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Longtime General Hospital Fan Identified As One Of The Victims In El Paso Shootings

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America has been reeling, once again, over the news of two mass shootings happening on the same day this past Saturday; one in El Paso, Texas and the other in Dayton, Ohio.

22 were killed in El Paso at a Walmart.  As families waited for the news of loved ones, there was one story revealed by longtime host and journalist, Katie Couric on her Instagram account that made mention that one of this woman’s great joys was being an avid watcher of General Hospital.

In her post on victim Angelina Englisbee, 86, Couric said (along with separate posts on the lives of other victims from El Paso and Dayton): “Angie was talking on the phone with one of her sons when she told him she had to hang up because she was in the checkout line at Walmart.  She had seven children. Her husband had died of a heart attack, leaving her to raise the children on her own. Her granddaughter Mia, 16, said she ‘loved watching sports and General Hospital.”‘

The New York Times spoke to Englisbee’s granddaughter, who expressed: “At one point, she was working three jobs at once.  She was a very strong person, very blunt.”  When the news came, Mia and her mother were in the car, driving to El Paso from their home in New Mexico. “My mom could not stop crying, and I remember thinking, ‘I can’t cry until we get there, I can’t cry until we stop,’” Mia said, adding, ‘It feels like hell — it doesn’t feel real.”’

Share your condolences and prayers for Angelina and her family, and all of the victims of the mass shootings and their loved ones via the comment section below.

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donna day
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donna day

sending condolenses

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

So very sorry to hear about this and for those who lost a loved on over this past weekend’s tragic events.

Jo-Anne Holliday
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Jo-Anne Holliday

so sorry for your loss

Jimh
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Jimh

There is no love and compassion for our fellow human beings..no morals taught…no respect…it doesnt matter to me what color you are…it doesnt matter if your short or tall..it doesnt matter if thin or fat…it doesnt matter if you are religious or not…what matters if you are a kind, honest and caring person who obeys the laws and treat others the way you want to be treated…hate is a waste of time and time is too short to waste!!!

Celia
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Celia

So love your comment, Jimmy—-thoughtful and compassionate. Respect for humanity starts in the home—-carries on what is taught in school. We, as a society have lost that.
Innocent people, children, lose their lives for naught ….and for those who point fingers must realize that by doing so will only stir the pot even more—-incite the disturbed mind to do the unimaginable. It is time to pray and come together.
My heart and prayers go to all those families; to all those parents who have lost children—-the worst pain anyone could ever have to endure.

Jimh
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Jimh

Nice to hear from you…my health is on decline but im still here…

Shay
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Shay

Thank you for your always thoughtful replies, Jimh! Sorry to hear that you have not been well, but I’m glad that you are “still here” at MFTV!!!!

Celia
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Celia

So sorry to hear that, Jimmy…..God is looking out for you–stay strong, my friend. Life is fleeting……take care.❤️

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…You are so right about the importance of proper home and school teachings and their unquestionable impact upon a child’s sense of both self-respect and respect for others! However, given the de rigueur anti-male social conditioning that is so prevalent in today’s public discourse and curriculum, I fear too many of our precious little chaps are sorely lacking in receiving the necessary support and loving guidance that they so deeply deserve and require, especially beginning at a tender age. Just consider that during the last two decades, most young men—particularly, but not exclusively, those of caucasian background—have been constantly subjected… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

We talk in circles, my dear Shaybelle. It is what it is, but this deplorable knows her ‘stuff’—I did say to you that I was ready to vote for Hillary until the last minute—-the discovery of the machinations and means she and her deceitful ‘peons’ used to achieve the purported deceptive and criminal ends is mystifying. I could not believe what I read—No need to explain any further. All I can say is that only the ignorant fall for the propaganda—everyone should read the Manifesto. It’s a blasphemous credo……one expected to be adopted by this country? Not I!!!! I was… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

Baby we are beyond that evil has a name and it has been growing strong for years please do not blame a president people are going nuts I feel very sorry but no it won’t stop and every idiot had his day they feed off the media do we have a answer ??? No

Kay
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Kay

People are frightened to walk out their door I have a alarm system armed still scared to death every day that some wack job is going to come charging thru

Harry
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Harry

The whack jobs are domestic terrorists–they are white, male and American. No wall is going to help.

Harry
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Harry

I am sorry, but that orange sociopath’s words were echoed by the El Paso shooter in a manifesto he posted on social media. Yes, these massive killings have existed twenty years before the orange sociopath took office. But the orange sociopath has taken a match and lit up the angry, white nationalist. He needs to take responsibility for that. Moreover, he is HORRIBLE at making people feel better in the aftermath of a massive tragedy–all he does is make folks feel more nervous, insecure and scared. America is under attack and the enemy is ourselves–this is domestic terrorism.

Celia
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Celia

And, the Dayton shooter announced he killed in the name of socialism, dear Harry. He went on to say he worships Sanders and Warren….yet, we do not hear this from the far-left media and the Dems. Was Obama to blame for the Sandy Hook shooting of innocent children? I have friends in Newtoen ( Sandy Hook) whose children were in attendance. My friend is grateful and thankful everyday her children were safe and well. Why do you discriminate against someone’s skin coloring? Would you say that to a black, brown or yellow HUMAN being? It is the radical left who… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Sad, but oh, so true, Kay! Despite the all-too-familiar finger-pointing, blame-gaming and political posturing that occurs every single time one of these evil nutjobs goes off the handle and shoots up a place, nothing—including punishing innocent, law-abiding citizens with ever-stricter prohibitions—is going to stop these nefarious characters as long as the media enable them with both a platform to share their sick manifestos and an ultimate public moment of glorious recognition which they so obviously crave. Where there is a will, there is always going to be a way…whether via the blackmarket for desired weaponry or simply another means to… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Well said as usual…they go on about Trump and what he says and blames him for this-and maybe so-but why constantly repeat it over and over and over…i think the news sometimes makes it worse with the constant reminders

rose
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rose

Shay…Using your words, “where there is a will there is a way,” why not apply this to lawmakers? Especially Mitch’s group and those in both parties beholden to the NRA and gun manufacturers right her in the US. There has been these kinds of atrocities before the present administration, but not so many as the last few years. And unlike other presidents, words that help fuel the fire coming from the present “leader” of our country. For someone who appreciates language and words I would think you could see this. And another note about “where there is a will there… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

A lot of these problems started decades ago…he may add to the problem but not totally responsible…things should had been done after McDonalds even more so after Sandy Hook…we blamed the killer for those…and had things been pushed years ago much could had been prevented..we do not need military style rifles Mags ex…

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

So very true Jimh. Thank you.

Peace.

Jimh
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Jimh

peace to you too…and you’re welcome

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Totally agree with you Jimh…it’s so devastating, horrific, tragic and sickening how we continue to have these senseless horrific acts of violence…IMO people need to have more compassion for one another…Thoughts and prayers to all family members affected in El Paso and Dayton…

Harry
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Harry

Please stop with the useless “thoughts and prayers.” Can someone please tell me why any civilian needs to own an assault rifle with high capacity magazines?

Jimh
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Jimh

They dont..what gets me is the opiod crisis..pills are taken off market…people are limited with what they can get hold of…the same should be done with guns-that is just a big crisis too…

Celia
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Celia

Ahhhh, Jimmy….of course there shouldbev a bi-partisan meeting of the minds to control this cancer. However, this has nothing to do with guns, fake racism, fake Naziism etc….No, my friend….this has everything to do with How-can-we-incite-the-people-to-hate-Trump-as-much-as-we-do. Soulless, Godless, excuses for human beings. I have eyes. I have ears. I have a brain!! The blatant odium for one man and his family, down to the youngest child; a baby , is something to behold!! Shame and double shame. These killers are sick—hopefully, these weapons will be not as readily available—but, we should not point fingers at innocent people. Jimmy, you are… Read more »

su000
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Colt produced the AR-15 assault rifle was made 1957 / quite old, like 60yrs old. (it was 1st made by the USSR, yup ) I’ve fired one/ heavy not and not as accurate as the M16, the one I carried. (The receiver markings is stamped’ M16A2 property of U.S, government Cal 5.56 mm / saw that near every day.) The newest rifle is the M4, so AK-15 is quite old used in Korea and Vietnam. So, any person not of the military in possession of an AR-15 should be jailed, in my opinion. I’ve seen what the assault rifles can… Read more »

rose
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su000…Thank you for your comment which I assume can also apply to other assault type guns, adapted or original.

rose
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rose

Harry…So they can go hunting for innocent animals who also have a right to live. Sarcasm intended here.

Jenny Fischer
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Jenny Fischer

That’s the truth. Agreed

Marie Kronsperger
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Marie Kronsperger

you couldn’t have said it any better Jim. Hate IS a waste. What’s happenig to this country? What happened to “love thy neighbor?” Too many shootings, so little regard for human life.So sad!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Thanks

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

My deepest sympathy to her family, friends and community. May she rest in peace.

Eithel Brown
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Eithel Brown

May God give each and everyone strength in this difficult time.

Harry
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Harry

Heart breaking, and we have a president who has engaged in hateful, racist speech right there in El Paso. I guess building that senseless wall would not have prevented this from happening. Our president is a sociopath who is incapable of admitting where he went wrong and also incapable of showing empathy. He needs to stay away from El Paso (besides, he owes the town 500,000 from his last hate rally he held there) and also stay away from Dayton (which he idiotically called Toledo). If he really loves his country as he attests, he will stop with the hateful… Read more »

rose
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rose

Harry…He also held a rally a few days before Dayton in Cincinnati which is just a few miles down the road.

Celia
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Celia

That, Harry, is absolutely not true!! Trump defends himsef from a sea of evil and damaging words. Cannot blame him—-but, if course you do—-cynical words, Harry. I would not engage in name-calling…but, you’re forgiven considering it is part of a democrat’s make-up. We need peace of mind, love in our hearts, not hate—the propagation of hate is well demonstrated by Maxine Walters and her ilk. Everyone is a scholar now? Please….. I think those who appreciate Socialism should move to Russia, Venezuela, NK, Iran etc. It does not work. Why? The people are oppressed!! They may deny this ideology, but… Read more »

Robin Boner
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Robin Boner

My thought are with u and many prayers sent your way to all the victims families of this massive shooting,it’s so sad that this happened to anyone. God will help u through this tragedy. Again,my thoughts are with u and prayers are sent. God Bless

Robin Boner
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Robin Boner

I’m a huge fan of General Hospitals as well

Sonya C Miller
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Sonya C Miller

It’s so crazy ! All this Damn Hate! It’s not only mental illness. You have people out in the world already going thru issues, then you have this Evil that’s running this country and teaching All this Hate and mental ill racists see this as a time to strike! And that’s what they r doing. So thank the Evil that Y’all elected!! That Evil will never be my president and never has been! Didn’t vote for Evil Racist! GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT EVIL! GOD IS LOVE NOT HATE FOR ALL HIS CHILDREN! EVEN THAT EVIL THAT’S RUINING THE… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

I am so sorry for your loss words are not sufficient. I am sorry to lose someone from our GH fan family. Sending love and prayers to your family.

rose
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rose

My heart feels deep loss and compassion every time these senseless acts happen…again and again. Seems to me there are some real common sense things that can help…way less access and ease to to all kinds of guns would be a major help in the right direction. And words and statements about people and groups also count big time. Especially coming from those whose voices are heard often, and likewise to those who remain silent when these thoughts and words are expressed. Then there is social media and I’m afraid Pandora’s box has been open. Just wish they can find… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Nicely said, Rose. Trump’s whole campaign platform was predicated upon pitting us against “them.” Amplifying white man’s anger (what are they so angry about?) is his way of firing up his base. When his supporters shriek “send her back!” or “shoot them!” he smiles and laughs. We need our president and our leaders to act like calm, responsible grown ups. We saw McCain do this when he gently corrected a frightened and confused old lady by telling her that no, Obama was not a Muslim, that he was a good Christian man.

Shay
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Shay

No, it was actually the exact opposite, my dear Harry! For the eight years preceding Trump, your guy gave the middle finger to Middle America at every opportunity! People lost homes, lifelong careers, investments and health care that they liked and had earned the right to keep whilst he was more interested in being a celebrity-like “president of the world,” bashing law enforcement, letting all and sundry cross our Southern border at immense expense to taxpayers with no concerns for the safety and welfare of our own citizens and micro-managing personal life matters like what one’s child eats for lunch… Read more »

rose
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rose

Shay…I know your comment wasn’t addressed to me, but since we do on occasion have things in common I just wanted to say it can be a mystery to me how we see things like you expressed above sooo differently. I’m sorry about that.

Shay
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Shay

@Rose…Why apologize for seeing things differently? That’s called being an individual, so, of course, we aren’t going to share the same thoughts…I’m all for that. You weren’t rude or nasty to me about whatever matters upon which we disagree, although for what it’s worth, I am just as mystified by those who fail to understand my views. But that’s life….I can deal with the fact that not everyone thinks alike and respect that, albeit I do have a huge problem when the negative methods I listed above are employed to denigrate and criticize those with whom one does not agree,… Read more »

rose
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rose

Shay…Add our mutual love for Discovery Of Witches. Speaking of Dame Maggie, wonder how she feels about Brixit and Boris Johnson. Knowing me a little guess how I think about it.

Laura Skinner
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Laura Skinner

My Prayers Sorry for Everyone’s loss

Jean Robbins
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Jean Robbins

My heart is broken for all these people and their families. I am so saddened to think our world is like this.May God help you through this

Robin Boner
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Robin Boner

It’s scary just knowing that anything can happen to any of us regardless we walk out our doors,or if we’re in a vehicle and or even sitting at home or somewhere bcuz of all the violence,u never know what could happen at any given time or any given place. It’s scary to let your kids/ grandkids,etc.play outside due to the violence. I’m not sure what to think of this world anymore but it’s crazy and alot worse than ever before. My condolences go out to the families from the shootings in elpaso and Ohio. May God bless u all. I’m… Read more »

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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