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GH's Michelle Stafford Video Interview: Everything You Wanted To Know About Nina Clay & Then Some Part 1!

Photo: MF Soaps Inc.

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It looks to be a pivotal week on General Hospital for Nina Clay and her machinations, and her relationships with Silas and Franco!

Since coming to the ABC soap opera two-time Daytime Emmy winning dynamo, Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) has been making watching Nina’s twisted revenge plots must-see TV!  You just never know what she is going to do next, or think next, or when she might be prone to have one of her fantasies such as: stabbing Silas (Michael Easton) with a butcher knife post sex! And that crumpled piece of paper revenge list of Nina’s is getting lots of good use, as she continues to exact her plans on her unassuming victims!

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with Michelle Stafford for this very special two part video interview where we delve into a myriad of subjects surrounding Nina Clay,  and working with the different actors and characters in Nina’s orbit that are on the Port Charles canvas!

In part one, Michelle discusses what made her decide to come to GH to take on the role of Nina Clay, how she and GH head writer Ron Carlivati have collaborated on the character to bring her life, if there has been a feeling of competition between heavy hitter actresses on the GH set which now includes: Michelle, Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly) among others!  We also chat on what fans can expect if/when they see Nina in scenes with the person she is most mad at …  her mother, played by Donna Mills (Madeline)!  Later, we get into Nina’s revenge list and what Nina thinks about Silas and Sam (Kelly Monaco) … and Ava! And then there’s the subject of Ava’s baby, and Nina’s obsession to have one of her own … or is she planning on taking Ava’s?  Plus,  find out what Michelle had to say about Nina’s wheelchair days and more!

Make sure to come back to On-Air On-Soaps tomorrow for part two of our interview, where we discuss what it has been like for Michelle to work with Roger Howarth (Franco), and where she sees the on-screen relationship between Franco and Nina heading.  Plus a preview of what is to come, Billy Miller (Jason) coming to GH, the state of soaps, and we continue to delve deeper into Nina’s revenge list!  The second part is not to be missed!

Now after the jump, watch Part 1 of Everything You Wanted To Know About Nina Clay & Then Some!  Then chime-in, what was your favorite comment made by Michelle in the interview?  Share your thoughts below!

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su0000

Have to love Michelle, a dynamic woman!!
So happy she came to GH.. She is awesome!!

She is a great addition to my favorite list;
‘Michelle Stafford’, Maura West, , Billy Miller, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, Finola Hughes, Maurice Benard, Anthony Geary, Jane Elliot, Kathleen Gati, Jason Thompson..

WOW!!!! .. that ^^^ is a list of the best of the best!!! GH is bursting with talent! #1 ..!!

(I think Michelle and Billy are having a riot with GH !!! 🙂

Cathy Borruso
Cathy Borruso

That was GREAT! ♡ IT

Jenna
Jenna

So freakin cool the part about kelly was hilarious!

CeeCee
CeeCee

What can I say? I’ve said it all already. I LOVE YOU, MICHELLE.

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

I liked that scene when Silas caught Nina running around the hospital and wants to know how she suddenly is out of her wheelchair…just watch she’ll make something up…i can see her falling to her knees with her arms reaching heavenwards exclaiming ‘Its a MIRACLE!!!’ and gulliable Silas falling for it…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I said on another post, jimh, that Nina will tell Silas that she has been keeping it a secret until she was strong enough to surprise him. So, you see, we think alike…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Have you ever met her? I would love to. I bet she is super nice.

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, I have never met Michelle, Timmm. I have been watching her for 14 years, though. I know it’s silly, but I feel like I know her. I have a girl-crush on her. LOL

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

I was hoping the secret she was hiding is that she was born a man…then she got ‘female parts transplant’ so she could get preggy…hey, it would work on this show…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, man, jimh…you still manage to crack me up !!!!

Lin
Lin

fabulous interview

Greta
Greta

Great interview. I think Nina has potential. I think she was shown too much her first few months, but lately things have evened out. Her scenes with Franco are great. There is a lot of chemistry there, and I’m curious where their relationship goes.

Timmm
Timmm

Thats what I said to people who were not familiar with her work on Y&R. That character was super crazy but leveled off somewhat. Now we see Nina doing the same thing. She still and probably will always have a few screws loose but thats what makes her entertaining. Love her!

su0000
su0000

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(((((((((waving))))))) to Michelle .. We Love You!!!!

(so happy you got out of Y&R 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

Michelle is great. For GH fans who are new to Michelle Stafford, check out her web series from last year titled “The Stafford Project.” It is on Youtube. There are 10 episodes and they run anywhere from 8 to 18 minutes long. She plays kind of a character, kind of based on her own life, and kind of reality driven. It is so good! She said recently she is shopping around more episodes to distributors. Cannot wait!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I’ve really warmed to Nina because of the way she is with her brother, James, & Franco. Frankly, I think she’s a better friend to Franco than he is to her. It’s interesting to watch her try & protect him from the pain she knows he’ll feel. You’d think she would be glad to have a fellow “cheatee” to commiserate with. But, in spite of her ongoing underhanded revenge, she doesn’t want that for him. Like Fairman alluded to, we’ve only really seen one side of her pain. Once we get that confrontation with her mother, I think people will know how badly she hurts, even if they don’t agree with her way of dealing with it. Nina is stuck in one gear, & I think she’ll eventually get out of it. I like how TPTB are showing all sides of the characters. They aren’t just black & white. “Villains” love their families & yearn for acceptance as much as the “good guys” do. And, sometimes the “good guys” make horrible decisions in spite of their good intentions. I’m hooked!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are so right, Kansas. Nina doesn’t know how deep her feelings for Franco run. Yet, she protects him; even with Silas. To me, her lying to her husband speaks volumes. It shows where her allegiance lies.

teresa Brady
teresa Brady

I didn’t like Michelle at first but now I think shes really getting into the character. She is so funny when she grabs Francos phone from his hands! Love her!

Max
Max

I laughed so hard with those two. Loving Nina and Franco!

dmr
dmr

I agree! I wasn’t sure at first, either.

SpixieFan
SpixieFan

Great interview!! Love her. I love the little mannerisms she gives Nina.. like swinging her legs in the wheelchair lol.. I feel bad for the way Silas treats her…. he was so cold to her. She is busted now.. can’t wait to see the follow up on this, part of me feels bad for her. If she would only be honest!! But if everyone was honest and decent then I guess we wouldn’t have a show? Lol

sally
sally

I really miss u on yr it’s not the same the new Phyllis stinks I will b watching gh

sally
sally

I really miss you on the young and restless you brought it all Phyllis was awesome don’t like the .New gal so be watching general hospital

su0000
su0000

I see that Michelle is having a riot with GH..
GH is totally different than Y&R , its a whole very different world than Y&R..
Michelle and Billy will soar to new and very exciting heights !!
they will have great thrilling drama to act, awesome..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my, Sally. I love Michelle. But, Gina is a great actress. Give her a chance. She deserves that much. Study Gina’s face and her expressions….she is slipping into Phyllis mode with expertise.

dmr
dmr

I really do like Michelle as Nina Clay. I like her friendship with Franco. I think Michelle’s scenes with Roger are her best. I like the vulnerability she expresses-when talking about knowing what it is like being betrayed by someone that you love-I also love her crazy antics while plotting with Rosalie. I laugh out loud everytime she refers to her (hit) list. She’s a great addition to the cast!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, dmr. Do you remember how, at the beginning, only a couple of us liked Nina? They were not really ready to receive her? The few of us who knew what a phenomenal actress she was tried to sway the ‘unbelievers’ (lol) to our side…well, it finally happened. It’s great to see that Michelle is finally home….Port Charles.

Shirley
Shirley

Loved the interview Michael and Michelle is awesome

k/kay
k/kay

I like MS but I do not care for the Nina character I wish she had remained as Phyllis but that is her choice. I was sitting at the bar in a restaurant with a friend the bartender said oh gosh Phyllis is in a wheelchair I said no she woke up over at GH in a wheelchair. He said Oh Man it was priceless so she probably will always be Phyllis to a lot of people. Best of luck to her she seems happy!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

Photo Credits: CBS, JPI, ABC

Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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