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GH's Maurice Benard On Being Part Of David O. Russell's Film JOY: "Working With David Is Like Working With An Incredibly Talented Mad Scientist. The Energy Was Out Of This World And It Made Me Want To Be Great."

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Soap fans have become more excited this past week to see David O. Russell’s latest film Joy, which features a character Terri played by Virginia Madsen, who is obsessed with her daytime soap, The Joyful Storm!  The savvy O. Russell decided to bring in the real deal to play very noted soap actors to play the characters in the fictional soap, which is a key ingredient to the movie.   Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy, in a story inspired by Joy Mangano, and her rise to being a mogul for her creation  … the Miracle Mop!

Soap heavyweights: Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) were cast in the motion picture.  After the story broke where O. Russell sang the praises of daytime soap actors during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable with the hottest directors and their latest films, Maurice Benard took to his facebook page to return the favor and say some very nice words about being part of Joy and working with David and his experience.  Plus, the Daytime Emmy winner revealed even his fear of flying could not stop this from being a joy-ful experience.

Maurice shared: “It was such a priveldge to be in a David O. Russell movie. Working with David is like working with an incredibly talented mad scientist. The energy was out of this world and it made me want to be great. I suffer from major anxiety when it comes to flying, so it had been 10 years since I’d been on a plane. Through this experience, one of my biggest fears turned into ‘Joy’. The people on the set could not have been nicer and more respectful and what made it even more of a blast is that I got to work with my friends Laura Wright, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills and John Enos.”

So what did you think about the sentiments shared by Maurice on the filming of Joy? Will you be running to the theatre starting Christmas Day when the film opens nationwide to catch Maurice and the gang in it? Comment below!

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That’s very cool!

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

im a major anxiety sufferer as well but i cant go on planes at all…i get panic attacks when im on the second floor of my home!!!…I was terrified of heights ever since i was a young child when i went on a ferris wheel with my sisters friend from high school…i was 11 and she was 16 or 17….she kept swinging our seat when we were on top as the ferris wheel stopped to let someone off….she rocked it too fast and i almost fell off…never again did i go on another ride or anything high after that!!!…My sisters… Read more »

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0oohh dear Jimh.. I enjoy climbing .. I didn’t always make it to the top but when I did the feeling is wordless, like I conquered the world LOL I’ll tell you a secret that not many think of– getting back down is harder than going up, at least for me.. lol Maurice is sooo awesome! he, getting on the plane and facing his fear can open up a new world of flight for him, perhaps.. he calmed his anxiety, good for Maurice!! I’m looking forward to seeing him as ‘Jared; in Joy.. He is very excited for the movie… Read more »

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climbing rope in gym class was horrible….id get to the top and had a hard time climbing back down…had panic attack…hated it…coach had to coax me back down…lol

Rose
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Rose

What a story. Did you ever try to get help for fear of heights?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Yep…but it didnt work…i can go up only so far…was in hospital fourth floor as a patient and they had to keep the curtains closed…i also get attacks in lower places too…i spend short periods in the basement…

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i can’t wait to see it.

su0000
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Looking forward to seeing the move ” Joy !
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Maurice Benard is the Marlon Brando of the soaps, indeed

Patrick
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John Enos is salivatingly HOT…

Maurice Benard ???

mind blowing muster (?)

“…and it made me want to be great.”

blech

prop much

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Right on, Patrick. Far out and sock-it-to-me. So sorry, he will never be great. I think he thinks he’s Rodolfo Valentino.

lynda w.
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lynda w.

Will I? Absolutely!

Jamesj75
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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn……….
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……….

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead, although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia, it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles which would welcome a return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating when on Wednesday during inauguration day, Ainsworth shared on her Instagram Story a pic of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports on social media had surfaced that Ainsworth returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those reports on her Instagram Story, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so know telling as to how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH; chances are if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, of course, Kristina would be there to mour her father.  Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

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Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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