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Josh Swickard Debuts As Harrison Chase On General Hospital!

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This week on General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) was introduced to his new police partner, Harrison Chase, and needless to say he was not so thrilled about it after losing his best friend Nathan West (Ryan Paevey).

Enter actor and model, Josh Swickard as the newest member of the PCPD.  While Nathan’s tragic death rocked his loved ones and friends, Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) filled his spot with what appears to be this by-the-book cop.

Viewers may have seen Josh before on Disney’s K.C. Undercover and the Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie.

It will be intriguing to see if GH builds up the role of Harrison Chase, if he is related to anyone in Port Charles, or if its just a temporary assignment for the young man, if Dante can’t get along with him.

What are your impressions of Josh as Harrison Chase? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Jamesj75
Jamesj75

So… is this a case of one model replacing another model?

Carrie
Carrie

He looks like a baby brother of Nathan.

su0000
su0000

Hey Jamesj75..
No worries..
I will take him home with me and keep him !
then you won’t have to put up with watching another model..
I’m going to get him now, you can thank me later ..

Celia
Celia

I give you permission to take the hunky new detective home, su…..I already have one of my own.
He has the look of a young, Antonio Sabato Jr.
Go ahead…talk later…LOL.

Harry
Harry

Suoo–How much is that puppy in the window? I do hope that puppy’s for sale.
Off topic–the other day on Y&R when told that someone clobbered Sharon the head with a heavy object, Nick responded,”Who would want to hurt Sharon?” I immediately thought of you.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…to me, it sure looks that way. Y-i-k-e-s.

Later, dude.

James
James

And get some love from fans just as he is about to depart after several years in the role.

Seems like an endless cycle.

Justin
Justin

Ha Ha! I thought the same thing, lol. I mean, let’s not build the show with experienced actors or bring back our favorites (eh um, Genie Francis), but as long as they’re eye candy, they have a place on the canvas.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Exactly, Justin!

dmr
dmr

It doesn’t cost much for “less than” talent; and TPTB don’t have to go far to hire them (the parking lot).

Soaphound
Soaphound

I see your point Justin and mostly agree. But since they refuse to let hotties like Lucas and Brad have a real story, and since they insist on burying the beautiful faces of men like Billy Miller under these grubby beards, I’m grateful for the arrival of Mr. Swickard. I do also feel, as you, that there should be more balance in the stories. I mean, really, we actually have not one, but TWO major new stories for Sonny & Carly (Nelle’s stalking and Mike’s Alzheimer’s). PLEEEASE!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

LOL …. totally agree!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I greatly appreciate the replies to my original post in this thread. I typically reply when someone replies to me whether the person agrees with me or not (in part to be polite and in part because I appreciate someone taking the time to read my post and respond to me). I did the same in this thread with the first two replies, but only one showed up. And one reply to me (in my inbox) is not visible at the thread. I’m not sure why these inconsistencies occur. We’ve all seen instances in which a post we authored “didn’t make the cut.”

At this point, I don’t want to reply to everyone here if not all of my replies are posted. It makes it appear that I am respectful of some posters but snubbing others. And that is simply NOT the case.

And just for the record, perhaps Swickard will turn out to be a fine actor, as did Peavey. I was simply suggesting that maybe more thought should be given to hiring actors for an acting job…

All that said, I just want my fellow posters to know that I really appreciate the feedback and camaraderie.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Jamesj75..

As I just mentioned to another poster, we ALL don’t “make the cut” at times…and the things that do at times are rather “surprising.” There must be a method to the madness…LOL…but we’re not privy to it. We probably all share your frustration..that why sometimes we “alert” each other that we responded and it didn’t post or it did and wound up somewhere else etc. Pieces of a puzzle…

Though I think Valerie should have risen in the ranks and FINALLY gotten a real gig at GH it seems they wanted to fill the slot with another good-looking dude. And they did!

Seems like he does have some prior acting experience and I actually think, in the little he’s been on, that he seems a natural. I’m quite impressed with his acting in the very few scenes he’s had so far.

I expect to “see you” at the next poetry jam! 🙂

Harry
Harry

I know, some of my best comments didn’t make the cut while my worst ones did.
Murphy’s law and all that.

su0000
su0000

most every actor on GH is in the realm of Model looking status, so can’t blame the guy for being a hunk- he will fit in well with the others model likes.

Also– he may actually be a law abiding officer of the law and arrest people.
He just might not bend to being easy on the criminals, ya never know.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I remember one of your worst ones, Harry, and it was aimed at me! hahahahaha 😉

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh James, I’m embarrassed to say, this one’s got my blood going. I think I may need air conditioning even in the Winter! I didn’t respond to Nathan at all, but this one’s got my attention.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Soaphound…to me, Dante was not all that smart to begin with…lol. Nope.

Have a good one.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Jamesj75, I also wanted to lament that, as of last week, we now have 2 more “front and center” stories for Carly and Sonny. What gives? And they can’t even afford to let Brad and Lucas be in the same scene together? And Genie gets dumped to recurring? Oy vey. And I still have to listen to these false friends whispering to Jason, “Sam only loves you. She just doesn’t want Drew to be sad.” With friends like Carly and Robin, who needs enemies? Glad to see you posting more, James. As u can see, you have a lot of friends here.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello there, Soaphound! 🙂

And, now, channeling our friend Patrick (hopefully, he wont’ mind):

Glad you’re enjoying Swickard. I’ll have to check him out…

Feeling your pain on Sonny and Carly.

Less is more.

I ache for Brad and Lucas in scenes.

Treatment of Genie unforgivable…

unforgivable!

False friends Carly and Robin — NOT helpful.

Your last 2 sentences make me smile…

Soaphound is an angel…

Jimh
Jimh

Why not it be a female…or at least an actor-lol

Celia
Celia

Never thought about that, Jimmy….but, yeah!!!! Why not bring a female detective? Outnumbered? There’s Dante, and then there’s…Dante. LOL.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Good one, Celia. And let’s face it, Dante isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

Jimh
Jimh

lol….did the show already forget about Chet-Amy’s brother???

Celia
Celia

@Soaphound.
Hi, there,
You know, Soaphound? I am still trying to figure out what the attraction is? I find nothing endearing about this character….except his walk….love his walk….walks just like a guy, LOL.
Yeah, I’m weird, I guess. I look at ‘stuff’ like that.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Celia…EXACTLY!!!!! Port Chuck aka GH needs a female detective…BADLY!!!!!

Have a good one, my friend.

Celia
Celia

Right, Jimmy? I guess Chet came and went like a summer breeze……I liked him.

andrew
andrew

Isn’t it time for Chet to start showing up at the AA meetings that Alexis and Finn are going to? At least one or two, even as an educational effort to let us learn about his prostheses and how he is managing with them. After all this younger and prettier Chris van Etten is an established model with an ongoing career in that area. I do know the actor IRL had some medical complications shortly after his appearances on GH. It might have made an interesting plot for a returned Lexi Ainsworth, who could have developed a friendship as two “outsiders” in a way. That reminds me, have we ever seen Brad and Lucas interact with her reconstitued lesbian character. Turning to Lucas for advice might have seemed a logical direction when she was experiencing attraction to Parker

Celia
Celia

@Andrew.
Some great ideas there, Andrew…..where is Chet? LOL. I guess he went to one meeting and never came out?

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was hoping they would bring Lucky back now that a position opened up at the PCPD. I enjoyed his and Dante’s partnership and it would have been great to bring back a legacy character, especially another Spencer. Plus, it would have been great to see Jonathan Jackson back on GH, and if not him, a recast.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Bringing back Lucky would be great…surprised they haven’t done that. The ONLY reason I can think of is that they’ve had three actors play him and none are available. Perhaps they don’t want a fourth? JJ’s gig on Nashville will soon be up as the show is canceled but I doubt he’d return full time so…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Rebecca, thanks for the backup on the weird “glitches” or “idiosyncrasies” on these posts. Glad to hear that Swickard is doing well. Looking for more poetry in motion… 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

1. the first thing that sprung…. this isn’t fair to Dante !?!? like the core longtime “vets” Dominic Z… is being saddled. to “carry” this newbie.

because , if it worked… thank the soap gods for that 4 years … Ryah Peavy is ALL that. and to expect the same thing again ?

I hope their PCPD scenes are up to par…

LIKE SO Many posts : GIVE DZ a story line…. PLEASE.

I can’t even google his age ^. he looks all of 16.

why couldn’t they have hired ex Y&R… Det. Mark Harding… ( Chris McKenna )

a partner his equal… and his age range… who can ACT… they both smolder

jaybird369
jaybird369

GH…REALLY?!?!? Poor Nathan has just died…and GH has ALREADY brought in a, uh, replacement…and he’s from the world of DISNEY?!?!? OK…you know what: I am ALREADY NOT IMPRESSED HERE!!!!! Nope.

N-e-x-t……….

Michael
Michael

It happened way too soon.

Timmm
Timmm

He reminds me of a mix between Nathan and Griffin. Its too early to tell but I will give him a chance. I did like him setting a Red Sox mug on his desk. It was a simple hint that he will be nothing like Nathan or Dante, rooting for Boston in Yankee town! How can you be a Red Sox fan? My partner Dante and I loved the Yankees! Let the friction begin!

Celia
Celia

Go Red Sox—my husband loves you, right now, T……you sooo said it well……he’s a Bostonian rooting Red-Sox-all-the-way in Yankee town, albeit most South Fork peoples are Mets’ fans.
It does sound there will be friction to be had, Timmmy!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….Just the latest delivery of what looks to be a standing order from the cookie-cutter casting department to the GH set. So much for variety being the spice of life….apparently, not in Port Charles.

mike
mike

They need someone who looks good shirtless now that Paevey is gone and Ryan Carnes is never used.

Reed
Reed

That should have been Valerie, officer Spencer, with a promotion to detective and put back on contract! 14,000 episodes in and scores of actors through the doors over the years, and yet the writers prefer to foist new characters on us in lieu of playing on history and mixing it up with those already on the canvas. I’m sure they’ve conceived of a nice story to weave the character into the canvas, but is it really that difficult to write for your existing characters?

Keri
Keri

I thought the Yankees and RedSox cup was a cute scene. Especially since it’s been so sad and tragic lately. I cried so much and thought he acting was amazing and spot on. Shout out to Kirsten, Michelle, Kathleen and Dominic for filming the best scenes! Maxie get Lulu!!

Barbara Parker
Barbara Parker

Here’s my comment. They keep adding new people and dropped Genie Francis. So I’m not happy about any of this

Ghlover
Ghlover

I keep saying : get rid of Lulu and give ZD a real leading male story. I would bring Brenda back (recast) and let him and Sonny battle it out. Carly belongs with Jason anyways…

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Wow. That did seem too soon to bring him or anyone in the role. Hope they come up with a different type of character & storyline and not just a Nathan 2.0. Oh and can we please not have him be the long lost offspring of (fill in name of character who needs a storyline boost).

Patrick
Patrick

Exactly – like several posts ^^^ Nathan isn’t even cold

he’s still hotted out

I DO NOT appreciate Peter August worming his way in @Maxie and/or even @Lulu.. whatever the writers cull. his suave take is not rendering moot

he can cry me a river some other time

Maxie may need a shoulder to cry on… and it’ll be that big a surprise when Peter reveals he’s Faison son… WHO double crossed Faison.. so that Jason could live

????

who cares

REALLY

his soft spoken airs… his regal manner… can’t stud

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I LIKE Peter/Henrik, Patrick! (By the way, he’s quite the cutie with his hair hanging loose over his eye when he’s not all slicked back for GH!)

I think his story is interesting…Anna, Maxi, Jason, Drew, Valentin, Lulu…all these connections. A new story line that involves central characters. C’mon…give it/him a chance. Say yes.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ah. I was trying to remember where my “say yes” came from; weird Garbage Queen on The Walking Dead. “Say yes…”

vinman
vinman

….dear god…most likely will be an “off spring” of “screen hog”Sonny w/Dante as his half brother….DEAR GOD….NO!!!!

rocky83
rocky83

Dante’s expression over the RedSox mug , realistic & priceless !

Satan
Satan

So this guy is really a newbie cop?

Shit… I figured the spoiler for the name “Chase” was a thinly disguised Morgan recast. (Think about it for a second…. if it doesn’t come to you, check the cards in your wallet)

They really should just leave the job open. Nashville is done soon, so it’s only a matter of time before Lucky Spencer returns to the PCPD. They don’t need another cop.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

He’s a gorgeous man. I’m going to keep an open mind and see where it goes. I, too, liked the Red Sox and Yankees scene. It was a light and fun moment, with cute music to boot.

Is the coward Frank Valentini still in hiding? Not understanding why the horrific wrong that was done to Genie Francis hasn’t been rectified. BRING HER BACK!!! The climax to the election landed with a thud. Clearly this whole storyline was rewritten at the last moment, and with ill effects. Laura would have won if Genie hadn’t been unceremoniously dumped. Nancy Grahn, always fabulous, looked distraught knowing she was replacing the legendary Ms. Francis in what could have been a tremendously satisfying story. Madness!!!

Why is Kiki still on the canvas? She wears me out. Drop this dud of a character once and for all! And send Olivia with her.

Anon Soap Watcher
Anon Soap Watcher

Ok, so let’s bring the convo back to what the article is about …. a new actor playing a new character on an already crowded canvas. I wanna take a look at his last name ….. Chase. Does this ring a bell with anyone? What are the chances that Harrison Chase is the son of THE CITY’s Sydney Chase (RIP) or at least her grandson? If it’s the later, maybe we find out his mother is someone we already know and the father would be Sydney’s son Richard. It would just be a nice way to bring THE CITY into GH’s world. Or it could just be that they share zero relations and it’s just a coincidence….. ya know, just like it was with Ryan Lavery and Duke Lavery … ZERO relation. (Yeah right!)

Kathleen Janus
Kathleen Janus

We have a guy at church that looks just like JoshSwickard as he plays now with beard & hair He surely has a twin .I just love to watch him.Maybe I’ll ask him his name ,he sings in quire.Thank you

Sandra
Sandra

Det . Harrison Chase wow he’s very Sexy

General Hospital

GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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