Peter. They have so much chemistry together and they would never be boring.

Cheryl Galope
Cheryl Galope

Kristen Storm is one of the best actress on General Hospitl.Her story line rates as highly as the Luke ,Laura storyline.Kristen is Number 1 on my list for the Emmy Award!

Becky
Becky

Why does it have to be Chase or Peter? Why can’t it be Spinelli again? I love Maxi and Spinelli! Then we get to see more of Spinelli. For some reason the partnership of Maxie and Chase just feels a little weak to me. Kind of like when she was with the other young doctor, Matt Hunter, she was married to.That relationship seemed rather weak and unremarkable to me, too. If not with Spinelli then I think I am team Maxter (Maxie/Peter).

Timmm
Timmm

Spinelli belongs on the Disney channel!

Jimh
Jimh

But they already have goofy…lol

Juliana
Juliana

Maxie and Peter would be great because he really really cares for her!

Marjorie
Marjorie

I like Peter he’s been there for Maxie and delivered her baby. Maxie has a good relationship with him and he would do anything for her especially as he is Nathans brother. They make a great couple.

bnedd@rogers.com
bnedd@rogers.com

I find Maxine overbearing she needs to give Nina some space.

Judy Todd
Judy Todd

Please not Peter! Let Spinelli, come bk and get together with her .

Soaphound
Soaphound

Judy, bless you. I’ve ALWAYS loved Spinelli with Maxie. They practically finish each other’s sentences and seemed to really have fun together. I miss Damien daily!

Jane
Jane

I just love Kristen as Maxie, hope she wins an award for Nathan death scenes, I felt like I was right there with her, she made it feel so real. Personally I just was Maxie to be happy with whoever they chose for, but it is a soap opera and now love ever lasts. So for now just live Maxie and Nina have some good times together with baby James.

Elaine
Elaine

I like Chase but Peter has my vote. They have already formed a bond with friendship and he delivered her baby. I just don’t see any chemistry with Chase

Anita Shockley
Anita Shockley

I would love to see her with Chase. She can forgive Peter but not enough to fall in love with him. Falling for Peter would be a betrayal to Nathan.

Lucy D
Lucy D

BIG KS fan.

I don’t want her with Chase cause if you’re a cop and you’re involved with Maxie, you die.

I’m glad that she says WR has a great work ethic. But that doesn’t mean he’s good at his job–cause he’s not. I don’t care that he’s involved with LW, and don’t care that’s the reason he got his job (protestations aside, we all know that’s the truth).

I care that he is horrible at his job. Simply horrible.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know, Lucy. I hate to badmouth actors but WR is so amateurish to me in this role. When he grits his teeth and tries to look threatening, I start giggling uncontrollably. Some actors can survive miscasting (Meryl Streep often does) but not this actor. If I have to hear him swear revenge on Anna (who could flatten him with one arm tied behind her back) once more, I may die laughing.

Lucy D
Lucy D

Agreed. it’s so bad it’s comical. The gritted teeth along with the furrowed brow. And the “dramatic breathing.”

The fact the character is an ass (no one disses Anna) makes it worse

Marilyn Ingledue
Marilyn Ingledue

I really thought that Kirsten did a great job of acting thru Nathan’s death! I would like to see her have a good relationship with Micheal Corinthians. He is such a great guy and they both deserve to have a new love of they’re life! Good luck Kirsten with whatever they throw at you!

Phyllis A Campbell
Phyllis A Campbell

I think Michael is too young for Maxie.

Margaret Simon
Margaret Simon

I’d like to see Maxie in a relationship with Chase, and Peter being a great brother in law to her and always have her back

Antonette
Antonette

I love the relationship Maxie has with NINA. I would love to see Naxie with Michael. I think they have good chemistry since he went with her to their la maz class. 2 broken souls. Maxie could give Michael an exciting life which I think he desperately needs

Marilyn
Marilyn

I agree Antonette! I think they have a good chemistry too. Even if there is a few years difference in their ages I think they would be great together.

Patrick
Patrick

Michael, played by Chad Duell… has no life.. never has… and ditzy Maxie wouldn’t know the difference… so sure… go ahead.. pair them… and kick them to the curb. even I wouldn’t want this for Kirsten …. Michael , along with his parents.. CArly and Sonny… are what’s hurting GH and is making this show a wasteland. watching Max Gail… which was once and at the start.. a VERY effective story… WITH Max Gail… now.. it’s painful to watch his episodic loss.. with his mishaps… as we watch Maurice Benard’ Sonny react.. and I get pissed at him “logically” asking or telling his dad… blah blah blah.. this story is already done. the affect effect of what our lord and savior Sonny goes thru… is unbearably eye roll.. and THANK THE HEAVENS.. Carly is as quiet as she ever can be… unless she’s still ranting at Michael over Nelle letter… ???? jeezus.. PEOPLE… Carly and Sonny are boring… they , along with Frank Valentini are ruining this show… time to kill off another Corinthos’.. I say Michael

Dee
Dee

I want to see maxie with chase .I believe they will make a great couple.

Gusst
Gusst

Maxie and chase

Cheryl
Cheryl

I Absolutely Love Maxie!!!! I do think that Maxie should be with Chase, they pair well together. Kirsten Storms Needs to Win an Emmy❤️❤️❤️

Lucky
Lucky

Great interview. Kirsten has done an amazing job this year and delivered some powerful scenes. She has chemistry with everyone, so I don’t really care at this point who she ends up with, but I have always liked the idea of her and Michael, and I’ve liked the few scenes they’ve shared.

Brenda
Brenda

Peter!!!

Ebweichert
Ebweichert

I so hope she and peter get together! Chase is lovely but two cops too much! Seems like Maxie and peter could close some circles for them both. Maxie has grown so much and maybe she could pass that on in the name of all those who helped her by repaying the favor to Peter!

su000
su000

I don’t notice that Nathan is gone lol
I do not miss him..
Nathan, I liked him, but still his leaving has not left a void..

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know.. at least with the attractive eye candy… that stud muffin.. was at least bearable.. now the ditzy chicks.. Maxie and Lulu.. back to the same tread.. of withstanding Peter August for however long… we get. until Frank Valentini gives the let… Peter August is GH new leading man. how insufferable.

Patricia
Patricia

I think Maxie and Michael should get together because Michael was with Maxie helping her at one of her pregant class

cheryl silva
cheryl silva

Love maxie…she is a great actress….Hope she stays around for a very long time. I would love for her to be involved with someone that can be so inlove with her like Nathan was.

Steve
Steve

Ramsey would not be criticized so much if he wasn’t burdened with a character whose pure existence disgusts many long-term viewers. The concept of a Faison/Devane offspring goes against years of character formation and backstory.

If Ramsey had a different character, I’d doubt he would instill such visceral reaction from a large number of fans.

That said, Franco is a character that bothers many fans, but Howarth is never criticized for his acting. Ramsey doesn’t have that same cachet.

Patrick
Patrick

I love going against the grain.. any way… but I just question and am baffled that Roger Howarth, and Michael Easton… ADD in Wes Ramsey… get the STAR treatment.. because they once were STARS from OLTL… Franco and Finn are disaster.. to watch…. neither of them… have cemented their characters.. and it’s been upwards of 5 plus years.. for both of them.. as far as Wes Ramsey goes… yeah.. I will continue to stick it to him… that nepotism.. and Frank valentine lack of character… have hit this show with a whole lot of gape. disjointed.. continuity… no character appeal.. SAVE for:

Kim , Drew, Oscar, Julian, Valentin, Liz, Monica, Bobby, .. and a multitude of supporting characters, we the audience wait for … arise from the dead .. Wallah… a whole new and interesting show.

Frank Valentini showcase and ongoing feature of the dullard :

Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Michael / Franco / Finn / Peter

going against the grain.. back in stride… this show needs help

Timmm
Timmm

Well, a lot of Maxie fans here. I am not one of them. I will say this, I am happy the actress is well again. And also, she did well in the Nathan funeral scenes. BUT, this interview bothers me!

1. Okay, she is buddy buddy with Valenti. He tells her everything. So what! If he wants one of his friends on the show, she is out!
2. Kirsten along with any of these other actors will never bad mouth anyone so we have to accept that Nina and Peter are the best and Kirsten will rush to Peter’s side to defend the actor because a lot of the fans dont like his character OR his acting!Unjustified my A..!
3. Of course she likes Nina over Kate Howard, Kate Howard is off the show!

I like the Scorpios but Maxie is not a character I tune in for! Again, god bless Kirsten and her health!

Patrick
Patrick

thank you… Maxie is the new flavor of the month… of course she rocked @Ryan Peavy death… that was months ago… the writing has never truly written for the blond ditz that Maxie that viewers known her to be… like Jane Elliott and Finola Hughes.. and this is giving Kirsten Storms prop.. from her beloved fan base… SHE is propping … Wes Ramsey.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great interview. Surprised that she admitted Valentini gives her a heads up on her character and what’s coming down the pike; thought he didn’t do that. Also interesting that she said she gives suggestions about her story whereas Roger (in his interview said he never gets involved with that.

If she didn’t have a boyfriend in real life I would have guessed she had a crush on Josh Swickard. (Can’t blame her if she did!) Seems like she’s hoping (pushing?) for a Maxi/Chase romance. Just an fyi, since many always bring up age; I think she’s 34 in real life and Josh, if what I read is correct, is about 26.

Though I think “Maxi” and “Chase” could be a great couple I had my heart set on her and Peter from the beginning. I’d personally like to see them go there.

As for me; I think the attacks on Wes regarding his acting, how he got the job, etc are vicious and unfounded. I’m a fan.

Mercedes Torres
Mercedes Torres

The character of Maxie Jones has evolved so much, from a hair-brained, selfish girl to a thoughtful, reflective woman. She has flaws, but she’s human. The fact that she was able to forgive Lulu shows that. Kirsten Storms brings a lot of warmth to the character. She did an excellent job with the funeral scenes. I think Maxie would be good with Chase. They need to flesh out his character a little more before he’s paired with anyone though. A pairing with her husband’s brother would be too weird. That’s already being done with Curtis and Jordan.

Satan
Satan

The only good outcome of a Maxie/Chase pairing is that it would be certain death for the airhog newbie Chase (as it is for any cop involved with Maxie. I can’t believe she’s even allowed to walk into the PCPD, given her body count)

She shouldn’t be paired with Whiny Heiny under any circumstances, but if they go there, give him a PCPD badge, so at least we know it will be short term.

or maybe just give Maxie a vacation so she can go back to Salem and redeem the Belle Black character from the disgusting hypocritical mother-killing mess that FauxBelle has become.

Patrick
Patrick

I truly cannot see Maxie w/Chase. that would be wasting a seriously GOOD actor.. who can do it all… from comedic to drama to “playing” the field. he has all the requisite for all over the canvas. Maxie is too much … bubble head… OK she’s shown some growth with the death of Nathan. that being said.. she also isn’t doing any thing of note. SINCE THE WRITING STINKS. she’s truly a gem when it comes to being a BFF w/Nina. it’s been refreshing to see her and Nina SHARE their lives. AND because of her own child… just mixing in her parents Felicia and Mac, as grand parents is a class act. SINCE Peter August STINKS… and they’ve already made inroads.. why not waste these two together ???? hello! aren’t they already doing this with Finn and Anna. talk about trash. so go the distance and continue to pair Maxie with Peter.. since Frank Valentini is so caught up in Wes Ramsey…

THE QUALITY OF THE WRITING IS – not – DOING, ANY ONE OF THE CAST MEMBERS any thing noteworthy… the scripts suck up nearly the whole hour.

JMER
JMER

I love Kirsten, but she’s completely missing the reason fans dislike Peter so much. It’s NOT so much, because it looks like his hiring was because of the LW connection. It’s because TPTB had to completely change Anna’s history to accommodate his character and the character is a dud as written with more airtime than most.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I like Maxie, but like Peter even more, and would like to see him with someone more interesting and dynamic. Maxie is pushy, and needs a weaker guy, that she can boss around,i.e Spinelli. I never thought she went well with Nathan, but I am in the minority here. I like Chase and Kiki as a couple.
Now I see someone blaming Peter for changing Anna. For months, her SL, especially with poor Simon, have been boring as hell. They have no chemistry and he and Alexis have twice as much of everything together, bringing out the best in each other, and their addictions in common.
Poor Anna, through no fault of her own, is dying a slow death, and not due to her blood condition, but her connection with Finn.

JMER
JMER

Yes, there are several things Anna is dying from including the Finn connection, having Faison’s son, and the blood condition. TPTB have been working OT to make her something she isn’t and I hope they’re kinder to Laura upon her return.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I have a feeling that Laura will have a great reunion with her” husband,” if Ryan has anything to do with it. She may wish, she’d come back sooner.

Karen McEachern
Karen McEachern

Kirsten is a fantastic actress – no doubt about it. Why do some viewers get into the personal lives of actors ? It is beyond my imagination. Those people should be blocked from the sites they do their rantings on. It’s a show. People are doing a job. AND they are doing it for our enjoyment. We have no business in their personal life.

Maria
Maria

I’m hoping Maxie and Peter get together. I think Wes is extremely talented and a really handsome guy. Maxie and Peter have developed a bond and a friendship, they’re bonded through Nathan and the baby he helped deliver. I love their chemistry. It would be a good change from what we’re used to seeing with Maxie. I’m kind of bored seeing her date cops.

wendy
wendy

I absolutely love KIRSTEN STORMS!!
she totally deserves an EMMY !! I love her with both Wes and Josh !
regarding WES RAMSEY ..I knew we, the fans were seeing a great actor when he had scenes with the BRILLIANT KATHLEEN GATI. she is one of my favorite actresses ( and a fellow Canadian ) and EXTREMELY funny one at that !! that WES stayed completely composed during his many scenes with her, says a lot about him !! I totally love him and his character ..who ever he ends up with !

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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