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Ryan Carnes Returning To General Hospital as Lucas Jones!

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With all the chatter about Lucas Jones over the last week or so on General Hospital, we knew that the adopted son of Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman) and Tony Jones (Brad Maule), would not be far behind!  Especially since he is the bio-son of Julian Jerome (William deVry) who just discovered that there is a guy named, “Lucas”, who people have bantered about before him!

Now today comes confirmation, which began last week with an elusive tweet from none other than the first older version of Lucas Jones himself, sexy Ryan Carnes!  The actor tweeted on December 4th, “Like a ship lost in the night at sea, wondering where my next port will be…”  Obviously, the port is none other than Port Charles!

ABC Soaps In Depth  spoke with GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini on the return of Carnes, where he stated, “Yes, he’s coming back.  I got to meet him the other day. I like him a lot.”

Carnes last appeared on GH in 2004-2005.  After Carnes left the show the soap opera brought back the character played by Days of our Lives Drake Hogestyn’s son, Ben.  It was then that the character came out to his family and friends.

Recently on GH, Bobbie revealed that Lucas was living in Seattle, Washington and was still looking for the perfect man!   So does this mean Lucas will become part of a triangle with Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) and Brad (Parry Shen)?  No word on whether Lucas is coming back as a recurring or contract player at this point in time.  On-Air On-Soaps will keep you posted as more details come to light!

As for Ryan Carnes, viewers not only remember him from General Hospital, but as the boyfriend of Bree Van de Kamp’s son Andrew’s  on Desperate Housewives.  He is also remembered for the cult film, Eating Out!

So, what do you think about the return of Ryan Carnes as Lucas?  Do you think he is coming back for a major storyline? What do you think will happen when Lucas sets foot in Port Charles?  Comment below!

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su0000

Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones WOW!!
FV and RC are bringing us back the good ol’ days!!
I am loving GH!!
Never a dull moment and the gathering of a great history cast, is awesome!!
GH is finding its’ roots 🙂

GH is; I can’t wait for next day TV!!!

Debra
Debra

Great news. With Julian back from the dead and Bobbie also making appearances, it’s a good time to bring Lucas back. He will connect Luke, Sam, Carly, Kiki in a very interesting way.

Johnny
Johnny

I hope Lucas and Kiki hook up!

Matt
Matt

Lucas is gay, and he is also kiki’s cousin after what was revealed about him being Julian’s son.

Tori
Tori

I have to say I am surprise, I honestly thought they would go with a unknown but I am a fan of Ryan Carnes and he is definitely not afraid to play a gay character. It will be interesting to see how Julian will react to having a gay son.

su0000
su0000

Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine!
and
Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones!

love it !!!!

((an awesome cast and ‘new’ stories FV, RC, and writers are giving us!!

MikkosC
MikkosC

@su000 Thank you! I had no idea TP was coming back as Victor! I have Tweeted the writers numerous times and even messaged FV/RC on Facebook to remind them that VIctor Cassadine didn’t die on Ice Princess Island. I am beyond psyched! My only regret is that Tristan Rogers aka “Robert Scorpio” won’t be a part of this unholy reunion. I guess that’s the big Feb. Sweeps they were talking about!

mike
mike

Perfect choice.

Tony
Tony

I hope they give him a real love life and not just some woman’s “gay best friend.”

su0000
su0000

why would he have to have a love interest?
He will have much drama in his life and will be fine without a partner ..

Harry
Harry

I am hoping they will pair him up with Felix who can do so much better than Brad.

su0000
su0000

I hope he is not paired up for a very long time!!!
whats so terrible about being free..

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

And what’s wrong with being involved with someone? Isn’t that what most people want?

Shay
Shay

Sorry, Harry…RC’s way toooo cute for either Felix or Brad!!!!!! He will also no doubt be a far more well-defined character due to his history, heritage and upcoming storyline, so I should hope he will have much more to do than just hang around gossiping, scheming and interfering in other people’s lives the way those two stereotypes do. Brad and Felix deserve each other because both of them are really nasty….it took a bit longer to see it in Mr. DuBois, but his behavior with Sappy, especially since the non-wedding really showed his true self. He could have been a fun character had he been attached to Epiphany as a relative or given another role in life other than as “Princess Sparkle’s” matchmaker, but that train has left the station, and there’s no reversing the terrible impression he has left on the audience.

Harry
Harry

Mitchell, SuSuSu has issues with ahem, certain couples. Shay, you’re right. I don’t know what I was thinking. I loved Felix once upon a time but he has become a nosy little busy body and acts like Sparkle Pony’s personal assistant. I have lost all respect for Squealix.
I remember Tony on his death bed telling Lucas to be proud of who he is and not to allow anyone to make him feel ashamed of who he is because he’s perfect.

brian
brian

I am really starting to like Brad with Felix

su0000
su0000

LOL poor Felix has haters because he helps Sabrina and doesn’t kiss Robins azz ,,, lol ..

Harry
Harry

Haters? So tired of that overused and misused term. I have lost respect for Felix because of the way he is written. He’s a complete stereotype calling Sparkle Pony, “Girl Friend.” Moreover, he acts like her personal bitch as if he has no life of his own. No, he doesn’t kiss Robin’s butt but he sure kisses Sparkle Pony’s haunches.

Shay
Shay

Love your use of equestrian vernacular, Harry! Would love to know who began that “Sparkle Pony” business. It really does work…..

Harry
Harry

Honestly, I cannot take the credit (or the blame) for the Sparkle Pony nickname. A friend of mine used it and when I gave her credit for it, she said she saw it on a soap forum somewhere. So, who ever started Sparkle Pony, please step up and let us saddle you with glory.
And yes, Shay, it fits like, well, like a saddle.

kaffe
kaffe

he is perfect

He looks like William D.(Julian Jerome Sam Mcall ,Carly C.)

GH is getting better and better!

ricardo
ricardo

Wow. he is very cute. Ryan is 31 years old? I just googled. him, he looks way younger. Bye the way, ryan is straight. but loves playing gay roles. Good for him, i love him already. i am gay, cute adorable but i have a nice boyfriend. i am a model, partime and i do acting as well.

Harry
Harry

Good to know, Ricardo–thanks!

john
john

He left GH because he didn’t want to be typecast as gay but every time I see him he’s playing a gay man.

jbj
jbj

Technically, he’s only played one gay role (on DH), whereas in Eating Out he was heteroflexible. When he originally left the role of Lucas, it was specifically because the rumors were out about his character’s new direction and he was afraid of being typecast. That said, he was the best ex-Lucas and it will be nice to have him back.

JLH
JLH

Wow that was unexpected. Can’t wait to see Ryan again on GH! And yes, he is super sexy–and if he’s still around come summer we’re bound to see lots of shirtless scenes with him lol!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

well, i said they should bring him back…maybe now Felix can have a story of his own without always sniffing up Sabrina’s arse like a heated puppy…Lucas, Felix and Brad love triangle…maybe itll make Felix a more fun, likeable character like he shouldve been in the first place!!!

su0000
su0000

Lucas will not be having anything to do with Felix and Brad, no way..
RC will give Lucas a great story and not highlight his love preference..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

You could be right…but id like to see Felix in a storyline of his own away from Sabrina(but remain friends)…im still hoping he and Epiphany find out they are related

Harry
Harry

You know this how? GH needs to get with the times and showcase a realistic and gay relationship.

Johnny
Johnny

At the very least Lucas has historical ties. Felix and Brad are dead weight and their salaries could be used to pay for fan faves.

Jp
Jp

Great choice gh! Frank and Ron knows what makes a soap roll. They have proven themselves time and time again from their years at OLTL and now turning 50 years of GH into pure gold. Last week hitting 3.3 total viewers in 6 years. Congrats GH. I hope we are gearing up for our annual nurses ball to keep the rich history alive and growing.

Johnny
Johnny

Ya…going gay is just the thing to spike the ratings! Look what prominent gay storylines did for All My Children, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live…

Chance Van Pelt
Chance Van Pelt

Gay stories didnt get AMC.ATWT or GL cancelledi it was years of bad writing OLTL was actual in great shape dude get your facts ”straight”.

g
g

What happened to Felix’s sister??? This show has gone in the dumps!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Just because Felix’s sister isn’t on screen as much anymore? She was annoying and bratty anyway, and quite honestly, Taylor doesn’t contribute much to story at all.

Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have brought GH back to it’s glory days and there’s no good reason why the show is “in the dumps” right now. The stories are awesome and all of these fan-fave returns, like Ryan Carnes and Thaao Penghlis are amazing!

Johnny
Johnny

Lol. Ryan Carnes and Thaao Penghlis are GH fan faves? Since when?

Chance Van Pelt
Chance Van Pelt

I woulddn’t call Valentini and Carlivati GH run so far a golden age but they did do the impossible made a unwatchable badly destoryed soap watchable again. I so happy Lucas is coming back he is way too hot for Felix and Brad those two bitches wouldn’t know what to do with a man like Lucas anyway.

Seattle
Seattle

The return of Dr. Lucas Spencer ( as he is now known-he supposedly took his mothers name out of respect to her) will sent shock waves throughout Port Charles! Not only is he an attractive, out and proud gay man, but he is related to half the town-both biologically and by adoption- but ties the two big story lines of the last year together….the arrival of the Jerome Family and the revelation of Sam’s parentage AND the continuation of the extended Spencer clan.. Carly,Michael,Morgan, Lulu and Maxie…all half-siblings or cousins..stories could , should and will go off in interesting ways!! Is he more of a “Spencer” or does he have some “Jerome” waiting to appear? Bobbie has already said that he is a “bit of a “player” the the Seattle gay community. Still looking to the “perfect guy””…..Time will tell!! We can’t wait!!

Patrick
Patrick

Spot on, Seattle.

#1… first and foremost… I’m ecstatic, over the moon… that Serials are giving credence… to the LGBT community… AND, the world over… that this is REAL.

before, you and me… this has been an innate sensibility… that belongs!

Man! this is the coup… that we have been waiting… for… and… I herald… your post… this is more than likely… thee event… that RC and FV… have been waiting for.

to triumph… and I’ll grandstand and soapbox… this is all our time.

if I was still in my 20’s and 30’s… I’d have taken Felix with a grain of salt…
I accept and relish… that Brad is (definitely CUTE!) intriguing.. because.. he’s not stereotypical… and I’ll wait out this… triad… trio… if it’s written

you nailed it!

Johnny
Johnny

I too love that the show has done such an accurate portrayal of gays through Felix and Brad. Although I am not gay myself

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I love Ryan as an actor, and hope it’s excellent to see him in the role again. Though, hope they do find someone else for him other than Felix or Brad.

Johnny
Johnny

Yea. Like Kiki or that cute nurse Penny!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No. Like another gay character. Not here for (implied) homophobia!

Libby
Libby

Another great return at GH and nods to story history.

glenn
glenn

Why bother? They will bring him back, and the religious NUTS will complain and he will be shipped off like all the other daytime Gays are!!!!

Johnny
Johnny

I know. The religious nuts and the normal people who like normal couples will complain fiercely!

Donna
Donna

Heterosexuality is not “normal”- it is merely “common”… Please do not confuse the two….

Johnny
Johnny

Donna…you completely misread my post. I said yes…religious people will complain, as will normal people…meaning normal heterosexual people. I in no way meant to infer thatgay is normal. I could have worded it better.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

What daytime shows are you watching? Because within the past 5+ years, gay characters have been very well portrayed on daytime serials. I mean, AMC had Bianca for 10+ years.

Marie
Marie

When some people were speculating that Van Hansis would be cast as Lucas, I said it would not happen because he is too well-known in the soap world as Luke Snyder. There is no way GH would want people constantly bringing that up and fans making comparisons. Plus, who knows if Van wants to play gay again (yes, I know he is gay) on a daytime soap, he’s already doing so on his web series.

Wil
Wil

@Shay: Ummm RC too cute for Felix? I think not. Felix is a beautiful man. RC should be so lucky. ..

Shay
Shay

Felix’s attitude and behavior of late has made him VERY unattractive……

Charday
Charday

Awesome, I want to see a fight for him between Felix and Brad.

Johnny
Johnny

Gross! Lucas is Michael’s adoptive uncle. Brad tried to blackmail Michael into being sodomized after Michael had been raped in jail. Gee..there’s a nice intro to a potential relationship. But they’re gay so its okay.

Johnny
Johnny

I wish the show would tell a topical tale and make it that Lucas was just going through an experimentation phase and is now straight. It would be a much better story.

Donna
Donna

Keep wishing, “Johnny”… What will be even MORE interesting will be the supposedly “straight” characters on the show that will “come out” when presented with an honest, realistic portrayal of a gay adult! I’ve always questioned the sexuality of “Morgan ” ( Ava? REALLY?!!), Milo ( gaydar PINGS off the wall) and , well…an “easy” solution to the “Robin/Sabrina” problem for Patrick!! I guess the good people of Port Charles will just have more fun in their lives!! Bigotry in Port Chuck is SO 70’s… Ignorance is lame and juvenile and not tolerated anymore and homophobes would be laughed out of town!

Johnny
Johnny

I find it interesting that gay people would accept ANY straight character turning gay. But if a character who was confused, tried the gay thing, and decided it was not for them…the gay community would be up in arms. I know many people who tried, experimented, whatever…it was not their thing. They are not deluded, they are not denying themselves,or any other labels that gays attach to them. I think specifically of the character Olivia on the lamented Guiding Light. After sleeping through half the town of men, she ran out and then embarked on an affair with a woman. The gay community praised that story. Put the shoe on the other foot. If lucas came back to town sleeping with and sodomizing half the town of eligible young men…and then decided he wanted to settle down with a girl….the gay community would cry bloody murder and protest and picket and rally and boycott. Pardon the appropriate pun…gays want it both ways. Personally…I think it would be a very interesting, controversial and brave story to tell. Its certainly somehing that’s never been done in the entertainment medium before!

Johnny
Johnny

And another thing…why would you question the sexuality of these two characters? Neither has made any type of gay action or statement or hint. Morgan has been happily banging Ava for months, and poor gentle Milo pines away for girls who just arent that into him. But….that’s okay for you to question their sexuality…so why can’t I question Lucas’? Do you see the double standard I am getting at here? The hypocrisy?

Johnny
Johnny

Donna… I need you to explain each use of your quotes in that post. LMAO. You put air quotes around my name, around Morgan’s name, around the word straight, around the phrase “come out”, and around the word “easy”. You have apparent different uses and meanings for each of the quotes.

Chance Van Pelt
Chance Van Pelt

Johnny Lucas is is a gay man he is sexually attracted to men is that so hard for you to understand? Years ago as a teen he came out to his friends and family.

Lynn
Lynn

I think he resembles Julian. Good addition!

Johnny
Johnny

To clarify, I am not homophobic or prejudiced or closed minded. I sound off on ALL types of stories I don’t like. I don’t like mob stories, I don’t like violent stories, I don’t like rewritten history storylines, I don’t generally like teen stories because most soapshave no clue how to write a realistic and entertaining teen scene. There are lots of stories I don’t like. Its not me being rude. Its my opinion. That’s the great thing about opinions…we are all entitled to them. And no one’s opinion or like or dislike is any more valid or correct than anyone else’s. So if you consider me homophobic, then I consider you heterophobic. What’s the difference? Who cares really. Lol.

Christy
Christy

I think it’s great that they are bringing him back to play Lucas. When he left the show and they brought in Ben I thought “why would they bring in someone, who to me was not attractive to play the role of a gay man” I think they should bring him in as who he is gay. I’ve seen a few posts here saying to make him straight and hook him up with Kiki. Really? That’s his cousin by blood. A gay man is way way better then an incestuous one. Gross. I do think they should play the gay roles realistically. FYI Felix is being played in a realistic way. He is the quintessential girl gay man. He just needs a life of his own. I think Milo should come back bi-sexual, sure of who he is and bi. Now that is realistic as well.(and would make great GH drama) You would be surprised at the supposedly straight men/women you know who are willing to experiment, or are Bi-sexual.

Wil
Wil

@ Johnny: “sodomize”?? Really?

Sarah
Sarah

I think it will be interesting to see Lucas on his ex. Bro in-law Sonny side n see how Julian will take to that.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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