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Revenge's Henry Czerny on Conrad Grayson, Madeline Stowe, Daytime Soaps and a Shocker!

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with some of the dazzling stars of Revenge, and the executive behind the scenes, to get some inside scoops of what is to come, how they like working with each other, why the series has become such a runaway hit, their thoughts on daytime soaps, and of course, some dishy and fun tidbits!  These steamy stars truly know how to show us … The art of revenge!

Today, our chitchat with Henry Czerny who plays Conrad Grayson, whose rocky marriage to Victoria will certainly be even more tested in upcoming episodes!  Henry payed homage to the daytime soaps, talked about his amazing co-star Madeleine Stowe (Victoria) and gave us an insight into the character he plays.

Why do you think people are responding to Revenge?

HENRY: I think people respond to Revenge for a myriad of reasons, and it’s hard to contemplate that there is just one.  First of all, I think the writing has style and substance with its style, and I think those two elements together always make it intriguing.  I think the execution of the scripts is terrific.  I am not talking about the acting, but the technical side of things.  We have well-built sets and the costumes are very well taken care of.  It matters a great deal.  Also, the daytime soaps have been phased out, so there is a huge audience there who want that genre to be back and in full force. 

How is it working with Madeleine Stowe?

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HENRY: The scenes with Madeleine Stowe are incredibly rewarding to do because of the way they are written and what we expect to be explored and shared within those scenes.  They are very challenging and very rewarding at the same time.

What is the hardest part of playing Conrad?

HENRY: The hardest part for me is to talk to the people who are Conrad.  And, if we go one way or another with Conrad, then we lose the people that we are talking to, if we want to talk to those people.  Especially, if we want to talk to the Conrad’s out there and go, “What is going on with you?  How are you processing this stuff?”  If he is too much one way or the other, than you lose that interest in the character, cause then people can simply say, “That is not me.”  It’s to put people in his skin, which is very difficult to do in this genre and the most challenging.

Do you and Madeleine laugh when they yell, “cut”, especially when the two of you play the very unhappy couple, The Graysons?

HENRY: Sometimes we will laugh after a scene, as any couple might do the next day after they just had a huge fight.  They might look at each other and go, “What the hell were we at each other’s throats about yesterday?”  But Madeleine and Henry are never at each other;s throats.  But drumming that up before we shoot a scene, I notice there will be a different energy with Madeleine that I have with the other characters of course, because there is so much at stake for Conrad and Victoria.  And that has to be present in any of the scenes we shoot.

What do you think Madeleine would say about you?

HENRY:  She would say, “He’s very silly.”

You had mentioned the daytime soap audience losing their daily dramas in the afternoon.  Do you think the cancellation of some of them has helped Revenge become the success it is?

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HENRY: First of all, my wife loves soaps.  She has been going through withdrawal losing so many of them, and of course, she loves to watch Revenge.  I think she is a part of a large audience who is missing a large part of that genre.  And needless to say, Revenge is that genre with a twist and with some deeper resonating themes.  It’s a darker soap.

Can you preview anything coming up?

HENRY:  I can only tell you, it gets more and more intriguing, and more and more impossible to not watch and to figure out.  But you know what?  If you looked back at your life ten years ago and imagined what you saw coming and what actually came, you would be shocked.  That is what Revenge is about.  It’s shocking what shows up in a day!

An all-new episode of Revenge airs Wednesday, April 18th (10PMEST) on ABC called “Doubt”  Here is the lowdown: Daniel’s imprisonment sends Victoria to depths that no one thought possible, as the surprise return of a past love (James Purefoy as Dominik Wright) provides a destructive but welcome distraction from her family’s struggles. Meanwhile, Jack’s search for Amanda grows more desperate as he comes under suspicion for murder, on “Revenge.”


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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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Alicia Leigh Willis On Her Heavenly Return To GH: “What a Wonderful Experience Reminiscing With My Favorite Cast & Crew.”

Yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the surprise return of Alicia Leigh Willis shortly reprising her role of Courtney Matthews, as she escorts Mike (Max Gail) to heaven.

Willis was last seen on GH in 2015 as a spirit and created the role back in 2001.

The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

Viewers know that as Mike succumbed to Alzheimer’s, he wanted the dignity of not dying in front of his son, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and to shield Sonny from witnessing his death.

But in the story, Mike did not pass on alone; as his daughter showed up to take him with her to the afterlife.

Check out Courtney’s post below.

What did you think of the moment having Courtney be there for Mike at the end of his life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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