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Jeffrey Vincent Parise Returns To General Hospital As Dr. Joe Rivera!

Courtesy/ABC

On-Air On-Soaps along with many General Hospital fans were hoping that the powers-that-be at the ABC daytime drama series would find a way to keep fan favorite Jeffrey Vincent Parise alive and kicking on our screens after finally killing-off his alter-ego, Carlos Rivera.

First, we had Carlos back in visions taunting Anna (Finola Hughes) and Julian (William deVry), but this week fans learned the ultimate plan.  Pull out the old twin plot device and bring Parise back as Carlos’ brother, and that is what they did!

Viewers were introduced to Parise’s new incarnation as Dr. Joe Rivera as he comes to the door at the Quartermaines and reconnects with Sabrina (Teresa Santiago).  It is clear from Sabrina’s introduction of him to a leery Michael (Chad Duell) that she knew Joe way back when  confirming the twin story is true.   She also dated the guy.  And to boot, what is Joe by profession? A pediatric surgeon!  He could definitely help in the care of baby Teddy.  Thus, throwing a wrench in the burgeoning romance of Michael and Sabrina.

Upon his re-emergence on to the Port Charles canvas, Parise was flooded by GH fans thrilled to have him back via social media.  Jeffrey sent out this tweet in acknowledgement:  “Once again I’m blown away by the kindness of @GeneralHospital fans. Thank U 4 the warm welcome back! Gonna B a fun ride!

So, what do you think about GH playing the twin card and bringing Parise back to the show? Are you hoping Joe sways Sabrina away from Michael?  Are you excited to have the actor back on the show in a new role?  Are you perhaps a naysayer, who thinks that somehow down the line this could all be a twist, and Joe is really Carlos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Becca
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Becca

I’m thrilled to have Jeffrey back as a new character. He is a stellar actor and brings a great energy to the show whenever he is on. Welcome back, JVP!

Jamie
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Jamie

OMG, I didn’t know he was coming back until I saw the episode. I wasn’t a huge Carlos fan, but I LOVE me some Jeffrey. Is he like, the best looking guy ever or is it just me? I’m excited to see him back on screen!!

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

We’ve had so many “long-lost twins” in the past, some good, others not. Any way we can keep an outstanding actor like Jeffrey is just fine with me. Welcome back, JVP, glad you are (hopefully) here to stay for a very long time to come.

NancyH
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NancyH

Sometimes TPTB do listen! Thank you GH!!

elm1951
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elm1951

i am thrilled that tptb/writers found a place for jvp – he is such a great actor……………..

Patrick
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Patrick

I could cry…. I fall in love on these shows

tearful giddy salute

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh Patrick…what you just wrote is so sweet…cute!

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

I wonder if he is really Carlos-you know…the twin switch, and maybe Carlos did have some medical training no one is aware of and its his brother Joe who is really dead!!!

Shay
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Shay

You mean like when OLTL’s supposedly murdered pimp Marco Dane switched identities with his priestly bro? Now that was a clever, creative and ultimately, shocking, storyline….this one, however? Not so much….yawn!

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

Yeah…i agree…no real shocker here…i also seen twin switches on Dark Shadows, Return To Peyton Place, and Days Of Our Lives-all those shows were better at it!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That’s what I said on another post Jim…it would be too ridiculous, and it wouldn’t get Julian out of a murder charge. I had hoped that Sabrina and Michael would have a shot…which we now know WON’T be happening since enter “the twin” just as Sabrina says she’s “finally getting her happy ending.” “Joe’s presence should send Julian straight to the psych ward…lol, that’ll get him out of jail! Maybe he’ll have an affair with Heather! I see BLT’s in his future…

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

and there is never ever really any soap happy endings!!!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Jimmy. Deirdre’s ( Marlena) real-life identical twin, Andrea on DOODL? Yeah. Too easy and too old a tactic.

Phil
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Phil

Please keep him away from Sabrina and Michael! I like Sabichael!

Timmm
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Timmm

I like those two together, as well, six feet under!

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

Not far enough!!!-lol

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I like them too Phil. Michael deserves to be happy…which is how I felt toward Sabrina too after being ditched by Patrick and losing her baby. I was surprised though when, upon her return, she made it seem like she went with Carlos because she loved him. My recollection was she went under duress…not threat of physical harm…but felt pressured. Also seemed like she loved Michael and didn’t want to leave him. There was no mention of this when she returned, which would have made their “live story” stronger. Seems now like Michael’s feelings are stronger for her than hers… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Love, not live, story

Patrick
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Patrick

really, “strong” post I will reiterate…. I have grown to adore Sabrina first and foremost… I will always want more people of color 2ndly… I wanted a relationship with Michael… if this solidified her belong I’ve made no bones about how uninterested I think the character Michael lightning struck… not as strong as heat induced or come hither but a chord of semblance… a chemistry WITH two characters so yes… for all it’s worth… I like these two characters together… where else could either of these two go ? it would seem… and I’m still interested that she and Dr.… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Thanks Patrick. i always liked Sabrina. She was sort of like Emily. Sincerely sweet; no ulterior motive which some had accused her of when she was with Patrick. She was supposed to be a stark contrast to Britt who was the gorgeous bitch…Sabrina the mousey nurse with a heart of gold. The problem is even though I like her they STILL haven’t evolved her into someone I feel connected to or look forward to seeing in an episode. On the other hand the show needs balance and it has very few truly good people. Michael and Sabrina, IF allowed to… Read more »

Pam Roth
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Pam Roth

I am thinking that he is Carlos. Kevin Collins, Grant (can’t remember his name), were twins posing as each other in the past on GH. No one stats dead on GH!

Patrick
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Patrick

I am stunned at this turn

a revelation of cast aplomb and let the show begin

he’s so much FUN
he’s so intriguing
he’s so dashing
he’s so sense of humor

he will go wherever he should

he melds that well with the whole cast

what a dream

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank “you” General Hospital / ABC / Disney

Sincerely

this man is a KEEPER

I love gh
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I love gh

He is a keeper! He’s a fabulous actor. He could be paired with anyone on the show & make the scene better. That’s a rare quality for any actor, so kudos to GH for figuring out what a loss they had with Carrrrrrrlos’s demise.

Patrick
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Patrick

for a long…. long while… every other post of mine included JVP Talent

Mr. Carlos – NOW – Dr. John Rivera

let the dance begin with his charisma

he’s “fine”

Rose
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Rose

Patrick…Love having Jeffrey back. Yea! As a paediatric doctor maybe he can also help Carly on her search for Joss’s donor. BUT…I couldn’t help sense an undercurrent about him. We don’t want “John” to be too squeaky clean , do we?

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

absolutely

there has to be some menace to machismo his MOVE

i’m giddy reading all the posts

whenever I’ve read his stuff in SOD… or whathaveyou

it’s really endearing to read how .. he genuinely cares about this craft as an art form

I’m happy he’s happy to be in this genre

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rose. You’re such a nice person. I really don’t care about the Joss kidney story. Proverbial needle in a haystack? The only way this story would turn my head would have to be something astronomically out of this hemisphere. Who is the donor….someone we could never have imagined? Let’s see; Sonny? Another gold medal to add to his lapel and more fodder for his already swelled head. As far as Joe, I agree. He has that aura of mystery which is so typical and ‘familiar’ to soaps. I think he is still in love with Sabrina. Carlos ‘stole’ her… Read more »

rose
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rose

Celia I see merit in Jimh’s suggestion as well. Maybe thats why I sensed something under that calm demeanor. No one can account for all of Carlos time, where he’s been, and who he saw. So a real cameleon?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I’m back to take credit again…hey, we all do it! 🙂 I said on a previous post Joe might be Carlos! Not sure what I believe which is half the fun, but the thought immediately came to mind. Either way he’s probably trouble.

Celia
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Celia

I know you always make sense, Rose. And, if truth be known, I felt the same undercurrent. But, not in a bad way…only that he wants Sabrina.
Then, again….the possibility that Joe and Carlos are one and the same, is the elephant in the room. There is that!!!

And, Rebecca. I see nothing wrong in taking credit. You did say this first. It is what it is.
Just as I will, eventually, take credit if Naomi is, indeed, Liz’s mother. I said it first. LOL.

Rose
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Rose

Celia, Rebecca, & others…Isn’t it nice when we can all have a chance to be brilliant once in a while?!?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yes Rose, it is! We’re actually brilliant all of the time. We just proclaim it every now and then. 🙂

Thanks CeeCee, but if it doesn’t turn out that way, I’m going straight to denying I ever even thought it! 🙂

Celia
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Celia

What do you mean, once in a while? I am always brilliant! HaHa!!!!
I need your feedback, Rose. I am just joshin’, Rose. The camaraderie on these boards is the best thing, guys!!

k/kay
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k/kay

He has more lives then a cat!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Sorry but, this was pointless. Especially since Dr. Joe just doesn’t make any sense. There was never any kind of mention of him existing, and it doesn’t paint Sabrina is a good light. And if you’re going to create secondary characters for people like JVP or third/fourth ones for ME, then how about other former cast members who fans loved? Why aren’t they being offered new roles?

Shay
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Shay

It was one thing to do it for ME….people clamored for his return from an abrupt, unjust dismissal and the actor was already known for his chameleon-like array of characters from Port Charles past. But this instance is just gratuitous….more about the showrunner’s desire to bring back a favored actor than for the purpose of a justifiable storyline. Given GH’s propensity for look-alikes, perhaps it should be redubbed “Doppelganger Hospital!”

Celia
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Celia

Very well phrased, Shaybelle. I like what you say about the probable reason for bringing Parise back. Not because he fits in a pertaining storyline, but because he is a fan-fave.
I wish it could always be thus….what fans want, fans get.

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

I wasn’t particularly fond of Carlos but I have to say that I very much like this insanely handsome man being back on the show. If our first glance at him in his new role is an indicator of things to come…keep it coming, Mr. Valentini. Bravo! Welcome back to the show, Mr. Parise!

JK
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JK

SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS GREAT ACTOR BACK ON GH…..NICE SURPRISE!!! HOPE HE HAS A GOOD STORYLINE….

Jimmy
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Jimmy

There are 3 reasons why I can immediately get behind this new character. First, Jeffrey is back! He’s a fantastic actor and the show made a real blunder when they killed him off – twice. The only other alternative for Carlos was prison, since the writers seemed so intent on painting him into a corner time and time again, so he would have been off screen anyway. Second, he’s not a total newbie because he has ties to the canvas, and a history with Sabrina, meaning he’s not some never before heard of long-lost relative. Even though GH used the… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

As much as I hate the tired twin trope, I too am glad JVP is back! I’m willing it go for the ride on this one n

su0000
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su0000

Awwwww this is good, very good..
luvs Jeffrey Vincent Parise !!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I do miss all of Carlos’ wild hair, but this guy is the real deal as an actor, so I’m thrilled anyway. NOW can we get rid of Aaron, Andre, Jordan, Naomi, T. J., Parker and her undoubtedly on-the-horizon wife, and especially Claudette? Pretty please.

Timmm
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Timmm

I support all of your dismissals!

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

That list should include Hate-den-lol

Shay
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Shay

Me three, Timmm!!!!….Plus Sabs, Teduardo, Nina, Alexis and Hayden!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, yes, and more yes, Soaphound. But, can we wait and see what happens with the Hayden-Lizzie ‘intrigue’ first, before getting rid of Naomi? She’s smack in the middle of this ‘smelly’ storyline.

Shay
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Shay

The only question is just how did she land in the middle???? Did she buy “Baby Rachel” from the almost supernaturally fertile Heather, unbeknowst to Papa Jeff????? (Meaning did Ms. Webber have another child or children under the radar just like with Franco? She supposedly suffered a miscarriage during her second pregnancy with Jeff.) It would seem that twins with Liz being the other child isn’t the answer, or this nuttier than fruitcake character would have been raising the red flag when her son expressed a romantic interest in Elizabeth…..so maybe there is only a half-sisterly link between Hayden and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, babes…., Well, now; this ‘Jeff-business’, as you know, is virgin territory for me. I am assuming Jeff is Lizzie’s Daddy? LOL, Shay, as soon as Heather entered the ‘equation’, a few thoughts entered my mind….not as sophisticated as yours due to the fact of my limited knowledge……I find myself quite handicapped when many of you get nostalgic and take a trip down memory lane…… yet, I wondered. If Nutty Hetty did not react to the news that her son is interested in Lizzie is perhaps for the simple reason she had not borne Hayden or Liz. Just speculating… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

We should wait a minute because you are correct sweetie, Hayden is FINALLY getting interesting courtesy of Liz’s suggested mother. Hayden and Liz can scratch their eyes out and then Sarah Webber rolls into town to put BOTH of them in their places and THEN Richard Dean Anderson reprises his role as Jeff Webber AND HE is connected to Laura. GH is back!!!

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…..Well, one can never underestimate Heather’s powers of duplicity….she is a seasoned pro nonpareil! You know, I had another thought about her lack of concern for a Liz and Franco physical pairing….just suppose she really isn’t the Franckenbirth mama after all….since she’s lied about nearly everything else when it suits her purpose, why not the truth regarding this mad artiste’s real origins??? That would clear the way for her to have produced baby Liz (and/or Hayden)…..just a notion! (I’m hoping against that first suggestion….I mean the lovely Liz as Heather’s daughter???? Ohhhh nooooo! Now Hayden, I would believe as this… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

I guess they thought it would be too soon to bring him back from the dead a second time. So they used the tired twin storyline. Too much! This show is getting ludicrous and I wanted to throw something at the tv when he walked in. Love the actor but enough is enough already. I may have to move on.

Alan
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Alan

How inspired to make him a pediatric surgeon since all the kids on this show are either SORAS-ed or rarely (if ever) shown.

At this point I just hope the show will just keeps adding more and more new characters every week until the credits take up the entire hour (that would be more entertaining than anything Jean and Shelly have on screen these days).

robbie
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robbie

Hilarious!

jeremy
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jeremy

Awesome News…. loving this new Character and he is looking good 🙂

Jo
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Jo

This actor can say more with his eyes than many can say with pages of lines. He proved that yet again when he stepped thru the door as Joe. Was a huge fan of Carlos and his rolling r’s so I am excited to see how he makes this polished character his own. Glad to hear the higher ups listened to the fans!

Patty
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Patty

Love him and happy he us back.in this awesome new role, I just do not want Sabrina and Mike break up I love them 2 together.

Trish
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Trish

Thank you, FV! I am so happy that Jeffrey is back. He is a superb actor and will be a great addition to the GH family as a character who has a chance of actually sticking around! Jeffrey, could you and Teresa make up a new song about Dr. Joe? I loved the old one about Carlos! Welcome back!

aria
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aria

i hate carlos, so please don’t let this be a plot twist down the line where its reveal that he’s indeed carlos, i’m like joe or better yet, DR. Joe, so lets not turn this into a cheesy plot twist on top of and old twist,( twin thing) so far everything is playing out great let him be a doctor, and now we can have him budding heads w/ the other doctors, griffin and Finn, we need female doctors by the way.

lou piikes
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lou piikes

I love a greaseless cleaned up Carlos. He looks like a shiny new penny. Lol

Patrick
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Patrick

I laughed the first time… your post.. and I continue to

from the very start… their were posts that …. were under duress that Carlos needed a bath a shave a mobbed up henchman that just would not do

LOL

lets go that 180

come full circle

Jeffrey Vincent Parise with full scrutiny REELED in spotlight

with the cast on his own shared the screen

and yes… character actors are that much better brighter and “shiny”

love him don’t you

lou piikes
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lou piikes

Joe Rivera alright for now. Maybe he’ll give Michael and Sabrina something to do.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t care if they used an old staple—I’m just glad the actor is back because he really is good. Always fun to watch.

pooki
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pooki

Love having J back. Hope Michael finds someone more his age to love. Think Sabrina would be better with J.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sabrina would be better with a pair of cement crocs!

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….I second that motion!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, pooki. I agree. As, I am sure, so will Shay. She abhors Sabrina’s interloping and mingling with the mightily colossal, aristo-cats, THE Quartermaines. LOL.
Did you used to watch PASSIONS, pooki? I do think that was Rebecca’s ( Andre Evans) pet name for Julian (Ben Masters).
As crazy and ridiculous that soap was, I truly loved it!!

SoftJohn
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SoftJohn

I have a funny feeling they’re just recycling the Ava/Denise storyline from last year. I feel Carlos somehow paid one of doctors to make it look like he was dead, and then said he came back as his “twin brother” so he can get the upper hand on Julian.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope Joe kills Sonny and Julian but it won’t happen and I don’t think Joe is Carloooooooos!

Shari
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Shari

Enough of this guy already! There are so many underused characters now and this one keeps coming back over and over. Somebody listen and bring back Ian Buchanan!

Timmm
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Timmm

No, FV has HIS favorites and that’s who we are stuck with!

Linda
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Linda

I dont know if he is really Carlos but Parise is an outstanding actor!

Ghlover
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Ghlover

So many things can be done here. Number 1: reveal that Carlos and Jienare lily’s Rivera’s brothers and let Sonny feel terrible about how he treated Carlos.
Number 2: have Joe ask Sonny to seek revenge on Julian. Sonny agrees due to guilt even though he knows this will anger Micheal.
Number3: John and Alexis. I know seems off, but i dunno i think it could work. If not Alexis, have him paired with Claudette!!
Any other ideas out there?

Timmm
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Timmm

Love that Jeffrey is back BUT that means more Snorebrina!

Shay
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Shay

With a bit of luck, maybe Dr. Joe will “surgically remove” Sabs and son by taking them all back from whence they came…..she always wanted to snag a doctor, so now here’s her chance!

Timmm
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Timmm

Edwardo, what a freakin joke! Edward is spinning and spinning! He is NOT Michael’s kid! Edward hated Sonny and would NEVER accept this thug as a grandson!

j9
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j9

Best news of the week! Handsome, excellent acting skills, charisma galore! What a treat to see him when he was at the door!
Really don’t care what plot device would have been used to bring him back, just glad they had the sense to not let this talented guy get away!
Would be neat to see if he has a little bit (just a teeny bit) of a darkside to contend with.
Bravo GH executives!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… What a treat to see him when he was at the door! ”

I was floored

RIGHT ON post

Mister K
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Mister K

I would really like to see the characters that are on the canvas develop. I was never a big Carlos fan and really don’t think Michael fits in with this story very well. Just my opinion. =) Have a great day friends.

GRANTLOVER!!
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GRANTLOVER!!

I am so sick of the bring back the dead with a twin that I been throwing up ever since I saw Joe!!!!!!!!!!! KILL HIM OFF TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, “Grantlover!” By the way, are you referring to “Grant Putnam/Andrews?”

Jane
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Jane

Oh come on. That’s all I have to say.

SuzE
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SuzE

I am so glad GH found a way to bring Jeffrey Vincent Parise back. I think he’s an awesome actor and he’s quite good-looking, as well. I’m not bothered by the ‘unknown twin’ storyline – it’s no more unbelievable than a lot of other storylines on all the daytime ‘dramas’. I loved the character of Carlos with Sabrina, so I’m hoping that chemistry continues with Joe and Sabrina. I find Sabrina to be a bit boring, but she came to life when she was with Carlos. I’m not a fan of her and Michael together, so bring on Sabrina and… Read more »

edith
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edith

I am THRILLED to have Jeffrey Vincent Parise back! I screamed out loud when Joe came to Sabrina’s door! I really had to do a double take when he came on to see if it was the same actor! His whole aura had changed! But where did he go? What a tease!

Christy
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Christy

I was pleasantly surprised. It was a surprise when Carlos’ ghost popped up in Julians room, and then to see jefferey again when sabrina opened the door. Great they brought him back, and loved they voice, look change too.

Never been in love with Michael and Sabrina tho… not even a like.

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

Courtesy/ABC

Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

Courtesy/ABC

That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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