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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’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:

Courtesy/ABC

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.

Photo: ABC

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)

Photo: ABC

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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