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Kelly Monaco Back To Work As Lindsay Hartley Thanks GH For Her Time Playing Sam

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General Hospital fans have been watching soap veteran, Lindsay Hartley fill-in for Kelly Monaco in the role of Sam on recent episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

Now comes word via GH’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) via a Facebook live with Steve Burton (Jason) that Monaco is back filming new episodes. Burton added: “She’s good, she’s healthy and she’s back!”

Meanwhile, Hartley took to social media on Thursday and shared her gratitude for the chance to step in to the role for Sam for a bit, expressing: “Thank you General Hospital for the fortunate experience to play Sam, and especially during this moment in time. It was a fun ride.”

So, glad to know Kelly is back taping new episodes?  Let’s give a round of applause to Lindsay Hartley for a job well-done in Kelly’s absence. Comment below.

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Alicia Williams
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Alicia Williams

Well done Lindsay

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Loved Lindsay! Prefer Lindsay! She sparked my interests in Sam.

Shari
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Shari

So sad to see her go. It was refreshing to see “Sam” played with some enthusiasm. Monaco is bored and it shows.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Monaco is bored and it shows.” mind psych

when bells and whistles didn’t combust OVER Sam and Jason; Sam and Drew

drop the mic

i’ll play: her salary for Robin Christopher

DMRR
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DMRR

Rumor is, KM has wanted out for quite some time. Who knows? But, her acting is awful. She shows no emotion, talks in a monotone.

su000
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su000

0OO0HHH NO!!
I really want Lindsay Hartley!
She is awesome and she doesn’t whine and talk through her nose
And- her acting is much better/higher grade emotional- she brings it home!
Lindsay’s portrayal of the Sam character is gripping; electrifying!
I’m disappointed that sluggish Kelly/Sam is back 🙁

Many have love for the Kelly character- that’s good!
But- not me, nope..

Jimh
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Jimh

Watching Kelly is like i took a sleeping pill and i feel like i overdosed while watching her…LH is far more gripping and electrifying like you said…i might like Kelly if she would stop sleepwalking in her scenes and brighten up some!!!

DMRR
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DMRR

YES!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Welcome back Kelly. I have missed you badly as has Jason IAM sure!

Drake
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Drake

Job well done indeed. Would love to see Lindsay as a B&B cast member. Think it would be an awesome fit.

Steve
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Steve

Hartley made me interested in Sam for the first time in quite a while. The character has been stale for some time. Hartley gave the character a breath of fresh air. Sam needs to grow up. When Sam was with Fake Jason (Drew), she seemed to mature and actually care about her kids (despite keeping her jeans on to give birth to Scout). Now after selling out the Quartermaines, Monica should send her a bill for all the free babysitting. Jason would always treat child-age Michael as being able to make up his own mind. Funny that he and San… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Steve, I always enjoy your take on things—sometimes it feels very “inside” to me. A terrific turn by Lindsay Hartley, and as with Dan’s suggestion below, she would make a nice addition in some form or another. Been with Kelly Monaco since her Livvie Locke days on Port Charles, so she’s family. The production hiatus allowed me to catch-up on six months plus of episodes, even re-watching those leading up to the relaunch, and I felt that her performances (and wardrobe) improved. Here’s hoping for a healthy and rejuvenated KM—spine, hip and all! And if Lindsay’s performance should put an… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

I hadn’t really seen much of Lindsay’s work before, she did a very nice job as Sam. I was impressed. It has to be extremely hard for an actor or actress to step in cold playing an established character, with pages and pages of dialogue right off the bat. I’m glad Kelly Monaco is healthy, first and foremost. She is Sam to me. But perhaps GH can find a different role for Lindsay down the road. You never know. But major kudos to her, she filled in admirably.

Timmm
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Timmm

I couldnt agree more. To fill in for an actor is one thing but Lindsay owned it!

Reed
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Reed

Dan, agreed, Lindsay was a breath of fresh air. We’ve been very fortunate to have Mark Teschner, a premier casting director, all these years. He never missed a beat with any of his Kirsten Storms (Maxie) recasts either.

Kathy Mall
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Kathy Mall

Congratulations, Lindsey, on a job well done! You were a very convincing substitute for Sam’s personality.

Kelly
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Kelly

Great job Lindsey!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Kelly is Sam. Lindsay did a wonderful job! She is such a good actress. Why not hire her full time to play someone connected to Mr. Renault. Have her slowly turn on him and help save GH!

Jimh
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Jimh

or pair her with Dante…

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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Maurice Benard’s Birthday Kicks-Off With GH Co-Stars, Colleagues and Friends Delivering Special Messages

Ahead of his previously announced special birthday project dropping on You Tube today at 3pm EST 12noon PST, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) got a morning birthday surprise put together by his wife, Paula.

In the viral video now circulating on Instagram and social media, many of Benard’s longtime pals, colleagues, co-stars and friends, taped some virtual messages for the two-time Daytime Emmy winner honoring on his big day.

Included in the celebration are notables such as: Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda), Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Stephen A. Smith (Brick), Max Gail (ex-Mike), Vernee Watson (Stella), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), GH EP, Frank Valentini and many more.

Check out below.  And make sure to watch live Maurice’s “Bad Boy Stories” video in a few hours via the link notated above.

Now, post your birthday wishes to Maurice via the comment section here.

 

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