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John DeLuca Cast In New Recurring Role On General Hospital!

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A new hottie is joining the cast of GH! According to Soap Opera Digest, John DeLuca who starred in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and the sequel Teen Beach 2, as well as the 2015 film Staten Island Summer, is coming to Port Charles.

DeLuca will play the recurring role of Aaron (not Adam) as previously reported,  according to TV Line.  John and is set to debut the week of April 26th on the ABC daytime drama, and will play a young man who crosses paths with the Corinthos family.

You can check out more about Johnny by following his Twitter handle: @Johnny_DeLuca.

Alright GH fans, will Aaron be a potential love interest for someone? What will be his connection with the Corinthos clan?

What do you think of this bit of casting news?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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

Ham Finns son…probably it will be Kiki so Morgan can have some more bipolar episodes…lol

Patrick
Patrick

I hope he’s brought on to steer Kiki AWAY from the the Corinthos…

Morgan and Michael are so far and away just lame and immature for lovely Kiki

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Patrick!

Curacaoman
Curacaoman

Brother to Dr. SexyPecs?

Curacaoman
Curacaoman

Cameron?

Brian
Brian

He is a very handsome Italian man! I bet he is working with Sonny or Julian with the mob stuff.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Why, Brian? Not because he’s Italian, I hope. That would be stereotyping. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

I think Kristina runs into him at the pizzeria! “Who do you Love?”

Norma
Norma

Hottie is right- I love him and most definitely interested. There are shirtless pics on his twitter.

Norma
Norma

Hottie McHot!

Susan
Susan

Does GH really need yet another useless newbie? Can’t GH use the cast they already have?

Drake
Drake

When they look like him….most definitely yes.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Maybe for Kristina

jackie meixner
jackie meixner

That would spoil the chemistry Kristina abd Parker have.

Patrick
Patrick

” Hello ” any one …. ????

did I miss the conversation…. when Kristina … came out to Mom’ Alexis?

Kristina is talking to Lucas… and told him… She did not take it well… and that by the end of the conversation… Alexis is telling Julian… that Kristina is “accusing” Alexis of being a homophobe

i’ll have to go and look for it on youtube

Alexis Davis Jerome
Alexis Davis Jerome

At first reading your post I thought- wrong wrong- since why were we taken down ladypond lane- but you are probably right on the money- as soon as they trot her out as possibly gay they will hurriedly trot her back to straight as otherwise she would have to go as they will not have that storyline in any real way I feel.

Bonnie
Bonnie

My comment was meant as Kristina is still confused, she does not know what she is. We do know she had relationships in the past and was married. I do think she is attracted to Parker but her first intention was to get a good grade. I think Parker may be flattered that a young women is attracted to her, as maybe her marriage that she wants to keep is a bit fragile.

If you look at the men she has been with or wanted to be with Ethan, Johnny, Trey and the boyfriend that she killed. Very poor judgement. Verdict is still on her feelings.

Dylan
Dylan

I don’t get this!!!! Daytime soaps are always CLAMORING for something that has NEVER BEEN DONE on soaps before!! Here we have it…a bi-sexual. NEVER BEEN DONE ON SOAPS!!! They do exist, you know!!!! Sorry GLAAD! Sometimes, young girls, and guys, experiment with their sexuality, and then realize “Hey, I’m straight.” no big deal. Go for it! Tell the story!! Due to her abusive past, have Kristina experiement with women, but then realize she is straight! No harm, no foul. No need for parades, and pickets. Just a true to life story! I hope Jean and Shelly tell it!!!!

Dylan
Dylan

Get Kristina this guy!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Patrick.
Yummy….another Italian cutie.
Oh, Patrick; I love your idea….anything to get Kiki out of “Mortem’s” reach.

Alexis Davis Jerome
Alexis Davis Jerome

Thought you might enjoy him, CeeCee darling. I certainly did. #leftovers #meow

CeeCee
CeeCee

Now, that’s hilarious!!!!!! Thanks for leaving me some, Alexis. LOL

Bettina G
Bettina G

Laughing- thanks for that!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCeeGirl….So glad that you’re getting another piece of tall, dark and handsome eye candy to enjoy, but for the love of God, can we not have just one “Blond Adonis” for those of us who prefer the fair-haired boys? This endless parade of brunette cookie-cutter cuties is getting ridiculous!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know, I know, my fair Shaybelle. But, that”s your Italian fare. I never tire of the type…LOL.
You know, I keep suggesting my brother infiltrate the industry just for you, Shay….he’s exactly what you’re looking gor. A true Viking. But, he caught my bug for Astrophysics, with a twist. LOL.
But, seriously…look at DeLuca. WOW!!!!! As Timmmy said; I hope he can act; and has a brain….one must go with the other.
If I wanted only a beautiful face and physique on a guy….I could just stare at my husband all day.
However, DeLuca doesn’t look like a cookie-cutter. He does not fit the realm of American Beauty….
One will not find anything of the sort in Italy….not even houses. Everything is unique….no cookie-cutter anything. HaHa.

Shay
Shay

Ahhh, CeeCee….Looks and brains! An unbeatable combination…..sounds like it runs in your family! But seriously…..I’ve already told you I find Michael Easton to have a unique and purely soap-friendly façade and I can also appreciate Griffin’s considerable charms…all well and good! However, variety is the spice of life, and I regard the lack of a golden boy on the GH canvas to be highly remiss. The closest thing is Billy Miller’s All-American appeal, and I do enjoy that, but as I have previously mentioned, one thing this soap did so well in the past was to bring in international talent, so if they cannot locate even one suitable fair-haired fellow on this side of the Atlantic, then by all means, let’s import a Nordic God, Blond Brit or even generically-pale male of European extraction to fill the bill. I’m tired of having to locate them solely for my viewing pleasure on such foreign fare as Scandinavian Noir, English dramas and Italian mysteries, though I must admit that their vast array of attractive men certainly surpasses much of anything I see on domestic programming these days.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well with two beach movies to his name, we know he is in shape and ready to be shirtless—LOL—- Sonny does need a new enforcer since Sean is in jail and Jason isn’t interested–maybe if he is in many scenes with Sonny it will give me something to look at– no offense to Max– who looks more like a teddy bear than a bodyguard– but Sonny needs a new go to guy and I can see this guy being him.

Alexis Davis Jerome
Alexis Davis Jerome

Alexis needs a paralegal and will have one. Or two.

Mark
Mark

I make good coffee.

Rhonda Montgomery
Rhonda Montgomery

As I have read on here a few times, and believe it is an homage to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone? Anyway I like it, so- May I present for your consideration- This hot stud and a young hot stud- has arrived for Laura. Yes. Time Genie was thrown a bone and this one seems a magnificent specimen. So what if she is a few months older? I would thrill at a new save the world adventure with her new loving adoring boytoy. When I read Genie got a three-year contract, I was happy- but from these pages I gather that those precious contracts can be quashed without any warning. The cast is huge, and some have called for pruning or a plague, and I am open to that. Maybe what Laura is seeking should be a good-sized hand mirror- or full-length, even. So that she might take a good look at herself- and certainly a pleasing reflection- but who is Laura, really? She spent years in a vegetative state only to occasionally be rinsed in cold water and tossed in a salad that seemed shy on the blue cheese. I would enjoy a slice or two of avocado, as well. When was the last season that a GH star was on DWTS? I can not remember. And is Jax completely out of the picture forever on GH?

CeeCee
CeeCee

OOOOOO!!!!! I love it, Rhonda. Go get ‘im, Laura!!!!

Mark
Mark

I see what you are getting at- we all would love a Cobb salad and some sourdough bread. DWTS rocks and I vote it is added to coverage on here as it is full of drama but not any daytime stars which is just wrong.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Just curious Mark. Are there two of you. I need to make the distinction…your name is with a capital M….the other MARK is lower case ‘m’? Is that the distinction?

Patrick
Patrick

– HERE YE , HERE YE –

“…but who is Laura, really? She spent years in a vegetative state ”

along with being the voice of reason… dutiful mother, and grandma

LIVE ! Laura… the world is your oyster… NO MORE LUKE… IT”S YOUR SHOW

all things relative… it has to be stumping FANS imagination RUN with all that Genie francis can

up to this point… there was some “relish” in that candy bar

PLEASE let that key…. and the connection to SCOTTY BALDWIN … LEAD

the fallout and or outcome… from this mystery ala Helena…

I hope it bequeaths her POWER with the Cassadine Empire…

give her something to do… for her own person

Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface

Lass Laura shall seize the treasure of which she was robbed, there will be comeuppance for many of mob and white knight the Scott man will be deep involved. Cassadines will pale when soon we compare, the fierce uber new queen Laura, the lassie so fair.

Bettina G
Bettina G

Love the rhymes Boaty McBoatface and all the humor. Love GH

su0000
su0000

Maybe he is Finn’s heroin supplier ..
He is the pusherman, yup .. ahaa !

looks like he will be connected to Finn ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

You really think Finn is shooting up, su? Oh, gosh, I so hope not! He is a doctor…holding lives in his reptilian hands. I think he is Roxy’s mate, injecting himself with human cells. That’s it. He is a reptile. Well, why not? It’s GH. LOL.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Or Finns son

Patrick
Patrick

I was like …. WOAH !

i’m surprised the message boards aren’t on fire … with Finn extra curricular activities

my first thought is that he’s using his body as a test subject ???

I was more annoyed that Carly shows up with fresh towels… and their , those two… go again… gushing about Roxie.

two ad nauseam bonding scenes between these two… do not make them an interesting pairing

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Patrick.
Hey, Patrick,
That’s an excellent premise. Finn using his own body as a testing subject. Would I go too far and say that he may have injected himself with some kind of parasite/microbe/organism in order to find a cure?

Walter
Walter

Heroin? Could it simply be insulin?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Walter. That is the first thing I said when Finn pulled out that immense needle. For medicinal purposes. As he is an infectious disease specialist, he may have contracted a tropical disease? I also think Roxy provides him with the serum….and, he is using it on Tracy, as well.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

What in heaven’s name do we need another new face on the G.H. canvas for when those of us who’ve been watching this show for decades don’t get to see the people we really tune in for??
I want to see Mac and Felicia, Lucy, Laura, Scott, and anyone else who’s been missing from Port Charles or is only there off-screen. These characters’ history with the show and fans should be equally, if not more, important than bringing on yet another new face.
And can we please stop having these actors referred to as ‘hotties’ and ‘hunks’. They are actors with experience and, presumably, talent to bring to whatever show hires them. It’s not always about sex appeal, okay?!

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Oh my god, sexy man. Now I need to take a cold shower lol.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, yeah, Lorenzo. He is Italian, afterall. I have one of those!!

Alexis Davis Jerome
Alexis Davis Jerome

I’ll have Carly bring some fresh towels.

Timmm
Timmm

He is really handsome. I hope he can act! He will either be connected to Finn, Griff or Nathan. I see him working in the hospital as a rehab specialist with Kiki. I hope she dumps Moron and also dumps that god awful name! Go by Lauren, your not 15 anymore! Haley rocks baby!

mark
mark

Yum I’m gonna start watching GH again!

Steven Marc Simon
Steven Marc Simon

Michael,
He’s certainly hot. I personally hope he’s not connected…….BRand new an d mysterious. would love that……

brian
brian

The new Spencer…he has been on the island and rapidly grew up

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good one!’

Alan
Alan

I’ll bet he’s Roland Berlin, brother of Rachel Berlin and son of Raymond Berlin whose Ponzi scheme is the talk of the town these days…

Timmm
Timmm

Good call Alan. I think they should cast Mr. and Mrs. Berlin as well.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Isn’t Raymond Berlin dead? I am not sure….well, Bernie is. Lol.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

I’m glad GH took my suggestion. I just don’t think the cast is large enough….

mike
mike

Vey good casting

Claudette Drouin
Claudette Drouin

I think the kid could be Brenda barrette kid with sonny a secret love child she put up for adoption come to gh to stir th epotup and lands JOSHLAIN JAX

Bonnie
Bonnie

hum a 30 year old man and 12 year old girl??

Claudette Drouin
Claudette Drouin

Sorry thought he was a kid apologies

Dylan
Dylan

He should be a love interest for Kristina. She is clearly not gay. She is just confused and rebellious.

Bonnie
Bonnie

yes

CeeCee
CeeCee

No!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Better for Molly….both so pretty…LOL.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Gay people LOVE being told they are confused. Smh.

Melissa
Melissa

Another character to eat up more screen time when they can barely write for all of the characters they now have on canvas. Guess this means we’ll have another Lucas and Brad siting sometime next year. Forget about ever seeing Felicia and Mac again.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee Sweet, weirder things have been played out on the show,
nothing would surprise me at this point. Loved Nina ripping into Julian
on yesterday’s show..she’s so pretty!! That black dress was EVERYTHING.
I don’t know about you, but….. I’m really tired and bored w/ Sam & Jason
I was done with them before it began. No spark, No chemistry, No chance,
they’ll never be the “super couple” TPTB were hoping for. That magic was
with the original Jason played by Steve Burton…. For me B Miller will always
be Jake. Moving on to Hayden…she’s got to STOP calling Elizabeth’s children
brats or make any other derogatory comments about them, that sincerely irks me.
I see the writers testing the waters and pairing unlikely characters together…Some
actually look quite good as an alternative “couple”… Curtis could make a piece of
toast look gooooooood!!! even rotten Hayden. Nick & Elizabeth should give it ONE
more try… down the road, there are no secrets, no lies between them, there’s a lot
to be said about your long history with someone… They R very protective of one
another. Julian and Nina looked better suited together than he currently looks w/
Alexis…Don’t get me wrong I was a huge Julian & Alexis fan when they first met
and bonded over Danny. The reveal at the gallery and subsequent love affair was
spectacular. Julian needs to be his mobster self again, under the guise of the
newspaper editor. Since Anna & Sonny are gunning for him…Should he go down…
he has to dirty his hands in order for the storyline to come full circle.
Nathan, Claudette storyline who cares another dead end. Finn is still a puzzle
to be solved, lots of possibilities. Just my take. ❌⭕️ Sweets.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Yes he is Jake to me also

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Fanny, ma chere amie,
You know how much I love my Michelle. So happy to see Nina divest herself from thst girlish perdonality affixed to her by the bosses.
Oh, yes….she’s gorgeous…those legs go on forever…I am jelous…LOL. A little, black dress can do wonders to any womanly body. Stunning.
Tell me sbout Sam and Jason. They hang out, sit around, have their indecipherable, mumbled conversation ( just ask Timmmy, lol) …no emotion, no expression. Then, Sam asks, ” want to go check it out?”… Or something to that effect. Jason shrugs his shoulders and follows like a little lamb. Nothing! Nada! Rien! Niente! Nicht! No dparks. And, you and Bonnie are right….he will always be Jake….or Billy Abbott.
As yourself, I really liked Alexis and Julian together, at the beginning. I thought they were steamy hot….until their sexusl interludes became too much for a working mature woman ( actually any woman, man) who found so much time to indulge anytime, anywhere…..to the point where their offspring and then some , kept walking in on them.
Obviously, that was the direction they were given, but it got to be too unrealistic for me. My opinion is my opinion, and I hive it without reservation or apologies…comme vous, ma belle dame.
If today’s display of ‘a hissy fit’ from Nina is any indication of sexual tension between herself and Julia…?….I don’t know…maybe. But, he is such a miscreant….a snake, ready to pounce at any given moment. The last thing I want is for Nina to get hurt.
I care not what happens to Alexis. She new better. She’s as burly as he, been around. If she gets hurt by Julian, she’ll survive the syorm as she has many others before him. But Nina is a butterfly with delicate wings. She is just starting to spread those gossamer feelings. And, yes, ajulian should go down; only because he is not trustworthy nor forthcoming with his wife or anyone else. He is a doublecrosser…no contrition.
I have already said that this Claudette thing is stupid. I had spun a tale when i first said thst the glove belonged to a girl in Nathsn’s past. However, i also expected for her to materialize in zpC. THAT would make for a challenging story/love trisngle. Other than thst, it is a wash.
Kisses and hugs to you, as well, my sweet lady. Please forgive the typos.

Aria
Aria

Jason got boring as soon as he became JASON and got back with Sam, together they are a snooze fest. I hope Liz gets with Griffen, and I agree about Hayden needing to stop picking on Liz kids, Liz should tell her call me anything you want but leave my kids out of it . Love Nina too and I hope Anna gets Julian soon he needs to pay for his crimes.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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