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GH's Kirsten Storms Opens Up About the Recasting of Maxie During Her Absence & Fan Bashing on Jen Lilley!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Daytime favorite, Kirsten Storms opens up in an exclusive interview to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue (on newsstands now) about her battle with endometriosis, her stop and starts to return to the her role as Maxie on General Hospital, her on-screen replacement Jen Lilley, and if she is ready to handle the stress and pace of performing on a daytime soap again!  Below are a few excerpts from this excellent interview!

Kirsten about the recasting of Maxie in her absence:  “I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was taken aback a bit by it.  But I would prefer that someone play Maxie and be playing Maxie well to keep the character relevant and in the soap world still, because it doesn’t take much for a character to die off and for somebody else to come in and be in a front-burner storyline.  I was definitely sad that I could not be there when Kimberly McCullough (Robin) was leaving during that storyline.  That was the hardest for me to get through, that I wasn’t going to be able to be there and be a part of those scenes because I love her so much.”

Kristen on the Twitter fervor and bashing that ensued when Jen Lilley took over the role of Maxie:  “I don’t know that I would call the people who bashed Jen Lilley supportive fans of mine, because I think those are the people who probably were the first ones to turn around when I got sick and possibly start spreading rumors or lies and saying bad things about me on the Internet.   I won’t claim any of those people who said negative things toward her,  fans of mine.  I don’t approve of that.   I can’t even imagine the situation that she was in and everything she had to go through and the pressure she was under and then having to deal with people seeking her out to say negative stuff about her.   I am grateful that they brought somebody in who could do such a great job of keeping Maxie on the canvas, and never in a million years would I have wanted her to feel like people were sticking up for me, by saying bad things to her.”

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Scott
Scott

I respect Ms. Storms and her acting abilities, but to me, Jen Lilley IS Maxie Jones. I don’t know if I can support Kristen coming back nearly a year later. I don’t even know if I can stand to watch someone else play the role again.

Lori
Lori

Scott,
If you read Kirsten’s comments, you would realize that you are doing exactly what she was talking about. For those of us OLDER and sometimes WISER we have watched this show for over 25 years and we watched some of the characters be born, grow up, get married, etc. If everyone flipped out each time there was a character change, the show would already not exist. Maxie Jones, the character has faced many changes during the course of the show. Jen Lilley did a good job, filling in during the absence of Kirsten. Those of us who know MAXIE as Kirsten can be excited to see her return. And you can be disappointed that Jen Lilley is done.

Scotia
Scotia

Lori, Scott is doing no such thing. He is not bashing anyone. He is just saying he prefers Jen’s portrayal. That’s NOTHING against Kirsten. Just he likes Jen doesn’t mean he is saying Kirsten is horrible.

The people who were bashing Jen were actually BASHING, and were VERY mean, cruel, and personally offensive. Scott didn’t get anywhere near that.

Scott
Scott

Lori you’re completely taking my comment out of context, which I do not appreciate. I feel insulted that you seem to believe you are wiser than I because of my opinion over the selected actress who portrays a role. I knew Maxie as both Kirsten and Jen, and found that Jen was a far superior actress in the role and actually made me enjoy Maxie for the first time. So please don’t take my comments, make yourself look “superior” or “wiser” and insult me. Thank you.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Lori:
1st, your comment to Scott DDN’T even MAKE SENSE. It was a paragraph of incomplete thoughts that lead from one sentence to the other…. to DEFEND the very agruement your were blaming Scott for. Personally, I don’t see what ” older and wiser “, has to do with Scott prefering Jen over Kristen. In my opinion, “that” doesn’t seem like “older and wiser” at all. 2nd, YOU don’t even know “how old” Scott is, which makes you sound a bit ignorant, and less educated. Then you go from older and wiser, to character’s being born, grew up and married on the show. What does Maxie Jones character going through changes have to do with ANY of what Scott said, or with you being older and wiser?
Let me give YOU a bit of advice, if you don’t agree with what someone says, just say, You don’t agree. Don’t make a case of something if you can’t DEFEND it, write it, AND defend your position, FIRMLY..! It’s best you say, you “don’t agree”, than trying to write something that makes you sound important, and you then come off looking ignorant, and not well educated.
Scott WAS NOT bashing, NOR even being critical; he was just stating his opinion.
You, my dear, owe him an APOLOGY.
Be OLER and WISER about that….!

kelly
kelly

I agree with your comment scott. And it is not bashing at all. I have gotten use to Jen as Maxie and personally I think she plays the role better. I use to love Kristen but once Jen took over, Maxie was just a different person and it was the Maxie I prefered to see. I really hope they find something for Jen to do that includes being on GH.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Kelly, I didn’t want to say it, but I am certainly glad YOU DID!
If you look on the page posted (July 23rd )I spoke about how she CHANNELED Kristen’s ENERGY from the start, and VOICE, convincing me one day while on my latop listening (not watching Gh). I didn’t want to say it on that July 23rd post because, I didn’t want people writing me back (they like to argrue on this site over small stuff) BUT, I’m glad U said it: AND…………………………. I toooooooooo, prefer JEN in the role. I too thinks she plays the role BETTER. There is NOTHING Kristen can say, NOTHING. She can’t even EGO trip off of being missed by the fans BC young girl Jen, BLEW that character out of POCKET, and kept that character on front BURNER STATUS, like Liz said in her reply to me, on the July 23rd post. It’s unusual for someone to come in and take over such a energetic/ unusual(because Maxie is zanny), and be taken so serious right from the start. The character usually has to grow on the audience. The only recast I know of being such a fit like this on the ABC-dumb network, is the 2nd Opal Gardner (Jill Larson) who took it over from the 1st one (Dorothy Lyman)
It was perfect. Hard to miss the 1st Opal after 2 air days of seeing the new 2nd one. Janet (from another planet) was played QUITE convincingly by (Robin Mattson- our BAD GIRL Heather) AFTER…. (Kate Collins) left the role, originally. Outside of THESE 3 example of re-cast, ALL the rest in the History of ABC soaps were JUST that: Temporary re-cast. Hat’s off to all these 3 fine actresses that STEPPED in and STEPPED UP, far…..above EXPECTATIONS. They DESERVE an emmy. Kristian can’t say anything, BUT Thank-you. BC honey, she has to put her EGO aside (role up her sleaves and come in and be ready to WORK) people and plenty of them are going to be missing JEN in the role. I, Kelly, and a whole lot of other people.

Appleridge
Appleridge

i love ABC Soaps
Stop Bashing Kirsten. Jen knew it was temp when she started and Kirsten was ill. There is no EGO there & ABC was in their right to bring KS back. Take your hate & go elsewhere

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hey Scott: Is this the Scott that has gotten into a few ” bashes”” wih Barbara t, the OLTL , oltl, OLTL, (everything) fan., lol. Is this the same Scott?

Anyway, (Scott) I agree with your assessment of Maxie, and I agree with it 100%. I NEVER liked the character of Maxie, I was just use to Kristen. For me, Jen made the character watchable, and I actually enjoyed (like you) for the FIRST time in the history of the show, I ENJOYED watching Maxie. And I made my opinion on the matter very clear, agreeing with Kelly, who agreed with your assessment. Lori has some NERVE calling someone out on their opinion on a matter, especially when the opinion is NICE STATED, and nothing of a BASH, whatsoever. It an idiot.

Appleridge
Appleridge

Kirsten is a class act

Robert Coplin
Robert Coplin

I agree she is a class act.I wish GH could put Jen Lilley in as another character or some other show would hire her as she can act.

Barb
Barb

Jen Lilley did such an awesome job portraying Maxie and is an amazing young lady and I am happy I got to know her.. I only wish that Kirsten would have been more supportive of her during all the pressure by the not so happy fans as I know she did check into twitter!. Yes, Kirsten is lucky to still be able to play Maxie as she had a good point, they could have killed her off. I am happy she has made an amazing recovery in a short period of time. Good luck to both Jen and Kirsten! GH Rocks!

NiqueAlexis
NiqueAlexis

She did when she finally came back on twitter in Jan. She reached out to her & told her to ignore that ish.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I actually like both of them. I think think that Jen did an amazing job filing Kirsten’s shoes when they were needed. GH didn’t want to completly kill Maxie off so they found someone. I think that Kirsten’s fans should be greatful of that.

I am going to miss Jen however I am happy that Kirsten is coming back! Maybe they will find another part for Jen!

Barb
Barb

Thank you Stephanie I am so happy to hear that!

Gayle
Gayle

I agree, Stephanie!

Cat
Cat

Hi. I agree, it did take me a while to get used to Jen & I do prefer Kirsten’s being Maxie as I have known her as Maxie forever but Jen did her best & I hope to see her if not on a soap on tv somewhere are she is a good actress. I am excited to see Kirsten back she has been missed but a minor replacement helped not miss her as much.

GHfan
GHfan

I agree with you too Stephanie!! I like both of them, but I’m glad Kirsten is back… I wish Jen all the luck, and I noticed that some think that Kirsten didn’t do anything when Jen was being bashed, but she was very ill and I’m sure sticking up for Jen was the last thing on her mind, but when she came back for that short period on Tweeter she did say it for her to ignore it… I’m glad she better! I’ll keep my figures crossed that GH will find something for Jen to do!

candy bigleman
candy bigleman

Jen came in and did a great job as Maxie. Its hard enough to come into a much loved roll. I’m glad that Kristin is back and health is better. As well wish Jen the best of luck.Thanks for the great job you did keep’n Maxie real!

Juliette
Juliette

I applaud Kirsten for her comments. Bashing has become a way of life on Twitter these days. I’m looking forward to have Kirsten back as Maxie, but I do thinkJen Lilley did a good job filling in for her. I also agree that it was important to keep Maxie up front and enter on the GH canvas until Kirsten could resume her role.

There have been many recasts on GH over the past year. I think Jen Lilley is the best of the recasts. I hope to see her on screen again. However, I can hardly waitto see Kirsten’s Maxie again and to have my Spixie back. 🙂

SZima
SZima

The online bashing is everywhere, not just Twitter. I have made non-biased remarks and been called out on them just because I said I liked a certain character. It’s getting to the point where I don’t even want to comment anymore, but I’m not ready to quit yet!

Christine
Christine

Thank you, Michael. 🙂

I am glad that Kirsten is returning now that she is feeling better and I think Jen Lilley did an amazing job in her absence.

I have never understood how some people can be so hurtful and then of course there are those who cannot separate character from actor, but that is a whole different story. I do give tremendous praise to these actors for rising above all the hatred that comes their way.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Definitely looking forward to Kirsten’s return. She is a powerfull Maxie, love the character. Loved Kirsten on Days too. Hope all is well with her health.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I think Kirsten Storms said it well. Jen Lilley did an admirable job playing Maxie in KS’s absence and it kept the character of Maxie alive on GH. People were very ugly to Jen Lilley. It wasn’t her fault that KS was out sick!
I am Very Glad Kirsten Storms is well and coming back to play Maxie on GH!! Can’t wait for her scenes to air!!

Guest1
Guest1

I’m so glad to see Kirsten back on GH as Maxie. JL did a good filling in, but I’m glad Ms. Storms is feeling better and will be back on our screens.

Greta
Greta

Kirsten’s amazing. Jen Lilley did a good job, but Kirsten just is Maxie to me. I can’t wait for her to be back on my TV screen again.

Pav
Pav

I liked them both, but as far as I’m concerned, KS has more chemistry with Spinelli than JL does. I do wish JL the absolute best, and thank her for a top-notch performance. And woohoo to KS for calling people out on being mean.

Erica P.
Erica P.

I LOVE Kirsten as Maxie but I truly felt bad for the way SOME people treated her replacement. She was there to do a job and she did it the best way she could. IKirsten is a class act and I commend her for her comments concerning the people that were so unkind to Jen. I wish her nothing but the best.

Kristyn
Kristyn

I have been a supporter of Kirsten Storms but I gotta tell you, Jen Lilley has played the role of Maxie so well, I don’t know that I could get use to Kirsten Storms coming back and taking over that role again. I agree with Scott saying that Jen Lilley IS Maxie Jones because she’s really IS. Either way it goes, I respect and support both Jen Lilley and Kirsten Storms so whatever gets decided on that, I’ll be okay with.

Beth
Beth

That the GH casting department found a more than capable actress to substitute for KS is a wonderful stroke of luck, especially in light of the amount of story that was on the boards for Maxie. I, for one, was dubious about JL but I can honestly say I found much to like about her interpretation of the role, to say nothing of the outside the set/social media mine fields she had to negotiate. (And not by her choice.) She worked with the hand she was dealt and she did so with class, grace, and dignity. She more than earned my respect for her ability to use her talents to serve the part of Maxie and keep her alive on the canvas.Having met her in person, she is the real deal, sweet and humble, a true joy to meet. I wish her all the best and God bless. As for KS, I am thrilled that she has recovered and am looking forward to her stepping back into Maxie’s Jimmy Choo’s. Welcome back, KS.

debbie
debbie

That was well said Beth. I totally agree. Glad you were lucky to meet her. What some people said about JL was unfair. i hopw she continues on with her acting career, with much success.

Mary
Mary

I praise Kirsten for her appreciation to her counterpart and although I wasn’t a true fan of Jen she at least kept the role alive so that kirsten could come back. I think for that alone the girl should be commended . Let’s be real on how hard it is to step into a role and keep it going! Most of all I’m really impressed how Kirsten has handled this and her view on the whole fan thing! Applause for seeing it from all sides!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am SO happy to hear Kirsten is well enough to return to GH. Very classy to stand by Jen. I wish them both well and look forward to seeing them both in the future!

Kris
Kris

I personally did not like Jen’s acting much as Maxie,but I did not bash her. I like her,just not in the role of Maxie! Kirsten IS Maxie!! Im so happy Kirsten is returning. She has been very missed and is a very powerful actress and fun to watch as Maxie. Jen is a strong woman and upheld tremendous courage against the bashers and in filling those stilettos of Maxies 🙂 Thank you Michael!!

heidi
heidi

Perfrectly stated! Totally agree!
Kirsten IS Maxie!!! I am a huge Spixie fan! Love them both!
Jen did a wonderful job and she is very talented… but I am so glad Kirsten is coming back!
I wish them both continued success and good health!
Let’s get Spixie back ASAP!
Welcome back Kirsten we missed you!

debbie
debbie

Spixie..haha..love it! =)

Beverly
Beverly

I look forward to Kirsten returning. She’s been Maxie for so long. I think that her fill in has done a wonderful job but she’s just not the Maxie we all love. I don’t agree with all the negative remarks about her. She was asked to fill in and she did her job. She should be commended for the work she did. I wish her all the best but I’m looking forward to Kirsten coming back.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Each woman is good as Maxie Jones. I was saddened to see Storms go but Lilley did a fine job.

I remain baffled about why fans are haters sometimes. Actors fall ill, want to leave a job, or try something different. What is important is that the characters remain true and continuing on the canvas. I would prefer that. So many times an actor goes and so, too, the character. Why? In really only a few cases is that necessary. I would prefer a recast to a death and preposterous resurrection,or a silly treat-the disease-abroad thread.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ms. Storms came off as a class act in this interview. I look forward to Kirsten’s return as Maxie, but wish Jen Lilley well. They are both talented, beautiful young ladies with bright futures.

I suffered from Endometriosis, as did my 2 sisters. It is a horribly painful, life-altering condition for many women. I am glad she is feeling better and wish her continued good health.

Christy
Christy

I remember when Anna Devane was played by someone else – so glad that didn’t continue and they got Finola back… I’ll be glad Kristin comes back and mostly that she feels well enough to do so.

Jen kept the character alive and in the stories, but thankfully for Kristen Jen couldn’t fill her shoes!

Patrick
Patrick

Oye! You’re kidding…. right? I can’t imagine…. anyone, but, Finola, Ms. Hughes… as the much lauded… police commissioner.

it looks like… Anna and Luke are parting ways… I wonder who’s in Anna’s future?
what about? Joe Scully, Jr.? OK, I know… theirs not much older MEN on the canvas… that being said… i think he has a sort of je ne sais quoi (uncountable)
1.An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. A french term for ooh la la.

I haven’t witnessed such good story (on any soap, for so long)… simply the best….Robin and Patrick… with mom Anna.

As for temporary recasts… some one posted… well… “when an actors takes good care of a character” etc…. and Jen Lilly did that… I’m still rocked, by what a huge story kirsten “missed” out on… that, you couldn’t not help but, think of Jen Lilly as Kirsten.

However, the Robin story plays out… if KM, returns full time… would be Kirsten’s time to fully endear herself back in the role.

all said and done… GH is on fire… canvas’ing on all cylinders… Standing O’vation.

i’m so psyched about Anna – going to Switzerland.

I think i’m in the minority… about the potential of an Ewan and Liz pairing. talk about, crossovers and new characters… I thought these two had a chance.

Theresa
Theresa

I grew to really care about JL..I never was a basher..that’s not kewl or respectful for being a fan of KS.
Glad KS is coming back I have missed her and I think it will be intersting to see how KS can meld her Maxie and JL’s Maxie into one.

Lynn
Lynn

such a class act that she and Farrah Fath felt the need to mock Jen Lilley fans who were trying to get #WeLoveJenLilley trending a couple of weeks ago.

Sorry but this is just lip service

LisaZee
LisaZee

I missed the mocking tweets. I do follow Kirsten. Farah showed her personality on Dirty Soap and it wasn’t pretty. I was one of the fans trying to get #WeLoveJenLilley trending. The lady is an awesome actress and a wonderful person. She treats her fans like gold. She has been doing other projects while on GH so I’m sure she will do just fine.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I was a big fan of Farah Fath until I saw her on Dirty Soap. I still enjoyed Rex, GiGi & Shane on OLTL, but I hope they don’t bring her to GH.

Karen
Karen

I’m glad Kirsten is back. Jen did an amazing job as Maxie and I thank her for taking such good care of Maxie. I will miss her but she’ll find something soon because she is a good actress. I hope Kirsten will communicate more with her fans after all of this. I don’t think she really did that in the past.

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

kristen is back!!!!

Yeah!!!

Kristen and Sam will blossom

kathleen johnson
kathleen johnson

i love kristin as maxie jones but i think that jen did a great job replacing her
especially with the spinelli scenes and robin getting killed i thought she did a fantastic job and now kristin is coming back both of them are great actresses are great at the role hope you both have great success

Cathy
Cathy

I agree with Kirsten about her Maxie not being there for Robin/Kimberly’s storyline. KS and Kimberly have a great vibe as sisters/cousins and are so believable as family. While JL did a great job, KS and KMc are close in real life and it plays better.I want to see Robin and Maxie when Robin is found alive. I miss the realness that KS and KMc bring to scenes. I will never forget them when Georgie died.

Good luck to JL but I have a feeling she is not going to need it. She took a job and did it better than anyone thought possible. JL is a real talent and I have no doubt there ae better things in her future like primetime and movies. She took a difficult situation and made it work while getting a lot of unnecessary flack for something she had no control off.

Glad your feeling better KS and Good Luck to you JL. You are a class act.

aria
aria

Kirsten is a class act,hope they can keep jen that would be great, if they can make us buy some of the current dumb storylines they have going on then surely they can do something to bring in jen and have us buy her as a new character. I think it would be better if Kate had a daughter instead of a son and then Jen could easily play Kates daughter.

SZima
SZima

I’m excited to have Kirsten back. Jen did a fine job under the circumstances, and it’s terrible the way people bashed her, but I’m one of those who didn’t care for her…as Maxie. Every scene she did, especially the ones surrounding Robin’s death, I kept wondering how Kirsten would have played it out.

I wish Jen well. She’s a talented girl and I read where she’s in an indy movie, so I hope her career continues to grow.

Traci
Traci

I’m excited Kristin will be returning. While the Maxie character is selfish and obnoxious on the surface I think Kristin brings vulnerability, humor and playfulness to the role. I prefer her portrayal because she made me care about a character I had just thought of as a “brat” before plus I think her chemistry with everyone from Spinelli, Lulu, Johnny even Jason worked well, I enjoyed her scenes even when I have hated a particular storyline and I’m hoping to see her tangle with Todd and Heather. I did think Jen had her moments in a couple of the quieter and softer scenes at the jail house (without the heavy makeup showing some vulnerability) for instance and I might have enjoyed her portrayal more consistently if the storyline hadn’t been so emotionally heavy for so long (not her fault) but I think it’s easier to believe and “feel” the heavy stuff if you’ve had time to “grow” with an actor’s portrayal. Very few can knock that tough stuff out of the ballpark right off the bat. The breaking point for me was Robin’s funeral it really didn’t connect with me and honestly just wasn’t believable with how I thought Maxie would react, I would have expected her to break down with guilt but turn it inward more so you see the fragility but less “manic” for lack of a better word (some of this is probably due to new writers, Exec Prod, etc. that might not have helped her steer the performance to fit the character better). It got to the point that I was rooting for Spinelli to tell Maxie off and just “end” all the moaning, crying and shrieking that felt like it went on for months which was a real shame because I had loved “Spixie” before. The one terrific post-Spixie perk has been Spinelli’s scenes with Sam, Olivia & Anna! I think GH is turning the ship around, in general I’m much happier with the show than I’ve been in years, plus Robin’s exit was something the new team inherited and had to write their way out of. All in all I have deep respect for the level of difficulty Jen walked into (midst of a character’s personal crisis) and wish her well on her next project. One final thought, I don’t think it’s fair to cast Kristin as “the villain” and Jen as “the victim” for returning from medical/personal leave to a role she helped create. (I wouldn’t treat a co-worker returning from maternity leave as a villain just because I liked working with a the replacement better – I’m not sure how this is any different, yes the time away is longer but it’s not as if Kristin quit and took another job and then returned). In this case Jen accepted this role knowing some uncertainty with the time frame. To her benefit, Jen’s gained some new contacts, honed acting skills in the quick pace of soap opera acting and has broadened her fan… Read more »

Laura
Laura

KS is so fake when fans were tweeting WeLoveJenLilley she was making fun of them and then telling them they can’t handle jokes.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

BOTH actors did very good jobs, but longtime soap fans tend to be loyal to original characters. and kirsten stores is an extraordinary actress who brought an originality to her character. so i’m glad she’s well and glad she’s back.

the most poignant part of this interview, for me, was her comment about the great kimberly mccullough. in deed, robin’s “death” storyline was a major, major GH storyline spanning many years of history. maxie and robin are cousins, but sisters in spirit and the two actors had awesome chemistry. i was very sad kirsten wasn’t present when kimber left :((

Caroldee
Caroldee

Both are good actresses but Kirsten was the original and the new Maxie actress Jen had her hands full trying to keep up. SHE DID IT..brilliantly I might add. I liked her version even better. I say it is sad that she will have to leave her JOB and find work on some other soap which does not deserve her. She was outstanding. Long time watcher from back in the 60’s so I know what I am talking about.

Eva S
Eva S

Well Said Kirsten!
I thought she did a wonderful job! It is surly hard to portary you,your a excellent actress. I cant wait to see you back,,,Miss ya 🙂

Cathy
Cathy

All I can say is that I’m glad Kirsten took the time she needed to deal with her health issue. I dealt with the same thing for years and finally took drastic measures to be rid of it once and for all. It’s not something that can be rushed through once a woman is diagnosed. As far as Jen Lilley taking over the roll of Maxie, GH did what they needed to do to keep the character alive in the storyline. Whether it was her or another actress, if you are a true fan of Kirsten/GH, you will support whatever decision they make to keep things rolling as smoothly as possible.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I think what would help on all comments on all topics is that when u post and someone comes back immediately with a different opinion from urs, you would not take it personally and get ur feelings hurt and get all indignant that someone doesnt agree with you. Everyone has a right to voice their opinion, its about the show, the character or the actor. The post isnt or shouldnt be about the poster! Grow a little thick skin, folks and argue or agree to disagree!

Lynn A
Lynn A

Sorry, but I didn’t like JL as Maxie at all! I don’t think she had chemistry with any of the cast. Very happy KS is back! Can’t wait to watch the Maxie scenes again!

SS
SS

Jen did her best handled the dialogue well it wasn’t very good dialogue though she has a very high pitched voice and Maxie must have had over a dozen whining monologues. I had people who didn’t watch the show over at my house complain about how whiney she was I had to and still do sometimes put the tv on mute for her scenes. It’s great that Kirsten’s back and seeking Jen out to bug her was so wrong and horrible.

EMB
EMB

When JL first started, it seemed like the bashing and negativity was causing her to try to film as KS would. Say things like her, move like she might. As JL spent more time and I guess got comfortable, I think she really made the Maxie character her own. In a way she gave Maxie a softer side. All the boat/ LIsa niles murder stuff the acting wasn’t that great but from the start of Robin’s death, she really started shining, esp the scenes when she was in jail. I think thats great they would hold KS’s job for her while she recovered, but I am sad to see JL go, and I didn’t think I would ever say that when she first started.

Rose
Rose

As the saying goes, opinions are like a-holes everybody has one.Enough said since it’s all been said already.Besides too many fans are just plain mean-spirited and petty and should be ignored.It’s a good thing that Emmys are awarded to the actors by their own peers and not the fans.

debbie
debbie

Kirsten so good to see you back at GH. I enjoyed the replacement, she did a great job. yet it just wasn’t the Maxie I was use to. You and Spinelli have a chemistry. I would love to see you back together. Yet it’s fun to see the devilish way you have trying to get him back. In the end I hope your characters end up together.

As for your illness that took you away from GH. I know what you went through. I too was diagnosed with the same thing. Every month it was so painful. I dealt with it from the age of 14 until i was 29. They found the spot shortly after my second child. They did a complete Hysterectomy. Recovery wasn’t fun. I return twice to surgery to remove scaring. I never heal well.

I am happy you are once again looking beautiful and healthy. And I am very happy to see you back as Maxie where you belong.

Ashley
Ashley

I love seeing Kristen as Maxie, because like others have said she IS Maxie. I didn’t bash Jen, but I would be lying if i said I enjoyed her performance. I found her portrayal of Maxie to be a bit too whiney and over dramic. I think that Kristin could pull off that aspect of Maxie’s characters (because Maxie is Whiney and over the top at times) and make it something funny and energetic. While Jen just made it annoying, I did not care for the character of Maxie while Jen was playing her, and the idea of people saying that she IS Maxie is just ridiculous to me

LivingInANitemare
LivingInANitemare

I never cared for Jen as Maxie!! & was so glad when Kirsten came back (I also know what she went through except it took awhile & many unnecessary tests before finally being diagnosed… It’s not a fun thing to deal with..) I will admit she filled in for her when it was necessary instead of killing her off or sending her away for a extended amount of time but that is as far as I can go with it… I never got used to her playing Maxie she was always so whiney yes Maxie’s character may be like that but Kirsten has away of making it not sound so whiney… Jen just seemed to have Maxie sound whiney all the time.. I’m not bashing her she is a good actress and am glad she kept Maxie’s character alive and going while Kirsten couldn’t… I just didn’t like her as the Character of Maxie..
And don’t get me going on the new LuLu “Emme Rylan” from what I’ve seen so far she is no LuLu maybe they should have asked “Jen Lilley” to play LuLu I think she may have made a pretty good one compared to what I’ve seen so far and Emme looks nothing like LuLu except the hair color!!! IDK if it’s just the surprise that they replaced her & I didn’t know it or what.. LuLu is so upbeat and happy so far Emme doesn’t seem that way (but her storyline right now hasn’t called for it), but Jen was always happy and upbeat… Maybe they should have thought about that.. Time will tell how Emme does as LuLu but I really don’t see it happening but in all fairness I will give her sometime before I pass judgment and give my opinion without bashing her!!!

Samantha
Samantha

I am sorry but as person who suffers from endometriosis and has undergone multiples surgeries throughout the last year alone I have managed to maintain a fairly regular schedule. This story being touted about Ms. Storms is a load of garbage! It is extremely offensivive to those of us who have shown great strength and courage in our own lives to see some wimpy pseudo starlet make a mockery of our own struggles. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. This actress either has something else she is suffering from, was fired, or no one can quite figure out what to do with here for the time being but endometriosis is NOT the reason for the extended time off.

Shoshana
Shoshana

Thanks for finally talking about > GH

Virginia Harrington
Virginia Harrington

All I know I don’t want Maxie to die and I want Keirston to stay playing Maxie And put maxie and spinalli back together

Virginia Harrington
Virginia Harrington

Please don’t let maxie die keep storms and pur spinelli and maxie back together

Tammy Berlonghi
Tammy Berlonghi

I’ve been a fan since zenon, girl of the 21st century! ! Love you Kirsten. Get better. Stay strong. Can’t wait for u to come back. Muah!!!!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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