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Giovanni Mazza Joins General Hospital as Brook Lynn’s Cousin

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) wedding is bringing several new faces to General Hospital. Now comes word that violinist and actor, Giovanni Mazza is set to show up for the nuptials which begin the week of May 13th.

Mazza will play Giovanni Cerullo, the cousin of BLQ, who will play the violin at their wedding ceremony.

Giovanni, who is based in Chicago, has performed at many live events and television shows including for the NBA (see below). As an actor, he started at the young age of 8 in commercials and indie based films out of Chicago.

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He got his first speaking role at 10 on Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs.  Giovanni holds a dual citizen in the United States and Italy. Deadline broke the casting news.

Will GH keep Mazza around for the summer months when the teen scene usually is featured more in story on the soaps? Stay tuned.

Watch Giovanni perform at the L.A. Lakers, and then let us know if you are looking forward to seeing him on GH? Comment below.

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I think this is the actor some fans hoped would play the new Spencer Cassadine. GH already has several male characters (Jake, Aiden, Danny, Rocco, etc.) on the teen scene this summer. I wonder if they will bring Charlotte back and what other female characters will be added to the teen scene this summer.

I doubt Charlotte will be around in the summer as both Laura & Val the Bastard are likely to be on extended “summer vacations”. So Charlotte would have nobody to live with. I think we can assume Anna is out of the question, and she might be on vacation herself.

The show needs to add a couple of teen female characters. I don’t think they have any on the show to play opposite the boys. I know there is a rumor GH may bring back Emma Scorpio-Drake, but she’s too old (in character) for the teens. I think Georgie is the only pre teen/teen female besides Charlotte.

WHY???

We are on overload now with kids, why add more, especially if it will be another troublesome one, which he probably will be. If they ever have one bullying Leo, that’s it for me.

Summer ! The shows try to bring younger eyes to the show in the summer…. so hense all the younger actors story’s and presence in the summer months.

Please. It’s not the 70s anymore, and NOBODY under the age of 60 watches soaps. NOBODY. I don’t know why the powers-that-be haven’t figured this out yet. According to Deadline, the average age of the GH viewer is…SIXTY EIGHT YEARS OLD.

Actually you’re wrong. There are a couple of hundred thousand who are 18-49 and that’s the demographic the soaps are trying to grow because that’s who the advertisers are trying to reach. With that in mind, to pull in a younger audience they’re unfortunately screwing up the vets and legacy families. What they should do, which is what soaps have always done, is keep the legacy families going with multi-generations on simultaneously. We should have AJ, Dillon, Lucky, Nikolas, Spencer, Emma…but they’ve all been written off and instead, they’re bringing on new families and characters.
Anyway, this current actor is a violinist (fantastic I might add) and he was cast as a cousin to Brook Lynn and will be playing music at her wedding. No idea if it’s just a one day spot or if he’ll be staying for a while but I think he’ll be a great addition. I know if I was 20, his picture would be up on my wall! LOL

I’m in my 40s and watch soap operas.

God forbid they should have lots of family at their wedding.

He’s going to be playing Brook Lynn’s cousin. He’s a violinist in real life and in-story he’s going to be part of the wedding music. Very talented guy; he’ll be a great addition whether for just that day or longer. Also he’s not Leo’s age; he’s nineteen.

I know, I know, dear Violet. But, look at this kid. Be still mine heart!!❤️ LOL

Gorgeous kid; incredibly talented. I watched a few of his videos. Between his looks and his talent he’s going to soar in the music world and probably any creative endeavor he pursues….

All I can say is…”Oh, mamma mia!!!!!!! “ com’è bello!!

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brook Lynn and Chase’s Wedding Reception Brings a Beatdown for Dex

On Friday’s, May 17th episode of General Hospital, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) wedding reception was the focal point as the touching celebration for the newlyweds got underway.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) was seething over seeing Dex mingle with the guests. With Dex becoming a cop, and ratting him out to Anna, previously Sonny feels betrayed by his former hit man. However, Sonny’s growing paranoia and mental stability is in question, in particular, because he has been off the proper dosage of meds for months now.

Later, when Sonny sees Dex talking with Gio (Giovanni Mazza) about serving in the military, and later chumming it up with Cerullos, he is about to go postal.

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Outside the ballroom. Sonny confronts Dex about chatting it up with the Cerullos, who he says are his people. He warns Dex to stay away from his family. Dex says he was invited to the reception.

Next, Sonny calls Dex a snitch, a spy, and lets him know he is “lucky to be breathing.”  Sonny issues Dex a warning to stay away from his family, or he may not be breathing much longer.

As Sonny turns to walk away., Dex grabs him by the arm to try to reason with him and to and say he’s not his enemy. However, Sonny throws a punch. In the pickup, Sonny continues to bloody and beatdown Dex, until Jason (Steve Burton) arrives on the scene and restrains Sonny.

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Kristina (Kate Mansi) walks in on the moment. She sees her father is yelling that both Jason and Dex are traitors. Sonny screams that they are both dead and he’s going to put a gun to their heads.

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In happy news, Brook Lynn and Chase finally begin their wedding night when they jump onto of their bed in their honeymoon suite. Chase says now they have a great wedding night, which will be followed by a great honeymoon, and that will be followed by their entire life together. They share a kiss.

So, what did you think of Sonny’s explosive words and actions against Dex and Sonny? Will Kristina figure out what is going on with her dad, once and for all? Comment below.

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