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Nicholas Rodriguez talks on being the spoiler for Kish!

Photo: Annette Tanner

Photo: Annette Tanner

Nicholas Rodriguez talks about his time at One Life to Live as the spoiler for Kish,and being part of the important same-sex storyline.  Also telling is Nicholas admits his big emotional exit scene was originally cut down to a few lines, but at the last minute he went and performed it for the OLTL brass and they put it back!  It was spectacular as many remember and even his acting partners, Brett Claywell and Scott Evans had detailed and commented on his performance in several recent interviews.  Rodriguez is currently turning heads in his performance in the play A Light in the Piazza in Washington D.C. at the famous Arena Stage.  Here are a few excerpts below from his new feature!

Nicholas on getting the opportunity to be a part of  the gay storyline: “It was a surprise — and a blessing. There was an overwhelming fan reaction and from the media about that storyline, and it’s been great for me to see how the gay community is longing for these non-stereotypical characters. In a lot of ways, I felt like Nick was very similar to me. He was in the forefront of gay activism, and I relate to that. That’s why I thought I couldn’t lie about being gay while I played someone like him. It all happened so fast, I didn’t have time to be worried about being typecast as a gay man. I guess if I had time to think it through, I might have been scared.”

Nicholas on his feelings that Nick turned into a villain at the end of his run: “I was getting scared towards the end about how they were going to write him off, and I was afraid that he was getting too malicious. So I chose to play him as scared; he was the victim of this gay bashing — and that’s why he did what he did. They wrote this great final monologue for Nick, and I worked on it for weeks, and then, when I saw the script, it had been cut down to two lines. So I went to the writers and I showed them my work and they put the whole thing back in. I was so happy I stuck up for myself.”

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Megan
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Megan

actually i didnt like the character of Nick and hated the way he deceived and manipulated Kyle and i dont believe for one moment that he ever loved him but just used him to fulfil his own agenda….he was never a viable love interest for kyle so just took away valuable airtime that belonged to Kyle and Oliver and I was glad to see him get out of their lives….

Jeri
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Jeri

I, too, think that Nick should have only been on the show for the 4-5 episodes he was originally supposed to be on. Carrying the Nick character over into a whole “gay bashing” storyline turned viewers off, especially following on the heels of the whole Dorian lesbian wedding fiasco. (That’s where you saw ratings start to dip). Kish should have been allowed to stand on their own and keeping the Nick character around so long took too much time away from the Kish love story. Very few viewers cared about Nick and most viewers just wanted him gone as soon… Read more »

Poirot
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Poirot

Nick should have been on the show longer.

Margaret
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Margaret

I couldnt stand sleazy Nick and he didnt belong in the Kyle and Oliver love story and far too much time was wasted on him…..even in his final scene with Kyle he tried to manipulate him to gain sympathy by using the excuse that he was scared to be alone as the reason for his actions in trying to split up him and Oliver….obviously he gave no thought to Oliver being alone if Kyle had fallen for his schemes….right to the very end he tried to cover by blaming everything on Oliver’s jealousy and pretending that he didnt realize how… Read more »

Denise Robinson
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Denise Robinson

Thank you, Michael for posting up this interview with Nick. As a “Kish” fan, I was able to separate my need to see Kyle and Oliver together RIGHT NOW, in order to enjoy and appreciate Nick Chavez’s role and place in the storyline and Nick Rodriguez’s contribution in helping to bring this storyline to life.

I was saddened that his role was cut short in the show. He didn’t have to be only involved in the KISH storyline after they finally reunited, but hindsight’s a definite you-know-what.

Now, by mid-April all of Llanview’s gays will be off screen.

Honeysuckle
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Honeysuckle

BION I’m iempsrsed! Cool post!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Former Y&R Star Jason Canela Lands Recurring Role on ‘The Rookie’

Jason Canela (Ex-Arturo Rosales) will now join another soap alum, Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey, One Life to Live) on the ABC cop drama, The Rookie.

Casting news today out of Deadline has that Canela will play the recurring role of Cesar Madrigal, the son of criminal royalty who is impetuous, entitled and in line to take over his father’s empire.

Look for Jason to first appear in the upcoming episode entitled “Brave Heart.”

 

In addition to Y&R, Jason has appeared on The Glades, Camino, Pitch, MissingSingle in South Beach, Make Love Great Again and Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe.

So looking forward to seeing Jason on The Rookie? Comment below.

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