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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!

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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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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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