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Happy ANNAversary! Finola Hughes Celebrates Today 30 Years On General Hospital!

Simply, the best!  I think all General Hospital fans would agree that one needs to look no further than former spy and now federal agent Anna Devane, as one of the top daytime female character to be admired who has survived insurmountable odds, fought the bad guys, has been a mother, a lover, and a grandmother … and is sexy as all get out doing it!

Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes (Anna), who is a nominee again this year, has brought her style, grace and heracting chops to General Hospital for 30 years and today is the day we celebrate Finola and Anna Devane.

Earlier today, a very special edition of #AskGH was all the rage on Twitter with Finola answering fans questions and many video tributes have been posted and poured in for the big  “AnnaVersary”!

In addition, in honor of her 30th anniversary, Finola also appeared on The Rachael Ray Show.  During her visit, she surprised Dr. Ian who is a superfan of GH.  Finola revealed to the good doc that she brings big news.  GH is giving him a small role on the soap.  “You know, I may not be the commissioner anymore but we’ve managed to secure you a role as a cop on our show,” said Hughes!

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After the jump watch a special video tribute put together lovingly by robertannafan and Finola on The Rachael Ray Show.  Then share your well-wishes for Finola, and tell us your favorite Anna Devane moment!

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su0000
su0000

Both the videos were fun to watch..
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Finola you rock !!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Finola does rock, su. I wasn’t even born when she first appeared on GH, but I completely adored her on AMC. She is just one of those people who just attract, and she’s beautiful inside and out, I’m sure. Go get ’em, Finola….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Someone on a soap opera—even if there was a break—that long and having many front burner storylines, i consider a lead actress and not supporting!!!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Read her reason for putting herself in supporting this year it was in SOD last week I am sure you can probably read it on line! Congratulations to FH and please bring Scorpio home from Genoa City and back into her arms! Miss those two’s wonderful chemistry!!!!

Tim
Tim

Tristan Rogers signed a new contract with Y&R in January,so Robert will not be returning to GH in 2015.

su0000
su0000

Jimh..
supporting actor has nothing to with how long one has been with a soap..
It’s that a Supporting actor’s day is typically pretty short, whereas its very common to have lead Actors work 10 or 12+ hour days ..

Some actors are an everyday person (lead) and others are sporadic (supporting)

Finola is one of the greats, for sure!

Aden
Aden

Hi Jim. She definitely has been lead in the past, but not for this nominating year she wasnt. She didnt drive story nor did she have enough screen time to warrant lead. Which is why the Peggy McKay thing boggles my mind. She is the epitome of what supporting actress should be. Finola is a smart cookie…..she knows that under this regime her character has been made to look like a bungling fool who cant even make an arrest for jaywalking. Finola was truly supporting in 2014. I have enjoyed all of her work and I hope one day GH will find a regime who will restore the character of Anna to her former glory and prominence.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know what your saying…Peggy Mckay i love her and she is great but is rarely on and has no real story of her own…FH may not have a real story of her own(well, she did loose her commisioner job and dealt with Duke somewhat which is more story than brief appearances at Days with Peggy who hasnt any of her own story) and FH is shown more so in comparison FH feels more like lead than Peggy…im just glad the emmys are back on tv!!!

Laurie A McRae
Laurie A McRae

Of all of the actresses/female characters I’ve watched in Daytime television over the last 50 + years, Finola Hughes/Anna Devane are the women I most admire & would like to be, when I grow up. 😉

Lauren
Lauren

She’s the best! Lucky us for seeing her work onscreen!

Robin
Robin

Congrats to Finola on her 30th ANNAversary! How lucky and fortunate we fans have been for all these years to have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of Finola and the wonderful character of Anna Devane!!

The video tribute is amazing! I’m sure it was difficult to select scenes when there have been so many many great scenes and storylines involving Anna over the years!

Some of my favorite storylines over the years have been the flashback backstory of Robert and Anna and the Alien/Faison story. Favorite scenes are way too numerous to mention!! Comedic scenes between Anna and Frisco, family scenes with Robert, Anna and Robin, fierce scenes between Anna and Faison, etc., etc.

Again, congrats to Finola!! Hope to see many more years of Anna Devane!!

Brooke
Brooke

Finola deserves all the love and admiration she is getting today! A class act all the way around and a wonderful actress. I’ve been a fan since she first appeared on GH in 1985. Anna has had some great storylines over the years and Finola always makes the most of what she’s given. Love love love Finola and Anna Devane!

aria
aria

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FINOLA, YOU TOTALLY ROCK! I started watching GH when i was 10, what i love most was when the character of Anna was introduce and later Robin, but what made anna so great was she was like one of the guys, she held her own and could kick butt too, there really wasn’t many women doing that back then in soaps and still today no female character stands out like Anna did, closes one was Jordan, but RC/FV somehow don’t Know how to write kick ass female characters. Still, i love Anna, but i feel RC/FV don’t do the character justice, first of all she should be trying to figure out what happened to Robin, its so wrong that Anna an Patrick bought into Robin fake story and just left it at that. Anna should also be seen spending more time with Emma, after all Emma was the reason she stayed in pc. Also, Anna should go back to being a Spy, its not working for her trying to enforce the law, since under RC/FV regime the character will never solve a crime to save her life. As a spy she’s more in the middle and this way the show can bring in these bad villains for short story arc, i.e like terrorist. I’m not sure if the audience wants to see Anna become buddies with Sonny, but i think the character should be involve in bring down more dangerous characters and have Sonny become that one bad guy every hero had as back up. Remember how Robert befriended Luke and they became buddies and even save the world? Lets be real, Sonny is not a real mobster, yes he’s killed a few bad guys and A.J, but since the show has decided he’s not going to pay for those crime, what other crime is he really committing ? the crime of self righteous? has he really terrorize PC? So to conclude, lets see Anna hanging out with Emma, trying to figure out what s going on with Robin, have a bigger villain come to town and try to really destroy PC so that Anna can then team up with Sonny, be on friendly terms with him, put Helena on warning for messing with Robin, and get her A team back, open a P.I agency, and team up with Felicia, Jordan, and spinneli and solve some dangerous crime and fun capers, oh and no way in hell let her work along with Sam as a p.i, sam can’t solve a crime if her life depended on it

Maria
Maria

Thanks for your tribute, Michael! I have adored Finola for what seems like a life time. I’m so happy she still reigns as the great Anna Devane 30 years after her first episode on GH. She is a treasure !

Timmm
Timmm

OMG, 30 years! We should all hope to look as good as Finola looks as she ages gracefully! My favorite story with her character was when Grant Putnam kidnapped her and kept her in a cage. I know, morbid but her and Brian Patrick Clarke were golden together!

roberannafan
roberannafan

Thanks for the shoutout! It is really hard to pick one favorite Anna moment, but I will go with the scene from 1990, Sean tells AnR that it was his fault they broke up and the Swede was alive

Fanny
Fanny

Finola has played Anna beautifully throughout the years,time has
been as kind to her as she has been to us. And the Emmy goes to
Finola Hughes.

Rose
Rose

Was so happy to see Finola return to General Hospital. Also liked her in Charmed and Staying Alive (you could really see her dance).
Just wish Ron C would give her a prominent role with Anna doing cool things like she used to do. Right now she’s no more than window dressing…she can do more that has a lot more fun and adventure than the dark, downer stories we’ve had the past few years. She really solved crimes and would have never given up on Robin.
Unfortunately, this has happened to other favorite actors GH has brought back, like Ian, Frisco, Kristen, and Tristan. We’re hopefully finishing the Fluke fiasco, and now we get to see Kiki and Morgan try to make Michael look like an alcoholic, Ava wanting to die, again another baby being tossed around for drama, Carly enabling Sonny and saying she’s a good mother, etc. At leased write more upbeat, complicated stories than what we’ve had lately. Also wouldn’t mind Duke getting rid of the beard.

Edith
Edith

This was a great celebration for a great actress and one of the greatest characters to ever be created for daytime television. Her performances, when they chose to actually use her, are flawless and she continues to reminds fans like me why I still watch GH. Kudos to a classy lady for an amazing occasion.

Alicia
Alicia

This was a really wonderful celebration. Even though Anna was nowhere to be found on GH over the past couple of weeks, it was so much fun seeing Finola on The Chew and The Rachel Ray Show as well as having her live tweet with fans on the day of Anna’s 30th anniversary. The photos and videos The Findom shared via twitter over the past few weeks have been phenomenal! Kudos to Finola for reaching this amazing milestone in her career and may she continue to bring us more Anna Devane.

Francine
Francine

I still think Finola is one of the best things still happening on GH and also in that group are Tony Geary & Jane Elliott. I wish they would use her more! I wish her Congratulations for this great moment! 30 years is really something especially in a genre like daytime TV. She is a class act and clearly the fans believe that too!

Maddie
Maddie

I don’t think anyone is more deserving of this 30 year celebration than Finola Hughes. She handles her work and her interaction with fans like the true pro that she is and she is very generous by donating all the proceeds from her GHFCW fan gatherings to charity every time she has a gathering. Kudos to her for being such a class act!

Lucerne
Lucerne

I’d love to congratulate Finola Hughes on this awesome accomplishment. Kudos to her for always keeping the doors to GH open and Kudos for GH for knowing which character and actress they would need to bring back to help meld legendary and beloved with “let’s try some new stuff”. FYI, I still pick legendary and beloved!

Tristan
Tristan

I remember Anna’s very first episode, as well as the hideous fake scar being worn as “penance.” Always thought Anna was Gloria Monty’s best female creation and the actress remains the gold standard at GH. Now, can we please get a storyline for Anna worthy of Finola Hughes’s great talent? That would be the most fitting celebration of 30 years of Anna Devane and Finola Hughes!!!!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Ditto!. Have loved Anna at first sight. Let’s give her a storyline and a romance–and not that creepy Sloan.

Rodd
Rodd

Such a talented, beautiful and classy actress! Congratulations and best wishes. Thank you for always delivering your best.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Let’s get real for a moment: Finola’s “30 years” were far from continuous, so it’s not the major milestone promoted here. I think she’s been off the show almost as long as she’s been on the show. Same thing goes for Tony Geary, and with him, he seems to be gone one-half of every year.

Tim
Tim

I did some research and found out that Finola has been playing Anna(on GH) for roughly 15 years in total.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Tim. You’ve proved my point.

Tristan
Tristan

Is it not true that Finola premiered as Anna thirty years ago? I believe the celebration by fans is an acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of Anna’s arrival in Port Charles.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for the heads-up, Tristan, but reread the headline to this story and you’ll see what I mean.

Maria
Maria

It was the anniversary of Finola’s 1st appearance on GH as Anna Devane. I don’t think anyone assumed she had actually been on the show for 30 years but she did also play Anna Devane on AMC.

Tim
Tim

In addition to Finola 3 of her cast mates will be celebrating their 10 year anniversaries in 2015,Jason Thompson,Kelly Monaco and Laura Wright all started on GH in 2005.

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The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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