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GH's Michelle Stafford Speaks On Becoming Nina And Working with Michael Easton & Kelly Monaco!

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This week, Michelle Stafford will become more a part of the General Hospital canvas as Nina wakes up from her coma and then begins the road to reclaiming her life and reconnecting with those she loves and those who have wronged her!  Just how will it all play out?

Stafford spoke with noted soap journalist and columnist Carolyn Hinsey in a new interview out today about her arrival onto the Port Charles scene, where she talks about being the new kid on the block, working with Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Michael Easton (Silas) and working with head scribe Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini to make Nina come to life!   Here are a few excerpts below!

Michelle on being a hit character on one soap (Y&R’s Phyllis) and then coming to another soap and creating a new character and the challenge of it: “Sometimes an actor makes a splash on one show and then comes onto a new show expecting they’re going to make another splash. But you have to start each new job anew. I’m the new kid on the block. I am at GH to aid story.”

Michelle on what are her thoughts on working with Michael Easton:  “Amazing. I took his parking place one day and I want to publicly apologize for that. They gave me his spot; I think they just saw the ‘M.’ He’s really smart. He’s a writer himself… God, there’s so much I want to say about our conversations but if I tell you it will give away the character. There’s so little I can say.”

Michelle on the story with Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Silas:  “It’s OUR story, not my story. It’s important that they kick ass and I kick ass. I already told you about Michael, and Kelly is amazing. I really like my scenes with her. I haven’t seen them yet. I hope they’re good.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Michael Easton, Kelly Monaco and Michelle Stafford in scenes together?   And what happens when the the character of Nina causes some major problems for her loved ones and family?  Weigh-in below!

 

 

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Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

Well I think Phyllis should not come back to Y&R at all . That part has been played out. Nick does not need that

Mia Denise
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Mia Denise

The role of Phyllis was recast last week.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

What we need is flashbacks to twenty years ago showing Silas and Ninas relationship from its beginning, their marriage and when she fell into coma…cant feel for her good or bad unless i know more about their relationship and why Silas cheated on her…flashbacks would help immensely. But im ok with this storyline…we know Silas and Sam…we just dont know Nina!!!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I would think as this mystery unravels, we will see some staged flashbacks, but for now, they are leaving us guessing. For a major plot devised outside the core GH world, it is really working.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I also hope GH does flashbacks of Silas and Nina’s relationship.That way we can see how they were back then instead of just hearing them talk about it.Plus it could be interesting if Silas and Nina remember things differently.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is this really Nina or Natalie Buchanan in a rubber mask…kidding aside how long has she been out of a coma…did she just wake up and know everything…could she even function normally: walk and drive a car after being in a coma for so long…or has she been out of coma for some time now…just curious!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

She woke up for the I Phone 6.

k/kay
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k/kay

@ jmh not real impressed with the entrance of the character I have a feeling she is going to turn out to be a little bit on the creepy side! I am going to reserve judgement to be fair but right now not sure MS is going to have the chemistry with ME that KM does.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I can’t wait to see Michelle Stafford full-time on GH.Plus as much as Michelle knows she was great on Y&R she knows been on GH is a whole new ball game so to speak.Plus it sounds like she wants to be a team player on GH and not be the star or try to take it over.

Timmm
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Timmm

More Michele less Rafe, TJ, Jordan, and that annoying Zen dude that hangs with Maxi!

Robert
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Robert

I love your idea of flashbacks to twenty years ago,so that we can feel invested in their relationship. I would go even further and suggest flashbacks to when they met in College but then they may have to hire actors in their late teens early twenties to portray them, I hate when they use the same actors but they film it hazy so you are supposed to believe you are seeing the younger versions of the characters.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well in the case of GH, for flashbacks they can always use Spenser as Silas, Emma as Nina and the new Jocelyn as Ava…i just had to say it before someone else does…lol…but seriously i wouldnt mind whoever would play them in flashback…i would love it if D.M. came back as Madeline as well to do the flasback…i think flashbacks to tell the story of their relationship would make for some high entertaining drama as well help us invest in their relationship…just a thought!

Timmm
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Timmm

At least flash them back twenty years. Both actors look good for their age. They could pull it off. What I would do is go back twenty years and rehire a former actor that was on GH and have him or her have history with these two characters and then bring that old GH character back to Port Charles in 2014. No one comes to mind but you can look up what happened on GH in those days and write someone back into the show that was a fan favorite.

Melissa
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Melissa

Now, Sam’s husband Jason needs to come back and be played by Michael Muhney. Talk about a four way love triangle. HOT, HOT, HOT

Patrick
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Patrick

THAT would put the kibosh on so many things, perhaps and solidify a quantum leap… for GH doesn’t it seem… it needs to be a part of the conversation…. that RC/FV are trying to encompass long time fans and newbie… with surcharged euphemism… that change is imminent in this genre of 2014. this crap shoot.. juggling of demographics I don’t know… imagine Michelle Stafford Michael Muhney.. YES.. in any platform… he’d culls his all and be Michael Easton Kelly Monaco this is right up there with superlative as reiterated… if Carly and Franco left the canvas… would they be missed?… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

MM in a black leather jacket. Cool.

k/kay
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k/kay

No offense but SB is Jason leave the character dead unless SB wants to come back. Just like Phyllis on Y&R should have stayed in the coma we have now deaged her character almost a decade. You hear me RC leave Jason dead.

Laura
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Laura

I’m looking forward to Siam overcoming the obstacles and hard times Nina will bring them. I truly believe Silas and Sam’s love will overcome NIna. Silas loved Nina 20 years ago. He’s a changed man now and in love with someone new. For myself, I am invested fully in Silas and Sam not a couple that happened offscreen 20 years ago, flashbacks or not. I do believe Nina will try to wreck as much havoc on their lives as possible though.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I’m also looking forward to seeing how Sam and Silas deal with Nina’s arrival.Plus as you point out the Silas Nina knew 20 years no longer exists.Silas moved on with his life and fell in love with someone else.What happened to Nina was not her fault and she was robbed of 20 years of her life but she’ll have to accept that she can’t go back and recapture what she lost.I do think Nina will be a villain but she might also have parts that could get sympathy from the fans.

Ashley
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Ashley

Guess I’m weird. Not familiar w/the actress that plays Nina ~ but not liking the Nina character at all. It’s way too crazy and silly ~ the writing, the plot line, think they should have left Nina dead !!!!

Mia Denise
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Mia Denise

I knew GH would cast Michelle Stafford as Nina Reeves-Clay, she is one of my favorite soap actresses.

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

I wish her luck on GH. Loved her on Y&R. I just hope the show doesn’t cram her down our throats now. That never goes over well with long-time fans.

k/kay
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k/kay

Michelle is a very smart lady I think she knows bringing on a new character is a tough sell I am for one curious to see how all this plays out and I hope RC writes a good story for all three of them. She is right just because you are a hit on one show does not mean you will be on another I think we are seeing that with SB on Y&R!

carol
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carol

I didn’t care for MS on Y&R, and I’m not looking forward to her on GH. There are enough actresses on the show now. What they need are a few more single men.

Patrick
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Patrick

THANK YOU

that’s why I already posted…

what if… : Carly and Franco leave Port Charles and go to Holllywood
Yeah, right?

LOL

and this salary cap… is left to Brandon Barash.. and Ingo Rademacher… ex’s Johnny and Jax.. return to mix, fire, whet, and drive it ALL home

I’d rest and go with

dmr
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dmr

I really just don’t care. Ugh-more montone Sam and Silas time. The only part of the storyline that I like is Madeline and Dr. Obrecht’s scenes as sisters, making digs at each other. They are a great comedic team!

Patrick
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Patrick

you have a lot of point. please do NOT show ME Silas in a tank top any more try to reinvigorate Kelly Monaco’ Sam… with energy surplus in a lot of ways… this does not bode well… for a powerhouse.. to mow shovel… and push aside… a big part of RC/FV trying to forge new ground I am certain… MS’ Nina… will not break any new ground… and crack Silas and Sam… she should just gun for… any one else.. to whet her stimuli… and Franco isan easy but HOT target.. thereby giving LW’ Carly some unnerving drive… she could… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that, dmr. I am actually dreading the entrance of Nina….I don’t care a whit about her character and having MS portraying her makes that disinterest ten-fold. I do not like her style of acting and I truly hope she doesn’t end up detracting from the already established dynamics of Dr. O. and Britt, plus Madeleine and Nathan. Just exploring that newly discovered family unit was more than enough to provide new blood and angles to an already existing drama, plus, I am totally in for Sam and Silas….which means not only do I express a distaste for Nina’s… Read more »

NINAPHAN
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NINAPHAN

I am so happy Phyllis, er, I mean Nina, is awaking from her coma and coming back to reclaim her family. I have missed Phyllis so MUCH! I mean, I have missed NINA so much!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m a bit late in this discussion but I agree with you Shay. I like Sam and Silas together and prefer that neither Nina nor Jason come between them. Obviously we all have history with Jason…Jason and Sam…so I think depending on the recast the fans will be split as to whether they’re on team Silas or Jason. As for Nina, I found her a bit more interesting the second episode and a bit more sympathetic…but I’m sure she’ll be trouble moving forward. Her mom responsible for her coma…supposedly killing her baby (which I think will turn out to be… Read more »

mfarris70
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mfarris70

Love love love Stafford! I hope this is the kind of soap triangle where I can’t decide who Silas should be with!

Paula
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Paula

I do not like Nina – wasted space IMO – I FF all of her scenes – she is a crazy person and knows everything that has gone on in Port Chuck – total deceitful person – get her gone quick please

KM
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KM

Sam and Silas definitely need something to liven them up IMO.

I do have some problems though with how Silas first cheated on the wife he claims to have loved and then just left her comatose self to rot in a nursing home for the next 20 years.

I know the backstory is that it was all the mother Madeline’s doing but it doesn’t seem like Silas did much to enforce his own rights to act on her behalf as her husband. That could make it a little hard to find Silas rootable in a triangle or quad.

su0000
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su0000

Donna Mills/Madeline will be involved in the story..
this story holds some really powerful actors!
Looking forward to this story!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

GOOD points did Silas medical field “expertise” lend itself credibility.. and he left home… after being supported.. by… and paid for.. his doctorate altho… the banger… up… is he didn’t know he was a father… I hope ME and MS chemistry “together” is a must if not… they have to bring back ex’s… Johnny and Jax.. to bring so much energies to : Nina… Carly… especially LW.. as it seems i’ve given her the let go… but… Olivia needs change… even AVA… with that lustful…. charged amped up … Johnny (with any one).. just to be near… I still believe…… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Sam and Patrick are great together…but she’s in love with Silas who’s on cavnas…Jason will be coming back…I think she’s got enough love for now. LOL. And, I think no matter how she tries to understand, she’ll be pissed at Patrick for not telling her Jason is alive.

aria
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aria

welcome to GH Michelle, looking foward to seeing this story unfold,and looking forward to you interacting with other cast members. let the fun begin.

boes
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boes

And did you catch that picture of Silas and The Nina? (At another board they are refusing to treat Nina as anything other than a plot point so are calling her “The Nina” which I like). The Nina is supposed to have been in a coma for 20 years, right? They might have filmed Michelle Stafford through three closed doors but she STILL looked at least 40ish in that picture. And Silas looked like his own grampa. So did The Nina suffer from rapid aging syndrome, and did Silas catch it from her, or did Silas sneak into her room… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“… And Silas looked like his own grampa. ”

I never laughed so fast and readily…. LOL… I so agree

that’s why I emphatically state…

Nina… with : ex-johnny
Nina… with : ex-Jax

perhaps… with Patrick
perhaps… with Franco

I just don’t see it yet… on the canvas

why not… Kevin… tnis is my best bet

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I was thinking the same thing! A twenty+ year old picture? C’mon, use a little PhotoShop or something. Geesh! Next thing you know she’ll awake from her 20 year coma, grab her smartphone and check Silas’ Facebook status. Puhleeese.

Shirley
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Shirley

Love Michelle Stafford so excited for her joining GH wishing her the best of luck❤

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I really liked Michelle Stafford on Y&R. I hope she can bring some interest to this incredibly boring storyline. I’ve been FF through the Sam & Silas scenes since they came back from Ryan’s in NYC. ZZZZZZZZZZ.

Maybe she’ll liven up the rather wooden Nathan West too. He’s grown on me since his scenes with Maxie and Britt. (Not to mention he’s very easy on the eyes.) I’d like to keep him around to see his relationships develop with Maxie and his family.

Shay
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Shay

My only hope is that the launching of “The (Good Ship)”Nina” is not as overdone as the previous ones featuring “The Ava” and “The Santa Sabrina.”

k/kay
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k/kay

I watched Thursdays episode best part Liz & Patrick!

dmr
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dmr

I have to say, that I liked the end of Tuesday’s episode where Sam and Silas walk back to Danny’s party and see Nina playing with Danny. I like how this was not drawn out, having Nina alive, following Sam and Silas around town or in hiding. I like how they wrote her to be out in public at a public outing. Obviously, Nina has been doing her homework behind the scenes. I think she will be an interesting character, looking for the life she lost with a lot of resentment for those that left her behind. As much as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Michelle Stafford is LOADED with EVERYthing

her embodiment – her being… is FULL of EVERYthing

I thought, like you… that it was a good entrance…

there was no acting… over acting… or downplaying… just there….

her presence

you could here her voice… as Silas walks towards the “party” and she turns

scene end

it’s not like it was “ITS Phyllis”

it was… there SHE is

Michelle Stafford

Nina’ ON

I feel a riveting… a bubbling… an ease… of FUN… dare… play with… play out… there she goes

an anticipation

I’m glad Michelle Stafford is back

ps: WITH Kevin!

till johnny or jax return

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I have to say.. she was good today.. did not watch her on previous soaps… There is something about her that is keeping me intrigued…….Time will tell…though I was suprised how she was brought into GH storyline … thought it would have been different… .. I was thinking it was a dream for the for 15 mins.. then realized.. she really is at the Birthday party..

Gentry Ashmore
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Gentry Ashmore

So sorry but Sam/Silas and/or Nina/Slias not working for me. Every time, I see Michael Easton. I only see John McBain. Silas Clay doesn’t hold a candle to John McBain. It’s painful to watch. ABC settle the lawsuit and get the rights back to OLTL. As for Kelly and Michelle, both are lovely ladies; however, no one has better on screen chemistry with Michael Easton than Melissa Archer. Watch online videos of them. I haven’t ever seen a better soap couple, including Luke and Laura. For Jolie fans, some great fan fiction out there to resolve the mess that GH… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

If a viewer can’t get over an actor playing a different part, that’s on them. It’s not the writers’ responsibility to cast parts, or create characters, because one fan can’t suspend their disbelief. Even if the lawsuit was settled, you still wouldn’t be satisfied until your favorite couple was replaying their old storylines ad nauseum. Did you ever think maybe these actors are glad to be using their talent to create different characters? That is the definition of acting, after all.

smoochie
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smoochie

I’ve only seen Ms, Stafford act occasionally because my Mom, (who got me hooked on all the ABC soaps back in ’69), had switched from ABC to Y&R ,B&B and all the other network soaps on TV; I became familiar with the actors and storylines but not on a regular basis. I cannot say MS would have been my choice as Nina and I don’t know really know enough about her acting chops except for watching her portrayal of Phyllis from time to time on Y&R where I thought she was good to better on a sliding scale. I was… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Just a thought here MS is trying to come off as someone that mentally is still in their 20’s remember she was in a coma for 20 years and yet her body looks like she has been working out at the gym every day for the last 20 years. Lol! I watched for three days now I am done nothing left to see. Amazing that I read the daily updates on the soaps see I am missing nothing so my DVR is still not recording. I feel like my Dad who use to tell me they don’t make cars like… Read more »

smoochie
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smoochie

I agree with you that soaps (particularly ABCs ) aren’t written or produced as they were back in the early days. They all became practically unrecognizable after a head write named Megan McTavish systematically destroyed AMC ( breakdown writer 87-92, Head-writer ’92-95, 1997 – early 1999, 2003- 2007, OLTL ( Head-writer 1999 – January 2001 and finally GH (Head-writer April 2001 – June 12, 2002) I mentioned that I’ve been watching all ABC sudsers since ’69 so I recollect and compare as you do. The reason I originally loved the ABC shows so much was that individually they were trendsetters,… Read more »

Adrianne
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Adrianne

I can’t wait for Nina to leave GH

Maria
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Maria

I agree. I don’t like this character at all, and since the storyline is so sudden, I don’t know her or feel connected to her. I don’t care about her. Besides, instead of helpless and “fragile,” she seems manipulative and sneaky. Like her mother.

smoochie
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smoochie

I think the writers are insulting our intelligence to expect us to believe their version of someone who just came out of a 20 year coma. That being said, in a comment I made earlier I wasn’t positive about MS or Nina. I still don’t like Nina, but I softend my opinion MS after watching her scenes on the second day.

Erica
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Erica

Michelle Stafford adult (female) at one point in her life, lived and functioned as a (male). John aka Michael Easton shared kisses with Nina aka Michelle Stafford…Is Michael Easton Bi-Sexual or was he even aware that she once was A man??? Many of us want to know?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

huh?

DiAnnwalter
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DiAnnwalter

I will never watch grneral hosp I cant stand michelle staffords acting now or when she was on yand r

jim
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jim

I love MS, but don’t they have psychiatric therapists at GH,
for people who have been in long-term comas? You know,
to help Nina adjust to her new surroundings & all the years
she lost.

Really, shouldn’t Nina be in professional counseling rather than
running wild all over PC, thinking she’s still an ingenue ?? lol

Frances
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Frances

There is absolutely no one who can play RED but Phyllis I’m so sorry for the lost of Y&R!!!

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