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GH’s Tanisha Harper On Becoming Jordan: “I Felt That This Role Was For Me”

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Last week, Tanisha Harper debuted as the new Jordan Ashford on General Hospital.  Harper follows Briana Nicole Henry who vacated the role, and the original Jordan played by Vinessa Antoine.

In story, Jordan returned from her health crisis and recovery and was reinstated as police commissioner, just as her ex, Curtis (Donnell Turner), and Portia (Brook Kerr) are getting ready to buy a house and move in together.  From the looks of it, Jordan is still carrying a torch for Curtis.

Harper spoke to Soap Opera Digest (on their latest issue on newsstands now) about the audition process for the role of Jordan and her thoughts on landing the part.

Tanisha shared: “When I saw this role, I was like, ‘This is exactly what I was looking for.’ And as I was going over the audition (material) and learning my lines. I was like, ‘I just feel like this is the one.’ Something about it was just very natural for me. I just really felt it; I felt that this role was for me.”

So, what have been your first impressions of Tanisha as the new Jordan? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I like her.

Roman Eva…I like her, too.

I like her, too. I do feel she’s miscast as Jordan. She doesn’t carry the confidence or savvy of a police commissioner. But, if they give her a real story instead of another tired triangle with Curtis and Portia, she’ll be fine. Hey, she held her own with Genie in their first scene…that’s a good sign.

Agreed, Soaphoud—-This actress’ hauteur is misplaced. She definitely lacks that certain je ne sais quoi…..I am not drawn to her. She has yet to grasp the “Police Chief” persona which is so inherently Jordan, if you will.
Nonetheless, I said the same about “second” Nina, whom I now love, faults and all. So……
Her facial expression is too rigid and expressionless, except for that smile which is beautifully blinding, but at the same time, seemingly forced. She needs to come down to earth and soften that pretty face–Just my opiniom—it’s the impression I’m getting.
Portia? Too good to be true and waaaay too annoying. Her smile leaves a lot to be desired.
I love Curtis—he’s hot–yet, neither of these “new” women is right for him.
There’s no one else around —poor Curtis!! LOL

She’s terrible. I wish they’d stop hiring models and start hiring actors. And there has to be some middle ground between Shreiky McShriekerson Carly and walking Barbie Dolls like this. She’s supposed to be a police commissioner; she is NOTHING like that.

Everything takes time. Brianna took some getting used to, after Vinessa Antoine left the role. There’s always an adjustment period.

Amen❣️ Rightly said She needs to be given a chance to bring her own game, not Vanessa’s (Who was the best) and certainly not Brianna’s who lack that certain …joi de vivre. Harper does have the attitude, and held her own with shrieky Carly like someone called her. I can’t wait to see her line with Curtis who’s much older than all 3 women but so handsome he still looks great with all of them.

You sure have a thing against models. Where does it say she was one anyway? I don’t think she learned her lines walking down a catwalk.

it always takes an adjustment period but we’ll see. Now we got to get use to a new Trina. So, again we’ll see.

I am enjoying her in the role very much. I think she will be a powerful Jordan

I think T. Harper fits the role of Jordan Ashford better than Briana Henry.Henry and Donnell didn’t seem to have much if none at all chemistry. There was no affection like he had with Vinessa. They were so natural as if they were a real couple. I loved the nurse’s ball episode when Curtis proposed to Jordan, and I’d wished they’d done the wedding with Vinessa before she left to do Diggstown. With B. Henry it seems so scripted, no affection, no sparks nor sparkle. I hope Ms Harper up the Jordan role. Poor Curtis gonna have the 3 faces of Jordan in a nightmare. Lol

She is going to do well playing the role of Jordan like her already

Sorry not feeling the new Jordan

I really love how Tanisha plays this character . They definitely need to show more of her and give her a really super nice storyline. Gorgeous and she is coming into herself as The Commissioner. They could really shake things up by bringing Tommy back from the dead. I mean no one really does die on Soaps anyway. I’m sure Frank could find a way.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.

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However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Kate Mansi on Her First Scenes with Eva LaRue: “It Was So Tense and Uncomfortable, Which Was So Fun For Us.”

This week, General Hospital viewers have witnessed the arrival of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia. When Natalia blew into her daughter’s life, she also caught Kristina (Kate Mansi) in bed. The next moment, Mansi and LaRue played the awkwardness of the scene.

In the story, and at that point, Natalia apparently didn’t have a clue that her daughter is gay, so finding Kristina is her daughter’s room was puzzling to her.

Kate Mansi spoke to Soap Opera Digest on her introduction to soap veteran LaRue, who has appeared on All My Children as Maria Santos and won a Daytime Emmy for her role as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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