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GH’s Kirsten Storms, Michelle Stafford & Dominic Zamprogna Respond To Fans Heartfelt Kudos On Their Performances Following Nathan’s Death!

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If you caught Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed another tearjerker as Nathan’s loved ones were sent reeling from his sudden death, thus ending the run of Ryan Paevey.

In emotionally riveting scenes, Kirsten Storms delivered one of the best performances of her career as the grieving wife with all the “Maxi-isms” and more that make us love Storms portrayal and care so deeply for the character of Maxie. Kirsten thanked her fans on Twitter for their support and for the accolades on her performance.

Storms related: THANK YOU so much for all the Twitter love @GeneralHospital fans! This is a sad (& amazingly written) story we are telling. I feel blessed to have been given the challenge to portray it. I appreciate all of your kind words on my work  You guys are why we do it! Xoxo

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In another heartbreaking performance, Michelle Stafford reminded all of us of that unbreakable bond between siblings, and in this case a brother and a sister with her gut-wrenching work as the grieving sister.  Viewers were extremely moved by Stafford’s work, and she responded.

Michelle Stafford shared: Your love is overwhelming!! Thank you! When I hear things like “I had to call my brother and tell him I loved him after watching that” I am reminded of why I do this. I really love you guys #GH

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Then, there was the heart-wrenching work of Dominic Zamprogna who as Dante lost his buddy, his brother, if you will, and who is rocked to the core by Nathan’s passing.  Dominic also sent love to the fans for their outpouring of support for his performances.

Zamprogna expressed: Want to thank u all for the love these past 2 days. Great to dig in, sorry it meant the end of Nathan and working w/ my pal @RyanPaevey.

What did you think of the performances by all-involved on yesterday’s GH, were Nathan’s loved ones tried to cope from the shock of his passing? Comment below.

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Sharon Pilsner
Sharon Pilsner

Thank all of you, Maxie, Nina and Dom, for your reply. Yesterday I held it together quite well, but after reading your comments, the tears showed up. I can’t imagine how hard it was to wring those emotions out of yourselves. The show comes on in half an hour here, and I hope my hubby isn’t in the room, cause i might just bawl again. All of you are fantastic actors and actresses. We love you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

So what’s next? Kevin/Ryan twin swap? Is that’s why Laura was written off? Dr. Bench teaming up with Heinrik?

Who’s holding Nathan and Faison?

HINT : her first name is Lisel

NoraE
NoraE

You beat me to it! Now who is Peter’s mama? Or better yet, who is Anna’s child with Faison? Think it’s Little Nelle, or maybe Kim, or heaven forbid, the radical priest. Nelle is pretty diabolical and Kim is pretty good at being covert and she and Oscar have dark hair like Anna . It can’t be Peter, because Faison knew about Peter and his horrible mother, this according to Leisel, but he was cruel and ignored him. Most of his life. Anna said ‘their child’ was a secret. She didn’t say son.

Give us your best guess. I’m betting the writers haven’t sorted it all out yet, but I think you’re on the right track. Those fine actors have made us all cry tears for naught and we’ll be taking the hooks out of our mouths soon. In the meantime, ain’t we got fun again with GH?!

NoraE
NoraE

Should have said, Peter couldn’t be Anna’s son, if Peter and Heinrik are one and the same”.

Good writers earn their paychecks, don’t they? I think I’m better at imitating Carly and Jordan’s noisy stomp and drag walks than crystal ball gazing plot llines.

Timmm
Timmm

WSB has Nathan and Faison is dead! Kevin has Fiason’s brain.

Steve
Steve

Storms and Zamprogna knocked it out of the park. Stafford was good in her subdued scenes, but a little too much while yelling outside of Faison’s room.

Kristina Wagner said so much with her facial expressions. The Scorpio family hug was touching.

The Dante/Liesl scene was really poignant. Didn’t notice anyone offering her any comfort.

Timmm
Timmm

Stafford is a scene monger and Lisel is a murderer! She deserves nothing!

Steve
Steve

Other current characters who have killed:
Alexis
Ava
Franco
Jason
Julian
Lulu
Michael
Scott
Valentin
& of course Sonny

So Liesl is in fine company

Patrick
Patrick

it’s “horror” how sad, tragic, and just plain out not necessary.

yet, it was so played out excellently. this may be on the production value for Frank Valentini

YET I KNOW, THIS CUT SO MUCH ACROSS the board for the audience . just seared the heart strings

i’m left hanging…

I’ve never before seen Kirsten Storms act like a fully mature woman. in pain, in agony, the hurt snowballing… as she “holds” their baby. riveting on her part.

sister Nina : her best moment… when she was flailing about outside of Faison hosp. room… as she guttural screamed out. you could feel the reverberation. it was so nice to see tender scenes with her and Valentin.

Mom Leisl : she cried like it was nobodies business… we still haven’t seen any time out for us to watch just her yet… so that’s a bombshell still aflame.

it was gut wrenching watching Maxie and Leisl @the very bed Nathan Lay and it was all fixed up cleaned out. GONE

Dante: wow it was a very touching scene… when Amy was about to cover him… and Dante said: “i’ll do that ” it took my breath away… from one cop to another as he bid adeu to his partner.

alas, when Maxie was going thru Nathan personal affects…. she slipped his wedding ring on… and the sonogram pic of the baby… with blood splatter…

how heartbreaking is that

Soaphound
Soaphound

You summed it up perfectly, Patrick. For me, Michelle’s release was exactly what I needed to relate to. What a great showcase for these actors.

Shay
Shay

Nina’s “release” made me wish that Valentin would have tossed her off the roof of GH and been done with her already! You just know this character will be milking this tragedy for as long as she possibly can…anything to have a chance to over-emote and steal the limelight!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Absolutely Patrick and Soaphound…all were magnificent; Michelle completely floored me (no pun intended) when Nina collapsed outside Faison’s room. Michelle as Nina has struck the perfect chord…the epitome of grief…the containment of shock/disbelief, inward pain and then bam! The crushing devastation that comes to the surface.

If anyone doubted this character’s sanity…losing her brother should prove just how far she’s come. Amazing portrayal of loss.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

@Rebecca – I especially loved Michelle’s performance, too!
I loved all of the performances.

Debra m
Debra m

Outstanding performances by everyone. You could just feel Maxie’s pain. She is all alone and pregnant. It is a lesson to always tell the ones you love that you love them because you never know. Now, when will Dominic get a good story? The man always delivers. Tired of Lulu getting all the attention.

Dena
Dena

Absolutely soul crushing acting.

Rodd
Rodd

They truly were gut wrenching performances by all; even right down to the last shot of the day when Mac hugged Maxie and a tear rolled down his cheek.

Ricky
Ricky

All of the actors were great. I could feel the pain of Kristen & Michelle. But Dominic’s performance left me speechless. He lost his friend, work partner and it did seem like they were brothers. They all need to be nominated for their performances. This episode needs to be one of the ones submitted as a reel for next years Emmys. Ryan will be missed. GH delivered something special. This is what soaps are all about. Great acting and writing. Keep up the great work.

Lisa
Lisa

Such tour de force performances by all.
I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed.

Anne
Anne

Kirsten’s performance–simply amazing. She hit all the high and low notes just right and true.

Watching the two shows of Nathan’ death, I wondered again why daytime drama has declined. Sure the storylines are over-the-top and cliched,, but the acting is superb. And the stories are about relationships, so essential, and life choices. This is especially hard to swallow when you see the cheap TV, cheap not just in production costs, that replaced so many soaps.

Bravo to all the actors who excelled in these episodes.

Fanny
Fanny

Heart wrenching performances all around!!!

conniemac
conniemac

Both the acting and the writing were beyond brilliant. It still chokes me up when I see the pictures on instagram. And don’t forget Kathleen Gati who was heart wrenching also.

I am curious to see the interaction between Lulu and Maxie. I totally agree with Leisl that Lulu is the one who set the whole thing in motion and for selfish reasons to boot.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

Every single actor in Nathan’s story gave incredible performances. I won’t single anyone out as each deserves her and his own accolades.

But the actor whose character I’ve never liked (and likely wasn’t supposed to), Kathleen Gati, gave such a heartbreaking performance that it was the first time that Liesl Obrecht seemed human to me.

I think where the show went a little sideways was not allowing the characters of Nina and Liesl to say their goodbyes to Nathan in his hospital room after Maxie left. But I’m guessing the actors will be given that opportunity during the funeral.

Michael, I totally agree with your assessment of Kristen Storms’ performance; it was the best I’ve ever seen her and she’s always done a great job.

I hope we’ll see Spinelli and young Georgie at Nathan’s funeral, as they deserve to be there to support Maxie and the rest of the Jones/Scorpio family.

Episodes like those broadcast on January 30 and 31 are the reason I watch and love soaps; everyone brings their best performances and we go right along for the ride. This particular death is the one that, for me, is closest in having broken my heart to the one in which B.J. Jones died and her heart donated to Maxie. I will never forget that one – and Brad Maule, Jackie Zeman and Kristina Wagner’s performances – till my own last day.

May each of the principle actors in this week’s ‘Nathan’s death’ episodes win Emmy awards next year. And may the ceremony be broadcast or live-streamed so that I can watch it.
a long-time G.H. viewer in Ontario, Canada

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Sandy J.

I thought of that, too. Wondered why they didn’t have Dr. O and Nina go in to say goodbye…ugh. so completely sad. It really was so well done and too heartbreaking. So real…shedding tears as if Nathan were real. Have to shake off the loss.

su0000
su0000

Michelle Stafford‏/ Nina …BRAVA!

Kathleen Gati/Liesl …BRAVA!

Anders Hove/Cesar Faison …BRAVO!

Those 3 .. they were outstanding. None better than those 3.
The others were good but not great in comparison to 3 above.

I never want Anders/Faison to leave. He is spellbinding!

Nathans death was done well ((I was staring at his closed eyes waiting for movement, there was none/ hard to do)

Lulu, if I were writing, would be put her on death row..
I hope she greatly suffers.. but the writers won’t go there, sigh.

Now, I’m looking forward to Andrew and Heinrick ..

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Lulu had the best of intentions whether being ambitious or not. Let us not forget Peter The one who pushed her to go big with the story becuae had his own agenda and a nefarious one at that.

Steve
Steve

Actually., let us all forget Peter and pretend he never came in from the parking lot. There’s no logical way Anna “Super Spy” Devane would ever have let a homicidal maniac raise her child.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lulu is going to suffer unfortunately. She’ll live with that guilt probably the rest of her life…who knows how long it’ll take Maxi to forgive her, if at all, Dante, though loving and supportive warned her not to do the story…

I think she was wrong to pursue it too. She knew how dangerous he was, she knew his history. Anna and Robert had been after him for years; he tortured and killed many. Yet she pushed to do the story as a “follow-up” piece because covering a cat show (I would have LOVED to cover a cat show! ;)) wasn’t big enough for her.

She didn’t have evil intent. But she knew Faison would come after Nathan possibly putting him and Maxi and the baby at risk. She exposed a secret that Dr. O had kept all these years because SHE knew how dangerous Faison was…

It’s s soap so perhaps all will be forgiven shortly. The drama and the more realistic way would be for Lulu to go through emotional hell. Not because I’d wish it for her…nothing she did was malicious and she loved Nathan, too. But in real life I think it would be difficult for those who loved Nathan to not think how it was her idea in the first place and how she forged ahead even after being warned by Dante. Even Peter/Heinrich turned her down at first telling her it would be too dangerous; either he meant it and didn’t want to put her in further harms way or he knew she’d take the challenge. Point is, she took the challenge and gambled with her friends lives. Nathan agreed because he wanted to protect his wife and unborn child but didn’t really understand the scope of Faison’s madness; Lulu did. Maxi, Dante, Anna, Olbrecht did. Lulu should have, too.

Harry
Harry

Rebeeca, can you believe that I agree with your every word here. My GH world is turning upside down. Right now I cannot stand Lulu but kind of like Nina. I recall the first thing Lulu thought of upon hearing that Faison was Nathan’s father, was how to use this as a ground breaking news story which would propel her spanking new journalism career. Nary a thought of how this would impact her best friend and her family, she had self-serving stars flickering in her eyes. And Maxie called her on it right then and there. You can tell by Dante’s expression that he also blames his wife for not only kicking the rattlesnake, but for giving the rattlesnake directions to the victims habitat. Lulu, daughter of Luke Spencer, should have known better.
And well, Nina? You know how much this pains me to admit this, but when she stops with the scene chewing and lets the emotional tenor speak for itself, she is powerful. I don’t want to be one of those people who stubbornly clings to a perception of things when one’s ears and eyes tell one otherwise, but Stafford was damn good yesterday consoling Maxie. I can only hope she learns how much better she is when she is not posturing, shrieking and lip chewing.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I just got off the floor, Harry. I’m afraid I fainted when you said you agreed with EVERY WORD I SAID! LOL..hahahaha…

I love Nina. Always have been a staunch supporter of hers…from her nervous breakdown days (she played cray-cray so well!) through her evolution to the sophisticated, fiercely loyal, loving wife, sister, step-mom she’s become. I thought all of her scenes through Nathan’s death were stupendous. Subdued to uncontrolled devastation.

I do commend you, though on your ability to look beyond your first (okay 1000th) impression of Nina to admit you like her, you really, really like her. (okay, maybe you don’t really, really but the Sally Field thing was too hard to resist.)

🙂

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I didn’t meant to startle you! I should have warned you.
But don’t worry, I will probably go back to despising Nina again,the earth will have gravity, the sky will be blue and people will continue to annoy me in the grocery store by talking too loudly on speaker phone.
But she was good, I just have to hand it to her.

Angela
Angela

I cried so much it was ridiculous. They all did magnificent work but I think Kirsten Storms and Michelle Stafford knocked it out of the park. Great job to all of you.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This was another day to get choked up. Dominic as Dante had me so close to tears with what he was saying to Nathan’s lifeless body. This was another episode that has much of the cast with some excellent material for an Emmy reel if the performances today are eligible. i know they wouldn’t be for this year but hopefully what these actors have done over the last 2 days will be. There was a ton of energy that came from everyone in this storyline.

rose
rose

The last few days on GH is what soap fans live for…real genuine connection and emotion surrounding the Nathan story, and superb acting my all that made it happen. Where do you start…of course Maxie…never seen her better. And then Nina and Liesl were incredibly heartfelt. Even Dante stepped up with a more subtle, effective performance than we are used to seeing from him. And Anna throughout, especially the scenes with Anna and Faison. As well as Heinrich’s final words to Faison. Wow! As for Lulu, I still don’t think she gets it. I can always do without Sonny being involved, but Anna’s steely words to him as she left his place about butting out of finding Heinrich (something like “you don’t want to make me your enemy”) should even give him pause. Can’t forget Nathan…it must be hard just lying there as an actor while all of this drama is going on around you.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Refreshing and humble response by Zamprogna–he seems like a real standup fellow–not infected with a giant ego–just a hardworking actor. Bravo for THAT!

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Nancy. I actually found Dante’s reaction to be the saddest one. Humility and subtlety go a long way for me.
I think he’s another under utilized resource.
Seems they employ the same idea with Dante that they do with Kevin. The idea that one character cannot have their own story when their spouse has their own. Laura had to be shipped out so Kevin could have his story and right now, Lulu is the one having a big story as the investigative journalist from Munchkin City.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

i also want to respond to the really ugly rumors about what TPTB are attempting or planning to do to Kevin’s character. Instead of sending him off to join Laura, rumor is that he may have the brain/memories of his unbalanced brother Ryan–another “swap” prior to Jason and his twin.
Ugly! Ugly, if true. Seems like yet another mean-spirited slap at Genie Francis. Haven’t they tormented poor Genie enough?

Steve
Steve

To finally give Kevin an independent storyline 2 weeks after Genie leaves? Seems strange unless Jon Lindstrom told them he wants out. Even if he did, Kevin could have just moved to Europe with Laura..

If Kevin does have Ryan’s memories, to be accurate he’ll have to be obsessed with Felicia.

Please don’t let this be yet another attempt to redeem Franco.

rose
rose

Laura and Kevin had the potential for great stories on GH. What do writers do? Send Laura away in more ways than one, much to the upset of fans. And now they are having Kevin resurrect his sicko brother?

And what is it with GH and brothers as of late…Jason/Drew, Nathan/Heinrich, and now Kevin and his brother? And so many with some degree of unstable/mental problems on GH to drive a story, starting with Laura during Luke days. Others Heather, Franco, Kevin’s brother, Sonny, Morgan, Nina. And now “lovely” Carly is using mental as a weapon against Nelle.

One would hope that fans response to the last several Nathan days, and Laura and Kevin before her leaving would encourage tptb to more creative, relationship writing for GH.

Reed
Reed

Nancy, hadn’t heard that one yet. Jon Lindstrom is such a fine actor, I look forward to seeing anything they give him. As sad as we all are to see Nathan’s character leave the canvas, nobody can dispute the superior story and performances we gained from it. Some have already suggested you’d have to go back to 1994 (with some of these same actors), the BJ heart donation story, for anything as powerful as what we were treated to this week. As long as the writing remains this good and they continue to make use of the show’s history, I’m good with it.

History! History! History! su0000 didn’t know Sonny’s father was already an established character, but we did. And while the character of Dr. Andre Maddox and his portrayer Anthony Montgomery were a strong addition to the cast, when the “help wanted” sign goes out, longtime fans would prefer to see the show draw from its rich history. Maybe we would have had Dr. Collins back sooner, or perhaps Tom Hardy? That’s what makes it difficult to warmup to characters like Dr. Bensch, when we could have just as easily had Dr. Jeff Webber inserted, strengthening so many ties and furthering existing stories. I can already see Chris Van Etten’s influence on stories, so I think he’ll continue to champion the cause…provided we can keep Frank in his lane and out of parking lots.

Shay
Shay

If this is true, Nancy, then GH really is going off the deep end. Just seeing Kevin (or is it Ryan?) lovingly clutching Faison’s “brain in a jar” was too weird for words. I wasn’t even pleased with the notion of Dr. Collins studying Franco because I believed it was simply another lame attempt at legitimizing RoHo’s clown into what passes for a normal human being, but if we’re headed down this perverse path to where Laura was unknowingy married to some sort of secret monster, then that is an ultimate slam at Genie Francis! (As if her life with Luke—then Scotty—were not enough indignity for one woman….we finally thought that the third time was a charm for the beloved Laura and now this preposterous nightmare?) On the other hand, if Kevin is becoming unhinged, harboring an evil alter ego or has been replaced by his “dead” brother, this storyline could have had immense dramatic possibilities for Genie and her character, so to ship her off to Paris now makes even less sense than before. Quite frankly, the entire scenario sounds like pure insanity.

Harry
Harry

Love what you wrote here, Shay, I couldn’t agree with you more.
Yes indeed, Kevin morphing into his dead brother should indeed involve Laura!!

Harry
Harry

Nancy, I actually love this rumor. What I don’t understand is why would they have to ship off Laura so Kevin can have a front burner storyline?
Can’t Kevin play the supporting husband while presenting us with an intriguing story at the same time? Jon Lindstrom is damned talented, an under utilized resource and he can certainly multitask.
Ryan was a fascinating psychological study and JL played him brilliantly. I think he is far more riveting of a psycho than Franco is (I am so tired of Franco right now). I remember back when Ryan was obsessed with Felicia and he intercepted a note Mac had sent to her. Ryan takes the note, crumbles it up, puts it in his mouth and starts chewing it up with an eerie smile on his face. I read later in an interview with JL that this was him ad libbing, it was not in the script.
But why oh why can’t Laura run for mayor and be involved in the Ryan/Kevin story? Like JL, GF can certainly multitask and juggle two stories at the same time. If they really got rid of Laura so Kevin can tackle this psycho twin switch story, then that reflects limited and linear thinking–one thing should NOT negate the other!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry, I wholeheartedly agree re JL–marvelous and studied–IF Genie was indeed in the story–how intriguing that would be. But, alas, “limited and linear thinking.”

Harry
Harry

Nancy, why is it Laura was allowed to have adventures with Luke but not allowed to have adventures with Kevin?
I think the writers’ and the EP’s vision is rather myopic?

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Everyone was great
Michelle Stafford as Nina finally had a chance to show us how good she is when isn’t hos hypes up that’s she’s devours the scenes she is in. Kirsten did a lovely job playing the quiet panic…..

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I thought all the actors were absolutely terrific. Definite Emmy material all the way around. I loved the performances as much as I hated that Nathan is gone. I think it will be very hard to fill the shoes of the character that was a wonderful brother,, sexy, and caring husband, loyal buddy, member of the police force, great friend, etc. The charactor had a warm relationship with most of the core characters and some characters such as Amy who is not a core character. I think the acting was great, but … besides being so sad the character is gone and that Ryan Paevy willl no longer be on GH I think they should have figured out how to recast instead of doing this. nathan could have gone off for further training by the FBI, CIA, WSB, what have you, gone undercover, witness protection, whatever, and come back as another actor. “The character of Nathan is now being played by…” It would be so hard to replace him, but this has been done so many times before. The character made Leisl more human. All that said, thank you, Ryan Paevy for making me smile at your handsome face and being such a wonderful actor. I wish you all the luck in the world. Thank you to each and every actor on yesterday’s episode who was reacting to their loss of their wonderful husband, brother, son, buddy, etc.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genie’s leaving (forced) my have inadvertently done us longtime fans of classic GH a favor: Freed us all from this mind-numbing drivel!

JK
JK

EMMY WINNING PERFORMANCES BY ALL IN THIS STORYLINE……WILL MISS NATHAN…..

dmr
dmr

Kirsten Storms did an amazing job with this material. I enjoyed seeing her act in a different capacity, other than, well, “Maxie.” I think the sonogram photo with the blood smear was a tad too much, though. Given the nature of the material, the high emotional content, I think this was just…eh. Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford also gave amazing, heart felt performances this week-kudos. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of the storyline-it’s too far fetched for me (brain mapping/swapping, memories saved on a hard drive, etc). I’m also not a fan of “Parking Lot Pete” driving a major storyline and having ties to legacy characters-no thanks. I would rather see the Quartermaine Family.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Unfortunately, there’s really not many left in the Q family. Alan, Tracy, Lila, Emily, AJ, Alice!…they’re all gone. There isn’t any way to resurrect this family as it once was. And that’s sad but just like real life. People die (as some of these actors have…others alive but died in story) so…

Though I’m still hoping there’ll be ANOTHER go at AJ turning up alive (though I doubt it), I love that we’re seeing Ned and Monica. And unless someone bangs Jason’s head for the 40th time I don’t see him returning to the Quartermaine fold.

So, no matter if Ned and Olivia live in the mansion, it’s never going to be the same. The only Quartermaine “feel” I get is when I see Ned and Monica…

dmr
dmr

rebecca1; very true. I miss the Q’s from the ’90’s-such comedic banter and so much fun to watch!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I know…sad that everything changes….in life and fiction. life is a series of hellos and goodbyes…

rose
rose

dmr and Rebecca1..Agree about Kristen, Nina and Kathleen. Great performances. And give Nathan his due on his exit. Not easy to lie still with all the drama going on around him, plus appearing in the extra dreams sequences of Maxie and Nina. Also am appreciating Pete/Heinrich. Like the Q’s and Spencers the writers are going to have to fill the family legacy coffers if they didn’t have enough kids, or life just passes them by. As Rebecca said, “just like real life,” and one of the reasons I find obits in the news anymore, from the young flu victims to more recognizable names, really sad. One of the other reasons it was too bad tptb didn’t continue with Laura and Kevin as part of a newer family legacy generation.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey rose…

I’m not counting Genie out yet. I think the backlash may just find her coming back sooner than later. I am interested, though, in seeing where they take Kevin. I’m open to the crazy stories GH sometimes turns to…the show’s always been that way so if Kevin winds up doing some weird brain game stuff, LOL, I’ll go with the flow.

You are now a part of the Rebecca/Reed/Rose team! I think we’re the ONLY three who like Peter/Heinrich!

Linda
Linda

Great performances by all. GH has outstanding actors.

Celia
Celia

@NoraE.
Hello, Nora,
Forgive me, but I could not resist the temptation of answering……it will be sporadic….when I simply cannot help myself….
Since the first day Griffin graced us with his beautiful presence, I thought there was something mystifying about his past….
I doubt his paternity….Anna’s son? Nathan’s brother? Peter may also be Anna’s…..Anna and her twin Alex have a devastating past….reared by their evil aunt Charlotte (AMC)…..
Faison may have given Peter to her to rear……or Anna who was “not herself’, mentally gave birth to Peter and Charlotte reared him.
I, also, intimated that little Charlotte was aunt Charlotte’s granddaughter….they are all enmeshed in this, including Valentin. ( Charlotte’s) son……if I am wrong, I will eat my non-existent hat??

NoraE
NoraE

Celia, you may have very well cracked the case! I did not know that Valentin’s mother was Charlotte, for whom little Charlote was named, no doubt. I am not verty familiar with AMC history, although I know the sories are entwined. If Anna’s baby was given to her to raise, then Valentin would certainly know who was who! Didn’t Faison say something about the Cassadines holding the key to it all?

The lock of hair will sort it all out. At last, a GH mystery with more twists and turns than the tunnels of Windemere. Don’t eat your hat–turn it around as a rally cap for GH writers!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Nora,
Thanks for the heads-up…..Valentin, as Charlotte’s son, is only a supposition, on my part. It is not known; only conjecture……it is just that when little Charlotte came to PC, and since Valentin and Anna knew each other in their past lives….and the fact that we don’t know who Valentin’s mother is??….I saw an ‘opening’…..LOL, this may all be in my head….fallacious.
Ok, I won’t eat my hat…..LOL…..I looove your enthusiasm, my friend.

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Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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