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Jeffrey Vincent Parise Talks Being Up for the Role Of Julian Jerome, His Final GH Scenes with Teresa Castillo, Mad Men and More On SOAP BOX!

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This past week, General Hospital fans had to say their final goodbye to actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who’s last episode aired on Thursday as Ghost Carlos.  Over the last few weeks, Parise turned in powerful performances during the GH Live shows where mobster Carlos Rivera says goodbye to his long time love Sabrina Santiago, before being shot and killed by Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) for murdering her beloved Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan)!  Later, Carlos comes back as a ghost and torments Anna, who is guilt ridden for shooting the mobster in cold blood to avenge Duke’s death.

On this past Thursday’s episode of TradioV’s Soap Box with Lilly Melgar and Martha Madison, Parise joined the hosts to discuss his final GH moments, revealed he was originally up for the role of Julian Jerome played by William deVry, and his pivotal role in the series finale of the hit primetime series Mad Men, in which he uttered the final line as the lauded drama came to its conclusion.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman joined Parise, Madison, and Melgar later in the episode to discuss the latest news in the world of soaps, weighed in on the GH Live shows and the just completed May Sweeps storylines on all four network daytime drama series.   Below are a few noteworthy moments from Parise’s appearance!

Jeffrey on his final scene with Teresa Castillo as Carlos and Sabrina:  “Teresa Castillo in the scene we just watched broke my heart, and especially when I hung up with her, and Finola as Anna is asking her, ‘Where is he?’  It literally broke my heart … the resistance in her saying “Pier 54″, what a moment!  I knew this was thee last scene with her (Teresa) and I, and all the incredible scenes and moments we had shared within the acting experience of the past two years was going to be gone. ”

Jeffrey on being up for the role of Julian Jerome on GH:  “Originally, I tested for the role of Julian Jerome. Funnily enough at the time I didn’t think I was right for the part- they were calling for basically Will deVry – a blue collar business man gangster, but I loved the material.  Then when I tested I tested with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos),  it felt really good, immediately.  So, apparently it came down between me and Will.  Then, when they ended up going with Will- then a couple of months later they called me and said, ‘We really liked the test, but you just weren’t right for the part. But … we wrote a part for you and we would love for you to come in and play it.”

Watch Soap Box with Jeffrey Vincent Parise below! Then, let us know what you thought about his final GH scenes, if you will miss him as Carlos, his performance in the Mad Men series finale, and him being up for the role of Julian Jerome!

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j9girard
j9girard

Such a good actor and he has charisma like crazy!! Hope he gets snapped up quickly by someone!

Harry
Harry

You know what I like about this actor? He can smile or frown just using his eyes. He can convey so much without saying a word.

Marc
Marc

No actor/character combo has been more perfect since Trevor St John’s Todd Manning . Even though it means the actor is gone I wouldnt want him playing anyone else but the ultra sleazy yet lovesick Carlos. Sadly it was so perfect I cant see myself watching the show anymore with this loss.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lovesick Carlos…that is a perfect description. No matter how cold Carlos was…how ready to kill…he truly loved Sabrina. He would have done anything for her…except sadly give up “the life.” Another actor they shouldn’t have let go…

Linda Jorgenson
Linda Jorgenson

Dead or Alive Jeffrey is a great Actor and deserves to be on GH.

su0000
su0000

Carlos! I need Carlos!
He is my sexy dose! luv that guy..
a funny..
tweet RC .. I am alone at the bar in East Hampton…what is everyone else doing?
tweet me .. I’m doing laundry and I’m hungry ..
Also- I’m hoping ”Carlos” will come and kiss me!
Enjoy your drink 🙂
tweet RC .. everyone is hoping that

See! Carlos is luved! RC knows Carlos is hearthrob ! that he is wanted!
my Carlos is gone, sigh

I know Carlos did not have a big part or a story .. He was used when needed..
I can see the business side of the let go, but I don’t want to let him go!! aha
damnit!

(( tell myself– soap peoples never die they have a round trip ticket ! heh 🙂

Harry
Harry

Su00–I totally concur. This man was something special and GH squandered his talent and let him go.
As Napoleon Dynamite might say,”Idiots!”

su0000
su0000

yes IDIOTS!!
I wanna beat-up who let my Carlos go!

Pier 54 is magical, a resurrection portal, what lies beneath the waters is truly amazing!
Carlos better come back !!!

Beth
Beth

He was a great addition to the cast. Loved his work w/WdV AG MB but with Teresa, it really gave the character depth., along with the Maura West sevens. So much fun to see Julian and Carlos,really gonna miss that..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I really liked his last performances as ghost Carlos–he gave the character more of an angry edge, which I assumed if you’re murdered you might have, but I wished he played that darker side while Carlos was alive– I always thought he came across as too soft to be a mob boss enforcer, but I was really liking ghost Carlos–I would have loved him to torment Anna for a long time, but I guess that is not to be– sigh.

luisa
luisa

Bring him back, I would have long to see Carlos against Sonny and Jason, his range of acting remind me the Ruiz’s brother a big mistake if they don’t bring him back, suggestion, someone was at the pier watching.

Patrick
Patrick

@j9g
@Marc
@Linda

really… nice posts

when an actor comes along… and helps the main characters elevate their game ON

whew! ???? this man is a keeper

not since Kelly Sullivan, ex-Connie, GH
not since Kelly Thiebaud, ex, Britt, GH

and now… ex-Carlos, GH Jeffrey Vincent Parise…. “this is” a loss for the team

he brought so much interest in the craft of acting… watching a professional… parlay quality

I did not want this ride to end

just like Connie and Britta

B.J.
B.J.

Hi Patrick! We seem to love the same actors/characters. I really miss Connie and Britt … just as I will Carlos! 🙁

I hoped until the last they would save him. After all they’ve saved that sorry Sonny all these years. Why not someone so talented? 🙂 This is really sad that they keep throwing the “gems” away.

Patrick
Patrick

tthanks B.J.

have to add in, ONE more

ex-Ellie Trout ( Emily Wison )

bring her back…. if GH production NEEDS to flesh out and frontburner him so much… at least get an actress that he has an immediate connection and chemistry with…. this was never more apparent than at the Nurses’ Ball

Nathan and Ellie !!!!! I love this pair

I don’t know what has happened to Maxie… but her magic is gone… she is tanking with Nathan

Ghlover
Ghlover

Bring him back pleaseeeeeeeeeee

Cynthia
Cynthia

Jeffrey was spectacular! I was really hoping we’d see more of Ghost Carlos. So much more could have been done with the character. I find it odd that they created the character for Jeffrey to play and then killed him off! There are a few characters I would trade for Carlos in a split second. I just don’t understand getting rid of him.

Rose
Rose

Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men finale, and did a double take because I had just seen him shot by Anna (the first time) on GH. Especially since he was cast as a meditation leader, far from his role as Carlos.

I will miss him on GH even though I don’t know how much further they could have taken his character. As an actor he brought a lot of depth and passion to an otherwise two-bit criminal. This really came out in his wonderful scenes with Sabrina who also showed what I have to think was genuine emotion since they were also the last ones with Jeffrey on GH.

And this might seem strange, but I also liked that he actually looked like a might have envisioned a hitman compared to other criminals on the show…a little unkempt and greasy with the same clothes that I’m sure could have used a washing machine.

Margie Dalton
Margie Dalton

Excellent job playing Carlos! REALLY MADE US HATE YOU! Saw Jeffrey on Mad Men. Best of luck in you future endeavors. Ciao’ Carlos
Thank you Michael

El
El

Fantastic actor. I wish GH and given him a wider range of material and found a way to keep him because he is a a true talent!

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

Sabrina shouldv’e taken the bullet for Carlos…lol

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

at the last split sec

Michael comes to the aid of his new lovelorn… Sabrina

and he takes the bullet

heck…. for all i know… Michael, may be even better than the new Dillan

Shay
Shay

You’re singing my song, jimh!!! ‘Twould have made a most poetic ending for Carrrrrr-LOS!!!!! to have been saved by “St. Sappy’s” intervention, or better yet, they could have gone out together in a blaze of glory. For me, the “Sapster” will always be first and foremost “Reeeee-verr–rrrrrah’s” (as Sloane is so wont to put it…..) sloppy seconds gun moll, and no means to gussy-up her character will ever change that fact.

Harry
Harry

((Shudder))) Shay is in the building

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay.
In answer to your reply, I fervently agree with you concerning Silas. I am very glad he is not part of Ava’s and Delia’s deception. As you say, he’s very upstanding in his moral and ethical values. He has already derailed in that department by hiding and saving Ava. But, he is a doctor and his duty is ,first and foremost , seeing to the wellbeing of his patients…..The Hippocratic Oath.

As I posted the other day, I was wrong when I assumed Denise was real….I corrected myself as I saw the story develop. Su was not fooled….the girl seems to know everything…heh, Su…LOL…..
I think everyone figured it out by now. Delia helped Ava “escape” the confines of that hospital room in the city. Will there be an investigation seeking the DiMuccio family in Queens? Or, checking out Denise’s salon? Does Delia have friends by the name DiMuccio and has engaged their help?
Also, I do agree that Ava, as much as I love her, needs to pay for her crimes. How? It will be interesting to watch.
Yes, Shay….I love William deVry. I do not like what he represents. But his sexy demeanor is a far cry from Sonny’s. Julian is a hunk……Julian is beautiful, Julian is magnetic, an Adonis, en par with the much younger, Nathan…..sadly, all that chiseled manhood is wasted on Alexis. TPTB need to bring in a younger female counterpart, ( at least the same age as he. This couple does not look good together. He looks so much younger than she) to complement that beauty…….and, VENUS is her name.

Shay
Shay

We are definitely on the same page where Silas is concerned, CeeCee! I love his calm, decent and morally-centered doc….I don’t want to see him deviate from that position, no matter how many questionable types are thrown into his path. He did his duty as a medical professional, and now he should wash his hands of Ava/Denise, no matter the romantic history upon which they waxed so nostalgically when she looked to be on her last legs. As for the questions surrounding “Ms. DiMuccio” and her “backstory,” that was something that I also immediately found suspicious…I know the PCPD is lacking in practically all ways and means of common sense, but c’mon, nobody there does an online check for this person, her family and so-called business? That was just too sloppy for words! (Then again, I have no hope whatsoever for that stupid cop shop….as if having the crooked Lomax running the city weren’t ridiculous enough, now we’ll have to suffer Jordan as Queen Bee of the police department, plus “Val-Chops” sniffing around trying to get into Dante’s y-fronts! Oh please….this is like a really bad Shonda Rimes drama! And mind, I’m all for Lomax, because there was no way, no how, I wanted that ditzy, long-absent mom Felicia playing “Mrs. Mayor!” Furthermore, I really have to ask, after double crossing both major Port Charles crime families with her undercover antics, shouldn’t Ms. Ashford and her son be on their way out of the city ala witness protection in toute suite fashion? Makes no sense, any more than “Val-Chops,” who professes her love of all things culinary, not being installed in Kelley’s kitchen as their next short order cook. Is there ever any evidence of logic employed in these plot developments…rhetorical question, of course?) At any rate, while I can appreciate your, um, interest in all things Nathan and Julian, they simply don’t float my boat. (I’m much more into the WASP-y, patrician pretty boy prepsters and Nordic God types…the fair-haired look, so to speak…). But by all means, do drink in their particular kind of manliness and enjoy!!! Having said that, we certainly do see eye-to-eye on Julian’s need for a far more age-appropriate “objet d’amour”….his youthful charms are being horribly wasted on that cloying wet noodle of a sex-crazed AARP-er otherwise known as A-Lexis-Sexis!!!! LOL…..

Harry
Harry

(looking furtively for Shay).
Jim, I try not to be one of those people who stubbornly cling to an opinion when all evidence points the contrary. I have mandated time and time again that Theresa is a horrible actress. I think she really was and the wedding interruptus really validated my poor opinion of that actress’s poor acting abilities. But when Sappy, er, I mean Sabrina, had to get Carlos’s location on the phone for Anna she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness.

Shay
Shay

God will get you for that one—(make that two!)—-Harry!!!!! LOL…But it just goes to show how we can totally take away different things from the same scene. I recall thinking that Anna had to totally carry the water during that live shoot because Sappy was so ineffective what with all of her contrived weeping and whining as she essentially set up Carrrr-LOS! for death. Guess from my perspective, she’ll just always be the bane of my existence, no matter what she does.

Patrick
Patrick

@harry… your last two lines are in hysterics

I will gavel and echo them…. nonetheless

LOL

“…she truly seemed heartbroken. Her performance rose far above my expectations. In short, she was really very good.
Now I am going to cross myself and say 10 Hail Shays and pray for forgiveness. ”

she truly was… earnest… and is making it with Michael

if these two… actors… are starlets and pets… what can I say

LOL… as I told Chad Duell : “I’m getting it”

along with Morgan… DANG he’s fine

ta-da

harry
harry

Shay, I felt so guilty–as if I betrayed the president of the I-Hate-Sappy-Club.
Call it temporarily insanity but I do think Jeffrey brings out the best in Theresa.

Shay
Shay

Now, now, no need for that, Harry….Mr. Parise is obviously a most skilled thespian….he always carried those scenes with Sappy with great aplomb. If a bit of his professional polish rubbed off on her, then it simply bespeaks of his immense talent!!! When you think about it, after two-plus (long) years on the GH canvas, the “Sapster” should have learned something and improved in her presentation. I’ll defer to you on this one, and call it an acting anomaly….as soon as that babysitting buffoon is back in “vacantville” with the equally clueless Mikey, it will be again be a case of the obtuse leading the obtuse.

shrona
shrona

There you go again, jimh, reading my mind again! JVP has been making the prime time scene lately (I’ve seen him on Mad Men and iZombie in the last month) so he will surely get a prime time series or even a movie soon.

Shelly
Shelly

He played Carlos so well. I would hate the character one minute and be mesmerized the next…that’s good acting!

I was surprised at the emotional reaction I had to his demise. Those last scenes between him and Teresa Castillo actually made me cry and I found myself wishing the writers had explored that relationship further.

He’s an exciting actor and I’m looking forward to watching for him in future projects, however, he will be greatly missed at GH. Maybe we could convince TPTB to bring his “twin” to the canvas…remember Manny & Lorenzo? Hmmm…. 🙂

Harry
Harry

He is a really good actor, Shelly.
I think he was wasted on GH as Carlos.
I do feel the actor will go on to better things so I am happy for him.

Timmm
Timmm

The casting director should be fired! Roger, Michelle and Jeffrey were all miscasted ! Jeffrey is gone, Franco sucks and Nina is a waste of time! [Not your fault Michelle!]

I love gh
I love gh

I absolutely will miss him! There are very few actors who, in my opinion, become the part, whether it be on film or television. He became the part and made me feel sorry for Carlos again and again.

Spixiefan
Spixiefan

So great to watch!! I love love love love Carlos and Jeffrey and I’m so sad he is gone from GH. 🙁 After RC had Spinelli leave with Ellie the FIRST time last year, I quit watching GH, it was Carlos and Ava that brought me back…. when GH brought Spinelli back JUST to stomp on Spixie this last time, again I quit watching, but I couldn’t resist watching the Carlos scenes, Jeffrey is simply brilliant. Now he is gone… 🙁 Seeing those last scenes between Sabrina and Carlos again made me tear up, I would have loved more of their love story. It is so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking when he says he wished he could have done something better with his life and that Sabrina deserves someone better than him.. :'( I wish he was staying on GH, can’t wait to see him in other things. <3

Spixiefan
Spixiefan

Oh yeah, I forgot to say, how interesting that he was almost Julian Jerome!! Very cool little tidbit.. I think he woudl have been amazing at being Julian……. I wish they had made Carlos related to Lilly somehow and hooked him up with Sonny.. and then given us more of the Carlos Sabrina love story…… plus more with Carlos and Ava (another great acting team).. I just love him.

su0000
su0000

I love love love Carlos, too!
He must be sad, I should go to him and comfort him heh 😉

Timmm
Timmm

Sorry Spix, I think Will is perfect because Jeffrey wouldnt have been right to be in love with Alexis and he is too young to be Sam’s father.

Linda
Linda

I am glad Jeffrey became Carlos as he played the role to perfection. DeVry seems better suited for the businessman-gangster Julian.

Dan
Dan

Good actor and he did a nice job in the role, but it became an unnecessary character. Once they had Carlos murder Duke, there was nowhere else to go. It was the proverbial being written into a corner. He’s a very talented actor, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing him in many future projects.

And who knows, the harbor in Port Charles seems to be a fountain of youth of sorts, lol, how many people have been thrown in there, and returned? So we may see Carlos again down the road. You never know.

su0000
su0000

ohh gorash !

The Pier 54 is a portal to resurrection..
Perhaps it’s an alien thing from back when, there is a spaceship below that resurrects dead people!!
….. Pier 54 .. I want to die there !!!

Timmm
Timmm

If I were Frank I would bring Jeffrey back as Carlos’s twin. Why not? Ava & Denise, hello! No I would give him a shave and cut his hair and bring him on as a twin named Cante. Anna would freak when she sees him and he would be a good guy here to revenge his brothers death.

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On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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