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GH's Nancy Lee Grahn talks Alexis's Menopause and Twitter Mishaps!

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The outspoken and fabulous, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) of General Hospital, has a new storyline launching this week, when it is revealed that Alexis has menopause! So what does the Daytime Emmy award winning actress think about this plight for her alter-ego?  Well, in a new interview out today from TV Guide, she with her wry sense of humor and honesty takes a look at the decision to make Alexis have hot flashes! Plus, Grahn, who has been taken to task by some on twitter, talks about those tweets that landed her in a bit of hot water, but also how important she feels it is for her to a voice on a myriad of subjects when soap actors are all but ignored by the mainstream press!   Here are a few excerpts below!

Nancy on if she feels the soap audience wants to see a menopause story:  “Do they want to see one more mob shootout? In the 15 years I’ve been on GH we haven’t had many stories told about women from a woman’s perspective. I think I can make this funny and entertaining and relatable. Besides, it’s very timely, because the soaps are also going through menopause! Women can either think of this stage of life as death or a chance to transition into something wonderful, and that’s what the soaps need to do. To survive, they need to change with the times. They need to adapt. [Laughs] They need some damn hormones!”

Nancy on if new GH executive producer, Frank Valentini is happy with the menopause decision for a story for La Grahn, when it was originally Jill Farren Phelps idea/concept:  “Frank doesn’t like the idea of Alexis having menopause because he thinks it makes her too old. Now if she turned into some dried-up old hag over this, well, that would be very painful to watch. But there’s no need for that. I had a great love affair in real life, a really amazing romance, after I started menopause, so I know it’s not the end of life as we know it.”

Nancy on accidently spilling the GH spoiler that Sam is pregnant via Twitter, and if she gotten into hot water because of it: [Laughs] I did! I’ve gotten in trouble a couple of times. But let me tell you what happened there. I had not been watching the show at the time and I thought that news was already out. Fans were Twitter-tricking me. They were asking, “How do you feel about your character becoming a grandmother?” and “Isn’t it great that Sam’s pregnant?” And I’m, like, “Oh, yes!” not realizing I was confirming it. I was rightfully reprimanded by the network. It was an honest mistake, I swear. I would never be that stupid.”

Do you like the idea of a menopause story for Nancy and Alexis? Or, would you like to see her tackle something else? And, if so, what? Let us know!

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Gloria
Gloria

Just glad for her to have a story at all!

auotb
auotb

shes great whatever she does as long as shes front and center menoupause is not the end of the world!

Paula kate Prince-Meserole
Paula kate Prince-Meserole

Thank God! Bravo Nancy Lee Grahn!

Women have always had to hide the change of life and it isn’t fair.

It is a fact of life that all women go through this (whether we want to or not and it is NOT pleasant.

Imagine feeling intense heat coming up your neck encompassing you whole head and its making you feel like you are going to spontaneously combust.
That is what a hot flash or a hot flush (which can last anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes) feels like . And there is not much that a woman can do, save sticking your head in your freezer or throwing open the window to the freezing winter outside standing there just to get some relief.

I so sympathized with Alexis throwing open the window in Sam’s office while breathlessly sticking her head out the window into the freezing cold of a PC winter ‘s day.

It was a great scene that I understand only too well as I have experienced it often in the last 20 years since my change began. This is real life folks and though the change of life(menopause) is different for every woman, we should not be required to hide its effects, it is difficult to deal with and nothing that we should ever feel like we should be ashamed of.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Rahter this, yes, than another mob murder plot! Did GL’s Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) have a similar storyline once upon a time? It is a vital honest genuine situation to explore and i hope it is done correctly, not with fanfare and then rushed or forgotten. Nancy

david
david

Menopause is a “plight?” In the 21st century, people still think like this? “Frank doesn’t like the idea of Alexis having menopause because he thinks it makes her too old.” A woman past 49 is too old? No wonder television ratings don’t include them. I think the storyline is passe and dated, but apparently many people never got the message that it needs to be done. Will male menopause get a storyline too?

kay killgore
kay killgore

I am just breaking my rule I was not going to post anymore but I can’t let this go read the entire interview with Michael Logan we are still harping on our castmate not getting an emmy .Grow Up! And if I was a lawyer I would sue her for slander leave the actress who won the emmy for young actress alone. A word to Ms. Grahn start listening instead of shooting off your mouth you might learn something. But then you are a Liberal it is ok for you to tear someone apart that did nothing to you. Stick to acting and stop Tweeting!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

Nancy and many other celebrities keep forgetting that our country is split in half and there are some fans who are republicans and what you do is insult them and at the same time loose alot of fans ,laura ingrum ,dont know how to spell her name, but she wrote a book called shut up and sing ,and it makes sense ,what she is dong is saying I am a celebrity and I am smarter then you,well shes not ,and if you ask me I dont think she is well informed,I use to like her till I heard a comment she said ,and it changed my mind about her .so im with you kay killgore,stick to acting and stop twitting and giving interviews tearing down people you dont know.the left is not always right ,did I just say that?

ethel
ethel

soaps really need to have s/l’s that are true to life as much as possible – i excited that nancy finally has her own s/l and i know she will be amazing!

Dawn D
Dawn D

I like it if it wasn’t always portrayed as a joke/extreme. Not everyone goes thru that and now there is more medical/holistic approach to this occuring.

SS
SS

Actually it launched at the Jasam wedding in late September, and we’ve had 2 or 3 scenes about it since then.

Christy
Christy

Oh yes! Any story about stuff Alexis is going thru – hot flashes or panic attacks from being too close to Sonny when she had the hots for him — it’s all fun! And like she mentions, GH has been mob story driven too long! And Nice Mobsters too. Guess that’s what fast-forward is for … getting past all the boring-is it ever going to end-mobster crap.

TV ratings are so much about women, any stories that are related to our goings on of our bodies should be good for the show! And I love when Alexis & Diane get together — they are such a hoot!

Christy
Christy

add- and Alexis having menopause now does not make her an old lady!! Hey Frank are you listening? Women can go thru and start menopause at different ages. It can start much earlier than the old tales of “old” women going thru the change in their 50-60s. It’s just not like that! And women that have gone thru it are still not “old”! that’s ridiculous!

Pat
Pat

I think a storyline with Alexis in menopause would be awesome! Going thru menopause myself it would be great to come home from a long day at work and sit down to watch GH and Alexis having hot flashes, foggy moments, and make me laugh would b great! Alexis would do a fabulous job!

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Vinessa Antoine Reveals She And General Hospital Have Parted Ways; After Landing Primetime Series Lead

After the fantastic bit of casting news for actress Vinessa Antoine  (Jordan Ashford) over the weekend, today, via her social media accounts, Vinessa has addressed her future with General Hospital.

As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

An ABC rep told Soap Opera Digest that the role of Jordan is being recast.

So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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