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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

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It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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  1. Denise A Daniel

    September 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Michael’s going all the way back to DAYS. I love him as quirky & shy Dr Finn. GH will be idiots if they don’t capitalize on the return of Budig. GH has far too many needless characters (Peter, Sasha, Dev, Shiloh,Nelle, Jordan, Nina, Valentin,Kim etc..) that need to fix the pacing & tell stories about characters we’re invested in.
    Michael has great chemistry with both Rebecca & Finola I also think GH is foolish not to have Finn & Franco become buds. Both need a male friend, both work at GH, Hayden is Franco’s sister-in-law not to mention Michael & Roger are a blast together.

  2. Harry

    September 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    What a terrific interview, thank you. I do wish, however, you asked him about his bromance with Tristan Rogers. Finn and Scorpio have an amazing bromantic chemistry and I think it’s clear they like working with each other. Speaking of chemistry, Hayden and Finn have such a strong, undeniable chemistry that it’s almost palpable. I think he’s sweet with Anna but watching Finn interact with her is like watching a nephew interact with his eccentric, dynamic British aunt. This is not about age as much as it is about the flavor of their dynamics. I said something similar about Anna and Duke (who are about the same age). Love Michael Easton–think he’s an underrated talent.

    • Marianne

      September 8, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Couldn’t agree more with you about how Anna and Finn are like an aunt and nephew.

    • nancy dillingham

      September 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      So agree with you Harry (of course!) re the bromance and and amazing chemistry between Finn and Scorpio–made even more delicious since they are sort of rivals for Anna’s affection. Tristan is simply one of a kind–and can play with anyone and make something out of it. We need to see much more of him on screen.

  3. su000

    September 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    GH couples are Extremely boring.
    they are empty of everything that makes for great soap couples.
    The GH couples are horribly dull.

    • Melissa

      September 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

      I could not agree more. Those that gush over the chemistry between Michael and Rebecca obviously never saw the fireworks between her and Josh Duhamel.

    • Violet Lemm2

      September 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      You’ve piqued my curiosity. Which couples do you enjoy watching?

      • su000

        September 10, 2019 at 11:54 pm

        Hi Violet 🙂
        I have no enjoyment from watching the couples.
        They are extremely dull, they are so stale that they’ve grown mold.

        They do zero that is intriguing or entertaining.

        I see- almost all have forgotten how exciting, couples were in years past.
        The cheating, betrayals, the cheering on of one or the other to find out of the dirty deeds and get even.
        And- their life and death situations.
        Those days are long gone..
        the couples now are empty, totally empty.


      • Harry

        September 11, 2019 at 10:17 pm

        Well, I am not SUOO, but I would imagine that her favorite coupling is Liver and Onions.

  4. Marianne

    September 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    My wish if OLTL doesn’t return is for a hot hospital romance for Finn with a new doctor played by his fiery redhead Melissa Archer.
    She can remind him of his beloved Reiko . He also needs to know his daughter . I would love to see him play those emotions out.
    Truly, Finn and Anna I find lackluster. Anna needs to be with Robert. While Hayden may be a changed woman, I always feel that she’s looking for the next scam.

    • Faye

      September 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

      That would be wonderful. Be still my

    • nancy dillingham

      September 9, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Anna with Robert–yes! Chemistry so obvious–always been there. Remember when?
      GH in its glory days?

      • Faye

        September 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

        Agreed. Anna and Robert are awesome!

    • Pam

      September 9, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      I never cared for him with Melissa Archer. I loved McBain with Evangeline. Renee Elise Goldsberry, who’s now a Tony winner on Broadway) I don’t like him with Anna. Anna belongs with Robert. I like him well enough with Hayden.

      • Ann

        September 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

        I certainly agree about Archer. I saw absolutely nothing I liked about Jolie. Natalie was too immature and clingy with McBain. But, the chemistry meter was way up there with Goldsberry! Unfortunately, they flipped the script back to Natalie. I am so glad we will never have to see Jolie again and hopefully Archer stays away from GH. My vote will always go to Hayden and Finn. Give Anna to Robert and my word give Finn his little girl. Then see how Hayden and Finn will deal with things hoping ton the road to recovery, redemption and reconciliation. They evidently still love each other. I want to see the Finn Family that is supposed to be.

        • Emma

          September 12, 2019 at 11:19 pm

          I agree with you that early Natalie was clingy and immature. Her love of McBain was obviously fierce and she was incredibly loyal and not afraid to verbalize her thoughts.
          We got to see her mature as well as her relationship with McBain and I for one loved them. They were beautiful, hot and had amazing chemistry. The twins that portrayed Liam were awesomely cast and the Jolie family rocked. This pairing went through a lot and I was unhappy with what GH did when they made John a deadbeat dad and a cheater .
          That was not McBain.
          And while yes Michael Easton had chemistry with R. Goldsberry , the character of Evangeline had her insecurities as well and was always looking for proof of John’s love.
          I respectfully disagree about Hayden. While she too has more chemistry with Finn than Anna , she is not that endearing a character. Great actress mind you. Finn and Anna are incredibly forced. True Anna needs to be with Robert.
          I hope we do get to see Archer and Easton reunited somehow someway. They are missed indeed.

          • Nan

            September 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm

            Here here. Very well said.

  5. Ann

    September 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I am very disappointed in the way they brought Hayden back with Jax. Instead od bringing the child with her at the beginning and the summer being about Hayden anD Finn. And them going on a discovery mission about why things happened the way it did, dealing with Finn knowing he is a Dad. Finn and we must see that child. We have waited two years in eager ánticipation. I have not counted Hayden and Finn out, reconciling and working it out to become a couple again. They were so badly treated before by that abrupt, horrid exit story. GH can fix the mess they made. I adore Easton and Budig, Hayden and Finn. I hope that child and Hayden will shake things up with Anna and Finn. It is clear to me that Hayden and Finn still love each other. They have lots of unfinished business. Who knows maybe it will all lead to them being the Finn Family they are supposed to be. That is what I want to see, a second chance for them. GH come on you can do it!

  6. davlestev1

    September 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Now he’ll be recurring after this. LOL. I’m just kidding. But you can tell he’s dissatisfied with the direction of the show. The writing in particular. If you’re even confounding you’re actors then something needs to change. You can’t keep writing from a “works for me” perspective. Does NO ONE remember Doug Marland’s rule? It’s on Wikipedia. Along with being objective and listening to the audience, don’t change a core character and…DRUM ROLL PLEASE…GOOD SOAP OPERA IS GOOD STORY TELLING!!!

  7. Violet Lemm2

    September 8, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, the many faces of Michael Easton. What a treat watching this man do his magic. I hope he knows how much he is truly enjoyed and appreciated.While we know his choices aren’t really his own, please uncouple him from Anna, because as a match, they are not. He has more chemistry with Roxi!
    I adore the interaction with his brother. So cute!

    • Emma

      September 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Yes Violet, I too believe his interaction with his brother is endearing. Thumbs down on Finn and Anna! Too forced and no organic chemistry.

  8. aria

    September 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Fave Michael Easton character? Dr. Finn.
    I can’t wait for Hayden and Finn storyline to play out, I’m fine w/the pacing I figure they are taking their time till Finola comes back.
    love his chemistry w/ both Hayden and Anna, so their I’m staying neutral.
    I love his chemistry w/ his brother.
    wish they would allow him to have a friendship with Alexis, I love their chemistry as friends.
    they should put him together with Franco and make them pals. great idea (Denise A Daniel.) .

  9. Lauren

    September 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Michael and Finola are amazing together. The connection they have onscreen reminds me of Finola and Vincent Irizarry on AMC. I like Hayden but I think Budig being so much younger really shows in their pairing, they seem like siblings.

    • nancy dillingham

      September 9, 2019 at 9:44 am

      ROBERT and Anna are amazing together!

    • Shelby

      September 9, 2019 at 10:15 am

      There is only a 6 year age difference between Budig and Easton, and an 8 year difference between Easton and Hughes which I think is much more obvious. In fact I don’t even see an age difference between Budig and Easton. They definitely gel better together and Easton seems much more natural onscreen with Budig

      • Faye

        September 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm


    • Harry

      September 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm

      Budig is in the same age bracket as Easton–what are you talking about? As I said before, Anna seems like Finn’s merry, eccentric and beloved aunt. There’s no sexual chemistry.

      • Emma

        September 11, 2019 at 5:35 am

        Spot on comments Harry!

      • Ann

        September 12, 2019 at 5:13 am

        Totally agree about the beloved aunt. I do not want Finn being a step dad to adult children nor a step grand daddy. Not when he has his own little girl that he must know. I explain it this way. Anna seems older because of those adult children. Finn needs his Hayden to spice him up. They were the perfect pair, the perfect ten and can be again!

      • Shay

        September 13, 2019 at 11:20 pm

        Lest we forget, he was even more mismatched with the older yet Alexis! If Anna seems like a “beloved aunt,” then what the heck was that man-hungry hussy to Finn??? (Mrs. Robinson?)

  10. James R. Poissant

    September 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I loved Michael since I was watching him as Tanner Scofield on DAYS. The man can act!!! However, I feel they are missing the boat not transforming him back into John McBain now that ABC has the rights back to those characters. I want Roger Howarth morphed back as Todd Manning. Yes, OLTL still lives on in me too.

  11. nancy dillingham

    September 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    He is so right about the need for emotional attachment and love stories. And he’s right: they’ve gotten away from that and as a result the stories are so much less satisfying.

  12. Stacey

    September 9, 2019 at 5:25 am

    As much as I enjoy seeing Michael on our screens I would say McBain will always be number 1 in my opinion.
    His story and the love story with Natalie was great soap. It was a damn shame that GH took the liberty of destroying that. With the Prospect Park lawsuit there was never any resolution and we never got to see a Jolie reunion which is what would have happened. That being said, I also agree with Marianne. How wonderful would it be if an Archer and Easton reunion occurred. Those two are incredibly missed.

  13. Jenn

    September 9, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Michael Easton is very gracious about his acting partners. Yes Rebecca Budig and Finola Hughes are talented, however GH makes a decision regarding a pairing and forces these pairings until they can go no more. Case in point, Finn and Anna. It takes the whole town of Port Charles from Emma to Faison to prop them. Finn has more chemistry with Hayden but let’s face it, he’ll be crushed by this betrayal. I hope it does play out and it’s heart wrenching. Would much rather see Anna and Robert. Scorpio’s snark is the best.

  14. Lena

    September 9, 2019 at 5:37 am

    So glad Michael is employed but let’s face it, unless you’re living in outer space you’ve got to know how much OLTL is missed and especially Natalie and John McBain. Effortless chemistry and believable kissing and love scenes. They’re missed incredibly.

  15. Nan

    September 9, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I am neither a Hayden nor Anna fan for Finn but admit he has more chemistry with Hayden than Anna. Anna and Finn are so clearly agenda driven and forced.

  16. Faye

    September 9, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Let’s be real. GH has bent over backwards to accommodate Michael Easton with multiple characters. Establishing him on the canvas with someone like Finola is ok temporarily. You can’t continually force and prop pairings though. Michael needs to shine in a hot romance. Anna nor Hayden provide that. I agree with prior posters. It is beyond time for Ms. Archer to reunite with Mr. Easton

    • Soph

      September 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Que the applause!

  17. Kaye4

    September 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I wish you had asked him if we will ever see Roxie again. Fans on the board miss her a lot. Silly I know but she was a part of Finn’s character so why don’t we see him with her anymore ??

    • Shay

      September 10, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Excellent question……that service lizard was one of the few initially unique things about the quirky Finn character that was actually somewhat endearing, save for the fact that Michael Easton was portraying him! (Love the actor, but I’ve not warmed up to his latest character…especially the “addict aspect” of him!) Perhaps Roxie became too much of a diva with her on-set demands and thus, difficult to work with, so her contract was cancelled…or else she went to “lizard heaven” and nobody has wanted to break the news to Finn! Anything is possible in Hollywood! Lol…

  18. Shelby

    September 9, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Please free Anna from Finn. Let Hayden have him and move Anna on to someone else. We need the original OG Anna back, not this PodAnna. She has been turned into some groupie Stepford wife since being paired with this character. All she does is follow Finn around all day at the hospital telling him how wonderful is or how beautiful he is or telling anyone else that will listen the same thing. Meanwhile, he Never compliments her at all. She is always the one saying I love you first while he just says thank you or I’ll be waiting. He solves all her cases and is made to look incompetent so that he can come in and be the rationale one or the voice of reason. He tags along on investigations and sits in on interrogations. It’s like BizarroWorldAnna. Obviously these two characters just do NOT fit together and the actors really don’t have the natural chemistry to try and sell the bad writing.

    • Harry

      September 10, 2019 at 11:14 pm

      Shelby, I agree with you!

      • Ann

        September 12, 2019 at 5:18 am

        Shelby, I agree with you, too!

    • Nan

      September 13, 2019 at 9:13 am


  19. Tori White

    September 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    What a great interview! Let’s us get to know Michael on a more personal level.He truly shines through as being a honest and straightforward man. And I agree with everything that he said! Love this guy ❤

    • Ann

      September 12, 2019 at 5:26 am

      Tori, I agree with you! He always gives very intelligent interviews. How about getting back to the Chase/Finn/Daddy/Step mom story. Bring on the step mom and get to the heart of why Finn has such animosity about her. That is a story that seems to be dropped and it would give Finn a story without having to rely on a love interest. I am ecstatic to see Finn doing what he is supposed to be doing, more doctoring in the hospital. That is where he belongs, not tagging along with Anna on her cases.

  20. Lena

    September 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Finn’s quirks are entertaining whenever they’re spotlighted. Make no mistake McBain would also breathe on eating utensils then wipe them off with his napkin. It’ll always be McBain for me! Easton’s legacy. Too bad GH did such a decimation of McBain’s character and family. It really bothers me to this day. They took the liberty of destroying it, they should fix it!

  21. Emma

    September 10, 2019 at 5:53 am

    McBain is my number one. Miss him and Miss Natalie and Liam. GH should not have destroyed them. Every other pairing has paled in comparison.

  22. Emma

    September 10, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Miss McBain, Natalie and Liam. GH should not have destroyed them. His subsequent pairings have paled in comparison.

  23. Nancy Hirsch

    September 10, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I’m just hoping that something/someone comes along and ties up the many loose ends on GH. Too many story lines with no endings. Too many new and unused characters when there is a cast of amazing actors ready for more air time. I am one on the OLTL forever fans and when it was cancelled I felt that I lost my fictional family. This is something no other soap could ever do.

  24. Nan

    September 12, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Have to say I enjoy Finn but absolutely loved McBain and his fiery redhead Natalie. Miss them a lot.

  25. M. Dali

    April 27, 2020 at 3:00 am

    I loved Michael Easton as Caleb. I actually loved the entire arc with him and Kelly Monaco in Port Charles. I’m not really much of a soap fan because in general stories are so contrived and tired, but in this case though he played a vampire, I thought Michael’s characterization was extraordinary. I was entranced by the story of the struggle between darkness and light for all of the characters in Caleb’s orbit and it was really sad when the show ended! If it came back, I would watch in a heartbeat.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.


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GH’s Michael Easton Posts “Ask Me Anything” Part Two

Over the coronavirus pandemic General Hospital star Michael Easton (Hamilton Finn) has been answering several fans questions posted to him in a series of posts on his official Facebook page. 

This week, Easton posted part two of his “Ask Me Anything”, and the fan favorite said he he will do his best to get through everyone’s questions and thanked those who made donations to America Health Care Workers and food banks during COVID-19.

In part two; questions ranged from: his connection with his on-screen brother played by Josh Swickard, if he would ever consider a return to Days of our Lives to reprise the role of Tanner Scofield (his first soap role), what is his favorite part of playing Hamilton Finn, and the casting of his on-screen daughter Violet played by Jophielle Love and more.

One question posed to Easton revolved around the just completed Daytime Emmys, when he was asked: “How many times have you submitted yourself for the Emmys? Some actors seem to put a real emphasis on being nominated but you don’t seem to care that much?”

Michael responded: “I’m pacing myself. I’ve maybe submitted three or four times in twenty years. It’s a lovely honor but not something I focus on. Everyday I try to give the best, most truthful performance I can and as I long as I can do that…I live with myself.”

Make sure to “Like” Michael’s official Facebook page, if you have not already to see more of his “Ask Me Anything’s”

So, what are your hopes for Hamilton Finn when Michael returns to taping new episodes of General Hospital in the future?

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WATCH: 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners Virtual Interviews

This year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were back on television for the first time since 2011, and back on CBS.  Due to the times we are living in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual kudofest, honoring the best in daytime programming, had to move from its originally scheduled live event to a virtual one.

That also means for us at Michael Fairman TV, the usual backstage “Winner’s Walk” interviews conducted immediately following some of your daytime drama favorites big wins also had to altered for this unique year.

So we had our own, if you will, “Virtual Winner’s Walk” albeit without the walk and without the glitz and glamour.  That being said, it all felt much more intimate as we spoke immediately following Friday night’s broadcast with these newly crowned winners:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott); Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer); who tied One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) with the most wins by an actress in Daytime Emmy history with 6,  Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Bryton James (Devon), and Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’, Eva Larue (Ex-Celeste).  All four of these conversations were emotional, candid, and touching.

Over the weekend, we caught up with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim Nero, General Hospital) for another heartfelt chat on her second all-time win in the category, and Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, who won this award for the fifth time in his career as he shared how much he learned from his late legendary parents and Y&R and B&B co-creators: Lee Phillip Bell, who was part of the In-Memoriam tribute on the telecast, and the late Bill Bell.

Each of these interviewsare also posted on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” to the channel for more celebrity interviews and features.

Now watch the reactions, thoughts and emotions of this year’s major Daytime Drama Emmy winners below!  Then let us know, who you were most excited about being honored with the Emmy, and more via the comment section .

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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