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GH’s Nicholas Alexander Chavez Talks On: Cassadine Family Drama, Spencer’s Future, His Co-Stars, ‘Sprina’ and Esme

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One of the hottest newcomers of the soap opera season has been General Hospital’s Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer Cassadine) who has taken over the role of the SORAS’d son of the dark prince, Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Coloma).

Chavez has stepped into the role previously played by Nicolas Bechtel and it may it his own, while holding his own in scenes with some of the best of the long-running ABC daytime drama series.

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In a new virtual interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Nicholas shares what it has been like for him as a recast, and working with his GH co-stars including: Coloma, Maura West (Ava), Charles Shaughnessy (Victor), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and more.

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In addition, Nicholas weighs-in on the burgeoning love story between Spencer and Trina, now better known as “Sprina” and working with Sydney Mikayla, plus the arrival of Esme (Avery Pohl) on the scene and the trouble it will continue to cause for him and many in Port Charles.

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Chavez also reveal his hopes are for Spencer which include: that the young man goes after what he wants and ultimate power within the Cassadine clan.

Watch the conversation with Nicholas below.  Then weigh-in: are you rooting for Spencer and Trina to be together? Do you want Spencer to get ultimate revenge on his father, Nikolas, as well as Valentin? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Trina deserves better than Spencer as he is. If he can get his act together, maybe– although he looks so much older than Trina. It’s Esme I can’t tolerate. I hope Cameron doesn’t fall under her spell. I still have reservations about Mr. Chavez in the role. He can act and is really cute (great hair); he just seems too mature for the Port Charles younger set. But he’s definitely growing on me and is terrific eye candy, like his dad.

Hi Soaphound 🙂
You can’t tolerate Esme but–
Someday you might luv her lol
It’s going to be one of those stories of;
The bad evil turns loving good..
The loving good turned bad
Stories..
Those stories are soap writing 101 lol..
I see it starting from when Spencer told Josh
about Esme’s sad pathic life.
Yup, a hint of the Esme pity party coming up..

Plus, the actress Avery Pohl is on contact.

Well, they made it obvious who Esme’s mother was yesterday. Ironically, she wasn’t even in the scene when it happened.

Willow tells Joss “I never had a sister”.

Yeah… we all know what that means in soap land. So I’m not exactly sure how old Harmony got away from whatever cult she was in at the time to make a baby with Ryan… and then have that kid (and get rid of her) without Willow ever knowing a thing about it….. but you can bet your soul, that’s exactly what’s coming.

And just to add to my own unholy observations…..

Have y’all noticed the subtle changes in Esme’s looks in the last week or so….. They are really going out of their way to make her resemble Harmony. I’d say at this point, she looks more like Harmony’s daughter than Willow does.

Clearly they’re going to get this revelation out of the way sooner rather than later. Could this be the real reason why Spencer just found himself sentenced to a short stay in that “Spring Ridge” quasi-prison place where Esme herself works, along with her mama (and her daddy Ryan is one of the inmates)

Will Spence be the one to add 6 + 6 + 6 and discover his girlfriend’s true parentage??

He and Esme are both imperfect but perfect for each other.

Oh, he’s cute. Another great interview, Michael.

Im rooting for Spencer and Trina to finally admit their feelings for each other and get together it’s obviously feelings between the 2 of them so please finally get them together .

It’s an obsession they have for each other. Devouring obsession.

I still am not crazy about this fellow. Hopefully his grandmother will get him straightened out when she gets back. Did I just have a hallucination or was Laura actually talking to ” Deputy Mayor Ashby”? I thought when Auntie asked TJ how his mother was yesterday, and he answered that she was doing fine, I assumed she was still away getting medical care, rehab or whatever. What the heck did I miss?

I am going coo coo. Deputy Ashby is a spy for Nickolas’s uncle. I got Asford and Ashby mixed up.

Me too, Violet. I thought she was in a deep coma as a result of organ rejection from a few years ago. Guess I shouldn’t fast forward all of Aunt Stella after all.

“Chavez has stepped into the role previously played by Nicolas Bechtel and it may it his own”
I think someone uses voice recognition to write his stories! 😉

WHAT?

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.

 

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